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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—KO. 388 BlytheviUo Courier Blythevilte Daily New§ Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS House Foes Stall Consideration of Amended Tax Bill Change Would Exempt Feed From Sales Tax Measure By LEON HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — House opponents of an administration bill to increase the sales tax today again stalled consideration of a proposed amendment. * * * Senate Passes Amendment to Limit Millage Proposal Guaranteed Spot on General Election Ballot By RAY STEPHENS LITTLE ROCK Wl — A proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the no-limit law on school millage and clamp a 30-mlll restriction on the amount of taxes schools can collect on property won approval of the State Senate this morning. The vote guarantees the proposal a place on tHe ballot in the 1956 general election. The Legislature js empowered to submit three constitutional amendments each session to the people, and the first three which pass both houses go on the ballot. The Joint resolution approved this morning Is the first to pass both chambers. Before voting 21-9 to approve the House resolution, the Senate beat down an attempt to put on it an amendment sponsored by the Arkansas Education Association. AEA Amendment The amendment, offered by Sen. Clifton Wade of Payetteville, would have prevented a limit from being put on school millage until the Public Service Commission certified that the property in each school district had been assessed at 20 per cent of its market value. The Arkansas Education Association offered the amendment to the Joint Constitutional Amendments Committee earlier this week. The committee rejected It. Sen. James P. Baker Jr. of West Helena argued that the Wade amendment to the resolution would have the effect of nullifying It. The proposed resolution goes hand-ln-hand with a already passed by the Legislature to force all counties to rc-asscss their property ot 20 per cent oi market value be/ore Jan. 1, 1957. If any county, city or school district fails to comply it could be deprived of a portion of the state aid to which it otherwise would be entitled. Limit Necessary Wade argued that the change he proposed in the resolution was necessary to protect, school funds in the event the equalization bill failed to force equalization of property assessments. However, Baker said that the people Would not comply with the equalization bill unless a limit was placed on school millage. The school millnge limit is opposed by the Arkansas Education Association, powerful organization of school teachers and admlnistra- Sce MILLAGE on Paire 12 Russell Bunch To Head Moose Russell Bunch was elected governor of Blytheville Moose Lodge No. 1507 at its anmml election of officers last week. Mr. Bunch will succeed Eddie Sa- llba, governor for the past two years. Other new officers include .1. C. Ellis Jr., Junior governor; T. W. Nell, secretary; M. F. Day, treasurer; Harry Levesstein, prelate; and Russell Mnrr, trustee. Fifty persons attended the election meeting which was followed by a turkey supper. Apparently the maneuver will make no actual difference in ultimate consideration of the bill. Rep. Carroll C. Hollensworth of Bradley County who tried to bring up the amendment, told the House that a new jbill had already been drawn embodying the modification and that it would be Introduced today. Under a rule change adopted earlier this week, all pending ^bills will be available for House action Monday — three days before final adjournment. Not In Current Bill The proposed amendment would place In the pending bill exemptions to the sales tax which are contained in present laws — including removal of the tax from poultry and livestock feed which was approved this session under pressure of Gov. Orval Faubus. The exemptions Were not included in the current bill through an oversight. . . Faubus yesterday took the unusual step of summoning the anti- tax Revenue and Taxat'.in Committee to his office and personally persuading tiie group to relinquish Its hold on the bill in the hope that the House would act on the amendments. The committee voted 14-8 to comply with the governor's request. Back in Chairman the House, committee Paul Van Dalsem of Perry County, Vice Chairman Talbot Feild Jr. of Hempstead County and others who opposed the proposed tax Increase managed to keep the amendment from being considered. W Million Out" This morning Feild carried the ball for the tax opponents after Hollensworth called up the proposed amendment. With tongue in cheek, Feild told the House he thought "this is a mighty good bill as It is drawn. "The purpose is to raise revenue and if you amend it, you are going to take out about four million dollars of revenue the state would otherwise get. "The bill will put a three pel- cent tax on just about everything including cotton and cotton seed." This latter was directed at Rep. THREE STATES CLOSES — Miss Jewel Lee is pictured as she cleaned out Three States Lumber Co. offices here prior to the firm's liquidation of interests in the county. The lumber company played B. prominent part in development of the county as a farming center. (Courier News Photo) Three States Lumber Closes Offices Here Three States Lumber Co., a firm prominent in the development of Mississippi County, has closed its doors after about a half-century of doing business here. * Miss Jewel Lee, for Market Not In Danger, Expert Says Stock Exchange President Before Senate Inquiry WASHINGTON (AP) — Ed ward T. McCormick, president of the American Stock Exchange, testified today that in spite of record-high and still rising stock prices "we have not reached a danger point in the stock market. McCormick was invited High Level US-Formosa Defense Pact Talks Start Conference Expected to Bring Boost in Flow of Military Aid By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — High-level talks designed to put teeth into the U. S.-Nationalist China Mutual Defense Pact got under way today. One result is expected to be a boost in the flow of U. S. military aid to Chiang Kai- shek's forces. The agenda was not disclosed,+• before | but the conferees probably tackled | .,. ~ :— — the Senate Banking Committee in I these questions: its inquiry into the stock marke an inquiry that seemed for the moment co be focusing On efforts of the financial community to draw millions of new investors into the market. Like yesterday's leadoff witness, President G. Keith Punsion oMhe New York Stock Exchange, McCormick said current high prices re based on such sound factors as strong business activity and confidence of investors. More Confident McCormick on the whole voiced a firmer degree of confidence in the market outlook than,did Funston, who said the possibility of a 1929-type crash can'i be ruled out. Funston said he himself, however, is continuing to buy stocks. The American Stock Exchange which McCormick heads, is one of the two securities exchanges in this country with nationwide facilities. It has 1,800 members in 447 cities and Us trading volume is second only to that of the New York exchange. McCormick said in his prepared 1. The air strength—U.S. and Na- Eulletin TAIPEI iVPt — More than 40 Communist gunboats and armed junks attacked Kaoteng Island in the Malsu group today but were driven off by Chinese Nationalist defenders, the Defense Ministry said tonight. The Matsus are 100 miles northwest of Formosa and 20 miles off the Red mainland. With Quemoy they are the last Important Nationalist outposts. The Ministry made no claim of damage inflicted on the Reds, saying only they fled under fire. Ogden Will Retain Its Classification tfonalist combined—necessary to assure reasonable protection of Formosa. 2. Air and naval cover necessary to safeguard Quemoy and the Matsus. Autry Is Named To ALC Again Faubus Is Third Governor to Pick Him on Council LITTLE ROCK i* — Rep. L. H. Autry of Mississippi County has been selected by a third successive \ governor to be a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council. Former Gov. Sid McMath picked ! Autry to represent him on the \ Council. So did former Gov. Francis Cherry, who defeated McMath. W. L. Ward of Lee County, the ad-! So, yesterday, did Gov. Faubus, ministration leader in the fight for the sales tax increase. Ward's county is in the rich delta cotton growing area. Cotton and cotton seed have been \ exempt from the sales tax ever since the levy was first enacted in the mid-I930s. The House twice refused to limit debate — once to five minutes and again to 15 minutes — before Feild took the floor to speak against the proposed amendment. On Floor at Noon His strategy of course was to attempt to delay consideration of the bill Itself. He was still on the floor when Speaker Charles F. Smith declared the "morning hour" expired. That meant that the proposed amendment went over as unfinished business and can't be considered until Monday unless the House should depart from it.s usual custom and work tomorrow. This is a result of a House rule by which any matter "caught" as the morning hour ends goes over as unfinished business. The morning hour is a period at the beginning of each day's session set aside for consideration of certain specific matters. The sales tax bill would increase the levy from two per cent to three per cent for a 13-month period, for benefit of public schools and other agencies. At end of the. 13 months, the rate under the bill would revert to two per cent. who defeated Cherry. The governor has one appoint-1 rnent : — from House or Senate — [ to the council, whiqh acts as a ICK- ' ; islative agency between sessions, j House and Spuate yp-strrdny; elected, in Congressional district, j caucuses, other members who'll serve on the Council and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee during the next two years. The House named 12 members to each group; the Senate, six. Urban Income Doubles Rural, Survey Shows several years manacor of Three-States j nificance." office here, last week closed out all the company's business in this area. She purchased the building at 219 W.-Vine and in turn sold it to Huridleston and Co. She also bought up some of Three Si;ites' cotton contracts, but only about GOO acres of the more than 17,000 sold by the company have many claims against it. Three Slates came to the county in the rush to this area by the timber industry. At one time, it owned 17,500 acres of land, most of it cut-over by 1920, including Burdette Plantation. Except for the big sale of the Eurdcite property, the company sold its remaining holdings to small farmers and set up a cotton payment plan which made it easv for them to acquire the land. Regardless of the value of the colon, Three Stales accepted the crop as payment on the land. Many now-prosperous farmers in this area got their starts through the Three States plan, which for years was administered by the late C. G. Smith. The firm rlosed us sawmill at Burdette around 1920. Miss Lee. who purchased control of Bob's Gypsy Rub Lina- ment, will continue to manufacture and discnbute that .product Irom new quarters at 409 South Second. statement he sees no indication of "excessive or unsound use of credit" in the market today. And he said the fact that market price indices "have risen above j the peaks which they attained in j assume( j I September of 1929 should not in j itself be accorded too much sig- The Ogden bean will not lose its USDA classification . . . not this year, anyway. That was the word out of Washington yesterday. 'Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings and Senator J. W. Fulbright telephoned Mississippi County Farm Bureau President Hays Sullivan and other Farm Bureau leaders yesterday informing them of the move. County soybean growers, shippers and processors were especially elated concerning the news. They were prominent in the effort to prevent a classification change on the important Oeden, the county's number two crop. The statement that the classification would be unchanged in 1955 OSCEOLA — An Osceola Negro ', came, from Clyde Jack>on, head of was shot and killed last night while | USDA's marketing section, i, . iii i i e j jtrymg to steal some coal at a feed, | Osceola Negro Is Fatally Shot Carroll Wat-son Spies Man Stealing Coal Other Factors Also Up "Whereas the stock market average shows an increase from 1929 of 13 per cent,' 'McCormick said, "cost of living is up 56 per cent, farm income 133 per cent, insurance premium collections 196 per cent, hourly wages 228 per cent, Possible Targets ." 7 """ " , T '/~Tl Ocden beans have- a sometimes 3 Possible targets on the main-! trymg to steal some coal at a fced '! green seed coat, but have yellow land if as U.S. Secretary of State | seed and coai company here, ac- ;meat . Dulles said yesterday before leav-,cording to Coroner E. M. Holt. ! For years, they have been called ing for'Washington, "it cannot be Carroll W. Watson, well-known' yell"w_soybean£. Recently foreign that the aggressor "" "" would enjoy immunity with respect to the areas from which he stages -, . , . f , i bean importers, who process Osceola business man and City. beflns for human his offensive." bank deposits 229 per cent, person-1 . ^ . D „,. al income 234 per cent, gross na- sistance Advisory Group: and Rear tional product 242 per cent, and i A ° m - Frederick N. Kivette, corn- mortgage debt 284 per cent." j manding the U.S. Formosa Strait Chairman Fulbright (D-Arki ofiP atro! ' -ome beans for human consumption, Council member, who owns the : complained about the irreen color company, told officers he shot the [the O^den imparts to men!. Negro identified as Eddie Brown, I However, the Ogden couldn't Sitting in for the United States j when he "caught him stealing i take a green be;m classification were dm. Robert B. Carney, U.S. j coal." 'since it isn't altogether srcen. It chief of naval operations; Adm.! Coroner Holt said Mr. Watson i would have borne a mixed classi- Felix B Stump commanding the ' told him he did not intend to kill! fication label which would mean a. U.S. Pacific Fleet; Vice Adm. A1-! the man, but merely meant to' 25-cent per bushel reduction in the fred M. Pride, commanding the ; "sprinkle" him a little in an effort , loan price. U.S. 7th Fleet; Maj. Gen. William ! to stop the numerous thefts of coal; se. head of the Military As- and other items at his establishment recently. i C. Cha.s the banking committee quizzed I Nationalists Very Happy yesterday's witness closely about i Representing Nationalist China a campaign by the New York ex-1 were Foreign change and its members to bring Carrying Sack The Negro was shot in the back with a .410 gauge shotgun, Holt many more investors into the stock market. "Obviously, this is inflationary," Fulbright said. said. He was shot as he ran from the coal yard and fell on a spur railroad track, he said. The man was carrying a sack and chief of the general staff. j there was a brick lying near the Official Nat'ionalist circles were '.. body, and Holt said it "looked like Minister George Yeh. Defense Minister Yu Ta-wei and Gen. Peng Meng-chi, acting j See CHINESE on Pag;e 12 ! he might have been lying for some- U.N. Council Studies Egypt-Israeli Charges By WILLIAM N. OATIS UNITED NATIONS. N 7 . Y. (AP) — The U. N. Security Council turned today to Egyptian charges and Israeli counter-, ^ n ^ ys *^ "^J^, J H ; by Monday night's bloody border fighting ' ifminary hearing prob. body." Mr. Watson said he heard a noise in his coalyard about 7:15 p.m. He said he investigated, saw the man ?tealinc coal and immediately called the police Just as police arrived, according to Holt, the man started to run and Mr. Watson fired the shotgun one time.. No charges have been filed. Henry J. Bakery Truck Driver Hurt In Accident By SOXNT SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE — A Meyers Bfikerv truck of Blvtneville Three Injured In Accident charges touched off near Gaza. The explosive tension resulting ; In Damascus yesterday, Egypt from the clashes — in which 38 1 and Syria announced they had Egyptians and eight Israelis were ; signed a new defease pact which reported killed— was heightened by | Syrian Prime Minister Sabri As- militant statements from the ; sali said resulted from the need Egyptian and Israeli premiers and j for "practical and decisive meas- Egyptian progress toward a new j ures to safeguard the Arab coun- Arab military lineup against Is- 1 tries from repeated Israeli aggres- racl. ! sions." There was some expectations the j Informed sources said nil other collided with a Missouri Highway Department truck at the intersection of State Highway 61 and Routes J and U. six miles north of here at 12:20 p.m. Thursday. Three persons were admitted to ppmi>cot Cnua'y Memorial Hospi< a j at Hayti yesterday because of minor m.iurie?, according to a member of the highway patrol. They were Billy John Howard, 27. of Blythevllle. driver of the Swift, deputy prosecuting ai-j bakery truck, Cl.irpnre M»rv:n said a pre- Sike?, 34. of Sikeston, Mo., driver ibably would be ' of the highway department truck. held Wednesday. LITTLE by the Lee up and Charles Lindley Castleberry, 27, also of Sikeston. The latter two are maintenance men for the highway department. Charges of careless and reckless driving have been filed in Pemiscot County Magistrate Court against Howard. ROCK </?)—- A proposal j The highway department truck tive Audit Committee i was headed north and the bakery Delinquent Tax Bill Is Beaten S p ec j a ] board to handle . . . council would postpone its discus-1 Arab nations would be invited to | de i lnc , uent ta!t cases wa s rejected WASHINGTON Wi—The Agric-j In an accident involving two cars ; sion of the rival charges until after i join the new alliance, which is ulture Department reported today | about one mile south of town, four j a report rom the Egypt - Israel -| designed to replace the nonfunc- that town and city folk earned, j people received minor injuries, i U.N. Mixed Armistice Commission; Honing Arab League collective de- on the average exactly twice as j Three oi the four were treated in : in Palestine. The commission.; fense treaty. much income in 1854 as did their j the Chickasawba Hospital and the | which supervises the 1949 truce: • farm cousins. j fourth was hospitalized and releas- | along the Egypt-Israel border, is f Q R e /; eve (J. S. The agency said final income; ( -d this morning. j expected to meet Sunday on the figures show thfit the income of the farm fa rm and population from nonf a rm sources both age S918 compared with an average of S1.83G for the nonfarm population. The 1954 average farm population Income was S4 more than in 1953, while the nonfarm average According to Suite Trooper Gene j Gaza fighting. SEOUL -Ji — The South Korean by the Arkansas Senate today. The vote on the bill was 14-14. Eighteen votes were needed for passage. The bill proposed to create a State Board of Tax Appeals which truck was heading eastward from Braggadocio. Approximately SKUU damage was done to the left front and side of the highway department truck, a 195,1 Chevrolet. About 5650 damage was done to the bakery truck. Howard was admitted to Hayti Mabry, a 1851 Ford driven by Henry A. Haven collided with a 1950] ^, b ,^ v ..^ .- - ;?-Mercury driven by Tom A. Rag-f raeli'forces with "violent and pre-. Korea coast from the U. S. Navy land about 2:00 this morning. Both I meditated aggression" in the 60- >"'"•"•"">• Charge Aggression Egypt Wednesday charged ' was down $50. The increase, despite farm population declined 1 cent. farm average I smaller tmtnl New Eruptions Rock East Hawaii By ROY ESSOYAN PAHOA, Hawaii WJ—Violent lava explosions were ripping open the earth today under the abandoned town of Kapoho on the eastern tip Inside Today'* Courier News . . , Chicks Play Green* County Tech In Semi-Finals of District 3B Tournament Tonight . , . Leachvllle Take* on Joneeboro Tonight After Barely Getting Hy Marked Tree . . . Three Rookies Show PromlM in Spring BAMhall Drllb . . . Tom Gola Heads NEA's All-Amirlcmn Team . . . Sport* , . . P»(w ft and 9 ... . . . EditoriftiK . . . Pago 4 ... New* . . . P*ge J . . . of. the Island of Hawaii, sealing its doom. A fountain of fiery lava sprayed up in the center. The death blow to the evacuated community was witnessed shortly before last midnight by Volcanolo- gist George A. MficDonald, Assistant Police Chief George Martin and Curtis K. Kamal, territorial road inspector. Just ns they nenrcd the area where explosions from a long cxr ttnct crater area have been going on since last Monday Lhe earth burst open nlong a fault leading right through Ihe town. "It Just blew up," Kamal said. The trio didn't stick around to watch the destruction. "We got out," Kamal related. "Things happened so fast, we weren't going to wait around. We took off." The .explosions nl Knpoho began 2!4 houra after a JO-square mite area around the town had been evacuated because the earth was popping open like a lot of punctured balloons. Officer Martin said "Everyone got out." Hlroshl Okkfi, a Pahoa school terfchcr, went back to the deserted area and snlcl he saw a fountain of lava spurting In the center of town. Honolulu Not In Danger Knpoho is directly on the Puna Rift, a chain of craters stretching from Kllauea Crater on the side of Maima Loa to the sea. It, is on the eastern tip of the Island of Hawaii. Volcano experts say it represents no danger to the other islands, such as Oahu, where Honolulu la located. The region, shaken by earthquakes and splattered by spouLing lava since Monday, began exploding open again at 8 p.m. It wns clear of humans two hours later. drivers are residents of Osceola. The three who were treated for lacerations and bruises were Mrs. Dorothy Smith of Blytheville, Henry A. Haven, Osceola and LilUe Sing. Osceola. The. fourth person that was injured was Bessie Shook, who was admitted to the hospital and released tills morning. Ragland was charged with driving while drunk. Best-way Moves To New Plant Bestwny Cleaners hits inox'ed into new quarters nt 2012 W. Main In tin; building, formerly occupied by the Grnpctte Bottling Co. "We are enlarging facilities Lo Rive better service and \ve cordially invite the public to visit our new plant," E. R. Smith and Julian Tate, co-owners of the firm said. Jimmy Lunsforri will continue to serve as plant superintendent. Leaflets for Reds TAIPEI. Formosa Wi — A single plane dropped more than two tons or antl-Coinmnulst leaflets on the Red mainland today, the Nationalist Chinese air force announced. mile-long Gaza coastal strip occupied by the Egyptians. Egypt charged Lsrael's troops with attacking a military camp near the ancient city of Gaza, two miles inside the territory, and with ambushing a truckload of reinforcements. Egypt termed this the "most brutal act of aggression" since the 1949 armistice. Israel's countercomplaint. filed yesterday, made no mention of the Gaza battle but accused Egypt of "continuous violations" of the armistice agreement and council resolutions. It charged: (1) armed attacks on Israeli troops, (2) raids on Israeli citizens, (31 Egyptian failure to prevent such acts, (4) assertion of a state of war and exercise of active belligerency against Israel, Including a blockade. c5) "warlike propaganda and threats," and (8) refusal to negotiate a peace treaty to replace the armistice. Complaint In Line The complaint was in line with Israel's usual strategy of trying to shift such council debates from particular Incidents to the general Arab-Israeli situation and the need lor an over-all, long-term solution. Earlier Israeli statements In Jerusalem on the Oaza fighting charged the Egyptians attacked first inside Israel and were chased back Into Egypt. would have authority la settle all Memorial Hospital and v.':-.: report- navy will take over patro! and es-! delinquent tax claims made by the' Pr j m f n j r cor.rii'ion th:.-: morning duty along the Republic of State Revenue Department. The joy Hayti hospital officials. state rovenue commissioner now Howard suffered serinu.-- hack in- ha.s that authority. tomorrow. MMiiatiOiis for LENT By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dept. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NEA Service Lent is a'season when loyalties are tested. "A man's foes," said Jesus (Matthew 16:36, RSV), "will be they of his own household." Wives sometimes had unbelieving husbands who tried to keep them from following Christ. I Peter 3:1, 2 (RSV) sets forth the Christian strategy for such marriages: "Likewise, you wives, be submissive to your husbands, so that some, though they do not obey the word, may he won without a word by the behavior of their wives, when they see your reverent and chaste behavior." Today's situation is not like that of the first century. Often now a Christian husband and wife greatly strengthen each other In the faith. Peter said to Jesus: "Lo, we have left everything and followed you" (Mark 10:28, RSV). Yet it is clear from Mark 1:29-31 that, for Peter, following Jesus did not mean abandoning his home. Peter had a home, a wife — and a inothor-in-law! In I Corinthians 9:5 (RSV) Paul nsks: "Do we not have the rlffht to be accompanied hy a wife, an the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas?" Cephas is Peter. Peter Is the only apostle of whom we can be quite sure that he was married. His wife sometimes went with him on his apostolic journeys. Yet this Is the man who can sny, "We have left everything: and followed you." Peter had left his net, his boat, his career as fisherman — but he had not abandoned wife and family. They strengthened him to serve th« Lord of love I juries nnd possible head injuries in the accident. Weather N'ORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Considerable cloudiness with widely scattered thundershowers this afternoon and tonight. Tomorrow showers and thunderstorms and turning colder tomorrow afternoon and night. Sunday cloudy and cold. High this afternoon low to mid 70s, low tonight near 60. MISSOURI — Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight mostly in east and south; cooler west and north this afternoon; showers and scattered thunderstorms Saturday with a change to much colder northwest by afternoon; low tonight near 30 northwest to near 50 southeast: high Saturday 30s northwest to near 60 southeast. Minimum this morning—fl3. Maximum ypHtnrday— 75, Sunrlsn tomorrow—6:25. Sun.ict today—5:38, Mcnn temperature—60. precipitation Iwit 24 hoiim io 7 p,n\. — none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—6:41, This Date Lnit Yr*r MAX)mum yentcrtjay—43. Minimum thin mornlna—M Precipitation January 1 M 4At4 — 12.10.