The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 28, 1955 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 28, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TH» DOMINANT NKWSPAPO OT ROMTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST U186OUM TOL. LI—NO. 32 BlythevUle Oourtar Blyttwvtlle DtO} Km Blyth4»Ul« Htrtld BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 28,1955 Fighting Breaks Out In Viet Nam US-Supported Chief Declares War on Rebels By JOHN RODERICK SAIGON, Indochina (AP) — Flames burned a square miL of Saigon tonight and hun dreds were killed or woundec in bloody fighting for contro of South Viet Nam's govern ment. The American-supported Preiri ier Ngo Dinh Diem declared wa to the finish against the rebel Binh uyen Society after a triple at tack on Diem's palace, army anc police headquarters. Three battalions of Nationalis infantrymen and parachute troop ers, using machineguns and sup- Xuyen Society after a triple at tack on the society of fprmer rive pirates' 5,000-man private army Appealed For Calm At nightfall, with Saigon under a pall of smoke, the Premier ap pealed over the government dio for calm. He said the govern ment troops had the situation in band. He accused Binh Xuyen Gen. Le Van Vien of touching off a civi war and disobeying an order from Chief of State Bao Dai to refrain from violence. After six hours of fighting the army said it had disengaged the Binh Xuyen from both Nationalis army headquarters and the head quarters of the National Surete, or security police, wher^ there hac been some hand to hand fighting Massed ' Nationalist forces were pressing the Binh Xuyen back to ward the bridge which leads to their territory in Cho Lon, abou seven miles from the French residential business area. Binh Xuyen, a society .of former river pirates which controls Saigon* B gambling and vice spots, started the battle at 1:10 p.m. with two mortar bombardments of the Nationalist Premier's palace. Diem met the challenge promptly by declaring all-out war on the Binh Xuyen. He had held off direct military intervenlon because of French fears such action would touch off civil war. Casualties were estimated first reports at 120 dead and 300 wounded, Hospitals were packed with the dead and dying. Punching swiftly and hard, Diem's troops knocked over four principal garrisons and posts held in Saigon and Cholon, the Chinese sector of the capital several miles from the French section. The total population of the city, swollen by an influx of refugees from the North, is about two million. The Nationalists.threw an artillery baiv rage against the Binh Xuyen headquarters near Cholon. Fluoridation Gets Okay Of PTA's Council City Council of Parent-Teacher Association yesterday approved a water fluoridation project for Blytheville and the city's Rotary 'Club was exepectcd to okay a resolution on the matter today. Blytheville Junior Auxiliary, primemover in the campaign for fluoridation, previously had ap> proved a resolution calling for City Council action on (Inundation and has had a committee actively working on the project. Earlier this week, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs okayed resolutions which are to be forwarded to City Council. TWENTY PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS SQUARE PEG IN ROUND HOLE—It's not the old "square peg in round hole" same, but it provides an excellent test of the manual dexterity of participants. The photo above shows a few of the Blytheville High School seniors taking: one of a series of 12 aptitude tests given by the Employment Security Division as a part of the agency's job counseling program for graduating seniors in Mississippi County. Conducting the tests for the Blytheville office is job counselor. L. R. Autry, Jr., (left). Shown taking the test are (left to right) Eunice Mae Rayburn, Peggy Jean Calvert, James Allen Carter and Cleo Wayne Pope. (Courier News Photo) Occupational Futures Are Plotted Through. Employment Office Tests By GEORGE ANDERSON Courier News Staff Writer Graduating seniors in Mississippi County high schools once again this year are being given a service that may well save them much lime and disappointment in addition to pro aiding them with a sound basis on which to baild their occupational future. The service, which includes series of aptitude tests, is provided by the Employment Security Di- is only one of many functions of the vision, the state job placement- agency, and little-known agency. In addition' to the series of 12 aptitude tests, measuring the student's ability in fields ranging all the way from general intelligence and perceptive ability to motor coordination and manual dexterity, the service also provides in- dividufll counseling and special^ ized testing. This year, with approximately 16,000 students., graduating from Arkansas high schools, almost 50 per cent of whom are expected to go immediately into the pel-man- he gives the tests. ent labor market, being provided the service aU of the offices of the Arkansas Employment Security Division. Over 500 Gratis L. H. Autry, Jr., counseling supervisor in the BlythevUle office, is conducting the tests :n Mississippi County. , In the county's 19 school districts, approximately 550 students will be graduating next month, and about half of them will be going directly into the labor market. These are the persons in whom Mr. Autrcy and the employment office are immediately interested, and they are the ones to whom Paris Pacts in Clear Following Dutch Okay THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Paris treaties 'leared the final parliamentary hurdle today. The Dutch, Senate approved the iacts — previously ratified by the egislatures of all 14 other coun- ries affected — to rearm West ermany for Western defense. The vote was 32-2. The Dutch House endorsed the treaties 71-6 March 30. The West Germans expect the Ulied occupation to end, and their overeignty to be restored, early ext month. Their enrollment in a even-n a t i o n Western European Union and. in | the North Atlantic j 'reaty Organization is planned for meetings scheduled to begin 'aris May •?. All Signed (- { All of NATO's present 14 members and West Germany signed one or more of the four Parif agreements. The pacts are to (1) end the Allied occupation while au! thorizing Allied troops to remain on duty inside Germany; provide for the Bonn Republic's armcc partnership with the West in (2) WEU and (3) NATO; and (4) give and Allied military experts calculate, however, it will take at least three years to make the West German armed forces ready for combat. Council's next regularly schorl- WEU political contro ', rf the Saar, uled meeting is May 10. Bonds Forfeited '"iree speeders torieited bonds in Municipal Court today along with other usual misdemeanor charges that were heard.. Jonn Carney and Bill White both forfeited $10 bonds on speeding charges. _ Ehrskiii Crawford forfeited a $19.75 bond on a charge of speed- Ing. the German-speaking border state which has been linked economically to France since World War II. With final parliamentary action on the pacts in all countries completed, they must be signed by the various chiefs of state and deposited in various capitals. Chancellor Konrad Adenauer's government is 'atcd to build up an army, air force and navy totaling a half million men. German Kiwanis Views 'Fog' Machine BlytheviUe's Kiwanis Club is going to ask City Council to investigates the feasibility of using an Insecticide fogging machine for control of mosquitoes and other Insects in the city. At the weekly meeting of the club in Hotel Noble yesterday President Bob Logan appointed Ki- wanlan Dr. R. L. Johnson to present the matter at the next meet- Ing of city council. President Logan pointed out that several southern cilies, including Osceola, have .been using the fogging system of mosquito control for several years with good suc- klwanian Herbert Shlppen of Osceola, who was a visitor at yesterday's meeting, told the club that use of the fogging machine In Osceola has proven very satisfactory in mosquito control. The fog apparatus used by Osceola is mounted on i truck with alleys and streets of the city sprayed heavily daily during the mosquito season. In other action yesterday, the club announced plans for Its annual Mother's Day observance. Mothers and wives of Kiwanians will be special guests at the club's May 4 meeting at which time prizes will be awarded to the oldest and youngest mothers present. The club also will observe National Music Appreciation Week at the same time with a choral group from BlythevUle High School presenting a special music program at the Mother's Day luncheon. Condon Bush of the Blytheville High School Key Club, announced at yesterday's Kiwanis meeting that Edward Wlmberly had been elected president o f the Key Club with John Stovall elected vice president and Jimmy Johnson secretary. The Key Club is an organization of high school boys sponsored by Kiwanis International. Caruthersville Backs School Bond Program By SONNy SANDERS Courier News Correspondent CARUTHERSVILLE — The proposed school bond for District 18, the city of Cnruthcrsville, was approved by a 6-1 majority by the voters here Tuesday. Unofficial returns showed 1,503 votes for the 5400,000,000 bond issue and 24fi against it. Superintendent Delmar Cobble said, "More people voted in this election than in any previous school bond election in Cavuthersville. Plans, made by the Board of Education, are for a 12-room white elementary school building, an 8- room Negro elementary school building, a building for Caruthersville High's music department, an additional room attached to South Side School and an auditorium- gymnasium for the Negro high school. Passage, of the bond issue will mean an estimated increase in tax- from $2.75 to S3.20 on $100 assessed valuation of property. Cobble said a special meeting of the Board of Education would be held Wednesday afternoon to make official count of the ballots. Students .who plan to attend col lege are not included in thie par ticular service because they wl not require placement in Jobs lo the present. But Mr, Autrey is trying to complete tests and counseling or seniors in the county who do plan to seek work as soon as school 1 out. He has given the aptitude tests to practically all districts in South Mississippi 'County. Plans to vlsi as""ri.any schools in the north 1 etu as possible. He gave the. series to 34 ,1 theville High School seniors Mon and Tuesday. In the entire county, missing only a few school districts, Mr Autrey will test .and counsel approximately 225 seniors during the the present program. Available to all This service is not Limited to senior classes, but is available to any person having occupational problems or difficulties. However, It Is of generally greater interest to students just getting out of .school because most do have any signU .cant job experience or training and have not founc what they are best suited to do The employment office also provides specialized .testing services when requested by" employers who wish to check certain skills and abilities of applicants for Jobs. The 12 tests in the Gsncral Aptitude Test- Battery (GATB), used in the high school program, are designed to measure nine basic aptitudes. These have been found to be vital to success In ma'ny occupations. For different fields of work different combinations of basic ap- See OCCUPATION on Page 2 Hirohito 54 TOKYO W) — Emperor Hfrohito celebrates his 54th birthday tomorrow. The day is a national holiday with business offices and schools closed. Man Caught Here Wanted In Kansas James Mullins, age 20. was arrested yesterday afternoon at Luxora by Deputy Sheriff's CUff Cannon and Charles Short and special agent of the FBI, according to a statement released today by W. W. Burke, special agent m charge of the Little Rock office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Burke stated that Mullins was arrested on the basis of a federal warrant issued at Wichita, Kan., on March 10, charging Mullins with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for the offense of rape. Burke also said that Kansas authorities requcKted the FBI to assist in the location of Mullins when it was learned that he had left the state. Mullin.s Is being temporarily held in the Mississippi County Jail here from where he be released to the custody of the United States Marshal to be taken before the United States Commissioner at Jonesboro for a hearing. Boy Scouts Set for Spring Outing North Mississippi County Boy Scouts today began making prepa.- rations to attend the aVmual spring camporee which gets started at 'Jralffhead Forest, six miles south >f Jonesboro, tomorrow at 4 p.m. The camporee ends at noon Sunday. About 200 boys arp expected to mrtlclapte in competition for the Celley Welch trophy, which goes to the troop with the highest camp. Ink proficiency. For two years, the Mllllgan Ridge troop has won the trophy. A win this year will retire the trophy to the Mllllgan Ridge troop. Events will get started Saturday morning and a camp fire program is scheduled for Saturday night. Church services will be conducted Sunday. Parents are welcome to visit the camp «t any time J. W. Stelnslek, District camping and actlvtilcs i chairman, pointed out. Proxy May Sit for Chiang At Peace Talks George USSRWouldLose European War, Gruenfher Says NATO Chief Cites 'Our Air Capability' As Main Reason Alfred, M. Gmenther sftys thiv the Russians, despite their strength in Europe, "would lose ... if they went to war today , because of our overwhelming air capability," Gruenther, North Atlantic Treaty Organization commander in Eu rope, said the Soviets are "having plenty of trouble" and "may wel be overextending themselves" in view of complex domestic econom ic problems. In, closed-door testimony given to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee March 26 and madi public today, Gruenther said: ". . .These folks are having trou ble. There is a creaking in thi machinery. They, are not flying apart, but the emphasis more than ever should be on the necessity for our side maintaining its unity and spiritual values." Overestimate Capabilities Gruenther said he is "very much afraid that we overestimate from time to time their 1 ' capabilities which are already high' enough,' and he added: "By our own introspective nor ror and consideration of our own feurs, we actually make ourselves in my opinion, tools of the Soviets —unwitting: tools—and from tin standpoint of the determination and stoutheartedness that Is nee essary in dealing win the Soviets we serve our own Interests badly.' Gruenther said Soviet satellite forces In Eastern Europe art. "not strong enough to overwhelm ho shield" of NATO forces across Europe. "They would have to jrlng In additional forces from thf Soviet. Unlon f " he said. "They could do that, but we would have warning;.** Most heartening factor in Eu- I'ope, the general said, is tha 'the Soviets are not in the same .eague with us" in capacity to de- tver nuclear weapons. 'At this time that delivery capacity is limited," Gruenther said. 'I do not say It does not exist, but It is limited and to develop t will take time." A. E. Caldwell fakes New Job Dell Educator To Be Superintendent At Derails Bluff A. E. Caldwell, who has been .superintendent of Deli schools for even years, today announced he ias accepted a position as supcr.n- endcnt of schools at Devalls BIufT, irkansas. The popular Mississippi County ducator has been active In Dell vie and church life during his stay here, being one of the founders of he Dell Kiwanis Club and having erved as its first president. During his.tenure as superinten- lent, Dell schools were admitted to he North Central Association, aft- r carrying a Class B rating before lis arrival. Music Department Largest Other progress made under Cald- Well includes full time music in- tructor with a 31-membcr glee club nd 3I-plece band; new gymna- lum, elementary building and Nero school building. Last year, he served as .lieuten- nt governor of Division Twelve of Arkansas-Missouri Kiwanis Dis- rict. He has been active In the Dell ,vic Development Council and has See CALDWELL on Page 2 Weather NORTHEAST ARKANSAS—Party cloudy to cloudy this afternoon, onlght and Friday with widely mattered showers and a few thun- erstormn, High this afternoon ear do. Low tonight In the low 01. Maximum yentfrrdfiy—74. Minimum this mornlr.K—59. Sunrlae thl» morning—5:13. 8un«et u>day~6:42. Mean turoncrftture—M 5 Precipitation lut 24 hours to T n. m. •None. Prctipltatlon Jnn. 1 to date—20.B4. Thli Rate MIC Year Mftilmnm yenterday—88. Minimum this morning—70, Prprlpltatlon January 1. to date — ..71. Suggests Neutral Nation Represent Nationalists WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George (D-Ga) suggested today the possibility that some neutral might represent the Chinese Nationalists at any international talks aimed at settling the future of Formosa. George said that "unavoidably we would have to bring in the Chinese Republic or some representative of the Chinese Republic" to such a conference. But he added in an interview that Chiang Kai-shek's interest could bs represented by "any agreed representative," such as a neutral nation. ~~-^ * Any such proposal was certain to bo opposed by Chiang and by Nationalist supporters in this country. Formosa, Chiang's seat of government, Is claimed both by him and the. Communists. George, chairman of the Foreign No Cutter Variety Vaccine Used Here All polio vaccine used in this area by doctors in private practice has come from Parke-Davis Company — none from the Cutter Laboratories — a survey of Blythevillc physicians showed this morning. The Salk polio vaccine manufac- nila. tured by Cutter Laboratories of Tuesday Berkeley, Calif., wns banned yesterday after it.was reported thai several children outside Arkansas — in widely scattered parts of the nation — contracted polio after being inoculated. , None of the Cutter vaccine hns been received here cither for commercial shots ov for the National Foundation's school inoculation program. Not tn School Plan The Eli Lilly Company furnished all vaccine, for this nreu In the school program, Dr. J, E. Bcasley, in charge of the free Inoculations, said • today. The survey of Blythovfllc doctors revealed that only 10 had received a supply of polio vaccine — eacli had been sent four seta of the serum — and nil had come from Parke-Davls Company. Dr. J. T. Herron at the Stale Health Department said none of the Cutler vaccine was used in the public Injections given lo Arkansas school children. Some doctors and clinics received "a limited amount'' of the Cutter vaccine for commercial shots, he said, Dr. Herron said vaccine manufactured by EU Lilly Company of Indianapolis was used exclusively for public injections in Arkansas. Lilly "Safe" "I talked with the surgeon general In Washington," Herron said, "and he assured me that the Lilly vaccine was safe." Ho Sfilcl lie planned to continue public Injections of the Lilly Vac- ne in Arkansas. Mrs. Annabel Fill, county health nurse here, said today that the second shots In the series being .Wen to students in North Mississippi County would be given as scheduled next week. School children in the first four grades who received the first shot n the series last week, will be given the .shots at the follpwing times: Monday — Leachvlllc and Ma-' Wednesday City Hall. Blytheville. (1 p.m.) — Farmer Critical After Shooting Tom Lorren Hurf When Gun Discharges Tom Lorren, a Double Bridges farmer, wns rushed to a Memphis hospital this morning what neighbors termed following an ncci- dental shooting at his home. He was first taken to Osceola Memorial Hospital where he was given emergency first aid. Spokesmen there said lie wns In n very critical condition with gunshot wounds in the stoinneh and/or chest. Neighbors reported that Lorren wont Into his house nbout 0:45 this morning to get his guu in an effort to score dogs which were attacking his geese. According to reports, he stepped n the gun, which was near the door, tripped and was shot. Sheriff's office personnel' are vcsUgatlng but hudn't filed a re* por.t at noon today. Big Atom Test- Again Delayed SURVIVAL CITY, Nev. (/Pi— Pear that three Nevada communities might be engulfed In a fall-out of nullouctivi! dust today caused further postponement of this spring's major atomic test, . .operation cue. The delay, the third in a row, cnmc less than half an hour before the scecluled shot time, 5:15 a. m. Affairs Committee, has expressed high hopes for n meeting between Hie United States and Communist China. After Bed Chinese Premier Chou En-lal suggested talks aimed at easing tensions In the Formosa Strait, It was George who said such talks could oe held whether the Nationalists are present or not. President Elsenhower agreed yesterday that Chiang would not necessarily have to be represented in talks with Chou. Muit Be Represented But Elsenhower also told hit news conference that "when it comes to talking about the affairs thnt Involve our ally bound to us by treaty (Chiang) we are not go> Ing to talk behind their backs." Sen. K n o w 1 a n d (R-Callf j, a strong Chiang supporter, took direct issue late yesterday with what he called fin administration Inten lion '.'to negotiate directly with the Chinese Communists." Knowland threw out a hint that lie might resign his position as Senate (JOB leader if his views toward Formosa and, those of the administration continue to diverge. In reply to questions, he said th» administration's. . policy ,on Formosa "does rib, up to the present moment" effect his position as the Republican Leader. He .declined to discuss this aspect further. Waite of Time Knowland said In a statement: "Unless there Is some formula regarding which I have not been advised and which is difficult tor me to now envision, I find it hard to comprehend how we could enter Into direct negotiations with Communist China without the Interests of the Republic of China being deeply Involved." Sen. McCarthy (R-Wls), also a' Chiang supporter, described as a mistake any move toward talks with the Bed Chinese. He told newsmen in Cincinnati: 'It Is a great waste of time to meet with the leaders of Red China who have never kept their word and won't keen It In the future. It Is also an ' Insult to Chiang Kai- shek . . . not to invite him to the meeting." Both the Reds and Chiang have Insisted they will not negotiate with one another, since that would form of recognition. MOTHERS WORK FOR BAND - Mrs. Charles Brogdon, president of BlytheviUe's Band Parents Club, and Mrs, W. H. Caldwell, secretary, view a Betty Crocker display which will nelp in the club's fund raising campaign for thp band. Mothers of the club will work In several BlythevUle groceries over the weekend selling ute eake mixes. Part of each sale will go for -Jit bead. Over $500 wa;i raised on the project last ye»r. lome of the larger stores are featuring the mini M specials. (Courier News Photo)

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