The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 20, 1955 · Page 3
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 19W BLYTHHTTLLI (ARK.) COURIER MKW1 rum Rebellious Convicts May Give Up Soon BOSTON (AP) — State prison authorities today saw indications the four rebellious convicts holding five guards hostages for the third day may soon be ready to settle for less than freedom despite their continued show of defiance. The Rev. Edward P. Hartigan, prison Catholic, chaplain, and Dr. Samuel Merlin, prison physician, listened to the four hardened criminals for an hour and a half last night and later told newsmen: "The men say they are determined to hold out, but we are optimistic as to the eventual outcome." Father Hartigan said "one of the injustices they feel greatly is the type of sentencing in the criminal courts of the commonwealth, whereby men are sentenced for very long terms which takes from their hearts any hope. "They agree," the chaplain said, "that proper sentencing is practiced in California whereby a man is sentenced for an indefinite period, limited to life, which gives him a. year-to-year hope according to the progress he himself makes in prison." The 35-year-old priest said that Airliners Make Emergency Stops DEXTER, Iowa (/P)—A United Ail- Lines Oonvair and a TWA airliner made safe emergency landings in Iowa and Pennsylvania yesterday after apparently developing equipment trouble. The two-engine convair crash- landed in it snow-covered field near this central Iowa town 20 minutes after leaving the Des Moines Airport for Omaha. None of the 39 on board was injured. In Pennsylvania, a twin-engine Martin Skyliner, carrying 40 passengers and a crew of three to New York, landed at a Philipsburg airport after the plane's automatic fire-extinguishing system filled the cabin with smoke. was the convicts' principal complaint. He did not outline any further grievances. Ho said the convicts were "very courteous, respectful and talkative, Indicating a desire to lay bave their problems," None Mistreated He said the hostage guards "hnve been given every consideration and courtesy. No officer has been mistreated." Dr. Merlin said that although he has seen three guns In the possession of the rebellious convicts there has been no bullying display of them at any time. Family members of ull four des- perade-cbnvicts tried yesterday to convince them to release the hostages and surrender peacefully —but all pleas failed. In an unprecedented move, 17- year-old Barbara (Toby) Green made a tearful but fruitless face- to-face appeal to her father Teddy Green, 39, notorious bank robber and escape artist. She stood in the courtyard and he stood just inside a low window of the besieged solitary confinement cellblock. Jeanette Balben, of Hudson, also a teen-ager, went to the prison to try to reason with her father Walter H. Balben, 38, robber and gunman, but he refused to talk to her. The Boston Post said In a copyrighted article that the mother of Joseph Flaherty, 32, of Boston, called him on the telephone to plead with him to surrender. The long-term rapist hung up on his mother, the Post said. Also through the telephone that goes from the besieged block to the prison switchboard went an appeal to Frltx O. SWenson, 31, a Boston cop killer, from his brother Russell, 36. "He said he just won't listen," fiaid Russell. The rebellion began when the four prisoners sawed their way free from cells in the solitary confinement block and grabbed five guards as hostages Tuesday. The hostages are getting three hot meals a day, delivered by the priest and physician. HOLLAND NEWS "Cuz" Moreland and B. P. (Hot) Rogers were present Friday night at the basketball games between Holland and Arbyrd In which the girls lost and the boys won. Between the games Superintendent L. N. Kinder introduced the two men wro then spoke In behalf of the Pemiseot County polio drive now underway. A collection was taken from the audience who tossed coins into a blanket passed by the cheer leaders. Trouble to Spare NORFOLK. Va. (IP) — Got troubles? Consider the plight of one Norfolk shipping company operator, who has one ship ashore at Bermuda, another out of fuel and being towed in, two out of fuel and awaiting bunkers in Bermuda, two others returning to the Azores because of fuel shortages and all others running 3 to 10 days late. Monday night the boys and girls played tht Cooler teams here with the Cooler girls and the Holland boys winning. I Woman's Society of Christian Service met Thursday afternoon with 5 members present. The program, "The Family—The Steward of Christian Life," was led by Mrs. L. N. Kinder with Mrs. Homer Smith and Mrs. Gideon Crews giving discussions. Following the program a short business session was held with Mrs. Homer Smith presiding. Homer Smith and L. N. Kinder attended a layman's meeting of Methodist men at Kennett Thursday night. Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral of Frank Cannon who died last week were his daughters, Miss Juanlta Cannon and Mrs. Little Carr of St. Louis, his sons, James T. Cannon of St. Louis and Bob Cannon of Perryville, Ark., Mrs. Laynell Bostick of Bowling Green. Fla.. and Mrs. H. Patterson and son, Wilburn of Detroit. Mrs. Jim Binkley suffered broken elbow In a fall at her home south of Holland last week. Mrs. C. P. Samford has returned ,iome after having undergone tonsil and tooth surgery at the Hayti hospital last week. Mrs. Annie cohoon is at home after receiving treatment at Methodist Hospital In Memphis last week. Her son, Joe Cohoon, drove down Sunday after her. Mr. and Mrs. Ira Zohner of Portageville visited Mrs..S. J. Workman and Mrs. Iva Samford Saturday. Mrs. Workman returned home with them to spend the week. At home with their parents,'Mr. and Mrs. Porter Harris, over the weekend were Benny Joe, of Parma, Barton of Memphis and Mrs. Nina Methvin and son of Truman. Sammy Workman, accompanied by John Cohoon, went by train, via St. Louis, Friday night to Champaign, 111., after Col. P. W. Scott's car, returning Saturday r.ight. Colonel Scott is spending this week at Southern Pines, N. C., taking an orientation course prior to leaving next week for a year's military duty In Indo-China. He will, spend this weekend at CaruthersviUe and with his sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Voris Workman. Tony Little was a weekend visitor at his home in Holland, returning to school at Cape Dirardeau, Sunday evening. WORLD'S LARGEST SELLER AT 101 OPEN HOUSE Shown for the Last Time Sunday, Jan. 23! COMPLETELY FURNISHED BY WADE'S! REGISTER FOR VALUABLE DOOR PRIZES This Model Home Is Located In Eddie B. David's ELMWOOD GARDENS Main & 21 if 4 OTHER HOMES ARE ALSO OPEN FOR INSPECTION WADE FURN. CO. Trade With Wade And Save 112 W. Main Phone 3-3132 King of Saudi Arabia Submits To Fury of the American Wife Hy KOHKKT HKWKTT CAIRO, Efjypt UK— King Saud and Arabian American Oil Co. of- licluls have learned that Saudi Arabia hath no fury like an American woman crossed. The world's most absolute monarch has graciously bowed to aroused oil company wives. Not only has the King canceled a ban on women 'drivers, but he also is letting Christian ministers preach openly in oil company areas ot Saudi Arabia—a sharp break from'tradition In the ultraconservative Moslem country. Angry women drivers .started It ail. Saudi Arabia has a long list of restrictions on the activities of foreigners, mostly stemming from coaservatlve M o s I e m doctrines which have weakened in some parts of the Arab world. They include no drinking of alcoholic liquor, no Christian marriage ceremonies, restriction of imports of dolls, and censorship of imported literature. Ever since Aramco started operations in 1934 in the Persian Gulf area, Christian churches have been forbidden. Christian ministers traveled as "teachers" on weekend trips from Bahrein to hold household services for company personnel. American oil officials, in the interests of good will, did not protest much against the restrictions, But their wives—there are about 2,000 women In the air-conditioned oil camps—hit the roof about three months ago when Saudi Arabia an- nounced women would no longer be allowed to drive cars. Since practically no Arab women go out in public In the country, the edict hit the foreign women, mainly Americans. "They naggea tneir husbands until the oil company finally drew the matter to the attention of the King," one American said. An Aramco spokesman in Cairo .said oil company officials submitted a petition to the King recently listing the restrictions. 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