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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS YOL. W—NO. 276 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14,.I9«1 12 PAGES I CENT'S City To Vote On Drainage, Street Work A it million street and drainage improvement program goes to the voters of Blytheville this spring in accordance wilh City Council action on the measure last night. Mayor Toler Buchanan said the special election is probably some 50 to 60 days olf. Council has released practically no details on the program. It has discussed an overall plan in executive session only. Last night, Councilmen said they would unfold the entire plan at a public meeting. No date for Ihe meeting was set. 0! the. total, Buchanan said, $800,00 Owuld be directed toward paving and $200,000 would go toward drainage. "By putting this up for a vote, we'll b^ able to find out if people are serious when they ask us to do something about their streets," PSC STATES Rate Probe Request Is City s Job : A request for a utility rate investigation in Blytheville headed for another City Council showdown following a conference yesterday between state officials and local citizens. Members o£ Elytheville's Citizens Committee, which initiated the rate investigation request, yesterday centered in Little Rock with members of the Public Service Commission, Attorney General Frank Holt and Arnold Sikes, executive secretary to Governor Faubus. To Cily Council In essence, they were told to have Blytheville's Cily Council request a rate investigation. Th:' request may not be forthcoming just for the asking. M-yor Toler Buchanan made it abundantly clear that he wants no more action on a rate probe of Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. In a recent civic club address, he urged that the community "work together and quit badgering one of this town's best in' dustries." Today, Buchanan denied that Cily Council is pledged to investigate rates. , September Action Its most recent action, he said, , was in a meeting of last September when it voted to pursue the matter no further. ' "This was after Council heard a leller from the Public Service Commission which slated that it has Ark-Mo activities under scrutiny at all times." Making Ihe trip to Little Rock yesterday were E. H. Brown, chairman of the Citizens Committee; James R. Deal, secretary; Robert Cunningham, president of United Auto Workers Local 1249; Carlos Frye, the local's vice president, and Virgil Williams, Citizens Committee treasurer. Another Alternative L. D. Blair, PSC attorney, and M. E. Mitchell, a PSC director, gave the Blytheville delegation another alternative. They told them that 25 persons could request the Commission to investigate, but such a request should be accompanied by facts »nd figures concerning rates. Comm«nting on the meeting. Brown said this morning that a ! number of "misconceptions were cleared up." No Expeue "In the first place," he said, "there will be no expense to be borne by the people of Blytheville if there is an investigation. "Also, we were totd that the investigation does not have to be system-wide and will not require the cooperation of the Missouri Public Service Commission. • "Speaking of my p»_ sonal connection in th: matter, I told the Se* PROBE •» Page I Buchanan said. The huge bond issue will be retired, under the proposal, by equal payments from: A 2.8 mill levy. - Taxes collected from to-be- formed improvement district! within the My; and Money from the city's general fund. With normal collections, Buchanan said, the issue should be retired within 14 or IS years. Councilman Tom A. Little was joined by other aldermen in ask ing for a proviso concerning engineering ; services "because I want to be sure the engineer answers to this Council and the people are protected." Under terms of last night's ordinance, which calsl for the election, the $1 million in bonds could (and doubtles swould) be converted. This prompted Dale S. Briggs, Blytheville businessman, to ask from the floor, "What would be the initial profit on conversion of a ¥1 million bond issue?" Buchanan said he didn't know. In response to another question as to the marketability of the bonds, Buchanan said he had been advised that the .financing plan it sound enough for the bond people. Contingency Buchanan pointed oul that should the proposal pass in a special election, it still might not be put into action should the im provement districts fail to be organized. Councilmen Fay Austin and Eddie Saliba voted against the election ordinance, the eight other aldermen carrying the motion over the two negative votes. * * * Council heard a short argument by Briggs against possible purchase of Blytheville Water Company and then scheduled a meet- has i r g j n the next few weeks with Robert Johnston, Water Company owner. "I think it's a mistake to consider buying the company, Briggs said. "City ownership doesn't lend THE SNOW IN FRANCE — The telephone lineman in Cham rousse, France, doesn't grumble about the weather. After a heav snow and severe drifting, he was able to walk right up to th insulators and make his repairs. Chamrousse is a winier resor in the French Alps. U.S. SKATING TEAM WIPED OUT Jetliner Crash Kills i 73, Most Americans By FRED CHEVAL BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - A Sabena jet airliner from New York crashed and burned near Brussels today, wiping out the U.S. figure skating team and killing all others of the 72 persons aboard. A Belgian farmer was (illed on the ground. The 17-m ember skating team and its coach were flying to compete in the world championships at Prague. The skaters were among 61 passengers, and offi- ;ials said most of the passengers were Americans. The big Boeing jet carried a crew of 11. Nine-Time Champion With the team was Mrs. Maribel Vinson Owen of Winchester; Mass., nine-time U.S. figure-skat' ing champion. Her daughter Laurence, 16, the only U.S. American winner in the North championships tha mded Sunday in Philadelphia, ltd he team. In addition to Miss Owen, the members of the U.S. skating team were Steffi Westerfield, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rhodie Michelson, ; Beach, Calif.; Bradley Lord, Soston; Gregory Kelley, Colorado Springs; Douglas Ramsay, Detroit; Dudley Richards, Boston; Ray and Ila Pae Hadley, of Seattle; Bill and Laurel Hickox, Colorado Springs; Larry Pierce, Indianapolis; Diane Sherbloom, Angeles; Roger Campbell, Los Angeles; Donna Lee Carrier, Los Angeles; Bob and Pat Dineen, New York, and Deane McMinn the coach and manager, of Lomita, Calif. Debris Scafered An Associated Press reporter who reached the scene of the crash said that debris from the huge Boeing was scattered fo everal hundred yards. Scores of firemen and ambu- ance personnel were on the spot. )nly a small number of bodies had been brought from the ter- ibly twisted wreckage of the giant jet. Firemen poured water and foam on the wreckage to prevent new ires from starting. Theo de Lcat, 24, a Belgian >easant who was working in the :ield when the plane crashed, was crushed under the wreckage. An official at Brussels Airport said the plane had circled the field several times before the crash. Accounts Vary Eyewitnesses gave varying accounts of what occurred in the moments before the crash. One woman living nearby, Mrs. M. Croon, said the jet appeared to be trying to land but was ap- Western Notions Openly Express Fear Of Another Korea In Congo Showdown Looms In United Nations By MAX HARRELSON UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. '(AP) - Major Western powers led by the United States met a Soviet boycott of Dag Haminarskjold head-on today by rallying behind Ihe secretary-general and warning the Soviets against trying to wreck the U. N. operation in the Congo. itself to efficiency and in the long run such a move could cost the taxpayer money. "If the city needs more revenue, it should get it through taxes, not by ownership of private business." ' the the "There are only five in state that aren't owned by cities," Saliba said. A showdown shaped up in the international peace organization's gravest crisis since the Korean war as the Soviets put a resolution before the Security Council calling for (1) Hammarskjold's dismissal; (2) disarming of anti- Communist factions in the chaotic African republic and (3) with drawal of all U.N. forces within a month. Seize on Lum's Death The Soviets seized on the assassination of former Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba to step up their campaign, launched last September by Soviet Premier Khrushchev in his table-thumping appearance before the United Nations, to revamp that organi lion m a Moscow mold. The strongly-worded Soviet res- I one, don't care if there's only rigg.. replied, "I'm against 'nunicipal ownership." Water Company Manager Clyde Kapp said that he, believes Johnston "is about prepared to give you a price." * + * Council voted 9-1 against amending the city's zoning laws. An amendment, sponsored by Saliba, would make it unlawful to farm or truck garden on property which has been subdivided for a period of ten years and which was bordered on three sides by homes. City Planning Commission had handed down an unfavorable recommendation on the proposed amendment. * * * A proposal to purchase five South Blytheville lots from Joe Gude was tabled. Purchase price, Buchanan said, would be $3,750. He said a dog pound might be located there. "That's a lot of money for a dog pound," Councilman R. G. McHaiwy said. "There would be other uses, too," Buchanan stated. * * * The city has begun negotiations to purchase 10 acres of land for a South Blytheville park, Buchanan informed Council. Purchase price would be $12,000. The larid lie* west 'of Franklin Street School. The Course Of True Love, Etc. ATIENZA, Spain IT) — A pas- ilonate lover of Atienza will not remember Valentine's Day 1961 kindly. Long hours spent courting his sweetheart through the barred window of her room while her mother and father slept have ended in disaster. Longing for « kiss, the young lover thrust his head through the bars, stock firm, and ha<t (o watt several hours for » locksmith to Ml him free. While he wilted, quite a crowd collected. The noise made by the watchers woke the girl's father. He beat the young lover as he struggled to get free and finally sent him home bleeding and with a bruised head. Understanding polke kept UK youth's name > secret. District Meet District Scout meeting will be held at 7 o'clock tomorrow night at Milligan Ridge. A $1 chicken dinner will pre- ceed the meeting. District committee chairmen ire urged to attend. lution accused Ilammarskjold of eing "an accomplice and organ- zer" of Lumumba's slaying while Ihe hands of his political ene- nics. Earlier the Soviets declared ley would have no more dealings vith the secretary-general. The United States immediately iledged support to Hammarskjold. Britain and Italy charged the Soviets wilh trying to exploit Lumumba's death to install a Soviet- subservient regime in the Congo. Indian spokesmen also called or continuance of U.N. operations n the Congo as offering the only rhance to prevent civil war that many feared would involve the major powers in another Korean- style conflagration. The Soviet resolution also charged Belgium with prime re sponsibility for Lumumba's death and called for sanctions agains 1 the Congo's former ruler. The resolution demanded the ar rest of Kalanga Province Presi dent Moise Tshombe, in whose province Lumumba was killed and Maj. Gen. Joseph Mobutu the army chief of President Joseph Kasavubu's regime, and th disarming of all troops and polio under their control. The Soviets also demanded the immediate disarmament and withdrawal from the Congo of all Belgian forces and all Belgian personnel. Penalties Against Belgium Some Asian and African nations were reported favoring adoption of penalties against Belgium if lhat country failed to withdraw both its civilian and military personnel from the Congo. Belgian Foreign Minister Pierre Wigny in Brussels vehemently dented again lhat Belgium had anything to do wilh the arrest and death of the man they installed as head of the independent Congo government eight months ago. Stevenson fold the U.N. Correspondents Association the United Stales is still working for a constructive and workable solution of Ihe Congo crisis, but he acknowledged the situation is grave. By DENNIS NEELD LONDON (AP) — Western alarm mounted today as Communist support for Patrice Lmumba's po- itical heirs in the Congo raised the fearful specter of a Korea-like war in the heart of Africa. Banner newspapers headlines across Western Europe showed the concern at the Soviet Union's affer of "all possible assistance and support" to the Lumumbist,government of Antoine Gizenga, con- rolling a large part of the northern Congo from headquarters in Stanleyville. Fears were openly expressed 1 nat the U.N. attempt to prevent ivil war in the Congo would col- apse, that the Soviet Union and Is Communist allies would sup- sly Gizenga's forces, and that the Jnitcd States and ils allies would lave to bulwark the Leopoldville [overnment of President Joseph Kasavubu and Maj. Gen. Joseph ilobutu or see the vast territory |o to the Communists by default. Recognizes Gizenga President Nasser's United Arab Republic Tuesday night officially recognized Gizenga's regime as :he legal government of the Conlo. Red China quickly lined up. Premier Chou En-lai cabled Gizenga: "The Chinese people are deeply convinced that the Congo- ese people will surely turn their grief into strength and, under the cadership of your excellency and :he lawful Congolese government, will fight to the end against the imperialist bloc headed by the United Slates of America and in defense of the national independence of the Congo." Ghana's President Kwame <krumah, always a supporter of| .umumba, lashed the United Nations for the role it played in the Congo and added: "The danger in the Congo is not so much the possibility of a civil war between Africans, but rather a colonialist war in which the colonial and imperialist powers hide behind African puppet regimes." Hope For U. N. Support U.S. officials were reported counting heavily on dozens of the smaller nations—particularly in Africa—to rally to the defense of the United Nations. This hope was bolstered by India's ambassador fo Washington, M. C. Chaglia, who said his government favors strengthening the United Nations because "it is only as the United Nations is effective that we will prevent civil war." Tunisia's government radio attacked the .Soviet action in the new Congo crisis, calling it "dangerous" and "risking creation of a new Korea." Observers in Cairo predicted heavy pressure on. Sudanese Premier Ibrahim Abboud to allow planes carrying arms and other supplies from the Communists and the U.A.R to Stanleyville to make the necessary refueling stop in the Sudan. Red Arms On Way Many observers in Cairo believe the Soviet Union is geared for a big arms supply program to Stanleyville. Mysterious Soviet vessels recently have slipped unannounced through the Suez Canal reportedly carrying arms and explosives. There have been signs of increased Soviet arms deliveries to Egypt itself, indicating the Soviet, might be using Cairo as an arms depot. proaching "much lower thaa «•»• al." "The plane made a fine turn t« land and then suddenly it appeared it could not do it. It fell in the wood of the hamlet of Lem- meke and exploded." Another eywitness said the plane appeared to strike power cables, climb "almost vertically" and then "drop like a stone." "There was a huge explosion," the witness said. Turns and Falls "The plane took a tight turn, ' then turned again and fell," said Francois de Klegermaker. "It was like during wartime when a plan* fell after being hit." One of the engines was half buried in thft ground. Viscountess Pierre de Biolley was on her doorstep when, the plane flew over. "The plane was making an unusual noise," she said. "It wa» flying extremely low. I saw it balancing in the sky then, as it flew over a small nearby wood, it seemed to recover power and pointed upward and then it suddenly fell. It looked as if the pilot had made a desperate effort not to hit the houses." Passengers abroad the Liege Brussels train, which skirts th« airport area, were among the witness of the disaster. One of them said the plane did not appear t« have its wheels down. The Belgian government immediately began an investigation. The chief investigating magistrate, M. Charles, said that the plane had had no contact with th« control tower. "Airport personnel saw the plane put down its landing gear then withdraw It unexpectedly and climb up again," Charle* said. New Spending Speedup By Kennedy Expected By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH WASHINGTON (AP) — President Kennedy is reported planning :o announce tonight a speedup in spending of some federal funds in a fresh effort to spur the lagging economy and reduce unemployment. Informed officials said they understood the President intends to make such an announcement at his news conference scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The conference will be broadcast live on nationwide television and radio. On the international front, Ken- ier spending would not be on any Club Damage Put at $1,000 Burglars who broke into Blytheville's new Country Club Monday night damaged several doors and a cigarette machine, Sheriff William Berryman reported. Berryman said the bottom of the safe was torn out and some cash was missing. The thiefs damaged much of the interior. Estimates of damage ran fo about $1,000. Investigation will continue Berryman said. Beauty School Changes Hands Mrs. Clair Miller and James Viar today announced the purchase of Eagle Beauty School. The school formerly was owned by Mrs. 'ixmise Teague and Elmer Norman, they said. Mrs. Miller is a director of the Stale Board of Cosmetology. Viar is a Memphis hair stylist. Personnel will remain the same, Mrs. Miller said, except for Mrs. Maude Miller, instructor who is moving to Memphis. She'll be replaced by Mrs. Lorene Howe of Batesville. Hammarskjold strict silence on maintained a the Soviet demands for the U.N. withdrawal from the Congo and his own dismissal. nedy faces questioning about his views on the crises in the Congo and in the United Nations resulting from the assassination of deposed Congo Premier Palrica Lumumba. Heightening the tension are Soviet demands that the mal- (er be dealt with on Soviet terms. No Congress Action The domestic antirecession measures Kennedy is said to have decided upon would not require his news conference scheduled for action by Congress. There was no immediate word regarding details, but the Kennedy plans are, reported to call for issuing new administrative orders to a few spending planned on some government programs. Indications art that such speed- massive scale. The idea is to pump some additional money into the economy, pending congressional consideration of the Kennedy legislative program, aimed at business recovery, easing of unemployment hardship and reduction of joblessness. PO Seeks Help in Its Fight on Obscenity Obscene mail is the target of a new Post Office Department's campaign, Hugh Hudson, postmaster said today. This illegally mailed material can be investigated only if the envelope and contents are turned in to the post office, Hudson said. Most obscene mail seems to cminale from California and New York. Parents can be of great help by investigating material children may receive, he said. DAILY RECORD Where's The Fire? Yesterday, 1:15 p.m., 633 S. B. Parkway, grass. Yesterday, 1:55 p.m., 1019 Adams, grass. Yesterday, 3:05 p.m., N. Broadway, grass. federal agencies for money faster than Concern Increasing Administration officials and Democratic congressional leaders clearly are becoming increasingly concerned about the recession. Both Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg and House Speaker Sam Rayburn have indicated that mounting concern starts at the lop, wilh Kennedy. The Cabinet officer and the speaker have told reporters lhat the President will have something to say about the situation *t hie meeting with Hughes to Address Bean Marketing Forum ' "The soybean situation and outlook" will be the title of Ihe key address to be given at the Tri- State Soybean Production and Marketing Forum Friday at Lake Prividence, La. Paul C. Hughes, secrelary-lreas- urer, Midsoulh Soybean and Grain Shippers Association, and manager of Farmers Soybean Co., here, will speak on Ihe soybean outlook on opening day al 1 p.m. More than 500 farmors will gather for the event. Weather ARKANSAS — Moslly cloudy through Thursday; chance of a few showers this afternoon and tonight; high today 65-75; low tonight 50-58. MISSOURI - Partly cloudy northwest through Thursday; fair northeast, considerable cloudiness south today with a few showers southeast; generally fair east and south tonight with increasing cloudiness Thursday; high today in the 50s north, 60s south; low tonight 25 northeast, 30-35 elsewhere. Maximum yesterday—«3 Minimum mis morning—M Mean temperature—57 Sunset today—5:43 Sunrise tomorrow—8:45 Precipitation put 14 boun ft •> m. to 7 •.m.)—none Precaution Jan. 1 to Ink 4»U —3.19 This D»jr A Yemr AM Maximum yesterday—77 Minimum this mornlnfc—3) Precipitation Jan. 1 to tfata teM

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