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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 213 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEV1U.E, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dnily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Knowland Silent On Policy Issue Won't Say Hell Agree With Ike WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's stated hope that Republican congressional leaders will avoid differing greatly with him on basic administration policy was met with silence today by Senate Majority Leader Knowland. "No comment," said the California senator with respect to the hope the President voiced at his news conference yesterday. Eisenhower was replying to a question pinned specifically to Knowland's differences with the White House and State Department. Knowland has been critical of the administration over how to deal with the Chinese Communists' imprisonment of 13 Americans as "spies". The senator wants the United States to blockade Red China in an effort to force release of the prisoners. The President, at his session with newsmen, rejected that idea. He said a blockade would be "an act of war" and counseled against letting the Communists goad the U.S. into war. Won't Sever Relations Eisenhower also again turned thumbs down^on proposals to sever diplomatic relations with Russia. In the' past Knowland has urged such action. Against that background of foreign policy differences with the GO leader of the Senate, Eisen- . . . , , -. - hower was addressed this way by condition deteriorated for sev- a reporter: eral days after he was taken "Mr. President. Sen. Knowland's j to the hospital, his brother opposition to the administration t es tjfj e( j t oc | a y f or the de- Senators Condemn Conduct Of McCarthy on Two Counts Vatican Voices Anxiety for Life of Pope Pius XII >. VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican called the Pope's condition satisfactory today, but •renewed anx'icly for his life was emphasized in reports on the severity and range of his ailments. . . \ Roman Catholics throughout the world were joined in prayers for recovery of Pope Pius til. His closest associate, Msgr. Giovanni Batista Montini, went to his bedside in the Vatican HAPPY'S STILL HAPPY — Happy Campbell, brother of Blytheville's W. R. Campbell (right), reads the news of his getting a new boss at the University of Alabama. Mr. Campbell has been on the Crimson Tide coaching staff since 1929, excluding: service time and one year at Ole Miss. Last night, former BlytiieviHe grldder J. B. Whitworth, brother of Blytheville's Prank Whitworth, was signed as head coach at Alabama. He announced that Coach Campbell will remain a member of the staff there. Coach Campbell spoke at Rotary Club yesterday. (Courier News Photo) Dr. Sam's Condition Deteriorated After Murder, Says 'Dr. Steve' CLEVELAND (AP) - Dr. Samuel Sheppard's physical dn several recent issues has been viewed in some quarters as a threat to Republican harmony in the new Congress, particularly in the Senate. Do you see any peril in the fact (hat the man chiefly charged with guiding the administration's program through (he Senate is often in opposition to your own view?" In reply, Eisenhower alluded first to Secretary of State Dulles' speech Monday night saying the United States should exhaust all peaceful efforts to win release of the 13 Americans before considering "war action," such as fl naval or air blockade. The President said he noted that after Knowland had read Dulles' speech, the senator remarked he thought the differences between him and the administration had been exaggerated. Right to Differ The President said he always has defended the right oi any individual to differ with him violently and persistently. But he added he would hope the men with whom he has to work —the Republican congressional leaders—would refrain from differing greatly with him on the main issues. Otherwise, he said, it would be extremely difficult. The President said that in discussion with Knowland he has found little difference between them so far as basic philosophy on either foreign or domestic policy is concerned. Knowland, said Eisenhower, at times .makes statements that certainly do not conform to the President's approach. But he ndded that normally those statements reflect differences over method rather than principle. There have been indications that Knowland's vote against censure of Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) might lead to political alignment of Knowland-McCarthy forces, and that such an alignment might develop in turn into a battle for Republican party control. Eisenhower declined comment on the Senate vote condemning McCarthy, but the President in the past has been critical of McCarthy See EISENHOWER on Page 5 fense. "He was worse on Monday," Dr. Stephen Sheppard told the jury. The defense is building its con* tention that the handsome osteopath was injured seriously in the fight he claims he had with a mysterious attacker who killed his wife, Marilyn. She was slain in the early hours of Sunday, July 4, "Dr. Steve" said that a day after Demos Battle Over Mitchell's Job NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Democratic National Committee members turned out in record numbers today for a free- for-all battle over the choice Stephen A. Mitchell. As party members huddled in cimcusefc reminiscent of n presidential nominating convention, the unsettled question of how many votes ore needed to elect a new chairman arose to plague them. With 71 of the 105 committee U. S. Collections Hit Peak WASHINGTON Wi— Internal Revenue Commissioner T. Coleman Andrews reported today that tax collections reached an all time high of 869.920,000,000 during the last fiscal year. Andrews' report on lax collec- of a successor to Chairman members having indicated their intention to attend, Mitchell said that Rep. Clarence Cannon of Missouri, parliamentarian, would be asked to rule on the issue o[ whether a majority vote, or only a plurality, i.s needed to elect. The issue was somewhat similar to the old two-thirds rule which the Democrats abolished in 193G— whether a majority of those voting can name the new chairman or whether the .successful candidate must receive, in the present case, 55 votes. The committee has 108 memberships, but there are individual vacancies from Texas, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. A vacancy from Nevada was scheduled to be filled later in the day. The numbers controversy took on deep significance because of the apparently tight race being run for the chairmanship by three camli- dates—Committeeman Paul Butler tioiis in the 12 months that ended ! of Indiana. Jame.s tfnnegnn, for- lasl June 30 disclosed a total slight- [ mev president of the Philadelphia ly higher than Ihc 569,687,000.000 Cit y Council, and Michael V. Di- which poured into government cof- j Salic of Ohio, former price admin- fers during the preceding fiscal i istrator. Not since 1912 hns the year. j committee had a wide-open conie.st The government estimates that new tax cuts and the effect.s of the business downturn over the past vear will reduce total federal col- Butler is regarded as the choice of Mitchell, who told a news con- lectiors during this fiscal year, i fcrence yesterday that if some suc- ending next June 30, to 568,228,- ] cessor isn't picked, ihc committee Andrews' that: report also showed will have to »o without a chairman sifter Jan. 1. He said he i.s determined to retire to private law I The area comprising northern II- | practice, which he left to head F. C. Burnett Sentenced to Three Years E. C. Burnett of St. Louis, former Blytheville car dealer, was sentenced to three years in the federal penitentiary on his plea of guilty in Federal Court in Jonesboro to a charge of transporting false securities in Interstate commerce. Burnett was charged with falsifying a $6,087 bank draft drawn against the account of the Johnson Auto Sales in Kansas City in a transaction with Delta Finance Co., here in 1951. A Kansas City bank refused payment on the draft on grounds that no such account existed. Burnett entered a plea of guilty to the charge and testified for the prosecution against John V. (Jack) Rawlings, also a former Blytheville resident who was manager of thef inancc company at the time. At his trial on a similar charge, Mr. Rawlings was found not guilty. liaois, Michigan,* and Wisconsin yielded the biggest total of the nation's nine tax regions — $13,214,601,000. New York State, which comprises a single tax region, was next with payments totaling $13,- ".Dr. Sam" was admitted to the hospital, the swelling on his fiice had increased, nnd that he lost control of his natural functions. "What did this loss of control of the natural processes indicate to you?" chief defense counsel William J. Corrigan asked the witness. Spinal Injury ''It indicated an injury to the spinal cord," the witness replied. He said his suspicion of a spinal injury was shared by a brain speciiili.sl, whom he had called July 4 when Dr. Sam was first admitted to the hospital. •• Dr. Steve said the specialist also found an absence of reflexes in the left arm and abdomen. A spinal puncture was made, Dr. Steve said, nnd the specialist's, report lor that day carries the notation: "Indication of n cervical spinal cord contusion." La.st Monday, Dr. E. Richard Hexler. a physician testifying for the stale, said he found no serious injury to the defendant. The prosecution ha.s .siiKgeste-1 Dr. Sam':; injurirs worn faked. Dr. Stephen, the first defense witness, started hi.s testimony yes- It-relay by .saying his brother broke into tears when a detective first accused him of the murder. Ho quoted Dr. Sam as saying incredulously, "those policemen think I killed Marilyn." Great Change That statement, the witness said, en me after, the first time detectives interviewed Dr. Sam. The brother went on to relate that his brother "Was crying. He wns extremely agitated and upset. The change in him wa.s tremendous." The three Sheppard brothers, all osteopaths, refer to each other as "Dr. Sam," "Dr. Steve" and"Dr. Richard." It was "Dr. Steve" who took the accused man to the hospital operated by the 'family on the morning of last July 4, when Marilyn Sheppnrd was battered to death as she lay in bed. "Dr. Sain," hi.s brother said, had been injured. Sheppard's story is thai, hi, 1 WHS,knocked out in a fight wilh a powerful assailant, presumably the murderer of hi.s wife. The state charges "Dr. Sam" killed his wife for motives arising from his affairs with other women. XII palate. .the vutican disclosed officially IhfU the 78-year-old pontiff lind ro- oeivccl treatment for "peritonenl j irritation attended by abdominal j tension." his condition is an irritation of the lining to the abdominal ctivity. It reflected the Pope's lonjj struggle against a gastric disorder accompanied by spells of hiecuping and imtiscn. The bulletin ol the opc's physician. Dr. Hiccardo Galeazxi-Lisi, said X-rny nnd clinical examination mnde yesterday afternoon showed nothing alarminy. Vatican sources said privately that an ulcer was a complicating factor. . There were conflicting reports about the condition of the opc's heart, but it was emphasized that he came through the night "relatively tranijjjjHy." Early last night, .soon sifter the ope took a turn for the worse, ft Vatican press spokesman said the pontiff had suffered a heart collapse. Later the Vatican omitted references to the heart. However. unconfirmed reports were hoard that he had suffered a lighter, .second heart attack (Hiring the night. After Lsf-'iiancR of the physician's bulletin at noon (6 a.m. EST) the Vatican press office said a further bulletin could not be expected for several hours. The noon bulletin, rend to reporters, .said: "Yesterday afternoon, Dec. 'I, the condition of the Holy Father .suddenly worsened becau.se of a pcritonitnl irritation accompanied by abdominal tension. "Clinical examination nnd X- rays, made Immediately, did not .show anything alarming. "We immediately began neces- sary tluTitpcuUenl treatment. "The niirht has passed relatively tranquilly. "The general condition of the Pope can he said to be satisfactory." Faubus Names Revenue Head Orvillc Cheney Will Be New Commissioner LITTLE ROCK tffl — Gov.-elect brval Faubus today nnnouncnd the appointment of Orvilln Cheney, former stnte sonatov from Calico Rock, as revenue commis.sioner. Cheney, a retail clothing dealer in Calico Rock, will succeed Vance 15 Floats and Five Bands in Parade Fifteen floats and five high school bands have been entered thus far in Blytheville's annual Christmas parade but there is a possibility of more entrants before the parade comes off Tuesday night. The Chamber of Commerce I his. "Christmas in the Home." Promised announced the tentative | Land School, and "Santa Glaus," morning lineup for the parade which scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Scurlock, an Franci.s Cher appointee oi Gov ry. Cheney was present at the news The parade will form at Lilly and Main ami move west up Main to Fifth, north, on Fifth to Walnut. and east on Walnut to the City Hall where It will disband. The pnracle will be led by the Blytheville High School band With high school blinds from Oaccoln, Dell, Walnut Ridge and Harrison High also on band. Chamber officials said tills morning that a number of the 25 hlgli school bands Invited to participate In the parade have not been heard from as yet and that there Is a Rood possibility more will accept the invitation between UKiay nlid Tuesday. So far, 11 Blytheville churches, Uo schools, the Blylhovlllo Y and the Chamber of Commerce have entered floals In the parade. The theme of this year's parade is "Tile Christinas Story," and all float:; are constructed around the theme with each telling a different part of the Christmas story . Tentative lineup of the parade as announced by the Chamber of Commerce this morning is as follows: "Elizabeth and Mary," New Liberty Baptist Church: "The Annunciation," Hoblnson School; "Birth of Jesus." First Christian Church. "The Nativity," Wesley Memorial Methodist Church; "Shepherds In the Field," First Methodist Church. "The Anj'Cls anil the Shepherds," Assembly of God Church; "Wise Men Before Herod," First Baptist Church; "Wise Men Beiirlliis Gifts." First Lutheran Church; "Christ in llui Temple," Church of the Nnitii- rcnc; "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Salvation," Trinity Baptist Church. "Flight Into Esypt," HI. Johns Baptist Church; "Herald Ausels." niylhevllle YMG'A; "Christmas Carols." First Presbyterian Church; Is Chamber of Commerce &: FFA. Again this year the Blytheville State Employes to Get Off The region comprising New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and areas in Texas around Austin and Dallas reported the lowest total tax take—S3.633,033,- 000. A state-by-state breakdown of federal tax collections in the year i ended June 30, 194. as compared j with the previous fiscal year's collections (1954 figure listed first) included: Arkansas $159,039,000 and $162,-j j n g i ron ,l w hirh i 118,030; Kansas $505,979,000 and |"*,, h '", $534,957,361; Missouri 51,118,824,- llse11 nux 000 and $1,856,186,914; Oklahoma In $628,701,000. and $656,009,053. the committee In 192 at the re- LITTLE ROCK Ifi - State em quest of Adlai E. Stevenson, then p | o j. cs V ;ill be Kivcn three extra the party's presidential nominee days off during the Christmas and .Prom all the signs here, Steven- Ncu . year's holidays. son has kept hands off the choice ! GOV. Pranci.s Cherry yesterday of a new chairman. Nevertheless, ! announced that state offices would opponents are concentrating their I be closed Thursday and Friday, fire on Butler and saying he Stevenson's man. is . Dec. 23 and 24 131. and Friday, Dec. conference when the announcement was made. He saidt hat he "intended to In- ! •• i ti» - vcstii;nle...imd familiarize myself j I"Q UDUS TrODlS with the department before decld-1 int£ what changes, if any, .should I be made in personnel." He Indicated in a prepared statement that he favored tighter collection of the Arkansas .sales tax. His .statement read, in part: "I feel that it i.s entirely possible to educate the public to demand thnt the two per cent sales tax be collected and remitted in order to avoid a demand for nn Increase Ford Retained; Lindsey Named LITTLE ROCK W — Gov.-Elcct Orval Fnubus says he wants Arch Ford retained JIK commissioner of education and he will appoint Herman Lindscy state police director. Ford, who will he named officially by the Slate Board of Kducii- time the Legislature meets. I L j orij ^ a longtime employe of the "I do not mean by that that I | Education Department. He has think the pi-esc-nt rate would take j j )Pen commissioner nearly two care of the demands at this time, but I do think that the higher the rate the mare inducement there is u> evade." Cheney was born at Boswd! in I/.iird County. He graduated from Calico Rock High School and Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway. He wa.s a teacher in Ixard I County schools for eight years. years. His annual salary is $8,400. Ltndsey w;is director of ."State police under former Gov. Hid McMath. The present state police director Is Lindsey Hatchett. The state police director is paid $6,000. Faubus, who will be Inaugurated next month, made known his favorites at a press conference Little Rock yesterday. Mood, Money, Not Models Aid Car Sales Here You can expect to see more new automobiles on the streets of Blytheville in coming months if the present buy- State Jaycees to Name Outstanding Young Man PINE BLUFF, Ark. Wl—The Arkansas Junior Chamber of Commerce win honor the state's "most outstanding" young man at a banquet here Dec. 14. The winner of the award, called the Distinguished Service Award, will be seletccd by thren judges, who have not yet been named. Candidates for the honor must cross-section consensus of uvtr-all confidence in the econom- ; they come in conUct with, ic conditions. Asked about the "slump" which has been reported in the automo- FARMERS, FOR THE MOST I'ART, have more spending money opinion of Blytheville dealers today, it was bile sales throughout the nation for |h|» y»'J« .fT^lM^ ££ the past year and a half, two ol the larger dealers indicated that they had not been bothered by it beau tomotivc j cause of better selling methods. thought by most that the public's buying attitude this fall Li responsible for a general up-turn In business. Almost all dealers said that they were selling all 1955 models they can get while tv:o dealers told of having more cars booked for sale than anytime since the "war years." VEW STYLE CHANGES were not attributed to the reason for better sales this year, as compared to last, be between the ages of 21 and 35, as much aji the local and national Others said they it was p.bout over if business continued as It started off this fall. One dealer attributed better business to the fact that he thinks the buying public feels better about own economic welfare more of a buying mood. In Blytheville, for Instance, he because of not having the large c'obtfi hanging over them from buying expensive equipment in 1952, he said. And in general there .seems to be more, money in circulation. Dealers consider one help to business the feeling that the public Is grating more for its money. Only two dealers indicated that the style changes appeared to have helped their sales and one of thc«e and is In '. salcl a reduction In price gave his business a boost. All dealers said the attitude of the public Is the main factor In an In pointed out, the merchants expect crense ] n Hl ]<, s "y OU can't sell some more prosperity because of the new Industry with steady payrolls and thing to them unless they want It." the coming of the alrbasc with this LAST YKAR THERE appeared to same sentiment reflected by those j be a feeling of possible nation-wide economic recession and the public was uneasy. Now, a feeling of prosperity throughout the nation appears to have loosened up the purse strings and the public Is once more accepting new products. This does not mean that they waited for the new models to come out, but started buying the 1954 models earlier In the fall when the mood struck them, It was pointed out. However, the buying trend did not stop with the coming of the new styles. More cash sales are being made this year compared to more "paper" being passed last year, one dealer commented. The public seems to be greatly interested In the new models and is keeping up the steady stream of traffic through showrooms to view the much-publicized Inovatlons In new cars, most reported. Ministerial Alliance Is assisting the Chamber of Commerce in conduct- Ing the parade. The Ministerial AlHsvnce, was Uv- vitctl to take part In supervising the parade several years ago In a move U) de-coinmerclali/o the event. The parade officially will launch [he city's Christmas season. Key Witness In Phenix City Murder Killed Stabbed to Death After Testifying In Patterson Case PMENI XCITY, Ala., Ml—The son of filnin Albert L. Patterson fintfMJy demanded prompt frrnml Jury indictment of his father's killer today lifter a witness who may have .seen Patterson murdered wa.s .stubbed to death on a Phenix City .street last night. Anil a county official disclosed, inenmvhlle, that the slnln witness. 35-year-old -Johnnie F. Griffin, had Inld him only it few hours before the .stabbing that he was afraid he was going to be killed. Griffin wa.s knifed a day after ho testified before »n rmergnncy Krand Jury which Is eoaslderinft murder indictments in the Patterson killing. Nnllomi'I Cuard.Miien still pntrol- HHK the city five months afl.fir P»t- loi'.son's death arrested n Hi-year- old Nntjro, Jerry C. Washington, and sniff he conle-s-sed the sUiblng,: blaming Griffin for provoking the fight. "FunliiHtic Coincident*" j Col. James N. Brown, military chif?f of police, said there appeared to be no connection between Griffin's death and hi.s r.ppenrancc before the Krand Jury Wednesday, I3ut John Patterson, who will InkB office .Itin. 17 as attorney general in place of his murdered father who had won the nomination on a vice cleanup pledge, said Griffin's killing was "suspicious" and a "fantastic coincidence if it w;u; n coincidence." Paltcrson also disclosed that Griffin tried to contact him yesterday afternoon nnd visited his law office, leaving word thnt, he "needwl some help." A county official who would not be quoted by name satd the gawd jury witness went to his office about noon yesterday and complained that "I've got a feeling they're going to get me. scared." Republicans Split Demos Vote Censure WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) stood condemned for his conduct today by a 67-22 vole of his Senate colleagues. The judgment of the Senate was handed down late-yester- lay and after the vote was in McCarthy told newsmen he .vas "very happy to get this circus over with." The vote adopting a resolution condemning McCarthy's conduct on hvo counts capped an extraordinary session of the Senate, begun Nov. 8, that became increasingly tense imtl bitter. On the final vote Republican senators divided evenly, 22-22. A solid lineup of 44 Democrats voted for passage of the resolution. So did Sen. Morse of Oregon, the Senate's lone independent. Thus McCarthy became the first senator since 1929 lo suffer an official rebuke from his colleagues for his actions, and the fourth in Senate history. No Lasting Scars Despite the sharp Republican split on the Issue, some OP senators said they did not believe it would leave lasting scars within the party. Sen. Bennett (R-Ut»h), author of one of Ihc counts adopted by the Senate, said In an interview that "I don't think the apparent rift will be too great or too permanent." Sen. Carlson (R-Kan), a member of the special committee which recommended censure against McCarthy, nnld he believes the Republicans will "pull together" once the next session starts, adding it would be "more necessary because then we will be the minority parly." McCarthy, asked If there were any basis lo reports he. might break away from the Republican party lo form a new party, replied "there's nothing to it." "I am a FU-pubUenn nnd intend to remain a Republican," he said. "And I will do my work within the Republican party because that's the best place." The Republican leadership In tin 1 Senate divided on the resolution of conclcmna lion. Voting iiRulnst It were Sens. Knowland (Callfj, the majority lender, Bridges (NH), the temporary president of the Senate, and Illlkin (Colo), chairman of the conference of all Republican senators. Voting for It were Sens. Ferguson (ich), chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, and Saltonstall (ass), the assistant GOP floor leader. Individual Matter Knowland said he regarded the Issue as a matter to be determined by each senator on (he basis of his own convictions, rather than as n party question. A similar view WH.S expressed throughout by the Democratic leader, Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas. President Eisenhower declined comment on the Senate's action at his news conference yesterday. He said it was a matter of the Senate determining what Is required in preserving its dignity. See McCAIlTIIY on Page 5 I'm Negro 4-H Dinner Tomorrow Night OSCEOI.A — Eighth annual Negro 4-H Club achievement program and banquet will be held in the auditorium of the Rosenwald High School here tomorrow inght. Approximately 125 4-H members, leaders and parents will attend the banquet which will honor the county's top 4-H boys and girls. Recognition -will also be given to ten outstanding lenders who have voluntarily contributed their efforts in sponsoring 4-H Club work. Awards donated by the Mississippi County Farm Bureau will be presented to the top winners In project demonstrations. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Fannie Mac Boone. Negro Home Demonstration Agent of the Agriculture Extension Service, as principal speaker. Reno's Marriage Trade in Slump RENO, NPV. i>Ti—Reno's marriage tradf appears headed for its worst year since the end of World War H. The divorce business is falling off too. Wnshne County Clerk Harry Brown said yesterday that 17,993 mnrringe licenses were taken out the first ypar at this time the figure was 19.S48. Divorce applications were filed up to December of this year totaled 4,019, compared with 4,393 the first 11 months of 1053. Weather ARKANSAS - Fair and a little warmer this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI — Generally fair through Saturday; warmer this afternoon and most of state Saturday; low toniRht 2o-35; high Saturday 50s northeast to about- 60 southwest. Minimum this morning—28. Maximum yefiiordny—SO. .SiiurlNe tomorrow—(3:51. aunsct today—4 ;49. McJin temperature (midway between high nnd low—39 . Precipitation Inat 24 hours to 7 a,m. —none. Prpcljiltntlon Jan. 1 to this dfito — 31.38. This Diite Last Year Maximum yesterday—65. Minimum this morning—47. Precipitation Janu&ry 1 w d&t« —

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