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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 9, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSTAPKB Of HORTHIA8T ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 194 Blythevill« Courier BlythevUle Dally Ne» Mississippi Valley Uadtr BlytheviUe Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1954 Published Dolly Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS D-Y Contract Termed Bid To Kill TVA Public Power Official Lashes Plan for Plant WASHINGTON (AP) — The general manager of the American Public Power Assn. asserted today that the proposed Dixon-Yates power contract is "the opening wedge in crippling the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)." '• » Alex Radln, who said his organization represents more than 700 local publicly-owned electric utilities, was in the witness chair as the Senate-House Committee on Atomic Energy resumed its study of the controversial contract 'Wait and See' On Farm Law, Ellender Demos May Not feel Change Is Necessary WASHINGTON Wl — Sen. Ellender (D-La)—the man who'll head the Senate Agriculture Committee next year—today, adopted a "let's wait and see" attitude toward any new farm legislation. It might turn out, he said, that the Democratic-controlled Congress might not feel it necessary to take any action. "I want to wait and see what Secretary of Agriculture Benson does about setting support prices for the basic farm cvops," Ellender told a reporter. "If he keeps his promise and sets supports at 90 per cent of parity for all crops except wheat it may be that we will need, no legislation." Level Won't Drop Ellender referred to statements earlier this year during discussion of the new farm act that even though the act permits support prices as low as 8214 per cent the 1955 level would be 90 per cent, except for wheat. The new farm act, in effect for next year, provides that basic farm crops—wheat, cotton, rice, corn, peanuts and tobacco—are to be supported at levels ranging from 82'i to 90 per cent of parity. For the past few years the supports have been set at a mandatory 90 per cent. Ellender opposed the Republican- sponsored- flexible plan and favored continuation of required SO per cent support. However, he said today, if Benson sets the 1955 supports for cotton, rice, peanuts, tobacco and corn at 90 per cent then .he would see no particular necessity for new legislation immediately. On the other Hand, he added, Congress might want to act if the support levels were lowered. Four Are Hurt In Car Accident Missourians Are In Hospital Here Two man and two women from Caruthcrsville. Mo,, in Blytheville Hospital today from injuries received when the car in which they were riding ran into a ditch on a farm ea& of here, were reported by hospital officials as improving. Gene Parnell, driver of the car received several broken ribs and possible internal injuries; Earl Jones has extensive lacerations of the scalp, passible collar bone fracture and internal injuries, pending further x-rays: Peggy Stafford has a fractures; Jewell Jackson received extensive head and face lacerations. The accident occxired on a farm about six miles north-east of Blytheville yesterday afternoon when the car being driven down a field road plunged into the opposite bank of a drainage ditch about five feet deep and some ten feet across, according to Herman Lane, deputy sheriff, Mr. Jones, seated in the back seat, was thrown through the windshield. Prior to this accident, the car at that time being driven by one of the other occupants, ran into a pick-up truck parked by a service- station in Armorel. Mr. Parnell, owner of the car, took the wheel and drove on toward Blytheville via a gravel road to where the second accident took place, It was reported. Religion Month Is Proclaimed Mayor E. R. JacKson, in cooperation with the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance, today proclaimed the month of November as "Religion in America Life Month" In Blytheville, Religion in American Life Month Is being observed nationally during November with special emphasis being applied on regular church attendance In proclaiming the special month, Mayor Jackson urged "every resident to participate in this program through regular attendance at his own house of worship as an es- senllal part of family and com- munlty 111*." I to feed private power Into the TVA lines. Radin said the contract affects "all the people of the nation." If TVA is aestroyed, he said, "the people of the nation will have lost one of their most effective allies in bringing lower electric rates and greater consumption _o! electricity to all the homes, farms and industries of the nation." Waiver Asked The proposed Dixon-Yates contract, backed by the administration, provides for private power interests to construct a 107 million dollar power plant at West Memphis, Ark., to supply power to TVA. President Elsenhower directed the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), which is receiving TVA power, to negotiate the contract. The administration has asked the Senate-House committee to waive a provision in the atomic energy law Which requires that such a contract lay over 30 days while Congress is in session before it becomes effective. This provision would hold up the contract at least until early February. The committee has power to waive it. Radin opposed any waiver of the 30 day period. He said his association has a two fold interest in the Dixon- Yates contract. Members of the association, he said, purchased more than seven billion kilowatt hours of power from TVA In the fiscal year 1953. But he said, "The Association's interest is broader than that of the municipal power distributors In the TVA area." He added that the association is proud of the record of the nation's public power systems . and "feel that anything which Impairs the efficient operation of any one publicly owned electric system is not only deplorable within itself, but reflects adversely upon all publicly owned electric utilities." Radin contended there was no validity to the argument that the contract would avoid the expenditure of 100 million dollars in tax funds on a similar TVA plant. He said TVA would repay that investment over a 40-year period. Under the Dixon-Yates proposal, he said, the government will pay more for power than it would cost if purchased from TVA and the government in effect will pay twice for the Dixon-Yates plant, yet never own it. $11,000 Civil Suit Filed after Crash An $1 1 ,300 civil suit has been filed in circuit court by Carl E. Dcaton against the H. "H. (Red) Oilers' estate for personal nnd property damages caused by a head-on truck collision on Highway 77 south of Manila on Sept. 27. Mr. Oilers died from injuries received in the accident. Mr. Oilers, a commercial fisherman from Big Lake, and Mrs. Juanita Owens, of near Manila, a PICKETING ... BY FOOT — Following a City Council ordinance banning parking on Mnthis Street, between the railroad and Elm, a lone picket was walking the line at Central Metal Plant today. Ordinance put end to picketing by car. The truck at right? It belongs to city which was Installing additional no-parking signs, Over 100 persons are now working in Central Metal. (Courier News Photo) City Council Will Get Censorship Problem City Council will be asked lo take some action regarding future censorship procedures i'or Blytheville movies because the current censorship board won't meet. That's what the Rev. J. H. Melton, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, stated this morning. He said he has been unsuccessful in his efforts to get the current board, never active, to meet and view the Jane Russell movie, "The French Line," now showing at Mox Theater. 700 Names The Rev. Mr. Melton also stated petitions with about 700 names on them are In his possession and call lor banning of the Russell film. Thus, Council may look forward to hearing from this group at its next meeting on Nov. 23. City Hall observers think Council first will ask the present censorship board to sit. It is generally believed the present, ordinance is a good one if it can be made operative. Three members of the board may call a meeting of the group, but thus far, efiorts U> get the board, together have not been successful. Four State Hospital Inmates Escape LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Four inmates of the criminal ward escaped from the State Hospital here last night after threatening four attendants. DeWitt Tatum, 27, of Paragould,. by Tatum and Veach, Alinrl -- 1 - 1 charged with slaying his wife, gave himself up a tew minutes after, the escape which occurred about 7:40 p.m. The other three still were at large today. State police identified them as Johnnie Green, 37, an ex-convict who was ar-ested at Fort Smith on a charge of burglary; Charles Price, 23, Little Rock, charged with burglary, find L. B. Veach (address unknown), charged with larceny. All but Veach were undergoing 30-day sanity tests at the Hospital. Officers Raid Veach was from another ward at the hosftal, and only recently had been tvnnsfeved to the criminal ward section. Tatum told Little Rock detectives that Green and Price "abandoned us" (Tatum and Veach) after enlisting their aid to escape. Green ind Price were believed Tatum told Veach, officers Price had planned to head for Mexico or California. Attendants said they dldnl know where Green got the knife. Mother of Local Woman Dies Word has been received here of the denth ol Mrs. N. O. Stallings, mother of Mrs. W. C. Hlgglnson of Blytheville. Mrs. Stalling, who has visited Blytheville several times, died in Bonhnm, Tex., where she had made her home all her life. She was 78. Funeral services will be conducted in Bonhnm at 2 p. m. tomorrow. Survivors, other than Mrs. Higginson, include another daughter, Miss Hope Stallings of Fort Worth. Mrs. Higglnson will be In Bonham for services tomorrow. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Avkansas Rctntns Fourth Place Ranking In Nation . . . "Bulldog" Is Battle Cry as Chicks Get Set for Newport . . • Arkansas Outdoors . . . Sports . . . puses S and 9 ... ', . . News of Men In the Service ... page 3 ... . . . No Clcwr-Cut Decision . • . Editorials . . . page 6 ... . .'. Medical Authorities Disagree on III Effects of Tobacco . . . First of a Four-Part Srrles on "The Cigarette Controversy" . . . page 2 . , . Voting Next Week For Kids' Contest A children's popularity "contest" to be held In conjunction with variety show on Dec. 2 and 3 will get started here this week under sponsorship of Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from both affairs will go toward financing the Jnycees' underprivileged children GhrisLinan party. Photographs of children urc now being accepted by the chairman ol the children's project, Bill Hrabov sky, at Blytheville Post Office. The pictures, lotjethei with containers, wHl be placed about various places of, business in Blytheville and votes will be determined by amount of, money in each container. Ench penny will count as a vote. Children up lo, but not including, the age of seven are eligible. Pictures must he submitted by Friday First three winners will receive prizes and will be announced at the variety show, "You Can't Beat Fun." on Dec. 2 at High School auditorium. The variety show will feature local talent, Mr. Hrabovsky pointed out. Further details will be announced later. Friends of McCarthy May Attempt Filibuster Strategy Would Be to Prolong Senate Debate By.. JACK RKLL WASHINGTON (AP) — He- ports persisted today that friends of Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) might try to talk to death a resolution proposing his censure, on which the Senate opens -formal debate tomorrow. McCarthy himself professed iff- nonince of any such strategy. So did several of his supporters. But two Influential Democratic senators who asked not to be named said (hey had been Informed an attempt may be made to prolong- debate until midnight, Dec. 24, when the extraordinary session which convened yesterday dies automatically. That was the final deadline set in an a d j o u.r n m cut resolution agreed on by Congress last August. Charles Wiilklns. Senate parliamentarian, said If there Is no vote by thni hour, a ponding ccnsuve resolution would expire with the 83rd Congress. Fresh Start That presumably would mean .start ing: afresh with any move aimed at Senate rebuke of the Wisconsin senate, wr ohlia cps-r dieted the vote will go agaln-st him. Sen. Knawland of California, the GOP leader, said he remains hopeful of netting a vote this month, A special committee recommended censuring McCarthy fur his nl- leclged "contemptuous" attitude toward a Senate subcommittee, "vulgar" remarks about one of its members, iwid hip treatment, of Brig. Gen. Ralph W. Zwlcker, a wltne.w before the Senate Investigations subcommittee McCarthy heads. Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, the Democratic leader, indicated he regards the McCarthy case ns primarily a Republican problem, saying he had not been consulted about stmlegy, Need 20 Members If McCarthy's supporters try to drag out Senate iirgumentK to avoid a. verdict, they may need greater strength than is now credited to them. In the past, Southerners have dtmuustrated they can make a fill- duster effective if they h»ve about 20 members willing to speak a I len^lli. Senate aides believe any talk marathon with fewer than that number particfpiling cnn be broken by round-the-clock Semite sessions. Knowland nlraidy ha.s ordered Senate meetings daily from 10 a.m. to around G p.m. and he could lengthen the hours with majority support. He said, however, he was not trying to "rash" muttcr.s. McCarthy's aides now clulin the backing of about 25 senators, but it is doubtful that nearly »!l of the CKWUO! djoin in mi ylengtyh these would oj Innri yn hrtashrtu these would Join in any lengthy talk. U. be together with a third person in an automobile which Tatum • was waiting for them when Pjgfg |§ Homed " " °' ' ed Ision. Charges of involuntary slaughter were filed in Circuit Court on Sept. 28, against Mr. they made the break. Tatum told officers the break was planned by Price. It was the second escape of four inmates of the ward since May It also was the second time that attendant C. H. Ahart had been ' ., , . j- tUii-nl «* u \j. n.. mni ik uau ui-^ii from mjurics received m the col- threalencd wlth a sharp lnstru . Denton. No action has been taken on that charge during the fall term of cof t. In the allegation of the civil suit, Mr. Deaton asks for $9,800 for personal injuries and loss of wages; SI,500 damages to his truck; and S500 for all other costs. n . I rrient. Ahart said he was standing near the door to the fire escape when Green approached, drew a knife, and ordered him to unlock the door. Ahart said that another attendant, Charles Copcland, shouted to him to stop scuffling with Green Other attendants, A. H. Williams and W. N. Leach, were threatened Interim Judge Hickman Given Life Sentence For Slaying Marcus Fietz, Jonesboro attorney and a former prosecuting attorney T rv c^- M ew Suit ir " r j*, ^ roiled by Owner Ervin Smith was fined $25 and costs find .sentenced to 15 days In Jail in Municipal Court this inorn- InK on a charge of petit larceny in connection with taking ;i suit of clothes' from a parked car near Hotel Noble lust night. Tin; man who owned car and suit Nomination of Harlem To U.S. Supreme Court Will Cause Little Stir WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's nomination of U. S. Circuit Judge John Marshall Harlan to the Supreme Court, where his grandfather once sat, seemed headed today for easy passage through the Senate. But trouble itppenrcd to bo brewing for the nomination of Atomic | Energy Commissioner Joseph Cumpbcll to be comptroller (?em»r- nl—lend of the General Accounting Office (OAO). whose Job it is to keep close t»b.s on how federal agencies spend the money Congress gives them. l)-Y Involvement There was no indication the President had consulted senators In nd- vnncc nbout either appointment. The White House announced the nominations yesterday and said the President would submit thorn formally to the Senate today. The Senate reconvened yesterday mainly to consider censure charges against Sen. McCarthy (R-Wls). First reaction of senators willing to comment Indicated that Marian's selection WHS not likely to stir any controversy, but that Campbell'; nomination mltfht be challenged by opponents of the proposed Dlxon- Ytiles contract to supply private power In the Tennessee- Vnlley Au- thorty urea. Cmnpbcll was one of the AEC members who approved the contract's form. The contract now Is undRi' study by the Senntc- House Atomic Committee. Marian's nomination "came something of R surprise, altDougfc there had been some speculation Eisenhower might dip into the f«l- eral judiciary to fill a vacancy left by the recent death of Justice Robert H. Jackson. This is Eisenhower's second Supreme Court appointment. Last yeiir, he named former Oov. Earl Warren of California chief Justice. Third Republican If confirmed, Hurlan would Join. Warren and Justice Harold Burton ns the third Republican on the nine-man court. Campbell's selection to be comptroller general, succeeding the retired Lindsay Warren, also fell into the surprise category. Harlnn, a tall and athletic-looking 55, lives in New York and since March 1ms served as a judge of the federal circuit which Includes New York, Connecticut and Vermont. Up to now, this hns been his only bench experience. A grnndson of a Svipreme Court justice who bore the same name an served for 34 years until hia denth In 1011, Hnrlun WHS associated with Ally. pen. Brownell in a New York Justice who bore the same name and experienced l rlnl lawyer and has .seen duty as prosecutor and crima blister. Innocence Claimed By Reds in Shooting WASHINGTON (AI») — The United Stales IB conslderlnr fMng fighter cHcnris to American aircraft which fly neivr Communist territory, Secretary of Stute Dulles disclosed today. I)u 11 c.i told a news conference the question U presently being xtwllcil by the Joint Chiton uf Staff. WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. iff,- -Rudy Thomas Hickman, 20, of Little i -rict. has ! Rock today faced a sentence of life j I': '', ;ppointed to fill the unexpir- j Imprisonment for the robbery-slay-i ed term of Circuit Judge Zal B j ing of Walnut RidRe school-teacher Harrison. J, Kenneth Taylor on Sept. 11. Mr. Fietz, a former law partner | Hfckman. an AWOL sailor, beat I of the Second Judicial District, been s " w Smilh 1 s hc , lcft h '; S au '", mohllc! I rci "I?™" h, l ^lr 'sml* u S "nolice RlLS '"'" wllh '""' he hekl fem " Ul ' p °" Ce WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia has countered an American protest over the latest cold war aerial incident with a, declaration of absolute innocence, but U. S. officials indicate the Soviets haven't heard Ihe last of the matter. For the eighth time since t the forced to retaliate, cold wnr begun, the United Stales Await) as usual, U.S. officials yesterday demanded nn apology .said this was probably untrue—that nnd reparations from russla lor violence dmie American aircraft by Soviet planes. A Moscow countered with a claim lhat its pianos were in the rlyht. But the orlgtnnl U. S. note hud promised that Ihe Kremlin would hour mort; from Washington niter lnvcstlf£!tllon established all the [acts "regarding human life and material looses." The latest Incident occurred Sun- dny over .lapun's northern Hokkaido Island. Ten members of » U.S. Air Force photo-rtfconmiis.s!\nw, plane parachuted to safety. The llth got snugged in his punichute »nd drowned. Stale Protest The United States fired a stiff protest to Moscow, .saying it expects the Kremlin "to make nil .such moral and material reparations as UCK within its power." The immediate Russian response followed the usual pattern: the wld the U.s. plane volated the J.S. plane never fired at all and at no time was close to Russian territory. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., America's ambassador to the United Na- UOILS, sought two months ago to focus world opinion on what he called a common danger to all natioas "If these attacks by Soviet aircraft arc lo be allowed to go unchallenged." Full Report Lodfjc was speaking to the U.N. Security Council, before which he laid on Sept. 10 a full report on the shooting down by Soviet aircraft of a U.S. Nuvy weather-reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan Sept. 4. Again, the United States con- and tended its plane was attacked without warning by MIGs. Again the RUKfiinns replied the U.S. plane violated Soviet territory and fired first. Lodge recited six other incidents in which he said American lives were lost and American property territory and fired first, I d;nn:i';ed "as a result of such wan- that Soviet MIGs were' ton a'tacks by Soviet aircraft." of Gov. Francis Cherry, was appointed by the Governor yesterday to succeed Judge arrlson who resigned recently due to ill health. Fictz will serve until Jan. 1 when Taylor to death after the latter had given him a ride. He pleaded guilty yesterday. A Jury fixed punishment. The Jury could have .sentenced Hlckman to H G- Partlow of Blytheville takes I death, hut it followed the state's office. Mr. Partlow was elected to! recommendation for clemency, the judgeship, unopposed. Card Game Leads to $1.5 Million Southeast Missouri Land Deal A card game aboard an Arizona-bound airplane recently between a Blytheville realtor and two relatives indirectly resulted in what is believed to be one of the largest land transaction in the Southeast Missouri's bootheel history. The transaction, Involving more than a m'iillon and a half dollars, was completed recently and includes the trade of 2,835 acres of land near Bragg City, Mo., for 2,900 acres of land In Arizona. Involved In the transaction were Cecil Earls, Blytheville real estate dealer; his uncle, A. T. Earls, a Haytt, Mo., re&l estate dealer; his cousin Raymond Earls of Kennett, Mo., and Hal Bogle of Dexter, N. M. Mr. Earls could not In contacted for comment this morning but according to reports received here the transaction came about In this manner: How U Happened Mr. Earls and his cousin were playing cards aboard the airliner Oct. 29 while enroutc to Arizona to check on some land which Cecil Earl* had listed for sale there. The three were uslnt? a piece of stationery bearing Blytheville address as a >coie sheet. Mr. who was aboard the plane noticed the Blytheville address and asked the men if they were from Biythevllle. He then told them of owning the land near Bragg City and during the conversation which followed the talk turned to the possible sale or trade of the land As a result, the trade was arranged the following day and was completed Monday. Bogle formerly lived In Southeast Missouri but moved to New Mexico 18 yean ago. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and mild; scattered thuncicrshowcrs extreme west this afternoon and In north portion tonight and Wednesday. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudl- news this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with scattered local thundershowern mostly In west and north portions; little change In temperature. Minimum thlj» morning—45, Maximum yesterday—19. Sunrlnc tomorrow—fl:20. Sunnet today—5:00. Mean tempernlurc (midway bctwcfn high and low)—62. Precipitation Iwit 23 houm to 7 a.m. —none. . Precipitation Jan. 1 W thU dal« — 30.33. Thll Date Mil Ycir Maximum yesterday—59. Precipitation January 1 to date — M.It. SURVIVED ATTACK OF RUSSIAN PLANE — Ten crewmen who balled out safely from a burning photographic RB-29 over northern Hokkaido, Japan, after attack by a Russian-built Mlg, talk with two unidentified U. S. Air Force officers, right, before returning .by air to Tokyo. Prom left; M/Sgt. Harold Taylor, Jr., Newport, Del.; Alrnrn 30 Wallace Whalen (hidden behind Tay- lorj Union, N. J.; Airman 1C John Dillon, Tul- 3», Okla.; 2nd Lt. Henry Sechler, Clara City, Minn.; Airman 1C Robert Berry, Carrlzono, N. Mex,; 2nd Lt. Harry Rollins. Chlckasha, Okla.; first Lt. David Oliver, Corvallls, Ore.; Airman 2O Walter Lentz, Astoria, L. I., N. Y.; Airman 3C Karl Welmcr, Elkins, W. Vt.; Cupt. Anthony Fleth (face hidden), pilot, of .Chester, Pa. (D. I. Air Force Photo vi» AP Wlrepholo)

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