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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTUI-AO™ .„„. K,=>.O.,,., • ^"^ TOL. XLYII—NO. 22« BlythevlltaCoSC Dai.y New. Mls.ls.lppl Valley Blytr.ev.He Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF_NORTHEA ST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS^VEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 12, 1951 EIGHTEEN PAGES MAYOR VOTED FULL-TIME JOB AS OF SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Naster Says Caudle Got Him 'Passport' Talk with Friend Brought Fast Action/ Probers Told • WASHINGTON, Dec. 12. (AP)-Berf K. Naster testified today that while on parole from a federal penitentiary he received a passport to Europe within 48 hours after dis cussing it with his "platonic friend," T. Lamar Caudle Naster, a Hollywood, pla., businessman, was called before a House ways and means subcommittee inquiring into allegations tllat he and another man attempted to "shake down" Abraham Tcitelbaum, wealthy Chicago lawyer, for $500.000 on representations they were in cahoots with a Washington "clique" »nd could save iilm from bad trou- il bles. ' Master asked to be heard in private, but his plea was over-ruled. Before getting down to Teitelbaum's story, the subcommittee went into Waster's relations with Caudle, an assistant attorney general who was fired by President Truman last month for "outside activities" incompatible with his official duties. "CHgne" fa Mentioned Teitelbaum testified last week that the shake-down pitch was made by Naster and Frank Nathan. » Pittsburgh promoter, last April •nd that the two told him Caudle was In it Washington "clique" with •which they had connections. Caudle and others allegedly nam- •d «s In the "clique" have,denied there was such s thing. NasUr testified he first met Caudle in December, 1950, through Na- thui. Naster Mid he discussed with Nathan how to get a passport so h* could go to Europe on business. At fche time, Naster was on parole from s five-year tax fraud sentence. Nathan Had "Friend" 1 Ht »»id Nathan told him he had •V friend ".in Washington who could help him—the "friend" being Candle. . •< "Nathan told me the first time I got up to Washington to see Caudle •nd he would tell me how to go •bout it," Naster said. About a week later he was in Washington and telephoned Caudle for an appointment. Caudle saw him at Ills home, -Naster said. "He told me I would have to go to the State Department and fill out an application," he said. "He Just gave me the information how to go about It." Naster went to the State Department and "within 48 hours" after making the application the passport was issued. Normally, it requires from several days to two weeks to get a passport once application ,s made. three others are accused of tampering with Income tax returns to defraud the government, as the climax to a seven month grnnd iurv probe. San Francisco's holdover federal grand jury ended its work yesterday by voting the four indictments. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Osccola News ... Starr Gazing . . . I'age 12. . . . Behind the Blackboard In Blylheville schools . . . Page 8. . . . BljrthevUle Personalities Third Ward Alderman L. G. Nash . . . Page 8. . . . Arkansas Xews Briefs . Page 7. . . . Chicks sweep two simps . . . sports . . . Page 10. . . . Society . . . Pajre 4 . . . Markets . . . Page 5. TwoNewTrLLceProposalsFallFlat\^ ay Set at $ 4 >800 — -- • , ^L^^ I ^f^^ * • VMi • —Courier News Photo THE EASY WAY—Neither rain nor snow nor slush nor sleet will be legitimate excuses for not mailing that letter now. Blytheville Postoffice officials have had Installed a curb-side letter drop box so that patrons can post mail without leaving their cars. The box is located on Walnut Street near the Postoffice driveway. Three Indicted in TOK Fraud Cases in California SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 12. M»|— James G. Smyth, ousted northern California federal tax collector, and Chest Is $4,000 Short of Quota Tlie Community Chest has S25- 216.91 —still more than $4,000 short of the 529,985 goal. Clean-Up workers were asked by Chest officials to finish their post- campaign soliciting by Friday and report the results. Weather Arkansas .forec-isl: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thurs- CI.OUDV day. A little warmer this afternoon. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy and continued cold this afternoon tonight and Thursday with occasional snowilurrles east and north, low tonight 25-30; high Thursday in 30's; turning colder north In afternoon and decidedly colder over state Thursday night. •Minimum this morning—28 Maximum yesterday—44 Sunset today—4:50. Sunrise tomorrow—6:58 Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a in today—none. Total since Jan. 1—42.05. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—36. Normal mean temperature December—41.9. This Da(e Ijsl Year Minimum this morning—30. Maximum yesterday—33. Precipitation January date—59.86. (or C. of C. Director Ballots Counted Record 317 Votes Cast in Election of 12 Board Members Chamber of Commerce election judges finished counting a,record wiyeh 12 members would be~n"ew direetr e. ''••" - • Wir. ,ers of two-year tcarms on the board -of directors were Dr. J. E. Beasley, Dale Briggs, Charles C. Czesehin, J. L. Gunn, Ray Hall Riley B. Jones, Clyde Kapp, c i, McWaiers, Marvin Nunn, Sr.. S K Tune. R. H. Watson and Dick J White. They were elected by mall -ballots from a slate of 24 candidates. Alvm Huffman, Jr., was chairman of the election judges. The 12 new directors will Join See C,. OF C. on Page 5 Air, Ground War Quiet In Korea SEOUL. Korea, Dec. 12. (AP) U. S. P-86 Sabret Jet fighters today swept over northwest Korea but sighted none of the Communist MIO-15 jets Hint almost dally flock out of Manchuria. A. u. s. Fifth Air Force summary said a U. S. p-80 shooting Star Jet crashed and burned in Red territory with "no chance of pilot survival." It gave no deiails. Doughboys in mist-draped lulls across the front held their lire as the twilight war continued. A half dozen patrols poked out across the hill country west of Yonchon, holing up and calling for artillery support at the first sign of Reds. West of the Punchbowl, on the eastern front, one Red probing force of about two platoons was hurled back after a brief skirmish. Elsewhere there was little to report except brief patrol contacts in rio-man's-Jand. Temperatures ranged from a bone chilling 5 degrees above zero In the east to 40 above in the west. Tuesday night seven B-20 Super- forts dropped 70 tons oi bombs on Red troops behind the Communist front lines, Four other B-29s attacked Red Korean rail yards. Frisco Train Time Changed 808 to Depart Here 42 Minutes Later A 42-minute change In the departure time of Krisco passenger train No. 808 from Blytheville to St. Louis was announced today by W. S. Johnston, Frisco agent here. The train which formerly left here nt 8:46 a.m. dally, will depart at 9:28 a.m. The change will become effective Friday. This train formerly left Memphis at 7 a.m.. but beginning Friday will depart at 7:35 a.m. It will ar-I rive in St. Louts at 3:40 p.m. Tlie change has been made to permit connections in Memphis with R train from Birmingham. Starting Friday, new departure times for slops in Mississippi County and Pcmiscot County. Mo., will be as follows: Frenchman's Bayou, 8:20 a.m.; Joiner, 8:28 a.m.; Bassclt' 8:32 a.m.; Wilson, 8:33 a.m.; Driver] 8:W a.m.; Osceola. 8:50 a.m.; Luxora, 9:12 a.m.: Burdette, 9:19 a.m.; 'Buy Our Oil or We'll Sell Ark-MoCutsRate Elsewhere/1 ran Tells West Boost Request TEHRAN, Iran, Dec. 12. (AP)- -Strife-ridden Iron today handed the West this ultimatum: buy our oil or we will sell it to "any would- be buyer." Evidently the Iranian government meant It would sell to the Soviet bloc nations. - The hiiv or "!KF»" ' 'cv- mg the West 1 10' days, oi*l;nn/ 'Dec. 22, to agree, was delivered in tlie form of letters to 12 embassies and K legations in Tehran. Observers here said the ultimatum iras evidence of Ihe deepening financial crisis caused by the lass of revenues from oil after i.uatfonalteaUpn of British-owned Anglo-Iranian o i 1 Company properties. While the government of Nationalist Premier Mohammed Mossa- degh was delivering this threat. 15 t-1 "npcsition deputies and 15 • tion newspaper editors remained holed up in the Majlis (parliament) building. A spokesman for them Jn,™l^reeZ Amended Application Reduces Hike Sought By Three Per Cent Arkansas-Missouri Power Company announced today that'll will' amend its application for rate increases in the two states' in which it operates to reduce the requested accused Mossadegh's followers of , where we could be killed by government gangsters." More than 30 Moslem Mullahs , ... u ^ u ..,. b .,., u ivjiujyycio *>i r*w' u.itiiujis uri^.nallv filed with "trying to smcke us into the open, the Public Service Commissions in where wr- ™,,iri !,„ billon K,, „•„„„,„- Arkansas and Missouri in June requested increases of 12 per cent. - _. — Ark-Mo President Charles Czes- (prlests) pitched camp inside a chin said today that Improved burf- nearfay Mosque, announcing that ness conditions due to increased they, too. were refugees from "Mos- consumption of power and , . sadegh terrorist. 1 ;." 'Raids' Made Here on Firms Run by Gaming Stamp Buyers The sheriffs office .yesterday. In an apparent precautionary move, made surprise "check raids" on business establishments operated by Blytheville's two purchasers ..oi federal gambling tax stamps. Armed with search warrants issued in Municipal Court yesterday on affidavits filed by Arthur S. Harrison, deputy, prosecuting at- Osceola Doctor Named Head of Medical Group Dr. D, H. Blodgett of Osceola was elected president of the Mississippi County Medical Society at a meeting of the society In Hotel Noble here Inst night. He succeeds Dr. Louis Hubcner of Blytheville. Other officers elected last night were Dr. Jack Webb of Blytheville, vice-president: Dr. Wcldon Rainwater of Blytheville, secretary- treasurer and Dr. Eldon Fairley of Wilson, program chairman. Blythcville, 9-28 a.m • Hollnnrf /Mn)' 1-47 -> m • w»oll. ti-Rl I* 50 .'.] m, L,. u. niasacy OI USceOla was IIVM a ' m ' ; Hayt1 ' electcd as a member or the socie- 10 ' W a ' m ty's Board of Censors. , . Dr. L. D. Massey of Osceola was torney. Sheriff William Berryman and Deputy Charles Short made check raids on Tlie Puff, a South Second Street beer tavern, and John's Smokehouse, a Main Street billiard parlor, bill failed to find evidence of gaming equipment nt either plnce. The Puff is owned and operated by Joe Ferguson, who last month purchased a federal gambling tax stamp, and the Smokehouse Is operated by Paul Kirkindall, who also purchased a gaming tax stamp. According to information In the search warrants, the officers were ordered to search the business establishments for evidence of "lottery tickets, punch boards, dice tables" and other forms of gambling equipment. Sheriff Berryman stated (hat even though the raids were unsuccessful, the men were warned that keeping or gambling devices would not be tolerated. Crippled Children to Be Guests At Junior Red Cross Yule Party Approximately 45 crippled children from all sections of Mississippi County will be guests of honor tomorrow at the Blytheville Junior Red Cross' annual crippled children's Christmas party at Ihe health unit here. The party will be an all-day affair and there will be presents for all under a Christmas tree. The presents and tree are guts from Blytheville's grade schools The party will be held In conjunction with the crippled children's clinic which will be sponsored by the Blytheville Council of Church Women. Pupils at Ihe Immaculate Conception Catholic school have purchased aim wrapped 30 gifts for the occasion and .students at Lan^e . - -is---! «---„» av»4«t AS 'Hie Christmas tree is being prepared by Blytheville junior High School students and pupils of 'lie Robinson Negro Grade School are furnishing the window decorations Students at Central Grade Schooi have made cranberry and popcorn strings for room and tree decorations. Registration for Ihe clinic will begin tomorrow morning. Mrs. An- throughout the day. Mrs. Fill said a remiest has been made to the Blytheville Police Department that Railroad Street between Walnut and Chickasawba Streets be blocked off » persons bringing crippled children to the places near the health wnlU Five Deacons To Be Ordained At Baptist Church Five deacons will be ordained in ceremonies at 7:30 tonight at the First Baptist church here. To be ordained deacons arc F. L. Wicker, E. c. Thompson. Marvin Ken» right. Herman Adalr and Carlton James. Following their ordination, they will serve as deacons of the First Baptist Church Chapel Mission on Lilly Street, which will become the Trinity Baptist Church Dec. 31. The Rev. E. c. Brown, pastor of Chapel Mission, will direct the service. The Rev. Mr. McPeakc will direct examination of the five men and the Rev. Mr. Brown will deliver tl.e charge to the deacons and lo the church. Tlic two pastors and Ihe deacons of the First Baptist Chnri* will comprise the ordaining council. . Applications originally filed with , -, _- ...... success in holding operating expenses to a level lower than anticipated brought about the reduction. Mr. Czesehin credited employe cooperation in a "rigid economy drive" to cut operating costs as a factor in enabling the utility to amend Its rate hike application downward. The Missouri Psc; has taken Ark-Mo's request for a rate increase in that state under advisement. A hearing before the Ark- PSC has not, been held yet. TB Drive at Del! Nets Total of $58 Sale of miniature double-barred crosses to supplement Christmas seal purchases brought a total of $58.07 in Dell, It was announced today by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association here. Mrs. U. S. Blankenshlp was chairman for the sales, which were conducted by Dell Parent-Teachers Association members. Mrs. Lcttie McClelland, Miss Mable Nelson, Mrs. Noble Gill. Mrs. James Tidwcll, Mrs. Jack Lewis ancJ Mrs. Goah Liggett. Allies Fear Yearly; City Funds So^ ReachLowof $540 JIUNSAN, Korea, Dec. 12 !'''^° 0 P j° r y 1 ai ' last nigllt when Cit M Council unanimouslv (AP)-A new Red plan for N1 i P '° Ved sllch « P''°P osal ^ Third Ward Alderman L G fiXf llJint^inor nricnnnrt* ^i" ,,,.,,. * * exchanging prisoners of war with neutral observers fell on cold shoulders today. Tlie United Nations command expressed fenrs publicly for the first time that the Communists might not give up all the prisoners they hold. The tear was expressed In turning clown a five-point prisoner exchange plan advanced today by Communist, negotiators an Pan- nmnjom. The lied proposal still cnlted for release of all prisoners. The u. N. insists on a nian-for-man exchange. "The U. N. command Is concerned," an official communique said, "tliat premature agreement on bulk exchange of prisoners before adequate data is available could result In sizeable numbers not beins recovered." Red Cross Barred Allied negotiators, the communi- que added, "excoriated the Communists" for not letting the Red Gross see how prisoners are being treated and for refusing to say how many prisoners they hold and where. The Reds have said they would supply the information only alter (he Allies agree on a blanket exchange. They kept this stand in the<r five-|x>Inl plan. The number of Allied troops in Red hands lins been estimated at from 08,000 to 139,000. The U. N. says it holds between 120,000 and 135,000 Chinese and North Korean Reds, Only New Factors The only new factors introduced in the Red plan would be to exchange prisoners In gropps «!rr iti- .munjonv the sick and \viAVl.fled first. Brig. Gen. William P. Nuckols, U. N. spokesman, said "the question of prisoners of war is being held over our heads" to force wii.il he called an undesirable solution of the prisoner and truce supervision problems. A U. N. spokesman said the Allies imide "major compromises and concessions " in [Is new effort to See CEASEFIRE on Pajrc S Meeting Is Set For Creditors Of E.C.Burnett Creditors ofiE. C. Burnett have been nsked to meet In Jonesboro Dec. 20 to discuss their problems with Lee Cnzort, referee In bankruptcy court for this district, ic- cording to Oscar Fendler. attorney for one of three finance companies Involved in suits against Burnett Hudson Sales Company. Mr. Burnett was ajndgcd bankrupt in Federal Court In Little Rock Nov 29, shortly after the ii- nnnce companies had petitioned the court to declare an Involuntary receivership [or Burnett Hudson Sales. The action was taken by Mr. Cnzort, agent of the federal judge 1 Mr. Fendler said. Dcltn Loan and Finance Company. General Contract Purchase Corporatton and General Financ am. an AlHed compro.,, e bv Mayo.-clecl Dan Blodgett, fii-st Mayor lo t supervising „ Korean truce & ™,u "IT' T T^ '* A1 !'™» N«sh with neutral observers fnll „„ ' 1C "°' ld b , el ^ «n<ler those conditions. ine Council also: ll . ^i lH . told Ule City will Ije §20,189 in the red Dec. These Included Miss Joyce Gil! rS^f"™ a " d Onernl Finance An ordinance boosting the salary Irs. Lcttie McClelland, MteJ M?hS ST™'°" °.' ° ^ g °-. ha ™ "*.<> !° ««•«». « n<l . «fl«M-B "« mayor . with irregularities in financing automobiles. Santo Claus May Hear 'Clunk' As Plane Delivers His North Pole FAIRBANKS. Alaska. Dec 12 (AP)—sometime early today the slumbers of Mi-, and Mrs. Santa Clans—prcsumbing it i s true that they live at the North Pole—were to be rudely interrupted by a swoosh and & clunk. The "swoosh" was the sound of 5,000 "Dear Santa" letters being delivered to tlie traditional occupant of that spot on the earth's surface, 'me "clunk" was mankind's delayed Installation of a device designed to lake the misnomer out of "North Pole." The plane bearing the cargo was due U> drop those Items about 5 a.m. EST after a 1,300 mile flight over land and ice from Pt. Barrow. Alaska. The specially fitted tour-cnKin- ed commercial airliner furnished by Alaska Airlines left here'ycs- lerriay alternoon on the first Ie(? of the trip, landing at Pt. Barrow three hours later for refueling. TJjc plane was dubbed the "Polar Erpress" and was the outgrowth of plans sponsored by two Ala.tk.ins—neither of whom w,ns allowed to accompany the six crewmen aboard the plane. Tlie 9-foot steel North Pole, painted like a candy cane, was fathered by Stan" Garson, former worker at the Navy's Pt. Barrow oil icscrve. The project was expanded by Mrs. Audree Vance, otherwise known as "North pole Nellie," originator of the Idea lo have children send along their Christmas requests to Santa Clans (or doorstep delivery. Santa will have to have a mighty efficient staff to handle those letters—he has only 12 days left until he starts- his Christmas evfi trip southward. That's more than 400 letters a day to read and (ill, A movie actresse's kisses were blamed for stopping the (tight clock here yesterday. She is Carolina Cotton, who bussed each of the crew members soundly before the takeoff. Tlie big craft taxied to the end or the ramp, then came bark. "Bum magneto m one engine," said the pilot "Phooey," a skeptical crewman said. "We just came ' ?,!£ Mayor-elect Dan Blodgett, first mayor to be affected 4, s-s ss 4. Jieceivcd an offer from Tom needs: Last nigl.t's Council meeting was the last regular meeting for the year and only Third Wnid Alderman Dan Blortget. mayor-elect and City Attorney Percy Wright were absent. Alderman Leslie Moore, Charles Lipford, L. G. Nash, Jimmie Sanders. J. L. Nabers, Jesse White ami W. c. Gates attended. Mr, Gates retiring Ward Two alderman, attended his first meeting since late Inst summer when he moved from the city. In Introducing the "full-time mayor ordinance," which lakes effect Jan. I, Mr. Nash sold the fol- . , . lowing to the "lame duck" councilmen: "I've thought that Blytheville shcnild have Mr Malin explained that $11,548 actually was needed by the end of the week but that the citv hi, t0 L*™™L.>™<* «OM«<*M pas s ,nce Sec. C l" y wlS reduces the pressing need to $7,- In answer to First Ward Aider* man Jesse White's question the sudden shortage?" Mr.' Mali] .aid, the reason is that we pu full-time mciyor or city manager. I realize and think you realize that the business of the city and its property should be cared for every (lay. '! S2M Is Not Enough "I know k t C7* t *2lW ^.ollars i month Is nofeimigh. Mayor Hen-' dei'KOn could not afiord to give his full time to the Job nt that salary. "And I think enough economics can be effected with a mayor devoting his full attention to the job to make it worth our while to pny him for it. 'Mr. Blodgett has agreed to work full time. I've talked lo him and he agreed that he is willing to hold that job. I think we should increase the mayor's salary to S400 per month or $1,800 a year. "He'll Karn H" 'Of course the Council must continue to help the mayor, but I feel he will earn more than the ?2,400 increase by serving the city as full-time mayor." The ordinance upping the mayor's .salary requires his full-time work. A mayor's siilary cnn not be increased while he is in office. Mr. Nash's ordinance proved unanimously on .... „.„,.„ readings after First Ward Alderman Jimmie Sanders agreed with Mr. Nash's view. ' 'I've long felt," Mr. Sanders told the Council, "that we need someone lo devote their full lime to city business. "We no longer have a>small town here. I (eel this is something we need and I feel a man working full time can effect a savings for the city. And at the present salary, a person certainly couldn't give the job his full time.' was ap- all three three separate civil cour't sufe To 'gKT.he "<*£ full attSn against Mr. Burnett charging ,i,m was p ,,, cd Jon ,„, ^^ Lnd Nash, San- seconds of Alderman ders and J. L. Nabers. Street Project Blamed In presenting the gloomy financial picture (o the Council, city clerk W. I. Malin blamed Ihe shortage on added expense of Blytheville's street improvement project, which exceeded the original contract figure by S22.89l.16 after the city decided to replace concrete driveways and sidewalks torn up during the construction. The contract, let to Pride and Usrey. low bidding construction company, called for street expenditures of $42.018.40 while the project's total cost was 864,969.56. This project Included work widening concluded on Walnut. Sixth Scvenlh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Streets this summer. SU.OOO Borrowed Earlier, the City borrowed $3:3.009 from a I.iture county lax turnback meet Ihis expense. This is to be replaced from future parking meter revenues, earmarked for street use. rn telling the Council that street and parking meter funds were depleted, Mr. Malin outlined Mils situation. The Cily has $540.50 In the bank. It needs $7,750 by Saturday. and hack for another kiss." They j about TaVnoo'to" fin1<h"ont'the year changed the ma 6 nelo, anyway. Mr. Malin listed the lolloping Current accounfs payable City p .TV roll . '. (fiec. 1-15) Slreel equipment note dae Tom I.ltde riayground note Interesl on above Total . '... $ 4,751 ... 6,000 (approx.) 195 ... 8.MK) __. »20,189 inis noes .not include accounts payable now accumulating for De- The above Is based on Ihe month- y operating statement for Novem- malnder was earmarked fur -,U,M— funds such ns city Hall. BlythcvS Hospital, the library, and Walk* "Parking meters will replace the 532,000, but we've got lo have money now. "We have very little money coming in before the first of the year and I'm nt my Journey's end If you gentlemen have any sueacs- tlons, I'd like to hear them " The'mailer was then referred U> the Finance Committee headed by Alderman Nash. Clerk Malin also presented ihe proposed ordinance to boost Blytheville Water Company's franchise rate. Quoting comparative figures from an Arkansas Municipal League bulletin on franchise rates of state municipalities. Mr. Malin explained thnt^ Blytheville Water Company nns ucen "just operating" since 1941 when its franchise expired. Blytlievillc Geis S643 "The City of Blytheville," said Mr. Malin, "now gets S643 per year lor this franchise. Here are franchise rates of oiher Arkansas cities, with privately owned water corn- panics, for comparison: "North Little Rock—$10,000: Pine Bluff, S6.000 minimum or three oer cent of gross; El Dorado. S3 600 plus free hydrant and commercial service to the city: Arfcadelphia (population about 6.100), $1,400 and McOhee $1,143. "I offer the following proposed ordinance." This railed for an annual payment of $7.500 in advance on Jan. 1 of each year beginning in 1952 to any company operating a water utility in tlie city. We Pay S575 "We pay about S575 monthly for city water service.' Mr. Malni PX- plained. "and this proposal will a little more than offset what we are paying them for service." To take effect Jari. I. the ordinance must be passed before the end of this year. On the recommendation of May• Doyle Henderson, the special meeting was called to give Blytheville Water Company a chance to be heard on the matter. Alderman Sanders presented a map calling for installation of stop Sec COUNCIL on Tagc 5 LITTLE LIZ— Jl Labor di<jioc« no won, but occasionally you find o (mm who disgrace! labor. &Htt

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