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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF HORTOTAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 242 Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Dully Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald . BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY 8,1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS 2 Americans Released By Soviet One Soldier, Civilian Turned Over to U. S. BERLIN (AP) — Two Americans held for years in Soviet captivity were released in Berlin today. Russian authorities turned the men, one soldier and one civilian, over to U. S. officials at 3 p.m. (8 a.m. CST). They were taken immediately for medical examinations by Army doctors. The men are Pvt. William T. Mnrchuk, 38, of Brackenridge, Pa., and John H. Noble, 31, of Detroit. Marchuk has been missing since February, 1949, when h* crossed the frontier in Germany with a buddy, Pvt. William Verdlne, of Starks, La. Noble was arrested, with his father, in Dresden when the Russians stormed into the collapsing Third Reich. The elder Noble, a camera manufacturer, had come to Germany in 1938 and was trapped by the war. He was released in 1952 after seven years in Soviet zone jails. Freedom Demanded Liberated German and Austrian prisoners reported seeing all three men in Russian work camps. The Soviet Foreign Office, in agreeing to free Marchuk and Noble, told the U.S. embassy in MoscoW however that it had no knowledge of Verdlne. Russia disclosed it planned to •free the two Americans in a note to the United States Dec. 31. The United States had demanded the freedom of the men In eight official queries, but until the Russian note came, it had received no information on their whereabouts. Austrian prisoners recently released by the Soviets reported Verdine was suffering from tuberculosis. They said he was too ill to be moved. The Russian note repeated a request for return of 11 Russian children now in the West. U appeared certain the United States would reject Russia's re-: quest for the children "on humanitarian grounds." Eight of the chil-1 dren are living in foster homes in West Germany . The remaining! three are in the New York City area. 'Bud' Wilson Is New Owner Of Still Motor Co. C. J. (Bud) Wilson today took over ownership and management of Still Motor Company following completion of purchase of the firm from Eugene F. Still. The transaction transferring ownership of the Lincoln-Mercury dealership here was completed earlier this week. Mr. Wilson, who has been in the automobile Duslncrs here for number of years, sold his interest in the Horner-Wilson Motor Company -several months ,<tgo. Mr. Wilson's firm will be known as Bud Wilson Motor Inc. It is located at First and Wilson Streets. 3 Californians Arrested Here Given to FBI Sheriff William Berryman said yesterday that the 1954 Plymouth station wajon three California men were driving at the time of their arrests here earlier this week has been reported stolen by Los Angeles authorities. Sheriff Berryman said that the three men. Earl C. Haskell. Ed May and John Vargo will be turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for prosecution and Indicated that the drunkenness charges filed against the men here would be dropped. The three men were arrested Tuesday by city and county police. Woman Hurt In Accident Near Armorel Miss Qwen Harrison of Blytheville suffered a cerebral concussion and minor contusions of the neck, arm and chest last night when the car she was driving left Highway 18 and ran Into a ditch north of Armorel. Miss Harrison was brought to the Blytheville Hospital by Ray Downing where her Injuries were treated but she was Inter dismissed. According to hospital reports of the accident, Miss Harrison was en route to her home on Blytheville Route Two, nt the time of the accident which occurred around 0 p.m. Miss Harrison reportedly lost aonlrol <X MM cw. McCarthy Calls New Probe Of Maj. Peress-Army Case $707 Billion. State, Federal Road p/ U J fr fa' Commission *? / Of the Case Is Released WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) prepared to- WASHINGTON (AP) — A presidential commission is prepared to recommend a 101- day for- a new probe into the billion-dollar state and federal highway program to run over the next 10 years. Army s honorable discharge of The n ve -man advisory commission headed by retired Gen. Lucius D. Clay agreed yes- Alaj. Irving Peress in the wake terday to recommend to President Eisenhower federal sponsorship of a 54-billion-dollar ad- 01 a comprehensive Army; dilion to the 47 billions which state and federal governments normally would spend in the chronology of its actions in iQ.year period. ' the Case. . E.senhower is expected to stay ( such a program as vital to national McCarthy called a meeting of . pretty close to the group's line of j defense and as a stimulus for the the Senate Investigations subcorn- j reasoning when he submits bis | economy. But there appeared TO THE RESCUE — The liner Queen of Bermuda stands by the foundering fishing vessel Student Prince north of Bermuda as lifeboat, left, with survivors aboard, heads for the passenger ship. A pontoon of a U S. Coast Guard plane appears over the liner. The Queen of Bermuda, battling high winds and heavy seas, took the entire crew of 10 off the stricken fishing boat. A lifeboat of the fishing boat broke up as crewmen made an earlier attempt to abandon the ship. (U. S. Coast Guard Photo via radio from Bermuda by AP U'irephoto) f D when mlttee for Monday, , and said he i highway program to Congress Jan. v ill demand that subpoenas be is- [ 27. sued, possibly for Tuesday, for j Concessional leaders were given some of the Army official? con- > an advance peek at the commis- ccrned. McCarthy said he is still: S i 0 n's report last night. A certain acting as chairman of the subcom- : be divided opinion about proposed financing. Rough Outline Only a rough outline of the commission's report was made public amount of bipartisan support for j yesterday by its executive director, mittee until it is reorganized under j a major highway development pro- j Frank Turner.. were given on the added amount; Democratic control. l gram already has cropped up on i It wraps up (1) Eisenhower's j the states would be expected to pro- Capitol Hill. Proponents regard! own "grand plan" for additional expenditure of about 54 billions to modernize American highways for maximum use in a possible national emergency, and (2) present plans calling for spending of 47 billions on highway improvements. All but 10 billion of this latter amount would come out of the state coffers. No definite figures Demo National Committee Hits Ike's Claims in 'Critique' WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee has given Democratic congressmen a five-page "critique" assailing some of the proposals and claims in President Eisenhower's State of the Union message. It promised "a more detailed explanation", later. The written analysis said of the* — — —— President's proposals to scale i down tariff barriers for expanded world trade: 'The real question is not the content of the Eisenhower recommendations', but whether the President will fight for them against GOP opposition, instead of surrendering, as he did in 1954." The analysis was prepared, by the committee's research staff under the new chairman, Pau. M. Butler. It asked how President Eisenhower justified proposed cuts in armed forces when he had said that the "steadily growing power" of Soviet Rus-sia "is the threat confronting us today." It nl,so n^ked "what happened to the extensive 'Marshal Plan for Asia' program proposed by Messrs. Dulles and Sta.ssen?" The President said in his message the United States must assist friendly nations but didn't mention an Asia program by name. Questioning manpower policy, the analysis asked whether if planned cuts in Army manpower wouldn't invite the Communists to start small wars "that can only be countered with troops (short of atomic warfare)?" Challenge Security It also challenged whether "an improved and strengthened security system Ls in effect throughout the govnrnment" and asked "is the Ladejinsky case an example of this . . .?" Wolf Ladejinsky was ousted by the Agriculture Department as agriculture attache in Japan after questions, involving security and his technical qualifications, were raised. But Ladejinsky was rehired with full security clearance by the Foreign Operations Administration. The Democratic researchers also questioned Eisenhower's statement that "continued vigilance will be maintained over our .'. . national parks and forests, and the public lands." They cited appointment of former Rep. D'Ewart (R-Mont) as special nssistnnt to Secretary of Agriculture Benson and said he was the author of "the most far- reaching bills to open public grazing and forest lands to private exploitation." At the White House, meanwhile, it was reported that there wns almost unanimous approval of the President's message In telegrams received there immediately after the message was read to Congress. Grief and Hope Join. Dr. S hep par d in Ceil CLEVELAND (AP) — Grief and hope were companions to Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard today in his county jail cell — grief over his mother's suicide and hope he would win freedom on bail and an appeal from his life sentence for murder. The cell was not the same one where the handsome, 31-year-old j osteopath has spent all but four I weeks since July 4 when his preg- j nant wife, Marilyn, was clubbed j to death in her bed. A jury con-! vicled Sheppard of the crime Dec. j 21. j After he got the news that his i white-haired mother had shot herself to death, Sheppard was moved, i in spite of his protests, to the j jail's observation cell where he will be under constant watch. Members of his family who told Sheppard of his mother's death! I )lame ^ yesterday afternoon said he had acrea se Fulbright Eyes Crop Allotments WASHINGTON i/P) — Sen. J William Fulbright (D-Ark) says he's looking for methods to help cotton f sinners who have com - for 1955. V don't have enough "broken down completely," but he regained his composure before transferring, to the new cell. "Mother'was very proud," said Sheppard's oldest brother, Richard, one of those who visited the jail. "She had complete faith in Sam's innocence, but all of this was just too much for her." Husband in Hospital Her husband of 39 years, Dr. Richard A. Sheppard, is hospitalized with pleurisy. In a carefully penned two-sentence suicide note she wrote: "I can't manage with- many complaints from Secretary of Agriculture Benson recently cut the national cotton acreage allotment to 18,133,000. This compares with the 1954 allotment of 21,397,000 acres. "I want to learn just what the situation is and what remedies can best be applied," said Fulbright yesterday, The junior Arkansas senator said he plans to talk with Agriculture Department officials and other southern senators. Fulbright said he has received out dad. Thanks for everything. Although Sheppard telephoned his B4-year-oid mother from the jail, he did not want her to see him in those surroundings and she did not visit him or attend the trial. Much of the time she was ill with a heart ailment. She suffered a stroke two months ago. She last saw her youngest son when lie was released on boil Aug. 16, meeting him with open arms i on her front porch. A grand jury indictment returned him to jail after 30 hours freedom. Sheppard asked Sheriff Joseph M. Sweeney for permission to attend private funeral services which will be held for 64-year-old Mrs. Ethel Sheppard Monday. He was told a court order must be obtained to.allow him to go under guard. j farmers about the reduced acreage, which is designed to cut down the huge cotton surplus now held by the government. Many farmers want more acreage, said Fulbright, because they want to concentrate on cotton. dry weather crop which easily withstands drought. The Army, in a 10,000-word document issued last night, said it went ahead with plans for Peress' discharge jn the face of opposition from McCarthy because a re- j view indicated "there xisted no ] basis for reconsideration of the case." "Best Way" It said mat iinal decision was made by Lt. Gen. Walter L. Weible, 1 a deputy Army chief of staff, and Army Counselor John G. Adams. i Their decision, after receipt of a protesting letter from McCarthy, permitted carrying out an earlier finding, the Army said, that since there was no evidence that Peress had engaged in subversion on active duty, the discharge was the j best and quickest way to remove j him. . I And it said Brig. Gen. Ralph > Zwicker, then commander of Camp J Kilmer, N.J., where Peress was' stationed, had urged several times that Peress be discharged because his retention was "clearly not con- sistant with the interests of national security." McCarthy sharply questioned Zwicker about Peress at hearings early last year. Peress is the New York tlentist whom McCarthy has called a "Fifth Amendment Communist" and who was discharged after he had refused to answer questions about Communist affiliations in an appearance before McCarthy's subcommittee. . Adams and Weible were among 62 persons named in the Army j chronology as having had a part • at time or another in the promotion and discharge of Peress. Adams was the only civilian. Oth- j ers ranged from warrant officers \ who signed papers to a four-star j, Charles L. Bolte. vice: chief'of staff, who approved an | officers' board finding that Peress J should be discharged. j Adams declined to comment beyond saying "the chronology speaks for itself." Gen. Weible was not Immediate-; ly available. j The chronology was released; after a copy was furnished to Sen. | Saltonstall (R-Massi, who had j asked Secretary of, the Army Ste- ; vens for it. Stevens said the full I details were being made public be- j cause' confidential handling of an | earlier list of 30 names "has been misinterpreted in some places.' the subpoena, possibly for appearance on Tuesday, of Stevens. Adams, Weible and Brig. Gen. Ralph Zwicker. The latter, who was com- New French Arms Poll Plan Studied PARIS (AP) — The six nations to be linked with France in the new West European Union studied today a new French plan to pool their arms and troops in a combined defense against the threat of Communist aggression. Malenkov 53 Today MOSCOW Uft — Premier Georgi Malenkov turned 53 today. Soviet newspapers took no notice of the event. This is not unusual, since it is the custom of the press here to make a big thing of birthdays )f Soviet leaders only on such round-number occasions as the 50th, 60th, 70th and so on. Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlantic City Bidding for 1956 Conventions WASHINGTON 1*1 — Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlantic City sent delegations here today to bid for the right to be host city lo the 1956 Republican presidential nominating convention. Chicago also offered its air-conditioned auditorium, scene of both party conclaves In 1052, to Democratic National Chairman Paul M. Butler for that party's meeting. As a Republican National Convention Site subcommittee met In closed session to receive city invitations, Its members and Chairman Leonard W. Hall expressed surprise that .the Democrats had already picked a date for their convention without waiting for a location. Butler Announced lost night the Democrats hud selected Monday, Aug. 27, the second latest date In nnrty history, to start tholr 1056 national convention. This would MAV* • much ihorUr ptrlod lor campaigning than in the past. Democrats usually arrange their convention to follow the GOP gathering. There was speculation that Democrat believe It likely President Elsenhower will be rcnonilnat- cd In 1956 and thus were willing to make their plans without regard to when the Republicans meet. Both parties In recent years have opened their conventions in July. The Democrats have not yet named a site .selection group and the Republicans, although they started the ball rolling today, are not expected lo decide on a location for many months. Sen. Douglas (D-I11), a member of Chicago's bipartisan site delegation, told the OOP subcommittee: "Chicago Is not only the most central place In the country, but I believe Its auditorium Is the only alr-condltloned one." Then, a bit whimsically, lie added la prepared nmarkai "Normally Chicago Is itself air- conditioned by our cooling lake breezes. Once In a while we have had bad luck, but by the laws of probability we should have good weather for the 1956 conventions." It was hot In Chicago during the 1952 meetings. Sen, Martin (R-Pa) asked the Republicans to meet next year In Philadelphia, marking the centennial of the first Republican. National Convention which assembled In that city in June, 1856. Cities winning the conventions usually have to pledge around $250,000 as bait to help defray convention costs. Mayor Joseph Altman was due to represent Atlantic City, which never has been host to either party conclave. Both parties picked their candidates In 1952 and 1044 In Chicago. They shifted to Philadelphia In 1M*. Wyatt Said Hired By Tennessee NASHVILLE, Term. . MV-Em- pltr ... ,:. . -.;vrl«n Wyatt as head coach at the University of Tcniir.ssee will be announced this afternoon, it was learned reliably here today. The University Athletic Council was understood to be meeting at Knoxville this morning and thai the announcement would be made following this meeting. Wyatt, a former Tennessee star player, in his second year at Arkansas, guided the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference championship, and an overall 8-3 record, including a 14-6 loss to Georgia Tech in the Cotton Bowl. Harvey Robinson, coach for the past two seasons at Tennessee, was fired by the council after Tennessee, finished its worst season in 3ft years. Speculation repeatedly centered on Wyatt as the UT choice for football coach. Five Charged In 'Call Girl 1 Investigation LITTLE ROCK <£"t — Charges i have been filed against five men here in connection with a •'call _. ___ f I girl" investigation. McCarthy" snid he would demand j Prosecutor Frank Holt .said 40- The plan was set forth in a memorandum from French Premier Pierre Mendes-Franee to the other prospective WEU members —West Germany. Britain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. The arms pool plan will be debated when delegates of the seven governments assemble here Jan. 17 under the recent Paris accords on West German rearmament. There was no official announcement of the outline, but reliable French sources said It contained three main proposals: 1. Establishment of the proposed pool would be progressive rather than immediate. There would be a transitional period of two years years before the pool took permanent shape. Wide Powers 2. The pool eventually would be managed by an international board acting if necessary by a two thirds majority instead of by unanimity. 3. The international panel would have relatively wide powers to standardize west European armament under a coordinated purchasing program. Planned as a sort of international Pentagon in charge of arming troops of the seven nations serving under WEU, .the central international administration would have power to: 1. Place ammunition and equipment orders with factories in members' nations and presumably elsewhere, such as the United States and anada. 3. Allocate arms thus produced. 4. Cooperate with American authorities in handing out guns and equipment which the United States would give WEU members. ide under the expanded program. As outlined by Turner, the commission proposal calls for the federal government to pay 'substantially all" of the approximately 24-bUlion : dollar cast of updating the 40,000 mile "strategic network," of interstate higheays. As things stand, the federal government lays out 60 per cent of the cost of work on interstate roads. The states pay the rest. For financing the expanded program, the report to be submitted to the President next Tuesday suggests establishment of a . new agency — much like the now defunct Reconstruction Finance Corp. — to float bonds to pay for the federal share of the work. Thp proposed bonds would be sold to the public. There were indications the financing program would have certain selfliquidating features, but no details were given on this point. It was considered likely the highway bonds would not be charged against the national debt, but would be incorporated into a separate fund. Such a proposal, if it ends up in Eisenhower's recommendations to Congress, might run into trouble on Capitol Hill. Sen. Byrd (D-Va) said earlier this week he does not look with favor on the idea of Issuing bonds outside the legal debt limit to pay for the projected highway development. Byrd is to be chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. However, some bipartisan support already has turned up for an RFC-type agency to handle the highway program financing. mander of Camp where Peress was Kilmer, N.J.. stationed, was i»ear-old Claude Rush, blind operator of the Arcade Hotel here, was i charged with receiving the earnings oJ a prostitute. Four Negroes were • charged. Holt said, with pandering. I Word Received Of also „„ ....„„ __. ... Chancellor Guy Williams questioned sharply by McCarthy at I signed an order padlocking the ho- hearings early last year. tel. McCarthy said he wanted to Josioh Fort, Jr. know why Stevens "didn't give this information" (in the chronology) to the committee headed by Sen. Mundt (R-SD) which investigated the McCarthy-Army controversy last summer. McCarthy told newsmen "a great deal of perjury apparently was committed" duiing the Mundt committee hearings. The senator contended also the new list of 61 names was "completely different from a list of 30 names given him last year. Sen. McClellan (D-Ark). who is to succeed McCarthy as chairmnn of the Senate Investigating subcommittee which inquired into the Per- ess case, commented "it is strange that it has taken this long to disclose the facts, if these are the facts in the case." In offering the new and detailed explanation of the Peress ca^e, the Army took pains, to defend Gen. Zwicker. It said Zwicker had urged upon several occasions, that Per- ess be discharged because his retention was "clearly not consistent with the interests of national security." Zwicker. also opposed Per- ess' promotion to major, tho report said. McCarthy's sharp qucstioninp^of Zwicker charged McCarthy had mistreated the general, and was a major factor in bringing on the Army-McCnrthy hearings . Relatives in Blytheville were noti- So far. at least eipht women have j f j e{ j this morning of the death in ben questioned by Holt in the j France of Josia Fort Jr., of Clarks- probe. but no charges were filed V jii e> Tenn,, a Navy Pilot, against them. i The young flier's body has not yet Police Chief Marvin Potts said i Deen recovered and details of his | the vice squad of the Little Rock ! death have not been received. i Police Department would be reac- j Mr. Fort was the son of Mr. and ! rivaled as result of an increase in Mrs. Fort, Sr., of Clartaville and Fire Station Hear But 5 Homes Burn LITTLE ROCK, -Ark.—Eight families lost their homes early today in an unprotected area just outside Little Rock only two blocks from city fire protection. Twenty-five men, women and children huddled in cold, damp air watching the flames lick the charred foundations of their homes. Only two houses in a 10-home settlement escaped the blaze. There were no injuries. Mrs. Francis Robinson, who said she and her father, W. P. Stanford, owned the frame houses in the settlement, was unable to estimate the loss. She said the fire apparently started in an empty,house and soon spread to seven dwellings. A hundred volunteers fought the blaze in a bucket brigade. There were about 300 spectators. A spokesman for the Little Rock fire department said a city ordinance forbids sending equipment outside the city limits. vice ar.d prostitution since December. noted here ! the crnndson of Mrs. T. J. Mahan of Blytheville. after Peress was dis- brought Army charges 'QuaJce Hits Greece TRIESTE, Italy A strong , earthquake was recorded by the Geophysical Institute of Trieste at a distance of abou', 550 miles southeast of here today. The center was believed to b<- In western Greece, or tb« Greek ielindi. With Grandchildren Hear, Ike Relaxes in Maryland Retreat THURMONT. Md. I/Pi—President Eisenhower called time out today from preparation of legislative messages to Congress and relaxed with his grandchildren at his Catoctin Mountain lodge here. The president's favorite weekend retreat reportedly was noisier than usual because or the presence of the children, but he always looks forward to having them around. Barbara Anne, 5, and Susan, 3, accompanied him from Washing- Ion yesterday on the 65-mile drive lo Camp'David. Also along are the President's wife: the children's mother, Mrs. John S. Elsenhower; and the First Lady's mother, Mrs. John S. Dolld, \vho went first to Gettysburg for a look at the Eisenhowers' new home nearing completion on the Civil War battlefield there. The president planned to go to Gettysburg today. This was the first time the chief executive's two granddaughters have visited the camp without their six-year-old brother, David, for whom the presidential retreat Is named.- David entered the first grade at Ft. Lcnvonworth, Kan., Ust Sep- tember and had to pass up this trip East because of school. He remained in Kansas with his father, Maj. John Eisenhower, stationed at Ft. Leavenworth. Shortly before leaving Washington, the President completed work on a foreign tradq message he will send to Congress Monday. Awaiting final touches when he returns to the White House are two other messages which will go the Capitol next week. One of them, to be submitted Tuesday, will call for pay raises for civil service and postwal workers, and for a hike in postal rates. The other message, going to the lawmakers Thursday, will set forth the administration's new manpower-reserve program and recommend selective pay .increases for members of the armed forces. The three messages scheduled for next week will be the first of a series detailing the 1D55 legislative program the President outlined In general terms In his State of the Union message l«st Thursday. The President and his party plan to return to Washington tomorrow ovenlng, Red Guns Again Pof»nd Quemoy TfPEH. Formosa I/Pi— Chinese Communist guns today resumed shelling of Nationalist-held Quemoy and Little Quemoy Islands following yesterday's artillery duel described as the heaviest action since the new year. The Defense Ministry reported the Reds fired 60 shells from Amoy and Tateng islands, the latter a small island between Quemoy and the Mainland. Weather ARKANSAS — Cloudy this afternoon tonight and Sunday. Occasional rain south portion tonight and southeast Sunday. No important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Mostly cloudy thU afternoon, tonight and Sunday with occasional rain southeast and extreme southeast Sunday; warmer south, turning colder north tonight. Minimum thin morning—31. Maximum ye«ter<Uy—53. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. sunnei tod»y—5:M. Mean tcmpftrftturo—42. Precipitation Uat M hour H T a.m. —none. Precipitation J»n. 1 to d*t«—,W, This Date Lilt Year Maximum yesterday—38, Minimum thin morning—44, Precipitation Januwy 1 to daU — BOM,

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