The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 30, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 30, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LII— NO. 8 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 30;'1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Oil Tanker Explosion Injures 2 Terrific Blast Rocks Texas Port City -^_ BAYTOWN, Tex. (AP) — A spectacular explosion las night blasted a gaping hoi in an oil tanker taking o kerosene at a dock. Orang flames roared 300 feet int the sky. Two crewmen were sent to th hospital. Most of the ship's 42-ma crew were on shore leave. The explosion of the 10,000-tn tanker Esso Patterson rocked th oil .and chemical city on the dustry-lined Houston ship cana It was felt in suburban Housto 25 miles away. The flames Were extinguished i an hour, but in the meantim there was near panic here. Res dents vividly remembered, the shi explosion in nearby Texas Cit that killed at least 510 people i 1947, The Esso Patterson was at dock of (he huge Humble Refin ery. The blast ripped a hole feet wide and 30 feet deep, extend ing from th water line to th deck, on the starboard side. Hum ble officials declined to estimat the loss but a crew member sail the damage to the tanker wa "heavy" with the ship's plate, torn arid bent. The injured crewmen were Chie Mate Howard McCartney, 31 Lowell. Mass., and Seaman Jac I .Motro, 48, Brooklyn, N.Y. Both Jumped from the blazing ship to the dock 30 feet below McCartney suffered a compouni fracture of the left leg. Motn .complained of severe abdomina pains. Donald Ayers. 22, Hillsadale, Va escaped uninjured by jumping into the channel and Petty Officer Samuel P. McRoberts, 60, .reached Sflfety by sliding down a hawsei line 'to the dock. Most of the 42 man crew was on shore leave. McRoberts said he was drinking coffee when the blast rocked the tanker. "I just knew the whole thing was going: up so I ran outside anc giabbed a hawser line and slic down H to the dock," he said. The cause of the blast was undetermined. A supertanker, the 20,000-ton Esso Florence, had pulled in immediately behind the Esso Patterson. It and the 10,000-ton Esso Linden, also tied up near the Patterson, were pulled by tugs out of the danger area. The Patterson had arrived from its home port of Charleston, B.C., yesterday and was to have departed today for Philadelphia. The U.S. Coast Guard at Gal- vestion sent two boats with fire- 'fighting equipment, and fire departments from La Porte and Highlands aided Baytown and Humble firemen. The jarring blast put this city of more than 30,000 on a disaster alert. Some residents near the fire started evacuating their homes and civil defense officials geared for a major disaster. Planning Group Sets Hearing Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday In City Hall on proposed subdivision regulations. Persons wishing to speak for or against the regulations, or those which wish them explained further, will be gi'-en that opportunity The meeting will be held in Municipal Courtroom. HE ESCAPED DEATH — Thomas W. Dunkler, 22, student from Sioux Palls, S. D., narrowly escaped death when he attempted to pass a truck five miles north of Steele early yesterday morning, Trooper Jeff Hickman said Dunkler evidently ran into the ditch when he saw he couldn't get around the truck. Dunkler, in Pemiscot Memorial Hospital, was reported in good condition in view of his injuries. The truck, which also ended in the ditch caught fire just as its driver, J. H. Bradley of Meridian, Miss., jumped from the wreckage. (Photo by Yeager) Manila Lands Industry; Move Will Begin Soon Manila — Blytheville's west of the Lake neighbor — landed its first big industry today when a cutlery manufacturing company announced plans to employ about 120 workers n a new plant there. Iceland's Anti-US Troop Resolution Seen as Politics REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — The Iceland Parliament's all for withdrawal of U. S. troops is not expected to get be- r ond the talking stage unless the Communists gain enough trength in parliamentary elections June 24 to back demands or further actiom — Fred Sandefur Airfield Disappearing ROOSEVELT FIELD, N.Y. t/Pj— Roosevelt Field is disappearing and with It the last vestige of the site from which Charles A. Lindbergh took oil in the Spirit of St Louis on his historic solo trans-At- lantic flight in 1927. Workmen have begun clearing the area for a big Long Island shopping center. The field was used until five years ago. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Fair and cool this afternoon and tonight, .partly cloudy and warmer tomorrow. Sunday cooler with scat- tered'showers. High this afternoon, near 70; low tonight low to mid 30's. MISSOURI— Fair this afterrnooft and tonight; wanner west and north; Increasing cloudiness windy and warmer Saturday; low tonight mid 30* cast to the low 40s extreme west; high-Saturday 55-60 north- cast to the lower 70s southwest. Minimum this niornlnR—33. Maximum ytstcrdfty—66. Sunrise tomorrow—5 M9. 0unMt todny—6:20; M«*n tempernture—46.5. Preclplutlon 24 noun (7 «.m. to 7 .p.m.)—non«, Fralpltiitlon .Inn. 1 to <Ut«—17.35. Tllll Date Ltit T«»r Mfcxlmum ywterdny—flO. . Minimum this mornlnc—M. JM. i la ««t*-)l.M. -red Sandefur a ken by Death n Memphis Fred Sandefur, 53 - year - oli Blytheville merchant, died las night at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis following an ill ness of several months. Funeral services were incomplete today pending arrival of relatives. Mr. Sandefur, who hod been connected with men's clothing stores here for a number of years, was manager of R. D. Hughes Men's Store at the time of his death. A Navy veteran of World War If} Mr. Sandefur lived in Blytheville mnr? than 20 years. His residence here, was broken by a stay of several years in Norman, Okla. He returned to Blytheville. In 1950 to assume managership of Marttn's Men's Store. He had been manager of the Hughes store for two years. Mr. Sandefur was active in church and civic affairs until his illness. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Kiwanls Club, Blytheville Tonstmasters Club and Dud Cason Post 24 of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife and one son, Robert, both of Blytheville. New Negro Doctor To Open Of/ice Here Dr. William J. Massie will begin >ractice of medicine here Monday n the offices formerly occupied by .he late Dr. B. E., Roberts, one of the city's top Negro citizens. Dr. Massie is a graduate of Mc^ larry Medical College,' Nashville, Tenn., and is moving here from North Little Rook, His family,-will join him here ater. 1 Parliament approved a resolution over Conservative opposition Tuesday calling for departure of U.S. troops stationed here as an NATO force since 1951. The demand, which would leav this strategic North Atlantic 6u post undefended, aroused ope concern in Washington and gleefi support in Moscow. Political Maneuver sai th But informed sources here it was all part of maneuver designed to cut ground from under the Reds. They said the Farmers part and others joined the Communist in supporting the resolution in or der to steal thunder from the Jef The Reds reportedly hope to gai strength in the parliamentary elec tions with demands that foreig troops get out of Iceland. The idea appeared to be that i the Reds did not score majo gains in the election, the go-hom demand would be allowed to die No Strained Relations Political circles here contender the resolution did not stem fron stntined . relations between Ice landers and U.S. servicemen. Tne> said harmony prevails despiti Moscow radio claims that thi American military aroused Ice land's ire by interfering in thi sland's internal affairs. Officials in Washington express ed open concern over the resolu tion affection the vital landing site ust south of the Arctic Circle anc almost midway between Moscow tnd New York. Agents Nab Fugitive n Memphis MEMPHIS (/PI — Nick George dontos, the only fugitive to make he FBI's "10 most wanted" list wice, was captured by FBI agents n a suburban motel toclay v , Despite an arsenal of Weapons ncluding a sub-machinegun, the 8-year-old Montos and a fellow ugitive, Robert Lloyd Jones, 30, urrendered meekly after agents Ired tear gas bombs into their lotel room. Each had more than 2.000 in cash. C. E. Piper, agent-in-crmrge of he Memphis FBI office, said Monos was one of the nation's "top urglars and safe crackers." Jones, convicted murderer, was serving life sentence at the Mississippi tate Penitentiary , in Parchman rom which he and Montos escaped ast Jan. 10. Jones was convicted of the mur- er of a fellow prisoner at Parch- lan. Piper said he was due to be laced on the "most wanted" list at the .first vacancy." Montos first was placed on the BI's "most wanted" list on Sept, 1852. He was captured on Aug. 1954. After his escape from the Mississippi prison, Montos was again dded to the list on March 1 1 Residents of Manila hailed it as an important "first" in the town's history and a boon to the entire west of Big Lake area. Arkansas Industrial Developmenl Commission in Little Rock announced that Hayden Twist Dril Co., of Detroit; Bolen Machine Works of Grand Junction, Colo, and Old File Cutlery Co. of Havana 111., have merged to operate the Manila factory. Move to Start Soon They are to make steak knives metal auto parts, drills and meat cutting equipment. Officials of Manila's Industrial Development Corporation said plan! officials have told them the move into a Manila building will begin within_30.,day,s..... ...-', -_. The plant, which will employ 80 percent men and about 20 percent women, Is to reach peak operation around Jan. 1. At that time, MIDC spokesmen said, its weekly payroll will amount to more than 55,000. The firm will occupy a building owned by MIDC on the western edge of the town and bordering Highway 18. The structure, unti' about the first of the year occupied by Thomas Manufarturing Co., contains 15,000 square feet of floor spare. MIDC has owned the building for about two years. Details in regard to financing have not crystalized as yet, but much of See MANILA on Page 7 Congress Takes Holiday; New Delay for Farm Bill Final Action Is Postponed By Recess 13 File Pledges With Clerk Here Formal Filing Deadline Is On May 2 Thirteen Mississippi County and State Legislative office holders filed corrupt practice pledges today, indicating their desire to seek re-election by nomination in the Aug. 14 primary. A fourteenth resident filed in opposition to a township seat. Formal filing of candidacies with the secretary of the County Democratic Central Committee must be accomplished by May 2. Filing pledges with County Clerk Elizabeth Blythe. Parker were the following legislators: Stale Sen. J. Lee Bearden, of Leachville; and State Reps. L. H. Autry, Burdette; James J. (Jimmie) Edwards, Blytheville; and Kenneth Sulcer, of Joiner. Fleeman Out of Town Fourth incumbent representative s E. C. Fleeman, of Manila. Ha was said to be in Paragouid today business. It was not known whether he will file. The following county office holders filed: Judge W. Leon Smith, of the 12th Chancery Circuit; Judge J. Philip Deer, county judge; William Ber;man, sheriff and collector; 'rank Whitworth, county treasurer; Mrs Parker, county clerk; Herbert Shippen, of Osceola, coun- y assessor; and Miss Geraldln* listen, circuit clerk. The case of opposition was for he position of constable of Neal Township. Incumbent Floyd Buris, of Leachville, will be opposed y S. U. Wilson, also of Leachville. C. B. Gauf, of Leachvllle, also iled for his position as Nenl Town- hip justice of the peace. Political observers believe the op offices may go unopposed. Democratic preferential primary 'illbe July 31 In case three can- idatcs file for any one office. Regular Aug. 14 Democratic prl- nary victories are tantamount to ection in' the November general lection. By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON (AP) — Farm bill conferees headed toward an Easter recess today, postponing at least until late next week final agreement on their recommendations to the House and Senate. Chairman Ellender (D-La) called another meeting of the live representatives and five senators who are compromising the major differences between bills passed by the two houses. Prospects were that by mid- afternoon, however, they would call a halt until sometime next week. Congress adjourned yesterday until April 9, and cannot act jefore then on any agreement reached by the conferees. Among agreement reached yesterday was one .that wheat ~armers have a choice in 1057 between price supports at 90'per cent of parity and a Senate-approved "domestic parity" pro! gram. Parity is a price determined to be fair to farmers relation to their costs. "Domestic Parity" The "domestic parity" program would promise commercial wheat growers 100 per cent or full parity on that part of their crop used for domestic food. The remainder .would be sold or supported at a lower level for export or livestock feed. Ellender first told newsmen that conferees agreed wheat farmers could select between the two programs each year, with a two- thirds vote of the growers required to make one plan, mandatory. He said today, however, he was mistaken in that. Mid-East Guns Stilled: parity; plan Is approved it would operate from then on unless revised by Congress," the senator explained. Ellender said the conferees struck from the bill a Senate provision that would have eliminated penalties for farmers who use all the wheat produced in their farms. As a result, he said, they could grow all the wheat they wished, without penalties, only if the domestic parity program goes into operation. Plantings Limited Under both the present and the proposed 90 per cent support plan. I a farmer's wheat plantings are limited and he faces penalties if he grows more. Final agreement was reached also on a two-price plan for rice with approval of provisions which Ellender said "would prevent a windfall" for those holding old crop rough rice when the new program goes into operation. Under the rice plan, growers would be assured 90 per cent of parity for that part of their crop ised for food domestically and in Cuba. Export rice would be sold or supported at 56 per cent of Jarity this year and 50 per cent in 1957 under the two-year program. Along with a boost from 75 to 80 See FINAL ACTION on Page 7 Thousands Retrace Way of Cross In Good Friday Rites 1 By WILTON WYNN JERUSALEM, Jordan Sector (AP) — Thousands of persons gathered today in the Old City of Jerusalem to retrace the Way of the Cross in the annual Good Friday pilgrimage. The inding route of the mas-i complained that war jitters had sive procession follows the path kept visitors away. Hotel facilities from the place of Christ's trial to his tomb. It was another' niajor event in the pre-Easter observance which began Palm Sunday Casting" ominous overtones over the celebration were the Israeli- Arab tensions starkly represented by the division of this old holy city. Guns along the frontier dividing the city between Israel and Jordan were stilled. But some Holy Week observances were curtailed, and residents of Arab Jerusalem wei;e booked solid from yesterday through Eastern Sunday in the Old City but the extra accomoda- tions required in past years were not needed this Easter season. The chief Easter sites are on the Arab side of the line dividing Jerusalem, but a ceremony commemorating the Last Supper hat to stop short last night because o the division of the city. Normally a procession of Christians goe from St. Saviour's Church inside See GOOD FRIDAY on Page 7 Four Blytheville Delinquents Sent To Reform School Four Blytheville juveniles, one of them a tough, 12- year-old "captain" who pushed older boys around when they refused to fall in line, have been sent to the state industrial school as officers here moved in on two thieving gangs. The gangs are the "Eagles" and* :— '• — • the "Eastsiders," and officers are nbplng~ih6y -will disintegrate with the arrest, of their leaders. The boys looted parked vehicles snatched purses in variety stores and stole "anything loose" including a lever-action rifle. They stored the property in a "clubhouse" located in the east end. Credit for breaking — or at least attempting- to break — the organization of the youthful gangs goes to Sheriff William Beirymr-n and Police Chief Charles Short and their officers. The two forces cooperated to bring in the delinquents. Arrests began two weeks ago when a member of the "Eagles" was arrested for theft. According to officers, he refused to name any of his gang or implicate any other boy. Prom information gathered later, however, it was discovered that he was a minor member of the '"Eagle" group. Other members are unknown. Arrests Follow With thefts on the increase, officers set to work on other leads. They discovered the "Eastsiders'* and arrested their leader. He is a 12-year-old, who hit other Club members over the head with objects and threatened to pour boiling water on them if they did not See VOUTHS on Page 7 Girl Scouts See Costs Going Up Mrs. Ladd Explains $2,500 per Year Extra Assessment Cost of Girl Scouting in Blytheville is going up. Mrs. Glenn O. Ladd, president of Blytheville's Lone Troop Association, explained to members of Bly- thevilLe's Rotary Club yesterday that Blytheville forced to affiliate with the Council which serves eastern Arkansas. • And the cost of affiliation will be, she said about $2,500 per year. "Frankly, tnough we are in sympathy with the purpose of the Council, we don't believe we'll be jetting value received. "In the past, we've operated on, a minimum budget . . . about $7001 per year. Much of this has gone or regular supplies and upkeep of our Little House at Walker Park. Total Bill: $3,200 "Of course, we'll expect to con- inue our local program along the See SCOUTS on Page 7 Solons Depart For Ten-Day Easter Leave By WILLIAM F. ARBOGAST WASHINGTON (A P) _ Congress was off on a 10-day Easter holiday today. It had little major legislation to show for three months of sessions this year and plenty to do when it returns April 9. Ahead are such potentially explosive election-year issues . as farm, social security, foreign aid, education, highway, housing and possibly civil rights and tax reduction legislation. This recess is the first and probably will be the last long holiday for the legislators, most of whom are anxious to get home early in the summer for political campaigning. Most of the legislating since the session started Jan. 3 has taken place in the House. The Senate, while in session longer, has spent much of its time on a limited number of subjects. Month In Debate It spent a month debating a bill to exempt natural gas producers from direct federal controls, only to have the measure vetoed by President Eisehower. The senate took the best part of another farm bill. It passed a measure which a Senate-House committee is rewriting. There have been OOP predictions that it too will draw a veto. The House had acted last year i, both farm and natural gas legislation. Another week of the Senate's time was consumed by discussion of proposed changes in the electoral college system, after which the whole issue was sent back to committee for more study. The House, meanwhile, passed six annual appropriation bills, one of which has cleared the Senate, and an assortment of miscellaneous measures, some of which still require Senate action. Only Two Major Bills The official congressional calendars list only two "major bills" IK having cleared both the Senate ind the House this year. One extent! existing corporate nnti excise tax rates and the other ivoulcl exempt farm-use vehicles rori payment of federal gasoline and oil taxes. Eisenhower signed the tax measure last night and is expected to approve the Farm Gasoline Bill. He recommended them. Other measures sent to Eisenhower during the year include the Upper Colorado River Water Storage Act, a bill to extend the school milk program, several measures • providing: federal loans and credit to, areas hit by disasters, a bill continuing the federal polio vaccination program, and a bill revising the formula for taxation of insurance companies. Tentatively billed as the first major measure when Congress reconvenes is the controversial farm See SOLONS DEPART on Page 7 SEEK RE-ELECTION — Mississippi County Democratic officials and slate legislators, above, flic corrupt practice pledges with County Clerk Elizabeth Blythc Parker, herself a candidate, Indicating they will seek re-election Aug. 14. Seated, left to right, are Sheriff William Berryman, Mrs. Parker, and Rep. L. H. Autry. Standing, l«ft to right, are Rep.. Jnmcs J. (Jlmmlc) Edwards, Sen. Lee Beardcn, Assessor Herbert Shlppcn, Chancery Judge W. Leon Smith, County Judge Philip Deer, Circuit Clerk Qeraldlne Llston, Treasurer Frank Whitworth, and Rep. Kenneth Sulccr. Candidates have until May 2 to file pledges and register their candidacies with their party's central committee. (Courier Ncwtf I'hoto)

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