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TOC. XLYU—NO. 250 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS : —— . ""•* DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARK-*V«*K Ann a™™,.,..™ ' ^"^ Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald U.S. Decision On Air Base In Last Stage g> Answer Is Just Matter of Time, Blodgett Says By CLAUDE E. Sl'AKKS 1 (Courier News St»ff Writer) A decision as to re-opening of Blythcville air base'is "in the final stages," Mayor Dai i Blodgett told the Courier News i from Washington, D. C., this morning, "and apparently i is just a matter of time in awaiting the Air Force's doci Bion as to whether or not the base will be opened." Mayor Blodgett heads a delega tion of Blytheville officials anu businessmen who met yesterday with Air Force offciials to discus prospects for reactivation of Hi World War II training base. Contacted by, telephone. Mayo. Blodgett said the group had "me no opposition as yet. but we're still working and It looks encourag ~ tog. However, we're in no position (ft to say anything definite today." ~ Also in the delegation are Worth Holder, manager of the Chambe of Commerce; Eddie B. David chairman of the c. of c. Industrie Committee, and Max Logan, c. o. C. president. This morning, the delegation me with Mar wick Ross, assistant to the administrator of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and were scheduled to confer with Arkansa Senator John L. McClellan thi afternoon. The group also met with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Edwin V. Hugglns at the Pentagon yesterday. Rep. E. C, (Took) Gainings and Charles Bowers o the Arkansas Resources and Development Commission accompanied them. Hugglns was quoted by the Associated Press as saying some decision should be made -in three or lour weeks. Letter Cites Possibilities Afterwards, the Associated Press quoted Gathings as saying, "Abou' all I can say, is that we're work- Ing." , In this morning's telephone con« versation, a letter'from the offUS 'of the secretary: of th« Air Force to - Rep. Gainings was released, which "• »aid an Air Force delegation wii visit Blytheville in the near future to...discuss possibilities of reopening the base with municipal of liclals. The letter was written this morning and stated that the Air Force has been considering reactivation of a number of air bases in the United Slates In' connection with the defense effort. A study of these bases has been made. In part, the letter to Rep. Gathings also said: ". ... the purpose of this stud; 1 has bean to determine those air bases for which the Air Force will ae«k Congressional authority ami appropriations during the coming session of Congress in support of Its 1053 fiscal year program. "Our study has now progressed to the point where It is necessary to specify the name of those air fields which can meet our requirements. Prior to final selection, di\ rect negotiations will be conducted IB. See AIR BASE on Page 10 Toft /sen/lower Says He'll Back Keiauyer CHATSWORTH, Ga. UPi—Tail Isenhower, a Murray County farmer, says he will vole for Sen. Kefauver if the Tenncsseean is a candidate for President. Weather Arkansas forecast: Cloudy an warm south portion and par •tly WARMER . cloudy and cool north portion this m afternoon nnd tonight. Wednesday, - partly cloudy and warmer In nonri portion. Missouri forecast: Fair and colder today; high temperatures 40 lo 45 northwest to 55 southeast; fair to- r.lght. colder east; Wednesday partly cloudy and mild; low temperatures tonight 20s extreme north to the 30s south. Minimum this morning— is, Maximum yesterday—68. Sunset today—5:13. Sunrise tomorroiv_l7-o6 Precipitation 24 hours 'to 7 a m today—none. Total since Jan. 1—3.10. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—57. Normal mean temperature for January—39.9. This Date Last Vcar Minimum this morning 35 Maximum yesterday—45. Precipitation January j to this Election-Year Figures UN Damages InMilitaryPayHikeBiil Two Red Jets WART-TTNfTTV^W /ff*i «„„[,«-- .*-_.. . ^^^ _ _ Over Korea WASHINGTON «V—Th« House >day voted for a JO per cent p»y •&tse for all those in the military Jrvices, both »c(lve and retired. tod se. WASHINGTON Wj-Bacfcm of a 10 per cent raise for servicemen ranted on election year Jitters today to put the measure through the amendments. Many members favor the raise but. want It limited to enlisted men and low-ranking officers. Others want to make it more liberal. Strong opposition comes, also, from a bi-parlisan group including Reps. Taber (R-NY) and Smith (D-Va). Taber told newsmen the cost of the bill, an estimated 832 million dollars annually, makes it prohibitive at tills time unless there is some Indication of later savings elsewhere by Congress. Speaker Sam Raybuni predicted the bill would be' passed and sent They conceded, in advance of a islve vote this afternoon, that outcome may be close because the unusual conditions under hich the House is considering the easure. The bill comes up under proce- ure limiting debate to 40 minutes, rohibiting amendments and re- uiring a two-thirds majority for passage. Its backers fear any other procedure would bring a rash of dec if the Jf to the Senate. Congress Eyes Reshuffle Plan for Revenue Bureau WASHINGTON (fl'j—with a 60-day deadline for action. Congress took a cool look today at President Truman's plan to reorganize the Internal Revenue Bureau. One senator who had talked with several colleagues said "it doesn't seem to have too much support." He asked to' remain anonymous because he is a member of the committee that must pass on. the plan. •* Another member of the executive expenditures committee, JAYCEE SPEAKER—Chancellor Francis Cherry of Jonesboro (above) will be principal speaker a^ l!}Ji.Junipr. 1 OhamVfT of fom- merce's" 'aI'fiViiair-'OSlMniguisried Award banquet afc-7 p.m. Friday in the Jaycee clubhouse, it was announced today. Cherry, reported to be "considering" running for governor this year, is in.his 10th year 'as chancellor of the 12th Chancery ^District, which Includes Mississippi County. He has presided over mnny sessions of Chancery Court here. (AP Photo). Episcopal Church Leaders Named Executive Committee Nominated at Annual Meeting of Members Five members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church here were nom- nated for membership on the church's executive committee at last night's annual meeting of the congregation. The Rt. Rev. R. Bland Mitchell of .ittle Rock, Bishop of the Diocese of Arkansas, is expected to approve lie nominations. These named were Dr. Louis F •lubener, Joe Alexander, Jr., B. R. Mason, and Fred s. Saliba. all of Biylhevllle, and Henry K. Koyt of Lcachville. One ol this group will be named Warden, or presiding officer, by Bishop Mitchell. In other business last night the Rev. William J. PHzhiigh, vicar of 5t. Stephen's, appointed a commit- ee to expedite plans for the ?hurchV> expansion program i n which a rectory Is to be acquired and the present rectory to be used for church meetings. Members of • the committee are I. B. Richardson, Joe T. Hughes, A. A. Frenrickson. Mrs. Fred S Sa- iba. Mrs. w. I. Malln, and Mrs. C. P. Cockle. 1032 Budget Sft According to annual reports on 951 activities, the church finished he year with a cash balance of 95 '.C2 -.r, compared with $505.63 for he year before. The budget of expenditures for 952 is expected to total &5184, it .-as reported last night. In 1951 the executive committee ttended to: Purchase of two and one-half cres of properly for a new church ite. Paii.ting of the intt.-ior ol the hurch; a project of the Woman's Auxiliary. Purchase and installation of an I tic ian (or tbe rectory. Renting of new property. Final payment en an organ. The expansion program, includ- ig repairs to present buildings as *e)l as arrnnglng for u new home or the vicar nnd his family. Installation of * new heating sys- em in the church. Fred S. Saliba, 1951 warden submitted the report for the committee Chairman McClellan D-Ark told a reporter the group probably will decide at a meeting tomorrow when :o start hearings on the proposal. ft will be one of the first items of business before the committee this session, he said. Pl»n Can, Be Refused The plan can be turned down by a vote of a constitutional majority either branch-^9 votes In the in Senate of 218 in the House. The President proposes to slash the number of internal Revenue collectors from 61 to 25 and to put them under Civil Service with wider responsibility. These appointments now are sub- pect to Senate confirmation. Many of the collectors are named by the President on recommendation of senators. Rough Sledding Seen House members said they thought the President's proposal might have rough sledding in their chamber lu:- , j*'V"\ Tnfc plan i s the pftsidents m-* concrete proposal to Congress since the (ax scandals broke Unless Congress votes it ' down the reorganization automatically becomes effective 60 daj-s after its presentation yesterday.. The.House ways and means subcommittee, whose hearings produced much testimony.on corruption in the tax-collecting agencies expects to make a study of the reorganization plan. Two Bills Introduced Senator Kefauver D-Tenn and 24 other senators yesterday introduced two bills which would furnish an alternative method of reorganizing the bureau. They would keep the present 04 collectors but would place them under Civil Service in an effort to remove the appointments from politics. They also would prohibit the collectors from having any outside business. 2 Persons Hurt Slightly in Car Accidents Here Two persons were Injured, neithei seriously, in separate automobile accidents yesterday and last night. Injured were: Mrs. Joyce Parks 19, Of Blytheville, hand injury ar.d Burl Henley, 20, of Paragould eye injury. ' Mrs. Parks was Injured last ni"ht when the car in which she wa riding was sideswiped by a transport truck on North Division -Street i front of the Dixie Pig Drive-In According to police repoit^. the driver of the transport stopped after the accident but left before police arrived. Mrs. Parks was a passenger in a car driven by Russell R. Austin of Camp McCoy, Wise. Austin was uninjured. According to Deputy sheriff Holland Alken, Henley was injured ye<- terday morning when a trailer beta" pulled by a pickup truck broke tow and veered across Highway si into the path of his car. The accident occurred near Dogwood RId°c. The trailer was demolished and Henley's car was heavily damaged. B oils Koonce of Blytheville. driver of the pickup truck, was uninjured. McMoth 'Scared/ Audit Head Says LITTLE ROCK. w>_The chairman of the Arkansas Highway Audit Commission said today Oov McMath Is "cither scared or has something he doesn't want brought up" in the InvcstlgaMon or the slate's road building operations R. H. nickenhorM, MorriHnn banker and head of the commission, commented on the governor's radi» address ot last night bv tay- Ing "he's hollering before he's'hurt" and -7 resent his insinuations" (Relaldd story on Fife 5.) TEN PAGES Enemy Planes Out in Force In Northwest SEOUL, Korea (AP)-America sabre jet pilots damaged two Red jets today In the first air battles in four days over northwest Korea Communist MtG-ts jets were out ill force as clearing weather broke the weekend period of snows anil storms. On the ground, 'chief action was I" the cc-nfor of the snow covered :45 mile front, u. N. troops threw back an attacking Red company tast of the Pukhan River. The fichi lasted four hours. •Two MIGs Damaged Two Russian-type MIQS were damaged ift a fight between 36 U. S. F-86 sabres and about 40 MIGS The Red jets were hit by Lt. Billy B. Dobbs of Fontana. Calif and Lt. Robert W. Smith of York, Pa. Oilier Sabres screening an attack on ground installations by flghtei bombers sighted about 15Q MIGS and exchanged firing passes with some. No reports will be made until gun camera film Is checked. Grenade Factory Fired F-84 Thunderjets set a grenade factory afire with Incendiary bombs A tower of billowing smoke and flames rose .above the plant near Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. Pilots said the factory was three-fourths destroyed. UN Checks Red BombingReport MTJNSAN, Korea CAP) — The U N. Command today began checking a Communist report that Allied bombs killed at least 10 prisoners and wounded BO In a Red POW camp. Red truce negotiators said a UN pJane bombed a North Korean prison camp at Kangdong Monday night. The site is 18 miles northeast of Pyongyang. Reel Korean capital. Previously one American and 1,591 South Koreans were listed as prisoners at Kangdong. An official spokesman for Gen Matthew B. RIdgway's headquarters' in Tokyo said tactical reports of. air operations were being studied "to determine whether there , Is any truth to the Communist allegations." I.ee Slakes Bed Report The Red report was made by North Korean Maj. Gen. Lee Sang See CEASEFIRE on Fife Id C. L. McWaters Heads Y Board Two Delegates to Area Council Also Elected C. L. McWaters was elected pres- dent of the Blytheville Y board of directors at a meeting of the group ast night. Hicharii Jiedel was chosen vice- president, Mrs. Glenn 'Ladd was re-elected secretary and Roland Bishop was reelected treasurer. James Terry is retiring president [of the Y. Delegates to the (Southwest Area Council of YM- :tcd C. L. .McWaters r , \jf\ ,1 ntic CIUIHU' last night, also. Mr. McWaters vva 0 named to a three-year term and J. P. Garrott was elected to a one-year term. Mr. Terry was elected to a three year term last year. The annual dinner meeting the Blytheville Y will be held m March and a planning committee of directors is to be appointed In the near future. of SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Inside Today's Courier News ...McMath blasts highway audit M "K'Kch hunt"...Arkansas News Briefs.. .Vage 5. ...Osceola Golden (Haves begins tomorrow nlglit...l'age 6 ...Society , . . page 3. ...Markets .-. . 1'age 10. Army Rescue Team Seeks 226 Stranded by Western Storm FI.OOD RESCUE OPERATION—Trucks and rowboats were pressed into service at Knightsen, Calif., to evacuate citizens of the small community to higher —AP Wlrephoto ground. Water was as much as four feet deep in places following heavy rainfall. Speck Plans To Lead GOP In Arkansas LITTLE ROCK W-Jcfferson Speck of Frenchman's Bayou, Mississippi county, loso Republican Gubernatorial candidate, plans to lead a fight for a OOP preferential Presidential primary In Arkansas. Speck, a supporter ol Gen Eisenhower, said yesterdav he thought the military leader 'coulrt carry Arkansas if "the rank and file members of the OOP got an opportunity to vote In a preferential primary, lie said certain lea tiers of the Republican Party In Arkansas are supporting sen. Robert A. Taft <R-Ohiol a candidate for the GOP • Presidential nomination;- and ate afraid they'll lose control of the Party If the primary Is held. He aitin t name the leaders. Pressure Expected Speck said national leader of the Republican Party would apply pressure to Arkansas GOP leaders to conduct the election. A 1039 state law requires a political party to conduct a preferential primary if petiiioncd to do so by a candidate. This has been done by Harold stasscn, candidate for the OOP's Presidential nomination.: Within the Parly Speck said he didn't think i court suit, would hays to be flies to force a primary election add' n .?- Ml " Th ' s thin e "n be handled within the parly." Osro Cobb, state GOP chairman said he thought a primary would be held. lie declined to comment on Speck's charges. Burnett Creditors To Meet Ago in Attorneys representing creditors of E. C. Burnett, recently declared an involuntary bankrupt in federal "Ourt, are to continue their ex- iminalion of the bankrupt in Little Rock tomorrow morning. Oscar Fendler and James Roy are o represent creditors and Claude -ooper is to represent Mr. Burnett. Graham Sudbuty Is attorney for he receiver, Frank Whitworth. who was appointed by federal court. Three finance companies have charged Mr. Burnett with Irrcgu- fes in the financing of automobiles sold through Burnett Hudson Sales Company here. 22 Missco AAen Leave For Induction Center The Mississippi county Draft Board sent 22 more men to Little Rock this morning for induction into the Army. Convoy to Aid Stalled Train In High Sierra SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Army rescue team pushes into the blizzard-blasted High Sierra today hoping to bring out 226 persons stranded on the luxurious streamliner City of San Francisco. Three weasals—amphibious jeeps with full caterpillar ti end—two jeeps and four ambulances were in the Army convoy, which carried food for 2,000 meals. The swank westbound train was » victim of „ mighty storm which nshed .the west Coast from Canada to Mexico. The howling gales piled deep snow drifts In the mountains dumped flooding rains on already sodden lowlands and sent towering wave's smashing against sea walls Hundreds of persons — travelers nd residents — were marooned Communications were disrupted in many places. Some communities were cut off. Avslanches roared Into canyons, killing at least three persons. Damage (o Ron High The storm's toll in life and property damage could not be reclc- Miss Rosa Sallba. draft board* clerk, «ald that today's Induction :all was for 28 men but of this number 15 reported, nine were transferred (a other boards and four failed to report. Two men who had passed pre- ncluction physicals earlier, volunteered for Immediate induction, three registrants were transferred from other boards, and two who failed to report to earlier calls reported this morning,) Miss Saliba said. Leaving this morning were- Whites — diaries Edward Williams, j. B. Meacham, Paul Everett Keeling, Rohbrl lather,co?.y.,r;Sm- «ie Gentry. Thomas Eurainlcker- sou, ...William' Larkin Austin. Billic Joe Bates, and Richard William MoFnll of Blythevllle; Walter Lamon ;Dyre, Manila; Charles Edward MulHus, Osccola- Luther Marlon. Moody, Dell; William Sterling arable. Bernle,'Mo • Emmitt Boyce Shcphard, Tyrotiza- Willie O Smith, Armor el. Negroes - Roosevelt Woodson, Wilson; CIaylon*TjniDs; and James McAdams. Blytheville; Elmo Roy McClowan, widner, Ark.; Eugene Davis, Osceola; Claud Brown Mound City, ill.; and Richard Joshua, Joiner. Miss Saliba said three men failed to report to today's call bringing the total list of draft, delinquents to date to nine. Listed as delinquents are- Whites—John Louis Sparks and Manuel Crmpa Enrlquez, Manila- Danile Gonzalez Amiirre, Manilla Mich.; Artmo Guajardo, Osceoln-' Garth Harmon Lawson, St. Louis; Raymond Thomas Arnold, Clinton' Mo.; Donnld Ray Varncll. South' Haven, Mich; Parris Edward Fritts Tiptonville, Tenn. ' Negroes—Henry Lee Harris Armorel. The county's next call will be a prc-lnductlou examination call for •10 men to leave Jan. 24. Bilbrcy said Country Club Names Clubhouse Managers Mr. and Mrs. Orover C. Boclen »"'" "c p-ineo by H [:. Knopnen- have been named managers of the bcrger of Blytheville, county Farm BlVtheVillP rrmintrv /^InllV nL.Vtt ni-r«nn n~^'rtf.,,l ._,„ in. I ., le i;i .> uj LIJ( Blythevillc Country Club's cluhhnuse it was announced today b ytlic club's board of directors. Mr. Bodcu is ,1 native of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs, Eortcn Is from Melbourne, AuMra- lla. They have operated restaurants and clubs In Georgia, Kentucky ami South Carolina. They succeed Mn Lnnler Reed. Church Survey Reaches 5,137 Eorfy Figures Show 2,865 Members; Final Checking Under Way Church,-census workers got the Negro' churches did not participate In Ihe census, however.' Many people were not at home when tne census laker called and MIFS Hnz:l Drannen. First Baptist Church educational secretary who has been tubulating the results, encouraged residents who were , not counted to call their pastors with the information, .Of the 5.137 people counted, nil but 206 were members or a church or expressed a preference for a church. Church members counted m bered 2,8fB, those who are not church members but expressed a preference lor a certain church totaled 2.06G. Final figures still are not available. Census workers are calling back in some areas. Missco Deleqctes To Attend Farm Bureau Meeting A delegation of about 50 or CO Farm Bureau members from Mississippi County Is expected to attend the district Farm Bureau treating in Jonesboro tomorrow. County Agent Keith this morning. The Missi-sippl County delegation h-iried by H c. Knopncn- 'Teau president. Memta-rship. fertilizer, cotton acreage and farm l.ihor me among Hie topics scheduled tor discussion at the meeting. Mr. Bilbrcy said. Truman, Kefauver 'Talk Polities' WASHINGTON. MV-Two men who will have a lot to do with selecting the Democratic presidential candidate this year—President Truman and Sen. Kefauver (D-Tcnn> —are meeting at noon today at the White House. "1 hope to talk some politics with the President." Kefauver told a reporter beforehand. Friends of Ihc tall, soil-spoken Tennesseean already have Kefau- ver-for-Presidenl groups working In most of the 48 slates. ''I have not encouraged but I hnve not dlicourascd them," the senator said, adding that Ho hoped to make a decision about Feb. i. "I thought before any decision I ought lo talk with the Chief Executive and the head of the party." he added. Pew politicians, including Kefou- ver, expect any Immediate word on '""^ whether President Truman will ,ir will not be a candidate lor reelection. But Hie approach of primary elections and selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which will pick the nominee, President Truman force Kefauver to make an early division. Nationally known because of his work, as chairman of the Senate's Crime Investigating Committee last year, Kefauver has said his decision would not be influenced by Mr. Tru- Senator Kefauver man'.s pliins. Sin. II u in p lire y HJ-Minn) emugul [rom a private conference with thn President late yesterday faying Mr.Tniman told him "he Is positively undecided about seeking re-election." Hurted 'n Stabbing Case OSCEOLA. — South Mississippi County peace officers today continued their search for a Nesro identified as w. T. Mitchell who is wanted tor severely cutting mi- other Hcsro during a fight at Victoria Sunday. Deputy Sheriff Clifr Cannon said that Floyd (Boobici Cross, operator of a Negro night club at Victoria, was cut In the left .side dunne the fight. Following the cutting scrape Deputy Cannon said, Mitchell lied. Chemical Blast Causes Alarm at Laboratory Exploding chemlcnls at the Wood- son-Toncnt Laboratory. 612 West Ash. were the cause of a fire alarm this morning. Fire Chief Roy Head said that 11 employee of the testing laboratory was working with the chcinl- aK when they suddenly exploded Thr explosion rhtmaircd sonw mipmem. he said. -Iml the building was not damaged and no ime wns injured. The riepartmmt answered a grass fire alarm at 121 North Lockard at nocn. No damage was done to' the residence of George Clark. mod because of poor communica- lons. Damage wa s expected to run into the millions, but casualties appeared at^a minimum. A-rancher was missing and fear- I lost. A parson whose car was stalled in a snowdrift died of exertion after making his way up a steep grade on foot. 129 Motorists Stranded The Red Cross reported about 120 motorist.? were stranded by a blizzard on Highway 395 northwest of Reno. They found shelter at Slend Air Force Base, now being eactivated. Only a few airmen were there and'food was reported low. A Greyhound bus took a of the, motorists to Reno. .,-• ty,;. passengers of. a Grey- ded aince* frida'y. . .. . . near Echo 'Summit ..'onv.U,. S: Highway SO. were reported evacuating cabins In which they Imd taken shelter. Continuing drifts threatened to bury the cabins. One Train Run Scheduled Only one ea'stbound Southern Pacific train was scheduled today. The city of San Francisco was to leave by a southern route and then proceed, northeastward alter crossing me mountains. The eastbound Overland and Bold Coast runs were cancelled. The California Division of Highways reported It temporarily had given up trying to clear transcontinental Highway U. S. 40 and 50 over the Sierra except for rescue operations. Strong winds piled deep drilts behind the snowplcvs. The Army convoy, /rom 6th Army headquarters in San Fran- Sec WEATHER on rage 10 Police Department Urges Parents to Keep Pupils' Dogs OH School Grounds Cecil Graves of the Police Department this morning urged Bly- thcville parents to keep their children's doss iuv»y from Blytheville's school. grounds. Mr. Graves snld that a numbsr of complaints have been received from the city's .'chool.s f?b:tut packs of dogs running loose on the school grounds particularly during recess and nootj hour periods. The schools are requesting that children do not bring their dogs to school with them, Mr. Graves said, nntl police have been ordered to make periodic checks of the school grounds for stray dogs. TVo Drivers Penalized In Drunk Driving Coses Unc person was lined and another forfeiied cash bond in Municipal Court this morning on charges if driving while under the Influence of liquor. Joe D. Brent was fi-u-d $100 and cosls and sentenced to n day in jail and Thcmas C.vrick of Osccola forfeited a S121.75 bond. In other action Travis Rhinchart of Osceola Mas fined S25 and costs on n charge of obtaining personal prcperty under false pretense. He was charged with givlne a worthless check to the Blytheville business firm LITTLE LIZ— Love is Crt amusing gonre until it's ployed for money. . *,*»

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