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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 250 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Hcruld BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1955 TEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Quiet Settles In Costa Rica Rebels Claim Big Victories, But No Fighting Reported SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — The batllefront in Cost Rica's war against rebels quieted last night after the arriva of four U. S. fighter planes to bolster President Jose Figuere' forces. Two of the three planes repor edly used by the insurgents proinp ly flew to Nicaragua and wer seined by the Nicaragua!! govern ment. Despite rebel radio claims of bi victories, a general staff commu nique said no fights of any were reported yesterday in north western Costa Rica, the only pre viously active front. "Advanced (army) patrols ried out active missions during th day," the communique said, "bi in no case established contact wit the enemy, which seems to be dis concerted and the victim of ui rest." "Complete Calm" Elsewhere In the country, th general staff said, "complet calm" prevailed, with the govern ment in "absolute control of th situation." Unofficial sources indicated ths the government was getting read for a big push in the Santa Ros area, about 20 miles from the Nit araguan frontier in the northwesl ern part of the country. One eyt witness said loyality reinforce ments were moving up toward thi sector. The. general staff commun.^_ contradicted claims of the rebc radio that insurgent troops defeal ed government forces 1 'Jn a pitche battle at Santa Rosa. The radi also claimed that former Cost Rican President Angel Calderoi Guardia, "supreme commander 1 of the rebel forces, "Is now at th gates of Liberia." A key city on the Inter-Americai Highway, Liberia is about 20 mile south of Santa Rosa and 138 mile northwest of San Jose. It has beei strafed several times by rebe planes. Fiffueres Confident Figueres appeared confident o final victory after greeting thi American ferry pilots who landec the four World War U type F51D Mustang 1 fighters at El Coco -Air port, outside San Jose. "Things are going well," 12 Local Boys Held by Sheriff They're Termed Responsible for Series Of County Thefts Sheriff William Berryman said this morning that 12 North Mis sissippf County youths, ranging ii age from 14 to 22, are being liek concerning burglaries and other recent thefts in Blytheville anc Lenchville areas. Names of the youths were no revea.'ed at this time, Sheriff Her rymnn said, because the majority of them are juveniles and will be turned over the to the juvenile court. The Sheriff stated that the 12 youths were arrested over the weekend by officers here and In Leachville. Thefts for which the boys a re being held range from geese to automobiles, Sheriff Bcrrymai staled. Five Fnmi Leachvillu Five of the youths arc from the Leachville area and are being questioned about a scries of recent burglaries in Leachville. The other seven are from the Blytheville area. Sheriff Berryman stated thai some of the boys are believed involved in a recent outbreak ol gasoline and tire stealing in this area. "I believe that with the arrest of these boys we have cleaned up at least a dozen thefts," Sheriff Berryman stated. And lie added, "We have something on each and every boy being held." The youths were arrested by sheriff's deputies Holland Aiken and Herman Lane of Blytheville and Floyd Burris of Leachville, who have been assigned to the investigation of the series of thefts exclusively for the past week, Sheriff Berryman said. DWI Charges Net $100 Fines One person was fined and two others forfeited bonds In Municipal Court yesterday on charges of driving while under the influence of liquor. Ulysses Thomas Robinson was fined $100 nnd costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jnll on his plea of guilty to the charge. Clcavarn Johnson and W. M. Crutcliflcid each forfeited bonds of $122.76 on similar charges. In 1 other notion yesterday, Horace Perry nnd M, D. Wlllct each forfeited bonds of $19.76 on charges of improper pnsslng and Julius Pnnet forfeited a $1P.76 bond on a charge of speeding. commented. "I can see little choic for them (the rebels) but to su render and go back to Nicaragua. Costa Rica has accused nelgl boring Nicaragua of aiding the reb els with arms, training and plies, a charge Nicaragua denie.. A five-nation investigation commit sion sent by the Organization American States last week sai Nicaragua was the base for th insurgent attack, which starte lasl Tuesday. Utility Fight Looms In Assembly Public, Private Power Battle Is Expected LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Tw measures which seem certai, to touch off some public po\\ er vs. private power firework when they are considered a committee hearings and i legislative chambers were in troduced in the House yes terday afternoon. One bill would remove limita tioas on sale or exchange of powe by rural electric co-operatives who now are permitted by law k sell only to their own members The second bill would give t co-operatives a perpetual grant on territory |t^.waaonce assigned fo .service 'eveTr^flbugh the - nrei changed from the "rural" statu under which it originally was al lotcd. Alter Legal 1'nlnta Both bills. Introduced by Rep Jack Yates o f Franklin Count; and others, would change leya points on which the privately owned utilities beat the co-ops ir bitterly-contested court fights. The unrestricted, sales and interchange provision would modify th< law which the Arkansas Supreme Court said would have been vio la ted If a proposed "super co-op' had entered into a power inter change agreement with a govern mental ngency. The court pointed out that the agency wasn't a co-op membei ind said the proposed agreemeni was invalid. The "super co-op," composed O! group of northwest Arkansas distribution co-operatives, pro josed to build a milti-million dol .ar steam generating plant with sorrowed government money Yates' home town of Ozark. Court Rejected Flan The Supreme Court said the plai was illegal. Apparently it wouldn't )e under the broaded co-op pow- See ASSEMBLY on pase 10 Cook Heads Baptist Pastors New Preachers' Group Organized in County The Rev. W. H. Cook, pastor of Trniity Baptist Church, bl.ythcville been named president of the newly-organized Mississippi County Baptist Pastors Conference. Other officers include the Rev, iarold White, Leachville, vice pros- dent; the Rev. Grndy WUkes, Dell ccretary-trcasurer; the Rev. Joe Bill Deaton, song leader; the Rev icland Boles, Tyronza, pianist; the Rev. J. H. Melton, Blytheville, the lev. H. B. Stone, Dyess, and the Rev. Morris McGulre, Cole Ridge, irogram committee members. The new organization, it was pointed out. is distinct from the County Baptist Association and will oncern itself only with matters pertaining to pastoral duties and lljowship." Next meeting of the group has een scheduled for New Providence Baptist Church on Feb. 21 at 10 .m. Inside Today's Courier Hews , . Chicks Open Southern Tour Friday . . . Biff Ten Race mmhiff True to Form With No Favorite . . . Sports . . . pages and 7 ... . , . Select Income Tax Form with Ore — Second of 10-Pnri Scries on Your Income Tax . , . e 3 ... . . Wyatt'fl Departure Her- ilds Arrival of New Couching Jack Owen, William Berryman. Are Tapped for Jaycee Honors Key Men Also Are Named at Awards Dinner Jack Owen, First National Bank cashier, and Mississippi County Sheriff William Berryman hauled down two of this town's top honors at the Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Awards dinner last night. Mr. Owen was named Blytheville's outstanding Young Man of 1854. while Sheriff Berryman wa recipient of the club's third annual Good Government Award. Key Awards Made In addition to these two, the Jay- cces singled out five club membei for Key Men awards. They are: Kelley Welch, Carl Ivey, Ted Bourzikas, Bill Hrabovsky and Harold Davis. A special award went to J. T. Sudbury, charter, member of the Blytheville club who has been active as an honorary member as an •'Exhausted Rooster." He received a watch from the club. Mr. Owen's 1954 activities included these: Chest drive; active in Red Cross and Tuberculosis Association drives; member board of stewards. First Methodist Church and treasurer, First Meihodist Church. Sheriff Since '47 Sheriff Berryman iias held his position .since 1947. He has been a lav: enforcement officer since 1941 and is a former Blytheville police chief. His record as Sheriff has been built around both crime detection and management of his office as collector of taxes. He has broken his own record for tunibttcks to Uie county general lund with a larger total practically each year he has been in office. Hyatt Speaker Red Chinese Invaders Take Nationalist Island 20 Warships Back Assault On Tiny Post Congress Reacts Jack Owen tee; Jaycee religious affairs eh|li man; member Jaycee underprivileged children committee; . eight- year member i.f National Cotton Picking Contest committee; three- year member of Blytheville Y board 1 . TAIPEH, Formosa fAP) — A 1 hi i n v a s i o n force! u^miy piu iLuung juornej^ "^j jbacked by 20 warships struck ir doms d id i spcnsibiiiues ot the | strategic Yikiangshan today j <im innpcrp'c ! and apparently conquered the \! i\ t i , nted out the unique j tiny Nationalist Chinese island u c of tne people of this coun- j niilnp'M u which ha e de e'oped as a result ' '' J ' i th' li ( don s en joyed in Byrd Urges President To Cut Spending Plans And Balance Budget Reliable reports in the National- .nitul St us suiee action of the j j* ^ ^ £3^1",' ?£ J " luu lon I (4 a.m. CST) and it was pre- Pi t h id I cin't help but ieel jsumed the Reds had completed .hat v/e are leuint; those things j their conquest .freedoms, slip from us. We are | pe , , radk) . ' hea rd in Tokyo, too apathetic . . . and aon't re- boastcd lhat Red chinese arm ? es SpOlld 10 the responsibilities Uiatlu j "Hhpralprt" VilHnnochan anH Chairman, Y finance commit^; , go^vithjiios^ freedoms.^^ ^ J ^1^'t.pJ ^ the N"* | in a H3.<OB.Ood.OOO spendlnVbudget treasurer of Y; vice president Chickasaw Booster Club and Pony avic smpriVL'ment ; the Junior Chamber of Commerce Board member Chamber of Com-(League; treasurer, Mississippi! lhat American traditions of liber- merce nnd Junior Chamber, chair- ! County Infantile Paralysis Founda-1 ty and individuality niav be con- man. Chamber recreation commit- i Uon; team captain for Community} tinned for future generations. "liberated" . . | "completely .::^/\?.^. i l t :. s . a ! a .. ll . IS . tnroll ^ h S 1 tionalist defenders. The Red radio j Eisenhower recommended'for the By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Byrd (D-Va) urged the Eisenhower administration today to pare its spending plans by 4 per cent and balance the federal budget. A good place to start, Byrd said* - — — _ , _ — in an interview, would be on the 54,700,000,000 outlay for foreign aid proposed by President Eisenhower in the annual budget message he submitted to Congress yesterday. That was one of the major items AT AWARDS DINNER — Named Jaycee Key Men of 1954 were (top photo, from the leftl Harold Davis, Ted Bourzikas, Carl Ivey and Bitf Hrabovsky. In lower photo. Sheriff William Ber- ryman accepts the Jaycee Good Government Award from Jnycee Bill Steir.siek. (Courier News Photos) J. T. Sudliury nowDclays Drought Tour LOOAN, Utah (,1'i—They had to ostpone u tlirco-coimty tour of Drlhern Utah drought areas spon- >r«i by L!v\ Utah State Agricultur- I College extension service yester- ny. Tile reason: Too much snow. StateSenateCommittee Takes Up School Bill LITTLE ROCK 1AP) — The Senate Education Committee today took up a bill aimed at increasing school revenue and establishing uniform property tax rates for large industries but put off action on the bill to allow a public hearing on it. Sen. Roy Rialcs of Mena. author of the measure, said it would take away the authority of county treasurers to asse.ss the property of any company or individual whose holdings are valued :it $500,000 or more. Thc bill would empower the State Public Service Commission to n.ssoss these properties at 20 per cent of their value. Rlnlcs contended In the committee meeting that the county treasurers, mostly because of Inartc- qunlfi help, are not giHUiitf all the tux money from large properly holders which could be obtained if nil of them were assessed nl 20 per cent. He (old thc committee that he felt his bill would give the .schools additional revenue Oils your to take care of their current deficits RInlcft added that the menMin.' also 1ms the effect of setting uni- form property tax rates for all industry and would encourage more industries to come into the state. He said Unit one reason why many industries pass up Arkansas is that they have no idea as to what their property taxes will be. Th* committee recommended passage of a bill by Son. Roy Milum of Harrison to allow the state to take advantage of additional federal funds for vocational rehabilitation of disabled persons. Don Russell, director of the State Education DepnrlmeiU's Vocational Rehabilitation Division, said the bill hnd throe main purposes: 1, To expand the services of the division to disabled adults; 2. to provide more federal money for the state program: and 3. approve the federal nllocntfon formula of grniils-in-nid to the state. | said the invasion forces landed at | bookkeeping year starting next '"-"••-- ' - ' ' ' ' J U ly lt Congress responded generally along partisan lines to his "first things first" message calling for increased air power and stirnmed- down ground forces. Failure Charged Democrats gibed at the President's failure thus far to keep his 1952 presidential campaign promises to balance the budget, criti- 2:30 p. m. and completed capture of the island two hours later. An earlier Defense • Ministry communique had prepared the public for the islands fall by announcing that Yikiangshan. a stepping stone to the important Tachen islands, was garrisoned "by a few brave guerrillas" who late today "were still • resisting bravely." Fear Tachens Invasion Unofficial quarters said they feared a full-scale invasion of the Tachens might come at any moment. President Chiang Kai-shek called a conference of top level military leaders at Nationalist headquarters here tonight. It was reliably reported that the Reds shelled the Tachens this afternoon but made no attempt to land there. Nationalist reports said the assault on Yikiangshan was delivered, by 70 ships, including 20 warships, among them gunboats and torpedo boats. Huge fires started on the island visible from the were. clearly Tachens. The U.S. 7th Fleet patrols the waters of the Formosa Strait,, but there was on indications what steps—if any—the United States might take. "The United States is committed to the defense of Formosa and the Pescadores, but has never said what it would do if any of the Nationalist offshore islands was invaded. Yikiangshan Is eight miles north of the Tachens and five miles south of Red-held Toumen Island. From Yikiangshan the Reds could hammer the Tachens with 155 mm guns. just as they have bombarded Yikiangshan from Toumen. 60-Planc Attack There are reported to be about 20.000 Nationalist troops and guer- ,as on the Tachens, an important link in Chiang Kai-shek's chain of offshore islands. Earlier today 60 Russian-built warplanes plastered Yikiangsivtn ,nd the Tachens with more than 200 bombs in 22 minutes. They followed this with a heavy artillery j barrage on Yikiangshan from Tou-1 men, apparently a prelude to invasion. Tiny Yikiangshan has been subjected to repeated bombardments since Nov. l when the Reds reportedly fired more then 3,000 shells at it from Toumen Island. Its capture would be both politically and militarily important for it would give thc Communists a victory to tie in with their oftre- peated threats to liberate Formosa. If lost, Yikiangshan would be the first of President Chiang kai-Shek's outposts, to fall since the Reds reopened the civil war Sept. 3 with a G.OOO-round bombardment of Quern oy. The Defense Ministry said the Communists attacked with 23 LAHs, 20 TU2s and 4 ILlOs, with MIC15 fighters .flying cover. It was the first Teported use in the civil war of the IL10, a single engine fighter-bomber. The Communists centered their attack on a comparatively small area. Upper Tachen is about six square miles in area and Lower Tachen about S 1 ^, The Tachens are reported garrisoned by about 20,000 troops and guerrillas, and have a civilian population of about 30,000 mostly fishermen. cized his "partnership" power development program and challenged his cut in farm outlays. Republicans generally defended Eisenhower's figures as indicative of the hard realities of defense spending in an uncertain era, although a number said they were disappointed at the lack of a balanced budget. The President forecast a deficit of 32,408,000,000, about half the size of the one anticipated this year. Byrd, new chairman of the Senate Fir * ice Committee and long a critic of deficit spending under previous Democratic administrations, made it clear he doesn't think Congress will be very successful in saving money because of the large amount of funds previously appropriated and available for administration spending. But he said if the administration would take it upon itself to back spending 4 per 2'/ 2 billion dollars—the government could operate in the black for the first time since 1951. "It is time that the administration and the Congress face up to the realities of our fiscal situation," Byrd said In a statement, are Inmates Revolt At Famous Old Cherry Hill Pen 'Solitary 1 Area Of Boston Prison Is Site of Uprising BOSTON tfi—A band of dangerous State Prison inmates revolted today in what Prison Warden John J. O'Brien said he believed was an attempt at wholesale release of inmates of the .solitary confinement ceilblock. The prisoners held five guards as hostages in the ancient bastille, several times the scene of violence in recent years. Heavily armed state and Boston police rushed to support the prison guard force. O'Brien said he believed one of the inmates was armed. The uprising occurred in the solitary confinement ceilblock of the Cherry Hill section of the 150-year- old prison. "Much Hollering" State and Boston police surrounded the prison walls. Special squads armed with riot guns and clubs moved up to thc Cherry Hill building. There was no immediate word on the welfare of the guards ^, ™ ~« t • although O'Brien reported "much cent about I hollering back and forth" between the prisoners and the armed police outside. The prison has a population of 600. Quiet reigned in other sectors where inmates were unaware for hours of the Cherry Hill outbreak. Warden John J. O'Brien, Otis M. 'We are enjoying the greatest | Whitney, head of the Ma.ssachu- prosperity in our history. We are I setts State Police force, and Supt. not in a war. If we cannot balance ! Edward M. Fallon of the Boston the budget now. I ask when can Police, entered the prison about we balance it? Are we on a chronic See BUDGET on page 10 daybreak, presumably to try to reason with the prisoners. Treasurer Report Tells of Turnback More than $24,000 was turned back to various accounts after 1954 expenses were deducted for operation of the County Treasurer's office, Treasurer Frank Whitworth reported today. This amount, refunded on a pro rated basis to those- accounts from which it was collected, represents 70 percent, .of all treasurer's fees collected during 1954. With the exception of certain state revenue, county treasurers Circuit Court In Recess Today Civil division of Circuit Court was recessed today after hearing only one case at its opening session yesterday. Yesterday noon a Jury returned i verdict In favor of the defendant n the damage suit of Jimmy Jones apalnst Joe Chew. Mr. Jones was scckinK 181 in damages resulting from an automobile accident on .Nov. 21. The court is scheduled to resume Is current session at 9:30 a.m. U)- norrow. Judge Charles Light of Pnragould U presiding. County FFA Members Get Top Awards A pair of Mississippi Conuty Future Farmers of America members will be honored a.s winners in various FFA competition when the annual State Recognition dinner in Little Rock Is held Jan. 25. Marvin Brown of Leachville was a district winner in corn production, a state winner in cotton production and a district winner In meat production. For his efforts, he'll collect a total of $70 in cash avvards. Charles Chrisco, who won a first-place prize in the state for cotton production, gets an all-expense trip to the national FFA convention in Kansas City. Young Chrisco Is a member of the Luxora chapter which was a district winner in farm safety. The chapter gets a $40 cash award for this effort. The dinner gets started at 6:30 in the Lafayette Hotel. U.S. Trains Japs in Jets TOKYO W)—Five Japanese pilots, the nation's first jet pilots, begin training tomorrow under U.S, Air Force instructors at Tsuiki Air Base on Kyushu Island. Additional pilots will enroll in new classes each month. take two percent of funds they handle to cover expenses. 3 Million Handled However, Mr. Whitworth's report showed that his office handled a total of 3 ;nJl!ion during the year . . . not all of it Liable for the two-percent fee. Of this amount, 2 million was in school funds. These funds, the report, shows, were handled at a cost of one-quarter of one percent. Of 1954's turnback, some 14,000 was returned to the various school districts. During , the past three years, a total of 73.623 was returned as excess fees and 44,957 of this amount went to the school districts, the report states. But less than one half of school funds are subject to a commission charge. Weather ARKANSAS — occasional rain east and north with some snow in north portion this afternoon, clearing and colder tonight with lowest 18 in extreme north to 30 extreme southeast portion, Wednesday generally fair and cold, MISSOURI—Heavy snow warning south and cast; Snow over moat of state this afternoon and tonight becoming heavy In south and east this afternoon wtlh accumulation to four Inches or more by late tonight; windy and colder this afternoon nnd tonight. Minimum this mornlnif—34. Maximum yostcrcljiy—(JO, Sunrlfifi tomorrow—7 ;t)5. Sunset totlny—5:13, Mi-'iin t(!ini>omtnre--47. Prrrliiltntloii lu.it 34 houn «0 7 a,m, •-none. IVeclpltntlon Ju, t to d«t<v—.M, ThU !>att> Uit VKAF Mnxtmum yeitcrclny—35. Minimum this morning—M Precipitation January 1 t* d*U *-» 3.27.