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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 45 BlythevUle Courier Blytheville Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader BlythevUle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Trip to Washington By Mayor, Council Base Suggested Definite Answer Would Be Sought; More Airport Farm Land Rented An ''en masse" trip to Washington by the mayor and all councilman in order to press for a definite answer on the air base reactivation question was suggested at the monthly meeting of the City Council in City Hall last night, when 'the aldermen voted to rent more base farm land and consider a proposal to purchase the Veterans Housing Quarters at the base. McClellan Urges USDARevamping Plan Be Junked Arkansas Solon Member of Group Studying Proposal WASHINGTON, (,?) — Sen. McClellan (D—Ark), a member of a Senate sub-committee studying President Eisenhower's plan to reorganize the Agriculture Department, recommended today tha t the plan be junked or rewritten. McClellan also suggested that Secretary of Agriculture Benson be summoned to explain exactly \vhat he proposed to do with "this blanket delegation of power and authority." The proposal already has encountered strenuous opposition from Sen. Russell (D—Ga> and Sen. Qlln D. Johnston (D—SC.) The subcommittee, on government operations, has heard words of praise for the plan from former President Hoover. The plan would give the secretary of agriculture authority to re- j arrange most of the department's functions. It will take effect next I * The trip to Washington was suggested by Oscar Fendler, special counsel retained by the city to handle air base matters. He told the aldermen that the presence of the entire council might help in obtaining a flat yes or no from the government on whether the base here will re-open. At presents reactivation plans are deadlocked by a government cut in Air Force size which is the topic of current Congressional debate. Proposed reduction of the Air Force from 143 to 120 groups might mean the base here would not he reactivated. Mr. Fendler indicated that Rep. E. C. (Took) Gainings might have additional information "in a day or two" that would clarify status of the base here. A' brochure has been compiled by the Chamber of Commerce, he said, to show the expense and industrial losses incurred by the city and the C. of C. through work done toward reactivation. This brochure would be taken to Wash- See COUNCIL on Page 11 POLICE CAR DITCHED — A 1953 model Chevrolet police car (top photo) driven by Chief of Police H. T. Spitler of Gobler, Mo., wound up in a ditch along Highway 61 near Dogwood Ridge yesterday following a collision with a coupe (bottom photo) driven by Rev. George McFerren, Negro minister of Wynne. McFerren suffered head injuries and Chief Spitler was unhurt. The collision happened when McFerren's car apparently slipped off the highway shoulder and then entered the opposite traffic lane in pulling back. (Courier News Photos) British Commandos Said Enroute To Strengthen Suez Canal Garrison LONDON CAP) — Three landing craft loaded with British Royal Marine commandos sailed under secret orders from the Mediterranean fortress island of Malta last night as the tense British-Egyptian dispute over the vital Suez Canal zone worsened. There was no official announcement of the tough fighters' destination but speculation immediately arose that they would reinforce Britain's Suez garrison. Egypt's Premier, Maj. Gen. Mohamed Naguib, has month unless 49 senators or 218 | threatened to oust British forces from the zone with Eg yptian blood if necessary. representatives vote it down. J. T. Sanders, legislative counsel of the National Grange, told the subcommittee it should approve the plan. McClellan asked. if the t grange had not been against a somewhat similar plan sulj-.Iimetl 1 in 1950 by former President Tru- rnan. Sanders said yes, but that the new plan lacked certain controversial features contained in the old. The latter never got through Congress. McClelfan said that unless Benson outlines the specific steps he plans to take in reorganizing the department he will vote in favor of a resolution sponsored by Russel! asking the Senate to reject the proposal. He said he would recommend, if Benson's suggestions are agreeable to him, that the President withdraw the plan, rewrite it to conform with Benson's specific ideas, and then resubmit it to Congress: The British Admiralty reported that the 1,000-ton light cruiser Bermuda is now at Port Said, in the canal zone, but declined to comment; ..on unofficial reports/ .that 'ioiis^''{"»;|;? p (C.\._£C /y" "destroy c5£* — Chieftain,i Cheviot, Chequers anc Chevron — had been rushed to the area. An Army spokesman, announcing the shift of the commandos said "certain movements of the Royal Marine commandos have been approved as a precautionaiy measure." His announcement came shortlj after Minister of State Selwyn Lloyd told the House of Commons that British soldiers in Egypt hi been "ambushed, shot and assaulted" in some 30 attacks since the beginning of April. "Must Defend Themselves" Declaring that many of .the at- Po//ce Check on Parking Ticket Houdinis and Vanishing Acts A new system of prodding lax citizens into paying off parking tickets ^ instituted by Chief of Police Cecil Graves has shown excellent results, City Council was told test night. A discouraging habit, developed recently by a fairly large percentage of violators, of burying the tickets in a deep pocket and "forgetting" to take them by the station for payment of the 50 cent assessment prompted. Chief Graves to set up a bookkeeping system so that faulty memories could be jogged out of their lethargy. City ordinance provides that an additional penalty be added if tickets are not paid within three days of issuance. Invoking this, Chief Graves now gives reluctant violators the allotted time to make their way to City Hall. For those who fail to put in an appearance, the chie! has an informative litle pink envelope which he mails out Inviting the delinquent pay him a visUV-and one dollar— for the overdue ticket. Success of the venture to date shows it to be a quite profitable one. Of the first 33 notices maileo out, only three have failed to come in and pay the fines, the chief said. For those who still dont' get the idea from this gentle hint, chief Graves has a somewhat more forceful plan of action. . After having five days in which to return the lltle pink slip with their remittance, obstinate violators Inside Today's Courier News . . . Phillies lop Cards In wild ninth . . . Sports . . . Pago 9 ... . . . Osceola news . . . Page 5 ... . . . Arkansas ncwc briefs . . . Piige 14 ... . . . Society'news . . . Page 4 ... . . . Markets . . . Page 11 ... will be presented with an arrest warrant to appear in Municipal Court, the chief said. If this action is taken, of course, the price for failing to put a penny in the slot will take a good sized leap into the higher brackets. If it accomplishes nothing else, this last step should insure the continued success of the new policy. Anti-Race Track Group Drops Election Fight KORREST CITY (jR—Opponents of a horse race track here last dropped their fight against an election on the issue and asked for a local option vote in early June. The Rev. Raymond Franks, a member of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Race Track League, said the group voted to withdraw its request that It be allowed to check signatures on petitions calling for the election. The petitions were filed by the St. Francis Valley Turf Association, .successor to the defunct Dixie Downs. Inc., headed by Robert J. Boileau. Thus, the anti-race track forces paved the way for the St. Francis County Clerk to certify the petitions and prepare for the vote. The track opponents suggested June 8 for election day. with "at least the connivance" of tacks apparently were carried out members of the Egyptian armed forces, Lloyd added that "our soldiers have no v pption but to defend VhemsHvisc&A;?": ~ : ;,^. '. Reports froSi Port .Said, at the canal's northern end, said British troops were digging trenches at several points in the zone and have set up tank-supported military guards at certain crossroads. A British Army spokesman in Cairo commented lhat it was the "normal responsibility of commanders to ensure at all times the security of troops and installations." British - Egyptian talks over Egypt's demand for the withdraw- 1 of the 80,000 British troops in the canal zone came to a halt last Wednesday when London's negotiators demanded that Home 5,000 British technicians remain to keep the vast military installations in readiness. Egyptian Refused The Egyptians refused, maintaining they coufd do the job themselves with only 500 British technicians. Fuad Galal. Egypt's minister of national guidance, told of SPA Meeting WASHINGTON UP) — D1 f f ering U. N. Negotiation Hand Reds New Blueprint for Armistice Weather Eases Up in Storm-Torn Texas; Tornado Dea th Toll Now 9 7 WACO, Tex. (AP) — Rains and wind slacked off over weather-weary Texas today. The death count from two giant tornadoes Monday c 1 i m b e d to 97 but possibility of more wistfirs now "expired." Rain-swollen streams threatened some flooding. Search parties working through lie night by floodlight extricated en more bodies from rubble heaps n downtown Waco. This brought he toll here to 88. Nine were tilled by the Monday tornado at ;an Angelo 200 miles to the west. The swollen Brazos River did lot reach a predicted near-flood tage Wednesday morning. By awn the water — run-off of rain leluges o? up to seven inches in wo days — was rapidly subsiding. Col. Herbert D. Vogel, Southwest ivision army engineer, said at lallas "unless there are additional ains, major floods in Texas do ot appear likely at this moment." ie said the touchiest situation was the Lampasas River. Several arm roads were closed in that rea. Snow flurries at Amarillo and lalhart in the Panhandle early to- ay marked a cold front which hilled most of the state. The tem- erature dropped to 35 at Amarillo nd 33 at Dalhart. Danger Expired The weather bureau said its se- ere-weather warnings of Tuesday —which said tornadoes were pos- ible over wide areas of Texas uesday night—had "expired." Rainfall at Waco from the time he tornado struck at the five o'- lock rush hour Monday until 7:30 m. (CST) today totaled 7.31 in- hes. This brought the 1953 total here to 15.59, above the normal to ate of 13.05. The tornado damage estimate at an Angelo was more than $3,00000. More than 300 were injured t Waco, close to 100 at San Angelo. Tired, grimy workers—some al- nost at the point of exhaustion— ,ill dug doggedly into heaps of ubble that had been modem store uildings before Monday's big low. Giant cranes and mighty ulldozers roared and groaned as icy hacked at the tones of debris. Workers burst through the tan- led, twisted mass late last night ito the basement of bed, five-story R. the demol- T. Dennis views on how the Southwestern Po\vcr Administration (SPA) should sell government power were presented to Secretary of the Interior Fred Aandahl yesterday. SPA, an interior agency, markets power in Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri. Twelve private power companies serving those states told Aandahl SPA should seU power to them and they would serve co-operatives and other public bodies. Rural electric cooperative representatives, on the other hand, contended that the power should be sold to them directly. An aide of Aandahl said no decision was reached. Power companies, represented at the meeting included the Arkansas Missouri Power Co., of BlythevUle, Ark. conference in Cairo last night that j Power and Light Co., and Arkansas:he stalemated talks "can resume only on the basis of Egypt's stand, which has not changed—unconditional evacuation of the Suez base and full Egyptian control of it." The hot dispute has been a chief concern of U. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, who arrived j n Cairo Monday on a fact-finding tour of the Near and middle East Vith Foreign Aid Director Harold Stassen. Confronted on all sides by increasing evidence that neither Britain nor Egypt was in a yield- ng mood, Dulles has conferred wice with Naguib. '35 Ford Stolen From Local Men A 1935 Ford night from the Blytheville Canning Company, City nolice reported today. The car belonged to Bunn of Chitwood Flat, an employe if the canning company. It was tak- :n some time during the night while ! Mr. Bunn was working, police said. | The vehicle bore 1953 Arkansas icense No 267-263, and the trunk id was missing the report stated. Graduation Night Set for Cooter COOTER — Commencement Exercises for Cooter High School seniors will be tomorrov; night 1 at 8 o'clock. Superintendent of Schools J. E.. Godwin announced today, Carleton B. Fulbright, state supervisor of public schools, is to be the speaker. Roster of this year's graduating class follows: Joe Neil Davis, Panky Jones, Jimmy Jones, James Lovins, Dee Barger, Betty Price. Lunell Blankmship, Pearline Jordan, Linda King, Marilyn Evans, Catherine Hundhausen, Wanda Hamilton, Faye Moody, | Glenda O'Kane and Ruth Gail Clarence • Jenkins. was stolen last parking area at uilding, where It had been feared rom 30 to 50 boflles would be found. There was none there. Equipment Rushed Portable generators, huge searchlights and earth - moving equipment were rushed to the stricken city in speeding trucks flanked by police cars, their sirens screaming through the second day and night of rescue work. Blood plasma came from far and near for the injured. San , Angelo citizens dug into their own pockets for money to aid the storm victims and in other cities funds were being raised to aid the losers to the deadly, destructive winds. Dalhart, in the northern reaches of the Texas Panhandle, had a snowstorm as the mercury dropped below freezing. Stockmen were warned to look after their animals in the snow - swept Panhandle areas. Dust storms lashed Midland, Wink, San Angelo and Big Spring areas of West Texas with grit. Visibility was lowest at Wink, where it was cut to a half mile. More twisters were sighted in the vicinities of Sherman, in Northeast Texas; Gladewatcr, in East Texas; and San Antonio, In South Texas. But no damage was reported. Blinding rainstorms, spawned by the same turbulence that sent the deadly tornadoes, across Texas, poured up to 5 inches of rain on Huntsville, 4 on Nacogdoches and 3 on Jacksonville. Local floods harried residents of all three East Texas cities. Elsewhere, flooding creeks and lesser rivers took their toll of livestock, property and human life, year Temple, 35 miles south of Waco, Mrs, Lloyce Walker, about 50, was believed drowned when flooding Elm Creek swept her car off a farm highway. WACO'S BUSINESS SECTION — Rescue workers dig through debris in this building in Wnco, Tex. after a tornado swept into the city of some 00,000, Monday. At least 91 were Hilled and hundreds injured by the storm which either destroyed or damaged every building in one of the devastated areas of the city — this one measuring 20 blocks square. (See additional picture on Page 11.) AP VVircphoto) Man Heads D. Comission LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Leroy Carter, a Leachville cotton planter and ginner, today was appointed by Oov. Francis Cherry to a four-y term as chairman of mission. Other members named to the reorganized commission were: Enil Pozar, North Little Book, one year term; Hugh Sample, El Dorado, two years; Fred Troutt, Jonesboro, three years; John Morrow, Batcsville, five years; Homer Towns, Forest City, six years and Jack Pickens, Little Bock, seven 'ears. Gov. Cherry said the appointments were made under a 1953 egislative act which reorganized he commission with members serving seven-year staggered terms. The 1053 legislature split off the Publicity and Forestry-Parks Divisions from the commission and set them up as separate agencies. A five-member Publicity Com- nission will be named later by Cherry. The Publicity Division be comes an independent agency tcr June 30. the Arkansas Resources and Development Com- 'Step Backward/ Communists Say OMI-PoinfPlan Proposal Gives Okay To a Five-Nation Prisoner Commission By GEORGE McAETHUK PANMUNJOM (AP)—The U. N. Command today handed the Communists a new blueprint for an armistice in Korea. It was as weeping 11 point plan for exchanging prisoners of war, last big roadblock to a truce. . The Allies would free 34,000 North Koreans who refuse to go home and — on certain conditions — give temporary custody of 14,600 balky Chinese to a live-nation commission made up of Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Czechoslovakia and India. The Communists called the proposal a "step backward" and eaid the Allied attitude "threatens the prospects of the whole armistice negotiations." The broad plan—a counterproposal to one advanced by the Communists—is based on the longstanding Allied position that no prisoner will be sent home against his will. After the lengthy document was read and the Communists commented acidly, the truce delegations adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr., senior Allied delegate, presented the plan to his Communist counterpart, North Korean Gen. Nam II in a one hour and 40- minute session. To Civilian Status Briefly, the Allies proposed: : 1. Repatriation of prisoners immediately after an armistice, except those refusing to ; go home. Releasing to civilian status all prisoners of Korean nationality unwilling to return to Red rule. Releasing all non-Korean prisoittta who persist in refusing to return to Communist control after 60 days Sec STEP on Page 11 Leroy Carter Rain Hurts Carnival MEMPHIS |jB— A thunderstorm with no respect for the Cotton Carnival Asoclation washed out the glorious opening planned for the annual celebration lust night. Holland Seniors To Hear Niblack HOLLAND — The Rev. Marvin Niblack will deliver the baccntou- reate sermon for members of Holland's 1953 graduating class Sunday night. The services are to be held at 8 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. On the program are the Rev. T. S. Houston, who will Rive the Invocation, the eighth grade glee club, and Otto S. Childers, who will give the benediction. Congress 7 Budget Cutting Campaign Hits Snag in Treasury and Postoffice Funds WASHINGTON I/PI—The congres- j sionall struck House budget-cutting a snag today Appropriations campaign when the Committee reported It could trim only 3>/ 2 per cent from the 1954 funds of the Treasury and Postoffice Departments. This was the smallest percentage reduction made by the committee on any appropriation bill sent to the House floor this year. Indications were the House would not cut much deeper when the bill i.s considered tomorrow. As recommended by the committee, the $3,444,145,000 bill would appropriate $611,895,000 to the Treasury Department and $2,832,250,000 to the Posioffice Department for the fiscal year starting July 1. This Is $127,983,000 less than former President Truman requested in his January budget message, $53,433,000 of the cut being in funds (or the Treasury and $14,550,000 in those for the Postoffice. It Is only $5,425,000 less than Congress voted the two departments for the present fiscal year. The committee gave no comparison of Its cuts wllh revised budget requests of the Elsenhower administration. The reduction Irom Truman budget estimates was eight per cent for the Treasury Department and 2i/ 2 per cent for the Postoffice Department. In addition to the funds appropriated for specific uses, the Treasury is authorized by law to spend from general revenues the amounts needed to pay Interest on the national debt and to make tax refunds. The House committee estimated at $6,350,000,000 the amount that will he paid next year as debt interest, and nt $2,593,000,000 the amount needed lo make tax refunds. U.S. Jets Smash Red Troop Center Deep in North Korea SEOUL (AP) — Nearby 200 U. S. Sabre jet and Thunder jet fighter- bombers roared deep into Northwest Korea Wednesday and smashed a Communist troop and supply center near Sinanju on the yellow Sea. * Earlier, American Sabres destroyed two MIGs and damaged a third in aerial battles over North Korea. Fighter-bombers flying in waves only five to seven seconds apart dive bombed the troop center only 60 miles from a big Red MIG- 15 base at Antung, Manchuria. But none of the Russian-made Jets came out to challenge the raid. Col. Richard N. Ellis of Montgomery, Ala., described the strike as "very effective. Fires were burning in every area of the target." On the ground, counterattacking South Koreans won back Outpost Texas and two nearby small hills Hew Red Purge Said Started In E. Germany BERLIN lin—A new Communist purge of scapegoats in East Germany was reported in full swing today as a direct result of the flight of refugees. West Berlin Socialists who main tain contacts in the Soviet Zone said the purge has hit Red party circles in various big cities. The reason is the steady loss of skilled workers Who have fled westward by the thousands thif spring. The party leadership the county and district level is being blamed for failing to con vince skilled workers the Communist way of life is good. The refugee flow to West Berlin is averaging 1,000 a day. Almost half the refugees now are young men and women who can do a full day's work and have special skills. All tell the same story: The Communist speea-up system makes It Impossible for any of them to meet the output quotas. A resulting East German labor shortage has hit the machine dustry, the textile mills and even ,he mines. War Casualties Reach 134,958 WASHINGTON Ml — Announced U. S. battle casualties In Korea •eached 134,958 today, an increase if 153 since last week. This was the smallest weekly ncrease since last March 26, 1052, when a rise of 123 was announced. The decline reflected a compara- ve lull in fighting during the cur- ent truce negotiations. The Defense Department's week- y summary based on notifications families through last Friday hnwcd an increase of 46 killed in otion to a total of 21,494 nnd an ncrease of 120 wounded to a total 1 100,343. in brief early morning fights. About 160 Heds overran the ROK positions in the second pre-dawn attack in two days on the east-central front. Action was limited to light squad and platoon-size probes elsewhere on the 155-mile front. Ouachita Floods By The Associated Press; The rain-swollen Ouachita River spilled over its banks near Camden today, causing heavy damage to livestock and crops. Weather ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy, occasional rain and cooler this afternoon and tonight Thursday mostly cloudy and cool. High temperature this afternoon 65-68. Low tonight near 50. MISSOURI — Mostly cloudy over state with occasional showers and little cooler east and south tonight; n'ear freezing temperatures :xtreme north tonight; Thursday aartly cloudy with a little warmer vest portion; mostly cloudy east with occasional light rains south- last portion; low tonight around 35 ixtreme north to 40-45 south; high Thursday generally In the 60s. Minimum this morning—60. Maximum yesterday—74. Sunrise tomorrow—1:58. Sunset today—6:54. Prcclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—.30. Proclp. since Jan. 1—2489. Menn temperature (mltlwfty between Wi and low)—67. Normal anrt mean for May—70.1. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—45, Maximum yesterday—76. rreclp. Jan. 1 clfitc—21.07.

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