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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, July 29, 1953
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 110 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New» Mississippi Valley leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS RedsSe eking To Halt Aid Hungry Throngs Still Pour Into W. Berlin BERLIN (AP) — Communist police arrested scores of East Germans who accepted gifts of Western food today but they failed to check the hungry throngs surging through the Iron Curtain. \ Those arrested were released a short time later. Their food wris not confiscated but in many cases identity cars—vital in the East Taft Said Somewhat Improved Spends Restful Night and Eats 'With Relish 7 NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Robert A. Taft was reported "somewhat improved" today. New York Hospital issued a bulletin in mid-morning saying the Ohio Republican had a restful night and was comfortable. , He has been in the hospital since early this month suffering from an unspecified hip ailment. Yesterday the hospital said Taft's condition had taken a turn for the worse. This morning's bulletin, signed by Dr. Charles E. Forkner, read: "Senator Taft had a more restful night. This morning at 8:30 he requested breakfast and ate it with relish. He is having, no pain airi his condition is somewhat improved." Taft's family was gathering here after the previous reports that his condition had deteriorated. A New York Hospital bulletin.last night reported the Senate majority leader was "generally weaker" and that his condition was "unsatisfactory." A later announcement said he was "resting a little more comfortably." He was reported not to be suffering any pain. First Bad Report Yesterday was the first day of serious reports on the 63-year-old Ohio Republican, who has been at the hospital for several weeks for treatment of a hip lesion. His wife Martha was brought to his bedside yesterday' for her first visit to him since he entered the hospital. The day also marked the first time the hospital had issued more than one bulletin on his condition. Besides Mrs. Taft, the senator was visited by two of their sons, Lloyd and Robert Jr., yesterday and last night. A third son. William Howard Taft m, American ambassador to Ireland, will fly to New York tonight, the U. S. Embassy in Dublin announced today. Political Effects Taft's sudden turn for the worse stirred speculation in Washington concerning changes in the national political scene if his illness should force him out of the Senate permanently. It could mean that the Democrats, although reported reluctant to do so at present, would wind up in control of the Senate. Gov.Fank J. Lauscrhe o£ Ohio is a Democat : and would be considered likely to , name a Democrat to fill the .spot. I This would shift a GOP majority of one to a Democratic majority of J one* Hospital bulletins so far have given no clue to Taft's ailment. On July 8 he underwent an exploratory operation. Since then the hospital bulletins reflected optimism and it was announced he would return to Washington today. On Monday, .however, the hospital said he would remain here indefinitely. Zone—were taken away. The biggest crowds yet Jammed West Berlin's food relief centers on the third day of the bg American-financed relief program which has put the spotlight on food shortages in the restive Soviet occupation zone. Harass Trucks The Communists also harassed but did not halt the movement of food to West Berlin by truck. Other food arrived by plane. Officials estimated 150,000 food packages would be given away today in addition to the 250.000 already handed out in the first two days. - Communist police began a campaign of arrests and threats to sabotage the program by scaring the East Germans away. They arrested scores who returned to East Berlin laden with food. Thirty arrests were reported at one border crossing point alone. Cards Taken The identity cards so important in any Communist police state were taken away from the arrested persons, and held by the police, the West Berlin newspaper Der Kurier reported. The first truckload of American food crossed the Soviet zone and finally reached West Berlin after Communist border guards delayed it at both ends of the isolated city's highway link to the West. Senate to Vote ion Ditch Cleaning Contract Is Let A. H. Houston and Son, Houlka, Miss., turned in a bid of 56,83060 which was the lowest received by the commissioners of Drainage District 17 for ditch excavation work to be done near Osceola, C. G. Redman, secretary of the board, said this morning. The contract calls for cleaning out approximately two and one half miles of ditches now draining land In cultivation west of Osceola/ Work will begin 10 days after the work order Is issued, Mr. Redman said. Showdown on Highly ^Controversial Bill Backed by Eisenhower By JOHN CHADWICK WASHINGTON (/PI—An emergency immigration bill urged by President Eisenhower, but buffeted by sharp controversy in Congress ; approached a showdown vole in the Senate today. Republican leaders, calling the Senate into session two hours earlier than usual, said they were optimistic about passage even though they foresaw a fairly close vote. The compromise bill is somewhat more restrictive than measure the House passed last night 221-185 to admit 217,000 Iron Curtain refugees and other special- quota immigrants in the next three years. Smaller Number Under the Senate bill, the number of refugees would be limited to 209,000, This compares to th 240,000 Eisnhower asked Congress to admit in the next two years to help provide asylum for persons who have fled from Communist tyranny, and other homeless refugees. The bill, part of the administration's "must" program before adjournment, was debated late into the night in the Senate. After the first hour of today's session, however, there was an agreement to limit debate on all amendments to 10 minutes. Supporters contended the bill would strengthen this country' and its allies in the cold war fight against communism. Opponents argued it would permit European Communist agents and saboteurs to enter the United States. Also Chinese An amendment written into the Senate bill last night would permit 2,000 Chinese refugees whose visa requests were endorsed by the Chinese Nationalist government on Formosa to enter this country. The amendment, offered by Sen. MIDGET TRENCHER — A new trench-digging device which is slated to cut the cost of Installing natural gas pipelines to houses up to 50 per cent was placed in operation last week by Arkansas- Missouri Power Co. It cuts a four and one-half inch wide ditch from 18 to 30 inches deep and can dig a trench 50 to 60 feet in length in an hour. Ark-Mo officials said in many cases it will cut installation costs up to 50 per cent. They also said a less-expensive three-quarter inch high pressure pipe Is now being used instead of one and one-fourth inch low pressure pipe. Using this pipe, meters can now be installed at the house instead of the property line. Shown operating the self-propelled trencher is James Drane Adams (left) and Carl Marshall. House Okays Money Bill And Sends It to Senate WASHINGTON (AP) — The year's biggest money bill, a compromise measure appropriating $34,371,541,000 to the Defense Department, was passed today by the House and sent ;o the Senate. Added Base Funds Await Senate Vote While Congress completed action today on the biggest •noney bill of the session — tjie $34,371,541,000 defense me.,- ure — the supplementary appropriations bill containing an xtra $8,888,000 for Blytheville's air base was still awaiting enate action. Sen. John W. McClellan's office in Washington said this •norning that Senate action on this bill was expected tonight T tomorrow. Senate approval is anticipated,^, after which the supplimentary bill is slated to £0 to a conference committee to iron out Senate-House differences. It must then be acted on again by both the Senate and the House. There is no \vay of predicting what the conferees may do with this measure, Sen. McClellan's office said- The Senate and generally accept conference committee reports, although it is still possible for a legislator to object and, if he can show cause, have the bill returned to the conferees. The additional $8,888,000 in the supplementary bill will with $9,382,000 already on hand to make the Blytheville base an $18,270,000 Strategic Air Command field Blytheville's base project, which has been an off-again on-again proposition for the past two years, survived another close brush with legislative death Monday. It was rescued by Sen. McClellan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee which Monday pared-$788,000 from the-funds for the base here. Here's what happened.; The Air Force asked for $173,000,000 in additional funds. The House said no, and cut out the request. But Sen. McClcllan got $300,000,000 restored when the Senate Armed Services Committee got the bill. Had this $300,000,000 not been restored, Blytheviil's base and nine others would have been droped unceremoniously fro mAir Force reactivation plans. Missco Road Bid Is $14,393 Mississippi Valley Contracting Co. of Paragould was the apparent low bidder today for bituminous McCarran (D-Nev), balanced off j surfacing of O.G8 miles of State Trucker Forfeits Bond Fred Hall was charged In Municipal Court this morning with transporting load of goods In ox- cess of weight limit. A bond of WM forfeited. • this increase by cutting from 12,000 to 10,000 the number of Iron Curtain escapees residing in North Atlantic Treaty Organization nations who could be admitted. Under both House and Senate bills, the great bulk of refugees would come from Europe. After a day of wrangling, the House also voted to include 2,000 Portuguese, 2,000 Arabs, 2,000 Japanese, 2,000 European refugees who have fled from Red China and now are residing in Hong Kong, 2,000 Chinese refugees and 3,000 former Polish soldiers now In exile in England. Except for'the Chinese refugees and the Poles, none of these groups would be admlssahle under the Senate bill. Sen. Olin Johnston (D-SC) said during the Senate debate, officials in Europe estimate that at least 40 per cent of the refugees from behind tho Iron Curlnin in W-^.fern Europe have ".\ubvenslve or criminal backgrounds." Highway 77 south of Manila. The bid was $14,393. This project was one of nine road and bridge projects on which bids were received today by the Arkansas Highway Commission in Little Rork. The Commission said 10 per cent must be added to the bids for engineering fees and contingencies. Local Housing Unit Is Axed WASHINGTON Iff) — The federal government today ordered a halt to preliminary planning and land buying for thousands of low- rent public housing programs In the United States. Charles E. Slussler, commissioner of the Public Housing Administration, said 166 housing units In three localities in Arkansas will be affrdMl. Thr.y include H units in Bly- Uleville. • It was passed by voice vote. There was only about an hour of debate as the House moved swiftly to clear its legislative docket in a drive for final adjournment at the end of this week. The Senate was trying to get the bill through today too. The figure was a compromise reached late yesterday by a Senate- House conference committee which ironed out some 50 differences in vt slons of the bill passed earlier by the two branches. The group accomplished the rare congressional feat of agreeing to a total that was about 62',;, million dollars below that originally voted by the House and nearly 140 millions less than voted by the Senate. The usual practice is to arrive at a figure between the two. Final Action Final action was planned today, first by the House and then by the Senate, to send the bill to the White House. The total it carries Is about ]'•> billion dollars less than President Eisenhower nsked and more than six billions below the budget recommendations of former President Truman. Counting the defense budget, 5 of the 13 regular money bills Congress ! must pass to run the government the fiscal year which started July 1 are still in Congress. Eight have been sent to the White House —three of them yesteday, carrying funds for the Labor and Welfare Departments, for a score of non-departmental agencies, and for the District of Columbia. Three of the money bills have not yet passed the Senate; the remaining ones are in the process of :ompromised. Still to pass ate are appropriations for aid, slated for action today, chapter will be running" on ad . i for Co "S r fs itself, and for a num- vances from the National Fovmda-j^' ,° f miscellaneous agencies in- tion for the remainder of the year ! u , / Volce of Amenca » n d Although a record $433,000' was Vl1 defense raised in Arkansas this year, Mr. Others Due Action Harrison reported that in addition Nissco is Given Added Polio Aid County Association Gets Second Fund Boost This Year For the second time this year the , Mississippi County Chapter of the combine | National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis has been forced to call on the Epidemic Aid Fund of the Foundation to continue care of Mississippi County's polio victims. A check for $1,975.00 was received yesterday, according to A. S. Harrison, chapter chairman. This brings the total received in 1953 to $3,125. The chapter's share of the $12,- Reds Accuse Allies Of Armistice Violations U. N. Command Says Charges Ill-Founded By SAM SUMMERLIN MUNSAN (AP) — The Communists today charged the Allies with eight violations of the two-day-old Korean armistice — allegations promptly labeled by the Allies as minor and lacking information. The Reds made the charges at today's second meeting of the joint Korean Armistice Commission. They asserted three aircraft flew over the demilitarized buffer zone, and that four artillery rounds and one burst of three machi; °-gun bullets were fired after the cease- fire became effective. U. S. Maj. Gen. Blackshear M. Bryan, chief Allied commissioner, disclosed after today's 1 hour, 22 minute meeting that the charges were lodged by his Communist counterpart, North Korean Lt. Gen. Lee Sang Cho. The commission of Dimes campaign was exhausted by May, Mr. Harrison said, and the GODFREY GISTS NCl'C INVITE — Arthur Godfrey, noled radio and television entertainer, will be one of the first to receive a special personal invitation to the National Cotton Picking Contest to be staged here October 2. Above. Miss Doris Bean, "Miss Blytheville," who will act as hostess for the National Cotton Picking Contest revue, shows a pick sack to be sent Godfrey. Scott Alley of Blytheville did handiwork on the sack, which will be sent along with a written invitation, immediately, according to members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, contest sponsors. Jaycces were hoping Godfrey would mention his invitation on his nationwide program, and display the sack on his tv program. (Courier News I'lioto) recessed until 11 a. m. Thursday. "We were accused this morning," Bryan said. "These ware allegations, broad and general, and nothing serious. None have been substantiated." Mote Information He added that he had "asked for additional information on which to base further action." Bryan disclosed also that he had asked that the huge exchange ol war prisoners begin Sunday, rather than on Aug. 5 as agreed upon yesterday ,but that the Beds could not advance the date. "I am sorely disappointed," he said. More than 86,000 prisoners- including 3,313 Americans—are to be exchanged through Panrnunjom ' within 60 days. About 22,000 North Koreans and Chinese refusing to return to Bed rule will be brought to camps within the buffer zone and their fate decided later. Bryan said the joint truce observer teams which will police the 2'i-mile-wide buffer zone across Korea's scarred waist "probably will start work tomorrow morning." Armies of each side are withdrawing 1"A miles on each side of the cease-fire line to create the zone. The withdrawal must foe completed by 10 p. m. Thursday. Reports from the front indicated the withdrawal was proceeding smoothly. Bryan said that the neutral nation inspection team was expected to begin work shortly but that no information had as yet been received on the arrival of the Polish and Czech members at Paumun- jom. Reported Departed Peiping radio said Monday they had left Red China's capital for Pyongyang, the Korean Communist capital. The Swiss and Swedish members were en route to Munsan. The final swap in the complicated signing of the Korean armistice documents took place at Pan- munjoin today. The documents were first signed in.., the Oriental-style hall here Monday by senior truce negotiators from each side. Half of the 18 copies were taken to Munsan for the signature of j en. Mark W. Clark and half to f tforlh Korea tor the signatures of ' :he Red high commanders. Next, the documents had to be :wapped again so the top commanders could sign the set already bearing the other side's signatures. In today's armistice commission conference, the Allies presented the Reds a proposal for civil shipping on the Han River Estuary. The U. N. also turned over a proposed agreement on marking vehicles, credt* '.nls, aircraft , markings and other details. The Reels in turn handed over samples of the markers they will use to -set off the northern boundary of the buffer zone. to Mississippi County, 46 other Arkansas county chapters .h ceived $151,350 from the Epidemic I admini, The foreign aid bill was slated to foliow Senate action on an emergency immigration measure, on the ! Two-Party System Coming to Dixie? By DON WHITEHEAD WASHINGTON (AP) — Dixie Republicans are feudin', fussiri' and fightin' among themselves today in political skirmishes which may prove to be the sound effects heralding a genuine two-parly system in the long-Democratic Southland — some day. Aid Fund. Mr. Harrison urged that Mississippi County parents mid others responsible for children observe common-sense polio precautions such as the following: (1) Avoid mixing with new groups: (2) avoid having any mouth or throat operations: (3) avoid chilling of any kind; (4) avoid over- fatigue from work, play or travel; ;,.,,. ,,- -, ., ,,, ..-. - - -- j istrallon s must list. The Prom the plains ol Texas into ° nr , ... pressed by the administration local and state elections— the key- : stones of party strength. > S " r C S bcing I is " stir o£ Re P" blic!m n °P« s all<! j The big question still is whether i . House passed its version last night, j Virginia's Shenandoah Valley there are J activity. i the Democrats who voted for Eis_.,, ; ^ . - .--j • | Lm ; ui;jjiuul at.^ Wltu VOU.'U 1OI C.1S- thusNr T ™ n { erence c ° mmi "ee| Much of it )s mere ly talk. Buljenhower will shift their party nl- *»,,,„ f ,, -- mucii oi ii is tin ™ ql, , » C °^ ree °" resolv -! Southern and horde. "? * n !£??S? d f ? re " ces - raw that beneath the tai Inside Today's Courier News • . • Dior, who lowered them several years back, now raise* women's skirts . . . Page 2. . . • Casey Stengel still worried , • . Sports Faces 6 and 7. are an extension of the Reciprocal Trade Act and a measure to provide for development of mineral resources in the continental shelf. One possible obstacle to early ad- Ithe House Post Office Comittee. termed the action "regrettable" and voiced hope for early action when Congress returns in January. In its present form the defense money bill carries more than H billions lor the Air Force, nearly 13 billions for the Army, about J> ] / 2 states shows that beneath the talk and the factional turmoil there Is a solidly based effort in many of the states to challenge the Democrats at the grass roots level. President Eisenhower's smashing victory last November gave impetus to the move. It hasn't subsided into the do-nothing lethargy that followed Herbert Hoover's victory in some Southern states over Democrat Al Smith a quarter of a century ago. Uphill Fight Yet the reports make it clear legiance to the Republicans or will quietly return to the Democratic fold. Democratic Gov. Gordon Persons of Alabama says; "The next Republican candidate in Alabama will find out his name is not Eisenhower." That is the general attitude n For County In an effort to cut down traffic accidents in east Arkansas, two state policemen have Ijeen assigned to Osceola nnd one additional trooper to Blytheville, state Police Director Linrlsey Hatchett said today. The new patrolman for Blytheville has not arrived, but the two for Osceola are already on the job, stated Tom Smalley, North Mississippi County state policeman. Patrolmen McKinlcy and Patton assigned from the Forrest City District, have opened offices in Osce- oln and vrill cover South Wississippl County, Patrolman Smalley said. Mr. Hatchett revealed that he has • assigned extra patrolmen to so-, culled "hot spot" areas where he said accident totals are among the high- -'I est in the state. '.;" The police director said Highway 70 from Lehi to the Mississippi River Bridge and Highway 61-63 from Marion to the Bridge were the "hottest" spots in Arkansas. Unmarked cars and the use oJ among the Democrats, but Rcpub- i f ' hree wa - v ra<tio communications will he brought to bear on the accident problem, Mr. Hatchett said. ofheecretary of defense. '.ny widespread effectiveness in Action on Sewer Plan Delayed Again Lacking a quorum, the City Council's adjourned meeting scheduled for last night was called off and business slated to be taken up was postponed until the next regular session Aug. 11. Only four aldermen were present last night, with five needed for a quorum. However, city officials reported that the Council slill was not ready to act on cllhcr the motll- fled sewer plan submitted tarly this month or the Cetcrans Housing Quarters agreement. The Council on July 7 was handed the modified sewer plan proposed by the Blytheville Citizens Sewer Committee but delayed action on It until a meeting July 14, when action was again postponed until last night. The Citizens Committee's sewer plan is a modification of Ihe Black and Vratch recommendations. It c*ll» lor cutting Ihe cost from $1,300,000 to $305,000 by omitting portions of the city In which new sewers would not be economlcsally feasible. Also due U) be considered by the Council last night but delayed for the second time was an agreement whereby the American Legion would operate the Veterans Housing Quarters, recently purr.n»si'<l by the city from the government, under city control. licans contend Eisenhower's victory showed the South is ready for a two-party system. Good Handful Eisenhower swept Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mi.s- inlssed by small margins in Kentucky, Louisiana nnd South Carolina. Since then, Republicans in some of the states have been busy fighting among themselves for power and patronage, giving little effort to build up Ihe party organization. Ben Ray, Alabama Democratic state chairman, puts It this way: "Elsenhower brought home the bacon for tho Republicans, but when he put it on the table, they didn't know how to cut It," That Is an apt description of what has happened In sonio states, Ihough it doesn't hold true throughout. Weather ARKANSAS —Partly cloudy and continued warm this afternoon, tonight and Thursday, widely scat-j tercel thundershowers Thursday, MISSOURI—Partly cloudy north; ] fair south tonight and Thursday; few local thundershowers likely extreme north this afternoon or tonight; and north and central Thursday afternoon. Maximum yesterday—loo. Minimum yofiterrhiy morulng—73 Sunset torlny—7:05, Sunrise tomorrow—5:09. Prcclp. last 2-1 hours to 6:30 p.m. yes. tordny—none. Mean temperature (midway between htfth find low)—81 5. Preclp. Jan. 1 to date—3221. Tills Hale Last Year Minimum y™le.-rl:iy morn:iK—78. Mnxlrnum yestcrrtjiy- 103. Flcctp. J&n. 1 to dale—36.4).

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