The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 31, 1952 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, October 31, 1952
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VOt/XLYWU-MO. 1ST fcythwlU. CourW BlytherUl* Dtily K*w> »«U«jr Or NORTWAST ARKANSAS AND SODTHEAST MISSOURI NEWS Illinois Convicts End Riot After Arrival of Stevenson Halt Called as Governor ' BLYTHEVILLE, -ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1952 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Prepared to Make Appeal By DON WHITEHEAD CHESTER, 111. (AP) — Convicts ended their four-day rebellion at Jlenard state prison today and released thfeir seven hostages before Gov. Adlai Stevenson carried out plans for making a personal appeal to them. . Th« rebel convicts capitulated afier an ultimatum was delivered by Michael Seyfrit, state director of public safety. ' Seyfrit told the insurgents, who had been bottled up In the prison's east cell block since Monday, that unless they surrendered hsavily- * * * Sen. Fulbright Takes Over for Gov. Stevenson Arkonsos Solon Picks Up Campaign Tour Through East ; By JAMES DEV1I.V ABOARD STEVENSON SPECIAL (yp> _ Tlie Democratic presidential campaign train rolled across the Eastern countryside today without a candidate. : : Gov. Adlai Stevenson, the' party nominee for the White House dropped his politick'luE^o fly back to Illinois to cope with-a prison riot. " But his train pushed on with Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark) tak Ing the role of stind in at wh!s- armed state troopers would cut through the cell home doors with torches and "use whatever force Is necessary to restore order." After • releasing their hostages, the 339 convicts marched back to their cells. Just before this, a loudspeaker had been set up <••. the prison yard and Gov. Stevenson was expected to issue an appeal or an ultimatum to the convicts. : The Democratic presidential nominee had broken off his campaign tour in the East to rush here by plane and automobile. Before the Convicts capitulated, the heavily-armed state troopers massed at the north and south en trances to the cell house. An unidentified slate police captain shouted a demand for an immediate release of the hostages Otherwise, he said, the. troopers would move in "and It won't be funny if we come in." ... : ' Two gunshots were heard. They apparently were fired as warnings The police captain shouted: "bring the keys down here." "Wait a minute," a convict replied from the cell, house. "Get them down here now," the captain . demanded.. "We're not tlestpps through Mars land West Virginia and Delaware. Stevenson hoped to rejoin the campaign party In time to make four scheduled speaking appear ances In New "York City later !r (he day ( The suspension of his campaig ioui came suddenly last night In Pittsburgh. Only four, campaign dajs mained beiore election as Hie gov- einor decided his hom« state problem superseded his quest for votes * * ' * In Prison Yard ; Newsmen watched from a high, rocky bluff which serves as part of the prison will. Prom that Distance Stevenson could not be distinguished but he was presumed to be in the prison yard at the time of the convicts' surrender. The first of [he hostages to emerge from the cell house were Lt 101 en Stewart 55 and Guard William Blythe, 57. Although the guard hostages had been vulhout food for nearly five da\s they appeared to be unharm ed They were taken to the prison hospital <.* ' } '^__ However Stem art and v Blv£| were so weak thev had to be ai: sisted as thej walked from the cefl house * * * Ike Charges Foes Out to Destroy Him with'Smear' General Flays Demos In New York Speech; Heads for Chicago By RELMAN MORIN .EN ROUTE WITH Eisenhower (AP) -— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower headed for Chicago by plane today after three , hard-driving days in New York where he said, in a climatic speech, the Democrats are trying to destroy him with a'super-smear. "They have made wild charges spread vile rumors, and played fast and loose with the truth " he said. : "They are determined to destroy me; to destroy my lite-long friendships, my reputation, my spirit. "This has been some campaign! It has been shocking." Eisenhower hurled these charges ast night at a rip-roaring OOP •ally in Madison Square Garden, The Democrats turned their fire >n him, personally, Eisenhower aid, when they failed to prevent he unificallon he claims has taken llace in the Republican parly. He laid he wasn't greatly perturbed >n any personal basis. Recalling that the late Nazi prop- igandisls, Joseph Ooebbels and lulius streicher, and more recently the Russian ' poison pen USAF Won't Swap Base Land; Fund Drive Set Gen. Van Fleet's Letter Sets Off Repercussions By WARREN ROGERS, JR. .•WASHINGTON (AP) - The great campaign debate over sending -outh Kcreaiis into the line to replace American soldiers in Korea mushroomed like an atomic explosion today, billowing out to Tokyo and Paris. Jti'lSm^lJ?". SS.« e HoSS ho^r ^"pu^icfn c.ndid'.te A. Van for president. . 7 Firing Denied At Detroit, where President Tru- mass.of data man's entourage was campaigning tor the Democratic ticket, a press denial that Gen. James Fleet Is being rellevc-.V as 'Eighth Army commander and, from secret Pentagon files, ' • - . . - showing: 1. Van Fleet's request that Scuth aide said: Korean forces be doubled—from 10 to 20 divisions—was opposed as premature by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, then United Nations commander in Tokyo and now preme commander of North lantic Treaty forces in Paris. M- 2. Ridgway's position was upheld by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of Defense Lovett. 3. The Defense Department says •it,has,been carrying out a long- range program to turn over the \ defense of Korea to the South Koreans as soon as leaders can be trained and seasoned in combat. 4. Gen. Mark Clark, Ridgway's successor In 'Tokyo, has pursued this program and has submitted » longer-range proposal for further expansion, now being studied at the Pentagon, . The New York Daily News published a story today saying Van Fleet was being relieved for writ- Ing a letter quoted in a campaign "President Truman has not fired Gen. Van Fleet and has no intention of firing him." Earlier, the Army and Defense Departments and Clark's Tokyo headquarters denied receiving any orders from the White House to relieve. Van Fleet. Neither Clark nor Van *• Fleet, who was questioned at Seoul, would comment. A spokesman for Van Fleet said he does not plan to comment. Eisenhower, on a "radio-television broadcast from New York Wednesday night, read part of Van Fleet's letter in support of his con See VAN FLEET on P»fe 7 Weather Arkansas Forecast — F a i r_ a n d warmer this afternoon; fair and mild tonight and Saturday. Highest today near 70; lowest tonight upper 40s. Mijwmri Forecast—Generally fair tonight and Saturday; a little cooler north portion Saturday; low tonight 40-45 northft-est and 45-55 east and south; high Saturday S5 northwest to near 80 southeast; •winds this afternoon southwesterly 20-30 miles per hour In south and east ce»lral portions and variable 15 miles per hour elsewhere. Minimum this morning—46. Maximum yesterday—68. Sunset today—5:06. Sunrise tomorrow—«:20. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m.— . none. Total precipitation since January 1—36.73. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—67.' Normal mean temperature for October—63.4. Thl. tat* tut tear Minimum this morning—45. Wtximum yesterday—72. Inside Today't Courier New* ... P»ps win string broken .:.: Chicks play Mllltngton tonight . . . Bees low . . . Sport! . . . Pa»e S . . . ... Markets . . . Page 1 ... State's ecntrortrsia] par- art to he derided bj rs .. . Page 6 i . . . . Society . . . Fate 4 ... irtists" have attacked him. the general grinned "I have been worfcecl over by experts.'" He closed by reasserting ' ' ' I have made no deals in this campaign t _ v No one ha-s K. olainKon me »"%» «e*r:->* ;* ~ ^ ^ — ^ myMjwn 23,06i" Present' The great arena was Jammed Edward Miller, head ol the sec- uritj forces for the building fl\ed :he alien IICK at 23.000. This v.1-, Eisenhowers blue chip effort In the New York area He spent three days this week in or near New York City, campaigning from, morning until at night. He worked a 13-hour schedule and sometimes longer. And he threw his full energy into the drive. It all came to a colorful', noisy, and well-staged climax in the Garden. For more than four hours before Eisenhower appeared, movie stars sports figures, singers, dancers, political leaders—and more than 20 women from various walks of life—paraded across the stage. Finally, Eisenhower went before the television cameras, accompanied by a deafening roar of applause, and began his speech. . He quickly hit piw.of his mair themes, recalling that some Democrats wanted him to be the party See EISENHOWKK on Pa»e 1 _____ Sparks Ignite Opening Schedule Compress Roof For Split-Term Schools Revised A new schedule for opening o split-term schools wns released to day by Blytheville School Superln tendent W. B. Nicholson. Mr. Nicholson said Lone Oak Promised Laiirl (Negro and white) and clear Lake white schools will open on Nov. 3 as announced yefi- N'ATUPAL GAS ARRIVES — Brythevllle's first natural gas con- sumeis began use of the new fuel here for the first time jestcrday when half a dozen meter connections »ere completed bj Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. One of the first residences connected was Ihe Milton Dallas home at 114 Illinois. Above, Mrs. Dallas and daughter Cathy, 8. watch H. B. Richardson, Ark-Mo's local office manager, turn the meter valve to bring natural gas to iheir home. (Courier News Photu) City Must Raise Money to Obtain 190 More Acres There will be no swap-out deal in regard to land on and adjoining the Blylheville air bnse, Army engineers in Little Rock told Blytheville rep- resfentalii'cs yesterday. Chamber of Commerce Manager Worth D. Holder and Mayor Dan Blodgclt we're In Little Rock yes- < IN fyfEMORIAM I • Pa in js sooa forgotten, lest we I forget;.;Hardirig; Coplidge; Hoovei Soup lines otic Sheriffs Sales!/ Forest Fires Blaze Anew in Camden Area CAMDEN <AP> - A forest fire described as-llie worst of Arkansas' October siege was "traveling like a railroad train" near Nevark 'in t h e Camden-Stephens area this morning. State Forester Fred Lang, who was directing fire-ftghttng activities from headquarters in Camden, estimated the new fire was burning or had burned over an area of about 10,000 acres. fire Tve never seen' a forest like this one, ' Lang said like a railroad train . Its jumping highways and . spreading out all over the place. It's about a mile and a half wide. It's about four miles long, probably five by now It'We re trjinj? to organize some men now and find out how to go about fighting Uw ttitog. Our Na }Mt about' in Pike, Clark, Miller and Little River Counties. .' The forester said "If we can just get ahead of this Ncvnrk five, we will be ahead of the slluallon for a while at;'least." But, he added, the danger will lie great as long as the dry weather continues 15 Mile* Weti'Of Camden Lang said 1 he would survey the situation personally from an airplane The Nevark fire Is about 15 miles west of Camden. It is east of Hosston. Elsewhere In South Arkansas. Lan said the timber blaze situation was "pretty much under control". . . • Sixty-six .fires were extinguished yesterday .after, they had seared 5,223 acres.-Most of them \veiv: No Rain Seen For Arkansas LITTLE ROCK (jP| — The U. S. Weather Bureau's serl-weekly extended forecast today gave no hope of rain for- fire-plagued Arkansas durir« She next five days. . The Bureau said "no precipitation is indicated" for the period through next Tuesday. terday. Starting date for clear Lake Farm. Negro, and Number Nine's Negro and white schools, however, has been moved up to Nov. 10, one week from Monday. Changes were made, Mr. Nicholson said, due to differences in local crop conditions. The roof of the storage building at Blytheville Compress caught fire today from sparks from the hull burner of the Red Top Gin Co., located next, to the compress building. The blaze, which broke put In several places along the edge of the roof, was discovered by James Brown, a compress employee^ when he checked the roof after smelling smoke. Fire Chief Roy Head said cotton lint from the gin company gathers along the edge of the roof where there Is a two or three-foot parapet, and that the lint, catching lire from sparks,' Ignited the tar .roof- Ing. Extent of damage done la the roof was undetermined. The blaze was extinguished by the Fire Department before spreading from the edge of the roof, the chief catd. Allies Recapture, then Lose Triangle Hill SEOUL Bjr MILO FARNETI — Uniled Nations troops struggled toward the crest of Triangle Hill In a cold, slashing rain today »fler twice losing the vital Korean Central Front position to Chinese human wavt assaults. AP Correspondent John Ran dolph reporled from Ihe front that Red machine gun fire stalled the second Allied counter-thrust In mid afternoon about 150 yards from the muddy crest. "The . assault troops were hop ing to find elements of two units that were Isolated In the morning attack and had early peared behind the Chinese lines," Randolph said. 'An American officer at the scene said that only the utmost _ • ,, ,, ;•-•' — heroism of the two Isolated units— Precipllatfon January i to this and by a third unit that was cut I m>—{veveat«d a br*ak through by the Chinese." An entire Allied company was trapped on the shellbllstered crest early Friday when 2,000 Reds over whelmed U. N. troops-ln the worst setback of. the bitter, 18-day aee- saw battle Drivr Off Again An Eighth Army spokesman said the company was rescued n'hen the Allies regained Triangle's crest In a drizzling rain at 9:15 a.m. The drizzle later became a bone chilling downpour. Allied * troops stayed on the height only 15 min utes. They were driven off by fresh waves of Chinese Infantrymen and a storm of Communist artillery and morlar fire. Randolph reported that, shortly thereafter, the U. N. troops began pulling their way back up the southern slopes of Triangle— in the leelh of the artillery barrage and automatic fir*. Although the Chinese arlillery was heavy, Allied officers said It seemed to be slackening from the terrific concentrations of the pas few days. In 18th Day "They're going to run out. of ammunition sometime," one olficei told Randolph. "By God, they bet ter run out of it sometime." The bloody battle for the Triangle Hill-Sniper Ridge complex drew toward ihe end of Its i«|h day with no signs of a Ict-up by either side. It was Ihe longest continuous bat- tic since the Allies took Hearl- break Ridge on the Eastern Front last autumn. The Allies held Sniper Ridge and its dominant peak, Pin point Hill, at last reports Friday. Triangle Hill and Sniper Ridge command the critical Kumliwa Juncllon lo the south. Kutnhwa Is the easlern base cliy of the olc Iron TrUngfc oo UM C«tti»a Front 34 Missco Men (ptDrafl Tesls 'Next Pre-lnducrion Calf for 30 Men Set for Thursday Tliirtj four men left yesterday tor examination for Timed forcf; servies, Rosa Snliba, secretary of the draft board announced. The pre-Inductlon call was for 40 men. Thirty-two reported, four Srnnsferrcd to other hoards, four failed to report, one reported who fai.ed previously and one transferred here from another board. The next pre-lnductton call Is for 30 men to leave Nov. 6. Those', who left yesterday were Bobby Jean Holificld, Charlie Ellis Richardson. Marvin Joe Keeling, Nick N..Reyes, and Joe Clyde Cham-' rton, • all of Blytheville; Eugene Smith, Morris Everett Tomlin, Lavaughn Ashley Britigle, Bdly joe Brewer, all of osceola; Billle Wayne Holt, Edward Louis Wilson, Oscar Eubanks, James Kelchum, all of Manila; Robert Louis Deason of Lurora; Allars Junior Pearson of Joiner; James Tunney' Brahnon of Etowah; William Joe Carper. Braggadocio, Mo. and No'rt Eugene Eaton, Ryanzki, Tex. Negroes leaving were Clinton Echols. Ellgah Junior Gordon, John Wesley Riley and Willie Edward Sandere. all of Blylheville; Willie James Williams, Allen Henry, T. J. Shaver. Norman Vail. J. C. Robinson, all of Osceola; J. B. Johnson, Frenchman's Bayou; Leroy Bonds. Proctor; Melyin Raver, Wilson; Nathaniel Scott, Joiner; Willie Lee Davis, Driver; Willie King. Dell and Joe Junior Stringer, Hornersville, Mo. Those failing to report were Chester David Lewis of Pine Blu/f, Emll- lano Cairo of Holgate, Tex., and Negroes Harry Lee Joe of Prullland, Pin., and Sammf'c Ray of Blytheville. terday. They were asking lhat the Air Force shed some 200 acres In exchange for nn additional 190 asked for uy the Air Force In Its new re-flctlvntlon plans. Army engineers told lliem they hart their eye on the 200 acres Blytheville wanted. They die not disclose why they wanted the land or whal It will be used for saying this would come under the heading of classified Information. This menus that Blylheville, like Little Rock, will be expected to raise the money to acquire the new land. Little Rock recently obtained more than S800,000 to .purchase a site for Its Jet bomber base. To Name Fund '<;roilp Chamber of Commerce President Mnx Lognn said this morning thai committees to bceln work oii solicitations are to be appointed early next week. He 1ms a cicikfasl meeting scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday at Ho tcl Noble On Imnd v,ill be Clnmbcr oftl clals, city officials, board members the Industrial committee and olhe businessmen. 'Anyone Inlemled in helping n work to obtain the a1r,b-i5c k in iltcd to attend ' Mi Logan itoted WJiIle. in Uttle Rock, Mr^Hglrtei mo Mayor Blodgelt paid » call a the Little Rock Chamber of Coin mcrce where thes obtnlncd detallec .Information on conduct of tha city's fund campaign. Plans In Final SU;e The engineers pointed out Urn plans, for the base have reached fl nal stages and that, If the lantl I. available, advertising for bids mas begin by mid-December. Should the land be made avail able. Mayor Blodgett and Mr. Hold er were told, there Is no reason why construction 'won't begin early in ISM. NO MKE IKE — That's, the political sentiment of Ralph Rushing, Blytheville cotton broker, as Indicated by this sign posted above the entrance to Ills olfice in the 100 block on West Walnut Street. (Courier. News Photo) Ark-Mo to Hike Fee Paid City by $9,000 Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. announced today it will submit to Uie City Counc-il next month a proposal whereby the utility will increase ils annual franchise payment to the city by §9,000, n jump of 90 per cent over the present amount. Because of system-wide fiaAchlw councils Can be made, Ark-Mo oT- progrnm being placed in effect by flctttls ; snid. In :Arkahs Ark-Mo, city councils only Is Tlic $19,001) a year payment would be based on three and one-half per cent of the utility's annual gros. See ARK MO on Page 7 *•' ••»"• city councils oniy is needed in Art-Mo officials snld the utility Missouri, special franchise election! will be nhle to Increase Its pay- must be called, mcnls to the city from finnoo i 0 $19,000 per year because of a system-wide franchise program which enables the company to bouow money at a more favorable rate of Interest. This reduction In Intelest rates Is ,to b*jpassed on to cities In the utility^" two-state service area,-they said.v- ^ - ^^ , is Tills proposal will be presented it the next meeting of the City Council, which is the TCBular November session scheduled for Nov. II. At present, Ark-Mo provides the cltj with $10.000 In free street lighting' each >yenr according to terms , of Die franchise ncmiltting the utility to operate here. Would Be Paid ill Cash Under the'new" proposal, the cn- The additional 190 acres lies north of the present nir base. Speculative estimates of the cost of the land ranges upward from about $85.000. Police Cruiser Is' Victim' of Hit-Run Driver A Blythevllle police car was victim of a hit and run driver last night when It was struck at Fifth and Ash Streets by a cur driven by W. F. Cobb, Blytheville Negro. The patrol car, occupied by Officers Russell Ountcr and Wesley Fesinlrc, pursued Cobb and caught him after a few blocks' chase, Cobb was arrested for driving a vehicle while Intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Police reported little damage wns done to the patrol car. ' . . In Municipal Court today, CobB's case was continued until Wednesday, and his bond was set at $200. In other court action today. Rn. - mon Ramirez forfeited bond of $150 tire $19,000 will be paid the city In cash and the city v,ill pay for street lighting. Since the money probably would go into the general fund, the city ivoultl In effect be using the first, $10.000 of; this lea to pay for street lighting, leaving a net "profit" of 53.000.for MID city. This and similar Increases In other Ark-Alp served towns Is being brought about by n utility program of obtaining operating franchises In all the towns and cities It serves. These contracts permitting ihe utility, to .operate In a city for a period of lime are used ns proof of financial stability when the company borrows , money by Issuing bonds. Such proof. In bond circles, justifies a more favorable rate of Interest. Similar Increases will be made soon, for other cities in the Ark- Mo area and will bo offered as soon as necessary contracts with city Cotton Journal Endorses Ike MEMPHIS lift— The Cotton Trade Journal today endorsed uwight D Eisenhower for president. In a page one editorial the journal said "we are convinced that victory of the candidates of the Democratic party I for transporting beer without a pcr- TB SKA I. WORKERS — Assisting In preparation for the annual tuberculosis Christmas seal campaign are the above representatives of Blytheville women's groups. Thpy arc (left to right) Mrs. Jaine* Klllett, Blylheville Council of Church Wom- en; Mrs. John Holland, PTA; Mrs. Bob Logan, Junior Auxiliary; Mrs. Dick Watsori, Beta Sigma Phi Alpha Delta chapter; and Mrs. Jnmrs Rodger*, Alpha Alpha chapler of Beta Sigma Phi. (Courier action by needed In Joiner Water .->,-'- ~Tf. -- - <^y; ,•__-'; Bonds Are Sold $20,000 to Be,Used : To Extend and' Improve System A $20,00fl bond Issue for "exUinslos and improvement of the water system was sold yesterday by Joiner to T. J. Ralney and Sons of Little Rock at four per cent Interest, Mayor Tlarold Howerton announced today .' The money will be available IB 30 dass. and Mayor Houerton said they honed to begin work within that time. He added that it Is stifl uncertain whether tht job will be contracted or whether the city will do the sbrk Itself. A few bids will be taken to determine whether they will be able to contract the project, he said. Approximately 12.000 feet o/ new water lines will be laid, Mayor Hoverton said, which will permit 125 additional users in the system and include 16 new fire hydrants. Improvement of. present facilities also will be Included In the project. Extortionist Gets 5 Years U.S. Judge Sentences Blytheville Negro A Blytheville Negro who attempted to extort 81,000 from an Osceola planter by threatening to kill his wife nnd son was sentenced In Little Rock yesterday to five years in the state penitentiary. Johnny Foster. 22. was sentenced by Federal Judge Harry J. Lemley after Foster entered a plea of euilty to the attempted extortion charge. Foster was arrested Sept. 24 in Blytheville less than a day after he mailed B. Frank Williams, Osceola planter, nn extortion note demand- Ing $I,COO "or ! will km your nife Rnd other son." The Negro was arrested by Sheriff William Berryman and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and Bdmilted writing the note. He was arraigned before U.S. Commissioner Clara Browdcr In Federal Court In Jonesboro and then taken to Litlle RocVc for trial. LITTLE LIZ— crtise eliminates faf, ttV hard to explain the double chini on a lot of peoplo ^sr> ,

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