The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 21, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, March 21, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 302 BlythevlUe Courier Blythevllle Dally Newt Blythevllle Herald Mi-sslsslppl Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MARCH 21, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Bond Issues Get Approval Wyatt Winner in Board Race; $470,000 Program Okayed All three bond issues and proposed millage rate increases in Saturday's school .elections in Mississippi Cpunty carried by wide margins according to unofficial tabulations compiled by the Courier News today. W. H. Wyatt Steel Executive Testifies Before Market Probers Says Industry Must Build Confidence of American Investors By F,I) CKEAGH WASHINGTON Ifi — Benjamin Fnlrless of U. S. Steel said today the steel industry hasn't done right In the past by its owners—American investors. His own company has been trying "by every proper means' 1 to build investor confidence, U.S. Steel's board chairman said in testimony prepared for the Senate Banking Committee's soon-to-end stoclc market hearings. Falrless told the committee that "year after year" steel profits have been below the average of leading manufacturers. "I am not going to cry on anyone's shoulder about it," he said. "I am merely going to point out that in view of the heavy capital needs which we face in the future, the rehabilitation of investor confidence in steel issues has become a problem of immediate and major importance." Fairless, one of the nation's highest-paid industrialists, said the steel industry's problem in getting new funds for expansion is due "In no small degree" to existing tax laws with "unwise and discriminatory double taxation of corporate income and dividends." "But it is also partly due. beyond doubt," he, "to the fact that our Industry has not, in the past, provided a fair and ilepcnd- Sce MARKET on rase 2 Inside Today's Courier News . . . While Others Watch Keels, Braves Quietly lluild Own Mur- crs R o w . . . Arkansas II i K h School Athletics' Structure Under Study. May I!c in for Changes . . . The Champion Tells You How to I'lay Winning fiolf . . . First of Five. I'art Scries by Ed Kunjol . . . Sports . . . Pafins 1(1 ami It ... . . . The C.corsc Onbel Story . . . Gobcl Turns Movie Star . . . Page 7 ... Weather NORTHEAST ..ARKANSAS ..Mostly cloudy nnd much colder this afternoon and tonight with some light rain this afternoon. Tuesday pnrtly cloudy and colder Wednesday, partly cloudy nnd warmer, high this "afternoon In the higgh 60s. Low tonight In the high 30 to low 40s. MISSOURI — Cold wave spreading over most of the state this afternoon and tonight, occasional snow northwest this afternoon and rains or drizzle cast and south changing to freezing drizzle and snow this afternoon and tonight; Tuesday mostly fair and continued cold low tonight S-10 above northwest to 20 southeast; high Tuesday 20-30. Mnxlimrai SnlunW—•«. Minimum siimlny—4.1. Maximum yesterday—72. Minimum thli moriuiiR—55. Sunrise tomorrow—0:01. gunnel today—fl:U. Monn temperature—45. Precipitation l»»t « hours to 7 p.m. "VroclpltMlon Jan. 1 to dntn-11.50. Thli l»le '••"<• v '" Maximum ywtordny—70. Minimum this morning—M. Prcclpllntlon January 1 to dnlo — U.K. Blytheville voters approved a $470,000 bond issue and a five- mill tax increase (to 45 mills) by a vote of 591-116, Leachville approved its $36,500 bond Issue and similar 5-mill hike 64-43 and Burdette electors voted 31-4 in favor of a 535,000 issue and five-mill Increase. Only one Incumbent In four school board races was defeated. W. Paul Pryor, incumbent and president of the Blytheville school board, was defeated in his bid for re-election to a three-year term by William H. Wyatt by a vote of 484-325. In the other three contests, all incumbents on the ballot were returned to their positions. Osccola Results In Osceola, Mayor Ben F. Butler and Harold Ohlendorf, in a three- way race for two three-year posts, were re-elected. They defeated Robert F. Morrow. Butler polled 710 votes to lead; Ohlendorf received 664 and Morrow got 300. Dyess' school board race went to Wayne Taff, incumbent, who received 156 votes to 129 for his challenger, George Linton. The term is for five years. The Gosnell election pitted two newcomers to the board who were seeking the five-year term vacated by R. L. Maxwell, who did not seek re-election. B. R. (Pete) Pate polled 143 votes to win the position and defeat Woodrow Cook, who received 54 votes. First Step Approval of Blytheville's bond issue marks completion of the first step in a proposed construction program which Is expected eventually to reach near $1,000,000 proportions. Elytheville school officials are now awaiting answer from the government on the district's request for federal funds of nearly half-a- million dollars to aid in school construction for the expected influx of new students as a result of air base reactivation. Word from the government is expected within the next two months. The building program proposed by the school board calls for construction of four grade schools, additions to another and construction of a new field house. Bond issues at Leachville an.d Burdette met little opposition. Both districts also had 5-mill tax increases included on their ballots, contrary to information obtained previously by the Courier News in the office of the County School Supervisor. The increases give Leachville a 50-mill tax rate and Burdette a 45- mill levy. All other millage rates in the county remained unchanged. All were approved. Two positions on the county school board, from Zones Two and Three, were filled In uncontested Sce ELECTION on Page 2 Three Killed In Pemiscot Auto Accident HAYTI—Three persons were killed shortly after midnight Sunday morning in Pemiscot County's first fatal automobile accident this month. In a three-car collision, Jimmy Townley and Jerry Lawson, both 36 and from Dccrlng v nnd Floyd Wicker, 18. of, Gobler were hilled. . The accident occurred about 12, miles north of here on the Bragg City gravel road near Highway 84. Highway Patrolman Whltehead of Kennett was the investigating officer. The bodies were first taken to Lentz Funeral Home In Kennett. Later Townley's body was taken to the German Funeral Home of Stccle with services scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. Howard Funeral Home of Senath is in charge of arrangements for Lawson and Wicker. No charges have been filed in Pemiscot County Magistrate Court. STORM RESULT — The fallen tree which is pictured above was only a part of the rubbish and debris that people found in the streets and in their yards this morning after the rain and wind storm which struck Blytheville late yesterday afternoon and followed by driving rain that continued Week of Rain Brings 4 Inches of Moisture Murky skies continued to soak this area in water today after more than a week of off-and-on shosvers which, up to 7 a.m. this morning, had deposited 4.29 inches of rain throughout the night and this morning. Fortunately no damage was done by the falling tree which fell at 309 N. First Street and no injuries or damages were reported in Blytheville. (Courier News Photo) The rain yesterday was accompanied by hifch winds and, in Southeast Missouri, tornadoes. Yesterday's rainfall of .78 inch brought 1955 up nearly even with rainfall at this time last year. if # * Colder Weather Due for State Temperatures Due To Fall After Winds and Rain The area now has had 11.26 inches of rain during 1955. At this date last year, more than 12 inches had fallen. Colder Weather Due Colder weather, forecast for this area tonight may put an end to the precipitation, though one forecast had it that it could well turn into sleet in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri. According to the Weather Bureau, it is to remain cold Tuesday. with'spring .making a comeback attempt on Wednesday. TOR.VADOES HIT EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. W — Tornadoes ripped through two sections of Southeast Missouri yesterday, leveling six homes and several farm buildings. Four members of a Negro family, whose home was destroyed in noon and tonight. Thf? precipitation accompanied high winds that dealt considerable damage to certain communites. Colder weather was forecast for tonight. , Heaviest rains were reported at Arkadelphia. where 3.50 inches fell in the 24-hour period endinc at 7 a.m. today .Other areas reporting more than three inches of rain were Bouphton with 3.47 inches j wasn't known whether they were at home when the tornado hit, . One other man suffered-a broken leg. No Injuries The other tornado hit about three miles southwest of Hornersville on the Missouri-Arkansas state line. Two farm buildings were destroyed but there were no injuries there. Savell said a blown through and Gurdon with 3.14. The cities ,are in .south central and southwest Arkansas. Xo Figures The U. S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock had no figures available on how the rain affected the the farm roof was tenant house on Everett Robertson farm in Churchill Expected to Resign, But Not Retire to Fireside LONDON Ul — Britons took H for grunted today that Winston Churchill is stepping down as prime minister within weeks. But no one expects him to go Into retirement by the fireside. Only the 80-year-old statesman's pollUcnt enemies soemod to harbor any suspicions the Impetuous Churchill might change his mind at the last minute. •T h e (lUthorilaUve, independent Times—which seldom denls in political speculation—said today: "It now seems Increasing likely that he (Churchill) will resign about Easter" and that Queen Elizabeth n will call on Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden to form a new government. But the anti-Conservative Daily Mirror, which for two years has been calling Churchill Loo old for the premiership, said people "will not believe he has gone tills time until they see the back of him." ChurchJH supporters talked of his becoming a sort of "elder statesman of tho free world," speaking out on vital issues. There was talk In parllmcntary lobbies that, Churchill also would keep his scat in the House of Commons. This would give him n platform and nn official status, and would lenvc him available for nny assignment as a special government emissary. * house sh.ngles Windyville after the residents had fled to safety. In the Hornersville area, 35 miles south of here, two of four 15-foot tall' soybean bins on the Arkansas side of the line were carried about y s of a mile with one hitting a (e::nnt house where no one was at state as a whole, or the central home. A barn and tractor shed area of Arkansas,, the Weather t wc " c also bl ° wn dow "' Bureau noted that it is still nearly) . On {he Missouri side. three inches under the yearly av -1 roo '_ uas P ee e , nnc eia S e - trees were uprooted. The two-day spell of showers was not as heavy a.s rains recorded last October when nearly six inches of moisture fell in west central Arkaasas. In May of last year, heavy rains drenched the Bradford area. A forecast of a possible rise in state rivers was not available early tills morning but reports from De Queen said that two small rivers that area were out of their banks, The forecast for Arkansas calls for continued cloudiness Monday See WEATHER on Pajfc 2 Irrigation Day Set for April 1 Heavy Rains Cause Change at Manila Manila's big irrigation field day scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed until April 1. . . because of too much water. Manila Lions Club members, sponsors of the event, said this morning thnt the week's incessant rains have made it impractical to hold the event as scheduled. Many of the demonstrations planned (including land leveling) could not be carried out on the soggy grounds. However, they pointed out, the snme schedule of events will hold good for the April 1 demonstrations at Manila's airport. On hand will be J. H. Oflttts, University of Arkansas Extension Service engineer; Eldon Dennis o( the U. S. Geological Survey; M. J. Mills, state director of the Farmers Home Administration; Rene Snydcr, irrigation engineer, nnd Roy Rylln, geologist in charge of ground water investigation in eastern Arkfinsn.s. Oov. Orvnl Faubus had said he would attend tomorrow's session. Whether or not he will be on hand for the April 1 event was not definite Uiifj morning. Spring Storms Dot State but None Serious High Winds, Heavy Rains Hit Practically All of Arkansas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes pounded Arkansas yesterday, wrecking houses and barns but injuring no one seriously. The devastating winds ripped through Arkansas' tornado alley, a strip of the state about 100 miles wide extending from the southwest corner to the northeast corner. Three tornado warnings were issued by the U. S. Weather Bureau at Little Rock, each one expanding the danger area until it covered the southern and eastern portions of Arkansas—about two- thirds of the state. Unable to Determine When the warning was lifted at 9 p.m., the Weather Bureau was unable to say for certain whether a straight wind or a twister did the damage. Damage was reported at Plumerville in Comvay County, at Needs Creek and at Friendship Valley in Faulkner County, at Hope in Hempstead County, at two communities in Craighead County and a t four communities in Logan County. Almost the entire state got high winds and a heavy rainfall. More than two inches of rain fell at some points. People in all the severe storm area.s except Hope said they thought they had been hit by a tornado. At Hope a straight wind lashed into town from the northwest. Tornadoes generally move from southwest to northeast. The Weather Bureau said there was a chance some of the storms were twisters, but added it could not be certain. Most of the damage was in relatively isolated sections where the Weather Bureau does not have watchers. Near Anniversary It was the first time this year the Weather Bureau said It. "expected" tornadoes to hit Arkansas, and it was Just one day short of the third anniversary of one of the worst Sce STOKMS on Page 2 12 Are Killed as Airliner Crashes at Springfield 23 Hurt as American Airlines Plane Falls SPRING FIELD, Mo. (AP) — An American Airlines plane threading its way through darkness and rain toward a land-i ing field crashed last night, killing 12 persons and injuring 23. j The twin-engine Convair crashed*— — j - pa.sture about two miles north i I* I i Six Nations Bid For Russia's Technical Aid Reds Finally Find Takers in India, Burma and Others of the Springfield airport. Wreckage was scattered more than 300 feet. The plane carried a three- member crew and 32 passengers. All the survivors were injured. Jack Pripish, of Chicago, the pilot, was the only member of the crew to survive. Stewardess Rita MadaJ and copilot J, E. Walker, both of Chicago, died. Saw Flash The airport control tower had I given final clearance for the land- j ing-. As the craft .approached Carl j McCrary in the tower saw a flash. I Then the plane disappeared and j he gave the alarm. j Sheriff Glenn Hendrix. one of the ; first to reach the scene made j muddy by,.an all-day rain, said: 'There was no fire. In the darkness I found it hard to find the: plane and I lost my shoes in the ! mud as I crossed the farm field, t "Then I heard a woman call i and I found her sitting on the | ground. I gave her my coat and \ then I saw three persons walking | around dazed. I finally could see I the plane in the darkness. S "Its wings were sheared off but! the fuselage was intact except for • the nose. "The nose was crumpled up like cellophane. 'Two ambulances came near the scene but got stuck in the mud. We started taking ou the injured as other ambulances arrived but it was close to 1 a.m. before we got them all out." The plane crashed about 10:30 p.m. Robert Browning, 15, of Chap- paqtta. N.Y., an injured passenger, said there was a "terrible vibration" before the crash. , . Mrs. O. W. Peebles., who lives near the scene, reported hearing an explosion just before the crash. "I was on a clipper plane last summer and I read some instruc- See CRASH on Page 2 By WILLIAM N. OATIS UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. tfV- { Russia finally has found takers | for two million dollars in aid she I has offered for the last two years j through the U.N. technical assist- j ance program. ! Six countries were reported to-1 day to have accepted Soviet help; this year in improving their econ-' omies. They will be sent Russian technicians or equipment, or will send their ow n experts to Russia for training. Three of the nations were identified as Burma, India and Indonesia. Two others were understood to be in the Middle East and the third in Latin America. 10 Projects Some 10 projects were reported involved. They include machine tools and technicians for an electronic calculating machine factory in India, equipment for water development in the same country and a low-cost housing exhibit in Latin America. Russia gave the technical assistance program four million rubles for 1953 and.another four million for 1954—the equivalent, at the official rate, of two million dollars all told. She first attached strings to the See RUSSIA on Page 2 Traffic Cases Dominate Docket Traffic violations .public drunkenness and disturbing the peace charges brought the Municipal Court a total of $522.25 in forfeited bonds and fines. Traffic charges totaled $367.50 while the other charges camt to $154.75. William L. Waltrip and J. D. Harper forfeited $19.75 bonds on speeding charges. J. D. Plunkctt had his speeding charge case bound over until a later date. A $70.75 bond was forfeited by Roycc Kelllck on a charge of reckless driving. Charley Boyd forfeited a $122.75 bond on a drunk driving charge while Doyle Clem pleaded utility on the same charge and was fined $100 and costs nnd sentenced to 24 hours In Jnll. Mary Lee Henton was fined $35 and costs on a petl 1 , larceny charge liven t day In J«". Bridges Wants Yalta Data Used By GOP Speakers 'Deals' Expected To Be Topic of Political Speeches By JACK BELL and JOHN M. HICIITOWER WASHINGTON W—Sen. Bridges (R-NH» said today he has taken steps to aid Republican speakers '.vanting to use the Yalta papers to labast their political foes. Bridges said he has instructed the staff of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which he heads, to compile information from the documents for use by OOP speakers. "Certainly the Republicans are at liberty to discuss the mistakes that were made at Yalta," he said. "We learned about the tragic results only gradually in the months and years after Yalta. "By studying the mistakes of the past and trying to avoid them in the future we can help our country." Agreed ti Concessions It was at the World War n conference at Yalta that Franklin D. Roosevelt agreed to Far Eastern concessions to Russia in exchange for the Soviets' speedy entry into the war against Japan. Sen. Sparkman 'D-Ala) said it al! right with him if the Republicans want to comb the Yalta papers for political material. "I am sure they won't find there any of the dynamite they so confidently hope to explode," he said. "In the past they could make all kinds of charges about Yalta. But I think they are going to be limited now, because they will have to cite chapter and verse now that the documents have been made public." Sen. Knowland of California, tha Republican leader, has called for publication of the records of the 1943 Tehran and the 1345 Potsdam conferences. The latter was attended by former President Truman. Government officials said privately the furor kicked up by last \veek's publication of the Yalta papers compels Secretary of State Dulles to take a new look at the program .for publishing secret doc. j • u Tii,,4V.., : uments on other Big Three meet- A total of 4.030 hours in work were turned in by Biytne-; gce YALTA on PaRe t ville Junior Auxiliary members during last year. All of the; . time was spent in furthering the group's child welfare pro]- ; y r . ects and in cooperation with other community agencies. | CYcm Announcement of the year-end reuew of Auxiliary work was made today by Mrs Joe P. Pride, Jr., the croup's welfare chairman. This represents an average of almost 75 hours for the 54 members. Mrs. Pride al=o reported lhar, $1.457 had been spent by the Auxiliary to aid Blytheville children. Mrs. James Terry, mil^ fund chairman, revealed that 9,118 half- pints of milk were bought for children in the three white elementary schools, the two Negro elementary schools and the Negro day nursery. A total of 387 needy children. K-ho were not aided by any oilier agency, were helped by this program,'Mrs. Terry said. The cost to the Auxiliary was S453.56. In addition to full-time volunteer work carried out at the Lange School for Exceptional Children, a visual screening program and a weekly story hour at the Public Library' are conducted by the members. Individual children in need of financial assistance are aided when their cases fall under the jurisdiction of no other agencies. 1,000 Hours at School Mrs. Max Usrey, Jr., chairman of Auxiliary work at the Lange School for Exceptional Children, reported 24 members had, worked 1,006 hours at the school, while $595.84 was spent for school supplies and entertainment for the pupils. 'The school is attended by 10 handicapped children. Mrs. Velda Willingham is instructor. Mrs. W. T. Rainwater, visual screening chairman, reported that the eyes of 1,013 children in eight school's had been tested by Auxiliary members and 142 were found to need eye treatment. The Auxiliary bought glasses for 12 children whose parents were unable to afford them. The cost of glasses, prescriptions 4,000 Hours in Work Reported by Auxiliary for children undergoing eye treatment and supplies amounted to 5204.C6. Story Hour The weekly Story Hour, held at Public Library each Saturday morning from 9 until 10 o'clock. T .v,^ visi'ed by mnre than 400 children from the fir^t through the See AUXILIARY on Page 2 Accident Report Is Corrected In a previous story published in the Courier News It was reported from the police records that an accident Involving Carl Poff and an engine of tho Cotton Belt Railroad find that three persons were hurt. Police reported this morning that the engine involved was owned by the Frisco Lines nnd that only one person was Injured, that being Carl Poff. Organ Recital At 8 Tonight V. Earle Copes, organist of the Hendrix Coliege music faculty will present a concort at the First Methodist Church tonicht at 8:00. Mr. Copes has been acclaimed as one of the Southwest's outstanding organists and has been heard in numerous recital and concerts throughout Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The public is invited. 8™ TM J ror I hursday Annual Membership Dinner Scheduled Annual membership dinner of Blyrheville Y.M.C.A, is scheduled fnr Thursday at. 6:45 p.m. in the | ?n."ia! rooms of First Methodist i Church. I Onro each year the members of [ the Y are invited to come toceth- ; cr m herir reports and plans from j the board and to criticise and ap- I provp or to suset'st changes in pol- ' icy and program. I At rhfi meeting 1 , members will ; hear briefly reports and plans, but ; will have an opportunity l,o see a .sample of the work being done. Tickers for the dinner meeting ' are SJ.25 each. The meal will be pre. pared by rhe Blytheville Woman's ' Club. Ticket.s may be obtained and ; reservations may be made by con- 1 lading any member of the mem- | hership committee, or by calling the I "Y" office at 3-4479. By DR. J. CARTER SWAIM Dcpt. of Enclish Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NBA Service Knowledge that each of us has his own peculiar temptations should make us patient, sympathetic, and understanding with each other. A man who did not use tobacco in any form urged his friends to give up smoking during Lent! The friends wondered why he did not find it important to urge the giving up of something for which he deeply cared. It Is the Biblical doctrine that In matters of this kind each of us is responsible for his own actions. Paul reminds thft Romans: "So each of us shall give account of himself to God" (Romans H:12,RSV). Awareness of our own sins should make us cautious about tha censoriousncss that places blame upon others. There Is a real responsibility which each has, however, for helping others 10 to fill their lives with good things as that evil will be crowded out. Th» author of the Epistle to Hebrews (10-24. RSV) says: "lei us consider how to stir up one another t* love and frond works." Earlier translations had it, "to provoke unto love and good works." "Provoke," however, is now most often used with sinister connotations, arousing people to Indication or anger. Our attitude toward others should not be one of fault-finding hut rather of stirring them up to their best endeavor. If they f»ll, may It not be partly because we have withheld the needed encouragement? "We always Knew he might do something of that sort," we nome- tlmes say. And If we always know he might, why not d« tomethlng to prevent It?

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