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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 214 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY DECEMBER 4, 1954 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Ike Lauds Watkins For Task Senator's Job As Committee Head Cited WASHINGTON ( A P) President Eisenhower today congratulated Sen. Watkins (R-Utah) for the "very splendid job" he did as chairman of the special committee which recommended censure of Sen. McCarthy (R-VVis). James C. Hagerty. White House press secretary, made this statement to reporters in the presence of the senator after Watkins conferred with the President. Hagerty said the President told the senator "he thought he (Watkins) handled a difficult and tough assignment with a great deal of dignity which reflected the respect the people have for the Senate of the 1 United States." In response to a question, Hagerty said the President still • was following a hands-off policy with McCarthy contro- regard to the versy itself. The Senate voted 67-22 Thursday to condemn the Wisconsin senator's conduct after Watkins 1 special committee had recommended such action. Report Made Sen. Watkins told reporters after his White House conference he made a brief report to Eisenhower on the McCarthy matter. He did not say what was in the report. Asked whether he believed the Senate vote, which found the Democrats unanimous against McCarthy and the Republicans divided 22-22, would result in a "permanent rift" in the Republican party, Watkins replied: "I don't think any one man can cause a permanent rift in the party. A party may be divided on great principles, but I don't think Pope Pius Improves; Fears He Has Cancer Dispelled by Doctors VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Pius XII got a little better again today and specialists dispelled fears that the seriously ailing pontiff has cancer. " Two clinical experts who took an action taken reference with one Individual can split the party permanently." Watkins said the party is "still a strong and vigorous party," and added ; "Sen. McCarthy himself says he will not leave the Republican party, so we all seem to be agreed we won't split." Earlier Watkins and Sen. Stennis (D-Miss) urged in separate interviews that the Senate revamp its rules governing investigating committees as a follow up to the condemnation action. Watkins said rules changes proposed by the special censure committee he headed "would help to bring about needed reforms" in the procedures of Senate investigating committees. Stennis, who served with Watkins on the special committee, said in a separate interview the new Senate should adopt the recommended rules changes alter it convenes next month. Four Rules The six-member bipartisan committee suggested four Senate rules changes In its report recommending that the Wisconsin Republican's conduct be condemned. The committee said it felt "much of the criticism against investigative committee hearings would have been avoided" if certain rules changes had been in effect. The Senate voted, 67-22, late Thursday to condemn McCarthy's conduct on grounds he had obstructed the Senate's "constitu- Negro Is Held In Brutal Killing, Assault Cases Pemiscot Deputies Say Smith Has Signed Confession of Beating By SONNY SANDERS Courier News Correspondent CARUTHERSVILLE — A 30 • year old Dyer County, Tenn., Negro, beinig held on a murder, charge in Dyersburg, Tenn., has confessed to brutally beating, and robbing a Hayti, Mo., taxi driver last Saturday night, the Sheriff's office here said this morning. Clyde Orton, chief deputy sheriff of Pemiscot County, said that Sandy Smith has signed a statement that he beat and robbed Jessie Parrett Jr., 20, Hayti taxi driv- threw his semi-conscious body t roadside ditch near Portageville. Mo., and drove off in his taxi. Deputy Orton said he questioned Smith at the Dyer County jail in Dyersburg. where the Negro is be- ng held for the slaying of a Dyersburg taxi driver, and obtained .he confession. ; Victim Improved Parrett is in the .femiscot County Hospital at Hayti suffering from head lacerations and a skull fracture. His condition was reported as "improved" this morning and he has been taken off the critical list, hospital authorities said. Parrett. who was unconscious until yesterday, told officers that he picked up two Negroes, one of them Smith, in Hayti last Saturday night and took them to .a spot about three miles north of Portageville. Smith then attacked Parrett, robbed him, left him in the roadside ditch and drove off in his taxi, the report stated. The identity of the second Negro was not disclosed and the sheriff's office said that the second Negro had nothing to do with the attack. Parrett told officers he made his way to a nearby house occupied by a Negro who took him to the City Hall in Portagcville where the attack and robbery was re- ice MURDER on Pa^c 8 part in a bedside conference last midnight said the Pope was not suffering from a tumoral sac of the digestive tubes. The 78-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church suffered a collapse Thursday " that brought him close to death. But his sturdy heart pulled him through that crisis and through the hours that allowed him to strengthen. "Everything looks better," Dr Luciano Casimiri, a Vatican spokesman, said as he returned to the papal apartment earlier today to issue the morning communique. Resting Easily The Pope was resting fairly easily in his white-walled bed chamber in the Vatican palace. Despite grave weakness, his morning included conferences with leading prelates interpreted here as probably designed to two ends; of his illness. 2. Preparation for a possible bedside consistory at which the six vacancies in the college of cardinals would be filled. The announcement was foreshadowed earlier when two cardinals emerged from a beside audience with the Pope and reported finding him "much better and more cheerful." The two prelates, Eugene Car-: dinal Tisserant, dean of the College of Cardinals, and Nicola Cardinal j Canali, said th Pope spent a comparatively restful night. Strong; Mope Physicians earlier reported the 78-year-old Pius was in dangerous but no longer desperate condition. His strong heart gave hope for his survival . The Cardinals said the Pope was "most cordial" dui'ing the 15-mhi- ute meeting, one of several the 1. Delegation of some duties during his severe Traffic Troublespots I SIXTH AND CHICKASAWliA — Today, Blytheville's Junior Chamber of Commerce and Mayor E. R. Jackson began mobilizing in cooperation with the National Safe Driving Day - Dec. 15. On that day, drivers over the United States will make an exceptional effort to drive safely and thus cheat the statistics. Above is first in a series of local traffic hptspots — the Sixth and Chicka- sawba inter.sect ion. Trucks are preparing to make right turn following Highway 61 and, due lo narrowness of street, must make wide swing into wrong lane on Chicknsiiwlja. Through eastbound traffic on Chickasawba should stop on red light before honoring small green arrow because left- turn off Sixth Street has right of way. A good spot to watch. (Courier News 1'lioto) despite his talked yes- pontiff has arranged illness. He reportedly terday with Msgr. Domenico Tar- dihi, a close associate in the Vatican secretariate of state, and Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini, recently appointed archbishop of Milan, Who has been mentioned as n possible successor to the papal throne. There has been no indication ot the purpose of the meetings but there is speculation that the Pope plans to hold a bedside consistory to fill the six empty seats in the College of Cardinals. The pontiff's apparent improvement backed up the announced opinion of five medical experts who held emergency consultations at his bedside early this morning. They said the "perceptible im ; provcment" permits good hope the frail leader of the world's 425 million Roman Catholics will recover. Grandma Doss Still Denies Killing Mother TULSA, Okla. T a I ka t i v grandma Nannie Doss yesterday was informed her mother's body contained poison but she vehemently denied giving her a lethal dose as she admittedly did to four of her five husbands. David E. Plummer, county cor- tional processes" and had "tended j oner a t Lexington, N. C.. where the to bring the senate into dishonor j repor t on Mrs. DOKK' mother, Mrs. and disrepute." ' Louisa Holden Hazle. was received The condemnation action was; by authorities said murder charges based on McCarthy's characterlza- j w jn be filed. tion of Ihe special Senate session! Gmndma Do ^ whose mood swit _ as a "lynch party and his at-1 tacks on both the' censure com-1 ^s often from gay to fretful, has mittee and a Senate subcommittee that probed his nancial affairs in 1951-52. In Ihe bitter controversy the censure issue, the rules reforms proposed by the Watkins committee were all but lost from sight. Watkins and Stennis said the recommended changes were not elections t been charged with the rat-poison [\. I deaths of her mates in Tulsa. Lex; ington and Empovia, Kan. Officers over ' are Panning a visit to Jacksonville, 'Ala., for an inquiry into the death of husband No. 2, Frank Harrelson, whom grandma said she did away with by spiking his corn whisky with rodent killer. While they are there, Oklahoma Arkansas Farmers Prices Fall Stevenson and Rayburn Test Party Strength in Demo Clash NEW ORLEANS Adlai E. Stevenson (AP} and Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas tested their Democratic parly strength today in a clash over the election of a new national chairman to succeed Stephen \. Mitchell. Stevenson, the—195? presidential nominee, called for immediate action by the National Committee to name a new leader for the 1D5G campaign in which the former Illinois governor lias given increasing .signs he hopes again to be the party's standard-bearer. Rayburn, who is scheduled to become speaker of Ihe House in the 84th Congress and represents the veteran wing of the party, said in a statement last night that "under nil the circumstances, I think it would be better to postpone the elecion. . .until a later date." Replied Stevenson, here to speak at a 100 a plate party dinner to- nigh!,: 70 Needed "While I don't know all of the circumstances, I think that 10 or more members of the National Committee could reach a decision without a postponement." Mitchell said at least 71 were on hand, most of them ready to vote. Neither Stevenson nor Rayburn took a public stand in favor of any of the three leading candidates to replace Mitchell, Stevenson's LITTLE ROCK lift — Prices re- [ handpicked chairman who has in- ceived by Arkansas farmers forj s i s tcd (hat he is quitting Jan. 1 their products dropped four per j ev cn if no one is chosen to fill j cent during the 30-day period, m - s place which ended Nov. 15. ; ^ three candidjltes arc Pau , A report from the Federal-State, M _ Butler. Indiana national corn- Crop eRporting Service today saldi miltcpnian . Michael V DiSulle, that plunging prices for cotton and I ]ormcr Toledo, Ohio, mayor and oil-bearing crops led the overall prlcc administrator, and -James decline. iFinnegan, president of the Phila- Cotton prices fell six per cent, j dclphia City Council, and oil-bearing crops were down > Stevenson said he was keeping three per cent for the period, i "i lim ds off" the choice of Mitch- Prices for feed grains and hay j ens . successor and these three, dipped one per cent, and poultry j along . with ficvcra i other pro.spec- headed by Mitchell, came up with the conclusion after several hours of debate that no Democrat should be required to sign any document guaranteeing he would support the national nominees, as some North- ern Democrats had proposed in the past. Instead, Mitchell and Sen. Hubert Humphrey ol Minne.sotu mid formiM- tiov. John ButUt" of Vir- Scc I) ISM OCR ATS on IMfjc 8 Final Pay of Davies Held by Government WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is holding up the final pay of former career diplomat, John Paton Davies Jr., reportedly because he refuses to sign a document he fears may gag him from discussing his firing as a security and eggs drew slightly prices. A four per cent increase was registered for feed grains and dairy products, while meat animal prices rose a little. Milk cows were SI a head higher, continuing an j did not indicate he had anyone in advance that added $5 a head to mind. lower • ^ vc candidates, would be acccpt- able to him. Rayburn made it cvitlent he want.s none of the thrre. He snid the party ought lo take time out to pick somebody more ".schooled" in politics, but pushed at the special session just i and Kansas Crime Bureau agents ended because the Senate Rules j said, they will ask_ that^ the bodies Committee already is studying various suggestions for "a code of fair procedures" to apply to Sen- humed. ate investigating committees. Tulsa of Harrelson and Mrs. Doss' grandson, Richard Lee Higgin: priec of cows from mid-September , to mid-October. J The decline in Arkansas com-: paved to an increase of .8 o' a i per cent for the nation as a whole, i New Controversy These conflicting viewpoints plunged fhe Democratic National Committee into a new controversy Reports Planned Chairman Jenner (R-Ind) of the Rules Committee said several weeks ago his group would have a report ready by the time the new Congress meets Jan. 5. Watkins said he would be willing to go before Jenner's committee to urge adoption of the rules changes recommended by the special censure group. One of the proposed changes would—except under .certain conditions — bar .one-man hearings such as those McCarthy has conducted as chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee. t Another recommended change would permit witnesses to be questioned only by committee mem- s« MCCARTHY on Pagre » County Atty. J. Howard : Edmonclson said inquiries probably would be made into the strange deaths of at least 10 of grandma Nannie's relatives, exclusive of her husbands. be ex- 1 However, the prices received overi lf , ta't.TEFcSr, 'o™r t± th were for the corresponding period over party control only a few hours Mcndes-Franee Wins PARIS, (ft — Premier Pierre Mendes Prance's government won a 287 240 vote of approval In the National Assembly lust night following a heated debate over its Invcs- tlcatloii Into leaki of defcnie aecieU. Huffman Elected Vice-chairman of Hospital Group Memphis, Tenn., — Alvin Huffman Jr., of Blytheville, was elected vice chairman of the executive committee of Baptist Memorial Hospital's Board of Trustees at a meeting here this week. Raymond L. Rogers, pastor of the Trenton, Tenn., First Baptist Church, was elevated to the presidency of the B^ard succeeding the late Hays E. Owen, Sr., of Covington. Dr. Frank S. Groner, administrator, reported that admission during the year totalled 25,368. a record, and that these patirnts received 185,337 (Uy» oT Mrvlc*. of 1953. Proofreader tar 62 Years Hopes to Work For Another 25 CHICAGO f/Pj—George E. Nells spent his 80th birthday yesterday at the same job he has had at the Chicago Tribune for 62 years and expressed the hope he can work another 25 years, Nelis, the Tribune's oldest em- ploye, has scanned millions of words as a proofreader since he started his job in August 1892. After all his years of intent reading he still does not use glasses. Challenge Denied WASHINGTON <ff) - A Republican-headed Senate group has turned down a challenge to the Oregon election which gave Democrats Hie margin they need to organize the Senate next montb. had washed out its long- ihe Recalled "loyalty oath". An advisory committee of fifi, risk. Davies, a foreign service oilicer for half his 46 years, wa.s dismissed Nov. 5 by Secretary of StiUe Dulles. He has tibout SIO.UUU coming to him, but under conditions he tippeiir.s reluctant to accept. Dulles .upheld n umuiimnus decision by five-mfimbev hear inn board thnt Davies showed a "lack of judgment, discretion niul rt-- liability." Dulles -said there was no finding that Davie.s was "disloyal in the .sense of having any Communist affinity." But lie agreed with the board that DavIPS' continued employment "Is not clearly consistent, with the interest of thn national .security." No Contest Planned Davies .said he would not conj test the secretary's decision. However, he labeled it a "melancholy outcome" after 23 years' service— and eight prior clearances of loyalty-security boards in the Truman administration. He suggnstcfd Dulles release "the whole record of my case." It was learned that Davk-s 1 lawyer, Benjamin Shute of New York, was considering whether to press Dulles on this sugyc.stfon. The .secretary, noting he had not closed the door finally on publication, .said last month it seemed afiain.si the national interest to release the full record. Department spokesmen sit id Jt was routine for persons loaviug sensitive government agencies Jiko the State Department to fill out a form certifying they have no government property or documents in their possession. Also, it was understood, there was .some language ir the form about promising not to reveal secret information. Friends of Diivie.s said this was the language he feared might pre-j vent him from discussing Ihc L'II.SU. Me has said much of the case depends on documents held to be secret. Davies has been a s ton n -center since Uie end of World War II. Critics, JncliHliiH 1 ,' Hen. McCarthy (R-Wls) and Pal rick .!. Hurley, fonw.r iiinba.ss'.uloi 1 lev Chiuu, have alt ricked his policy recommendations during the period the Communists gained control of the Chinese mainland, Born in China of Ruptist mission nry parents. Davies spent much of bis diplomatic arecr in that country. The Foreign Service Journal, a monthly put out by career diplomats, yesterday criticized what it described as Dulles' decLsion lo "en.st mil" Diivirs. It said much of the case should be'clarified or the whole record made public-, lest the eflicieney and morale of the Foreign Service be seriously nl(tn:Ul. A Journal editorial siif.'.Heiitt.'d President Eisenhower's loyalty-security program might be confusing "the concept of security" with such matters n.s "professional competence ami judgement." Ike's Atom-Plan Up for Final UN Action Today Unanimous Approval Seen for Proposal BULLETIN UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — The U. N. General Assembly gave final unanimous approval toilny to a resolution setting In motion President Eisenhower's atoms-for-peac,e plan. The Soviet bloc countries Joined In the affirmative vote after the Assembly hail rejected their efforts to amend the resolution, prevk ously by the Assembly's Political Committee. UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — President Eisenhower's atoms-tor-peace plan comes up for a final vote in the General .Assembly today. Expectations were the resolution would receive unanimous approval. AB the GO-natlon body gathered * . — for the session the United States sought Assembly action to win freedom for 11 American airmen JHllccl by Red China on spy charges. The move had the firm bucking of Washington's. 15 Korean aillcs. The atomic resolution calls for Ihc establishment of an international agency to sponsor the pence- fill use und shnrlng of atomic energy. The United States and Hrltitln alrendy have offered to contribute fissionable material to start an International stockpile for peaceful purposes. Colls for Conference The proposal also calls for an intcrnntlonnl technical conference on peaceful atomic energy uses to be held not Inter than next August at n place still to be deckled. OvganUcd under U.N. nusplces, tills meeting would be open to all tmtiomf in the U.N. or its speclal- i/.ccl agencies. Tile resolution reflects a proposal President Eisenhower put before the assembly last Dec. H. It notes "the ni'Koncy of international cooperation in. . . expanding the peaceful uses oi atomic energy to assist 111 lifting tbe burdens of hunger, poverty and disease." It was Introduced by seven powers with atomic piles or fission raw materials. They are Australia, Belgium, Canada. France, South Africa and the United States. Those powers also have been no- You Missing a Bike? Check Police Station iHorne eight hicycies now in the custody of the police department will be returned lo rightful owners with the presentation of proof of ownership, Police Chief John Foster sairl this morning. The bicycles wore picked up by the pollw over a period of time from various places, he said, and the owners have not appeared to claim them, with Portugal, not member of the U.N., toward scl- lliiK up the- International agency. Announcement that the Assembly would be asked lo consider the case of the 11 Americans Jailed in Red Cliinii was iimtle last night by Chief U.K. Delegate Henry Cub- oi LodKR •*'"• he said the 1(1 Korean Allies hiul agreed to bring the issue ui> at the earliest possible dale. I.od^e talked with representatives of the IB nations .shortly alter a secret consultation with U.S. Secretary of SUto Dulles. May Go Direct One Allied diplomat .suid, to save lime, the case nuuht «o directly tu the Assembly without clearing through usual committee channels. I Other Informants said, however, they expected the Hi nations to join Sunday or Monday in :t request that the case be made » new Hem on the Assembly agenda. After last night's meeting, Lodge tuld newsmen "there Is marvelous Inspiring unitnlmity on (he vital need to get release of the 11 American men and of till others who fought UK members of the U.N. Command and arc detained in violation of the Korean armistice agreement." "We reached agreement," Lodge added, "thnt we would Uike Uic. matter up in the general assembly at the earliest possible date." Shortly Ihe Lodue . announce- the British Foreign Office dfs- j closed that the Churchill govern, had lined up with the United Sen. Knowland To Continue As Floor Leader Millikan Confident He'll Remain Despite McCarthy Division WASHINGTON Ifl-Sen. Millikin (R-Colo) said today he is confident Sen. Knowland of California will continue as Senate Republican leader despite R sharp party division over condemnation of Sen. McCarthy's conduct. Among GOP senators, 22 voted for condemnation and 22 against. Forty*four Democrats and Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore), made the finnl tally (17-22 in favor of rebuking the WlscoriHln Republican. Knowliind was one of the 22 Republicans opposing condemnation. Tills group included several senators who share Knowland's views on U.S. policy in Asia, and Sen. Alkcn (R-Vt) suggested this played a part in the balloting. Knowland's views on Asia recently have been in apparent conflict with those of the Eisenhower administration. Referring to the possible effect of the McCarthy debate on Knowland's position as party leader, Chairman MliUkin of the GOP Senate Conference said in an interview: "I leel certain tic will be retained. . J do not believe there will be a permanent division in the Republican organization of the Senate." Several ol'icrs expressed tha same view and Knowland said, "I don't think the alleged cleavage is ii.s dfi'p as some say." Lt. Gov. Gordon Commutes Terms Of Convicted Murderers, Rapist LITTLE ROCK OrV-Acting Gov. Nathan Gordon has commuted the life-term sentences of two men convicted of murder and a third man convicted of rape, making the trio eligible for parole. Gordon's proclamation was signed yesterday, while Gov. Francis Cherry was attending a meeting of the Interstate Oil Compact Commission In Chicago. Bailey N'amcd The proclamation identified the men as John Bailey. 34, of Little Rock, convicted, of rape, and Millard Brown of Fayeltevllle and Sylvester Anderson, a Crlttenden County Notrro, both convicted of murder. Bailer WM oonvict*d April 11, 1949. He was accused of repeatedly assaulting a 20-year-old North Little Rock woman in Little Rock's Boyle Park. The proclamation commuted Bailey's life sentence to 18 years. A prisoner with a spotless record may be paroled after he has served one third of his sentence. The State Parglc Office file on Bailey showed that Circuit Judge Harry Robinson of Little Rock »nd Pulaskl County Sheriff Tom Gullcy both recommended commutation last August. However, Prosecutor Tom Downle protested the recommendations vigorously In a letter he wrote in September. Brown was convicted of murder la WMttoston ircuit Court OtOo. 29, I05J. He was accused of the fatal shooting of Leo Williams, a FayeUeville painter. Brown's life sentence was cut to 10 years. Anderson was convicted of murder Sf'pl. 10, 1045 In Crltlcnden Circuit Court. Details of the ca.se were not made available. Anderson's .sentence was reduced to 21 years. He has been on furlough since February 19, 1952. The proclamation .said olcmoncy had been recommended by Sheriff Cecil Goodwin. Acting Governor Gordon also remitted $350 of tho $500 assessed H gainst Lenton R. Taylor. Taylor was com'ictfid of aggravated as- «auU ID Faulkuor County. In Missouri Takes '55 Cut PORTAOKVILLE. Mo. —Official Cotton acreage allotments for 1955 for seven major cotton counties In Missouri have been released by the State ASC Committee. Allotments for the counties are a;; follows (note 1954 comparison figures): 1954 Final 1955 County Allotment Allotment Butler 25.MO 17.067 Dunklin 97/50 83,421 Mississippi 34.506 28.609 N. Madrid 112,872 95.371 Pemiscot 112.436 100,834 Scott 21,840 16.382 53,5fil 39,269 Stodclartl Crewmen Drown States in efforts lo free the men. There were persistent reports Dulles might take a personal h»nd in the. case once it reachs the . . . Assembly. I SYDNEY, N. S. f/T 1 )— Five crew- U.S. congressmen have demand- j men of the Canadian tug Rouella ed U.N. action to free the men, | drowned yesterday when the 85-ton captured during the Korean War in ;ship foundered in mountainous wav- which they flew under Ihc U.N. flag. The Red Chinese al-so -sentenced two civilian employe* of the U.S. Army captured nlnng with the airmen. Their cases wer not include! in the present move because LodliC has said they were not under the U.N. Command. Voting Begins On Y's Board es during an Atlantic blizzard. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy through Sunday. A little warmer this afternoon and tonight. MISSOURI — Increasing cluodl- ness and mild this afternoon; mostly cloudy and mild tonight with .scattered showers; cloudy and windy Sunday with rain east and showers Mall ballots went out yesterday j west; cooler southeast and turning to members of the Blytheville Y for the election of six members to the Y's Board of Directors. The ballot carried the names of 10 candidates for the six board seats. They are Mrs. Walter Day, the Rev. Harold Eggensperger, Harry C. Parr, Alex Hill, Harvey Morris, C, McWaters, 'Oliver Richardson, Walter Rosenthat, Bill Williams and William H. Wyatt. The election is scheduled to end Dec. Uk looler southeast and turning colder west, and north Sunday. Minimum this morning—32. Maximum \ycsterdny—57, Sunrise tomorrow—8:52. Sunset toclny—4:49. Mean temperature (midway between htffli and low—44,5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 a,m. —none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to thli d*t« — 31.38. This D.itr Last Year Miixlmum yesterday— 65. Mint muni this morning—42. Precipitation January 1 to d&M — 30.M.