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VOL. XLVIII—NO. 7 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS . THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ABK-AUOAQ «x,r, O«,T™ Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily Newj Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 1052 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^ —— . , • —"••-• \j\s± -HJM A.- j. v *y or/IN i o COUNCIL TAKES OPTION ON WATER COMPANY Steel Firm, Union Break Up in Meet TalkShort-Lived Against Threat Of Walkout NEW YORK (AP) — Bethlehem Steel and the CIO United Steelwovkers met for the first time today on the controversial Wage Stabilization Board recommendations, but the meeting quickly broke up. ., Further bargaining was adjourn'. ed indefinitely. Thirty minutes after the big negotiations teams went into n, closed session, the meeting abruptly ended. A company spokesman said the reason was "confusion" over the WSB recommendations. The short - lived talks came against a backdrop of a threatened steelworkers strike April s. Bethlehem, the nation's second largest steel company, has, along with other steel firms, turned down the WSB's recommendations for a Bteelworker wage hoost of 171<, cents an hour, plus other benefits" The companies estimate the total direct costs of the wage boosts and other recommended benefits would be about 30 cents per employe per hour. Today's meeting brought together 60 union negotiators and 20 company representatives. When they emerged from the huddle at the Hotel McAlpin, a union official said the company had asked "time to study the recommendations" of the WSB. He said the union committee would re[ main here for a possible resump- ' tion of talks. A brief company statement said: "Because of the confusion U»t exists with regard to the boiurcViv (WSB's) recommendaUAjj^ tfie meeting was adjourned until further notice." Joseph p. Maloney. chief union negotiator, and CIO President Philip Murray have said the nation's 650,000 sleelworkers will strike against the industry in April —unless the companies yield to the WSB proposals. "And we told them (Bethlehem) the same thing loday," Moloney said. He added that the union informed Bethlehem that "we wanted to resume and continue negotiations on the basis of the WSB recommendations. But he said it was indefinite whether talks would resume next week. Company officials declined to amplify what its statement about "confusion" meant, except to say this referred to "confusion in Washington." Bethlehem lias some 78,000 em- • ployes affected by the dispute, ^most of them in nine major plants • in the east and west. Current stcclworker rales average about $1.81 per hour, although actual earnings, counting overtime, has been estimated at $2 an hour. Truman May Act on Steel WASHINGTON (if, -. President Truman, just returned from his Florida vacation, faced the prospect today of having !o act soon In the steel labor crisis. Negotiations between Philip Murray's strike-threatening CIO steelworkers and big steel companies are in recess—with every indication they won't resume until the government clarifies its waee-nrlce Sec UNION on Page i 6 ^my:'$^... r&&F&". ' — - * ^~^-^St-«fcx*~fiJK8£L, AIIILIXEK BURNS—ALL PASSENGERS SAFE —A Braniff Airlines' DC-4 burns after making an emergency landing in a wheat field near Hugoton. Kan. "The only sensible thing to do was land," said Chief Pilot Jack Stanford who brought the plane down safely after one of the engines caught . fire. Only one passenger, Miss Jesse Watts of Greensboro, N.C., was injured. She skinned a leg sliding down a rope from the plane. The plane carried 45 passengers and 4 crew members. (AP Wirephoto) Truman 'Feels Fine,' But Is Mum On Plans; Kerr Angers Kefauver - • WAS1H / N !. G ' I ^f i . ' ' 3 By MARVIN L. AKKOWSMITH — p «sMent Tnimau, back from Florida feeling "never bet- mum °" whetjlcr he fcels like runni »B f ™ Bother term Kettm „ ,' r um °" welcr e ces e runni »B f ™ other term Ketuinmg !ast 11 ght from a three-week vacation in Key West, the smi-tanncd President " Gardner Heads Cancer Drive iFor North Missto; To Begin April 7 James M. Gardner, Blylheville attorney, has been appointed chairman 'for the annual cancer crusade'in North Mississippi Coun- ty.iMrs. W. R. Brooksher of Ft. Sn'jMi,-; commander of the Arkansas Division of the American Cancer Society announced today. At the same time. Mr. Gardner announced lhat the 1052 campaign for funds to fight cancer will begin in North Mississippi County April 7 and will run for three weeks. The goal for the north half of Ihe county, Mr. Gardner said, is S2.000. He said that community goals have been set and are as follows: Blytheville $1,200, Leachvllle $350, Manila $350, and Dell S'OO. The goal for Blytheville has already been reached by an allocation made through the Community Chest and no personal canvass will be made here this year, Mr. Gardner said. However, donations can be mailed to Mr. Gardner. Postoffice Box 173 in Blytheville. across Pennsylvania Aveiuie in Blair House. " * But, standing at the front door* of the "new" mansion, he only smiled and continued to keep everyone guessing when General Services Administrator Jess Larson alluded to the $5,071,000 reconstruction job and said"If you want to do this Job over a_ couple of sears III be the the HOU.C after Burdette. Farmer Killed by Tractor ,. "'£13 , * Jaycee Scrap brive Set For Tomorrow Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sat- Ge?W! WARMER urday; warmer Saturday. Missouri forecast: Fair and warmer Friday and Saturday, windy Saturday. Minimum this morning—36. Maximum yesterday—53. Sunset today—6:18. Sunrise tomorrow—5:52. Precipitation last 24 hours — none. Total prccipilalion since Jan 1 —14.90. Mean teniperalurc <mld\vay between high and low)—S7.5. Normal mean temperature lor March—51,2. This Dale Last Vear Minimum (his morning—50. Maximum yesterday—55. President rc- niighl still be occupant then, plied: "Thank you,,Jess, but I hope it will never have to be done over again." Newsmen had no belter luck when Truman stepped jauntily from his plane, the Independence, at National Airport. In between'a welcome-home hug from Mrs. Truman and handshakes with members of his cabinet, the President was asked whether he had anything to say about published reports that: 1. He had asked Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois to become the administration candidate for president. Stevenson Says "No" 2. Stevenson had said, politelv but firmly, nothing doing. "No comment," the President tossed over his shoulder. And back came a crisp "no" when a reporter inquired whether the President had received "any indication when General Eisenhower wants to be relieved" as supreme commander in Europe to come home and campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. As for the President's own plans regarding Ihe Democratic nomination. Sen. Kilgore (D-WVa) said today he believes Truman will seek re-election "unless he can find another man with a good «iuuivi chance to win and who also would son of carry out the Truman foreign pol-' icy." Kilgore added: "But even if he finds such a man, I don't think it would be wise for the President to announce he was stepping aside until just before the July nominating convention." Fatally; Injured Services Tomorrow Biiford Elle Wilkinson, 2a-year- old Burdette farmer, was killed yesterday afternoon when a tractor ran over him after he had fallen from The accident occurred at 1 p m yesterday on a gravel road on the Russell Wilder farm near Burdette. Mr. Wilkinson was dead on arrival at Brownson's Clinic here. According to Coroner E. M. Holt heart attack, which caused him to fall from the tractor. After passing over Mr. Wilkinson's body, the tractor ran into a shallow ditch, Mr. Holt said. Services will be conducled at 2 p.m. tomorrow in New Liberty Baptist Church by the Rev. Orville McGuire, pastor. Burial will be In Sandy Hidge Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in cha'rgc. Born in Boonevllle, Ark., Mr Wilkinson had lived in the Burdette vicinity for the past IS years. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Helen Wilkinson of Burdette; one son, Buford Elle Wilkinson Jr.: his The Blytheville Junior Chamber ot Commerce will canvass the city tomorrow in search of scrap metal. The scrap drive, also seeking old rubber and rags, was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but' „ was postponed because of last Fri- Kerr, KefauYer Tanqle day night's storm. j 3 Advance solicitations of machine j OMAHA Lilt's a barc-knuckle shops, implement firms and farms struggle lodav between Sen Ke- nave been marie hv tho .TOV/-™* r-, _r T-__: . . _ — _ made by the Jaycees. The drive leaders t have asked Blytheville residents to leave their scrap metal in driveways for Jaycees to pick up tomorrow. Persons with scrap metal to donate can call Emery Blytheville Water Co. Francis at Chares . Moore at Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. to arrange to have scrap picked tip. fauvcr of Tennessee and Sen. Kerr of Oklahoma for Nebraska's Democratic vote in next Tuesday's presidential primary. The silk gloves are off. The polite phase is over. And the spirited Democratic contest for the moment has shoved the OOP's Taft- Eisenhower fight Into the back- e Onrner of Durdctte, Mrs. Sybil Hat clicll of Memphis and Mrs Vctr „ .„ 7- Ncw Boston, Tex., Douglas Wilkinson of Victoria and Eston Wilkinson of Burdette. McMath Takes New Swing at Road Audit LITTLE HOCK (AP)-Coi-. Meaiath has taken an- oilier swing at a favorite enemy of the moment—the Highway Audit Commission. The governor yesterday gave the* ____ li'itansas Highway Commission 1st of recommendations closely i<irallcling some made earlier this nonth by HAC. which said there was "waste und extravagance" in the highway department und thai' MeMath was to' Uatne, Then McMath gave his views on the Audit Commission. He said: "I have recommended that all constructive recommendations ol the Audit Commission be put into effect. Tills does not mean that I approve or condone the methods of procedure of the Audit Commission. . "I do not believe it wise or just to use the vast powers of an Investigative agency for political purposes." McMatli Charges Smear McMath previously had accused the commission of using Its authority to smear him politically. He deplored the fact that cross- examination wasn't allowed in the HAC public hearings—HAC hud refused his request that such examination be permitted. McMath said the character of 3,000 "honest, hard-working law abiding citizens" who are employes of the State Highway Department had been attacked unjustly He added: "Wrong in government must be removed wherever it is found, it is wrong to use public position tor personal profit." "Wrongs" Are Listed But. he sold "it is also wrong to bear false witness; it is wrong lo deprive a citizen of his goal name without facts on which to base the charge; it is wrong to deprive a citizen of his pursuit of happiness without due process of la\v; It is doubly .wrong to do these things for .personal or political'advantage." No retort \\ as expected from HAC to McMath's direct and Indirect attack on it. in its report the commission recalled that McMath had ignored an opportunity to appear before it under oatli and salt! it woukl not reply to any statement he might make while not under oath. Construction Included McMath's recommendations to the Highway CommiMion included one for programming approximately 22 million dollars of new construction. Included In the program would he completion of gaps in Highways according to Coroner E. M. Holt, nc completion of gaps in Highways Mr. Wilkinson apparently suffered Mi 62 ' 79 BIld 70 antl "construction a heart attack, which caused him °' Highway 71 north of Mcna. Highway 71 The Highway Commission voted pay raises of !3^ per cent of pres 1 ent base pay up to a miximum of See AUDIT mi Page 16 Lack of License Costs Barber $35 One man was fined and hearing for another was continued in Municipal Court this morning on charge of violation of the slate's barbering regulations. Ephriam Roberts was fined S35 and costs on a charge of operating as a barber without a certificate of registration. Hearing for Burl Davidson on a charge of employing a barber wilh- April 7. 1 carrying a pistol McCain >nd on n charge of as a weapon. Inside Today's Courier Newj • . . Modern livestock operation in Missco . . . plioto-fca- lure . . . raijc 7. . . . College shows interest 111 "uncommon" umn . . . editorials ... 1'aj.c s. . . . Football play-offs revived in Arkansas . . . sports 1'age ». - . . State education K r o 11 p wants change in minimum wage lav for teachers . . . Arkansas News Briefs . . . i'agc 10. . . . Society . . . I'age -I. •... Markets . . . Page 16. Owner Would Sell Utility to City for About $1,239,000 By CLAUDK E. SPAHKS (Courier News Staff Writer) City Council in special session last night accepted a contract with Robert K. Johnston, owner of Blytfceville Wa ter Company, giving the city a 120-day option to purchase the utility at an approximate price of §1,239,000. p ,,.. L , VItlL - 4 ajaitrui aim air. Fendler system to replace will receive no fee should the pur- 'Sent nlllmnrloH allrl „!,,.— /_<, .- L. . . "- V l . Purchase of Ihe water company Is sought as a means to financing a new sewer system to replace Blythevllle's present outmoded and condemned system. The Council also employed Oscar Fendler, Blytherillc attorney, us special attorney for the city in connection with negotiation for the water system and set his fee at one-fourth of one tier cent of the gross proceeds obtained from sale of bonds related to the project. Payment of the fee Has made UN Says Reds Stall Just for Argument' MUNSAN, Korea I/PI— An Allied truce negotiator said today the Communists appear to be "unnecessarily holding up the armistice Just to argue.'* Col. Don O, Da r row said arguments ranged from the key issue of whether Russia should help supervise a truce down to which words should identify United Nations forces In Korea. There were strong indications staff officers would hand the Rus- rian problem : - back to top level armistice negotiators. Darrow said the Hods were (.'not interested in discussing the problem among staff 'oTftcer.^.-" TI * The Reds insist IhufRussJa seive on a neutral inspection commission which would check troops and HUP- pliLS moving into Korea during i\ truce. The Allies say Russia Is wholly unacceptable. Planes Back in Air SEOUL. Korea «—Skies cleared over North Korea this afternoon and Allied warplanes in force at- the Reds' battered supply tacked lines. A few B-28 bombers flew through storm clouds in the morning and dropped high explosives on rail and highway traffic. Thursday night Bans 'blasted 61 Red supply trucks off North Korean highways. On Ilic ground, an Allied patrol ^worked Its way back -trf ,'U.Nl lines after it hud be*a put o« 'the tillcry blasted Hed positiotis be- twcen the Mundung and Sntae v ill leys. Allied headquarters said Communist shore batteries in battered Wonsan were active on six of the last seven d,iys. Wear - misses splashed into the water • around several American destroyers Wednesday. Countcrfire silenced the Red guns. Helicopter Rescues U.S. Pilot Downed and Captured by Reds TOKYO i.fl - Communists shot down and captured C.ipt. William B. Smart, H Marine pilot from Leesville, La., in North Korea yesterday. But a helicopter rescued hinl minutes later under cover of blazing machineEUn fire. Smart's F4U fighter-bomber was hit by antiaircraft fire on a routine rail cutting mission. ^Vhcn he bailed oul, fellow pilots' radioed the Third Air Rescue Squadron. Kcd troops were waiting when grabhocl Ibp captain, disarmed, him and forced him to lie on the ground. A helicopter, piloted by LI. John R. Cnlhomi of St. Joseph, Mo., dropped toward the spot while Smart's fellow pilots dove in strafing runs on the Communists, Most of the Reds ran for cover. Smart made a break for it. He grabbed a helicopter bar, used for supporting litters. Pvt. David Kroll, an acro-rncdlc from West Allis, Wis.. pulled him Inside as the 'copter rose through Red ma- clifncgun flic-. The helicopter was hit several times and even got holes in its gasoline tank. But Calhoun made it to Allied lines. contingent upon the city acquiring the water system and Mr. Fendler 'Pepper's No Rookie - She Lives by Commands Blytheville Firm Low Bidder on Highway Project S. J. Cohen Co.. of BlyfhevlUe wa.s Ihe apparent low bidder to rebuild 10 miles of Highway 61 between Wll- son and Osceola, the Stile Highway i Commission salti today. j The Cohen bid WRS 4433.330. The U.dject includes two bridges. j | Contracts for this and-20 other I road projects were scheduled to be I awarded by the Highway CommU- tsion this afternoon. ground In this' old-time Republican stronghold. "Smear" Charge Leveled Kefauver accuses Kerr ot start- Ing a "smear" campaign and try- Ing to taint him with the tar brush of "Communist leanings " Kerr charges the Tcnnessecan shows "an utter disregard for the truth" and that he has tried lo inject a note of religious Intolerance Into the campaign | In Ihe middle of these har=,h Democratic words. Republican I groups arc beating the bushes toi Hush oul support for Sen Tart of Ohio Gen. Dwi B hl Eisenhower, concrete (Harold btaxscu and Gen Dou»li,s MacArlhur. * Contest Becomes Import*).! * Almost By GEORGE Cl.ARK (Courier News Slaff Writer) "Attention!" came the command from across the room. With hertic memories of my Army days, I glanced up from my magazine (the kind you find in mast any optometrist's office), expecting to find a corps of military brass in full inspection array. But there was nothing there —except "Pepper" standing at attention. And Just as well as any second tooie you've ever seen. What's so remarkable about that? Nothing, maybe. But "Pepper" isn't a shave-tall. She's a sciewtail—the pel bulldog of Dr and Mrs. Milton Webb. And a pel is just what Pepper Is. She's one of the family with .Milton ant) Ann dhe Welibsi, and they like nothing bettor than to have Pepper perform her tricks for friends. Now a dog that riocs tricks Is nothing unusual but tricks that Pepper docs are a little unusual for the ordinary house pet H i«ms she lives by commands. for iivstaiu-c, about all Milton has to tin i. s t o mention fuod anil Pepper goes tearing off Into the kitchen and returns with feeding cup In moulh, begging for a dog biscuit. Or if he says "hlan- at attention another part of the house, and on the return trip deposits her bedding at his feet. Then, on command, she will He down. The Wcblxs have living quarters in the rear of fir. Webb's office at 138 East Main and Pepper Is "routined to quarter.?." she Is allowed in the office part of the btillillng only on special occasions. There is a line in the doorway that to Pepper separates the living quarters frurn the office and rhe comes only to '.hat line unle.NS commanded otherwise. But lo Milton, Pepper's best trick Is picking a paper ball handled by him from among others handled only by someone else. She did I! three out of four times without the Ic.iit bit of hesitation How dirt Pepper learn .such trirks? "It just takes .patience and a love for dogs," Milton explained. "1 taught her Ihe ball trick by first rubbing meat n\er my liatitij. Then evcntuallv she got whore she could pick out tlw right l>;il] rrom my .'cent alone." NVi-ill!\s to say. Pi-ppcr with he> lucks nilis Ihe Webb r««.l and it's (notably a Rood thine. If times set any worse, the Wf-iibs can always add a pair of dark fringes to the tin cup act and do right »dl. Tribunal Sets Hearing on Highway Issue LITTLE ROCK t,IV-Oral arguments on a motion to restrain the State Highway Department from relocating Highway 61 will be heard by (he Arkansas Supreme Court Monday. Actually, the motion seeks to restrain the department from condemning rights-of-way for the relocated road between Marlon and Turret] in Critlendcn county. In a Mississippi County Chancery Court hearing In Blytheville Chancellor W. Leon Smith rejected a motion to prevent the relocation, and opponents of the move want the high court to slay the work until it considers an appeal from the Chancery court order. W. B. Nicholson Is Nominated For AEA Office W. B Nirtiolson. superintendent of niythcvillr schools, lias been nominated for the vice presidency ot the Arkansas Education Association, v,hlch is now holding Its annual convention in Utlle Rock Members ot the AEA will elect' officers for the coming year by mall ballots. Alto nominated for vice president was R. H.. Cole of Magnolia. Othrr noinres me M, H. Russell ol l.ake Village, tor pre.sidcnl. and Don Blacknion of Wynne and Mrs. C. L Graves of DfQueen. for recording secretary, (See additional AEA slory oil raje 10.) :hase fall to be carried out. All eight aldermen attended last night's meeting. City Attorney Percy A. Wright was absent. The vote on both resolutions was unanimous. After passage of the option resolution, Mayor Dan Blodgctt explained to the Council and 25 citizens, who attended the meeting, that this Is merely the first step In negotiating for (he water company and said that conclusive action is yet several months aivny. In offering the Financc-Commlt- lec-spnnsorcd resolution, Chairman L. O. Nash took the fJoor to explain his views on the proposed purchase. No Oilier Way "I believe In private enterprise," Mr. Nash told the aldermen. "I'm opposed to what we are doing. "I believe everybody should pay an equal pnrt of taxes. But I aso believe tins Is the only way we have of financing a new sewer sys- "We couldn't levy a property tax, bond men say we can't float a bond Issue without It and this IS the only way I see to do it Our sewer system Is condemned and we must have a new one. "I want to say," MI: Nash continued, "I'd be against the city of Blytheville ever buying anything else li$<. this. The only reason I'm doing 7 this Is for the health, and ?eni of Blythe- thls is the only ^ -~=-~ —" >^i**v? our, sewer sys- . Alderman Nnsh was followed 'to' the floor by Third Ward Alderman J. Lmdsey Gunn. "I am fundamentally opposed to public ownership," Mr. Gunn said and i think we have been fortunate In our town to have received the service we have from our utilities—both eleclric and water "The only way I can see to get the sewers Is through this route I wish there was another way" He seconded Alderman Wash's motion for passage of the resolution. First Ward Alderman Homer Wilson then asked Water Company Manager C. W. Kapp to restate for the Council Information he had received in a previous conversation Could Double Output Wilson: "I believe, Mr. Kapp. you told me we could double the number of water users with the present facilities of the water com- Knpp: "/is far as capacity, yes." Wilson: "Possibly triple?' Kanp: "Possibly." Blytheville Water Company ts*al (joori a walcr system as you know of? Kapn: "we're ruled Clnjs A by the State Board of Health " Wilson: "Is that a good'rating?' KnnpT "You'll have to ask them." Wilson: "Bo you know of any b'Kcr rating?" Kapp: "No." In clarification of his stolem'nt about adding to the number of water users. Mr. Kapp soirt the water facilities would handle an increased number of users If the town will prow lhat much. Alderman Wilson concluded his questioning by .statins; he wanted the Council and citizens to hear Mr. Kapp's statements retarding the water company's physical assets. Charles Upford. Fo'lrth Ward ahlrrman. Ihen ask-d C. O. Miles Chicago representative of .\ir! Johnston who has been ivorkin" with city officials on the option, i"f tlicre could ever be a pnssibility of nropc-rty taxes boins; imposed on the city for anyihintr connecti'd with thi^ Irans.-.ction. Couldn't Oblit.itr Properly Mr. Miles stated he did not know of any way bonds which might be Involved In this issue could he retired other than by revenues of the waterworks. He said no Indebtedness could be placed against the property of any See COUNCIL on Page 16 LITTLE LIZ— With some men o girl should eot. dnrA ond be wory ®MA _

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