The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 22, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER <* HOBTHKAJW A&KMWAS AMD SOCTWSA8T MB3BOUBI VOL. LI—NO. 228 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytlievllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVK CENT* Terror Death Toll Soars To 89 in Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The death toll in bloody Algeria soared May as nationalist guerrillas pressed their Christmas terror offensive and the French retaliated with a big military drive. Unofficial and incomplete reports indicated thai at, least 89 persons have been killed in clashes since Tuesday. The figure'was expected to mount as casually lists came in'from outlying- areas. The severest fighting; was in the su'eep of French troops to clean out the barren Nemencha Range south of Constantine. Warplanes joined ground forces to hunt out the rebels known to be operating among the rugged yeaks. First reports from the French said 32 rebels were killed, a number wounded and 10 captured in the area. Others Elsewhere The toll elsewhere included: 12 rebels killed in a battle with French forces near Guelma, 45 miles northeast of Constantine; 4 killed in a clash near Souk Ahras, 75 miles east of Constantine; 10 rebels killed at Guenti-s, also northeastern Algeria; and 15 rebels killed in two clashes near the Tunisian border. Other scattered fighting accounted for the remainder of the estimated total. The French announced no casualties of their own. Extreme nationalists circulated handbills threatening death to any Moslems who fail to resign their government posts before the French general ebctions Jan. 2. Wholesale resignations would hamper the harassed French administration. Several leaser Moslem officials already have quit thei. posts, and others were expected to follow suit. Ambushes Increase The nationalists also passed the word through the native quarters in the larger cities to increase acts of terrorism during the Christmas season. There was a marked increase in roadside ambushes, bombings, assassinations, taurnina: of isolated farm buildings and schools, and the severing of telephone and other communications lines. The written threats xvere signed by the "Front for National Liberation." They were similar to menacing handbills the same organization had directed against the holding of elections in Algeria. Premier Ecipar Faure has postponed the Algerian voting indefin- itly. it otherwise would have been held on the same day next month as the balljDlmg in France. French judicial authorities advised the Premier that a vote under present conditions of terrorism might put the city in return "for what its; public order in Algeria in even more payroll is worth to the town." and ! serious dancer. that a "break-even point might be) Prince more desirable." j Butler said it is possible that' Algeria is politically a part of Osceola Products' rate may be | metropolitan France. However, Osceola Ponders Power Rate Osceola City Council and OsceoU Products Co. are conducting dis- cusisons toward renegotiation of the rate the firm pays the publi- owned power utility. Mayor Ben Butler said today •Osceola Products, a cooperative cotton seed and soybean oil mill, has asked for a lower power rate. He said upon investigation it was learned the firm paid 1.27 mills per kilowatt for power which cost the city 1.33 mills per kilowatt. "We don't want to grant a lower rate under those circumstances," the mayor said. He pointed out that the plant is "subsidized" by Peeling Off- What appears to be a weird new-type aircraft is actually two Northrop Scorpion F-89D jets flying in formation. The leading plane has just "peel- ed off" from formation. Photo was made an instant before the second plane followed. Solons Told of Foriegn Aid Hike Plan, White House Says By JOHN SCALI WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is reported to have found in its records what it considers evidence that congressional leaders were told in advance of a plan to ask for $4,900,000,000 in new foreign aid money. But officials who related this today conceded the information apparently did not get across. The key words spoken by Sec- files A critical part of the news—that dealing with a tripled request for military aid funds—was said to have been provided just as the Dec. 13 White House briefing b-'oke up. retary of Defense Wilson, said officials who may not be named, could have been lost in the closing hubbub. White House aides checked their raised to the "break-even point instead of beirig lowered. Decision will be made at next month's Council meeting, he said. with a population of neatly million, the Algerians .send only 30 deputies to the French National Assembly of more than 600. The Algerians also complain the present election laws give French colonists a disproportionate share in picking the deputies. Algeria's Assembly seats presumably will be filled later elections. In addition to picking the deputies, the Algerians would have named members of the Algerian Assembly, a French and Moslem body with no real power except to rule on local spending. In French Morocco, meanwhile Sultan Mohammed Ben Youssef published a general amnesty freeing political prisoners condemned by local Moroccan courts in the last two years. The status of prisoners tried for more serious offenses before French courts was not affected, taut the French as- Paper Needs Money Early Morning Services Set First Methodist Rites Open to Ail An early morning continous Christmas Worship service for members of all faiths has been scheduled for First Methodist Church, explained. Services will begin at 6 a. m. and continue until 9 a. m., but persons may come and leave at any time during those hours. "We simply felt we should give those who 'may have to work, Christmas day. the opportunity of! sured (he Sultan these cases would attending church." the Rev. Egg-j be reviewed "in the most liberal ensperger, pastor of the church, spirit.' expHancd. Services will consist of prayer, scripture reading, brief meditations, and the opportunity for personal dedication at the altar. The Rev. Mr. Eggcnsperger em- TOKYO iTPi—The Japanese Com- phasied that services will be in-jmunist party daily newspaper Red formal, persons may come and go; Flag loclny appenled for funds to as they desire anci that persons 1 pay its bills. The newspaper, which of all faiths are invited. j recently changed its refutation This service, he pointed out. will | of ncw^ to include s-.tories of gen- not replace the regular 10:50 a. ' era! interest, .said it owed $33.000 m. worship which will be held as' and had $147.000 in .subscription scheduled. i fees which had not been paid. Unsuccessful Revolt Reported in Paraguay MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, was.clam |his morning despite reports received in Uruguay and Argentina last night that some army units and the city's whole police force had staged an unsuccessful revolt against President Alfredo Stroessner. A report from Formosa, on the*frontier in northern Anrentinii. said! . gunfire hart been heard in Paraguay. Bui there \vns no confirmation of any shooting. News dispatches telephoned from A.-iunc,ion this morning said the city was tranquil and normal despite rumors of trouble arising from a split in Stvoessncv's ruling Colorado party. Last night, reliable informants here said, Stroessner had thwarted State's Crop Value Is Up 14 Per Cent LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The value of Arkansas' major crops this year rose L4 per cent above the 1954 valuation, ,,i ne primarily because of generally favorable growing conditions Scout Troop 22 Is Re-Organized Jaycccs Name New Adult- Leaders For Their Unit Cotton again led the increase. * and among- the principal crops, only rice showed a reduction. A j sharp cut in . acreage allotmentsJ for rice caused the total value of.; that crop to decline. I A report by the Federal-State. 't Crop Reporting Service yesterday! 'said 1955s major crops were val-; ueri at 5477,030,000 compared to S41S, 139,000- last year. Total production was up 24 per cent over last year and 27 per cent over the 1944-53 average, the report said. Better Cotton Crop This year's cotton crop wfls val- lied at $309,029,000 — G5 per cent of the total crop valuation—and an increase of $48.432.1100 over Inst year. Rice was down to 553.050,000 from the $71,578,000 valuation of 1954, but still was Arkansas' second largest cash crop- Soybeans ranked third with a total worth of 541,970,000. a sharp increase from S25,821,000 last year, when a severe drought covered the state. Other Arkansas crops valued at 10 million dollars n>e more included corn $22,444,000; hay $19,714,- QQO; and oats S1M91.000. The report .said all crops except fruits enjoyed favorable growing conditions. A late spring freeze, virtually wiped out, the apple and j Bill Williams was named troop | yesterday after some senators and representatives com plained they had been misled aboul the foreign aid program. Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont), for example, had accused the administration ol breaking faith, wHh congressional leaders. Different Impressions A number of congressmen who attended the White House meeting said they got the impression the administration -would seek for for eign aid about the same amoun Congress voted this year—$2,700, 000,000. Secretary of State Dulles ha: termed it "a genuine misunderstanding." He said the administra tion -sought to stress that, althoui appropriations requests would g up, the money actually to be spen during- the years beginning July would be only slightly more thu the $4,200,000,000 estimated- in this fiscal year. No Record Kept No stenographic record was kep 1 of the White House briefing, in- formanf.s snid, but a White House aide mnde detailed notes which were reviewed after the surpriset congressional reaction. They said these "minutes" show that: Blvlhevillc's Bov Scout Troop 22. • w , ilson Balked about foreign , . ' , . .,, , ai[ I plans briefly after devoting sponsored by the Junior Chamber most Qf hjs remark to the Defense of Commerce, will bc^re-organized Department's domestic budge Just as the legislators prepared to leave, he is reported to have mentioned the precise figure the administration would ask for milttarj aid, S3,024,000.000. 2. Dulles briefed the .meeting on economic aid. telling the congressmen the administration wanted 100 million dollars more for economic assistance than was asked lasl year, or about $1,900,000.000. next week after having been inactive for several months. New scoutmaster will be Jaycee L. D, (Shorty) Garner. His assistant will be Elmer Lindsey, First meeting of the re-organized troop will be at the Jaycee Clubroom on North Second Street Tuesday night. Dec. 27, at 7 .pm. The troop will meet every Tuesday night thereafter. Leaders \amed Re-activation of the troop was voted by the Jaycees at a meeting I last week, ; peach crops. an attempt to overthrow him led by Spifanio Mendez Fleitas, president of the Paraguayan Central Bank and a former police chief. They said the rebels were routed without shooting and that Mendez' arrest had been ordered. Mendez headed a dissenting faction of the Colorado party, the only party permitted to operatj .in Paraguay. The Uruguayan sources . said Slrocssner had imposed censorship on all news reports sent abroad. Paraguay, a small landlocked country, hns a history of 100 revolutions. It has been nervous politically since October, when ex-dictator Juan D. Peron flew there from exile after n mllltarj revolt ousted him presidency. In Municipal Court Bonds in two speeding cases were forfeited in Municipal Court today. In a .state case, Thurman Tanner forfeited $19.75 bond on the charge. Callie Hood forfeited a $10 bond In a city case. Stevenson's Son Hurt in Wreck GOSHEN, Ind. '/*') — John Fell Stevenson, 19-year-old son of presidential candidate Adlai Stevonson. was to be taken to Passavant Hospital in Chicago today tor treatment for injuries suffered in a hinh- \vay crash which' killed two of his Harvard University classmates. The young\v .sophomore was i reported in "satisfactory" condition J in General Hospital this morning; after a "fairly comfortuble" niuht. j His father spent the niglH at the home of Goshun's Democratic mayor-elect, Ray Messick. The KIrter Stevenson, the injured sou, and another son, Adlai Jr., who arrived here this morning, planned to ride to Chicago in a private car driven by P. L. Hasca.ll, publisher of the Goshcn News. chairman and Bill Hrabovsky will I be institutional representative. Troop committee members are Chester and Dan Cald\vell, Harry Fair and George Anderson. AH former members of the troop, and any other boys between the nges of 11 and 18, not now be- long-iiifr to a Boy Scout troop who are interested in joining the. troop, should be present at Tuesday night's first meeting or contact, Garner at SowhwesVem Bell Telephone Co. Grotewohl to China TOKYO tfP»—Enst German Premier Otto Grotewohl and his visiting delegation left Communist North Korea for China last night prior to returning home, Pciping radio reported. Christmas Dinner for All-Free There's a free Christmas dinner awaiting any needy Blythevllle family which wishes to partake of It nl Bazorback Driveln tomorrow at noon. Owner Sam. Johns said today he will feed anyone who shows up tomorrow at his annual Christmas from the Argentine! dinner for the underprivileged. I Johns, who annually contributes a free dinner as a final highlight to the Jaycce Christmas party for underprivileged children. cmnVm- slzcri today that his dinner is not confined to'children attending the party, but is open to any needy family. The Jaycee party will begin at Ihe Jaycee Cluhroom on North Second Street at 10 a.m. tomorrow. 1 Feared Dend In Newport Fire NEWPORT. Ark. ;,pi — Fire destroyed two buildings in downtown Newport early today, and firemen believe at least one person died in the flames. ' Fire Chief Arvil Alvis said a body was believed spotted in the largest of the two buildings, a .3-story structure, but that a flaming gas main prevented immediate investigation. No other persons were reported injured. Cause of the fire was not known. About 60 fire fighters, including units from nearby cities. baUli'd the blaae which was discovered about 3 a.m. For a time the entire business district was threatened. At ii-40 a.m., the danger to nearby build- Ings was believed ended, although the fire was not brought under control until 8 a.m. Arab-Israel Issue Goes to UN Council Burns' On-Spot Report To Get Thorough Study By TOM IIOGE UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Warned by its Palestine truce chief that more Israeli reprisals could touch off another Holy Land war, the U. N. Security Council turned today to Syrian demands for punitive action against ths Jewish nation. The council planned to take up «•— - ——— — -•-" - • Lhe explosive Arab-Israel issue again this afternoon. Before it was report from the scene by Canadian Maj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns, the truce supervisor, branding Israel's Dec. 11 attack on Syrian gun positions along the Sea of Galia "deliberate" armistice violation. Chief Syrian Delegate Ahmed Shukairy was expected to make a new request that the council apply economic sanctions against Israel and even oust her from the U. N. if necessary to prevent a repetition of the raid. In Retaliation Israel explained the attack as she has others in the past—that it was made in retaliation for past Syrian attacks and in an effort to prevent future ones. Israeli Ambassador Abba Eban circulated among council members what his government claims are photosatic copies of Syrian *rmy orders to fire on Israeli fishing boats on the Sea of Galilee, along which Jesus Christ spent much of his life A Syrian army spokesman in Damascus denied any such instructions had been issued. Israel claims all the water area of the inland lake. Syrian territory begins only a few miles back from the northeast shore and commands the eastern part of the inland sea. Want Expulsion Since Shukairy complained to the council last Friday, Arab delegates have been drumming up a campaign to throw Israel out of the world organization. But there appeared little chance they could muster enough support for such drastic action. The council was.not exoected to »o farther tlinn an expiv^ion o." censure, the action it has taken ii similar in the past. Burns' report .said 5fi Syrians and 6 Jews died in the Israeli raid on the Syrian posts. Declaring use of force Uneasy Christmas Peace Settles Over Jordan Holy Land By WILTON WYNN AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — An uneasy peace settled over the Jordan-held areas o£ the Holy Land today and prepara- ions were, stepped up for the annual Christmas influx of pilgrims to the shrines of Christiandom. Jordan's caretaker government moved quickly to restore order after six successive days of rioting against moves to bring this Arab kingdom into the Baghdad Alli- statement from newly named Prime Minister Ibrahim Hashim was interpreted as assurance from the government that it would not join the Western-sponsored pact linking Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan ind Britain. Ask Cooperation Hashim announced his government "will not deal with any political questions, nor will it bind itself to any treaties or obligations. We appeal to the people collectively and individually to cooperate with us." . King Hussein already had announced that parliamentary elections to be held within the uexl four months would be considerec it plebiscite on the Baghdad Pac is.sue. A curfew established , in Bethle hem was lifted and troops callec in to quell violence began to leave riot-hit elites. Barbed wire which had been thrown across streets in ! key sectors of Amman was re- See UN on Page 5 pnrticu-j moved. Lights came on in shoppin districts as business places were reopened. The government also announced :he release of all persons arrested in the riots. Opposition groups had demanded they be freed as a condition for ending demonstrations and strilces. Striking civil servants were urged by their leaders to return to work. Schools were ordered reopened. Attacks on foreign consulates in the Jordan-controlled section of Jerusalem marked the series ot outbreaks. The U. S., French and Turkish consulates were targets ot demonstrators and the American flag wastorn down in one attack. Hashim, 67-year-old elder statesman and former premier, was named by King Hussein to restore order after the rioting over the country caused an estimated 10 deaths. Hussein dissolved Parliament and instructed Hashim to confine the activities of his government to administration and preparation, far. the_j>arliatnentary_ elections. The riots started after it was learned that the chief of Britain's Imperial General Staff, Gen. Sir Gerald Tempter, had visited Jordan in an effort to bring the 'kingdom into the Western-sponsored Baghdad Alliance. Recently Released US Missionary Tells of Torture by Chinese Reds CLARK AIR FORCE BASE, P. I. (AP) — "Abominable treatment" at the hands of the Chinese Communists, including torture, was described by American missionary Dr. Homer V. Bradshaw today. "They handcuffed me, twisted my wrists and forced me to do strenuous physical exercise," Bradshaw told a press conference. Bradshaw, 54. and his wife, about the same age, of Pittsburgh, Pa., arrived Wednesday from Hong Kong after five years of imprisonment by the Chinese Reds. Bradshaw spoke from a wheelchair. He appeared nervous and thin. "I lost about 43 pounds," he said. His wife was not present. and convicted of being aj day he was arrested — "I call it counterrevoluiionist and sentenced to five years. He said he was asked by the Red?, to confess but U. S. Air Force doctors said "she fused. The sentence tool still uncertain of her surround-j Ings." They said Mrs. Brartshaw is suffering more from malnutrition than her husband. Bradshaw. who spent 27 years in China, said, "II, burns me up, the way they treated my wife." He blamed the •> Reds for her "menial depression." Bradshaw sair 1 they were arrested at a hospital home a! Lin- effect the Two Acciderts Are Reported TWO collisions on Blytheville streets were investigated by police early today. No citations were issued. At Howard and Marguerite, a half-ton truck driven by Girdon sioad. Thry .spent '2M days in Kn-j were involved koim" pri.son ant! Jnn. 19. 1952. Mooro turned Refinery Blasts Kifl1,HurHO WARREN. Pa. iVf'i -- A scries of explosions at the United Oi! Refining Co. plant early today killed a firefighter and injured U others. 1 Five followed Lhe explosions. \ The last of the blasts blew out a ; brick wall, killing Hatnveli Wiley, i about 55, of Warren. Seven othrrj firemen were showered with bricks j and debris. Four were admitted toj Warren Hospital. None was report-j ed' critically injured. j Also hurt were a news reporter,: David Brown, of the Janf>slo\vn. > N.Y., Morning Sun .and Philip _ Coyle, a commercial photographer; In Wnrren. Brown suffered minor, facial burns. He was treated nnd, tainty about p](ms for Christmas- i oiunp(t that Kiscnhower may call •mrlidftl into a 1955 Plymouth driven withi b >" Charlie Phillips, of 2101 Car- antilolyn. Front ond damages? to both car and truck rc^ultod. , 21st and Cherry. Ray Moore. Hong Konp, Manila. Tokyo maintaining radio com art Hong Kong .Manila. Tokyo i he United Stales. Told of Release They were told frequently would be relrsaed, but, wrre of Bl.VLhcville Air Force Bnse. and j inui^en'etl 1r» nihrv prisms m-\ Cecil M Priest, of 2404 Carolyn, j Ihcv! kidnap." During his imprisonment he said, "there were irregular periods of questioning and irregular annoyances. I was handcuffed and while two men held 7ne, they twisted my wrists. They forced me to do strenuous physical exercise — despite my poor condition." Tells of "Diet" Asked about his diet, Bradshaw replied. "Diet, that's certainly a high-falootin' term. It consisted of rice, a little vegpiable, meat of some sort, not often," he said. Asked what fortified his spirit during the ordeal, he replied, "as a missionary, I was in the hand of the •\lmighty." He said he served with the U.S. 14th Air Force during World War II in China under Maj. Gen. Claire Chennault. "The main reason for our treatment w,as they don't like the Amer- the iA an Occident when! 1 ™ 11 Air Por «. especially into a filling .station, Hth." Bradshaw asserted. Au- Force physicians said the couple probably will stay at the base hospital at least two weeks before they are able to fly home. New Grandchild for Ike, Mamie WASHINGTON HI — President and Mrs. Eisenhower, newly become grandparents again, ar-. ranged today to extend traditional, personal holiday greetiiiRs to some] again 700 members of the While House; staff. The First Family's chief unccr- recommended by his doc May Call Off Trip wh ,i,. House Press Secretary released. Coyle sprained an tinXle. C. Hagerty, questioned about the matter late yesterday, said (hat if and when there are difmite plnns for n trip South, he will announce them. From other sources, it was fxpress Rammed SETTLE. EhRlnnd Wi-The Scottish express was struck from behind early today by another (rain ns it sloo'd in tlit> station nt Holll- fleld, five miles from here. A rall- {when the new grandchild would i O f f lnc tcnliiMvely scheduled trip, arrive—were dispelled late ycsler-j Km , KCn i(. c | by .jis physicians sn that day. A 7-pound, 2-ounce dauuWer! he could net more ouldoor exercise was born nt, Walter Reed Army] than has been possible in the cold Hospital to Mrs. Barbara Eisen-j weather of Washington and Gettys- hower, wife of Elsenhower's only child Maj. John Eisenhower. But uncertainty continued about, the Eisenhower's post-Christmas way spokesman said the only cas- • plans. There was some evidence ualty was n eunrd nn one of the that' he might forego for the lime hurt!, Pi From the time the docotrs recommended It last Saturday, there has been a Kcncrnl prestimpliou that the Eisenhowers would leave ortly after Christmas tor trains who suffered head injuries. I being tht trip U) a warmer climitel Augusta, Ga., where they Have spent the holidays for the past two Not Much Better years. But the weather in Augusta hasn't been much balmier than that in this area, and apparently there has been no agreement on an alternate spot which would be fully suitable. Tin- new Eisenhower grandchild has been named Mary Jean. The younger Eisenhowers — he now is stationed at nearby Ft. Belvolr, Va. — have three other children: David. 7, Barbara Anne. 0. and Susan, 3. Later today Eisenhower planned to preside over a meeting of the National Security Council, top strittetry planning group In the government. , Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS— Cloudy to partly cloudy with rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Saturday partly cloudy and mild. High this afternoon, mid to high 40s; low tonight, high 20s to low 30s. MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness and warmer this afternoon; partly cloudy and mild tonight and Friday; low tonight generally in the 30s; high Friday around 50. Maximum yesterday—40. Minimum this morning—22. Sunrise tomorrow—7:(H. sunset today—*:53. Miian temppmture—31. Preclpltntlon 24 hoUra 7 a.m. *> I p.m.)—none. Precipitation Jan 1 to date—49:00. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—56. Minimum this morning—**. Precipitation J*a. i to d»t*— MM.

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