The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 26, 1956 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 26, 1956
Page 7
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THURSDAY, APRIL », 1996 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVFN Supreme Court's Ruling on Bus Desegregation Causing Confusion By JAMES MAKLOW Astoclaled Preii News Anil/it WASHINGTON (AP).— There has been confusion this week — but it's hard to see why — on the Supreme Court's action on racial segregation in buses which operate entirely within a state. Ten years ago the court banned segregation on interstate buses — those which cross state lines — but never had ruled on whether segregation on intrastate buses also was unconstitutional. It faced that question this week. The court's action—or the man- far. To Court of Appcill ner in which it acted—was widely interpreted as meaning segrega< tion on intrastate buses is unlawful. Almost at once bus lines in 13 Southern cities ended segregation. Then some lawyers who never have been named were reported as saying this kind of interpretation was going too far, that the court hadn't actually said segregation on intrastate buses was unlawful. True, the court didn't say that in so many words. But -if the English language has any meaning the court in effect ruled that'segre- g? tion on intrastate buses must end. Some of the confusion is due to the way the court handled the case. No Reasoned Opinions For reasons of its own, court—ever since ruling May 17 1954, against public school segregation — has given no reasoned opinions in its subsequent decisions outlawing segregation in 'other fields, such as public parks. It has simply issued legal orders. This is the background: South Carolina, by law, has compelled bus companies operating within the state to make Negroes ride behind white passengers. The buses in Columbia, S.. C t . are run by the South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. On June 22. 1954 — just a little over a month after the Supreme Court had banned public school segregation — a Negro woman, Sarah Mae Flemming, boarded a crowded, segregated bus in Columbia. Negroes were standing. When a whit'e passenger got up, Sarah Flemming sat down. This put her in front of. two white passengers. Thd bus driver ordered her out of there. She charged later she not only had to leave the seat but that the driver hit her. She sued the company in Federal District Court for $25,000 damages, claiming her constitutional rights to equal treatment had been violated. She wouldn't have a right to sue in federal court unless there was a constitutional violation. The case went before U.S. Judge George Bell Timmerman. The company asked him to dismiss the suit. There was no trial for The judge said: Was the segregation law unconstitutional? If not, the woman had no case in his court. He ruled bus segregation was constitutional. The woman took her case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, In Richmond, Va. It was this same • court which had ruled — and been upheld by the Supreme Court last November — that state laws compelling segregation in public parks were unconstitutional. The appeals court did the same in this case: it said Judge Timmerman was wrong, that intrastate bus segregation is unconstitutional. It told Timmerman to j reverse his ruling, and did so with j this language: "The case will be remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent herewith." That meant the woman's suit for damages would now have to go to trial in Timmerman's court and Timmerman should tell the jury the bus segregation law of South . damages. The case didn't get that Carolina is unconstitutional. The utility company, fighting this ruling, appealed to the Supreme Court. That court dismissed the appeal, sending the case back to Timmerman. Instructions Unchanged The Supreme Court, in sending the case back, let the court of appeals instructions to Timmerman stand unchanged. It had had this appeal under consideration for weeks, and could have said something against the appeals court ruling, but it didn't. Now if the woman wins damages, or if the company wins, this case may come back to the Supreme Court several years from now. The Supreme Court then may say more on the subject than it did now. But since Timmerman is under instructions to tell the jury the Carolina law ¥ unconstitutional, the Supreme Court would be in a strange position if at some later date it ruled it had thought all along the Carolina segregation law was constitutional. Kids Take Pop at His Word; All Six to Wed Saturday BLENHEIM, pnt. (iP)— When the four girls, the order In which they kids said they wanted to get mar-i will stand at the alter and so on. ried, Papa Leo Dorsser stated firmly he would attend "only one wedding." That's what they're going to have—in sextuplicate. On Saturday morning six Dors- sers will gather at the alter of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church to exchange marriage vows with six other residents of this southern Ontario town. It will be the biggest multiple wedding in the modern history of Canada. The marrying Dors&ers On the female side are Grada, Mien, Christien, and Dora. The two brothers are Andre and Cor. They will marry, in the order listed, Ben Luiking, Gerad Willemsen, Sjaak Van Haren, Wim Vandeberg, Annie Heuvelmans and Joanna Menheere. Church authorities are busy figuring out the details for the ceremony—how the party will go up the aisle, how one father will escort the A local bakery is turning out wedding cakes—all different. Wrong Color NEW YORK (fl*)—When. Segura Attilina .a tight •- wire performer with Barnum & Bailey Circus, went to mail a letter here last week she pulled a fire alarm lever. In Spain the mail boxes are red, she explained yesterday to Magistrate Reuben Levy', and she thought she was opening a mail slot. Levy dismissed the case. FOR ATHLETES FOOT Use T-4-I, for 3 to 5 days-Witcli the old United skin slough off leaving hcalth.v, hardy skin. If not pleased with powerful, instant-drying T- 4-L, jour 40c back at any drug store. Today at* Kirby Brothers. SKIN ITCH Parents Held in Starvation Death of Five-Year-Old Son EASTON, p a . w>—Five-year-old William. Monitor had died of starvation before his father threw the body into the Delaware River. Coroner George T. Ktunetz said last night. The body was recovered yesterday. Police held the father, Alfred Mealier, t)0. and his '*4-year-old wife pencil MI; a further hearing on charges of failure to provide the] boy with necessities of life. | State police said Meuller signed a statement that the boy died lasi Saturday night after long confine- ment in his locked room for punishment. They quoted Meuller as saying that, fearing trouble with authorities, he placed the boy's body in a weighted burlap suck and threw it into the river. Knmetz. making a partial report on his autopsy, said the body bore no marks of violence, that it weighed 16'i pounds when taken from the water and that death was duei to malnutrition and neglect, j Dlst. Atty, Clinton B. Palmer said ' it would be several days before he decided whether to place additional charegs against the Meullers, parents of four other children. Bullet in Head Only Give Man A 'Headache' SACRAMENTO, Calif. W) — A rifle bullet went through William H. Miller's hend but lie complained only of a "slight headache." Miller told authorities his .303- caliber rifle discharged accidentally yesterday while he was cleaning It. The bullet entered just above hU right eye. He .said he walked half a block: for help. Doctors said there was no brain damage and called Miller'* condition satisfactory. Read Courier News Classified Ada. Narrow Ledge Saves Youngster LEGUiNA BEACH, Calif. (4>| Mark Edwards, 2, isn't fully aware how close lie came to death. The boy fell 10 feet down Ihe al most perpendicular cliff overlooking the rocky surf here yesterday. He landed on a narrow ledge, just \vide enough to hold him. Mark had been walking with his mmdmother lilts. Alfred Bauer. She stopped for an Instant to look at some flowers and in an instant le was gone. Mrs. Bauer was horrified as she ooked down on Mark, but she impressed on the tot the necessity ot •emainiiiB still. If he had squirmed FOR SALE OR LEASE Large warehouse on railroad PO 3-6261 A. G. Shibley Blyrheville, Ark. RAH RAH 0 0 M P H - She knows what she wants and how she can get it She's Barbara Nichols, Hollywood's newest bombshell "It's personality that sells in the movies, not great acting," says she. "I'll never follow Marilyn's wiggles into the 'I-want-to-be-a-great•stress' league." 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