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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 264 BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Dally New Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1956 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Economy Bloc Defeated In Senate Voting Trend Set Against Drastic Cuts in Appropriations LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A trend against any drastic reductions in the appropriations for state services has been set in the Arkansas Senate. * The, Senate beat down a strong economy bloc yesterday to boost the money allocations for four state Faubus Says Watertight; Bill Needed But Won't Say If He Approves Pending Bills LITTLE ROCK (AP) — "If present drought conditions should continue there will be a definite /need for water rights legislation," Gov. Orval E. Faubus said today. Faubus thus went on record as approving some type of water right legislation but he refused to say which of two bills now before the General Assembly that he favors. The governor toia ms news conference that. "I don't know enough ^ ^ „„„,„ „.., .,.„„ about the bills to be able to say j ^^ nn^B^WRyburn^f Mo'nti- agencies, and creaded a precedent for raising the appropriations for every state service. The economy bloc, led by Sens, Tom Allen of Brinkley and Marshall Shackleford Jr., of El Dorado, chose to make its stand on a proposal to add $2,900 to the $76,700 appropriation for the state auditor's office. The money would go for salaries. Vote Close The Senate decided 14-13 to approve the increase, and the rest of the boosts went through on voice votes. Small Increases were governor's offices. The other increase, for $6,100, went to the Arkansas Library Commission. Since the, votes were on amendments, rather than on bills, only a majority of those voting was required for passage. Shackleford said that approval of one increase will open the door for every state agency to expect an increase in the budget approved for it by the Legislative Council. The council, headed by Allen, sought before the session started to trim every agency's budget. Five ot Gov . Orval Faubus' appointments, including that of William C. Berry of Stuttgart to the Public Service Commission were confirmed by the Senate. Other appointees confirmed were: Clarence Thornbrough of Little Rock as state labor commissioner; Loid Sadler of Morrilton as a member of the state Parole Board; Ray Maxwell of Mc- or not they are the proper ce j| 0 whether measures. "There is a current need for water righLs legislation and It will become more pronounced if the drought continues. The problem certainly will not depreciate." Faubus would say only that he thought that the Legislature should "consider" the bills and then added with a grin: "I guess that's not very strong because since the bills are already in they've got to consider them." Both houses have a bill that would set up a Water Control Commission to regulate the use of all surface water In the stale. In addition, the House has a bill calling for two more years of study of the water rights problem. Better Chance S«n Sen. Marvin Melton of Jones- Sec FAUHUS on Pace 5 Negro Students Get a Home Steel* Board Acts To Obtain Building By H. L. YEAOF.R Steele,—Plans of StceJe's Reorganized School District V are for the Negro elementary school to occupy the former Mlcola school building beginning next week. The school building nt Maplewcod wns destroyed by fire Thursday of last week. Classes have had temporary quarters in Negro churches this week. Plans for the purchase of the building at Mlcola are In negotiation. The building, included about one acre of ground, is owned by the John Pierce heirs. It was sold following the recent reorganization and converted into a residence. The building, a two-story, four- room in first design of brick construction. Is being remodeled this week. Two Accidents In W. Missco Two traffic accidents in West Mississippi County yesterday resulted in Injuries to one man nnd property damage to a car, truck and tractor. Jess Moore of Manila was treated at Ration's Hospital In Manila last night for neck and shoulder injuries suffered when his car went out of control, overturned and struck a telephone pole on Highway 18 between Manila and Leach- vllle. Moore wns placed under bond on a charge of driving while Intoxicated, Deputy Sheriff Lee Baker said. Roy Lee Lamb, a passenger in the car. was unhurt. A panel truck owned by Bruner Sales Corp. of Marked Tree and driven by Carl Smith struck a tractor driven by J. W .Smith on Section 16 road &Y, miles south of Manila yesterday, Deputy Baker said. Both vehicles were going south. The truck ran Into the tractor from behind »s It mndc » left turn, Baker said. No one was Injured but the truck was * total loss, the deputy reported. members of the Arkansas A&M College Board of Trustees. Compromise Passes A compromise bill to clear the way for construction of an electrical generating plant by a combine of rural cooperatives won approval without debate. The bill earlier set off a bitter controversy between co-ops and Arkansas Power & Light Co. It Wiis settled Monday when both sides compromised on their differences. The bill was • returned to the House, which concurred in the Senate amendments. Gov. rtiubus has said he will sign the bill. A bill designed to provide more school money by allowing all school districts to hire their own treasurer was passed 20-6 by the Senate. The bill simply would make a current state law-applying to counties with salary acts equally appllcntba oe counties which pay their officials through fees. Sen. Fred Stafford, author of the bill, said it would have the effect of stopping county treasurers from padding payrolls with relatives in order to get more than the $5,000 plus "reasonable" deputy hire See SENATE on Page 5 Lawyers Elect Roy, Honor Harrison At Dinner Meet James Roy last night was named president of Blythevllle's Bar Association when the group met at Rustic Inn to honor recently-retired Circuit Judge 2al B. Harrison. In a resolution, the group commended Judge Harrison for his long service on the bench. Other officers named included Gene Bradley, vice-president, and Mnx Harrison, secretary-treasurer. Circuit Judge Charles Light was a guest of the group. Soviet Defense Budget For '55 Up 12 Per Cent BULLETIN LONDON l£) — Premier Chou En-laf of Red China said today Communist China would attend a United Nations debate on the Formosa situation only if Nationalist China was ousted from the Security Council in her favor. DEATH CAR — This is all that Is left of the 1954 Mercury in which Norman Elwood Sander, 30, of Commerce, Mo., was killed last night. Mr. Sander was- killed when his car crashed into a steel bridge railing near Hayti, Mo. (Photo by Sanders) New Suspect in Fuller Murder Mentioned; Willingham Released CLARENDON, Ark. (AP) — The legal mechanics of setting Billy Ray Willingham free were started here today amid reports that police have another lead on the killer of young Mrs. Milton Fuller. Prosecutor BUI Lee said yester- to police his "confidential" evid- day that he would drop the first, ence. which he said "accuses some- degree murder charge against one. Missouri Man Killed in Wreck North of Hayfi N. E. Sander Is Second SeMo Fatality in Week Jet VTO Airplane Unveiled Proposal Amounts To $28 Billion MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet government announced today a 1955 defense budget about 12 per cent higher than last year's. The budget, presented to the Supreme Soviet (Parliament), called for defense expenditures fof 112.-: NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. '.•?—The ; Bell Aircrati Corp. today unveiled j a jet-powered vertical takeoff and landing aircraft its executive feels could revolutionize military aviation as well as some forms of the air transport industry, Lawrence D. Bell, founder and president of the company, said he felt the plane was "the most significant single development in aircraft flight since the Wright brothers' first airplane." The plane, long a subject of speculation in the aircraft industry, was designed and built by Bell engineers at a cost of more HAYTT, Mo.—A 30-year-old Com- \ than half a million dollars. It is merce, Mo., man was instantly ; powered by two jet engines mount- 100,000,000 rutalGo. The 'increase was about. 12 billion rubles. Genera! Decline in Farm Prices Is Reported But Hems of Interest To This Area Showed Increases Over '53 Willingham, who has been held more than n month In connection with the bludgeon slaying of the pretty Brinkley, Ark., housewife. Lee said it may be "tonight or two or three days" before Willingham actually is out of jail. After Lee's announcement that he was 'Convinced Willingham is not guilty," Wllllnghnm's attorney said he would make available French Premier May Fall PARIS t<?}—Premier Pierre Mendes-France's government was in grave danger tonight. Radical Socialist Rene Mayer told Menries-France, a fellow party member, .that he would vote against him in the present debate on the Premier's North African policy. Mayer's decision probably means the crumbling of Mendes- France's majority in the National Assembly and the downfall of his government. Mayer spoke to a hushed Assembly at the start of the second day of debate on the North African question. He was applauded frequently by what appeared to be more than half of the approximately 350 deputies present. Joining in the applause seemed to be many followers of Gen. Charles de Gaulle, who also has supported Mendes-France in the past. Mayer, 'in. the 1 dramatic conclusion of his hour-long speech, addressed the Premier directly and said "In the past you have often nsked for a renewal of confidence. 'in this case I cannot renew mine." Nationalists Strike On 350-Mile Front TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Nationalist bombers and outpost island artillery pounded Chinese Communist land targets and shipping yesterday and last night along a 350-mile oceanic front from Formosa Strait northward into the East China Sea. There were no reports of Communist action. While Chiang Kai-Shek's airmen and gunners carried on the furious civil war, the whole issue of a Nationalist pullout from the menaced Tachen Islands 200 miles north of Formosa appeared to be hanging In the balance today he- cause of U.S. reluctance to give clenr-cut guarantees for the protection of the offshore islands of Qucmoy and Matsu. Two Vessels Damn red Official reports snid Nationalist bombers damaged two vessels lust Ylklangshfln, fallen miles north of the night near island eight Tnchcns, And the nlMnit-dormnnt Qucmoy -Amoy arcn, across the strait from Formosa, stirred to life yesterday munlst shipping and Island targets on Amoy find Tatong. The defense ministry said .Na- tionalist gunners fired more than 40 shells, destroyed two Communist trucks and an artillery position and damaged a wooden vessel. Gen. Earle E. Partridge, top U.S. nir commander in the Par East, flew to Formosa with his Tokyo, headquarters today. He went immediately to a Nationalist air base to the south where the U.S. 18th Snbrejet fighter-bomber wing is stationed. Partridge scheduled an afternoon conference with Chiang. The Tnchcn situation seemed to be nt stalemate. There were indications thnt if the United Stntes falls to guarantee Mal.su .antl Qucmoy. the Nationalists would press for reconsideration of the whole Tachcns Issue, Prefer to Fight Tho Nationalists, according to Sec CHINESE on Page fi * N'o Names Given John F. Gibson of Dermott, Ark., declined to say to whom his evidence pointed as the killer. Lee said: "We have a lead," Willingham. 19-year-old transient factory worker from Florence, Ala., was charged a month ago. He told reporters at a press conference that, he wielded the heavy hickory stick that crushed Mrs. Fuller's skull early On the morning of Dec. 12. Later he said he was forced to admit the killing and, still later, was bound over to a grand jury and charged. ' Mrs. Fuller was found dying in her bedroom by her husband, who .said he had been sleeping on a front room couch. The couple's two small daughters were asleep in an adjoining- room. Mrs. Fuller died two hours later without regaining consciousness. Learned From Questions After nriding bare footprints in and around the Fuller home, police threw a net of men around the tiny East Arkansas.cotton country town. The bare footprints later were attributed to soft shoes worn by Willingham. Willingham was arrested at Forrest City. Ark., by police on a routine check of transients. Officers said thnt he accurately described the interior of the Fuller hi me. Police now say Willingham learned about the Fuller home from questions fired by police. Psychiatrists completed only this week a mental examination of Willingham at the State Hsopital. Willingham at the State Hospital Lee said the report convinced him that WiUingham admitted the slaying because "he has the type of personality that wants to please everybody and he likes to exager- aU;< his own importance." Wlllingham's attorney, Gibson, earlier said he could produce witnesses who would testify they saw Willingham at or near Memphis about the time of the murder. Memphis is 70 miles east of Brink- killed last night when the car he was driving hit the iron railing of a bridee seven miles north of here. Norman Elwood Sander apparently fell asleep before his car, a 1954 Mercury, .-smashed head-on into the bridge railing. According to State Trooper Ed Kelsey, who investigated, 'the accident occurred at 7:50 p.m. on U. S. Highway 61 nsar Brocket's Grocery just north of the Concord curve. The bridge is the first iron one north of Hayti. Going North The car \vas traveling north and Trooper Kelsey said he did not know where Mr. Sander had been but he was headed in the direction of his home. Trooper Kelsey said he learned ed on an axle at each side of the body. The engines can be turned from a vertical position for takeoffs and landings to a horizontal position,for level flight. In addition, the craft is equipped with a compressed air system that ejects air streams at the wing 1 tips and tail, thus giving the pilot control of the plane during landings and takeoffs. Bell engineers said that as far as they knew, this was the first practical application of such controls — called "reaction controls." During level flight, standard aircraft controls will be used. The plane, successfully flown more than 20 times by Bell test pilot David \V. Howe, is a queer- about three .billion dollars. Finance Minister Arseny O, Zverev told a joint session of the two houses of the Supreme Soviet as aoout ia oiiiion ruoiej. LT. the Great Kremlin Palace that The ruble is quoted officially at j the high figure was made neces- four to the dollar, meaning an in- i sary becau.se "nothing has hap- crease in defense expenditures of | pened in the international situa- — j tion to permit us to reduce toe figure." i The Soviet defen.se budget amounu to 523.025.000,000 at the official exchange rate. President Eisenhower has called for a 34 billion dollar spending program for '.he U.S. armed forces in the fiscal year starting next July. Half for Military (Experts In Soviet affairs say government price fixing policies coupled with government control of industry would permit Russia to build up its armed forces inside whatever over-all defense budget 'igure is announced. Such items as education, social welfare, physical culture probably coyer defense "unctions. Some U.S. experts have estimated that at least half the Russian budget goes directly into military expenditure.) Delegates broke into applause when the military figure was announced. It was part of a total budget for 1955 of 589,600.000,000 rubles, ast year's over-all total was 562,900,000,000 rubles. Diplomatic boxes in the hall were filled 35 the Soviet of Nationalities—one of the two equal- ranking houses in the Supreme So- By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON UP — An Agriculture Department report showed today that despite a general decline in farm product prices in 3954, returns farmers received for many commodities averaged higher than in 1953. Farm prices as a whole averaged 5 percent lower in. 1954 than in 1953. But average prices received for wheat, cotton, corn, peanuts, crude i pine gum, soybeans, hay seed crops, hogs, potatoes, hops, grapefruit and pecans were higher than in 1953. The report said wheat farmers —pJagued by plus of their average of $2.05 a bushel last year a record high sur- gra in—rece ived an from papers in the dead man's car | looking 1 contraption but an obvious that Mr. Sander was a heavy equip- top-wing monoplane. It has no ment operator. The accident was the second fatality in Pemiscot County Saturday. The other was also a one-car accident. Mr. Sander's car was a total wreck as the motor tt-as completely smashed. Funeral arrangements are in- i wheels it doesn't need them. And it has a glider body with an since j open cockpit. It is 21 feet long and ' has a wing span of 26 feet. The jet engines have not actually been rotated in flieht. But the test program calls for such testing in a matter of weeks. Howe has viet — began its proceedings at noon. Prominent among the foreign envoys were U.S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen and British Ambassador Sir William Hayter. The other chamber, the Soviet of the Union, assembled soon after, with a joint session at which Finance Minister Arseny G. Zverev compared with SI.99 in 1953. The highest average price ever re- received for this grain was S2.35 in 1947. a postwar year marked by a serious world shortage. Cotton Up Cotton brought an average of Provided for 32.40 cents a pound last year com- lional bud S et - hearm * reports on pored with 31.58 in 1953 and the postwar high of 39.68 in 1951, also a year of short world supplies. Corn averaged SI.46 a bushel, 2 presented the government's 1955 budget. Agenda Approved The Soviet of Nationalities sat only half an hour, approving unanimously a three-point agenda that the adoption of a na- maneuvered the plane in the air Hayti will be in charge. complete. German 1^1 icWof 1^%^^°"^ *e jet engines to take off and land and to keep the plane in the air. The obvious military value is that such a plane can operate helicopter. But unlike a helicopter, its speed is not limited to less than 200 miles an hour. The principle, according to Bell engineers, can be applied to a combat jet fighter that exceeds the speed of sound. Moms Set Record For Polio Drive They Collected $2,800 in North Half of County North Mississippi County's mothers march on polio netted a record $2,827, Mrs. Byron Moore, who headed the drive, reported today. Blytheville Ifd the door-to-door drive with a total of 81.501, followed by Leavhville with $428 and Manila with $200. The, Negro division, headed by Pearl Caston, collected $153. Other communities and amounts collected included Promised Land, S8; Half Moon. $59; Lone Oak. $8; 25 to 50 years. Yarbro, S62; Clear Lake, SIS; Niim- j The American, cents more than in 1953 but 42 cents less than the record high of Si.88 in 1946. Hogs, a major source of farm income in many states, averaged S22.10 for 100 pounds last year compared with $21.60 in 1953 despite a sharp downturn late in the past year. The record high average for hogs was $24.20 in 1947, A number of farm products changed little in their average 5 prices during, the two years. They included flaxseed, oate, apple?. r _ .beef cattle, calves, lambs, sheep the field without runways like a and wool. the international situation and the foreign policy of the Soviet Union and confirming decrees issued by the presidium of the Supreme Soviet. There was no indicaton when the foregn policy speeches might come. The membership of the Supreme Soviet totals more than 1,300 persons, ranging from shawled peasant women to army marshals and leading scientists and artists. The actions of both houses are usually oy unanimous voles. Commodities that lost most ground in average prices included rice, butterfat, milk, barley, dry beans, cottonseed, rye, grain sorghum, sweet potatoes, poultry, eggs and most fruits and vegetables. Edwards Submits Bill Curtailing Sale Of'Violent'Comics , , and • Dogwood Ridge, New Liberty LITTLE ROCK VPl - A bill to pro- | „„„ sha[i L Iblt sales to persons under 18 of ,„„„ U N Meeting Planned On 'Atoms-for-Peace' By WILLIAM X. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — An American and an Indian will be top men at the first world scientific conference of atoms-for- peace in Geneva next August. The U.N.-sponsored parley will disclose scientists' estimates of the prospects for nuclear power in the next Walter Gordon shall be submitted or entertained Dodge-Plymouth Franchise Taken By 61 Motor Announcement of opening of a Dodge-Plymouth motor company was made .today by Bob Lee Smith and Carl Wallace. The two Blytheville men will operate the firm as 61 Motor Company. It will be located in their 61 implement Co.. building on North Highway 61'here. Lester Godwin has been named sales manager. Several cars are on hand at the firm now. Leochville Votes hlbit comic books dealing with crime or violent death or Injury \vas introduced In the House yesterday by Rep. James J. Edwards of Mississippi County. Edwards' bill also lias a section against "obscene literature' generally. Rep. Roy Haynes of Polk County earlier Introduced an antlobscenlty bill. Haynes' bill makes no direct references to comic books. Taxi Company Awarded Damage Swcnt Tnxl Company was awarded $500 dnmagcs In Its suit asainst Hollis and Willie White In the civil division of Circuit Court here yesterday. The suit \vn.s the outgrowth of n traffic accident on South Highway 61. This morning the court wns hearing the case of Lanny Spencer vs. Hollis Evntt seeking damages suffered In itn automobile, accident. ber Nine, S7; i Whitman, 59, of Cqncord, Mass., Gosnell. $86; Roseland, $36; Lost.! will be the secretary general, in Cane and Whlstleville, 593; Ar-! charge of arrangements. He is a morel, Huffman and Forty and ! pioneer researcher in aircraft pro- Eight, $41; Flat Lake. $18; Dell, S124.; pulsion for the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, • member of the AEC's General Advisory Committee and director of the Defense Department's research board. Homl Jehangir Bhnbha, 45, -of Bombay, chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission and secretary of Its Department of Atomic Energy, will be conference president, enpowered to rule out political discussion. Letters Sent U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold announced their appointments last night in letters inviting 84 c ountries—10 of them Communist—to send five official delegates each to the congress. He enclosed an agenda and rules for the "International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy," to start Aup. 8 in the old League of Nations Palace nnd last 12 working dnys. The rules, formulated by n seven-nation advisory committee of scientists which met here Jan. 1728, specify thnt the conference is for exchnnge of information only. One provision rends: "No proposals requiring adoption by voting Mrs. T. A. Woodyard was co-chairman of the Blytheville campaign. Blytheville Man Held in Memphis A 26-year-old Blytheville limn, accused of violating the white slnve act, waived a federal preliminary hearing In Memphis yesterday nnd wns placed in Shelby County Jail under $3,000 bond. Jnllcd nloiiR with William Joseph Milhorn of Blytheville wns Mrs. Sandra Davis, .11, of Atlanta, who is being held under n similar bond. Police nrresled the pair in n downtown hotel and charged Milhorn with transporting Mrs. Davis from Atlnnta for Immoral purposes. Memphis office of the Federal Burenu of InvestiKalian stnted that Milhorn has served two terms for desertion from both the Army and Navy. by the conference." The committee also agreed that See U.N. on Page 5 Fine Is Levied On DWI Charge Travis Rinehart of Osceola was fined $100 nnd costs and sentenced to 24 hours in Jail in municipal court todfiv on a charge nf driving while under the influence of alcohol. The court also fined Ellis Poole of Coates, Mo. $50 and costs on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Wah Roils on In Spite o( Opponent's Antics . . . AHic Reynolds Quits Baseball . . . Osceola Upset in Tourney by Wilson . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7 . . , , , Population Gains . . . Editorials . . . pitRC 4 ... . . . Automation Is Changing Your Life . . . Cybernetic,* Puzzle: Find the Man in the Picture . . . Second of a Serlt* . . . page 3 ... Leachville's election to decide a municipal bond issue to finance installation of a natural gas system will be on Tuesday, Feb. a. The plan is identical to that okayed by voters in Dell and Manila last Tuesday. That Is. the bonds wll! be retired by Arkansas-Missouri Power Co., w.h no increase In taxes as a result. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy ihis .afternoon, to- mchfc and Friday with occasional rain tonight and Friday and a possibility of freezing ram or r»now In extreme north. Highest, this afternoon upper 30s. Lowest tonight mid to upnor 20s. MISSOURI—Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Friday with occasional snow or freezing rain beginning over west this afternoon .spreading over atatc tonight and changing to occasional rain south Friday, Minimum l-hln incrnir.K—20. Maximum yciilrrday—38. SimrlAft tomorrow—fl :ifl. \ Sonnet, today— 5:31. ' ', Mcnn tompTftMirc—33 5. Pr*>rlpiutlon Innt 24 hour* to 7 p m. —none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to d«Us—Ml. This Date I,»*l V«ar Maximum ycnUrday—*)8, Minimum thU mornlnK-43. Precipitation January 1 to daU — 8.13.