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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND BOOTHEAST tCBBOPM TOL. LI—NO. 304 Blythevllle Courier BlytoeviUe Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheviile Herald BLYTKEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1956 SIXTEEN PAGES Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT8 Citizens Are Informed Traffic Enforcement To be Rigid, Impartial Promise of a non-partisan, and trained,, police force which will arrest any one and everyone "including me" was held forth last night by Second Ward Alderman Kemper Bruton who heads City Council's Police and Fire Committee. Council Box Score Last night, City Council: * * * Heard plans for police training and "non-partisan" enforcement of traffic laws. » * * Refused a permit to .Fred Faught for operation of a grocery store on South Clark. * * * Adopted comprehensive ordinances covering plumbing regulations and connections with the city's new sewer system. * * * Took steps to condemn a building at First and Main. .. . • * .* * Heard a plea for a full- time dog-catcher. * » * " Scheduled an adjourned session for next Tuesday night. New Sewer CodeOK'd By Council Out-houses are out. And each building In which people live, or work in Blytheviile must have toilet facilities. Those were just two of the points contained in the sewer connection ordinance passed last night by. City ouncil. Councllmen nearly decided to wait one week before passing the ordinance and were ready to approve It on its first reading only. However, when It was pointed out by Claude Alexander of the Plumbing Division, Arkansas Health Department, that the ordinance Is needed to prevent persons from making Improper connections or premature use of. the new system, Council viewed its passage as a "must." Unworkable in Fast Previously, the city's patch-work and antiquated sewer system made "model" plumbing and sewage laws unworkable. However, Alexander pointed out, the time to begin protecting the new system against improper connections is right now. Alexander is former Blytheviile city engineer.. " The 19-page ordinance details methods of connections and lists certain exclusions from the system All buildings must connect to the sewer if the line runs within 300 feet of the structure. Work on connections must be guaranteed for one year. . Councilmen were concerned over reports that efforts had been made by citizens to begin using the new sewer, lines before the treatment plant is constructed. The treatment plant isn't to be ready until fall. Passed on its first reading was the state plumbing .code which provides for licensing of plumbers and sets out inspection procedures. Children to See Wizard of Oz A stage production of the children's classic, "The Wizard of Oz," will be presented in the high school auditorium March 26. The performance, to begin at 2:30 p.m., is for elementary and Junior high school children. • It Is under the sponsorship ol Blytheviile Zeta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, educational organl- iatlon'. .'-... . '• .':•'•• -i ; The play will be staged by Reed lawton Productions of Hollywood and Penthouse Productions of New York. Snow Show / NORTHTOELD, Maw. * - A group of Nbrthfleld naidmU ban found a way to mike us of the Huge piles of snow that line the Mreett after two blUiarda. They teYlted tb* children to UM main ttreet with enow eculptuni, If the MM work! out they'll make an an- Mi*l.ajiilr * tt, ttaf 1*14. Bruton took, the floor to address .more police and more equipment, = ' simply haven't the money to iTsTanding room only crowd at last night's City Council, meeting. Most of them came to Inquire what could be do»e" regarding speeding and enforcement of other traffic laws in the city. "We've nevef before had ft nonpartisan police force which was free to make arrests and get convictions as they saw fit," Bruton stated. "Beginning April 2, every man on the force will undergo training sponsored by the National Association of Police Chiefs. "After the force learns what is expected of it, they're going to arrest anyone who violates a traffic law and that includes me." . To Check Ordinance Only offering from'the citizens to draw action was a suggestion by Mrs. James Roy and several others that $10 is not a stiff enough fine for speeders. Mayor Toler Buchanan told the Police and Fire Committee to investigate existing ordinances governing traffic. violations and make recommendations as to whether penalties need raising. , Third Ward Alderman B. M. (Buddy) Terry Interjecteo. that he saw no reason why speeding en- forcement'would have to await the April training program of the police department. "I don't think a policeman needs to be trained to catch a speeder. The department has shown it can do, that by its work of the last three or four days. I -don't think the rest of their work has suffered because of then- drive to catch speeders," he stated. ••-.Asks Citizen to Report Buchanan asked the citizenry to help. "If you observe a speeder, get his license number, report him to police and be ready to testify in court. Such action by citizens will materially help in checking speeding." Bruton said his committee had a, lengthy meeting Monday night to analyze the problem of; traffic '"en""-' forcement, : . . :•''• '-There are certain limiting factors. For instance, we have only one motorcycle. We were thinking about trading it in on a three-wheeler, which is essential to patrol downtown parking areas, but we don't even have the money to swing the trade-in, much less own and operate both. "In the second place, we have only one man qualified to operate as a motorcycle policeman . . . and we never have had a man on the Blytheviile police force who has been trained as. a traffic policeman. "I think (Police Chief) Charley Short is doing a good job with the men and vehicles he has. We need Six Arrested In Pemiscot One Blytheviile Youth Is Held CARIITHERSVILLB-! The Pemiscot County sheriff's office reports a series of burglaries and the arrest of a total of six men. Those arrested and to be charged are William Royce Holmes, 17, Blytheviile, Ark.; Clarence Littrell Jr., 17, Steele; Joe Harrison White, 20, Steele; Ralph Viar, .17, Steele; William Starkey, 22, Hayti; L. C. Smith, 22, Warden. Holmes, Littrell, White and Viar were arrested and accused of breaking into Cohoon's Store at Holland Monday night. Officers said they confiscated $7 in cash and this stolen property: nine pairs of trousers, four shirts, two cases-of beer, seven cartons of cigarettes, 30 cigars, some peanuts and candy. Starkey is accused of breaking into two Hayti establishments. Officers said .he Is believed to have taken <50 from Kelly Electric Co. and some motor oil ana cigarettes from City Service Stations Both places , were entered by : - windows on .March 10. ,R. L. Elder, special agent for the Frisco Railway, obtained fingerprints at the scenes of the robberies and matched them with Stnrkey's. Starkey .denied thej charges until Tuesday. Officers said that when a report .verifying' the, being Starkey's arrived Tuesday, Starkey confessed. , ! 'Curly Mihton, marshal at Wardell, reported to the sheriff's office Tuesday afternoon that he had arrested t. C. Smith, who reportedly admitted stealing a pair of trousers from the McBrlde Barber Shop at Warden Saturday night. He will be moved to the county Jail here. ;; . 1 Holmes, the Blytheviile youth accused of burglary, was fined $5 and costs upon a guilty plea to careless and reckless driving list week. He harf b«eh arrested prior to that. -.•; Ralph Dtxoil, 404 Locust Avenue, Cahitherivllle, Informed the sheriff! office that a $M Arvln table motel rKUo WM taken {torn Ml home while he wit away, ever the weekend.. He left the s house un- 1001*4, ettieen Mid. - get either." The town was stirred to action last week when Sally Brown, 10- year-old Lange fifth-grader, was struck by & car as she crossed Main Street. She remained on the critical list at Walls Hospital for several days and is still in serious condition. lauds Work at School* Last night, another citizen, John McDowell, spoke up to compliment £he police department on its job of directing traffic at Blytheviile schools. "I have two children in school and it looks awfully good to me to see those policemen on duty there," See COUNCIL on Page 6 Long Westinghouse Strike Settled After Record 156 Days By NORMAN WALKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Westinghouse Electric Corp. strike, one of the longest in the nation's modern labor relations history is over. Strikers -weary of picketing idle plants for 156 days headed happily back to work. The dispute — punctuated at times by violence—probably cost hundreds of millions of dollars in lost wages and business. Settlement came last night when the striking International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) voted to accept a peace plan proposed two weeks ago .by government mediators, but changed somewhat in the union's favor since then. 5 to 42 Cents an Hour The new contract gives IUE workers annual pay raises ranging from 5 to 22 cents an hour, added to their prestrike average of $2.10 an hour. Additional raises up to 12 cents an hour were provided for skilled workers. Pensions and insurance benefits were improved. For example, the company will take over full ccfst of employe insurance after November 1898. .Westinghouse announced that njjie of its consumer products field, Mass;;—Mctuchcn,—Bloom plants will get back int oproduc- .field, Belleville and Trenton, N.J., tion today. They are at Spring- Fairmont, W.Va.; Elmira. N. Y.; and Mansfield and Columbus, Ohio. The bulk of the 44,000 strikers represented by IUE are expected to be on the job again in a matter of days. However, at some heavy machinery plants, notably the company's East Pittsburgh works, it will take a month to restore production. Since October The strike, started in mid-October, delayed by nearly half a year Introduction of the 1956 line of Westinghouse products. For that S«e STRIKE on Page 6 Kefauver in Major Win in Minnesota Stevenson's Hopes Dealt Severe Blow By Upset in Democratic Primary Voting By ADOLPH JOHNSON MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) tossed a roadblock into Adlai Stevenson's presidential path with victory in the Minnesota primary election yesterday. Stevenson Democrats were quick to contend the upset came because Republicans crossed'into the Democratic column to vote. Kefauver said that if any Re-*—— —. -—— publicans did cross party lines, : . ^^ • • """ UN Council to Call Special Session On Mid-East Issue By WILLIAM N. OAT1S ' UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — The U. N. Security Council is expected to meet in emergency session late this week or early .next in answer to a U. S. call for urgent action "well, Mr. Stevenson got some and I guess I got some." He credited his victory to a "Minnesota revolt against the Eisenhower- Benson farm program." Stevenson said in Chicago that iv the ^"unpcecede.nted Democratic vote", "offset" fils. personal disappointment. He said he would continue in the presidential contest and planned to campaign in other states where he has entered primaries. Kefauver Only Sir swept the statewide vote, winning 12 at-Iarge delegate votes. He led in six of the nine congressional districts. This would give him another dozen votes— leaving six at the most for Stevenson. The slate has 30 votes at the Democratic National Convention. Statewide, Kefauver led Stevenson 202,481 to 157,441 on returns from 2,840 of 3,868 precincts. This gave Kefauver 56 per ecnt and Stevenson 44 per cent of the total. On the Republican side, 'returns from 2,815 precincts gave President Eieenhower 170,439 votes to 2,774 for Sen. Knowland of California. Knowland made no campaign but was unable to get off the ballot after Eisenhower's announcement he would be a candidate again. The primary, second in Minnesota history, yielded a result as amazing as the one in 1952 when Eisenhower got 108,000 write-in votes Before he had announced his candidacy. Committee Rebuffed Stevenson ran with the endorsement of the Democratic-Darmer- Labor State Central Committee and the active assistance of Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) and Gov Orvllle L. Freeman. Kefauver used this "machine support" as a campaign, issue. . Before the election, Kefauver said he would be pleased with 30 per cent of. the vote,-but "expected . to : get more." Stevenson said on election eVe that he would be satisfied ballots.' :uon t*( with 55 per cent of the Kefauver's victory was his second in a row, following his sweep in New Hampshire. The Minnesota primary was the first head - on contest between Kefauver and Stevenson, who did not file in New Hampshire. : Gerald Heaney, Democratic national committeeman and a Stevenson supporter, said Republi : cans apparently crossed over "in wholesale .lots" to defeat the can- See STEVENSON on Page « ' on the current Israeli-Arab crisis. The U. S. delegation called on the 11-nation Security Council for "urgent and early action," the same words President Eisenhower used In his March 1 news con- J. C. fills Suit Back In Pemiscot Court JEFFERSON CITY (IP)— A suit brought by J. C. Ellis of Barfleld, Ark., against E. L. Farmer, Pemiscot County, Missouri, cotton grower, has been sent back to the Pemiscot County Circuit Court for final disposition. Ellis sued Farmer originally on a $24,816 note. But to 1953 Circuit Judge Arthur 0. Goodman upheld a referee's finding that Farmer was entitled to collect $97,731 from Ellis on cotton and other crops sold to the Ellis cotton gin. Last week,- however, division two of the-Missouri Supreme Court said it could find 'evidence to support only one claim by Farmer—that he was entitled to $1,856 for the sale of a tractor to Ellis. Circuit court findings on the other claims were reversed and the case was sent back for further action by the trial court. Rosenthal Is Still Critical Crlttenden County Memorial Hospital reported today the conditions of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Rosen- thai, injured Sunday in a Highway 61 collision, as "unchanged." Rosenthal's condition Is "critical. "That of his wife is "fair." ference. The prospect was raised that U. N. Secretary General Dag Hamtnarskjold might be sent on a new peace mission to the Israeli area. U. S, Chief Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. reported a buildup of armed forces near the Israeli borders by both sides. He said shooting incidents were "recurring at a dangerous rate." Border clashes have erupted frequently between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt. Jordan and Syria. Violations of Armistice Lodge said • the border clashes and armed buildups were violations of the 1949 armistice negotiated with U. N. help. "It is a matter of deep concern to the government of the United States," he said, "and it therefore requests urgent and early action by the Security Council to consider the situation now prevailing In the Palestine area." Diplomatic informants said the United Stales, France and Britain Want the Security Council to send Hammarskjold back to the area. The secretary general returned last month from talks with Arab and Israeli leaders and said they had promised to settle disputes peacefully. But there was no letup to border incidents. Shown Plan Russia has been shown a Western plan of action designed to strengthen the U. N. role of peacemaker. The West wants Russia to agree so the Security Council decision will be unanimous. Russia has given no hint of its attitude, but twice' in 1954 it vetoed U. N. resolutions on Palestine which the Arab nations opposed. There was no early hint of the new Western plan other than Hammarskjold mission. 8QMPH Chase, Then Arrest; Others Caught :. Henry/Puller, a Negro employ of a Blytheviile automobile agency, was fined $50 In Municipal Court today after a Dell policeman said he:"v-'"-'- • ' . •; 1.-Approached Dell on Highway 18 at >0 miles per hour and speeded through Dell's 30-mile-per-hour 'ei">'.:- . Speeded toward Blythevllle when the policeman gave chase, Ignoring the police siren even when the car pulled along side; , : 'l'Entered: Blytheviile at rates of speed up to M mph, ran three stop sl(iu and it red light at 5th and Walnut and WM caught only whea he parked In front of tbe automobile agency. •••••••• Puller, according to tt man, F. W. Fesmeire, explained he thought Fesmeire "wanted to race; 1 The Negro was arrested on a city warrant, with the Dell patrolman as the chief witness against him. Puller admitted the highway race at N mph, entering the city at "about 40 mph" and running the single< red light. He said, however, that he-sped away from the Dell man "because I was afraid of him," ' Judge Oraham Sudbury,- In Imposing the *M fine, of which $16 was autpended pending good be* havlor, said, "Being afraid of someone doesn't excuse or permit you to violate U» apetdlog, law tad endanger lives by your excessive speed." . Sudbury explained that the fine was not Imposed as a penalty for violating Dell's laws, but for Puller's actions on the highway and within Blythevllle city limits. Fesmeire, ths patrolman, was waiting for Puller outside the courtroom with a warrant for speeding through Dell. In other actions, Harry Allen Steg.ill was fined.$30 for speeding through the Sudbury school zone shortly after noon yesterday. Raymond Pointer WM fined $30 on his plea of guilty of falling to yield the right of way. His car was Involved, fa M tocideat. Ike Again Appeals For Moderation In Integration Issue By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower today urged the nation not to regard the school integration issue as one which could separate Americans and create a nasty mess. Eisenhower again, at a news conference, appealed for moderation. He said the problem of desegregation is one of deep emotion. But he said he is confident progress can be made. For the second week In ""' — row* Eisenhower spoke with deep feeling of the controversy created by the Supreme Court's decisions striking down race segregation in public schools. Discussing specifically the trial of a group of Negroes in Montgomery, Ala., in connection with the Negro boycott of that city's buses, Eisenhower said he unde£- stands there is an Alabama law covering that situation. Referring to the situation generally in the South, Eisenhower said it is incumbent upon the people of that area to show some progress in good race relations. That, he added, is what the Supreme Court asked for. The court, in implementing its segregation ban, called for progress with "all deliberate speed." Eisenhower said we should not stagnate, and declared that again he wanted to plead for understanding between the races. He also dealt with these other matters: • * • MIDDLE EAST — Any outbreak of major hostilities in the Middle East would be a catastrophe for the world, Eisenhower said. He added the f United States must regard every bit of unrest there as a most serious thing. The President's remarks were in comment on the U.S. request yesterday for a. United Nations Security Council meeting to seek a solution for the Middle East crisis. Eisenhower said if the disputing nations can be made to see that mediation is the true way to a solution, then maybe we can get some place. . " • • • POLITICS—Eisenhower avoided direct comment on contentions that the upset victory of Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) in the Minnesota presidential primary yesterday reflected a revolt against administration farm policies. The President said he was unable to come up with an analysis of the Minnesota vote but that the state Is very important politically. He added that the big write-in vote he got there in 1952 did as much as anything to convince him he should take this political business At little more seriously, that time Eisenhower still was in the Army and his name was not on the Minnesota ballot. He received 108,000 write-in votes nonetheless. As for the farm situation, the President repeated a statement he first made in the 1852 campaign—that we should continue to work for 100 per cent parity in the market place. If 100 per cent, in the market place is not the goal, Eisenhower said, then crop surpluses will con tinue to pile up. "Not A Good Bill" Speaking then of the election year farm bill approved by the Senate two days ago, Eisenhower said he does not think It is a good bill. He said it is not workable and would bury the farmers under surpluses they couldn't stand. The President expressed hope a Senate-House conference committee will be able to come up with a good bill. Such a group must try to reconcile the many differences between separate farm measures passed by the two branches of Congress. Reiterating a stand against a return to rigid farm price supports, Eisenhower said you can't have a sound farm program mere ly by passing a law calling for such high supports. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy with occasional rain and scattered thundershowers this afternoon, tonight and Thursday, slightly warmer tonight. High this afternoon upper 40s to low 50s, low tonight, upper 30s to low 40s. MISSOURI — Cloudy and colder with occasional light rain or snow this afternoon continuing east and south - central portions tonight; clearing and colder northwest tonight; Thursday generally fair; low tonight 25-30 extreme northwest to the low 30s southeast; high Thursday 40s northeast to about 50 extreme southwest. Minimum this morning—27. Maximum yesterday—47. Sunrise tomorrow—8:01. Sunset today—6:12. Mean tempetnUiro—31. Preclplt^lon H hourt (7 «.m. to 7 p.m.}—none. PrMlplutton J«n. 1 to d»l«—17.M. Tftli B:te l.«»t *«r Maximum yesterday—55, Minimum this morning—72. Jw. 1 to l«t*-ia.M. Farm Bill Timing May Be Important Political Factor By OVro A. MARTIN WASHINGTON (AP) — The timing .of hew farm legislation may become an important factor in the major parties' campaigns for the farm vote in the November elections. Contracts Let For New School Construction Due to Begin Immediately Contracts amounting to $211,989 were let by Blytheviile School Board yesterday for a 12-classroom * Thus far, the timing would appear to favor the Democrats. Arid there appear to be no signs o{ a speedup which, some GOP strategists think, might help the Republicans. Republicans are pinning their hopes for fanners'. votes largely on benefits they say would accrue through a soil bank "plan. This contemplates that payments up to $1,200,000,000 would be made this summer to farmers for taking unneeded crop land out, of production and putting it to soil conservation uses. On Dissatisfaction . Democrats, on the other hand, elementary school In northeast Blytheviile. It is expected to be completed within the contract limit of 300 days and construction will begin immediately. Receiving the contract for building construction was the firm of Cone and Stowes, of Searcy, for $166,000. demons Brothers, .of •Wynne, received the mechanical work contract at $36,494 and the electrical work on a bid of $9,495. IT. S. Branson and A. F. Helnlcke are the architects. One-Sto: Structure The school, as yet un"_ymed, will include a "caietonum," a combination cafeteria and auditorium. It will have a fully equipped kitchen, offices, a first aid room and storage for books. The building is of one-story, brick and haydite block construction. Exact location will be near intersection of LaClede, when the street is extended, and a new street, unofficially called Tennessee Street. Financing of the project is without government aid, to be wholly paid for from part of last year's $470,000 bond issue. are pinning their hopes largely on farmer dissatisfaction with price and income declines under the Eisenhower administration and with party promises of higher price supports. • The administration's soil bank plan will provide little help to farmers this year unless it can be set up before planting time. Farmers in the South already are planting their crops and seeding will get into full swing In other parts of the country next month. The Agriculture Department has said that if the soil hank plan Is not enacted before April 15^ it would be virtually impossible to set It up this year. The Senate approved the soil bank in a many-faceted farm bill which it passed Monday night. But that with bill must be compromised a vastly different measure passed by the House last year— a thorny and probably lengthy procedure. Opposed By Administration Then too the Senate bill contains many features opposed by the administration. , OOP. leaders said after a talk with President Agriculture B»nson yesterday they do not see how it can be approved See FARM on Page 6 Hollywood Is All Set For 'Oscar' Awards By JAMES BACON HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Tonight is Oscar night in movie- town and for the first time this traditionally gay night will be tinged wtih a little sadness. Never before in the 28-year or the Academy Awards has a dead man been one of the favorites to win a top Oscar. Then too it is expected to be the last Hollywood appearance of Grace Kelly, a movie queen soon to become a real princess. Many in Hollywood feel that if the late James Dean doesn't win the top acting award, the Academy should give him a special Oscar. The brilliant young actor was nominated for "East of Eden." Dean was killed last September in a car crash, but he still gets more. fan mail than any other star on the Warner lot. Favorite of Many ' He could well win. He's the choice of many, including Frank Sinatra, who was nominated himself for "Man With the Oolden Arm." But Hollywood is a practical town. Most of the voters want to see an Oscar go to someone who can get some good out of it. That makes Ernest (Marty) Brgninc the favorite. Others in the top acting circle are James Cagney and Spencer Tracy. Both are previous winners and both gave performances, Cagney in "Love Me or Leave Me" and Tracy in "Bad Day at Black Rock," that are Oscar caliber. Close Race Among the girls, it's a down- to-the-flnal-gun race between the Italian Anna Magnani and Brooklyn's Susan Hnyward. Magnani, one of the world's great actresses, scored in "Rose Tattoo." It was her first American picture and the port was tailor-made for her by playwright Tennessee Williams. Miss Haywnrd, In the charmed circle for the fourth time ,tt up for the Lillian Roth story "I'll cry Tomorrow." Her portrayal of a lush was superb. Others in the top actress race are Katharine Hepburn ("Summertime"), Jennifer Jones ("Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing") and Eleanor Parker ("Interrupted Melody"). For best picture, "Marty" and Mr. Roberts" are the favorites, but tough competition can be expected from "Picnic." "The Rose Tattoo" and "Love is a Many- Splendored thing." The nation will be able to see and hear the big show over NBC- TV and radio from 10:30 to 12:15, EST. Nine Deport For Induction Nine men left Blytheviile yesterday for Little Rock to report for induction into the armed services and the local Selective Service Board broadcast a call for two who failed to report. Leaving were Oeorge Edward Lloyd, Samuel Troy Garner, Bobby Gene Russell, Ernest Franklin Shelton and James Joseph Coradine, of Blytheviile; Thomas H. Cal- Us, Luxora; Bobby Prank Harris, Lepanto; James Wick Hall Jr., Kci- ser; and Billy Loyd Gentry, Wilson. Two who failed to report were Arthur Jamerson, Dell, and Jamei Smutch Davis, Wilson. The board asked any person know- Ing their whereabouts to report to the Selective Service office In City Hall. ' Next pre-inductlon call U March

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