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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 7, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEABI ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. 1,-NO. 290 Blythevllle Courier Blyth'eville Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MARCH 7, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE 'COPY FIVE CENTS 'Big Shot' Of A-Tests Exploded Brilliant Flash Plainly Visible In Los Angeles LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The biggest and brightest blast of the 1955 atomic test series lighted western skies 20 minutes before dawn today. The white flash was perhaps the most dazzling ever seen in Las Vegas, 75 miles from Yucca Flat. It shone a yellow gold color above the mountains near Los Angeles, 250 miles to the southwest. It was almost as though the sun were trying to make an early appearance. Highest Tower Shot This was the highest tower shot ever set off in Nevada. It was the 35th test at the Nevada site and fourth of the current series. •» Fifty observers saw the detonation from Angel's Peak on the Charleston Range, west of the test site. They reported it was 'one of the most impressive shots ever seen from the mountain vantage point. The explosion was from a 500• foot tower for the first time. A vapor trail was visible high above the fire ball, perhaps the contrail of a high-flying exploratory, or "sniffer" plane, which may have been in the area as part of Air Force maneuvers shortly before the explosion. The blinding flash finally faded like the filament of a light bulb. The fireball, a perfect sphere, rose almost immediately but held firm ' about 20 seconds. This was not the largest fireball or explosion at Yucca Flat. The final test of the 1953 series here displayed R device that exploded with a 30-second fireball and contained a power of about 50 kilotons, or 2'/ 2 times normal A-bomb strength. 30 Kllotons Today's shot probably packed a 30 klloton punch, however. The standard A-bomb has a 10-secohd fireball and a power of 20 kilotons, or the equivalent of 20,000 tons of TNT. The fireball, higher than usual, did not suck up as much dirt as some from the desert floor. The cloud rose quickly and the usual mushroom was clearly visible in Las Vegas in the first light of dawn. The stem was reddish and unusually thick. As the top of the mushroom soared to perhaps 30,000 feet, it seemed to divide into two puffs. But it was entirely possible that it might be an ice-cap forming as It has at high altitude before. The shock of the explosion hit the mountain-top observers 5'2 minutes after the flash. The. peak is roughly 65 miles from Yucca Flat, Stump Further Clouds US' Matsus Intentions Senator Holland Says He Opposes Income Tax Cut *~r.sie Democrats Weren't Consulted, Florida Solon Claims Fleet Can Defend Anything, He Says TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — The boss of the U. S. Pacific Fleet says, "If the United States is willing we can defend anything against the Communists." Bui the statement left the Reds* A New Ark-Mo Billing Technique- A new, streamlined billing form has been adopted by Arkansas- Missouri Power Co., here and customers will first feel the change when many receive bills tomorrow. The company is shifting to an electronic billing device of International Business Machines where Roland Bishop (above), head of ihe billing New bills will be printed by the injicrjines speeding mailing and handling. Bilii:i2 dale:; will be changed to prevent logjamming in various Ark-Mo offices. (Courier News Photo) department, Is seen JH u single postcard, j The new itemized bill will carry a single total for all services, including gas, provided by the company. Here are other advantages as seen by the company; More convenient; less waiting to pay bills; reduction in postage and handling, thus helping keep cost of service IQW as possible; attainment of higher degree of accuracy, mistakes may be spotted more quickly. Next billing dates will be March. 8, 12, 14, 15, 20, 22, 25 and April 2. On the old schedule, only billing dates would have been March 24 and April 1. The company pointed out thai of the 10,500 customers served through the Blytheville office, -so.-ne G.575 will have tneir payment dates accelerated and the o'.hr-i 4.000 will have their dates retarded due to the change. Accelerated billing dates range from six to 13 days and retarded dates range from one to seven nays. Utley Lumber Co., at Holland Hit by Flames HOLLAND — An office building and lumber shed of the Everett Utley Lumber Company burned here last night. Reports received by the Courier News indicated that both buildings leveled by the blaze which Senate Group Resumes Study of Cotton Acreage WASHINGTON (AP) — With cotton planting time rapidly approaching, a Senate agn culture subcommittee today resumes its study of whether and how much to increase the I^-JD national cotton acreage allotment. The group was to wind, up its work today since the full Agriculture Committee is slated to take up the problem tomorrow. Actually, the subcommittee already has agreed on a bill but was directed by the entire committee last week to have hearings since many persons wanted to be heard on the measure. What the subcommittee has proposed is this: Increase the present allotment of 18.113.000 acres by three per cent, or 543.000 acres. Use this increase first to provide small growers with a minimum allotment of four acres and then divide the rest among cotton slates to be used to relieve various types of hardship cases. It would require 257,000 acres to fulfill the minimum provision, leaving 285.000 acres to be idvided among lie states. Differs From House Bill This bill differs in some respects front a bill already passed by the House. The House I reappraise its position. Ihe Farm Bureau's position "but Opposed by AFBF j I say that an increase of 250,000 [ Walter L. Randolph, vice presi-! acres wouldn't be far from our j dent of the Farm Bureau Federa-1 position." And he added that "we lion, after testifying to his group's can't have everything \ve wan opposition to an increase, was asked by Eastland whether he would favor an increase to meet the problem of the small farmer. Randolph said he couldn't change bill wousd increase each state's allotment by three per about 2 o'clock "This cent - or a tolal of '543.000 acres. broke out morning. Origin of the blaze was undetermined. Mr. Utley refused to comment on the fire or give any estimate of his loss when contacted by the Courier News this morning. To Eisenhower Says Nations Visited Are 'Forward Positions Of Freedom in Asia' Some opposition to the subcommittee's bill was due from Rep, Gainings (D-Arki, slated to be a witness during the day. Gainings is author of the House bill. He has stated that the Senate bill is not a fair approach because it penalizes states, such as Arkansas, which previously took cure of its small farmers out of a state acreage reserve. "States ill at failed to take care of their small farmers now get additional acreage," Gainings said. Sen. Kuchel tR-Califi, who on i Saturday indicated he prefers the i House bill to the Senate subcom- I mittee bill, also was due to testify ! further today. WASHINGTON '.-P—Sen. Holland 1 'H-FJai, says hf will oppose the' "20-a-person income tax cut passed ; by T !ou---e Democrats. ; "We Sonste Democrats were not; consulted on the $20, reduction by i our colleagues in the House," he ; *aid in a statement, "nor have we i held any party conference on it, I so thn matter is not a partv issue." | But pointing up its political sig- nifict'iH. 1 !?, a Democrat who a~ked j not to be named said he has no j doubt that a "campaign document" I is being prepared as the minority ; report of six Democrats on the; Senate Finance Committee who \ supported the tax cut. He said it | I will be used in the 1956 campaign. \ Others Oppose It ! Senators Byrd iD-Va^ and Georg fD-Ga) voted with seven Republicans on the committee to knock: out the tax cut provision which the House had passed after a bitter partisan battle. Byrd said last week at least 10 Seriate Democrats would support his stand on the Senate floor, but he declined to name them. In addition to Holland, Sen. Ellender *D-La) said during the weekend he would oppose the cut guessing. I Adm. Felix B. Stump was asked bv newsmen whether his MatPtncn'. included the Commum.'-t-rnenru.-ed Matsu Islands, 20 miles off '.he mainland. He replied. "Anything." No Official Word However, top American officials have not specifically &nd .publicly said what action would be taken in event of a Red assault, on the Matsus or Quemov. another Nationalist island across the Formo-sa Strait. Stump vi-ited the Matsus yesterday. He was here .several days for conferences concerning Formosa's defence. He had a final inalisfs Fire on Two HONG KONG IJi—Two British freichrcrs reported they had been firrd on today by the Chinese Nationalist navy in the Formosa Strait. Ruth .ships radioed they had escaped but made no mention of talk this morning with President,! casualties or damage. Chiang Kai-shek before going to Hong Kong. "Up to Communists" Asked if there was a danger of war, Stump told newsmen, "It depends on the Communists. We are not the aggressors — they are." The offshore island front has been quiet the past few days. A Taipei newspaper credited the Defense Ministry with saying that speculation that the Nationalists will pull out from the Matsus is groundless and that the islands will "not be abandoned now or in the future without a bitter fight." Stump said aid to the Nationalists would be speeded up and » cc ^..« « c w U uiu u ^ uac "«: — boosted. In that connection. 22 on the ground resulting inflation I landing craft were turned over to WASHINGTON I,?] — Secretary of State Dulles continues his report to President Eisenhower today on what he found during a two-week, . ,26,000-mile look at what he called 1 Erich state the n would use ite "the forward positions of freedom- acreage to provide a 5-acrc mini-Jin Asia. mum with the rest, if any were left over, to go to relieve other $200 Traffic Take in Court I hardship cases. Storm Down Under SYDNEY, Australia W—An 80- mile-an-hour storm roared across the east coast state of Queensland today. Torrential ruins accompanying it brought fears of new record floods.. The Department of Agriculture UHLS far has taken a firm stand against any increase, contending an increase would add to the present big surplus of cotton. However, the Senate subcommittee on Saturday got from James A. McConnell, assistant secretary of agriculture, a statement that if Congress agreed on some bill for a moderate increase to meet .hardship cases the department would He spent an hour and a half with the President late yesterday, and planned to return to the White House for further conferences today. Dulles returned yesterday from his tour of seven Asian nations, saying he found "courage and love of liberty and hope." Much of the hope, he said, is based on U.S. power and willingness to fight. On TV Tomorrow Referring to the countries as the forward positions of freedom, he said they are "positions which the Mnlili.lioiisiorlJiMli Motorists paid out almost $200 in fines on traffic violation charges today in Municipal Court. Two motorists forfeiled SI 9.75 bonds on speeding charges, and another forfeited a S10 bond. The two forfeiting $19.75 bonds were Paul Fullerton and Frank Smith and James William Morion forfeiled a $10 bond. Mrs. Joe Griffin of O.sceola for- feiled a Sill.75 bond on a charge of driving while intoxicated. On a charge of operating a motor without a license, Mark L. Anderson forfeited a $19.75 bond and Dick Gray had his case dismissed By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dcpt. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NBA Service Lent is a season of cross-bearing, but cross-bearing is not to be confined to Lent. A clergyman whose church had long observed the ecclesiastical calendar said: "1 want to warn those non-liturgical churches which are taking up the observance of Lent. They ought to make It shorter. Forty days is too long. People In this age cannot be expected to discipline themselves for that length of time." Ycl Lent simply emphasizes one aspect of Christianity which is true all the year nrotind. One of the dangers of Lent Is In assuming that sacrifice belongs only to one brief season of the year. This has to some extent happened with Thanksgiving. Many regard it as something adequately token care of at the harvest Ingathering. The expression of felt gratitude ought to be a part of each day's experience. One name for the Lord's Supper is Eucharist, and that Is Greek for the giving of thanks. So It is that crosses ore not Just burdens to bo carried from Ash Wednesday to Easter. In reporting Jesus' summons to cross-bearing, Luke adds a significant word: "If «ny m«n would come nftcr Me, let him deny hmlMlf a"" 1 lake "P hls cro "" d "" 5 ' " lld follow Me " d-i'ke (1:23, RSVI. "Dally" Is unique In Luke — Matthew and. Mark forgot to record It. But we must overlook It. Jesus calls not to nn occasional and temporary responsibility but to a cross that must be carried day by day. nese Communists are desper- j on the same charge, but pleaded 'ly trying to lake." guilty on a charge of driving ve- 'ulles plans a radio-television hide without license and was fined $15 and costs, only to have $10 tort to the nation tomorrow night. Details are being worked out. Dulles went to the Far East liust month to help forge a new link in the Wesl's Pacific defenses. Ho did that at Bangkok, Thailand, where the eight-nation Manila Pact organized its Southeast Asia defenses, and nt Taipei. Formosa, where he sot in motion the U, S.- China Defense Treaty. Those He in to similar treaties with Australia. New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. suspended from the fine. House Okays Alcoholics Bill LITTLE ROCK I/PI — The House td.iy completed legislative action on a Senate bill to set up a seven- member commission for a study of alcoholism and rehabilitation of alcoholics. The House vote which, sent the bill to Oov. Orvnl Fnitbus, was 87-1. City Mail Service to be Extended Seventeen new blocks In BlyUie- vllle will hnve mail carrier service, effective March 16. Outlying dlstrlcls In North Blythevllle, Robinson Addition, Byruin Addition nnd In Ensl Blythevllle will be the new sections to receive the carrier service, Postmaster Ross Stevens snld today. Another full-time route hns been approved RlvlnR eight walking and one parcel post route, effective March 10, There will be no Increase In personnel but a change In status of the people involved, Mr. Stevens said. Three substitute curriers promoted to regular positions are William P. Hrabovsky, Wayne Rhoads and HuRh E. Bunch. Three temporary carriers being Riven certified status were James I. Branscum, Thomas Calvin Hoi- M'nsworll! and Virgil Emmett Williams. UA President To Speak Here Dr. John T. Cnldwell Will Address 1955 Graduating Class Dr. John Tyler Caldwpll. president of University of Arkansas, will be commencement speaker for Blytheville High School's 1955 graduating cla5F. Announcement of Dr. Caldwell's acceptance to r.ddrt-s.s the class made today by Superintendent Schools, \V. B. Nicholson. A native of Mississippi. Dr. Caldwell took his BS in Mississippi Stare, moving to Duke University for his MA and to Princeton for his Ph. D. At Vaiuk'rhilt He has been on the faculty of Holmes Junior Collrce. Goodman. Miss.; ins! nit tar to as.sonau> professor of politic-ill .science at ,V;m- dcrbilt University; and prior to coming to Arkansis served as president of Alabama College, in Montevallo, Ala. In 1052, he resigned from his position at Alabama College to succeed Louis \Vebht er Jones uiow president of Rutgersi at the University. Other details concerning commencement, will be announced later, Mr. Nicholson stated. might "result in our people actually losing money in the long run." The tax cut would be effective on wages earned after next Jan. 1. House Democrats tacked it onto an administration bill to extend present corporation and" excise tax rates, now due to drop April 1. Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey said yesterday, he thinks there is a "good chance" the House will back down if the Senate defeats the tax cut. He said in a CBS television interview that a tax reduction should 'only be made when savings in expenditures and increased income lu tifv it." No date has yet been fixed for the .start of Senate debate on the ; tax bill. It has been delayed, for : one thing, to await filing of the : reached "complete agreement" on Finance Committee's minority re- j principles of a pact to set up a port. j joint military command and bar Sen. Kerr fD-Okla) said he ex- j alliances with non-Arab nations. pects the report to be ready some- j Saudi Arabia's King Saud in Riari The first report came from the 3,533-ton Westway, which reported I a Nationalist gunboat had fired on I her northeast of the entrance to | the Red Chinese part of Tsinklang. | Warship to Aid The Royal Navy sent a warship to her aid and the ship radioed later she had arrived safely at Tsinkiang her destination. The second ship, the 2,500-tnn Tai Setin Hong, radioed she was fired on by a Nationalist warship off the island known as Rogue's Point. Fifteen minutes later she reported she was safe. The Westway, owned by the Western Steamship Co. of Hong Kong, carried a crew of four Britons, including her captain, L. ,N. Beer, and 43 Chinese. The Tai Seun Hong, owned by the Shun the Nationalist navy by the United States today at Koansiung in south-j Cheong Shipping Co., also had ern Formosa. i British captain, E. C. Thomson. Three Nations Ask New Arab Alliance By ROBERT HEWETT CAIRO fAP) — Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia called last night for a new neutralist Arab military and economic alliance. It would replace the eight-nation Arab League set-up dealt a near death blow by Iraq's recent defense, pact with Turkey. A joint Syrian-Egyptian commu-, each member state at the disposal nique said the two nations had of a joint military command ac- to a joint defense plan to gression against any mem- lime today. i announced his government's "full support" of the plan. The three states said they would call a meeting of premiers and defense ministers of the Arab nations this mnnth to work out details of the new pact. The other Arab .nations are Lebanon. Jordan, Yemen, Libya and Iraq. To Invite Iraq Syrian Foreign Minister Khaled el Azem said in Damascus that Iraq would be invited to join in the . new alliance only if she junked j her pact with Turkey. ' * pets started in the" county on April J ^Egypt's drive for the new neu- \ X-Ray Rules On Children Are Listed A few do's and don't's were pass- ] eci nut by Mississippi County's Tu- j berculo.sis Association today regard- j me its mobile x-ray program which j cording meet ag ber state. The communique said economic? unity would be achieved by establishment of an inter-Arab bank issuing currency, and other measures. These rules are aimed ai question? which arise concerning x-ray- mc of children. Here they are: No child under the age of 6 will be x-rayed. Where the family is unable to pay tor another type x-ray, the Association will bear that cost on application. Every child must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. A TB form, signed by either health nurse or physician, must, be pre- senU'ri to the x-ray technician. Children over six and under H pact, seemingly doomed by Arab dissension less than a month ago, appeared to have received new life from the Israeli attack on the outskirts of Gaza a week ago. . . . The communique announcing Ihe new aliance did not menlion Is! racl by name. but. a high Esyp- I tian official said the proposed joint : military command would "take ' strong measures against any new i Israeli aggression." j Jordan Asks More Time Lebanese officials were reported Princess Under Knife UTRECHT, Netherlands i.-P — An emergency appendicitis operation was performed today on Princess Beatrix, 17-year-old heiress to the Netherlands' throne. The Municipal and Academic Clinic said the surgery was successful and the princess' condition was satisfactory. . , . ! to have refused lo join thr part may be x-rayed if their names ap : : umil thev sludicd the prop(wa i s ; list of food handlers in j and know (ne positi(m of Bll Arab . j countries. The Lebanese, regarded : | a,s the most pro-Weslern of the; Arabs, were said to be determined ; that Iraq should not be Isolated, i Jordan also reported asking for j more time to study the project, j WILMINGTON. Mass, iff) — A The Syrian-Egyptian rommuni- u-ornan and three men perished ! que said a hoacJmiartr-rs would be! yesterday in a blaze which de-j set up to supervise training, arm-j stroycd a converted six-room sum-i ing, discipline and distribution of 1 mrr cottage near Silver Lake. ' military forces to be placed by pear on the school cafeteria. Such a list must be signed by the school principal. four Die in Fire Luxom Boy \To Get Eagle Scout Award LUXOR A — Calvin Wilkins, 13 year old son of Mr. T. D. Wilkins, will get Boy Scouting's highest award at a court, of honor hera tonu;lu when be receives his Eagla Scout badge. Calvin is a member of Luxora'i Air Explorer Post 35. He'll be honored, alpng with Scouts up for other badges, in the High School auditorium at 7:30 to- nieht. Scouts from several South Mississippi County District towns have been invited to participate in the court. Gurst speaker will be the Rev. H. L. Rohi.son, former pastor of Lux- era's Methoriist Church and now at Hoxie. The Rev. Mr. Robison was active in youth work during his stay in Mississippi County. Luxora Scout Troop 35 and Explorer Post 35 are hosts for the event. Task of Organizing New Sewer District Moving Along Slowly Inside Today's Courier News Twenty-five new (he estimated 200 signatures of needed have . . . Chirks Be; fi2 for District HA title Ceiifrr Ilidpe in Stale Tounia- mrni Tmncrrow Nl«ht . . . NT-\A Tournament Opens Tomorrow . . . Indians Gloat as Enrly \Vymi Signs Contract . . . Sports . . . I'apos R-!l . . . . . . State Legislature In Final Three Days with Two Major Problems Still Unsolved . , . rage 6 ... been added to petitions for ap- j proval of the Southern Improve- I nient District, according lo Cham•at Joiipsboro 71- ] her of Con.mercc secretary Worth 'May i Holder. i Form a lion of the southern dis- ! trict has been the big stumbling block In the way of plans for construction of Blythcvillc'B proposed sewer system. Activity of volunteer workers In signing up properly owners in the area has slacked off since the goal was unannounced last month, e 1 '~inher officials said. Karly in February signatures of Weather owners of $44.000 worth of property were needed to inert requirements for forming the district. \ The 25 signatures placed on the NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Fair and rather cooi this afternoon and tonight. Tuesday, fair with rising temperatures Tuesday afternoon Hiph this afternoon near 50. Low tonitiht near 30. .MISSOURI - Fair to partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight petition amount during the past month to an ostmiatfd $7,500; leaving approximately $36.500 yet to be sinned. "It seems to be merely a niiiiier of RoinK out and get tins Ihe names," one official said, "since we have iiacl only a few refusuls." More workers are needed and reports of teams already participating should be completed as soon as possible, Mr. Holder said. Volunteers can contact Mr. Holder at the Chamber of Commerce office in City Hall. i becoming generally fair over state Tuesday; rising temperature; low tonight 25-30; . high. Tuesday 60-56 northeast to 55-60 southwest, Minimum Sund/ty—3S. Minimum this morning—20, M;ixmimn yphl<!rr]ny—4l). .SiinrlHi- tomorrow--6:21, Kun&ft totlAy—6:01. Monn tcmpnrnturo—fl5, Precipitation l»»t 48 hours to T p.m. Precipitation Jan, 1 to d*t« 7'H Thli Date Uit Ymr Maximum yeMflrcUy—33. Minimum thin morning—3], Precipitation January 1 K> Mita — 12.10,

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