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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 283 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS W. German Solons Pressing Toward Rearmament Vote Socialists Rally Forces For a Last-Ditch Battle By GEORGE BOULTWOOD BONN, Germany (AP) — Opposition Socialists rallied their forces today for a last ditch—but apparently hopeless- struggle to block the Paris treaties rearming West Germany. As the parliamentary battle over ratification entered its third day, the clashing lawmakers faced the prospect of an all-night session before reaching a vote. All hope for French approval of German sovereignty and rearmament rested on the outcome. Despite the fierceness of the G«n. John E. Hull Army Announces Hull's Retirement U.S. and U.N. Far East Commander to Quit Duties April 30 By C. YATES MCDANIKL WASHINGTON tffi—The Army today announced the retirement April 30 of Gen, John E. Hull, U.S. and U.N, commander in chief in the Far East. His successor was not named immediately. Hull will leave the Army after more than 37 years service and just one month before he would be subject to compulsory retirement. Hull Is the fourth Army general to hold the top command in the For East, starting with Gen. Douglas MacArthur. May lie Taylor • The announcement of his retirement, coming at a time when Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, second ranking U.S. commander in the Western Pacific, is in Washington, stirred speculation Taylor '.s'ould succeed Hull. The Defense Department has declined to comment on .such published reports. It has also kept officially quiet about other reports that the top command in the Far East would pass to nne of the other services, possibly the Air Force, now that there has been n large reduction in the number of Army troops stationed in Japan and Korea. Took Over Job Taylor, who commanded the 8th Army in Korea, took over one of Hull's top jobs last November when he became commander of U.S. Army Forces. Far East. Hull is a veteran of both World j Wars and served successively ns I assistant chief, deputy chief and vice chief of staff for the Army before he went to Japan in October 1953. Hull entered the Army in 1917! after graduating from Miami University in his home state of Ohio. He was in charge of the big atomic weapons test at Eniwetok in the spring of 1948. fight, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer seemed certain of victory in his drive to push the pacts through the Bundestag, the lower House of the West German Parliament. Virtually Conceded The Socialists virtually conceded defeat in advance by summoning party chiefs to a conference immediately after the close of debate "to consider the new political situation." There was no clear indication when the final vote might come. Using near-filibuster tactics of long speeches and frequent interruptions, the opponents of the pacts have delayed the proceedings so much that today's schedule showed a big backlog of speakers. Although the Bundestag rarely sits after midnight, the government anxious for quick ratification, was ready to continue the debate into Sunday morning ii necessary to reach an end at this sitting. Semi-final Vote The House was scheduled to take a semifinal vote after all .sectioas of the treaties have been discussed. Then Adenauer and Socialist party Chief Erich Ollenhauer were to make their last bid for support before the final ballot. If approved, the ratification laws must be returned to the Bumie.srat (upper House) for final •action before being sent to Presl- den^ Theodor Heuss for his signature. The four treaty laws before the •Bundestag would: End Occupation 1. End the 10-year Allied occupation of We.st Germany, 2. Authorize the Western Big Three Powers -- France, Britain and the United States—to maintain armed forces in West Germany, 3. Admit West Germany into the 7-nation West European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 4. "Europennlze" the strategic Saar. The government seemed certain to win overwhelming majorities on the first three. Only the troublesome Saar agreement face a close squeeze. Under the agreement, the Stuir would be controlled by a European commission. The hc.avily-in- du.striali7.ed area, German before World War II, is now autonomous but tied economically to France. Chinese Planes Sink 2 More Red Ships Air Force Hits Fleet Off Coast of Wuchiu Island By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — Nationalist warplanes early today attacked Chinese Commu- ni '- craft northwest of the tiny island of Wuchiu in the Formosa Strait and destroyed two, air force headquarters reported. The communique .did not describe the type of tonnage of the Red ships. It said all Nationalist planes returned safely. Ear'ier, the Defense Ministry re-* • ' | ported Chinese Red gunboats j ^^ House-Passed TaxCut Bill Faces Uncertain Reception, in Senate \ shelled Nationalist-held Wuchiu but [ .said it wa.s not regarded as pre- (liminary to an invasion attempt. I The Nationalist Ministry said the ! exchange of gunfire at tiny Wu- chiu, 80 miles west of Formosa and less than a half square mile in area,-broke out when 11 Communist gunboats and armed motorized junks happened to pass by. A communique said two of the Red craft were damaged heavily. Pledges Quemoy Fight In Taipei, Nationalist Premier O.K. Yui told the Legislative Yuan (Parliament) that Chiang Kai- By JACK HAND WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposed S20-a-person income shek's forces would "in no cir- tax cut voted by the House yesterday headed today for an un- cumstances- give up Quemoy and! certain reception within the Senate Finance Committee. the Matsus without a fight. ItOUSlNG FINALK — BIytheville's twice-beaten Chickasaws roared to an 82-58 victory over the Leachville Lions last night before an overflow crowd at the final home game for the Chicks this season. The victory was the third over Leachville for Coach Jimmy Fisher's Tribe and gave the Chicks their best regular season record In his- tory at 25-2. In the photo above, Chick center Fred Hodge (No. 95i drives around the post for a lay up. Norman Ward of Leachville makes a futile effort to stop the score. Other Leachville players are Darren Blocker (No. 25; and Joe Hauls (No. 24). (Courier News Photo) Wafer Survey Bill Gets Legislature's Approval By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A water rights bill finally got through the Legislature yesterday! in their avowed plans to "liberate" — but it wasn't the kind of bill that was talked about when the session opened a month and a half ago. The successful bill merely provides for another two years of study on the question of how water from Arkansas lakes and streams should be alloted. The Premier said those Islands were vital to the defense of Formosa and the Pescadores and added that he believed American i experts should agree. The United Slates is committed to defend un| specified areas which it deems nec- ' eKsavy to the defense of Formosa i and the Pescadores. I The Matsus are 100 miles west' of Formosa's northern tip and straddle the approaches to the Communist port of Foochow, Quemoy, farther south, juts into the Red harbor of Amoy. In Formosa Strait Wuchiu is in the Formosa Strait -oout 10 miles south of Red-held Isanjih Island. The main value it would have for.the Reds would be as propaganda, for they could then give i the impression of making progress Chairman Byrd (D-Va) called committee vote on the bill then for testimony Monday by Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey. Byrd, who opposes the reduction, announced he would try to get a Haas Innocent, Jury Decides MEMPHIS, Term. I/D — A jury toclny found Eugene D. Hans, 26. of Frnzee, Minn., Innocent of a charge he slaughtered his sickly wife in a bloody climax to nn unhappy marriage. Haas, 26, a Nnvy disbursing clerk first class, was charged with killing his wife, Myrtle, 30, last Oct. 25. Holland Man Is Reported Missing Bennie J ; Harris, age 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Porter Harris of Holland, Mo., has been reported missing since Sunday night by his parents. Harris, superintendent of the high school at Parma, Mo., has not been seen since leaving a friend's house at Steele Sunday night en route to Parnia, according to his mother. Police officers and numerous friends and acquaintances have been searching for the missing man all week, but no evidence as to hi.s whereabouts had been found today. He reportedly loft his parents' home Sunday evening nt 8:30 planning to di;ive back lo Parma where ho, has hi.s residence. After stopping at a service sta- Uon in Holland, for g;\s, he continued to Steele, where he visited in the home of Murlon Utley until 10:30. He left there on his way to Parma and has not been seen since. his mother said. Hi.s parents did not know he was missing until Tuesday when the Parmn school superintendent called to inquire about him. He said he had not shown up nt school Monday. Harris is ft'fl", heavy set, (ap- proximnteiy 190 pounds) and has dark curly hnir. He was driving a 2-tone 1954 Buick Riviera. He is not married. Dead 38 Years, Caruthersville Negro Will Get Burial at Last CARUTHERSVILLE — Funeral services will be held In Memphis Sunday for a Negro man who died here 38 years tvgo. Ed Cochran, a laborer, died in 1B17. He had no family so LnForge Funeral Home embalmed the body and waited to see if any relatives would show up. No one ever dirt so the funeral home just held the body and never buried it. Eventually his relatives in Indi- nn^polis, Ind., heard about the body but were not In a flnanclnl to hnvt a ftmortU. His brother, Ezra Lee Cochrrm of Memphis, Is the only member of Ed's family still living nnd recently he decided to look into the matter and find out if the funeral home here still had the body. Noel Dean, tliu owner of LfiForge Funeral Home, said a representative of the Victory Funeral Home of Memphis came here Inst week, furnished proof that the deceased wns a brother lo Ezrn Lee, Hnd took tho body back to Memphis. For many years tho body of Ed hns been » topic for the curious Dulles Visits Rangoon For Friendly Ta!S<s' RANGOON, Burma (AP} — Secretary of State Dulles today came here to have "full and friendly" talks with Burmese leaders. Many Burmese believe Dulles is here to try to win Prime Minister U Mi over to the side of the West in thr coid war, but the secretary said after his arrival: "I did not come here to woo or be wr,d*ed." Tiio secretary flew to Rangoon this morning from Bangkok 'whore the first conference of Manila Pact powers wa.s concluded yesterday. Dulles was greeted at the airport by Foreign Minister Sao Khun Ilkio; the Australian, Indian, French and Pakistan ministers; and representatives of Nepal, Holland, Japan, Ihily and Britain, Leaves Tomorrow Dulles sped through police-guarded .streets to the home of President Ba U. Later he called on Prime Minister U Nu whom he described as "one of the leaders for whom we have a great respect." Dullos leaves tomorrow for Manila where he will preside over a meeting of the chiefs of American missions in Southeast Asia before returning home. U, Weather Northeast Arkansas: Mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers nnd thunderstorms this ,afternoon tonight and Sunday. Turning much colder. Highs this afternoon mid- GO's. Low tonight, in mid-50's. Missouri—Mostly cloudy this afternoon and tonight with rain changing to snow mixed with freezing drizzle or freezing rain north-west nnd extreme north this -nUcrnoon md nortli and central tonight. Showers south late this afternoon or tonight. Much colder north and west-central by evening and over most of state tonight. Sunday cloudy and much colder with occasional rain south nnd snow or freezing rain south nnd snow or freezing rain north and central. Low tonight 1520 northwest, to 40's bootheel. High Saturday 20's north to 30's south. Minimum tills morn MIL;—SO, \fnxtmiim yrsicrtlny—fi,l Sunrise tomorrow—(I ;35. 8\maeV lotlny—5'.52. Mcnn temperature—$2.5. Prficlpltntlon ln«t 4B hours to 7 p.m. Precipitation Jnn. 1 to dnlc—5.01, Thin Date l.nsl Year Maximum yrsterflny—73. Minimum this mo.nlii;,—;tfl. Precipitation January 1 to dnto — St Francis Basin, Other Projects Up For Discussion A hearing here at which time j Memphis District Corps of Engi' neers will receive data concerning drainage and flood control problems has been scheduled for the court house on March 31. Announcement of the hearing WHS m;icie today by Col. E. B. Downing, district engineer. "It is desired that the discussion - . . bo confined to the urea, bordering the Mississippi in Arknnsas above the mouth of the St. Fnmcis ! River and the arm covered by the . St. Francis and L'Ancuille iliver j basins in Arkansas and Missouri,' ' Colonel Downing stated. This includes, he pointed out, the St. Francis Basin Project. Asks Improvement Data "Up-to-date information concerning major drainage improvements previously requested should be presented at this hearing," he said. All interested persons, federal and state agencies are invited to attend the hearing. "Oral statements will be heard, but for accuracy of record all important facts and arguments should be submitted in writing, In quadruplicate, as the records of the hearing will be forwarded for consideration by the Department of the Army," Colonel Downing said. Written statements may be handed to Colonel Downing or mailed to him before the hearing. The session begins in the circuit courtroom at 9 n.m. Earl Coppedge On TV Program Earl Pride Coppedge. son of Mr, nnd Mrs. 0. W. Coppedge, will appear on the Toast of the Town television program on Channel 13 Sim- day night as R member of The Citadel choir. He's n student nt The Cilndcl in "'•"M'Jeston, S. P. The program is lo begin fit 7 p.m. • The measure provoked warm debate and unsuccessful attempts to amend it before it ptts.sed the House after having previously been a proved in the Senate. It now goes to Gov. Orval FaiibU-s lor approval or veto. Sen. :\Inrvin Melton of Jone.sboro and others in both the Senate and House had a measure a!re:;tiy prepared in rsmbli-h ;' sv ; -t'. i m nf priorities for u.-'t of w.ucr when the Leg;i5':;ture conver.od. Still on Calendar Strong opposition developed, however, and Md'.nn ^-"- v -.';.htiv:\v\n hi.s Scpau 1 bill. An kV;:;leal bill, olfererl in ihe Ho».-•;•• ny M;trn;s Kowell nf Philhr-.- CXjjyv. i? ,-ili on the rriior.dar bu*. \v:;;i !:i;ie iippsi- rent chance of p.is/^e. The bill the Hou?e passed 54-3:: yesterday also is by Melton. It would set up an ll-meinbrr commission — seven members to be appointed by the governor, two by the lieutenant governor ana two by the House speaker — to make a water rights study and report, to the 1957 legislature. The bill was called up in the House by Rep. Charlie G. Johnston See ASSEMBLY on Page 8 Formosa. The Ministry reported Red war- craft shelled Wuchiu about the 1 ; time Nationalist warships bom- i barded small Red-held Peichishan, 12'2 miles north of abandoned | Nanehishan, formerly northern i anchor of Chiang Kai-shek's Isi land outposts. i The defense ministry said the i ships bombarded military installa- ' Uons. started fires, and returned j to base safely. Underground Contacts The latest Nationalist report me Rf6s are shining forces southward toward I he Formosa Strait ares come> from the Tntao News to bring it before the Senate next week. In addition to the proposed $20 slash effective next Jan. for each taxpayer and each of his dependents, the measure would continue corporation income taxes at 52 per cent instead of permitting them to drop to 47 per cent on April 1. It also would extend excise levies on liquor, tobacco, gasoline, automobiles and other items at present levels. Predicts Defeat Byrd said he believes the committee will strike out the Democratic-sponsored income tax cub i which survived a 210-205 House vote before that chamber passed Dixie the bill 242-175. But Sen, George (D-Ga), on whom Byrd was counting heavily as an ally, said in a separate interview that he wants to canvass the situation thoroughly before he decides what steps to take. This statement represented an apparent change in views by the Georgia senator since President Defense Heard In McCrary Trial Witnesses Say Defendant Changed After Marriage CARUTHERSVILLE — Dh McCrary was in the process of sueing James (Bill) McCrary for $40,000 in a divorce action, according to William H. Edwards of Doniphan. Mo., who took the witness stand Friday in the first- degree murder trial of James McCrary. McCrary is accused of fatally shooting his wife, Dixie, on a! Eisenhower last Wednesday de- Hayti, Mo., street Sept. 13, 1953. Edwards lived near Hayti at the time of the shooting and revealed that Dixie had previously told him about the divorce suit. Backing up the claim of the nounced the income tax cut as "reaching some-kind of heights in fiscal irresponsibility." Previously George had said that he considered the proposal "unwise and unfortunate" at this time. Tightened Lines House Democrats, headed by Speaker Rnyburn of Texas, tightened their lines after Eisenhower's statement and won what many defense that McCrary was temporarily insane. seven defense witnesses said that McCrary had! "changed since m;\rrying Dixie.' "Nervous" Acency, operated by the Interior j Boyd Pruitt said that McCrary j of them considered a political vic- M;:ii?try. • gradually became nervous after the j tory over thr administration. On The ar.cncy, which specializes in • marmae ar.d eventually acted i the key 210-205 vote, the tax cut reports from Hed China, where it | jjke a "crazy man." . , j was supported by 205 Democrats claims to have underground con-j Edwards al.so said that McCrary! and o Republicans, nnd opposed by ian?. said a Communist fleet left was going crazy. Chris Dockery. ; 16 Democrats nnd 189 Republicans, the north China port of Tsmglao; a 60-year-old farmer, w-ho has i He told newsmen while visiting Feb. 50 Sor the Poochow area of'_ known McCrary for 15 years, said j at Gettysburg, Pa., that, "the very Fukien. opposite the Matsu group he would not talk and had gone closeness" of the House vote en- of islands. The agency said the fleet included six new-type torpedo boats, crazy. ! couras^ed him ,to believe the Senate Pat Clemens, an elderly woman ; will kill the proposal, who knew Mrs. McCrary, said j George, regarded as the key to G. S. Dounis Co. City's Newest Business Firm 20 landing craft, and twelve gun-j McCrary changed after the mar-1 whether senate Democrats can boats. j riage and could not stick to a sub- j weW a str ong party vote, said he Most of them, it said, were | Ject while talking to anyone. [ is worried primarily by the possi- turned over to Red China by Soviet Mitcne n Hogan. Jr.. a gin mana-; bility that the House may refuse Russia last November. ^^ Jaid he Sfiw McCrar y 10 mm . I lo volc any lax y^ if tne 520 cut utes before the shooting. He stated | is stricken out. that McCrary was "starry eyed," had a blank face, and just mumbled. . Wilbur Stonley said McCrary was nervous and Buck Clemens stated that McCrary had gone to The $20 reduction would cost the Treasury about $2,200,000,000 in revenue over a full year, and about 815 millions, in the six months it would be effective in the next fiscal year. On the other hand, the George S- DmriA Company. Inc.. of Little Rock, is rstablishing a mechanical contracting business for commercial and residential projects of plumbing, air conditioning, heating and any of her installation which requires piping. To be located fit 1014 West Main Street across from Lango School the office, plant and service department will be housed in this building. John Loy Bishop is engineer and manager of the Blythcville office which currently has two mechanical contracts at the air base here. The service department will provide repairs for installations already in use. Mr. Bishop, a retired commander of the United States Navy, was until recently a member of the faculty of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.. A graduate of the academy, with n bachelor of science degree, he bns done extensive post graduate, work in engineering. Entering the academy in 1935 after attending the University of Arkansas, Mr. Bishop hns ft long record, of active sea duty along with his work nt the academy. Mrs. Bishop is the former Miss Virginia Martin, daughter of Mrs, Tom P. Martin and the late Mr. Mnrtin of Dell. Mr. Dnunis also was graduated from the Nnvnl Academy where he and Mr. Bishop met in lfl3R. Mrs. Davntp liv's in Little Roe! p wVre he directs the firm there, but will ftpend aomc time In Blythcville. DWI Charge Brings Fine Shannon Miller, Negro, pleaded guilty on n charge of driving while [ pieces and took no interest in bus-| corporation and excise taxes that dru 1 .* and was lined SIM and costs ' ' " —'- '-•-' -"-''• - —'-- * i and sentenced to 24 hours in jail Jin municipal court here today. In the other case heard in municipal court today Frozen Foods Express Co. forfeited a $50 bond on a charge of operating ,out a cab card. a truck with- West Memphis Senator Dies MEMPHIS tfi — Sen. Lamar L. Rodgers, 72-year-old veteran of the Arkansas Legislature, is dead. The white - thatched legislator, known to nil his fellow lawmakers as "Papa", died late yesterday" at a Memphis hospital, where he underwent surgery earlier this month. A retired contractor and planter, Sen. Rodgers began his legislative career in 1945 as a representative from Crittenden County. Holder at AACO Meet Worth Holder, past president of the Arkansas Association of Commercial Organization Executives, left this morning to attend a board meeting of the organization. Mr, Holder is secretary-mannger of the Blythcville Chamber of Commerce. Victory Not Expected RED BANK, N. J. W— Democrat Leon Kcyscrlinpr told a Roosevelt day dinner of the local Americans for Democratic Action Inst \night lie does not expect a Democratic presidential victory to 1066. otherwise might expire raise about Thf;e witnesses for the prosecu-; three billion dollars annually and. tion said, in the morning session: would be applied during most of Friday, that they saw McCrary fire: the fiscal year, two shots into the pickup truck in! "I don't believe the House will which Mrs. McCrary was found! reverse its vote on the $20 tax See WITNESSES on Page 8 'cut." George said. MiMlilill ions lor I.HM By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM IJept. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NEA Service Lent, is a reminder that Jesus "fasted 40 days and 40 nights" (Matthew 4: 2, RSV). When the Hindu mystic. Sadhu Sundar Singh, became a Christian, he felt that he ought in every way to imitate his Lord. Going alone into the desert, he noted down in his New Testament the exact day on which his fast began. Then he gathered ft heap, of 40 stones. One of these he threw away each day. We do not know how Jesus measured the time, but "40" was a symbolic number frequently used by the Hebrews. It often figured in the history Jesus knew and loved. When Ho w,as transfigured, Moses and Elijah appeared, "talking with him" (Matthew 17: 3, RSV), Moses and Elijah represented the Law and the Prophets, and symbolized two great eras in the life of the nation. When Moses went up to Slnal, "he was there with the Lord 40 days and 40 nights" (Exodus 34: ae, RSV). When God renewed ttw strength of the discouraged Elijah, he "went In the strength of th»t food 40 days and 40 night" (I Kings 10: 8, RSVi. Forty Is a good round number signifying completion. When the Gospel writers tell us that Jesus was In the wilderneso "40 dty> and 40 nights," they are telling us that His temptation w»« genuint, His hunger pushed to the extreme. No play-acting about this! H* knows what we human beings have to go through!' Jesui In "one who In every respect h>» been tempted M wt H«, fit wMhMt i*r-'n" HMHWM fc H, MV).