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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, March 31, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. LI—NO. 9 BlythcvllU Courier Blytheville Dally Newi ilytheville Herald MisslMippi Valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPBR Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 1955 TWENTY PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS HEARING BEGINS — A hearing on drainage and flood control problems opened here this morning in the courtroom at County Court House. One of a series along the Mississippi River valley, the hearing is being conducted by the Corps of Engineers. Presiding over the meeting- was Col. E. B. Downing (speaking) of West Memphis. (Courier News Photo) Hearings Get Started On Area FloodControl Approximately 250 persons, many from out of town, heard drainage district engineers from Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas in the courtroom at Chancery Court House here this morning present proposals before a hearing conducted by the Corps of Engineers on Mississippi River and St. Francis River basin drainage and flood control programs. Personal Savings Show Eight Percent Jump in Missco NEW YORK — On the basis of money in the bank, one of the important indicators of economic stability, residents of Mississippi County are in a better financial position than they ever were. The findings are In a report re-* _ _ leased by the Federal Reserve System, showing bank deposit data for every county in the United States as of the last fiscal year. Money on deposit in the savings Fair Trade Laws Repeal Proposed By DOUGLAS B. CORNELL WASHINGTON (AP) — A government-sponsored com- A1 today proposed repeal of "fair trade" laws designed to|d prevent cut-rate retail sales of nationally advertised, brand- name products. If the administration and Congress should follow through, the way would he ffopen for discount houses to spring u,> everywhere. Merchants would be able to charge whatever they wished for electric mixers, cosmetics, fountain pnns and the like—regardless of prices manufacturers want to impose. The recommendation by the National Committee to Study the Antitrust Laws brought praise from Rep. Celler (D-NY) and some question from Sen. Sparkman (D-Alai. Criticized Vigorously Other portions of the committee ! report were criticized vigorously by thorn nnri Rpp. i'ntman (D- Texi. Celler heads the House Judiciary Committee; Spnrkman and Patman are rhiiirnvn of senate and House small business c tees. The study committee also colled in somewhat hazy language for legislative curbs on labor union economists, the committee came up with some 70 recommendations. A doxen would involve legislation. The rest would apply to administration and enforcement of existing antitni-st laws. Its two cor:hair- mc-n are Stanley N. Barnes, assistant attorney general in charge of See FAIR TRADE on Page 3 C. B. Hunton Dies Suddenly I At His Home Charles Bcdinzton (Chilli Hunton. r'lircd life insurance salesman, died >;'iiate | suddenly this morning of & heart nmii-; attack at his home on South 61 Highway. Mr. Himtoii. who was CJ, hud had a heart ailment for seevral —fr The meeting, which was to con' tinue through the afternoon, is one of a series of hearings being conducted up and down the Mississippi valley in an effort to arrive at an overall picture of drainage, flood control and wildlife needs of the area. Col. E. B. Downing of West Memphis presided over the hearing. Drainage Proposal:* This morning's session was confined wholly to presents lions of rninage proposals by engineers of drainage districts in Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties and Mississippi County. Discussion of wildlife conservation needs and proposals way expected to take place this afternoon. Principal speaker!-; this morning were drainage district engineers J. W. Meyer of District No. 17, Mississippi County; C. G. Redmon, Jr., Little River Drainage District, Dunklin County; Earl R. Schultz, Little River District; and W. G. Hux table, of St. Francis Levee District. Commissioners Present Present for the hearing were three members of the Mississippi River Commission, Gen. John R. and commercial banks of MlssJd- slppi County reached the liigh level of $21,554,000. It represents time and demand deposits of individuals, partnership and corporations and j is exclusive of governmental and i interbank deposits. j This marks a gain of 8.0 percent over the $19,962,000 reported for the county after the previous survey, two years ago, : Above Average ,-j It was a better snowing^lhan was made in the period in most parts of the United States. The rise there was 7.7 percent. It was also better than in the state of Arkansas, 7.8 percent. There are now about 210 billions of dollars that people could get their hands on quickly for spending investing. This privately-held money supply, nearly four times what it was at the end of 1929, is of terrific importance to the general economy. It amounts to nearly 85 percent of s year's after-tax income that could go into new cars, new homes, furniture or stocks and bonds. And the backlog of quickly available money is continuing to increase, with people saving on a permanent basis. The potential for a big buying spree Ls there. Should the people decide suddenly that the time to Russia Begins Big Purge of Farm Bosses Ike's No Commitment Stand on Isles Backed George Says Prsident Is Right In Refusing to Tell of U.S. Plans By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George (D-Ga) said today he supports President Eisen- i hower s position in not saying now whether the United States will help defend Quemoy and ! Matsu if they are attacked by the Reds. George, chairman of Ihe Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke in an interview ?;iy.i::ce.of a White House briefing of Senate leaders of holh parties. ."I 'hmk the President is rinlit * about not making any commitments at this time," George said. "Of course, you can't keep people I from speculating when high officials make the statements about the situation that they do." This v.'as a reference to last week's predictions, traced to Adm. . , Robert B. Carney, chief of naval MOSCOW Wi_ A, big purtje of i operations, that the Chinese Corn- collective farm bosses Is under j rnunists may attack the National- way in Soviet Russia. In a grass j j.,t - held coastal islands around roots drive to .step up food pro- April 15 duction, Communist party agents I xo Information have started weeding out overseers j Elsenhower iold his asm confer- Khrushchev Heads Campaign to Up Agriculture Output By RICHARD KASISCIIKK deemed inefficient or corrupt, | ence yesterday he doesn't believe Tens of thousands of particularly j lhe cause of "peace is served by qualified workers in the Commu- j "talking too much in terms of spec- nlst party and other organizations j ulation about such thirds " are being sought out to take over The president said he doesn't I the direction of collective farms. | knav ,, um there won't be an at- especially those that are lagging j tack-"but I do say that if anvone Nehru Says West Is Causing Tension By HAROLD K. MILKS NEW DELHI, India fAP) — In' one of his sharpest attacks on Wyslern foreign policy, Prime Minister Nehru today blamed (he U'est for the increase in world tension during recent months. behind - „ . . . . is predicting It will be that Headed byKhrusbev soon . . . ^ have in f 0 ,. m ation Pravda and the Moscow radio that I do not have " joined forces today to publicize this Sen _ Kefauver (D-Tenn) told the campaign, headed by Communist j Sen ate yesterday some people who 1 hold high offices in the Eisenhower administration are "plotting and party boss Nikita S. Khrushchev, to get more out of the vast lands from the fertile black earth of the spend is nod they could wipe the " krt " n = to Slb< ™' s pine b . arrcns ' inventories off. all store shelve., ».|th I The radl ° ancl the Communist par- the outlay of only a tenth of their cash holdings. Faubus Vetoes 'Loan Shark' Bill Other Measures Are Turned Down; Tofral Reaches 76 LITTLE ROCK W — Gov. Orval Faubus fast night vetoed a legislative bill providing for a price differential between merchandise sold for cash and that sold on time. The bill was denounced by opponents as a "loan shark" measure and an attempt to evade the constitutional limitation on interest charges. In his veto message, Faubus said Ihe bill would permit "the owner or dealer of personal property to charge a different price for the property if sold on credit from that charged if sold for cash. 10 Percent .Maximum "There has been a considerable j amount of litigation regarding the ty newspaper gave it a big play. A speech by Khrushchev provided the peg. On a barnstorming in war. Without naming them, he declared : "There are forces in this administration so powerful and appar- j ently so eager for a war with trip through the countryside, he chlnii tl ,. lt they are becoming al . delivered the speech before farmers and, Communist party workers in the Voronezh region yesterday. Omnious Tone most impossible to resist. He Has Final Say "That the United States should be plunged into a war over Matsu I It carried an ominous tone and a , an(I q ue moy ought to be unthink- warning the purge was just begin- abl(S] Yet there are those in „, h ning. Pravda gave it three-quarters of a page. The Moscow radio broadcast the speech all morning to newspapers all over the U.S.S.R. Khrushchev said the plan was aimed at ousting the inefficient and corrupt. (He did not say what fate await- high places in the present administration itself who are plotting and planning to bring such a war all- out whatever the risks Involved." Kefauver noted that Eisenhower has reserved to himself the final decision as to U.S. action in case the Reds attack. "But (he conclusion is ed the ex-managers. But the con- _ tinuing demand for manpower on ' pablc " uiaTthe"present war"part'v Soviet farms suggests they may j ls attempting to create a situa- stay on the land in subordinate jobs.) The party csief aLso warned tractor operators and farmers they must make maximum use ol" their machinery. Anyone who damages or treats tractors and other imple- One Rebelling Army Chief Joins Viet Nam Forces 10,000 Troops Go With Him; Major Victory for Ngo He also declared—amid cheers from Indian Parliament members —"it was certain" that the Islands of Quemoy and Mat-su eventually would go to Communist China. He indicated strongly he thinks Formosa should too: Signaled Position Nehru spoke in opening a foreign affairs debate in Parliament. Many observers considered his speech signalled India's position at the African-Asian conference in Indonesia next month. Nehru declared: "The Manila Pact and the Bangkok Conference (of the SBATO powers) have upset any possibility of peace—as well as stability—In the Indochinese area." Emphasizing India's determination not to join either of the two By JOHN' RODERICK SAIGON; South Viet 1 Nam I/PI Premier Ngo Dinh Diem score' a major victory today in his hot-1 Nehru shouted' and cold war with South Viet Attacked Britain 1 ! main power groups In the world. Nam's three private armies. One opposition commander in c hief came over to the U.S.-backed Premier's side with some 10,000 of his troops, "Even if the whole world is fighting we shall not go to war." Nehru attacked Britain's decision to join in the Turkish-Iraq mill' tary pact, announced yesterday In Saigon, meanwhile, was quit un- ! London by Foreign Secretary Eden. der an uneasy 24-hour truce arranged afrer at least 26 persons were killed and 112 wounded in predawn fighting yesterday in the capital. That battle was between the national army and troops of lion and an atmosphere in which j tne Binh Xuyen 'society another the President would have no choice j imit O f the anti-Diem coalition. but to follow them," he declared. Said Undecided House leaders said after presidential T o National Army ^ (Q ^ pm)ijej . a I ma de by Gen N E uyen Th briefing yester- j phuong, military commander . "The great powers have attached themselves to such pacts in the Middle East," he added, "and these pacts have caused new weaknesses and almost broken up the Arab League. The Middle East is today split up into hostile groups by these pacts." anhi Bobby German of! ' ments negligently, he said, should j ^L^LfLf IT ^iTL^ i '^"^° Dai jonsimf^irjn "a | InjUted by TfUCk men IS Iieyuyenuy, lie MUU, bllUlllll i u -,-.-- Lilt; ^uu u«i iiriimuu.i SCL-L, in ii j be punished the same as anyone '. Eisenhower has not made up his j ceremony at Diem's Independence] damaging growing crops. activities that may restrict trade and competition. . The committee report went alony with "a condemnation of any merger resulting in an appreciable yliars, but in spite of it, remained active in civic and church affairs until recently. He was born in Jone.sboro but had lived in BlytlK-ville for more than 20 years. Prior to his retire movement in some market toward I merit he was employed by the Met mci'Rer in itself is not necessarily an evil and finch case will have to be judged on its own merits. And it stood pat on present laws covering mergers. XiiniccI in 1953 The committee of 00 was named by Atty. Broxwirll in He was a veteran of World War I ii member of the First Baptis Church and the Blytheville Kiwani Club. He was active in tlie affairs of hi church and the Kiwants Club. A: n Kiwiiniiin, he .served on numerou: > /committees and took all o 1953 wi'h the idea that it.s findings i tin: club's activities, would bo used as the basis for legis'ntivc ancl administrative :tc- t:cn :i the antitrust field. The administration, of course, may accept or reject any recommendations it Made up largely of lawyers and Mr. Hun ton's wife, Mrs. Gertrudi Hunton, has been a patient at Baptis! Hospital in Memphis for several months. Funeral arrangements were in complete Oils morning. Cobb Fu- Home is in charge. Hy DR. .1. CARTER SWAIM Dcpt. of English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NEA Service Each of '.he Gospels adds its own distinctive touch to the account of Jesus' temptation. Mark alone tells that wild beasts were our Lord's companions during the 40 days. Unique in Lulce is the assertion that Jesus temptation did not end with the wilderness experience. Where Matthew says, "the devil left him" — as if it were nil over — Luke writes: "when the devil had ended every temptation., he departed from Him until an opportune time" (Luke 4:13, RSV). That Is to say, the devil was defeated, but the war was not over. Having lost this battle, he withdrew to rc-dcploy his forces, cunningly planning some new attack perhaps at a different place, and along n different line - but at the right moment! The conflict with temptation is a war that never ends, There may be an occasional armistice, but never r treaty of peace, and there \s no discharge from that war. We sometimes think'that If wo had another man's job or lived In another man's house our temptations would be over. It Is true that they might he different, but let us not Imagine they would be less .Intense. We sometimes envy professional religious people whoso lives arc sheltered from some of the more mundnnc forma of evil. But they have temptations, loo, The subtlest and most dangerous form of tc.Mptntlon Is lo Imagine ourselves in n position where we ore sn/e from temptation. The devil Is always looking out for an "opportune Umi." Hnrdin. president of the commis-! sale of personal property due to sion from Vicksburg, Miss., Ed-! our usary law and it is my opinion ward Smith and Dewilt Pyburn of' Baton Rouge. Judge Philip Deer welcomed officials and visitors at the hearing. Mr. Meyer, representing six of the seven drainage districts in Mississippi County, offered a series of proposals for construction of new ditches and water control dams throughout the county to facilitate the flow of water from farm lands and designed to relieve overloading of ditches and rivers to the south of Mississippi County in the area of Marked Tree and Lopanto. Reversal Proposed One major plan, proposed by Mr. Meyer, would call for reversing the present drainage flow in extreme northeast Mississippi County (Number Nine, Huffman. Forty-and-Eight) to run south through 'Crooked Lake" at Armorel by way of a new ditch. This would reverse the present flow which now passes in a northwesterly direction emptying into the Eig Lake system. Southeast Missouri engineers also proposed new ditches to facilitate the flow of water from Dunklin and Pemiscot into and through, Mississippi County. Mr. Meyer also proposed ditches in the south end of Mississi Bounty from the Osceola area anc .he Wilson area to run southwesl into the St. Francis system. Also speaking this morning were Lon Mann of Marinnna, on behall of Lee County interests; Lawrence Bradley, secretary of the Elk Shoot Drainage District; Charles J. Lowrance, president of the St. Francis ,evee District: S. P. Reynolds, )resident of the Little River Dm Inge District; and Oscar Femller, Blytheville attorney. that this bill seeks to do that which is forbidden by the constitution. "The constitution permits an interest rate not in excess of 10 per cent... "It is my opinion that differential in cash and credit prices should not be allowed if such procedure would force the buyer to pay more than 10 per cent." Faubus also disapproved two bills to establish retirement svs- tems. One would have covered all state employes not, now under a retirement system and the other would have established a retirement system for the Game and Fish Commission. Faubus 1 reason'np on both was the same. Others Vetoed He said the affected employes already are covered by social security and the hills would have the ' effect of putting them under an additional retirement system. The governor rejected a bill to provide for retirement of chancery and circuit court reporters. He explained that he had signed another bill which permits the re- Sec FAOBUS on Page 3 Jess. . Speaker Rayburn <D-Tcxi said I after the briefing, "I don't feel any better." He declined to elaborate. Alexander Hired For Sewer Work i Former Revenue Official fo Work On Southern District Oscar Alexander of Blyihevillc, a farmer and former state revenue agent has been hired by the City to complete the ptitions for th Southrn j Improvement District. ] The first estimate .showed that; about 200 signatures would be needed to complete that part of the sew- j er project's petitions. | Volunteer workers brought, in 188 i . ,,. . names but fell a little over S19.000 I ' • '}**™?* Sir ^""ny • • • j mind about whether to join Chi- 1 Palace integrating his troops into ana Kai-shek's forces in the de- , lhe national army : f™ 50 °' the islmwts. i Joining PhuonE in the allegiance Rep. Short cR-Moi said he gath- ; pledge to Diem's government wer ,erfd the impression that "the j 42 officers of the" Cao Dai army, Communists are not bluffing" in ! mcluding the chief of staff Gen. j their threats against the islands. I L He described the situation •'lense and serious but not hope- the South's three private armies. Just before noon today Bobby German was struck and seriously injured by a gravel truck near Armorel. He was given emergency treatr mem nt Blytheville Hospital, Van Tat. Phuony heads the \ wncre h is condition was described most important and best-trained of! :1S .serious. Bohby suffered brain Injuries, Moves to West The third member uf the ami-, Inside Today's Courier News . . . Yanks Again Fatten Bank Books in Player Deals . . . Dress- cii Preilii'fs First Division Finish for United Senators . . . Sports . . . I'aiics 8 and 9 ... . . . . Atomic Tower Possible hill Not Practical Now . . ..Page BULLETIN WASHINGTON (fl — The Senate Foreign Relation;* Commit, tec today approved the West derm an rearmament treaties by * 13-1 vote. Sen. Lanircr (R-NO) voted no. Sen, Hlckntiloopcr (R-Imv.ij wns absent, Tht; two pacts, a keystone of United State* 1 policy In Western Kurope, now *o to the Senate where consent to their ratification It A /Oregon* conclusion. North Arkansas Eyed by Industry LITTLE ROCK (A 1 )—Representatives of an industry seeking a new site will visit Arkansas about the middle of April. J. M. Sparling of the old, Resources and Development Commission, who declined to identify either the industry or the potential .sites, said the Industry was interested mainly In North Arkansas because of distribution problems and acces- slbilty to raw materials. Sparling said he did not know when he would receive a decision from the firm. short in property value. j Their work by Chamber of Com- i merce officials. J Yesterday Worth Holder, manager: of the Chamber, told some members j present at the orientation program ! that the new aystcm would cample.tly j do away with annoying odors that always brought on by tlie present sys tern in the summer. The new system would accomocUtn more homes and would be a general improvement to the City, he added. Last of a Scries . Page 5 . skull fracture, shock and contusions'. Diem "United Front of National-! HG was aUe ™'ed by Dr. L. L. isc Forces" has been the mm ? Hao. another relteiou-s s^ci its own private army. The Hoa j Hao commander Gen. Trail Van • Soai was Deported last night to' have left Saieon to organize a military campaign a^ainsi Diem's i troops in the west. In that sector ! Hoa Hao troops under one-armed ! Gen. Le Quantr Vinh. known as ! will be open from 6:00 a.m. to '7:00 "Bacut," have been attacking ihe; p.m. here . during next Tuesday's government forces for weeks. : city t:lei?tiun. Mayor W. D. Byrd Before Phuong's ehan»e - over., announced today, the three private armies totaled j There are two candidates run- between 30.000 and 40,000 men and ; ning for the one city council posi- Ser VIKT NAM on I'afje 3 tion in Caruthersville's four wards. i Hubenrr of BjythevJJJp and then •referred to a brain specialist in Memphis. ; Voting Hours Told At Ccruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE — The polls Waterfront' Steals Oscar Show; Brando and Keily Top Individuals By JAMKS BACON HOLLYWOOD W— "On the Wa- Weather Tax Collections Down LITTLE ROCK yp> - State income tax collections this month dropped $200,000 bolow collections for March l.TM. Revenue Commissioner J. OrvlUe Cheney siild the decline App'tt'cntly was due to Die change 'In the deadline from March 15 to April 15 for federal Income U* in com t taxes. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS: Part ly cloudy and warmer this afternoon. Scattered thundershowers and local thunderstorms tonight. Friday partly cloudy, cooler Friday afternoon. Saturday generally fair and mild. High this afternoon near 70, low tonight ncjir 40. MISSOURI — Increasing cloudiness, windy and warm this afternoon with thunderstorms breaking out over western counties by evc- ilng and spreading over slate tonight and ending ancl turning colder west Friday; low tonight 40 extreme northwest to the 50s southeast; . high Friday 40s extreme northwest to the 60s southeast. Maximum yeslcrclny—65. Minimum this morning—». Sunrise tomorrow—5 AT, Sunset today—(1:20, Mcnn UMnperntlire—S.I. Frerlpltnilon lusl -IB hours to 7 p. in.—None. Pruulpttittton .Inn. 1 to dnlc —122U This Date lust Vcnr Maximum yesterday- -to. Minimum this mornliiu--35. Prccfpltaiiou January 1 to dale — terfront," the that Hollywood almost turned down, today held eight Oscars—including Marlon Brando's first—to tie the all- time Academy Awards record. The brutal, often-sadistic story of labor racketeering on New York's docks made a rout of the 27th annual awards presentation last night. The eight awards, plus one honorary plaque, equaled the record of "Gone With the Wind" in 1939. Only (jrace Kelly, the dowdy wife of "The Country Girl," was able to steal a smattering of Die glory away from the hard-hitting drama of the longshoremen's unions. Tlie reserved Miss Kelly, with tears in her eyes, took home the best notress award. Even the honor could not shake her ladylike composure, When photographers askod her to kiss Brando on the cheek, she rebelled politely: Close Race "I believe he should kiss me." Brando, with unrestrained pleasure, onMmsinstlcnlly kissed Miss Kelly time after time while flashbulbs popped. Right up to awiu'ri.s time, U had been mi unpredictable, race for the lop actress and nolor awards, IJing Crosby, who played an alcoholic Marlon Brando actor in "The Country Girl," was In the running against Brando, and Judy G»rland was given a 50-50 chance of beallng out Miss Kelly. Judy was the sentimental choice for her role in "A Star la Born." Last nlpht's was Brando's first visit to Uw fofitlvitlM. H« Grace Kelly had boon nominated three tlmca before. "I guess I should go to the«e things more often," he toM a reporter. "I honestly thought Blng Crosby would win. There necmed to be Mich a profound well of nnn- tlnuml In favor of both him and ffe* WATfSKFJMWf M P««* »

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