The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 28, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 28, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 1HB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LII—NO. 6 Blythevilta Courier BlytiwvUle Dally Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Council Okays General Plan For City Traffic Council I 1*1 II • After an hour-long discussion, City Council last night put a general stamp of approval on the traffic and parking recommendations submitted by the traffic engineering firm of George Barton, -Evanston, 111. J£ Now, as Councilmen indicated last night, the town's governing body will set about instituting various phases of the lengthy recommendations on a step-by-step basis and one step about. which .Council must make up its mind is the controversial parallel parking plan for Main Street. Council put two recommendations into law last night. Traffic lights at Park and Sixth and at Franklin and Cherry were ordered removed as per recommendations in the Barton report. Four-Way Stop The Franklin-Cherry intersection will become a four-way stop. There will be no traffic control device al Sixth and Park, but Kemper Bruton, who heads the Police and Fire Committee, said there are plans in the making to provide protection lor children who must cross thi busy Sixth Street (US 61),in order to get to school. School Superintendent W. B Nicholson said, "I would 'hate to think there will be no provision for getting children safely across the highway in that sector." Bruton outlined the traffic recommendation and, after an hour's discussion, which came mainly from the floor, Council voted to approve the recommendations anc put them into effect as soon "feasable and practical." All voted "aye" with the exception of Third Ward's E. M. (Buddy) Terry who passed his vote. Parkins Controversy Controversy last night centered about the proposed parallel parking on Main. Fay Austin carried the burden for the anti-parallel parking " forces Austin, who pointed' out that he favors the traffic report as a whole said he does not feel the town can flfforthpfco. lose the parking places which 'it will have to sacrifice in order to effect parallel parking. Austin said that by his figuring Asks For Zoning City Councilmen again pleaded for a zoning ordinance last night as they wrestled with another permit for operation of a business which was being protested by neighbors. Before making a motion that Council refuse the application, Second Ward's Jimmy Stevenson said, "It's sure tought to be on this spot again.". And before voting, Second Ward's Kemper Bruton stated, "I am going to vote to deny the permit and again express the hop* that the Planning Commission .will furnish us with a zoning ordinance soon ... I mean very soon." The vote to deny Richard Pugh a permit to open and operate a trailer court on North Sixth was unanimous. City Planning Commission, with the help of the University of Arkansas Municipal Planning Division, is and has been Working toward developing a zoning law. It has completed a land use study of the town, first big step toward zoning. A bit of startling testimony on the trailer court case came from Lynn Hughes, who lives near the proposed site of the court; »•••-"*, "I was guilty of putting a business near a residential area and at the time I received my permit, I felt the business would in' no way be a nuisance to the people living nearby. "However, the business is ten times the size I envisioned when I located just off the 1000 block of Ash. "If t had had any idea it would have grown to that extent, I would never have located there. Now, I'm really sorry I have that location and would prefer to be out from town." Marcus Evrard, attorney for those opposing the court, pointed to a city ordinance which stipulates that a separate bath and toilet house for men and women must be erected for each four trailers. He said Pugh's specifications made no mention of supplying these facilities. To which Todd Tarrison, representing Pugh, stated that "he will comply with all laws if given the permit.' ' Realtors Hear National Officer Biytheville Real Estate Board met yesterday with John J. Cronin, field executive of the National Association of Real Estate Boards, at Hotel Noble. Meeting with them were representative: of the Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Toler Buchanan Cronin discus:d rsal estate problems in common with the search for new industry, now being stressed in B'.ytheville and the state. Pies Pi'-'ered MARS3ALLTOWN, Iowa tfP) — The Strand ~,-k?ry said a not-so- simp^: "Elmo::' 1 mad; off with 144 pies during the night. only 94 of the present 188 meters on Main will remain if the switch is made. Bruton replied that traffic engi neers have consistently pointed out that traffic will not move on Main as it should if angle parking continues. "I appreciate the fact that we will lose some-parking places. And lor that reason, the city must move as quickly as possible to supply off- street parking," BruUm stated. Since '19 Paris Simon, another Main Street merchant, said angle parking has been the custom on Main since it was paved in 1919 and he saw no reason why it isn't good enough no\v. Here's a sampling of other comments: KELLEY WELCH—I think this overall traffic program is. a progressive step for the city. By easing the difficulties in moving traffic with parallel parking, I believe we'll jet more people to come downtown. COUNCILMAN RUPERT GRAFTON—Even towns as small as Lepanto have gone to parallel park- ,ng. Every town of any size is making the change and most of them have done it years ago. You can find a place to park quickly if you can move through town. We're not .vying to shove this down anyone's .hroat, but we Want to see Biythe- ville as attractive as a trading center as possible. I have to make my iving here and if the downtown merchant doesn't prosper, my chances of prospering aren't so good, either. NICHOLSON — The report is a :me piece of work, I'm afraid that once we started'modifying it, there would be .no end to the. changes which would present themselves. Small changes in parts of the re:ort would have an effect on the See COUNCIL on Page 9 # * * NICE FORM, BOYS — Bulletless for the moment, Mississippi County Sheriff William Berryman, his deputies, city police and guesting Osceola policemen, line up for an indoor "form" session before motoring to Biytheville Air Force Base for actual firing on the old pistol range. It was a part of, local and county FBI training yesterday. Special guests were Osceola Mayor Ben Butler and Councilmen, who were guests of Mayor Toler Buchanan and Biytheville City Council at Council meeting last night. (Courier News Photo) 'North America 'Summit' Parley Said Successful By JOHN M. HIGHTOWEB : WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. (AP) — President Eisenhower saw Mexico's Pres ident and Canada's Prime Minister off for home with warm farewells today and then left for Washington himself, convinced that his experiment here in armchair displomacy had been a great success. ' The ease and informality of the first North American. summit conference, free of the ceremonies of Washington, apparently have set a preferred "pattern for Eisenhower's future international conferences. He may : bring Indian Primes- Minister Nehru here for talks in July, officials believe, though no place has been picked. He thinks another American-Canadian- Mexican meeting, may be held in the same manner. "I hope we can do it again some time," he told Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent as they said goodby at the swanky Greenbrier Hotel .just before St. Laurent took off for Washington and Ottawa. - i A few minutes later he wished a "fine trip" to Mexican president Adolfo Euiz Cortlnes, who motored to Charleston to board Eisenhower's private plane Columbine HI for Mexico City. Left By Train Eisenhower himself left for Washington by special train. Pore- casts of thunderstorms, which threatened to making flying latei hazardous, canceled out a tentative plan for Eisenhower to go by plane. St. Laurent, flying with his Foreign Secretary Lester Pearson, reached Washington in about hour. Right behind fhem came Secretary of State Dulles. All three praised the conference a: useful. "The meeting was not called to make any decisions on world problems but we did consider a great number of them," St. Laurent said at the Washington ' airport. Pearson said Middle East questions were considered at the meeting. But he indicated no, decisions were called for or reached. The cordial breakup of the Big Three conference lent backing to reports Eisenhower regards it such a success that it may set a pattern for the future. "This meeting has achieved exactlv what it' was called for,'' said White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty. "That purpose has been most successfully carried out here and the President and Secretary' of State Dulles feel just that." , Similar Views Ruiz Cortines and St> Laurent were reported to hold similar views. \ Officials said it is now certain :hat Eisenhower will " entertain 'rime Minister Nehru away from Washington, in similar informal style, when Nehru visits him in July. St. Laurent told reporters it is ;o be assume'' * h ere will be an- See PARLEY on Page 9 Reds Fail to Press For A-Bomb Ban In Proposal LONDON f AP) — The Soviet Union has proposed a new plan for world disarmament omitting the usual Communisi demand for renunciation of atomic weapons. — * Emphasizing cuts in conventia arms, the Soviet proposal was re ported to have urged only a ba or strict control on atomic tests Demands for outlawing of nuclea weapons—immediately or eventu ally—had bee.n high on the Bus sian proposal list during previou disarmament negotiations. To some Western observers, th change seemed to indicate that th WASHINGTON «R— Top govern- Russians believe they have reach ment officials agreed today to ed nuclear parity with the west— Government To Surrender Trade Records give investigating senators detail of broadened free world trade wit! Russia they have refused to revea in public. The testimony will cnme tomor row from Secretary of Commerd Weeks; Herbert Hoover Jr., un dersecretary of state; and John B. Hollister, foreign aid director at a closed-door meeting of th Senate Investigations subcommit tee. Announcing the hearing, chaii inan McClellan (D-Ark) to>d a re porter Hoover will be invited t elaborate on public hearing test! mony last Monday. He said thi Chinese Nationalists are sellini "quite a number of millions o dollars worth of goods every year! to the Chinese Communist con querors of their home land. Sen. Mundt (R-SD, anothe subcommittee member, told a re porter he thought that Hoover's reference was to trade between the British crown colony of Hong Kong and Red China. He said he presumed other senators had same impression and that is whj th; subject was not pursued Mon day, but he believed the poini should be clarified now. 'The subcommittee will want to know what kind of trade it is.' McClellan said, adding that this includes the question of whether materials especially necessary war are involved. for Angle Parking Small Part of Traffic Report The traffic and parking report "approved" last night by City Council is far-reaching and employs many more changes than elimination of angle parking which seems to be the one innovation that has captured public comment. Over the long haul, the many ordinances and new regulations concerning traffic and parking will, It Is thought by the Council, change the city's acknowledged horse and buggy system to one which will adequately care for a serious situation. Taking "parking" and "traffic" separately, the report contains the eye-Jarring statistic that of 1,326 downtown street and off-street parkin* places; 74 percent during t peak parking hour were occupied by persons who are employed In the business district. While occupying this space, SI ol MNM (raptor* **• mained more than eight hours. Shoppers Need Space In a simplified interpretation of this problem, the solution is to remove employes' cars from the spaces that shoppers want to occupy. This will be done by meters. Between Second .and Broadway on Main, . a one-hour parking limit will be established. Kemper Bruton, In explaining enforcement, said the "one-hour" limitation will be strictly enforced, as will other limitations. No "feed- Ing" of the meters will be tolerated, he said. When the one-hour (or more In other zones) has elapsed, another nlckle will not Insure the parkcr against receiving a ticket. A three-wheel cycle with a full- time patrolman will police the metered tones, Two-Hwr Zone* Two-hour tones will, be established on other blocks on Mtln. Downtown sldestreets will provide two-bone; MOM ton atufcom. BM- tered, zones will be set up for em ployes on parts of Walnut and on Second, Third and Broadway between Walnut and Cliickasawba. In effect, the,policed zones will move employes' cars from Main, a block farther away, to the nine- hour zones, or to .off-street parking areas. In some cases,, employes may be forced to park two blocks from the heart of downtown. • . ' Owners of downtown off-street parking sites, have expressed opinions that as soon as the parking tones are established, they'can financially -improve their parking areas Into commercial lots. The report shows adequate areas for this off-street parking. Parallel parking Is to be established on Main Street to Increase the ease of traffic movement. This will, by Its nature,'reduce parking spitces, but not as much as some objectors believe, th« report portrays. Some 3D spaces of 213 will be lost outright and with a redue- ttoa .tf it man » aid to Millc movement, a total of 157 of the 213 will remain In the "core area." Two-hour zones and off-street parking will more than make up for the loss in angle parking removal, the report states. Hits Alley Parkin; To aid in traffic movement downtown — and to permit some em- ployes to readily enter and leave parking areas in back of buildings, the prohibition against alley park Ing will be "vigorously enforced." At, a preliminary meeting to study the report, some businessmen said they would park behind their stores If the alleyways could be kept cleared. Although the report said the city should acquire off-street parking areas, city officials have expressed doubt that Biytheville can undertake the project. Offers of cqoperatlon of owners of oil-street parking areas have given officials confidence that private enterprise can profitably op- IM ANGLE r ASKING M P«f• I and can depend on their atomi arsenal rather than enormou standing armies for protection to carry out. their policies. To Sub-Committee The new Soviet plan was sub mitted to the five-power U.N. Dis armament subcommittee, wher the United States already has pro posed conventional arms cuts to reduce U.S. and Soviet armed force; to 2',j million men each. Deputy Foreign Minister Andre Gromyto presented the Russian plan and discussed it for an hou at yesterday's session. Details of the Russian proposals were not made public. But inform ants said they included "substantial" suggestions regarding the limitation of conventional arms. Serious Contribution Most delegations termed the So Viet plan a serious contribution to the current talks. But French rep presentatives saw it as a "back ward step," contending it wouk "allow the atomic arms race to continue." Harold Stassen, special assLstan to President Elsenhower on dis armament and head of the U.6 delegation, had no comment. He referred the Russian suggestion; to Washington. The United States, which de pends on 'its atomic superiority to counter the much bigger standing rmies of the Communist world previously has resisted all Red demands for abandonment of nuclear weapons without a foolproof sy lem of Inspection and control. Former Resident Condition S MEMPHIS Wj— Mrs. A. R. Wetenkamp, 42, wife of a Memphis cotton. man, was in serious condition today in Methodist Hospital with a bullet wound in her left chest. Homicide Capt. W. W. Wilkerson said Mrs. Wetenkomp shot herself at 1:40 p.m. yesterday at her residence. Elnora Bonds, Negro maid, told wllce sh« heard a shot and found her employer in thebathroom. Wilkerson quoted Mrs. Weten- :«mp as saying she was despondent. Her husband Is with the firm of iVctenkamp and Gilbert. Mr. and'Mrs. Wetenkamp former- y made their home In Biytheville /here Mr. Wetenkamp was a cotton \iyers. , Mr«. Wetenkamp Is a sister of B. M (Buddy) Terry and James Ter- Farm Bill Doomed, Florida Demo Says Thinks Action of Conferees To Spell Presidential Veto By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Holland, (D-Fla) one of 10 Congress members drafting compromise farm legislation, said today, "We may have sounded the death knell for any farm bill this session." Holland indicated he thinks President Eisenhower may veto the bill if the final version contains two provisions adopted yesterday by the Senate-House conference committee trying to compromise different measures passed by the two branches. Bolh provisions would have the* — • effect of raising the level of gov- eminent farm price supports. The Agriculture' Department estimated they would cost the government, assuming an average crop year at least a billion dollars more in 1956 than would the present program. Holland, unlike most Democrat in Congress, supports the administration's program of lower flexible price supports. "Not Hopeless 1 Sen. Aiken (R-Vt), also a member of the conference committee and chief Senate spokesman foi the administration on farm policy ; BULLETIN WASHINGTON Wl — Senate- House conferees today knocked out a Senate-approved provision of the farm bill which opponents contend would lower cotton prices and supports from five to 10 dollars a bale or more. Sen, EUender (D-LaJ said the conferees today knocked out a controversial provision that would have revised the present system of basing cotton prices and supports upon % inch middling: cotton to the average or longer staple of the crop. said in a separate interview that the "situation is not completely hopeless." "When we confer e e s get through, both the House and Senate still must pass on these provisions," he said. "It is possible to send this back and demand we soiten it somewhat." Sen. Ellender (D-La), chairman of the Senate conferees, who favors the actions taken yesterday said: "I think the President will sign this bill. He's getting about every- -thng he asked for, including the big thing, the soil bank. Of course there are a couple of little gadjets he doesn't want." Benson Sees Veto The soil bank, the administration's major 1956 farm recommendation, contemplates payments aggregating" up to 51,200,000,000 to farmers who retire land from production of cash crops. Secretary of Agriculture Benson told newsmen yesterday he does not think Eisenhower will approve a return to rigid price supports for even one year — which is what the compromise now provides. He described as "indefensible, political log rolling" the action of the conference committee in adopting a Senate •provision for "dual parity." Parity is a standard for measuring 1 farm prices declared by law to be fair to producers in relation to their costs. The "dual parity" provision would require' the government to use whichever of two parity formulas results in the higher figure. A new formula which took effect this year lowered the parity price, and hence the support levels, of some crops. Benson objected to this and to the confer^n'-e ^ommUtee 1<: ; adop- See FARM on Page 9 Condemnation Suits Are Filed City of Biytheville has filed three additional condemnation suit s against property owners who have not signed easements to allow for construction of the new sewaee system and pumping stations. Defendants in three separate suits, are Lula. Garrett, owner of Lot 16, Block 2 of Hollipeter-Shonyo addition; Zula Lisnman and Drainage District No. 17 on property at 1142 Willow; and Lloyd J. and Josephine Leveritt,* owners of property at 2108 Marguerite, The suits seek to force the defendants to allow laying of sewer lines and locating of pumping stations on their property. US Commies Hit Dally Worker to Defy Government Seizure On Back - Tax Claims NEW YORK (AP) — The Daily Worker, voice of U. S. communism, vowed today to go on publishing despite a government seizure of the newspaper's editorial and business offices on back-tax claims. In sudden raids yesterday, internal revenue agents snapped padlocks on the newspaper and Communist party offices m five cities. The government said the party owed $389,265 in income taxes for 1951 and the Daily Worker 546,049 for 1951, 52 and 53. The party took the position that it was tax exempt. The Daily Worker claimed the government move was an effort to force the paper to disclose names of its financial backers. By Private Firm Though its editorial offices were locked, the Worker was able to roll an estimated 14,000 copies off the presses today because the. paper's typesetting work are handled by a private firm. "Our Office Seized — Here We Are," read the paper's headline Meanwhile, the Daily Worker's attorney, Harry Sacher, said internal revenue officials assured him that no effort would be made to interfere with actual publication of the paper. The government crackdown also hit the worker's regional office in Chicago, and party headquarters here and in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Communist centers in Newark, N.J., and Detroit were also tabbed I'D: seizure if their assets had any resale value. They were not raided. Raids Were Surprise The swift raids caught Red leaders by surprise. They quickly protested them as "outrageous .. . Gestapo-like ... lawless .. .infamous," .Alau~Ma!C._ managing editor of the Daily Worker, said the Treasury action was "an outrageous attack on the freedom of the press." Eugene Dennis, general secretary of the U. S. Communist party, See RAID on Page 9 To Tour Stalin's Home: Swedish Minister Will Visit Russia MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet government announced today that Prime Minister Tage Erlander of neutral Sweden, will tour Stalin's native Georgia and neighboring Armenia, where rioting has been reported as a result of the current Kremlin denunciation of the late Soviet dictator. The announcement of the Swe->:-dish leader's tour was taken a indication that all is quiet i the two southern republics am that the Soviet government feel it has nothing to hide there. Erlander's trip was announce less than 12 hours after the Com munist party organ Pravda pub lished the first broad-scale Sovie newspaper denunciation of Stalin It said his drive for glory too "monstrous forms" which harmei the Communist cause. Today's 7,000 - word article i Pravda was spread over 1 columns and brought, home to th general Russian public for th irst time the new Soviet leader ship's drive to chop down Stalin' historical stature. Pravda paid tribute to Stalin' work in the first years afte j Lenin's death. "Attributed to Stalin" "But then certain features am qualities began gradually to ap pear In Stalin's practice of leadei ship which later developed into th cult of the individual," Pravdr charged. "The gignatic successes in build ing a new society, achieved by the Soviet people under the lead ership of the Communist party, on the basis of laws of history dis covered by Marxism-Leninism were strongly attributed to one man — Stalin — and were ex plained by his special merits as a leader. "He, lacking personal modesty did not cut short the glorifications and praises addressed to him bu Sec SWEDISH on Pace 9 Senate Okays Farm Gas Tax Bill WASHINGTON (/P) — The Senate passed lust night a compromise bill eliminating the two ccnls-a-gallon federal tax on gasoline used in-farm operations. The bill, which goes to the house, was n.skcd by President Elsenhower. It Is expected to save about 80 million dollars a year for farmers. Fatmcrs will pay tax on all gasoline they buy but will get a rotund on the portion Used In farm work. Senate-House conferees agreed on the compromise version earlier yesterday. The only difference between them was a Senate provision denying the refunds to so-called custom operators who supply machinery to farmers on a contract basis. Sen. Carlson (B-Kan.) said the provision was changed so a custom operator could get a refund If he passed the benefit along to tht Holy Week Rites Still in Progress Spe.cial Holy Week services, under the auspices of Blytheville's Ministerial Alliance, continue tomorrow and Good Friday at First Christian Church. Services begin at 12:25 p.m. and last until 12:55 p.m. each day. Tomorrow, the Rev. James Rainwater and the Hev. Carl Johnson will be in charge. The Rev. Charles Prank Pitts and the Rev. O. M. Sanford will be on hand for Good Friday devotionals. iaster Holiday For Students Biytheville school children will receive a four-day Easter holiday, according to an announcement today by Supt. of Schools \V. B. Nicholson. There will be no school Friday or Monday, In addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday holiday, he said. Weather By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Clearing and cooler this afternoon and tonight, fair and milder Thursday. High this afternoon low to mid 60; low tonight mid 30s to low 40s. MISSOURI: Partly cloudy and colder with diminishing winds this afternoon; fair west partly cloudy east tonight and Thursday; colder tonight; warmer Thursday; low tonight 25 northeast to 35 southwest; high Thursday 80 northeast to 90 southwest. Minimum this morning—54. Maximum yestcrdny—73 aunrlse tomorrow--5:52, Sunnct toddy—fl:18. Mean temperature—M.S. rroclpltntlon 24 hours 7 «.m.' t» T i.m.)—.031 precipitation Jon. 1 to d«t»—11.31. Thlt n«l« Uit Ve«r MAXlmum yesterday—4*. Minimum thin morning—M. PrectpU«llon Ju, 1 la ilmtt ItM,

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