The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 19, 1955 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 19, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPEIt OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 277 BlytheviUo Courier Clythevillo DaUy Newi Blytheville Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 19, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT2 Five Known Dead As Blizzard Grips Rocky Mountains Highway Travel Halted By Winter's Worst Storm DENVER (AP) — Snow still fell in parts of the three Rocky Mountain states but the winter's worst blizzard was edging eastward early today, leaving five known dead and 17 injured. •¥ # # Thunderstorms, Cold Predicted For Arkansas Cold Wave Is Due To Hit State Tonight, Weatherman Says By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sharply dropping temperatures and the possibility of mild thunderstorm actively throughout the state was forecast for Arkansas by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Little RocU today. A Bureau spokesman said a cold wave moving out of the west and northwest would drive its wedge Into Arkansas late this afternoon bringing an end to spring - like temperatures. Wind Danger Lessons Rain began falling at Port Smith and Fayetteville late yesterday afternoon and other points were reporting at least a trace of rain today. Temperatures ranged near 70 at some points and in the 60s over most of the state. The danger of high winds accompanying the cold front into Arkan- Snowplows broke through, however, to release 25 persons who had been reported missing a.s the bitter blow all hut halted highway travel in Wyoming-. Rescued in the same vicinity, near the top of the Continental Divide on U.S. 30 in southern Wyoming were a Greyhound bus stalled with 19 passengers and the driver; and six Craig, Colo., men in a station wagon. Com in unities Isolated Subzero cold hung on, however, as many communities were isolated by waist-deep drifts. Big i-otary snowplows carved a path to the bus. Working through most of the night, big rotary snowplows carved a path to the marooned bus and station wagon in the vicinity of a gas stop known as Divide Station, about 25 miles west of Rawlins. It was near there that another Greyhound bus with 31 passengers and the driver were rescued yesterday. Still another rescue operation freed six persons stranded near Newcastle, Wyo. Accidents Kill Two Auto accidents attributed directly to icy highways were blamed for two .storm deaths in Montana and one each in Colorado and Wyoming. The fifth victim was a 79-year-old retired miner who collapsed and died after shoveling snow In Denver. The last bus to be set free was found with its motor still running to operate the heaters. Driver Glen Andrews, about 50, of Cheyenne. Wyo., reported he had nearly Air Force Men Pay Homage to Marines In Iowa Jima Rites EDITOR'S NOTE: Joe Rosenlhal, who as an AP photographer took the classic picture of U. S. Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima's Mt. Suribachi, returned to the island today for a simple service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the American landing. Rosen-thai, now with the San Francisco Chronicle, describes it in the following dispatch. By JOE ROSENTIIAL IWO JIMA (#) — Air Force men manning Iwo Jima stood on the heights of Suribachi this morning and paid homage to the Marines living and dead who fought a vicious battle here 10 years ago. The ceremony was solemn, beiutiful and brief. Clouds cleared, and it was mild weather as on D-day. Protestant Chaplain Harold D. Jester, Philadelphia, gave the opening invocation. The island commander, Lt, Gen. Thomas D. White, Pittsburg, Kan., spoke next. Recalled Moment •'It's now 9:02 a.m., marking the exact moment when the Marines were hitting the beach you see below," he said. "Four days later they were standing where we stand raising the American flag. The lives that were sacrificed went to save lives five times their number. From then on the Black Pearl (Iwo) has served as a haven for aircraft and shipping and we are proud to carry on the job the Maricns started." A seaman, an airman and a Marine represented the armed services. No Marines Now No Marines man Iwo now, but four Marines from the Guam guard detachment were guests. One of them, Cpl. Glenn Beeser, 26, Mcdford, Okla., a Purple Heart veteran from Korea's Heartbreak Ridge and Bunker Hill, placed a wreath fashioned of local growth at the monument atop the 546-foot volcano. Taps were played by Airman 2/c. Christopher Wise, Poughkeepsie,, N. Y. Volleys were fired by an honor guard of the 641st Air Base Squadron. Catholic Chaplain Ralph Aschoff, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., closed with benediction. Then we went down to walk in the sand and the surprising 1 covering of green tall grass and plantings and to think of gallant men. sas had lessened during the pa-st 100 gallons of gasoline left. 12 hours, t h e Weather Bureau I A state highway patrol accom- ppokesman -said, as the canter ofj panying a snow plow radioed word the front began losing its depth, j the six Craig men had been found unharmed. They had taken shelter from the storm while trying to drive 175 miles home from Rock Arkansas girded for the cold snap early this morning as . the Bureau reported the front passing McAllister, Okla., and Dallas, Tex., advancing almost entirely from west to east. A slight directional change probably would change the frontal movement's direction to cast southeast by hite afternoon, the bureau reported. Springs, Wyo. In addition to the deaths resulting directly from the blizzard, a 2-year-old child, perished in a. fire ;iL Wolf Point. Mont., and another bhize left a Hiverton, Wyo., farm family of seven homeless. Negro Group May Be Linked With New Robberies—Sheriff The seven Lepanto Negroes being held by Mississippi County officials were under investigation for 27 burglaries in a Ihiw-cmmty area. Sheriff William Berryman said today. The men arp .suspected of operating in Mississippi, Poinsett and Crittenden conn tips and are being quest ioneci in Osceohi !o;i;iy by Crittenden County officials, though no charges have been filed as yet, Sheriff Berryman said. Three of the men. Henry Thomas Booker, Arthur Thompson. Jr., and Will Jones, Jr., will be charged in Circuit Court with felonies-, the sheriff said. A fourth will be turned over to juvenile authorities for action. Two of the .seven held will be released. Sheriff Bnrryman said, nnd the other will be charged with si misdemeanor. The men have admitted seven! burglaries, the Sheriff said, and some merchandise has been recovered.. One of the cases is the Marie Store, originally reported as an 51,800 burglary. Sheriff Berryman •said the men admitted takinR eight cases of whiskey valued at $500 and ; about $100 in merchandise from the 1 .store. [ Others they have admitted, the .sheriff reported, include the Idaho I Grocery Company, a grocery service j station at Dye.-:-;, H. T. Bonds Store : at Bondville, and four burglaries at Dell. Britain, US to Team At SEATO Meeting By SEYMOUR TOPPING LONDON (AP) — Britain intends to team with the United States at the Bangkok conference in pressing for an unyielding defense set-up to guard Southeast Asia against further Communist penetration, British informants said yesterday. The Churchill government was pictured determined to put teeth inio the eight-nation security pact signed at Manila last August. The British favor both a military and economic aid program to bolster Southeast Asia against either outright invasion by Red China or creeping Communist subversion. Foreign secretary Anthony Eden left London by air today for his four-day secret meeting opening Wednesday at Bangkok with Secretary of State Dulles and ministers of France, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan. Defense Main Business Eden was accompanied by Gen. Sir John Harding, chief of the imperial general staff, and top for- Consumption Of Cotton Up WASHINGTON tfft — A 1,641 bale average increase in cotton consumption last month over January, 19M, has been reported by the Census Bureau. Consumption last month a verged 35,564 bales each working day,the bureau said. The January, 1954. figure was 33,923 bales each working day. Total consumption in the first month of this year was 711,286 bales compared to 678,472 in January, 1054. Consumption in | December, 1054, was 801,748 bales. eign office aides. Southeast Asia defense will be the main business. But the Western Big Three ministers also are expected to review relations with Red China and discuss prospects for talks with Russia after ratification of Paris agreements rearming Germany. Eden hopes to smooth out differences with Dulles over Formosa policy and get the two countries clicking together again on moves to arrange a China cease-fire. Eden .still favors speedy Chinese Nationalist evacuation of the off-shore China islands—including Quemoy See BRITAIN on Page 8 Weather Brakes Fail And Bassett Man Is Hurt BASSETT — One man was injured and another shaken up this morning when a 'truck's brakes failed as it pulled in to Idaho Grocery here. Taylor Wadsworth was emerging! from the store, according to re-1 ports, when the 'truck hit him and j knocked him through a plate glass| wnidow, breaking a leg and leaving him several cuts. He was taken to Osceola Memorial Hospital, The truck was driven by Mrs. Hugh Lynn Adams, who was just pulling in to the parking area in front of the store.when she found she had no brakes. Shaken up when the truck hit his car was Arch Catchings, Jr.. who j was sitting in his vehicle when the! accident occurred. I He was not believed injured. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS— Cloudy with showers and 'local thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight, turning to freezing rain or snow late tonight. Colder late this afternoon, much colder tonight. Sunday possibly freezing rain or snow, continued cold. Highest this afternoon near 60. Lowest tonight 20-25. MISSOURI—Cold wave spreading over state this afternoon and tonight; rain or sleet this afternoon changing to freezing rain and snow west and north; windy and cold Sunday with sleet or freezing rain southeast and diminishing snows west and north; low tonight near 10 northwest to 30 extreme southeast: high Sunday 15 northwest to 20s southeast. Minimum this morning—53. Maximum yesterday—57. Sunrise tomorrow—6 :-12. Sunset today—5:47. Precipitation last 24 hours lo 7 p.m. - none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to riaie—3.96 This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—05. Minimum this morning—45. PrrcipltAtion January 1 to date — 10.2-}. Assembly to Get Income Tax Hike Bill Next Week Measure i$ Last Of Gov. Faubus' Tax Proposals By RAY STEPHENS LITTLE ROCK ffl — A bill to increase the sales tax over a 13- month period — the last of Gov. Orval Faubus' tax measures—will be offered to the General Assembly early next week. Faubus indicated yesterday that the bill will get his full support, even though he has suggested an alternate temporary increase for two years. The boost would be from two to three per cent. "The bill has been prepared except for the allocation of the revenue," said Faubus. "and .will go 10 the General Assembly Monday or Tuesday." In referring to the 13-month proposal as his bill, Faubus indicated '.hut he would .support it in preference to the two-year plan. Proposed Both The governor proposed both tenv orary increases as possible sources of 510,300,000 in additional funds for public education. If the 13-month plan is approved, the money would be allocated over a two-year period. If the alternate proposal is adopted, the schools would get the full amount each of tbe two years. Rep. Guy French of Poinsett County introduced the two-year bill shortly .after Faubus suggested to See ASSEMBLY on Page 8 Chinese Pilots Sink 15 More Red Ships Five Others Said Damaged In 2nd Day of Sea Raiding By FRED HAMPSON TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — Chinese Nationalist pilots reported sinking 15 motorized armed Communist junks and damaging five others today in the second day of heavy air and surface strikes against the Reds. The air force said its planes caught the Communist craft near the Taishan Islands, 120 miles northwest of Formosa, which the Reds apparently are trying to build up. Twenty-three of the ships were sighted. This \vafi in the same area where <•• the Nationalist air force and navy i claimed to have sunk 21 Red ships and a submarine yesterday. Tonight's communique said all planes returned safely. There was no mention of any opposition by Chinese Communist planes. Pciping radio charged Friday night that residents of the abandoned Tachens, 200 miles northwest of Formosa, "were murdered during the hasty flight of traitor Chaing Kai- shek's forces.' The propaganda broadcast charged that Chinese Red troops occupying Russia Reverses Stand— World-Wide Freeze On Armaments Urged _ _^ _„„,,.,...„, MOSCOW (AP) — Reiterating her 9-year-old stand on iower Tachen island found ThVcorp- j arms questions, the Soviet Union has called for a world freeze ses under a thin layer of soil. The | on armaments and the immediate destruction of all atomic and Nationalists, protected by the u.s. hydrogen weapons 7th Fleet, evacuated the Tachens •— ^ • f Fire Hits Negro School at Holland Second Pemiscot Colored School Damaged by Flames' Fire struck another Pemiscot County Negro school yesterday when the Holland district's school •as heavily damaged by flames. I tory radioed for air cover, but no Superintendent L. N Kinder said | Red planes appeared. early this month. TaJshiins Hit Another communique reported Nationalist planes heavily bombed installations on the Taishans last night and possibly destroyed one warship. It apparently was the same claim made in a late com- munique yesterday. The Reds appeared to be making an intensive effort to build up on the Taishans which are within striking range of Nationalist positions on Nanchishan Island. Newspapers reported earlier that Chinese Communist troops and supply ships sunk yesterday in Nationalist China's biggest naval vic- the buliding was covered by a total of $4,000 insurance. Available for classes is a lunch oom which will take care of grades five and six. The seventh and eighth grades did not lose their quarters, it was reported. 100 to Churches Grades one through four—about 100 students—will be handled in | churches, according to present I ilans. j Meanwhile, Holland's school! joard was scheduled to meet and determine what action will be taken to replace the four-room brick wilding. Mr. Kinder said CLetus Bailey has offered his club building at the ilate line, but It was not known if .he Holland board would need or use the building. It was about a month ago that Steele's district lost its only Negro chool by fire. The 21 Sunk Yesterday Nationalists claimed 21 The Russian declaration was is-sued last night, a week before the scheduled reopening of disarmament discussions in London by a United Nations subcommittee. It announced that Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Oromyko and Jacob Malik, Russian ambassador to London, would represent the Soviet Union in the talks. Insisting: that Western powers were intensifying the arms race and production of atomic weapons by pushing for the rearmament of Western Germany, the statement said: "The Soviet government considers atomic weapons should be banned and effective international ships and a submarine sunk in the blazing action near the Taishan Islands, 120 miles northwest of Formosa and 15 miles from the See CHINESE on Pape 8 and J/yt/iev///e Youth Very Much Alive Jimmy Buffington is safe sound. His father, 0. D. Buffington. said today neither he nor his son had any idea how a rumor started concerning young Buffington's death. A widespread report last night and this morning had it that the young Buffington was killed in a car accident. Jimmy, who attends a radio-TV school in Memphis, first heard the news last night when he surprised a group of friends, who had heard he'd been killed. Other people called the Buffington home today inquiring about the accident. to exclusive utilization of atomic materials for peaceful purposes. 2. Not to increase the size See RUSSIA on Page 8 of County Joins Nation In Heart Sunday Blytheville.and Mississippi County will loin other communities over the nation tomorrow in participating in National Heart Sunday. Workers here will be part of the giant team of volunteers .who will make house-to-house canvasses in the interest of raising funds for the heart drive. Money donated to the fund will be used" for two purposes. Half of all funds remain in Mississippi County and will be used by the county Heart Association to sponsor additional free heart clinics. The Heart Association also purchases items of equipment to be used in Osceola and Chickasawba hospitals in connection with heart diagnosis. Remainder of the funds goes to the Arkansas Heart Association which cooperates with the national group in research on heard diseases. AH homes in the community are driving a vehicle without a driver's to be solicited tomorrow afternoon. license: Persons unable to make contri- Luther L. Lancaster, Pete E. Bias, outions otherwise may make checks i Eran Keith. Hulon Holmes. O. D. payable to Mississippi County Heart j Rhodes. Grace Hoskins, Alvie .Brat- Association and mail thorn to Post i ton, E. H. Schultz. Mrs. Paul Whis- Office Box 91, Blytheville. | tie and Mrs. William Ray. Prisoners Gouge Hole in Jail Wall And Negroes Go Right Through At Caruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE — Two 30- year-old Negroes escaped from the city jail here last night at about 8:3 ° "y breaking throush an eight- mcn DncK wau The escapees are Sol Booker, Jr., and James Lee. Booker is nicknamed "Skinner" and is 6-2 and Wel 6hs 168 pounds. Booker was serv- ™ * Charge °' M " control established for the prohibition of atomic weapons and the reduction of arms and armed forces, first of all of the major powers International Agreement "An important step in that direction would be an international agreement under which the states would make a solemn pledge to refrain from using such weapons. The statement proposed that a genera! international conference on reduction Disarmaments be held. The Soviet Union wants the na- Nobody Else Left tions: j Although the escapees left both 1. To "abolish completely the [ the cell and front doors of the stocks of atomic and hydrogen ! jail unlocked, the six remaining i bombs which states possess, lead- | prisoners made no attempt to es- s-iand weigh., 125 pounds. He ^ ,. R £ ^ sen _ tence Qn „ ut , al . cenv ch Booker was t in jal , on M d and ^ had been in ,„ ^ T raffle Cases Heard by Court Freddie Collins. Negro, pleaded guilty on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in municipal court today. Eleven were charged with driving vehicles without drivers' licenses. One forfeited a 519.75 bond and ten others had charges against them dismissed. Mack Lewis forfeited a $19.75 bond on the charge of driving a vehicle without a driver's Th« following had the charge of cape. The six remaining prisoners made this report of the escape: They were all asleep and were awakened at the sound of bricks being broken. Several prisoners said that, they awoke tthen they heard [he esca- See PRISONERS on Page 8 Y Official Here On Monday To Talk to Students Harold Earner, director of admissions of the YMCA's George Williams College in Chicago, will be on hand to interview students interested in making Y work their careers Monday afternoon. HP will be available for interviews at. Blytheville High School durm? school hours Monday and is to meet with a group of principals, ministers and others at 3:45 p.m. in the high school. This meeting, it was announced, is open to the public. Junior Tourney Nears Climax - LtichvilU't Klin«r Scorn . . . ire F«n* Cheer . . . . . Ankki Tiped for Moody , . . . Brief Joy for Pip RMt*ri . ,

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