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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 29, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS YOt. LI—NO. J10 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi filythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader Ike to Meet With NSC Thursday Meeting Is Called For Camp David By ED CREAGH GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Eisenhower today called the National Security Council to a meeting on Thursday at Camp David near Thurmont, Md. The White House said no particular emergency lay behind the decision. This will be the second meeting of the defense strategy planning group to be held at the President's Maryland mountain retreat in two weeks. Both the NSC and the Cnb- Inet are scheduled to meet there next week. White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty said Eisenhower will drive the 22 miles from his Gettys 1 - g farm to Camp David for the 2:30 p.m. Thursday session. He will return as soon as the meeting ends around 4:30 p.m No Particular Emergency "There is not any particular emergency." Hagerty said, adding tl-at the council regularly meets on Thursday. He said the meeting meets on Thursday. He said the meeting was being shifted from Washington the nearby camp be cause the President wants to at taid. Hagerty also announced Eisen tower will see Budget Director Rowland Hughes at 11 a.m. Thur.s day to continue a discussion 01 tl.c" 1956-57 budget. The Cabinet will meet as usual at Washington Friday but Eisenhower will not attend. Sub-freezing weather and a lack o' pressing business kept the President away irom his downtown Gettysburg office today as new speculation swept the country as to his second term intentions. Elsenhower worked at his farm home Instead. The mercury plummeted to 14 above during the night. This mom- PADDED WING CARTS MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANE INCOMING SEAPLANE HULL PADS RAISED INDIVIDUALLY FROM BELOW SECURE THE PLANE INFLATED AIR BAGS CAN RAISE DOCK TO HIGHER DRY-DOCK LEVEL DOCK REMAINS PARTLY SUBMERGED I DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1955 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Jackson Contests; Asks New Election Complaint Cites Conduct at Polls Early Trial Chance Seem To be Slim Most Blytheville citizens this How Fast Seaplanes Will Dock: Sketch above shows a new seaplane service and dry dock facility now being developed lor the Navy as an. integral part of its new concept of mobile seaplane striking forces. It is for use in sheltered areas In conjunction with seaplane tenders. It will be ready for testing early In 1956. In addition to features noted on sketch, the device will provide hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic power for both servicing and dry dock operations from special below-deck chambers. office, learned there wasn't much doing, and decided to work at his Gettysburg Battlefield country home. It was a good bet he found some occasion for chuckling over the renewed will-he-run? controversy. This long-simmering qvlestion boiled up again yesterday when Republican National Chairman Leonard W. Hall, fresh from a conference with the chief executive, offered with a broad smile See IKE on Page 2 Segregation Issue Inj Into Education Conference , . »>• « ER B ALTSCHULL _ _ Quests" o7'the" parties involved. WASHINGTO N(AP) — A Negro delegate injected the racial segregation issue into the , White House education conference today by inquiring whether federal travel money has been AM . A _. «• • • paid to delegates who "do not support the Constitution." LU " Clarence Mitchell director of the Washington Bureau of the National Assn. for the Aci• mo , rhn " vancement of Colored People, said he had just returned from South Carolina, "where some -d "• newspapers are advocating defiance of the Supreme Court integration decision. morning were interested in knowln_ just when the irial in Circuit Court win get started • i election filed by Jackson. The answer is probably not any tune too soon. In an ordinary civil suit, the defendant has 20 days in which to file a reply. Presumably, Mayor-elect Toler Buchanan also will have this much time to get his answer on the record. Buchanan was out of town todny and unavailable for comment. Jackson's complaint asks the court to try the case as soon as possible. Naturally, this would be desirable in view of the fact that city officials take office Jan. 1. Light Scheduled Judge Charles Light of Paragould is scheduled to preside at the next regular term of Circuit Court's civil division here on Jan. 16. Today, Judge Light was noncommittal in .conversation with the Courier News concerning the possibility of bringing the contest to trial before the Jan. 16 session. He said he could not interrupt sessions he has already scheduled for other towns. This, coupled with the 20 days in which Buchanan has to answer, would appear to considerably narrow the chances of bringing the case to trial any time before January. Light said he will not take any action on setting a date until off cially informed of the action anc in Mayor E. R. Jackson has filed an 18-page civil complaint in Circuit Court against Mayor-Elect Toler Buchanan charging nrVliple election irregularities and declaring Jackson should the contested have won the Nov. 8 mayoralty race by a 586 majority. Mayor E. R. A recount of that contest, demand- , as the place where "many votes ed by Jackson, \vas conducted Nov.; were cast for (Buchanan) outside 11, giving Buchanan the majority by | of the polling places, which were 14 votes, 2,030 to 2,016. But Jackson > taken to the voters outside of the declared in his civil suit it should nave been 2,31fi for himself and "not :o exceed 1,730" for Buchanan. Charges Far-reaching charges on illegal conduct at the polls cited alleged aual voting, voting .in wards in which electors were not qualified to vote, illegible ballots counted for Buchanan, improper absentee ballots, voting without registration, Seven Years ForAWOLGI's Trio Caught Here Is Sentenced He asked whether delegates Irom South Carolina signed a statement t -it they uphold the Constitution when they filled out expense vouchers. Later he tolf reporters he had the same question regarding delegates from Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. The question, with its promise of a bitter, unscheduled controversy, was raised at the close of the first general business session of the conference called to talk about pressing school needs. At a formal opening; meeting last night the nearly 2,000 delegates got a send-off from President Eisenhower in which the chief executive discussed both sides of the lederal Larger Turnback Brightens Picture Of City Finances west coast were sentenced yesterday to an aggregate of 49 years in Jail. Actually, each will serve a maximum of seven years since assessed terms will run concurrently. They are Kenneth Preston Blue. 18. of Pampa. Tex.; Marvin Henry Parson, 22, of San Francisco; and jt Mrs. Atha Smithson, 21, formerly [ 1)0 of Rivervale, Ark., and recently of Brentwood, Calif. They were captured last week by deputies of Sheriff William Berryman, who was alerted by the jailed marshall, Jack Williams. Blue and Parson are AWOL from Ft. Lewis, Wash. They picked up Mrs. gmithson in California and drove to Arkansas, financing the trip with a series of brcakins, robberies and a car theft. Mrs. smith- son acted as "cashier" for the men. counting the money taken. After spending a week in jail here, they informed Bern-man they Wanted to plead guilty to three charges against them in Arkansas, a Poinsett County burglary, the Craighead County jail break, and robbing a filling station operator at Burdette. Circuit Court Judge Charles Light Mississippi County yesterday turned back to the city of : Blytheville a net $40,594.62 as its share of real and personal property tax brightening considerably the municipal fip^nriai picture. The amount exceeded the returns of last year. Two men and a woman companion who locked a Black Oak marshall in his own jail after leaving a trail of Diyinuviiie A HUL ^lu.uai.ui oo na on«i« ^ ^» t «.. u p^w.^, robbery and theft .victims from the j property tax brightening considerably the municipal financial Uircini (join i jtiuyf \juttiito Lji?,"" veterans riuus ha"ded down the sentences yester- i j ng . sa i C] sH.OOO. BreaKdov;n of the turnback was: 8.9 mill tax, $31,103.81. Road tax, $12,919.50. Collection expenses, 53,428.69. Loan to city from county, deducted. $20, COO. Last year the net return to the city was $46,849.81, but at that time deduction was made of monies the city owed the couny. Road Tax Helps A difference, too, may be found in the road tax, which was not collected last year. This year's 340,594.62 will be disbursed as follows: General fund, for city operation, $7,112.50. City Hall, bond fund, $5,434.50. City Hospital, bond fund, S9.782.- 10. Firemen's pension and relief, 8543.42. Library, operation, $5,434.50. Street improvements, S12.227.60. As of Nov. 1 the city had more than ,$61.000 in various funds. It was earmarked: General. $31.000. Street. $11,000. Veterans Housing Quarter build- day, giving the men seven years each on the three counts and the seven years on one count. In Municipal Court Two men forfeited bonds in Municipal Court today on charges of driving while Intoxicated. They were George Dicherson, bond " William W. Cook, „,., --. originating In the county, were heard. In each case, bond was forfeited. There were Herschel Craft, no driver's license, $19.75; Lewis P Scott, improper passing, »19.75; Noel Richardson, speeding, $19.75: David Lee Williams, speeding, $19.15; Charley Landrum, no driver'! .license, of $111.15, and $122.25. Six traffic cases, $19.75; $19.75. utio: E»rl Rite, »pcedlng, Parking Meter, $2.000. Payable At the past Council meeting, accounts payable totaled S6.COD. and Council approved purchase of $3,400 in Fire Department radio equipment. City owes its parking meter fund $17,500. Rape Charge Filed in Osceola OSCEOLA — A 35-year-old man of near Dyess has been charged with statutory rape of his 11-year- old stepdaughter, according lo Deputy Sheriff Clyde Barker of Wilson. Barker said the man, Tommy Hogue, of Wilson, Rt. 1, is being held at Osceola County Jail in connection with the charge. He was arrested last. week. Information charging statutory rape has been filed against Hogue In Osceola Circuit Court by Deputy Prosr.cullng Attorney Henry Swift of Osceolt. USO Group Outlines Plans For Dance Tentative plans were outlined yesterday for a dance for servicemen to be held at the Women's Exhibit Building at Walker park Dec. 12. The Blytheville UEO Committee met yesterday at City Hivll to discuss arrangements for the dance. It was announced that there is a possibility of getting the Admiral's Band from Millington Naval Air Station for the event, Chairmen for various phases ol planning were named yesterday. Bill Williams and" Bill Hrabovsky were named building committee chairmen, Mrs. George tMiderson chairman for refreshments and Miss Vera Goodrich is in charge of hostesses. The group also discussed plans to set, up a Negro committee as part of the overall USO group. school aid problem. This morning's general meeting was held in advance of a split-up into round table discussion groups to take up specific school reeds. Summed Up Both Sides • Eisenhower summed up both sides of the explosive controversy federal aid to schools in an address recorded at Gettysburg, Pa., and put before the delegates in a sound film last night. "If we depend too much on outside help, too much on the federal government, we will lose independence and initiative," he said. "But if the tederal government doesn't step in with leadership and with providing credit and money where neressary. there will be a lack of scncols in certain impov- ant areas, and this cannot be allowed." He said he didn't expect the delegates to "find any easy solutions" to the problems of education. "But I do know this: when sensible Americans—men* and women—sit down together to discuss a problem . . . something sensible comes out," he said. Today's opening session, like those remaining:, involved group discussioas pt 180 tables, with 10 11 delegates at each table. Chairmen of each table group will get together to compare notes in seminfinal affair. Then they will select two chairmen who will draft a final report. Some Reservations At last night's general session, Vice President Nixon told the delegates that "we should recognize . . . that some additiona, federal activity and responsibility is inevitable and necessary to the field of education, but he offered some reservations: "Any federal program which discourages or reduces tre local or state contribution would be tragic mistake . . . "We want our education lo be free . . . Freedom and federal control are incompatible. There is no greater power that a govprnmenl could exercise over a people 1 than to be able to dictate what the young should learn." This conference, first proposed by Eisenhower nearly iwo year: See SEGREGATION' on Tape 2 CROP Seeking Five Bales Here It'll Go Overseas To Needy Persons; Drive Now Under Way A drive lor contributions of cotton, or money with which to purchase cotton as a part of the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP), is underway in North Mississippi County with representatives of many churches in the area Mayor Releases Statement polling places by certain judges." \\o Booths" The entire election, the complaint voting outside of polling places ana in one Instance the delivery of ballots to automobiles by one judge \vho allegedly "directed the voters how to vote." Jackson asked the court for the following: 1. That the Nov. 8 election be declared void and if it is, a new election be held. 2. That if all ballots are not thrown out, all boxes be opened by Hie court and be purged of illegal ballots. 3. That the trial on the charges be held as soon as possible. 4. That a recount of votes be conducted. 5. Thai the court enter an order declaring Jackson elected. 6. That in (be event the case is not heard before Jan. 1, and in the event that Buchanan is sworn into office, that he be ousted by the court and damages be assessed to Jackson lor the time Buchanan holds the office, plus costs, and any and all proper relief. Though not mentioned as such, several of the requests are alternates. Presumably, the charges listed by JaL-kton would affect the outcome of three council seats which were filled at the same time—should Jackson be upheld by the court. The document listed in detail the alleged election irregularities. 144 Challenged A total of 144 votes were challenged t-y ..:ici;son as illegal because ot illegal ballots, the electors were not voters, did not pay their poll charged, was illegal and void "be cause it was not held according to law." It said there were no booths, no secret places to vote, which made- it pratically impossible to cast a secret ballot.-"None of said ballots were secret ballots," Jackson said. One of the judges at Moore's Stor was accused of carrying ballots out to automobiles and directed the voters how to vote. At one election place, it was charged that a Judge "constituted himself practically a floor walker to meet the voters and escort them in and make it convenient to assist them in making out their ballots. Approximately 1,500 poll tax receipts were issued "without authorization" it was charged. The complaint went on to state that certain election officials permitted persons to vote whose names did not appear upon the certified list of qualified voters and that "numerous votes" were so cast. No election judges were designated by name. Here's the statement Mayor E. R. Jackson released yesterday afternoon after he filed his complaint contesting the election: "I have decided to file this contest of the Nov. 8 election, because of the insistence of many of my 'riends. We believe a majority of ihe 'citizens of Blytheville want clean, honest elections, where voters are not pressured by threats. Our American democracy was built on our freedom to vote for whom we choose, and the secret ballot should insure as this freedom. "My attorneys have found many irregularities in the recent election which, I feel, the people of Blytheville deserve to know about. Included in the findings, are, that it appears from the poll lists that certain people having voted at two different polling places, which is certainly illegal. "Also, it was found that, some voted in the wrong .ward. There were many people who voted who were not listed in the certified list of qualified voters. "I have served this city long, honestly, and with integrity. It is my ambition to do my part in keeping Blytheville a city in which a majority of the people elect their city officials. "I believe if you think about this situation seriously, you will agree with me, that this contest is a necessity for Blytheville's welfare now, and in the future." Dulles Tells Both Sides: 'Partisan Foreign Policy Debates Should Be Avoided' ment, together with other food and clothing relief contributions, to Europe and Asia. The project is sponsored by the j state Council of Churches in behalf j taking part. Object of the canvass is to obtain three to five bales of cotton in North Mississippi County for ship WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles today called on Republicans as well as Democrats to avoid partisan foreign policy quarrels which, he said, might "endanger our ICyltl VULCla, U1U JIUO H a J Hll.i1 |ju.- j 1 - () taxes or voted in the wrong wards, i nation. Jackson declared these votes were Dulles suggested at a news con-*— —— ference that Republicans, as well all cast for Buchanan. He challenged, further, the general conduct of the election charging that poll tax receipts were not attached to or did not accompany ballots as required by law; that no affidavits were attached for "maid. ,- i en" voters; and that in at least "urgency for \ «-e msUmces the poll book sliowe. collection of food and clothing in the United States for relief of needy persons overseas. Ninth Drive This year marks the ninth annual drive by CROP. Cotton collected here will go to Hong Kong, Korea, Jordan and Italy. The campaign in North Mississip pi County, was kicked off Sunday with announcement, of the project in the area's churches. The drive will continue through Dec. 10 with dedication services for gifts sched- more ballots than appeared in the recount election. The complaint said none of the uled for Dec. 12. Joe Ewing is overall rhairm;ui for the project in North Mis.sissippi i votes. 47 absentee ballots cast were legal in that they did not comply with state laws. Some 30 ballots were challenged because of "illegible names." Said Voted Twice Three persons were said voted two times each. "If all of the ballot boxes Were purged," Jackson's complaint went on, "of all of the illegal ballots and the ballots thereafter correctly counted and tabulated," he would be declared elected by at least 300 as Democrats, should avoid what he called "excesses" in debate on foreign policy in the campaign. He said he himself is trying to avoid getting drawn into "what would reasonably be considered a partisan position." Dulles said he has no present intention of making Republican party speeches in the 1956 cam- paten. But. he added, unspecified Holiday Parade Marches Friday Features Floats, Santa Claus and Five School Bqnds The animal Blytheville Christmas parade, with "The Christmas Story" as its religious theme, will move County. County Judge Philip Deer is vice chairman. Other Chairmen Other chairmen include Floyd Irby, secretary; Bob Porter, treasurer; Kemper Bruton. publicity; Chaplain Don Maxfield. contact: the Rev. H. M. Sanford. canvass chairman: Charley Brogdon. commodity chairman; and the Rev. James Rainwater, dedication chairman. Community chairmen include the Rev. E. H. Hall. Dell; the Rev. Harold White. Leachville: Harold] Spence. Manila; Hays Sullivan, i Burdette and Tomato: W gen, Armorpl. Barfield "Numerous persons were pernuueo to cast ballots whose names (lid not and do not appear upon the official List of qualified voters," the| complaint said. It charged that poll taxes wen;; mailed without, authorization and thai Ihf ptTSons v.ho m'eivi'd them did not pay for them but used them 10 vote. They voted for Buchanan. ; JiK'k.sou said. ; One pr.u-lice. allegedly contrary '>>; I lav.', was cit'-cl a.s the failure of elcc- j tion judges, to initial each ballot. [ Ward 4 i Moore's Storci was listed i events could change his mind. Refused Comment Dulles refused to comment criticisms of Eisenhower administration foreign policy made byi ArtHi mpvpnson Gov -\verell Ha*'- •'•' •"• ' —^-~ - ~ to have , ^'anorNew York and other top!*-™ «»"> Street at 7:30 p.m. rrt- j Democrats. a ^' The meeting with newsmen was] Thirteen floats depicting the Dulles' first since his return from 1 thcme, a Santa Claus and at least the forei"n ministers' conference! five bands will participate, at Geneva \ Under the chairmanship of Dr. Jinswenn" questions, Dulles said [Harvey Kidd, 13 floats, sponsored Democrats'could well follow the! by the Blytheville Ministerial Alh- oxample he said had been set by lance and the Retail Merchants Di- ReptlWicans during the presiden-j vision of the Chamber of Commerce, tiul campaigns of 1944, 1948 and will be seen. 1952. Floats, their individual themes and church sponsors will be: ha.s given authority, vitality much .success to our foreign cics." Cmild Knilanser Safcty Dulli's mluMl ilial "It nerds to be remembered that those hostile to the United States See IH'U.ICS on riiRi- 1 Z New Race Commission Named; Meeting Set that led to days ago. UTTLE ROCK ilfl — A new stale Racing Commission has been appointed by Gov. Orval Faubus and it may meet this week to deal-with .some of the contrpvers al topics mass' resignation 11 Dr. Edwin Diinaway of Comvay, re-appointed chairman of the 11- man commission by the governor yesterday, said that "if It Is , a(l right wth Gov. Faubus," the new commission will meet Thursday to "get this thing over with." He said Fatibtu was out of town uuck hunting and couldn't be reached to npprove the date. Dunaway didn't elaborate on "this thing," but he apparently meant, the. hassle over a horse racing franchise at Hot Springs. The commission was less 'han an hour away from considering the Hot Springs racing Issue when it resigned en masse under pressure from Gov. Faubus. Aside from Dr. other discharged were re-appointed. Dunaway, four commiss oners They are Laud Payne of PiRgott, Jtff Roland of Paragould, J. Ed Wright of Little Rock and Joe Schmelzer of Little Rock. The five new members are Dr. Porter Rogers of Searcy. R. A. Young Jr., of Fort Smith, Ned Stewart of Texarkana. Jim Bush of Helena and Carl Hope of North Little Rock. June Gibson of Dermotl, who was not Involved in the ouslr-i- Nov. 18, will continue as the llth mem- btr. Gibson attended ings , Conception Catholic: "Journey to Bethlehem." True Light Baptist: "The Birth of Our j Lord." Calvary Baptist: "The Angels 'and the Shepherds." First Christian; I-The Wise Men at the Manger/ uninformed indulgence in partisan| rim jurtnodist; excesses" could result in peril to. ••shepherds in the Field." Assembly Die nation's safety. ] of G(x i. -pi,,-, wise Men Before His statement said further: 1 ueroti." Trinitv Baptist; "The Flight into F.L>vpt." BAFB Chapel; "Jesus in the Temple." Carter's Methodist; "Christmas Carols." First Presbyterian: "Christmas in the Home." First Baptist: "Merry Christmas," Blytheville YMCA. Hands , High srriool bands from Blythe- i v,lln' gt.,.inr High. HalTiSOIl High, ' Osocola. Dell and Steele, will march. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Fair , ac | a j[ C c,iiire. secretary-manager with slowly rising temperatures this j 0( tnc cn amber of Commerce, said .afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. :,„.„ Ol i 1( , r bands may join the parade. at West Memphis didn't enter i Thursday partly cloudy and warm- recent commission hear-1 into the governor's decision be-' C r. High this afternoon, low to mid cause the old commission had noisos low tonight, near 20. ther of cotton or cash, will be police l>nike up ;i demonstration j copied" All"cash contributions will: ucninM ihe government of Presi- be converted to cotton. idem FulKcncio Batista. Weatk her has not track , . MISSOURI-Pnrtly cloudy north Line of march begins at Laclede and Main. Parade will move west on Main to Fifth, then to Walnut, and East to the city hall where it will and west generally fair southeast i disband. this west generally lair southeast this | There will be no judging of the Members of the old commission I intention of issuing n permit to it. who did not regain their posts arej Faubus has said he is opposed to W P Davis of Newport, Jimjdog racing anywhere in Arkansas. „,,., ,, L ., U ,.,,.. lv ,...._, ; „ _ „ „ ,. Evans of Yellville Lacy Lawrence | Tlin new commission will face j afternoon tonight and Wednesday; ; nl tncs. McGtilre said. Announce- of Texarkann Ernest Parker of! the same problems. It must pnssi continued colll; low tonight 5-10, m( , nt O f nlocked-off streets will be " 'on three bids for the horse racing | northeast to 10-15 west and south: mn dc later in the week., and decide whether dogsi high Wednesday 15-20 northeast to Benton and Allan Bryant of Hot Springs. When Faubus asked the 10 commissioners to resign, Commissioner Payne told newsmen the governor feared some commission members Wouldn't go along with the governor's announced desire thnt the Oaklawn Jockey Club regain the horse racing franchise It has held at Hot Springs slnco 1935. Payne said the question of grant- Ing a frimchlse to a new dog racing I will run at West Memphis. j 25-30 northwest and low 30s south. Paubus told newsmen he felt sure there won't be any "wide divergence" between his views and those of his new commission. He added that he wouldn't issue any orders to it on what to decide. "You won't give them any directives; you'll Just fire them, 1 .' mpprti a newsman. ' Faubus laughed., but didn't rep!)'. Maximum ywiteriluy—30. Minimum this mornliiK—17. Sunrise tomorrow- 6:48. Mean temperature—23.5. Precipitation 2-1 hours (7 a.m. to 7 p in.)—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—47.64. This Half tast Year Maximum yeslerdsy—62. Minimum Mils mornlni; -33. Precipitation Jim. 1 to dalo—33.08. 'Copters for Traffic LOS ANGELES (/?)—Police hops to get the upper linnd on Los Angeles' freeway traffic problem by using a helicopter to spot iama. The City Board of Public Works has authorized construction ot * helicopter landing area atop the new uollca bulUUng downtown.

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