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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. LI—NO. 891 Blythcville Courier Blytheville Dally Newl Mississippi Volley Leader Blytheville Herald THE POMMANT MWSPAPBB OP VOKTmUn AHKAMiAg AMD 8O01MEAOT MMflOUM BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS,WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 195S TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FITS CENT* North California Begins Mop-Up as Floods Ebb SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California faced the Herculean task of cleaning up after the worst floods in its history today as threats of further danger diminished before the first generally fair weather in two weeks. ., , But the rising toll of known deaths was up to 34 today, and no one could say how many more bodies may be found. Estimates of those missing and possibly dead ranged trom 19 to 35 or more. _ _^ Heroic worfc of Al . my _ NavV| Air Force and Coast Guard men who manned boats, trucks, amphibians helicopters and planes cut the loss oY life by hundreds. Damage estimates rose to 15( million dollars as receding flood waters permitted new assessments o." the inundated areas. Army en gineers said more than a million HERE'S FIRST MODEL OF EARTH SATELLITE-tt's on display at the American Miiseum-Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Encased in a transparent pl.nslic sphere, the works of the projected artificial moon are clearly visible. Standard liubminiature electronic parts are used to show the kind of instruments that may be used in the actual satellites the United States plans to launch within two years The model, 18 inches m diameter and weighing 25 pounds, was built by Associate Editor Herbert R. PHster of Popular Science Monthly. He consulted scientists working on the program. • acres had been under water. The Weather Bureau reported last night in its weekly summarj that as much as 31 inches of rain fell last -veek in north coasta California and that floods from the Oregon line to Visalia 500 mile; south were the worst the state hai ever experienced. No New Floods The crews battling the still swo! len rivers appeared to have sur mounted the last major dange late yesterday. The high ocen tid which backed water up into th San Joaquin - Sacramento delt area east of San Francisco passe without additional flooding. Two of the rich delta islands — Empire Tract and Quimby Island- were flooded Monday night when soggy levee caved in. It had been feared tha others might collapse. Last night in Eureka. Val Peterson. U.S. civil defense director, told state, county and federal officials that within the next two days representatives of "all appropriate agencies" will move Into the flood areas to take up the federal part of the rehabilitation job More Guardsmen Gov. Goodwin Knight yesterday ordered 300 more National Guardsmen to duty and sent them to Yuba City and Marysville, where it was Eisenhower Leaves For Two Weeks Of Rest in Florida Sun WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower flew out of Washington's cold today headed for Key West, Fla., and about two weeks of the sun, rest and outdoor exercise his doctors have prescribed. New Year Traffic Toll Record Seen By WILLIAM J. CONWAY CHICAGO (AP) — Experts who forecast an all-time high traffic toll for the Christmas holidays now predict a record for the New Year weekend. The National Safety Council today estimated that 420 Americans will be killed on streets and roads during the three-day New Year celebration—"unlest. there is < sharp improvement in the drivini habits that shocked the nation last German Reds Free US Army Sergeant BERLIN (AP) — A U. S. Air Force sergeant from Brooklyn held for 24 hours by the Communists in East Berlin after an automobile accident, was back in West Berlin today. ——~+ u. S. Army officials said the ac . , . cident which the Reds blamed Watch Night Rites Saturday Annual watch night services will be conducted at First Christian Church Saturday night beginning at 11:30. Danny Cobb. a ministerial student at Transylvania College, Lexington, Ky., will deliver the watch night message. Highlighting the program will be a candle light communion service. The program will be in charge of the senior Christian Youth Fellowship and will be preceded by progressive dinner at 6:30 p.m. for senior and intermediate CYF students. weekend." The council predicted 560 motor vehicle fatalities for the three-day Christmas hcliday. The number added up to 600. The record for traffic deaths during a New Year holiday is 407. It was set during a four-day period at the end of 1952 and the start of 1953. 420 Deaths Seeu "The cold figures force us to the conclusion that 420 will die,' Ned H. Dearborn, council president, set forth in a statement. "Bu we hope the terrible lesson of the Christmas holiday will be taken to heart by everyone." Let's look at the "cold figures' of this year. Motor vehicle fatal! 1 U 4VJL11I JOY lllc, "111-11. 11. HUJ -- J . tu . that looting and sanitation ties through October totaled 30.98U. might become serious problems as They show a gain of 7 per cen - - the total for the corresponding raters receded from the evacuated cities. The Southern Pacific Railroad resumed direct transcontinental rail service .'rom northern California over the Sierra yesterday and said that Its service to Portland and through the valleys was back to normal. Four-LaneRoad To Air Base Being Sought Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Blytheville Air Force Base will meet with the Ar- _ .„ ,.__. ...... kansas Highway Commission next; CO r^''io7"'that"^oUda'y," and 596 and slippery roads. Soviet author!-1 month to request that the state ; ovel .. all rec ord for that holiday. the sergeant's "drunkenness" tually was due to poor visibility months of 1954. Statisticians figure the year's toll wor't come up to the recorc of 39,696 set in 1941, but it maj approach 38,000. The blackest of the "cold tigure.s" wern recorded this yea on holidays. During the five 1955 holidaj periods traffic accidents cost 2,11! Ifves and the over-all total—includ ing deaths from all accidents causes—was 3,156. Four Records Broken And the loss of life during the 1955 holidays broke four records Here are this year's holiday toll: with traffic deaths listed first am deaths from all accidental cause second. New Year—296 and 362 Memorial Day—369, traffic rec Noted Cartoonist Ham Fisher Dies NEW YORK i/Pi — Ham Fisher, creator of the popular comic strip hero Joe Palooka, was found dead last night in a friend's studio. Nearby were two notes indicating suicide, police reported. Fisher, 54. whose full name \va- Hammond Edward Fisher, wrote in the notes of failing eyesight and a diabetic condition. He said thai he had swallowed some pills. The body was discovered about !) p.m. in the studio oi Moc Left where Fisher had been working late- Qjf f oun d j n ly during his friend's absence from town. ties turned him over to American officials last night at Karlshorst, East Berlin suburb where the Russians have headquarters. Tht Army said this is what happened: M. Sgt. Mike Kliman, 46, stationed at Orly airfield in Paris, paid a Christmas visit to his German wife and her parents n West Berlin. He drove them to visit friends in East Berlin Monday night. Kept in Barred Room The East German Communists claimed Kliman ignored a traffic stop sign and.that several persons were injured in an ensuing accident. He took the injured to a hospital where they received first aid and were dismissed. The Red police told Kliman his car would be returned if he accompanied them to their headquarters. He said they kept him in a barred room. The U. S. Army began its inVes- tigalion after the Reds announced widen State Highway 151 from j BIylheville to the air base to four lanes. Rupert Crafton. chairman of the Chamber's highway . committee, said today he has received notification from the highway department that an appointment had been made for the Blytheville group to discuss the matter with the Commission at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 in Little Rock. Approximately 20 persons representing Blytheville and the Air Force will attend the meeting. The Chamber will prepare a brief on the matter to submit to the Commission. Crafton said since Little Rock is getting a four-lane highway to its air base, he feels Blytheville should The presidential plane Columbine HI took off at 9:15 a.m. It was due at Boca Chica airport, Key West, in something under four hours. Eisenhower's stay could be actor in the decision whether to seek another term. His doctors lope the trip will condition him r or resumption of the full work ioad in about two weeks. How his heart stands that loac could tip the scales one way or he other so far as a re-election bid is concerned. The Key '.Vest visit was an- lounced late yesterday. Eisenhower will stay at the same nava 1 aase which was a favorite vaca- .ion spot of former Presiden Truman. Same Quarters He will occupy quarters whicn he used in 1949 when ,as president of Columbia University, he recu perated at Key West from a gastro intestinal attack. The quarters which Truman occupied on several trips to Florida now have been subdivided and no longer are suit able for a presidential stay. Mrs. Eisenhower is not going The White House noted that he mother Mrs. John S. Doud o Denver is in Washington for the holiday season. Another reason Mrs. Eisenhowei is staying behind is the birth las week of a n.w granddaughter. The baby and her mother Mrs John S. Eisenhower still are il Walter Reed General Hospital. Th President and his wife visited then late yesterday. White House Press Secretar; James C. Hagerty told newsme it is unlikely Eisenhower will turn to Washington for the openin of Congress next Tuesday. Hager ty called such a return unneces sary. To Congress Jan. 5 The President's' annual State the Union message, outlining th adrninistrtion's 1958 legislativ program, will be sent to Congres Jan. 5—two days after the Ian makers convene. Selection of Key West for Eisei bower's visit came as a surpris For that matter, his decision go South at this time did too. Only last week, In replying to a invitation from Key West, Eiser hower said he doubted he would b able to leave Washington with Con gress about to convene. He adde that if he did leave he probabl would travel no further tha Georgia, where he has vacatione in the past. There was speculation that th President's doctors overrode a inclination on his part aginst Southern trip, and that they specif cally recommended Florida. Independence Day—^7 and 805 See TRAFFIC on Page 10 Senators Skeptical Of Red Defense Cut By G. MILTON KELLY . WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont) said today "we shouldn't be taken in" • Russia's announced plans to cut its military budget by 10 per cent next year. "We must : ulbright Believes; teep our defenses up," he cautioned. US Should Stress Non-Military Part Of Foreign Policy WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) advocated today that the United States emphasize the nonmilitary aspects oi its foreign program. He said he believes it a mistake* :or the administration to continue stressing military might and "massive retalition." Russian leaders, he said, are well aware that neither side could win an atomic war and aren't likely to set out deliberately to start such a war. The United States, he told a reporter, should accept "competitive coexistence" as a realty and proceed from there. It should do its utmost to make friends in other countries and aid other nations in their education, economy, culture and the like, he .id. Must Remain Strong Fulbright emphasized, however, that he has not advocating that this country lit down its guard In any way and said it must remain strong and alert. No. 3 Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Fulbright said he is not upset by extravagant promises which Russian leaders made in a recent tour of Asia. "Let them GUtpromise us, if they wish," he said. "Personally, I don't think they can deliver 01 their big promises. li they can de liver then they must have a prettj good syslem .nd we should try to get along with them." "Wait and See" But. he said, he would oppose having the United States rush in and seek to outpromise the Rus sians. Noting that top Russian leaders had promised Afghanist-n aid .to the tune of 100 million dollars, Ful bright said, "Let's see how i works out — it's the long range program We're inlerested in For instance, he said, there have been reports that India had "cooled riff" in its feelings toward the Auto Tags Go on Sale Tuesday New 1956 motor vehicle license tags will go on sale in the Arkansas revenue office at City HaU Tuesday, Jan. 3, Revenue Inspector U. W. Mullins announced. The inspector said all applicants should check the following seven points, as required by law, before attempting to purchase their tags, 1. A pink registration slip (only if registering the car). 2. The title number of the car either on the pink slip, the certifi cate of title or on a card or lettei furnished by the lienholder. 3. A copy of the 1956 persona property assessment. 4. Proof of payment of 1954 per sonal property taxes (1954 taxe are assessed in that year but pall in 1955.) 5. Motor vehicle owners whc have lost or mislaid the 1954 per sonal property tax receipt are urged to secure a duplicate fron the County Tax Collector withou delay. 6. If. for any reason, the moto vehicle owner did not owe any 195 personal property taxes in thi State, such owner must secure statement to that effect from hi County Tax Assessor. 1. On all new and unregistered vehicles applicant must presen Manufacturer's Certificate of Or: gin. H:iserly See EISENHOWER on Page 10 •heck showed United States after the visit of I See FUUililGHT on Page 10 A Tip for New Year's Eve: Fresh Air Wont Sober You Up, Scientist Warns Party-Goers By ALTON L. BLAKESLEE AP Science Reporter ATLANTA (AP) — Don't count on a walk in fresh air to sober up quickly if you overim- favorable conssd-i bibe on New Year's Eve. eration by the state. Maid of Cotton Finals Tonight MEMPHIS (If) — Beauty, personality, background and training For getting more oxygen doesn't help you burn up excess alcohol faster, a scientist said A r^ii- iiinfTfuin r\f tVnch nir wnn'f mnk'n vnii a saffu" driver. '"drunken American" had caused will be sought by seven judges j pared for the American Assn. for j n -uiu-i".! . t on ig ht when they select the 19f>6 i the Advancement of science. I Maid of Cotton. I It takes five to six hours for [ Twenty-three contestants from 13 : your body to burn up tour ounces j cotton producing'states are seeking j of whisky, he snid. And experi-j today. A few lungfuls of fresh air won't make you a safer driver. The tip comes from Dr. Theo-* dore Koppanyi. professor of pharmacology at the Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C. Dr. Koppanyi discussed alcoholic poisoning in a paper pre the accident. Kliman's release j erne several hours after the Americans requester; the Soviets to locate the sergeant. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight, wanner this afternoon. Thursday partly cloudy with scattered showers and turning colder. High this afternoon, high 50s to low 80s; low tonight, In the 40s. MISSOURI: Partly cloudy and warmer this afternoon; windy west and north; partly cloudy tonight «.nd Thursday; warmer east and south tonight and southeast Thursday; turning colder extreme northwest late tonight; widely scattered showers Thursday; low tonight 30s extreme northwest to 40s elsewhere; high Thursday 40s extreme northwest to around 60 east and south. Maximum yesterday—55. Minimum this morning—J5. Sunrise tomorrow— I'M. Sunset today—4:57. Mean temperfttur&-45. Precipitation M hours (7 ».m. to 7 p.m.)—none. Precipitation Jnn, t to date—49:00. Thli Date Uil Year Maximum yesterday—AS. Minimum thU mornlM—W. . i to d>M—U.74. LOS ANOELES Vfi— Oil has been struck in Boyle Heights, a residential area just east of downtown Los Angeles. Richfield Oil Corp. said its first \vell has been completed there and is flowing at 170 barrels a day. Gas production was recorded at a rate of 60.000 cubic feet a day Additional wells will b drilled before the potential of the structure can be evaluated, Richfield said. JACKSONVILLE. Ark. (AP) — A ,. h(! title. i ments indicating that breathing! found murdered near here yesterday, four days after he left IRS to Help Tax Payers With Returns WASHINGTON W}—The Internal Revenue Service stands ready to fill out your income tax returns for you next year, as in years past. Russell C. Harrington, the new internal revenue commissioner, yesterday countermanded orders which would have barred such help to all but the , illiterate, the physically handicapped and persons unable to read English. The original orders were issued to all regional and district tax offices last Oct. 17 at the direction of Harrington's predecessor T. Coleman Andrews. They had evoked some protests in Congress. Those instructions said the taxpayer assistance program should be limited to showing citizens how to prepare their returns, but should. not furnish "unlimited service to all taxpayers . . ." Harrington told his subordinates yesterday the revenue service's policy is "to provide ail taxpayers with all of the advice and assistance they SUEZ, Egypt i.-Pi — Yugoslavia need in preapring their returns. . ." President Tito arrived here today | He said the previously issued in- 14-vear-oki bov was i a^rd Lhe training ship Caleb [or I ^ructions were "too restrictive." Caruthersville Mart Is Placed On Probation CARUTHERSVILLE — Walte Peeler, 33, Caruthersville plumbe was placed on probation for tv, years by United States Distrii Judge Roy W. Harper in St. Louis Peeler pleaded guilty to thn ccunts of a 37-count indictmer which charged him with fraud consection with FHA loans. Th government dismissed 34 counts. Peeler was charged with obtain ing FHA loans for home improve mcnt without spending the mom for purposes specified in the appll cations. 14-Year-Old Boy Found Tito Arrives j For Egypt Visit Slain Near Jacksonville Mansfield, a member of tte Sea- Foreign Relations Committee, uggested the development could can a Soviet switch to heavier eliance on atomic striking power. Several other senators oi both olitical parties also were openly keptical of the Soviet Union's io -ntions. Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) said he "very skeptical that there Is any uth in the statement that Russia reducing her military expend!- ures by 10 per cent." Sen. Dworshak (R-Idaho) said, When I have proof, I'll believ* "With Grain of Salt" Sen. Potter (R-Mich) said he akes the Russian announcement with a large grain of salt." McClellan, Dworshak and Potter erve on the Senate Appropriations 'ommittee. The Soviet Parliament, meeting n Moscow, has been asked to ap- irove a' 1956 budget which pro-ides for defense appropriations otaling 1021/2 billion rubles. This nearly 10 per cent below the 955 estimate of 112,122.000,000 ubles. Approval is a foregone con- lusion. Although the Russians peg the uble at 25 cents, its purchasing sower is considerably less. The actual Russin military out- 1 is not fully reflected in its defense appropriations figure bemuse many directly related items are hidden under other budget leadings. $34.5 Billion U. S. defense spending currently s at annual rate of 34!/j billion dollars. Mansfield said, "We not only have cut all we can afford to in our military spending, we have nade some cuts we shouldn't afford." He said the Eisenhower Adminis:ration's proposals to ask Congress for a billion-dollar increase in the defense budget lor the bookkeeping year starting July 1 "will not provide any more muscle" but would go to meet higher costs of defense items. Potter said the Russians' "public announcements and their actions are far different things," adding: "Our Intelligence agencies tell us of a large buildup in their air force and their submarines, which doesn't seem to fit in well with a 10 per cent cut in their budget." The new maid leaves tomorrow for New York where she will, receive a course in modeling and an all cotton wardrobe. Then she will be off on an international tour promoting the cotton industry. Flooded Area SAN FRANCISCO 1*1—Army engineers estimated that one million acres of northern California were under water at the height of last week's flood, 600,000 along the coast and 400,000 in valleys. Another City Family Loses Its Clothing, Furniture in Blaze Another Blytheville family has lost practically everything- it owns in one of three similar fires over the past week. Friends of the Tart family on East Moultrie report thai all the family's furniture, bcdclothing and clothes were destroyed by a fire yesterday. Mr. Tart Is hospitalized and unable to work and they have five children. They include three girls, aged 10, eight and seven ,and two boys, 15 and i years old. Mrs. Virginia Robinson, president ol Bl/Uievllle Council «I Church, women, said that group is taking the lead in attempting to gather clothes for the Tarts, Clothing, bedclothes and furniture may 'be left at Mississippi County Health Unit near the County Court House where BCC worfc- ers will call for it. •. Monday, a fire destroyed most nf the clothes of the Ben Shanks family at 1521 W. Hearn and last week, the C. A. Hindman home was gutted by fire. Friends of the two families have worked to help them replace their nearly pure oxygen speeds sober-j n i s trailer home to attend a movie and then disappeared. ing are not borne out by other T h e r e's also disagreement "ft was either sex crime or The boy. Joe King, moved to .somebody was mad nt him," said whether injections of insulin or a! Shcriif Tom Gullcy. sugar, glucose, speed the rate of | burning up alcohol. ! Prom limited experiments, in- : jections of another form of sugar,. fructose, do look promising for making the human body get rid; Dr. Kdppanyi in his talk - has re- 1 ported that both houses of the So- Okays Budget ported benefits from eating honey in sobering up and avoiding hangover. Honey contains fructose. Dr. Koppanyi said enough drinks to make your blood contain from 0.1S to 0.45 per -ent (15 to 45 hundredth!! per cent) alcohol produce Inebriation. More drinks than that produce coma. A blood content of from '.i to 1 per cent alcohol "Is within the possibly fatal range." He warned there Is a "low margin of safety" be'ween an anesthetic dose of Alcohol, and a lethal dose. The total dose varies With individuals, but drinking from one to two pints of 100 proof distilled whisky In » short time has killed people. There is no treatment lor specific, reliable severe alcoholic coma, he said. Good nursing care and use of certain drugs sometimes art) very useful. vict Parliament today approved the 1956 government budget promising a cut in defense spending. The budget outlined to the 1,400 delegates of the supreme Soviet estimates next year's expenditures at 568ft billion rubles, ol which 102',: billion is earmarked for defense. The defense item is nearly 10 per cent below the 1955 estimate of 112'i billion rubles. Many defense items are hidden under other budget categories. Enough Wrecks TOKYO I*—A traffic survey sued by the polled board today listed a record 252 vehicle accidents a day in Japan, involving n deaths and 207 Injuries. It said this record placed Japan third in the world, behind Egypt and Colombia, In the rate of fatalities per number of vehicles. special train for Cairo M I l_ Premier Gamal Abdel; Jfgn. JOSIIISOn Jacksonville last October with his family from Wichita Pails. Tex. His stepfather Sgt. James H. King is stationed at the nearby Little Rock Air Force base. Their home is in Charleston. W. Va. When young King's body was found by an Air Force search party in a rural irea south of here. Gulley said he feared the boy had been a victim of sexual deviate. Strangled An autopsy showed he had been strangled but reveal no evidence that he had been molested sexually. Coroner Howard Dishongh said he also had been struck on the head, but the blow had not been severe enough to kill him. Dishongh snld the preliminary examination led him to believe the boy died late Friday, the day he disappeared. Gulley said he planned to question the boy's stepfather today. The boy's mother, reported in a state of shock, was under a doctor's care and could not talk to police. Gulley also, snid he planned to question a boy who attended school with Joe In this central Arkansas town of 2,500. He snid he wns told that Joe. "a boy who could take care of himself," had had "some trouble with a boy at school." boarded to meet Nasser. A special delegation headed by- Co!. Hussein Shafei, minister of social affairs, welcomed Tito. The Yugoslav President has just ended a state visit to Ethiopia. An Egyptian communique said Tito and Nasser will hold "some talks" during the visit. The subjects to be discussed were not disclosed. There has been some speculation Tito might try to mediate the Egyptian-Israeli dispute, but this was denied earlier this month by the influential Belgrade newspaper Medeljne. Gets Check-up HOUSTON I.T1 Johnson (D-Tex — Sen. Lyndon leaves tomorrow by plane for Rochester. Minn., and the Mayo Clinic to undergo a physical checkeup to determine whether he can continue as Senate majority leader. In Washington next Tuesday, Iw will make his first speech Ir, the Capitol since .suffering a heart attack last July, He will address a women's National Press Club banquet. Masked Robber at Dyess Takes $250 from Store Cash Register DYESS—W. A, Sharp, owner and operator of a service station and store here, was robbed at yourself and you won't get hurt." The man, dressed in a grey suit and dark hat, appeared to have a gunpoint of about $250 in his store slight limp. Sharp said. He appar- Inst night, Deputy Sheriff Clyde Barker reported today. Shr.i'P said a masked man entered his store about 8:15. last night with a gun In his hand, took his hillfold nnd rifled the cash register, oblninm gabout »230 to $260 in cash. A tall, slender white man, wearing » red bnndnna over his face, the junmaa told. Shall) to " o.ntly had no car, at least, none wa heard to drive away. He also took a .38 caliber Colt revolver hanging under a sheU la the store, seemingly knowing beforehand where the gun wa», Barker said. Barker and other oTfleen ed the area until niter but found no trace at UK nuuv

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