The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 5, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 5, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 266 Blythevilte Courier Blythevllle Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT MOBTHEA8T ARKANSAS AXP SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVIIrLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Premier Sought By French Mendes-France Toppled On African Issue PARIS (AP) — The French National Assembly threw Premier Pierre Mendes - France out of office today and began a search for a less stormy leader. But political observers predicted it would take a long time to find an acceptable successor. Deputies toppled the fiery little Premier's Cabinet — France's 20th government since the Allies drove the Germans out of Paris in 1944 — by voting: 319-273 agaiust him on a confidence issue. It was one of the biggest tallies by which a Premier has been ousted since the war. t Tbree-Daj- Debate The ballot came after a three- day debate on the question of home rule for Tunisia and quick reforms for the rest of French North Africa. But personal animosities and traditional Assembly opposition to any strong leader played a big part in the ouster. Even after his defeat was announced, Mendes-France defied Assembly tradition by taking the speaker's tribune to defend his policy. Most of his remarks were drowned out by deputies who shouted and banged their desktops in protest against the speech. The defeated Premier stalked out of the Assembly, followed by his Ministers, and drove through the rain to the palace of President Rene Coty to resign. The ouster of Mendes-France U.S. Jets Down Two Of 8 Attacking Migs was no surprise. Many deputies had been gunning for him for weeks. Twice within the past few days they piled up large votes against him on incidental issues, more to show their spirit of oppo- SM MENDES-FRANCE Pac 8 WRECKED .CAR — The 1953 Cheviolet of Miss Joy Statham was heavily damaged this morning when it collided with a Cotton Belt switch engine at a grade crossing on North Tenth Street. Miss Statham suffered face and head injuries in the collision. (Courier News Photo) Car-Iran[Crash Fauhus to Veto Road Turnback Bill Unless Cold, Wet Weekend In Prospect Midwest Buried Under Season's Biggest Snow Injures Woman Joy Statham Auto Collides with Diesel On Tenth Street Miss Joy Statham, 24-year-old laboratory technician at the Chick- asawbn Hospital, was injured this morning when the 1953 Chevrolet she was driving plowed into a Cotton Belt switch engine at a grade crossing on North 10th Street. | An attendant at the Chickasawba; Hospital, where Miss Statham was taken following emergency treat; ment at Walls Hospital, said that she is suffering from head and facial injuries but that her injuries are not believed to be serious. Miss Stadium's cur was heavily d tun tiffed in the accident and the impact of the collision severed the diescl engine's fuel line stalling it a lew feet from the scene of the accident. W. O. Campbell; n brakeman on the engine, told Chief of Police John Foster that Miss Statham's car struck the engine on its fuel tank which is located midway be tween the wheels. Southbound The engine, he said, had already entered the grade crossing when accident occurred. The engine was proceeding west and Miss Statham's car south. The car was dragged some 15 to 20 feet down the tracks by the engine following the collision. Another member of the engine' U.S. Is Eyeing New Steps \Jo Halt Formosan Fight i • WASHINGTON (AP) — United Nations Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. said today • after a conference with President Eisenhower that the United States is considering new • steps to obtain a cease-fire in Formosa. ' Lodge said the time is ripe for an announcement of what this country s next move will ! be. But he added "the day will come" and said this could be next week — possibly Tuesday Wednesday. ,-,=,* -.-•"..-•'-•-> # %. # ¥ ¥ * Tachen Evacuation Said Near at Hand Surplus Funds Shown LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Orval Faubus says he'll veto a bill to divert highway funds to cities and towns unless the state's mayors prove that a surplus of road construction money exists. The governor met yesterday with •>a delegation of city officials, who sought his support of the House bill to divert three million dollars from the Highway Construction Fund to the Municipal Aid Fund. A Semite committee now has the bill, and will hold a public hearing on it Monday night. The Arkansas Municipal League, an organization of city officials, claims the Highway Department has a three million dollar surplus in its construction fund. The Highway Commission claims no surplus exists. "If the Highway Department figures are right, if there is no surplus, then I will veto your bill because it would wreck the highway construction program," Faubus told the delegation of mayors, Butler Present "However, if your figures are proven to be correct, I will look with favor upon your request." The governor brought out that some members of the Legislature I have suggested that a cent-a-gallon lax be levied on gasoline, with the an hour-long breakfast conference at the White House arnid indications new efforts may be made through diplomatic channels to halt firing in the Red China-Formosa dispute. The two met as a clash between U. S. Sabrejets and Communist MIGs over the Yellow Sea heightened tension in the Far East situation, N T o Comment TAIPEH, Formosa (AP) — Nationalist China and the United States were reported near agreement today on evacu- Lodge declined commant on the ating thg menaced Tachen Islands, center of hot sea and air plane incident. ^ j actions an(] S y b j ect O f international diplomatic maneuvering the I since nearby Yikiangshan Island fell two weeks ago to Red He did not say whether Eisenhower had discussed clash, in which two Red planes China, were downed. Lodge told newsmen he gave the President a report By THE ASSOCIATED TRESS A cold and wet weekend ap peared in prospect for wide j areas of the country today in | becoming employed by the hospi- the wake of one of the sea-jtai. son's biggest snow storms in crew, whose name was not learned, proceeds to be divided between said that Miss .Statham's car skid- cities, counties and the Highway dud 15 and one-half feet before Department. If such a tax is pass- colliding with the engine. e d. it might solve the problem of According to Hospi- insufficient municipal funds, he tal officials, Miss Statham's home is in Wynne. Ark., but that she had been making her home here since the midcontinent. The snowfall which blanketed the Plains and North Central regions diminished during the night as it moved eastward. But more snow, rain or sleet was predicted for the Mldvvest and East over the weekend. Cold weather continued over much of the East and parts of the South. Temperatures early today ranged from 10 below zero at Philipsburg, in central Pennsylvania, to 15 above in Norfolk, Vn. The precipitation belt yesterday. up to 800 miles in width, extended from the Minnesota Canadian border to the Texas Gulf Coast. One of three inches of snow fell in Minnesota nnd Iowa and western Wisconsin. The snow at Dululh. Minn., measured 29 inches. Missouri had a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain while heavy showers and thimdershowers pelted Arkansas, Louisiana and eastern Texas. Another belt of snow yesterday spread across the Northern Plains, the Rockies and to the Washington and Oregon coast. Schools Closed The heavy snowfall in the western seel ions of the Midwest slowed travel and forced the closing of many schools in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. Drifts were four feet high In many areas. But the snow broke a long drought In wide sections of the Plains and was welcomed by wheat farmers. A fast moving low pressure system, now In southern Canada, was expected to move across western Montana and the Plain and into the Midwest States by Sunday afternoon. In the East ,a storm centered north of Lake Ontario was headed southeastward to the New Jersey area and was expected to bring- ruin or snow In Eastern areas today. Light snow fell early today along the western slopes of the Rockies in Idaho and Montann, Skies wore mostly clear In other parts of the Rockies. It was mild In Southern Texas with a high of 8n yesterday fit Alice. It was cold In sections of the Southwest with 7 below zero reported at Brycc Canyon, Utah, nnd I above at Zunl Pucbl o.MN In the Pacific Coast region. att Speaks "o FB Group Tells Delegates Of Water Bill Need said. But the mayors expressed opposition to any increase in state taxes. Meeting with Faubus were Glenn Zimmerman, executive secretary of. the Municipal League, and Mayors Ben Butler of O:;ceola, George Troutl of Benton, Harold Falls of Wynne, H.B. Price of West Memphis and Offie Lites of Pine Bluff. Burglars Get $1,800 At Marie South Mississippi County peace oiticers today continued their investigation of the theft of approx- ately $1,800 in money and merchandise from the Marie Store at iMarie early yesterday. Deputy Sheriff J. T. (Buster) Wigley . . said entry was gained through a side window after which the back door was opened from the inside. Deputy Wigley also said that officers will continue to work on the case. As of today, peace officers have p.o leads to the identity of the theft of thieves, but since some whisky was stolen from the store also, :imes in dlplomac keep the other fellow guessing." Lodge declined to talk about the possibility of trying to arrange cease-fire talks outside .the United Nations—a possibility on which the State Department threw cold water yesterday. The U.N. ambassador said he didn't think it wo- " "' this may prove to be a lead, , Deputy Wigley said. MEMPHIS I/Pi— With irrigation on the increase as a result of drought years, the need for water rights legislation has become more and more urgent, Southern Farm Bureau officials were told yesterday. W. H. Wyatt, past president of (he Mississippi County (Ark.) Farm Bureau, said there are two water rights bills I-."ore the Arkansas Legislature now. "We need a bill to meet the needs oi eitics as well as farmers" Wyatt said in a speech before farm bureau officials from 13 states. About 200 delegates attended the two-day meeting which ended yesterday. Main purpose was to discuss ways and means of carrying out policy made at the last meeting of Ihe American Farm Bureau Federation In New York City. House OK's Cut » Of Gin Use Tax Farmers Get Tax Extension WASHINGTON Ml—The Internal Revenue Service has given farmers until Feb. 15 to file their 1954 Individual income tax returns and pay In full the tax due. Farmers normally are supposed to'file quarterly estimates of Income and the taxes due. But they can skip them and clear themselves with the government by filing a later return nnd paying the lax. The due date for such a return had been Jan. 31. It was extended to Feb. IS. The return must be filed by that date, the service said, to be considered a declaration or an amended declaration of estimated Income tax. Jet Pilot Killed TAIPEH, Formosa W— An American pilot of an F86 Sabrejet from Clark Field, Philippines, was killed lodny when his fighter and a Chl- gs were mostly In the 40s I ncsc Nationalist T33 Jet trainer col- lldcd ovar Formosa. LITTLE ROCK i/Pi— The House, after first defeating a bill to remove a tax on cotton ginning machinery, yesterday passed the measure 6422 on re-consideration. In the original vole, the lower chamber defeated 47-41 the Senate bill to cancel the use tax on ma- Assembly Plans Session-But Guest Unknown LITTLE ROCK I/P>— The Arkansas General Assembly' is planning a joint session Feb. 17—but the legislators don't know yet whether the guest of honor will be there. The session was approved yesterday. The speaker is supposed to be Sen. William Knowland D-Cal, Senate minority leader. Knowland was invited to Little Rock to address the annual meeting of the Arkansas Free Enterprise Association. Knowland's office asked if it could be arranged for him to address the legislature, too. The General Assembly said o.k., but so far Knowland's office hasn't ihinery purchased for use in cot- advised whether he will fill the Feb. Eden, St. Laurent and Nehru Meet Secretly By SEYMOUR TOI'PING LONDON (AP) -- Foreign Secretary Eden conferred with Prime Ministers Nehru of India and St. Laurent of Canada today in a round of urgent and secret diplomatic exchanges on the Formosa crisis. A British spokesman said the main subject was Indochina but the three renewed the search for ways of solving the Formosan problem, which Nehru last night called 'a very great world crisis." The nature of the discussion about Indochina was not disclosed but it could have been an exploratory meeting on the possibilities of an inlenialionnl Formosa conference outside the United Nations, such as last years Geneva conference which ended the Indochina fighting. India, Canada and Poland were named at Geneva to exercise supervisory powers over the Indochina armistice. Britain already has written off the possibilities of a Formosan cease-fire brought about by the United Nations. The U.S. State Department expressed marked coolness yesterday to the Idea of a Geneva-type meeting. The Foreign Office said today Sir William Hnylor, British ambassador In Moscow, has sent In a full report on conversations he had about Formosa yesterday with Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov. No details were disclosed. The Foreign Office reported the Soviet charge d'affaires In London Nikolai D. Belokhvostikov, was called in by Eden last Wednesday to discuss Formosa. This meeting occurred before Red China rejected an Invitation by the United Na- tons to discuss a Formosa cease- Hayler-Molotov meeting lire. The assumably was a followup to lasi Wednesday's talk. Nehru conferred with U.S. An' bdssndor Winthrop Aldrlch last night. It wns their second meeting here since the Formosan crisis flared. Informants said it was sel up at Nehru's request. Nehru and St. Laurent are here attending a 10-day conference of the British Commonwealth. There wns no full session of the conference today but delegates were taking part In a series ol ex changes about Formost. :!!$ Stevens Set To Quit His Post! Adams' Resignation Stirs Rumors Army Boss May Retire -4* Nationalist fighter-bombers roared out again in the predawn darkness from their Formosan against Communist miles north of the about wh is going on at the U.N." with eference to cease-fire moves. Bui le declined to give details. He ;aid the whole question is under 'study and consultation " "There are lots of different hings that can be done, of course," Lodge said, referring to possible new moves in the wake >f Communist China's angry re- usal to take part in cease-fire ,alks under U.N. auspices. Guessing Game "Sometimes the other side holds ts peace for a long period," jjodge said. "Sometimes it may be advantageous for^us.^ too. ^Som*., -•-{,;,:—, od '-' tha ^ gVcVetary" of \ Shen Chan«-huan. Communists Strike At U.S. Planes Bottle Takes Place Over Yellow Sea TOKYO (AP) — American F86 Sabrejets shot down two of eight attacking Communist MIG swept-wing jet fighters today in the biggest air battle since the end of the Korean War in July, 1953. The U. S. Air Force, in a terse announcement, reported the Russian-built fighters attacked a U. S. RB45 reconnaissance bomber and its covering flight of Sabres over the Yellow Sea between Korea and Red China. The announcement, issued by Gen. Earle E. Patridge, Par East Air Forces commander, did not identify by nationality the Red jets. Presumably they were Chinese Communist. There was no word on possible American injuries in the battle, or on the exact location, but the Air WASHINGTON '<?>—The resignation of Army Counselor John G. Adams, a key figure in the Mc" Carthy-Army row, stirred fresh base today shipping 50 Tachens in the East China Sea. Pilots claimed they sank one vessel and damaged three. The air raider? were out to slow down the buildup of Communist manpower j po rce sa id no u. s. planes were lost, and supplies for invasion of the j The Air Force said .the Commu- Tachens, 200 miles north of For-| nn j s t j e ts "attacked over interna- mosa. Itional waters west of Korea this Conference Held ! afternoon." The reports on a Tachen agree-; ti ^™f t^nLn^mi^^^Hn^" ment came in the wake of one-1 hour conference between U. S. Am bassador Karl L. Rankin and Nationalist Acting Foreign Minister ,e Army Stevens also may the way out. ^ annol j ncement . On Reconnaissance The ftir force said the RB45 was "on a reconnaissance mis- Natiorialist government sources) .said agreement was near and one j mission over the Yellow Sea when Stevens announced yesterday, as j even suggested an announcement | the four-engined jet bomber was rd vear ! might come within hours. The U.S. attacked by four Ru.,sian-bmlt 7th Fleet was maneuvering m For- _ __ ..juld be fair to the which have occupied my attention President "for" him to discuss this are now well advanced and I there- he was starting his own third year in office, that he was accepting : A d a m s' resignation, effective j mosan waters while ^awaiting or- March 31. . Adams wrote that question. T don't want to put the President on the spot," Lodge said. After his meeting with the Pres- against putting on his call, saying he frequently reports to the President on U.N. | affairs. His date with the Presi-1 fore would like to leave my post" the Army's <op civilian lawyer. Stevens wrote back, accepting ders to evacuate 30,000 National- "oroiects ' ist tro °P s and civilians. AP Cor' respondent. Forrest Edwards, with the fleet, reported U. S. Air Force Sabrejets teamed with Navy aircraft today in training exercises. The order for a Tachen pullout the resignation "in the same spirit reportedly was delayed because "Intends to Stay" After his resignation was nounced, Adams told a news con- j mainland, Matsu and Quemoy. There also were reports that the MIGlSs. At the same time four other MIGs attacked the escorting jet fighters flying top cover." The Sabres, which ran up as 12-1 edge over MIGs in the Korean War, were from the Fourth Fighter -Interceptor Wing transferred from Japan to fonvard bases in Korea during the present Formosa crisis. In Washington spokesmen for the Defense and State Department said they had no information on the drish. The incident \va.^ similar to one slightly over a year ;i?o when Sabres escorting another RB45 over the Yellow Sea shot down . , dent was announced by the White '< ference "I presume Mr. Stevens " House yesterday. Several Years? . | intends to stay in the government." ! But Pentagon friends of Stevcas U. S, officials believe a cease- jsaid privately they expect the sec-| Red Premi' order had been delayed because one JJJQ after a flight of MIGs of U. S. dopes that Red China EU t ac k e d. might agree to talk about a cease- j -phe RB45 is a fast medium jet fire in the Formosa Strait. But; bomber converted into a reconnais- Chou En-lai scotched 'ire may be worked out through diplomatic channels if quicker means fail, but it may take several years to do the job. retary to return "to private busi- i that, hope in a bristling Peiping no=s "after a new Senate invest!- 1 radio broadcast two days ago. eation of the Army's handling of j While Rankin was conferring the case of Maj. Irvine Peress— j Shen. the U. S. Army's Pacific New efforts by the U.N. to bring a prime issue in the ^McCarthy-| ground force commander. L,t. Gen. years> They or similar aircraft. the Nationalist and Red Chinese I A ,. my controversy. nto more direct negotiations have not been ruled out. In fact, au- :horities said all passible avenues toward peace in the Formosa Strait are being studied. President Eisenhower called Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, his j U.N. representative, to a White House breakfast conference today. They were expected to consider new moves within the framework of the U.N. in the Imht of Red China's rejection of a bid to join See EVACUATION on Page 8 plane loaded with cameras and r-iciar search equipment. The pianes have been flying up the coast of Korea outside the three mile limit for more than two in cease-fire talks there. American diplomats hold Sec CHINESE on Page 8 the Special Rites Tomorrow In Temple Israel The Jewish Tercentenary, commemorating the 300th anniversary of Jewish settlement In North America, Will be celebrated tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. at Temple Israel with a Tercentenary Brotherhood Service. Participating in the services will be ministers of different denominations, county and city officials and members of the Temple. Dr. Harvey Kidd, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will give the Invocation and the Rev. James Rainwater, pastor ol First Christian Church, will give the Scripture reading. Benediction will be pronounced by the Rev. Mitchell Sanford, pastor of Lake Street Methodist Church, and Dr. Alfred Vise, rabbi of Temple Israel, will deliver the anniversary sermon. The Temple choir with Mrs. Dai- ton C. Fowlston as organist wl also participate In services. The anniversary service and a reception which will follow are sponsored Jointly by Temple Israel, the Temple Sisterhood and B'na' B'rlth men, women and youth or i began such patrols immediately fter the Korean armistice in the summer of 1953 after the end of ;he war agreement barred the Allies from flying over north Korea tself. First Since November Today's air battle was the first air incident in the Far East command since two Soviet MIGs based either on the Kuriles or the Ha- bomais shot down a slower Amer- can RB29 off ihe east coast of Hokkaido Nov. 1, 1954. One crewman aboard the reconnaissance bomber was killed in parachuting. The Reds claimed the American plane, which was on a photo mapping mission, was over Red territory. This was denied vigorously by Gen. John E. Hull, the Far East commander, and by the Alr Force. Today's battle was another in a jeries of flareups between American and Communist aircraft in the tense sky frontier between U.S.- defended territory and Communist See U.S. on Page 8 HAULS' SHOT BLOCKED — Blyfhevillc's Chuck Langston goes high to block an attempted eonl by Joe Hauls of Leachville. Behind Hauls Is the Chicks' Charles Abbott. Darrcll Blocker Is the Leachville player at right. (Courier News I'holo) Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday with occasional rain or drizzle ending tonight. Little change In temperature. High today mid to high Ws. Low tonight mid 30s. MISSOURI — Pair west, mostly cloudy cast this afternoon with occasional rain southeast; mostly cloudy tonight and Sunday with occasional rain southeast tonight and south portion Sunday. Minimum thl» morning—3J. Maximum yesterday—40. Sunrise tomorrow—8:54. Hun&ct today—3:33. Mtnn temperature—38. Precipitation laat 24 hou™ *• 7 p.m. "precipitation J«n. I to d»t«—>.7». This Date Lilt Year Maximum yCBlcrrtay—88. Minimum llilt mornlnn—34. Precipitation January i to lit* — 8.11.

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