The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 24, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. LI—NO. 230 Blytheville Courier Blyttievlllo Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blythiivlllo Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Slavs Seen As Mid-East Mediator UN Observers think Draft Action Planned By TOM HOGE UNITED NATIONS, ,N. Y. (AP) — Speculation mounted today that Yugoslavia, compromise choice for a If, N. Security Council seat, might be drafted as behind-scenes mediator in the Middle East dispute now before the council. Observers believe this was one of the reasons for the council's reported decision to hold up action on Syria's charges of aggression against Israel until after Jan. 1, when Yugoslavia takes her set along with Cuba and Australia. The council heard Syria's charges Thursday, then adjourned indefinitely. Paced with a warning from Palestine truc'e chief Mnj. Gen. E. L. M. Burns that further Israeli reprisals could touch off full scale war, the council finds itself in a ticklish position. It must take action that will not inflame an already 'dangerous situation. More Difficult The council's position was rendered more difficult by Syria's demands that Israel be expelled from the tf.N. and subjected to economic penalties as punishment for a Dec. 11 attack on Syrian posts. Most delegates agree that some middle course is needed between the Syrian proposal and the council's usual course—a rebuke tmd appeal for peaceful negotiations. As the situation now stands, the big western powers reportedly ia- vor limiting action to an expression of censure and call for talks. The Russians, on the other hand, appear intent on seeking stronger measures, but it is considered doubtful they would support Syria's demands. important Link II.N. circles feel that in such a situation, Yugoslavia, a Comrnu-j nlst state on cordial terms with \ the West and friendly with both the Arabs and Israelis, could serve as an important link. Diplomats here noted with interest yesterday's government statement from Belgrade that Yugoslavia had accepted the compromise council arrangement in order "to render service in the case of unity of the United Nations Observers also recalled a recent > policy statement by Yugoslav For-! eign Minister Koca Popovic calling' for efforts to eliminate Israeli- Arab antagonisms. Sources close to the Yugoslavs said they do not relish entering the council in the midst of such an explosive situation. But many believed they could be prevailed upon to use their c -ood offices. To Christians Everywhere: n Troubled World-It's Christmas Highway Toll 3 Rises Siowly Early Reports Show 58 Dead in Auto Accidents By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The count of the nation's (raffle * By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS * Christians, \yherever they are in a troubled world, turned their thoughts today to the little town of Bethlehem as Christmas observances again emphasized age-old hopes for peace; and good will. i .In Arab-held Bethlehem, within sight of the closely guarded Jordan-Israeli demarcation , everything was ready for the traditional Christmas Eve pilgrimage and midnight church: PO to Deliver Tomorrow, But Not Monday deaths at Christmas the start of the long weekend h o1 i d a y The Post Office will try to deliver all the Christmas parcels tomorrow, but it will need your help. Postmaster Ross Stevens said his men will work up until about 11 a.m. i ^rtgM'Momlny"'^; or noon tomorrow delivering late -^Q j s j? s tjniat Christmas packages. However. Stevens said, if you're not going to be at home, make arrangements with a neighbor to nc- mounted during the early hours. As thousands headed for the highways for Christmas trips, first reports Showed at least 58 persons had been killed, in auto mishaps. Seven other violent deaths were reported, five in fires and two in accidents from miscellaneous causes. Ten persons lost their lives in motor accidents in Cook County (Chicago i in the first seven hours oi' the holiday period, which ex- from 6 p.m. yesterday to 1 time). Monday line, services. Despite the lifting of a curfew own way. after five days of political rioting Special Treat in Jordan, the atmosphere con-| A special treat was in store for Untied more nervous than usual, j President Eisenhower, celebrating Fewer visitors were expected' the Yule season quietly at the this year for the ancient ritual of! White Tonight the Eisen- midnig-ht mass in St. Catherine's j hower grandchildren — David. 7; Church adjoining the Church oi thcj Barbara Anne ,6; and Susan. 4— Nativity. ' will sing Christmas From the winter-darkened top ofi have been practicing the world where Americans and j The children's John Eisenhower. carols they earnestly. Canadians arc building the Distant Early Warning radar line beneath the Aurora Bircalis, to the Byrd expedition on Antarctica, it, was the same story. Christians were together, in thought if not in fact. mother. Mrs and the newest member of the family. Mary Jean, will not be on hand. They will be at Walter Reed Hospital, where the baby was born Wednesday. But the mother planned to have Christ- Chiefs of state and ordinary folk mas dinner with the family Sun- planned their celebrations in their'day. Across the Atlantic, Queen Elizabeth II was with her family at Sandringham,. the 7.000-aere estate in Norfolk where the British royal family has been gathering for Chrisimas since the day.s of the Q u e e n's great-grandfather. Edward VII. The queen will make her customary broadcast to the Commonweal!]- and Empire Christmas Day. Pope Speaks Pope Pius XII makes his 17th consecutive Chnptmas Eve appeal for peace and good wi among men. His message will carried in 28 languages during the See CHRISTMAS \m Page 14 > In that period, the National i Safety Council estimates. 560 persons will be killed in traffic accidents. That would be a record toll cept any package which might come j for nny nol j day period, beating the for you while you're gone. _ J prpsr-nt high mark of 55R set in ; the four-day Christmas holiday in | 1952. , i An Associated Press survey dur- non-holitlay period, from 6 the) two; Using this system lust year, department delivered all but packages. The Post Office will be closed Monday. Box service will be continued as will delivery of perishables and specials. Dell Has Btq Christmas Party Nearly 500 persons were on hand attend the in DeU last night to Del] Kiwanis Club's downtown Christmas party for all the children of the community. The crowd gathered about a\ bis tree set in the middle of the street. They sang Christmas carols, talked with Santa and received gifts from the old gentleman. Best present of all went to outgoing Mayor J. C. Dobhs. He was presented a wrist watch from Santa, who made the award lor the Dell Improvement Association. p.m. Friday Dec. 9 to midnight Monday Dec. 12, disclosed a total of 364 traffic fatalities. In the first 10 months this year traffic deaths averaged 102 per day. Driving: conditions were hazardous in many areas hit by rain, snow and to™. Fog extended over sections of the upper Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and parts of Illinois and lower Michigan. Snow covered wide areas in most or the northern border states. New England and parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Rain continued iu the fa.- west. Deaths in traffic, fires and miscellaneous causes by states: Connecticut 1 3 0; Illinois 1101: Indiana 100: Kentucky 100: Massachusetts 200; Michigan 400; Missouri 400; New York 200; New- Hampshire 010; North Carolina 1 0 0; Ohio 1 0 1; Pennsylvania 300: South Carolina 010; Texas 300; Virginia 200. Gls in Germany Find a Kid's Smile the Same Everywhere By ROBERT TIAKMAN FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — "A smile on a kid's face is the same in any language. 1 ' One GI summed it up thai way today as American servicemen from the Atlantic to the Iron Curtain took time out from their Christmas celehralions to brighten the holiday for thou- i drive - visit witn y< j «r. family, sands of orphans, needy children and refugees. Virtually every U. S. unit stationed in Europe i to the P gave a party for children or help of some kind to the poor. In Germany', where the bulk ol service personnel raided S-i.niM '.n ai*ed needy persons. the 300,000 U.S. servicemen on the continent are stationed, the Army estimated 70,000 German children were entertained at pre-Christmas festivities. One of the warmest gestures was "Operation candy Drop." The I4lh Armored Regiment .sent out motorized Snntn Glaus patrols to (our West German villages bordering the Communist frontier and deliver candy to children. As the patrols entered each village, the GI Snnta called the kids to him by loudspeaker. Jeeps and Sleds Elsewhere. Santa arrived by jeep, by "sleds" built over jeeps by helicopter. One outfit in Germany dropped toys to children by small parachutes. Among typical Christmas undertakings were these; At Orleans, France, American Bobby Bratton's Game Fight for Life Ends Bobby te« Bratton, 17-year-old Blythevllle High School stueht, died at 8:45 last night at Chiekasawba Hospital. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mud Bratton of 1924 West 'Sycamore. HI» death followed a five-months Illness during which time he underwent a leg amputation for a malignancy. Bobby LM, a gwxUdtl* iw High School football team last year and a student manager for the Chickasaws this fall until he underwent surgery, «was honored by the team at. the El Dorado-BIythevllle football gnme which the Chicks "won for Bobby." He was given the game ball with the names of the coaches and squad members printed on it. Funeral .services will he conducted at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow »t Cobb Funeral Home Chapel by the Rey. Charles Frank Pitts and the Rev. Bill Cook, Burial will be In Elmwood Cemetery. In addition to his parents, he Is survived by two brothers, Billy and Ronnie Bratton; and a sister, Mrs. Frances Gracy of Slkeston. Pallbfnrer.s will be Tommy Ciirney, Jcrllp Hall, Max Hill, Billy Ross, Ray Jaduon tad Johnny Prlot. buy flannel pajamas for l.:iuo orphans. At Wurzbiirjr, Germany, 'in- I 1 ':!' U.S. Infantry Division cnllrrvd SH.200 to aid nearly 3.700 r.rpiMMS, refugee children and plr,-i!\\lly handicapped youngsters. The 4lh Tniantry Divi :ui. in Prunkhirt bought toy?. v'Ai'.i-r,^ and food for i.SOfl rhildrci: and In Municipal Court Theft o fa turkey and ham i'" Hays Store brought .Jeu'eil S -'Mi total of $50 in fines and ton: 'l.iv in jail in Municipal Conn today. Scott pleaded guilty to ste the turkey and selling it. Hf caught when walking from store carrying the ham. Earl Buford, a Negro. «-,is f guilty of driving while drunk was fined $150 and cosi.s. Edward Burke pleaded no; ty to driving while dnmk. Hi.- was continued until Tuesday bond was set at SI 1. 75. George Battles, a Negro, pl Cd guilty lo sleallliR Iliri'O of socks from Fiys Store Ste: ng's 'Us case wa.s coni until Tuesday, imii'd West Coast Floods Take Larger Toll SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities ordered the evacuation of another central California city early today as flood waters durged over three states in one of the mightiest floods in West Coast history. * Courier News Photo and Art Work For Most Nciu'ly everything iu Blyihe- ville will be closed Monday in a Christmas season observance. Business houses, county offices, city offices, federal offices will all be closed. Even your Courier Xcu*s will not be published. But \vhilc it is quiet that day, there will be those who work as if Monday were no different than any other day of the year. Firemen, police 1 , sheriffs deputies, stato troopers, nurses, doctors (we hope you won't iu : ed them.), telephone operator?, perhaps a few filling Cation :rui:n- dants, the motion picture theater operators, hotel keeper-, some restaurant workers. ;i:ui a few other "neressary" employes will go to work, So what is there to do? You can hunt, golf. GO for a Yuba City, a town of nearly 8,000 about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco, was ordered evacuated shortly after midnight when pounding waters of the Feather River smashed a ,40-yard hole in levees south of town. The evacuation order came only hours after some 12,500 persons in the sister city of Marysville, just across the river, fled their homes as flood waters threatened to rupture elaborate river defense works. Meanwhile, rain fell over the drenched and beleagued state for the ninth straight day, adding more water to the already choked rivers and streams that have brought destruction to what Army engineers estimate at 10,000 to 15,000 square miles of land in California alone. Disaster Area I President Eisenhower yesterday declared northern California a "major disaster area," Southern Oregon, California's neighbor to the north, and Nevada, across the Sierra Nevada range to the east, also battled flooding rivers. Miraculously, the loss of life remained low. Latest counts placed California's death toll at 17 and Oregon's at 5. Philip D. Batson, regional Civil Defense administrator, estimated early today that upward of 20,00 homes in California, some 1,500 in persons had been evacuated from Oregon and more than 600 in Nevada. Damage estimates ran up to 10 million dollars and likely will go higher. State and national agencies mar- shalled their forces on the immense relief and reconstruction job. They j got a "blank check" go ahead in / President Eisenhower's order declaring northern California a "major disaster arpa." Heavy rain was reported falling early today on the central coast area south of San Francisco, in the southern part of the vast Central Valley and in the Sierra foothills —arousing fears of heavy flooding for the .south central interior. Kiising" Some Except for the dramatic battle 10 save Yuba City and Marysville, flood dangers appeared to be easing t'ur tiip battered northern purl of the sUitL 1 . The Weather Bureau .said uuly Imht rain is expected over northern .sectors today. Following I he levee, break at Yuba = City, authorities at Marysville said I ! the rampagiiii; Feather had dropped j : approximately four inches ana flu- ! I tharUirs cfmu<msly predicted the; ; had passed. More than 1.503 ! men toiled through the night at the • city of Marysville in a desperate \ pftort to hnistrr the sagging levees i with sandbars. San Francisco Chronicle reporter ; Tim Adams telephoned from the ;;scene: i "There i$ p;mic here.' Everyone is pilins into c:irs and taking off. .." The evacuees included many persons who fled their homes in Marysville only yr-sterday and sought refuge in Yubii City. Rebuilding Job To Be Tremendous EDITOR'S NOTE — Associated Press photographer Ernie Bennett flew over the flood-desolated area of the Eel River on California's northwest coast yesterday. He found an almost unbelievable scene of destruction. By ERNIE BENNETT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A flight to the flooded Eel River gorge showed that the job of rebuilding will be truly gigantic. Entire communities were wiped out. railroads and highways were undermined, logs and buildings were swept out into the Pacific Ocean. Bad as it looked to me yesterday, almost everybody I talked to remarked: "But you chould have seen it Thursday." They explained that by rriid- morning Thursday the river was rising three inches every 10 minutes and houses were floating downstream, one after the other. By Friday the river had dropped from 12 to 15 feet and most of the house wrecking was over. The effects still could be seen at places like Eleanor, n little community upriver from Sotla. Only a fev tangles of houses remained in river eddies. The torrent took out a hundred homes and a school. Highways of Mud Hardly a house remained on its foundations at Pepperwood. Some had washed onto the highways. Miles of the highway upriver from Scotia still vere covered with three to six inches of mud after See REBUILDING on Page U Package Makes It The Charles Hinciman family will not be without Christmas all together. Friends have rallied to the aid of the family which lost everything when their home burned' yesterday. Although no public requests for help for the family were forthcoming, many people combined to lend a hand. A house was secured and will be ready for their occupancy soon, and ends oi fnmiliin? are turning: up along with other house- For many overseas GTs, Christmas would be observed much the .same as back home — attending! Christmas Eve parties, church .services and n Christmas Dnyj turkey dinner. The Army promised] nearly a pound of turkey per manj on a dinner that starts with shrimp | cocktail and finishes with mince' pie. Turkey Dinners .The army also arranged to get hot tin-key dinners to troops in the field or units manning isolated radar and communications stations. From American military leaders in Europe came mcssaRC of greet-1 ings to their commands. j These included our from Adm. I See GI on 1'agfi 14 SHAWNEE. Okla. I.-?' — A Shawnee woman WILS lhanktu' today for] the detective work of postal 'offi- j ciaJs in San Francisco. A Christ-1 Odds mas package was. mailed from the j .. California city but the address was! hold items. so mutilated that only two words! One, donor was making arrange- were let-jblc—"Dovic" and "Shaw-j merits for a tree to be set up in nee." The postal workers made a the home. Yesterday's fire was the second in the past year for the family, friends said. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Sunday, Maximum yesterday--(if). Minimum Ihls morning 4f>. aunrlso tomorrow- 7:05. Sunset today—4:55. Moan temperature—58. Precipitation 24 hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)—none. Prcclpitntlon Jan. 1 to fin to--'19:00. This Date Ust Year Maximum yeslrrdrty -51. Minimum tills morninA--3ft. Pr*clpit»tloa Jw. 1 » <Uie-3Q.9S. IIKKK'S WIIKIIK YOUR AIONKY WENT — This is .1 sample of the- contents of the Christmas baskets which were imule possible by. the Good- felln'.v ••T'o'M !:•!• Nnv. C'hri imiis funfl. Needy families will get their bluest, basket ever, thanfca to the Rcnprosily of townspeople. In contrast to Ittst year, basket will contain fresh meat .in the form of n hen. Sklomcut. corn mcnl, milk and other slaplfi items will round out the basket. (Courier News 1'hoio)

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