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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 16, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOTJTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. LH—NO. 22 Blythevllte Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, APRIL 16^1956 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Independence Day Feature: French Jets in Israel's Show of Military Might By WILLIAM L. RYAN TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Twelve French-type Ouragan jet planes spearheaded an air parade of Israel's military strength at Independence Day celebrations in Haifa today. Highly placed Israeli military sources reported yesterday that a newer jet plane, the French Mystere, would make its appearance in the flypast. But no mysteres were on display and there was no official confirmation of the report that 12 of these planes actually had been delivered to Israel. The Mysteres, the military sources indicated yesterday, would somewhat balance Egypt's acquisition of Soviet MIG15 jets from Czechoslovakia. The Ouragans, never displayed publicly in Israel before, along With British-made Meteor jets, took part in the aviation section of a two-hour military parade reviewed by President Izhal Ben Zvi, Premier David Ben-Gurion, Maj. Gen. Moshe Dayan, army chief of staff, and thousands of epectators. The show marked Israel's eighth anniversary as an independent Jewish state at , a moment when many fear some shot across the troubled frontiers might set off a Second round of war with the Arab states. It comes on the eve of Dag Hammarskjold's arrival on a U.N. mission to stamp out the new flames of conflict between Arab and Israeli. Border Quiet The border area was comparatively quiet but uneasy in the wake of the U.N. secretary general's first week: of on-the-scene persuasion. An Egyptian spokesman charged that Israel had violated Hammar- skjold's newly invoked ceasefire eight times in the past 48 hours. The spokesman said Israelis fired Into the Egyptian-held Gaza Strip five times yesterday art'*, two Israeli planes had flown over the strip for five minutes Saturday. "We kept our word to U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammar- skjold and refused to return one single shot," he said. Set Theme Premier David Ben-Gurion set the theme of the somber observ ance in a broadcast last night to the nation. He warned that if war breaks out, ' 'our enemies will met the power and heroism of our defense forces which will give back to the aggressor two blows for one." "A heavy responsibility towaed the history of humanity has been assumed by powers that are supplying aggressive arms to the Egyptian dictator (Premier Gamal Abdel Nasser) and also by those that deny defensive arms to Israel", Ben-Gurion charged. His statement was an obvious selling arms to Egypt and the ARAB REFUGEES FAN HATRED — One of the fiercest passions behind, the Israeli-Arab conflict is the vengeful hatred of the nearly one million Palestinian Arabs, displaced when Israel was carved out of Palestine by the U. N. in 1947 and after the Israeli-Arab war of 1948. Scattered throughout the Arab nations, they eke out a miserable existence, thousands of them in refugee camps supported by he U. N. Many refugees now homeless can look across the border and see their former houses and farms, held by Israeli families. Cost of refugee relief this year is estimated at 27 million dollars. selling arms to Bgypt and the United States for denying arms lo to Israel. "The conscience of Ihe great powers failed when the Nazi dicta- tor set out to slaughter .six million oi the Jews of Europe," .the 69-year-old Premier said. "Will that conscience lail again now that See. ISRAEL on Page 11 Speculation Mounts as Russian Leaders Leave for British Visit By JAMES F. KING LONDON (AP) — Speculation centered today on the imminent visit of the Soviet chiefs of state. Britons wondered whether they might make a dramatic proposal to end the disarmament deadlock or even offer a loan of billions in gold. Premier Bulganin and Communist party chief Khrushchev, known as the "Kremlin Twins — B and K" in every British household, are en route to England in the Soviet cruiser Ordjonikidze. * They sailed yesterday from the Baltic port ol Kaliningrad. Thou- 84 Killed as Fighting Continues In Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — French attempts to get local cease-fires 'after nearly 18 months of guerrilla war with Algerian rebels appeared today to be making little progress. Bluer lighting continued- One major rebel group insisted Algerian indepf'n "cnce must be recognized before it can stop. French planes. Helicopters and ground forces took part in a clash yesterday in which the French said 82 guerrillas and two ol their own men were killed. The skirmish occurred near Grarem between Constantino andj the Mediterranean in an area where the rebels have con-sider- abl .strength. French authorities ,who n few months ago spoke of only 2.000 or 3,000 men in the field against them, now openly refer to 15,000 guerrillas or more. 200,000 Troops The French haye more than 200,000 soldiers in Algeria and are prepared to double the strength if they have to. French Premier Guy Mollet said last week he had authorized local contacts with the rebels lo try for cease-fire agreements, but no success has been reported yet. Wliat may have been a reply to his statement appeared In a manifesto put out by the "general staff" of the insurgent Rroup known as the Front of National Liberation. The rebel statement, which appeared In the Tunisian wceklv L'Actlon, denied any link with Egypt such as the French believe exists. It said there could be no valid cease-fire until the free Al- gerian government can talk with the French government on an equal footing. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Fair and continued coo! this afternoon and tonight, scattered frost in sheltered -spots tonight. Tuesday fair and mild. High this afternoon, upper 50s to low 60s; low tonight in 30s. MISSOURI — flrost warning; partly cloudy windy and colder this afternoon with widely scattered light showers extreme north and east-central portions; partly cloudy east find fair west tonight and Tuesday; diminishing winds and colder tonight with frost or freezing temperatures over state by Tuesday morning; wanner extreme west Tuesday afternoon; low tonight 2535; high Tuesday 40s northeast to 50r, southwest. Maximum Saturday-70. Minimum Sunday—47. Minimum this morning—41, Maximum yesterday—52. Sunrtso today—5:27. Runspi tonny— fl:3X Mffui Lnmpprntiirft-f)3 5 1'rf^lplt.ntlon 24 hours [7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) — Gft. Pror.lp!ration ,Jnn. 1 to date—21.S3. Tills llair Last Yi-ar Mftxlmum vc.stordnv- -M . Minimum this mornlnK--.15. Precipitation Jnn. 1 to this date — 17.93, sands of Soviet citizens shouted "Happy voyage," fl Moscow dispatch said, and Khrushchev waved: his black fedora in acknowledg- \ inent. I The Soviet cruiser is due at the} English 'channel harbor of Portsmouth Wednesday morning. A cryptic Moscow radio broadcast touched off the speculation about a disarmament proposal. May Break Deadlock "We feel sure that the Soviet leaders' visit to Britain will . . help brenk the deadlock in thn matter of disarmament," a commentator said in an English- language broadcast. He did not elaborate. A subcommittee of the five bie U.N. atomic powers — the United States, Britain, Russia, France and Canada — is meeting in London on disarmament. Some British politicians have speculated, although lightly, that the Soviet chiefs in n grand ges- lure might offer a loan of two or three billion dollars In gold to bolster Britain's economy. Trade and Disarmament The Soviet Press and radio has said the Soviet chiefs' talks with Prime Minister Eden will cent or on trade as well as disarmament. Eden is intent on pinning down the Soviet, leaders on such troublesome international Issues as Communist moves in the Middle East and Russian intention.1 on the unification of Germany. Vandals early today daubed while paint on the statue of Communist hero Karl Marx at his grave in a London suburb. "This Is one of the first of demonstrations we are going to make rtgnfhst the visit of those two Russians, ' nn anonymous caller telephoned police. Unidentified persons lynitrd cns- ollne soaked wood shavings last nlEht in the hall outside the Soviet news agency Tass. High Court Denies APL Rate Hike PSC Action Affirmed By Supreme Court , LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court today turned down Arkansas Power & Light Co.'s request for a rate increase of around $4,200,000 a year. When the order becomes final, Arkansas Power & Light will have to pay back to its customers around eight million dollars that it has collected in higher rates since July 1, 1954. These rates have been charged under a bond guaranteeing possible refunds. Today's decision, with one justice dissenting in part, affirmed the Arkansas Public Service Commission and Pulaski Circuit Court. The lower court also had refused to disturb the commission order denying. the requested rate increase. New Application While the "case decided today was pending, AP&L filed a new rate increase application. In the second case the utility asked for an added increase of around one million dollars a year. That meant the utility was seeking; an overall increase of around 35,200,000 a year. The PSC also rejected the sec ond proposed increase, which unlike the first has not been collected under bond. An appeal in the second case has been takeu to Pulaski Circuit Court. AP&L filed its First increase application' — the one decided today — on May 27, 1954. It became an issue in the heated governor's campaign of that year when Gov. Orval Paubus defeated Francis Cherry for a second term Democratic nomination. The company estimated that the proposed increase would ne tit an additional $3,900,000 a year, but the total actually turned out to be about $300,000 higher. The Supreme Court opinion said that by its own petition AP&L appeared at the time Its application was filed to have been earning a return on Its investment of 5.58 per cent annually. The court noted that PSC declared the company was earning 5.98 per cent — constrastcd to the six per cent usually ^considered by the PSC to he a fair return for public utilities. The court said that the commission has broad powers and that "apart from Ihe judicial review ... it is not for UK to the commission how to discharge its functions." The opinion said the commission acted within the nulhoritv itiven it by ln\v nnd luMi'd. "There was substantial evidence adduced to support its fin-Una and order." Associate Jirtioo J, 8. Holt wrote the comparatively brief opinion. Chief Justice Le,e Seamster. whose son aided in preparation of the AP&L brief, disqualified himself in the case. Associate Justice Ed McFaddln delivered an opinion which he designated as "diesrnling in part." AP&L has 17 days from todny to file ii motion for a rehearing. Ii the court denies the expected motion for rehearing — and such motions are seldom granted — today's decision then becomes final. Only possible appeM by the com- Ike Vetoes Farm Bill; Tells Why Tonight f stes in California After Last-Minute Visit to New Jersey By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Estes Kefauver carried his energetic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination into California today after a last-minute attempt to snare some o£ the 36 convention votes being selected in tomorrow's New Jersey primary. The fast-traveling Tennessean* returned to the New Jersey political wars yesterday for another stab at putting over a slate of delegates pledged to him. He is opposed by an uncommitted slate headed by New Jersey Gov. Robert Meyner and supported by the state organization. The issue was seen by state political observers as a test ol Meyner's n a t i on a 1 and state strength. The governor has been mentioned as a possible dark horse candidate for president or vice president in the event of convention deadlock. May Influence Decision Kefauver told an Atlantic CH> audience yesterday that a gooc Democratic showing in the primary tomorrow might encourage President Eisenhower to sign the controversial far mbill now on his desk. Kefauver is the only Democrat entered in New Jersey's presidential preference poll section of th primary. But a movement was launched in Meyner's home county for a write-in campaign for the governor. Eisenhower Is the only Republican on the presidential ballot. The GOP slate of 38 convention delegates is unpledged but favors Eisenhower. Adlai Stevenson, opposing Ke- j'auver for the Democratic presidential nomination, was resting nt the farm - home of his sister at Southern Pines, N.C., after Florida campaign. On First Ballot The 1952 Democratic candidate told nn interviewer he Intends to win the Democratic nod again on the first ballot taken at the party's national convention in Chicago next August. The resective party chairmen nlso got In their licks over the weekend. GOP National Chairman pa ny would be to preme Court. the U. S. Su- Dell Man Returns From Compress Meeting R. B. Crawford, supervisor of Dell Compress, returned from Galveston, Tox., yesterday whnre he was one of Arkansas' two voting dele- Rates to the .National Compress and Warehouse Association convention. Crawford recently was elected vice president of the Mississippi Valley Inirrior Cotton Compress and Cotton Warehouse Association, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri. Mrs. Crawford and children accompanied him to Galvc-ston. Leonard Hall applies a little the "give 'em hell" technique its in ven I oi', Harry Trurmtn, and Dcmocrntic National Chairman Paul Butler look potshots at Eisenhower. Hit Truman Hall, In a sintement for a parly See KEFAUVER on Pnjjc H In Municipal Court Wesley Pelker pleaded guilty In Municipal Court this morning to a charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and received a fine of $250 plus costs and a 30-day jail sentence, In addition to having his driver's license revoked for one year. Municipal Court Judge J. Graham Sudbury nolcd it was Felker's third conviction on the charge in a year. Norman Bunch forfeited a $111.75 bond on a similar charge. Roy Smith pleaded guilty to a driving while intoxicated charge and was fined $200 and costs, with $75 of the fine suspended. Appeal was granted. Clyde Willgard forfeited a $61.75 bond on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Tom Hal! forfeited a $19.75 bond for driving without a vehicle license. Sen. Young Takes 'Sell Out' Charges To Lobby Probers By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON. (AP) — A request from Sen. Young (R- ND) for an investigation of what he called charges that he "sold out" to natural gas interests comes before the special Senate Lobby Committee for consideration today. | J I/J|I A J jinn Hurt in Tornado At Birmingham Announces New Farm Aid Plan WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower today vetoed the farm bill. He will go on the air at 9 p.m., (CST), to explain his rejection of the measure which becomes through -his veto, a sure major issue in the election campaign. j, In his veto message, Eisenhower told the lawmakers the high price support bill "would do harm to every agricultural region of the country and also to the interests of consumers." The bill would return farm price supports to 90 per cent of parity for one year, junking the administration's flexible support system. Congressional backers of the measure conceded • there was no chance for enactment of the bill over 'the veto. This would require a two-third! vote to override the President. To Help Income Eisenhower's message, sent to Experiments Will Begin Soon On Star Grass Drainage Threat Experimental work aimed at eliminating star grass from Buffalo Ditch between Manila and Leachville Is due to get started this month. Heading the experiments will be Dr. Roy Smith of the Rice Branch Experiment Station at Stuttgart. Smith is director of the Weed Investigation Section nt Stuttgart. He will not be stationed in .the area, but will take on the star grans work as a collateral duty. DranlaRC District Ifi will cooperate In ihe project and has mimed RIMS Crowcll as their .superintendent of work on Buffalo. Farmers in the urea have become increasingly alarmed over the menace to draimiKe pr.sod by thn unusual aquatic growth. Experts have estimated that efficiency of the (iit"h hns bomi reduced by as mwh ns 40 p'-Kfnt, rosiillinR In more Mian a million- dollar loss to farmers in the area each year. Congressman E, C. 'Took) G&thlnRS of West. Memphis recently appeared before the House Subcommittee on Appropriations and sought its approval of funds U) be used In a special study of the star grasn problem. Gainings pointed out that if the grass should spread, it could seriously Impair the drainage of croplands throughout this area if not the entire southwest. Dralnase 16 officials are of th<\ opinion it will take up to $19,000 to carry on the kind of study they would like. Under this proposed plan, two U. S. Department of Agriculture experts would be assigned to this area to conduct continuing studies of star gross. GathlnR.s hns tolei intcrrstPd groups that he feels some Minds will be Included In Ihe new budget to permit such a study. BIRMIE-TGHAM. Alfc. 1/rV-A tornado swirling and twisting through the outskirts of Birmingham killed at least 17 persons, injured more than 200 and left 400 persons homeless. A Red Cross official said the winds last night- destroyed more than TOO houses clustered on hills west and north of this Industrial city. Hundreds of hous.s received "We've nounled 17 bodies find there may be others," said Roscoc Whallcy, Red Cross director here. Most of the dead were Negroes. Most of the dead and injured were nt McDonald'.-! Chapel, a suburb of 3,000 population just outside Ihe northwestern city limits Winds also flniled Sandusky, New Georgia nnd Sayreton, other suburban areas. Joined Confusion Fire engines joined the confusion at McDonald's Chapel when lire broke out in some of the ruined houses. Approximately ISO persons were admitted to Birmingham hospitals. Some were treated and released but most were confined for treatment. Whatley said an emergency ward had been set up in a union hall In Ensley, an Industrial suburb .where 30 of the less seriously injured were admitted. The awesome roar of the approaching storm gave sufficient warning for many to take shelter before their houses were blown to linters. Another at Uunlsville Another twister struck. Hunts- lie in North Alabama, causing heavy damage but no known injuries. : Tuscnloosa, Anniston, Centreville, Montgomery, Dothan and: Mobile also felt high winds. ! A severe thunderstorm with hall: and wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour pelted the devastated area last night while relief operations were in progress. Most of the dead were found In wreckage left in the wake of the storm. Mrs. Betty Duncan, 30, lay with her 3-yenr-pld son Rodney In her arms and Melvin Duncan, 8 sprawled nearby. All three were dead. The Red Cross and Salvation See TORNADO on Pajje 11 *fr Young, who is seeking re-election this year, laid the charges to political opponents and said, "A1J I want to do is clear my name. 1 Chairman McClellan (D-Ark) said he would present the matter at a closed meeting of the committee. "I think the committee will want to look into it," McClellan said. • Young expressed confidence the committee would grant his request, "I don't see.' how they can refuse me a hearing," he told newsmen. But the political newspaper against which he complained contended Young has threatened to file a libel suit against It. An official of the publishing company wired McClellan that Senate rules "provide that a matter Involved in litigation will not be investigated." Telegram Quoted The newspaper is the Leader, organ of the North Damota Nonpar- tlsan League, which switched this year from Republican to Democratic- limitation. The telegram to McClellan said, "Your committee should not countenance such an abuse of clvi' process by permitting the senator (Young) to force the Leader Publishing Co. to perform a dress rehearsal of Its defense to the Impending libel action . . ." Young voted for the controversial bill to free natural gas pro ducers from direct federal price controls. The Senate passed It 53-38 early In February but President Eisenhower vetoed It. Young said in a letter requesting the investigation: "I have not, of course, sold out to, nor have I received bribes from anyone." Sent Photographic Copy Young sent the committee a photographic copy of the front page of the Feb. 9 issue of the Leader, with a streamer headline rending, "Young Sells Out Again." The story under the headline said Young's support of the gas bill nnd the $2.500 campaign contribution rejected by Case during Senate debate on the legislation recalled that In 1950 Henry (The Dutchman) Grunewald "slipped $3.000 to Milg (Young) to help him finance bis last campaign." Young said he had received "no direct" contribution from Grime- 1 wftld in Ifl50. He said the $5,000 re-i f erred to was the same money , I which former Sen. Brewster (R-j Mnine) testified in 1B52 he bad ! forwarded to Young through 1 Grunewald as a campaign loan. : Schedule Set On Gas Refund First refund payments of federal excise tnx on gasoline used on farms for fanning purposes will be made after June 30. District Director of Internal Revenue Olin 8. Godwin, said today. The director was referring to gasoline, purchased and used during the first six months of 195fl. Thereafter, he said, refunds will be made for a one-year period from July 1 to June .10, To obtain these refunds under the new law approved by President El- senhower on April 2, farmers must file claims on Form 22-10 after June 30 and before October 1. Forms will be available in nil revenue offices and arc to be stocked nnd distributed by county agricultural offices. Wind up Red Cross Work All Red Cross workers of the Negro Division are requested to make their tentative reports Wednesday nt the Red Cross office on N. 2nd Street. Final, cleanup reports are to be made next Monday, Apr. 23. Share the Wealth PITTSBURGH OP)—The third National Study Conference on the Church and Economic Life has colled on the United States to share Its wealth with needy people all over the world. the House since the farm bill originated there, announced the administration is taking four actions under existing law "to Improve farm Income now." They are: / 1. Price supports on five basic crops — wheat, corn, cotton, rice and peanuts—will be set at a level of at least 82V 2 per cent of parity. This, Eisenhower said, should Insure national averages of wheat at $2 a bushel, corn at $1.50 & bushel, and rice at $4.60 per 100 pounds. Price estimates for cotton ond peanuts were riot given. 2. For this year, the support price of manufacturing milk will be increased to $3.25 per 100 pounds. The support price of but-' torfat will be increased to 68.6 cents & pound. Manufacturing milk Is that used, In making butter, cheese, ice cream and other manufactured dairy products as distinguished from milk sold for beverage purposes. 3. More than 400 million dollars of Agriculture Department funds "where assistance will be constructive," will be used to strengthen the prices of perish- See FARM on Page 11 Girl Injured; Blood Donors Are Needed Emergency blood donors are needed immediately for Patricia Ann Ledbetter, 6 year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ledbetter, who fell from a tree while playing in her yard .Thursday afternoon. The child is In critical condition In St. Joseph's Hospital In Memphis. Donors are requested to contact Mrs. W. L. Ledbetter at 123 East Vine. She may be reached at a neighbor's phone, 3-8587. Patricia's condition was not termed too serious Thursday upon examination of a doctor, but Saturday It was discovered she had suffered severe . Internal injuries from the fall, including a burst kidney and lungs. The Central School student was rushed to the Memphis hospital for n emergency operation. Fire Strikes Two Buildings A fire, cause of which Is not known, destroyed an old house just off North Highway 61 at about 4 a.m. yesterday. Fire Chief Roy Head said the blaze was well along by the time firemen were called and rushed to the scene. He said the building was unoccupied except for a portion being used by Blaylock TV Service. The structure was located behind the Frozen Food Locker, which sustained some damage from the blaze, Head said.- Tills morning, firemen quelled a fire in a home at 116 W. Cleveland. Two front rooms and their contents were destroyed, Chief Head reported. Pre-School Play Periods Planned There was a bll of good news to- o'clock, day for members of the three-to- Motherg wm act as supervisors on tasls - - «*»• Walt " The Activity subcommlt- « "< tee of the Blytheville Air Force Collier pointed out, more volunteers Base-Community Council announe- are needed. ed today It will maintain n super- Mothers Interested In helping vised plnygroimd Tor the prc-school- may call Mrs. Collier at 3-8159. ers two days each week through the The subcommittee functions un- siimmer. der the Recreation, Education, Re- Divialon Street park will be utll- liglous and Welfare Service Com- Ized for the program each Tuesday mlttce of the B»«-Communlty and Thursday morning from 0 to 11 Council. sasaa

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