The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 10, 1952 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 10, 1952
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THUBSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1952 Dixie Downs Controversy Is Growing 'Warmer' WBST MEMPHIS, Ark. (/P)—The controversy over proposed location of » horse race track here is getting hotter. Official* of Dixie Downs, Inc., •eeklng to build and operate the track, yesterday accused two Mem- phi* newspapers, the Commercial Appeal and The Press-Scimitar of "warping and twisting" statements mule by the Dixie Downs spokesmen. The accusation was made In letters mailed to voters in Crittenden County, who are to decide In a spe- cl»! election Jan. 22 whether the track franchise goes Into effect. Other Statements The letters also said: "Memphis Justly fears any development in Crittenden County which would curtail the flow of revenue Into its coffers. This is the selfish attitude taken by many larger cities over their neighboring smaller cities." In answer to the letters. Frank R. Ahlgrcn. editor of the Commercial Appeal, said: "The race track will bring-nothing but distress In the long run. This 1 Is a fact, based on an inspection of the record at other communities where race tracks have operated. Interest in Future "Our Interest Is in the future of a wholesome community ..." Edward .1. Meeman, editor of the Memphis Press-Scimitar, said: "We represent our subscribers in West Memphis no less than we represent our subscribers In Memphis." The election was ordered by the Arkansas Racing Association when It granted the Dixie Downs permit last November. Gov. McMath, who's said there'll never be another race track in Arkansas, the state's only track now is at Hot Springs, as long as he's governor, asked [or the resignations of all racing commissioners who approved the permit. New Commission Promised When the commissioner didn't resign he said he would appoint A new commission In February. The Rev. Russell Ciulib of West Memphis, a leader of church groups opposing Dixie Downs, said yesterday Gov. McMath had assured htm that the proposed race track could be blocked regardless of the outcome of the county referendum. Clubb quoted the governor as saying that the Racing Commission could refuse to grant racing dates to Dixie Downs. In I*m!e Rock, the governor didn't mention the alleged conference with Clubb. McMath to Consider However, McMnth said he would ."seriously consider" the reappointment of racing commissioners should they revoke -the franchise of Dixie Downs. The commission has been called into session Jan. 16 to reconsider qualifications of officials of Dixie Downs. Ed Waller, secretary of ~>ixie Downs. Inc., said he doubted that the commission legally could- revoke the. franchise "solely on the command of the governor." Other States Interested in 'Bold Experiment 1 of State Schools PAYETTEVILLE, y.:-k. W>—Several other states are. reported to be interested in undertaking the ao-called "bold experiment" In teacher education should Arkansas decide not to do so. Dean Henry Kronenberg of the Hunt Continues For Convict Arkansas Fugitive ,, Hunted in Rough Hills Near Keota, Okla. KEOTA, Okla. (£>>—-The hunt for •n Mcaped Arkansas convict continued today In the rough Haskell -i Cotinty hill country. Mrs. Veke Moseby Identified yesterday * photo of Gerard Jones, 33, tho fugitive, as that of the man who forced her to give him food. "H« was In the house before T knew It," she «ld. She- was so frustrated and frightened, she added, that »he gave him crackers, pickles and apples. Th« man told her he hadn't eat- •rx for three days, and had to have •omethlng. Mrs. Moseby'a son, returning home, frightened the fugitive away. A posse of more than 35 men and * number of bloodhounds from Oklahoma State Penitentiary followed Jonet* trail but lost it after spotting him once. Jones escaped Dec. 21 from the Booneville, Ark.. State Hospital while on a work detail. He was serv- tog a sentence for robbery and grand larceny. Arkansas Man Leaving For Tour of Europe WASHINGTON W) — W. W. Campbell. Forrest City, Ark., banker, is among 15 businessmen leaving tomorrow for a tour of European defense installations. The men, all voluntary stale chairmen of the treasury department's advisory committee on the savings bond program, are to attend a dinner here tonight. Rural Conference Opens HNE 3LUFF, A r i- (/p>_The annual rural life conference opened at Arkansas A. -M. & N. college here today. About 500 farmers from throughout Arkansas were expected for the two-day session. Rend Courier News Classified Ads. MOX Phone 4621 Show Slarls Weekdays 7:00 Sat.-Sun. 1:00 Always a Double Feature Thursday & Friday T.eon ErroJ Comedy University of Arkansas College of Education said the 15 state and, private colleges in Arkansas so far have not "decided whether they'll participate in the proposed program. Kronenberg spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Payetteville Lions Club yesterday. Stales Not Identified He didn't identify the other states which he said are bidding for the program. He said that not all Arkansas' colleges would have to agree to the plan before It could be put into effect. Kronenberg said he expected some sort of a decision from Arkansas educators at a meeting in Little Rock next week. Designed to raise the level of education among teachers the proposal calls for a 4-year college course for prospective teachers. They would. receive training In liberal arts rather than learning teaching techniques. Public or Private School! These techniques would be taught in a one-year apprenticeship or Internship in public or private schools under the direction of a master teacher. Cost of the multi-million dollar program would be financed by the Ford Foundation. The foundation says it would finance the plan for € to 10 yeara. Arkansas would serve as the nation's pilot state for such a program. So far approval of the plan by the colleges has been delayed pending a complete study of .the proposal. — Kiwonians See Highway Film A film on highway modernization entitled "Let's Get out of the Muddle" was shown members of the Kiwanis. Club at the club's weekly meeting in Hotel Noble yesterday noon. The Him was produced by General Motors Corporation and was shown by Louis McWaters of Langs- ton-McWafers Buick Company W. W.! fti.s inducted as a new member at yesterday's meeting. Guests Included Charles Meyer of Little Rock and Dr. B. P. Scott. NEW Air Conditioned By Refrigeration "Your Community Center" MANILA, ARK. Matinees Sat. & Sun. Phone 58 Thursday 'SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET" Frankie Lain* Terry Moore BLYTnEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Arkansas News Briefs— Ice Plant Operator Goes on Trial Jan. 22 inWife's Disappearance By THE ASSOCIATED PKKSS ARKANSAS CITY-Cecll Rice, 36-year-old Ice plant operator will go on trial here Jan. 22 In connection with the disappearance of his wife. He i* charged with first degree murder. Rice of nearby Dumas, Ark., surrendered to officers Dee. 12 and told them h« thought he tossed his wife into the Mississippi River the preceding day. He Mid he had been drinking heavily and had only a hazy memory of his activities that day. Dragging the river for her body has been unsuccessful. Rice has been free on »25,000 bond. Ordnance Workers Return to Jobs at Texarkana • TEXARKANA, Tex.-Workers headed back to their jobs at the nearby Lone star Ordnance Plant today after a court order disbanded a picket line set up by APL plumbers. About 2,000 workers were Idled Monday when the plumbers walked off the Job In a dispute over wages paid by the Richardson Construction Co., of Dallas, Tex. ' Federal Judge Joe W. Sheehy of the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary Injunction yesterday prohibiting the plumbers from maintaining the picket line. The line was removed. Judge Sheehy's temporary order expires at midnight Jan 16 A hearing to review the case has been set or, that date. Friday "THE OUTRIDERS" All Star Cast Saturday 'THE OLD WEST" Gene Autry Springdale Is on Rodeo Approved List for Year DENVER, Colo.-Springdale, Ark., is included on the Rodeo Cowboys' Association 1952 list of shows approved for member participation. Extradition Sought on Charge of Kidnaping PAYETTBVlLLB-WasHington County officials are seeking return of * former resident charged with kidnaping. An extradition hearing was to be held at Annapolis, Md today for John D. Davis. '' The charge was filed after Davis allegedly fled win, his small daughter last May 29 a few hours after custody of the child was awarded his divorced wife. He was arrested in Maryland Jast month. Arkansans Want Highway Steel on Priority List LITTLE ROCK-The Arkansas Highway Users Conference has proposed that the government put steel for highway construction on an equal priority with defense production requirements. The AHUC, ii: session here yesterday, also resolved that Arkansas motor vehicle laws should be revised to conform with the uniform motor vehicle code. """urm Ton of Beans En Route to 'House' WASHINGTON (ff) — One ton of hand-picked Michigan beans Is on the way to the House'restau- rant to make bean soup for congressmen. . The Michigan Bean Shipper* Association of Saginaw, Mich telegraphed Rep. Tom Steed (D- Okla) today that the free beans are being dispatched immediately. When Congress opened Tues- day. Steed noted mournlully that while the lawmakers were away the restaurant had replaced Its generous old soup plates with little ones. 'The bean men expressed the hope that Steed and 'his colleagues may again enjoy big bowls of "delicious, nourishing bean soup, made from the beat navy beans on-earth," 1950 I960 blrth rale has continued «i downward trend dncc . Then, nearly 4,000,000 infants were born—largest baby crop in U. S. niitorjr. The next decade is almost certain to see further decline in the rate, If only because'fewer person* are now at the •«e of parenthood as a resull of the drop in births during the ? i.j U lor tlw N *wschart are from "Children and Youth * the Midcentury." (Copyright 1951, Health Publication* institute. Raleigh, N. C.) PAGE FIVE 'On Dress Parade" are the Glamour-leers who will be seen with the new Holiday on Ice of IS52 at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis Jan. 28. Arkansas Solons Comment on Talk Fulbrighr Soys State Of Union Message 'Left Him Depressed' WASHINGTON </P) _ Arkansas' senators were general In their statements about President Truman's State of the Union message yesterday. Sen. Pulbrlght said the speech left him "depressed nbout the genera) state of the union," but added that Mr. Truman's pledge to weed wrongdoers out of government encouraged him. Sen. McClellan said that the message was "couched In generalities and was in some respects rather vague." He added that "on the whole the speech was dignified." .Comment from other members of the Arkansas delegation included; Rep. Harris—"I was impressed by the fact that he didn't act llkn a candidate for president, even though he threw the book at us." Rep. Trimble—"I thought It the best state of the Union message he has made. It was calm and while I don't agree with all of It, it was a sensible speech." Rep. Hays—"While I don't concur in all Implications on the domestic front, I comment him for discussing these things with dlspassion and obvious tolerance.** Rep. Oathlngs—"He touched on one thing to my liking—price supports for farm commodities. That was most significant in view of demands on the farmer for food and liber in the defense effort." For the Sudanese people K well i the Egyptians, the Nile River is the center of life and prosperity. RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. Thursday "ELEPHANT STAMPEDE" Bomba the Jungle Boy Wolves Ruin Livestock in Belgrade Area BELGRADE. W)-The wolf situa- tlon in Yugoslavia has become serious. Last year more than 37,000 head of livestock were killed by wolves and reports this y cor are again alarming. The wolves have become so bold they roam the plains around Belgrade. The Increase in the number of wolves is attributed to the war During the war there wns no time or ammunition for hunting wolves At the end of the war, the people had to hand in their guns and only a few members of hunting associations were equipped to fight the menace. . In Macedonia last year the state Insurance company paid out $240,- about 150. The Slovenian Hunting Federation pay $120 for each full grown wolf killed and half that amount for young wolves. Hghty-ffve per cent of Berlin's production facilities were dispersed destroyed or.taken east as Russian reparations at the end of World War II. HAL BOYLE'S COLUMN No, Virginia, There Isn't Any Texas-It All Began As a Joke in Arkansas Friday & Saturday "TRAIL TO GUNSIGHT" with Eddie Dew Also Cartoon & Serial The Sensational Paul \ and his accordion Singing the Songs You Like ... Featured Nightly at the Razorbock from 9 p.m.-l a.m. (Excluding Sunday) TheRazorback By KD CREAGH (For IUI, BOVtK) WASHINGTON (APJ,—"Dear Sir "I have been hearing for a long time about what a big place Texas is and what wonderful people Texans are, and I have started to wonder. "My daddy says if you read it In (he Courier News it's true, so I am counting on you to set me straight Is there any such place as Texas? "Trustingly, "Virginia." No, Virginia, there Isn't any Tex- 6S, Texas is Just one of those good- natured American myths—like Paul Bunyan, George Washington's cherry tree, or Brooklyn — that have been handed down, generation after generation until many people have come to believe that they are true. ' It would be nice, wouldn't.It if there really were a Texas? A thundering day-and-night rodeo, with oil gushing from every hoofprint? A Valhalla, that's a sort of Hot Springs. Ark., for the gods. Virginia of the tallest, handsomest, bravest hombres ever to whip out a .45? And the sweetest, prettiest women this side of Mary Martin? You're A BI; Girl But you're getting to to a big girl now, Virginia, nnd the truth must not be kept from you. Don't tell your playmates, but there Isn't a ihlng between Oklnhomu and the OuSf of Mexico, between Louisiana and Arizona, except sand and sagebrush, swept ceaselessly by howling winds that sometimes sound like human voices. Figure It out for yourself.' Vir- Blnia. There couldn't be a Texas. No nation on earth, not even this rich and powerful and of ours could afford a Texas. If Texans rally existed, there wouldn't be room for the rest of us. Before you knew It, the whole country would be over- •ruri by Texans. And that way madness lies. How Did It Start? Koiv &f. Ihlf Texas legend get started, then? Well, years ago a couple of pioneers, real put out because a stranger had poked "his nose Into their private, bailiwick of Arkansas stood staring moodily out at the west, on. If it wasn't time to push "Sure Is a big place," one oj them EEUQ. "Hmmpf," said the other. "Nothin's sure 'cept death 'n' taxes." "Haw-haw-haw," chortled the first pioneer, who was hard of hearing. -That's a good one, noth- in's sure 'cept death 'n' Texas" His friend looked at him sharply, saw his chance and took It. He shot the first pioneer, moseyed back east and sold the Joke for that kind of thing was regarded as a Joke In those days to a magazine called the New Yorker for $3. The Story Spread Americans are great ones to go along with a gag, and the story spread. People started pretending there really was a place called Texas. They Invented imaginary Texans, like Davy Crockett who renlly was a Tennesscean, and make-be- ' [eve cities like Dallas and Fort Worth. That's the story, Virginia and I hone you'll keep II to yourself. I^t the other children believe in Texas. It will do them good. Somebody, pretending to be Texan, once sold that If Texas didn't exist it would be necessary to invent one Well, Texas doesn't exist. Sweet dreams, Virginia. The eyes of Texas are upon you. —~^^^^^^^^f^^m Guaranteed Watch Repair o% 53.50 Your watch Is disassembled, j cleaned, pivots polished and hair sprinci adjusted. 3 Day Service Thompson Credit Jeweler Neit door to Wide Furniture 1 CLEARANCE! 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