The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 17, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 17, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 249 BlytheviUe Courier Blythevllle Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Will 1955 Be the Year Blytbeville Will Get Its New Sewer System i Is 1955 the year Blytheville citizens, weary of delay and waiting, will see construction begin on their long- hoped-for sewer system? 'As City Council prepares to meet for the first time of the new year, it seems that the question may be answered with a "yes." To find out just what sort of determination to push the sewer plan to completion might exist on. the Council, the Courier New* polled members and invited their comments. Councllmen Toler Buchanan, E. M. Terry, W. Kemper Bruton, Jesse White and Rupert Crafton responded to the poll along with Mayor E. R. Jackson. No response was forthcoming from Leslie Moore, Charles Llpford and W. L. Walker. Mayor Jackson said that to his mind "there is no doubt" but what '55 will be the year construction will begin. He said he hopes to see actual ground-breaking begin in May under the plan approved by Blytheville voters in May of last year. Two Districts City Council, following the election, went on record as being in favor of issuing bonds only after improvement districts in north and south Blytheville were formed to tie on the backbone system okayed In the bond issue election. Signatures of owners of 65 percent of the assessed valuation in each improvement district were needed. The northern district was quickly organized. Signatures of owners of some $30,000 in property, at the assess- ment book value, which Is quite low, are still needed in the southern district. This is going to involve quite a bit of leg work, since all the larger property owners (like Swift) are on the line, i Seeks Chamber Leadership * Mayor Jackson in commenting on the situation, said he hopes to see the new Chamber of Commerce sewer committee interest Itself to the point of taking over leadership in the drive to complete the district. Evidently, the prospect of cut-rate construction offers will make no headway with Mayor or Council. Talk of injecting new plans into the sewer picture have beclouded real objectives in the past. Undue consideration could further prolong the time when the city will have a workable sewer system. But the Councllmen and Mayor indicate they are fully prepared, to proceed with the Max Meh*lburger plan, which was approved',by voters in the May election. A Mr. Mehlburger, the Little Rock engineer, has agreed to get things rolling in the way of preliminary work, while awaiting formation of the southern improvement district. Wants Guarantee He wants the Council to guarantee him a fee of a maximum ol $1,500 in case, for any reason, the bonds are never sold and the city fails to go through with its plans. At tomorrow night's Council meeting, it is entirely possible this will be brought up in order to pave the way for actual construction in the spring. Here are the Councilmen's comments: E. M. TERRY — I am prepared to do anything necessary to get new sewers for Blytheville in 1955 and I will continue to support the plan voted on at the election May 18, 1954. Four months ago I asked that; the City employ Mr. Mehlburger so he could do preliminary surveying work and start on the great number of plans required for a Job of this size; Mr. Mehlburger would have charged only for actual expenses Involved, with a, guarantee that they would hot exceed $1500.00. My Idea was that then a great deal of the paper work would be out of the way by the time the weather got right this spring to start construction. At that' time my suggestion was quashed and another engineer came into the picture with a plan that was cheaper by $100,000, I would like to once again state that I believe Mr. Mehlburger should be hired, since his plan was fully explained by the Courier News and by myself and others at Civic Clubs before the election; I believe that ihe people voted on Mr. Mehlburger as well as on the amount of the bonds to be issued at that election. Further, Mr. Mehlburger is an engineer of wide and varied experience; I do not believe that we s'nouM contemplate hiring an engineer with a bare minimum of experience for a job such as this. As a suggestion to getting the required number of signatures on the southern district — which is still a big job since a!l of the properties involved are of small valuations, ranging from $25 to $300 — why not ask the Chamber of Commeice sewer committee to take over this job and make a complete canvass of the territory? All the members of this committee requested assignment to the committee — and the best job they could do for this city in 1955 would be to get the signatures required on this petition. In fact, I will say that the most concrete and outstanding result of any Chamber of Commerce committee during this year would be to get the petitions completed. If the signatures prove impossible to get, we can still do one of two things; The City Council could rescind the resolution requiring the petitions to be presented to the City Clerk before any bonds are sold; or we could have a special election soley on the question of whether the people wanted the sewer improvement program to continue without bringing in the south district at the present time. We must get ready to start construction work by this spring if we are to have sewers in Blytheville; and I don't believe that we are looking for the cheapest bidder on this job. No doubt we can find engineers who will continue to say that they can build the sewers cheaper and cheaper, until rnaybe we can get the 1 job done for $10,000 instead of 51,000,000. Most of the time you get just what you pay for — and I don't see the point of having such a job as this done half-way to save a little now, only to have to consider more sewer work in a year or two. I hope we can get something done on the sewer problem here; from my experience in speaking to various groups and showing them pictures of the present sewer lines and open ditches carry- in? raw sewage, I know that the people of Blytheville want something done. See COUNCILMEN, MAYOR on page 12 Costa Rica Gets Four U.S. Planes OAS Authorizes Move; Sale Price: $1 Each SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — U. S. Air Force pilots rushed four fighter planes to Costa Rica today to help the embattled government challenge rebel control of the air. The planes — World War II Mustangs sold by the U. S. government to Costa Rica reportedly for SI apiece—were due here this morning. Costa Rican pilots will man the craft against the rebels, who reportedly have an air force of one fighter and two trainers. The Organization of American States, which authorized transfer of the combat planes to bolster this nation's armed forces In the six-day uprising, received an urgent appeal from Costa Rica's government last night for "further and more effective help." Nicaragua Accused Co.sta Rica has accused her northern neighbor Nicaragua of stirring up the revolt. Nicaragua has denied the charge, but an OAS Investigating team — without naming Nicaragua specifically — has reported that a substantial amount of the rebel War material was introduced over Costa Rica's northern border. Until the transfer of the U. S. planes, the Figueres government's makeshift air force has consisted chiefly of slow civilian transports which were hastily armed with machine guns after the rebel outbreak. Meanwhile, fighting erupted again yesterday on the only active front, at Santa Rosa plantation In northwest Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border. The continued activity in that, area appeared to Indicate a decisive battle might be shaping up. A general staff communique said government troops, unofficially estimated at 1,000 men, held fast in a clash yesterday afternoon although the rebel forces were aided by one plane. Victory Claimed Loyalist forces on Saturday had claimed victory in a major skirmish at Santa Rosa. Informants said the outbreak yesterday came north of the plantation center when government troops moved out from positions captured in the engagement the day before. Reports from the front said President Jose Figures had to duck for shelter yesterday when the rebels bombed the outskirts of Liberia, about 30 miles southeast of Santa Rosa. A communique said the bombardment killed two soldiers and Oscar Cordero, correspondent lor a San Jose newspaper. West Ridge Boy Dies of Injuries James Kenneth Polk, 18 year old West Ridge boy who was hurt in a Dec. 22 accident, died yesterday, It was learned here today. The youth was seriously injured in an automobile accident near Lepanto. Sharp 'Quake Jolts Japan — Right on Cut TOKYO M — A sharp earthquake Jolted Tokyo today. No damage wns reported, although concrete buildings swayed for 30 seconds. The tremor added remarkable realism to a radio pro- g "Aiid then came a big jolly earthquake," snld a voice on the U 3. Army's Far East network. At the word "earthquake" listeners In the Tokyo and Yokohn- ma areas felt Japan's strongest temblor In months. ma t 4-li'ERS ARE HONORED — Winners of various 4-H Club projects for the past year were brought together at Hotel Noble Saturday night to be honored at the Farm Bureau's annual banquet. Above are L. Q. Nash of Delta Implements, which each year gives sterling cream and sugar sets to county champions. He's pictured above with champion boy Robert Earl Davis, Gosnell, and champion glr] Elizabeth Brister, Yarbro. Fuibright Urges More Negotiations for Fliers WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen Fulbright (D-Ark) urged today that the United States continue diplomatic negotiations for the release of 11 imprisoned American airmen without laying down any advance ultimatium to Red China. Fulbright, a member of the Sente Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview he does not believe the American people should expect any "miracle" as a result of the visit to Peiping. of Dag Hammarskjold, United Nations secretary general. Fulbright snid he thinks it will take time to solve the problem Mrs. Simmons Dies; Services Are Tomorrow Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Simmons, long time Blytheville resident, will be conducted at her home at 9 a.m. tomorrow by the Rev. E. C. Brown, former First Baptist Church pastor. Burial for Mrs. Simmons will be in Grantsburg, 111. A resident of Blytheville for 44 years, Mrs. Simmons died at her home last night after an illness of several months. She Is survived by two sons, Dee Simmons, with whom she made her home here, and Collins Simmoas, Franklin, N. C.;- and three brothers, Realus Evans, Vienna, 111,, and Henry and Arlett Evnns, both of Grantsburg, 111. Pallbearers will be James Groner, Harry Weldman, Woodrow Carter, Robert Lovelace, Robert Weidman and R. J. Hodge. and there will be ' 'no quick answer," "We ought to negotiate with the Chinese Communists and keep in communication with them, rather thnn lay down the line that we will ignore them," he said. "After all. these Chinese Communists are human beings, regardless of how misguided they may be. It Js possible that we c,in make some kind of mutual adjustment with them that we could accept and we ought to find out.". He said, however, he would be opposed to any full-dress conference, with Red China as a participant, which might be used by the Communists as a propaganda sounding board. Sen. Spnrkman (D-Ala), new chairman of the Foreign Relations Far Eastern subcommittee, said that although he has no official information, he fears that the Chinese Communists may have listed U. N. recognition for them as the price for release of the Americans. Sen. Wiley (R-Wisj, top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a weekend speech at Harris-burg, PH., he would oppose any "hasty, ill-considered, impulsive action . . . such as a military blockade." Taylor in Korea PUSAN, Korea (/l 1 ) — Gen. Maxwell B. Taylor, commnnder of the 8th Army and U. S. Army troops In the Far East, arrived today from Tokyo to spnnd several days in Korea. Navy Transport Down in Atlantic; 13 reared Dead No Trace Found Of Constellation's Crew, Passengers CORNER BROOK, Nfld. (<P>—A United States Navy four-engine Constellation crashed in the Atlantic off southwest Newfoundland to! day and search planes over the spot reported no trace of the 13 occupants. The Constellation carried a crew of six and Harmon Field said there were seven passengers aboard. The aircraft took" off at 3:52 a.m. The first distress signal from the i pilot was received at Harmon about 5:45 a.m., and the second shortly afterward. A search and rescue crn?hboat was speeding to the area. A C47 twin-engine transport plane and a helicopter were ordered to stand hy if needed hi a rescue operation. The plane had been airborne less thnn two hours, out of Harmon Air Force Base near here, when the pilot reported one of his engines had failed. Moments later he said a second motor had cut out. The Constellation was en route from Harmon, 70 miles from here, to the Patuxent River Naval Air station in Maryland. Search planes from Harmon returned with reports of sighting yellow life rafts in the sea. However, the pilots said there did not appear to be anyone in them. Head Off Your Tax Headaches There are many change* In the Income tax law this year, and all of them help the taxpayers. You want to he sure you get all the benefits coming to you, So docs the government. The first of 10 stories telling you how you can save money under the new law appears today on page 7 of the Courier News, If your Income Iff under $5,000, you may he able to use the new oard-lype form. There are new exemptions which may offer you some saving*. The money you put Into n pension may not all he taxable. He sure you take advantage of these changes hy read- Inf every article In this aerie*, written hy Frank O'Brien, a veteran Treatury Department ataffer for the Associated Press, Circuit Court Civil Session Opens January term of Civil Division, Chlckasawba District Circuit Court, opened at the court house bore this morning. Judge Charles Llsht of Paragould Is presiding. A jury was Impaneled and trial of Jlrst case was begun this morning. The first case to be tried Is that of Jimmy Jones, plaintiff, vs. Joe Chew, defendant, seeking 1187 damages as the result of »n automobile accident in November, 1M1. President Submits New Budget- Defense Plans Accent Air Power $34 Billion Earmarked For Military WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending of 34 billion dollars in the next fiscal year was proposed today by President Eisenhower, with two thirds of the total going to air power and with accent on the "nuclear-air retaliatory" arms of the Air Force and Navy. Eisenhower told Congress, in his budget recommendations for the year starting net July l, that this expenditure would be the largest peacetime outlay for air power and related programs. In assigning this paramount position to the combined power of hydrogen and fission bombs and the planes to carry them, the President said this power is being "supplemented by other military forces of great strength, flexibility and mobility and by the forces of our allies." Best In History "Never in our peacetime history have we been as well prepared, to defend ourselves as we are now." he declared. "... New weapons being integrated into the combat elements with all practical speed." Without specifying hydrogen and standard nuclear fission bombs, he said that in the net fiscal year "expanded production facilities will be in operation and production of weapons will increase." A table showed that in the net fiscal year the recommendation is to authorize contracts for weapons production totaling $308,348,000 against an estiniated $261,822,000 for the current year. Eisenhower noted the first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautil- u.1, has been launched (she was due to begin trials today), with a second nuclear sub. the Sea Wolf, scheduled for launching sometime this year and with, two others provided for. Eisenhower said he is recommending additional nuclear subs. Three Additional At the Pentagon, it. was explained that th's ..leant three additional borts to bi'lng the fleet of See DEFENSE on page 12 HIGHWAYMEN . . . BL'T FOR GOOD CAUSE — Members of American Legion and Junior Chamber of Commerce Saturday raised 5480 with their toll gate at the intersection of Main and Division. Funds went to March of Dimes drive. (Courier News Photo) FaubusStalesHope For Joint Program Anticipated Deficit Is $2.4 Billion WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower today sent to Congress a $62,400,000,000 budget for the year beginning July 1. It contemplates a billion dollar drop in spending from this year, a billion dollar rise in receipts and a deficit of 32.400,000,000. In a message, Eisenhower told Congress his budget was designed to guard "an insecure peace" and A detailed account of President Eisenhower's budget message to Congress appears on page 5. "progressively increase our prosperity and enhance our welfare." In fiscal year 1956, beginning July i, Eisenhower said, the government should: Spend 562,400,000,000 compared with $63,500,000,000, estimated for the current, 1955 fiscal y^ar, and $67,800,000.000 in fiscal 1954, which ended June 30. Collect 60 billion dollars, compared with 59 billions estimated, for the current fiscal ye^r. and $64,700.COO.000 in fistal 1954. rent floral year and S3.ICO.000.000 compared with his red ink fore- crc.-f of 54.500,000.0 for ihe current fiscal vear and 53,10,000,000 the year before. Asks Kales Continued The President recommended that corporation and excise ta'x rates scheduled in dor line in April be mainlined at present levels for a House Members Now Propose To Praise Wyarr LITTLE ROCK l.fl—A resolution praising former Razorback Coach Bowden Wyatt will be Introduced in the Arkansas House—apparently as a counter to a resolution of censure Introduced In the Senate. Rep. Carroll C. Hollensworth of Bradley County said today that he would introduce the resolution and he named Perry County Rep. Paul Van Dalsem and Prairie County Rep. John Bethel as co-sponsors, Hollensworth said Wyatt's past successful season had served to advertise the sta<e. He said that Wyatt was under no obligation to remain at the University of Arkansas. A resolution introduced In the Senate by Sen. Guy Jones of Conway would censure Wyatt for leaving his contract at the University of Arkansas to take a similar Job at the University of Tennessee. The proposal has been sent to committee. LITTLE ROCK (AP) — that he hopes that he and the a joint legislative program. J3 Depart For Induction Into Service Thirteen men departed today for induction into the armed services through Mississippi County's draft board. Today's call was for 18 men. 13 of whom reported. Five were listed as transfers to other boards, Here's the List as released by the board: Carroll E. Ray, Wilson; Edwin Wayne Stegnll, Lepnnto; Ralph M, Snydcr, Blytheville; Bobby McPnr- land, Blytheville; Rutherford Snow Wilson, III, Osceoln; Howard T. Stoncm, Flint, Mich.; Sam Edwin Johnson, Blytheville; John C. La- ruc, Brlnkley; John Henry Clay, Grand Rapids. Mich.;, Vcrlyn Dc- waync Curry. Belolt, Wise.; Ernest Pnte, Chicago; Clarence L. Lt-ster, Chicago; Leon Milton Speck, Jr., Frenchman's Bayou. Next induction call for the board here is Feb. 10 when eight men are to be Inducted. Ho s;nd major national .security programs would i-nst S40.45S.OOO,- 000 next virtually the same n^ ,1 and lower security spend- ms CMimate oi .540,644.000,000 for th:.- vf:;ir. The figure was 546,522,- COO.0,,3 in fiscal 1954. Army ,\nd Navy spending pro- ••ra'r.s w o u 1 d be virtually un- Gov. Orval Faubus s.,id today • ^^^^ ,o" General Assemhly can present.,,. nal[ :1 mn , on ciollars more in , n>c;il IDIifi than Ihis year. At $15,•>00,000,000 if \vrmlr! - r penri 6 to 7 See EISENHOWER on Page 12 The governor said he teas -mirk- ing time" on his program unul he has time to confer with legislators. Faubus said that he wi offer proposals himself if nothing appears from the Legislature in fields where lie believes there is great need for legislation. Faubus indicated that equalization, of assessments is one of the subjects he planned to discuss with legislators. Asked if he thought there had been a lack of leadership in the Legislature, Faubus replied: "Some of them may feel'as I do; that they're not ready to move until we've had a chance to confer.' The governor said that his all- out campaign agaiast Republican Pratt Remmel in the general election had prvcntcd him from talking with all the .senators and representatives, 'The other governors have been able to staft conferring with the Legislators nfter the primaries,' he snid, No Comments on Money He said he believed that everyone was aware that there was a need for more money, but declined comment on any of his oWn revenue proposals. Commenting on his Inaugural speech, Faubus pointed out that he had not said he was against new t noes—but Sec FAUWUS on Page 12 Weather ARKANSAS — Increasing cloudiness and slightly warmer this afternoon and in east portion tonight. Tuesday occasional rain and turning colder with some snow Ukely in extreme northwest portion in afternoon or at night. Lowest in mid 30's in northwest portion to- nigh t. MISSOURI — Cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; occasional light snow extreme north light snow or drizzle and occasional freezing drizzle central thifi afternoon and becoming snow over north and rain over south tonight with some rain mixed with snow, likely central. Minimum Sunday—35, Maximum 8iitimIiiy--40. Minimum this morning—33. Maximum ycstcrdny—M. KunrlHC tomorrow—7 .01. Sunset todny—.1:14. • Mean temperature—^. I'nTlplttttlori laNt 4H hour* to 7 a.m. —none. Precipitation Jnn. 1 to date—.9*. Thl« Date U»t Maximum yesterday—40. Minimum thin morning—20, Precipitation January 1 to dule — &27.

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