The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 19, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 19, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 301 BlythevlU* Courier Blyttioville Dally Nem BlythevUle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Utley Slaying Said 'Bought' Killing Viewed Professional Job by Investigating Officer , HOLLAND — Southeast Missouri peace officers today continued their search for the two gunmen who shot down Hubert Utley, Holland tavern and whiskey store operator, in what one official source termed a professional killing here early yesterday. — * Dtley, 46, was shot down by an unidentified white man and a Negro as he entered ,hls liquor store located on Highway 61 here shortly after midnight Thursday night His killers, officers said, waited Another Bumper Farm Year Is USDA Forecast Fear of Spreading Drought Has Eased Farming Report Says By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON tfl — Another year of bumper crop production was in prospect today. This was the essence of an Agriculture Department report yesterday on farmer growing plans and climatic factors which influence farm output. Total acreage likely to be planted this year will be little different from last year's 354 million acres, but the crop pattern will be changed somewhat under the influence of government programs. Fear of a spending drought has eased considerably with the fall of rains and snows in many areas In recent weeks. Shortages of irrigation water and persistent drought in the southwest were said to be the chief dark spots, in an otherwise good spring outlook. Larger Acreage Larger acreages than last year were indicated for corn, 0,1 t.s, barley, sorghums, potatoes, sweet potatoes, dry beans and peas, soybeans and hay. But reduced plantings were indicated for spring wheat, flaxseed, rice, tobacco, peanuts and sugar beets. The prospective reductions cover crops governed by federal planting and marketing r PS trie lions. Federal limitations were imposed to prevent the accumulation of additional surpluses. About 1\'z billion dollars worth of such surplus farm products now are stored under federal price support programs. for more than three hours in and around the liquor store for Utley's arrival. Funeral services for Utley were to be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today in the German Funeral Home Chapel in Steele by the Rev. Mar vin Niblack, pastor of the Steele Methodist Church, Burial was to be in Steele. Utley Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Utley of Memphis; four sons, Roy Scott Utley of Steele and Lonnie D., Leslie Boyd, and Benjamin Allen Utley, all of Memphis; one daughter, Mary Pauline Utley of Memphis; his father, O. S. Utley of Holland; four brothers, O. E. Utley of Holland and Virgil, Clarence and Everett Utley of Steele; and one grandson. One official source today said that in his opinion Utley's killers were "bought and paid for," meaning that he thought the two men were hired by a person or persons unknown to kill Utley. Lead Investigation Prosecuting Attorney J. A. Vickrey, along with Clyde Orton, Pemiscot County's chief deputy sheriff, is spearheading the combined county-state investigation of the shooting. Officers spent most of yesterday questioning the four eye witnesses to the killing. Two of the four witnesses, Archie (Junior) Robinson and Dewey Holt, a Negro, were on duty at the liquor ore at the time of the shooting. The other two witnesses were Iden- lified as Bill Moore, who was visiting with Robinson at the time, find a wuman identified only as "Doris" who came to the liquor store with Utley. Robinson and the woman were in the main part of the liquor store at the time of the shooting: and Holt and Moore were held prisoner in a back room. And following the shooting, the gunmen forced Robinson to accompany them in Utley's car La a spot at nearby Cooler where their own car was waiting for them. Robln- J. B. Whifworth speaks to friends. 750 Fans Turn Out to Pay Tribute To Blytkeville's J. B. Whitworth. Over 150 sports fans and friends turned put last night to pay tribute to the hometown loy who has made good in a big way in collegiate football circles during a coaching career Britain Wants Potsdam Reports Kept Secret Publication of Secret Records Undesirable, U. S. Officials Told LONDON (AP) — Britain has told the United States it is opposed to any publication of the top secret record of 1945 Big Three talks in Potsdam, the Foreign Office said today. Washington consulted the Churchill government about releasing the report, the spokesman said. * * * * * » Release of Potsdam, Tehran Records Is Sought by Knowland A spokesman told newsmen British objections were similar to those raised against making public the Yalta papers—that publication Was Bulletin WASHINGTON (IP) — Secretary of State Dulles said today the records of a number of international conferences are in the works for publication but he did not know the schedule for releasing them. By JACK BELL -undesirable" during the lifetime , WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) said to- of the principal participants. ( ^ he Wl11 P ress for publication within a year of official re- The Potsdam conference was at- j ports on the wartime Tehran and Potsdam conferences. tended by President Truman, Pre-j * Knowland, the Senate Republl- Stalm and Prime Minister! The department had sought corn I son was released near Cooler, acreage this year of about 75 mil- According to investigating offi- lion acres, but the survey indicated that farmers will plant 82 million acres to corn. This means that ninny farmers plan to ignore voluntary corn planting allotments. However, only those who plant within allotments will be eligible for corn supports. Support Rate Decline Thus, the corn support rate will decline somewhat under the government's new flexible price support system. The new rate will be set — probably early rext week—at ab^ut 86 or 87 per cent of parity, compared with 90 per cent last year. Parity Is a standard for measuring farm prices declared by law to be fair to farmers in relation to their cosLs. The survey indicated that much land diverted from cotton and wheat under rigid control pro grams will be planted to soybeans and livestock feed grains. The givernmcnt had recom- 'ended no increase In soybeans. Ark-Mo Gets PSC Permission LITTLE ROCK Missouri Power Co. of Blythcville, Ar!;., has received permission from the state Public Service Commis- cers witnesses gave this account of the shooting: Around 9 p.m. Thursday the Negro man entered the whiskey store and purchased some whiskey. Witnesses told officers that the Negro was wearing gloves at the time but that they thought little about it. Returns on Foot The Negro left and a short time later he returned, walking, with the white man. The white man was carrying a shotgun and the Negro was armud with what appeared to be a .38 calibre automatic pistol. The white man, witnesses said was wearing a lady's nylon stock ing over his head to conceal his Identity. At gun point Robinson, Holt and Moore were forced into a bac room where Robinson and Moore were tied. The two gunmen then turned out the lights of the liquor store and the long vigil began. But apparently fearing the darkened liquor store might arouse suspicions of passing motorists, the gunmen then decided to untie Robinson and Moore and turn the lights on. Robinson was ordered to return j to the. front of the store to take — Arkansas- j cure of nny customers that might itretching back to 1931. J. B. Whitworth, Chickasaw star during the 1920's and now head ootbalt coach at the University of Uabama, was honored at a ban- juet which overflowed the Crystal Room in the hotel. Also honored at the banquet were Coach Jimmy Fisher and this year's Chickasaw basketball team. In his speecli which was filled with anecdotes both about himself nd several others present, Whitworth admonished present Chicka- aw players and those of the future "i--" o«*i hat they must be good students I tionalists. cademically if they intend to follow an athletic career in college. "Don't Go. . ." "Don't go to college for athletics," U. S. to Give Asylum To 20 Soviet Seamen By JOHN A. SCALI WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has decided to grant asylum to some 20 Russian seamen who deserted their ship after it was seized off Formosa by Chinese Na- mier Stalin and Prime Minister Churchill. Clement Attlee, who replaced Churchill as Premier during the conference, also sat in. The conferees planned out the next blows against Japan and be- .n to stake out the future of defeated, pccupied Germany. The Foreign Office said the U.S. State Department sounded . oui Britain on the Potsdam record before its decision to publish the Yalta papers. Angry Reaction The release in Washington of the secret account of the earlier 1945 Yalta meeting between Churchill, President Roosevelt and Stalin brought angry official and press reactions in Britain. Reports from Washington said the worldwide furore over the Yalta papers has prompted Washington to put off plans for publishing this year its record of Big Three meetings at Potsdam, Cairo and Teh- Churchill complained in the House of Commons Thursday of "serious mistakes" in the Ameri- come in. He was guarded by the Negro gunman who sat in a nearby chair with his gun concealed in his clothing. The white man, Moore nnd sion to sell 71.868 sharps of mon nnd preferred stock. In its application, the company Holt remained in the back room, said It planned to issue and sell | During the three-hour wait, of ft- 36,868 shares of common stock, par vnluc $5 a share, and 35.000 shares of 4.05 per cent cumulative preferred stock, par value $100 a share, to finance construction. fires in Tokyo TOKYO WV-A rash of 33 fires before dawn today took one life, seriously burned four others and left hundreds homeless. One blaze destroyed an apartment house nnd 19 homes, school. Another levelled a high cers quoted Robinson as two customers entered the liquor store, made purchases and left not suspecting that anything out of the ordinary was going on. Utley Calls Around 12:20 a.m. Friday Utley called the liquor store and said that he would be at the liquor store in about 20 minutes. The two gunmen took up their positions. The Negro hid behind the counter and the white mnn remained in the back room with the door left slight- See UTLET on Paite 8 he advised the youths, pointing out that, sports are merely a means of attaining the greater goals of life. On Blytheville's entry into a higher sports classification in the state < the Big Seven >, Whitworth told Chick followers, "if you want; to be in the big leagues you've got i to pay the price. i "You will lose some and win! some, he" .said, "and you must j take the losses with the wins." "Your coaches are doing a biy- ger and better job than winning football games and basketball games," lie said, "they're doing a iot more for the boys." The highly entertaining program, em-cced by Municipal Judge J. Graham Sudbury, began with introduction of Coach Fisher by H. A. Haines. Fisher then Introduced his basketball squad which won 30 games while losing only three during the past season nnd won the District 3A championship. Fisher said all Big Seven schools had been scheduled in basketball next season for the Big Eight championship. Also speaking briefly were former Chickasaw coach of the 1920's Ben Lincoln, now of Poeahonlfls, nnd Charles B. (Foots) Clements of Memphis, teammate of Whitworth during their playing days at Alabama. Another Memphian who played with them at Alabama, John Miller, also was introduced. Clements, captain of the 1931 Alabama team which won the Rose j Bowl game, brought a roar fron the crowd with the remark tlia "the older I get, the faster I used to run." Whitworth was presented a piece of luggage by the Booster Clui Herb Childs made the presentntioi The Alabama coach wjll remain i Blytheville as a guest of his brother, Frank, until tomorrow morning. Atty. Gen. Brownell, it was learned, is ready to lift present immigration barriers and rule it is in the national interest to admit the men. The action, however, is virtual- "leasant Duty TULSA, Okla. lift—Jurors report- ng for Common Plens Court duty icxl week will have television lo muse thorn while they're walt o be called to hear their cases. The courts' judges approved dealer's orfer 15 install a set in the icw county courthouse. Stassen Named to Fill New Post WASHINGTON (ff) — President Elsenhower today announced he has created R new post of special assistant to the President for disarmament. He named Harold E. Stnsscn to the Cabinet-rank job to devote full time to development of policies for disarmament. A White House announcement said Stnsscn, now Foreign Operation* Administrator, will tnke over his new duties Immediately. Tn Study Armament The statement added that "he will to expected to tnko Into account the full imputations of new wrap-1 OUR In the possession of other na- ] to consider future probabilities of armaments, and to weigh the views of the military, the civilians and the officials of our government and of other governments," Presidential Press Secretary Jiunes E, Hagerty told newsmen that Stnsscn, in addition to his new duties, will remain hend of the FOA until the administration's new foreign nld program Js presented to Congress nnd then will resign that Job. FOA IR scheduled to go out of existence next June 30. New Or Kiinl ration . Hngcrty snid Sfa^sen In hfs new job will attend meetings of the NftUoiMl Swurit*' OOUDOU wd Uw Cabinet, will draw on the council's pfenning staffs for Assistance In formulating policies, and eventually probably will create his own organization of n size yet, to be determined. Stassen will have the responsibility "for developing, on behalf of the President and the State Department, the brand studies, Investigations and conclusions, which When concurred in by the National Security Council and approved by the President will become taste policy toward the question of disarmament, " the White House an- Ike Speaks Out On Postal Raise Views Proposed 10 Per Cent Hike Wirh 'Apprehension' WASHINGTON (#> — President Eisenhower said today he would view with "gravest apprehension" any pay increase for pastal workers in excess of a House bill's proposal for an average 7^-j per cent coost. The President stepped into the controversy as the House got set to vote on a pay bill Monday. Raise Recommended The Senate Post Office Committee already has recommended a proposed 10 per cent postal paj hike, and a strong move is on in the House to vote a similar raise. In a letter to Rep. Murray D- Term.. Eisenhower said he is "concerned* 'even about the 150-million- dollnr measure okayed by the Hous< Post Office Committee because o its fiscal impact. Murray is chairman of the committee. "In fairness to you and your colleagues," Eisenhower said, must make it clear that any additional increases in postal salaries above your committee's actior would give me the gravest apprehension," can version of the Yalta proceed- Iy certain to provoke a hot pro-j' 11 ^ 5 - TIie 80-year-old statesman, test from Russia which has been! so!e survivor of the . Yalti demanding return of the men I Three, said Britain would along with their ship. sider issuing corrections to Reports of Red China Buildup Are Discounted Chinese and U.S. Sources See No Threat to Islands By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa (#—Qualified sources here, both Nationalist Chinese and American, today discounted reports of a big Communist buildup on the mainland area opposite Matsu Island. Information regarded here can leader, said that so far as he is concerned it is "purely coincidental" that reports of these meetings of Democratic presidents with Russia's Joseph Stalin may become public as the 1956 presidential campaign is getting under way. State Department officials said yesterday that world reaction to disclosure to the Yalta conference report has caused abandonment of plans to publish reports of the Potsdam, Tehran and Cairo conferences this year. The Russians were not represented at Cairo. Knowland indicated he will demand the decision be reversed, and predicted the additional reports will be published by next year. "Let Them Come" Sen. Sparkman <D-Ala) said in separate interview he believes as the political impact of the Yalta The defectors are part of a 48- man cretv captured last June 23 by Nationalist destroyers along with their ship, the tanker Tuapse, as it sailed for Red China. It is understood that the Tuapse along with the 28 crewmen who reports of the transfers of Red jets to air bases in Fukien Province, off which both Matsu and Quemoy . are situated, are unfounded. Bigf One of these reports had it that con- ! an air division was being moved from Manchuria to Fukien and the American version after receiving a copy of it from Washington. Has Galley Proof Today the Foreign Office con- finned Washington reports that it has had in its possession galley proofs of the U.S. Yalta publica- have chosen to stick to their ship! Uon since last December and ex- be turned over to Soviet nu-1 plained the Prime Minister appar- would include MIGlVs, an improvement over the MIGJ5s the Communists used in Korea. Six Months or More The feeling is developing that even if the Communists plan to risk a collision with the United States over Matsu and Quemoy, it might take them six months in thorities within a few weeks. The i eruly had not had time to peruse i more to get into a position to strike 'the 500,000-word proofs. Inform-j at those islands with adequate air ants said a comparison of the pub-; cover. lished version and the galley | But for the moment there is no proofs .shows that deletion? were j sign of any imminent threat to the made, including some passages to I offshore islands which the defend- which the British government objected. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS— Cloudy with occasional showers or thunder-showers and slightly warmer this afternoon and tonight. Sunday, showers and local thunderstorms, becoming colder Sunday afternoon. Monday, partly cloudy and cold. High this afternoon 50 to 54. Low tonight near 40s. MISSOURI — Mostly cloudy this afternoon with some ruin or drizzle extreme south; cloudy tonight, turning colder west and north; scattered showers or thundershowers south ond occasional snow lorth; Sunday cloudy and colder with occasional snow north and scattered showers south. Low to- light 20s southwest to around 40 southeast; high Sunday 30s northwest to around 50 southeast. Minimum this morning—40. Mnxlmum yesterday—50. Sunrise tomorrow—8:0-1. Sunset todnj'—<S;ii. Menu temperature—45. Proclpitntlon Inst 24 hours to 7 p.m. -.64. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dntfi—10.48, Thlx Datr Last. Year Mnxlmum yrsterdny—68. Minimum tuts morning—SB. Precipitation Jftmiitry I to date — ship and al! crewmen are now Chinese Nationalist custody. Will Be Screened Under an asylum plan now being developed, the crewmen will be screened rigorously to make certain no diehard Communists and security risks are permitted to enter the United States. Secretary of State Dulles is reported to have favored admitting j the seamen. With cold war cuss ions in mind, he felt accepting the seamen would encourage other Soviet sailors to defect, and would tend to make Moscow jittery about the loyalty of its ship crews.. ' . Chlckasawba District Chapter of Brownell. On the other hand, at (American Red Crass moved slowly first opposed the asylum plan, i toward 50 per cent of its goal Red Cross cS Drive Moves Slowly Ahead fearing among other things it would add to the already heavy workload handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On Good Behavior A f t er numerous conferences. Brownell is understood to have relaxed his stand and is ready 10 grant temporary visas to the men, making it clear the length of their stay depends on their behavior while in (he United States. Brownell has the right to waive restrictions barring Communists when he believes it would serve j the government's security interests. Last fall, 22 Polish seamen were allowed to enter the United States after their ships also were captured by Chinese Nationalist warships. School Voting Light at Noon Despite a $470,000 bond issue, a 'ive-mill ttix increase and a school jonrd race on the Blytheville dis- -rlct ballot in today's school election, only 165 votes bad been cast n the city's only polling booth at City Hall by 11:30 a.m. today. No report wns available from the district's other polling place at Yarbro. Polls will close at 6:30 p.m. Circuit Court Dates Draw Near Criminal Division of Circuit ourt of the Osccoln District starts Monday at the courthouse In Osccola. On Monday April 4, Criminal Division of Circuit Court of Chlck- isawbn District, will be held at the county courthouse here. Judge Parllow will preside over both Mtitom of UM oowi. the current fund campaign with total of S6.435.50 reported. Goal for the drive is 815,000. Business contributions: S100—Ward Investment Company Montgomery Ward. S50—Singer Sewing Machine Co., Noble Hotel, Phillips Motor Co. $35—Owens Drug Store. $25—Sullivan-Nelson C h e v r olet Co., Franklin Press, Woods Drug Store, Halsell & White Furniture. $20—Etchieson Cotton Co. $15—Sherwin-Williams Co., E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. S10—Enst End Whiskey Store, Stewart Liquor Store, Westside Co-Op Gin. Zal B. Harrison. $5—Don Edwards Co., Snow Tractor Co.. Blship's Grocery, Anderson Shoe Store, John Ide. Gaines Furniture, Elmer Stone. City Battery Shop, Harrison & Harrison. $3—Stewart's Southern Auto Store. 52—Grear's Grocery. $1— Pong Grocery, Carl Wyatt, Dorothy Arnold, Alma Austin, Billy Marshall, Clara Hodge, Lawson Enderson, Thelma Daugherty, Clarine LaShot, Herman Storey, Johnny Turner, Ada Howard, Gertie Rich- nrdson, Lloyd Ray, Lena Harding, T. C. Razor, Mac McKernan, Billy Barger, Viola SJayton, .Winston Johnson, R. T. Roberts, Leo Burton, Raymond Doyle. Blytheville residential contributions : $2.50—Mrs. Katie C. Trlmue. $2—Mr. and Mrs. W. G, Card, Mrs. Bill Hodge, $1—Mrs. L. Oldham, Mrs. George M. Lee, Mrs. Harry Snow, Mrs. Rl- Icy Jones, Mrs. Jess Homer, Mrs. R. Rinles, C. A. Gilbert Upholstering, Rabbi Alfred Vise, Mrs. Alfred Vise, Mrs. Dick Watson, Mrs. John Liim, Lynn Doolcy. Pope Receives Editors VATICAN CITY Ml — Pope Plus XII received In special nudlencc .oday American editors on a tour to Ampe *nd tb* M.'ddli Ewi. trustworthy suggests that recent record has been a "dud" so far as the Republicans are concerned. As for the Tehran and Potsdam papers, he snid: "Let them come." The Tehran conference in November and December, 1943, was the first meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Stalin. It dealt largely with plans for a second front In Europe, pledged the postwar recall of occupation troops in Iran and underwrote the arming of Yugoslav guerrillas. It was at Potsdam hi July and August of 1945 that former President Truman first met with Churchill (later replaced by Clement Attleef and Stalin. Japanese surrender terms were agreed upon, as well as plans for the administration of Germany. China Records, Too The State Department said yesterday that previously secret wartime document on American relations with China also will be published. The Truman administration published a 1,000-word "white paper" defending U.S. policy toward China, which had been under political attack by many Republicans. Knowland said publication of the record of (he Tehran and Pols- dam conferences, as well as the ers can't handle by themselves. Only desultory shelling in the Quemoy area has occurred in recent days and concentrations of armed junks in the Matsu area have been quickly dispersed by air attack from Formosa. Kendall Berry's Brother Killed Paul Berry, brother of Kendall Berry of Btytheville, was killed instantly last night in a Mississippi j chinalocumems! was covered in automobile accident. I the s a m e appropriation under Mi-. Berry, who made his homej which the stflte Department was given money to print tr controversial Yalta papers. in Premiss, Miss., was between Prentiss and Laurel when the accident occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Kendall Berry left for Prentiss on hearing of the accident. Services are to be held there tomorrow. More Room Needed He said he concurs "fully" with the statement of "ecretary of State Dulles in Ottawa, Canada, yesterday that publication of the Yalta record will not make diplomacy among the free nations more difficult. LONDON Ml — So many people I However, Sparkman said he want to peek at Britain's fabulous i thinks the disclosures in them— collection of crown jewels in the particularly, what .ho called "side Tower, of London that n bigger remarks" by the principals—might building is being planned 10 dis- have a "disturbing effect on interplay them. 1 national relations. M<>di<ill ions tor M:\T By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dcpt. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Writtcr for NEA Service James 1:14 (RSV) gives a vivid picture of inner conflict: "each person is tempted when he is hired and enticed by his own desire." The words, his own, in that passage have a double significance. They tell us, on the one hand, that a man has to appropriate evil and take it to himself before it can become effective. The allurements and enticements of the devil are unavailing until we seize upon them and make them our own. The words, on the other hand, suggest that each one of us has his own special brand of susceptibility, his own distinctive weaknesses. Medical men tell us that certain individuals are susceptible to certain forms of infection. They have little resistance to some kinds of disease. So it is in the realm of the spirit. Certain temperaments are susceptible to attacks by certain forms of evil. Some have no reslstancfi when exposed to strong drink. Others may not find this a temptation at nil. They, however, may be vulnerable to the lure of false ambition. Gambling holds no slightest attraction, for many who may give in to the temptation to be nagging nnd fault-finding at home. The son in the fur country "squandered his property In loow living" (Lake Jfl;U, RSV, This did not appeal to his elder brother who was censoHouri and self-righteous. Let ench one learn his own weakness, (tnd throw up Mi »trong«8t gwrd at ttiftt point.

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