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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 20, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 252 BIythevllle Courier Blytheville Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 1955 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Nationalist Planes Hit Red Ships Vessels Near Tachens Bear Heavy Attack TAIPEH, Formosa '(AP) —, Waves of Nationalist Chinese warplanes smashed at Communist vessels near the invasion- threatened Tachen Islands today, the Nationalist Defense Ministry said, while Nationalist guerrillas battled grimly Id maintain their precarious hold on nearby Yikiangshan island. The ministry claimed siJc ships, further unidentified, were sunk near the Tachens 200 miles north of Formosa. Farther south, other Nationalist planes claimed two vessels sunk and three- damaged off the coast of Fukien province. Still more planes rained "mil- Jons" of leaflets on the Red China coast, the Nationalists reported. The ministry said the planes attacked in waves from 2 a.m. until 7:38 a.m., and returned without loss despite Communist antiaircraft fire from both land and sea. Red Ships Hit The attacks marked the second straight day of heavy Nationalist air attacks on Communist shipping. The Nationalists asserted the guerrillas on Yikiangshan, eight miles north of the Tachens, were still holding out, two full days after Peiping radio trumpeted the tiny outpost had fallen to Communist Invaders. Peiping radio continued to treat conquest of the island as an accomplished fact. A broadcast heard In Tokyo said all Peiping newspapers carried front page roundups of "the joyful reaction among the armed forces in east China over the liberation of Yikiangshan." The Nationalist Defense Ministry said the guerrillas were .still resisting in a "life or death" struggle despite three heavy shellings from Red-held Tounien Island and the arrival of Red reinforcements. The ministry said two Red war- 1 ships laid down a .curtain of fire while fresh Communist troops poured ashore on the 3'/2-square- mile island. There was no official indication of the size of '.he holdout force, but it was beliuved to be small. Yesterday thc Nationalist air air force prowled ninny: some 300 miles of the .southeast China coast, See CHINESE on page 5 j Cease-Fire Attempt Is Studied LONDON UP) — Britain disclosed today that she has consulted with the United States and New Zealand on a possible move in the United Nations to obtain a cease-fire in the China fighting. A Foreign Office spokesman, replying to a reporter's question, said the proposal "was one of a number of possible courses of action which we have discussed with the United States and New Zealand in the course of exchanges over recent months. "But no decision to carry it out was taken," the spokesman added. Thc spokesman was commenting Ike's Economic Message Glows With Optimism for Year Ahead Predicts Output' 01 $500 Billion Within Decade WASHINGTON (AP)— Pres- After Prosperous 19 54, City Starts '55 with $39,000 Fund on Hand After rolling up a neat S22.000 profit on its 1954 operations, city of Blytheville found itself in the enviable position of beginning the new year with a fat $39,231 nest egg in its ge"e'-al fund. :.i the 13"j4 op:;-, i-jn n the amount Arkansas - Missouri; tr.-rn they followed in 1953, ' AFTER CAKUTIIERSVILLE FIRE — A lone chimney is all that stands after fire raised the 45- year-old Sunset Lodge at Caruthersville. Fire damage was estimated at $20,000. (Photo by 3an-.- ders) ;.' Buffer Zone Sought Cosfa Rica Is Warned About Border Incidents SAN JOSE, Costa Rica <AP) — Nicaragua formally warned Costa Rica today that a "grave state of affairs" could Caruthersville Building Burns Loss Is Estimated At $20,000 As Lodge Is Razed By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE - Sunset Lodge, a 45-year-old building located at 311, Eastwood Avenue here, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin Wednesday morning, The building was a total loss, according to fire department reports. Fire Chief Clem Hill estimated damage at 520,003 to 817,030 to the building and $3,000 to its contents. •• The department was notified of the lire at I -30 a.m. Wednesday j and hr'.-men fought the blaze for < live and a. half hours. I For the past , three years the; building has been a home for the j d. owned and _ operated _by Noel j L iTTLE ROCK (APj-Jim Grain of Wilson will be appointed to the State Highway Commission as soon as the Senate finishes its argu- merits^bn appointment confirmations, the Arkansas Democrat said today. Gov. O'rvftl Faubus' office denied | : 1955 promises a high level Of mcn^e in parking rneter fuuds;i Meanwhile, expenditures were fol- actually costs. i V-bs and crodUCliori. tnere w " as a nei difference of 53,0001 lowing more or less the same pat- : The city took a S24.000 loss on its In a glowingly optimistic eco- ri.imjc message. Eisenhower gave v.rr.ial s'-'-urnnce of a '"reneral. though ir,.'if;'-'-:t, reduction in luxes" in Ki5 ( ;. nv^lo no.ssible by a broad in procc.-s. He- wagged a warning finger at President's Economic Message at a (stance Faubus Supporters Triumph in Senate By KAY STEPHENS | LITTLE ROCK (APj — The Senate forces of Gov. Orval his ! E. Faubus have won an importnt victory for the new adminis- President Eisenhower, in TZpoSTov^e,, „„- I fallon, but their triumph may be a temporary one. 500-billion-dol- arise from border incidents in Costa Rica's nine-day-old rebellion. - - —* The five - nation investigation commi.s.sion of the Organization of | American States, recognizing the threat of a war between the two neighbor countries, asked both ! sides to agree to establishment of Paper Says CraintoGet der way," foresaw lar output by 19?5. 2. Gave strong promise of tax relief n«xt year. None this. 3. Cautioned that stock speculation or labor strike could damage prosperity. 4. Called for a 90-cent minimum wape, higher jobless pay. # Anti-Poll Tax C. Dean. Before it had b?en a boarding house for about 30 years. The. building, which was, fully furnished, "was vacated" January -1 for remodeling work which was to have begun soon. The patrons lor the most part, are living with relatives now. It had 19 rooms and could house up to 30 people, though not more than 15 were ever living in it at one time, Mr. Dean said. Shreveport Firm Low Bidder On Base Warehouse LITTLE ROCK Wt — W. A. Gray : Construction Co. of Shreveport, La. > bid apparently low — by $18 — to-' diiy on construction of a warehouse at the Blytheville Air Force Base, UIP Little Rock Corps of Engineers office said today. j Gray Construction bid S189.305.50. j wbiIn L fc M Construction Co. of Memphis hid $180.323.30. E. B. Bush Construction Co. of Oklahoma City turned in a bid of $139.902.28. The masonry type structure will be 200 feet square. The government estimate was 523-1,341. a demilitarized buffer zone along the border, effective at noon today, j Foreign Minister Oscar Sevilla' Sacasa of Nicaragua sent a formal protest to Costa Rica alleging that two newly supplied American Mustangs of the Costa Rican air force violated the Nicaraguan frontier yesterday afternoon. the soaring stock market, declar-1 Sevilla inaU'ucted the guari ambassador in Washington" to demand special session of the OAS ! to hear the charges. i a: that "continued economic re-i covery must not be jeopardized by over emphasis of speculative activity." The government, he said. will meet its "great responsibility" to prevent a financial boom-and- bust. Picturing the present as a time of industrial expansion, he said labor strife often increases in such is-f« *petiods with "serious economic repercussions." The report, third and last of the major presidential messages, !s introduced Another Bill Would Raise Five-Mill Limit LITTLE ROCK W) — Proposals to amend the constitution to' permit voting without payment of a I Polf tax and to allow municipali- ties to 'impose an additional five- property tax were introduced the report. members of the Senate said that i A test of strength never came about on the dispute, which grew out of an attempt to change the aL(] ,, £luu , 1 UA Senate rules governing confirma- r wmje 5 g 500 tion of gubernatorial appointments, equipment The senatorial bloc supporting the change ran into strong opposition and temporarily gave up the fight yesterday. Sen. Fletcner Long of Forrest sanitation department, during 1954, Street Work Costly A study of other expenditures showed that street and engineering dr-partment's $100,000 outlay represented a slight, increase; police department's $40,000 figure was up about 3300; sanitation's cost was $700 up; fire department spent 33,000 more; general administration expenses took a $7,000 tumble while veterans housing quarters cost nearly, $10,000 more this year when its operation was more extensive. VHQ's rents were up nearly exactly its $10,000 cost increase. Nearly $3,000 was spent on Iri- stallation of new parking meters went toward new City, a leader in the move for the rules change, told the Senate that. "I want to serve notice that I'm not abandoning this controversy." An opponent of the change said last night that the opposition had lined up 19 votes against the proposal — enough to defeat it. District Approved Under current Senate procedure the confirmation of a gubernatorial appointment is left up to the senator who represents the district in which an appointee resides. If this senator approves, the Senate confirms the appointment; if not the Gov. Orval Faubus would name Grain to the vacant post. The term of Dan Portis, Lepanto, a. few days ago. Cnnn, an east Arkansas political leader, formerly served on ttyc Highway Commission. He was n member of the highway audit corn- peated. Last night President An, as t as j 0 somoza, longtime enemy j of the Costa Rican regime headed expired = by p res j(j en t j ose pigueres. told newsmen in Managua the situation could develop into "an international conflict." appointee is rejected. Long and a majority of the Sen- Heading the list of expenditures was the street department's $100,000 outlay. Sanitation's $50,000 was next and administrative's $43,000 and police's 540,000 followed in that order. Top general fund Income item was the $64,000 state tax turnback figure, followed by $35,000 from fines and court costs, $50.000 from the airport contract and $31,000, which was the city's income on privilege licenses. Parking meter and sanitation receipts (garbage fees) amounted to $26,000 each. A detailed report on the 1954 operation will be published In tomorrow's Courier News. The note warned Costa Rica a ; urged the states to increase °the | in the Legislature yesterday. Thp newsmncr viid that two i " Bl ' aver stat ° °f affairs" cou!d ! amount, duration and coverage of If sponsors are successful, the | " ^ )B Oliu „ .,, njuiw c uo «- , m „ newspapci saici mat two, anse lf such violations were re- unemployment compensation and proposed amendments will be re-iate Rules Committee want a Sen- j f - Tni-M/M-ITMi/ called again on Coneress to raise I ferred to popular vote at the 1956 i ate committee to investigate each j I J I UsTSUrrUW Sewer Meeting to the minimum wage from 75 to 90 '• general election. cents. The The poll tax proposal was offered No More Wanted in the House by Reps. J.A. Womack He discouraged the proposals of! of Ouachita County and Rep. labor leaders and some Democrats ! Dewey Stiles of Hot Spring County. The proposed property tax fixation cession !^™ 5 «°-°^°^ SI.25 an e said. mission that investigated ihc High-j made its proposal in the wake of: is an that can be ' "economically way Commission appointed by for-j n protest from Nicaraguan Presi- j j us tifj ec i , . A higher minimum might cause lower production and substantial unemployment in several industries." He proposed, how- mer Gov. Sid McMath. dent Anast?.sio Somoza that two Costa Rican F51 fighters, on their first mission since thc planes arrived Monday from the United Nazareth Native Osceoia Speaker Ghazi F. Sakran, a native of Ison a report from U.N. headqunr- j ™ cl . wil1 be B«est speaker at First ters that Britain and New Zealand Baptist Church in Osceoia Sun- have been considering taking a | d °y '"oniing, Dr. Percy F. Her- joint cense-fire resolution to the | nn S- P^or announced today. UN Security Council Ml '- Sakran. nn ambassador of ., ," t . I Rood will from Nazareth, the city The report said the countries j whcre Jcsus u (s ft fitudent have been studying the matter for nt southern Baptist College Wai- wccks but have done nothing bn- | nu , n^ c cause of opposition from Natiun-' jHst China. President Eisenhower snid (it his news conference yesterday that he would like to see the United Nations use its good offices to halt the shooting war between Red China and Chiang Kai-shek's Nn tionnlist Chinese forces on Formosa. Thn pllblic is j nyUo[I to thc ser . vices Blytheville Man Is Named 'Veep 7 Claude Klene of Blytheville has been named vice president of the Arknnsns Bricklayers Association. The tfroiip ended its 15th biennial convention in Fort Smith yesterday when Henry Firestone of Little Rock wns re-elected to head the Association. Inside Today's Courier News . , . Blythcvlllc School Board Votes to Knlnr Biff Seven , . . Cnachfn* Staff, Facilities to DC Kxpnmlcd Osccoln Golden Gloves Tonight . . . Sports , p.iffc.s f! and 7 ... . . . Your Income Tax — 1: KxptnpUons Rules Are Altered This Year . . . pnffft 2 ... . . . Postal Workers Pny Rulxc • . . Editorial* . . . paff eft . . . Scout Leaders Meet Tonight First meeting of the year of North Mississippi District Scout lenders will get under way at 7 o'clock tonight, at Rustic Inn. Under direction of District Chairman Jim Gardner, thc Scon ters will concern themselves with projects of 1955. Scout Week, the special Scout edition of the Courier News and cnmporcc plans will feature tonight's discussions. Faubus Is Due En Osceoia Today Gov. Orval Faubu.s was scheduled to make a flying trip to Os- ceoto today to attend the dedication ceremonies of the Osceoia Fin.shiiifr Co., Inc., Osceola's new industry. Ben F. Butler, Osceoia mayor, said this mnrning that Gov. Fan- bus was scheduled to fly to Os- ci'ola at 3 p.m. today, to attend the dedication ceremonies, and reti'rn to Little Rock late this afternoon. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies officially dedicating the new Osce- j ola plant were scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with high company officials on hand to witness the plant's opening. John Enis was fined S100 and ' These ceermonic.s were to be I CD?lR anri sentenced to a day in followed by an open house and *i ail in Municipal Court this morn- public inspection of the textile m K °" a charge of driving while finishing plant. utldc1 ' the influence if liquor. In other action, Charlie Smith, Negro, was fined S25 and costs and tigate each j appointee, and they Would spell out that no senator is bound to vote to confirm an appointee solely on the recommendation of another Supporters of the Faubus ad- C of C Committee, Council to Map Plans Members of the Chamber of Commerce's Sewer Committee and City authorization was contained in a ministration labeled the change as j Council will meet in a special ses- resolution submitted in the Senate j politically inspired, and Sen. Roy | sion in City HaLl ai 10 am. tomor- by Sens. Q. Byrum Hurst of Hot | Riales of Mena charged that it was | row to lay plans for work toward Springs and Van Hayes of Benton, j designed specifically to who said they acted for the Arkan- j strin°-" Faubus. srs Municipal League. ever, that Congress consider ex- Gov. Faubus said in his inaugural Long and the author of the rules change. Sen. James P. Baker Jr. States, had veered over Nicarag-j tendmg minimum wage protection | speech Vast, "week~tharhe"thoul;nt | of West Helena, denied this charge uan territory yesterday during an attack on the rebel-held town of seven miles from the . ; | gradually to 20 million workers not [ the SI a year poll tax should not] Many senators who ' n .,°;;no\v covered. ! be required for voting if a means | disapproval of the ru who expressed These were amons equired ior voting if a means j disapproval oi the rule? change recommen- i could be found to avoid a loss in i privately said they thought it was school revenue from its removal ! ill-timed because it would be con ham-! getting the city's southern sewer improvement district organized. The meeting was called yesterday alter City Council voted Tuesday merit to co ahead with plans for getting the city a new sewer sys- Currently the tax brings more than : 5trued as a slap at Faubu?. most of the i , r four of his o»-n fl?.itPi-s would p.i-| tll '"•t" the borupr tomoctany fm-thrr Traffic Charoe | Brings $100 Fine Better Look Our, Men, Women Drivers Gaining COLUMBUS, Ohio ol 1 ) — The Farm Bureau Insurance Companies announced flatly today young women drivers are better insurance risks than.young men. Effective Feb. 1, rates for women drivers under 25 wil! be cut 20 to 67 per cent, Executive Vice President Bowman Doss announced. Mule drivers in the same group still will pay Mic present rates. Doss said safe driving tests showed the young women "simply are safer drivers. They drive like eh sir:-i; of petit larceny. However, the court siispi-ndfid S15 of the fine and the jail s^ntrnce during gcod behavior. Billy Gene Lawrence forfeited a bond of $19.75 on a charge of speeding. Travel Order Denounced MOSCOW (/Pi — The newspaper Pravdn today denounced new U.S. travel restrictions on Sovirt citizens as nn "iron curtain." It said, "Those American citizens who can tear their wnv out can count on adults so they'll get adult rates." j welcome reception and freedom of movement in our country." Soviet Releases Gl Held Since '49 BERLIN (0 — Pvl. William A. Vcrdine of Starks, La., was released by the Russians In Berlin today after five years of Soviet captivity, Including n long stretch in Vorkuta prison camp. Verdlno Is thc third American to conic from Vorkuta this month. Thc Soviets, acceding to repented request^, turned loose John U. Noble of Detroit, nml Pvt. William Marchuk of Norrlstown, Pa., on Jnn. 8. Vordlno has been listed by Iho Army as missing since 1949. He hnd been stationed with the Nth Armored Cnlvnlry at Coburg In West Germany, not far from the American-Soviet zonal frontier. The soldier was reported nt various times in Russian prison camps by German and Austrian repatriates. Noble, on his release here, said Vcrdinc was not in good health. The nrmy announced In mid- nflnrnoon that Soviet authorities hnd turned Verdlno over to U.S, liaison officials in the Russian hnnrifjuartors in East Berlin. ' Thc Army added thai, Vcrdinc Is in military custody and will remain there during nn Inquiry into the circumstances of his disnp- pearnnce. The soldier faces n possible .court-martial for being away without official leave or perhaps desertion, unless lie cnn prove thnt he blundered into the Soviet zone through no fault of his own. In the meantime, the soldier Will be given a complete medical cx- nminatlon. Noble and Marchuk reported having Keen Verdinc nt Pol ma, a camp southeast of Moscow where prisoners were held prior to their release. They hnd passed throush this camp on their way from Vorkuta to Berlin where they were turned over to the U.S. authorities. Most of the specific recommendations underscored requests made in the earlier State of the Union and budget messaees. Eisenhower asked Congress to: Promote foreign commerce by, extending for three years the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act. with presidential power to reduce tariffs by as much ns 15 per cent, j Postpone the cuts in corporation in corporation i 4 , scheduled for i^CGtS April 1, By next year, Eisenhower said, rising revenues and further fedciv.l economics "should make possible anoilnr step in the reduction of tax'"." u-m. R. M. i Bob I Logan. Chamber president, this morning extended a special in vita E ion to "all persons interested in obtaining better sewers for Blytheville." Members of the Chamber's Sewer Committee are: James Terry, chairman; James HiU. Jr., Dale S. Eriggs, Toler Buchtman, W. M. Burns, Dr. Carl Mies, Harold Wrisht, Bill Williams. Jr., Harvey at least 1' 2 mills . to be used to • plained its provisions to the Senate. | Morns, Jimmie Sanders and K. B. f.nance a retirement fund for non-, which later heard the measure : Barker. uniformed employes. ' iittacked by Judge Henry Smith ' _- , ^_ The ad valorem tax on real and [ of Pine Bluff as a "water grab j personal property is levied on the ; bill." i basis of so many mills against ; The measu *e would set out each dollar of assessed valuation. ' a .state policy on the conservativ j and consumption of surface watri 1 and would set up a board to administer this policy and to deter- j Hearing of a suit set-king S2.2GO mine who should get priority bene- 1 in alleged unpaid commission filed fit, | against, J. W. Rayrier by Waiter Barnes and the F. B. Joyner Ralty Co.. brc;ui this morning in the Hearing of Realty Suit Underway Disaster Group Ai.i tn Spools Take acticn "this yc;ir to help meet our nationwide needs for school construction." The President again did not specify the kind or amount of federal aid be has in mind. A special mp???cre will be sent Feb. 15. he said, dealing with "appropriate" plans. Give" the President power to See IKE on p^pc 5 CoruthersviHe Jaycees Nome New President CARUTHERSVILLE — Al Lawrence was elected president of the Caruthersville Junior Chamber of Commerce durinp the organization's annual election of officers at club house on Juliet Avenue here Tuesday night. Other new officers elected were Bill .Shelby, vice president and Kenneth Cunningham, secretnry- trnnsuror. Bud Korver, the retiring presi- Icnt, nutomatlcnlly became ft member of thc club's bonrd of riircc- :ors. He will serve in that capncl- Subcommittee chairmen of Chick?.5~wba District Rod Cross's | disaster committee will convene at | 7:30 toni£'*t in the Red Cros~ build; on North Second, Charles Judge Smith centered his opposi- tinn on a section which says that ' all persons who have established c:\il division of the Circuit Court a prior claim to wsier by building here. !rn?a:ion or othor fnrili'ies shall The have priority lo the water. However, the lull's sponsor. Sen. • court, heard bur, one case jav arid that was Alvm Moser Nob!," Gill Ponnac Inc.. seek- Moore, disaster chairman, announ- j M;ij . vm M ', lon of Jnnc ., horo ; sau j . inc S750 firima ^ s for alleged ced today. City officials h.ive been invited to attend the session. he would be v.Hme to strike this wrnncful repossession of an auto- See FAL'BUS on page 5 * ^ * State's School Forces Defend Fund Request J mobile. J . A jury returned a verdict m favor i of the defendant yesterday aftcr- j noon Judge Charles \V. Light of Para! gould is presiding over the court. ! i : .LITTLE ROCK I.Tl — School forces to ihe in Arkansas hava pointed s '"Le's low national rank ty for ^wo years. Mr. Lawrence was elected by acclamation while n- vote was taken on the other t'vo offices, a spokesman for thc group stated. ;n public education and to competition for new industry as two prime reasons for boosting the public school's yearly appropriation 12 million dollars. Hugh B. Patterson Jr., publisher of the Arkansas Gazette and chair-' man of the United Committee for Better Schools, last night addressed a meeting of Gov. Orval Faubus, lefilslo tors and other persons Interested in the school program. Patterson snid the schools' request for an additional 12 million dollars was amply justified by Arkansas' low rank among the states in public education. He said belter education facilities fire "Inseparably tied to the industrlnl expansion of Arkansas," adding thnt education Is "the paramount factor Hi competition with our neighboring states for new industries." After saying that his .committee would support any reasonable new tax to provide adequate funds for schools, the Little Rock publisher said Arkansas was "the only stale which has showed a decrease in state support of schools since the depression years." Another speaker, Mrs. J, R. Sink 6f Newport, president of the Arkansas Congress of Parents and Teachers and vice chairman of the UCRS, said the state PTA had endorsed the proposal. Earlier yesterday Mrs. Sink snitl groups over the state planned to send petitions to their representatives In the General Assembly, urging the legislators to "do their utmost" to provide the proposed program, "even if Increased taxes j are required." Weatk wer NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Cloudy, with slowly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Friday. Occasional light rain tonight and Friday. Saturday partly cloudy and cooler. High this afternoon low to mid 40s. Lowest tonight mid 30s. MISSOURI — Cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Friday with drlz. zle or freezing rain this afternoon and tonight mostly west and north; rain or drizzle most, of state Friday. Minimum this mornlnjf— 30, Maximum ynslcrday—3fl. Sunrise tomorrow—7:05. Sunsot todny—5:18. Mean teinponilure—34.5. Precipitation lHAt 24 hours to 7 R m. — none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to rtatA-l.m. This IJ-lte L,i»t Vrtr Maximum ycstcrday—M. Minimum this morning—43, Precipitation January 1 to daU —

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