The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 13, 1956 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 13, 1956
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 1956 BLTTHEVILLI (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE Ike's Magic Still Works in Michigan But 'Soapy Williams Casts Spell Too By BRUCE BI OSS AT NEA Staff Correspondent DETROIT — (NEA) — President Eisenhower's politics magic still seems to work wonders in populous Michigan, E busy crossroads of farm and factory. Early forecasts see him winning the state almost as handsomely as in 1952. But his isn't the only magic on display in Michigan. Another spell is cast by Democratic Gov. G. Mermen "Soapy" Williams, record four-time winner in "normal" Republican territory. With Michigan's fat 20 presidential electoral votes and the governor's chair the beckoning rewards, the political managers already are trying to concoct tactics to break up these two wand-waving acts. They develop their maneuvers against the vivid backdrop of political rivalry between the powerful CIO and the giant motor .companies. Nowhere else in America j have Big Labor and Big Business been locked so long in hand-to-hand combat. On the presidential level, the most optimistic Democrats think they see spell-breakers in possible popular doubts about the President's health, farm discontent, and a marked downturn in automobile output — crucial to Michigan. But seasoned observers find little sign among voters here that Mr. Eisenhower's fitness is questioned. Some Democrats are playing the "part-time presidency" theme, but most are stepping gingerly. They fear a -backfire. Many predict a sizable "sympathy vote" for "Ike" anyway. t Evidently even Michigan's restive, unhappy farmers like "Ike." Yet a fair share may still switch to , the Democratic column next fall. Their income is down, even though they're a far more diversified lot than their corn belt brethren. GOV. E. MENKEN WILLIAMS: A long way from liqueurs. at the Republican Party." Balancing prospective gains and defections, all the appraisers but the most cheerful Democrats believe the Eisenhower spell .will hold. People haven't forgotten the 321,000-vote edge he racked up on Adlai Stevenson. Step down to the state level and you can turn the story about. Here Williams produces the rabbits, and so far he's baffled the GOP. Listen Detroit abounds today with re-j to an impartial judge: pors of spring gains in the lagging j «. He - s a brilliant, tireless campaigner, an iron man, a marve: motor field. If they don't come, and instead the drop-off gets worse as 1956 moves on, the President could suffer sharply in industrial zones. But if the forecasts pan out, or the decline simply halts, some experts think he mi^ht draw more worker support than in 1952. As with the farmers, Mr. Eisenhower's link with peace has had potent effect on workingmen. In addition, GOP leaders are quietly hopeful of modest inroads into Detroit's 90 per cent Democratic vote among the Negroes — 500,000 strong in the area. Said one: "The segregation issue has made many at least willing to look He's come a long way from the fumbling guy who used to busy himself on the liquor commission trying to get the finer liqueurs Into the state liquor stores." Should "Soapy" go for a fifth term, the best guesses say he'd get Paint Closeout MJMJ Types And C«)*n i Price Hubbard Hardware FOR SALE ON LOCATION RESTAURANT FIXTURES 315 W. Main St. " Formerly Known as Green Beetle Cafe • Best Location in City • Ready to Operate • Newly Decorated PRICED RIGHT FOR QUICK SALE Phone 3-8468 or 3-8380 It. And the spring indications are they have is money. that he'll run. The Michigan Democratic organization is tightly intertwined with the state CIO from the precincts on up. This winter ttie labor group set up a new outfit wholly outside the party. • • * But Republicans transfixed by Williams' magic bow ties have other problems. They're poorly knit as a party, "and can't easily find a man to take on the governor. All Factional difficulties stem from a feud between State Chairman John Pcikcns, installed in 1952 by victorious Eisenhower forces, and Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield, former Michigan GOP national committeeman who still seeks absentee rule from Washington. These troubles magnify Williams' position. But they don't suggest he could haul Michigan into the Democratic presidential column. Argument with in-Laws Ends In Triple Murder, Suicide ANTLERS, Okla. if — Donald Sikes used a shotgun last night to end the fuss he had been having with his wife and her family. Sheriff Lawrence Wade said Sikes killed his wife, her mother and her brother with the shotgun, then took his own life with a pistol. The rtend: Sikes, 22: Mrs. Thelma Sikes. 20: Mrs. Ola Watts, 4S, and Willam Tom Watts, 17. Sheriff Wade snid Joe Watts, Sikes' father-in-luw, ran out a back door when the shooting started. Mrs. Sikes had been living with her folks and threatened to get R divorce. Several weeks ago Sikes went to the Watts' place and tried to talk his wife into coming back. 13-Year-Old Bantam Unusual in Death, Too LEXINGTON, Ky. (^ — Like her birth -and ilfe, Chippie was unusual even unto death. The 13-year-old Bantam lies buried today in a flower bed under the shade trees of her owner's home. Authorities agree Chippie was sort of a Methuselah, 13 being a "mighty old age for a chicken." In March, 1943, a grandson of Mrs. J. Raymond Parker, Chippie's owner, took an egg from the family refrigerator and placed it under a pet pigeon. The pigeon did its duty and baby Chippie arrived. Chippie was raised in a cage with canaries. She shared their bird food until her appetite became so great the canaries went hungry. Then the canaries were moved, and the cage became Chippie's very own. Mrs. Parker attributes Chippie's long life to the fact "she was never out in wintry weather. She enjoyed ihe warm kitchen in her cage by the sunny window." Chippie died Sunday night, the years just too much of a burden. Parents of 13-Year-Old Girl Gave Blessings to Her Marriage to Man 49 NASHVILLE, Tenn. tfl — A 40- year - old divorced construction worker who married the 13-year- old daughter of a neighbor April 1, has approval of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Legon said last night they accompanied their daughter Joyce Fnye to Corinth, Miss., for her wedding with George H. Cole to be sure the wedding plans brought no objections from officials. Cole is the father of four children by his first wife. "I feet a lot better about her being married to a man who can take care of her,and who will be good to her than I would about her marrying somebody who wouldn't treat her right," said Mrs. Legon. The father, who works with Cole, said, "We have known him for about two years and we know he is a good man. That's all that we expect." Cole said he looks on his new wife "as a child. I treat her as if she was one of my own — and of course she is my own." The bride said, "I got married because I wanted to. I'm real happy about it." Rebuffed, he,ran his cur Into tfce side of the house. Sikes was put under a court order to leave his wife alone. The Sikes' two daughters — one six months and the other two years old — apparently slept through the shooting. Read Courier Newi Classified Ads. Peephole Papers Bring Lawsuit LOS ANGELES fJP) — Harry MI cofsky asked $40,000 damages be en use. he said, a process server pok ed the papers through a peepholt In his door and popped aim righi hi the eye. 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