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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOX DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AMD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. NO. T ilTtherill* Courier MlnUtlppi Valltjr L*H«* •IftheTiUe Dailj N«wi BlythcTiUi Hnald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1956 TWENTY PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Reds Clear Victims Of 1949 Purge Hungarian Chief Says — Charges False By RICHARD KASISCHKE VIENNA, Austria (AP) -= Hungarian Communist chief, Matyas Rakosi, revealed today the victims of Hungary's most sensational purge trial of the Stalin era are now being "re habilitated" — declared innocent. He said the trial was based or faked evidence. Rkosi announcd Laszlo Rajk the former foreign minister hanged in 1849 as a Titoist and traitor, was convicted oh the basis of "provocative accusations" produced by a former Hungarian secret police chief who himself has since been sentenced to lif imprisonment. Declared Guiltless Rajk: thus was declared guiltless, along with his seven codefendants. Four were executed and three sentenced to prison. The three are to be releasd. Rakosi made his announcement in a speech in the town of Eger. It was published today in the Hungarian party newspapers, Szabad Nep, and excerpts were broadcast by the Budapest radio. This reversal Was accompanied by Rakosi's statement that a number of Hungarian Social Democrats, also convicted trumped-up evidence, are being released. Second to Be Eestored Rajk is the second top Hungarian Communist to be restored to a position of respect in Red annals since the 20lh Congress of the Soviet Communist party in Moscow in February, where the terror reign of Stalin himself was denounced. The other was Bela Kuhn, head of the short - lived Communist regime in Hungary in 1919. He was believed executed in Russia on Stalin's orders in the 1930s. Kuhn's name was cleared during the Moscow Congress. Traffic Deaths Continue Rise February Toll Ties All-Time Record CHICAGO HI — Traffic deaths are going up and up. The National Safety Council today focused attention on the long upward climb with this statement: "February was the 12th month in a row to show more deaths than the same month of the preceding year. "Deaths are now going up faster than the increase in travel, so the only conclusion is that people are driving more carelessly." The council said motor vehicle fatalities in February equalled the all-time high for a February. It reported 2,630 Americans were killed, the same number as in February In 1941 and 1952. The toll in February, of this year was 18 per cent higher than In February 1955. Some of the increase •was attributed to the extra dsy In this leap year February. But, the council said, it was the largest monthly percentage increase since June 1951. Missco's TB Meet: April 19 Mississippi County's Tuberculosis Association will hold its annual meeting April 19 in Osceola's First Methodist Church. Announcement of meeting time and place was made today by Mrs. Frances GammUl, executive secretary. Dinner will be served by the Wesleyan Guild, with Mrs. Lillie Wilson in charge. Mrs. Steve Ralph is general chairman of the banquet which is open to the public._ GosneH Giri's Condition 'Fair' A 17-yenr-old Gosnell girl was reported in "fair" condition in Walls Hospital today with non-infectious meningitis. She is Barbara Bev.ills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Bevills, and a senior at Gosnell High School. Her physician said it is too early to tell whether the disease Is of "polio stressed, or influenza" nature. He however, that it is not , typed infectious or epidemic. ' DISPOSAL DEMONSTRATION — Blytheville city officials yesterday got a look at modern trash disposal methods when this skid shovel was demonstrated at the new city dump southeast of the city limits. Called the sanitary fill method, the system involves no burning. Trash is buried by the big shovel each day. Some 25 truck loads of trash are deposited on Blytheville's dump every day, City Engineer Dan Blodgett pointed out. (Courier News Photo) 3 Feared Dead as Granary Blast Rocks Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A devastating explosion blasted a four-story granary into flaming rubble last night and cut a 10-block swath of damage through Philadelphia's busy 30th and Market. Street section. At least three persons were missing and believed dead. Four others were on the critical list. Scores were treated for injuries,* some of them late evening shoppers heading home at the time of the blast — 8:10 p.m. Not until the cold morning air cleared away the pall of black smoke was the extent of the destruction fully revealed. As far as the eye could see there were broken windows, smashed automobiles, scattered debris, Twenty-five of the Injured were students at Drexel Institute's night college, less than a block from the rear of the granary. Those listed as missing were: Edward Johnson, a new employe of the grain firm, of Philadelphia. Byron Weldon, truck driver, of Millville, N. J. Arthur Harold, another driver employed by a grain hauling company, also of Millville. 25 Miles Away The scene of the explosion was two blocks west of the Schuylkill River that separates the downtown portion of the city from West Philadelphia. Across the street from the blasted building — the milling plant of the Tidewater Mill and Elevator Co. — the new Philadelphia Bulletin four- story building took the full fury of the blast. . Windows were reduced to glass powder, ceilings fell, partitions were hammered out of shape and office furniture was overturned. The force of the blast tore down communications lines on Market Street, knocked electric signs off buildings and showered the area with fragments of metal and wood. The explosion was felt 25 miles away. The City Hall switchboard reported an estimated 25,000 telephone calls were received in a four-hour period. Workmen, in the demolished plant's warehouse said they were alive "by a miracle." An employe of a nearby business place said, "it seemed as if a train roared at us and then burst with hellish fury." Firemen and police probing the red-hot debris for dead and injured worked under strain, well aware of the chance that another blast might occur. Collected Dust The explosion was blamed by the milling company's night superintendent on collected dust. Samuel Purdy said he was attempting to light a pilot light in a drying vat when the blast was touched off. The building collapsed almost immediately and burst into soaring flames. Purdy and three of four other employes of the milling firm escaped with injuries. "It was a dust exlposion because that's the sort of thing that hap- Sec 3 FEARED DEAD on Page ID High Service LEADVTLLE, Colo, (fl—What is believed to be the highest Easter sunrise service in the nation will be held atop U.ISO-foot Cooper Hill. Participants will be borne to the top of the hill by a ski tow. Services will start at'9:30 a.m. at the base of the hill and will move to the summit for the blessing and final prayer. Ship Sinks; 35 Aboard Saved PROORESO, Mexico W! — Port officials said today all the passengers and crew aboard the Mexican motor vessel Matul had been rescued. The ship burned •nd sank in the Quit ol Cam- peoho last night. Joselln Heredia Cobaa, a port authority official, said 21 passengers and a crew of 14 wore rescue* by Uw Mexican coat-guard boat Virglllo Urlble and an amphibian plane. They were taken to Cumpeche on the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Among them was the Mntul's captain, Ignaclo Ferrer- Ira. The 300-ton Matul sank late yesterday about «Q miles north- northwest of Campoche following a (Ire that clnrtcd with an en- glni room explosion. US Officials Weigh Iceland's Request For Troops to Leave By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Icelandic Parliament's call for withdrawal of United States forces from that strategic island is a threat to a key position in the North Atlantic Treaty defense system. Driver Jumps To Safety in Fiery Crash By H. L. TEAGER Two drivers escaped serious injury last night in a midnight truck- car collision on the long curve of new Highway 61 halfway between Steele and Haytl. The 45-year-old truck driver, J. H. Bradley, self-employed produce truckman from Meridian, Miss., Jumped clear of wreckage just seconds before his cab exploded and burned. He did not require hospltallzation. The other driver, Thomas W. Dunkler, 22, ol Sioux Falls, S. Dak., is being treated at Hayti Hospital for bruises and cuts about the head, a jaw injury and a badly lacerated leg. He did not lose consciousness. He Was driving a Chevrolet in- transit for C. Frank, Inc., of St. Louis. The car was completely demolished. Dunkler had been driving south behind a Gordon Transport truck The Gordon driver, George L. Thomas, said,Dunkler attempted to pass him at a high rate of speed, then collided head-on with Bradley's truck. After the collision, the front axle of Bradley's truck was found behind the wreckage. Bradley said he makes about eight trips to St. Louis each year. His truck was loaded -with potatoes. Patrolman Jess. Hickman was the investigating officer. * State and Defense Departmenl officials gave (he matter urgent consideration today although they had very little to say publicly about it. The Iceland Parliament last night adopted a Communist - supported resolution 31-18 calling for NATO forces to leave "in view ot the altered situation" since 1951. At that time the United States and Iceland agreed on the stationing of H.S. Army, Navy and Air Force units on the island under NATO command. Press officer Lincoln White said at, the State Department, "We have a brief telegram of the text of the resolution." White said no other information had come in officially from Reykjavik but there is time to go into the situation. The notification time specified in the demand for troop Withdrawal is 18 months. Rcorf uniting A demand could be presented formally to the United States government only by action of the Icelandic government which is now in process of reorganization after the Conservative party resignec its control this week. Iceland is roughly halt'-way between Moscow and New York. It I s an important position in the northern reaches of the Atlantic and is used as a commercial well as military base for Atlantic flying. Withdrawal of American land, sea and air forces under present circumstances would create power vacuum in that part of the world since Iceland has no army or navy. In Municipal Court Five cases, all Involving traffic matters, were heard in Municipal Court today. David Fred Alorw.o forfeited $50.75 bond on a speeding and reckless driving charge. James Battles forfeited a $10 bond for speeding on a charge that originated before the new 115 bond was Imposed. Louis Brookshlre and James Graham each forfeited lift •needing bonds. O. T. Russell fulled to appear on R choree of running • Hop algn. Hit bond ol p wol forfeited , Admiral Warns Of Soviet's Nora I Power NEW YORK (ff) — Adra. JerauW Wright, supreme Allied commander of the Atlantic Fleet, says that by the end of this year the Soviet Union will have seven times more submarines than Hitler had at the outbreak of World War II. Sepaking yesterday to the Overseas Press Club, Wright cited the need for American buildup of antisubmarine forces. "Today the Soviets arc the world s second naval power in vessels on hand and first naval power in rate of new construction," he said. Train Tagged CONCORD, Mass. 0IV-A railroad train was tagged for blocking traffic yesterday. Police Chief Robert E. Kelley ordered the traffic ticket after getting complaints thnt Boston «c Maine trains were across a town highway for ns long as 1= mlnutei. Ther«'« » law which sels a » nilnuto limit on otoppl»« *« roa> Intersection* UN to Okay Peace Tour Is Prediction Delegates See Approval Of US Resolution By WILLIAM N. OAT1S UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Some U. N. delegates predicted today the U. N. Security Council would adopt a U. S. resolution to send Secretary General Dag Hammar- skjold on a Palestine peace mission. Opinions differed on how soon the council might act. One council member told a reporter the vote would come Tuesday at the next council meeting on the American proposal. Another said further meetings would be necessary for full TJ.S. answers to Arab— and possibly Israeli— questions on the aim and scope of the mission. The forecasts of final approval were based on speeches to the council yesterday by Egypt and Syria. These generally were considered moderate in tone. Seek Clarification Egyptian Delegate Omar Loutfi and Syrian Delegate Ahmed Shu- kairy both asked if Hammarskjold was to deal with anything beyond the 1949 Palestine armistice agreements. Both said they sought only clarification, and Loutfi asserted Egypt is "always prepared to work hand in hand" with Hammarskjold and the U.N. trace chief in Palestine, Maj. Gen. Edson L,. M. Burns. Shukairy declared Syria had nothing to hide and would "welcome a survey of the extent of compliance with the armistice agreements." He asked, however, if Hammarskjold would be assigned to amend the agreements and if he would be expected to deal with political, economic and financial problems. ^ No Hidden Meanings Chief U.S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. said their questions could be "quickly and clearly answered" at Tuesday's meeting. "There are no hidden meanings in this," .Lodge said. "If you search from now until doomsday with a magnifying glass, the only purpose you will find is to prevent war." Calling for "urgent and early action," the U.S. resolution would send Hammerskjold to the Middle East for discussions on reducing tensions along the armistice lines separating Israel and the Arab states. An Israel source said the U.S. resoultion was acceptable to his delegation but that Israel would have "some observations" to make to the council. Israel's other two Arab neighbors, Lebanon and Jordan, so ment. far have withheld com- Chamber Plans Fire Program Prevention Days Set April 24-26 Fire Prevention Committee, of the Chamber of Commerce, headed by Bill Williams, made preliminary plans today for Blytheville's town inspection program to be held April 24-26. Meeting with committee members 'was Carl Smalley, executive secretary of Arkansas State Fire Prevention Association at Little Rock. Local committees were named to aid in the the three-day program. An estimated 50 members of the association, fire chiefs, marshals, insurance company field representatives and other interested persons, will be in Blytheville to assist in fire inspections, to give talks, show 411ms and conduct programs on fire prevention. Farm Bill Conferees Tackle Wheat Dairy Props; Recess Talked By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate and House conferees seeking agreement on an election- year farm bill turned today to provisions which would affect wheat and dairy farmers. "We are about halfway through the bill," said Sen. Ellender (D-La), chairman of the conference group. "I hope we can stick to it until we get through, even if it keeps us here through Saturday night." ^^^^ Tax Crackdown On Communists Praised by Solons By G. MILTON KELLX WASHINGTON (AP) — The padlocking of U. S. Communist party offices and those of its paper, the Daily Worker, drew praise today from several members of Congress. Senators McClellan tD-Ark) and* Robertson (D-Va) endorsed a proposal by Sen. Wiley (R-Wis) that the Treasury Department assign a panel of crack income tax experts for an "all-out blitz" against Communist organizations. In a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey and in a Senate speech yesterday, Wiley said the technique he has in mind is the same used in income tax cases used to jail gangsters. Padlocked Internal revenue agents clapped padlocks on Communist headquarters and the Daily Worker offices in New York Tuesday, and in simultaneous raids also padlocked Communist party offices in other cities, alleging income tax delinquencies. Declaring it is being persecuted, the Communist party contends it is exempt from such taxes as a political party. The Daily Worker says It owes no taxes and that it has been operating at a loss. McClellan, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he would be willing to support any Treasury Department request for more money .to finance such a move as Wiley proposed. But he added the revenue service "seems to be getting along" on what it has. Robertson voiced similar views in a separate interview. The Daily Worker kept on publishing, using a private firm to do its printing. Only its offices were padlocked. "Separate Business" In an editorial in today's edition, the Daily Worker declared it wa locked up only after refusing to give the government the names of its financial backers. In Detroit, the editor of the Worker's Michigan edition, argued revenue agents out of padlocking the office there. He contended the Michigan edition was incorporated as a separate business and could not be seized under the tax action. Agents did padlock the Commu nist party's Michigan headquarters next door. Indications here were that Donald R. Moysey, the Lower Manhattan regional revenue director, apparently acted without consulting higher authority in ordering the padlocking actions. "Whoever is responsible deserves a nice pat on the back," Sen. Mundt (R-SD) said. "God belss 'em," said Sen. Bender (R-Ohio). 100 on Hand For USO Dance About 100 persons were on hand in American Legion Hut last night for the USO dance held for men of Blytheville Air Force Base. The dance was sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Junior hostesses came from Etowah, Dell, CaruthersviUe, Manila, Steele and Blytheville. Canada Urges Talks On Indochina Elections By WARREN ROGERS JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — Canada is seeking to push the Indochina stalemate off dead center far enough to hold talks about unifying elections — if not the elections themselves. Canada's Foreign Secretary Lester B. Pearson is understood to be doing most of the pushing. He dined, here last night with Secretary of State -Dulles and has arranged to confer in New York tomorrow With India's V. K. Krishna Menon, Canada and India are members of the international truce commission In Indochina. Communist Poland is the third member. As things now stand, the biggest Indochina state of Viet Nam Is divided between the Communists in the North and the west-backed government of Premier Ngo Dlnh Dlcm in the South. Strongly Opposed Mom's strength has grown from robtl-badgtnd ihnktnesa to a peak reached with election thin month of * cenititurtit assembly In which his supporters hold most of the seals. It is expected to produce a constitution giving Diem much power. Diem is strongly opposed to holding unifying elections this year. Under the Indochina truce-of 1954, such elections were to be held In July of this year .to permit all the people of Viet Nam to vote on whether they want the Communists or Dlem's government to rule the whole state. Diem argues that sis government in not bound by the 1954 truce since South Viet Nam did not sign It. The French, who formerly controlled Indochina, did. His refusal to make plans for elections has been the target of Red rlropnnnndn. Tills hns disturbed fx« CANADA on r*gi II Churches Plan Easter Services Sunrise Rite, Sunset Devotional Are Scheduled 'Blytheville's churches, already In the process of observing Holy Week rites, today announced plans for special observances of the anniversary of the rising of the Lord. First Lutheran Church will conduct its second Easter Sunrise Service at the Starvue Drive-in at 6:3 a.m. Junior High School Glee Club, under the direction of Mrs. J. Wilson Henry, will present special music and the Rev. James Pomeroy, pastor, will deliver a sermon on, "The Angels' Easter Message." Assisting in staging this Easter service are Mrs. O. W. McCutchen, H. N. Swearengen Jr., Blytheville Air Force Base and Mrs. Don Whitney. Arrangements are being made with the sheriff's office for traffic direction. The Rev. Mr. Pomeroy also announced that regular church services will be held at his church with the morning worship to be at 11 a.m. Three-Hour Service "The Three Hour Service," which is in commemoration of the three hours Christ hung on the Cross and his seven last saying, will be observed at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church from noon Friday until 3 p.m. At First Baptist Church on Friday night at 7:30 a special Easter Cantata, "The Seven Last Words of Christ," will be presented under direction of Loyd Owens, church choir director. Mrs. C. Murray Smart will serve as organist with Pat Walker of Memphis being guest tenor soloist. Other soloists will be Mrs. Loyd Owens, soprano baritone. This is the first time this cantata has been presented in thU vicinity and the public is invited. Walker is tenor soloist at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis and is the son of the Rev. Barney Walker. Revival On Sunday at First Baptist Church a revival begins with Dr. J. Jack Flanders from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., as evangelist. The choir will present at the morning service, "Go to Dark Geth- semanl," and at the evening services the junior choir composed of 60 voices will present special music. The Methodist church is holding special services each night this week and on Sunday two worship services are planned with the first being at 8:30 a.m. and the second at 10:50 a.m. Dr. Roy L. Smith, one of the nation's foremost Methodist preachers and authors and world traveler, will speak tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30. Special Music Members of the Presbyterian Church will hear three special anthems at their morning services Sunday. Mrs. R. F. Kirshner will serve as choir director and Mrs. J. E. Carter, sooist. Those anthems will be, "Before the Dawn," by Jean Sibelius; "Resurrection," by Geoffrey OUara and "Easter bay," by Lee Haupt. Senior Christian Youth Fellowship of First Christian Church will climax observance of Holy Week with a special sunset devotional to tie conducted on the banks of the Mississippi Slver Sunday evening. The group will meet at the river at 3 p.m. for a recreational period and sandwich supper prior to the devotional. The special .service will be climaxed with group fellowship singing around a bonfire. A special candlelight communion service, one of the hlRhllghts of Holy Week observance, will be held »t Flr.-,t Christian Church tonlo'ht at soprano; Carol Seeman, and Harry Carter Fair, But Rep. Cooley D-NC said some of the House conferees have talked of; a recess .tomorrow until next Tuesday or Wednesday. Congress will be In recess until April 9, and no conference report can be acted upon before that time. Biggest Hump As the conference group moved into its fourth day of sessions, Ellender said the "biggest hump we still face is working out programs for corn and feed grains that will fit them in the bill." The Senate voted mandatory support levels for the feed grains—oats, barley, rye and grain sorghums—based on corn prices. The House bill includes no such, provision^ But before tackling that, Ellender : said the group hoped to clean up details affecting wheat and dairy farmers. He said a "domestic parity" program for wheat, to start either next year or in 1958, had been accepted In principle although some details were unsettled. 100 Per Cent This proposes to give wheat growers 100 per cent of parity on that part of their crop used for domestic foods. The remainder would be sold or supported at » much lower price intended to permit its export or use as feed grain. Just what this level should be, so that it does not crowd out corn and feed grains or wreck international wheat export agreements, if unsolved. Both the senate and House voted to lift minimum supports for rnilk, butter, cheese and dairy products from the present 75 per cent of parity level to 80 per cent. Parity is a price level computed as fair to the ; farmer in relation to his costs. But there is dispute over a Senate provision that would boost prices still further by changing the base period used in computing supports for milk used to manufacture dairy products. : Fomls Approved A late session last night produced approval of these points: A two-price system for rice un-" der which growers would get 90 per cent of aprifcy on that part of the crop used for food in this country, its territories and Cuba, with a lower support, probably 55 or 60 per cent_of_parity, for that part exported or used for other purposes. An increase from 300 to 500 million dollars in authorized funds for sending surplus food and farm commodities overseas. This includes gifts by this government for famine and disaster relief as well aa shipments by charitable, religious and similar groups. An expanded system of federal aid to states .for reforestation programs on public and private lands. A sepcial five-member commission to recommend increased industrial uses of agricultural commodities with a $150,000 fund to pay its expenses. Ike and Dulles In Conference WASHINGTON ffl— A two-hour conference between President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles followed closely yesterday Elsenhower's return from his "Little Summit" meeting. Dulles said they talked over "an accumulation of business," but he declined to give any details. He said no urgency was involved. The two met at the White House I 1 /, hours after Eisenhower returned from White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. There he had met with President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines of Mexico and Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent of Canada. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Pair this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Continued cool tonight, somewhat warmer Friday afternoon. High this afternoon upper 60s to, lower 70s; low tonight mid to high 30s. MISSOURI: Frost warning southeast; partly cloudy northeast generally fair west and south windy and cool this afternoon; fair tonight and Friday; colder tonight with freezing temperatures over the state and frost southeast portion; warmer west and north Friday; low tonight upper 20s except near 30 bootheel; high Friday 4655. Mlnmlum this morning—40. Maximum yesterday—87. Sunrise tomorrow—3:30. sunset today—«:19. Mean temperature—33.5. Precipitation U noun {7 ».m, M T ,m.)—none. Precipitation Jnn. I to (Utc—17.3i. Till! D»le L«lt Vnr Minimum r«««riiny—51. Minimum this mornlnii—20. , I'tttlplUlKm J6B. I K A.W-IXM.

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