The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 24, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, November 24, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 206 BlythevlUe Courier Blythevllle Dally Newj Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Attack Fatal For Ex-Aide, Remington Was Serving 3-Year Term For Perjury LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — William W. Remington, former government aide serving a three-year term for perjury, died today at the federal penitentiary here from injuries suffered in an attack at the prison. K e m i n g i o n's death was announced by Acting Warden Fred T. Wilkinson. He suffered head injuries Monday when hit on the head with a sock-covered brick in his dormitory squad room. Wilkinson said the identity of Remington's assailant "Is fairly well established" but did not disclose whether it was another convict, nor give the reason for the attack. Wilkinson issued this statement: "Inmate William Walter Remington died in the institution hospital at 7:38 a.m. today, Nov. 24, 1954. On Tuesday afternoon an operation was performed by an outside surgical consultant and the institution medical officer. Probe Continuing"The investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation- and prison officials is continuing and all' information will be presented to the U.S.. Attorney." Remington was confined in the same prison as Alger Hiss, former top State Department official, who has served 3'/ 2 years for perjury. Hiss is scheduled to be released on parole Saturday. Remington was sentenced to three years on a charge that he lied when he denied giving anyone secret classified information. He was sentenced on Feb. 4, 1953 and started serving the sentence April 15. 1953. In Philadelphia, Norman McCabe, special agent in charge of the Philadelphia FBI office, declined comment on Remington's death. He said a statement would be issued "when we have made an arrest." Wilkinson reported that Remington was found by his quarters' officer in a dazed condition on 'the second floor stairway landing below his third Iloor dormitory quarters. He said that part of the group of prisoners, consisting of prison was occupied by a small hundred of prisoners, consisting of night workers in for the day, and by Janitors. Denied Red Ties Remington first was indicted in 1950 on a charge of falsely denying to a grand jury that he ever was 0 member of the Communist party He was convicted Feb. 1, 1951 and sentenced to five years but appealed and was freed on bail The New York Court of Appeals on Aug. 22. 1951 reversed the conviction, holding imnnimously that U.S .Dist. Judge Gregory F. Noonan in his charge to the jury was "too vague and indefinite." Remington was indicted again Oct. 25, 1951, on a charge of lying at his first trial when he denied he had passed government secrets to Elizabeth Bentley. confessed courier for a World War II Soviet spy ring. Before he went to trial on the new accusation, Remington carried a long fight against the indictment all the way to the Supreme Court, charging "oppression and deceit" by prosecutors in the grand jury room at the time of the first indictment. Among other things he complained that John Brunini. foreman of the grand jury, was a"financial and literary collaborator' with Miss Bentley, the chief prosecution witness, on a book "the success of which depended upon Remington's indictment." The Supreme Court rejected Remington's appeal on that issue. He was convicted Jan. 27, 1953, and sentenced to serve three years His conviction was upheld Nov. 24, 1953, seven months after he entered prison. 'What Are Pilgrims, Daddy?' Bountiful indeed are today's Thanksgivings in contrast to the first observance of our forefathers who set aside the day to give their thanks to Ood for a good harvest and their meager blessings. Just beginning to learn ef this particular heritage Is Hcrmon Carlton, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hermon Carlton, 11)47 Chickiu;a\vbn. Members of all faiths will join at 8:30 tomorrow in giving thanks with special services at First Methodist Church. (Courier News Photo) No Courier News Published Tomorrow Courier News employes will Join other Blythevllle citizens in observing Thanksgiving (lay holiday tomorrow. It is on« of three holidays during the year when no paper is printed. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Nation's Football Fans Have Full Thanksgiving Menu , . . Mississippi County, Southeast Missouri Buketball Results . . . Sports . . . page 7 ... . . . Thanks for Moderation . . . Editorial* . . . page 6 ... . . . "A Chriitmu Carol" . . . pace S . , . . . . Indeitructlble Winnie—W Vein Old Thli Month . . . P*(e 10 ... Council Acts Only On Building Permit *##* * * * * Packed House Hears Other Problems Aired In a 90-minule session last night, Blytheville's City Council voted to deny an application to build a service station at the intersection of Walnut and Division streets, but there was no lack of action before what Mayor E. R. Jackson described as the largest turnout for a council meeting this year. Movie censorship and routing of Highway 18's westerly approach to the city supplied the remaining fireworks before a packed house of about 100 persons. City Council took no action In either of the other matters.- Hearing on the filling station permit occupied 30 minutes. Arguments for residents of the Chamber Names 12 Members of Board Twelve new members to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were announced this morning following the closing of the Chamber's annual election yesterday. Elected as new members of the board were Roland bishop. Harry Bradley, Charles Brogdon, H. C. Bush, W. D. ChamWin, Jerry Cohen, Rupert Crafton, 0. E. Knudsen, Oliver Richardson, Jimmie Sanders, Dr. F. Don Smith and R. L. Wade, Jr. The 12 new board members were elected by mail ballot and will assume their duties at the board's first meeting in December. Under existing Chamber of Commerce policy. 12 board members are scheduled to retire every year. Holdovers Holdover members are J. W. Adams, John Caudill, J. L. Cherry. Russell Hays, Alvin Huffman, Jr.. W. S. Johnston, R. M. Logan, Jack Owen. Jesse Taylor, James Terry, E. B. Thomas and Kelley Welch. They will retire from the board next year. These 24 board members will elect officers of the Chamber at their December meeting. Elective officers are president, 'irst vice president, second vice president and treasurer. Retiring members are Kendall Berry, Rosco Crafton, E. B. Da- vid, Jimmie Edwards, W. L. Horner, R. A. Nelson, J. V. Dates, Russell Phillips, W. J. Pollard, R. A. Porter, W. P Pryor, 3. I. Westbrook, Jr., and Ray Hall. area who are seeking to block erection of the station were represented last night by Attorney Max B. Reid, while Attorney Gene Bradley presented the case for the property owners— Calvin Carter Roy Murder Charge Is Filed Zack Mays, Blytheville Negro, will be charged with first degree murder in the fatal stabbing of another Negro, Sammie Watson, who died at Blytheviile Hospital yesterday afternoon, A. S, (Todd) Harrison, deputy prosecuting attorney, said this morning. He expects to file a formal charge in circuit court today, he said. Watson died yesterday from a deep knife wound In the abdomen inflicted last Sunday afternoon nn Locust Street. Mays was transferred from city jail, to the county Jail after news of Watson's death. Practically All of Blytheville Will Observe Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day will be a day; of rest for 'most. Blytheville residents tomor/pw with the closisg of schools, bimks, stores and city, state and county offices. Blythevllle .schools dismissed this afternoon and will not open again until Monday morning. Thanksgiving is one of the days [elected by the Merchants' Division of the Chamber of Commerce to be observed by the closing of business establishment*. County offices In the court -house will be closed as will the city cltrk'i office in the city hall along with the state revenue office and the draft board. The county health unit will also be closed. Both Blytheville banks will observe the holiday. As on other holidays, the post office will close office windows and not have regular delivery service. The lobby will be open with mall ches of mail. Perishables will be de- service to boxes and regular dlspat- livcrcd «s will special delivery article! In the city. Gammil — who want their lot classified as commercial property. Court Case Cited Mr. Reid cited a 1950 Arkansas Supreme Court decision which defined Walnut Street as the northern boundary of Biytheville's Crosstown business area. But perhaps his most effective argument, ns fur as the Council WHS concerned, came from n property owner in the area — R. A. Nelson. Mr. Nelson, who once owned the right of way now occupied by Walnut west of Division and the city playground on the Chickasawba- Division Intersection, said he had opened that portion of Walnut street in the 1930's with the understanding from the city thnt the nrea was and would remain residential. Further, he stated, he closed n fruit stand in the area during that same period at the request of the Council when the latter again informed him of the desire to keep the area residential. And lastly, he stated, he had turned down offers to sell some of I the property for commercial pur- I poses under the Impression the i Council and city of those years | ! meant for the area to remain sole-: ly residential. Neighbors Speak Marvin Nunn, F. E. Warren, Newton Whitis, Rosco Crafton nnd J. W. j Meyer also spoke In behalf of oppo- ' sition to location of a filling station on the corner lot. Mr, Bradley pointed out that "it is sad that an expanding business ' area caused this sort of disturbance but sentimentality has no part in this matter." He cited the 1950 Supreme Court decision which gave the green light to construction of the Krenm Kastle on the Jot adjoining Walnut on the south and just across the street from the lot in question. He said the court saw Crosstown as an expanding business district and it would follow that erection of commercial property on the other lot is another product of this expansion. But Council came through with a quick 7-0 denial, Councilman Jodie Nabers being absent. After the Council .session, Mr. Bradley said the vote came as no surprise to him and that he will flle his case In Chancery Court In an attempt to gain permission for his client, to us? the prop?rty for com- 0e« COUNCIL on Pajt I U. S. to Lodge Strong Protest Against Reds They Ail Agree On This One NEW YORK l/fl — Each year, they say it. The words don't vary much, even though the authors do. And whether it's now, or next time, or recently, or lonif n^o, the idea is the same. The gist of it: "Thanks to the Lord." Along about this time every autumn, the President of the United States sends out un annual message, and if you run back through them, you'll find this Is one .subject Presidents ayree on. As a bit of .sideline research Dr. P. Eppiing Rolmirtz, ,secretar> of the United Lutheran Church, did just that, and came up with a string of presidential words of reverence and thanks for the past DO years. The national holiday didn't begin until the era of Abraham Lincoln — the first President to issue a Thanksgiving proclamation — although the custom harks back to the Pilgrims. It had sort of faded into Colonial history until Lincoln "revived the celebration," Dr. Reinartx said. Only some New England states and a few others had taken official note of the occasion, when in 1864, with the sorrows of the Civil Wai- still on him, Lincoln started the succession with these words: "I do therefore invite my ic'liow- cltizeas in every part of the United Slates . . . those at sea .. . those sojourning in foreign lands to observe the last Thursday in November as a day of Thanksgiving ftnd praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavfiis . . . ' And the words echoed down the | years. All the IS Presidents since j took up the theme. Mere arc a lew of the messages: Theodore Roosevelt: "We live in easier times and more plentiful times than our forefather),, the men who with ru^'d strength laced the rugged days: nmi yet the dangers to national life are quite as great now as »t any previous time in our history. It i.s llttin ethat we should . . . set apart a day for praise and thanksgiving to the Giver of Good." Woodrow Wilson: "in a spirit of devotion and stewardship we should give trjanks in our hearts and dedicate ourselves to the service of God's merciful and loving J purposes." l Franklin D. Roosevelt: ". . to | set aside in the autumn of each' year a day on which to give thanks to Almighty God lor the blessings of life is a wise and reverent custom." Dwlght D. Eisenhower: "On that day let all of us . . . how before God In contrition for our sins, In suppllance for wisdom . . and In gratitude lor the manifold blessings He has bestowed upon UK and upon our fellow man," Spying Charges Are Termed 'Utterly False' WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced last night it will lodge "the strongest possible protest" against Chinese Communist prison sentences given to 13 Americans who dropped out of sight during the Korean War. "Utterly false," the department said of spying charges which Pel- ping gave as the basis for prison terms ranging from four years to life. 'The U.S. government will continue to make every effort to effect the release of these men who'have been unjustly 'sentenced' to further periods of imprisonment," the department said. The sentences by a Red Chinese military court, announced by the Peiplng radio yesterday, were labeled by the State Department as "further proof of the Chinese Communist regime's disregard for accepted practices of International conduct." Bud Faith Charged In a .separate statement, the Defense Department siiid the action "illustrates again the bad falh, insincerity and a morality which have characterized" Red China's conduct of its international rein- lions. It said, "The Chinese Communists. . .arc holding the American servicemen as political prisoners in violation of interimtlonal law, the rules of war and the Korean armistice agreement." The Slate Department .said the U.S. consul general at Geneva, Franklin C. Gowen, "Is being instructed Lo emphatically protest the continued wrongful detention of these American cillxcn.s." Geneva Is the United Stairs' only official contact will) Red China, which It docs not recognize. Judged on the basis of past, ex pcrlcncc with Peiplng, it appeared problematical what would come of the protest. Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont) termed the Reel action "outrageous" and urged mi Investigation by the United Nations. Sen. Welker (B- Idaho) proposed Unit this country use "force." Sen. George (ID-Gtu said if such incidents continue the United States might have to take "drastic action." B29 Crew Eleven of l.ho men involved were CTCW members of n U.S. B2D shot down Jan. 12, 1053. The United States announced Aug. 19 lhat 15 American uinvmn missing In the Korean War were known to be See U.S. on Page 3 Jackson Named AML Member Mayor E. R. Jackson received notice toclny that he hns been named to the , Executive Committee of the Arkansas Municipal League, of which Blythevllle Is a member. The appointment was made by Mnyor Bill Ward of Marfanna, president of the league. Mayor Jack«on snld, in accepting the appointment, he hopes to be of some service to the league and to aid other citio.s ns well an Hlythnville by activities of the organization. AFB Opposes Utility Rate Hikes by Bond; Ohlendorf Re-Elected LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Farm Bureau has gone on record as opposing temporary rate increases by public utilities under bond. A resolution calling for a revision of the law permitting temporary increases under bond pending a hearing was one of several passed at the closing session of U - Bureau convention here yesterday. The delegates also agreed that the Arkansas Public Service Com- mlslon should reach a decision on applications for rate increases within six months. Other resolutions Included: 1. Favoring the continued cooperation of the Bureau's Land and Water Use Committee with interested groups In the development of water rights legislation; 2. Support of increase In minimum nutterfat requirement on fluid milk sold in Arkansas from 3.25 per cent to 4 per cent; 3. Opposition to any proposed milk control law; 4. Support of a long range plan for handling drought problems. The federation re-elected Joe C. Hnrdln of Grady as president and Harold Ohlendorf of Osceola as vice president. II. F. Ohlendorf Sen. Young Takes Pro-AA'CarthyStand WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Young (R-ND) announced today he will not vote to censure Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) on charges brought by the special committee which recommended an official rehuke. Young, hitherto uncommitted publicly., made known his views In a news letter. lie .said he was Influenced by the need for preserving the right of free speech and McCarthy's "effective work" in "exposing the Communist influence In the federal government and other Institutions." McCarthy hns said he expects to get nbouL 25 votes against censure out of ti full membership of fl(i, but he ha.s not listed those he counts on his side. Mcunwhilc, Sen. Dtrksen (R-UH, an ally of McCarthy In tin; fight against censure, .said he expects debate on the Issue Ui resume next Monday as scheduled. Debate was broken off last Thursday after McCarthy entered a hospital with an Injured elbow. Sulwliliit* ]'Ianiir(I "I'm ready to go ahead right whfre we left off," Dlrk.scn an id In an interview. He plans to offui a .substitute for the censure resolution drafted by the special committee headed by Sen. Watkins (R-UUiln. Dirksen lias not disclosed Its terms. Republican Leader Knowland of California snld in a separate interview hi; too wa.s going on the assumption the debate would resume Monday. He said be expected to learn more Friday or Saturday on McCarthy's condition. i Birth of Baby Elephant Follows High Ritual Cost of Living Down WASHIOTON VPi — The government reported today that living costs declined In October for the third itraight month. COLOMBO, Ceylon WV—A Ceylon forest gtiiird has witnessed what few humans have seen In this i.sland'.s jungles — the ritualistic birth of a baby elephant, Guard W. L. A. Andirls watched from a vantage point within a cluster of high rocks In the Yala game .sanctuary. Writing In the official record. 1 ; of the Ceylon Department of Wild Life, Andirls says the mother elephant was attended by eight "midwives." The mother elephant lay on her .side in a well-hidden jungle clearing. The eight attendants surrounded her, caressing her gently with their trunks. A.S time for the birth approached, the mother became mori: and more nervous, shifting her position In the clearing by taking a few steps this way and that, lying down after each movement. Seven of the attendant elephants withdrew into the Jungles, leaving ono with the expectant mother. From time to time as the mother rested or moved around, members of the "midwife" group came from the Jungle in pairs to check her with their trunks. Actual birth of the baby was accomplished without any apparent strain or sound from Uie moth- er. The mother left the baby and walked about 10 paces away. She then trumpeted and the other elephants emerged from the jungle, trumpeting, and seemed, to caress the mother again with their trunks. "Then all eight turned in unison to the child," AndlrLs reported. "One raised it about four feet from the ground, then gently lowered it on its feet. Then in turn each one of the eight moved past the newborn baby and blew sand on it with their trunks, drying its hide." Fifteen minutes later the mother, ending its posnatal rest on the ground, stood up, trumpeted loudly, lifted the calf with her trunk and took it aside. "Then as the calf attempted to suckle the mother the big female elephant gently lowered herself to her knees and permitted her child to have its first meal. "This important event finished, the mother again trumpeted, picked up her calf in her trunk, raised it high over her head, and disappeared Into the jungles, escorted on either aide by her 'maternity' staff. "This Was exclusively a female affair. The male elephants gave Uiis spot * wid* berth." The Navy hospital at nearby BethcKdti, Md., said ycsterdtiy McCarthy was continuing to improve. Young wrote In his letter that McCarthy's criticism of the Watkins committee in a statement put In the Congressional Record was "unwarranted and unreasonable." He added that "in no sense... could the committee be rightly termed 'handmaidens of the Communist party," as McCarthy 1ms culled its members. But he snld McCarthy "broke no standing rule of the Senate" in hl.s criticisms . Mrs. Cure's Father Dies Word has been received of the death of Edgar Harding McFadden, 84. of Pine Bluff, father of Mrs. E J. Cure of Blythcville. Services will be conducted Saturday ft. 9t30 in Pine Bluff. At the time of his death, Mr. McFadden, wus a director and vice- president of Southern Building and Loan Co., Pine Bluff, and a member of the Methodist Church, of which he served on the Board of Stewards many years. He was at one time Assistant Superintendent of the Cotton Belt Railroad rind served on the Pine Bluff school board for 25 years. President of the school board when he resigned, many tributes were paid him including the naming of the gymnasium for him. Well known in state Masonic work, he was one time Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Arkansas. Bonds Forfeited Two bonds Were forfeited in Municipal Court this morning on charges of traffic violations. John Bert Lane forfeited $120.75 bond on a charge of driving while intoxicated and Johnny Johnson forfeited $19.75 bond on a charge of speeding. Weather ARKANSAS: Fair this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Cooler, with fewest 28-38 tonight. MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness northeast mostly fair \ves,t and south this afternoon and tonight and Thursday; cooler tonight and east Thursday. Minimum this morning32. Maximum yesterday—60. Sunrise tomorrow—6:43. Sunset today—-1:51. Mean Ipmpcniture (midway between high nnd low—-16. Precipitation lust 24 hour to 7 a.m. — none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date — 31.04. Tls Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—58. Minimum this morning—31, Precipitation January 1 to data — 39,82.

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