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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ! DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTREAB1 ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LII—N0..14 .Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi VUley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVIILE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 1956 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS $14,500 Up To Catch N.Y. Hood Columnist Hit in Face With Acid NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI and other federal and lo cal agencies today pressed £ hunt for the unidentifiec young man who threw sulphuric acid into the eyes oJ crusading labor columnist Victor Riesel. Rewards totaling $14,500 have been offered. Full facilities of the FBI, the city Police Department, the Manhattan district attorney's office and the U. S. attorney's office were mobilized. State Atty. Gen. Jacob K. Javits pledged the cooperation of his 'office in bringing Riesel's assailant to justice. Goy. Averell Harriman said he was "inexpressably shocked." Latest Word The latest word on whether Riesel's eyesight will be lost or impaired came from Dr. Geralimo Bonaccolto, chief eye surgeon St. Clare's Hospital: "The diagnosis is guarded. We will not know for one week. He can see now. He has vision now. He can make out objects and light It will take, however, about one week before we can tell what the results will be to his vision. Both eyes are damaged, perhaps the right eye more than the left. It is quite serious, but I have hope for the best," U. S. Atty. Paul W. Williams called the acid-throwing a "black effort" to intimidate witnesses in his month-old investigation into industrial rackets' in the metropolitan area. Gave Information Williams said Riesel had given the Justice Department "important information" on gangster methods in the trucking and garment industries. Riesel, before being put under sedatiyes, told newsmen he believed th? attack was provoked by his radio denunciation of convicted racketeers in the International Union of Operating Engineers. Riesel was attacked about 3 a.m yesterday on a mid-Manhattan street by a man described as "clean cut" and about 26. A woman assistant with Riesel at the time escaped injury. The attack came shortly after the 41-year-old columnist had appeared on a post-midnight WMCA radio program as a substitute for Barry Gray, vacationing commentator and interviewer. In 193 Papers The Hall Syndicate distributes Riesel's column to 193 newspapers In the country. The New York Daily Mirror is one of them. Federal and local agencies subpoenaed copies of Riesel's recent columns as well as a transcript of his remarks, on the Barry Gray show yesterday morning, in the hope that these would provide a clue to the assailant. The attack on Riesel was discussed on today's early morning Barry Gray show. Guest speakers praised Riesel as a foe of communism and labor racketeering and expressed anger over the assault. Awards Louis Lochner, president of the Overseas Press Club, appeared on the program and read a statement from the club which said in part: "Our, organization of 1.500 representatives oi' journalism sees in this attempt an effort to intimidate a member of our craft who. believing as we do in freedom of the press, gave expression to his See Attack Page 12 ATTEND TEACHERS SESSION—Shown awaiting the opening session of the annual Day District meeting of Mississippi and Crittenden County school teachers at the high school here are five superintendents from this area. Left to right, they are Don Blackmpn, Dell; A. A. Adams, Keiser; M. H. Benton, Joiner; J. C. Perry, Wilson; and H. L. Stanfill, Osceola. Teachers met all day while students enjoyed an added holiday. (Courier News Photo) Benson Maintains Politics Is Ruling Farm Legislation By Phil Keif SALT LAKE CITY {AP) —Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson stuck to his guns last night,• taking pot shots at high, rigid farm price supports and calling for flexible supports and a soil bank program: Fur<is Needed For Suroerv A Blytheville man. with a linger-' ing illness, is in need of help. • ; Having used his alloted 20 days! of hospitalization under Welfare j Department regulations, he needs additional surgery. I The Welfare Department, Blytheville Mission and Chickasawba Hospital currently arc working to get the man re-admitted to the hospital for surgery. Way is cleared, but money is still needed to finance parts of the operation. Persons interested in making contributions may do so either throucrn Paul Kfrkindall, Mission manager, or at Chickasawba Hospital. Then he flew to Washington, in an unplanned move, as House-Senate conferees announced that the lection-year farm bill would probably be out of • the committee today and ready for House debate Monday. Benson had come to Salt Lake City to attend the annual conference of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) Church. He is a 'member of the church's Council of Twelve Apostles. First Miss It's the first time he has missed the church conference since he Decame a member of the Cabinet in 1953. But he said he had to do t "in response to an official call .o duty." He left shortly after giving nn address on farm policy, sponsored by farm group organization in Utah and Idaho. In his talk he attacked ".some political opportunists (who) have capitalized on the popularity of the soil bank (and) propose to tie to ts coat, tails a variety of unsound measures which, in calmer times, would never be enacted." Hits 90 Per Cent Some of these measures, he said, were mandatory 90 per cent of the parity supports, dual parity "or wheat, corn, cotton and peanuts, multiple price plan for whent, nandatory price support for feed grains and a boost in price supports for dairy products. He strongly urged Congress to enact a flexible price support program along with the soil bank plan.- Flexible supports, he said, have been endorsed in the past by both Democrats of and Hepub 1 leans and "evM'y Fecretan. for 20 yenrs." Even Truman? He said that in 1948, Truman and the National Farmers Union both favored the "principles" of flexible supports and "modernized" parity. "If President Truman and the Fanners Union thought that wav in 1948," he said. "Why don't they t'eol that way today? But from Denver, the president of the National Farmers Union. James G. Patton, challenged Benson to prove the NFU "once supported the .sliding scale s'^tem of See BENSON Pa^e 12 Jack Robinson City's Mission Is Incorporated Jack Robinson Is Named Its First President Mississippi County Mission, incorporated here yesterday by a agriculture! Circuit Court order, has elected officers and directors and appointed Paul Kirkindall as superinten- President j dent. Officers are Jack Robinson, pros-1 Ident; Fay Austin, vice president: and Jimmie Lee Brooks, secretary and treasurer. Directors are Jimmie Sanders, Austin, Brooks, F. C. Douglas, Robinson. K. M. Larkin, Kendall Berry, Charles Lipford, Homer Nunally and Ed Bratcher. To Gel New Quarters Kirkindall founded the mission in his former tavern, "The Puff", on South Railroad street. His work in Sec MISSION Page 12 'Race' Riot Is Averted in Detroit By BEN T PRICE DETROIT (AP) — The white people on Robson street won a battle against John W. Rouse, 70, and his family — a wife, a daughter and two small grandchildren. Rouse agreed last night after a near race riot to sell his home and leave the pleasant, normally quiet street in northwest Detroit and move elsewhere. The rumor in the all-white neighborhood which set off the racial demonstration was that Rouse was n Negro. "False" Rourt, a retired private polk*- man, said the rumors were false. "We are not Negroes," he said. Settlement was announced after a meeting between Rouse ,and members of the neighborhood association, known as the Belmont Subdivision Association. Detective Sgt. Thomas Jickerson and Detective Ed Boggs of the Special Investigation Bureau, which handles all racial matters, said they had attempted to trace the rumor which set off the demonstration. "As near as we can determine,' said Boggs, "it started with the movers. One of the workmen mov-. ing furniture into the house told a boy. 'you ought to t.ell your folks there is a Ne^ro moving in. 1 It, apparently started from there." | 500 People The mob of some 500 people which assembled before the Rouse house Wednesday night hurled bricks through two windows. Police -dispersed the crowd and posted a guard around the modest brick home. Mr. and Mrs. Rouse and their daughter, Mrs. Merle Evelyn Hickman, who is separated from her husband, were buyinn the house jointly. The original price was $16500. Rouse has two months in which to move. Rouse said he was part Cherokee Indian and that his wife was of Scotch Irish and French-Canadian ancestry. They moved Into the from a while-Negro Demo Committee Elects Officers Filing Fees Set, Rules Voted on Coming Campaign Mississippi County Democratic Centra 1 Committee this morning elected officers, set candidates' fees and laid down rules for the coming election. Re-elected to posts they have previously held were Jesse Taylor, Blytheville, chairman; Bruce Ivy, Osceola, vice chairman; and Henry Swift, Osceola, secretary and treasurer- Mi's, w. B. Burkett, Bassett, was elected lady vice chairman for the first time, Others included C. A. Moody, Oosnell, committeeman to replace J. W. Crawford, who resigned due to poor health; E. H. Burns, Osceola, committeeman .from Carson township to succeed N. B. Ellis Jr., who moved from the township; Paul Jackson, Luxora, committeeman to succeed Harry P. Worsley, deceased, of Swain township. The following filing fees there voted: County judge. $200; county treasurer, S200; sheriff, $200; circuit clerk, $175; county clerk, $175; assessor, $175; coroner, $25; surveyor, $25; representatives (4) S25; constable. $10; and justice of the peace, $10. Fees for the district offices will be prosecuting attorney, $25; chancellor. $25; and state senator, $30. By resolution, the committee agreed that surplus of thus fund, after paying expenses of election, will be refunded to candidates paying fees exceeding $25, proportionately to the fees they paid. By May 2 All filing fees for county, township and district offices must be paid Swift, trie secretary, in cash, cashier's check, money order or certified check before noon May 2. A party loyalty pledge must be filed with the secretary and a corrupt practices pledge must be filed with the county clerk on or before May 2 by county office candidates. District office candidates will file party pledges with the secretary of the Arkansas State Democratic! Committee and their corrupt prac- i tlce pledges with the Arkansas sec- ; retary of state. j The committee voted to observe an agreement with Craighead and Polnsett counties regarding senatorial post No. 1 for senatorial district No. 24 These county committees have agreed they will not have a candidate for the office nor will they r«- quire (he County can- U.S. Schools Lagging, Special Report Claims Integration Is Seen As Local Problem By Study Committee By HERMAN R. ALLEN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Committee for the White House conference on education told President Eisenhower today "the schools have fallen far behind both the aspirations of the American people and their capabilities." Nevertheless, the committee said in its final report: "There is far more to be proud of in today's schools than there is to criticize. Their weaknesses usually stem from a lack of means rather than any defect in their goal." Calling for action to arouse and maintain public interest, the report said schools "now affect the welfare of the United States more than ever before" and "have become the chief instrument for keeping this nation the fabled land oi opportunity it started out to be." The 50,000-word document contained only one surprise—A unan- imous committee view that racial desegregation "must be worked out by each community. . . within the intent of the relevant Supreme Court decisions." The segregation Issue received only scant attention in reports issued during last winter's conference. It was not mentioned in summaries of preliminary state conferences, which formed part of today's report. Split On Aid On another key Issue—federa aid to schools—the committee spli three ways, with a majority fa voring emergency building grunts Twenty-eight members of the 34-member committee, headed b; Neil H. McElroy, president of the Procter & Gamble Co., held that "Federal aid for school con struction should be mtide available on a limited basis to all states and territories and the District o Columbia to help overcome the present school building emergen cy.. .under the philosophy of en cournglnp greater use of statt and local funds." A minority report signed b; Tour members contended j'edera assistance should be through loans not grants. Another, signed two members, held that it shoulc not be limited to building aid nor to emergency aid. The majority reported it wi making no recommendation re gin-ding federal aid for schoo operation. It noted "great dlvi sion of opinion on this subject' at the White House and state con ferences. The report wound up n projec set in motion in response to El UN Appeal Helps, But Artillery Duel Flares On Jittery Gaza Strip JERUSALEM (AP) — An artillery duel flared between Israeli and Egyptian forces on the Gaza Strip frontier today. The U. N. cease-fire appeal apparently halted the shooting. The situation . was considered* • — • ——— serious enough to cause U. N truce chief Maj. Gen. E. L. M Burns to postpone his departure for Rome, where he Is to meet U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold tomorrow. Ham- marskjold had summoned Burns to a conference in Rome as a preliminary to his mission seeking a solution to the Middle East crisis. Blame Each Other Burns issued an urgent appeal for a cease-fire when the Gaza front blazed into action yesterday Today's new artillery exchange was reported from the Kissufim sector, where the Egyptians claimed Israeli troops killed 42 civilians and wounded 103 others . esterday. Israeli losses were put at four soldiers and two civilians wounded. Both Egypt and Israel blamed the other for the new outbreak. The Israelis sent a message to the chairman of the Mixed Armistice Commission saying they had issued cease-fire orders "in cc pllance with your personal request." 'If Egypt again breaks the cease-fire arrangement, the fire will be returned," the message idded. "Will Be Relumed" At midmorning. a U. N. spokesman said "we know there was some exchange of fire at the northern part of the Gaza border this morning, but it is now quiet -igain." A report from Cairo said of- 'icial sources there were unable /o confirm the firing had been See U.K. Page 12 Mo State Case Against Airman Assistant Prosecuting Atty. A. S. (Todd) Harrison said today the tate will file no charges against Richard McCallum, 18-year-old irman, who struck a schoolgirl with lis car last March 16. , Run down as she crossed Main Street at 10th after school was Sally Brown, 10, daughter of Mr. md Mrs. Ted Brown. Sally has been confined in a hos- rital since the accident, but her ;onditlon Is improving. McCallum was first held on an ipen charge and then released on bond. Harrison said the bond will I Integration Soon As Feasible-Adlai JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Adlai Stevenson said to day that integration "is the law of the land" and he "woulc only ask that law-abiding citizens comply with it in a lawfu manner and as the courts find reasonable and feasibleY' year the effectiveness of thi Democratic party might be de Stevenson set forth his position in a speech to the Jacksonville Bar Assn. during Florida state's one • day visit in his bid for the 28 national convention votes in the Democratic presidential preferential primary May 29. No Guns "The' Supreme Court has sold what should be done. The lower courts will say when it should be done in accordance with local conditions. What remains to be settled Is how it shall be done," Stevenson said. Desegregation cannot be done "by guns imd bayonets .It cannot be done overnight," he added. Stevenson criticized Sen, Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, charging his opponent In the presidential primary is injuring party unity with his tactics and attacking Kefauver's absence from the Senate when major measures were being voted upon. Tne former said Kefauve "have raised nant denunciation of 'political bosses' and 'machines' trying to freeze him out,. Lot of Advice "The fact that he sought the support of many of these same people or that they were on his delegation in 1952 seems to make no difference. A political boss is evidently anyone who prefers Stevenson to Kefauver." He said he had been getting; a lot of advice since his dei'eat by Kefauver in the Minnesota primary. "Some people tell me not to talk about the issues so much and to shnke more hands. Others r urge me to 'Give 'em hell.' I think I'll do worse. I'll give 'em the truth," he said. "And one of the truths is that there may be such a thing as stroyed for a long time. Illinois governor and his supporters chorus of indig- . >e released since no charge will be wanting to be president too badly. filed. neighborhood some distance away, ballot. didate to h;r,e \\j\ name on tlu.r i In Municipal Court Two cases, one for reckless vlng and the other for speeding, were heard in Municipal Court today. Charles Kclley was found guilty on the reckless driving citation and was fined $35 and costs, •bmes Russell's bond of SIS was' ;lted when he fai'-d to appear to answer a speeding charge. ! And that may *)e one of reasons why none of Sen, Kefauver's colleagues in the Senate have endorsed him nnd so few of the , party's leaders around the country." Stevenson said earlier at his Kingslnnd, Ga., vacation site that if the South should walk out this Dog Vaccination Clinic Scheduled Jaycees Plan Annual Event For Dog Owners Officials of Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce today set Monday through Thursday as dates for the annual dog vaccination clinics. A spokesman for the Jaycees, which sponsors the clinic each year, state that two Blytheville veterinarians, David M. Miles and N. G Jerome, will conduct the clinics. As in past year, dog owners can have their pets vaccinated and purchase city dog licenses at the same time at the clinics. The clinics will be held daily be tween the hours of 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. At Fire Station Monday's clinic will be held at Pire Station No. 2 on West Main, Tuesday's at the Jaycee Clubroom on North Second St., Wednesday's at the Lake Street Methodist Church and Thursday's at Harrison High School. Vaccination fee at the clinics will be $1.50, a saving of 50 cents, and city dog licenses may be purchased for $1. Announcement of the schedule for the vaccination clinics came only 24 hours after city officials announced that a city dog catcher had been hired to pick up stray dogs. Dogs not wearing current vaccination and city license tags will be picked up, city officials said, and impounded in the new city dog pound at Walker Park. Owners may redeem their, pets by paying a 50 cent per day pound fee and purchasing city tags, if they call for dogs within three days. 41 Permits for New Houses Issued Building permits totaling $250,000 for 41 new houses and 14 additions were issued during March by City Enp. Dan Blodgett, / The total revealed an upsurge in re.-'k'-nlial construction for j Blytheville. Largest applicant was the East End Development Co., which made applications for J6, five- room homes. Harold Wright, Johnny Marr and R. C. Fnrr were among other contractors and real estate men talcing *ut permits. senhower's call in his January 1954 State of the Union message for "the most thorough, widespread and concerted study the American people have ever made of their educational system." 500,000 Perioni The committee was set up in late 1954, with Clint Pace, former Dallas newspaperman, as staff die rector. During 1955 an estimated 500,000 persons took part In 3,600 community and state conferences. The report submitted to Eisenhower today was based on state and White House conference reports, together with further findings of the committee and Its consultants. In broad terms, it drew a picture of a nation strapped for school buildings and teachers but with the financial and human resources at hand to beat ttiese shortages if it chooses to use them. Much might be accomplished also, it suggested, through drastic reorganization of inefficient school districts. Famine The committee traced the building and teacher shortages back to the depression '30s. A "school house famine" began then and lasted through the war years, it said, adding that many people decided against having the babies who might have grown up into today's teachers. The shortages, tt said, are compounded by the wave, of wartime and. postwar babies now banging at school house doors. And, it added, the proportion of school age children staying in through high school is steadily Increasing. The committee found that the objectives of American education have been enormously expanded during the past two -generations in response to "a genuine p u b 11 e demand." • "The basic responsibility of the schools is the development of the skills of the mind," it said, "but the over-all mission has been enlarged. Schools are now aslted to help each child to become as good and as capable in every way as native endowment permits." "This is truly a. majestic ideal," the committee said, but It is "a natural development In the United States...it recognizes the paramount Importance of the Individual in a free society." The committee said it unanimously approved "this great new goal for our schools" — full development of the child as an individual — but that "two particular aspects of this goal Involve basic disagreements which the committee did not resolve satis- lactorlly, partly because of the See U. S. on Page 1Z Harrison Band Drive Slated Fund to Buy New Instruments at $800 Downtown street solicitations for Plarrison High School's Band Instrument Fund drive begin tomorrow, with school teachers and students volunteering for a large share of the work. The drive was initiated this winter for the purpose of supplying more instruments for the Harrison High School Band. ' Tomorrow, seventh and eighth grade girls will ask for donations on Main and Ash streets in the downtown area between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Prom that time until 8 o'clock Saturday night, the women will take over. Carrie B. White and Muriel Wilson are co-ordiiiators for the street campaign. They reported today the drive is nearing the $800 mark. Weather ARKANSAS-All sections: Fair this afternoon. Fair and cooler tonight and Saturday. High this afternoon, mid to high 706 central, northeast and northwest, upper 70e southeast and southwest; low to- light, low to mid 40s central; upper 30s to mid 40s northeast, mid to high 40s southeast, in the 30s north- vest, in the 40s southwest. MISSOURI—Partly cloudy with itrong shifting winds .and turning colder this afternoon; few brief showers likely along northern border and light rain extreme southeast; partly cloudy and colder tonight; Saturday generally fair and colder; ow tonight 30s northwest and extreme north to the 40s else where; high Saturday 50-55 northeast to the 60s southwest and extreme west. Minimum this morning—55. Maximum yesterday—74. Sunrise tomorrow—5:30. sunset todny—fl:25. Menn temperature—M.5 Precipitation 24 houn (7 a.m, to ? , m.)— .79 Precipitation Jim. t to date—19.34. This nste Last Year Maximum yesterday—83 Minimum this morning—53. * nclpiution J»D. 1 to 6tt*—14.T*.

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