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Thursday, March 3, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT MOKIHtAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 287 Blythevllte Courier Blythevillo Dally Nen Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1955 EIGHTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTi CADETS GET WINGS — Gerald Snyder (left) and Fay Davis became Blythevllle Civil Air Patrol Squadron's first cadets to win their aerial observer wings. They logged 80 hours of observer time in the air and received wings last night from Squadron Commander Percy Wright at the Dixie Pig. (Courier News Photo) Blythevllle's CJAP Squadron now has about 15 teen-age boys enlisted in Its cadet program. The youngsters are eligible to make training trips each summer and participate In CAP training in regular meetings throughout the year. • Boys in the 14-18 age bracket who maintain passing grades in school are eligible to become CAP cadets. Senate Committee Opens Inquiry Of Stock Market By ED CREAGH WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee opened a full scale investigation of the Stock Market anc heard from its first witness that the 18-month-old boom in stock prices reflects a sound economy and a hopeful future for the nation. + G. Keith Funston, president ol the New York Stock Exchange testified he sees no likelihood thai tlie market's steadily upward price swing—to levels higher than 1929 records—will end in a crash like that of 25 years ago. The youthful - looking Funston headed a sizable delegation of Wall Streeters and other financial figures at this opening session of the first congressional look into stock market openilions since 1934. The scene, brightly illuminated by ncwsreel floodlights, was the ornate caucus, room of the Senate Office BuildirfS. Fulbrijfht Chairman Chairman Fulbiight (D-Ark), who applied the term "friendly" to the investigation, said Holland Teacher Is in California Bennie Harris Phones From San Diego; Details Lacking By II. L. YEAGER HOLLAND—Pemiscot County Sheriff's office was notified at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday that Bonnie J. Harris, missing Parma High School principal, had been located at San Diego, Calif. According to Clyde Orion, chief deputy, the information was in the form of cancellation notice of their radio broadcast alarm which was begun last, week through the ofTice.s of the Pemiscot County sheriff and the State Highway Patrol. He snid there were no details. Harris wns reported missing late last Tuesday afternoon by his father, Porter K. Harris of Holland, after the Harris family had received a telephone call from Superintendent W. A. Morrick of Pnrma schools. Superintendent Merrick stated that Hnrris, 27, had not shown up for school duties Monday morning. The sheriff's office and State Highway Patrol were asked to help locate him, foul play being the first supposition of the family. This theory was first investigated because it was known tha,t Harris hnd a sum of over $100 on him. He had offered a $100 bill in payment when buying gasoline at a Holland service station nt 8:30 Sunday evening before supposedly leaving for Parma nt 10:30 from a Sri&Hl's home in Stccle. At the parents' home in Holland, the Courier News correspondent was told that He. rris hnd Just called them and that they hnd talked W him at about 12:25. His father stated that he told Sec HOLLAND on Pape I Record Expenditure NEW YORK WP) — The National Council of Churches hns announced it will spend a record $1,405,000 thin year on religious films, television and radio programs, an increase of $246,000 over 1054. advance statement its purpose is "education, not accusation." Fulbright said the committee wants to find out if changing government and business policies "have influenced the present behavior of the stock market for good or ill." The committee's senior Republican. Sen Capehnrt of Indiana, spoke out in blunter language, declaring in an interview: "My interest is to find out if there is any skulduggery or rigging of the market. I have reason to believe there is, but I shall be watchful for facts or information to that end." Higher Than 1929 The inquiry opened with stock market prices already higher than in 1929 and still rising. The boom which began in September 1953 carried prices to the highest level in their history at the close of on the New York exchange yesterday. The Associated Press averaged of 60 selected stocks rose to $162 yesterday, an Increase for the day of SI.40. Funston said in prepared lesti- mcny, however, that these prices can't really be compared with 1929 figures beca use, for one thing, of "the substantial decline in the value of the dollar in the past quarter century." "The price inflation we have seen since 1929," he said, "would by itself mean that—in terms of purchasing power—prices will not reach 1923 levels until—in terms of dollars—they exceed 1929 levels by 50 per cent or more." The stock exchange president went on to say there arc "some similarities" between 1929 and 1954 See STOCK on P*ge 2 Deadline Set for Nominations In Woman of the Year Event Deadline (or entries In Blythe- vllle's Woman of the Year event, winner to be announced nt ft bnn- quet April 5, hns been set for March 31, according to Mrs. Frnnccr, Onm- mlll, president of the city council of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, sponsors of the nward. All nominations must be submitted by the deadline dntc ,and should be sent to Woman of the Year, Box 001, Blythevllle. Committees 'or the event, sponsored by the sororities three Bly- ttrcvillc chapters, Alpha Alpha, Alpha Delta find XI XI—nlao were announced today by Mn. OammlU, Mrs. Utho Barnes ii general chairman. Other commitees include: Speaker committee—Mrs. George Anderson. Mrs. J. D. Davis. Mrs. Elwood Dcen; food committee — Mrs. Jim Prnothermnn, Mrs. Foy Etchleson, Mrs. E. L. Boggs; ticket committee — Miss Vera Qoodrlch, Mrs. Wallace Smith, Miss. BIJlle Jane Kodgcrs; decoration* committee—Mrs. Jack Owen, Mrs. Harold Wood, Mrs. Cecil Kcllcy. The April S dinner In honor of the woman of the year will be held In the Plantation Room at Hotel Noble. Democrats in Senate Threaten Slowdown On Ike's Tax Measure By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible slowdown by the Senate Democratic leadership on the administration-backed tax bill threatened today to bring on a floor fight rivaling in bitterness that which preceded House passage. Colleagues said Sen. Clements pf+ —— Kentucky, acting Democratic leader, has let it be known he favors delaying the start of debate until March 14. His only public comment was that the bill would be handled "in regular order." House Democrats, over the vigorous opposition of President Eisenhower, had written into the bill a $20 income tax cut for everyone effective next Jan. 1. The Senate Finance Committee struck out that cut, leaving in the bill only a year's extension beyond April 1 of present corporation and excise tax rates now bringing in three billion dollars a year. "Delay Not Justified" Chairman Byrd (D-Va) of the Finance Committee, who led the fight there against the $20 income tax cut, said in a separate interview there would be "no justification" for delaying Senate action beyond the middle of next week. ' "We are going to move to bring this bill up then, if it becomes necessary to do that," he said. Ordinarily the majority leader schedules when legislation is taken up. But his timetable could be upset if the Senate voted otherwise. With this in mind, Sen. Knowland of California, the GOP floor leader, opposed a request by Sen. Kerr fD-Okla) to permit a Finance Committee minority to file a report "when written." Knowland and Kerr, who backs the $20 tax cut, finally agreed at Byrd's suggestion on a Tuesday noon deadline. GOP to Oppose It Sen. Barkley (D-Ky) said the proposed $20 cut — which would cost the treasury $2,200,000,000 in receipts in a full year—would be offered on the Senate floor. Chairman Bridges (R-NH) of the Republican Policy Committee predicted an almost solid GOP vote against it. As related by an influential party member who didn't want to be quoted publicly, Democratic strategy was to delay any final action by Congress until the eve of the excise-corporation tax reduction date. If they could corral the votes, the Democrats then would present Eisenhower with a bill extending the corporation and excise levies but cutting the personal income tax. Dulles Tells Chiang: Isles Not on Bargaining Table U.S. Prdist Expelled By Russia By STANLEY JOHNSON MOSCOW (fl—With tears streaming down his cheeks, an American Roman Catholic priest bade farewell to his weeping congregation today. He was saying his final Mass before expulsion from the J Soviet Union. Americans, Britons and other members of Moscow's Western diplomatic colony, came to the service in the chapel adjoining the apartment of the Rev. George BIs- sonnette, of Central Falls, R.I., the only foreign Roman Catholic priest in Russia. Soviet police told Father Bissonette yesterday his passport was being lifted. He must get out of the country by Saturday. No reason was given. U. S. Protests The U.S. government protested that the ouster violates an agreement in the 1933 RooseVelt-Litvln- off pact granting American recognition to the Soviet Union. U.S. authorities contend the pact gave Americans the right to have a clergyman, priest or rabbi in Moscow to serve American citizens. Western observers speculated that the expulsion order might be in retaliation for the refusal of the U.S. government last week to let the Metropolitan Boris of the Russian Orthodox Church extend the visit he has been making to the United States. Father* Bissonnette, after repeatedly breaking down during his service, told his listeners to worship in the future at the local church of St. Marie de Francais. "If you cannot confress in Russian or Polish, just tell the father fa Russian priest) that you CUBS TO CAPITAL—This group of Cub Scouts set out to Visit the state capital yesterday. They went with Mrs. Jimrnie Edwards, wife of Legis- lator Jimmie Edwards, who took Den Three of Pack Four, and were accompanied by other parents of the Cubs. (Courier News Photo) Gov want absolution and you'll receive it," he instructed them. "And now in our last prayer, he added, "we pray for Russia a we always do." The chapel was nearly filled thi; . Fau.bus Lashes AEA For Sales Tax Bill Views B.V KAY STEPHENS * * * LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Orval Faubus today lashed! the Arkansas Education Association for its lukewarm endorse- < ment of his proposed sales tax increase and said, "The school 1 people cannot escape from some responsibility for the tax measure." The AEA. influential organiza- inn of teachers and school admin- If they failed to attach the $20 ] morning with ambassadors' wives, provision in the Senate—as seemed their children and others—many of ,:,.-,_. j,.... i_M. „,;_!,. -it„ i,, „ Them weeping also—seeking to comfort the priest who. has served them since January 1953. Several diplomats' wives offered to help him with his packing. He plans to | See PRIEST on Page 2 likely—the bill might die in Senate-House conference and Democrats then could blame Republicans for thwarting compromise attempts. Red Cross Drive Stands At $2,700 Advance Gifts Phase of Red Cross Fund Campaign has received istrators, said yesterday in a statement that Faubus' boost the sales tax proposal from two to three per cent for 13 months was not a "school tax" but a general tax. "While the AEA is supporting i Gov. Fnubu* tax program we do New Volcano Eruption Rocks Eastern Hawaii not want the passage of this legislation to leave our membership in the position of bearing the onus of P. tax increase from which it will receive small benefit," the AEA statement, released by Executive Secretary Forrest Rozzell, said. Less Than Half The AEA statement said that the schools would gei less than half I of the $10.300,000 which Faubus i thinks the 13-month sales tax in- i crease would provide. j Faubus told reporters this morn- 1 ing that. "I think the benefits of Tax Bill Started Vote on Measure Is Not Likely Until Monday By ROY ESSOYAN PAHOA, Hawaii lAP) — Massive underground explo- a total of $2.785. according to Fred | s j ons ruptured the scarred tip of eastern Hawaii Island anew, s. saiiba, city chairman. The foi-j spewing a f ounta in of molten lava 200 feet into the air. lowing donations were reported: r ° ig donations were repi $75 — Blytheville Canning Company. S50 — Hubbard & Son Furniture Co,. Blytheville Compress, J. C. Penney Co. $35 — Terry Abstract & Realty, C. M .Smart Furniture Co. | $3Q _ A. G. Little. S. H. Kress ; Co. j $25 — H. C. Knappenberger, City! Electric Co., Floyd A. White, Roth-j Burning rocks poured out of the ground along a half-mile strip, .slashing a flaming path across field.s of sugar cane. The National Guard sent its trucks rumbling to the rescue of some 100 persons whose escape routes were threatened. road Sales Co.. Wilson Motor Co., Farmers' Soy Bean Company. Jack Robinson, Mississippi County Lumber Co. $20 — Adams Appliance Co., Dr., , , , L. L.. Hubener, Loy Welch, Frank deryround. The earth was shakmii. C. Douglas. """ ' ' ' " $15 — Blytheville Warehouse fissures yesterday afternoon when the earth burst open again. "It was just like touching off. a half-mile string of gunpowder," he said. "I heard the roar of lava un- "Tlicn suddenly it went up like a powder train. In two minutes th blaz rompany, H. N. Swcarengen. Ster-1 whole half-mile stretch was ng Store, Samuel Morris, niythc-j ing lava 100 feet in the air." vllle Iron. & Metal Co., Kcmper' None Injured Bruton. Morris - Wilson Agency,! One eruption of red-hot rock Rlce-Stix Company, Goodyear itore. S10 — P. D. Foster Estate. H. H. Houchlns, Alvin Hardy, Dr. Don Smith. $5 — Barksdale Mfg. Co., Gilbert Smythe, T. I. Seay Motor Co. Compensation Bill Is Passed LITTLE ROCK (fl*)—Compensation payments to Injured workers would be increased from $25 to $33 mdcr a bill which the House passed 79-9 .on re-consideration today. The measure, by Rep. Ray Smith Jr., of Garland County, wns defeated yesterday and a similar mca.s- ire was rejected by the House carter in the session. However, Smith's measure passed without debate today. It also would increase maximum workmen's compensation payments from $8,000 to $10,000. 'k* to Farm Home WASHINGTON WP) - President Slscnhowcr will stny tonight in his new farm home at Gettysburg, Pa. t. will be his first overnight stay here. landed only 200 yards from 13 plantation workers. AH escaped uninjured. The entire area was like a giant powder keg with dozens of burning fuses. It was anyone's guess where one would erupt. gyesterday's fissure had stretched out last night for a blazing mile of spurting lava which moved relentlessly toward desolate Kapoho village, occupied only by wary police and civil defense officials. Fiery fingers spread northeast and southeast of Kapoho. Into the night, lava fountains Inside Today's Courier News ... Chicks Whip Manila lo Move Into Scml-Flnals of Ulslrict 3A Tournament . . . Play Greene County Ti*eh Tomorrow Nlfiht , . . Dyrss llcatcn In First Round of Slate Class B Tournament . . . Physical and monetary Pains Hot Spring Training Camps . . . Sports . . . PHRCS 10-11 . . . . . . Editorial!! . . . Pare 6 - . • . . . Society News . . . Page 4 ... spouted up to 200 feet, spilled over. spread out on both sides of the flaming fissure, and pushed down toward Kapoho and the ocean at an estimated 350 feet an hour. The main lava river spread 400 yards across. From a knoll 300 yards above, the scene was almost unbelievable in its awesome, savage splendor. LITTLE ROCK UPh-A foe of a proposed sales tax increase started action today intended to insure that the House could not consider the matter until Monday. Actually, the House apparently couldn't get to a proposed bill to boost the tax from two to three the bill are substantial. They cer-! per cent for 13 months before Mon- tainly are a lot better to have than i day anyhow. to have to take a reduction, and j However, Rep. Talbot Feild Jr. of that's what faces the schools if we ["Hempstead County said he wanted don't get the 13-month proposal." j to mn ke sure that this would be Faubus said it is "evident to | the case. everyone that I .stuck my neck out j "i wa nt the representatives to go for the schools." : home and see how their people feel He added: I O ver the weekend," Field said. "Of course it isn't for schools j alone ihat I've asked for this tax [ measure. I have an obligation to' the old people of this state of which i Rules Changed The yesterday changed its rules to require that ail bills pending in committee be removed by the Formosan Documents Are Signed By SPENCER MOOSA And OLEN CLEMENTS TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — U. S. Secretary of State Dulles told Chinese Nationalist President Chiang Kai-shek today that Quemoy and the Matsus Were not on the bargaining table for a cease-fire in the Chinese civil war. But sources close to the secretary hinted the offshore islands might be abandoned to the Reds on two conditions: 1. That the abandonment would bring a guaranteed peace to Asia, and, 2. That Nationalist China would agree to the move. The Nationalists may not agree under any circumstances. The islands are the last important outposts they hold off the Red mainland. Dulles reaffirmed U.S. determination to defend Formosa and the Pescadores, as pledged in the mutual defense pact ratified earlier today. Dulles left for Washington late in the afternoon, winding up a whirlwind tour of Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, South Vietnam, the Philippines and Formosa,. Thirty-seven minutes after he .rrived today he signed the documents that brought into force the mutual defense pact between the United States and Nationalist China. Nationalist Foreign Minister George Yeh signed for China, Treaty Signed Dec. 2 The treaty itself was signed in Washington Dec. 2. It commits the United States to defend Formosa and the Pescadores, gives the United States the right to dispose land, air and sea forces in and about the area, and binds the two countries to act against an armed attack in the west Pacific. Dulles said: "Increasingly through the world, free men have found it necessary to unite in the of freedom. Here, where Chinese Communist aggression threatens, we pledge our mutual ffort in serene confidence that the cause of freedom j will prevail." Yen said: "This historic document will, I j am sun?, not only be a powerful j deterrent to further Communist aegrep. c inn in the we?t Pacific area, but also .serve to strengthen the over-all position of the free world in its efforts to achieve lasting pea re and security." After the ratification ceremony, President and Mme. Chiang gave a luncheon for Secretary and Mrs. Dulles. • Other luncheon guests included Adm. Roberi B. Carney, U.S. chief of naval operations; Adm. , Flix B. Stump, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, and Walter S. Robertson, assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs. it that they do not suffer." The whole corner of the island was I cent of the revenue for school pur- j M ™ hjs wQUld get ^ admjnjstra . Faubus pointed out that his tax tion-backed bill for .a sales tax bill specifically earmarks 72 [ , 2 per lighted by the fiery glare. to smoke match rettes. ! poses, and then .said that the or- Tease out of the anti-tax Revenue and Taxation Committee on Satur-.-.„. clay. Trying to breathe amid the chok-! gnnizcd school people could not es-1 up to now. the House hasn't sulphur fumes was like, trying; cape seme responsibility for the s \vorked on Saturdays pnd apparent- inslcad of ciga-; tax m-.-ea.-c. | "To Tress For Palace" "I will continue to press for the pas;-,flgc of this legislation beenu-e I know it is necessary to prevent See FAUBUS on I'iiRO 2 Suramarit Takes Throne In Cambodia - SAIGON, Viet Nam m—Prince Norodom Suramarit ascended the throne of Cambodia today, succeeding his abdicated son ex-King Nor- odom Sihanouk. The 58-eyar-old prince was his son's choice as a successor. Sihanouk gave up nis crown yesterday in a row with the Indochina armistice commission over an election law he wanted to bar many of his chief opponents from office. The abdication of the 33-year-old monarch shocked his 4!£ million subjects. In a broadcast statement announcing his intention to step down Sihanouk accused ex-Premier Son Ngoc Thanh's National Democratic party—the nation's largest political faction—of using its influence with the three-nation commission to prevent him from carrying out his own announced play for the national bnlloMns scheduled April 17. Leukemia Increasing NEW YORK.M'i — The Robert Rowler dc Vlllcrs 1'oundatlon reports leukemia has increased 10 per cent in the United States in the la-J, 10 years, .he foundation snon- «ori research Into the blood cancer. ly st will be Monday before the biU i-- actually back in possession of the House. To Sock nr-Amrmlmrnl Fcilri sewed nonce he would See TAX on Cage 2 By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dept. nf English Bible, National Council of Churches Written (or NEA Service It is Mark alone who tells us that Jesus, during the days of His Temptation, "was with the wild beasts" (Mark 1:13, RSV). There lis a sense in which Mark can be called the Gospel according to Peter. One of the early church fathers tells us that Mark was Peter's secretary, dragoman, or interpreter — the exact significance of the Greek word is not wholly clear. In any case, Mark accompanied Peter on at least some of his apostolic labors, and wrote down the Good News which Peter preached. The first chapter of Mark looks like an account of a day in Peter's life — a never-to-be-forgotten day when the Galilean fisherman was called to leave his boats and his nets and become a fisher of men, Jesus went home with Peter, too, and healed his mtoher- in-law. Early tradition-places at least part of Peter's ministry in Rome. Certain words which Mark uses suggest that Peter's preaching was couched in the language of his hearers. He has a number of Latin forms not occurring In the other Gospels. It was In Rome, too, that official action was early undertaken to exterminate Christianity. The followers of Jesus were sometimes thro.wn to the lions, to make sport In the arena. Couple this fact with Mark's reference to the untamed creatures that companied with Jcsns during the temptation: "He wan with the wild beasts" (Mark 1:13, RSV). Is tills written for the consolation and encouragement of Roman ChHstlans who might at any time be thrown to the lions? I Date Set for TB Annual Meeting i Annual meeting of the Missis- i sippi County Tuberculosis Associa- i uon will be held May 12 in Blythe- i ville. Executive Committee meeting of the association met hist night, with plans made lor the Mobile Unit to lie m Mississippi County on April 5 to April 22. .V. i he meet me: the nominating committee also was appointed by jthc Rev. E. H. Hall. Keith Bllbrey, I Hays Sullivan and Mrs. Max Logan {were appoitned to the committee. I .A budget committee composed of I .Toe Evans. Jimmy Edwards and Mrs. U. S. Blnnkenship was also appointed. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS; part- cloudy, warm nnd humid this afternoon, tonight and Friday; widely scattered showers and local thundershowers. High this afternoon, mid 70's. Low tonight mid to high 50's, MISSOURI — Cloudy and mild with scattered showers or thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight and Friday except turning colder With occasional rain or drizzle northwest Friday; low tonight 35-40 northwest to near 70 southeast. Minimum thlu morning—58. . Maximum yoBtcrdiiy—73. Sunrise tomorrow--^:2fl. Sunset today—5:37. Moan temperature—65,3, Precipitation last 24 hours t* 1 p.m. —trace. Precipitation J*n, 1 to <t*U—4 J 41 Trili I>*te L»t Ynr Maximum y«»terdfty—flO, Minimum thlfi morning—M. Precipitation Jinu4rf | |* 4*4* • 12.10.

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