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Tuesday, January 3, 1956
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER: OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 28t Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES' SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS RedsGain In French Elections Communists Get 151 Seats In Assembly By CARI, HAKTMAN PARIS (AP) — France's national elections — called Premier Edgar gamble ihat they would bring a strong, stable government — have produced ~only the prospect of more years of shaky, short-lived coalitions. Moreover, future premiers wil be burdened with a more power ful bloc of Communists hi the National 9ssembly and a new, al most certainly obstructionist fac tion, . the antitax followers o Pierre Poujade, Both the Communists and thi Poujadists appeared to be bene ficiaries of a heavy' protest vote So compounded is the factiona contusion of the new Assembly that it appeared today a Socialis rather than a leader of any o the big parties might be the firs premier as-a result of yesterday's balloting. Majority Split Complete unofficial returns from •all except overseas territories gave the middle-of-the-road parties a majority. But this majority was split between the party alliances headed by Faure and his arch riva former Premier Pierre Mendes Frane. Together they contro about 350 of the Assembly's 544 seats. The Communists, with 151 seats emerged as the biggest single par ty in the legislature and the Pou jadlsts sprang a surprise by elect Ing 49 deputies In their first test at the polls. Faure's ' right-of-center alliance won. about 193 seats and Mendes France's .let t-bf-center party group ing — which: includes 88 Socialist winners — took about 156. Fewer Seats The Socialists have fewer seats than they had in the old Assembly a'result of the complexities of the French election law. But they in creased their popular vote and theirs is the best disciplined part; in French politics. These -were the factors experts were considering when they said one of the top '.Socialists — Christian . Pineau or Guy Mollet, perhaps —" may be asked by President Rene Coty to try to form the first Cabinet from the" new Assembly. Increase of 54 seats in the Communists' strength and the emergence of the Poujadists brought a sharp rise in the price of gold on the unofficial French market, a sympton of uneasiness matching the weakness of the franc in foreign exchange rates recently Stock market prices in some issues also dipped as much as 10 per cent: Faure at once called for a reunion of his forces with those of Mendes-France to rebuild the moderate coalitions which have governed France since 1947. But there was no immediate echo from Mendes-France, a close associate of Faure until they split last year. "The first results of the vote," Mendes-France said In a statement, "confirm the discredit into which the outgoing majority has fallen." 3 Possibilities With no faction anywhere near a majority of the Assembly member- See REDS on Page 2 California Flood Toll Is Now 59 SAN FRANCISCO W)—The finding of two more bodies yesterday raised California's flood death total to 59. And the Red-'Cross reported that food and medicine are beinR parachuted, daily to six families still isolated 12 days alter- all bridges in their area were swept away. The airlifted supplies are beins dropped to 27 persons in a mountain district between Weott and Miranda in Humboldt County. The flooding Eel River washed away their bridges. Another body was recovered yesterday at YUba City, raising Sutter County's death toll to 31, and one was found In Santa Cruz. County, where the toll stands at eight. Guatemala Plot Said Quashed ''GUATEMALA (ff) — ..President Carlos' Castillo Armas' government says It broke' up a plot on:New Year's Eve led by lesser members of the pro-Communist regime of ousted President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. , A government spokesman said former officials arrested Included Health Director Luis Oaltch, For- M(n Ministry publicity chief Carto> Zithrlsson Jr. and Roberto Barillas Itaguirre, former director of the Cooperative Development Institute. German Soldnn in US NEW YORK (/PH-The flrit Ger- mtn soldier* to come to tlie United 8t*t« in uniform «mce World War n arrived hire by plane yesterday to MUdr M V, *, Army nchooli. The H offtetn and enllitM men from Wtst Otmwnjf'i new army will be tor* JNM HUM to *to monta. COCNCILMEN TAKE OATHS — Two incumbents and one freshman member of City Council took their oaths of office this morning in City Hall. They are Jimmy Stevenson, Ward Two's new Council member; E. M. (.Buddy) Terry, Ward Three, and Leslie Moore, Ward Four! .The latter are incumbents. (Courier News Photo) : New Look Set Up For City's Police Mayor Toler Buchanan today announced wide reorganizational plans for Blytheville including departmentalization of all branches, a "proper" accounting system and a police training program. . . . • . . ' i No "wholesale turnover in personnel" was pledged and a three-shift police department to be administered by a three-member citizens' commission was anticipated. Israeli Leaders Warn Arab States Of Threat of War JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's two top leaders have placed the Arab states on notice that the Jewish nation will beat off any attacks from her neighbors. But they told Parliament yesterday Israel does not'want to start another Holy Land war. They cautioned against the - belief; that -wo r is unavoidable. .The stern, statements came,from Premier David Ben-Qurion, advocate of Israel's "activist" policy, and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett, who'has urged a course of restraint Declaring that all the Middle East countries but . Israel and Turkey are a "whirlpool of disturbances," Ben-Gurion urged Israelis to be ready for the danger of imminent war." "May Ignite War" "We shall be grievously at fault," he said, "If v;e do not see with open eyes the imminent danger of attack by Egypt—and perhaps not only by that country . . ." "In this confused, crazy, elecetri- fied atmosphere," he continued, "any spark in any quarter may ignite a conflagration of an unfor- seeable extent, .and results. We shall be grievously at fault if we are not • re'ady and prepared for any-eventuality,—-—- :•--• .1 "It is the dut yand. right of the state of Israel to defend, the lives brTts'" citizens "and'"its ;territoria Integrity like every other free anc sovereign, state, arid it will do so with all the :mei.ns at its disposal as long as it is necessary." Denounced Arms Deals Sharett, who reportedly had led a fight within Ben-Gurion's own Mapai party against the Premier's more exetremist .views, spoke out in much the same vein yesterday. He denounced both the Czechoslovak-Egyptian arms deal and the "flow to Egypt of British military equipment." "Israel Uoes not intend to provoke any Arab state to war," he said, "she will stand ready to beat off an attack and fight back any aggressive war, but she will not initiate aggression against anyone Kefauver to Enter Florida Primary JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Sen. Estes Kefauver today announced he would enter Florida preferential primary next month for the Democratic presidential nomination. He said at & press conference he would enter the race against Adlai Stevenson who already has said he would be in the primary. He was asked , the question last night when he appeared on a TV 'orum on station WMBR but he said only that he regarded the May 29 primary Important politically. "What happens in Florida will Have great influence on what hap- }cns elsewhere," he said. Florida IBS "an excellent primary law" which permits candidates to discuss the issues fulls 1 , he said. Kefauver has already announced he will enter the New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and California primaries. Stevenson has said he will run in the California and Florida primaries. In the Florida balloting four years ago, Kefauver got 5 delegates votes to 19 for Sen: Richard B. Russell of 'Georgia. Kefauver was emphatic in saying the vice presidential nomination la 'not in my s calculations at all." "I'm running for one office and one office alone," he said. "If I wevc running for vice president I would- ;'t be malting all this effort." Later 'ake Cop Nobbed TAIPEI, Formosa (*) — Wang nun-lien, .. 25, ' was arrested at Caohsung today for nosing us a plalnclothesman and flriing cyclists on the spot for riding without lights. He .had collected <15, police said. Fin Atop tHM PARIS (JT)—Fire broke o«t »top he steel-skeletoned Eiffel Tower arly today.'It WM brought under control by firemen who panted nil he way .to UM top <X Uw MMoot tructun an took , he told reporters, "I'll either get the nomination for president or nothing at all." Cardiff Picked As Welsh Capita! CARDIFF, Wales (fl>j— After doing without one for centuries, Wales at last has a capital. It is Cardiff, and all Welshmen feel better now that they can look to some place as headquarters for their national aspirations. The 2,597,000 Welshmen who live in Wales can now look the English, Scots and northern Irish in the eye without, envy. For years there had been agitation to have some Welsh community designated capital. No special change is anticipated in Cardiff, which boasts one of the finest civic centers in Britain. There will be no capital building and no more government offices than there were before the official declaration was made. • Bank Call Issued WASHINGTON (/Pi — The comptroller of the currency today Issued for a statement of the condition of all national banks at the close of business Saturday, Dec. SI. Hurt by Firecracker Dan L. Henderson, Negro son ol Ellgah Anderson of Armorel, was treated and released from Blythe- vllle Hospital yesterday after a lighted firecracker went off In hl« mouth, The ohiM said h« WM "playlaf" Buchanan promised the peopli "bright outlook for a better city— a city we can point to with pride as our. own home town." The. announcement came ,in, press interview following the .new council's first executive: meeting this morning as the city., settlec down from a somewhat-confused administrative situation over the weekend. i Court Rulei Up until shortly before noon yes. terday, Blytheyille residents sure knowledge of who was mayor of police chief. • • • ' It was decided 'definitely that Buchanan and his appointee, Charlie Short, would serve, ; however when the State Supreme. Court granted Buchanan a permanent writ ol prohibition. : - . 1 TJiat.,writ, prohibited Chancery Court". participation in the : E, R. Jackson-Buchanan election dispute, 'Chancery Judge'Leer.Ward; bCCa gould, had restrained Buchanan from taking office, until the election contest Was .'settled in Circuit Court. _ .-• , The Supreme Court, however, negated that order by the writ. Buchanan is Blytheville's mayor, pending the election suit. Short took over the chief's office yesterday afternoon,, after it had been vacated by former-chief John Foster who announced he would not quit his post until the Supreme Court decision was made. Speaking on "departmentalization" of governmental branches, Buchanan said organizational charts will be drawn for street, sanitation, utilities and maintenance departments. ; Jobs Outlined Responsibilities, duties, chains of commands and work scopes will be definitely outlined, he said. The new mayor, enlarging on his pledge of no "wholesale turnover in personnel," said that the reorganization of departments will make sure that each employe "will have something to do"' and ''if we don't have a job for them, we don't want to consider continuing paying them." Speaking on his proposal to install a "proper accounting .system" Buchanan said it would provide for a better accounting within departments. "This is no reflection upon the city clerk," he said.'"He has made proper accounting of monies turned over to him. It means that we believe there has not been thorough accounting in some departments. We feel that there is a possibility that the city clerk is not getting a complete report on city funds." He referred to "receipts issued on torn scraps of paper" as being the practice of some departments. The police commission is not yet definite, Buchanan said, but "is in our present thoughts." He said "thinking" Is to set up the commission on an appointive basis with terms of two, four and six,years. A replacement would be appointed every two years, he said. Merit System Hiring and firing of police would x the commission. Police would be accountable to the chief and he, in turn, to the commission and mayor. The department would be on a 'merit system." A,training program In traffic and criminal activities will be installed in the department under Chief Short,'the mayor said. The fire department's training program will be continued. He said the fire department's training' program is operating "In an exemplary manner." Police have been working two 15- hour shirts daily. Buchanan said three desk sergeants have been appointed; and beginning immediately will work three shifts of eight hours duration. "Eventually, we hope to put the entire police .department on three shuts," he »ld. F»Hee Penmncl In addition to Short, the mayor announced the appointment of Butt ROM, Dick Burns and Max Koonct, M IMW policemen. Rots will sem ai desk sergeant. RMppolnted were Buford Yourie «•* POUCB •• fan » Ike Talks Budget With Top Aides New Blueprint Said Total $63 Billion By MARVIN I,. ARROWSMITH KEY WEST,'Fla. (AP) — President Eisenhower and a •p fiscal aide confer today on a new federal spending blueprint reportedly totaling about 63 billion dollars. Their budge* talk at Eisenhower's var.ntion headquaPters . here most likely will touch on whether the administration may be able to call for a tax cut in the fiscal year starting July 1, on the eve of the presidential election campaigns. A final decision, however, may'be delayed for several months. Budget Director Rowland R Hughes flew to. Key West from .Washington last night for a session with the President, recuperating here from his Sept. 24 heart attack. Hughes was accompanied by Eisenhower's economic adviser, Dr. Gabriel Hauge. Hop« for Reduction The budget conference came as the' second session of the Democratic-controlled 84th Congress was about to convene in the capital. Both Hughes and Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey have said they hope taxes can be reduced. But they have'declared too that a decision must await determination whether .the budgete for the new fiscal year can be balanced. After, a conference witii Eisenhower 'in November, Hughes reported that the new budget was shaping up "in the same general area" as the expected speiidlng figure for the current year ending June 30—around 63 billion dollars. Businew With Relaxation Mixing business with 'relaxation yesterday, Eisenhower spent 2Vi hours working.on 'iis budget message, which will go to Congress about the middle of this month. His State of the Union message-^out- llnlng his 1956 legislative program in general terms—will be .read to the. Senate, and House Thursday by clerks. After work, yesterday Eisenhower practiced golf shots and during the afternoon listened. to the Orange ,-;Bowl game at Miami, in which Oklahoma' beat Maryland 20-8. Mrs. Elsenhower, who came to Key West Saturday, planned to fly back to Washington today with her mother Mrs. John S. Doud of Denver. 2nd Session of 84th Congress Convenes Bitter Battles Seen Over Farm Program, Tax Issue Eden and Cabinet Meet to Discuss Mid-East Crisis By ARTHUR GAVSHON LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Eden called his Cabinet today to discuss the growing crisis in the Middle East and to consider Laborite demands for parliamentary debate on the government's policy of selling arms to Arabs and Is- FBI Identifies Body of Man Found Slain LITTLE ROCK (/PI— The body of a man found strangled near here was identified by the Federal Bureal of Investigation today as Joseph Stanislaus Kustelski, 42, native of Minnesota. In a telegram to Sheriff Tom Qulley, the FBI in Washington said the fingerprints of the dead man matched those of Kustelski who was born Jan. 25, 1913 at Winona, Minn. The FBI said Kustelski was fingerprinted by the Army In 1942. The identity of the victim, whose clothing had been stripped of labels, had remained a mystery since the body was discovered Wednesday southwest of Little Rock. The coroner said the'man had been strangled. A belt was found around the dead man's neck.' Kustelski was the second of three persons found murdered in Arkan- during a 3-day period. The crimes all remain unsolved. City Finally Gets Its First Baby Blytheville's hospitals finally got their first baby of 1956 just'before midnight last night. Mrs. Perry Kennedy gave birth to a girl at 11:45 last night to become the first mother of the new year in any of the city's hospitals. She is a patient In Chickasawba Hospital. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Not much change In temperatures. High this afternoon, low o'mid «0«;-low tonight, high ZOs to low 30s. MISSOURI: Partly cloudy this afternoon; generally fair tonight and Wednesday; a little warmer northeast this afternoon; continued mild tonight and Wednesday; low tbnlRht » northeast to 35 southwest; high Wednesday 50-56. Maximum yesterday—60. Minimum this morning—32. S'unrlM tomorrow—7 ;08, Sunset toddy-—3:M. Metn tompernture—44. Precipitation M hour. 1 a.m. M 7 i.m.l—non«,' rrfefpfutlon An. 1 to d«t«—non«. Tkll Dlte I ill Twr MMlmum j«t«nlM— It, Minimum thin mornln|t~-M. mat Itatkm J«». 1 to «*«•-.«. WASHINGTON (AP) — The 84th Congress today convened its second session which will draw the.issues — -• and perhaps make or break hopes of potential candidates — in the 1956 presidential election year. .The lawmakers gathered in an atmosphere of post-holiday joviality, but they were already jockeying over such vote-important questions as a farm program — tabbed' No. 1 by both parties — tax reduction, foreign aid and highway building. — • —• ™— • * And the Democrats, in control of the congressional machinery, were talking anew about investigations, commonly an enthusiastic pastime of election years. House Democratic leader Me- Cormack (Mass) said he thought his party should center its investigations on "control of government by big business." . "This" administration is dominated by' big business," , McCormack told reporters, "and I think the public should know the extent to which big business has taken over." Traditionally, the Congress conducts no legislative business until it received the President's-annual State of the. Union message: Message Due Thursday President Eisenhower, recupeiv ating at Key 1 : West, Fla., from:hi»' Sept. 24. heart .attack, will- send the message. .to the Capitol on Thursday. It will be read by clerks. Eisenhower.will return to Washington next, .weekend. -At present, he has schedulede. no personal appearance before the legislators: Once again, .the .session will put to a test, the question of how well a Republican administration and & Democratic - controlled Congress can work, .together. The Democrats outnumber the Republicans 49-47 in the Senate and • 230-203 • in the House. Two House seats- are vacant; They were held by. Democrats. The Republicans, behind the .banner of Preside n t-Eisenhower, swepet Into power in the 1952 elections, but two years later they lost control of Congress to the Democrats. . .- i 1 In the present session both parties will be trying to write a record that will win votes in November. All House members and. one third of the senators will be up for election. Control of the White House is also at stake. The biggest unanswered question of the moment is whether 'Eisenhower, stricken by a heart attack last Sept. 24, will run for a second term. He has given no hint and is not expected to do so before mid- February. Budget Later Eisenhower, getting some sun and .exercise in Key West, Fla., will outline the eadministration program in his annual state of the Union message Thursday. He will send it to Congress to be read by clerks. A series of messages on specific subjects will follow later, as will the annual budgot and a report on the nation's economy. At conferences with congressional leaders in mid-December, Eisenhower urged legislation to step up construction of highways, to help overcome a shortage of 200,000 school classrooms, and to improve the social security system. The White House announced also that agreement was .reached to five "top priority" to legislation to aid farmers, beset by declining prices and rising costs. Just a couple of days ago, Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas called the drop in farm income "the No. 1 trouble spot" in the country. \ Also discussed at the White House conferences were measures raelis. Eden assembled his minister* after meeting Labor party leader [ Hugh Gatiskell and turning Aovm a Socialist request that he invite the Kremlin to help • maintain peace in the explosive Middle East. The Cabinet meeting preceded an emergency conference tomorrow between Foreign Secretary Sel- .fryn Lloyd and British ambassa dors to eight Middle East coun tries who were suddenly ordered back to London. Accompanying the flurry of dip lomatlc activity was a Israeli Premier David Ben-Qurion that Israel must be ready for im mlnent war with her Arab heigh bors. Ben-Gurion told his Parlia ment, however, that was • riot avoidable." Criticism From Press Britain's press kept. up., a bar rage of'criticism against the Edeh government over revelations tha: old British tanks, and other surplus World War n goods .have trickled through Belgium to the Middle East. The government issued a statement pledging anew to do all In its power to prevent a Middle East arms race. At the same time, it partially lifted Its recent embargo on war surplus goods. It said such goods could be shipped abroad if govern, ments of the countries concerned could guarantee the material would not be reconditioned and resold for military purposes . In response to Galtskell's request for a "new approach" to Russia on Middle East issues, Eden said he already had made futile overtures to the Russians, who are busy wooing the Arab world and channeling arms to Egypt. The Soviet answer, he said, "was not in the Geneva ^spirit." He said he doubted a new approach could gain anything "unless there was a change in the Russian attitude." He said he undoubtedly would discuss the Middle East situation when he meets President Elsen- hower in Washington later this month. One Reason This was believed one of the reasons for Lloyd's sudden decision to summon Britain's Middle East envoys for talks here. It was reported they will be consulted in preparation for the Eden-Eisenhower meeting. Henry Byroade, U.S. ambassador to Egypt, was slated to leave See E3EN on Page 2 Holiday Traffic Toll Sets Record By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's traffic deaths mounted to a record high for a. three-day New Year's holiday over the long weekend. It was the. second consecutive holiday weekend the traffic toll hit a .new ..record. .The toll over the New Year weekend, however, was far below the record-breaking 609 for the Christmas holiday a week ago. It also was under the predicted 420. An Associated Press survey showed that in the 78-hour period irom 6 p.m. (local time) Friday to midnight Monday, 345 persons were killed In traffic accidents. The 69 killed in fires and 71 in miscellaneous accidents brought the over-all total to 485. Previous Was 31T The previous high for • traffic deaths in a three-day New. Year period was 317 In 1953-54. The highest previous over-all mark was 433 in the same year. The National Safety Council had estimated last week that 420 persons would be killed in .motor.mis- haps during the New Year weekend. But with the death rate run- nlng below the estimate yesterday the council said a projection Indicated the toll would be around 360. Ned H. Dearborn, council president, saM that although the traf- :lc toll was below the council's pre- loliday estimate, "it was far from low enough." "It certainly Is discouraging that iere is another record broken in the wrong direction," he said. The traffic tol' of 609 during the Christmas holiday ,a record for any holiday period, prompted law enforcement officials to take steps o curb the highway toll during thee New Year iweekend. Paying: Off "It seems that all this effort by news media and law enforcement people has at least saved a sizable Sec TRAFFIC on Page 2 to revise the immigration laws, Sec CONGRESS on Page 2 Former U S Treasurer Kidnaped And Forced to Open Bank Vault RICHLAND, Kan. 1*1 — Mrs. Georgia Neese Clark Gray, former treasurer of the United States, was abducted from her home here last night by three armed men who forced her to open the vault of the Richland State Bank which she heads and stole around 11,200. The bandits then took Mrs. Cray, 55, to a grocery ctore which she owns In Richland and took $767. Mrs. Gray who was treasurer of the United States during the Truman administration later was released unharmed. Sheriff's deputies said the ban- 1 dlts, 25 to 30 years of age, invaded the Gray home shortly after 9:30 last night, bound Mrs. Gray's husband, Andre*, with adhesive tape, and forced her to the bank at gun point. 1 Went to Home They demanded Mrs. Gray open n large vault containing currency but she Informed them It had » time lock and could not be opened until this morning, the sheriff's office reported, Sheriff's deputies gave this version of the incident: Shortly after »:30 p.m. someone knocked at UM east door ol tin Gray, home. Gray opened the door and a man asked if Mrs. Gray was there. Gray said she was and invited the man to enter the house. The Intruder was wearing tan trousers, a tan jacket and brown .shoes. After entering: the house, the man pulled a revolver and waved In two more men. Mrs. Gray already had retired for the evening and the men forced Gray upstairs and made him lie on the floor while Mrs. Gray dressed. After tying and gagging Gray with adhesive tape, one of the men forced Mrs. Gray to accompany him to the bank. He demanded that she open a large vault containing currency but Mrs. Gray Informed him it was controlled by a time lock which could not be opened.until morning. From Grocery, Too He forced her to open a smaller vault containing silver and also took money from her grocery which adjoins the bank In the same building. He thon returned Mrs, Gray to her home anil bound her with adhesive tape, Several d«ak and. dtesier' 'draw- ers in the Gray home were ransacked. Both Mrs. Gray and her husband remained in seclusion today and were not available for elaboration on the details of the episode. Mrs. Gray is national Democratic committee woman for Kansas. Her husband is a Washington public relations counsel. In Municipal Court W. L. Pugh pleaded guilty to driving white Intoxicated In Municipal Court this morning. ;. He was fined 1100; costa and ftnt^ cnced to 24 hours In jail. Upon hto request, Judge Graham Sudtoury granted appeal bond at $1M, '.' Chester c. Howard was (tMd *a for speeding on city itr»*U at M miles per hour and on pttMte Mfk way at to.mU« per h&ir. f

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