The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 22, 1950 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 22, 1950
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XE COURIER NEWS THE DOigNAKT MXWSPAPBB OP NORTBKABT *M-^IM^E *KD SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLV—NO. 309 Bljrthertlle D»tt7 lira* Blythevllle Courtaf BlytherUl* Valto? BLYTHEV1LLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 1050 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Rke-Stix Factory f Corkers Okay CIO Affiliation Amalgamated Clothing Union Designated as Bargaining Agency : Tlie Amalgamated Clolliing Workers of America (CIO) yesterday was designated as the collective bargaining agency for employees of Rice-Slix, Inc., garment factory in Blytheville. In (he union election, conducted by representatives of the National Labor Delations Board, 108 of the 182 votes cast favored affiliation wilh the union for collective bargaining' rights, and only six of the 188 workers eligible to vote tailed to cast ballots. George P. lumber I of Dallas, CIO. representative, said today that it was expected that a local organization vvould be set up here, possibly within two weeks, or as soon as. th'e group had been certified M/ To Negotiate Contracts '. He., indicated - that at thai time .negotiations for contracts would begin. He stated however that em- pjp'yccs had not made known any j«ticular improvements or condi- 3Pis that would be sought through the contracts. Paul L. Harper, regional dirccto* for the Southwest region of the NLRB conducted the election Harry W. Bradley, Jr., manager oi the Rice-SUx, Inc., in Blythevttle, 'said the company had no comment to make on the employees decision to .affiliate with .the union. Organization of the union local has been under way here for several weeks. Miss Jean Williams of Greenville, Tex-., and Miss Bauton Ray of Paducah, Ky., have represented the union during the organization move. Mr. Lambert said that one of the two would probably remain here to work out details of the local organization with the employees. Early Attempts Failed " Attempts at organization for collective bargaining had been made vat the Blylheville garment factory on several previous occasions, but had heretofore remain non-union. Election observers for the. company were Sirs. Johnnie Brett and iirs. Mahalie Raper; and observers "for-llie union were:. Mrs. La Una EY^ett and Mrs Nettie Ralpn was poinj ; —Courier News Phot* NEW BAPTIST SANCTUARY—Workmen gingerly make their way along the steel network shown above as the new. First Baptist Church auditorium takes shape on West Walnut Street. To be completed sometime after the first of next year, the new auditorium will cost approximately $300,000 and will have a 900- sc-at capacity. - - Dean Acheson To Consider Peace, Plan WASHINGTON. March 22 W)— Secretary: of State Acheson said today he. will consider very carefully a suggestion by U. N. Secretary General Trygve Lie for meetings of top east-west diplomats aimed at starting a 20-year peace program. Acheson did not, however, go out of his way to encourage the Lie proposal. At lease some of his hearers gained the Impression he was gluing It rather formal treatment. In his recent policy declarations Acheson has held that increased non-Communist power In the world, rather than any Immediate meet- Ings with the Russians, offers the best way to secure peace. JK» a speech here last night. Lie Swposed a 20-year peace program to relax Intcrnalional "tensions" and "bring the cold war to an end." As a mcsins toward that end. the V. N. official called for periodic meetings of foreign ministers or even .heads of governments to discuss controversial issues. Lie noted that the U. N. charier provides for such top level meetings within the security council. But, he said none- has been held so far. Acheron sairt that of course any suggestion made by Lie would be given most careful and serious consideration. He said that was true of Lit s^ present suggestion. He noted thntyt is Lie's responsibility to make such suggestions. President Claims Plan fort Homes , Is Above Politics WASHINGTON, March 22 CAP) —Trying to sa\e his '$2,000,000,000 co-op housing program from pros- spebtive defeat, President Tramiri declared today this plan to provide homes .for middle-income families is above party politics. A .telegram from the President at Key West, ila., reached Democratic leaders as a spot poll indicated that almost .half of his o'wn party members in the House may vote against the co-op idea. The Senate already has turned It dovnv • • • ', House to Vole The House will vote on the;bill late today or tomorrow. Mr. Truman addressed his special appeal to Chairman spence (D-Ky) of the House Banking Committee and House bill. floor manager for the Mr. Truman sain cne plan "will stimulate home ownership through the use of cooperative methods which hnve long been successfully I used In other fields of endeavor." He added: "ft will be of particular value to those of our veterans who are still seeking adequate housing, and who should not be required to pay an excessive .share of their Income in or- Scc HOUSING on Page 14 Weother Arkansas forecast:— Fair and continued cool this afternoon and to. night. Thursday '• ''increasing cloudi- V-'ness and warmer, | •• a few showers in west portion In af- *Kioon or night. ^fissourf forecast: Fair west partly cloudy cast, fair and cool tonight; Thursday Increasing cloudiness followed by cr.OUTtY showers Thursday AM) WARMt mr- ? i Tf! ursd<i y. low tonig 30 3:> high Thursday in 50 1 Minimum this morning— 39 Maximum yesterday— 64 Sunset today— s 13 Sunrise tomorrow— 6 00 ' Total since- Jan -1—2350 . Mean fcmpcratore ' (midday between high and low)— 61 6 , Normal mean for March 512 w, , ™" »«« «•** Year , t Minimum this mornine—M I, j 'Itaxtmum ycsiefday-es ~ ' Tackett tips PIfih id-Let SPA Lease REA-FjnancecI facilities WASHINGTON, March 22.—Following > blast by Rep. Boyd Taclcetl (D-Ark) at a Southwest Power Administration request for funds ti build steam generating plants, the ; . government's side of the argument was presented today by Claude Wickard, head of the Rural Eleclrification Administration, and SPA Administrator Douglas Wright. Their appearance before a 7 ^ ^—. appropriations subcommittee fol-1 lowed an attack by Rep. Tackett yesterday/ when" the Arkaasan said leasing of REA-financed generating and transmission facilities to the SPA would permit this agency "to nationalize the power industry." REA loans of more than $30.000,000 have been made to large power co-operatives which plan to vise the money to build-steam generating plants and sell power to the SPA, another government 'agency. The SPA also plans to lease most of the transmission lines built by the big co-ops. \ : HUs Other Arkansans Two specific targeLs of Rep. Taekett's attack were Clyde T. Ellis, former Arkansan now executive secretary of the National Rural Electric Co-Operative Association, arid Thomas B. Pitzhugh of Little Rock, attorney for the Arkansas State Rural Electric Co-opcraive Association. Rep. Tackett described the Arkansas co-op as a "super-co-operative." In an abstract of his testimony that he made public following the two letters written In 1943 hy REA Administrator Slattery-to Wickard, then secretary of, agriculture. He said the letters indicated questionable practices in-the sale of the old Ark-La Electric Co-operative. Fitzliugh, Rep. Tackett said, told the committee he received i2,400 a year for representing the Arkansas co-ops. . Says Fitzhugh Got "He could'have told the committee he was getting a lot more than 82,400 a year out o! the co-ops," he said. "I .know he got at least &30,000 then Ark-La was authorized. H« collected an attorney fee during the operations for about four years and then he received between $25,000 and S40.000 when Ark-I/i was sold." In objecting to SPA use of REA- financed facilities, Rep. Tackett called the proposal a move to nationalize the rural co-opa and place them in direct competition with private enterprise. "Once till 1 !.contract is executed,"' Rep. Tackett said, "the co-ops are precluded from a competitive market and irrevocably tied up to buy from one source—the SPA—for Stillman School Closed after 2 Die of Meningitis Reports of Third Case Are Dispelled; Frailer School Open The Stillman School was closed yesterday after Iwo students died within a three-day iioriod from spinal meningitis, which doctors in the area describe as extremely virulent. After reports of the two deaths— those of eight-year-old Joy Lou Mason and six-year-old Shirley Harper—minors of a third case were dispelled by doctors and Howard Bond, Sr., president of the Stillman School Board. The Frazicr School, in the same district but located across the St. Francis River from the Stlllman School, remained open, but the Stlllinan School was to be closed until Monday. In the event no new cases developed, school was to be resumed then Mr. Bond said. Give Closing Order The school was closed on orders from Dr. T. T. ROSS, state health officer; Dr. J. E. Bcasley of Blytheville, • Mississippi County health officer; and John Mayes of Blytheville, county school supervisor. First to die was Joy Lou Mason daughter of Mr. and Mis. A. E Mason. She died en route to Memphis Hospital, within 24 hours after becoming ill. physlclnps |>erforniing an autopsy at Memphis reported I' to he the epcdlmic type of meningitis. Shirley Ann Harper, daughter n Mr. and Mrs. Oscar. Hnrpcr, dl« Monday night in on ambulance ci route to University Hospital a Little Hock. She died before reach ing Forrest City. Neither In School.. - Mr. Bond explained that th school was closed even thoiigl neither child was In-school wher she became 111. Joy Lou had notbcei in school on Friday. He said : tha parents had become panicky, how ever, upon reports of the Mines, and authorities felt that the sclioo should not be in session. Both students were In the sam room, when In school,, and arc saJ to have played together when I school on Thursday. After com plaining of aching arms and legs, and.breaking out in a rash; Shirley AmUHarper. was taken to a Lcpanto doctor-fwhere her case. a!sq\ was'-, diagnosed'as meningitis., .-^.^TV," Jt^j. '.Services Condu<u«rf\?&-. -1.5 -. Services"* for Joy Lou Masb'n were conducted Saturday at Murphy Funeral Home In ! Lcpanlo by the Rev. irl BrUlenthai, pastor of Die Lepanto Methodist Church. There ate five other children in the family—three brothers, Kenneth Ray, Dwight, Larry, Jr., and two sisters, Christine'and Barbara Mason, 'Services for the Harper child 'were conducted, yesterday morning at Lcpanto by the Rev. Mr. Brid- enlhal. Her parents, three brothers, Calvin Thomas, Ellis, and William Edward, and two .sisters, Mildred Irene and Martha Sue Harper, survive. W. M, ShcrihercJ Clubs to Hear Address on Hoover Plan iV. M Shepherd,, pnsl pre.stdch of (lip rational Junior Chamfer o Commerce, will address a join meeting of Lions and Rolary club at Hotel Noblo tomorrow. Mr. Shepherd Is to speak to the group on the Jaycccs' Opcratloi Economy, which is a national pro led 'designed to lentl support tc Hoover Commission rccommenda lions. Members of the Blythevlll Jaycccs also will attend the meet ng. A vice president of Arkn Power and Light Company, Mr Shepherd was chosen one of th ten outstanding young men i America by the United States Jun lor Chamber of Commerce In 1042 He was president of the natloim Jaycee organization in 1D12. He began his career with th power company in 1028, scrying secretary to the Irxle Harvey C'oiicl founder of the company. ..• Due to their ladies night prograi Friday, members- of the Kiwrm Club are not scheduled to -nice with tho other two civic clubs, To A. Little, Jr., Klwnnls said today. Appeals Court Upholds Government's Loyalty Program for Employes ' WASHINGTON, March 22. (AP)—The United States lourl of Appeals today upheld the constitutionality o£ th« ;overiimcnt's employe loyalty program. The three-man tribunal ruled that any government vorkcr may be fired by a loyalty board acting under an executive order from President Truman, Acheson Backs Jessup's Blast At McCarthy WASHINGTON, March 22. (in— Secretary of State Acheson today backed up contentions from associates that the United Stales Is being harmed In Its foreign relations by charges from Senator McCarthy (n-Wls) of Communist infiltration of the State Department. At a news conference, reporters recalled that ambassador-al-large Phillip C. Jessup had cnlleil McCarthy's charges "utterly irre- sponsible'' ami harmful. Acheson said he fully supports Jessup's declaration. Acheson \vcnt on to say that while Jessup's statements are true he did not like to repeat them because rcpitltlon might leave the impression the department opposes a Senate : investigation of McCarthy's .charges. Acheson said ho welcomes the Investigation. The Senate inquiry—being made by a foreign relations subcommittee—Is centered how on n charge from McCarthy that a, top Russian spy Is connected with the Slats! Department,' Acheson said If there Is a Soviet spy now connected,with the de 7 pnrtment he docs hot know It. •McCarthy is reported to have '.told Senate Investigators tti&t he believes the FBI trailed four Soviet spy suspects to/contacts with the American he accuses of head- Ing on espionage ring. New York Cotton May , July , Oct. . Dec. , Mar. closed hearing, Rep. Tackett cited period of 40 years." Dell Enters Civic Accomplishment Event The town of Dell Is scheduled to undergo a clean-up and beautiuca- tlon program, and several civic projects are to be sponsored during 1950 as part of a concentralcd effort to win a state-wide community accomplishment contest. The Dell project was adopted officially last night by the Kiwanis Club at a meeting In the High School Cafeteria, and the Rev. E. H. Hall, pastor of the First Methodist Church, was named to head the project committee. The Dell Kiwanians will work with other civic, religious, and educational . organizations In the program. ^ The sponsors for the state contest Include the Arkansas Economic Council-State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Resources and De- Pilots Say Saucer Story True MEMPHIS. Tcnn.. March 22. Iff) —The airline pilot who reported a flying saucer over Arkansas Insists that "what he saw was not a meteor, a Jet or something imaginary." Capl. Jack Adams told newsmen here yesterday "I believe it was some kind of expcr'. nental type of aircraft that has been kept a sec- let by the Air Force." He .added that It was "definitely some, kind of aircraft In controlled flight 11 moving a t tremendous speed. , 'Adam? und -co-pilot O. W. Anderson radioed > report of the strange Monday night while ap- Rock, They were flying at about 2.000 feet on the Memphis to Houston, Chicago and Southern Air Lines route. Adams said that as the saucer passed over "We could see eight or ten spots of light that looked like Mghtcd windows or ports." The Air Force has called the numerous flying saucer reports either mass hysteria, meleors or misundetstandlng of natural phenomena. Reminded of this, Anderson said "we're heard and read a lot about flying saucers and were as skeptical as anyone else, but when you see something with your own eyes, you have to believe . U." velopment Commission, and the Arkansas Power and Light Company, and several divisions have been set up for the contest. Dell, the first Mississippi County town to be entered in the contest will compete only with towns with a population of 700 and less. Cash awards, to be used solely for community improvements, will be $600, second; and $300 thrid. ••.A committee of six Kiwanisn. was named last night to initiate th program. To work with the Rev. Mr Hall are Mayor D. D. Flippln, James Tidwell, C. A. Smith, Charles Armstrong and R. B. Crawford. Asks Cooptrilion The Rev. Mr. Hall said that an invitation would be issued to al organizations in Dell to cooperate with the program and to Instigate projects that would tend to bolste the position of Dell In the contest and to build a better town. Sponsors oJ the contest have slat ed that the aim of the contest is to build a better Arkansas. At the meeting last night it wa. also pointed out that 1502 of a »60C quota had been collected for Dell' share In the Red Cross Drive. Th drive in Dell Is under the direction oi the Kiwanls Club. Open High Low . 3207 3218 320? . 3216 3221 3203 , 3064 3073 3061 . 3046 3050 3043 . 3044 3055 3044 1:30 3200 3217 3004 30-16 3Q4S N. 0, Cotton Open High Low 1:30 May . 3163 3173 3184 3170 July . '. 3190 3193 3184 3188 Oct. . 3050 30G4 3051 305: Dec 3036 3046 3035 3038 Mar. . .. 30-10 30-!$ 3039 3046 'Selling Job' Launched To. pet Industry Here The v job* of Celling Blythcvlll* to Industry wm* Uckled yistera»j when nearly 50 business men met with the Chamber of 'commerce's Industrial Committee at City Hall. +— '• Committee Chairman J. L-. Gunn said lie and members of.the committee were "highly pleased" with Interest shown In the forum. , Kcyrioting the session was emphasis placed on the Individual citizen's responsibility of, keeping the chamber informed on Industries considering expansion. . j . Sonic J*cads Misscrf Several men at the meeting confessed they had neglected to follow up leads given by salesmen and officials of companies they regularly do business with. Chamber -Manager Worth D. Holder pointed out that his attention ha.s been directed to five companies considering expansion in the south within the post five weeks. "All of these tips came from local men who buy from companies. And these business men provided the chamber -with more leads in the psst five weks than we've had in about three years," Mr. Holder pointed out. Tho chamber this morning set about carrying out one of the suggestions' made at the forum—a printed reminder of Blytheville's advantages as an Industrial site It was pointed out that mer- chant, 1 ; could use the reminder In correspomlence with manufacturers. Other juiggcsltons made during the session asked that chamber members— 1. Cultivate contacts made »t various conventions. 2. Work to bring textile Industry to the area. 3. Assist In providing local aid to small Industry. - Seek Expansion Prmpecti 4. Investigate possibility of manufacturing ' locally containers for the E r °wing food inrfuitry. 5. Look for possible expansion of exlsthig local Industry. 6.'Investigate the possibilities of locating industry here which can make use of existing resources. Among those Industries which could benefit from .raw materials found locally, it was pointed out, are ceramics, cotton insulation, woodwork- Ing and sand and grave!. Dorothy Bailey Caw The decision was handed down la the case of Dorothy Bailey, a former $8,000-*-ycar-employee ol th» Federal Security Agency. Miss Bailey was suspended from her Job In November, 1948, on grounds her loyalty was questionable. In February, 1949, she wa.s dismissed. . : She sued for reinstatement to her Job, raising among other points, the contenlion that the whole loyalty program was unconstitutional. This program, ordered by President Truman, calls for the Investigation of every government employee and the dismissal of nriy whose continued employment might he ». risk U>' the security ol the united. States! At the time Miss Bailey .cams under invcstlration silo was president of Local No. 10 of the CIO government workers union. She denied any communist party ; membership or affiliation. , iYIlss Balky Appealed In the U. S. district court, Judge Alexander Holtzoff ruled the pro- Brain Is constitutional' arid that he lacked authority to set aside federal loyalty board findings. Miss 1 Bailey appealed. In Its 2-1 decision, the appeals court's majority said: "It Is our clear opinion that the President may remove from government-service any -person of whosa loyally he Is not completely convinced.". However, the majority threw out a part of the loyalty board decision which banned Miss Bailey from any government employment for three yeara. In effect the ruling on that pmint was this: The court upheld the right of the loyalty board to dismiss Mlsa Bailey but said the board had ho right to forbid a government agency from giving her a new 'Job >lf that agency fell It had a snot where she could be properly employed in th» light of the record. See LOYALTY on P»*« U , 3 Sentence^ To Penitentiary For Burglary Two of four men charged with burglary and grand larceny In connection with the theft o» approximately $800 worth of lltpior from Grain Brothers Store In Wilson Nov. 8 were sentenced today to three years each In the slate penitentiary • after pleading guilty in Circuit Court at Osccola. Sentenced this morning were' O'Neal Inman and Irwln Wages of Marie. Trial dates for the other Soybeans Open High Low Mar 255 X 25T/4 245?'. 255'/. May 252}! 255 252V'< 252 July 2-18% 250y> 247S 2-18 two men. Jesse Rnwscy of Monroe, La., and Hubert Wages of Marie, have not been set. Officers said the stolen whiskey later was sold to bootleggers In Mississippi. In another case this morning, Jimmy Hogers, 18-year-old Reiser youth, was sentenced to two years on his plea of guilty to a burglary and grand larceny charge. He was charged with the theft of a pistol from a Reiser residence. Lcroy Robinson. Orlder Negro, Close I wos sentenced to five years in the penitentiary yesterday on a charge . of being an accessory after the fact ' to first degree murder In connection with the fata] shooting Dec. 9 of Mrs.- Joe McDanlels, Luxora cab driver and wife of the Luxora city marshal, Mitchell Moore, attorney for Robinson, was granted an appeal and the Negro's bond was set at $5,000. Robinson has been free on a similar bond. He Is charged with withholding information from officers who called at his home a short time after Minus Wilson, Negro slayer ol Mrs. McDanicls, visited there on the night of the killing. Wilson'was later klHed after an attempted burglary. Court was recessed until tomorrow at noon today. Hearing for Herbert Goodman of OsceoTa on a charge ot Involuntary manslaughter Is scheduled to begin tomorrow. Goodman Is charged in connection with the death ol JaVe Krause. Osceola barber, who was killed when struck by a car last year. THE SENATORS WHISPER AS TUB SENATOR WAITS-Son.. Millard Tydingi (D-Md)" (right) waits with set jaw for the v end of a whispered confarenee bclwctn Sens. Bourke Hickenlooper <R-Ia) Heft) and Joseph McCarthy <R-wis) (center) nt a Senate foreign relations subcommittee hearing at'Washington. Chairman Tydlngs had chldcd McCarthy for not turning over i list of »l persons that McCarthy says are Communist or Communist sympathizers In the State DC partm'cnt. After this whispered conversation, Sen. Hickenlooper turned the list, which he holds, over to Tydlng*, (AP Wltephoto), New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. quotations: AT&T 153 5-8 Amer Tobacco 726-8 Anaconda Copper 285-8 Beth Steel 345-8 Chrysler 67 3-8 Oen Electric '.... 47 1-4 Gen Motors 77 1-4 Montgomery Ward 57 1-2 N Y Central 13 1-8 Int Harvester 265-8 National Distillers 22 7-8 Republic Steel 265-8 Radio ... 15 1-8 Socony Vacuum 17 1-8 Studebaker ".,.. 30 1-2 Standard of N J ....'..%... 69 3-4 . Texas Corp ,.'.,. 63 1-2 i(H J C Penney '..,. 68 1-8 r U S Steel 32 1-9 Sear ..*•«.„ ......* « 1-4

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