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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 272 Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. SATURDAY, FKBUUARY 12, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Despite Budget Shifts— Russian Economy Is Said Unchanged Fiscal Experts Believe Few Alterations Made By WAKRKN ROGKKS JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department fiscal experts reported a belief today the Russians have made virtually no changes in their economy despite all their talk of a shift back to heavy industry. 1—+ This finding is based on careful Committee Okays Bill to Up 1955 Cotton Allotment Arkansas Acreage Would Be Increased By 45,891 Acres WASHINGTON Iff) — A bill to hike Arkansas cotton acreage allotments 45,891. acres as part of nationwide 3 per cent increase in 1855 planting allocations has approval of the House Agricultural AHb-committee today. One of its sponsors. Rep. Poage D-Tex,, thinks It will win speedy House approval. The 3 per cent boost is designed to ease severe 1 individual crop reductions. The bill's author, Rep.u E. C. Took Gainings D-Ark., says speed is essential because planting time is near. 3 Per Cent Increase The bill, aimed primarily at easing hardship cases among sma farmers, would increase three per cent the 1955 allotment of each cotton state. First use of the extra acreage would be to assure every farmer an allotment of five acres or the grower's highest planted cotton acreage in the past three years, whichever is smaller. Ga things estimated this would take 398,000 acres. Acreage left over would be allot- ed to farmers who suffered a cut of more than 40 per cent from their 1954 acreage.. Wants IISDA Support Congressmen from cotton .slates, arguing that the 1955 allotment of IB,183,000 acres .set by the Agriculture Department will drive some farmers out of business, have tried to get the allotment boosted to 19J2 million acres. The Agriculture Department ha.s opposed the proposed Increase. • Gathings said he hoped the Agriculture Department would support —or at least not oppose—his bill because it deals mainly with hardship cases, Gainings supplied the following figures to show U how much additional these cotton states would get under his bill and 2f how much of tho increase woul'd be needed to provide the minimum allot jnents: State Minimui Arkansas Georgia Louisiana Mississippi Missouri Oklahoma Tennessee Texas 45,891 28.525 19,453 52,526 11,989 26,196 17.816 228,383 Need 8,465 41,776 20.101 68,497 3,048 3,525 32,881 25.971 nalysis of the new Soviet budget for the 1955 calendar year. The budget was presented last week to the same Soviet parliamentary session which saw Gcorgl Malen- kov succeeded by Nikolai Bulganin as premier. The budget of 562,900,000,000 rubles exceeds last year's total by 200 million rubles, the lowest increase since World War U. The official exchange rate is four rubles for $1, but the rate varies with the transaction and sometimes goes to 20 for $1. More Realistic Attitude The U. S. specialists see in the slight increase a sign that Soviet economists are adopting* a more realistic attitude, clamping down on any inflationary trends, and juggling figures so as to imply stepped-up defense spending to back up tough talk. The Russian budget breaks down into four broad categories, with an unexplained fund left over. The four categories are: Cost of running the government; social and cultural programs, such as education; national economy factors like construction of buildings ;and direct defense costs such as guns and planes. Total increases in these four categories came to 12 per cent. But the budget as a whole showed virtually no increase. This mean that the 12 per cent boost came out of the unspecified residual funds. To Production Stage About , half of this unmarked fund provides money for research and development — including nuclear weapons and jet planes. Since most of the money shift apparently came from this fund (he experts in Washington believe some research and development project must have moved Into the production stage. However, they are wary of any Soviet bookkeeping. As a rule of thumb, they figure half of the total budget goes in some way or XIGHT CLUB DKSTKOYED — At aboul 2:30 this morning _ Robertson's night club, formerly known as the North Slar, was destroyed by fire. By the time firemen were called and arrived on the scene the building was ready to collapse. The building, owned by the Day Amusement Company, was located on Highway 61, north of the Blytheville Country Club. The loss has been estimated at $10,000, (Courier \e\vs Photo) Red Fleet Said Poised Near Island of Matsu 70 Armed Junks * Massed Along Chinese Coast Only the Rats Remain On Scorched Tachens Disputed Water Rights Bill May GotoSenate Next Week By RAY STEPHENS LITTLE ROCK (AP) — There's a strong possibility that the bitterly contested water rights bill sponsored by Sen. Marvin Melton of Jonesboro will be called up before the state senate next week. By FRED HAMPSON" TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — Reel Chin.a massed a fleet of armed motorized junks off the Nationalist outpost island of Mat,su today, the Defense Ministry said, in an ominous new threat right on the heels of JQhiang Kai-shek's peaceful i evacuation of the Tachens with i 1U. S. help | The appearance of more than 70 ; ! armed junks along the China coasl j near Foochow posed a possible new j i crisis in the tense Formosa strait. In Washington, the State Department announced that U. S. Navy and Air Forces which protected the evacuation of the Tachens "will now resume their normal operations but will be alert to any concentration or employment of Chinese Communist forces obviously undertaking to facilitate attack up- to take appropriate military action if required." Two hundred miles north of For- By JIM BECKER And FRED WATERS ABOARD AMPHIBIOUS FLAGSHIP ESTES OFF TA- CHENS (AP) — The rats took over the Tachens today. The twin islands 200 miles north of Formosa are all theirs until the Communists come. —__— ^ Rats—thousands of them, and I .some as long as your forearm ! scurried through the deserted vil- ! lages as the last evacuation ship j pulled away from the mudflats. I More than 25,000 Chinese Nation! alist troops and civilians were re> moved in six days of evacuation {under the protective guns, ships I and planes of the U. S. 7th Fleet. ; Except for the rats, the islands lie deserted — low, brown and scrubby. The scene of teeming activity a week ago and a frenzy of loading operation for six days now appeared like a medieval area where the entire population had packed and fled from a plague. Fires Spread i Fires started by bone-chilled sol- UNITED NATIONS. N. Y. '.-?:> — j dlers. waiting their turn to board Red Chinese Premier Choun En- j the ships, had spread to the village lai says he favors relaxation of 1 and others. Many of the stone i houses are burned out hulks , F^ I ,_! %•%«•*« • I - tn-Lai jays he Favors Easing I: Formosa Tension But Red China Boss Again Rejects Bid For Cease Fire Talk ™" in Formosa area—in- j Elsewhere there are gaping holes Melton, a farmer and businessman who has worked on the biJ] along with many others! mosa, the Tachen islands were left for the past two years, has maintained silence on his plans for the bill. But another supporter of the neasure, Sen. J. Lee Bearden ,of Leachville. got the bill withdrawn rom the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday, clearing the way or a Senate vote on it. The bill had been held -since the irst week of the session. The com- nittee has held two public hear- ng.s on it but failed to Vote a re- devasted and empty. The last landing ship carrying commendation on it. Bearden took j committee with a "do not pass'' re- j a .U. S. naval beach party and a ! few Nationalist soldiers pulled off commission j a mu( j flat with high tide today, mil tec if no action is taken within ; empowered to regulate all use of j AP correspondent Jim Becker re- dicating Peiping is keeping the | in the nd _ wne re~ Nationalist door open for contuiihng efforts to i . solciiers blasted lhoir elaborate solve the Far Eastern crisis—an informed U- N. source reported last night. Cnou's stand, the .source said, I fortifications. Explosions shook the [ north island even- few minutes j during the early morning hours to- j day. showering colored flames and advantage of a rule which say.5 a I commendation. biH can be withdrawn from com- j The bill sets up 10 days after it is submitted. surface water, whether for crop irrigation, municipal Blytheville Is Coldest According to Reports Blytheville was the coldest spot in the state last night, according to Associated Press reports from Little Rock today, i The mercury hit a low of eight here last night. ' | Sub-freezing temperatures hit, of Clarkville. Would Regulate Use i This maneuver had the dual ef- ] water systems, or wildlife r effect of getting the bill into position i ugcs. for a Senate vote, and making sure j Melton has said the measure Is that it didn't 'come out of the j necessary if Arkansas i.s to take ' full advantage of its natural water .supply. Conservation of water, a relatively new problem brought on by three consecutive drought years also is at stake, says Melton. Defeat 01 Melton's biii appeared certain earlier this week when the house approved a measure calling for further study of the water pro- , blem. The' move was sponsored by j opponents of the Melton bill- To Risk Try However, it has been learned that proponents of the Melton bill -now another toward defense costs. For mas t of the state last night, dipping j Highest temperature reading re- lo a low of 9 degrees at Flippin. 3 i ported yesterday wa.s a chilling 37 instance, housing for soldiers would come under the national economy section rather than under defense. Despite the Soviet announcement of a new emphasis on heavy industry, which is the basis for a heavy war machine, . American experts consider the Kremlin has never ibnndoned its goals in this field under the five-year plan expiring next December. What has happened, they say, is that during aalenkov's regime some emphasis was placed also on consumer goods. The Russian economists apparently found the double load too leavy to bear. At any rate, con- ,umer goods goals were not met and apparently his year. be lowered Pilgrimages Mark Lincoln Observance SPRINGFIELD. III. I/IV-Pllerini- aci's lo Lincoln sin-inns in Sprlns- ficlcl featured today's program markcni: the HCIll anniversary of the Civil War president. Formal programs Include UK; 21st, anniml pilgrimage of the American Lonion to Lincoln's Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Seaborn P. Collins, Nutionnl Lc- | SH AWNEE, Okla. I/PI — A mar- gion commander, will speak at tne Heavy Trucks Collide on 61 Two heavy trucks collided just off Chickasfuvbfl on Highway 61 today. A 1952 trailer truck, driven by Barney Grcenwcll of, Hnyti, Mo., crashed into a 1&50 ton and a half Chevrolet truck, driven by James Holly of Blytheville, police report- points. Ntwport, Flat Rock and Evening Shade, reported traces of snow. Other lows were Fay ette ville, 11, Walnut Ridge, 13, Bntesville, 14. Fort Smith. 20. El Dorado, 23, Little Rock and Pine Bluff 22, and Texarkana 24. ' As the temperature dipped over the stale yesterday, pipes froze and highways iced the northwest section and along the Missouri border. At Little Rock Fire Chief Gann Nalley issued fire safety warnings to people trying to thaw out frozen water lines. Nalley said nine houses were set on fire by people using fire to free the iced lines. The chief reminds ed them that "hot water would do degrees at El Dorado. Tax Hike Favored By School Men County Group Sees Temporary Sales Levy As Best Solution that use ported from the U. S. amphibious .,.._,„,„.., f]agsh i p Estes It had been stuck almost nine hours. Fleet Stood By Durin^ that tease time, the mighty U. S. 7th Fleet armada of 76 warships and circling planes re- See REO FLEET on Page 8 US Jets to Stay At Formosa Base Gen. Twining Orders Retention of One Squadron on Island WASHINGTON ffl — The Air Force said today it will continue to keep one squadron of F86 jet A county United Committee for Better Schools has taken action to set up local committees in all the county's 16 school districts in order to briny school problems j fore the public. feel they have enough committed votes to bringing the proposal •before the Senate and the House. The House could art on the water rights bill before the Senate vote.^ on it. A bill identical to Melton's has been introduced in the lower I fighter planes based on Formosa house. However, it's likely that the | for defense of the Chinese Nation- House will wail until the Senate ' ali^t island stronghold, acts. i The 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing Opposition lo the Melton bill has i nus been on Formosa for a couple been .spearheaded bv the Arkansas I of weeks - providing- air cover Farm Bureau Federation - the ! alon & lhe evacuation route from tanner organization in the j the Tachens. A fighter wmg is • composed of 75 planes, with three was contained in an oral message ; ^iing (he ships off shore •^••••••••ii i .1 i ^—^^— i Then Came Silence . . ! By daybreak the billowing ex- Dulletin 1 plosioas had ceased and an eerie ! silence fell over the island. Sea LONDON i/Pi — .Moscow radio I birds dipped low over the island. announced today Russia had called for a conference in cither Shanghai or New Delhi on the question of Formosa. The broadcast, recorded here, said the Russian proposal called for the participation of these countrie:-.: China presumably Communist China, the Soviet Union, the United States, Britain, France and nations of Southeast Asia, t The early morning tide ebbed for the first time in many cen- tunes with no fishermen sailing with it in search of food. No heavy incense burned in the Tachen temples. No housewives haggled with merchants at the markets. No one was born there today. No one died. No one laughed. No one cried. The people of the Tachens had left the home of their ancestors. The islands lie dead and silent until the Communists come *o Search Party ping regime first an- i A ** \A_/A »*j*/ its turndown of the invi- j f\ WO/lS VY Of 0 On An-craft state. The federation wants 10 wait another two years .so further study can be given to the problem. Melton says the .state can ill afford to hold back another .two years because of the possibility of another drought. the job just as well—and is much safer. Last night's sub-freezing lows j Havs Sullivan of Burdette chair- Lined L : p Support be-' Tlie Jonesboro ' up an imposing squadrons of 25 planes each. Ordered Retained Maj. Gen. Richard C. Lindsay' director of plans for the Air Force, Pentagon news conference told that Gen. Nathan USAF chief of staff retained F. Twining. had ordered on Formosa. to U. N. Secretary General Dag ! claim Lhem. Hammarskjold in which the Red { Chinese leader again rejected a ] Security Council bid to talk about' a possible Formosa cease-fire. The Pei nounced tation Feb. 4. To Meet Monday The general Hues of the message were reported here a few MT IDA Ark (/P( _ search for hours after the Security Council was called to meet Monday for a second round of cease-fire discus- mg ge( f ozark National Forest was S'ons. delayed today as officials awaited The source said Chou's state- j \vord on any missing aircraft, ment was in reply to a personal, ( "We're not doing anything right oral communication relayed from Hammarskjold through Swedish diplomatic channels. In it, the see- . . . a plane reported to have crashed last night near Oden, Ark., in the now waiting to hear whether there is a plane missing," Sheriff Wil, burn Tidwell said. retary general reportedly said he j Tidwell said "three or four" per- thought it would be wise for Red i sons had reported seeing the plane China to accept the Security Coun- i crash and burn last night but that j a hurried search of the area had j turned up nothing. CAA authorities at. Little Rock generally were slightly higher than those of the preceding night when the mercury dropped to one degree below zero at Devil's Knob, north cd. Slight damage wa.s done to the right fender of the trailer truck while the Chevrolet received heavier damages. Perfectly Matched? wreath laying ceremonies. A pilgrimage also is being sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Another ceremony will feature the opening of six additional rooms at the 116-year-old house where j Lincoln lived from 1844 to 1601. The six additional rooms are on the second floor of the frame house, the only home Lincoln ever owned. riage license was issued yesterday to Margaret Buzzard and John Bird. House on First Street Burns A house occupied by Henry Davis at 711 South First Street was partially destroyed this morning when a fire broke out as a result of children playing with matches, mans the .county committee, which is composed of Faber White and Bob Morrow of Osceola; Max B. Reid and Paul Pryor of Blythevillc: Athcrton Hiett, Leachville. and Mrs. W. B. Burkett, Joiner. Tlie local committees will be composed uf one school boiu'd member, one PTA member, one faculty member and two other citizens. > j Luxora, educators and various | board members were reported in! agreement that a temporary one- for his bill. cil bid, made Jan. 31. "Wait and See" Chou's replv restated the pre- , , e i, 1 said there were no reports of being overdue and said they last > vious Red Chinese stand that Pe s representatives would atte nd l Knew of no plane that was suppose* Under the "prior ric.hts'V .clause persons or organization^ now using \ j &n . ac ,j on jf rea ui 11 til vtiii till LI III L il Lt;ill]n>l ill _V Uf 1C- |U- Ijl.n percent increase in a state sales >,„!,,. tax is the best answer to present surface water would get priority | to continue that use and thus protect any investments they had made in irrigation equipment and Fire Chief Roy Head said. needs for school revenue. Tlie first started after a box, j Statement Released which the children were playing) Taking part in the with, caught fire and spread to thei wcre R . A Nclson mcmbcr of , he rest of the dwelling. s[iflo committee; Pabcr White. R The Blytheville fire department | C. Langston. Moses SHinan. Bob t ' \ fanners. who haven't been nble to finance ir- rmatinn facilities, contend this sec, tion would deprive them oi any di.scus.-ion j right to use .surface water. Routine Operation '-opriate mili- Security Coiinucii bid. the Red Chi- • f nesc said thev would send a rep- , . . i-esentative only If the Council dis-j ™ ls .i 1 "™ ° f . a ,">' 5earch planes Neither Tidwell nor CAA offi- ' cusse-d Ri .ussian"charges against the! 0 ™' the nrea todit >"Lindsay said that two of the i United States and if the National- squadrons which have been on j | st Chinese were ousted from the duty in the operation came from council in favor of Peiping. Okinawa and one from the Phil- Vice Adm. Robert P. Briscoe, i deputy chief of naval operations ; Bond Forfeit GO for fleet readiness, told the news rushed to the scene a nd soon brought the blaze under control. Highway Users Oppose Taxes LITTLE ROCK I/PI — Proposals for two new taxes on highway travel have brought an announcement of opposition from the Arkansas Highway Users Conference. Tlie unofficial organisation, which Is working toward better highway conditions, said It opposes a new tax on trucks. The proposed levy would charge t.4 mills per ton mile traveled in the state. The conference said the proposal would encourage many truckers to bypass Arkansas. Tlie organisation also said It opposes an Increased rr.isollnc lax ' ' 23 BHS Band Studentsto Attend Special Clinic at Arkansas State Twenty-three Blythevllle High School band students representing all sections of the band will attend the Northeast 'Arkansas District Band Clinic at Jonesboro Feb. 18-19, The clinic, which is to be held on the Arkansas State College campus, will hnve about 300 students from over northeastern Arkansas. Arkansas State and Jonesboro High School arc joining forces to present the event, which \vill be directed by Phil Vance, director oi bhnds at West Memphis. The musicians will Iw divided into three bands, Bob Llpscomb, director of Blythevllle bunds, stated. Mr. Lipscomb further added that purpose of the clinic I* to play now music under the direction of three well-known guest conductors, to hold nuditlom for thn All-Slut': gas rituicl, iind lo pr cific instruments. The following Blytheville band students have been chosen to attend the two-day clinic: Flutes—Mary Abbot, Anice Chan- bier and Sandra Foster; B-flnt clarinets—Lawrence Bradley, Joe Hughes, Gerald Lutes; Alto clarinets—Lenore Mclnnes; French horns — Clarence Weld- mnn and D. L. Webster; Baritone horn—Raymond- Znch- ••y:. Also snxophinc— Richard Hipp; Tenor saxophone—Jerry Edwards and Jimmy Tompkim; Baritone snxophonc—John StoviiH: Cornels — Adam Tujlor, Glen Ladd, and Malvcrn Vellnor; Trombones — Dougliu Graham and Joe Melvln; Rnss horn 1 —Tommy Hayni's nml Jrmrs 'I home. Melton amended the bill to pro- t conference that the evacuation of ' vide thai person.-, will start i the Nationalist troops and civil- Morrow. Alvin Huffman. Jr.. the Rev. James Riberd. Mr. Pr.vor. John Caudill and W. B. Hannah. A statement released today by the county committee .said: "Much thinking on a loni;-riiniir solution involves a be tier way to [ enforce and put into effect our j assessment! aws and to bring about more equitable assessments of property, both real and personal. "It was the opinion thnt much can be done in the personal property- field on values such as cars. furniture, stocks and bonds, and other tangible assets." from scratch as water u.iers when j ians from the and if Hie bill becomes law. •turned out to Tachen be Islands entirely At present, Arkansas doesn't j routine opcrntion." in which there have a waior rmhts law, nnd the Sec ASSEMBLY on Page 8 were no casualties from hostile Foubus Signs 'Scalping' Bill LITTLE ROCK tft—Gov. Faubus yesterday signed into law a bill de- Hyram Glass forfeited a 5111.75 \ siRncd _ to prohibit ticket scalping boni ta muntalp.1 rt.y on > «*<><» «* a charge of driving while intoxi- j ev £jj|f' cated. A $5 bond wns forfeited James V. Besty on a charge of ' running a stop light. Oscar Nominations on TV Tonight Tlie new law prohibits sale of k v j tickets nt higher than the list price ' and makes violations punishable by as much as $500. It does not mention professional athletic events. HOLLYWOOD l.Ti — The movie colony, worried about that CRg-on- the-facc look, will lurn o ut reluctantly tonight for the first telecast in history of the Academy Award nominations. Jan Sterling "The High and The Mighty" summed up the feelings of all potential Oscar nominees when .she asked her dressmaker to Negroes Bound OVer tO CirCUlf whip her up somclhluK that would look fln.shy enotlnh for a winner CARUTHERSVII.I.E — ThnmaM " nrl • SI ' M "« I enoiiph for a loser. Leslie and Baltimore Holmes Hay-! NBC-TV has promised that the ti NCBTOOS, wcre bound over (o cameras will only picture the re- Clrctlit Court after preliminary inc in Magistrate Court line ':-cl- y on a charye of i-ranrl larceny. Bond was set at $1,000 each and they were committed to the county jail upon failure to make bond. No actions of winners, not losers. That tered throughout all four spots. Judy Garland "A Star Is Born" will be with emcee Jack; Webb at Burbank as Jane Wyman "Magnificent Obscession." Humphrey Bogarl "-Tlie Caine Mutiny" will be at Romanoff's. He was .supposed to be at the downtown Cocoanut Grove but he declined: "That trip's loo tar to drive back if they don't call your name," explained Bogie. "Besides I'm a stockholder at Romanoff's." Bing Crosby, a favorite for "The Country Girl," will watch It on TV poses n dilemma for nctors who | at home. He's just a few days out luitc to pas 1 u;> .such a lumr an-! of the hospital, where he had a dience, win or Starts ;il ft The telecast will begin at R p.m., CST, and will pick up from four ' 's u-eiT broil :hl I .'ipot.s~.NfiC '"lr R.O- kidney stone removed. Katy J u r a d o, "Tlie Broken Lance, ' ' a favorite among support ing actresses will be nt ' Romanoff's. '".TO has been SH:I? re-: T'; 1 the telecasting of the nominations. Many feel that it takes away too much from the main event coming up March 30. Others figure 5:30 in the afternoon Pacific time, is too early to go to a nightclub. One top star Commented: "It's bad enough showing up when the odds against you are only five to one. On this one they can be 50 to one." Marlon Brando, "On The Waterfront," is sure to be nominated but so far hasn't indicated whether he will show. The new Brando, who wears smartly tailored suit.s instead of T-shirt.s, may surprise everybody and show up. Grace Kelly "The Country Girl," Audrey Hepburn "Sabrina," Bill Holclon "The Country Girl" and March "Executive Suite" Weather lav "the highest In the nation." | sessions to rtlscuw problems of S\K- I Snare drums—Teddy Bailey. | there were about six traffic cases. Potential nominees will be scat- ' teiilment among movie folk about' are all out of town. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Fair and continued cold. Sunday partly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures. III(!h Saturday upper 20's to low UO'.s. Low Saturday night 5-15. MISSOURI — Mostly clear this afternoon and tonit'ht; not quite so cold tonipht in west and north portions; partly cloudy and warmer Sunday; low tonight zero to five below northeast to around 10 above west and extreme south; high Sunday 20's northeast to 30'fi southwest. Minimum thin mornlntt—8. Maximum yesterday—27. Htmrl?.(: tomorrov/ -fl;48. Sunset today—5'40. Prccipltatlno lut 24 houra to 7 p.m. —trace. Precipitation Jin. I M date—I.*. This Date T.ait Year Maximum yMlmlay—AS. M!ii:rr.>!!M tills mornlnft -23, rn>cli>tlatlon JanuArj J to data — 8.19.

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