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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AKD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 52 Blytneyllle Courier Blytheville Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader, BlythevUle Herald BLY'""*JVr LB, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS to- Rerouting 61 Around City Eyed by AMD C. of C. Studies Plan to Put Route Half Mile East of Here Arkansas' Highway Commission has under consideration plans which would reroute U. S. Highway 61 completely around the city of Blytheville. Chamber of Commerce officials 4* _ have been notified by the commision that this plan Is in the making. It would mean, the Chamber was told, Highway 61 would run nearly due south of the state line area anc would bypass Blytheville by about one-half mile on the east, joining with the present. highway in the vicinity of Dogwood Ridge. It is understood a new overpass over the Frisco tracks would be constructed there. ,. This rerouting would fit in with ,' work on 61 now getting underway in Missouri. There, the highway will be routed around both Steele and Holland. The Chamber's Traffic and Safety Committee, headed by Toler Buchanan, is slated to meet in the City Hall offics tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 to consider the mater. Members of the committee include Floyd White, R. M. Logan, B. O. Black, J. W. Adams, Dale S. Briggs and C. A. Hindman: Persons interested in this rerouting proposal have been invited to contact these committee members and express their views on the plan. Missco Farm Bureau Third Biggest in U.S. County Organization Is Largest One West Of Mississippi River Mississippi County's warm Bureau chapter has been named third largest in the entire United States for 1952, according to the Farm Bureau Press, official publication of the Arkansas Bureau. The publication also points out that the county chapter last year became the largest west of the Mississippi River when it enrolled 4,298 members. Only counties which led Mississippi were Cooke County, 111., with 5,314, and McLean County, 111., with 4,624. Fourth place went to Fresno County, Calif., which, had a membership of 4,289. Only 25 counties in the nation had better than 3,000 members. Of these Illinois had 12, CaJi- fornia six and Arkansas two. Inside Today's Courier News ... Schoendienst leads Cards to win Pirates . . . Bosox have western clubs' number . . . Sports . . . Page 7 ... . . . Rising awareness of need for industry jogged again . . . editorials . . . Page 6 ... . . . Society news . . . Page 2 ... Big Three Leaders Schedule Conference for Next Month WINNER — James Garner (right), 322 North Sixth, is handed a $10 merchandise certificate following the drawing yesterday afternoon at the conclusion of the iourth Blytheville Value Day. presenting the award is H. B. Richardson. Bobby Northcutt of Number Nine did the drawing. The other winners: $50, Ann E. Smith of Blytheville; $10, Flora Mae Baker and Glenda Childers, both of Luxora; $5 Clyde Bratton, Angle Hood and Virginia Krutz, all of Blytheville, and Ronnie Williams of Dell. (Courier News Photo) Farm Worker Killed When Hit By Crop-Duster near Victoria A 27-year-old Victoria farm hand was killed instantly at 11:20 a.m. today when he was struck by a low-flying airplane which was spraying a wheat field on the Lee Wesson farm at Victoria. The dead man was identified as* Highway Bids Opened by AHC LITTLE ROCK (£>)—The Arkans Highway Commission today re• ceived bids totaling $2,246,380 on 18 road and bridge construction projects today. Engineers' estimates on the jobs were 2.5 million dollars including 10 per cent for engineering and contingencies which are not included in the base bids. One job on which bids were opened is a joint Arkansas-Missouri project for construction of a bridge on 17. S. Highway 62 across the St. Francis River near Piggott, Ark. and Campbell, Mo. Clarence Haley. At the time of the accident he was serving as a "flag- man" for Alfred P. Wiezalis, pilot of the plane, as he made his low- flying runs over the wheat field. According to Coroner E. M. Holt, Mr. Haley was struck in the chest by a wheel of the plane. The wheel then rolled over the dead man crushing his chest and skull and breaking his neck. Mr. Wiezalis was flying a Stearman biplane for Planters Flying Service of Blytheville. Paul Lloyd, operator of the flying service, gave this account of the accident. Mr. Haley and his brother, J. W. Haley, were directing Mr. Wiezalis on his flights over the field. On the fatal flight, Clarence Haley apparently failed to get out of the way of the low flying plane and it struck him. Mr. Lloyd said that Mr. jWiezalis knew at the time that his plane lad struck Mr. Holey but he did not know that he had killed him. Following the accident, Mr. Wie- zalis returned immediately to the air base here and notified Mr. Lloyd, who was en route to Victoria at French Cold Toward Thailand's UN Appeal UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — French circles in the U. N. reacted coldly today to Thailand's call for a U. N. investigation into the Communist-led Vietminh invasion of the Indochinese kingdom of Laos. * This problem is almost cert.un to be discussed in mid-June by the chiefs of the Western big three powers. President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Mayer. The United States wants to bring up in the U. N. the troubled situation Revised Truce Plan Is Readied by Allies 'By OLEN CLEMENTS TOKYO (AP) — Allied headquarters today worked on a revised Korean truce plan to be presented to the Reds next week at Panmunjom, possibly on a "now or never" basis. Authoritative sources who asked* _ Ike, Churchill, Mayer To Air Allied Problems WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower, Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Mayer will meet soon to thresh out Allied problems and discuss a possible high-level meeting with the Russians on East-West tensions. An agreement for the West's big three to confer was announced USAFCufsDivi Ranks in Sena!? Decisions Vary On Administration's Explanation By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON WASHINGTON I/PI — The Eisenhower administration's explanation of its decision to cut the Air Force goal from 143 to 120 wings in Indo-China; 'Sitf^.e u es not at fins tinfe;:- .i. Thailand has made it known she likely will ask for the U. N. to send an observation group to Thailand to check from that vantage point on the hostilities between the French and the Communist-led Nationalists in Indochina. France considers the fighting a domestic affair so far. It is understood here that France will not anc j J permit a U. N, group to enter the the time of the accident. Mr. Lloyd I slash its funds five billion dollars | French-associated states of Indo- then went to the field and found ihe dead man. According to Mr. Lloyd, Haley had been flagging for spraying operations for approximately two years. Mr. Haley's body was taken to the Swift Funeral Home in Osceola following the accident. Mr. Lloyd stated that Mr. Wie- zalis had been piloting for his flying service only since yesterday, having been sent here from a Clarksdale. Miss., flying service. Sheriff William Berryman said a technical charge of involuntary manslaughter will be filed against Wiezalis with a preliminary hearing to be conducted probably next week. The sheriff said bond has been fixed at 5500. Disapproved Cut WASHINGTON (ff) — Arkansas' six representatives voted against a proposal to cut the 1954 agricultural conservation program by 55 million dollars. The move was defeated yesterday, 201 to 196. , Keps. Hays, Gathings, Harris, Mills, Norrell and Trimble all voted against the measure. division in Senate chma for an investigation. } Thailand, with the reported backing of the United States, feels that the Vietminh thrust to within 35 miles of Thailand border is a menace to all Southeast Asia, even though the invaders withdrew. left a sharp ranks today. I Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich), chair- ! man of an appropriations subcom- | mittee considering the new defense ! budget, said he believes Secretary ! not to be named said the proposal included some of the India plan adopted by the U. N. General Assembly last December. This plan provided that a post- armistice political conference consider the future of 48.500 prisqners who refuse to go home. If it could not reach agreement in 30 days all unrepatriated prisoners would be turned over the TJ. N. These sources said new ideas have been gained by the U. N. Command in long-range consultations with allies on the deadlocked prisoner exchange issue, main stumbling block to a Korean truce. Optimistic View They took an optimistic view of the talks, which resume Monday, without revealing what the D. N. proposal will be. They hinted a time limit on the talks may be enforced with the Communists being told to act "now or never." This was emphasized by the statement a few days ago of a high source at U. N. Command headquarters: "We are not going to let these things drag out. We are going to keep hitting at the stumbling blocks trying to iron them out." Reporter Quoted The Eed Peiping radio today quoted British Communist reporter Alan Wlnnington as saying: "Amidst, all speculations about what the Americans may or may not do next Monday, it is well to state clearly what they cannot do. As far as the Korean and Chinese side is concerned, all propositions to hand the prisoners over to their enemies is. utterly unacceptable. Arjy-'j.c!j,fference of 'treatment be- tvv'Ayn Korean and Chinese prisoners is utterly unacceptable. Any restrictions aimed at tying in advance the hands of the neutral powers (a iive-nation neutral repatriation commission) so as to prevent, proper explanations to the prisoners, whom the Americans have terrorized, is utterly unacceptable." Winnington's statements often reflect thinking of the Bed truce delegation. New Caruthersville Bridge Site Picked The Memphis District of the Corps of Engineers said today that it has been given a revised location for the proposed Missouri-Tennessee bridge near Caruthersville. of Defense Wilson "has made a good case for the new program." "After all, the 143-wing goal of the Truman administration was just a paper target that could not be hit," Ferguson said. "Secretary Wilson assures us he has more money now than will be spent in the next fiscal year." Sen. Hill (D-Ala), also a member of the committee, disagreed sharply in a separate interview. He said: "Mr. Wilson certainly has not convinced me, nor apparently most other members of the committee. He will have to justify the five billion dollar cut in the Air Forces before I'll ever vote for it." Wilson has spent a good portion of the last two days before the Senate group, under questioning about the administration action in cutting the Air Force goal for mid- 1955 from 143 wings to 120, each See USAF on Page 3 Agreement on T-H Law Reached WASHINGTON W>) — Republican members of the Senate Labor Committee were said today to have agreed on Taft-Hartley law amendments which would all but grant the closed shop to the building trades unions. The amendments, now being put into a formal committee draft tor public distribution next week, were described by senators who declined to be quoted by name. The changes in the law, some of them promised by President Eisenhower in campaign speeches last fall, were agreed to in a meeting of the Republican members of the committee. CARUTHERSVILLE NEW BRIDGE SITE — Shown on the Corps of Engineers map above Is the new location of the proposed Missouri-Tennessee .bridge near Caruthersville. The new site is about six tenths of » mile north of Caruthersville — about three-quarters of a mile closer to that city than the original location, 23 Are Graduated At Bragg City BRAG CITY, Mo. — Diplomas were presented to 23 seniors and 39 eighth-grade students at commencement exercises at Bragg City j High School last night. The students comprised the second largest graduating class in the school's history. Superintendent of Schools Tiester was the commencement speaker In a public notice dated yesterday Col. Allen P. Clark, Jr., district engineer, said "Unless serious objec tions to the proposed work for i navigation viewpoint are received by this office on or before June 19, it i. purposed to submit the revised plans to higher authority for approval. Relocation of the bridge follower objections voiced at a public hear ing last November when rivermei said the original location was too close to Little River Bend. New location of the bridge will be about six tenths of a mile north ol Caruthersville. This is about three- quarters of a mile closer to Caruthersville—and farther from Little River Bend—than the original site The span will link Missouri Highway 84 and U.S. 61 with Tennessee Highways 78 and 89. The two states are to share the cost and plans call for amortizing the indebtedness over 20 or 25 years and retiring it by charging tolls The bridge would become a free span after the indebtedness was paid off. Estimated cost of the bridge is Hospital at Soo To Be Closed Debate Starts on Bill For New Department WASHINGTON (JF>) — Democrats hoped to make political capital today as the House started debate on a $1,965,581.570 bill to finance the Labor and Welfare Departments for the fiscal year starting July 1. They figured they enhanced their 1954 election chances yesterday as they beat down a Republican-led drive to cut agriculture funds. Bathers Return Negro Pitcher HOT SPRINGS, Ark., W) — The Hot Springs Bathers today returned Negro Pitcher Jim Tugerson to Knixville, Tenn., ending a controversy that threatened to break up the Class C Cotton States League. The decision by the club officials was announced by co-owner Lewie Gdltz. Goltz refused further comment. (See additional story on Page 7.) Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy with widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight and east and south portion Friday; cooler northwest portion this afternoon and tonight. MISSOURI — Generally fair and cooler tonight, increasing cloudiness Friday with thundershowers likely northwest by late afternoon; warmer west and north; low tonight SO northwest to 60-85 southeast' high Friday 80 northeast to 85 southwest Minimum this morning—63. Maximum yesterday—fn. Sunrise tomorrow—4:53. Sunset today—7 -.00. Prcclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—nonft Mean temperature (midway between hlsh and low)—73. . Normal and mean for May—70 2 Prcclp. Jan. 1 date—20.04. This Dale l.aM Yoar Minimum this mornlnR~S5. Maximum yesterday—73 Preolp. Jan. 1 date—22.24, Briton Denies Charge Of Transporting Reds HONG KONG UP)— An official ol a British steamship company today denied accusations by a U. S. Senate investigations subcommittee that the firm had transported Communist troops. F. H. Horman-Fisher, Hong Kong manager of the Wheelock Marden Company, said neither his company nor any other British shipping concern he knows of has carried Communist troops. Tito Denies /mproved Relations with Russia BATAJNICA, Yugoslavia (/P) — President Marshal Tito angrily declared today that relations between his anti-Moscow Communist government and the Soviet bloc nations have not improved. Tito declared, "Rumors have been circulated that we are dealing in secrecy with Russia. "From this place I say to you that relations between us and the USSR and countries uhder Its Influence have not Improved." Quake Hits China HONG KONG (IF} — The Communist Yunnan radio at Kunming said last night a severe earthquake May 15 destroyed 100 houses and leit many casualties in Mclnau, 125 miles southeast of Kunming. WASHINGTON Ml — The Public Health Service hospital at Hot Springs, Ark., is to be closed by July I. This hospital has operated as a rapid treatment center for the venereal disease control program n Arkansas. Both the federal government and the state have contributed to Its support. Principal reasons given to Arkansas congressmen by Public Health Service officials for closing the hospital include: 1. The patient load has declined from a high of 11,000 In 1948 to less than 1,200 last year. 2. Under a new treatment program, VD patients are not hospitalized since the disease can be controlled by a single treatment, and the need Is for out-patient facilities. 3. The state is establishing two out-patient clinics, one at Little Rock and one at another city in the Delta area. about $12.000,000. Consisting of two end spans and a center span, the bridge will be 5,800 feet long. ROKs Recapture East Korean Hill In Close Fighting Cloudy Skies Hamper Aerial Action; Sabre Jets Are Grounded By FORREST EDWARDS SEOUL in — Counterattacking South Korean Infantrymen today threw 150 to 200 Chinese Reds off Eastern Front ridge aftor 12 hours of close-quarter seesaw fight- Ing. The Chinese swarmed up the slopes and seized the western end of the 300-yard-long ridge shortly before" midnight. Stubborn BOK soldiers clung to .he eastern end. The Reds threw Jack two South Korean counter- ittncks. But ROK reinforcements were thrown Inlo the battle before dawn and after six hours of fierce •tlng the Reds called It quits, the Eighth Army said. Aerial Action Limited For hours alter the Chinese lulled off the ridge sporadic rifle ind mnchinc-^un fire continued, )ut the Reds did not attack again. Elsewhere along the 155-mile baltlefront the Reds probed Allied Incs and patrol skirmishes flared between the lines. Cloudy skies limited aerial ac- ion to fighter-bomber strikes Hlong he front and troop and supply reas just behind the Bed lines. Allied Sabre jets stayed on the ground. The Fifth Air Force said fishter- lombers dropped explosives on 25 tersonnel shelters, 5 supply shel- ers, 3 caves, 5 mortar positions ncl 8 buildings. Fourteen B29 Superforts bombed simultaneously today here, in London, and in Paris. The place and date have not yet been fixed but Churchill has suggested Bermuda. This appears agreeable to Eisenhower and Mayer. The probable time Is soon after the middle of June. In Paris, the French Foreign Office said the three-power meeting will start June 17 in Bermuda. In London, Prime Minister Churchill gave no specific date, but said the meeting would take place soon after June 15. In a statement, President Eisenhower described the "primary purpose" o! the U. S.-British-French meeting as "further to develop common viewpoints with these friends on the many problems that must be solved cooperatively EO that the cause of world peace may be advanced." In London, Churchill told parliament: "My main hope is that we may take a definite step forward to a meeting of far graver import" with Russian Prime Minister Qeorgl M. Malenkov. Many Problems There was a disposition in government quarters here to stress ;hat the Western powers have many problems among themselves o warrant the meeting and to minimize talk in public about a possible big four session. But Premier Mayer told the French National assembly in Paris he approaching meeting would discuss the feasibility of a big four conference — meaning a meeting with the Russians'. Mayer said also that France Was ready to give unreserved considor- ition to any proposals the Soviet Union may make on the question of world disarmament, • •'•• «• Churchill long has been ;nc!lned o the view that a high-level meet- ng with the Russians might be reductive oi some betterment in he world situation. White House Press Secretary ames Hagerty was asked directly at a news conference whether the Ig three session might develop atcr into a big four meeting with Russia. Hagerty declined to comment on hat. Told that Churchill had expressed ;ope that the big three meeting vould lead to a conference at •hlch Russia would be included, See IKE, CHURCHILL on Page 3 Civil Defense Director Named LITTLE ROCK 1.41 — Arkansas has an authorized director of civil defense today for the first time since the program was inaugurated. He Is E. B. Ward Jr.. of Little 194-acre supply dump near the Rock, wh'ose appointment was an- Korean capital of Pyongyang nounced yesterday by Gov. Cherry. Ward's job was set up by the 1853 Legislature at a salary of $5,000 a year. rce n Western Korea. The Air Po, aid the Superforts dropped HO ons of explosives on 325 small buildings at Chonman. 150,000 Auto Workers Face Layoff By F. GLENN ENGLE DETROIT Wl—Layoffs engulfed • threatened 150,000 or more auto workers today as half a dozen ma it was cutting from three-shift to one-shiit operations next Monday because of a lack of transmissions normally supplied by Warner. Only jor manufacturers reported their cars with automatic transmissions flow of parts choked off by supplier strikes. Ford, Chrysler, studebaker, Willys, Nash and International Harvester all figured in the mushrooming production cuts. They attributed their moves to three supplier strikes: at Ford's Canton, O., forge plant; at Borg. Warner's Warner Gear Division )Iant at Muncie, Ind., and at the Budd Company car body stamping plant here. This was the situation; Ford laid off an unannounced number of employes at Its big *ouge plant in neighboring Dear- jorn yesterday and said that was .he start of layoffs which wlfl Idle 85,000 employes across the nation within the next five days. The com>any said a month-long tleup at its key Canton plant had cut off its only source of forgings for cars and trucks. 27,000 Idle at Chrysler Chrysler sent 27,000 employes lome'from Its Chrysler, De Soto and Dodge assembly plants here yesterday. It said a Jurl.'idlctlonal dispute at the Budd plant had halted the Inflow of car bodies. About 8,000 Budd workers were Idle. Studebaker, Willys, Nash and In- ernatlonal Harvester all said the Warner Dear strike, also a month h !d, WPS hurtlncr them. Studebaker announced last night will be assembled, the company said. It was uncertain, a spokesman said, how many of Studcbnk- er's 23,000 workers might be affected. Willys halted all car production and completed the layoff of 8,500 workers yesterday for a lack of transmissions. Another 3,000 em- ployes In nonauto divisions were kept on the job. Some 4,400 Nash workers at Milwaukee and Kenosha, Wis., plants have been idle since Monday because of the Warner strike. International Harvester has laid off more than 3,000 production workers at Springfield, O., for the same reason. The Warner plant has been closed since April 20 by a strike of CIO United Auto Workers members in a dispute over incentive pay. The Budd strike, not authorized by the UAW, stems from a jurisdictional fight between millwrights and repairmen. The Canton Ford strike, which also dates back to April 20, involves about 1,400 workers and centers around pay rates for various job classifications., Of the 85,000 Ford workers facing layoffs, 55.000 are in the Detroit area and the others scattered from Massachusetts to California. New Chemical Used in County Malaria Program Is Praised A new insecticide being used thlt plprronyl butoxlde. year by the State Health Department In its house spraying program s giving "excellent results," according to W. R. Summerville of Blytheville, area supervisor in Mlssis- ilppl County for the department's rmlarla control program. He said inspection of houses sprayed this spring with the new nsectlclde "has shown results which please us very much." The new consentrate, he explained, Is R combination of previously iseri DDT and chlordan with Ihe addition of pyrethrum activated by I weather. However, Mr. Summerville said, this Insecticide Is not a repellent, and will not take the place of good screens and good sanitation practices in and around the home. He sounded a warning to the people in this county to expect mosquitoes In large numbers this spring and summer, due. to the excessive rainfall during the early spring and also due to the fact that the past winter was comparatively mild, Which permitted many adult mosquitoes to llvo through the cold

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