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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MIBSOUBI VOL. L—NO. 289 Blythcvllle Courier Blythevlile Dally Newi Blythevillo Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS BIytheville Gets State Tourney Berth with Win Chicks Edge Tech; Play Jonesboro at 8 JONESBORO — Blytheville's Chiekasaws, in a tense hard-fought defensive duel, edged past Greene County Tech 54-45 at Arkansas State College here last night to reach the finals of the District 3A basketball tournament and win a place in next week's state Class A tournament at Little Rock. The Chicks meet Jonesboro's Golden Hurricane, 73-62 victors over Leachville, in the District Tournament finals tonight at 8 o'clock. •• Last night's uneasy victory over In Market Probe Financial Tips Being Checked By ED CREAGH W \SHINGTON (A—Senate investigators disclosed today they are looking into about 20 instances in which big stock market killings may have been made through the spreading of "tips and rumors." This word came from Chairman Fulbright (D-Ark) of the Senate Banking Committee following testimony yesterday that tips given by Walter Winchell on his television show have caused sharp market fluctuations. The witness, President Edward T. McCormick of the American Slock Exchange, said those who followed a tip from Winchell and bought shares of Amurcx Oil in 1953 lost more than two million dollars in less than an hour and a half. Another Instance McCormick. also told the committee, which is studying the bull market on stock exchanges, that speculators swamped his exchange with orders for stock in Pantepcc Oil Co., a Venezuelan firm, following another Winchell tip two months ago. Again, he said, the tip-followers wound up losing money and would have lost much more if the exchange had not acted quickly to hold the rice down. Winchell, a newspaper column- nist and radio and TV commentator, said in New York no one has challenged the accuracy of his report on the company, and that some of the country's more responsible newspapers have confirmed it, Winchell said he himself has never had any direct or indirect interest in stocks and added in a statement: "A sound rule is investigate before you invest. Don't buy anything you aren't prepared to hold for 20 years. That's why I buy U.S. government bonds cxcluscly." Fulbright told reporters the committee hopes to learn whether anybody made quick money by buying Pantepec stock before Winchell's Jan. 9 telecast and selling It the next morning when the buy- Ing avalanche pushed the price up temporarily. Asked whether he planned to call Winchell as a witness, Fulbright said "not at present." But he said it was possible the commentator would be called if it should develop there was any connection between him and those who profited from the record sale of 357,000 shares of Pantepec stock. McCormick testified there was unusual activity in the oil stock S« MARKET Page 10 the greatly improved Greene County Tech squad put the Tribe of Coach Jimmy Fisher into the state tournament for the second time since 1933. The Chicks won the district crown and got to the semifinals of the state tournament two years ago before falling to Monticello. Hurricane Won Last Time Tonight's contest between the Chiekasaws and Jonesboro will be the first meeting of the two teams since the finals of the Northeast Arkansas linvitational Tournament at Jonesboro last year. The Hurricane won that match by a 12-point margin. On the basis of season records, BIytheville would appear to be cast in the favorite's role for the game tonight. The Chicks now have a 28-2 record, one of the best in state Class A circles. However, on the basis of the Chicks' performance against Tech last night, which perhaps was their worst .since early in the season, and considering that Jonesboro always (jets hot during tournaments, the game tonight promises to be a thriller from the opening whistle. Tradition Continued The Hurricane pulled what might be considered an upset over Leachville last night since the Lions had hung up three victories over Jonesboro during the season. But Jonesboro was battling desperately to continue a long-time have meant Jonesboro failed to make the state tournament for the first time in 20 years. BIytheville appeared to IK tense and somewhat on edge against Greene County Tech last night and could never get. its potent offen.se in high gear. A tight defense by the fust Golden Eapl.es and some erratic play by the Chicks cost Blytheville numerous scoring opportunities, The Chicks had difficulty netting into shooting position. Where they See CHICKS on Page 7 Chiang Said Ready To Quit Matsus Speculation Rises as Talks On Defense Are Continued By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa (APJ — Nationalist China and the United States went on with top military talks today amid intense speculation in the Chinese press that the Nationalists might be quitting their Matsu Island outposts. There was no confirmation that Chiang Kai-shek's garrisons would leave the Matsus, 100 miles across the Formosa Strait from the northern tip of this Nationalist island stronghold, but security considerations might blank out any news on that score. I GOT IT — Fred Hodge of BIytheville goes up after a rebound in the Chick-Greene County Tech battle last night in the semi-finals of the District 3 Class A Tournament at Jonesboro. The Chicks won 54-45 to move into the finals tonight against Jonesboro. Danny Edgmon 'No. 80) of the Chicks offers his assistance but it wasn't needed as Hodge outjumped the two defending Tech boys, James Eaker, left of Hodge, and Gary Wise, (Courier News Photo) Faubus House Foes Win Saturday Session Battle By LEON' HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Enemies of the administration yesterday forced an armistice in tradition—a loss last night would [ the House sales tax battle until Monday. Representatives pushing Gov. Orval Faubus' proposal for a 13-monlhs increase in the tax rate tried unsuccessfully to have the House meet today in an unusual Saturday session. Instead the House voted 49-44 to, the last of a .series of develop- take the customary weekend recess; menus during the day Which indicated that sales tax proponents \\ould have difficulty getting the matter to a vote—much less a reconvene at 10 Monday morning. The weekend a djournmcnt was New Red Propaganda Drive Said Launched JAMES F. KING LONDON (AP) — A new Soviet propaganda campaign c '' e: ^ successively yesterday , t«j«;, „, :„--.?._:.: L_!?~ I the Hou^ Wyarf Is Named To 2nd ASC Term William H. Wyatt. of BIytheville has been appointed to his second] The unveiling in Moscow of Dr. Klaus Fuchs spy five-year term as a member of the j Bruno Pontecorvo, the Italian-born j shocked the U.S.' favorable decision—before 'the legislative session ends at noon Thursday. A Fau bus-sponsored bill calls for a sales tax increase from nvo to three per cent for 13 months. Approximately 72.5 per cent of the revenue increase would so to public schools; the remainder, to a number of ^hue-supported agencies nnd instilu'.ionp, including the University of Arkansas and state colleges. Amendment Prevented Opponent. 1 : of the prop ,.-cd i:i- The Matsu Island group Ls .only; 20 miles off the Red China mainland. A Red flotilla of 40 gunboats and armed junks staged a brief attack against one of the smaller Matsu islands yesterday. There was no indication it was anything more than a hit and run raid. But in Honolulu, U.S. Secretary of State Dulles said "I am still concerned about hostile intentions of the Chinese Communists." Dulles is en route home after a whirlwind trip through Southeast Asia and Formosa. In Taipei Thursday he bluntly warned the Reds they could not expect immunity for their mainland bases if they attacked Formosa. "Panic-Stricken" (A Peiping broadcast heard in Tokyo quoted two Nationalist fliers as describing Formosa as "panic- stricken" over losses of offshore islands and by the Reds' professed intent to "liberate" Formosa.) The Tachen Islands, 200 miles northwest of Formosa, were evacuated by the Nationalists under the roptection of the U.S. 7th fleet without a shot being fired in early February. The Nationalists later quit Nanchishan, 140 miles northwest of here. Top level talks proceeded in downtown Taipeei Newspapers here speculated that one of the items being discussed was the creation of a joint Nationalist-U.S. defense command in this area. Anion^ those taking part in the j talks were Adm. Robert B. Carney, U.S. chief of naval operations; Adm. Felix B. Stump, commander of the Pacific Fleet: Vice Adm. Alfred M. Pride, cnmmander of the 7th -Fleet, and Maj. Gen. William C. Chase, head of the Military Assistance Advisory Group. Nationalist confident of volume .of American military aid | American island territories in the to Formosa. The treaty made the two countries formal allies in the defense of Formosa, the Pescadores and West Pacific. It was generally assumed that the United States Would build up See CHINESE Page 10 UN Blames Israel For Gaza Incident By WILLIAM N. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (APJ — The U. N. Security Council has let Israel know she faces strong condemnation unless she can produce a better defense of her role in the bloody Gaaz incident. The 11-nation council made this*clear yesterday as it held an urgent session to consider Monday's armed clash near Ga?,a, Egypt, i that killed 39 Egyptians and 8 Israelis. All council members, except Russia which sat silent, indicated that! On the basis of preliminary reports they held Israel responsible. , The council agreed to a U. S. proposal to hold up further debate on the explosive issue until Maj. Gen. Edson L. M. Burns, U. N. truce chief in Palestine, gets here to make a personal report on his investigation of the incident. Boost in Postage Rates Is Asked House Post Office Committee Chairman Says Hike Needed quarters appeared big boost in the was seen in the making today at sowing suspicions among Americans about sharing nuclear secrets with Britain. Board of Trustees of Arkansas State i College in Jonesboro, it was announced today. Mr. Wyatt received official notification of his appointment from Gov. Orval Faubus today. The new appointment is to expire in 1959, covering last year which Mr. Wyatt served without .appointment. Mr. Wyatt was appointed five-year term in 1949. to Union Vet Recovered DULUTH, Minn. WP)—Civil War veteran Albert Woolson is home again today, completely recovered from the lung congestion that hospitalized him eight days ago. The Union forces celebrated his homecoming yesterday with a cup' of coffee and puffed contentedly on a cigar as he nsstircd friends he was "feeling just fine." Meditations for LENT By DR. J, CARTER SWAIM Dep». of English Bible, NnHon.nl Council of Churches Written for NEA Service Lent is a senson of self-denial. A characteristic text is to be found in the words of Jesus: "If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me" (M:irk 8:34, RSV). We ordinarily interpret this to mean: "let him deny to him- aelf" this or that. On that basis, during Lent we forego clgnrets, ice oream sodas, the theater. While these may be useful disciplines, this is not what Jesus meant, K Is not that we are to deny to ourselves this or that, but that we are to deny ourselve*. Th« Greek word here is a very strong one. It means "say no" to oneself, disown, repudiate, deny utterly. We use "self-dental" ns If it meant temporarily depriving oneself of chocolates, or withholding the gratification of other desires. In the Biblical sense the term means to turn one's bnck upon the self, push it from the center of our being, cense to regard, It as the be-all nnd the end-all of existence. It means to have a new focus of Interest outside oneself. Thc rich young ruler had'denied to himself the petty indulgences which were habitual with the men of his class, but he was not willing to say no to himself. Thc result was that "he went away norrowful" (Matthew 10:M, RSV). Paul, on the other hand, had so far pushed himself out of the center that he could say: "It In no longer I who liven, but Christ who Hvea In me" (GuUtUiw 2:20, K£V). British physicist, was regarded here as the first Communist bid to sabotage any move for closer British- American cooperation on atomic and hydrogen weapons. Since shortly after Pontecorvo's disappearance from his job at the British atomic research center in Harwell, in 1950 it was commonly assumed he went behind the Iron Curtain. Still, the Russians kept him Under wraps for nearly five years. Timing Perfect Special significance was attached here to the timing of the young scientist's public debut in Moscow this week—only one day after the announcement Sir William Penney, Britain's atomic weapons expert, was going to the United States for consultations. The 42-year-old Pontecorvo disappeared following revelations in the case, which Congress into clamping restrictions on sharing atomic secrets even with allies. Fuchs, regarded by many as Russia's most dangerous spy against the West, is serving a 14- yenr sentence in a British prison. Defense Minister Harold MacMillan held hope the .stage-managed Moscow news given by Pontecorvo would not set back negotiations for closer cooperation with (he Americans in the field of atomic weapons. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Cloudy and colder this afternoon with showers and local thunderstorms. Cloudy and colder tonight. Sunday, cloudy and rather cold. Monday, partly cloudy and a little warmer. High this afternoon in the mid- 60s lo low 70s. Ijow tonight in 30s. MISSOURI—Moderate to strong northerly winds and much colder weather spreading southciistwnrd over stale this afternoon and tonight accompanied by snow flurries north nnd west portions nnd occasional rnin southeast; clear to partly cloudy nnd cold Sunday; low tonight 5-10 north to 20s southeast; high Sunday 25-35 north to 30s south. Minimum this moiiiln^—5.1. Mnxlmum ye.sterdny—75. Sunrise tomorrow—6 ;23. Sunnct totiny—5:.17, Mcnn tempera turn—fiS. Precipitation Inat 24 hours to 7 p.m. -M. Precipitation .Inn. 1 to <Jfitfi—6.47. Thli Date Usl Year ; Mnxlmum ycstcrdiiy—38. ; Minimum this mornlnR~22, i PrrcipilnUon Jaminry 1 to iltUo — | 2,10. I Red Cross Fund Disve Hears $4,000 Mark The American Red Cross fund drive in Chickasawba. District completing its first week, was near the $4.030 mark today. Total received was listed today as $3.730, according to fund drive chairman Alvin Huffman, Jr. 'BIytheville chairman Fred, S. Saliba announced the following contributions from the Industrial and Commercial group: $50.00—8. J. Cohen Co., Blythe- vilLe Courier News. E. O. Adams, Dny Amusement Company. $40.00—Mnrtin Enterprises. $35.00—Farmer's Bank Insurance Department, General Insurance Agency, Kendall Berry. $25.00—B. A. Lynch, Johnny Mnrr, George M. Lee, 61 Implement. Co., Williams Insurance Agency, Allen Petroleum Co., Berry's Tog- gery Hubbnrd .Hardware, R. D. Hughes Clothing. Co., Marcus Evrnrd, E. R. Jackson, Ben M. Ho- pnn Construction Co., Woodson- Tenent Laboratory. $20.00—Camp Moultrle. $15.CO—Hood & Calvary Business Machines, R. A. Porter, c. W. Af- fllck, Dr. Chnrlcs L. Craig, Arkansas Paint & Glass Co., BIytheville Radio Supply, Ed Tune, Gene Bradley, fnv f: IWln^s, Pens'-Tola bee KED CKOSS on Tago 10 from considering a proposed :-mmoment to correct .111 oversight by whirh present .^nles tax exemptions wrro omnorl trnrn the pn-.-.'-nt bill: postponed :he c'i:- lomarily routine—but neciv.-.ii'v— second reading of new bill con- taming; these exemptions until the next, legislative day, and approve vent that next legislative day from being tociny. All these moves were designed to hamper progress of the tax increase proposal, whir^, muot p.iss conference! both House and Senate before Faubus can sign it. Rep. Talbot Field, Jr.. of Hemp- sicad County, a leader of the ami- •tax bloc, said a proposed amendment he'll try to get adopted Monday. The amendment would make the bill inoperative until a popular vote had approved it at a special election to be called by the governor within 45 days after passage of the measure. If Feild submits the amendment and gets House approval, the bill, under House rules, couldn't be acted on Monday. Other Amendments Tuesday is a day reserved by the House for consideration of | Senate business. Apparently it would take some skillful piirlimen tary maneuvering to set the sales tax bill—a House measure—up for Cold Front Heads info Arkansas Summery Weather Due to End Tonight, Forecasters Say By B. L. LIVINGSTONE Then; in a plea voiced through | J™ 5 ™ 0 ™*..'* ~ BeP ,' M ^' its president. Selim Sarper of Tur-1 ^ D - Tpn "> called today for an- key, the council urged both sides I ^ *>°ft m postage rates to to "maintain .calmness and tran-i ... *:' - a ? es wmcn his com- quillty and abstain from the use I miltee has <W°ved for Post Of- of force." Accused of Aggression iolent and premeditated aegres- j sion" against Egyptian forces in; violation of the 1949 Egypt-Israel, armistice agreement. i Israel quickly countered, charg-• fice employes "There should be a fair increase in rates," he declared, and it Egypt sought the urgent meet- \ should apply to all classes of mail ing" this week, accusing Israel of j including letters now carried for three cents. He did not go into detail, but said he favored a four- cent charge for letters mailed from one city to another. Murray is chairman of the House Egypt with "continuous viola-1 Post Office Committee, which yes- tions'' of the 1949 pact and vari- j terday voted an average 7 12 ^per ous council resolutions. She re-i cent pay raise easting 150 million rfolhrs a workers. Civil Cervine A <:milar increase for 1.200.000 C i i- : ! Service Workers, cost- :nc mnrr- than 200 niillirm dollars a yr.ir. will br> considered by the comm;f<-p rhe week alter nnxt. The Senate Po?f Office Committee hn? voted 10 per cent raises B V L E T I X LITTLE ROCK ',P> - The U. 5. Wrathcr Bureau at Little Rock issued the folliwini; severe weather warning at 11:35 Intlay: Severe thunderstorms are expected in southern and eastern Arkansas this afternoon and to- nijht. Severe turbulence, live hail amf strong gusty surface winds are expected in connection \vit'i t'leso thunderstorms. Tornadoes may occur in east central and extreme northeast Arkansas between 12 noon and fi p. m. resolutions. She recalled armed attacks by Eiivpt and accused the Cairo oovernmen' of refilling to negotiate a peiice treaty. In some 90 minutes. 10 nf the U council member? spoke up to rieplore the Grizn incident. Manv implicitly blamed Israel. Six offered sympathy to Ecypt on 'o.^s of life. None did ?o to Israel. I James J. Wadsworth of the • United States called the affair "in,; defensible from any standpoint • He said The Unnorf States opposed i "any policy of rc.uri.--al " "Flacrant Violation" i "Armed force will not produce ! peace negotiations," Wadsworth declared. Henri Hoppenot of France spoke See U.N. Page 10 ear for 518,000 postal Tornado Strikes Along Tennessee, Kentucky Border MITCHELLVILLE. Tenn. '.•?> — A consideration then Wedensriny and the final Thursday half dny would still remain for Hotise action and Senate action. "And we've got other amendments," Feild sold. The HouflG spent much of yesterday skirmishing over the sales tux issue. However, it acted on a number of Senate matters—yesterday also being ft Senate dny. Included was approval of a Senate bill to prohibit sale or advertising of milk at more thnn four per cent above the cast of "purchasing, processing nnd distributing." Proponents said the bill was needed to protect small dairy operators from price wars. Opponents attacked it as price fixing:. The vole for passage was 8-36. The House adjourned in mid- afternoon. The Senate finished its weekly •tint nt noon r.nd recessed until 1 p.m. Monday. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cold front moving from north to south across Arkansas today < Tennessee border here late last brought at least a temporary halt; nicht| injured three persons and to summery weather. i destroyed or damaged about 15 The cold air already has lowered ] buildings. temperature* and brousht rain and i Th ? storm first struck fas. to some parts of northwest Ar- j ^ fast wcst_o_f_he_re,^ kansas — and it was scheduled to; cover the state by tonight. tornado struck along the Keniucky- rura1 lor both Pn.n Office and Civil Service emplovrs. .viuiTav riiri not XT.- whar h° ron- ^iriors ,1 Mir nos-;t! rr.te increase. Pn--;:TM.:Tr-r General Summer- fif'Id ha.- proposed rate hikes es- rimr! ffi fi to bnnc in .1 round 330 million rio]]ai> of new revenue each Aho rpquf>ted is n 30 per cent :!VTra.--e in ?prr>nd ch.-.* rates on in=w:-n riper.--, m-icazines and other romm^ri'ial pun heat ions, and a 25 per cent :ncrP3. : e in third class ra'p?. rovpnns n ri vert ism E circulars anri bulk mail other than par- col post. The postal pay raise bill approved by the House committee yesterday calls for a minimum salary increase of 6 per cent for all employes. I'. a!.-o would rai.:« the basic salary level of j-'ome 330,01)0 letter carriers, drivers and clerks by pl.icins them in a higher pay grade providing maximum increases in base pay of $290 to $370 a vear. the main street of this town of 300 persons. The City Hall was destroyed and every other building It still was fairly warm in north ak)ng the street was damaged. Arkansas this morning, but the U. Most ser i OU sly injured was Bob- S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock j by Hinton, 25, of Mitchellville. He, forecast lows of 20 to 30 for that was hospitalized for treatment of I CHICAGO !^i—The pilot of area tonight. The., temperature is „ possible broken foot. He was hit [shuttle sen-tee plane landed safely expected to drop down into the high 30s and low 40s in south Arkansas. Showers and local thunderstorms are expected to accompany the tern- Sec WEATHER on Page 10 by a brick from a disintegrating at O'Harc Field yesterday after Losintr a cylinder and part of the garage. The Post Office and county school were among the buildings damaged here. cowling of one engine in flight. The 10 passengers and two crewmen escaped injury. , Officer's Blast Kills Kidnap-Killer GREEN RIVER, Wyo. tfV—An officer defied threats to a hostage mother and two children to end a killer's 16-hour crime spree with a charge from a sawed-off shotgun last night. W. G, Sherman, special agent for the Union Pacific Railroad, fired through a window of the embattled home to kill ex-convict Melvln Henry Gray, 27. Gray, who earlier killed one man, wounded three others—one fatally—and kidnaped a 17-year-old youth, took refuge In the home of Mrs. Ous Kalivn.s after a running fi^ht through this town of 3,187. It ollmaxcd one of the most inten- sive manhunts in Wyoming history. Shot In Chest The blast caught the killer in the chest. He stumbled into an adjoining bedroom and officers found him dead seconds later. They had shouted at Grny to drop his gun, and one said he replied: "I'm dead, dammit—come and get me." One of Gray's pursuers, Deputy Sheriff Ed Phillips of nenrby Rock Springs, died of his wounds at a hospital there early today. A bullet fired by Gray In a chase through Green River's railroad yards hit in U* ofawt. Frank Kullnski, Kemmerer town marshal, was wounded seriously after Gray disarmed him and two companions in the pre-riawn hours at Frontier, Wyo., 87 miles northwest of here. In that same fight, Albert Maffel, 35, Kemmerer garage owner, was killed, and Don Wagner, 35, also of Kemmerer, was wounded slightly, Holt] Hostage A young Evanston, Wyo., service station attendant held hostage in his car more than eight hours, Robert Durrant, was not harmed, Durant was robbed at gunpoint in the gas station. He later re- Set KILLER •• P*f* A*

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