The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 1, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 1, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT KBWBPAWtB Of MORTHIAST ARKANSAS AMD gQUTHEAaT MIS6OOM VOL. LI—NO. 212 Blytheville Courier Blythevllle Dally Newt Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1955 TWENTY PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE C1NT* Bonn Repeats Firm Stand On German Unity By BRACK tURKY BONN, Germany (AP) — Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's government stood solidly today with the Western Allies on German reunification policy, ruling out any bilateral German- Russian negotiations on the subject. Foreign Minister Helnrlch von not prepared to striHe any deal Brentano made the government's (with the Russians) jeopardizing first declaration in Parliament on their freedom." foreign policy since the Big Pour foreign ministers' meeting In G foreign ministers' meeting in lie- agreement. lor west ueimany neva failed to resolve the problem Russia to exchange diplomatic of German unity. lations. But he added it was u] He told cheering members of the to the Kremlin to make relation: Bundestag, lower House of Parlia- be'ween the two peoples mythini ment, that the "German people are more than a technicality. „ "Vd Vnrmsl RpljitinnK" S-D Day Is Quiet One At Outset Only Minor Accidents Reported Here Despite roads rendered dan- mand "wouic 1 be the worst road eerous bv rain and ice, there for us to choose or into which to £i. . J . . -j_..i_ fnrr* us " were only two minor accidents reported in Mississippi County this morning. A slight accident in Blytheville and another on Highway 18 resulted in but small damage and no injuries. Bui over the nation the S-D Day picture was quiet a bit more gloomy. Hopes for a deathless day were wiped out early as at least 10 persons were killed in the early hours. By midmornirig, the toll by states included" Ohio four, Michigan two ""^i- *••« —™..v........ ~j—„...-. — and Illinois Indiana, Louisiana and will not be able to bring about such »T_... -u-,,,1, v, n . «=/-h a treaty again, neither with the , New York one each. In Indiana, a car police said was without lights smashed into the rear of a semitrailer near Richmond. on U. S. 40, killing Robert M. Johnson, 44, of Centerville, Ind. He died at 12:27 a. m. as he was being extricated from the wreckage. Only 90 Minutes Less than 90 minutes after the start of S-D Day In Illinois, Gerald La Grow, 27-year-old sailor, was killed when struck by a truck. The accident occurred at 1:25 a.m. L. T. Ball, 22, of Plymouth, no Mich., was killed at 2:19 a. m. when he lost control of his car and hit a culvert. The fourth .fatality report was H« I ' i'ti«n ui \JCHUIIKHIJ Donald Masher, 23, of Glens Falls, existence of two German states,' N. Y., who lost his life when his he continued, 'there can be car left a highway add struck a tree near Glens Falls about 3 a.m. Today was the nation's second attempt to go through 24 hours without a traffic death. However, few persons expected complete success. But President Elsenhower's Committee for Traffic Safety, which designated today to dramatize the idea that careful driving and careful walking can save lives hopes for a sharp reduction in traffic accidents. Police on Alert Eisenhower called on all Americans to help show that "we can- by our own personal efforts—reduce accidents on om streets anil highways." All across the United Slates po- ' jemen are wearing 1 "~'" urging safety. In many cities banners are s and pedestrians to be extra U carefu,. Loud-speaker-equipped police cars are crusmg tne streets. In Chicago, an amplified voice booms across a street, in the loop: "You! The man in the gray overcoat! Get back on the sidewalk until the light changes.". One hundred and one persons died in traffic deaths each day during the last 10 months of. 1955- . He acknowledged the Moscow agreement for West Germany a "No Normal Relations 1 "As long as the Soviet Union proceeds on the assumption of the partition of Germany and the existence of two German states," he declared, there can be no norms' relations between our two cour tries." Von Brentano declared "the fate oi" the German people would be sealed if it tried to exchange the confidence and friendship of its Allies for the sympathy of the Soviet Union. Nor will the German pe~ ple be induced by any threat i temptation to veer from this straight course." He insisted that Germany ca: fulfill its tasks only if it Is fre to make its own decisions. He added that any "compulsory neutralization or isolation from any alliances" such as the Russians d- force us." Safest Guarantee He stressed that inclusion of reunited Germany within (he European and At Inn tic communities "offers the safest guarantee that she will never her politica and economic forces." Referring directly to Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov.Von Brentano said t "He once managed to sign a treaty with Hitler and Von Ribben- trop and thus seal an alliance between two totalitarian systems. He will not be able to bring about such a treaty again, neither with the West German Federal Republic of today nor with the reunified Germany of tomorrow." Von Brentano the ngr cement did not repudiate which Chancello e ngr cemn c ano Konrad Adenauer made with the Soviets in Moscow in September to establish diplomatic recognition, But he said such relations are only "an event of technical importance lor the time being." "The Soviet Union has it in its hands to bring about the normalization of relations between the German and Russian peoples," he declared. "As long as the Soviet Union proceeds on the assumption of the partition of Germmany and the normal relations between the two c untries." Caruthersville Contractor Pleads Guilty CARUTHERSVILLE — Kennett D. Asher, former plumbing and heating contractor of Caruthers- villc, has pleaded guilty in St. Louis to six counts of defrauding the government by making false state- oiaie.i pu- nients in connection with Federal armbands Housing Authority loans for home improvements, it was learned here. In many cities banners . are • Asher, who now lives in Stockton, strung aero? street urging motor- Calif is to be sentenced Fru^y by nited States District Judge Roy Harper, formerly of Caruthers,..e and now of ,St, Louis. Asher was named in a 37-count indictment, but the government This one-day effort is to show that the casualty toll can be cut, down if everyone makes an extra effort every day, like today. Weather Kayos Work on Sewers Construction of BIytheville's $1 million new sewer system was sche- dyled to begin today but digging was called off because of inclement weather. First construction on mains was to have been at Vine and 21st Sts. Workers will start as soon as weather permits, Mayor E. E. Jackson said. In Municipal Court Franklin D. Roberts, charged with driving while intoxicated, was found guilty in Municipal Court today. He WM fined »100, costs and sentenced to 24 hours In jail. In a state case, W. L. Cullum pleaded guilty to overdraftlng and WM fined 110 and cotte. , dismissed 31 counts. Wnlter Peeler, one of Asher's employees, pleaded guilty on three counts Oct. 28 and sentencing was deferred until Dec. 16. Asher was accused of obtaining loans totalling 510,000 which weren't used for the purposes specified in loan applications. Work to Beam On Manila Cutoff Work is to begin in the next ten days on the Manila-Monette cutoff, the State Highway Department announced today. Order for the job has been issued to the D. F. Jones Construction Co., low bidder on the project. Work will include surfacing the six-mile stretch and preparatory construction. Deputy Sheriff In Auto Wreck Sheriff's Deputy Clyde Barker, of Wilson, became involved in a collision early today when his car skidded into another on an ice-on- crusted Lake City bridge. Barker was taken to Joneshoro for mcdlcnl examination. He was believed to be uninjured. Extensive damage wns done to the front of Barker's car, No report was available on the other vehicle except that no Injuries to Its passengers were reported. BHS Opens Historic Season Blytheville High School's Chickasaw basketball team inaugurates a history-making season tonight when it meets Southside High of Memphis at Haley Field Gym starting at 8 p.m. The forlhcom- ing season will mark BIytheville's entry as a full-fledged member into the Big Eight Conference. The Chicks last year won the District 3A championship for the second time in three years and went to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Coach Jimmy Fisher's squad, this year will be dominated by seniors. Seven of the 10 members of the team are in their final year. Shown above with Fisher are six boys expected to see most of the action. They are 'kneeling, left to right) Freddy Akers and Jimmy Bratcher; (.standing) Fred Hodge, Bobby Jones, Charles Abbott and Billy Daniels. All but Daniels are seniors. Starters will be Akers and Jones at guards, Hodge at center, and Abbott and Daniels at forwards. Bratcher will see lots of action as an alternate guard. A Junior High Pap game against Dyess will precede the main event tonight at 6:30, (Courier News Photo). Education Parley Reminds Public of Teacher Shortage WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Conference on Education today called on the American public to remember that there is a tremendous shortage of teachers who "work with our most precious resource — our children." The call for attempts to get more teachers came on a day when the conference seemed almost certain to go strongly on record in favor of federal aid to schools, particularly for build ings. County Has Record Year in Collecting $1.3 Million Taxes Mississippi County's collection of a net $i,3fi2,135.98 for 1954 real, personal property and utility taxes is the highest in history, it was reported today. Gross tax collected by Sheriff William Berryman was $1.955.486.59. This includes S523.052.16 in improvement taxes for drainage, road raan- tenance and sewer districts, whicn colleclion has not been completed. Cost of collecting was S10.2S8.45. Last year's net for the ta-xable year 1953 was $1,215.646.49, representing an Increase this year of S146.48S.49. Evaluation Up According to County Auditor Eunice Brogdon. taxes were assessed against a $25.238.551 valuation compared to a 525,034,892 valuation the previous year. Taxes were collected on $24,153,541 of 1954's valuation representing a 95.7'percent collection, and a 1953, taxes were collected on $23,489,813 valuation for a 93.83 per cent collection. The uncollected taxes are delinquent. Disbursement of this year's money was Sl.281.448.69 to the county and $80.687.2!) to cities and towns. The division in 1953 with SI. 154,540.85 to the county and 361,105.54 to cities and towns. Where U Went Breakdown of county's share was: Poll lax (Co common schools), $16.202.74; school tax. $1,009. 413.23; county general fund. $112,904.66; county roads, $50, 785.37; hospital bond, S69.359.64; and hospital maintenance, $22.783.05. Turnbacks to cities and towns were: Blytheville, $60,594.62; Dell, $602.68; Leachville, $2,310.45; Manila. $2,- 395.C3; Osceola, $10,564.32; Joiner, $1,943.44-. Reiser, $739.19; and U1X- ora, 31,537.58. Icy Weather Is Threat To Parade Icy rain appeared as a threat to BIytheville's Christmas parade, set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, but present plans are to hold it as scheduled. Some 12 floats, five bands and a Santa Clause will be led down Main Street by a color guard from Blytheville Air Force Base. Members of Company M, Arkansas National Guard, will control traffic during the parade, according to Jada McGuire, seei'pury- manager of the Chamber of Commerce. Laclede Street, where the p;in:de originates, will be closed ai *i:30 p.m. for traffic tomorrow. Fiords \vill also gather on East Walnut between Lake and Lacledr. Blytheville Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring 1 the float division. The parade is under the auspices of the Merchants Division of the Chamber of Commerce. The report on teachers listed three things for every community to keep in mind: 1. Teaching must have prestig' comparable to other professions. 2. The salaries must be high enough to' keep teachers in thi classroom and not permit them ti be. lured '.o other fields where thi pay is better. 3. The teachers' job must be presented in such a %vay so it wil attract talented people to the pro fess ion. Teacher Defined The conference, also came up with this definition of what it is looking' for in the nation's class rooms: "A good teacher is one who has an active interest in children and youths; has a broad educational background: is professionally quai- fied and competent; possesses good physical and mental health; has a good moral character; manifests a desire for self improve ment; can work constructively with other professional workers parents and the community; nnd proud of teaching as a profession." Last night's session proved ,to be long" and wearing;. Discussion table chairmen. siltin£ in two teams of eight until 2 a.m.. Benson Tells New Six-Point Farm Program CHICAGO (AP) — Secretary of Agriculture Benson today announced a six-point program for dealing with the acute farm situation. He said it will be presented to Congress in January. In a speech prepared for a meeting of the Republican National Committee, he said President Eisenhower had recently approved the plan. It includes: 1. Stepped up surplus disposal * * * * and expansion of exports. 2. A vigorous purchase program :o remove gluts. 3. Enlarged soil conservation and incentive payment programing, especially in drought areas. 4. Expansion of the rural development program for low-income farm families. 5. Stepped-up research, emphasizing lower production costs,new uses for farm products, and expansion of markets. 6.A speedup in a 10-statc Great Plains program to make better use of wheat and grazing land. .Benson said the program, now in preparation, was not ready for discussion in detail. "No One-Shot Remedy 'It will be no nostrum,no one- shot remedy, no cure-all," he said, It will be constructive." Answering repeated attacks by Democratic leaders he said farm proposals of Adlai Stevenson and Gov. Averell Harriman of New York have reached tions." He said the 'ludicrous propor- Democrats have picked "agriculture as the major o'umestic battlefield for 1956" after failing in prophesying "disaster" attacking Eisenhower's "churchgoing activities." 'The same people who had shackled the farmer with price controls . . .who sought to ram the Brannan plan down the throat of agriculture, suddenly began pop- ing up all over the place with quacfc remedies and discarded nostrums. "No Arvey or DeSapio" "Even when the best possible farm program is evolved, it is unlikely to bear the imprint of such agricultural experts as Jake Arvey and Carmen DeSapio." Bensen's reference was to Jacob M. Arvey, veteran Chicago Democratic leader, and his fellow Democratic national committeeman, Carmen DeSapio of New York. Benson said, "The efforts ot Governors Harriman and Steven son to outbid ench other in thi. c realm of what they think is ricultural planning" have already reached ludicrous proportions. "When Stevenson recently flip- flopped back to rigid, 90 per cent price supports and then threw ii his version of the Brannan plan for good measure, I watched witr some interest to see if Averell Harriman could top that. "He did.He even chided Adlai for being too 'moderate.'" He said that war, rather than high price supports, made high incomes, and "no political party can or should take credit ior wartime prices unless it also assumes responsibility for the war and the bloodshed." Added Support Republican hopes that Eisenhower will be the partys 1 candidate in Big Question Unanswered: Ike Pledges Full Support to G O P In 1956 Campaign CHICAGO (AP) — President Eisenhower told the Republican National Committee today that he will "do everything in my power next year to help you report the (Republican) record accurately and fully to the country." Some GOP leaders viewed this as an expression of Eisenhower's intent to aid the. Republican candidates in 1956, whether or not he decides to be a candidate himself. One Republican leader at the meeting, who could not be quoted UN Committee Gets Canada's Member Plan Much Discussed Proposal to Get First Public Airing By TOM HOGE UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (1 Threatened by vetoes from both sides of tne iron Curtain, Canada doggedly took her plan to bring 18 nations into the United Nations before the Special Political Committee today. Canadian Delegate Paul Martin chief mover behind the 21-nation resolution to admit all 18 applicants, prepared to introduce it soon after the opening of the membership debate. The 60-nation committee will give the much discussed Canadian proposal its first public airing. But its fate rests with the Security Council, where Nationalist China has threatened to veto Communist Outer Mongolia and Russia has warned she will turn thumbs down on the whole package deal if any of the five Red candidates are rejected. Seven Votes To be admitted to the U.N.. an applicant must get seven affirma- 1956 appear to have gained added; (j ve votes in the 11-nation Security support in statements by Vice Council and escape the big power President Nixon ttnd GOP Chairman. Leonard W. Hall. Nixon, in a telegram to a meet- of the Republican National simmered down the views of 166: Committee last night, said: round tables which hart discussed! "As the people are made aware school finance during the evening. Each oE the two teams designated one of its members to refine the findings further for final presentation to the conference tonight. Team Wo. J reported: I. More than 2-1 sentiment among of the high quality of leadership they have had since January 1953, they will vote overwhelmingly in November to continue that lender- ship for four more years." Party leaders termed Nixon's reference to ''that leadership" in- veto. It must, then win approval of two thirds of the Assembly. Some delegates were hopeful the Chinese or the Russians might be persuaded to relax their positions before a final vote is taken. U. S. Chief Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. conferred on the membership issue yesterday with Vic- jtor A. Bclaundc, Peruvian chair- h 'man of a Good Offices Committee ^ f™ f govemmentt with Irymg to break the membership •,„„,',',„,, £,,„,„„ ,„ ' —., by name, said the President's statement "might be construed as an indication the President plans to tak« .n active part in the campaign." The President sent a 300 word telegram to members of the committee meeting to make arrangements for their convention starting next Aug. 20 in San Francisco. In his message the President said: "You have a splendid record to submit to the voters in 1956. I personally am proud of Republican achievements for the peace and the prosperity the secufity of the American, people. I shall do everything in my power next year to help you report the record accurately and fully to the country." Outlined Goals The President outlined these goals: "Continued progress in the healthy expansion oi our economy. "More equitable sharing of the productivity of that economy. "Rising levels of health, education and welfare for all. "An untiring search for a just and enduring peace." In striving for these goals, the President said, "you and Republican candidates everwhere will be motivated by a common conviction in the imperishable principles of the American system. So inspired, you will present to the American people both a record of brilliant accomplishment and specific proposals and plans for the future that are worthy of their acclaim and their vote." The President congratulated the committeemen for what he termed "the great job done under the dynamic leadership of Leonard W. Hall," chairman of the Republican National Committee. He gave them his best wishes in all their efforts through the months ahead. "Important Job" . The President reminded the committee that they are planning for the election next year of a President. of senators and representatives, and of state and local candidates. "No job is more important," he said. "You approach it as citizens concerned with the integrity, the efficiency, the soundnr-ss, and the heart that are essential in our American system, so that government may serve all the people well. . "And as Republicans, you ap- task with a tested . deadlock, and U.N, Secretary Gen- 1. mult L11.14. _-l .-^nu^ln-i.u nll.uni, ,,,..,, ^,,,,1, IU;HC1IUL-^, illlU U. IX . of^l CIHI .V •-•l-"participants at 83 round-table dis- stcac l of some "<•"«' phiase s«oh Hammarskjold. Ham- cussions in favor of some increase »* "«"> se Policies" as significant. I n federal aid I Ha " toltl Iast n 'S nt ' s chairman's! ! JJ; | ^' 2. A hu-Rc majority in favor of dinner audience the President ^ iniMr demonstrated n de iity to campaign pledges." He said construction aid. 3. A narrow majority opposing federal aid for school operation. Gettysburg. Pa., Monday, "looked fitter to me than ever before" during a 45-minute confer- V.V. KutnetsoV. Will Abstain The United States has said it the Republican party '^ j the contemplations of what we have done." Then he listed the goals he saw ahead for his party. ICUL'ljU ItJU UH >ul;uul IIJIC-I ,11.11111. .- <3 , -- which would include purchase offence he had with Eisenhower nt would abstain on all five Commu- texthooks nnd teachers' pay. Gettysburg, Pa., Mlnday. nist applicants—Outer Mongolia, Strongly I'opular "I came away more hopeful! Albania, Hungray, Romania and Team No. 2 reported: 1. More than 70 per cent of participants nt the other 83 round tables in favor of some increase in than ever that he ,vill lead us in the cam pa it; 71." Hall said. Sfaml Tat Emphasis The Republican leader Bulgaria— but is not campaigning federal aid. with ;i small minority | rally was marked by See EDUCATION on Page 6 SRC BENSON' on Page against them. President Eisenhower sent two two-day j direct appeals to the Chiang Kill- strong j stick, government to do likewise. Contest Brings to Mind Court Battles of Past The election contest filed Monday by Mayor E. R. Jackson brings to mind two others in the past 17 years which might have been called the cases of the indelible pencil and the mistakenly - burned ballots. They involved a primary election race for Mississippi County judge between S. L. Gladish and Doyle Henderson in August, 1938, and a primary contest for sheriff in August, 1946, between William Berryman and Jack Robinson. Oltidlsh was declared the winner by the election commission. It developed, however, that >,ome 75 votes cast at Wilson had been thrown out because the poll tax receipts had been made out wilh indelible pencil, rather than witli pen and Ink as required by law. These votes were Henderson votes and if counted would have named him the Democratic candidate for judge. HENDERSON'S nltoiwys filed suit in Circuit Court mid the wlirels of equity began Iheir sluggish, but sure, grind. It took 10 months for the Icsnl mill to digest Its Justice. Circuit Court ruled that Henderson received the majority of voles, should be the candidate, but that ruling camo nfler the November election and Ciladish was the man Whose name appeared on the general I In laymen's terms, the justices said election ballot. He was elected. [that the poll tax had been paid, pen The case was taken to the Arkan- j and ink, indelible pencil or stone sas Supreme Court, which weighed | carvings on the poll tax receipts not- the touchy subject of the indelible j withstanding. The votes should have but the Nationalists announced their decision to veto Outer Mongolia. The 13 non-Communist applicants are Finland, Portugal. Ireland, Jordan, Austria. Ceylon. Nepal, Libya, Cambodia, Laos, Spain, Italy and Japan. pencil. Around the turn of the year the high court ruled that the indelible pencil receipt were out, that the law specifically said pen and ink been counted. The court handed down a mandate to Cm-nit, Court JudRing Neil KillmiRh telling him to enter Jiiclg- law specifically said pen nnci UIK t H( . nd(lrsoll had bee,, tn ,, should be employed m making ° ut ;,.),; lmul nominee. poll tax receipts. The ruling wa.s a close one—three to two. Henderson's attorneys exercised their right they asked for. and received, another hearing. In May, the court reversed itself and now the count stood at three to two In favor of Henderson - . actually, In favor ot Indelible pencil*. Santa to Arrive Via River Boat CARUTHERSVILL&-Santa Claus Weather is coming to town. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Cloudy with occasional rain this afternoon, tonight and'Friday with chance of increasing rain or sleet. Slowly rising temperatures Friday. Saturday partly cloudy and warmer with scattered showers. High this afternoon, mid to high 305; low tonight, low to mid 30s. MISSOURI—Freezing rain warping south and east central, becoming mixed with freezing rain late today or tonight; freezing rain south and east central this afternoon changing to occasional rain extreme south; Friday cloudy occasional snow or freezing rain north and rain or drizzle south; slow I warming trend tonight and Friday; River .shore tit the foot of Ward Avenue at 4 p.m. Friday, it was an- But Gladish was elected! Hcndcr- nouncod. son hiid not benn on the November j He will be greeted by high school bfmd.s which will Join in a parade down the main street, A fireworks display is set for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the rivor. The first official appearance of Santa \R a project oi the Chamber of Commerce. The white haired old gentleman j ]ow tonight 28-32 northwest to low will arrive by boat on the Mississippi j 30s southeast; high Friday gener- ballot, even though li£ was the legal nominee. What to do? Some attorneys held that the Carl 13. Ualley should declare the general election a "no-contest" and appoint a judge. Others said a new election See CONTEST oil I*af e « ally in 30s. Maximum yesterday—37. Minimum this morning—24. Sunrise tomorrow—6:49. Sunset today—4:30. Mcnn temperature—30.5. Precipitation 24 hours (7 ».m. to T p.m.l—none, Preclpltntlon Jan. I to date—47,M. This Date L*it Year Maximum yesterday—M. Minimum this morning—42, Precipitation Ju. l to r

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