The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 13, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 13, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOOTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 246 BlythevUle Courier Blyttuvilte Dally Newt Mississippi Valley Leader BlythevUle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 1955 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Seven SeAAo 'Spots' Close New Prosecutor Vickery Acts to Fulfill Pledge CARUTHERSVILLE — Prosecuting Attorney James A. (Tick) Vickery, who ran on a crusade ticket last summer, rolled up his sleeves this week and plunged into the fray against Pemiscot County gambling and drinking spots. Thus far, it was revealed yesterday, he has filed seven suits seeking injunctions in Circuit Court. • * Five taverns and/or bars were immediately padlocked under a temporary court order. They Included tne slate Line Club, Utley's Club at Holland a bulding adjoining the B and B Club at Gobler, a building adjoining Club. Zanza at Hayti and back Bitter Feud Flares In State Senate Gentry, Fagan Clash; New Bills on Docket LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A bitter political rivalry which first flared during last summer's Democratic primary campaigns has broke into the open in the General Assembly. Harsh words flew yesterday between Little Rock's veteran senator. Ellis Fagan, and the state attorney general, Tom Gentry, after Fagan introduced a bill to stop Gentry from privately practicing law. The pair traded tart words outside the Senate chamber yesterday afternoon, and later Gentry said In a statement that Fagan's bill 'a purely vindictive, die-hard political measure," Gentry charged in his statement that the bill was a direct result of his opposition to the rate increase recently sought by Arkansas Power & Light Co., plus the failure of a candidate, backed by Fagan, to unseat him In last summer's primary. Fagan Declines Comment Fagan declined to comment on Gentry's statement. The bill simply provides that the attorney general and his assistants can no longer engate in private law practice. Violation of the bill would result in a fine of up to $1,000 and removal from office. When Fagan emerged from the Senate chamber yesterday, Gentry met him with the remark, 'Well, I see you're after me again." Fagan replied, "I'm not after you. I just think the bill does something that should have been done before." "It's a political bill." said Gentry, and Fagan retorted, "There's no politics anywhere in that bill." In his statement. Gentry said, "This legislation is merely an attempt to punish me and my staff lor taking the side of the average man against special interests. "It is a matter of comon knowledge that I, as attorney general, helped to fight AP&L's request for an increase in their rates, and wns successful before the Public Service Commission in having the request for an increase denied. "Sen. Pagan is the owner of the Fagan Electric Co., the Pagan Air Conditioning Co., and other companies connected with the electrical industry in Pine Bluff and El Dorado, and he hn.s been awarded thousands upon thousands of dollars of business by the AP&L, from which he takes his orders in the Senate like a puppy." Gentry charged that Fagan sponsored the campaign of former state Sen. Jin) .Johnson of Crossett for attorney general summer, and that Johnson's campaign fund was provided by special interests bent on preventing the re-election of Gentry. Fagan denied this charge flatly, and even said he had urged Johnson not to make the race. He said he supported Johnson against Gentry purely out of personal friendship tor the Crossett lawyer. Gentry said that neither be nor his staff has ever taken part in See ASSEMBLY on Page 5 * * * rooms of Hinchey's pool hall in Ca- ruthersvlle. Defendants Defendants were listed as Cletue Bailey, Jake Halstead, Smith Johnson, Hubert Utley, Gerald Burks, Hoot Graue, Jack Halstead, Bobo Lamb and Harold L. Hlnchey. Temporary injunctions a g anlst two Caruthersville establishment; Dole's Bar and Climax Bar—prohibit females ^and minors on the premises. Defendants are listed as J. L (Doc) Dunahoo and Nannie Garlett, Lee Gatewood, Eddie ChUton and Curry Leval. These temporary injunctions give the defendants 30 days in which to file their answers to the state's petition, after which cases will be scheduled for hearings. However, hearings may be scheduled at any time after a defendant files motion to absolve the temporary injunction, Mr. Vickery pointed out. Promised Fight Since Mr. Vickery took office Jan. 1, many Pemiscot Countians have been awaiting a move on his part. During heated campaigning of the Democratic primary, he promised an all-out fight on '/ice of all kinds in the county. This action may be only the forerunner of other moves by the energetic prosecutor. Although he gave no indication that other closings are in the offing, he did say he filed only in those instances where he iclt he had obtained sufficient evidence. He also said the places named had been under observation for several weeks as he received help from Pemiscot, County Sheriff's of- iice, Missouri Governor Phil Donnelly, Attorney General John M Dalton, Col. Hugh Waggoner, state police superintendent, and Hollis Ketchum, supervisor ol the staU liquor control department. He also stated that private citizens had given him a hand in investigations in many instances. Sheriff John Hosier, Chief Deputy Clyde Orton and Deputy Al&ert i Spud) Walker joined highway Patrolmen Jeff Hickman, Harqlr Logsdon, Sgt. L. W. Petty a^id deputies W. W. Chism and Wesley Mayo in forming three "teams." They operated simultaneously in inspecting nnd padlocking, James A. (Tick) Vickery Accident Kills 2 In Missouri; Osceoian Held Cleon Gann, Osceola truck driver, being held in the Mississippi County Jnil in Charleston, Mo., today in connection with a traffic accident near Charleston Tuesday night that resulted in the doatn of two men. James Williams, 37, of Slkeston wns killed instantly nnd Harold D. Evans, 24, also of Sikeston died in CnJro, III. hospital this morning of injures suffered when the car n which they were riding irashetf into the rear of the trailer-truck driven by Gann on Highway 60. The Mississippi County Sheriff's office said this morning that Gann had been arraigned in a Char'cs- ton court and his bond set at. $1,000 on a charge of operating a trailer truck which was not properly lighted. At the time of the accident, officers said, the trailer of Gann's truck wns unlighted. Stote Rating Group Says — City Needs to Reduce Danger Of Sustaining Large Fire Loss Blytheville is in danger of having its rating as a fire risk lowered if it fails to beef up its fire department with additional equipment and men and meet other provisions set forth Ike Asks 4-Year Draft Extension, Pay Hikes *»#* **** Calls for Powerful Reserve Force By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH And C. YATES McDANIEL WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower today asked Congress to extend the draft law four years, grant pay increases to "career" servicemen and create a powerful military reserve to deal with any "aggressor so criminally unwise as to attempt an atomic attack." The President set out the administration's military manpower program in two special messages to the lawmakers, saying the measures he proposed would give this country tha "proper military posture" for the first time in peacetime. On pay, he proposed increases*—, only for men willing to serve long- by the Arkansas Inspection and Rating Bureau. Insurance companies take the " " ' ' *--•• Bureau's word on ratings of towns. Blytheville now enjoys Sixth Class standard, but graded seventh Head's administration of the unit floodlfght units, heavy wrecking "competent." equipment, cutting torches and Equipment Needed [power saws also should be provid- However, it suggested that it.ed . . . " the report said. when it was inspected in late No- needs "heavy stream appliances"! It also recommended hiring of vember, the Bureau's report stat- and pointed out that "this type | several additional fu'.l • time men . ! equipment is necessary for efH-iand retention of a full-time paid Actually, the report found no I cient fire fighting in cities as large ] chief (Chief Head also serves in fault with the city's volunteer fire j as Blytheville. ]a voluntary capacity). department. It called Chief Roy i "Such equipment as portable New Army Promotion Under McCarthy Fire S WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) said last night the Army had promoted to corporal a doctor who had invoked the Fifth Amendment on questions about Communism. A few hours later, the Army reported Pfc. Marvin S. Belsky's promotion had been canceled and his commander reprimanded. McCarthy, who likened the Bel- self-incrimination \Vhen he refused sky case to that of the former Army dentist Maj. Irving Peress, said he had learned the promotion made 'within the last six weeks." He said he had asked for report from the Army. Belsky is on the medical staff at Murphy General Hospital, Waltham. Mass. At Waltham, Col. Arthur J. Redland, the commanding officer, declined common! and a hospital spokesman -said Belsky was on leave until Jan. 19. He could not be located for possible comment. Told of the Army announcement, McCarthy said he would be "curious to see an explanation of why they waited until our subcommittee ;ot into the maltar befon The Senator said he I' the Belsky matter to the attention of Sen. McClellan (D-Ark). new chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee on which McCarthy now serves as ranking Republican. Appearing before that subcommittee last March 4, Belsky invoked the protection of the Fifth Amendment while being questioned by McCarthy. He also testified that he had claimed this .same constitutional protection against possible answer Army personnel form questions about communism. Belsk was drafted as a private. He said his application for a commission was turned down when he did not answer the Army form questions. Belsky testified he treats some persons who work on n secret Army radar project. McCarthy has questioned the wisdom of assigning Belsky to a hospital where he might come in contact with patients doing secret work. Osceola'sHyatt (committee j • f* I «&|Jaycee Speaker He'll Head Program At Awards Banquet Jim Hyatt, Osceola lawyer and former deputy prosecuting attorney of the Second Judicial District, will be main speaker Monday Inside Today's Courier News . , . One in a Crowd . . . Basketball's Bonus Uulc Causes BiR Slir as Scoreboard Clicks. . . . Canithprsville. r.oldt'ii Glovers Win nt Slkcslon and Cape Girar- dcau , , .• Sports . . . pa^cs 6 and 7 ... . . . Commendable Work . . . Kdilorials . . . page 8... . . . N'ew Military Service Plan Gives Young Man Six Choices. . . paRC 3... House Gets Bill to Expand State's 2 Per Cent Sales Tax to Aid Schools LITTLE ROCK Ml—The Arkansas two per cent sales tax would be expanded for benefit of state colleges and a public school fund under a bill introduced in the House this morning, Under the measure, the sales tax, originally designed to apply only to actual sales of merchandise, would be Imposed also on: "Services of barbers, beauticians, beauty shops or beauty salons; cleaning and pressing establishments; laundries; garages for the repair of motor vehicles or other machinery and equipment, and advertising: by radio, television, newspaper, billboard or through any other medium." Ton per cent of the revenue under Uik proposed aw section would go to the University of Arkansas. Forty per cent would be divided equally among Arkansas AM&N College for Negroes, Arkansas State Touchers College, Henderson State Teachers Colleg. Arkeansas Slat College, Arkansas Tech, Arkansas AAM, nnd Southern State College. The remaining 50 per cent would go to the public school fund. The bill, Introduced by Rep. Harry B, Colay of Columbia County, carries an emergency clause Which would make it effective Immediately on passage and approval by the governor. The sales tax, first passed «fl a "temnornry" msasuvo during the IWOt deprMiloo, pfflvioualj bas been changed from Its original coverace to Include telephone and telegraph messages and hotel nnd motel rooms. No estimate wns available on day's proposal heconis law. Pr- .snt sales tax revenue i.s estimated at about 30 million dollars a year. Rep. Kenneth Sulccr of Mississippi County today Introduced nn anticipated bill to establish nn institution for menially retarded children. The proposal, which had been the subject of considerable pre-scsslon discussion, calls for designation of the Institution as the Arkansas Children's Colony, Inmates would be committed by probate judges, rnmatcs nlso could ho l.rnnsforrfi;! under cert n In circumstances from other institutions. The report said the city must adopt the National Building Code and the Fire Prevention Code of the National Board of Fire Underwriters if it wants to retain its rating. Code Not Enforced It found that though the city 1922 building code, since mended, its provisions are "not 'orceu in the majority of cases." The National Electrical Code is specified as the standard for electrical installations and several instances were noted of wiring well below this standard which had been approved by the city." Inspectors generally were pleased with the water supply and i system. They recommended installation of additional mains, but with the exception of a 10-inch line along Elm, completing the 10-inch main from Cherry to Henderson, made none of the recommended installations mandatory insofar as retention of the current rating is concerned. It also recommended that future main extensions be made only with six-inch or larger pipe, tbatj a high lift pump be replaced fasj now contemplated by Blytheville' Water Company > and that a hydrant be installed at Walnut and Railroad. "Well Operated" It called the water system "well operated and maintained." Finally, the report pointed to a fire hazard in downtown Blytheville where,, it said, "building areas are excessively large, frame construction predominates in certain blocks, fire walls are inadequate and wall openings are inadequately protected, "Severe group fires are probable in hearly every block. "The fire department and water j supply system appear sufficiently developed to confine fires to the block of origin, though it is possible under some conditions of delayed alarm that serious difficulties might be experienced in achieving this control. civic leaders, will be honored at "Lack of heavy stream app]j- thc banquet to be held at 7 p.m., Unces" would be a factor here, it at Hotel Noble. j stated. Jaycees also will honor nn^out- 1 standing official with '~ Government Award.' er than a minimum time, saying it is necessary to maintain "the experienced hard core of a modern fighting force." Calling for a 'selective" "rise, Eisenhower said there should be no increase in officers in the first three years of their service and none in the first two years for enlisted men. This would mean no pay rise for two-year draftees or for young reserve officers putting, in only their obligated time. 6.7 Per Cent Hike The President said the aggregate increase he proposed would hike the present service pay roll by about G.7 per cent for salary and allowances. At present the government is paying out about $10.530,000,000 for those purposes. On that basis, the added cost would be about $705,000,000 a year. Eisenhower devoted one message of 1,800 words to the pay question and a second of 2,000 words to his request for continuation of the draft law and establishment of an improved reserve program. He said extension of the Selective Service law, due to expire June 30 "is necessary because experience demonstrates that active armed forces of the size we must maintain cannot be raised by voluntary enlistments alone." He said too an effective reserve progrdm to provide a pool of trained fighting men is necessary because: "We cannot possibly keep armed and in uniform the total forces that might ultimately be required in an all-out war. The inescapable burdens would endanger the liberties and the economic system we are determined to defend." Major parts of the proposed reserve program had been disclosed late last year by the Pentagon. The chief feature is a plan for six months' training each year of about 100,000 young men who would go directly into the reserve. Peacetime Power Needed In his manpower reserve message, the President told the lawmakers: "The penalties of our unreadi- ness have been manifold-—in treasure, in blood, in the heartbreak of a mighty nation buying time with the lives of men. Now, in an uneasy peace, we can and must move toward this proper posture— at tolerable cost, with due regard U.S. Plane Gets Hot Reception Commission Views Battle in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A nervous airport guard gave a trigger happy welcome today to a U. S. Air Force transport arriving just in advance of a five-nation commission named to investigate spreading warfare in Costa Rica. * * * ' ' Demo Leadership Controls House Rules Committee Five New Members Named to Powerful Group Include Trimble WASHINGTON ive Democrats regarded as likely to go along most of the time with the wishes of party leaders in the House were nominated today to serve on th, elgislation-guiding Rules Committee. The recommendations by the Democratic Committee on Com mittees are subject to approval by the House—a formality since the Democrats are in the majority. During Roosevelt and Trurnan administrations, a coalition of Southern Democrats and Republl cans on the House Rules Committee sometimes bottled, up bills which the leadership backed. Except in unusual circumstances, all bills cleared by the legislative committee must go through the rules group, which determines when they shall be debated and, to some extent, under what procedures. Those and other Democratic committee assignments were made by the party's Committee on Committees, comprised of Democratic members of the House Ways and Means Committee.. Trimble Named The new members tapped for are Delaney of New York,•Trimble service on the Rules Committee Arrival of the commission in another U.S. Air Force plane from Panama a short time later was without incident. But a single shot was fired at the transport by a guard apparently still nervous over yesterday's attack on San .Jose by a single plane. The U.S. plane was a considerable distance away and the shot was aimed low, so no damage was done. Commission Named by OAS The commission was named by the Organization of American States to conduct an on-the-spot survey of the tense situation that has developed between Costa Rica and Nicaragua. One of the points still to be established definitely is the origin of the opposition forces. Costa Rica charges that the warfare was insigated and has tho active participation of exiles and others from Nicaragua. But the Nicaraguan government, . denying this, said it was a rebellion inside the country aimed at the overthrow of President Jose Figueres. The U.S. State Department announced it was cooperating by ordering American planes to the battle area to make "pacific observation" flights requested by OAS in the hope such flights would halt air raids on Costa Rican towns. Luis Quintilla of Mexico^ chairman of the commission, said It would get down to work immediately after calling on President Fi- gueres. U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Woodwa rd was among diplomats at the airport to greet tha commission. Charges Denied Figueres blamed the outbreaks of fighting, concentrated mainly in the north, on exiles and "mercenaries" trained and equipped in neighboring Nicaragua. Across the border, Niraraguan President Anastasio Somoza continued to dany the Costa Rican accusations, classing the fighting for tradition, without disruption of*| of Arkansas. Thornberry of Texas. ' ; n Costa RJCR as a "civil war." - ' • human plans or the material economy. "Korea and Indochina are bitter reminders of the ever - present He said he had ordered all rebels crossing- his borders disarmed and a ji cosia Ricans in the country rounded up for questioning. news conference in Man- Boiling of Missouri and O'Neill Massachusetts. They will serve with the three Democratic holdovers—Howard W. threat of aggression. The masses i Smith of Virginia, chairman: Cnl- of armed men and the vast array | mer of Mississippi; ana Madden of a c;ua. Somoza also challenged Fi- of warmaking machines, main-1 Indiana—and with four Republican ; rr U eres to meet him at the border holdovers—Leo Allen of Illinois. Clarence Brown of Ohio, Ellsworth of Oregon and Latham of New York. nitrht at the annual Disting na uished Service Awards banquet sponsored by Blytheville Junior Chamber -of Commerce, chairman J. L. Westbrook, Jr., announced today. Blythoville's outstanding: young man of the year, as selected by a secret committee of business and "Good nnd five members of the Junior Chamber will be given Key awards for outstanding service to organization during the past year. , The DSA banquet will be only part of the activities of the club during next week's national observance of "Jnycee Week." Mr. Hyatt was deputy, prosecuting attorney for south Mississippi County under Judge H. G. Partlow, and made nn unsuccessful nice for Chancellor of the 12th Chancery District last year. Mrs. J. H. Smart Rites Tomorrow Funeral services for Mi's. E. H. Smart, Sr. ( of Ma con-, Miss., formerly of Blytheville and a stepmother of C. M. Smart, Mrs. F. R. Dickinson and Mrs. J. M. Jontz, all of Blytheville, worn to be conducted tbls afternoon in Mncon. Mrs. Smart died yes (peri ay at Rollins: Fork, Miss. Mrs, Smart made her home in Blylhfivlllo until 19-18 when she returned to Mississippi following the dcnth of her husband, who was engaged in farming here, She wns nlso nn mint of U. W. Miillins of Blythoville. Other survivors include another stcp;;on, Dr. Robert F. Smart, of Richmond, Vn. JVfnny mom hers of the family w'-n re-!- 1 " in ^'yO-vOU 1 ' were to be & Macon for th« funeral. Ex-Resident Is Homed As Woman of Year A former Blytheville resident, Mrs. Charles Kramer, has been named Woman of the year for Arkansas by Progressive Farmer, a farm magazine. Mrs. Kramer, who has been in Extension Service work for 30 years, now makes her home in Pulaski County and retired from the service last summer. During- her tenure, she has served as assistant county home demonstration agent and district agent. Her husband was former Blytheville High School football conch. On her retirement, she was hon- whlch issued her a special citation, orcd, by the University of Arkansas Soon after her retirement, she and Mr. Kramer toured Europe. 'Diaper Derby' Over PATUgENT, Md. f/P) — The Navy welcomed home today its 'Diaper Derby" fighter pilot nnd succumbed to the charms, of his newly adopted Greek daughter. Lt. Norman Moose Donahoe, and 17-month-old Ron! Marie, nr- rivcd nt the southern Maryland Nnvnl about 0 n. m. after .1 n-o-rl-iy hitch-hiking flight from AUi«na. tained by the Soviets and their satellites along the frontiers of the free world, sharpen the reminders. "The ffrsi purpose of our defense planning remains the maintenance of a just, secure peace. If, however, unwanted war should come, it should find us ready with every resource at our command to repel and defeat the enemy. And, at home, we must have forces traind home, we must have forces trained aggressor be so criminally unwise as to attempt an atomic attack. 'In seeking to attain these goals, we must remember that the active military forces are only the cutting edge of our nation's full strength. A vigorous economy, a strong mobilization base and trained citizens are the invincible element in See IKE on Page 5 * * * j There were no surprises in the committee assignments, freshman members taking what the veterans did not bid for. Rep. James Roosevelt of California,, son of the former President, was assigned to the Labor ajid Education Committee. Rep. Dies of Texas, serving his second term, was given a post on the Commerce Committee. Dies, first chairman .of the Un-American Activities Committee when it was created during his earlier tenure in the House, had sought appointment to that group but the .only vacancy was given to Rep. Willis of Louisiana, whose present service dates back to 1949. j and settle their long-time feud with ' a duel between the two of them. I "Somoza must, be mad," a source J to the Costn Rican President Ike Favors Continued Gl Education Benefits WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower Is "very much In fa service men continue to build up service by the end of this month. On. Jan. 1 the President signed an executive order which terminated all such rights as of the end of this month. Under that order, men already in the service by thnt date are entitled to schooling rights accrued before that time, but are not permitted to build up additional rights. Jnmes C. Hagcrty, White House, press secretary was asked today whether the President would support bills already Introduced In Congress to permit servicemen to continue to build up school rights if they are In service before Feb "We would be very much In favor of It," Hagerty Mid. "The President believes It would be unfair to tnke thnt (schooling aooriwi rlgbta) away (torn m*o ti- White House said today President vor" of pending legislation to let Ol education rights if they are in ready In service." Hagerty added that the President had no alternative but to terminate such accrual rights in his executive order. He said continuation of the rights would require legislation. A bill to continue schooling rights for men already in service by the end ol January oppesrs ticketed as one of the first items to be passed by the new Congress. The House Veterans Affairs Committee arranged public hearings starting Monday on the proposal advanced by Chairman Teaguu (D-Tex). Sen. Hill (D-A!a), the new chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, which handles such leglnla- tlon, has announced he will apon- •or UH mtuun to to* 8*ott*. commented in San Jose. Fighting flared at half a dozen points yesterday and planes strafed nine towns including the capital. Unofficial es'imates placed the rebel force at 400 men. Betrye Nelle Finds Her Match OSCEQLA. Ark. Wi—It's n task keeping up wtlh the questions of a 4-year-old. Mrs. Bettye Nelle Starr discovered that when she entertained her grandson at lunch recently. Young Phil Beall, she said. A'as conducting a real Inventory. Did God make the chair? Yes. Did God make the table? Yes. Did God make the hamburger they were eating? Mrs. Starr nodded. "Well," Phil observed. "God sure got the hamburger too salty " Weather ARKANSAS — Generally fair and colder this afternoon and tonight, lowest 16 northeast to 26 southwest portion tonight. Friday partly cloudy, warmer In afternoon. MISSOURI — Clear this afternoon and tonight; not so cold west snd north tonight; Friday partly cloudy and warmer; low tonight near 15 southeast. Minimum thin mnrnln^—10. Maximum yosturday—M. Sunrlno tomorrow—7 ;07. Simsol today—3:11. Precipitation lutt 24 houn to 7 «,m. —none. Mran temperature—^8 5, precipitation Jan. 1 to date— M, Thin l)at* Lilt Yr*r Mnxlmum yeitftrdny—39. Minimum thl« morninn— 18. PreclplUtlon January 1 to <Ut* — 1.10.

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