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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THl! DOMINANT HEWBPAFW OP MORTJBMST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSODBI VOL. L—NO. 245 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally New§ Ul»l»lppi Valley I^tdcr Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE,,ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS 17 Persons Said Two Planes Fall After Air Collision BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — At least 17 persons were reported to have been killed today when two planes collided over the Greater Cincinnati Airport near here. The airport is 12 miles southwest of Cincinnati. "I doubt if there are survivors from either crash," John Hedrick. operator of a flying service, told newsmen after a flight over the area. He said he saw bodies lying over a 200 yard area. It was understood the TWA plane had 12 passengers and a crew ol three, while the other ship had two persons aboard. Information from TWA headquarters here was not available immediately. Roy Gannett, Hebron, Ky,, fireman, said the p.lanes fell about two miles apart. He said wreckage was strewn about for many yards, and that both planes burned. _ Hedrick's information was the same as that given by Gannett, He said only the tail assemblies were visible from his plane. "We circled it two or three FUND LEADER — Fred S. Sa- Hba bus -been named 1955 Red Cross fund campaign chivlrrnan for BlytheviUe by Chickasa'wba District fund chairman Alvin Huffman, Jr. Mr. Snliba has bt-en active in Red Cross drives, serving on the chapter finance committee for the past two years. He has been a board member for three years. Ike Has Reached No Judgment In Ladejinsky Case WASHINGTON tfr— President Eisenhower said today he has reached no judgment personally in the Wolf Ladejinsky case, and that Foreign Operations Administrator Harold E. Stassen must lake full responsibility for whatever is the eventual outcome of keeping Lndejinsky in government service. The President discussed the controversial security case at, his news conference and emphasized that he had only one side of the story when he once remarked to Secretary of Agriculture Benson that Ladejinsky's background was the sort that would scare him. But Eisenhower said he upholds the decision by Sta-ssen to hire Ladejinsky despite the Agriculture Department's ousting of the man on security and technical grounds. Ladejinsky, 55-yenr-old Russian- born naturalized American became agricultural attache in Tokyo as a State Dnpnrtmn.nt employe. Benson refused, on security and technical grounds, to accept Lade- jin.sky when a new law transferred jurisdiction over agricultural attaches to Benson's department. Stassen's organization then hired Ladejinpky for a land reform Job in Communist-threatened Vie Nam. Ladejinsky previously had been cleared twice under the State Department's security program. In discussing the cnse, Eisenhower said Benson cnme to him and read him a summary. After hearing it, Eisenhower said he hnd some doubt as to whether Ladejinsky should be given security clearance. The President stressed, however, that he did not know what he called the other side of the For example, he added, ho didn't know Ladejinsky Is the author of an anti-Communist book. inside Today's Courier News , , . Chicks Overpower 82-18 , , . Weaver's Answer on Arkansas ,loh Duo Today . . . SporU .... pa KM 8 and 9 ... . . . News of Men In Service , . , pniffi 3 ... . . . presidential leadership . . . Editorial* . . . p»8« 6 ... . . . Soviet Ha* Agreed to Return Third Prisoner . . . page 8 . . . times," Hedrick told a reporter. "There's very little left of it. Wreckage is still smoldering." Assembly to Get Killed in Crash «"'« Asking State Property Levy By RAY STEPHENS LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A bill calling for imposition of a state property tax — the first such levy in 10 years — will be offered by Sen. Guy Jones of Conway to the Senate within the next few days. Sen. Jones said last night that he would introduce the bill, which would impose a property tax of four mills in addition to the ad valorem * taxes now collected * by Faubus' Tax Plans Meet Opposition LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Most Arkansas legislators seem opposed to Gov. Orval Faubus' recommendations for abolition of the poJl tax and the state sales tax on feed, seed and fertilizer on the ground that the state simply can't give up the revenue. The legislators generally approved of Faubus' Inaugural address, although many seemed to think that some of his proposals would not be passed by the Legislature. Typical was the statement of Sen. Marvin Melton of Jonesboro, who commented on Faubus' proposal for elimination of the Fiscal Embargo Against Red China Brings US, Soviet Clash Delegates to Asian Economic Meeting In Sharp Exchange HONG KONG, U.S. delegates to an viet Asian and economic conference exchanged sharp words today ove.r the United Nations embargo on shipments of goods to Communist strategic China. The clash occurred during the closing session of the meeting spon- sbred by the Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE), when Russia's V. B. Spandaryan complained the commission's report did not reflect certain fundamental questions. Among these, he said, were "closer contact with the Chinese People's Republic" and the obstacles "created by the United States to expansion of trade with China." U.S. Delegate E. M. Braderman immediately replied that the embargo — imposed following the entry of Red Chinese troops into the Korean War — "is hurting the Chinese aggressors and that is good." Braderman said the question of widening trade with Red China had been discussed and rejected at numerous international meetings. "Most of us are willing to abide by decisions of the majority but that is not so with some countries," the American delegate continued, adding that the Soviet Union maintains it is right while everyone else is wrong. The ECAFE report recommended wider trade relations as a desirable target in international relations, suggested improved trade promotion techniques and advised more equitable raw material prices. It said the most significant Asian trade development during 1954 was the increase in prices of such export commodities as tea, rubber, jute and cotton. Code that was instituted during outgoing Gov. Francis Cherry's administration. Open Mind Melton said: "My mind is open on the Fiscal Code. If he can show me something that'll do the job better, then I'll go along with him." However, Melton said that "the governor was very sincere in trying to come up with a good program, but there is some question in my mind as to whether he has been able to' devote enough thought to a program." On the proposed exemption of seed, feed and fertilizer from the state sales tax—a measure that was turned down by Cherry two years ago—Sen. Tom Allen of Brinkley said: "I don't see how we can give up the feed tax unless there's another source of revenue to offset the potential losses." Allen is chairman of the Lej lative Council. Loss Too Great Sen. Fred Stafford of Marked Tree said he didn't see how "we can lose the revenue from the feed tax and the poll tax, especially since the poll tax goes to the schools. I was pleased with the governor's plans for increasing the industrialization of Arkansas." Rep. Pat Teague and Sen. Guy H. Jones of Conway both expressed whole-hearted approval of Faubus initial address. Some representatives said they were caught "flat - footed" by Faubus' proposed abolition of the state poll tax. Sen. Marshall Sackleford of El Dorado said that he would hesitate about removing any tax in view of Arkansas' poor financial condition. Sen. James P. (Doc) Baker Jr. of Helena commented: "I think the Assembly had better give '» lot of consideration to the loss of revenue before repealing the feed tax." Faubus revealed for the first time parts of his program in the speech yesterday, including his suggestion that the schools "prove their need" before being granted a S12 million annual increase. DWI Charges Costly To Two Motorists One persone was fined and another forfeited bond in Municipal Court this morning on charges of driving while under the influence of liquor. Ralph Billings was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail on his plea of guilty to the charge. Rufus Presuitt forfeited a $11.75 bond on a similar charge. In other action, Floydel Haley forfeited a $10 bond on a charge of speeding. 'Mr. Irby,' School Janitor, Dies John Allen Irby, a* man known to thousands of former Blytheville school children, died this morning at 10 o'clock in Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Although not in an academic role, the familiar "Mr. Irby" was as much a part of Lange, Central, Junior and Senior high schools of Blytheville as the three R's. For nearly 30 yenrs, he served the school as janitor and though a quiet man, he was popular among younger students. « He was active with the school until the summer of 1953. He was 78 at the time of his death and was a World War I and Spanish-American War veteran. He had been 111 about eight months. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home chapel and will be conducted by the Rev. James W .Rainwater. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Irby, of Blytheville. Got Out-of-State Licenses? Best Switch Them for Arkansas Tags Mississippi County residents who are operating cars and trucks with out of state license plates hnd hotter buy Arkansas tags or quit operating the vehicles between now and Feb. 1. This wns the.warning issued to- the county have received numerous coniplnint.s about cnr.s and trucks operating Illegally on out of state licenses and that persons caught violating this law will be hailed According to stnte law, Mr. Mnb- ry snld, persons moving Into Ar- dny by the Arkansas State Police - kansas frorn Another state have which currently has a drive underway against automobiles and trucks operating In Arkansas too long on out of state licenses. State Trooper Gene Mabry said that state policemen stationed in 30 days In which to purchase Arkansas tags. Visitors to the state, he said, have 90 d(iys provided they /will register an (L visitor after the /ilrst 30 days. ' the cities, counties and school districts. Jones told a reporter that the property tax would be offered to elf set the loss of revenue expected if the two per cent sales tax Is removed from feed, seed and fertilizer. Organized Effort There is an organized, concerted effort being made to relieve farmers from paying the sales tax on feed, seed and fertilizer. It is > being backed primarily by commercial poultry growers, who contend that the tax forces them to sell chickens at higher prices than sought by growers in neighboring states. Gov. Orval ?aubus has called for removal of the tax from feed, seed and fertilizer, and most, observers feel that it will win quick approval in the Legislature. A similar bill was approved by the 1953 General Assembly, but wa-s vetoed by former Gov. Francis Cherry. Cherry, in explaining his veto, said that the state could not afford to lose the estimated three million dollars which the tax brings in annually. Jones said his four-mill state property tax is designed to offset this argument. The state last imposed a property tax in 1945. It was given up to allow cities, counties and school districts to get full benefit of the levy in an effort to help those governmental sub-divisions better See ASSEMBLY on Page 5 Costa Rican Troops Battling Invaders SPREAD WORD ON FOLIO — These Boy Scouts of Troop 31 v/ere over Blytheville yesterday putting up posters urging contributions to the 1955 March of Dimes. They are (from the left) David Moody, Jimmy Baxter and Jimmy Fong. Containers have been placed over the city and some personal solicitations are to get under way this week', city chairman Bill Steinsiek stated. (Courier N'ews Photo) Annual Report Shows Lending Agencies Up Values on Land Here An expression of confidence in Mississippi County farm land is revealed by a study of farm loans made in Chickasawba District during 1954. Average loan during the year went to $105 per acre. It stood at $100 per acre in 1953 and $85 per acre in 1952.. in the fact thai only 51.003 million, sported the highest per acre aver- 1 age. It made 14 loans, second highest in number, good for 5132,000 on SI.369 million was 974 acres for a $136 per acre av- loaned during the year on 9,530 acre. 1 ;. Last year, loaned on 13.600 acres. In 1952, $681.000 was loaned on 7,985 acres 15-20 Year Loans The figures were obtained from an annual report on farm loans compiled by E. M. Terry of Terry Abstract Co. Of prime significance in the survey was the fact that more companies placed a higher loan value on the land this year, continuing a trend of over several years Eight Over S100 Mark For instance, where in 1952 only San Jose Attacked By Plane 'Venezulean' Air Raider Shot Down SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — An air raider described as 'a Venezuelan pursuit plane which came from Nicaragua" machine-gunned San Jose today and then was shot down by antiaircraft fire, the Civil Guard announced. The raider, which looked like the American-built P47 Thunderbolt of World War II vintage, buzzed the downtown area of this capital city and loosed machinegun bursts at a residential sector. This came as government troops battled in the north to clear a rebel band from the Villa Quesada area, about midway between San Jose and tht Costa Rican-Nicaragua frontier. Three bursts were aimed into the section , surrounding the Costa Rican White House, the home of President Jose Figueres. The plane was climbing rapidly as it passed the Sa n Jose Airport control tower. A lumbering DC3 of the Lacsa Airlines, armed with machineguns in its side doors, took off in pursuit. Shot Down A Civil Guard communique said the raider was shot down by antiaircraft artillery and fell in a river called Los Ahogados ,(The Drowned near Liberia, a town of 3,500 about 100 miles northwest of San Jose. over S100 per acre, eight went i All loans included in the report t erage. Prudential More Liberal Prudential Insurance Co. loosened purse strings the most. above that figure this rear, an In-! are those of 15-20 year duration j In 1953. Prudential made only made by insurance companies and ' $06,000 in loans of this type m the the Federal Land Bank of St. j district. crease of four over 1953. one company had loans averaging Jan a Actually, during 1954. companies' 'Louis, I In 1954', however, it loaned j v *^ average loans ranged from S13G '• Largest lender in the district; $147,000 in 12 loans on 1,411 acres, Ul per acre to a low of $30 with the! (North Mississippi County) was raising Us per acre loan price largest single loan bein? made at: the Federal Land Bank, which ; from S79 in '53 to 3105 per acre in $200 per acre on 120 acres. I made 21 loans during the year for i '54 — the largest one-year jump of Another facet of the report which , a total of S162.000 on 1,800 acres, j any company listed in the report, might hold some significance as ^ This averaged out at $90 per acre. ] Average loan for all companies rea-wide economic factor lay; National' Burial of Memphis'was S11.540 during the year. Sw//f Plunks Down $3.5 Million Here Swift and Company reached into its cash register for $3.5 million during 1954 which it plunked down in this area for cottonseed, soybeans, wages, equipment, local taxes and supplies, it was announced today by J. E. Dicks, Swift's local plant manager. In reviewing the past year, Mr. Dicks said that-though the crop m this area was not very good the total crop of 343 million bushels was the largest in U.d history. Lopping the 1950 crop of 299 million bushels. Demand for cotonseed meal and hulls and soybean meal in 1955 should be good, he stated. He pointed to continued increased yields on the part of the cotton farmer as significant in regard to market, conditions. Even with acreage controls, he staled, the 1954 crop of an estimated 13.5 million bales compares with the average cotton production of the past 10 years of 12.4 million bales. He also noted that 1954 produced the "highest per acre cotton yield in our country's history with a nationwide average of 339 pounds of seed cotton compared to the previous high of 281 pounds five years ago." Explorer Club Meets Friday Bljtheville Explorer Club members get a look at Puerto Rico when they meet Friday night at 7 o'clock In Hotel Noble. Robert Davis will be the tpeakei nnd will show color films of the area. He Is the same speaker who brought tile program on Iceland to the ciub Just year. Intimidation Charged WASHINGTON m—Sen. Olln D. Johnston (D-SC) snlrt today he Is Rotting dally reports alleging "Intimidation" Uctlos agnlnst federal workers protected by civil service. He said he will order in Investigation. Congressmen Asking Big Pay Increases Wyott May Return Gift Cadillac By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress seemed to be in FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. W> — Bowden Wyatt may return the Cadillac and 55,000 he received from University of Arkansas football fans, the Northwest Arkansas Times said today. In a front-page column. "Gin, - , • -. , , - , -, - , - , , ,. „• ., ; let," the newspaper said that million federal employes, but also to boost substantially its ; W yatt. who recently announced I that he was leaving Arkansas to be proposed in the Kilgore bill. A j take the head football coaching measure calling for this figure was J° b ^ lh ? University of Tennes- mtrociuced in the house last week by Rep. Celler t'D-NY), soon to be chairman of the House Judi- mood today not only to give a prompt pay raise to 1-1/2 own salaries. But a companion administration : proposal to increase postage rates ! was met with marked reserve and i some outright opposition. j Resident Eisenhower sent to the • See CONGRESS on Pago 5 \glne Fire Cause Capitol yesterday special mcssysj a Committee , nnd „ w ,. urging 5 per, cent pay hikes totai- - • * ing about 339 million dollars annually for one million civil service workers and 500,000 postal em- ployes. He also called for increases in rates charged for first, .second and third class mail to help offset the added postal pay costs. Leaders in both the Sennte and House said they would vole an early efderal pay rair.p. Mny Count Vets The only question appeared to be whether the lawmakers would court a veto by passing a much bigger raise than the President asked, and by reiusincr to boost postal rates as he requested. Eis- einhower vetoed a 5 per cent pay raise bill last year on grounds there was no offsetting revenue Though the plane approached San Jose from the south, the command said it came from a Nicaraguan airfield. "The command recommends that the inhabitants remain at home and keep calm," it said, "be- cause l ^ e antiaircraft defenders give a good account of attacking planes, knocking them down just as was done in Liberia." (Costa Rica's delegate to the U.N. was informed from San Jose that invading forces captured two small port cities on the Pacific Coast. The delegate, Ambassador Benjamin Nunez, identified the cities as Puerto Soley, near the Nica ra gua n border, a nd Puerto Coriez. in the southern part of Costa Rica. He said also invading' planes had machine gunned Turrialba and Cart a so, The Costa Rican command announced the rebel force — variously estimated between 40 and 100 men —was outgunned and withdrawing slowly to the heart of the town under assault of troops bolstered by ammunition flown in by a Costa Rican plane from the U.S. -controlled Panama Canal Zone. Superior Firepower A command spokesman said the superior firepower of the government's forces was , the principal factor in the slow withdrawal of the rebels from their outlying positions. There was no immediate mention of casualties. President Jose Figueres; government had promised decisive action today to quell the revolt at Villa Quesnda, a Costa Rican town at the eri^e of a wide jungle belt pJonq Co.? t;i Rica's frontier with Nicaragua, the attack was launched at 5:35 a.m. VlIItl Q lJCSada atld some m - arb y viUa ^ es were taken over yesterday . Boxcars marred a paratrooper air- 1 by airborne .units which govern- see. had not cashed the check. The newspaper said that departing assistant coaches apparently will not return the portion of the $20.300 fund that they received. Tnnn i" \Pi lenn. (AP) ;ain provided for postal operations. At the same time, a strong movement gathered force for a pay hike for the lawmakers themselves. Eisenhower pave this a big plut? In his State of the Union message last week without naming a specific figure. Congressional leaders appnrent- 7 felt the time was ripe to raise House and Senate pay because any adverse political effects would bo evenly distributed, with Republicans In the While House and Democrats controlling Congress. Sen. Kilgore (D-WVa), prospective chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced he would introduce Friday a bill to carry out last year's recommendations of the Commission on Judicial and Congressional Salaries. This body proposed a $12,500 increase for senators and reprcsen- tatlvcR, to $27,500 a year. It nr«cd simitar raises for federal Judges. Discussed by GOP Some lawmakers flflld privately that enactment ot a $10,000 raise was more likely thnn Iho one to SEW ART AIR blazes in two 0119 Klyin_ lift to Alaska yesterday with a flaming crash here and a 1 mem spokesmen described as "pre- forced landing in Montana. A tntiil of 68 paratrooprs ana three airmen parachuted to safety from the two pLanes, but the pilot and co-pilot of the plane which crushed here were Jisk'd as dead. The Public Information Office identified the two as Capt. John Rnspet, Jr., 30. of 17 Franklin St , Ml, Clemens, Mich., the pilot, and Lt. Ross W. Richards, 30, of 3438 Glen St., Jacksonville, Fla. Their bodies were removed from the burned wreckage. - Thirty - five airborne infantrymen and three crewmen jumped when an engine burst into flames shortly after the twin-engine craft took off here. Only hours earlier, 33 paratroopers used their chutes when an engine caught fire on their plane near Miles City, Mont. Pilot-Capt. T.G. Johnson of So wart AFB then guided the plane to the Miles City airport without incident. The two Boxcars were part of a flight of 80 ferrying 3,000 airborne troops from Ft. Campbell, Ky., to Alaska for Operation Snowbird, a winter exercise. Paratroopers involved In both Jumps were members of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment. The crash scene here was about three miles from the base. WU- the plane spun —^. firth, then burst into' was overwhelmed. A government spokesman said about 40 men apparently were in- Sec COSTA IUCA (in Page 5 11 esses said fir^t into thi "a ,m'eat mushroom of fire and smoke." Second J.t. Jnmr.s Reynolds, Melbourne. F;;l.. platoon leader of the p;i ra t roope rs a boa rd, sn id his men thought it was a still when the crew chief ordered them to prepare to jump. Reynolds said the men followed briefing instructions exactly and 30 seconds later the passenger compartment was empty. ' "I don't know what happened to the pilot, but he did a good job. He gave us all the lime we needed . . ." The troopers bailed out at 8,000 feet and came down In near- freezing weather over an area more than three miles across. Most landed on the base. One man, Pfc. Richard L. Dalton, Bcnton Harbor, Mich., was hospitalized overnight with minor injuries. The troopers in Montana fluttered over a three-mile area, also, landing on both sides of the Yellowstone River. They Jumped from a height of about 600 feet. The big Boxcars have been talc- Ing off at 30-minutc Intervals from here since 6 a.m. Monday with the Jast flights clearing early today. j suirmbly Nicaraguan." A small de- nose j tachment of the civil guard there Weather ARKANSAS — Occasional rain southeast portion tonight And on Thursday; otherwise partly cloudy to cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; colder Thursday and in west portion tonight. Lowest 24-32 northwest to 30-40 elsewhere tonight, MISSOURI — Cold wave northwest; partly cloudy west and cloudy east; occasional snow flurries or light freezing drizzle northeast and cast central and occasional drizzli? extreme southeast. Minimum this morning — 32, Maximum yestcrdtiy — 31. Sunrise tomorrow — 7:07, Sunset todny — 5:10. precipitation InKt 24 hour* to 7 *. m. — none. Mean temperature — 31.S, Precipitation .Mn. 1 to dutfl — M, Thli Date Lait Y»r Maximum yesterday — 37, Minimum thin mornlnft — Ifi. Precipitation January i to dat* —

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