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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Or NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 251 Blytheville Courier BlythevUla Daily Ncwi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Council Okays Sewer Work First Steps Toward New System Are Taken by City After a fumbling beginning, City Council last night decided to carry the ball and took the first steps toward getting Blytheville a sewer system. Council voted to give Engineer Max Mehlburger the green light on beginning preliminary surveys and voiced enthusiastic support in getting the southern sewer improvement district formed. -# On first vote of a motion by Ward Three Alderman E. M. Terry to instruct Mehlburger to begin, the score stood at 4-0-4, with four aldermen voting for the measure and the other four passing their vote. Aldermen Terry, Kemper Bruton, Toler Buchanan and Rupert Crafton okayed the motion time around. Jesse White, Charles LIpford, W. L. Walker and Lesley Moore refused to vote., ~ Unanimous Vot« After 15 minutes of discussion however, another vote was taken and the measure received unanimous Council endorsement, STRUCK OIL?—Nope, this isn't an oil well. It's one of the many survey towers now being erected in various sections of the county By the Coast and Geodetic Survey Bureau which currently is conducting a longitude and latitude survey in this area. .This tower is located near Krutz Bridge on North Highway 61. (Courier New'S I'huto) Dr. Sam Denied Ball; Hears Of Father's Death CLEVELAND I;?) — An appellate court tothiy denied bail to convicted wife-slayer Dr. Samuel H. Slleppard. whose hither died last night, 11 days after his mother committed suicide. The thrce-jiuH'i' court held that no person convicted .of a crime punishable by lite imprisonment is bailable under stale laws. ShcpparU, convicted of second.degree murder, has been sentenced to a life term. Judges Joy Seth Hllrd, JuUus M. Kovachy and Lee E. Skell wrote the ruling. Sheppard's attorneys had asked that he be released on bail while his appeal is pending. Sheppard broke down and cried last night in county jail when he heard that his father had died. Two brothers of Dr. Sam, who wns convicted of killing his pregnant wife Marilyn, said their father Dr. Richard Shepard, 64, "lost his will to live" after the suicide of his wife 11 days ago. Dr. Sam was kept in a special observation cell today while guards at county Jail maintained close watch. Just a few days ago the younger Sheppard, who is appealing his conviction for second-degree murder, had been returned to his regular 4 by 8-foot cell. He had been under observation since Jan. 7, when his mother shot herself in the head. Gl Bill Deadline Falls on Monday Men contemplating enlistment In any of the services worn reminded today that deadline for enlistment In order to qualify for Ol Bill of Rights benefits Is Jan, 24, Air Force Recruiter M/Sgt, J. W. Blnylock said any men contacting him by Friday will be prepared for enlistment ahead of the Mondny deadline). / Mr. LIpford plainly spoke out for consideration of the plan put forth by., Memphis Engineer Irby Special Sewer Meeting Is Set for Friday A meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Sewer Committee, City Council and all other interested persons has been called for 10 a.m. In the Municipal Courtroom on Friday, Purpose of the session will be to outline the campaign to get the southern sewer improvement district organized. Actual solicitation for property invncrs's signatures will be planned at. this meeting. When owners of an additional 30,000 (tax book value) in property sifjn, the southern district will he completed and bonds may lie sold preparatory to actual construction of the citywide system. Seay, saying he thought Council should see If it can build a sewer system cheaper. Mr. Seay was in the audience during the discussion. On passage of the resolution. Mr. Buchanan offered a resolution pledging Council assistance to the Chamber of Commerce sewer committee and in turn asking that committee's help in organizing the southern district, on which the sys- lem hinges for 'the moment, anyway. Confident of Cooperation C h a m b e r Secretary - Manager Worth Holder told the group he was confident the committee would do all in its power to compete organization of the .southern district. Jolui C. McHaney, who led in the move to sign up larger property holders of the district, volunteered his services in completing organization of the district. Some C3C.OOO ion the tax books) in property needs to be brought Into the district to give it the necessary two-thirds valuation of the entire district. In other action, the Council unanimously approved a comic book ordinance offered by Mr. Buchanan and a result of a fight against obscene Literature by Elementary School Supervisor Winnie Virgil Turner. •The bivad ordinance bans sale ol obscene literature of nil sorts in addition to publications and literature which depict all sorts of crime and horror features. It specifically excludes those accounts of crime which constitute regular newspaper coverage. Council suspended its rules requiring three readings and passed the ordinance last night. It contains an emergency clause which makes it efitctively immediately. Here's a brief rundown of other Sec COUNCIL on page 12 Two from Missco Attend Meeting E. C. Flccman of Manila and Mrs. Carol Watson of Osceola will appear on the program of a meetirig at the Lepanto Methodist Church Jan. 25 at which time the need for the expansion of the Methodist Hospital in Memphis will be discussed. Mr. Fleeman is district lay chairman of the Joncsboro District and Mrs. Watson is women's chairman. The Rev. Otto W. Teague of Forrest City will be prnicipal speaker at the Lcpnnto meeting. Inside Today's Courier News . , , Decision on Biff Seven Issue Fix peeled Today as School Board Meets with Coaches . . . Osceola Golden Gloves Tournament Resumes Tonight . . . Sports . . . rages 8 nnri 9 ... . . . Joint Tax Itcturn Can Help , . . Third in Series on "Your Income Tax" , . . Pane 2 ... . . , Good Government Af ard Can Lead to Juxt That . . . Editorial* . . , p» Kfl 6 ... OH BOY! SNOWBALLS — Snow meant nothing but joy to this group of Central Ward School youngsters this morning. They turned from their usual snowballing routine to take Courier News photographer. Those blurred white spots near the center of the picture are out-of-focus snowballs about to splatter in- a few shots at a 10 the camera. {Courier News Photo) Farmers Happy f Proposal of State Property Tax Will Bring Bid to Exempt Industry LITTLE ROCK (AP) — If the Arkansas Legislature imposes a 4-mill state property tax, Sen. Jack Clark of Texarkana will offer a bill to exempt all industry from the levy for 10 years. , I . _ Sen. Guy H. Jones of Conway has said that he will offer the 4-mill property tax to motorists disgust, Mississippi coun. up for any revenue lost in case the sales tax is removed from feed, seed and fertilizer.; ty was blanketed under its first rea • But Neither Can Do Much About This Real Winter Weather make It would be the "first state ad valorem tax since 1948. Costa Rica Simmers Goverment, Rebel Forces Swap Claims SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica's govern- \^ ment and rebels swapped new progress claims today as inter- j J a ^ American observers moved toward the Nicaraguau frontier to take up watch against possible rebel reinforcements. As the rebellion moved into ils-j. eighth day, these were the top developments: 1. The general staff announced that advanced government units battled rebel troops north of Santa Rosa in "hard" fighting yesterday afternoon and a spokesman declared : "We've got them on the run there." Santa Rosa is near the Inter-American Highway, about The two per cent sales tax probably will be taken off feed, seed and fertilizer. The removal has the approval of Gov. Orval Faubus. Clark said today that if Jones' property tax bill is introduced, he'll act immediately to make sure that industry doesn't have to pay it for 10 years. "We'd need such an exemption to encourage the continued expansion of our industry," said Clark. "In fact, we'd have to get the exemption to compete for in- 40 miles from the northwestern frontier with Nicaragua. President Jose Figueres said he had heard the fighting stopped at sundown. 2. The rebel radio claimed its forces had been reinforced by ,300 men in the La Cruz region, about 25 miles north of Santa Rosa. Neutral sources estimated at least 500 rebels were operating in the Northwest. The government force in the immediate area of Santa Rosa was put at about 276 men. Observers Warned 3. Fifteen observers representing the Organization of American States <OAS) prepared to watch the Nicaraguan-Costa Ricnn frontier for any rebel reinforcements supplies crossing the border. The chairman of a five - nation OAS investigating comis- sion warned the observers to stay out of rebel-controlled territory. Costa Rica has accused neighboring Nicaragua of arming, tcain- ing and supplying the insurgent forces, a charge denibd by Nicara- ;ua. The commission, which arrived in Managua, capital of Nicaragua, Monday after first visiting San Jose, was expected to return here later today. It found ear- that the rebels had received support from outside Costa Rica. 4. Another rebel broadcast said 200 rebel troops had landed in an amphibious operation near Limon, Cosla Ricnn port on the Caribbean, 70 miles east of San Jose. The Costa Rican government said See COSTA RICA on page 12 Scout Court Of Honor Set For Feb. 7 First North Mississippi County District Court of.Honor for 1955 has been scheduled for Feb. 7, opening of National Boy Scout Week. The court wilt be conducted in Municipal Court room of Blythe- viUe's City Hall and will be under the direction of District Advancement Chairman Kenneth Richardson. It is to get started at 7 o'clock. All parents, Scouters, Scouts and other interested persons are invited to attend all courts, Mr. Richardson pointed out. Scout leaders who have boys ready for advancement are urged to contact Mr. Richardson promptly so their boys may be scheduled for the February Court. A. 0. Mailman Outlying Fund Chosrman for RC A. O. Hallman. manager of Blytheville Fertilizer Co., has been named Red Cross fund chairman for outlying communities, it was announced today. Sir. Ilnllman will have charge of appointing various fund chairmen in the communities served by Chickasawba District of Red Cross. Alvin Huffman. Jr., is general campaign chairman of Chickasawba District. 200 Red Planes Strike Chiang's Tachen Islands Heavy Attack Seen As Invasion Prelude TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — More than 200 Communist warplanes unleashed the heaviest air attack of the Chinese Civil War against the Nationalists' Tachen Island today in a likely prelude to invasion. * * * — - - - - - - )hp ike Wants UN to Step into Action To the farmers delight and the 1 ; snowfall of the winter season. According to R. E. Blaylock, official \vcaihET observer of this area, a total of two inches of snow had fallen in BIythevilie by 7 a.m. today. The snow began last night shortly after 6 and continued off and on throughout the night. County Agent Keith Bilbrey termed the snow a '"blessing" to the county's small grain, vetch and winter legume crops which were in need of moisture. Slippery While most Blytheville streets were slippery under a thin coat of ice a;:ci snow early this morning, only one traffic accident had been reported to police at noon today. Automobiles driven by Mrs. Josie Ray of £312 Kenwood Drive and George Parrish of 704 South Lilly were involved in a minor accident at the intersection of Kenwood Drive and West Highway 18 this morning. Both cars were damaged in the collision which was blamed on the weather. To those who have no use for snow, the weatherman held good news today. He promises clearing and colder weather for this afternoon and tonight with a low of 15 to 25 degrees in the north section | of the state. Slowly rising temperatures with loccedo™. light rain is forecast 1«|« £•-•-••««tomorrow. Large Reduction If industrial properties are exempted from any state property tax, it would drastically reduce the number of people liable for the tax. The state Constitution already prohibits assessment of any state property tax on private homes. "Oov. Faubus has said that the No. 1 feature of his program is to increase the industrial economy of Arkansas, and I think my plan would help him attain that goal," said dark. "We would make up for any revenue lost by the exemption through the increase in population and jobs brought into the State by new industry," Yesterday, the Senate became involved in a debate over a proposed change in rules governing' confirmation of gubernatorial appointees. The Rules Committee has proposed that all appointements be submitted to a Senate committee for invest igat ion. It also sets out that no senator is bound to vote for confirming an appointee simply because he has the endorsement of the senator from his district. A supporter of the governor. Sen. Roy Railes ,of Mena, charged that the rules change was offered to "hamstring" the new administration. However, two .supporters of the change. Sens. Tom Allen of Brinkley and James P. Baker Jr. of West Helena, flatly denied the charge. Faubus himself declined to com- A top-level government decision ment on the proposal, saying only: against using the 7th Fleet in rie- "That's " the Senate's business." j fense of the Tachen Islands off the Previously, the Senate hn.s con- j Red China coast is an indication firmed gubernatorial appointees j of that policy development. who have the approval of the sen- Secretary -of State Dulles in- atcr from the prospective job i directly disclosed the decision at a holder's district. All senators, ne-.vs conference yesterday. In do- though precedent, vote for the con-1 my so. he reportedly was prompt- firmation, but there, is no rule forcing them to do so. A bill setting up an Arkansas Eight miles to the north, said the Nationalist Defense Ministry, guerrillas "fighting in pools of blood" were still resisting on battered Yikiangshan, invaded by the Reds yesterday. It was believed here, however, that only isolated groups were still fighting and that Red conquest of the S'z-square-mile Island was nearly complete. The Reds claimed they had already captured it. Actual invasion of the Tachen-s may not come until they have been softened up from the air. The islands are reported to be well fortified and strongly manned, and having terrain that makes them almost ideal for defensive warfare. The statement by U.S. Secretary of State Dulles that the United States would offer no objection to the United Nations seeking a cease-fire in the civil war caused a real sensation here. Qualified sources indicated the Nationalists would flatly reject such an idea. Official quarters refused to talk for publication, but there was no mistaking their unfavorable reaction. Fight to the End The China News, an independent newspaper with close contacts in hieh places, declared, "Free China will fight to the very end against such a presumptuous idef as a cease-fire in any form or under any circumstances." There is a general impression here loo that Dulles in effect was telling the Communists they needn't worry about the U.S. 7th Fleet intervening if Chiang Kai- Would Like To See Truce Arranged WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower said today he would like to see the United Nations try to arrange a cease fire between the Chinese Nationalists and Red China's attacking forces. • The President told a news conference that he does not know whether the U. N. would be able to do anything about halting the shooting, but he said he would like to see it use its good offices to seek a cease fire. The President's remarks came atop a statement yesterday by Secretary of State Dulles that the United States would offer no objections to the United Nations' seeking a cease fire..Dulles' statement created a sensation in Formosa , stronghold of the Chinese Nationalists. Nationalists Reject Idea AP correspondent Spencer Moosa at Taipeh reported that qualified sources indicated the Chinese Nationalists would reject such an idea. A cease fire In effect would end Chinese Nationalist hopes of ever returning to the- mainland. Eisenhower also told his news conference that Dag Hammarsk- Jold's mission to Peiping in an effort to win release of 11 imprisoned American airmen cannot be regarded as a failure so long as negotiations are continuing. US Curtails Formosa Defense ledges to Treaty Minimum JOHN M. HIGHTOWER treaty would definitely not cover ments by Dulles in recent months, i^HTNrTfW fAPl Thp! tne offshore islands. Signed early i this took on a policy significance. vsruiNuiyiN inrj 1U . ,in December, the pact has not yet! Always before the secretary had Eisenhower administration lS: been ratmed by the Senate. Uaid the defense of any particular curtailing its pledges in de-j Xot Clsar f island near the Red China coast fense of Formosa to the mini-' The decision on the Tachens fits! would be decided in terms of its mum called for under the new Unto a developing effort by the ! vital usefulness m defense of For mutual defense .pact with! Uniied States to stabilize the whole Mot inn olid area around Formosa, Chiang s iNauonaiisi refuge> Exactly how tnis is to be shek's island outposts are attacked. Dulles told a Washington press conference the Tachens were of marginal importance, at best, in the defense of Formosa. The United States is committed to the defense of Formosa and of the Pescadores. A threat to Pishan, a. Nationalist island 32 miles southwest of the | Tachens, also appeared to be developing. The Nationalist reported the Communists fired 132 shells at Pishan and said Red warships ed by word from key Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Com- I mittee that their task in winning Children's Colony to care for and [approval of the defense pact would See ASSEMBLY on page 12 be assisted by evidence that the Osceola in Big Industry Debut Tomorrow OSCEOLA — Osceola officially makes its debut into the big industry field tomorrow afternoon when Osceola Finishing Co., Inc., the city's new $5,000,000 textile finishing industry is dedicated. The big new plant will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at ribbon - cutting ceremonies which will be attended by high government and company officials. Oov. Orval Faubus was orlginal- ,y scheduled to wield the scissors at the ceremony along with Osce- oln Mayor Ben F. Butler, but at the present time' there was some doubt as to whether or not Arkansas' new chief executive would arrive In town in time for the ceremonies. However, Governor Faubus is expected to arrive In- plenty of time for, the open house and pubic Inspection of the new plant which will follow dedication ceremonies, j Company Officials In addition to Governor Faubus,, the dedication ceremonies will be attended by high officials of Osce- oln Finishing Company's parent firm, Crompton - Shenandoah Co., of Waynesboro, Va. J. L. Richmond, president of Crompton-Shcnandoah, will be on hand for the dedication and public inspection of the plant as Jim Dowdy, manager of Arkansas Cotton Mills of Morrilton, another Crompton - Shenandonh subsidiary, and "feeder" plant of the Osceola operation, also will be present. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremonies and public inspection, a style show, displaying some of the textiles manufactured by Crompton, will be held during the afternoon. And then, at 5 p.m. a reception for vIsTting dignitaries will be held at the Semlnole Club here. The Osceola Finishing Company, which will be known to the Crompton family of Industries as the Frank E. Richmond Plant In honor of one of Crompton's former presidents, is designed fts a corduroy cutting, dressing, dyeing and fin- ishing plant. Two Weaving Mills The Crompton organization has two corduroy weaving mills, one located at Griffin. Ga., and one at Morrilton. Present plans are to have the corduroy grcige goods woven at the Morrilton plant and finished at the Osceoln plant. Just what size payroll and how ninny employes the new plant will have, is still somewhat of a question. One company official explained that "because of the mnny variables Involved, it is, impossible for us to give employment and production figures at this time." However, earlier figures released by Osceoln clly officials have placed the employment figures at 125 within the next year nnd approximately 500 to 800 when the plant hits pcnk production. i)0-Aere Tract Constructed of yellow brick and tile, the new plant is located on a 90-acre tract immediately south of Osceola's city limits. The property on which the plant Is located was See OSCEOLA on page 12 . . , Witter C. Stab . . . man- npor of Osreola Finishing Co., Inc. . . . done is far from clear. The British government has been thinking in terms of letting the Nationalist- held islands close to the China coast go eventually to the Communists while confirming Nationalist China permanently in possession of Formosa and the ner.rby Pesca- doro Islands. Under this plan, the dividing line would be the center of the Formosa Strait. Implied in all this, diplomats say privately, is withdrawal from 'he long-range objective of having Chiang someday return to the main-1 'Quake JdFS Japan land in an -antl-Communist inva-! ^ ^^ earthquake in the Tokyo and Aomori mosa. When he described the Ta- chens as not' essential to Formosa's defense, in effect he ruled out any use of the U.S. 7th Fleet to protect them. Dulles said also the United Spates would not object to a U.N. eu'ort to negotiate a cease-fire between Red China and Nationalist China. Actually. American diplomats do not, £?? much prc:; ; :;::t now of a =:Ucc3£:;-iul ceas?-Lre negotiation. However. Dulles' declaration may well be enough to start the ball rolling. sion—his oft-stated goal. Administration policies bearing on Formosa are still in a formative state, but it appears they may produce sooner or later new controversy within the Republican party over U.S. Par Eastern policy. One difference in the party was pointed up yesterday when Dulles rejected n contention by Republican GOP Leader Knowland of California that United Nations efforts to obtain the release of American flyers Imprisoned in China had failed, Dulles said this country is backing the U.N. campaign fully. Not Important In other main points on Far Eastern policy, Dulles said Yikl- angshnn, which the Reds claim to have captured from the Nationalists yesterday, Is not n place of importance. Yikiangshan. near the Tachen group, is 200 miles north of Formosa. Further, Dulles said Ihn Tnchrn Islands havo only a "marginal" importance as a rncinr outpo.st in the defense of Formosa. The Nationalists early today denied that Ylkinn&shan had fallen and said the Island is "still In the hands of our guerrillas." Against a background of state- was felt i arocs of Japan today. The observatory placed the epicenter 25 miles below sea level* northeast of Tokyo. Weatk mr ARKANSAS—Slowly clearing and cold this afternoon and tonight. Lowest 15-25 in north and 20-30 In south portion tonight. Thursday increasing cloudiness and slowly rising temperatures followed by occasional' rain at night. MISSOURI—Light Miow ending east this afternoon, becoming partly cloudy over state tonight and Thursday; colder south and saat central tonight; warmer Thursday. Minimum l.htfi morning—29, Maximum yesKirdfiy—42. Sunrise tomorrow—7.05. .Siuv.rt lorJriy—S 17 Mcnn lenipunvtun*—35.J precipitation toft 24 houra to 7 4,m. ( -3 inched snow. Pi'cctpUnilori Jftn. 1 to dfttfr~l.il!. Tlils Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—4fl, Minimum thld mornlnff~39 Precipitation January I u* <!•!> — 5.27.

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