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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TB> DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of DOKTHEA81 ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 30 BlythevlU* Couriw Blythevlll* Daily N«m BlyttMTllle Herald Miululppl Valley U*d« BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Soviet Agrees To Wests Big 4 Meet Terms MOSCOW ,AP) — Russia agreed today to a meeting of Big Four ambassadors in Vienna to settle final details of an Austrian peace treaty. * Representatives of Austria would also take part in the talks which 1% A F ^_-.__-,_| were proposed by Britain .France K AT I III nfllm " nd lhe United States in identical I»MI Wl 1*V1 III notes to,the Soviet government on April 22. The Western powers had set next Monday as the date for the meeting o£ ambassadors. This date was agreeable to the Soviet Union. The Soviet government, in notes to the three Western governments, said it did not believe a conference on the ambassadorial level was really necessary, but added It was willing to go along since the West felt such a meeting was needed. Wants London Meeting It also announced " lias agreed to open negotiations with Japan in London June 1 on a peace treaty. Japan suggested that these talks take place in London after Crashes Stolen Plane; 5 Dead Aerial 'Joyride' Ends in Tragedy In French Village VALENCIENNES, France Ifl—A nearsighted young British Royal Air Force corporal, climaxing wild aerial Joyride, crashed stolen RAF training plane through, a French home at the village of Vfcq last midnight, killing himself and four villagers. Another home was damaged and two persons were injured seriously. The corporal, a ground crewman with only a student pilot's license, was found dead in the charred wreckage of the $700,000 plane, twin-engine Vickers Varsity with a 95-foot wingspan and a weight of more than 15 tons. Pakistan Native Identified as Nanik (Nick) Ag- nani, 20, a British subject who was born in the area which is now Pakistan, he took the plane last night from the Thorney Island Navigation School in Hampshire, England. He nearly stalled and crashed at the takeoff, a witness said, but kept the plane aloft. Then he circled the field and set off for London, 60 miles southwes:.. He cruised dizzily over London for nearly three hours, roaring back and forth at heights ranging from 20 to 1,000 feet, and then vanished. Evidently he headed immediately to the Continent. His end came In this French coal mining region near the Belgian border about 175 miles southeast of London. Vicq lies not far from Valenciennes. The british said Agnani had no parachute. Three of the French were killed in their homes. They were a boy, 10; his sister, 9; and a 55-year-old Woman. A man, 54, died later of injuries. Over 8,000 Get X-Rays At Mobile Clinics A total of 8,562 Mississippi County citizens received free chest x-rays • during the 15-day series which ended with the mobile unit's visit to West Ridge Friday. The county-wide series was sponsored by the County Tuberculosis Association, State Health Department, County Medical Society and county Health Units. Having a goal of 500 persons per working day. the unit exceeded that by 71 persons per day. Over 100 volunteer workers and 12 community chairmen assisted in the various towns. County chairman of the event was James Gardner. Here are community chairmen: Leachville. Mrs. E. R. Shannon: Manila, Mrs. Bilbo Qcborne; Dell. Mrs. John M. Miller; Armorel, Mrs. R. W. Nichols; Blytheville, M-s. Randall Hawks; Luxora, Mrs. E. B. Sartain, Jr., Osceola, Mrs. P. D. Johnson; Wilson, Mrs. Jerry Cullom; Joiner. Mrs. Bob Smith; Dyess. .J. C. Th;i:nes: Keiser, Mr.'-. Georqe Cunningham, and West Ridgp, Mrs. Mue Hammond. Registrars for Keiser wcrf- the Mesdanies Emmett Ronke. J- W. Amos. Dw.iin Brock and John E. Woodward. Workinp at W>. c t. Ridge \vrrr Mrs. Norman Clay. Mrs. Gene Herring and Mrs. R. E. Trttlelon. the Soviet Union earlier suggesion objected to that they take place in New York, and Japan ruled but either Moscow or Tokyo. Russia declared that in its view there were no outstanding problems on, an Austrian treaty which could not be solved when the Big Four foreign ministers get together at a later date. Purchase of Hole I By Osceolan's Firm Is Okayed Nevada Agency Gives Conditional Approval To Williams' Group CARSON CITY, Nev. lift — Nevada's Gambling Control Agency gave conditional approval today to the sale of the plush Lost Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas to a group headed by an Arkansas banker. The state tax commission approved the sale, but said its final okay would hinge on these conditions : 1. That Al Mathes, Beverly Hills, Calif., restaurant owner, be withdrawn as a partner because of a past history that includes arrests for bookmking. This the remin- ing partners agreed to do. 2. That Irving Leff and Maurice Friedman, Los Angelef real estate operators, be stripped from the gambling license application until they .settle a civil -suit filed against th»m by the state of Cat for nisi. 3. That the new owners pay no later than May 5 more than one million dollars in bills owed by the present owners of the Last Frontier. Although not holding an interest in the gambling operation itself, B. Frank Williams, a banker from Monette, Ark., is putting up most of the money for the purchase. Williams and his ittorney, Bruce Ivy, of Osceola, Ark., testified they felt the Last Frontier was "a good investment." Williams will be the chief stockholder in n corporation (hat will lease the various operations of the hotel and gambling casino. Men roes Injured In Head-On Crash Near Luxora REUNION FOR QUEEN - Queen of the Memphis Cotton Carnival Sherry Patton was reunited Pat- ton, when the Cotton Cnrnival goodwill tour ar rived in Blytheville yesterday. Mayor E. R. Jackson is at left. (Courier News Photo) Speedy Okay Predicted For Ike's Peace Skip Plan WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) today predicted speedy and overwhelming approval by Congress of President Eisenhower's plan to build an atomic-powered merchant ship and send it on a peace mission around the world. > Knowland said the President told Republican congressional leaders at today's weekly Time Is Important: neeting that he wants the ship started "forthwith." The President disclosed yester-*— day in an address to the Associated Press Luncheon in New York that the government proposes to build an atomic-powered ship and send it cruising to demonstrate peacetime uses of atomic energy and dramatize this country's interest In securing world peace. Gave Details Knowland aid the President gave a few details of the project today but the California senator did not go into the nature of these details except to say that the proposed vessel would visit various foreign ports to show how this country is developing medical, Industrial and agricultural research with atomic techniques. Knowland and GOP House Leader Martin of Massachusetts said there was a general review of the Par East situation but. they made no .specific mention of Communist Premier Chou En-lai's bid tor direct discussion with the United States. Nothing on Chou Before the legislative conference, Knowland breakfasted with the President. He said he was "not at liberty" to say whether Chou's offer was discussed at breakfast, but described his meeting with the president as "noth- ng unusual—the customary discussion of matters pending in the Senate." KnoWland opposes any talks with Red China in which the Chinese Nationalist regime would not be represented. Plans Are Drafted For Sewer District Final work on drafting legal descriptions oi the northern sewer improvement district was under way today and copies of petitions were expected to be made available tomorrow or Thursday. Re-organiation of the district represents the rnly stumbling block in the path of a new sewer system for the en i-e city goal of years' standing. Work on this last phase of the campaign will follow the same general pattern as that observed when the district was first organized. That Is, neighborhood chairmen will be given petitions and will contact property owners in their neighborhoods. When the raster of neighborhood chairmen Is completed it will be published along with addresses so those persons who aren't contacted may sign the petitions at their convenience. Another petition will be placed in the City Clerk's office in City Hall. Time Important Max Mehlburger, the consulting engineer on the overall sewer program, pointed out that time is im- Pinbdl Payoffs Hit B y New U.S. Tax Ruling Contracts Let On Base Theater Little Rock—Award of contracts for construction of a dental clinic and a 350-man theater at Blythe- vllle Air Force Base, Blytheville, Ark., was announced todny by Col. Stnunton Brown, Army District Engineer here. The total of contracts awarded for construction at the base is approximately $7.730.000. The dental clinic, for which bids were received April 20, was awarded to W. A. Gray Construction Company, Shreveport, La., for the bid price of $103,546.81. The construction time is 210 calendar days. L & M Construction Company, Memphis, Tenn., was awarded the contract for the theater In the amount of $86.066.45. Construction time on this building is 240 calendar days. Bids are to be received today for a contract for rehabilitation of A. I. 6. warehouse and armament electronics building and Thursday lor three squadron headquarters operaUooi-iupply buildings. win, District Director of the Internal Revenue Service. The internal revenue represents-1 the federal gambling tax and use — , ~_ j.._n __ ., Q ( ^ nc mac hjne ns n gaming device under Arkansas state laws makes the operator liable to prosecution Two persons were hospitalized and throe others treated for minor injuries, us a result of head-on coin- A crack 'lown on forcemcnt of gambling tax laws in .-ion which occurred Sunday night| rd to pjn , Jd!1 machine opera t 0 rs who pay off for winning PIUTS• piacr 'on Highway ei bet«Ten" | combinations is slated for Blytheville and the entire state of Burdctte and Luxora. ] Arkansas, according to an announcement today by Olin S. God- According to State Trooper Tom Cryc of o.sccola a vehicle driven by Cloo On vis. Negro of Charleston, Mo., collided with a car driven by John Wright, Negro from Luxora. The trooper said that Wright's car was on the wrong side of the highway when the accident occurred. Davis' car was occupied by his wife and his wife's sister. His wife was admitted to OsccoJa Hospital for treatment of lacerations about the face and head. Wright's vehicle was occupied by himself and Clayton Love, also a Luxora Negro, who was admitted to O.sceola Hospital for treatment of lacerations and bad bruises. Both cars were total wrecks, officers said. lives here, as well as those over the .state, have been, directed to check into violations of the U, S. gambling tax lav; ana enforce payment of the $250 per machine gambling tax. In the directive, Godwin noted that his office had received infor mation that many operators ol 1 pinball machines throughout the state who paid only a $10 amusement tax on the machine are actually paying off for winning games. Payoff Counts "That puts the machine in the category of a gambling device and that makes it subject to the J250 tax.," Mr. Godwin said. At the same time, purchase of Jaycees Plan Variety Show Here A two-hour stage production, Dixieland Variety Shows, will be presented at the Blytheville High School auditorium Friday night, May 13, under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The show to made up of professional talent and has played in many cities in the Mid-south. Feature attractions among the variety act* include a hillbilly band and ain*«r, * nugfciaa act performed by the owner and producer of the show, Ivor Goodwin, and several dancing acts. The I6-member troupe hafl headquarters at Memphis. Proceeds from the show will go for various Jaycee projects including youth and civic programs. Ted Bourzikaa and George Anderson are Jaycee co-chairmen for the project. They are being assisted by U« Jaycettt*. , for illegal gambling. According to state law, the owner or operator of ,a .pinbjill machine is liable for prosecution under gambling laws if he pays off ei- thelr in cash or merchandise for winning games, deputy Prosecuting Attorney A. S. (Todd) Harrison said today. Violation of the state law is & misdemeanor punishable by fines of not less than J100 and jail sentences of not less than 30 days nor more than one year. The prosecuting attorney's office said any reported violations complaints of operation of plnball machines as gaming devices would be pro.secu.ted just as any other aw violation. Federal tax laws'will be enforced here and throughout the state by U. 'fl.' Treasury officers. "We're not accusing anybody until we catch them, but R lot of those amusement only machines are paying off on winning combinations," Mr. Godwin said. A few operators ol machines in Blythevllle contacted this morning indicated they hnd no plans to buy •M f INBALL on Fftf* M portant in organization of the district. He estimated it will tnicc 00 days on completion of the district before construction inrty btigln. Mow- ever, later he modlfle.I Unit, .saying It might be accomplished In GO days. City Council Is anxious to get work started as early as possible so contractors can tnakft maximum progress during th- a u m m c i months. Northern and southern Improvement districts ,vlll Join the city's "backbone" sewer system, property owners In each district paying their proportionate shares of that cost, too. Red China Must Prove It Wants Peace-Dulles Nationalists' Interest Must Not Be Directly At Stake, He Says WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles said today, "We intend to try to find out" whether the Chinese Communists are sincere in wanting a peaceful Formosa settlement or are "merely playing a propaganda game." Dulles told a news conference the United Slates could hold direct talks with Communist China as Peiping has urged — provided Nationalist China's interest are not directly at stake. Ho said such talks might be held on u cease-fire though ho would prefer United Nations sponsorship. On (lie question of n peace .settlement in Europe, Duller; took the Kiune line as with respect to the Par Enst. The United States also Intends to find out "wehther the Soviet Union is .sincere" in its proposals for concluding mi Austrian treaty, he said. A statement with which the secretary opened his first news conference in two weeks declared that developments at the recent Aslnu- Africnn conference fit Bundling, and Russia's declared interest in winding up the Austrlnn controversy, may be ','of decisive importance" for world peace. Before Dulles' meeting with newsmen, Sen. George (D-Oa) snid the absence of Nationalist China from the conference table should not prevent U. S. peace talks with Red China. George, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, thus went, & slop further than the State Department has been .willing o go, in renewing his proposal for a conference to seek a way to ease tensions in the Formosa ureu. The department's official position thus far has been that American representatives would not be willing to ttilk with Red China's Premier Chou En-lai unless Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government was represented too. In u new development, the United States was understood yesterday to have decided against, any direct talks with Red China unless the Chinese Communists come through with more conciliatory gestures than they hi.ve made so far. Would Wiiivu Condition George, a chief Democratic he would be willing to wnlve the Nationalist representation condition, nt leant In exploratory discussions. At Tuipcl, Nationalist spokesmen have sad they would not parley with the Reds, "All rights of both parties couid be reserved at any conference that could be arranged," George said. "With those rights reserved,, I think it would be advantageous to hnvt: preliminary talks with the Communists to learn if it is possible to make some approach to a peaceful settlement. "Only through a conference can we arrive at anything and I think one should be held." Sen, Hickcnlooper (R-Iowa), n Foreign Relations com ml I. teem tin, took exception to George's proposal. "I think the pre.sem 1 " of the Na- See FORMOSA on Page U After Quemoy Visit: Robertson, Radford Confer with Chiang By FRED HAMPSON TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek conferred tonight with the two special U. S. envoys who ara his house guests. * * * Peiping Says Direct Talks Are Necessary Communist! Accuse US of 'Unreasonable Prerequisites' TOKYO Wl-Pelplng radio today declared that direct American- Red C h 1» o s o negotiations are "necessary" to relax tensions over Formosa. In the next breath it ncougod.the United State.s of "putting forth unreasonable; prereriulsltes" for auol negotiations, proposed last week by Fled Chinese Premier Chou Bn- lal at the Asian-African conference at Bnndmig, Indonesia. Quoting a long editorial from the People's D«lly. the otflclnl Communist party organ In Peiping, the broadcast dealt largely with the conference but contained these paragraphs on the Formosan question: Attempt Failed "During the Asian-African conference, the delegates expresses concern over the tense situation In the Taiwan (Formosa) area. The United Slates attempted to distort facts and poison the atmosphere of he conference by exploit- Ing the tension In the Taiwan area tension which was brought about by the United Stales Itself. "But this American attempt failed. From Premier Chou En- lai'.s .statement tlr world understands that the Chinese people arc friendly to the American people. See PKiriNG on Paife M TOI'S IN FASHION SHOW — Lynda Maynard, Barbara Graves and Ocorgc Ann Byrd are pic- lured in the frocks they modeled before Cotton Carnival Judges yesterday when the dresis mod- •IcU by Mlw Maynard and mad* by Aulce Chand- ler was Judged first place winner. Other two finished in the order they appear above in dresses they made as Blytheville High School home too* nomlcs students. (Coirler Newt Photo) The Chinese Nationalist President resumed his conferences with Adm. Arthur Hadford, chairman of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Walter Robertson, assistant secretary of state, after the latter returned from a surprise visit to the disputed offshore island, Quemoy. Ho was accompanied by Chinese Notionalist Defense Minister Yu Tn-wel, Foreign Minister George •Yen and MaJ. Gen. William C.' Chase, chief of the American Military Assistance Advisory Group on Formosa. Kept Seen! The trip Was kept secret until the party returned to Formosa. Meanwhile, hope and fear held alternate sway In official Taipei as mystery 'continued to surround the mission of Robertson and Adm. Arthur liadford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Stuff. Badford apparently did not make the flight to Quemoy. It was announced.that he remained In bed with » cold at the homo of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, where he and Robertson are house guests. Nationalist uncertainties wert stirred too by what seemed here to be the swing of world reaction In favor ol Red China's offer to negotiate with the United State! on the Formosa, question. Few details were given of Robertson's visit to Quemoy. Talked With Commander He talked with 'the garrison commander, Gen. Liu Yu-chang, and Inspected the Island's defenses. Quemoy Is 125 miles west of her* See ROBERTSON on Page 14 Blytheville Federal Opens Its New Offices BlythcvIHe Federal Savings and Loan Association this week opened Its new offices at the Intersection of Walnut and Second streets here. The firm, which was founded here In 1047, has been housed In the Olcncoc Hotel building until completion of its modernistic structure. Formal dedication of the building will be tomorrow when it/will be open for inspection to the general public. Six savings accounts In the Association, worth $25 ench, will be given as door prizes. Anyone may register for the prizes. Organized in 1947, Blytheville Federal then had total assets of $75,100. Today's assets are nearly $2 million. W. J. Pollard is and has been secretary of the organization since its organisation. Other officers include Rosoo Crafton, president; James Terry, vice president; and Dr. J, E. Beasley, R. C. Farr, Chester Caldwell and W. L. Horner, directors. Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Warmer tonight. Scattered thunderstorms Wednei- day. High this afternoon near 80. Low tonight In the mld-50s. MISSOURI—Mostly fair this afternoon; increasing' cloudine* tonight and Wednesday; increasing southerly winds west this afternoon and over state tonight continuing Wednesday; warmer this afternoon and tonight and extreme east Wednesday; lew tonight 50 north to W •outh; high Wednesday generally in the 80s. Maximum yesterday—fl». Minimum this morning—53. Sunrise this morning—5:16, amiHOt tQ'-lny—8:41, Mean temperature— 00.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7 P. m. —None. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dftt»— KM. Thli Date I.*it Year Maximum yeaterdny—M. Minimum this morning—(W, Precipitation Jan u dry 1 to 4*H — It.M.