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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THl! DOMINANT M5WSPAPKB C* KORTHEA6T AR^AH^.Q .™ ,™_™ „ ^^ VOL. XLV—NO. 293 BlrthrrUte Daily Itam BlyUieviu, HeraU THE DOMINANT MSW8PAPS8 OF KOBTHEA6T JggTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS, FRIDAY/MARCH S, 1950 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS WATER PLANT PURCHASE BY CFTY ASKED Arkansas Health Officer Blasts Sewers Here Blytheville's tewer system has been criticized by a top-ranking state official as inadequate, outmoded, overloaded and' in Immediate need of improvement. .This criticism has".come In the form of two letters from Dr. T. T. Ross of Little Hock, who is state health officer and head of the Arkansas State Board of Health. • . '-. The letters were based on Investigations made in Blytheville by personnel of the State Health Department and were sent to Mayor Doyle Hcndetson. Here;are Dr. Ross' letters- July 18. 1949 January 16, 1950 "Dear Mayor .Henderson: "On June 30, 1949, an investigation was made of the sewage system and treatment plants serving the City of Blytheville by 'Messrs. "Dear Mayor Henderson: "An engineer from this depart- nenl recently made an inrestiga- ion of proposed sewerage improve- --, -- . ~j i»<.-»<a. niente for the Pricle Addition to Jiench and Grouse of this office. the .City of Blytheville. The most *his investigation was made'follow- feasible method of disposing sewage M.nfnf n« .> petitlo'll SJKllPd ^ rni " fill'"- ——.. :.. I- J: 1.-' II ing the receipt of by 99 citizens and several letters from individuals. These citizens ask for relief from a nuisance and . health ha?.ards caused by raw canning plant waste and partially treated sewage thiA discharges Into a drainage ditch south of the city limits which flows west across highway No. Gl" arid No. 18. We have had complaints also from people . living In the northwest section of Blytheville, about the nulsunce from the partially treated sewage from sewer district No. 1 and No. 2 septic tanks. "The Investigation Included Inspection of each of the four treatment plants, the ditches receiving the sewage discharge from each plant, the canning plant waste . some of the sewer lines and manholes, and unsewered areas of the city. "The present sewered areas of l^-Blylheville are included In Sewer districts Xo. 1, 2 and No. .3. The Mwa»e treatment facilities Include f» ' -- >- 2±»5E^-- T l?nlt tor ._. whleb was constructed in 1931 The combined capacity of these frratmen! plants is adequate to provide only primary treatment of flic »fwaje from *9W JHWpIr It Is estimated that Bljtherllle his * population hi nc?<s of 15080 Th«e fifurr, an- pres rntccl to show that the existing plants are grossly overloaded 'Since primary treatment of sewage removes only about 35% of the B. o, D. (bio-chemical oxygen demand) and slightly In excess of 75% of the settleable solids and along the ditches receiving the plant effluent. The present plants cannot be expected to operate this efficiently since they are grossly overloaded. "Normally' a sludge drying bed Is provided for drying the sludge following its removal from the septic tank. It was reported that the sludge Is pumped from the septic tanks about once each year and is disposed of either by discharging it Into the ditches or outfall sewers. This procedure, of course, would add to the pollution of these ditches. ) Three of (he «p(lc tanks are relatively clow to densely populated ureas, and the ditches re- etivlnc the partially treated sew- 1RC flow through or near populated areas. "It was observed In the Inspection of the treatment plank and receiving ditches . that there were heavy accumulations of scum and solids in the tanks, strong sewage odors were present, and that sufficient suspended solids were passing through the tanks to Impart a black " - *" - • — - - - _ . .e tanks to Impart a black *, •-"""• '™m a cnance color to the effluents. Each of the dccrcc awarding six of his Divine sewaec and rnn- a ! olnl of $043.53. Birmingham ditches receiving sewage and canning plant waste had large deposits of sewage nnd.'or waste, and putrefaction was taking place in the ditches as Indicated by gassing and strong sewage and decayed vege- touli. odors. "It was reported that the city has no maps showing the location size, and depths of Hie sewers or connected to the sewers. It wns also reported that there !s no sewer from tin's area is to discharge it to the sewer system serving the city. It must be realized that the sewer, system of Blytheville is overloaded, and this additional sewage load from Pride Addition will grossly overload the system. The present plants serving BlyUieville are Inadequate for the now connected load' much [ess mi additional load. The added load of sewage from a large number of houses located north of the Pride Addition and others east of the city have further aggravated the sewerage problem. "It is undrestood that eighty or more houses are proposed as an F.P.H.A. project which will add an additional load to the Inadequate sewerage facilities. "The site selected for the new school in the nnrtli' part of town is near an overload, inadequate spetlc tank which is used as a large portion of (he sewage for so-called treatment plant, for a the city. "The partially treated sewage se __, v was made in Junp 1019, bs engineers of this department, and then findings were presented in a report at that time: ' This department has received letters and calls of complaints relative to the sewer system and inadequate disposal devicts ."rung the City of Blytheville each year since 1341. The need for sewerage improvements was called to the city's attention in 1041, but because of the scarcity of materials the condition was tolcftited during the war. There li^s been very little done to correct conditions since then. "We do not feel ll.al an y further deluy of the urgent' need for sewerage improvements is warranted. This stigma to health, welfare, and gronth of the city should be removed as soon as planning and construction will permit. We strongly urge the city officials and citiens of Bljtheville to take appropriate steps immediately to remedy the inadequate sewerage problems. "Planning is no better than the idea, but must be executed by construction, .and there should be no delay.' 1 Missco Planter Appeals Chancery Court Verdict LITTLE ROCK, March 3. (.TVR. L. Houck, Mississippi County planter, has appealed to the Supreme Court Irom a chancery court tenant H. Birmingham and five other tenant farmers on Houck's farm in 1016 and 1947 brought suit charging that he had not paid them half of rebates from the cotton gin of the Planters' Co-operative, Inc. The co-operative also was made defendant in the suit, but the chancellor dismissed the action as it, holding the proper amount However, the chancellor ruled that each of the tenant farmers - ,o half the rebate on cotton he produced. ^February, 7950: Rubber Boots and Parasols Prevailed Blytheville residents were forced to put on their rubber boots and raingear a little more frequently Ujst month than for the past two Februartes, a cumulative weather report for February, 1950 showed today. The total rainfall for the past, 28 days was 8.71 Inches compared to •S35 Inches In 1949 and 5.06 In 1943 U.S. Weather Bureau statistics plnre the normal mean rainfall for Blythcville at 3.26 Inches. There were 10 days of r;.ln. Otherwise, the temperature held a near par-for-the-course as the 1950 mean wns 43.9 degrees for the month. .5 above normal Last February, the mean was 43.3 d'ovccs »hile.the mercury's normal mean lor February is «,4, (The mean The average maximum last month was 53.2 degrees and the average minimum was 347 rirgress. High minimum temperature was 54 degrees. The coldest a was reading of 49 degrees was taken. ., -•' a Municipal Utility Called Way To New Sewers; Survey Set , T>, R ^ LI ? F VALVE-Thls bubbling freshet Is part of Blytheviile's outmoded sewer system. This particular defect In' the system, located slightly west of North Ninth Street and north of Holly, is of prime importance because it is adjoining the site of the new white high school. , Source of this stream is a sanitary sewer pipe which has been purposely broken and capped in order to control flow of sewage during periods of peak load. The dark concave mass over the pipe al he head of the stream is a concrete cap which is lifted to relieve pressure oil the line This is necessary because the septic tank it joins—although it Is the largest In the'system—isJncapablc of hand- ,. .. , —Courier News Photo l;ng the load Imposed during rainy periods. The ecp- tic tank is about 15 feet west of this spot The stream Itself Is composed of a mixture of storm sewer water and untreated sewage It flows northward about 15 or 20 feet and empties into a storm sewer—which was never intended to carry sanitary sewage. In turn, this storm sewer empties into a riitch west of Division street. Slightly-treated sewage from the nearby septic tank Is pumped out periodically and also flows into this storm sewer Along the bapk of this ditch can be seen paper and other Hems of non-soluble sewer refuse. Solons Press for Mine Seizure f\ _ On Asks Report WASHINGTON. March 3. ,„ ^_ federal Jud?c Richmond B Kcech today issued an gO-.lay "national emergency" injunction against the coal strike under the Taft-llartlcy Act. But there was no indication the miners would take It any more seriously than they did two 10-day temporary "slop strike" orders. WASHINGTON, March 3. <AP)_ President Truman asked his coal fact-finding board for an immediate report today on the present situation in the contract dispute. The White House announced the President's ' move but declined ro say whether it was preliminary to some further Presidential action such as a move to seize the mines or a personal appeal for a resumption of coal mining. President Press Secretary Charles G. Ross summoned reporters to his office and told them: New Meeting Asked "The President this morning requested .the fact finding board in the coal dispute to call a meeting of the parties—the operators and the union—and ascertain specifically what concessions has been made by each party in the negotiations and where each party stands at this time on each Issue In the dispute, and report to the White Hoa-e as soon as possible." Ross said all members of the board arc in town. "Mr. Cole was just notified to get busy immediately," Ross said. David Cole, Patterson, N. J.. attorney, is chairman of the fact- finding board. John L. Lewis, leader tl the United Mine Workers, and operator representatives had another meet- Ing yesterday In the long scries of bragainlng sessions they have held on a new contract. But government observers said they accompolished nothing. Congress Urges Seizure In Congress, there has been a surge of sentiment for seizure of the mines since a federal judge ruled Workers Union was innocent of con- yesterday that the United Mine temt of cour although Its 372,000 miner-members have refused to obey a court order for them to go back Missco Smallpox Case Called 'Very Mild' County, today termed the case "of 'very ml!d." farm norlh of Osccola. It Is the first be reported in Missionary Circle Here Was Named for Friend of Mrs. Daws RANGOON, Burma, March 3. W) —U, S. embassy officials said today that Miss Selma M. Mnxville, lericaiv missionary nurse whose slaying was announced in Washington yesterday, was tortured by Burmese bandits before she was killed.. The officials said the 67-year-old nurse from Senalobia, Miss., had been beaten with rifle butts when she failed to understand her captors' commands. Ten natives who tried to rescue Miss Maxville Tuesday died with her—shot down In nmbush, two miles from safety. The nurse's kidnapping took place near the southeast coastal town of Mouimcin. Details of the incident were told to reporters today by Bsllard B. Donnell, U. S. vice Consul. Hurled al Mouimcin Donnell, who took a plane to Mouimcin to organl/e the search for Miss Maxville. known as "Mama" by the Burmese, returned here last night after burying her in a Christ- Ian cemetery at Mouimcin. He said Miss Maxville was driving two patients from the village dispensary at Kamawct • to Moulein, 20 miles away, when five raiders halted her station wagon Feb. 18. The raiders dragged the nurse from the car and beat her with their rifle butts when she didn't move quickly enough, Donnell said. The called out to the other occupants of the car as they led her into the jungle: "Tell your people if they want to see this woman alive to pay 28,000 rupees (about $5.600) and pounds." Donnell said as soon as he heard the report lie and Dr. G. A. Soord. field secretary of the American Baptist Mission Society here, organized government officials, Buddhist monks and even underworld manhunt.' Countryside Aroused Donnell said "the kidnapping a- rouscd the entire countryside which befers Acth il Saturday WASHINGTON, March 3. frp)_ President Truman will ask Congress today for power to sei/e anil operate the coal mines. The White House announced that Mr. Truman will send a message to Congress about 2 p.m. CST. A draft of legislation to carry out the mine seizure will ga in both houses of Congress with the mesage. , gold weighing 40 1:30 p.m. Quotations: the gang had been terrorizing for point halfway between the averag On the heels of that decision, the some months. Many of those aldin .. Anaconda Copper Church here was named for Miss 24 degrees Feb. 26. Taft loday assailed the way Mr. Gen Motors Maxville. The circle, however, Is not functioning at present. Daws of OH Hearn were girlhood friends WASHINGTON, March 3 (/Pj—The Senate Labor Committee today deferred action until tomorrow on legislation to pave the way for government seizure of the strike bound coal mines. The committee postponed a vote on a seizure bill by Senator Morse (It-Ore) because of lack of a quorum. Only six senators were present. Seven arc needed to transact business. Senator Elbert D. Thomas (D- Utah), committee chairman, called a special meeting for tomorrow morning. Tafl May Seek Action Senator Taft (B-phfo) toltl reporters he might introduce seizure legislation later in the day. Senators Douglas (D-I11) and Alken <R- Vt) also Indicated that they might offer a bill. Several lawmakers appeared determined to go ahead on their own without waiting for President Truman to act in the crisis. Mr. Truman told hi? news conference yesterday that a draft of plans for seizure of the mines had been drawn up. There was no Indication at the capito). hov/evcr, that administration chiefs In Congress had been given a look at the plans. Yesterday's mllng by Federal Judge Richmond Kcech that the United Mine Workers Union is innocent of contempt of court touched off a round of demands In Congress for federal seizure of the mines. It brought, too, a proposal by Senator Taft (R-Ohlo) that the Senate Labor Commilee investigate the cool strike and particularly the Justice Department's handling of the coi tempt case Taft arranged to lay his proposal Henderson yesterday recommended thai the city purchase'the Brytbe- .. ----......., to provide a source oHneomc to secure revenue bond issues needed to nuance construction of a new sewer system. The mayor's recommendation was presented to the Community Service Council at a meeting In City Hnll and brought to B head long discussion by city officials of n solution to what has been termed Bly- theA'illo's No. 1 problem. Mayor Henderson presented what he called the only two methods of obtaining a new sewer system for the city and recommended one which he said would not create n lien against real'estate. He cited these methods: 1) A bond issue approved by the voters in a special election and resulting in a lien against all real property In the city to secure the bonds. 2) furcha.se of the water company, which would provide a source of revenue with which to retire bonds Issued for this purpose, plus an issue floated to construct a sewer system. A start on determining Hie city's specific sewer needs »nd probable cost of a new system was made near the close of yesterday's session when a quorum of the City Council present voted to employ the engineering firm of Black and Vcacli of Kansas, City, Mo., to make a sewer survey here. Also approved by this vote wns application to the Reconstruction Truman has handled the 'mine strike. He also renewed his' criticism of the Justice Department's hand reared together In Hall's, Soybeans Mar May July Open High Low Close 243',t 245 243U 244« 240 K 243. 240'i 242 ling.of the contempt case against National Dlstlhc John L. I*W!T lln tp/l !Uin« W«rt?_ r, L,». „. . - John L. ers. Federal United Mine Work- Judge Richmond B Ketch yesterday freed the union of Stiidcbafcer contempt' charges. Taft also objected to Morse's set- Texas Corp sure bill, proposed as an amend ment to'the Taft-Hartley law. be- O S Steel cause'it would abolish he 33tli »3T,t Injunction of the law. -- — ------------ orrow ,00 rom the He- Pinancc Corporation for a $5,000 construction Finance Corporation to in™ „,,», ,,.i,i,h , ----- ,„„ .,. ..... < loan with which to pay for the survey. Approval of this survey was in line with recommendations made both by the Chamber of Commerce resolution last month shd members of the Community Service Council yesterday. Before" recommencing puichat>e of the w/tcr cpmriany,' Mayor Henderson, read two letters from Dr. T. T. Ross, .state - health '. officer, who severely criticized the city's sewer situation. (See addition,!) story on this pagc.)^ In'presenting lib plan, the mayor stressed that ho wanted to avoid any method whereby liens would be created agaisl real estate";' A principal objection to this, he said, would be the resulting Inequity In bearing the cost of the sewers. In this regard, his views matched those set forth In a resolution adopted last month by the Board of Directors of the Chamber of commerce. Mayor Henderson read this resolution yesterday, iii which the chamber's directors called for a ccstof a sewer system equally among plan to finance that would distribute those who would benefit from It. (See additional story on this page.) 1'urchnse of the wafer company would not only assure collection of sewer charges, the mayor said, but would distribute tile cost burden equally for the charges would be based on the amount'of water consumed; that Is. passing through the sewers. He said he felt imposing another tax lien on real estate In the city would he unwise since there'already Sec UTILITY on Page 14 Blythcville Men Buy LeachviSIe Implement Firm Three Blytheviiic men have purchased the W. J. Fields' Implement Company at Lcachvlllc. It was announced yesterday, mid have assumed operation of the Massey- Hnrrls farm implement dealership. The firm was purchased by Bob Smith and Carl Wallace, operators of the 01 Implement Company here and A. U (Pete) Wallace, brothc of Carl Wallace. The name of the firm will be •„ continue to operate the 61 ment Co. in Blytheville. New York Stocks ...... . Montgomery Ward N Y central , Tnt Harvester 3-4 76 1-4 Republic steel .....,..'..., 27 Radio Socony Vacuum Standard of N 14 3-4 16 1-2 28 1-4 67 1-4 J C Penney court So.trs Southern C of C. Urges Equal SewerCosts Burden In a resolution adopted last month by its hoard of directors and read yesterday to tho Community Service Council by Mayor Doyle Henderson, the Chamber of Commerce emphasized that any plan for financing a. new sewer system should provide that the cost burden bo borne equally by all Blythcville residents. Tile resolution staled: "Any plan finally adopted should nave ns its main object n plan of finance that would be borne, ns nearly as possible' by nil of our citizens and not merely by the owners of real property..':Costs (should) be shared by all who are bencfitllng Adopted nt the' 1 chamber's-board if directors meeting Feb. 9, the resolution also called for action on the sewer problem and urged that the first step be a survey of sewage iceds. On the basis of the chamber's resolution and recommendations by members of the Community Service Council, the City Council yesterday voted to borrow 55,000 from the He- fin|mcB _ ing firm of Black and Vouch, Kansas City, Mo. The resolution also nsked the mayor r.nd nldermen to find a "practical, workable and fair solution to the city's sewer problem. The board prefaced Its resolution by stating that It "desires to assist tho goieiiiliig bodies of the city,.. In woiklng out some pfactlcal solu-' (ion of its iSicienl .seweiage problem and extends all of its facilities to the city government In advising the public of this problem and assisting In the solution of the same..." -: In calling for the survey, tho resolution points out that the bulk of Blytheville's present sewer system was Installed more than 20 years ago when the population was approximately 10,000. ' It points out that population since thai time has nearly doubled and that "recent heavy .. .rainfall brought' forcibiy to our attention the" over-loaded and precarious condition of our sewer system. "The Instances of overflownge of sewer mains, the sewer drains refusing to work and 'backing up' into dwellings, all forcibly brought to our attention this unsatisfactory condition. "We are repeatedly warned by our medical nnd health authorities that the over-loaded condition of our sewerage system is a constant threat towards disease and a threat of an epidemic, particularly typhoid fever. "...Qiicstlonalres directed to over 400 (chamber), members...resulted in icpcatcd emphasis being placed upon this" problenuby members of tha Chamber, of Cdinmerce." U N May, Hold Session On Red China, A-Borrib iiEAns SERVICE COUNCIL— o. Murray Smart (above) yesterday was elected chairman of the Community Service Council at n meet- Ing held In the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall. He succeeds the Rev. Lester D. Strubhar, pastor of tile First Christian Church. Jlmmie Sanders was re-clectcti first vice chairman and Mrs. J. W. Adams was named second vice chairman. Worth D. Holder was elected secretary-treasurer. Other retiring officers include Mrs. H. W. Wylic, second vice chairman, and E.W.D. Tommcy, secretary. Mr. Smart also is president of the niu imiuu 01 tnc urm will be *"• omart, also is president of the changed to the S and W Implement Blythevllle Lions Club and a for- Compamy, U wn s announced. mcr president of the Chamber of A. L. Wallace has been nnmcd Commerce. The new olftccrs were manager of the firm and will reside elected by acclamation following " Mr dmitv, „. i V-r V Vir i, ... "unman, jr., ami Mrs wyilo. conlinu'V"^: rt ,^''«" "L 11 ^ Sand « s »««nta> * "view of nomination by a committee compos < Rosco Crafton, chairman, Al- Huffman, Jr., and Mrs. Wylie. "«.io i/i^cj^incu ct revic\ implc- the council's activities last year. The Service Council Is composed of representatives or civic organin- tions. churches and PTA's Weather Arkansas forecast: Cloudy with occasional rain this afternoon and m east portion tonight. Slightly warmer. Saturday partly cloudy and . -8 slightly wanner. Missouri forecast: Cloudy and a little Banner tonight with occa- 56 1-2 slonal light rain extreme southeast. 13 1-3 Saturday, partly cloudy and warm- vi t-« . )QW tonight, 30-35; high Salur- 27 7-8 22 1-8 day, 45-55. Minimum- this morning— 23. Maximum yesterday—43. Sunset today—6:57! Sunrise tomorrow—6:26. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 60,7-8 today—none. ' 1 ,;;' acillc a.m. 60 Total since Jan. 1—21.47. 31 1-4 Mean temperature (mtilway be- 43 3-4.UTCH high and low—33. 53 I Normal nieau for March—51.1. By Francis W. Carpenter" LAKE SUCCESS, March 3. (IF)— The critical Issues of Red China and the atomic bomb appeared headed today for a special session of the U. N. general assembly In New York in mld-Mny. But U. N. leaders privately expressed little belief that such a meeting would entice ths Russian* bock to the fold unless an unexpected break comes. The Soviet delegation and Its eastern European allies have been on. a walkout strike against U.N. organizations since January, refusing to sit with delegates of Nationalist China. Informed delegates at the 'U N said the feeling Is growing .that something must be done; that tha U.N. cannot go on forever with some of Its members refusing to lafca part, and with the cast-west tension Increasing. So far, these sources said, tha best bet appeared to, be a special session. The session might be called primarily to settle the China question and get the Russians and their satellites back Into the meetings IJ possible. Then, the assembly could be faced with the atomic control question If there Is a special session It might begin about mid-May. The regular 19oO session Is scheduled next fall Late yesterday Jakob A. Malik Soviet deputy foreign minister, sent a telegram to U.N. Secretary-General Trygve Lie and U.N. Assembly President Carlos P. Romulo appealing to them to intervene to sava eight Greek trade union leaders from death sentences. A spokesman for Malik said thcro was no comment on the suggestion of Senator McMahon (D-Conn) In the Senate In Washington that tha assembly meet In Moscow on ths atomic problem. Shanghai Is Raided TAIPEI, Formosa, March 3. (X>> Jfattonnllst planes today staged their first raid of the month on Communist. Shanghai, concentrating on ship- Ping In the harbor. Air headquarters said a l.Mo ton ship was set afire in the Yangtze River. New York Cotton Mar Dec Open Kigli Low 1:30 3203 3222 3205 3211 3241 3259 3240 3251 3199 3220 3199 3220 2997 3011 2996 3011 2981 2993 2981 2993 N. 0, Cotton Ouen High Low 1:39 Mar. . , ..... ^163 31TO 3163 3185 May ....... 3199 3217 3198 32U July ....... 3185 3204 3184 3204 Oct. ....... 2989 3004 29SS,; 3004 Dec ........ 2JH 2985 3874 : ' 2965

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