The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 27, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 27, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TBI DOMINANT NEW8PAPCT Of HORTHtAOT ARKAM8AB ANP SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. LI—NO. 31 Bljrttwrilta Courttr BIythevllle Htnld t Valley LM6ir BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 1955 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Broad Farm Aid Program Asked by Ike By D. HAROLD OLIVER WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower called today for a "many-sided attack" on the problems of low-income farmers. "We must open wider the doors of Opportunity to our million and a half farm families with extremely low incomes — for their own well-being and for the good of our country and all our people," he said in a special message to Congress. The message transmitted recom-^ mendations by Secretary of Agri culture Benson which the Presi dent said had his "general approval." It urged, among other things 30 million dollars of lending au thority and strengthening of off- farm employment opportunties foi farmers barely able to make ends meet. Benson's proposals were basec on a study requested by the President more than a year ago. The President also sent Congress a report on this study, saying it emphasizes the long-range nature 01 the problem and that it woulc serve to stimulate continuing study and action. Immediate Start Needed Eisenhower told Congress immediate start is extremely important." He said in a nation •where per capita income is the highest in the world, more than one fourth of the farm families still have cash incomes of les; than $1,000 a year. Part of the assistance program would require new legislation. The President said requests for this and for necessary appropriations will go to Congress shortly. Sen. Aiken of Vermont, one of the Republican senators who got a preview of the administration proposals, said yesterday "very little new legislation" would be required to put the program into operation. In a letter to the President, Ben' son said parts of the program are now and other parts have been operating, though not fully developed. Benson recommended launching "pilot operations" in not less than 50 of the 1,000 low- Income counties during the year starting July 1. FIIA Loans He said action by Congress will be needed to: 1. Authorize the Farmers Home Administration to make loans tc part-time farmers. 2. Concentrate special funds outside the present agricultural extension formula to conduct pilot programs and to extend aid to low- income farmers. 3. Appropriate new money outside the regular budget for extension, research, soil conservation, farm loans and related service. 4. Authorize 30 million dollars of loans by the Farmers Home Administration. (The report itself said these loans should be made available to supplement private and cooperative services.) The "pilot operations" Benson would start in the coming fiscal year would provide practical experience for guidance in future programs. More Technical Aid The plan also would involve increased technical aid such as that furnished by the Soil Conservation Service: cooperation of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in encouraging ' states to expand vocational training in rural areas of low income; strengthening the U. S. Employment Service in rural arer Also, efforts to induce the expansion of industry in rural low- income areas and to get state agri Inside Today's Courier News . . . Track, Golf, Tennis In District Spotlight . . . Oklahoma Placed on Probation by NCAA . . . Sports . . . Pages 10 and 11 ... . . . UN's Big Question — Success or Failure? . . . One of a Series . . . Page «... CANCER CONTRIBUTION — Mayor E. R. Jackson made his contribution to the American Cancer Society's current campaign here yesterday. Calling on the Mayor was Mrs. C. S. Birmingham, secretary of the Rebekali Lodge, which Is doing the work In connection with the drive. Mrs. Birmingham heads the project. (Courier News Photo; Base Reactivation Is Giving Rise To Crisis in Rental Housing Here A major housing problem in connection with reactivation of the Blytheville Air Force Base has arisen and appears to be facing a possible impasse unless help is forthcoming from cultural colleges stnntial research contributions. to make sub- Washington. The problem is that of provld-*- ing'some 550 to 600 rental housing units for air base personnel within the next six to 12 months, during which time an .estimated 2,060 civilian and military personnel will be stationed or working at the base. Two steps are underway in an effort to 1 meet the situation: Yesterday at a Chamber of Commerce board of 'directors meeting, a housing committee was appointed to work with the Blytheville Real Estate Board to seek a solution to the problem. Named to the committee were Rupert Crafton, John Caudill, Oliver Richardson, Kemp VYhisenhunt and H. B. (JImime) Richardson. To Washington Another effort win oe made In Washington next week, when Blytheville realtor E B. David and Chamber of Commerce manager Worth Holder will go to the capitol ;o see what help the government can provide In meeting the rental lousing problem. The Blytheville Real Estate Board,voted at its last meeting to send Mr. David with a Chamber representative. Blytheville builders and real estate men are concerned only with ,he problem of the rental units required. We feel we can handle the requirements for houses to sell Without any trouble," one realtor said, but I see very little hope for meeting the needs for rental units.". The Air Force has said it will require from 650 to 700 family units "or its personnel during the next several months, and 90 per cent of .hose must be rental units. Local builders believe the remaining 10 per cent can be con- iructed with ease as soon as the market develops, There are approximately 30 to 35 houses built iow which have not been sold and builders are in a position to build nore such units than will be need-: ed by base personnel, one builder | lid. S Financing Problem j The problem in building rental | units is in financing. Under PHA regulations, Title 2. section 203 the builder can get only an 80 per cent loan on rental units and thus Water Fluoridation Campaign Started Blytheville civic clubs are being asked to join in a cam paign to gain fluoridation of the city's water. Kiwanis anc Lions clubs already have okayed the measure. Fluoride, in small amounts, has manager, pointed out today. compiled an amazing record of reducing tooth decay, especially in children. Fluoride is distinguished from chlorine, an agent already in the water in accordance with state law, C. W. Kapp, Blytheville Water Co., PowerCompany Re-Elects Its Officers, Board Charles 0. Czcschln of Blytheville was re-elected president and a director of the Arkansas-Missouri Power Company at the annual meeting of stockholders held at the company's home office here yesterday. Other directors re-elected were Kendall Berry, Blytheville; Edmund S. Cummings, Jr., wlnetka. III.; August L. Griesedieck, St. Louis; Vance M. Thompson, McCrory, Ark.; Henry P. Trotter, Pine Bluff, Ark., and Gus Walton. Little Rock. At a board of directors meeting immediately following the stockholders meeting, other officers reelected were Gus B. Walton, vice- president; C. R. Newcomb. secretary and' treasurer; F. E. Atkinson, auditor and assistant secretary; E. R. Mason, assistant treasurer. Chlorine, a disinfectant, Mr. Kapp said, is added to the water at a rate of .3 part or less per million parts of water. Fluoride occurs in Blytheville water naturally, he pointed out, at the rate of .1 port per mllliop. Recommended for drinking water In decay, prevention is one part pei million, he said. Cost to Users Cost of this, if approved by city Council, will run an estimated $200 per month, Installation of equipment to mechanically feed the chemical into the water will be in the neighborhood of $2,000. These costs, Mr. Kapp said, will be born by the water company If Council okays it, but this does not mean it will be free. "Naturally, it would be a factor in our rate base, on which our rates are figured. "Estimating roughly, it would cost the company about $200 per month for the chemical," he stated. Mr. Kapp was emphatic In the water company's neutrality regarding fluoridation. "The only conditions under which we will put the plan in operation will be on passage of an ordinance by the Ci^y Council. We will taki no part in any arguments regarding; its and are completely neutral regarding the program." and extension m ust put up 20 per cent of each i unit in cosh. Undei the law. only Farm, business and other lead-1 n units may be construcled using rs would be encouraged to unite this procedure, develop in efforts to develop "self-help See FARM on Pa K e 14 p And with FHA setting rents to See HOUSING on Page 14 C,ofC. Board Hears Suggestions Arising from Orientation Meets Preparation for housing needs in connection with reactivation of Blytheville Air Force Base took the spotlight at the monthly meeting of the board 01 directors of BIytheville's Chamber of Commerce yesterday. A housing committee was appointed to investigate the problem. Alex Hill was appointed by Bob Logan, president of the Chamber, to finish the term of a former board member. Dr. F. Don Smith, who was recently called into the armed services. A letter to the Chamber from Dwight Havens, manager of the U. S,. Chamber of Commerce Service Department, was disclosed by Worth Holder, manager of the Chamber here, to the board. It asked permission to publish Information about the Blytheville Chamber's orientation program In the Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, a national publication for C. of C.'s. It was also disclosed at the meeting .that Arkansas Highway Commission representatives will come to Blytheville May 20 to discuss local highway problems. A "dutch", luncheon will be held, and the public Is invited to come and hear the discussion. Th* Board heard * r«port oc tb* Chamber's orientation program which was tagged a success. A total of 187 members and citizens attended the 16 meetings, which had a daily average attendance of 11.7. Suggestions added to the program of the Chamber as a result of these metings included the following: Complete the sewer program. Promote a "fog" program to control files and other insects. Improve alleys (stop people from parking in them). Lighted parking areas for off street parking. Pave additional streets. Preserve and improve recreation facilities at Big Lake. Form Highway 61 Association. Long table luncheons each week for membership. Initiate driver training programs In the schools. Form a labor committee to work with the Industrial Committee. Secure new industry. Work to solve the need for another airport. Revise solicitations control program and send information to the membership. Have additional display cards printed for nil mer- Three Charged With Burglary Three men today were charged i with burglary in Criminal Division of the Circuit Court in connection with the breaking and entering of Biackwater School on April 20.. The trio, Coy Woiford, Franklin Penning ton and Don Penning ton, have already bc(;n charged with burglarizing the Three Way Inn r.tght club on Highway 40 between Osceola and Lepanto. The club was entered in the first part of the month and cash from the pinball machines and cash register was taken. About £15 was taken from the school. ' Naval Board Probes Fxplosion Which Killed 5 State Tax Man In City Thursday An auditor for the Arkansas Department will be in Blytheville, tomorrow to advise, and consult with persons who wish help in filing their state Income tax. The revenue departiTient official will be in the Blytheville office in City Hall all day. Deadline for filing state income tax is May 15. Luxora Legion Tops Its Quota Luxora's American Legion Post lost night held an open house fifth fry to celebrate fulfillment of iU membership quota. Special guests were Marshall BlacJcard, Fifth District Commander, Capt. Herbert Rhode of Blytheville Air Force Base, Elton Foster and Bill Shaw, all of BlyLhc- I vilt*. NEWPORT, B. I . tfft - A three- man naval board of Investigation opened an inquiry today Into an explosion which killed five civilian workers yesterday at the Navy's underwater, ordinance station here. Five other civilian rmployes were hospitalized, but none was in critical condition. Several others required first aid for minor injuries. The blast shattered a cement building 150 feet long and 50 feet wide which housed a dynrifimome* t er room used for testing torpedo parts particularly propulsion parts. The Navy said the explosion apparently was caused by compress- td air and fluid ti.sed in ihe testing apparatus. For Battlefield WASHINGTON -ffi — The Army has developed a portable X-ray unit for battlefield use powered by a two-inch container of radioactive thulium. It weighs 48 pounds. U S Willing to Talk Alone With Red China, Ike Says World Peace Hopes Better, Newsmen Told WASHINGTON (AP — President Eisenhower dis closed today he has been in private correspondence with Soviet Defense Minister Zhu- kov within the past three weeks. He said the correspondence holds out some slim hope of betterment in United States-Soviet relations. Eisenhower told of the correspondence at a news conference, and said he has a feeling world peace prospects are on the upswing. As to Red China, the President said the United States is willing to confer alone with the Communists regarding a Formosa nvea cease-fire but not on mutters feeling Nationalist China. Balances Out In saying he feels peace prospects are improving, Eisenhower said It is'also possible, however, to balance every encouraging development—such as Russia's' willingness to agree on an AiiNlrl peace treaty—with tin adverse development, such as the Red Chinese air buildup in the vicinity of Formosa. He said that at this time he sees no reason for a meeting; between himself' and the British, French and Russian heads of state as a result of the Austrian treaty negotiations . But he said such n meeting is always possible. Secretary of State Dulles, British Foreign Secretary Harold MacMillan and French Foreign Minister Antoine Pinny, hnve scheduled a meeting May in Paris to Sec WORLD PEACE on 1'age 14 Election Called On Soil District Voting May 3 To Include All But West of Lake Area Election for formation of Mississippi County Soil Con.servullon District has been called for May 3. Polling places were listed today >y EWing W. Kinkead, conservationist with the Arkansas GeoLoRl- cal and Conservation Commission. Polls will be open from 8 a. in. until 0:30 p. m, when all land owners will vote on whether or not > form a soil conservation district. The district would include all ol the county with the exception of the West Mississippi County Soil Conservation District, which lies ;encrnlly west of Bin Lake. All persons or firms who own and are eligible to vlte. I'ollhiff Places Polling places for Blytheville will i the county agent's office In the Court House and West Side Gin, Here are other polling places afi Islcd by Kinkead: County Agent's office and . Little River Gin, Osceola; Wilson general office, Wilson; Burdette Planting ?o., Burdette; Den ton Store, Denwood; John Stevens Gin, Dell; V ey Field Gin, Ymrbro; Armorel inrdware Store, Armorel; Hughes Gin, CosnclJ. Robertson, Radford Head Homeward; To Report to President By SPENCER MOOSA TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — Two top-level U. S. envoys Icf today on the long trip from Scholars' Forest to the White House to report on their military-diplomatic emergency mis cinn trt lOni'tiiAO'^ sion to Formosa. Treaty Power Curb Needed, Bricker Says Senate Committe* Begins Hearing On Amendment Today WASHINGTON l#)~Scn. Brlckcr (R-bhlo) said today his proposal to curl) the treaty power should be written Into the Constitution to block the designs of "advocates of world government (who) seek to repeal Hie American Declaration or Ind op tin donee," Bricker snid such persoas seek to achieve world government In vnrlou.s wnys, including amendment of the United Nations Chnr- ter, nnd he declared: "The end result is tho sume—the United States would cease to be sovereign, independent nation. When Independence 1« destroyed, our liberties are lost. That is one nf tlin most Important reasons why we need a constitutional amendment safeguarding the power to make treaties and executive agree mnts." Opposed By Ike He made these statements In testimony prop n red for tlie start of new hearings before a Senate Ju- dicinry subcommittee on his proposed amendment. Tho Elsenhower administration has opposed the unendment. A revised version of t wns narrowly defeated last year in the Senate, In ti prepared opening statement, Sen. Kcfiiiivcr (D-Tenn), the subcommittee chairman, said, "It will difficult to continue long with tliesc hearings, Involving as they do the base questions of the powers of the presidency, until the Klministratlon has presented Its views. Secretary of State Dulles had ijcen scheduled to appear today, See flKICKEK on Pnge 14 -* Adni. Arthur W. Radford, chah ' man of the Joint Chiefs ol Stuff and Walter S. Robertson, asststan secretary of state, maintained the same tight-lipped silence they hai kept during their three days n President Chiang Kai-shek's sub urban retreat,. An American official said they had come 16 strengthen—not weak qn—far East defenses. The official who refused to be identified, sale this information was "100 per cen accurate." Didn't Suggest It The. impression was strong thu the two visitors had not advlsei the Nationalists to abandon Que moy and the Malsua. National!; sources Insisted that neither hat suggested It. Nationalist newspapers contlnuec to editorialise against any sug " lion that Quemoy ur Mutsu bo giv en up. Nationalist fears that Roburtsoi and Radfnrd had come seeking agreement on giving up the off shore islands in order to seek a cease-fire with the Communists ii the Formosa Strait seemed to be subsiding. But disappointment and bitter ness replaced these earlier appre henslons in the wake of Secretary of state Dulles' announcement of i new open-door policy toward cease fire talks with Red China. "Wo strongly believe that contact with the Ri;ds will be fruit ICSB," R qualified Nationalist official said. Want Formosa "Everyone knowr what the Communists want—they want Formoai and they want to continue will their program of world conquest.' Robertson mild he and Riulforc had "a useful exchange of views' with Chiang. The purpose of their trip, he said, was to comlder problems re lalfng to tho U.S.-Natlonallst Mutual Defense Treaty. Robertson tie clined to say whether they hat n U v 1 w « d NtiUoiuvltat withdrawn, from Quemoy and the Matsus. The Nationalist-garrisoned IB lands lie off the Chinese mainland More Than One? WASHINGTON {/ft—The Pentfi- ;on has ordered it reduction in the number of shoe sizes for male nembers of tho armed forces from 35 to 113. The order, following ears of study, !fi aimed at saving noney on reserve stocks and sup- ily problems. leads for Home YOKOSUKA. Japan tfl'i - The Ircraft carrier Kcarsarfje. which perated with the 7th fleet, sailed or San Diego .today, ending her bird tour of duly in Far Eastern waters. Methodists Buy Additional Land First Methodist Church has purchased two duplex apartments at Seventh and Ash Streets, directly behind the present church property for future expansion of the church, according o J. W. Adams, chairman of the Board of Stewards. The buildings are on two 50-foot lots facing south on Ash. Purchase price, listed on ihe real estate transfer filed in the Circuit Clerk's Office, was $14,000. The property purchased from 0. P, Flynl Listed as pur- were J. W. Ad a out, A, A. Nelson, B. A L.yucn, Harvey Morris, Dr. J. L. Guard, E. D. Ferguson, C. F. Tucker, U. W. Moore, and Jesse Taylor. Oho of the buildings probably will continue lo be rented by the church for the time being, Adams said, though the other may be uped for church school classes. The church has no plans tit present . for new construction on the property, though expansion of the church school In the future will #o In the direction of Ash Street, Ad- Bell Telephone Open House Will Begin Friday Blytheville citizens will get ft chance to take a biickstnge look at their telephone system Friday and Saturday. Southwestern Bell's offices here v/ill be thrown open to the public on two days from 2 to 5 p. m. find from 7 until 9 p. m. Employees of the telephone company will be on hand to show visitors through the plant located at 127 W. Ash. "We believe everyone will enjoy stcinfj how their calls, both long distance and local, tire put through," R. N. (Dick) Moore, local manager for Bell, said. within uns. range of Communist big Gene Ivy, Fire Victim, Succumbs Gene Ivy, the four-year old who has been clinging to life in a Memphis hospital since being burned In a fire which killed his mother, n brother and sister, died yesterday, He died In Methodist, Hospital of burns received in the fire which leveled the home of Prank Ivy family occupied on the Russell (firm near OKCcola on April 15. The fire, evidently started when kerosene wan poured on live coals by Mrs. Ivy, also killed the mother, nnd Alice Faye Ivy, 3, and Kenneth David Ivy, 2. Mr. Ivy, along with Betty and Frank Ivy, Jr., were outside the diifle when the accident occurred. Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m, today In Holt Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Charles Thomp- ion. Burial was scheduled for Mcm- ,rial Park: Cemetery. Unfavorable Weather Again Delays Big Atomic CD Test SURVIVAL CITY, Nev. (/P)-The Atomic Energy Commission at the last moment today postponed the bli; atomic civil defense t«fil because of unfavorable weather conditions. The announcement was made to hundreds of observes and newsmen gathered at an observation point near this model community, braced lo receive atomic fury. The elaborate test had been scheduled for 5:15 a. m. PDT. The postponement was disclosed ufter a weather briefing, It was the second 24 hour delay in the test, orginally scheduled for yesterday. The AEC will hold weather briefings later today to determine Adverse: winds which, threatened whether the shot can go tomorrow, to carry radiation fallout to pop- u I tiled areas caused today's postponement. The announcement came at 4:23 m., PDT, only eight minutes fifter the second of two TNT shots had been fired to test wind direction, Th« obwrvtr groups had tow- tied some 90 miles from Las Vegas by bus to the site and many hadn't bothered to try catching some sleep before departing at 11:30 p. Now they will have to repeat the process tomorrow, if the weather Is favorable. Plane With 17 Aboard Crashes LAOOS, Nigeria (IP)— A French plane with 17 passengers abonrd was reported today to have crashed near Kumbn, In the British Cameroon section of Weat Equatorial Africa. French civil and military aviation officials In Paris said they had no confirmation of the crash report from Lagoa, Radioactivity Count DENVER Iffi — The Denver Post has begun printing the dally radlo- want Jo MM *tr hert. President Backs Dulles' Stand On Cease-Fire WASHINGTON, (AP) _ President Eisenhower said today the United States is willing to confer alone with Red China regarding a Formosa cease-fire — but not on matters affecting Nationalist China. Backing up the position of Secretary of State Dulles, the President told n news conference it may have been a bit of an overstatement for the United Stales to say last Saturday that it would "Insist on free China's participation as an equal In nny discussion" concern- Ing the Formosa area. The State Department put out such a statement Saturday, after consultation with the President, whon Red China offered to negotiate with the U. S. to. relax the tension in the Formosa area. Dulles told a news conference yesterday, however, that t h « United States is willing to nego- llnto with Communist China regarding u possible cease-fire In the Formosa Strait. Smith Books fulki He emphasized, however, that this government would not deal alone with Hud China on any matters concerning the Chiang Kai- shek Nationalist regime. Before the . President stated hl» own views, sen. H. Alexander Smith IR-NJ), a strong backer of the Chinese nationalists, endorsed n move for fnce-to-fnce talks with tho Reds on a possible end to the shooting, Smith, a Foreign Relations com- mitteoman, said he thinks Secretary of State Dulles took the right tack yesterday In announcing the United States Is exploring the possibility of such discussions. Dulles' statement was received with approval in London and Paris official quarters. But at Taipei, & Nationalist spokesman voiced disappointment, saying: "We strongly believe that any contact with the Reds will bo fruitless." Smith, speaking out In an Interview, .said "I think we should be willing to sit down and talk with the Communist Chinese on the question of obtaining a straight S«e CEASE-FIRE an Page U County Loses Scout Field Executive Mississippi County is losing Its Boy Scout Field Executive effective May 1. H. P. (Bill) Clare, who has been assigned to the two districts in the county since Oct. 31, 1951, will take over as field executive In the Southeast Missouri Council next month. He will be headquartered In Sikcston. Oral Smith, Eastern Arkansas' Council's top executive, said an announcement regarding Clare's re- ilnccmcnt probably will be made In the next 30 days. Under Clare, practically every district In his territory, which included .several counties, showed joy tmd "nit Knins. Under a Scout executives' rating system, he was listed a.s one of the top field men in the entire southwest region on the basis of foster- growth of Scouting and for • training programs for boys and idult leaders. Weather NORTHEAST AKKANSAS—Con- siderable cloudiness this afternoon, onlght and Thursday. Widely scat- ereci thunderstorms. Cooler Thurs- Jay, Friday, partly cloudy and mild. High this afternoon upper fOs. Low tonight mid to high 50s. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy thii ifternoon with showers or thunderstorms beginning west late this af- crnoon or evening spreading over state tonight continuing east and south Thursday; partly cloudy northwest and extreme west Thur's- lay; warmer east this afternoon ind southeast tonight; low tonight 0 northwest to the 60s southeast; high Thursday 60 northwest to 760 extreme southeast, Mnxlmvim yeaterdfty—78. Minimum this morning—55, Sunrise this morning—3:14. Sunset todny—6:41. Mean temponiture—66.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to T p. m. —None, Precipitation Jan 1 to dat«—M.H. Thin Date Uit Y«r Maximum yesterday—M. Minimum this morning—62. I'redplUlon January 1 M «**• — 4.M.

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