The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 26, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOT D6MINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAS7 ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 257 Blytheville Courier BlythevUle DaUy Newi Mississippi Valley Letder Blytrwville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Gov. Faubus Supports Utility Bill Fovors Tighter Restrictions On Increases LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov Oral E. Faubus today put hi administration solidly behin a Senate bill to tighten re strictions against temporar rate increases by public utili ties. The bill, authored by Sens Clifton Wade of Payetteville am Max Howell of Little Rock, enc: the Public Service Commission more time to consider a rale In crease request before a utility can put the higher rates into effec under bond. Paubus said the bill would "best serve the interest of boll the utilities and the public." "There will be times when utility is entitled to a prompt rate increase, and if we eliminated the bond provisions entirely the Public Service Commission could pigeon hold a request and thus unjustly penalize a utility," said Faubus. Only 30 Days Under current Arkansas law any utility seeking higher rates can post a bond 30 days after they've petitioned the PSC for the rate boost and put the Increase into effect. The bond is required to guarantee refunds to utility customers in the event the PSC eventually rejects or reduces the utility request. , The Howell-Wade bill would extend that 30-day waiting period to 120 days, and it also would give the PSC some discretion over whether or not. increases under bond may be made. At the present time, the PSC can set the amount of bond required but it cannot prohibit a utility from instituting a bond-covered Vate Increase. In praising the Howell-Wade bill, which is now before the House, Faubus put his administration's influence behind it and thus gave it an advantage over another bill by Rep. Dan White of Sebastian County. White's bill would prohibit any Increases until the PSC had formally passed on a company'a request. Mosley Is Candidate At A-State Blytheville High School Coach Russell Mosley is one of the leading candidates being considered for the vacant football coaching job at Arkansas State College, it was learned here today. Coach Mosley could not be reached for comment this morning and it was reported that he was to confer with Arkansas State officials today. The Arkansas State post was vacated enrlier this week\when the school announced that Glen Harmeson would not be offered a new contract. While the majority of the talk concerning Mosley's status as a candidate is speculation, he is known to have conferred with Arkansas State officials earlier this month. Mosley, who is now in his seventh year us head coach at.Bly- theville High School, owns one of Senate Committees Okay War Powers Buy Shoes for Fire-Torn Family While Firemen Freddy Perry (extreme right) and Eddie Ford, Jr., (standing) look on, J. L. Westbrook, Jr., of Westbrook's Family Shoe Store fits Wanda Jean Wyatt, 19, with a pair of shoes. Wanda Jean and the other 10 members of her family were left homeless and without clothing when fire destroyed their five-room home at Blytheville's volunteer fire de- lartment came to the rescue of n 11-member Blytheville family his morning whose home, clothing nd household belongings were de- troyed by fire. The fire, caused by a kerosene 825 Clark Street, this morning. After battling the blaze for more than an hour, members of the BJyiheville Volunteer Fire Department turned their pay over to the family for the purchase of clothing and other necessities. (Courier N'cws Photo) ook stove, leveled the home of flr. and Mrs. 0. D. Wyatt at 825 ark St., at 6:35 a. m. leaving the ouple and their nine children, anging in age from 15 months to 9 years, escaped with little of li?ir clothing and furniture. And in at least two Instances, the clothes amounted to only night i was outfitted with a pair of shoes. clothes, house coat and the like. And then the firemen set about After battling the flames for to find other a: more than an hour, Fire Chief for the family. Roy Head and his 16-member department turned over the pay they received for fighting fire to the family for the purchase of clothing and other essentials. On house fires each member of the department receives S5. Immediately following the fire, the firemen took Mrs. Wyatt and her brood to Westbrook's Family Shoe Store where each member I said. to find other articles of clothing A neighbor, Mrs. Findley Tremain, 412 East Oak, also is helping with collection of clothes and furniture for the family. Her phone number is 3-6787 and she will endeavor to pick up donated, articles, she stated. Neighbors are providing sleeping accomodations for the family until another home may be locate- ed. the Wyatt family were asleep at| They were renting from Velmar According to Mrs. Wyntt', whose husband is a carpenter, the fire broke out in the kitchen and spread rapidly through the house. By the time firemen reached the scene the blaze had made good headway. AH but one or two members of the time of the fire but all man- j Sharp and will aged to escape unhurt, Mrs. Wyatt another nearby Sharp. attempt to house from rent Mr. Wilson Sees No Need to Change US Armed Forces 'Short of War' the state's most outstanding won- lost records. In his seven years at Blytheville his teams have won 63, lost 10 and tied .10. He coached the Chicks to state championships in 1948 and 1950 and to five straight District IIIAA championships. He is a former Blytheville High School star and later played halfback at Die University of Alabama. In Jonesboro, J. A. (Ike) Tomlinson, athletic director at Arkansa; State said that Mosley had been talked to "Informally" about the job but that "no formal offer has been made." He stated, however, that Mosley was to confer with Dr. Carl Reng, Arkansas State president. WASHINGTON (AP) — Sec clary of Defense Wilson tol concerned Congress toda e sees no need for any "im portanl changes" in Unite States armed forces "short o war." Wilson, appearing before th House Armed Services Commute to report on American military strength, made no mention in pre pared remarks of the mounting tension over Red Chinese threat, to Formosa. But the Formosa sit ualion loomed large In the back ground. Also scheduled to brie the lawmakers was Adm. Arthui W. Raclford, chairman of the Join Chiefs of Staff. Scheduled Previously Chairman Vinson (D-Ga) of the Armed Services Committee tolc newsmen the briefing by Wilson and Radford had been schcciulec some time ago find was not specifically prompted by the Formosa problem. In his statement, Wilson said ' 'We must be prepared, in line j with our collective security responsibilities, to come rapidly and effectively to their (Allied nations'! assistance ... in the event of aggression short of general war.' Wilson said he did not expect Russia "to take action during the next few years that would deliberately precipitate another world conflict." But Communist aims lire unchjtrtgeci, he said, and a Trucks Fall—21 Killed LIMA, Peru M — Two trucks loaded with passengers reportedly plunged Into ravines Monday In northern Peru, killing 21 persons. Inside Today's Courier Newt , . . Chicks Set Scoring: Record with 10«-33 Win Over Orccnway . . , Leachville Upset by Manila . . . Sports , . . paffcs 8 and 0 ... . . . Your Income Tax — 8 . . . Question of Deductions . . . page 7 ... . . . Too Early to Judge . . . . . . Editorials . . . page fi , , . . . . Market Crash Still Possible, Rut Big Depression Highly Unlikely . . , Third In * Scries on (he Stock Market . . . page ELECTED — Bob Lee Smith, manager of 01 Implement Co., here, yesterday was named president of the Mid-South Farm Equipment Assoclntlon when that group wound up a two-day session In Memphis. Mr. Smith succeeds M. H. Mftddox of Jackson, Tcnn. "conflict might arise through miscalculation on their part." "I cannot at this time," he added, "foresee any important reduction in the military establishmem nor in the total annual militarv expenditures of the Department of and "effective retaliatory power' Defense below the present levels nor do I see any need for an ! mportant increases short of war. Stress on New Weapons Wilson said continental defens Ike's '54 Economy Claims Challenged WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIO and one of former President Truman's economic advisers today challenged Pres ident Eisenhower's claim of a strong economic comeback in 19 54 and his optimistic forecast of a "high and satisfactory level of employment within the current year." Both Stanley H. Ruttenberg, the CIO's education and research director, and Leon Keyserling, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Truman, took issue with Eisenhower's Jan. 20 economic report to Congress as the Senate-House Economic Committee opened hearings on the document. Ruttenberg said in prepared testimony the economy operated ai ,owcr levels in 1954 than'in 1953 although he conceded that "within he last two or three months there have been signs of an upturn in he economy." But. said the CIO spokesman 'employment in manufacturing in- lustries is still running more than a million behind a year ago," with mrt-time employment "itill great- ir." Keyserling said in a prepared itatement that 1954 "could not be ihnrncterlzed as anything other han a year In which we fell dis- nnlly short of maximum employ- nent and maximum production." And, he added: Less Optimistic "Because the end of the year, allowing for the growth fnctoi ound us further from these goals han the start of the year, I am ess optimistic for 1955 . . . than was for 1054 . . . from the sland- loint of levels of unemployment." Keyserling, now an economic onsultanl here, said "optimistic" orccasters now iook for 'n 1955 utput about 3 per cent above that i 1954. But this, he, asserted, would not be nearly enough rowth to reduce unemployment ufflclently, absorb new entries in) the labor force, and keep up 1th advancing: technology." The President pegged current na- onal production at about 3fiO bll- dollars. He said that with wise management" this could be ppocl to 500 billion within 10 years. In his economic report, Eisen- ower said recovery from the 18- ionth business recession "has al- ceding decline in industrial production." Ruttenberg, in an apparent reference to statements like this in the Elsenhower report, said .that "with a growing and expanding economy and the need for further expansion, we cannot afford to be smug about past achievements Nor can we gloat over the fact that a depression has been avoided." Circuit Court Is In Recess The civil division of Circuit. Court was in recess today after hearing only one case yesterday. A jury last night awarded judgment of $4,950 to Carl E. Deaton of Marlon, UK, against the estate of H. H. OUer of Manila. The suit was the outgrowth of a traffic accident on Highway 77 near Manila Sept. 27 in which Mr. Oiler was fatally injured. Spain to Send Observer to UN UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. Spain is going to send an observer to U. N headquarters — over Soviet objections — after five years in the International organization's doghouse. Secretary General Dag Hum- marskjold snid last night he had granted a request from Genernl- llssimo Franco's government for Ihe type of representation allowed such other nonmembcrs as West Germany, Austria, Finland, Italy nnd Japan. Such observers have the right to use U. N. facilities and attend meetings. They cannot speak at cady made up half of the pre-volo. meetings unless asked and cannot have been given "high priority.' Next year's program, he said, "lays particular stress on the utilization of nuclear energy in military operations . . . and (in) the development of operational guided missiles to meet the urgent requirements of our ah- defense and retaliatory forces." The continental defense program. Wilson said, is being "pushed with all practical speed" and he predicted early development of improved radar, piloted and pilotless planes of all ranges and better antisubmarine devices. Outlining administration military manpower plans — which have met with some criticism in Congress — Wilson said the Army's current 19-division force would be cut to 18 — 1.3 mobile divisions, See DEFENSE on page 3 Bassett Break-In Is Investigated WILSON — Deputy sheriffs today reported progress in conneo ,ion with the investigation of a Dreak-In at Idaho Grocery Store at Bassett Saturday night. Deputies Buster Wigfey and Lester Ayres are conducting the inves- ;igation. Reported missing from the store, ;hey said, are up to S200 in cash n addition to merchandise. Entry, the deputies said, was gained through the front door, which Was pried open. Only Two Senators Vote No WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committee today approved 26-2 a resolution giving President Eisenhower full war powers to defend Formosa and its outposts. Sens. Langer (R-NDj and Morse find-Ore) voted against the resolution which was recommended to the Senate in exactly the form it passed the House yesterday by a 409-3 vote. There was some doubt whether the Senate would begin debate today. Doubts Expressed Unless there is unanimous consent for immediate consideration, any measure must under Senate' rules "lay over" for one day after it is reported by a committee. Some individual senators indicated they held doubts and apprehensions about the wisdom of the resolution in its present form. Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn), for one was talking- about offering a substitute although he said he did not know whether he would. Kefauver would not go into details as to what changes he, had in mind. He did say that if he offered a substitute It would involve the United Nations far more specifically than does the present resolution. Sen. Knowland (Calif) the Republican leader, said "time is important." Objection Stalls Debate Sen. George (D-Ga), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said it was doubtful if the Senate could take up the resolution today. The resolution is now being considered jointly by the Foreign Re- ations and Armed Services Committees. Even if the committees do complete work on it and report ft to the Senate, George said, the objection of only one senator would stall formal debate until tomorrow. Unanimous consent is required for the Senate to consider a matter before it has "lain over" for one day. The 409-3 House vote yesterday came within 27 hours after the President had made his request for a resolution giving advance approval for any military action Eisenhower holds necessary to keep Formosa, the Pescadores and other unnamed areas out of Chinese Communist hands. Formosa is the seat of Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese. Nationalist government. i Remarkable Unity ' "A remarkable unity. . . in the ' interest of the nation's security," the President said of the House action. His comment was relayed through White House press secretary James C. Hagerty. Lodge Works For Polio Drive Rebekah Lodge 18 has turned in i41.20 which members collected Saturday for the March of Dimes drive. The group also will work in the Mothers March on Polio. Mrs. C. S. Birmingham is head- ng the Lodge's March of Dimes ac- Ivities. hitain Fights Smog LONDON W) — The government ins announced plans to reduce Britain's deadly industrial area mogs by 80 per cent over the ext 10 to 15 years. The program alls for smokeless zones, banning moke-producing fuels and using moke-washing equipment in In- ustry. •rench Ship Hits Mine DIEPPE, Prance (ft — The 'rcnch trawler Abraham Du- uosnc hit a mine yesterday in English Channel, exploded and ank, the French News Agency eported. All ere killed. 15 crew members In the Senate, approval of the resolution by the Foreign Relations See SENATE on page 3 Ike Gets Support From Eden LONDON OT—Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden today backed President Eisenhower's stand Formosa and called lor a cease- fire in the righting between the Chinese Nationalists and Chinese Communists. He told Commons Britain trusts Eisenhower's intentions and knows the President would sanction the use of American armed forces in the danger area "only with the greatest reluctance." Eden stressed that Britain is in close touch with the United States and Commonwealth governments on the problem. Referring to the clash between the Chinese Nationalists and Communists he said: "Force Is no solution to this delicate and difficult problem. A settlement can only be arrived at by the peaceful process of negotiations." Referring to President Elsenhow- er's request to Congress to authorize him to use U. S. armed forces to defend Formosa, the Pescadores and "related localities," Eden said: •The Br'ltlsh government are convinced that the object of the U. S. administration has also been to reduce the risks of any extension of the fighting." Eden said Elsenhower in his message to Congress, "has been careful to say that ho is not suggesting that the United Stntes should enlarge its defensive obligations beyond Formosa and the Pescadores is provided by the Mutual Defense Treaty with (Crlncsc Nationalist) Generalissimo Chiang Knl-shclt. MEET ON FORMOSA QUESTION — Chiang Kai-Shek, left. Chinese Nationalist leader, and Vice Adm. Alfred M. Pride, center, conferred at Taipeh this week. Adm. Pride, commander of n. S. 7th fleet, also met with U. S. military assistance chiefs on Formosa while units of the fleet were reported to be moving north to the Tachen Islands to assist In possible evacuation of Chinese Nationalist troops there. {AP Wirephoto) Chiang Said Ready To Quit Tachens TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Although Nationalist Chinese officials won't say so, there is no question but that Chiang Kai-shek's forces will abandon the Tachen Islands. * * * Hopes lor Truce, Early Release Of Fliers Dampened UN Officials Feel Blow Dealt Chances By Developments UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. 0?1— This week's developments regard T ing 1 Formosa have dealt a blow to hopes at the United Nations for the early of 17 Americans held in Red China. They also have lessened chances that the Security Council can act effectively to bring about a cease-. fire order in the Formosa area, j or that the 60-nation General Assembly might act in the dispute. This appraisal came today from fully informed quarters who, declining: to be identified, made no fire in the predawn darkness today secret of their discouragement, j and caused extensive damage, offi- They said the tasks of obtaining ' cial reports said . release of the prisoners and of try- j other bombers ranging more ing to get a cease-fire, have been than 30 miles northeast in the Yu- made more difficult by both the s han Island area sank a 1,500-ton Chinese Red -warship, the reports said. - Vew Atta ^k Coming;? .The official Central News Agen- Reliable sources said today the many problems involved have been worked out at conferences between Nationalist and American officers. Planning has reached the stage where the operation can begin whenever the signal is given. Formal announcement appears to await only congressional approval of President Eisenhower's recommendations. Joint Operation The sources said the evacuation would be a joint operation, under the over-all command of Vice Adm. Alfred M. Pride, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet. His flagship, the cruiser Helena, is now at the north Formosa port of Keelung. The English-language China News reported that some 300 planes of the 7th Fleet conducted maneuvers north of Formosa yesterday. The newspaper, quoting what it called reliable sources, said the air show was considered here to be a "show of strength to tell off the Reds." There was no immediate comment from the 7th Fleet. Nationalist four-engine bombers attacked Yikianeshan Island through a curtain of antiaircraft United States and Red China. Stumbling Blocks Stumbling blocks were men- '.ioned as including President Eisenhower's message, congressional . cy said the totfil lack of Commu- action and Premier Chou En-lai's j nist activity yesterday might mean unyielding statement Monday in! the Reds are preparing lor a large-scale attack on one or more of the Nationalist's island outposts. relation to Formosa At the direction of the U.N. As sembly, Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold flew to Peiping in Korean War prisoners. On his re- an effort to obtain release of the turn he reported a successful first step toward freeing the men, ail associated with U.S. armed services. Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., U.S. delegate, expressed confidence they would be released. As of today, however, the view here is that the .situation has hardened considerably. Despite these doubts. New .Zealand is reported preparing to bring the cease-fire question before the Security Council. U.S. Not Likely To Permit Visits To Red China Now WASHINGTON I/R — The State Department, because of the tense Formosa situation, is reported un- Ikely to grant passports to rela- ,lves who want to visit Americans Imprisoned in Red China. An informed source said yesterday he doubted the department would permit travel to Red China ns long: as Nationalists and Com- mmists arc trading shots along he Chinese coast. Relatives of 15 airmen and two civilian Army employes recently were Invited by Red China's Prcm- er Chou En-lal to visit thfelr kin icld In China — illegally, this coun- .ry contend!, The agency said there was no indication yet that the Reds would be deterred by President Eisenhower asking congressional authority to secure and protect Formosa, the Pescadores and "related positions and territories." There never has been any serious question about the Nationalists' See RED CHINA on page 3 Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Increasing cloudiness and warmer this afternoon. Cloudy with occa^ sional rain beginning tonight or Thursday and changing to freezing rain or snow late tonight or Thursday. Friday clearing and colder. Low tonight mid 20s to low 30s; high tomorrow mid to high 50s. MISSOURI — Cold wave warning northwest and extreme north; mostly cloudy this afternoon with cold wave entering northern border with snowflurr.tes: light snow southeast and snow flurries elsewher« tonight; Thursday partly cloudy north and west snow ending southeast- Minimum this morning—M. Maximum yeaierday—SO, Sunrise tomorrow—7:02. Sunset lodny— S:24, Mean temperature—30.5. Precipitation last 24 hourt to 7 a.m. —noni>. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dat*— l,l«, Thli Date Lut Year Maximum yeiterday—fl3, Minimum thla rnnrninf—17. Preolpltalon January 1 to 4»(* — .*!.

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