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Saturday, April 2, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINAkT NEWSPAP1B OT HOKniEAST ARKANSAS AND SOOTOEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 11 Blythevili* Courier Blytheville Dally New Blythevllle Herald Mississippi Valley Leader BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 1955 EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Death Toll From Quake Now at 327 254 Injured In Philippine Island Tremor By HENRY HARTZENBUSCH DANSALAN, Mindanao, Philippines (AP) — The death toll in the disastrous southern Philippines earthquake mounted to 327 today with reports from outlying areas continuing to give a grim picture of terrifying destruction. Most of the dead were counted in the Lake Lanao region of northwestern Mindanao where Friday's mighty tremors caused a giant wave which submerged an entire village on the west shore. In addition to the 327 confirmed dead, provincial officials listed 254 as injured and estimated five million dollars in crop damage. Additional millions in damage was wrought to churches, public buildings and homes which collapsed or slid into the lake. 10,000 Homeless An estimated 10,000 persons were homeless, mostly in Lanao province. Officials in the capital of Lanao province expressed fear the toll would climb further. President Ramon Magsaysay flew to hardest hit cities, Ozamis in Misamis Occidental province, and B&nsalan and Iligan in Lanao. He climbed on the rubble of the toppled old Spanish church in Ozamis and told the Inhabitants: "I am really sorry this had to happen to you.'I regret being here to view this terrible destruction." We landed at Balo airport just south of Iligan and motored to Dansalan—a distance of 12 miles. Along the way we saw fissures end landslides. Huge boulders blocked part of the highway. Gov. St. T. Lluch of Lanao said 300 bodies had been buried up to today. Still Undetermined He snld the number of missing was still undetermined. Here is the breakdown on the death toll—most of it in villages in the Lake Lanao district: Tugaya 200, Bacolod 27, Madamba 30, Gonasi 30, Madalum 30, Baynng 2, Masio 4, Maranto 2, Wato 1 and Ozamis City 1. The governor sid Bacolod Village was swept into the lake by the huge wove, killing 30. Philippine geophysicists headed by Arturo Alcaraz said this quake epicenter was in the area between Lake Lanao and Iligan, north coastal city. "This was the worst earthquake we've had this century," Alcaraz told me. "Fissures indicated terrific force." Yawning cracks split highways, bridges were twisted, churches, public buildings and houses collapsed—some of them sliding into Lake Lanao. Water Line Dropped Lt. Col. Antonio Garcia of the Philippines Constabulary reported See QUAKES on I'IIRC 8 Four Are Held For Ereak-3n Three men and one woman were returned from W.i Inut Ridge yesterday by the Sheriff's office after being arrested there on charges of robbing the Three Way night club on Highway 40 between Osceoln and Lepanto, according to Sheriff William Berryman. One mtui is-being held in county j t jail here on charges of burglary] rely on his recommendations. and grand larceny. His name was; Many times, farmers Want Hated as Don Pennine; ion, 23, his home town as Manila. The other three, two men one woman, were taken to WATER — SOME OF IT UNWANTED — Rain failed to halt the irrigation field day at Manila yesterday. Various types of pumps and wells were used to fill the town's municipal swimming pool t* as a surprisingly large number of farmers turned out in the damp, cold weather to see the demonstrations. (Courier News Photo) Despite Rain, Manilas Irrigation Field Day Is Held as Schedualed MANILA — Once more hampered by a cold, rain, Manila's Lions Club, after one postponement, finally ran off its irrigation field day yesterday before a surprisingly large crowd estimated at between 1,000 and 3,000 persons. As previous information forecast, it was one of Lhe largest affairs of its kind ever held in this area. Present were various experts on irrigation — ranging from land- levelling men who came from as far away as California and Texas, to engineers and geologists . All sorts of equipment —> pumps, well rigs, pipe — were set up, most of it on an operational basis, for farmers to see. Most of the top Irrigation equipment companies were represented. . West Mississippi County Soil Conservation District and Manila's McKinnon Irrigation Equipment Co,, participated in sponsoring the affair. Gattis Reports on Tests Pertinent facts regarding irrigation were discussed before a gathering of 240 fanners in the High School gymnasium. James L. Gattis told the group that five years of irrigation on cotton at the Marianna experiment station — three dry.years, two wet — revealed that irrigation had averaged upplng production by a half-bale per acre. He said Arkansas is one of the leading southern states in irrigation. Nearly 260,000 acres of land, not including rice acreage, WHS irrigated last year, he reported. Mississippi County alone, ne pointed out, had more acres under irrigation than did many southern states. County Agent Keith Bilbrey told the group that North Mississippi County irrigated 7,000 acres last year. L. E. Robertson, of the state office, Farmers Home Administration, reported that 900 applications for irrigation loans have been received in Arkansas. Of that, number, 242. loans have eben made to date. Most of the rest, he opined, are "waiting to see what the weather does." Three In County Only three persons in this county, he stated, have applied for FHA irrigation loans. Rene Schneider, engineer with Rainy Sprinkler Sales, told the three percent of American cropland irrigated last year produced 25 percent of 1954's agricultural wealth. He told farmers tc use care in selecting the dealer from whom they purchase irrigation equipment, hut once selecting him, to is pumped daily from wells in Arkansas; (2) This large amount of water is only a small fraction of the total available; , (3) In parts of the Grand Prairie (mostly rice country) overdevelop- ment has made artificial recharge of ground water necessary if the present rate of pumpage is continued; (4) Only with the aid of geologists' reports on pumping and ground water supplies can maximum use be made of ground-water resources and overdevelopment avoided. Alex Curtis presided over the session after introductory remarks by Dr. R. W. Ration. Rain made ground-levelling demonstrations impossible. Humphreys India-in-UN Proposal Hit by Knowland Tension Mounts in Formosa By FKK1) IIAMI'SON TAIPEI, Formosa itTJ—There Is a new kind of tension these days In Formosa. Not a war tension, a surrender tension. Formosa is tense with dread that Ihc United Slates is in the process of deciding —if she hasn't already decided— to write off MiUsii and Quemoy. What Is the evidence? American representatives here are making a daily sounding of Formosa morale and reporting to Washington. They report on money exchange rates, prices and other things that reflect fear or discouragement or hope. "They wouldn't be doing this H they were going: to help us fight for Matsu and Quemoy" said one Nationalist officer. "They wouldn't have to worry about morale then." Gloomy Orneu Some Chinese even profess to see in the imminent departure on home leave of Ambsasador Karl Rankln a gloomy omen. Rankin, five years on Formosa and deeply sympathetic with the Nationalist cause, Is, they say, being spared the painful task of breaking the See 'FORMOSA on I'age 8 Red Road Tax Seen as Tool East Germans Hint- That Controversy Can Be 'Negotiated 7 By TOM RKISny BERLIN Mt—East German Communist quarters hinted today that the new road tax controversy could be "negotiated" — but only by the two rival governments. This would mean fulfillment of the Communist slogar "Germans around, one ttihle" conceived several years ago as an appeal to German nationalism and an effort to drive a wedge between the West. Germans and the Allied powers. Responsible officials of the Eastern regime told reporters the quos- tion of the road tax rates could be "resolved" if representatives ol Ihe East Berlin and Bonn regimes got together. Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's government con- and | put more water on their land than i normally would be recommended, and! he pointed out, saying the compe- the I tPiit dealer can curb this impulse sistently refused such parleys with the Soviet zone Reds. Neither the Adenauer government nor the Western Allies recognise the Ens' German regime, contending it was forced on the 18 million East Germans by Soviet decree. county jail at Osceola and are be-; and save the farmer both money | Tne nnw t axes on highway traf- ing held on the same charges asjnnd an Inefficient irrigation sys- fic Detwcpn Berlin and the West v.eie imposed yesterday. Truckers { paid the rates, ranging as hitfh as Pennington. The men's names were reported as Ralph Sharp, 26. of Paragould and Coy Walford, 26, of Leachville and ihe woman was Ruby Hen- driekson, 23, also ->f Paragould. The night club, property of Troy Langston, Was broken into night before last and '.he pinball machines and cash register were broken into and a small amount of cash was taken from each. tern. Eldon Dennis, district geologist with the U S Geological Survey, patch from Washington signed by Anthony Leviero, said last night It had asked the Army to release wartime documents thnt would have clarified the question. The Times said the files it sought had at one time bc-*i graded "lop secret" but "they had been downgraded to 'restricted' laic In 19*5 so that the Army historians could write their histories." The Times said the Army agreed to release pertinent parts of the documents but "a hitch developed" and the classification was changed from tinl." "In said, "they have, been upgraded the press from having 'restricted" to "conflden- oiher words," the Times Among the documents it sought, the Times said, were two cited on Piiftc 308 of an Army history vol- in the near future. Surveys Needed But he warS that survey. areU- s °™t '-tcrvenUon in the dis- in order so depletion of ground water may be avoided. Specifically, he stated that f 1 > nearly one billion gallons of water Churchill's Resignation Said Expected to Come Next Week pute. Meanwhile East-West t r a f f i c flowed normally. Customs guards on the Soviet frontier made some concessions to trucks hauling milk and scaled the rates down for them by as much as twenty five per cent. By DAVE MASON LONDON l.fl—Opinion hardened in Britain today that Winston Churchill will step down as prime minister next week—perhaps Tuesday. But there is still no official word on the 80-yeor-o!d government leader's plans. And none is expected until such a time as Churchill formally gives up the government reins. He remained at his No. 10 Down- Ing Street office todny instead of going into the country as he usually does on weekends. Some political soothsayers saw a sign in thnt. too; that he wanted to spend his last weekend as Prime Minister right in harness. The authoritative British Press said today "there Is now every reason to believe thnt on Tuesday Sir Winston Churchill will drive from 10 Downing; Street lo Buckingham Palace where he will place his resignation as prime minister in the hands of the queen." The independent Economist commented ". . . Churchill has avoided any direct answer to parliamentary questions about his retirement '.vith such it is now than ever that his retirement only a few days off." puckish assiduity that more widely assumed Is ume "Washington Command Post: : heavier loads. The West j The Operations Division." '„; Berlin city government reimbursed The Timer. SB Id this hook reported : the truckers from a temporary j a conference Feb. 25, 1945, between I fund while the Allies .sought to ob- i oon. George A .Lincoln, then chief of the strategy secUon of the war pirns division of the War Department genera] staff, and Gen. MacArthur and his chief of staff. The book .said that MacArthur at that time discussed the planned invasion of Japan and urRCd that "as many Japanese divisions us possible should be pinned down on the mainland, principally by Soviet forces." This discussion was two weeks after the Yalla conference, at which Russia had already agreed to flR^t against Japan. In a letter to Managing Editor J. R, Wiggins of the Washington Post and Times Herald, Whitney said the (lie pertinent to the dispute "should be opened to the public." "Should it be," Whitney continued, "it would clearly disclose Monday night Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke ot Edinburgh, will dine with Churchill at his official Downing Street residence. Many expect the dinner to be Churchill's "farewell party,'' Most observers believe that, if Churchill docs resign a.s prime minister, he will not leave the House of Commons, but continue on In his other capacity—as "elder statesman" in Parliament. Teachers Attend District Meeting Some 500 teachers from Mississippi and Crittenden counties were on hand in West Memphis yesterday to attend Arkansas Education Association's District 17 meeting. County Judge Philip Deer addressed the group at yesterday's morning session. W. D. Tommcy, a district board member, presided and was reelected to serve on the board. During teachers discussion spoke on "A Looks at His Profession." period, Teacher Back to Seoul SEOUL <A'i — .South Korean navy headquarters today returned to Seoul after nearly five years In Pusnn, the wartime capital Jaycee Project Is Postponed Weather caused a postponement today ot Blythevllle Jaycecs "llte- fl-bumpftr" campaign to sell rellco tive scotch-lite tape. Chairman Env*ry Francis said sale of the tape wa.s delayed until next Saturday because of wet weather* that if any one is trying to 'rewrite history' ... it Is not Gun. Mnc Arthur." Paper Says Secrecy Rating Upped On Gen. MacArthur's Yalta Views NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says the Army has raised the secrecy rating of official documents bearing on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's wartime views on the need for Soviet help in the battle against Japan. The general has stated that had he been asked at the time of the Yalta conference, he would have advised against bringing the Russians into the Pacific War "at that late date." The Washington Post and Times- Herald, in an editorial March 25, disputed this statement, saying, "Gen MacArthur Is known to have sent messages to the Joint Chiefs ol Staff during. World War II pleading for concessions to get Russia into the Japanese war." MacArthur's chief nide, Maj. Gen. Courtney Whitney, ret., denied this again yesterday In a letter to the Washington newspaper. He said he had reviewed the file of MacArthur's most important messages to the Joint Chiefs n( Staff during World War II and it "makes no mention of the entry of Soviet Russia into the wnr against Japan." Asked For Release The New Vork Times, in a dls- Hotel Noble Sold To Tennessean j. H. Park New Owner; Puryear Purchases Lease, Furnishings Sale of Hotel Noble here to J. H. Pnrk of KingKpnrt, Tcnn,, was announced today. Mr. Park, who hus owned n 20-year lease on the build- Ing and furnfshnlgs since last year, has purchased the building from 1C. F. Lampkin' Completion of arrangements for sale of the 20-year lease and hotel Furnishings to Mr. und Mrs, Robert Puryenr, managers of the hotel for the past year, also was announced. Mr. Puryear will continue as owner-operator ot the. hotel. Mr. Lampkin purchased the hotel from Mrs. Sybil Noble last yniir and at that lime .sold the lease and furnishings to Mr. Park. During the past year, under the management of Mr. Puryear, the hotel has been rehabilitated throughout with new furnishings in all guest rooms, dining rooms and the lobby. Mr, Puryear is n native of Tennessee and managed hotels in Louisiana and Virginia before coming to Blytheville. i Weather Ike's Foreign Policy Blasted By JACK BELL * WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) today differed with a proposal by Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) that the United States support India 'as a replacement for Nationalist C'hina on the United Nations Security Council, Noting Prime Minister Nehru's assertion that India would not join in if all th.e rest of Lhe world were fighting, KuowUuul said in an mk-rview he doesn't, believe India deserves the "support of people trying to build a system of collective security." U. N. members, he said, are pledged to oppose aggression. Humphrey nimle Ills proposal iiuj--- — — — . iv Glmpd Hill, N. C., speech last, nii>lit in which lie iu:cusi*rl the 131- srnhowor mhmnistrntlon ol "fumbling »nd f alter in£" flt » time when "fho issue of pence and wtu ir Ihe biihmoe" in the Far East. Support of Indin, he snid, would show Mils country's interest in Asin. He lulrir-d thnt "the Nationalist China (if toddy ... is wnnk and not representative of the new Humphrey's blast capped a sc- ries of ultncks by Democratic senators mid one Republican—Sen. MeCnrthy of Wisconsin—on President Eisenhower and his policies in the Senate yesterday, Resolution Offered In one of these, Sen. Morse (D- Qre) ottered a resolution to put Congress on record against the use of force to defend the Chinese constnl Islands of Quemoy and Mn tsu. Morse was one of those who voted against the defend-For- masa resolution passed, by Congress Knawland told the Senate passage of Morse's resolution would "tie the hands" of President Eisenhower, Ho said If the Communists took its Introduction seriously, the proposal "might inadvertently encourage aggression In the Far East.". Humphrey satd that the use of atomic weapons to defend the Quemoy und Islands might alienate all Asia, and added: "It would be nothing short of tragic if a decision to defend the off-shore Islands should lead to complete break between ourselves and the free Asian natloas." McCarthy told the .Semite Elsen- hower Is adopting a "deadly dangerous" attitude in refusing to announce that the United States Intends to defend Quemoy and Mutsu. Elsenhower niamctl He labeled as "nonsense" a Ihe Tuimusjicean favors "appeasement" of the Communists was merely a resort to "calling names and making odious comparisons." "It matU'i'fi lllllu to me what •Sen McCarthy says about me, Kt-muver .said. Sen. Scott fD-NC) blamed El- senhower himself for the "confusion" in fon'lKn affairs he said has caused "a drift Hint has now carried us dangerously close to the brink of war." "It is llrno we stopped criticizing the bat boys and begin to see Just what kind of n job the pitcher Is doing," ScotL told the Senate. Sen Symington (D-Mo) drew a bead on Elsenhower's proposals to reduce military manpower, a program the Mlssourlnn said "Is leading us to the brink of nuclear war." "In reducing our ability to fight on the «rouiKl, while steadily in- ci'ftiishiK reliance on nuclear weapons delivered by air, we may well bf committiMK ourselves to a path from which there can be no turn- ii, K b : ,ck—world devastation resulting from the use of he hydrogen bomb." ht declared NORTIIRAST ARKANSAS—Pnrt- ly cloudy this afternoon. Im:roas- ing cloudiness tonight and .Sunday. Warmer Sunday afternoon. Monday fair and a little cooler. Hiifh this afternoon upper 60s; low tonight in the uppt-r 40s. i MISSOURI—Mostly fair this afternoon and tonight, except partly cloudy southeast this afternoon; warmer southwest and extreme west this dfternoon and over .state tonight; Sunday Increasing cloudi- • ness and mild followed by showers I . or thunderstorms west portion; low I ' tonight 40s northeast to 60s south- ' west; high Sunday generally in 70s. Maximum yfc«lflrdny —5f, Minimum thin inonilnu- 50. Sunrise tomorrow—S:15. Sunael totiny—/1:22. Mean temperaliirrr— 7.5 ion Ifijtl 4ft hourn Xo 1 Warrants Received for Trio Wai-runts luive been received i't the Kht-rilt's office from two states for the arrest of the three persons, l.wo men and one woman, who were chnrRcd with drunk rlrlvltlK at Osceolii and were stl.spectcd (if cheek forKliiK. A cheek writing machine and firm name slumps were found In (he vehicle the trio was driving. The warrants, one from Jackson, Terni., and the other from Dothari, Aln., were received t/jday by Sheriff William Berryman. One from stated the trio had passed a check In Dothan on Ihe Dulhan Hank and Trust Co. for J32.yj. They asked the trio be returned there for prosecution. The trio was listed as William Iliil/Tls, allns Pete Roberta: Cecil Owens, and Nancy Elden Stanley, Tl»:y also art; suspected oC cush- iK checks In Arkansas, Florida and .— 1,8 Pre dale— J-1.-17. cipitation Jan. 1 to Thin Half; I,«sl Vrar \fnxlrnmn yo«tcrclny- '>K. Minimum thl« morning -32, Precipitation jRDimry 1 to dHtc— 14.H. p « vtoUR rcporl lfisu , d hy (hft woman( , h( . <sUtcd sne hfld rnet throe men In a drive-In In Orlando, Flu,, and was asked to come on a trip with them. Before they left Florida, one of thf; three men, whose name was not given, wa.s nrrcsUid. She Ka.ld she and he other two men had continued the trip. Doth the warrants received by the sheriff's office charge the trio with check forgery. Subpoenaed or Not? Stassen to Appear At Senate Hearing tty G. MU/I'ON KELLY WASHINGTON'(AP) — Foreign Aid Director Harold E. Stassen will appear Wednesday before the Senate Investigations subcommittee. Whether he is going voluntarily or under subpoena was still in dispute .today. ~* The subcommittee staff said a subpoena was legally served on Stasson yesterday. Stassen's offfca said he refused to accept It since he had already arranged to appear voluntarily. Stassen himself repeated, Jn « letter to Chairman McCIellan (D- Ark) lust night, his "willingness to cooperate 'with you and your com miUee and my willingness to meet with you or with the commltte* at any time." Ilns Cabinet Hank Stnssen has Cabinet rank both in his foreign aid post and In his new position of special assistant to President Elsenhower to study disarmament. It is unusual for congressional groups to go further than "invite" officials of Cabinet rank before them. The subpoena issued yesterday was not the kind normally used to require a witness to appear, but a document which "commanded" Stusson personally to hand over next Wednesday nil his documents und records concerning negotiations for ft grain storage plant In Pakistan. The subcommittee Is Investigating the negotiations for a still- uaslgnod contract under which the Foreign Operations Administration tFOA) plaas to finance the plant. Robert F. Kennedy, the subcommittee's chief!, said Investigator Robert J. McElroy reported he had served the subpoena, duce3 tecum on the protesting Stassen, and had even tried to stuff It into Winnie Virgil Turner Winnie Turner Woman of Year Veteran Educator Led Fight Against Obscene Literature MlM Winnie Virgil Turner, who led an fiwa-wlde crusade, n gainst obscene and horror litcniUire, yes- tf-rdny wan named Blytheville's Woman of the Yi-ar by the city's Beta Sigma, Phi chapters. Announcement of the award was made by Mrs. Utho Barnes, general chairman of the affair. The sorority wlH honor Miss Turner at 11 dinner Tuesday night at 7:30 nt Motel Noble. Long Lime Elementary School Supervisor of Blythevllle'K school illa- trlct, Miss Turner's activities In civic:, church and school lift) have been extensive. A native of Newborn, Tcnn., she took her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago where she wa» gmtluaiMl one of four honor students in 1033. She received her master's degree from George Pcsilxxly College, Nashville, in J93JJ. Many professional honors have beta lien her hi her professional career. At various times, she has See TUKNftK on ruire 8 Stassen's pocket. The PDA chief's office Insisted U was not served. Stassen find, McCIellan, who has accused PDA of "obstructive" tactics in the inquiry, rmve a date to talk things over Monday morning in.the senator's office. McCIellan said he considers the subpoena really was served on Stnssen, but thnt it was designed "to get the records, and not to get Gov, Stassen personally present" Wctinesday. But he also said: "If he hadn't said he was com- \j\K (on Wednesday) I would also have subpoenaed him." Traffic Cases Heard in Court Truffle violations today once ngaln dominated the docket In Municipal Court. A charge of driving while drunk cost nirhnrd McFall $120.75 on a forfeited bond. ' Harm Prltldy forfeited <L $18.75 l»nrt on n charge of driving without a driver's license. On a RppfdiiiK charge, Paul Rob- lim.s forfeited n $19.55 bond. Modiliilions lor li:\T liy 1)11. J. f,'AK'I'Kll SWA1M Dcpl. nf English Bible, National Council of Churches Written for NKA Service Few figures ol the I7t.h century have left us a richer legacy than John MIHon. His sonnets arc among the most period in our language. Hlfl best-Known prose work, Areop.-igitica, protesting the strict censorship exercised i)y Parliament, is one ol the urcat argumenti for freedom of Ihe press. Ills "Paradise Lost" ranks among the finest epic poems. In the latter he chose as his theme ihe fall of man. The smooth rhythms leli of Satan's rebellion against God and of our first parents' sin In the Garden. With wondrous Imagination the poet seeks "to Justify the ways of God to man." "Paradise Lost" has for Its sequel "paradise Regained," and It is this which Is of special Interest during Lent. Paul speaks of Christ as "Ihe last Adam," winning back for man what the first Adam had lost. In dealing with this theme, however, Milton does not picture Christ's suffering and death on the cross, nor even His resurrection, but describes rather how He overcame temptation in the wilderness. Out. ot all the Incidents In the New Testament, Milton chose this at evidence that blessedness had been regained for man. Satan tempted our first parents, and they fell, but when h« tempted Jesus, he was himself defeated. The first temptation oami In the midst of a favoroblo environment; the second In t lonely desert. JCSUB' victory was complete, and Hebrews 2:18, BSV, «uggest« whnt that mound to each of us: "For because He HlmieU b»s «uf- fered and been tempted, II* ta able to help UIOM wko M* l«n»M."

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