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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPEH OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 53 Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley ] Blythevilla Herald BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES Ike Signs Tidelands Bill into Law » President Says Act In Keeping With 'Fair Play' WASHINGTON, ( A P ) — President Eisenhower signed the off-shore oil lands bill today with a declaration that "recognizing the states' claim to these lands is in keeping with basic principles of honesty and fair play." Attending the ceremony at the White House were more than two score members of Congress. ' They 1 broke into applause when the president penned his signature to the hotly controversial measure, fulfilling one of his chief campaign promises. The bill recognizes coastal states' title—which they already claimed— to submerged lands "within their historic boundaries" and has special reference to the oil rich lands off the shores of Texas, Louisiana, California and Florida. Eisenhower issued the following statement: "I am pleased to sign this measure into law recognizing the ancient rights of the states in the submerged lands within their historic boundaries. , "Will Resist Encroachment" "As I have said many times I deplore and I will always resist federal encroachment upon rights and affairs of the states. Recognizing the states' claim to these lands is in keeping with basic principles of honesty and fair play. "This measure also recognizes the interests of the federal government in the submerged lands outside of the historic boundaries of the states. Such lands should be administered by the federal government and income therefrom should go into the federal treasury." After signing the bill, the president first shook hands with the sponsor of the measure, Sen. Holland (D—Fla.) i Then he looked around in the crowd for Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas, Democratic leader of the House, and said laughingly as he shook hands with Rayburn: "I wondered where Texas was." Eisenhower used three pens in HELD IN' KIDNAPIXG—Mrs. Barbara Lee Grimm, 24, of Tulare, Calif., is on the verge of tears as she is booked in New York on charges of kidnaping two small children in Washington, D. C., and bringing them to New York. One of the children, one- year-old Diane Bradford, was found in a Queens, Long Island, home when Mrs. Grimm was taken into custody. Clifton, 2, was found wandering in Central Park (May 17). (AP Wirephoto) SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Inside Today's Courier News . . . Red hot Giants only ihr_j games out of first place . . . Red Schoendienst takes over National batting lead . . . Sports . Pace 6 ... . . On Missco Farms . . . Farm news . . . Page 7 ... . . Society news . . . Page , Markets , Page 5 . igning the bill. He gave them as ouvenirs to Sens. Daniel (D—Texl nd Holland, and Rep. Graham R—Pa.) There may still be a new court attle over the ownership of the ubmerged lands. Opponents of what they called "big give-away" have said they ill challenge the validity of Con- ress' action. On three previous ccasions, the Supreme Court held hat the federal government has "paramount rights" to submerged lands • off the coasts of Louisiana, Texas and California. The bill in effect sets aside the See TIDELANDS on Page 5 Profits Tax Extension Is Up to GOP Democrats Shun Support of Ike's Request By CHARLES F. BARRETT WASHINGTON, ( A P ) — House Democratic leaders today shied away from even a hint pf support for President Eisenhower's request to extend the excess profits tax on business for six months. If the proposal gets out of the ;ax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, said a leading Democratic member who asked not to be named, reluctant Republicans votes. The time has come for us to quit pulling the President's chest- luls out of the fire," he said, "republican committee members will have to carry the ball on this one." Several other Demqcrais on the committee privately took this stand after a caucus late yesterday with Democratic Leader Rayburn of Texas and other party strategists. Their attitude was significant. Republicans had counted on support from probably eight of the 10 Democrats on the ways and means committee t,: extension of the profits tax, now due to expire June 30. Without such support, there was no assurance of enough votes to clear the bill. May Ask Sales Tax Meanwhile, Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey raised a new storm cloud on the horizon by refusing to rule out the possibility that the administration will seek a national sales tax in a tax revision program promised next year. Asked specifically whether the Treasury was considering a sales :ax proposal, Humphrey told a news conference yesterday the See PROFITS TAX on Page 5 Teacher Appreciation Week Launched Here Teacher Appreciation Week began in Blytheville today with the sponsoring Kiwanis Olub urging all citizens of the city to take an active part. Teacher Appreciation Week was originated by the Kiwanis club last year and has been made an annual event. The special week will run through May 29. 2 Are Killed In C46 Crash Transport Falls During Iowa Storm DBS MOINES W) — A C-46 pas senger plane crashed and burned 1 on a farm about 16 miles east o here in a violent electrical am windstorm early today, killing a least two persons. The plane plummeted to earth it a cornfield on the David Boot (arm about 4:15 a.m. The weather bureau reported that about the time of thi crash the storm had reached its height in the Des Monies area, witl guests of wind measured at 75 miles per hour. Don Stevenson, 23, a farmer living about a quarter of a mile iron: the crash scene, said he saw a "bright flash" in the sky just before the plane nosed into the earth The two' dead were identified by P. A. Miller, treasurer of Resort Airlines, Miami, Fla., owner of the plane, as Capt. Bowen Marshall, 38, and co-pilot Manuel Aronson, 29 both of San Antonio, Tex. Iowa State'Highway patrolmen said they saw hwat may have been a third body In the wreckage but added that it will have to cool before it can be ascertained whether there were more than two killed. Twenty-one airmen had left the C-4fl at Cheyenne about midnight. CAA officials at the Cheyenne field said the plane took off empty about 12:30 a.m. today, headed for Chicago. BHS Band to Give Spring Concert The annual spring concert will be given by the Blytheville High School Band at 8 tonight, in the Senior High School auditorium. Under the direction of] Robert LIpscomb, the 75-plece band will present a varied program of marches, semi-classical selections and popular numbers. It will be the last public appearance ol the band this year. Admission will be 50 cents for adults, I a $3,000 addition error was dlscov- ' Scheduled to kick off the observance is a Kiwanis Club dinner at 6:30 p.m. today for Negro teachers of the Blytheville School District. The dinner will be held at Harrison High School with Max B. Rci president of the Blytheville school board, as the principal speaker. The week-long observance will be climaxed May 28 with a noon luncheon for white teachers of the district at Hotel Noble. At this luncheon, all white teachers of schools in the Blythevi system will be guests at the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club which has changed from Wednesday to Friday. Arch W. Ford, state commissioner of education, will be principal speaker at this luncheon. This will be the first of two addresses to be made by Mr. Ford in Blytheville on that date. He will address graduating Blytheville High School seniors at commencement exercises that night. District Officials to Attend Fred Moore, of Pine Bluff, governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International, will also attend the white teacher luncheon along with James Hyatt of Osceola, lieutenant-governor of the Missouri-Arkansas District's 12th Division. George Clark, chairman of the Siwanis Club's Teacher Apprecia- :ion Week Committee, urged all res- dents of the Blytheville School District to take an active Interest in the observance of teacher week. This may be done, he said, by merely giving the teacher a little more attention, thought and kindness during the week "just to show L,hem how much we appreciate the vork they are doing with our children, the citizens of tomorrow." During Teacher Appreciation Week the .management ,of the RiU, Roxy and Mox Theatres have In- ited all teachers of the district to be their guests at one movie, it was nnounced. Two Leading Jet'''Aces-- '•• POPPY BAY TOMORROW — Poppy Day, sponsored annually throughout the country by the American Legion to raise funds to help disabled veterans, will be held here tomorrow. Above, Mrs. Speck McGregor, president of the Legion Auxiliary here, pins one of the poppies on H. G. Partlow, past commander of Dud Cason Post 24. The veteran-made poppies will be sold in downtown Blytheville tomorrow by Auxiliary members and high school girls. (Courier News Photo) Living Costs Near 52 Record High WASHINGTON (AP) — Living costs, as measured by the government, edged up slightly between mid-March and mid-April. TOKYO Wi-The world's top jet aces left for the United States and home tonight wearing new medals i nt ™| are seven-tenths but still grumpy at the Air Force ' for stopping their MIG-hunting. Captains Joseph MeConneJJ Jr., of Apple Valley, Calif., and Manuel J. Fernandez Jr., 27, uf Miami, Fla., have orders to report directly to U. S. Air Force headquarters in Washington. Each was routed from bed at 7:30 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that its consumer's price, index advanced one-tenth of one per cent during the Retail foods costs decli but other consumer costs rose" slightly 1 . The index fit mid-April was 113.7 per cent of the 19.47-49 average. This means, roughly, that purchases costing about a dollar five years ago cost nearly $1.14. -. v ;Liitir-' f -..L..-itP no':;, arc p.c"r- n -~, peak set last November when the index was 114.3. The mid-April figure wns about one-half of one per cent under the November record. Higher Than In 1952 The bureau said that living costs of one per cent above a year ago and 11.7 per cent more than when the Korean War began. Food costs, which reached a evision repair. Some of these increases were only local among cities in which the bureau collects •ice information. Itfi Insurance peak last, August, now are 2.1 per cent below a year but 10.9 per cent above the level when the Korean War began. Food costs declined two-tenths . j of one per cent from mid-March n LST F - - A i P — nt-sr two4enths of one They do not know what their new j Apparcl costs were down a bit jobs will be but both 5a jd they will L lth ' clolning p f lces lower but apply energetically for second tours foo(W ear prices higher. „ mlss '°ns in Korea | The bureau reported Increases mell, top ace, shot down 16 in costs of me dical care, cigarettes, transportation, gasoline, auto Wider Hospitalization Coverage Is Sought In Mississippi County 75 and 100 Mississippi are expected to be MIGs in 106 missions and Fernan- repairs, move admissions and tel- dez destroyed 14 in 125. Both were grounded abruptly by Lt. Gen. Glenn Barcus, Fifth Air Force com- 4 mander. He turned a deaf ear when they pleaded to continue fighting MIGS. , It's no secret that the Air Force didn't want its. two top MIG killers to push their luck too far. Last year, Maj. George Davis of Lubbock, Tex., went down in North Korea after shooting down n MIGs and three prop-driven Communist planes. Davis was the first Sabre pilot to continue MIG shooting after reaching ace stains (five MIGs downed) and there was some unpleasant reaction from the United States when his plane crashed. He [ ing. His" term is to expire March is listed as missing. 31, 1055. Mr. Henderson was appointed to represent fertilizer companies and oil mills on the board. He is connected with the de- Henderson Named to State Plant Board Doyle Henderson, Blytheville seed dealer and treater, today was appointed to a two-year term on the State Plant Board by Governor Francis Cherry. Mr. Henderson, a former Blytheville mayor, received notifica- ti on of his appointment this morn- 1 Between Coimtians hand in Osceola's Court House at 7:30 tonight for a Farm Bureau- spoilsored meeting on health and hospitalization insurance. On the program will IK hospitalization insurance representatives and Thad Connnlly, administrator of the county's two hospitals. Tonight's meeting will kick off two-week drive to increase the number of persons covered by health and hospitalization Insurance. Beginning June 1, community leaders. Farm Bureau officials and insurance company representatives are to put on a series of educational programs before civic groups and Home Demonstration Clubs. Purpose . of these programs will be to Inform people of the cost and benefits of a hospitalization insurance program. Tonight's meeting, to which representatives of all towns and communities have been invited, Is to get under''way at 7:30. Dulles Calls on Reds to Show Sincerity of Peace Overtures In Korea, Indochina, Austria NEW DELHI, India (AP) — U, S. Secretary of State Dulles called on the Russians today to show the sincerity of their peace overtures on three fronts—Korea, Laos and Austria. As Dulles' boss, President Eisen- * lower, British Prime Ministei ihurchill and the French govern ment prepared for a Big Three meeting on East-West questions next month in Bermuda, Dulles .old the first press conference 01 lis Middle East tour: "I doubt very important results could come out of any high level conference including the leaders ol Soviet Russia so long as the Soviet bloc countries are promoting a war of aggression in Indochina—against Laos, so long as in Europe they re- 'use to restore the independence of Austria and withdraw their occupation troops from that small and •noffensive country. Dulles met with some 100 Indian md foreign newsmen as he wouni ip a three-day visit here prior to lis departure for Karachi, capita] if neighboring Pakistan. To a left-wing journalist who ilied that the'U. S. feared the Sovet Union, Dulles retorted, "The , Jnited States is not afraid of th Communist bloc. We are entirely onfident of our strength and lower." Dulles told another newsman lat the U. S. "of course" is not satisfied with the present stale- late of distrust. "As long as the Korean war goes n," he declared, "It is difficult ot to have distrust. The Soviet 'ommunists could bring about a ioppage of aggression in Laos, hey could sign an Austrian treaty, he United States has made con- ession after concession on the Aus- 'ain question." Endorsed Suggestion The D. S. secretary also endorsed suggestion by Indian Vice Presle n t Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan mt Moscow should dissolve the ominform "as an Indication that icy will cease endlessly consplr- g against the freedom of inde- endent nations." All Dulles' answers were pre- ared in advance on the basis of uestions submitted to him and he "•fused to answer on-the-spot quer- s, a procedure which aroused jnsldcrable resentment among !C Indian newsmen. Although India attempts to be eulral in the East-West cold war, ulles said he did not find the lion neutral "on the question of :mocracy vs totalitarianism in world." "I am thoroughly convinced," he 'dared, "that India is acting ac- rdlng to its best judgment to omote democracy in the world id prevent the . spread of totali- rianism. Sen. Wiley Proposes— So/ons Should Attend Big Three Conference By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Wiley (R-WIs.) p-oposed today that President Elsenhower temper possible congressional criticism of Big Three conference decisions by taking along representatives of both parties. Eisenhower will be under pressure from lawmakers on several vital issues to be discussed with Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain and whoever is French Premier at the time of the mid- June meeting, probably to be held in Bermuda. Wiley, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an Interview he believes the presence of a Republican and a Democratic congressional leader conference observers "might help jive Congress a better understanding of the problems faced by our Allies." One of these problems Is an apparent determination, by Great Britain to back Communist China's 5id for a seat in the Pnited Na- ;lons as part of the price for a settlement in Korea. Wiley has joined a group'of Re- nibllcan senators publicly committed to opposing Bed China's U.N. entry under any circumstances. In speech here yesterday he said there must be no "appeasement" of Communist aggressors. "We cannot reward Communist gangsterism by admitting the Chinese Communist regime to the TJni- ed Nations," he declared. "Nor ihould we yield in the slightest in )ur strong opposition to the force- ul repatriation of prisoners of war n Korea." Sen. II. Alexander Smith (R-NJ), foreign relations committee ncmber, said those two issues are ikely to assume paramount 1m- iortance In the Big Three conference. "The British seem to believe that dmlssion of the Reds to the U.N. vould pull them away from Rus- la," he said. "Many 05 uf think hat our recognition of Peiplng would cause Asian countries to ump on the bandwagon and. would indo all we have tried to accom- Sce BIG THREE on I'afe 5 At a news conference today. McConnell and Fernandez said they State Highway 150 Contract Is Let Mississippi Valley Contracting Co, if Pi>r.ngould yesterday was award- d a contract for 5.30 miles of lacktopplng on State Highway 150 ast of Highway 61 at Yarbro. The contract was awarded after 34 cents for student*. I ercd, reducing the bid to $83,104. didn't know why they had been ;rounded. "We don't know what's behind it," Fernandez said, and chuckled: "I guess they wanted to get some of us back alive." linting firm of Henderson-Hoover and is secretary nf the board of directors of the Blytheville Fertilizer Corporation. Two Drivers Fined In Traffic Cases Two traffic charges in Municipal Court today brought'guilty pleas in j ^ Hearing Is Tentatively Set In Death of Man Hit by Plane Preliminary hearing for Alfred posed to do. both cases. James Threlkeld pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle without 1953 automobile license and was fined $25 and cosU with S15 suspended during good behavior. W. D. Harper, charged with reckless driving, was fined S50 and cost: on a plea of guilty. P. Wiczalis. pilot of the Planter Flying Service airplane whic struck and killed a Victoria fan worker yesterday while sprayin a wheat field, has been tentative ly set for Thursday In Osceola Mu nlcipal Court, the sheriff's offlc announced today. Mr. Wiezalis, who faces a tech nical charge of involuntary man slaughter, is free on $500 bond. Funeral services for Clarenc Haley, 27, who with his brother J. W. Haley, was guiding th spraying operation on the hall mile long field as a flagman wher struck by the plane, were to bi conducted at 2:30 p.m. today a the family residence in Victoria to be in Citizen: Michigan Torando Fatal to Four By A. F. MAHAN JR. PORT HURON, Mich., May 22 (fft —A tornado that ran wild over the Canadian border north of accustomed far to haunts in its hopscotch path today at least four dead, scores injured and damage in the millions. The storm struck late yesterday with a force that lifted part.of a freight train from its tracks. Damage in Port Huron alone was estimated at one million dollars by City Manager J. B. Glbbs. It was reported heavier across the St. Clalr River In the Canadian city of Sarnla. The twin cities have a population of about 35,000 each. "ftie known dead are: Port Huron—Charles La Forest, 83, whoso home four miles southwest of here was blown away. He lived alone. Springbank, Ont., a crossroads 40 miles east of Sarnla—Simon Thompson, 50; his 6 - year - old daughter Dorothy, and Miss Sarah Macintosh, about 80. The storm shattered their homes. 5 Seriously Hurt Rescue workers dug into the debris on both sides of the border in a search for additional victims. Thirty-six persons were treated for injuries in Port Huron. Of the 12 hospitalized, five were listed In a critical condition. In Sarnla, more than 50 persons were treated for wounds and 15 of them were hospitalized. The storm spent its fury over Lake Ontario after hedgehopplng from Southeastern Michigan across Southwest Ontario Province. It left destruction along a 40 mile path. The business district of the oil refining center of Sarnla bore the full brunt of the storm. Bulldozers had to. clear away the rubble. In the Port Huron area, damage was mostly to residential property. Many persons reported lucky escapes as their homes vanished into the howling wind. nipped Freakishly The twister dipped and rose freakishly from St. Clalr County, Mich., through Memphis, Columbus, and Smiths Creek before hitting . Southern Port Huron at 4:40 P, m. (EST). Roaring across the St. Clalr River, the storm hit the Sarnla business district. The Imperial Bank building and the Vendome Hotel lost their top floors. Acting Mayor Clayton Saylor of Sarnia called It "one of the worst disasters that ever hit this part of the country. Near Smiths Creek, the storm hurled 15 cars of a Grand Trunk Line freight train off the tracks. William K. Gibbs, 52, of Detroit, the conductor, and Robert Grant of Ferndale, Mich., brakeman, were injured. Leaving Sarnla, the tornado hit Aisla Craig, Exeter and Elglnfleld, Out., and then raced northeastward toward Stratford, Kitchener, Gurlph and Toronto where a violent thunderstorm broke. of .West Memphis in charge. Mr. Haley, who was born In De Soto county. Miss., and came tc Victoria about tour years ago, was facing the oncoming plane when struck, according to County Coro ner E. M. Holt. The craft's whee apparently was what struck him the coroner said. The pilot and other officials of the flying service were at a loss to explain the incident. Owner Paul Lloyd said , Mr. Haley, who had two or three years experience In directing crop-dusting flights apparently just failed to move out of the way as the flagman Is Bup- Use of Fertilizer With Late Cotton Is Recommended LITTLE ROCK '/Pi—The Agricultural Extension Service recommend- ed'today that farmers planting late cotton apply fertilizer at the time Qf planting to reduce the hazards of late maturity. The Service said that later application of nltrogr-n as a side dressing could result in frost damage to a large percentage ol immature bolis In the fall as a result of late planting. County agents report that only 25 to 50 per cent of Arkansas' cotton crop has been pl.-mled because, of cold and wet weather the past month. Mr. Wlezalis, who came here from Clarksdale, Miss., Wednesday, said he couldn't understand See HEARING on Page 5 Jaycees Plan Driving Contest Second 'Road-E-O' Slated for June 2 Blythevllle's second Road-E-O, sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce to choose the city's best teen-age driver, will be held June 2 at the air base, Project Chairman T. H. Caraway announced today. The contest, which includes written examination and a test of driving skills, Is being held in con- Junction with Jaycee-sponsored state and national contests. Winner of the local Road-E-O will receive an all expense-paid trip to the state event In Pine Bluff later In June. Winner of the state contest will receive a trip to the national competition In Washington, D. c., August 11-16. Albert Falrleld of Blytheville, now a student at S. M. U., wdn the state contest last year and represented Arkansas In the national event. In :he Blytheville contest, Fail-field ;ook third place behind the winner Charles Ray Hall and second place winner George Ropp. The written tests will be held at ;he Jaycee clubroom and will be •ollowed by demonstration of drlv- ng skills over a planned course at ,hc Air Base, Mr.. Caraway said. Purpose of the nation-wide pro- rain, which Is expected to attract 0,000 contestants this year. Is to iromote safe driving habits and echnlques among teen-age drivers. All teen-agers who have driver's cense are eligible, Mr. Caraway aid.. Leachville Gym Is Destroyed in $30,000 Blaze Officials See Little Or No Chance of Replacing Structure LEACHVILLE — An early-morning blaze of undetermined origin that razed Leachville High Scnool's gymnasium today left this city with virtually no prospects of rebuilding or replacing the structure. The loss was estimated by School Superintendent Roy E. Dawson at $30,000. He said the building was insured for $16,000. School Board President R. P. Shipley said this morning that he "sees no chance of rebuilding" the gymnasium. The school system does not have the money and Is in debt because of some earlier fires, he said.. Superintendent Dawson said something might "work itself out, but right now we don't know what 't would be." The school's home economics milding, which Is located nearby the gym, also received an estimated $1,500 damage. Windows and roof on one side were damaged, but the building was left usable. A $33,000 bond issue authorized in the last school election can't be used for a, new gym, Mr. Shipley said. This bond issue was floated to pay off previous indebtedness and repair and equip other school facilities. 'The lire broke out about 3 a.m. Superintendent Dawson said Mrs. Ethel Harper, who lives nearby, reported the blaze. However, the building was destroyed before volunteer firemen could arrive. Mr. Shipley said firemen were delayed because the city's $8,000 flre truck purchased last year developed motor trouble and would not start immediately. The blaze damaged about $500 worth of athletic equipment in the building, Mr. Shipley said, and nbout $725 worth of band equipment. Of brick construction, the gym was built about 16 years ago. Mundt Says Apology From Britain Is Due WASHINGTON (ifl — Sen. Mundt (R-SD) said tdoay "Britain owes the free world a reply" to testimony that British-owned ships have transported Chinese Communist troops during the Korean War. "I am not inclined to wait too long for them to volunteer it." Mundt added in an interview, "and the answer had better not be 'Yes so what?' " , Weather 'xtension Okayed WASHINGTON (fl _ A two-year xtension of the Hill-Burton Act uthorlzlng: federal contributions to e states for hospital construction us approved today by a Senate ibor and Public Welfare subcom- Utee. ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy, widely scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight and Saturday and in west and north portion this afternoon; cooler north and central portion tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI - Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight with thundershowers southeast and extreme east central this afternoon and extreme southeast this evening; thunderstorms locally severe with strong :usty winds and possibly hall; Saturday generally fair; cooler tonight, cooler Saturday except extreme northwest; low tonight 50 northwest to 60 southeast; high Saturday 65-70 north to 70 south/ Minimum this mornlnfi—75. Maximum yesterday—83. Sunrise tomorrow—4 - .52. Sunset today—7:01. Preclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—none. Mean temperature (midway bolwren high nncl low)—78. " Normal uml mci\n tor May—70.J. Preclp. .Inn. 1 dnte— 29.04. This Dale I.asl Year Minimum this rr.ornlnK—S3. Mnxlmum ymterttny—SO. Preclp, Jan, L <tato—22.24,

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