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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 85 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newf Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Taber Says Foreign Aid LCut Coming Final Request May Be Less Than $4 Billion By RUSSELL BRINES WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Taber (R-NY) said today next year's foreign aid request might be set finally at less than four billion dollars by cutting off unused funds from past years. Taber, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said the Eisenhower administration has set a tentative total of $5,800,000,000 for foreign aid in the fiscal year starting July 1, compared with $7,600,000,000 recommended by former President Truman. But Taber said the Eisenhower administration has promised to \ subtract from its $5,80,000,000 estimate all funds for foreign aid that remain unobligated when the current fiscal year ends June 30. This additional cut, he said in an interview, "might readily be l'/ 2 to two billion dollars." If it were the latter, the foreign aid appropriation for the year would run $3,800,000,000. Spending presumably would run higher, including funds voted in previous years and obligated before June 30. •Chairman Bridges (R-NH) .of the Senate Appropriations Committee, did not go that far but he gave indications his committee may try to lop the figure down to an even five billion.' . Sen. McCarran (D-Nev), a member of Bridges' group, commented however, that "it ought to be cut in half." Hearings on foreign aid are scheduled to begin next Tuesday. See FOREIGN AID on Page 5 6thWreckVictim Dies of Injuries Fred Lanier, Joiner, Succumbs Following Car-Truck Collision Fred Lanier, 26, of Joiner, sixth passenger in a car in which five other Joiner men were killed near Marion early yesterday, died at Crittenden County Hospital in West Memphis this morning from injuries suffered in the wreck. He had been on the hospital's critical list since the accident which occurred on Highway 61-63 near the junction of Highway 64 when the car in which the Joiner men were riding failed to negotiate a curve and crashed into tie side of a trailer truck. Also 1 killed in the collision were his brother, Lewis Lanier, 25, Julius Ralph, 35, driver of the car, William A. Shannon, 23, William A. Lawrence, 29, and Donald McGowen, 23. Funeral arrangements for the Lanier brothers were still incomplete today, though a double service probably will be conducted Sunday, officials of Citizens Funeral Home at West Memphis See WRECK on Page 5 Blytheville Man Hurt in Accident Billy Sam Berryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berryman of 1300 Hearn Street, an acrobat with King Brothers Circus, was injured in an accident at Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Berryman said today. Mr. Berryman suffered hack and leg injuries yesterday when hit by a wrecker, she said, but the extent of his injuries is not known. He is returning home after having been given emergency treatment In a hospital there, Mrs. Berryman said, and is expected to arrive here Monday or Tuesday, Weather ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy .widely scattered thundershowers extreme northeast this afternoon or early tonight; coplei tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI—Fair southwest, partly cloudy elsewhere tonight; with showers or thunderstorms extreme southeast this evening; Saturday partly cloudy northeast, generally fair elsfwhere; cooler tonight and southeast and extreme south Saturday; low tonight 40 northwest to 50 southeast; high Saturday 50s north to 60-65 south. Minimum this morning—47. Maximum yesterday—7«. Sunrise tomorrow—5:09. Sunset today—fl:44. Prcclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—non«. Preelp. since Jin 1,—21.81. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—71.S. . Normal and mean for May—70.2. Thli Date Last Year Minimum this mornlns— it, Maximum yesterday—92. tittlp, Jan. 1 to dal»—30.U. DEPART FOR LITTLE ROCK — This group of Mrs. Curtis Anderson's Central Ward sixth-graders left at 4 o'clock this morning for Little Bock where they will tour the capitol, the old territorial capital and other historical places during a one-day trip. Elementary School Supervisor Winnie Virgil Turner and Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Lindsey, Gordon Harris, George Byrd, Mr. Anderson, Mrs. George Crowell, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Trumble and Mrs. Herman Oden will make the trip with the group. They are to return tonight. (Courier News Photo) Old System Hit as Citizens Ponder Finance Plan- NearbySepticTank TopSchool Problem A Blytheville High School senior yesterday labeled the septic tank in front of the new high school building as a matter of the "most urgent" nature in connectioirwith improving Che city's high school. Speaking before Blytheville's Ko- t tary Club Calvin Czeschin, Jr., told the club that the high school perhaps ad received more overall support from the community during the 1952-53 school year than during any other comparable period. However, he said, the new high school still has certain shortcomings. '.Foremost of those i listed was the Holland Girl, 8, Killed When Struck by Train HOLLAND — An eight-year-old girl was killed instantly at 5 p.m. yesterday v/hen she was struck by a southbound Frisco freight train Morris Named Head Of Sewer Committee Harvey Morris, Blytheville insurance man and former Circuit Court clerk, yesterday was elected chairman of the 50-person Byltheville Sewer Committee .when the group held its first meeting in Municipal Courtroom in City Hall. Other officers elected yesterday . tank which ,v.cs in the iront, ruere. yard of the modern building. "We have done quite a bit of work on our new tennis courts (located near the tank)," he stated, "but you can't play on them unless the wind is right." Young Czeschin's remarks prompted one Rotariah to tell trie club that his son had returned from junior high recently "smelling like he had been playing in the sewer." The boy explained to his father that se\vage had spouted up from the drains in science laboratory and that "some of it got on me." Need Piiving. Cafeteria Also put on the needed list by Czeschin were paving for Tenth Street and a self-contained cafeteria. He explained that the cafeteria in the junior high building served the grades, junior and senior high schools. ."Some students, rather than fight the crowd, eat a candy bar when they should have a hot lunch," he stated. Reviewing the school year, he termed it "a most successful one." "Our football and basketball teams .were excellent, our band and choir were recognized for their superiority and members of the speech and journalism departments also gained honors." He also explained three-party student campaigning which was climaxed by today's election of stu r dent body officers Young Czeschin was introduced by Rotarian B. A. Lynch. Guests at yesterday's meeting included U. P. D. Poster, Lt. C. G. Redman, Jr.; L. C, B. Young and R. C. Bryan, both of Osceola, and the Rev. P. H. Jernigan of Lake City. Truck Wreck Manslaughter Charge Dropped Involuntary manslaughter charges placed against Broofcsie, A. Teague of Wlnterhaven, Fla., following a 'wreck last October near Burdette in which three persons were killed, were dismissed in Municipal Court otday on motion of the prosecuting attorney. The court also ordered the bond in ,the case discharged. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney A. S. Harrison said this action did not prevent parties to the wreck from filing further lawsuits, A $100,000 suit was tiled shortly alter the wreck by Mr. Russell against Mr. Teague and Growers Market Association, owners of tiie truck. The technical charge was levied against Mr. Teague following the two-truck collision at the. Sandy Ridge bridge which resulted In the deftth of Mrs. Mildred Russell, her daughter,' Olenda Sherlll, three, and a son, Danny,' four, occupants of the truck driven by Everett Russell of Tupelo, which crashed into the rear ol Mr. league's truck. The child was identified as Margaret Edward, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clivie Edwards of Holland. of her two companions toward the tracks, apparently unaware of the approaching train. Margaret was a third grade student at the Holland grade school. According to reports of the accident, the child was killed when she attempted to cross the railroad tracks ahead ot tw - playmates. The accident was witnessed by Cardinal Smith, a grocery clerk, and a man identified as a Mr. Harris who managed to flag the engineer ot the train, who appa,r- ently did not know the accident had occurred. According to reports, the child was walking along a path with two playmates, Judy and Barbara Hall, when she suddenly ran ahead Her parents have resided in Holland most of their lives. In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Merideth, and two brothers, Charles and Billy, all of Holland. Funeral arrangements were incomplete today pending arrival of other relatives. German Funeral Home of Steele is in charge. A.H.D. Halves Commission's Estimate on Road Projects By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Highway Department today cut in half the Highway Commission's earlier estimate of 10 million dollars for planned work on primary and secondar;' roads. * The Commissfna last week estimated planned highway improvement projects at nearly 10 m>il- • •by the committee, which contains representatives of every organization In the city, include Billy Boone, vice-chairman and Mrs. C. G. Redman, secretary. After nearly a half-hour's discussion, Mr. Morris appointed a three-man committee to Investigate feasibility of retaining another engineering firm to review the Black and Veatch recommendations with en eye toward lowering the $1.3 million cost. C. Murray Smart, R. A. Porter and Dale Bnggs were named to the committee. Next* meeting of the group will be called when this committee is ready to submit a report, Mr. Morris stated. James Terry, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's Sewer Finance Committee, which formulated a revenue bond issue proposal, discussed this plan and answered questions pertaining to it. Prior to adjournment, Mr. Morris urged those present to contact membership of organizations they represent to obtain opinions and suggestions of these groups. Burglars Hit Frenchman's Bayou Stores Burglars broke into three buildings at Frenchman's Bayou late last night, Molvin speck, operator of the E. Speck Grocery store said today. The grocery store, which houses the post office, Leslie Speck's Gin office and the Delta Store, owned by O. 'W. Speck, all were entered through broken rear windows, he said. Safes were broken open in the stores, but apparently the only theft occurred in -the post office where the burglars took an unknown amount of stamp money, he said. Postal inspectors and Deputy Sheriff J. T. • (Buster) Wigley are investigating the break-Ins. Auditors to Help With Tax Filing Income tax auditors will be in Mississippi County May 6, 7 and 8, to assist taxpayers in filing their 1952 state income tax returns, 'the Revenue Department announced yesterday. • Auditors will be In the revenue office in City Hall here May 7 and 8, and In the Osceola office Wednesday May 6. Deadline for tiling state income tax retuns without penalty is May 15. ' Eden Improved LONDON l/Ph- The foklgn Office announced today that Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden "has gained «ome strtSgth" following an operation WejJneiKMy to remove fluid cauiing jiundict. lions. However, more exact fig' ures made available today cut the total — for both primary and secondary — down to $5,663,000. The Commission said it plans to spend an estimated $390,000 this year for relocation of two danger- out traffic miles of Highway 70 through De Vails Bluff. The De Vails Bluff relocation was the smallest of four primary projects programmed by the Commission last week. But it is the only one that will be in final Bhape if it is carried out under present plans. ! r I ft 11 . The Commission programmed CUQQr \3. MOITIS, three other primary projects, but •* all as "stage" construction. In. other words, only the initial stage was programmed with completion of the jobs to come later. Today's total figure Included $4,030,000 for the primary state construction and $1,633,000 for secondary pobs. Two White Horses Show Contempt for Frisco 'Iron Horse' Two wh|te horses showed their contempt for mechanization yesterday afternoon and held up the Frisco's southbound passenger train at least five minutes. According to a telephone report to the Courier News, the pair of horses stood flrmly In the path of the oncoming train near Dogwood Ridge, south of Blytheville. The train pulled to a stop, but Its horn couldn't persuade the animals to step aside. When last sighted, ,the horses were walking away—straight down the track—followed by the creep- Ing train. Harrison High Band to Play Special Concert A special "appreciation" concert has been scheduled for Sunday by Harrison High School's band and choral club. The concert, which is open to the public at no charge, is to begin at 4 p,m. and Is intended to show progress the band has made .since the program to expand it got underway last fall. ' At that time, a drive was begun to buy Instruments for band students at Harrison. This concert, school officials pointed out, Is especially for those people who aided In building the Harrinon band to its present size. Blytheville Band Director B. A. Llpscomb is in charge of music direction at Harriaon. Courier News Founder, Dies Edgar G. Harris, who established the Blytheville Courier News nearly 30 years ago, died yesterday afternoon at his home In West Point, Miss. He was 76. In ill health for several years, his condition became serious a month ago. Services for Mr. Harris, who was publisher of the West Point Daily Times Leader, were conducted at 3 p.m. today in West Point. Mr. Harris carne to Blythevilie in 1924 and that year consolidated the Blytheville Courier and the Blytheville News Into the present afternoon daily. 'He moved to West Point In 1929 and consolidated two newspaeprs into the present Times- Leader. A veteran of 61 years in the newspaper business, Mr. Harris was recognized as the dean of Mississippi newspapermen. Survivors include a daughter. Mrs. Charles Elklns of Wilson; his.wife, Mrs. Beulah Harris of West Point; and three sons,'Sidney R. Harris of Houston, Miss., Dr. James Luther Fuller ol Louisville, Ky., and William Henry Kuril ol We»t Point. ( Bulganin Tells West: 'Prove Peace Desire' Soviet Defense Chief Points to Arms Buildup By THOMAS P, WHITNEY MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet defense- minister, Marshal Nikolai A. Bulganin, said in a May Day speech in Red Square today there are no signs that the West is letting up in the arms race or abandoning "war bases" near Soviet territory. He called on Western statesmen to buck up their peaceful words with deeds. The Soviet government, he said, believes that "given good will and an intelligent approach all International problems could be solved peacefully." But, he added, inasmuch as there are no signs of a reduction in arms production by Western governments nor abandonment of military bases on the territory of European and Asian countries bounding the Soviet union "our government calls for the strengthening of our armed forces." Bulganin spoke from the marble tomb of Lenin and Stalin in the presence of Premier Georgi Mal- enkov and all 10 members of the Presidium of the Communist party's Central Committee. U. S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen and other members of the diplomatic corps were in the stand. As if to back up Bulganin's words that Russia wants diminishing tension in international affairs, the traditional military parade on this international labor day was the shortest on record. The whole military show was over in 15 minutes, and the civilian parade that followed was not much longer. Traditionally, Moscow's May Day parades begin about 10 a. m. and continue until late afternoon. This year the emphasis was on giving the people a holiday. Dances in the streets and numerous per formances by singers and dancers and athletic contests were arranged. Girls in white served champagne to guests in Red Square. Bulganin, resplendent in a blue- green dress uniform with gold braid and Jeweled medals, was heralded to the microphones by 150 buglers, who let go a tremendous blast. Then he began to speak. He said the Soviet government would like to see some backing up "by deeds of the peaceful declarations of members and leaders" of foreign governments. He obviously had President Eisenhower and Prime Minister Churchill in mind. "The Soviet government will Manila Church Building's Dedication Set MANILA—Bishop Paul E. Martin of the Arkansas-Louisiana area of the Methodist Church, will dedicate the educational building of the Manila Methodist Church Sunday, it was announced today by the Rev. N. Lee Gate, pastor. Bishop Martin will deliver the sermon at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday. The educational building was constructed during the pastorate of the Rev. Martin A. Bierbaum from 1946 to 1948 and the Indebtedness was retired during the pastorate of the Rev. S. O. Patty in 1943 and 1949. A re-decoration program has recently been completed. The Rev. Mr. Bierbaum, now pastor of St. Paul's Methodist Church In Fort Smith. Is expected to be present Sunday. The Rev. E. B, Williams, superintendent of churches in the Jonesboro District, also will take part in the service. Revenue Office Clerk Named Mrs. Mary Ann Oslin has been appointed clerk In the Blytheville office of the Arkansas Revenue Department, Revenue Inspector Oscar Alexander said yesterday. Named to succeed C. H. Whittle, who resigned the position last December, Mrs. Oslln assumed her duties today. A 1947 graduate of Blythevilte High School, Mrs. Oslin attended Southern Seminary Junior College at Bucna Vista, Va., and the University of Arkansas. The appointment was made by State Revenue Commissioner Horace E. Thompson. Council Meeting Is Postponed A meeting of the City Council scheduled for last night was.post- poned to await completion of action on a committee report on possible Joint use of the air base here for civilian planes.' A Council cor.mlttee has discussed the matter with a Chamber of Commerce committee, and the report Is awaiting approval of the C. of C. board of directors before being given back to the Council. welcome any steps on the part of other governments genuinely aimed at the easing of tension In the International situation and would like to see peaceful statements made by the leaders of these governments supported, by deeds," he said. The speech wis a highlight of Moscow's May Day celebration which also included a short military review and a longer workers' See BULGANIN on Page 5 . Nikolai Bulganin . . . says Russia wants peace . . . U.N. Demands Reds Free More POWs Communists Accused of Holding 375 More Disabled War Captives By ROBERT TUCKMAN PANMUNJOM (AP) — The Allies warned the Reds bluntly today that failure to hand over 375 more disabled Allied soldiers "we know you are holding" leaves "no choice but to question your sincerity" in full truce talks. As liaison officers accused the Communists of a holdout in the sick and wounded exchange, truce negotiators got nowhere in trying to choose a neutral nation as caretaker for some 48,000 able bodied Red captives who refuse to go home, .The U.»N., Command today sug- .gested '.Sweden. The Reds again refused''to: name any countryi' de^ ' spite Allied prodding. The Communists already had rejected Switier- land, previously nominated by the U. N. More Prisoners Enroufe Home But Army Blankets New Movement in Cloak of Secrecy By ROY ESSOYAPf HONOLULU im— A third big hospital plane carrying 22 sick and wounded Americans home from Communist prison camps was due here late last night, but news of its arrival was burled under a blanket of Army silence. An Army spokesman said he had received orders classifying movements of repatriates as "secret for security and compassionate" reasons. The spokesman, Maj. Douglas W. Mitchell, .-aid he could not* explain "compassionate." The secrecy was so complete it led to speculation the latest flight might be carrying prisoners who may have succumbed to Communist indoctrination during their captivity. The Army refused to say whether the plane arrived, how many were aboard and who they are. Forty-one sick and wounded veterans arrived late yesterday before the blackout began. It was the second freedom airlift plane to return disabled soldiers. The first, carrying 85 men passed through Honolulu Tuesday, with little restriction on news coverage although no interviews were allowed. The secrecy extended to names of the 41 disabled Americans who arrived yesterday from Tokyo. Repatriates on freedom airlift flights two and three are from 32 states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. They bring to 98 the number of former prisoners returned out of 149 Americans released last week by the Reds at Panmunjom. Before the news blackout, Army spokesmen said the 63 new arrivals would be given medical checkups and a complete rest before leaving for the mainland. They said the first plane probably would depart for Travis Air Force base, 40 miles noltheast of See POWs on Page 5 In.the liaison meeting, the Reds denied the holdout accusation, .calling it "groundless" and "wilful slander" not worth refuting. They admit holding some sick and wounded Allies, but said these are too ill to send home. Many of the 684 Allied captives released.last week told of disabled comrades still In stockades of North Korea. The U. N. Command used these figures to pinpoint at least 234 non- Koreans—many of them undoubtedly Americans — and 141 Koreans left behind in "only a part of your announced . , . camps." The Allies obviously were convinced the Reds hold even mora than the 375. 684 Returned After returning 684 Allied disabled, including 149 Americans, the Reds said April 26 that wai all. They originally promised 605. Rear Adm. John C. Daniel, chief liaison officer, told the Reds the Allies are returning all eligible Communists, and the Allies expect the Communists to do the same. Saturday's return of 500 North Koreans will make a total of about 6,600 disabled Reds sent back since the exchange began April. The U. N. Command originally pledged 5,800. Although it was not announced whether this would be the last there are only a few Eeds left for return. After a 37-minute session, the liaison officers recessed until another meeting is requested by either side. The meeting of the full truce delegations lasted only 35 minutes and was recessed until 11 a. m. Saturday (9 p. m. Friday, Est). The Allies offered Sweden as an alternate choice for the neutral custodian, but the Reds repeated their words of the three previous session—they want an Asian See TRUCE on Page 5 Scouts Ready for Camporee Boy Scouts from over North Mississippi County today were readying packs and tents in preparation to the district's annual spring camnore* to begin tomorrow. The Scouts, who'll be camping near the federal game warden's house on the Big Lake wildlife refuge, will be graded on everything 'chey do while on the camp. District Camping Activities Chairman Percy Wright has outlined a strict grading program for the troops. Winning troop will receive a trophy donated by Kelley Welch, district leadership training chairman. ; . The trophy will move from troop to troop following each cam porce and must be won three tunes In a row before 11 can be permanently held. From 50 to 100 Scouts are slated to attend the camporee. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Little League irynuts Monday . .. Stock car races open hero Sunday . . . Phils unnerved after • Cards' visit . . , Sports . . . Page 7 ... ... On Mlsaco Farms ... Paf* 8... . .. Society news . . . Page 4,. • . . . Markets . . . Pafe 5. . . . . . Tragic events may alter opinions on sewer situation • . • editorials . . . Pafe 6 ... . . . Dlso doings . . . TJw R«o- or* Shop . . . Fate t . . •

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