The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1955 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TWI DOMINANT MIWWAFBR OT HOMOHK ARKANSAS AMD SOUTHEAST M1MODM YOL. LI—NO. 220 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily News Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1955 EIGHTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPT FIVE CENTS Dixon-Yates Sues US for $3.5 Million Controversial Power Pact Heads into Federal Court WASHINGTON (AP) — The Dixon-Yates power group today sued the government for $3,534,778 for expenses in connection with the now-cancelled contract for a private power plant in the Tennessee Valley Authority area. The suit was filed by the Mis- a conflicting private interest, acted slssippt Valley Generating Co. in the U. S. Court of Claims. E. H. Dixon, president of Mississippi Va"lley Generating, said in a statement: .•"We commenced this litigation with every confidence in its result." Dixon also is President of Middle South Utilities Inc. which together with the .Southern Co. set up Mississippi Valley Generating to build a 107 million dollar generating plant at West Memphis, Art. Cancelled Last Summer The purpose was to supply power to the TVA system to replace power used elsewhere by the Atomic Energy Commission. The controversial contract was cancelled last summer and on Nov. 23 the Atomic Energy Commission announced it would not pay Mississippi Valley Generating for money already expended. AEC, in taking this stand, said Adolph H. Wenzell "while having as one of the principal advisers to the government in the negotiation of the contract." Played Dual Role Wenzell, New York investment biinker, acted as a Budget Bureau consultant nnd the Democratic critics of the Dixon-Yates contract he contended play a dual role. His firm, the First Boston Corp., latei served Dixon-Yates as ainancia! agent. In his statement today, Dixon said the contract with the government was in full force for more than six months <nd during that time his company proceeded with the performance "of all our obligations under it." Dixon added: "The decision of the government to repudiate its contract presumably was based upon legal opinion which rests upon important mis- tabes of tacts and we disagree with its conclusions. We will prosecute our rightful claims with the same vigor which characterized our efforts to fulfill our part ol the contract." Congress Leaders Get Ike's Defense, Foreign Views WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower met congressional leaders of both parties for a review of foreign and defense affairs today, with advance indications of Democratic Gun Play / Results In Sentence v cooperation. Tiie meeting, like a session with Republican leaders yesterday which Eisenhower gave a preview of his State of the Union message, got under way promptly at 8:30 a.m. There were three added starters today besides the senators nnd representatives named in the original White House announcement of the meeting. They were. Sen, A former Missouri law officer who had served time on a manslaughter conviction admitted today he fired two high-powered rifle shots through the Twin Gables' walls early Sunday, endangering the lives of some 20 customers, Edgar L. Simmons, a resident of West Memphis, was fined a total of $300 and given 40 days in jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicating. His companion was Harry H. Williams, also of West Memphis, fined a total of $75 on the two counts. Deputy Prosecutor A. S. (Todd) Harrison told Municipal Judge J. G. Sudbury the following: Simmons and' Williams drove to Blytheville Saturday to hire a woman as a waitress to work in a plans restaurant where they were employed. Drinking heavily, they ivent to Twin Gables. There, according to Harrison, Simmons got in a light outside the bulding. Gets Rifle Simmons returned to his car and brought a high-powered rifle to the tavern entrance. An airman approaching the door was warned: "You'd better get out of here, I'm Byrd (D-Va) and Reps. Cooper (D-Tenn) and Reed (R-NY). Missing at the start of business were Sens. Clements (D-Ky), Hen- nlngs (D-Mo) and Millikin (R- Colo). Dulles to Paris Secretary of State Dulles gave the conferees a foreign affairs briefing before leaving for a NATO meeting in Paris. Then Secretary of Defense Wilson took over, followed by Harold E. Stassen. the President's special assistant for disarmament affairs, and foreign aid chief John B. Hoi- lister. White House press secretary James C. Hagerty said the President took an active part in the discussions but left the presentation of departmental matters to Dulles and the others. After the briefing, Eisenhower planned tc le?ive for Gettysburg for a take-it-easy period in the next few days. This will be in line with his doctors' orders *,o slow down on work. Today's bipartisan conference followed up 8\2 hours of meetings yesterday on domestic programs with Republican leaders only participating. The President himself attended for more than f ; ve hours, Reds Free Turncoat Tenneson By DAVID J. ROADS HONG KONG (AP) — Rich ard Roger Tenneson, 22, turn coat GI former was prisoner arrived here today from Ret 'China. He said he was neither -for nor against communist! but that he believed the Rec charges that the United States used germ warfare in Korea. Tenneson, who comes from Al den, Minn., was among 21 Ameri cans who refused repatriation aft er the Korean War. In Septem ber he said he wanted to go home and the Communists gave him per mission to leave. American consular officials who met him at the border drove him to Kowloon. this British crown col ony's mainland city opposite Hong Kong Island. He held a news con ference in a hotel room .providec by the Red Cross, the same room occupied by three other turncoats who came horn last summer. Conditions- "Favorable" Tenneson was quite nervous as he spoke, talking rapidly in a high- pitched voice and gesturing constantly. He said he had been permitted to read both American and Chinese newspapers and concluded conditions in the United States were "favorable" for his return. "I know definitely about communism today, more than in 1951, he said. "I am not fighting for communism, nor am I against it." He said he believed the. Chinese charges that the Americans hac waged germ warfare in Korea because of the "evidence" the Communists had assembled. Had there been no germ warfare, he de clnred, then "things that have been collected could not have been col lected. There are all kinds of evi dence apart from statements—dif ferent kinds of bombs and forth." He added that he expected "some hostility when I arrive home because of my views on American germ warfare." The United States has repeatedly denied the germ warfare accusations and in turn has charged that the Chinese made fake photographs. Tenneson termed his stay in China—he worked in a paper facto / —"something like attending school and now my decision to return the United States is something like a post-graduate course. He said that he originally had planned not to stay in China "for long," and now was going home for "personal reasons and not because of possible repercussions.' See IKE on Page 7 Teen-Age Duo going to shoot the place up." Harrison said owners heard the threat and warned customers inside to get away from the door. Suddenly, Simmons pumped two bullets through the walls. Harrison i LJpI J f nr said the slugs passed through four • '*•'« •«• double walls, going over a booth which had been occupied before the An 18-year-old East St. Loui.i owners warned the occupants toj.voulh, his 14-year-old bride nivi a m ove. i third youth were arrested by Sta'j The two men fled, but were arrest- i Tro.oper Thomas Crye near Joiner ed by sheriff's deputies in Osceola \ Saturday and are being held fir on drunk driving charges. Simmons and Williams. Harrison said, "have excellent records in West Memphis." Simmons, however, served a jail sentence in Missouri when he killed a man while serving as a law enforcement officer, Harrison said. Gets Appeal Sudbury asked if the men should not be charged under a felony tute instead of the misdemeanor. Harrison told him that the case was close—whether to charge with assault with intent to kill, the felony, or assault with a deadly weapon, the misdemeanor count. After sentencing the men, Simmons asked for an appeal and bond was set at $750. "There's things I don't understand about this case," Simmons said In asking for permission to appeal. New Y Directors Are Elected Mrs. -Hugh Whltsitt, Bob Lee Smith, Jimmie Edwards, 'H. A. Halnes and C. W. Kapp have been e'.scted to serve three-year terms »s members of the Blytheville Y board of directors. Announcement of thek election was m«de at yesterday's board of director'! moling. • Illinois authorities. They are being held on suspicion of car theft, Crye said. According to their story, Jackie Lee Pry, 18, and a friend. 16, drove to Tupelo, Miss., so Fry could marry a 14-year-old girl. They were arrested on suspicion as they returned north through Joiner. Pry said East St. Louis authorities reported the car stolen and will come to Osceola to return the youths to face charges. Supreme Court Gets Zoning Case Chancellor Rules Council Action Is Within Law An appeal to the State Supreme Court will be made to force the city of Blytheville to issue a permit for a filling station at Chickasawba and Division, it was learned today. Atty. Gene Bradley said that action would be taken in behalf ot his clients following a Chancery Court ruling against them here yesterday. Opposed by Citizens The clients, Ray Gammill and Calvin Carter, of Texarkana, a year ago applied to the city for the permit. At a special' Council hearing, the permit was denied on grounds that the area had been zoned for and was a residential area. On the appeal to Chancery Court to enjoin the Council from enforcing its decision on the grounds it was "unreasonable," Judge Lee Ward ruled against the two Texarkana men. They were opposed by a citizens group, most of whom are residents of that area. Appearing for the citizens were Attys. Jesse Taylor and Max Reid .who said they will continue their protest in the high court Reds Rush Canal- Russia is speeding resumption of work on the Black Sea canal In Romania — a 40-mile, 240-foot deep waterway of vital importance in tile event of war. At present huge shipments of oil to Russia from the Ploesti oil fields are piped to the Danube River port of Giurgiu and then floated 320 miles by barge to the Danube delta port of Sulina. From there they go in tankers to Russia. In winter the delta is closed to shipping. The new canal, from the river port of Cernavoda to Constanta on the Black Sea, will cut the journey in half and use a port open all year. The canal was started in 1949 and worked on by hordes of slave laborers until May, 1953, when it was abandoned. Otto John Gives Up To West Officials Former Chief of Bonn FBI Fled to Reds 16 MonthsAgo BONN, Germany (AP) — Otto John, former chief of West Germany's FBI who fled to Communist East Germany 16 months ago, has returned to West Germany and given himself up, the government announced today. John has given himself up to West Germany's security police the announcement said, adding that he is now being interrogated by the prosecutor of the German Supreme Court. No further' details were announced. Reports from Berlin on Dec. 1 said John was under almost constant surveillance by Communist police who suspected he might be planning to return to the West. How John managed to elude this Industry, Traffic, River Terminal Top C. of C. Poll New industry, more housing, improved traffic conditions and a river-rail terminal led a list of suggestions made by Chamber of Commerce members for a 1956 program. Some 300 cards were sent to > — members by Jada McGuire, Chamber, secretary - manager, asking help in formulating next year's program of work. Sixty-eight replies were received. McGuire said the suggestions will be studied by a committee this week. The Group will decide which recommendations will be included in the 1956 program. 'The industrial problem is a continuing one," McGuire said, and work certainly will be done on that in 1956." Housing- He said the Chamber is somewhat limited in its effort: vide more housing. "We have operated a rental service and will continue to operate it," he said. 'Our efforts to interest investors n rental housing projects have not been successful." As far as traffic is concerned — serious problem to downtown nerchants — McGuire said any step taken to solve it and the accompanying parking problem must await a City Council-sponsored raffic survey. The report is exacted in the near future. A committee will be appointed Yield To West Plan In UN Member Vote By MAX HARRELSON • UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — The Security Council .s to pro- resolved ils procedural snarl over the admission of new U. N. *""'° """ members today when Russia agreed to accept a Western-supported plan of voting. Man, 60, Held In Rape Case Statutory Charge Filed in Kennett A 60-year-old Etowah man is being o study the establishment of a j held In a Kennett jail this week in -iver-raiL facility, McGuire said.! n eu O f posting a $10,000 ' bond set Establishing dock facilities on the i statutory rape charges. STIM^S Sd'heip; ^^Sa^fSr^ i Park Wells, who operates a pool room in Etowah, with spending three days with a 12 year old girl in a one n attracting new industries. Clean-Up Other suggestions included m city beautification. McGuire; Kerniett^rooming" house". ;aid that a clean-up, paint-up pro-; • , .. .. ... „ ,, , .. gran, for Blytheville "is definitely i „ ^e^wer^rie^ Several Chamber members sug- he '° ld oftere hc had Wed to = ct gested that the sewer project be the girl to marry him, saying they ushed. TccordW to co^rTct. the h» d >*en going together for about ob will be completed within 250 . S "LJ" . ?' . .. lays of its starting day last week. Other Suggestions Other projects, which will be :onsidered, were: Extension of Ash Street from •Yanklin to Lilly; widening of Highway 18 west; collecting industrial pledges; courtesy cam- inigns for newcomers; and coop- ration between the city and Blytheville Air Force Base. Several projects would come un- ;r (he jurisdiction of the City Council, McGuire said. in- The girl, when questioned, gave her age as 22, but later admitted she was only 12. She looked much oldpr, officers said. Both told officers the girl's pur- pnts had given her permission to so to Kennett with Wells. 150 Attend USO Dance for BAFB Some 150 persons were on hand li.dc a city zoning law: civil serv- ~ „ ^f^uve ce for city employes:, placing , « at th( f Woman , s U« cK™^ ^airmen of'Blytnevill, police, fire partments u many suggestions on parking different sections of the city. Visits Quemoy TJSO dance given Exhibit Building le Air Force. Base. | Approximately 100 airmen and 50 girls attended the affair, Mrs. C. G. Redman, local USO chairman. reported. I A Naval band from Millington TAIPEI, Formosa WV-U. S. Ar- Naval Air Station played for the my Secretary Wllber M. Brurkn' today visited Quemoy, Nationalist- held island in Formosa Strait with- affair. today visited Quemoy, Nationalist- ri ° lrl , s f™n Steele Cnruthersville, held island in Formosa Strait with- : Osceola Dell, Manila and Blylhe- in artillery ran 8 e of the Chinese, ;' lle ™de up the list of Junior hos- "•r\rv\rt\»>wtef «\«i^.l«.vif» IcSSCS, Communist mainland. Flupridation Safe, NY Board Says NEW YORK 1*1—A New York health official says a 10-year com- Newburgh-Kingston study Th« town of Newburgh, N.Y., 10 years parison lest in two New York com- ago began adding soldium fluoride munities showed that fluoridationl to its public water while nearby of drinking water helps reduce! Kingston did not. The towas have tooth decay and loss in children! a population of some 30,000 each. without causing any physical harm. Results of the test were made public last night by Dr. Herman E. Hllleboe, New York state health commissioner, who described fluoridation as "safe and effective." Such flouridaUon means adding one part of sodium fluoride to drinking water for every million parts of water. It has been a controversial subject In health >nd scientific circles. on Study OB U»| A similar test conducted in the town of Brantford in Canada also showed that fluoridation of water appears harmless and beneficial. At a conference of the New York Institute of Clinical Oral Pathology here last night, Hllleboe and other health experts gave the following highlights of the New York test: Children In Newburgh aged ,6 to 9 have 58 per cent less tooth decay and missing teeth than youngsters In the same age group In Kingston Tin 10 to 12 age group IB New- Miss Vera Goodrich was chairman of the hostess committee and the Jaycettes, Temple Israel Sisterhood, American Legion Auxiliary, Women ! of the Presbyterian Church and the WSCS of First Methodist Church burgh has 52 to 53 per cent less; providcd refreshments decay while children aged 13 to H |Jroviaea «"esnmenw. show 48 per cent. Sixteen-year-olds in Newburgh, whose first permanent molars were erupting when fluoridation began, have 41 per cent less tooth decay than their Kingston counterparts. There was no evidence that fluoridated water contributed «s gum Inflammation or gingivitis; there was no effect on children's growth, weight nnd height; no changes in their bones, in blood composition, urinolysis, vision or hearing. Hilleboe flftid 1,115 communities In the United States are now fltior- IdntlnR wntcr for more than 22 million ptrMOft. Man Caught- Here For Car Theft FBI officials today transported a Tupelo, Miss., man from Blytheville to Little Rock to face federal charges of car theft. The man, Earlis Alexander, was arrested Friday night'by Sherirr William Berrymfth's deputies after a highway chase that began here and ended near Osceola. Alexander Is accused of stealing Uw oar i* J*okton, Ttnn. , 1 The surprise Soviet move came quickly after the 11-nation council met to consirler applications of 18 countries wtiic'i a majority of U.N. members want to admit in a package deal. Despite the Soviet concession, there seemed little hope that the package plan could go through because of threatened big power vetoes. The Western voting plan called for separate Security Council votes on each of the 18 applicants and then a fin»i vote on all of them as a group. This would make it possible to block the admission of all applicants if the preliminary voting did not satisfy all the five permanent powers who have the veto power. "18 or Nothing" As me council met Russia stood firm on her policy of "18 or nothing" and Nationalist China still maintained her threat to veto! Soviet-supported Outer Mongolia, j The U. N. Political Committee, meanwhile, brought the Assembly closer to its adjournmen tgoal. It gave a thumping 53-5 endorsemen last night to a proposal to give President Eisenhower's "op e r sky" inspection plan priority , in new" disarmament negotiations. Only the Soviet bloc opposed the resolution sponsored by the United States, Britain, France and Canada. But the continuing Soviet opposition emphasized that the long East-West deadlock on disarmament apparently is no nearer a cordon was not known. Played Prominent Part He bolted to the Communists on July 20, 1954, the 10th anniversary of the bomb plot putsch against Hitler in which he and his brother played prominent parts. John's flight was postwar Germany's greatest security scandal, Rueful allied officials admitted that he had turned out to be Russia's master German spy . Two montlis before he crossed by night into East Berlin he had dined in Washington with Allen Dulles, director of the United States' top-secret Central Intelligence Agency. For 10 years he had curried favor with the British secret service. Germany's Office for Protection of John had been director of West Constitution. Its mission was to ferret out and expose Communist' and Nazi plotters inside the Bonn republic;, work directly connected not only with the security of the West German republic but also of the 400,000 Allied troops in the country. Writing memoirs Alter he joined the Communists publicly. John charged that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer'^ government wa s reviving Nazism and militarism. He said the "only forum" he could, find to combat this trend was in the Communist East. Before today's sensational announcement, he had been reported living in Potsdam, writing his memoirs and editorials for Communist publications. It was believed that John had crossed over the zonal border into either Hesse or Bavaria. Alliec and German sources said they were certain he did not return via West Berlin. Eyewitnesses said John was last seen Friday in Leipzig when he was among 1 the audience at a speech by. East German Communist boss Walter Ulbricht. Last April, John cnlted for German unification along the lines of the Russian pattern for Austrian independence. He echoed East erman Premier Otto Grotewohl's demand for a neutralized unifieu German'state, a proposal that the West German government had nl- ready rejected. Suspected By Reds Two months Inter a West Berlin newspaper claimed that John was suspected by the Reds of planning! a westward flight. The paper, the! Potsdamer Tageszeitung, said John lad been moved from his Potsdam apartment into a suburban East Berlin villa where he was under See JOHN on Page 7 Otto John Blytheville Man Held In $1000 Theft MARIANNA—A 36-year-old Blytheville niEin is being hnlcl here in connection with a si.000 theft at the Brickeys, Ark., post Office. j Edward Romas WiLlford is listed I as one of five men who pleaded guilty in Municipal Court here yesterday to charges of burglary in the theft of a post office safe containing SI.000 in cash and negotiable break. Russians Opposed H The resolution was expected to get similar endorsement in the Assembly. The Russians opposed i t ;ounds it failed to emphasize arms reduction and prohibition of S«e RUSSIANS on Pafre 7 Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair and warmer this afternoon, increas- ng cloudiness tonight and Wednesday colder Wednesday afternoon. High this afternoon, low 40s; low tonight upper 20s. MISSOURI: Increasing cloudiness and warmer over most of state this n fternoon; considerable cloudiness oniglH (Aiming much colder northwest and warmer southeast; Wednesday cloudy with occasional snow and decidedly colder west and north spreading over state by evening; low tonight 15-20 northwest to 30s south- cast; high Wednesday 20s northwest to 30s, southeast. Maximum yesterday—40. Minimum tills morning—20. Sunrise tomorrow—6:59. Sunset today—1:50. Moan temperature— :JO. Precipitation 24 hours (7 a.m. to 7 i.m,)—none. Preclplt/itlon Jan. 1 to dute—49:00. This Dat* I.xsL Yf*r Maximum yesterday—45 Minimum this morning-3.1 Precipitation Jau. 1 to cUM—tt.M. Cotton Growers Voting Today Must Ballot On Marketing Quotas for '56 Mississippi County cotton growers were voting today, along with their colleagues from over the rest of the nation, on new cotton acreage restrictions for 1956.. If all goes as expected, cotton acreage In the nation will be reduced by about four per cent next year —a cut of 6,811 acres from Mississippi County's 1955 total has been announced. That will leave the county an allotment of 183,322 acres. In today's national referendum, two-thirds of the farmers voting must approve planting controls or "ace loss of government price supports on cotton at between 75 and X) per cent of parity. Virtually Assured Approval is virtually assured. In nine previous elections acreage controls have been approved. Voting was light in Blytheville, as it was expected to be throughout the nation. With 337 eligible voters in the Blytheville district, only 10 had cast br.Uots shortly before noon. Less than one-third of eligible voters voted in the nation last year, and the vote was expected to be about the same this year. If the controls are rejected, the support price on cotton would fall to 50 per cent of parity, and this aid would be available only to those farmers who voluntarily accept controls. Mail Box Prank Violation of Law Destruction of rural mailboxes, while perhaps a juvenile prank, is neainst the federal !a\v, Postmaster State Police Sgt. Clarence Mont- Ross Stevens pointed out today, somery said the men admitted j Stevens said his office has received breaking; into the post office last [ reports that several boxes have been Thursday and away. carrying the safe j knocked over in the Huffman-Tyler area, northeast of Blytheville. He said the safe was opened with an axe and dumped into the St. Francis River after the contents were removed. All five were bound over to Grand Jury with bond set at $1,500. Governor Due Here Tomorrow Gov. Orval Faubus will arrive at 10:50 a.m. tomorrow, L. E. Isaacs, Kiwanis Club program chairman, said today. Paubus, who will be met by :i Kiwanis delegation, will speak at the noon meeting of the club. Other civfc club members are free to attend the dinner, Isaacs stated, Stevens stated the incidents are being investigated. C/fy's Merchants To Open ot Night Downtown merchants will remain open until 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday of next week, Jada McGuire, Chamber of Commerce secretary-manager, said today. Members of the Retail Trade Merchants Division of the Chamber voted on the late business hours nt a recent meeting as A service to Christmas shoppers. Certainly, Santa Will Come to Homes Santa Clans Is available for Just about any purpose, members of Alpha Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi pointed out today. They are operating a Santa service, whereby anyone can get the Jolly old gentleman to visit his home by picking up the telephone -and making an appointment. The cost is $1.80 per visit and the phone numbers are J-2619 and 3-8438. Beta Sigmas said some peoplo thought Santa would be available only for parlies. Not true, they said, as lie expects to do hit belt work In the homes. He's not available on wMkendi ot aft«r Dw. M,

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