The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 31, 1954
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COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI vrkT T xm A Blythevffle Courier Mississippi Valley Leader VOL. L—JSU. 9 BlythevUle Daily Newi Blythevilk Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31,1954 SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS METAL COMPANY TO LOCATE PLANT andicapped Youths Get a Hand Special School Gives Educational Opportunity To Those Who Might Otherwise Be Denied It By GEORGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) One of the outstanding services being rendered t youngsters in Blytheville — to a small group who migh otherwise be denied the opportunity to continue their ed cation while recovering from handicaps which prohibit regu lar attendance ^at public schools — is provided by Lang School for Exceptional Children. HARD AT WORK — Students at Lange School for Exceptional Children follow a varied course of activities, which Includes basic school studies as well as specialized training. Above are four of the students doing cutout work. They are (left to right) Betty Miller, Michael Lawrence, David Duncan and Phillip Ramey. (Courier News Photo) City Officials Study Highway 18 Issue Right-of-Way Still Big Problem In AND Re-Routing Proposition Blytheville's city fathers were again scratching then- heads today as they considered obtaining rights of way for West Highway 18 today after a meeting with Arkansas Highway Commission representatives yesterday. Founded in 1952 under the auspices of the Junior Auxiliary and the Blytheville School District and still operated jointly by the two groups, th school is conducted solely for children who, through some physical difficulty, are unable t keep pace with all the activities required of public school students. Now in its second year of operation, the school offers special facilities and training for handicapped children with the primary objective of helping each child overcome his handicap sufficiently to enable him to take part, $. 61 to Run East of City 'In Time' In all probability, it is simply a matter of six or eight years before U. S. Highway 61 will be routed to run just east of Blytheville's corporate limits. That is the reasoning of Alf Johnson, Arkansas Highway Commission engineer, who was in town yesterday to meet with City Council and Chamber of Commerce Highway and Traffic Committee members. Mr. Johnson said he is basing that assumption on the fact that since a proposed new routing of 61 was filed in 1946, there has been no deviation of that plan. He produced a map to show how the new segment of 61, running from Memphis to Lake David, has followed the 1946 recommendations to the inch. "There is no reason to believe it won't continue to follow this recommendation," he said. 4 If it does, 61 will miss every m community and town between * West Memphis and the Missouri State Line. "Old 61 will be retained, probably as a secondary road connecting these communities," Mr. Johnson said. Highway 61, he pointed out, is a part of a 37,800-mile interstate highway system planned for the United tSates to give safe travel over "the most highly-traveled roads in the nation." From the map shown by Mr. Johnson yesterday, it appears 61 will run due north on the Flat Lake Road to the state line. That would mean the highway would intersect Highway 18 just east of Eiytheville's city limits. It would also miss many of the present cluster of filling stations and liquor stores at the state line, running east of the largest portion of them. ver ARKANSAS — Thundershowers mostly in south this afternoon and southeast tonight; colder with lowest 26-36 west and north and 35-40 southeast; Thursday partly cloudy and cold. MISSOURI—Generally fair north, cloudy south this afternoon; clearing over state tonight ;Thursday generally fair; not as cold north this afternoon but continued cold tonight; a little warmer Thursday; low tonight 20-25 north to 30 south; high Thursday in 40s. Maximum yesterday—40, Minimum thl« morning—35. Sunset today—«;20. Sunrise tomorrow—J :47. Metn temperature (midway between high and low—37J, Precipitation la*t 34 Hour* to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—13.57. -Thii Date tart Year Maximum yesterday—75. Minimum yesterday—57. Precipitation January 1 to <Ut*-- XIJ1. AHC Engineers Alf JonnsjTfaiHl Commissioner Dan Portia, i hand in",City*Hall to;re-affi Commission's stand r"egrrtfin ing rights of way. They were met by Mayor E. R. Jackson, City Council members and an assortment of citizens (about 15) who discussed the Commission's plan for bringing 18 into the city. • To all outward appearances, the Commission is pretty definitely sold on bringing the highway into town at Main and 21st streets. That is, it would run north and east of the present winding path it follows from just outside the city limits. The state finished resurfacing and widening of the highway between Blytheville and ' Manila • in 1952. However, it did not improve the approach into Blytheville because, as Mr. Johnson put it yesterday, "the Commission always felt it a highly-controversial matter with citizens of the community." Now, he said the Commission is eager to complete the job, which will be about 2.1 miles of new highway. To Seek Land Mayor Jackson told the group that the city will go back to work on acquiring rights of way and will make every effort to provide the and so work on the final stretch may be started. Councilman Toler Buchanan told Mr. Johnson and Mr. Portis "we lave three property owners ready to donate rights of way." Both AHC representatives made t pretty clear the right of way must be furnished by local interests. • ! "All jobs now being planned byj he Commission," Mr. Portis said, •are subject to procurement of •ights of way. "That is the policy of the Commission and I have no reason to believe it will change." He pointed out that most pro- ects of this type "are eagerly accepted by local interests which provide the right of way." Opposition to the proposed rout- ng of 18 into the city brought opposition from 0. W. Coppedge and. as far as is physically possible, in normal youth activities, and to prepare him for enrollment in public schools. Finances for operation of the school come from the Blythe- the Department of Special Schools. The Junior Auxiliary helped provide much of the equipment when the school was established and continues to supply some of the special equipment as it becomes needed in addition to providing actual assistance in operation of the school. * • • * THE SCHOOL here is under the jurisdiction of Special Schools Department of the Arkansas Education Department and is one of 90 such institutions in the state. It is under the local supervision of Mrs. _ Winnie Virgil Turner, elementary supervisor of Blytheville public schools. Located in a two-story frame building on the southwest corner of Lange Elementary School property, the school now has 10 children in regular attendance ranging in age from seven to 19. With the facilities available at present, and with only one full- time teacher, Mrs. Velda Willingham, 10 children are about the largest number that can be handled properly. "For this reason, the school has not been to accept a number of children Whose,parents have applied for fifau admission. EXERCISE BUILDS STRENGTH — Walkways with handrails are used by orthopedically-handicapped children to help strengthen and rebuild crippled legs. Climbing the stairs are David Duncan and Betty Miller. (Courier News Photo) AEC Head Tells Press Conference: City-Smashing H-Bomb Can Now Be Produced WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Lewis L. Strauss of the Atomic Energy Commission said today a hydrogen bomb" big enough to destroy any city in the world now can be made. Strauss made the statement at president Eisenhower's weekly news conference. He attended the conference to give the public a partial report on the recent H- bomb tests in the Far Pacific. The AEC chairman said the March 1 and March 26 tests "were successful" and declared that enormous potential has been added to our military posture." He denied reports that the first blast, which exposed a number of Americans, Japanese and Marshall oe Pride. Mr. Pride opposed the routing n grounds that "it means bring- ng the highway in by two schools." Mr. Coppedge expressed the opin- on that 18 should be routed to join See HIGHWAY 18 on Page 7 Roselond Youth Killed in Florida Traffic Accident Robert Earl Hollis, 11-year-old on of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hollis f near Roseland, was killed Monay afternoon at Groveland, Fla., rtien hit by a car while riding his icycle, it was learned today, Florida police termed the death ccidental. The Hollis family has been in Mr. Hollis has been working. They f ere to return to their home near loselant! soon to begin farming. The youth's body will arrive here y train tomorrow for burial. Fu- eral arrangements are incomplete ending arrival of his parents. Holt Funeral Home in in charge. Isaacs to Head Cancer Drive North Missco Goal 1$ Set at $2,000 Louie E. Isaacs has been appointed chairman 'of the American Islanders far "from "the" explosion j Cancer Society's 1954 fund-raising 'ATTOV however., Is iot *ffi<Po I nly factor wluctf 1 ; deter-mines admittance to 4>he. school, and numerous children have had to be.-refused because of misconceptions by their -parents concerning the. nature of the institution. It is not a school for mentally deficient or, retarded children. Bather, its purpose is to aid children who are physically handicapped. The basic i-equirement for admittance is that the child be capable of learning. In fact, if the students in such a school cannot be taught, the state will not provide financial aid. Of the 10 children now at the school, five have orthopedic handicaps — four as a result of polio and one who has been crippled from birth. Three have speech defects, one has a hearing defect and one a learning difficulty. The program of schoolwork followed is as nearly as possible the same as that of the public schools and close cooperation is maintained though all teaching, necessarily is highly individualized. Each child is given the work he would normally undertake in his grade at a regular school. In fact, two of the students are at present attending public school on a part-time basis: one at Junior High .and one at Lange Grade School. • * • THE MORNING session, which begins at 8:30, is devoted to supervisory study for the older ones and special work with the See HANDICAPPED on Page 13 Where Is It? Any red-blooded American deer hunter would like to see a 12- point buck such as this one in his' gunsignts. Can you hit the target on its location in Blytheville? For answer see Page 7. scene to "hot" ashes, went out of control. "it was a stupendous blast," Strauss said. "But at no time was the testing out of control." He said the power of the explosion was about twice what sicen- tists had expected—a margin of error not unusual, he added, in testing "a totally new weapon." An unexpected shift in the wind carried atomic particles to the area where a Japanese fishing trawler was crusing, Strauss added. Hastens Peacetime Uses Strauss said the tests bring the commission "very much nearer" to satisfying the requirements of Driver Acquitted In Traffic Death campaign in North Mississippi County, it was announced today. Aimed at a goal of $2.000. the campaign is scheduled to get under way Monday. The 1954 goal is $800 larger than last year's, Mr. Isaacs said. The involuntary manslaughter in Perjury Seen In McCarthy, Army Battle LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sen! McClellan, ranking Democrat on the McCarthy committee, who has clashed frequently with the chairman, said in a speech here last night that if principals on both sides of the controversy "give testimony under oath similar to that they have made in public statements, somebody will have violated the perjury statutes.' The army has accused McCarthy arid his chief investigator, Roy .,of.>*1fceinpj^ cial consideration for "'a former committee staff member, -p,vt. G. David Schine. In turn,. the Army ms been charged with offering in- "ormation on Navy and Air Force affairs in an attempt to avoid an nvestigation of the Army. McClellan, in speaking here last night before the Arkansas Public Expenditures Council, did not re- er to any of the participants in he dispute by name. He said he had not prejudged he dispute, but added: "I consider it the committee's esponsibility to wash its own dirty lin^n, no matter how unpleasant it may be." He said some of the allegations the present controversy "re- fect on some members of the taff and maybe on the chairman." Earlier McClellan had said he vill vote against statehood for Hawaii and Alaska when the meas- re is considered by the Senate tomorrow. He said he favored a bill roviding commonwealth status or the territories. He also told the council that, if •he country has a depression, We can expect some kind of a ;deral works program." He said e hoped it would not resemble he old Works Progress Adrninis- ration. McClellan refused to say if he hought the nation may suffer a epression in the near future. "The present Republican' admin- stration does not concede there s any possibility that a depres- ion is in. prospect," he said. "You are better able to judge for yourself. . .just what the present economic situation is." > Building Work Due ln14Days;Opening Slated for August Blytheville scored yesterday in its long-pressed drive to obtain industry to balance the agricultural economy of this community. Officials of the Central States Metal Corp. of Kansas City, Mo., and representatives of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce yesterday reached an agreement whereby the company will locate a plant here. Construction of the plant, which <• ..' • • Jack Freeman of Leachville was found not guilty of a charge of day when the AEC can devote more attention to developing peacetime uses of atomic energy. In reply to one question, Strauss said, without qualification, that an H-bomb-large enough to "take out" a city can be made. Eisenhower himself said earlier there is some possibility the Ru- sians are getting ready to talk bus- peacetime use of atomic energy. welcomed in the light of his proposal last January that the western powers and Russia get together on a limited peacetime atomic development pool, Strauss' statement plainly was rest stirred up in Britain and elsewhere by the recent H-bomb tests. He stressed that this country nuke* no tests "without a definite Bee ATOMIC oft Pate 1 national goal, he said, is $20,000,000, an increase of $2,000,000 over the 1953 quota. Of the North Mississippi County quota, about $1,000 will be obtained from the cancer drive's share of the 1954 Community Chest campaign. The funds raised will be used. Mr. Isaacs said, to bring about increased cures with present methods until the research goal ol cures or preventatives for cancer can be attained. connection with the traffic death of Jack Weiser last April by a jury here today in Chickasawba Division of Circuit Court. After hearing six witnesses for the prosecution and two for the defense, the jury returned its verdict. The incident occurred when a car driven by Mr. Freeman crashed into t,he rear of a trailer being pulled by a tractor driven by Mr. Wiser on Highway 18 near Leachville. Circuit Judge Charles W. Light recessed court until Monday. Auto Insurance Law Is Upheld will be used for metal fabrication is scheduled to begin within two weeks, according to the agreemen reached yesterday. Operation of the plant is expected to get under way by early August. Chamber of Commerce officials told the Courier News by telephone from Kansas City. A seven-man delegation of the Chamber's Industrial Committee left here Tuesday on a Kansas City trip that was not announced because .they said, Blytheville was at that time still "in competition with" Helena and West Memphis for the steel plant. Announcement of the successful agreement was made yesterday by Chamber President W. J. Pollard and Industrial Committee Chairman E. B. Thomas. Other members of the Industrial Committee making the trip included Alvin Huffman, Jr., W. L. Horner, Jesse Taylor, Russell Phillips and Worth D. Holder, Chamber manager. No details of the agreement were available today, but it is presumed that plans for the plant will- follow generally those advanced in earlier discussions about the prospect of getting the plant located here. First open negotiations with the company began last September, when it was announced that the flrm : contemplated a Blytheville plant that Would employ 200 men tfnd : 'have an annual payroll of some $500,000. Several plans for financing a building for ttfe^plant have been discussed: In December, the Chamber of Commerce purchased a 2,7-. acre industrial site east of Elm Street. Earlier this year, the Chamber conducted a labor availability survey and nearly 800 prospective metal workers responded. Although building plans discussed have ranged from conducting a $200,000 fund-raising drive to a volunteer-labor plan, another -method would be for the city to erect the building with conventional loan financing and amortize the debt, retiring it with rental payments made by the company. Ike Says Hell Sign Tax Cuts Business Help Seen-Also Bigger Deficit WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower said today" he will sign the 999 million dollar excise tax cut bill and believes it will help stimulate business. The President told his news conference he will put his signature to the measure later In the day. He added he has every reason to believe enactment of the tax reduction will be a stimulating factor 'in the American economy. Eisenhower decided to sign the bill into law — the cuts will .be effective tomorrow -— even though it throws his budget for the next year a billion doUars deeper in the red. ^ French Halt Waves of Red Troops HANOI, Indochina (#1—The defenders of Dien Bien Phu hurled back attack after attack from screaming Vietminh shock troops early today, interspersing savage counterattacks of their own. The French high command announced at noon that the garrison was holding all its positions. Rested and regrouped after the beating they took in their initial assaults on the fortress in mid- March, the Communist-led rebels opened their second offensive on the heels-of a violent artillery barrage. Thousands of wildly yelling rebel ;roops sprang from foxholes and trenches ringing the dusty, hill- rean War started. These involve feltrryi" ing -an estimated 999 million dollars worth of; cuts on> dozens nf products, shot ^through Congress yesterday with '-overwhelming approval. The House vote was 395-1, the Senate 72-8. James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, dispelled whatever lingering doubts there were about the President's attitude by commenting late yesterday: "He'll probably sign it t o m o rrow morning." There was evidence that most of the cuts would be passed along to consumers, providing a stimulus to retail trade in many lines. General Electric Co. and West- .nghouse Electric Corp. announced ;hat their home appliances would be reduced by the amount, of the ax reduction and the Philco Corp. and the Crosley and Bendix Divis- on of Avco Manufacturing Corp. ndicated they would follow "suit. So did other makers of home aundry machines. Jewelry and fur dealers already had said they would be glad to give the tax savings to their customers. Movie Cut Doubtful Only in the case of the movies did it appear that the consumer have said they face bankruptcy under competition from television in the home. But trade sources said recently some movie houses would cut their prices by the amount of the tax cut. The measure also saves $1.077,000,000 in revenue by extending for another year increases in major excises voted in 1951 after the Ko- LITTLE ROCK Constitutionality of Arkansas' driver responsibility law was upheld by Circuit Judge J. Mitchell Cockrill here yesterday. The 1953 law provides that drivers involved in accidents in which there are injuries and damags exceeding $100 must post cash security with the state insurance commissioner. Two suits challenging legality of the law were dismissed by Cockrill. The plaintiffs, George Franklin of Garland and Sylvster Simons of Little Rock, said they would appeal. rimmed valley of Dien Bien Phu and charged toward the maze of Darbed wire barricades guarding the French trenches, dugouts and air strip. Hurling grenades, firing ma- chineguns, rifles and pistols, the Vietminh raced into sheets of fire from the American-supplied guns manned by a garrison including Frenchmen, North Africans, Foreign Legionnaires, Vietnamese and pro-French Thai tribesmen. Tanks, artillery, .mortars and heavy machineguns cut the rebel ranks. Overhead, every fighter and bomber plane the French could muster laid down blazing barrages See INDOCHINA on Page 7 * * * U.S. Should Enlist Pacific Allies for Indochina War-Douglas WASHINGTON (JV-Sen. Douglas (D-I11) asserted today the United States ,ought to "get ready for the worst" by enlisting forces of Pacific free nations to fight Communists in Indochina If they are needed. Douglas, a Marine officer in World War n, called for support of President Eisenhower and Sec- what Dulles called "united action" to prevent Comnronist conquest in Southeast Asia. "I do not know what measures tins administration plans," Douglas said in t speech prepared for the Senate. "I do not know what meas- will prove to be necessary. "I do not know what attitude the Republican party in Congress will take toward supporting the President. But reading the record against the gravity of the secretary's words, I have my misgivings." Dulles' said in a nationally televised speech Monday night that Communist control of Southeast Asia would be "a great threat" to the free world and that: "The United States feels that that possibility should not be passively accepted but should be met by united action," Dulles gave no hint of what form such action might take, and informed officials said it may hinge largely on responses of the British, French and other governments. It seems certain that a specific American objective is the development of a solid front among the Allied powers in the forthcoming Asian peace negotiations at Geneva. The State Department said the British and French ambassadors had been informed of the Dulles speech in advance of delivery, but that it did not reflect the vie'.vs of all three governments. In hifi prepared speech, ten. Douglas proposed that the President act immediately to "enlist the support and cooperation of Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Ja- 'pan, the Philippines and other Far East nations in resisting aggression." "I believe there should be an immediate assignment of military functions and allotment of forces to be supplied if worst comes to worst," he said. India's ambassador, O. L. Mehta, said after a conference With Dulles yesterday he does not believe "united action" necessarily means military action. j autos, trucks, gasoline, cigarettes, liquor, wine and beer. The administration asked for the extensions and figured on this revenue in its budget for fiscal 1955 starting this July l. Even so, this budget carried a $2,900,000,000 estimated eficit. But the President did not ask for any excise tax cuts this year, and Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey has consistently opposed them. Nevertheless, House Republican leaders, original backers of the See TAXES on Page 7 Today's Count/ News . . . Big: Question About Polio Vaccine: I* Enough Protection Given? . . . Page 16 ... . . . Osceola News and Feature Pane . . . Page 5 ... . . . Business Slump 'Good Medicine/ Jesse Jones Says . . . Watchdog of Federal Spending Retires . . . Page 3 ... . . . Pirates Makinf Noise Like Pennant Winners . . . Things Were Better for Wyatt This Spring . . , Sport* . . . Page* It and 11 ... . . . House Resumes Debate em Public Housing Issue With Opinion Divided . . . Page 12 .• . . . . . GOP Senate Mftjert* Ready to Ram Through Ifcft* Hartley Revision . . . Page S • • *

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