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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHBAS1 ARKANSAS AND SO0THEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO, 295 Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Knife- WieldingBoy Arrested After Tiff With India's Nehru But Officials Say Incident Not Assassination Attempt BOMBAY, India (AP) — A 32-year-old rickshaw boy wielding a six-inch clasp knife jumped on the running board of Prime Minister Nehru's automobile near Nagpur today. Nehru pushed him off and police, fearing an assassination, arrested him and another man. Storms Subside After Dealing Destructive Blow Great Plains Dust Storm Causes Heavy Damage to Crops By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Storms which struck devastating blows in wide areas of the country yesterday, causing millions ol dollars damage to property and crops, abated today. The stormy weather was blamed for at least eight deaths and injured a score of persons. The winter season's most severe dust storms in the Southern and Central Great Plains appeared to have caused the heaviest monetary damage. In Colorado alone the loss of half of the state's three million acres of winter wheat was estimated at 50 million dollars. The dust area early today extended across Kansas into -southern Missouri and northern Arknns»s but the Weather Bureau reported there was no blowing dust. Extensive Ihimuge The tornadoes, wind storms and thunderstorms which struck across Midwest and Eastern areas yesterday caused extensive property damage. Communities in east central Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania suffered heaviest property losses. Winds were clocked at 92 m.p.h. in much of the area. The property damage ' Pennsylvania was estimated at more than a million dollars. It was expected to total more Pan a million dollars in Ohio and nearly a million dollars in Indiana. A U.S. Steel ore bridge ftt Rankin, Pa., near Pittsburgh, buckled from the winds, causing nn estimated million dollars damage. Lightning struck a transformer in Union City, Ind., on the Indiana-Ohio line, starting a fire that caused damages of $500,000 in the heart of the city. No New Flood Threat Although heavy rains pelted the Ohio River Valley basin, the U.S. Weather Bureau at Pittsburgh saw Mostly fair or partly cloudy weather was reported in other sections of the country. Below freezing extended from northern New England westward acrors the northern Great Lakes and into North Dakota, Montana and most of Wyoming. Ceylon Refuses Reds Application COLOMBO, Ceylon iVP) — Ceylon turned down a Soviet application to send a 50 man scientific team to view the forthcoming June 20 solar eclipse from that island because it came too Late to arrange accommodations, a govern ment spokesman said today. The Soviet government newspaper izvcslla reporting the refusal yesterday suggested that- the Coy- lonese government had political, rather than technical motives. •fr The knife-wielder later was identified as Basu Rao,, from the Maharashtra area. A Maharashtra man was hanged for the 1948 assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Unhurt and seemingly unperturbed, Nehru commented "it was a very small knife and not at all dangerous." No Threat on Life In New Delhi, government officials immediately issued statement ' declaring the incident could not be called an attempt on Nehru's life, that the rickshaw boy might have been angry at some one else in Nehru's car. For instance, they said, Pandit R. S. Shukta, chief minister of Pradesh State* controls rickshaws through a licensing system. Nehru, now 65 and in good physical condition, sMd he could have taken the knife away Irom Rao, "but in the meantime police attacked him and removed the spot.' Spoke Later Nehru dismissed the episode as of "no significance." He said his assailant was "a cranky person.' Nehru was driving from Sonegon Airport to the residence of R. S. Shukla, chief minister of Madhya Slate, when the attack occurred. He had arrived shortly before from New Delhi. Nehru spoke later at a meeting of state legislators in Shukla's house. He was in jovial mood as he ciillcd newsmen to a conference to fjive his version of the incident. He said the whole episode only lasted 10 seconds. Nehru had come to Nagpur to preticie over the convention o f Bharat Sevak Samaj, a voluntary organization devoted to India's economic and social development under the five-v,ear plan. He has faced many dangers t jj K-C he first took up the cause of Indian independence. He was imprisoned several times by British authorities during the long iiyht for freedom. At the height of the Moslem- Hindu rioting that followed the British withdrawal and the partition of the subcontinent between India and Pakistan, Nehru toured the affected area in a jeep al- U'n.pting to halt the frenzy. Several times he threw himself between mobs to stave off further violence. Nehru became the undisutea leader of India after Gandhi was shot and killed by a Hindu fanatic who objected to his efforts toward Hindu-Moslem reconciliation. Gan- rihi hirnspJI had selected Nehru to be his "political heir." The son of one of India's wealthiest and most influential men, Nehru became one of his nation's most popular lenders. He was the general choice to become the first Prime Minister of the dominion of India when the British pulled out. The adulation he inspires probably stems in part from his sacrifices for the cause of freedom, including a total of 13 years in prison for anti-British agitation. Street Widening Work Underway The City has compelted plans for the widening of several streets in the downtown section. Pl.'ins include the widening of First Street between Walnut and Ash and then down Ash to Fifth. Work on these projects will get underway immediately following completion of widening of Walnut between First and Second Street-s, now in progress. WHERE DADDY WORKS — Central Metalt Co., here had an open nouse yesterday for the families of employes. One period of the inspection tour was scheduled for the afternoon so the night shift could attend, the other coming later yesterday evening for the afternoon shift. A public inspection tour for all interested persons is on the plant's schedule. Plant Manager Riley Quick said today. (Courier Xews Photo) Army Chemists Move in After 5th Atomic Test Blast Set Off LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's fifth atomic blast of the 1955 series rocked and illuminated the desert today while the Army Chemical Corps conducted an experiment to determine the power of a smoke screen to cut down heat radiation. The detonation from a 300-foot tower at Yucca Flat came at 5:20 a.m. and was less than major size. Observers in Las Vegas classed it in the "baby A-bomb" category. It was seen as a brilliant, short,--— — --•• —— white flash in Las Vegas, about 75 miles away. In Los Angeles, some 250 miles distant, the flash was like a faint flicker of white light, resembling a heat lightning Senators Make Ready For Tax Cut Showdown **** * * * * i Absentees May Decide Issue, By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) — The outcome of the Senate battle over the income tax cut appeared so close today that both Democratic and Republican leaders took steps to guard against absentees. With the showdown vote set for next Tuesday or Wednesday, word went out to all senators to cancel any engagements which might take them away from Washington for those days. •> The New York Times in a dispatch from Washington by William I . If f+ . r\ i*l' S. - White, said President Eisen- lt/~ll\/ C \On/TT^ fr/tr/TI^C hower " was determined to veto / L(JLL Y J +J"I L(JLL\2 /\Ct.i.L/ tt, J 3n y Democratic income tax-cutting / . I legislation." -*., -^ If the Democrats should bring off German Rearmament flash. Other localities which. saw the flash included Phoenix, Ariz., where observers reported the showing- was considerably smaller than the March 7 blast, biggest of the series. It was seen faintly in the San Francisco area. j After the detonation the Atomic j Energy Commission announced j that 35 tests of developmental weapons and civil effects were conducted. Of major interest was the test with a smoke screen. Smoke Screen Blasted AEC officials said oil smoke .creen generators were established on the upwind side of the firing area. Previously it had been announced that a smoke screen about 50 feet in height would be sent up to determine the ability of such a screen to cut down thermal 1'adiation on a portion of the test site. Army officials have said that a smoke -screen can be used to protect vital areas from thermal radiation of an A-bomb. However, they added, use of smoke screens will not stop the other two effects— blast or pressure wave and gamma radiation. The gamma rays are the penetrating ones and an overdose can cause internal illness. Maj. Gen. William M. Creasy, chief chemical officer of the Army •ecently announced that the Army is studying means of reduces gamma radiation. No Troops Today During the blast today there were various instruments around the firing area to take data on .normal radiation. No troops participated in today's est. However there were 65 aircraft in the air at the time of the See ATOMIC on Page 8 Formosans Confident Of Island's Defense By SI 1 i:\CER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa lAP) — Seven million Formosans and two million Chinese on this Nationalist island are regaining much of th'^ confidence they lost through the recent withdrawal from the Tachcns and Nanchishan Islands. Confidence in the ability of the* United Stales nnd Nationalist forces to protect Formosa asamst the Chinese Communists is. indeed. so strong that repeated npppals to some residents to move from urban ureas have fallen on deaf ears. The true implications of the mutual defense treaty with ihe United "tates appear to be sinking into the minds of people not ordinarily aware of political events. Despite Opposition By ALLAN JACKS ROME (AP) — Italy lined up today with the nations backing West German rearmament as her Senate decisively approved the Paris accords over bitter Communist opposition. After two weeks' heated debate* — climaxed by Red street riots, the Senate okayed the agreements last night by a vote of 139-82, making Italy the eighth of the 15 nations involved to complete parliamentary action. Italy's lower House approved the pacts last December and they now await only the final signing by President Luigi EInaudi. Riot police broke up one demonstration near the Senate building and headed off others in many parts of the city. More 1 than 500 pevsuiis were taken into custody, including Communist Deputy Carla Capponi who had joined one shouting mob. Capponi was released as soon as he established his identity. Several Injured In Milan several policemen and Red demonstrators were injured in a scuffle near the heart of town. Last night's action was the strongest approval Premier Mario Scelba has won in the Senate on a major bill since he took office 13 months ago. Scelba who will leave in about 10 days for visits to the United States and Canada, said after the ballot: "The vote of the Italian Parliament, after the ones in London Prewiff Services Set for Monday Wife of Osceola's Municipal Judge, She Was 64 OSCEOLA—Services Tor Mrs. W. W. Prewitt., 64, wife of Osceola's municipal judge and widely known resident of Osceola who died at her home here yesterday, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Episcopal Church by the Rev. W. F. Hays of Jonesboro. Burial will be in Violet Cemetery with Swift Funeral Home in charge Long Illness Mrs. Prewitt's death followed an illness of eight years. She had been confined to her bed for the past six months. A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William E. Johnson of Lexington, Ky., she married Judge Prewitt in 1911. Prior to her illness, she had been active -in Parent-Teachers A?socia- , tion work and in the Episcopal and Bonn, represent the most im-[ church here, portant act in the history of European unity. I 'The unity of the free world is ' the strongest defense of peace. i Western European Union, with the [ Atlantic Pact, will assure men a i peaceful future." Irrigation Hula' Rocks Farm Area OTHELLO, Wash. Iff) — Shifting and swaying to the accompaniment of skln-prickllng noises, » large farmland area near this eastern Washington community is being pushed around by the unfamiliar weight of irrigation waters. To the residents, subjected to nearly 200 quakes since Jan. 1, it Is at least disconcerting to see farm towers sway, walls crack and household pictures shift on their hangings. But geologists sti" the Columbia Basin hula Is nothing to be concerned about—this Just isn't an earthquake none. , . Fred Jones, with the U.S. Geological Survey Office in Spokane, and other geologists say subterranean rock Is shifting because of the weight o( new irrigation in the Columbia Basin. Up to now the quakes and their accompanying rumble have been confined largely to a 10 to 12 mile square wheat growing area. "They probably will continue for some time," Jones said, how- ever, "nnd they are apt to develop elsewhere in the basin. There is no danger of anything serious." He- explains it all technically ns ' settlement in underlying basalt or interflows between them because of the increase in volume of ground water to the west." The ground water volume has been rising steadily since this vast nrcn, formerly an arid desert re- flion, was opened to farming by giant irrigation projects. Mrs. Ivor Dougherty, whose ranch apparently is .situated In the center of the quake zone, said she \vns so frightened tit first by the sharp shocks which began about the first of the year that she was "ready to pack up and leave." Shf calmed her Itching feet, how* eviM', and now Is keeping a diary of the land's rumbling fidgets for the Geological Survey. She has recorded 04 tremors since Jan. 18. an earlier report to the University of Washington showed "about ihe same number for the period from Jan. 1 to 18. A number of other families, have reported the quakes but the Dougherty's apparently have kept the best records. Mrs. Dougherty said the most severe shocks have been comparable to the effect of "dropping a big boulder In the middle of the house." "The initial shocks-genovnlly arc very strong," she said, "and you can hear them very plainly." The four Dougherty children shaie their mother's disquiet, with thvcc of them once scampering from their bedroom nnd the fourth, a.l-ycar-old daughter, clinging anxiously to her mother's inp. "We thought H was blasting or jets breaking the sound barrier, when the quakes first started," Mrs Dougherty recalls. "Later they became more violent and frequent, We have had as many as 13 in one hour." That log she keeps still is growing. With the latest entry at 6:59 p.m. Trursriny and little to indicate it will be the lut. i:i treaty formally commits the United States to defense of Formosa and the Pescadores. Nn "Paper Tiger" An.. regardless of Communist propaganda the people of Formosa don't think the United States is a "paper tiger." They know what the Reds refuse to acknowledge—thai the United States was mainly, responsible for J a prin's defeat in World War II The Formosans know it first hand. They were Japanese colonials and went through devastating !\ir raids by U.S. Air Force and naval plane.s. Mean Business Another facet of increased confidence is the growing impression lhat this time the Nationalists mean business when they say they are determined to fight for the remaining offshore island groups of Quemoy and the Matsus if the Reds try to lake them. Although past avowals of determination (o fight for such points have not been borne out by events, this time such expressions are differently received. It looks more and more ns if the Nationalists speak with the knowledge, well-founded supposition or expectation that the United Stales will be behind them if it comes to a real showdown. Bell's Income Shows Increase ST. LOUIS m—A $65,334,001 net income last year, with a rate of return on net plant Investment of 6.7 per cent, has been reported, by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. The Income, announced yosler- rtay In the firm's nmiual report to stockholders, was $10,000,701 higher than the year before. The ultlllty, which operates in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and a small section of Illinois adjacent to St. Louis, said 200,500 more telephones were Installed during the year, bringing the total In service to 4,496,000. The total telephone plant Investment nt Ihe end of 11)54, the report cnnllnued, was $1,420,610,000—Uvlce the investment nix ycnn ago. Ark-Mo Asks PSC Okay On Stock Sales 8 Nations Back It Mrs. Prewitt was a charter member of the Osceola Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband; two sons,' W. W. Prewitt, Jr., of an income tax cut, the Times said, the President's course would be as follows: Would Veto Cut He would veto that reduction 'embodied in a bill to extend corporation and excise taxes) and would then send to Congress a message demanding immediate legislation to extend the excise and corporate levies unchanged. those days. Sen. Byrd (D-Va) and Republican Senate leaders continued to express confidence they had the votes .to turn back any tax cut plan by a slim margin. But others still were trying, to build up steam for their proposal to give a 908 million dollar tax reduction to lower-income families. Both sides agreed yesterday to limit debate starting Tuesday. The agreement calls for four hours of discussion of the tax cut plan, two hours for any other proposed amendment, and two hours of general debate preceding the final vote. Other than the tax cut, there was little controversy over the bill, \vhich would extend for one year corporation and excise tax rates now scheduled to drop on April 1. Speak For Passage In the second day of floor debate yesterday. Sens. Lond (D-La), Humphrey (D-Minn). Neuberger (D-Ore), Barkley (D-KyJ and Gore (D-Tenn) among others spoke out for the tax cut. . It appeared likely the absentee situation would be a stand-off with each side lacking one of its votes. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R- Maino is traveling in the Far East while San. Kennedy (D-Massi is in Florida convalescing from a serious operation List fall. Humphrey In his floor speech gave an indication of how close the outcome mitrht be. Addressing Sen. Lander (R-ND), the only Republican who has announced for the Honorary ; members of LITTLE ROCK (J) — Arkansas- Missouri Power Co. of Blytheville wants to sell 35.000 shares of 4.65 per cent cumulative preferred stock at S100 par value each to institutional investors. The electric utility yesterday asked the state Public Service Commission for permission to make the sale and also for authority to sell 36.858 shares of unissued common stock— S5 par value each — to common stockholders. The application said receipts will be used to redeem outstanding preferred stocks and help finance proposed construction program. Parliamentary action on the pacts hns nmv been completed W j Henrv p at rer-on j Italy, Britain. Canada. Greece-, Ice- ; Tavlo) ._ Hvman land, Norway, Portugal and Tur- Max;vpli ' i key. The lower HOUSPS of Parliament have voted approval in Belgium. : . c * France and West Germany. j j No parliamentary action has 'been taken in the other four na-, f QljfrJlS I lions—Denmark. Luxembourg, the " VMlil » ! Netherlands and the United States. The accords provide for German troops as part of the Western lineup against the threat of Red aggression. They also provide for restoration of West German sovereignty and for the Bonn Republic's admission into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Leland, Miss., and Richard E. J income tax reduction, the Minneso- Prewilt of Osceola; a brother, E. E. j un pnirl: Johnson of Buffalo, N. Y., and five j "You just grandchildren. , Republican; Pallbearers include Jim Hyatt, Charles Lowrance, John B. White. ?<>t us twn more eo nlony with you, business on our Ben Bmler< j_ w _ Weinber*. Monroe nnd we'll do amendment " Lnnser answered with a smile, "I'm lucky to have my own vote." pallbearers w i Osceola's Bar 11 bo Asso- Killed Instantly TAIPEI, Formosa kPj — The 14 American servicuinen and crew who perished in last. Sunday's crackup of an Air Force C54 on a remote Formosan mountain died insumtly, a report from the croimd si-arch party which reached the scene said today. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Partly Cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Not quite so warm this afternoon nnd tonight. Possibility of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night. High this afternoon in the upper 70s, Low tonight in the 50s. MISSOURI — Generally fair west and north; considerable cloudiness with few scattered showers "southeast this afternoon; mostly clear and cooler tonight; Sunday partly cloudy, wanner west; low tonight 30s northwest to -10s southeast; high Sunday around 55-65 east to near 70 west. Minimum this niornlni;—63. Maximum yestorclny—79. Sunrise tomorrow-— fi:t4. Sunset today—6:05. Mean temperature—71. Precipitation Innt 24 hours to 7 p.m. —none, Proclpitntlon Jftn. 1 to (into—7:35. This Pale Last Year Maximum yesterday—80. Minimum this mornl»K--ti2. Precipitation January 1 to date — tt.10. License, Traffic Violations More Than Bring $100 For Larceny In Caruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE—Three teenage boys are in Pemiscot County jail today on charges of burglary and larceny, according to Prosecuting Attorney James A. (Tick) Vickrey. The .trio is accused of breaking in Kenneth's Bar at Hayti within the past two weeks and stealing a small amount of money, two watches and some whiskey. They are also accused of breaking into the Hayti High School recently and getting about three dollars from a soft drink machine. Municipaf Court today for" license | .^'° u of them are also charged and traffic violations. I ™h__breakmg into the Joy Theatre Motorists paid out over $100 in j Charley Woodson. Robert W. Dyess and Otis Channel! forfeited bonds of S19.15 eact. on charges of speeding. Preston Powell pleaded guilty on the same charges and was fined S10 and casts and had §5 suspended. Paul D. Human forfeited $19.15 bond on a charge of driving a vehicle without a license. Delia Brown forfeited a similar bond on a charge of having a fictitious license. Odell Heston was discharged on a charge of reckless driving after entering a plea of not guilty. The court ruled that the witness' testimony produced insufficient evidence for conviction. Several other cases of minor chnrges were dismissed because of fnmire of witnesses to show up for trial. Shah Back Home TEHRAN, Iran W)—The Shah of Iran and Queen Soraya returned home today after a three-months holiday In the United States and Europe. Hearing Postponed LITTLE ROCK wi — The pretrial hearing on Arkansas Power & Light Co.'s appeal of a rate Increase rejection has been postponed to Man* at. at Hayti last Sunday night and McCarthy Undecided Some Democratic sources were hinting :hey had some hope of picl::nc up the vote of Sen. McCarth-- iR-Wtsi. But McCarthy told a reporter he was not taking any posiuon as yet. The tax cut in the substitute would amount to less than half of the 52, 200. 000, f DO revenue loss of the $20-for-everybody reduction in the House bill. The cut in the Senate Democratic leaders' version would amount to $10 a person in most cases, but generally would be limited to families with incomes of $5,000 or less. The substitute also would repeal other tax benefits voted last year to corporations and stockholders to provide revenues to offset the income tax reduction. Good Road Test ALBUQUERQUE UP] — An Albu- taking a radio, some "candy and a querque motorist apparently has small quantity of cash. | reached the limit of his endurance Bond for each had been set at i on one roush street. Officials found S500 and preliminary hearing is : this sign mounted on a post at the scheduled for next Thursday morn-i side of its entrance: "Test for rating in Magistrate Court. 1 ties." Jkf l*i ''A* •»*•-«*" -a^- ;; ;tf ^sTPart^Trin Meditations loraENT By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dept. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NBA Service Since the New Testament joy is linked with trial and temptation, we must be aware that the very process of undergoing trial can be exhilarating. The Psalmist describes how the sun "like a strong man runs its course with Joy" (Psalm 19:5, RSV). The strong man's joy comes from the testing of his strength. The athlete (rained for tho gnme has no joy while sitting on the bench. The competition may be fierce, the ordeal long and trying, but this Is the thing for which he has made ready. This Is the cause for which he lives. He gets no Joy if he remains muscle-bound. The sailor has no Joy in the landlocked 'harbor. He la eager to pit his strength and skill against wind and wnvc. This In the life for which he is trained. So It is with the spirit of man, We were not made (or lives of case nnd comfort, and the soul's true Joy comes in "right that triumphs over wronp." The story is told ol a member of a ship's crow who wai assigned to lifeboat duty. He Informed the captain that the proposed rencu* was impossible, "W« can go out all right," he said, "but w« could never get back." "Launch the boat," said th« captain "we mu»t; go out; we need not come back." They would be unworthy of th« traditions of the sea if they drew back when hardship threatened. Life'* Mtte o«« & to toot* wba dt» to Hv« tdveoWirouslf,

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