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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 261 Blythevlllo Courier Blytheville Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Ike Seeks Broadened Health Plans Ask Congress To Aid Private Insurance Firms WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower today asked Congress to help bolster and expand private health insurance plans as part of a broad program for a healthier America. In a special message, Eisenhower proposed a federal reinsurance service through whchi private companies could share the risk of experimental and expanding plans to: Extend health insurance to farm families. Provide more protection against costs of prolonged illness. Insure low income families against the costs of medical care in the home or physician's office as well as hospitals. No Subsidy Eisenhower called it "a program which involves no government subsidy and no government competition with private insurance carriers." In another section of his message, he called for grants to the states to help them combat juvenile delinquency and asked tor stepped up programs against smog and water pollution. Further, he asked increased aid or nurses training, authority to make grants for mental health projects, and a system of government mortgage insurance for private construction of clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other health facilities. Specifically, the President proposed a five-year program of grants to state vocational education agencies for training of practical nurses. His message did not give a dollar total. Eisenhower told the lawmakers: "Because the strength ol our nation is in its people, their good health is a proper national concern; healthy Americans live more rewarding, more 'productive and happier lives. Fortunately, the nation continues its advance In bettering the health of all its people." As for the controversial proposal i for government underwriting of private health insurance plans, the President said the Department of Health, Education and Welfare has been working with specialists from the Insurance industry, . experts from the health professions, and with many other interested citizens in an effort to perfect a sound reinsurance program. "I urge the Congress to launch the reinsurance service this year by authorizing a reasonable capital fund . . ." While he gave no figure, the President's budget mentioned a capitalization of 100 million dollars for the program. Secretary of Welfare Hobby will give Congress more details later. James C. Hagcrty, White House press secretary, said the thought is that the 100 million dollars in the budget would he a long-term capital fund to underwrite the reinsurance program. He said only 25 million would be used to get the program started in its first, year. The Republics! n-run 83rd Congress last year shelved a .similar See IKE on rape 12 Russia Demands Nationalists Be Barred from UN Debate Reds Fire at Tackens; Fleet Awaits Orders TA1PEH, Formosa (AP) — Communist guns on recently- captured Yikiangshan belched in the direction of the tense jlachens tonight but the Chinese Nationalist Defense Ministry reported all the '-hells landed in the sea. The combat-ready U. S. TC.i fleet of,ti by irr pr^ible o:ci:fs to eva- Soviet Move Draws Quick Opposition UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Russia demanded today that Nationalist China be barred from participation in the MOTHKKS MARCH TONIGHT — Blythevllle mothers will be on the inarch tonight in a door- to-door drive for the March of Dimes. Sounding of the city's fire siren at 6:30 will herald beginning of the hour-long drive. Pictured in a re- hearsal above are Mrs. Randall Hawks, Mrs. Ed Parks, Mrs. Speck McGregor, Mrs. C. S. Birmingham and Mrs. Byron Moore. (Courier News Photo) ^ of,u r,y irr premie O'.d:.s 10 eva- j _ uuUi the Tachcn Islands. 200 miles; t F f\- -.,. „_ Ofc orth of Formosa and ei»ht miles J^ \ nnf!PF\ fill o( Yikirngshan, but the U. S. Fit e • l\Vy Wl Jf WWf in Gsceola Mrs. Moore and Mrs. T. A. Woody a rd are co-chairman. Mrs. Moore is handling this phase of the Mardi of Dimes drive for north Mississippi County, Mrs. Parks, Mrs. Hawks and Mrs. Roy L. Kirksey are heading Beta Sigma Phi's participation in the program. Mrs. 'McGregor chairmans the Le;:ion Auxiliary's team of workers while Mrs. Birmingham heads workers from the Rebekah Lod^e. U.S. Mast Guard Against'Problem. Of Small Wars,' Says Sec. Stevens WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the Army Stevens stressed today what he termed the need to guard against "the problem of small wars." Stevens named no specific "small war" danger area in testimony prepared for the House Armed Services Committee, and he said the' Army is doing the best job it can with Served in Various Political Capacities For 28 Years OSCEOLA— Funeral services for A. S. Rogers will be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Osceola's Methodist Church by the Rev. William Scroggins. . Burial will be in Violet Cemetery with members of the Csceola Ear Association and past masters of the Osceola Masonic lodge as honorary pallbearers. . , Active pallbearers include Ben Butler, Sr.. Joe Rhodes, Jr., W. C. Beard, Ted Woods, R. E. Prewitt and Ewing Thomas. Public Servant Mr. Rogers served Osceola 28 years in various political capacities and was 86 at the time' of his death. A native of Pinson, Tenn., he was a school teacher after graduaing from State Normal School, Jones-; baro. His wife, the former Miss Maggie Lee Baker of LaGrange, Ark., died on Jan. 3. In 1902 he becan the practice of law in Osceola. He was deputy prosecuting attorney four years, postmaster six years, served as alderman for 10 and mayor for 18 years. For a half-century he was a member of the board of stewards in the Methodist Church and was superintendent of the church's Sunday school for 20 years. Survivors include three sisters, Miss Callie Rogers and Miss. Addie Rogers, both of Osceola, and Mrs. W. C. Blackmon of Jackson, Tenn, U. N. debate on Formosa. The move was made by Soviet Delegate Arkady A. Sobolov immediately after the H-nation Security Council met to consider means to end the present fighting between Chinese Nationalists and the Communists. Sobolev said: "The great Chinese people have their own state, the People's Republic cf China, created by their own will. Only they are entitled to represent their people in the great arena of the United Nations. Instead the representative of a bankrupt group sits here." Hoppenot Objects He moved a formal resolution j that Nationalist China be barred j from the council table. Henri Hoppenot of France quickly objected to the Soviet resolution. ' 'The representative of the Republic of China," he said, "Is sit- ling amongst us according to the powers vested in him by his government as a permanent member of AccidentVictim Seriously Hurt Memphis Foursome Injured Near Osceola One victim of an accident on Highway 61 south of Osceola Saturday night was reported in critical condition in Methodist Hospital Memphis. All four persons involved in the accident were from Memphis. Mrs. Eugene Ellison, 39, was listed as in critical condition this morning. She has multiple skull fractures and lacerations. Mrs. Ellison, her husband and Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Howell were riding in the auto driven by Mr. Ellison, who was charged with driving while intoxicated. The MemphInns were on the)r way to St. Louis when the car failed to make the first curve south of Osceola near the Seminole Club. It crashed into a parked car. Mrs. Howell, in Campbell's Clinic, Is being treated for severe Injuries to her right foot. The men were not seriously injured. reduced manpower and funds. "Lnrge .scale hot war.s may, if proper precautions arc taken, become suicidal for Hie acfcrcs.sor," he added in apparent reference to tin; destructive might of atomic \ weapons. "But ihe problem of small wars, of .subversion, and of creeping expansion must, also be guarded against," he said. "If not. they may become the latter day alternatives to sialematr-s caused by large Faubus Backs Bill For Broader Tax . LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Legislation to broaden the state's scnie capabilities that have be- j (\vo per cent sales tax is being prepared with the approval of come mutually deterring." Gov Qrval FaubllS. Boosters Meet At 7:30 Tonight . chlckasaw Booster Club will meet tonight at Rustic Inn nL 7:30, club Secretary L. E. Isaacs stated this morning. Earlier today, the meeting was announced RS being scheduled for tomorrow night. However, Mr. Isaacs stated, cards have been mailed setting tonight as the meeting time. Business of nn important nature to docketed for tonight's session, Mr. Isaacs said, In his prepared testimony Stevens did not comment directly on reports that the Army is dissatisfied with its proposed further cutbacks and that Gen. Matthew B. Ridlrwiiy, the Army's chief of staff, differs with the other military chiefs over whether American ground troops would be needed if the United States fights to defend the Formosa area. lUdffway Scheduled Ridgway was listed its a witness uloiiK with Stevens but it appeared he would do most of his talking in executive session. A brief statement issued in Ridgway's behalf .MI id he would review (lie Army's "missions nnd tusks" and would "devote particular attention to the Army's continuing efforts to meet i!.s commitments through further economy of forces, and improvements in training, equipment nnd doctrine." Stevens said the Army's role in President Eisenhower's "long pull" defense plan.s is as part 01 n military team effort "which has been See U.S. on Paffe 12 Faubus indicated at his news news conference this morning that the proposal would completely re- vanp the present sales lax law. Red Cross Block Chairman Named Foy Etchieson has been named block-chairman for the 1955 America nican Red Cross fund campaign in Blytheville. Fred S. Saliba, Chickasawba District campaign chairman, announced today. A member of the Red Cross executive board for the past three years. Mr. Etchieson also is n member of the finance committee and co-chairman of the disaster committee. Ike Back in Capital WASHINGTON (,?i — President Eisenhower returned to the capital late yesterday after spending a little more than a day at Augusta, Ga,, where lie played golf and re- Inxed with friends. I Assembly Plans to Investigate Price of Milk in Arkansas LITTLE ROCK I/F) — The price you pay for milk will receive a thorough Investigation this week by the Arknnsas Senate, which opened the fourth week of the 60th General Assembly today. A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Senate chamber on n bill to impose rigid controls on the state's dairy industry; These controls would include state authority to set the price of milk at all levels. If the bill Is passed, the price of milk will climb. Both supporters nnd opponents say the measure would boost the retail price of milk as much ns three cents a quart. However, proponent of the pro- postil add Hint the price Increase Is ncce.ssnry if many small milk distributors nrc to remain in business. The bill, they say, will stop a price war now- raging within the , dairy business. They say that if the war isn't halted, n few large firms will gain control of the. milk Industry, nnd when that time comes, prices will climb. The Senate Public Service Corporations Committee already has held two public hearings on the bill. A decision probably will come after the Thursday night hearing. The bill, n.s introduced by Sen. Morrell Gtithrfght of Pino Bluff, would seUip a 7-member Arkansas Milk Commission to regulate and police the dairy business. The commission would have broad powers over such phases prices, purity and marketing, bultcrfat con lent, and licensing of dairy owners' and employes, Simply put, however, 'he bill Is a price control law which would prevent price cutting by producers, distributors or retail outlets. He said that a frroup of legislators are working on ihe plnn. which probably would take the form of amendments to a .sales lax tension bill already introriuced bj Rep. Harry B. Colay of Columbia County. The Colay bill would extend the two per cent tax to .such services as barbers, beauticians, cleaning and pressing establishments, auto mobile repairs and newspaper radio and television advertising Faubus said that newspaper subscriptions also mi sin conn. 1 unde the new bill in addition to such professional services as tliose rendered by lawyers and doctors. The governor took cognizance of criticism that his administration has not prvided active leadership in the GOth General Assembly "I'd like to point out thai m:iny of L h c proposals which I recommended in my innucural address have either become law of nre being studied by the legislature. "Among these is the 120-day wailing period for utilities, repeal of I.ho sales tax on feed, seed and j fertilizer, repeal of the poll tax as a requirement for voting, establishment of the school for mentally retarded children, the industrial commission bill, and repeal of the relative responsibility law." Fanbus said he wns working "much closer with the legislature than has been Indicated" and added, "the fact that we are moving slowly doesn't mean that we are torn with indecision; it means that the matters that we must decide require n lot of consideration. "The time is coming when both the General Assembly and the' Governor are going to have to stand up nnd be counted on some of these major issues." Faubus declined to say what he thought were the number one priority problems but it Is known .tlitil (he Governor considers obtaining more money for public education the state's most serious task. Among other things which the Governor believes require Immediate decisions are watc-r rights legislation and equalization of properly assessments. avy boss in the Pacific said Sunday Hirh orders had not yet been given. The Tachens were fire-br.mbed by Red bombers Sunday. Tonight Communist guns hurled 22 shells toward the two offshore islands within 10 minutes. The defense Ministry reported all -\as quite farther south in the Quemoy area. The 7th .Fleet needed only a "go Thead* to begin a evacuation of the Tachens. However, Adm. . Felix B. Stump commander of the U. S. Pacific Fleet, said on a quick visit to this Chinese Nationalist capital yesterday that an evacuation had not been ordered. Unconfirmed Chinese press reports said the garrison of 15.000 men was under Defense Ministry orders to prepare for a bitter stand if the Communists should attack before th'e evacuation takes place, as many observers here expect them to do. Adm. Slump, meanwhile, was flying back to his Pearl Harbor headquarters after a quick trip to Taipeh and an unheralded conference with top American commanders in Tokyo. ! Have Plan I While here he told a news con- ; ference that "any time American jforces are attacked anywhere they will defend themselves. "I came here 'to see that my commanders have everything they need if the job is ordered. We , have a plan to assist in the evacu- ! ation if it is ordered. It hasn't been i ordered." I As the belief grew that orders '• might come this week, the English- i language China News said all prep] a rat ions for the redeployment of j Nationalist forces on certain off• shore islands had been completed. This apparently referred to strengthening garrisons on such is! lands as Quemoy and -Maisu, dominating the Red Chinese ports of Amoy and Foochow. The Defense Ministry said five Communist.. twin-engine bombers, escorted by eight jet fighters, dropped fire bombs on Lower Tach- en Island yesterday and destroyed many homes. Nationalist fighter- bombers attacked Red shipping and islands to the north and. -. , - . ,, - ^ ,. , ^ , ,, ,, ,-, , claimed one gunboat sunk. Last i accident on the Cottonwood Road near the McCarty commun- night Nationalfst bombers hit Red ity Saturday night. Services are incomplete . • arrival of his wife, Pearl, who was in Alton. 111., attending funeral services for another relative at the time of the fatal accident. H. S. Smith Funeral Home is in charge. The accident was investigated by Trooper Jeff Hickman of the Mis- prevent a major conflict from developing. There was speculation here that RiLssia might spell out its demand | for evacuation of all, islands and ! "other territories belonging to ! China" to include Nationalist (china's surrender not only of the See L : ..\. on Page 12 * * * Commonwealth Premiers Meet Talks Aimed At Helping End Formosa Fighting LONDON (AP) — The prime ministers of the British Commonwealth met in London to- our organization. His creden- j day amid grave war fears an( j B hoifia hoon for^nrrn TdH hir the . J ° . _ . «*»»* tials have been recognized by the Security Council and other bodies of the United Nations. There is no reason to go back on that recognition previously granted." Nationalist China's T. F. Tsiang called the Soviet move "another instance of Soviet aggression and imperialism against my country." Lodge Asks Refusal Chief U. S. Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge moved that the council refuse to consider the Soviet resolution. He was supported by British Delegate Sir Pierson Dixon. Earlier, Soviet Russia had confronted the U. N. Security Council with a demand that the United States withdraw its armed forces immediately from the Formosa area and that Chiang Kai-shek surrender the coastal Chinese islands to the Communists. The demand was continued as a ceasefire condition in a Soviet draft resolution circulated to delegations as the Council gathered to discuss how to halt hostilities in the Formosa Strait and how to Caruthersville Man Killed in Car Wreck CARUTHERSVILLE — Billy Mathis Pierce, 34, of Caruthersville died in Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital at| Ed<! n at a Cabinet meeting. plunged straight into talks aimed at helping to end the Formosa fighting. The China coast crisis topped the agenda at the opening of the 10-day parley of eight prime ministers and one deputy premier, Other topics were shoved into the background as Prime Minister Churchill worked to muster the influence of the Commonwealth behind today's move in the United Nations Security Council for a China cease-fire. On hand for the closed-door meetings with Churchill at his official 10 Downing St. residence were: Prime Ministers Nehru of India; Louis St. Laurent, Canada; Robert G. Menzies, Australia: Sydney Holland. New Zealand; Mohammed Ali, Pakistan; Sir John Kotelawala, Ceylon; Sir Godfrey Huggins. New Central African Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; and Deputy Premier Charles R. Swart, South Africa, Appeal to Nehru The Premiers* first plenary meeting was scheduled after a busy morning of contacts on the Formosa situation among the conferees and members of Churchill's government. Before the opening session, Churchill was briefed on the latest Formosa developments by Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony yesterday of fractures rece,v«, in an .automobile targets on Yikiangshan island eight miles north of the nearest Tachen island and claimed hits on oil and ammunition dumps. Quemoy Shelled Red artillery on Yikiar.^shan has been firing sporadically at Upper Tachen Islsnd and the Nationalists believe the Reds arc concentrating supplies there for an amphibious attack. Red guns also shelled Quemoy, 350 miles to the south, from nearby Tateing Island yesterday, the Defense Ministry said. With the offshore war sputtering ..long the 350-miIe-long series o* islands held by the Nationalists, the role of the 7th Fleet could be ticklish. The fleet is somewhere in the Formosa, area with at least souri Highway Patrol. He said the late model automobile was driven by David Houston Hollis, 23, of Caruthersville. Near Grocery The accident occurred at the intersection of the .Cottonwood Road and a gravel road. The Newton Strong Grocery is located at the intersection. Hickman quoted Hollis as saying j he was driving at approximately four aircraft carriers and possibly j 35 miles per hour at the time o'f I the accident but the Trooper said 100 other ships. Notionalist newspapers today strongly criticized New Zealand's proposal for a cease-fire in the off shore island area. Peiping's Com muni.-' radio P.!"O objected to the cease-fire plan. Circuffr Court In Third Week Civil division of Circuit Court opened its third week here this morn- inp in the Circuit Court room at the Court House. The court this morning Mas hearing the case of H. H, i Buddy) Howard of Leachville vs. Johnny F. Young of Blythevllle. Mr. Howard is seeking property damages suffered in an automobile accident near Armorel on June 30. 19JH. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Win Paragould Tournament . . . Play Two Games on Koad This Week . . . County Junior It Tournament Opens Tonight . . . Sports . . . Pnjrcs 8 and & ... . . . Wlio's Foollnjr Who . . . Editorials . . . I'.iec 6 . . . , . . Same Sonp, Second Verse . . . Hcds Soiuiil Like Rc-Itc- lensc . . . I'aRC 2 . . •. , , . Arkansans in Wuslilr^ton '. , . Commodity and Stock Markets . . . 1'age 12 ... Wardell Man Takes Own Life Irbin H. Hollis Former Blytheviife Resident Death of a • former Blytheville resident, who had been making his home in Wardell. Mo., has been pronounced suicide by Pemiscot County Coroner John W. German. Irbin H. Hollis. 57, died yesterday morning of gunshot wounds. j He was a native of Walnut. Miss., j and had been in poor health, it was' reported. that according to skid marks left Services will be conducted at 2 by the c?,r. it could have been i o'clock tomorrow afternoon in Wai- traveling faster. . j nut's Union Baptist, Church. j Hickman stated Hollis' car was j Cobb Funeral Home is in charge. | proceed::^ west on the gravel road 5 He leaves his wife, Mrs. Roxie ' and m iiuempting to turn on to' HolliSi wardcll: four sons. J. C. j the Cottonwood road, which is' Churchill and Eden already have appealed to Nehru to use his influence with Red Chinese Premier Chou En-lai on behalf of the U. N. mediation effort. Nehru, leader of the Asian neutralist .bloc and logical East-West go-between, recently visited Red China and hss frequent contacts, with Peiping's leaders. The Indian Premier, was reported dubious that the Chinese Red.s would attend Security Council meetings on a cease- fire or that U. N. mediation could succeed at this stage. Nehru's view has prompted soma of the premiers to think about the prospects for an approach to Pel- j ping outside the U. N. But British ! informants said Eden had not given ' up hope Red China would at least j send delegates to participate in ! the Security Council hearings. Bond Forfeited On DWI Charge J. W Byers forfeited a $111.75 in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of driving while under the blacktop, his car skidded hitting a culvert, nnd turned over one and one half times. Pierce was door window a Hollis. Huey Hollis. and Leroy Hoi-j influence of liquor. lis, all of Wardell, and Leon Hoi-1 in other lis, Portagpville: one daughter, : and Jimmie Mrs. Vela May Kirk, Pocahonias, i fnted bonds thrown through the Tenn _. four brothers. Clyde Hollis, : of speeding and hearing for Joseph nd was taken to the Everett Hollis and Andrew .Hollis,; A. Laza on a similar charge wa» uuon Freeman Huey Tompkins each for- of S19.7, 1 ) on charges hospital in a LaForge Undertaking | all of Pjne Bluff. John Wesley 'Hoiiis, Dell; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Lou Stamey. Canalou, Mo.. Co., ambulance. An unsuccessful emergency operation was performed. Pierce was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Campaign. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was employed at the Brown Shoe Factory here. F/Ve Die in Fire ROSSVILLE, Ga. (/P)—A 29-year- old mother and her four children perished early today in a fire which destroyed their three-room frame house In nearby Lakeview. The husband and father, George G. Sledge, 32-year-old automobile mechanic, escaped burns while trying family. but suffered to rescue his ICG Break Drowns Two CARTHAOE, Mo. Blnnset, 10, chased <;P) __ Merle his dog onto thin ice yesterday. His mother Mrs. Earl Blanset, 32, went after him. The ice broke. Mother and son drowned. Mrs. Leola Brown, Pine Bluff, Mrs. Alma Lowry, Pine Bluff. ind Morse Claims Opposition To Formosa Policy DENVER Wj— A majority of senators were "privately opposed" to Eisenhower's Formosa in the opinion of Sen. President resolution Wayne Morse Ir.d-Ore. Morse, one of three senators who voted against the resolution, told a press conference yesterday: "The majority of senators unquestionably regretted the resolution that was before them. Had they been asked about It privately, the majority would have said no." Morse termed the resolution "a complete surrender to the preventive war theory of one Adm. Arthur Rndford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. continued until Feb. 2. Weather \ O R T IIEAST ARKANSAS: Increasing cloudiness and warmer this afternoon and tonight. Tuesday considerable cloudiness with scattered showers. High this afternoo.l near 50. Low tonight in 30s. MISSOURI—Partly cloudy north, cloudy south this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; scattered shower* southeast and extreme' fouth tonight and Tuesday; warmer thU afternoon and east and aouth to* night. Minimum Sunday-^15, Maximum Saturday—33, Minimum this morning—M. Maximum yentcrdfty—41, SunrlAc tomorrow—6:SB, Sunset today—5:28. Mean tcmpe rat lire—33.5. • Precipitation Ifiat 46 hour* to T p,n, .-none. Precipitation JAQ, 1 to ThU Dxtc I.Mt YtAT Maximum yesterday—S3, Minimum thin morning—M, rrecipiuilon January 1 to

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