The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 10, 1952 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 10, 1952
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BLYTHEVILLE GOURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NOBTKBASTsjARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLVHI—NO. 144 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader £lythevllle Herald BIA'THEVJLLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER JO, 1962 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Tax Rates Cut First Time in City's History Crafton Fills Vacant Council Post; 3 Ordinances Passed For the first time in the'hislory of the City of Blyllie- ville, municipal taxes were reduced last night. Tliough taking: only a brie]' poilion of a two hour and 45 minute meeting, this action held top interest at the monthly session of the City Council. And it was a busy session, In addition to adopting reduced tax rates, the Council ratiiicd the appointment of Rupert Crafton to serve out the teron of J. Limlsey Gunn, \v li o resigned last month, and passed three ordinances. Smith Re-Opens Divorce Probe Eight Cases Slated To Come Before Chancellor at Marion MARION, Ark, //P» — Chancellor Leon Smith of Blythevllle today reopens his probe of an alleged "easy divorce racket" in Arkansas. Eight cases continued from July were expected to come before the court. In addition, action was expected on several other cases under scrutiny. The investigation opened after published charges that out-of-state people were obtaining divorces by posing as residents of Arkansas. Under law, anyone filing for divorce must have lived in Arkansas at least. 90 days and Intend to make the state the permanent residence. However, Chancellor Smith said It was charged that many out-of- staters journey to Arkansas ,rcnt a room to serve as a mailing address,- file suit for divorce" and head back home to await the decree. The "divorce racket" charge was an issue in the recent Democratic gubernatorial primary. Gov. Sid McMath, who lost in his attempt to g&\n a-third term, said the "racket" operated--in the 12th Chancery District with the knowledge of his successful opponent, Judge Francis Cherry of *>;nesboro. Judge Cherry and Judge Smith both preside over the district. Judge Cherry fla tly den led Me Math's charges. Missco Blood Tests Slated Public Health Unit To Visit Sept. 16-20 The mobile blood-testing unit of the United States Public Health Department will visit Mississippi County Sept. 16-20 through cooperation of the Arkansas State Board of Henltll and Mississippi County Health Unit, Richard G. Lockhart. pnblic health advisor for the comity, announced today. Mr. Lockhart announced the following schedule for stops to be mnde by the unit, in the county: Sept. 16. unit located at City Hall in Joiner; Sept. 17, rear of Dr. Eilis' office in Wilson; Sept. 18. Court House in Osceota; Sept. 10. Bnnvn's Store in Lvixora; Sept. 20. Court. House In Blytheville. "Any person from four j'ears of age on up is invited to take advantage of the mobile unit's facilities during the Mississippi County stops." Mr. Lockhart said. "There Is no charge for blood-test services " A total of some 45 diseases may be indicated through results ob- The ordinances passed last nipht— 1) Reactivated an ordinance passed two years ago approving establishment of Sewer District No. 4 in Pride and Gateway Subdivisions. ) Provide for inspection of natural gas pipelines and appliances installed here and setting specifications for materials and insinuation. 3) Require Installation of meters in taxi cabs here,' set increased fares and provide license fees and limitations. In presenting a city tax rate resolution, which is acted on every year about this time. City Clerk W. I. Malin announced that because of adequate money in sinking funds for bond retirement, taxes levied for this purpose could be reduced. Funds now on hand, he said, are ample to retire bonds outstanding on Walker Park, City Hall and Bly- thcville Hospital as they become due: The reduction totals three and one-half mills (or $3.50 per $100 ol assessed valuation and brings the total mlllage rate for Btythevlllfr to 7.6 mills. This is the tax rate which will be used to determine 1952 taxes, which will be paid in 1953. Pledged for Bonds Mr. Malin said money already collected and cm hand in the bond retirement funds . is pledged for paying off these bonds and cannot be used for any other purpose. Here is the break-down of the miltage rule adopted last night: general fund, fix r e mills; City Hall, one mill (was 22 mills);"hospital; one-half mill <\vas 1.8 mills); Firemen's Pension and Relief Fund, one-tenth mill; and city library, one mill. Funds needed to retire all WaUc- er Park bonds is on hand, so the one-mill levy for that purpose no longer is included in the tax rate schedule. The resignation of Third Ward Alderman Gunn, who moved last month to Bakersfield, Calif., was read last night by Mayor Dan Elod- gctt, who recommended appointment of Mr. Crafton to serve out Mr. Gunn's term. After being notified of his appointment, Mr. Crafton, a former Third Ward alderman, appeared later n ithe meeting and was sworn in by Municipal Judge Graham Suribury, Sr. Mr, Crafton was defeated for the City Council post by Sec COUNCIL on Page 9 McCarthy Is Re nominated In Smashing Primary Win Seven Other State Election esults Given DISCUSS INVESTMENTS 11KKK — City and Chamber of Commerce officials were present fast night at a dinner meeting given at the Rustic liui for Clarence A. Jackson, president of American United Life Insurance Co. of Indianapolis, Ind., who visited Blythevflle yesterday to inspect company holdings here. Above, (left to right J, J. A- Bryant, local American United manager, Mr. Jackson, P. H. Dunn, company vice-president who accompanied Mr, Jackson, und Mayor Dan BlodgeU' discuss the BIyihcville visit prior to the dinner. American United hits some million and a half dollars in loans and business nnd farm investment.* in Blythevllle, Mississippi County, and Southeast Missouri. (Courier News I'hoto) Taft Territory to Support Ike; Stevenson Warns U.S. of Peril Truman Foreign Policy Is Given Solid Support SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Gov. Acilai Stevenson stood solidly today on thfeT?o&&i^ policy of the Tiannan'admiri- istralion and, with a v Screening Starts Of Students for Special School A. G. Thompson, superintendent of special education, and Miss Mary Louise McDowel, speech correctinn- ist. of the State Department of Education, arrived from Little Rock yesterday to begin preliminary screening of children for the Lange j whole School for Exceptional Children. through of peri], outlined'^ program for action in Asia. "America is threatened as never before/ 1 he said. diencc fr give ma tions of Asia, to recognize their desire for independence, and to show them that the United St:ite.i is not pursuing a policy of domination. Speaking with unusual .seriousness, the Democratic candidate for the presidency made these points last night: 1. "I do not think war is an* — inevitable part of this contest between freedom and tyranny." 2. "With 85 per cent of our budget allocated to defense, it is the Soviet Union" which now fixes the level of our defense expenditures and thus our tax rates." 3. Republican nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower's "10-poitit program . . . does not contribute much to our foreign policy discussion." 4. "I believe we may in time look back at Korea as a major turning point in history—a turn- ning point which led not to another war, but to the first historic demonstration that an effective system of collective security is possible." 5. "I want to assure our friends in Asia (hat America will never . . . Stevenson . . . "Amcrira Is threatened as never before . . . seek to dominate their political nnd economic development." tsined by a Wood test, according to Willingham, Mr. Lockhart. Mississippi and Crittenden Counties rank as hi?he?t in Ajkansas in number ' of venorral disease the most common dis- ea?e spotted through the blood tests, he pointed out. Mr. Thompson and Miss McDowel are working today «ith Mrs, H. P. Point Is A Teak Tlus was Stevenson's most important effort on foreign policy. It was a peak point as well in Ihc campaign he is waging the West. Nearly 1,900 people— two floors of Veterans ;cated on Memorial who will be the in- Auditorium — heard the address. Mructor,, and members of . the The basement audience watched lilviheville Junior Auxiliary who him via a projection on a screen. «-ill do volunteer work in the school. \ His demeanor, and the whole pat- MIK. W. T. Rainwater, chairman ofiicrn ol presentation, indicated how project. Is assisted by Mrs. j much Importance Stevenson him- 1 the Weather Arkansas forecast: Clear Eo partly cloudy Wednesday, Thursday and F*riclny. Little temperature change. Freeman Robinson, Mrs. W. R. Lawshe, and Mrs. James C. Guard, Auxiliary president. self placed on thl.s address. He dispensed with the quips nnd jokes that usually take up the first Repairs and decoration of o house I fm , r or ; lve minutes of his lalks. LITTI.E CHANGE Light winds, hign morning humidity. Jlis.soiirl forecast: Generally fair tonight and Thursday: little change in temperature: low tonight gener- the 60s; high Thursday suitable for classrooms on the grounds of Langc School are nearing completion under the direction of the BlytheviHe School Board. W. B. Nicholson, superintendent of schools, and Miss \Vlnnie Virgil Turner, supervisor of elementary schools. See STEVKNSON on Page D Dixie Downs Move Canceled MARION. Arkk. Ml — Two members cf the throe-member Critten- dcn County Election Commission today cancelled a fountywide referendum on a proposed horse race track at West Memphis. See related slory on PaRC 3.) Shortly afterward chancellor Leon Smith refused a commission request to dismiss a petition filed Joiner to Receive Higher Share of Power Revenue JOINER—The regularly scheduled meeting of the Joiner City Council for last night wns not held due to a previous meeting held this week lo transact business with the Arkansas E^wcr and Light Company, which provides power for the City of Joiner, Mayor H.-H. How- crton said. Mayor Howerton said a new revenue-sharing agreement was reached with AP&I, which will result In an approximate £400 increase in ROK's Bayonet Way io Hill Top Red Counterattack On Capitol Hill Is Repelled of Daybreak By IIOBKRT Tl. TUCKMAN SEOUL, Korea l/n — Battle-hard enctl South Korean infantrymcn'rc captured Capitol Hill in a wil ni'^ht bayonet charge nnd then threw buck counterattacking Chi nose at daybreak today. A U. S. ELcrhlh Army staff office .said "the ROK.s (Republic Korea troops) are on that hill to! stay." In five days of vicious close-in fighting for the Central Front hill, troops of the crack Capitol Division have killed or wounded at least 2,300 Chinese, the Eighth Army estimated. That is nearly the equivalent of a Red regiment. ' M Killing for the hill has produced the Communist ar- ttilery barrages of the war. Gen. Jnmes A. Van Fleet, Eighth Army commander, said nt the front the shelling amazed him nnd "indicates they iRed.s) have enough supplies nnd ammunition at the' front." Ked? Lnt* 100 Trucks The U. S. Fifth Air Force said fighter-bomber pilots last night knocked out 100 Communist supply trucks, (lie highest score since early June. Fifth Air Force pilots helped soften Chinese defenses before the fight up the slopes of Capitol Hill. General Winds Up Midwestern Campaign Trip WASHINGTON W>) — Gen. DwigliL D. Eisenhower told cheering Republican campaign workers today that "one thing underlies ajl the enthusiasm Hint I have encountered — the de-sire for n change." 1NDIANAPOUS (AP) _ Gen. Dwight D. Eisenltowe w o u_n d il- Afinvest cum prorri i n 8 . v Police estimated thai nt least half million Boosters turned out t welcome the Republican presidci Ual nominee yesterday and las night in Indianapolis, flying to Washington today for That was his last stop befor brief chut with the GOP Naliom Committee staff. He will conljmi by plane to New York th afternoon. Indiana, like Ohio, gave Its stip port to Sen. Robert A. Tnft Ohio for the presidential uomina lion at the Republican National Convention at Chicago lost July. But in both states, Eisenhower won pledges of nil-out, support from party leaders, with the exception of Taft himself. And in Indianapolis, the heavy public outpouring gave the general hope ol grass roots strength. Taft, who was In Washington during- Eisenhower's Midwest trip, is slated to meet Ihc general soon to determine how much of a parl he will play hi the campaign. ' 350,000 Wclcnnia Ike Police estimated that 350,000 persons welcomed Eisenhower as ho drove into Indianapolis in the afternoon. As the general drove from his of f hotel to the Butler University field By The Associated I'ress Sen. Joseph II. McCarthy, ontroversial storm-center of he national presidential cam- aitfn, won a smashing pri- iury election victory ycster- lay which he said endorsed iis Communists - in - govcrn- ioiit drive. The ReiMiWienn senator's chief pponcnt. Leu SohmlU, bitterly oncedcd McCarthy's rcnamiimtlon o a second term with the comment hat in time Wisconsin voters "will ccaJl (heir .support, of McCarthy n this election with shame," The vote was one-sided. Late reurns: McCarthy, 332,883; Schmitt 3Q.43G. (See related stories on Page 5.) house lo make an address lust night, crowds were lined in the i darkness on both sides of the street alon^ almost every the five-mile route. Police estimated this outpouring at 125.000. The field house Itself was packed to the rafters with about 15,000 persons and another 10.000 or 12,000 were seated in n football Ktadhim Sec EISKN'irmVKK on Page 9 Seven other stales also belt! pri- nary elections yesterday. They vore New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, Washing ton, Arixonn, Colorado and Ulan. Virtually nil ncumbenls were re-elected. As votes were being tubulated in husc elections, the two presiden- in! candidates engaged in a long-range verbal duel. GOP candidate Gen, Dwlghl D. Eisenhower said in Indianapolis hnt his Democratic opponent, Gov. Adlal 1C. Stevenson of Illinois, was nesenL administration's record." "using every trick in the book to get himself off tlie hook of the quack doctors nnd bnrc - faced end government by "fearmongers. planned to visit Washington en Eisenhower colled on voters to looters." Today the general head- route. Stevenson, In San Francisco, swing through the Midwest. He stood solidly behind the foreign policy of the Truman administration. Warning of peril ahead, he outlined a .program of action in Asiu. ' He said the free world's grealesl danger is Soviet conquest of Asia, and he told a nation-witle telcvi sion nnd radio audience Ihc besl way to avert this danger is to give material aid to the new nations ol Asia, to recognise their indcpend ence. and show them (he U. S. is not following a policy of domina lion. President Truman, self - Btylec "key" to the presidential campaign set Sept. 27 as the departure dale for a 10 to 12-day Western whistle stop totir of his ov;n, one designed to help Stevenson. As planned, H will be as intense as any of his own successful give-'em-hell trips in 1H18. Truman will make a major public power speech in North western Montana Oct. 1 in dedicating tbe "Hungry Horse Dam. Then he will .swing into Washington, Oregon and California. In an unprecedented move, the organized Democratic party of Tcx- as marched into the cnmp of Eisenhower. At an Amarlllo convention yesterday, cheering Democrat leaders gave tcxas Democratic voters the green li^ht to vote for the general and try to swing Texas 1 24 electoral voles to Eisenhower in November. The convention, hooting Stevenson, voted io pul the Democratic candidate's name on the November ballot, but in a resolution went fur- KAKE Fl.OWKK BLOOMS HERE — Once every eight years, the night blooming ccretis plant unfolds Us leafy bud and displays a rare si(;lit — one that is seen only about 20 hours during the average lifetime of man — the cercus petal in full bloom. Blythcville had three such blooms last night In the back yard of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Crouch at 126 East Dougan. The exotic white bloom lasts only a few hours every eight years, nnd Mr. nnd Mrs. Crouch (above), take advantage of the opportunity to inspect their cereus during the height of Its beauty. (Courier News I*hol&) Phone Rate Boost Bond Filed by Bell LITTLE ROCK <AP) — Southwestern Bell Telephone, Company filed a $600,000 bonil with the state Public Service Commission yesterday In !t step toward pulling Us proposed $2.3 million rate Increase into effect Sept. 21. A prc-hcaring conference Rot un-* . - . dcrvvny this morning, the second to be held by South'western Bell officials and city officials from Arknn- ^ns ,cities who arc protesting the rale Increase. -5 J Atndng the clty--ottlcials prcSJjftjt was Mayor Dan Blodgelt of Blytfie- villc. Issues to be considered hi the impending rnte case fisht were discussed nt today's prc-hcnring conference. The proposed new rule schedule was suspended by the PSC when Hell submitted II Aug. 21. The bond would allow the firm to put its new rates into effect, guaranteeing subscribers a refund il the rate '•• boost is denied. Several cities have served notice that they Intend to oppose (.lie increase. The Commission refused to accent a similar bond last spring, which Bell filed in nn attempt Lo put into effect a requested S1.9 million increase. Commissioner Howard Gladden salt! the PSC has not decided what act!oil it will take on this latest bond proposal foot ofl lhcr and askccl Gov - AIIan Shivers and other party officials to campaign for Eisenhower. The bi g n e w.s to day, ho we v c r, See rcUXTiONS on Page 9 Inside Today's Courier News . . . Qsceota News . . . Slarr Garmjf . . Page 7, . , . Society . . . Pajte -I. . . Markets . . . Pace 9. . . . Sports . . . K?minolcs to oppn Friday against Wynne . . . PaKC ft, . . . We're looking forward (o watching Chirks in '52. . , editorials. . . Page 6. Osceola Council To Open $100,000 Sewer Ditch Bids TB Association To Move into New Office Soon OSCEOLA — The City Council meeting regularly scheduled for tonight has been postponed until 2 p.m. tomorrow, at which time bids for construction of a scw:igc ditch sy.stem to irons port sewage to the Mississippi River will oe opened, j Mnyor Ren P. Butler snid today. Mayor Butler said bids for construction of the system may ran^e' as high as $100,000. The new ditch \Ncgro IS Fined $50 will carry .sewage out of the city into disposal channels. Within the next few ueek.T, tbe Mississippi County Tuberculosis As- Koriation plans lo move into tls o'.vn office building here, Mr? Frances Gnmmill. executive tai v. .said yesterday. The Association office now i.i Jo- cnletf in the Court House. A concrete block building to house the office is beinK erected behind Health Unit and will face ChLcfea- s,v.vba Avenue. This building will include general office spare, stored room and an of lice for the executive secretary. It is being built with funds accumulated by the Association prior to hirinc its first full-lime executive" secretary In 1944, Mrs. Gammill said. Members nf the Building Committee include Joe n. Evans, chairman. Dr. J. C. Guard and Gcorsc M. Lee. all of Blylheville. and Steve Ralirfi '^f Osceola. Advisors for Mic nfrrl are County Jndne Pa her '[White and Mrs. C. G. Redman, retired executive secretary. 12 Businessmen Start Seeking Pledges for Bloodmobile Sept. 22 One-dozen, downtown businessmen started to work this week in recruiting blood donors for the Sept. 22 visit of the Red Cross Bloodmo- bi!e. O. E. Knudsen, who is heading re- crinting in the doxvntown area, today announced the list of workers who will deliver the pledge cards, "We expect response to be good since everyone who has given blood nt any of [he mobile units which have been in Blytheville Is now' eligible to give again," Mr. Knudsen staled Recruiting workers include E. D. Swancr. Herb Childs, W. Paul Pry- Barney Cockrell, C. M. Smart, B, R. Hays, George Hubbard, John Lane. Frrd Sfindcfur, Clarence My- rirk Hcber Lindqmst and Bud Wilson. Al?-o solng to work recruiting donors this week were about 20 members of Boy Scout Troop 36, -snonsorrd by First Methodist Church, The Blcodmobile will be at the sccrc- i American Legion Hut on North | Second Street. Appointments will he made for the hours of 10 run. to 4 p.m., in- elusive anrt may be n-.nde by calling flic Red Cross office at 4481. i: ally 85-95. Minimum this mornine —67. Maximum yesterday—89. Sunset today—6:15. tomorrow—5:40, Pronpitfttion 24 hnnr.s to T a.m. I yesterday hy anil-race' track forces i rnonr V paid the city —none- { sorting to prevent th« referendum, f nv annuall >'Tot^l precipitation since January j Instead he continued Indefinitely 1—27.ftrf! hearing on the petition. be- The commission contended Its action today had nullified any reason (or for the injunction petition, but Ce- School Dedication. Program Is Set Menn temperature (midway twp«n hissh and low 1 * — 78, Normal mean temperature September— 74.2. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning— 35. \Ia \ i nn i tn TO.*? rt rdfl v - • - flfi. FrcTi'iir lion January I to date— 31.49. Hits , cil Nance, West Memphis attorney, who repro.sented track opponents urged thnt the petition remain on filr '•becnuse tho ronimis'-irjij mi -:U meet tomorrov nnd rescind the action taken today." Untfer a previous asrcen.rnt. llic company paid a flab annual rate plus two per cent of gross receipts In the city, which amounted to approximately $500 annually, Mayor Howerton said. The new contract i calls for payment of four per centi of gro^s receipts, which will brinsf : In aim tit S'>rjo per yr-ar to Hie riiy. 1 basf-d on pit-sent tcveuuis, Mnyor. • Howerton &, ' The program fnr the formal dec! k\i lion of Bhtticviile's nc~A S351.000 Senior Hish School Sunday 'A:ia announced today by Sn- nrrirjtencl'.-nt of Schools W. B Nicholson. A derJical ion pru^: n rn ;viU he combined with an "opvi. home" for inspection of the bulletins hy the public. The building will he open from 10 am. Sunday until 5 p.m. for public inspection. Following toverhl &Hr:ttions hv flu- llivih.-vilJf Hivli firhool >,.nu1 n' I •?.<). fie clr-rtica' ion pi'ny L.-.JI, will get under way at 2 p.m. in- the school's I.OOfl-snat auditorium. The hand \vill be under the direction of Robert Lipscomb. The program will bCRin at 2 p.m. with W. D. Tomrney, hiRh Kchnol principal, presiding,, with nil invocation given by the Rev. Roy I. Bagtcy, pastor of Ihe First Methodist Church here. Folln-Aine the invocation, the High School Chorus under the direction of Mrs. WlUon Henry will prf-.vjnl Severn I selrrliotH. r)tvjj,*'if.n of the vliorO bullrt- hisr vill tjc mad'.> by M-.x Ei Reid, preside u V ol the BtyUiev ill« School Bo.ird, with acceptance by Mr. Nicholson, Presentation of distinguished gi:c:->Li will follo-A 1 . About 80 guests are expected to he sealed on the auditorium Rt:n;r, Mr. Nicholson pAid, LiK'liidinc members of the Blythevillc .School board, superintendents of Mississippi County School] nr.d collCRc presidents and education officials from throughout the state, Thfl program will he concluded hy HiiiLOLiiu c-n'ifitts bv Mr Tom• mrv i one -r-ruing t ours through the ne* building. On Assault Charge One Negro was fined nnd er found not guilty in Municipal Court, this morning on charges of assault wi;h a deadly weapon growing nut of a fight. Frank Lawrence w;is [jncd Jot) snd costs on the charge. He was chnrficd with attcmptine to assjiult Ewrn Dacky with a knife, D;icky sva.s charged with striking I ,n-A retire a board but he wns found not Ruilty. Darky told thr court he hi! T.aurrnrc with tbe Ixmttl wlirn Hie oilier Nr^ro aihanted on lum with a board. Baby Is Fatally Burned by FaJI Into Hot Water Billic Lee Goodwin, two-ye,tr-old .ion ot Mr. ami Mrs. E J Goodwin of St. Louts, died oi burns at Blythcville Hospital veMrrdny four hours after falling in^o a pan of hot water <U New Liberty. The child was visit inq .1* the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and MTF. Bill De-Spain of New Liberty and the part-nis were in St. Louis when the accident happened. Services will be held in Lllbourn, Mo., but arrangements \vcrr incom- LITTL£ LIZ— Civil War Veteran III JONESBORO. Ark. I/PI — One of risht Confederate veternus still liv- ilU!- 104-yfar-old W. M. T.oiuifr- , Ihilk. is ill at |]K In,mi- hrl'iv Fiu'tids j,,iicl lijs cuuuiiion is America is obcut Itre oory c iry where o man can still do just ci! his wife clca-os

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