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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 198 Blythevill* Courier Blythevllle Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER, IS, 1954 EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Demos Fight Speedup On D-Y Contract Administration Has Edge In Showdown Battle Today WASHINGTON (AP) — With administration forces clearly in command, the Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee headed into a showdown today on short-cut procedure for the controversial Dixon-Yates power contract. Outnumbered 10-8. committee Democrats were openly pessimistic about their chances of blocking speedup recommended by Presi dent Eisenhower and the Atomic Energy Commission. The issue at a closed committee session: Whether to waive a 30-day period How Well Did Dr. Sam Cooperate? Defense Makes Strong Bid With State Witness CLEVELAND (AP) — How well did handsome Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard cooperate with police in their investigation of his wife's slaying July 4? The stale contends that he gave them very little help, that his brothers hurried him away to hospital seclusion, that he refused to take a He detector test and that he later clammed up under police 'questioning. Through one of the state's own Witnesses, the defense made a strong effort at Dr. Sheppard's murder trial yesterday to knock, down that contention. The witness was Fred Drenkhan, a good-looking police officer from suburban Bay Village, where the murder occurred. Drenkhan, who appeared to have a mental filing cabinet, had been a good witness for the state. The chief defense attorney, William J. Corrigan, took dver on cross-examination. Went to Hospital He asked the patrolman if he and two sheriff's deputies hadn't gone to. the Bay View Hospital, where Dr. Sheppard was confined, and questioned the osteopath Thursday, four days after the slaying. "Yes," Drenkhan answered. "Did anyone Interfere in any way?" "No r " "How long did you question him?" "Three and a half hours." "Did he object?" "No." "Was he willing to answer all questions?" "Yes." "Did he make any objections?" "No." "Did you reduce what he .said to writing?" "Yes." Corrigan also asked the witness in which the next Congress — &• Democratic Congress—could study the contract, signed this week by the AE and the Dixon-Yates power group. Waiver Sought Republican committee members ha the votes to put the waiver through and said they were ready to use them, regardless of Dem,o- cratic demands that more witnesses be heard. The 500-million-dollar contract calls for Dixon-Yates to build a 107-million-dollar generating plant at West Memphis, Ark., to supply the Tennessee Valley Authority with private power to replace TVA energy now used by AE. At a late session last night. Actin; Comptroller General Frank E Weitzel testified he didn't feel was in the province of the Genera Accounting Office to make recom mendations for or against waiver. The GAO keeps a critical eye for Congess on government spending. Weitzel testified that GAO's ma jor objections had been met b; contract changes in the last week and he said, "We definitely fee that .many Improvements have been made in this contract in the Interests of the government." But he added: "We were not the negotiators and I can't say whether we would not have signed the contract." No Opinion He said he couldn't express an opinion when reporters asked if he considers the contract a good one. After Weitzel concluded, Committee Chairman W. Sterling Cole (R-NY) announced: 'That completes the program as by this committee. We will meet tomorrow to determine the future course of action." Rep. Holifield (D-alif), an opponent of the contract, hurriedly inquired: 'Do I understand that other witnesses who have requested to appear, and who were assured they could appear if the contract was evised, will not be heard?" "Not necessarily so," Cole re.- plied. "We'll decide that tomorrow morning." Joseph Volpe Jr., spokesman for lie state of Tennessee and the Ten- icssee Valley Public Power Assn., •ushed up to Holifield. protesting .hat "this is high-handed business I the committee doesn't hesir us. ' Volpe had testified against the con- ract earlier in the week and he said he had been assured he could appear again if the contract was changed. OsceolaChurch Will Expand $90,000 Program For First Baptist There OSCEOLA — Plans for construction of a $65,000 annex to the First Baptist Church here was revealed today by Dr. Percy F. Herring, pastor. The ne- annex will be of two story construction, Dr. Herring said and will house five new de- acknowledged P^rtments. In addition to this cost estimate. Dr. Herring said, is $25,000 for the purpose of air conditioning the entire sanctuary. The Florida family has launched the campaign for funds for the - - construction of the annex with a ilyn, 31, to death in the bedroom of ^ Q QQQ subscription to the church their lakefront home. Dr. Sheppard in mcmory of lhe i r parents, the claims an unknown intruder com- Jate Mr and Mrs George T. Flor- mitted the crime. Picture Introduced Under further questioning by Corrigan. Drenkhan said he went to Dr. Sheppard'.s hospital room July 4, shortly after the osteopath See SHEPPARD on Page 8 if Dr. Sheppard hadn't told him he "wanted to help as much as possible because he was interested in the apprehension of the murderer more than anything else in the world." The patrolman that this Was so; also that Dr. Sheppard talked with officers the next day and re-enacted his version of the murder night. The 30-year-old defendant is accused of bludgeoning his wife Mar- 300 VEARS OF JUDAISM — An ancient religion is celebrating a birthday this week. The 300th year of Judaism in America is being observed over the United States in special services and meetings tomorrow and Monday. Pictured above is Dr. Alfred Vise, Rabbi ot Temple Israel, Blytheville. (Courier News Photo) Judaism Celebrates 300 Years in America NEW YORK (AP) — Judaism in America was pictured today as on the verge of a new "golden age." Leading rabbis said this trend already has made the United States the largest center of the faith in the world. And they reported: 1. A growing religious resuv- gence in 'synagogues across the land. 2. Rapid expansion in religious schools, libraries, seminaries, and Jewish fraternal and benevolent organizations. 3. A broad, reawakened interest i Jewish religious insights and scholarship. Not even Israel is the bulwark of our faith today as Is the United States," said Rabbi Joseph Rnuch Hit-Run Probe Is icln. Construction of the annex is expected to be started by the first of the year, Dr. Herring said. Young Victim Is Unconscious in Hospital Here Sheriff's deputies today were con- ,inuing their search for the driver of the hit-and-run ear which struck md severely injured an 11-year- ild Blytheville boy on east Highway 8 Tuesday night. And this morning attendants at he Blytheville Hospital reported hat the injured boy, Harold McClanahan, remains unconscious and s suffering from a severe brain njury. The boy also is suffering from an njury to his left side and possiblv as an eye injury. He was reported as "some bet- er" this morning. Young McClanahan was struck by lie car as he rode his bicycle onto •lighway 18 from the driveway of C. M. Abbott on East Highway 18. He had been playing on the Ab- xitts' lawn and was enroute to his home nearby at the time of the accident. Deputy Sheriff Holland Aiken, who investigated the accident, said that he had "checked out" two or three cars that had damaged light find fenders lately that none' was identified as the car that struck the boy. He said that he was continuing his investigation. of Louisville, Ky. He and other leaders were here for a series of services, ceremonies and meetings centered on the 1954 celebration of the 300th anniversary of America's first Jewish settlement. New Golden Age Recalling conditions which sparked a great flowering of Judaism in medieval times, Rnbbi Solomon E. Starels, of Savannah, Ga., said: "The fourth century of Jewish life in the United states may prove to be another golden age of Jewish civilization." He and Rabbi Raueh, among the ministers of the 14 oldest Jewish congregations in the land who will be honored here tomorrow night, delivered sermons at local temples today. It required several centuries for the medieval "golden age" of Jewish life to emerge, in eighth- century Spain, Rabbi Starrels said, adding: "It would look a.s if in the past 300 years on these shores we have been going through a similar process of development and growth." He noted the increase and affluence of Jewish cultural institutions, the expanding libraries, academies and publication societies, and said: "The influence of the synagogue has spread and deepened. A fine spirit of interfaith relations prevails in our own land." All this, he said .may herald another of Judaism's "most brilliant and most productive eras. ' Tomorrow's ceremonies honoring the oldest congregations will be followed by an all-day national assembly Monday of the Synagogue Council of America, representing Judaism's Orthodo, Re- j form and Conservative wings. 23 Scttler.s The events are focused on the tercentenary of the landing in New York in 1G54 of the country's first 23 Jewish settlers—a number since grown to five million. Savannah's Congregation Mickve Israel, now led by Rabbi Star- rcls, was founded in 1733, the same time as the colony of Georgia, and Louisville's Congregation Adath Israel, now led by Rabbi Ranch, was See JUDAISM on Page 8 Soviet Asks European Conference Security Meet Proposed For November 29 ; MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet government today proposed holding a conference on European security cither in Moscow or Paris'on Nov. 29. A Soviet note was sent to the French government today making tlifs proposal. Copies were seat to other interested governments, including the United States. Communist China wns asked to send ob&ervers. Tlie new Soviet note was obviously aimed at delaying or preventing ratification of the Paris pact granting sovereignty to West Germany rnd ^rnn"'ig that country the right to rearm. Old rinn It follows the month-old Soviet Idea of a security system embracing all European countries well as the United States. This organization would replace the systems of defense alliances which tin West lias laboriously built up and would specifically ban the integration of a rearmed West Germany in the system. The United Kingdom was among the countries invited. Copies of the note were handed to correspondents at a news conference in the Soviet Foreign Ministry conducted by press chief Leonid F. Ilyichev. The note will be broadcast tomorrow and published in tomorrow's Moscow Newspapers. It was released while representatives of the Western Big Three were meeting in London to draft an answer to an earlier Soviet proposal for a Big Four meeting: on Germany. The note said its purpose was "to prevent the complication of the situation in Europe which in creases the danger of war." President to Ask Ratification Of European Treaty Will Tell Senate Plan Is 'Great Step' Toward Security TOLEDO, Ohio W—President El- senhower will tell the Senate Monday that ratification of the Western Europe anti-Communist alliance to free and rearm West Germany would be "a very great step" .ownrd world securily. The chief executive's press sec- etary, James C. Hagerty, told newsmen here today that will be Monday Is Deadline For 'Softer Censure' Compromise Has Little Chance Later WASHINGTON (AP) - Re- pub 1 lean leaders reportedly sr' a Monday target, rial" for efforts to soften a censure resolution against Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis). Monday was (he day specified by an influential GOP senator who. n-king to remain anonymous, said in nn interview that unless McCarthy imd his friends can agree by then on a compromise resolution "ft won't be much use to try any further," So far, Ihia senator added, McCarthy himself has not agreed to accept even the criticism involved in a proposed watered-down alternative to the direct censure recommendation now before the Senate, In Hccuss The Senate Itself was in recess over the weekend after* n session yesterday which saw McCarthy assailed as a spreader of "slush and slime" and defended as "the strongest voice now speaking out in Ahierica against communism. During the debate Sen. Knowlnnd of California, the Republican floor leader, seemed to be laying the groundwork for n possible Senate verdict differing from the censure resolution unanimously proposed by the special committee headed by Sen, Watkins (R-Utah). Knowland said that while he had implicit faith In the six-man bipartisan committee, that did not mean the committee's recommendation had to be accepted without change. The GOP senator Interviewed day .said that one suggested compromise, so far .spurned by McCarthy, might declare Unit while McCarthy's actions had hern "intemperate and Indiscreet" on .some occasions, lie had helped in showing "penetration of key government agencies" by Communists. This version of the proposed compromise would strike out all eference to censure or condemnation of McCarthy himself, a move ts backers are not sure could com- MrCARTIir MEETS AN ADMIRER — Smiling Senator Joseph McCarthy stveLchcs from a, doorway Lo shake hands with a woman who reaches under the arm of a Senate doornian. The woman was one of the hundreds of fans of Senator McCarthy who Invaded Washington to stage a demonstration against a proposed censure against McCarthy now being debated in the Senate. (AP Wirephoto) mand the necessary majority vote. May Vote on Acts However, Sen. Alken Ul-Vt), said iiion interview he believes "some senators might be willing lo cen- suro or condemn acts who are unwilling to vote against Sen. McCarthy personally." The Watkias committee has recommended that McCarthy be "condemned" for his alleged 'contemptuous" treatment of an elections subcommittee which Investigated his finances In 1951-52. The group a.sked that he be censured also for "repeated abuse" of Brig. Gen Ralph W. '/.wicker, a witness before McCarthy's Investigations sub- cnrnmHU't-' curlier (his year. Son. IDIrksen (R-IllJ, a backstage leader of compromise moves, declined comment. But It was learned, he hud urged McCarthy's friends to temper their language in discussing the censure Issue in the hope that chances for a, compromise would not go up in the mnoke of debate. McCarthy himself flew to Wisconsin to accept nn award from th« Young Republican Women of that slate today. Sen. Stennis (D-Miss), a Watkins committee member who accused McCarthy yesterday of putting "another spot on the floor of the Senate, another splash and splatter" by attacking the group, said ha would consider any "bona fide statement" McCarthy might offer by way of retraction. Wiitklns Group Assailed Stennis yesterday challenged McCarthy's assertion that members of the Wntkina Committee were the "unwitting handmaidens" of the Communist party. Ho told the Senato that McCarthy's statement was "a continuation of the slush and slime which has been poured on other committees which were charged with the duty of trying to look into his conduct." While "Sen. McCarthy has done some very good and very effective See MCCARTHY on Page 8 Directed by Soviet Embassy Jenner Hits Red Spy Rings By JOHN CIIAIMVICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Son. Jcnncr (R-Iml) said today the Soviet- Embassy here directed establishment of Communist spy rings in "every part of the government," and within the United Nations. Jonner said "Hie fi'cc miLion.s not be fooled again by Ule Kremlin's slogan of peaceful coexistence." The Indiana senator Is chairman ot the Semite Internal Security subcommittee and sponsor of a re.snlu- llon calllnK for a break in diplomatic relations with Russia. He made the statement In miuneint; publication by the sub- c.oinmiUce nl another volume o[ testimony taken In public hearings on Communist .strategy and tactics Referring to reported Soiet talk of "peacellll coexi.slence," Jenner .said "wo let them fool us in 1SK13 . with thai phony slogan and re-cs- It Cost Five In Court Today In five Cases brought before Municipal Court this morning two bonds were forfeited on traffic violations, while fines and some sentences were set on the others. F. E. Shannon was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated and assessed an additional $50 and costs on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ewell Scott was fined 8100. and costs on a charge of driving while Intoxicated while C. V. Sebnugh forfeited $19.75 bond on a charge of speeding as did J. C. Hawkins on a charge of having no driver's Lange PTA Opens Campaign to Get State Highway 18 Routing Changed Opposition to keeping Highway 18 West on its present approach to the. city appeared today with the Lange Parent-Teachers Association as the guiding force. substance of a special 2,000- word presidential message. Eisenhower Ls in Ohio as the guest of Secretary of the Treasury Ucorge Humphrey hunting duck off Maumee Bay, 14 miles cast of Toedo. He fired at ducks yesterday f or the first time In 20 years and brought down the daily le^al limit of four in half an hour. Then he bagged five pheasants, on which here is no limit. The President planned to return Washington late today. Tomor- •ow Ls Mrs. Elsenhower's 58th birthday. The nine-power treaty Elsenhow- er will send to the Senate Monday was signed in Paris last month. It jpens the way, upon ratification by i stormc sovcrpicnw ^"Amed^ocru"!^ tnc y want lo participalcin President. Kiscnhowcr's peaceful pied western Germany, and forisays the Soviets will have to trim their demands for changes German contribution of 500.000 j atom pool plan, troops to of Western Eu-j ^^ o|)j(;fjtjons L() the US Rejects Atom-Plan Changes Reds Demand UNITKI) NATIONS N, .Y. (AP) — The United States A mimeographed sheet is being circularized showing traffic counts presumably made in front oJ the school and asking that people of Elytheville "do what you can to block this non-progressive and ridiculous proposal. . . " To Meet NOT. M At It* next meeting on Nov. 23, City Council Is to reconsider a proposal to help the state to the extent of J1.200 in acquiring right ot way to bring the highway into the city by Rice-Stilt factory and Lange license. School. ' Hazel Sergeant was fined $35 and At present, the highway runs in costs on n charge of pe'it larceny] 'mm of Lange, but makes a mim- In connection with taki.ig a suit- ber of sharp and dangerous curves cise from the C«|« Hotel. 'in tti« proem Arkansas Highway Commission wants to straighten the approach by altering its course slightly. It Is ready to spend $15.000 for right of way but the last Council session voted 4-2 for the $1,200 proposal, two councilmen being absent. Five votes are needed to swing the measure. At least one city official has been Infoimed by the Commission that In the event the approach doesn't come on the recommended route, It may be directed toward South Highway 61, which It will Intersect in the vicinity of Dogwood Rldgc. A"D Firm In Belief Actually, the Arkansas Highway Department I* K> Kid on II* cur- rent recommendation for the rout- Ing that it apparently hasn't given too much thought to an alternative. The circularized material said that 340 cars. 84 trucks, five city buses and one Jonesboro bus passed in front of the. school from noon until 1 o'clock on Nov. 10. Prom 8:05 a.m. until 8.30 a.m., on that day the letter stated, 44 trucks, three city buses and 92 cars passed In front of the school. ' . Traffic counts, the handout pointed out, did not Include cars driven by parents bringing children to school. Other traffic statistics based on count* at Ule Khool were li»l«d. rope against any Russian afim'es sion. Hn^erty said Eisenhower will „,!, i--i. the Senate Foreign Rcln- tion.s Committee study the treaty iind be prepared to act .speedily on it when the new 84th Congress con venes in January. The President, who arrived here late Thursday, was out in the marshes by 8:30 a.m. yesterday and 30 minutes later had bunged two mallard, one pintail and one I black duck. He and Humphrey then toured the marshes In flat bottom punts with outboard motors, ate a box lunch back at Cedar Point Club, where they are staying, and then turned to pheasant hunting during the afternoon. The President said of his bag of ducks: "I haven't had so much shooting action in 30 minutes in a long time." ^uerum Court Session Monday Mississippi County quorum court will meet In Osceola Monday morning to approve the county budget for the coming year. All justices of the peace now in office will sit at the hearing. Only Important change from last year will be the approval of the throe-mill county ronci tax which was voted In again during the Nov. 1 tlecUon. | pr^ccl pool were presented to the U.K. last night by Sovie 1 Delegate Andrei Y. Vlshlnsky. He snkl Moscow would like to take part- but on conditions the West so far refused to accept. Chief U.S. OelcBatt Henry Caliot Lodge Jr. describes Vishlnsky'f speech before the Assembly's mam Political Committee as "a magnificent display of forensic fireworks but very little substance to them. ' Lodge said he would make a detailed reply early next week. Reduction Charged Vishlasky charged the United States and its atomic partners reduced the original Elsenhower proposal to a mere shell by: 1. Trying to set up an International atomic agency independent of the Security Council. The Soviets want the body subject to the council, In which they have a veto. 2. Attempting to make the agen- c a clearing house for moving fissionable materials from one land to another. The Russian delegate branded this an Infringement of national sovereignty. 3. Sponsoring a resolution which makes, no provision for a prior pledge among the nations concerned not to use nuclear weapons In the future, vishlnsky added, however, that the Kremlin would make such a pledge a condition for Joining the agency. 4. Failure to reflect the Intent of the Elsenhower proposal by not considering methods for prevent- ing of atomic materials for warlike purposes. In his brief reply, Lodge said the. United Sl-.iU's hus no objection to the atomic agency keeping liaison with the Security Council —provided the project does not get 'bogged down in vetoes." Commenting on VismnsKy's cal for a b»n ( >n atomic weapons Lodge said the question was ui to the Disarmament Cominissiot and had no place In the Elsen hower program. Western diplomats viewed Vish Insky's speech as a strategic at tempt to assess the West's flexl bllity on the atomic question. Jaycees Clarify Rules Concerning Tot Contest Blythevllle's Junior Chamber of Commerce today once more emphasized there Is no entrance fee In their Tots Contest, in which children of this area up lo age seven may be entered. Photos of approximately postage card size may be mailed to Bill Hrabovsky, Box 225, Blytheville. All photos will be returned, the Jaycee~ stated. Name, address and age of each child should be Included with each entry. Entries must be submitted by Nov. 19 and prizes will be awarded the first three boy* and girls. tublLsh their embassy spy center here." ?le snid the late Premier Stalin promised, In return for diplomatic re-cognition by this country, to re -frnin from "Interfering with our government." But, Jenner went on, after Russia won that recognition 21 , years ago, Stalin broke his promise. Red Cell Cilcd "It WHS in that period that the first secret Communist spy ring In our government was established," Jenner said, referring to an alleged red cell in the Agriculture Department. He added: "From that small beginning the Communists, directed from, the Soviet Union's Embassy, expanded their .spy network into every part of the government and moved from there into the United Nations, "Over the years they have infiltrated schools and colleges, labor organizations, the entertainment field, certain activities of the armed forces—in fact, every phase of governmental and civil activity where they could gain a foothold. ' Anti-Communist laws, Jenner said, can not reach "the arch con- .spinitors in the embassies and consulates of the Iron Curtain governments." But, he said, "we can . . . sever diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and its satellites and thus seal off the spy centers in the embassies here." Weather ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy and mild this afternoon and tonight; Sunday cloudy with scattered showers, colder north and cooler south. MISSOUIU—Pair east and south, partly cloudy northwest this afternoon; partly cloudy tonight and Sunday; cooler northwest tonight and over most of state Sunday. Minimum this morning—44, Maximum yesterday—79, Sunrise tomorrow—6:32, Sunset today—4:37. Mean temperature (midway between lUli and low—61.3. precipitation last M- houn to T t.m. —none. precipitation Jan. 1 to thU d*t« — 0.23. This Date List Year Mnxlmum yesterday—70. Minimum this morning—37. Precipitation January 1 to d»t* — 36.70.

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