The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1956 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 2, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THK DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LII—NO. 10 BlytheYllle Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE/ARKANSAS, MONDAY, APRIL 2, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS 22 Killed In Crash Of Airliner Plane Fails On Takeoff At- Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH (A — Searchers combing th area where an airliner crashe seconds after takeoff fro Greater Pittsburgh Airport 1 cated another body this mom ing bringing the comple count of the air disaster to ° dead, 14 survivors. The discovery came more tha 14 hours after- the twin-engin TWA Martin Skyliner crashed o the fringe of the big airport. Rescue workers had removed bodies from the smoking debr last night. They were taken to th Allegheny County Morgue whei identification was p.roceedin slowly. There were 14 known survivor One said she felt she was "goin to burn to death." But she e caped with only minor injuries: The plane smashed into a hit side a little more than a mile iron the airport's administration bulk ing and not far from the wester end of a runway. Within minute it was reduced to a mass burned debris. Pilot Escapes Two of those who escaped wer the pilot and copilot. The stewardess, Mary Jane Fan ning, 21, of Elmhurst, L.I., per ished. She was on her second fligh since graduating from the TVff school at Kansas City last Wednes day. She was a native of Norti Bergen, N.J. Her family movei to Albuquerque, N.M., in 1948. Copilot Harlan Jescerson Morristown, N.J., was hurt criti cally. Capt. Raymond F. McQuade, the 33-year-old pilot from Red Bank N.J., is in fair condition .Neithe: h: nor Jescerson were permittee to talk to newsmen. ' The plane was scheduled to fls to Newark, N.J.. with stops a Harrisburg, Allentown and Read ine. Pa. it w°s a briehf. and <*lear Easter See CRASH on Page 9 3 Missing In Crash At Seattle SEATTLE (/Pj — A New York- bound Stratocruiser crash-landed in Puget Sound after its takeoff here today and the Coast Guard reported half an hour later that 34 of the 37 persons aboard had been picked up. The big New York bound plane stayed afloat for several minutes "and numerous persons were reported on the wings. It sank at 5:21 a.m. The Coast Guard said it was sending al! available rescue craft to the scene. The plane went down in the sound near Maury Island, which is in the sound between Tacoma and Seattle. BIG SEMO STORE BURNS — The fabulous Gobler Mercantile Co., Missouri's largest country store and perhaps the largest rural general store in America, was reduced to a pile of twisted metal and charred remains by a Saturday afternoon fire. The building contained 71,000 square feet of floor space. Loss of a $280,000 In- ventory, plus destruction of buildings will mean about a half-million dollars in damage, about one-fourth of which was covered by insurance. Denny Mitchell and Carl B. Sellmyer owned the store. (Photo by i'eager) Adminstration Seeking For Way to Strengthen Current Farm Program By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower administration is taking a new look at the legal authority it already has, seeking means to strengthen its farm program this election year in the event no new farm law is enacted. Undersecretary of Agriculture True D, Morse said in an interview the department "obviously is taking a new look at the whole farm program to determine what more might be done to help improve the farm situation." Site of the big store on the Pemiscot - Dunklin County line was nearly a wilderness until 1937 when first buildings were constructed • there. As .the store grew, so did its reputation. It became a trading center for farmers in the area and began buying merchandise by the carload. Bulk buying and consequently lower prices drew customers from many miles away. Mitchell envisioned a store "large enough to run a train through and unload it." As the store approached ~ its peak of popularity its volume of business rose to $2 million per year in 1952i It was expected to run about half that amount dur- ing 1956. The big store constituted a small "industry" for tiny Gobler. It provided employment and in recent years has operated Us own fleet of delivery and freight trucks. Nehru. Confirms Order for Arms From England NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Nehru confirmed oday that India has ordered military supplies — apparently lanes and tanks — from Britain but denied a report he had ejected a cut-price offer of Soviet arms. Nehru did not specify exactly • /hat India is buying in Britain xcept to say, "We have discussed uying . tankg. and.-a&craft'-in,*.the, ast two years, rind it is true, we ecently finalized details of an -der." Russia, he told a news confer- nee, "has made no offer to us. ut we made inquiries in Russia, he inquiries did not concern arms s such but military and civil air•aft." The Indian leader did not say hat had been the outcome of the quiries to the Russians. But he nphasizcd his government is in- rested in Russian civilian air•aft. Interested GOP Solons Protest -Nothing' Label Hung on Congress By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP effort to pin ''a do- nothing", label on the Democratic-controlled Congress ran into one Republican dissent today. Cyprus Throw Bombs British Troops By WEBB McKINLEY NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Students carrying Greek threw bombs and stones at British security police and troop In Municipal Court Three drunk driving and three speeding cases came before Municipal Court today from offenses occurring over the weekend. Merrell Harris pleaded guilty to drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Bond was set at $230 pending judgment April 7. ' Charles Nelson forfeited Sill.751 bond on the charge and Boyd F' j Lott was fined S175 and costs nnd! sentenced to spend 24 hours in jail j Speeders and rates, when listed,! were Ralph E. V:iu°hn, 30 m:u; i Mrs. T. C. Hopper, 5.0 mph; and Lavelle Hockenhull, speed not listed. ! Each forfeited SIS bond. Bert Usry pleaded guilty to petty larceny and was fined S50. "We are not committed or tied, iwn to any country for arms,"] e said. "It is for India to decide icre, when and what arms to IV." He added that India traditionally ys her arms from Britain be- use the'Indian army is based on British style. "But that is a matter of con- nience which can be changed: ytime," he said. "And if we, ange we won't do it behind any- e's back." 40 Jets Nehru was commenting on London report that India ha placed a multimillion-dollar orde for British jet bombers, tanks an other weapons after rejecting Soviet offer.- British sources said their coun try would supply the Indians u to 40 Canberra jet bombers to re place obsolete U.S. World War Liberators. They added about. 4 Centurion tanks and other weapon also had been ordered. These sources said India had re jected a Soviet offer to supply number of Tlyushin T28 je bombers nt-half price, as well f'lks and guns. in the port city of Paphos today. Bomb fragments wounde> a school teacher and stones slightly injured several of th Three bombs were hurled also in* Limassol, another port of this British Mediterranean island colony. One injured an elderly couple and another a child. A curfew vvas ordered in the center of that south coast city, where a Btiton was shot to death yesterday. Yesterday was the first anniversary of the Greek Cypriot underground, EOKA, which seeks to drove out the British and unite R. C. Bryan 'Critical' OSCEOLA — R. C. Bryan, lone- lime Osceoia resident and one o: MHsi.ssipni County's largest planters, continued to be listed as. in critical condition at Osceola Memorial Hospital (oday. Bryan suffered a heart attack last week. Armorel Couple Is Surprised By $160 per Month from U.S. An Armorel couple, physically unable to earn an adequate living, have found they are entitled to receive $150 per month from the government and recently received S819 as their first payment. Chickasawbn District Chapter of Red Cross unfolded the story of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Perkins, who lost two sons during World War II. It was in August of 1955 that Dr. W. M. Owens of Blythfiville referred Perkins to the Red Cross, as the man was physically unfit to work and needed assistance. Dr. Owens knew Perkins was a World War I veteran and thought he might be entitled to assistance. Red Cross workers here found • that, though he served only six | wpeks during World War I, hn had j lost two sons during World War III and was entitled to compensation for them as long as he was a dependent. Houvver, that only began the long job of establishing the facts that .Sec COUPLE on Page 9 Demo Central Group to Meet Biennial meeting of Mississippi County's Democratic Central Committee has been called for Friday at 10 a.m. Commttl.ce Chairman Jesse Taylor announced the session today. The committee will meet In the court room of the Court House hers. Yarbro Planning New Cub Pack Adults in the Yarbro area wh would like to see their youngsters in a new Cub Scout Pack have bee asked to meet tomorrow night a 7:30 at Yarbro School Cyprus with Greece. Nicosia, the Scout Field Executive Floyd Whit island's capital, was quiet under a ^aid first steps toward prganizin 34-hour Easter curfew. j a Yarbro Cub Pack will be taken , Several hundred pupils were in-Ut the meeting. volved in the clash today in Pap hos. They had set out with two Greek flags to march to the loca bishopric of the Greek Orthodox Church. Police said two or three priests were seen in the group Stoned Sentries ' A bomb was thrown in the bishopric area but failed to go off. Police dispersed the students. But they reassembled, marched on a nearby police station and stoned po'ice and military sentries. Yesterday's slaying occurred in See CYPRUS on Page 9 Police c Begins Today L. B, Sullivan, associated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, began a school of instruction for law enforcement officers at City Hall today. Loca] police, Ocrpoit officers and two men from the Dyersburg force attended the first session of the 70-hour course. Included were nine men who are .aking the voluntarily for he purpose of qualifying for future Blytheville patrolmen. Sessions are being held daily at 2 and 7 p.m. in City Hall court- •oorn. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Most ly cloudy with a lew snowcrs 01 thundershowers this afternoon anr tonight, scattered thunderstorms Tuesday. High this afternoon, low 80s; low tonight mid to high 60s. MISSOURI: Cloudy windy warm and humid this alternoon and tonight with scattered thunderstorms extreme southwest and extreme east central this afternoon spreading over most of state tonight with heavy thunderstorms mostly norU r.nd east portions; turning colder west portion Tuesday; low tonigh 55-65 northwest to near 70 southeast; high Tuesday 60s northwest to 10-85 southeast. Maximum Saturday— 65. Minimum Sunday—41. Minimum ihts mornlns—45. Maximum yesterday—77. Sunrise tomorrow—5:43. Sunset today—6:23. Moan temperature—50. Precipitation 21 hours (7 a.m. to 7 .m.)—none. Precipitation Jan, I to date—17.35. Tliis Dale I,asi. Vcar Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum this mornlnc-48. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dntfi-14.7S. Busy Firemen Stalled by Traffic Firemen made live runs over he Eastor weekend as heavy Saturday traffic nearly prevented a ruck from making a run from the ooation of one fire across town to .nother. Saturday afternoon trucks were ailed to 21st and Cherry to the 'lazing four-room home of Emily Cranks. The house was damaged xtensively. During the fire one truck Kemper Bruton, head City Council's Fire and Police committee, was riding the truck. He said heavy traffic nearly prevented the truck from reaching Its destination Bruton has been intr-rested In moves to solve Ely the villa's traffic problems. The Halsell fire was confined to wn.stebaskct with 11'Uc damage The Republican National Com mittee said yesterday there is seniipnralysis" within Congress laid Hie piesent session .is "simp- ing up as a do nothing Congress/! Son Bauett (R-yryb) said.In an interview, however, he '.. doesn't think it Is fair to make any sweeping condemnation .of members of the opposite party in the Senate and House. "In some respects, Democrats in Congress have done a pretty good job," he said. "I think Senators Ellender (D-La), Holland (D- Fla) and Anderson (D-NM), for instance, have worked sincerely and hard to support the administration's farm program. Forget Politics "In an election year, it is asking too much to expect Congress to consider legislation on a wholly impartial basis. There is more politics involved in legislation than there should be but it is not fair to criticize all of the opposition party members. "What we ought to do is forget politics and do the best thing we can to bring agriculture in line with the rest of the country economically." Sherman Adams. President Eisenhower's No. 1 White House aidi said he is sure Eisenhower "so far has been disappointed In the accomplishments of this Congress." Adams did not mention specific iroposals, but said in a television interview with Rep. Keating R- See GOP on Page 9 No decisions on possible new tions have yet been 'mnde, he said but he indicated officials weighing carefully steps tha might be taken to hold down pro duetion of livestock feed grains al ready in surplus. The administration has beei pinning its hopes for improving economic conditions in agricultur on a proposed $1,200,000,000 sol bank program. Payments wouli be marie to farmers for taking land out of production of crops al ready in surplus. Little Chance Agriculture Department official; said the possibility of a soil bunk program helping farmers thii year now appears ''very slim.' They based this appraisal both on tho possibility that President Ei seuhower mny veto the pending farm bill and on the shortness time for putting a soil bank plan into effect this year. The bill as it now stands pro vides for the soil bank, but alsi would restore higher, rigid prici supports and other feature strongly . opposed by the admlnis tration.. Secretary Benson has prc dieted d bill with the high supports would be vetoed. The bill is now being redrafted by a •'Senate-House conference committee, which will resume its work tomorrow. Both House ant Senate-.must vote on the commit tec's compromise recommentia tions after Congress reconvene? April 9. 87.5 Per Cent Rep ' Coolcy (D-N.O) chairmai ^of the peotjS 7 n Republican move to fix price 'supports on basic crops 87M> per cent of parity instead of the 90 per cent provided in the farm bill; Parity is a price determined under farm law to be fail lo the farmer in relation to his See FARM on Page 9 Dscar Humphrey Dies; Funeral Services Today LITTLE ROCK Wi—Funeral serv- ces were held here today for J. Oscar Humphrey, who had been •lected state auditor 13 times with- mt shaking the hand of a single 'oter. • Humphrey, who was 70, had i^en armless since a cotton gin ac- ident at the age of six. He learned low to use the stubs of arms to vrite, operate office machines and icrform other seemingly impossi- '!e tasks. Although in 11] health for the •ast few months, he had filed for e-election. All state constitutional officers nd members of the Hamilton -loses Bible Class of fmmanuel aptist Church were to be honor- ry pallbearers. Humphrey was a native of Sevier ounty but had lived here for lany years. He h«d been state uditor for 26 of the past 28 years. Humphrey's wife died in 1944. urvivors include a son, F. Nolan mnphrcy of Little Rock; a broth- r, M. Austin Humphrey of Port rthur, Tex.; a sister, Mrs, Lewis . Jeter of Dt Queen; and two randchildrcn. Corwthersville Election Is Set for Tuesday CARUTHERSVILLE — Most Interesting contest in tomorrow's election is the race for police chief The present chief, E. M. 'Mac' Ncely, is against Eulcss Stnnfill, a member of the force until recently. All offices except that of Mayor are open this year. Mayor Dyer Byrd is midway through a four- year term. Collector Earl Bennett is opposed by Fred May. Unopposed are R .W. Hawkins, police judge; John Fowlkes, city attorney; Ernest Robertson, treasurer, and Rouss Johnson, assessor Alderman Gilbert Hazel of Ward 1 is opposed by W. L. King. Second ward alderman Wyman Dillman has no opposition. In Ward 3, Jesse "Pidge" Watkins, now .serving, is against Hardy Prlvett. Rex "Red" is campaigning for the fourth ward aldermanic^ position currently held by Dee | Barnes, who is up for re-election. ' House Group Asks Full Parity For Small Farmers By B. L. LIVINGSTONE ' WASHINGTON (AP) - A House Agriculture subcommittee called today for a farm program which would give the small "family-type" farmer government price supports at full parity. Noting "disturbing reports'! that the everyday type. of farmer ti rapidly being eliminated;:; and displaced by. the commercUl - "factory" type farm operation," ths subcommittee recommended * new legislative 'prograrit "This p r o g r a m, 1 ' tt stated, "should begh' by supporting the production ot .average family farms at full parity when th« farmers agree lo cooperate In a ::atlonal policy gearing acreage to useful production and conserving Victoria Negro 14- Year-Old Sought To Keep Man From Beating Mother A 42-year-old Victoria Negro who early Sunday beat his wife with a junior-sized baseball ba because "she gave her children $ for Easter, was shot In the bacl and killed by slugs from a 12-gaug< shotgun, wielded by his stepdaugh ter, sheriff's officers reported to day. ....... . admitted to Mississippi County Deputy Cliff Cannon that ?hc flrec the charge. .' II struck her her, Leslie Neeley, 42. through the shoulder blades at short range. Ella May Is being held ponding preliminary hearing. Cannon, who conducted the investigation, said the events hap. penccl on the Tex Bixley farm, near Victoria. Neeley and his son, Eddie Lee r.oblnson, 17, both worked for Bixler, Cannon said. Tile son was pale $39 Saturday and an equal amount wa.s credited to a debt Neeley owed. Demanded Money Cannon said $25 was spent for groceries and that the remaining S10 was divided .between Neeley nnd his wife. She, In turn, spent $4 on Hie children for Easter, keeping $1. Neeley, who reportedly had been drinking, arrived at the farm louse at 3 a.m. Sunday. He de- nandcd money from his wife, Canion said, and when she produced Mit $1, an argument arose over her ipendlng tile rest. Ella Mae told the deputy that Neeley grabbed a small baseball lat and began hitting his wife Slla May, in bed with the woman, ileaded with him to stop. When he icln't she leaped from the bed, Tabbed the shotgun and fired at ilm from behind. Nccley's wife was not seriously njured., The family consisted of three tepchildren and four belonging to oth Neeley and his wife. and Improving'the soil against the needs of the future. "Open to AH Cropi" "This program should be open to all crops capable of administration In such a program. It would not be restricted to basic crops.-' ., • . . ..': ,,,The,.;subcommltte«:-yblc«JjJbe]ief the administration's V soil bank would, be of little direct'benefit to tho small farmer.: It-said he already Is suffering from acreage outs under federal controls, and will be forced to quit farming-If required to take more land out of production. : .. •Favors Soil Bank As a complement to the soil bank, the subcommittee recommended payments to farmers for complying with acreage allotments this year. Also recommended was resto-' ration of price supports at 90 per cent of parity on basic crops subject to acreage controls this year, more credit from the Farmers Home Admiaistralton, expansion of market research activities, mra liberal soli conservation .payments, nnd n wide dispersal' of 'ndustry to afford Jobs for farmers as a supplementary labor market. Bee Begins Tuesday Mississippi County's annual spell- ng bee opens tiere tomorrow at 9:30 .m. County School supervisor Is hop- ng for a represenative group of elementary school spellers for the event at County Court House. Winner will go to the Midsputh Spelling Bee In Memphis on April '20. was; Tho oVparlmr-iit mnde three runs : rnndltirn. 'rafficVictimSatistactory Herman, Injured In a head-on collision on the air highway around 7 p.m. Saturday, wns listed by Chlckasawba Hospital today as being In a "satisfactory" called'to Halsell's School of Dane-j or minor np.firo S'ind.iy lo a burn- ling a I 809 W. Mala, I, a house and a g/aw Ilr«. He ruffercd arm and shoulder lujurlet, UM betpitol Mid. - SOAP SALESMEN - Harvey Morris (second from left) hands sacks of soap to three YMCA boys, preparatory to the organization's campaign to raise money for YMCA World Service work. V/ith proceeds, missionaries are sent to foreign countries to conduct Y programs. Left to right, the three Y boys arc Barry Hughes, Roland War- rlngton and Mickey Johnson. They'll b« among 50 boys and 75 T girls who'll canvass the city lor customers. Last year they exceeded their $270 quota by S10. They have same quota thi* year. Incidentally, soap sells four bars lot 94 cents and they'll be knocking on your door. (Cwr- lw Newx Photo)

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