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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L-NO. 13 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. MOXDAY, APRIL 5, 1054 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT1 McCarthy Y$. Army Sears Due To Begin Work Today Attorney to Be Questioned On Fitness for Job WASHINGTON (A P) — Samuel P. Sears goes to work today as counsel for the investigation of the McCarthy-Army row — and the first order of business is a discussion whether he should keep the job. Sen. Mundt (R-SD), who temporarily has replaced Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) as chairman of the Senate investigations subcommittee, said last night the subcommittee will not keep Sears, a Boston lawyer, as its probe counsel if the Army objects. The investigation, ordered March 16 and tentatively scheduled to begin next week, presumably would again be delayed if the subcommittee had to search for another counsel. Aides Announced Mundt earlier nad arranged to call the subcommittee members together today to seek "reassurance" from Sears that he would be completely impartial in the investigation. Sears has said he can and will be objective. But Democratic subcommittee members have insisted he be questioned on past statements favorable to McCarthy that were attributed to him. Meanwhile, Sears announced yesterday as he left Boston he had named to assist him an attorney who represented two Harvard law students when they declined to answer questions of a congressional committee. The lawyer is Lawrence R. Cohen, also of Boston. Another assistant named is Russel J. Coffin, a Harvard Law School graduate. Both must be approved by the subcommittee. Cohen represented Jonathan and David Lubell, twins, by request of the Harvard law faculty when the students had trouble obtaining a lawyer for their appearance before the Senate internal security subcommittee. They invoked the Fifth Amendment when appearing before the subcommittee. Mundt spoke last night on an NBC television show and in an interview afterwards. He said the Army, by naming a sepcial counsel of its own for the probe, had upset his efforts to work out an agreement on a troublesome problem of subcommittee procedure — whether McCarthy should be allowed to cross- question witnesses. Has Taken Stand * Me C a r t h y temporarily relin- See MCCARTHY on Page 12 Laniel, Pleven Nurse Bruises After Attack PARIS (AP) — Premier Joseph Laniel nursed sore shins today and Defense Minister Rene Pleven a slapped face after a yelling mob set on them in protest at the proposed European Defense Community. The 100 or so rioters — identified as supporters of Gen. Charles de Baulle, Monarchists and possibly some Communists — broke up a solemn ceremony yesterday at the Arc de Triumphe honoring the defenders of Dien Bien Phu, the Communist-besieged fortress in Indochina. With only .a thin line of police and a handful of troops on hand, the demonstrators rushed the official party as it started to leave the ceremony. Somebody kicked Laniel in the shins. A police flying wedge got hi mto a police car which the rioters then tried to overturn. The straining policemen counterbalanced the pushing throng and the chauffeur finally rammed the car through the crowd. Stranded Pleven was stranded under the arch alongside France's national shrine, the tomb of the unknown soldier and its perpetual flame honoring the nation's war dead. Screaming "Resign!" the crowd hurled stones which missed him. Two or three knocked off his hat and glasses. Someone slapped him twice. Another grabbed a handful of his hair. Pale and seething, Pleven stood with the police in the center of the crowd until reinforcements finally arrived — almost half an hour later. The rest of the.crowd of about 1,000 watched the attacks with detachment and made no move to intervene. They dispersed after Man Is Shot By Marshal Officer Opens Fire When Attacked Gene Renfro, 26, of Leachville was reported in critical condition this morning at Kennedy Veteran's Hospital in Memphis from a gun shot wound in the neck received Saturday night during a scuffle with Leachville Night Marshal Al Buckner. The shooting occurred shortly after midnight in the Princess Cafe when Renfro and Troy Grant of Arbyrd, Mo., attacked the 61-year- old "marshal after he asked the two men to go home, according to information obtained by Sheriff William Berryman. On instructions from Mayor Louie Weinburg to send everyone home after midnight, the marshal entered the cafe and asked Grant to le"ve. Renfro interceded and to 1 .:! the' officer that neither of them were going home, and pushed Buckner against a table and began hiding him, the sheriff said. To scare the two men, he fired- a shot into the direction of the floor, Buckner tola; the sheriff, and then fired again 'when they continued to beat him. The second shot struck Renfro in the neck. He was taken to Rodman Hospital for treatment and then to Memphis. All witnesses have been interviewed at this time, the sheriff said but a full investigation of the 'incident will be made. The final outcome of the case will depend on Renfro's recovery, he said. Huge Heroin Supply From China Seized WASHINGTON (#1 — Narcotics Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger announced today the seizure in San Francisco of "millions of dollars" worth of heroin which he Said was smuggled in from Communist China. Eight •persons were arrested in the raid yesterday. The commissioner said the illicit heroin seized was brought to the United States for the most part by merchant seamen who got it at a gambling emporium operated in Hong Kong by. a man Anslinger names as Judah Isaac Ezra, 62. Anslinger said in an announcement from his headquarters at the Treasury here that Ezra was formerly "a large trafficker in narcotics on the West Coast," and that he had been sentenced in 1933 to 15 years 1 in prison for a narcotics violation. Anslinger said Ezra was deported at the end of his prison term. He said it was expected that Ezra will be prosecuted in San Francisco. Anslinger did not say whether Ezra had been arrested yet. Treasury aides said an indictment against Ezra would be sought at San Francisco and that it was expected he would be returned to this country through extradition proceedings. Anslinger said federal narcotics agents had seized, or purchased as evidence, six pounds of pure heroin •worth millions of dollars in the illicit narcotics market." He said "The source of the heroin was . . . Communist China." Pleven departed. Police arrested seven of the demonstrators. The rioters tossed anti-EDC leaflets in the air, shouted anti-EDC slogans and yelled "Vive (long Ifve) Juin." This referred to Marshal Alphonse Pierre Juin, who was dismissed from his French military posts last week for failing to meet with Laniel and Pleven to explain ,an anti-EDC speech. Inside Today's Courier News ... We Don't Like Local Pilot "Godfrey!!*" . . . Editorials '. . . page 6 ... ...The McCarthy Story: First of a 10-Part Series on the Sc' ator from Wisconsin and tbe development of "McCarthyiam" . . . pajce 5 ... . . . Harry Agffanis Find* New Home with Red Sox ... Game and FUh Newt . . • Sports . . . pftfe* 8 and » . . . . . , Democratic Chairman Mlt- chfll Asks Roosevelt and Condon • to V.'itlidnuv from California Congressional Race . . . page J . • • Truck Drivers Back on Job After 14 Days TEXARKANA. Ark- (/P) — More than 200 workers in five Arkansas cities and Memphis. Term., headed back to work today after a 14-day strike against Southwestern Transportation Co. Union and company officials "reached an amicable agreement" here yesterday, said J. E. Scheu, vice president of the company. Members of the AFL Teamsters Union in Memphis, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Blytheville, Pine Bluff and Camden walked out in protest of the company's firing of a union truck driver. The company contended the driver was dismissed only after he was involved in • a series of highway accidents. Scheu said the labor grievance was settled during a conference on a new contract. He said both sides also had agreed on a new contract. Scheu didn't disclose terms of the new pact. Union and company officials had been conferring here since Friday on a new contract to replace the old one which expired April 1. A subsidiary of the Cotton Belt Railroad, Southwestern operates in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas. Union spokesmen could not be reached for comment. Forffits DWI Be d Buck Cole forfeited 1120.76 bond In Municipal Court thii morning on a charge of driving While intoxicated while EiT.<-st Portrr forfeited $10 bond on a charge ol Ike to Review Address With GOP Leaders President Makes 'Let's Be Calm' Speech Tonight By JACK BELL WASHINGTON UK — President Eisenhower was reported ready today to preview with Republican congressional leaders major points he expects to make in a "let's-becalm" address to the nation tonight. Sen. Knowland (R-Calif) said in advance of .a White House meeting with Eisenhower that discussion of the general .legislative program was in .order. Beyond" that, however, the President was expected to canvass the- leaders for suggestions on a speech that will be carried to the nation by major radio and television networks. It is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., EST. The White House indicated the President will expand on his March 17 news conference remarks about "fears" from without and within and calling for renewed "faith in the destiny of America." He said then "the world is suffering from a multiplicity of fears"—including the men in the Kremlin,, "what unwise investigators will do to ,us here at home" and the possibility of depression. Visited Farm While the White House said the President plans to speak without a working on the talk during a week- prepared text, he spent some time end stay with Mrs. Eisenhower at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. The President also made two trips from Camp David to his farm Home near Gettysburg. Pa., to inspect renovation currently in progress. The Eisenhowers drove back to the capital last night. Although the talk was not billed as a further explanation of the hydrogen weapons tests in the Pacific, some Democrats called on the President to explain what course the nation will take if' possession by the United States and Russia "neutralizes" the bomb. Sen, Jackson (D-Wash), for example, said it seems to him such weapons are going to pile up without use because each side fears retaliation by the other. He criticized the administration's decision to rely on "massive retaliation" at what he said may be the expense of a buildup in conventional weapons. However, Vice President Nixon told a Detroit audience Saturday- night he believes the new military policy has "reduced to a minimum" the chance that Red China will send troops into the Indochina war. PLEVEN LEAVES PARIS ATTACK SCENE — French Defense Minister Rene, Pleven, hatle'ss between uniformed generals in center, is escorted from Paris' Arche of Triumph after denronstrators slapped his face and pulled his hair in apparent protest against European army program. Generals clearing path are U'rom left) Gen, Jenn Clement Blanc, chief of general staff; Gen. Fernand Phillipe Besancon. inspector general of artillery, and Gen. Henri Zeller. Paris military governor. (AP Wirephoto via radio from Paris) Top Authorities Deny Charges That Polio Vaccine 'May Be Kilier Heavy Fighting Rages Around Latest Red Assault Repulsed by French By LARRY ALLEN' HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The French high command announced today the defenders of Dien Bien Phu had killed "more than 1,000" Vietminh troops trying anew to smash their way into the heart of the besieged fortress through itg northwest corner. By ALTON L. BLAKESLEE AP Science Reporter NEW YORK (AP) — Three top authorities today gave their positive assurance of the safety of the Salk polio vaccine, after Walter Winchell had broadcast that it "may be a killer." The safety statements came from the U. S. Public Health Ser- x'ice. National Foundation" for Infantile Paralysis and Dr. Jonas E. Salk, who developed the vaccine. Two firms making the vaccine also declared no vaccine is used or will be .used unless proved safe. The vaccine is scheduled to be given soon to up to one million children to test its effectiveness, to learn whether it actually protects against polio this summer. Nine Tests The vaccine is made of dead polio virus. Dead virus cannot cause polio. Each batch of vaccine Planning Group To Hear U. of A. Expert April 13 The City planning Commission will hold a special meeting here April 13 to hear a talk by William S- Bonner of the City Planning Division of the University of Arkansas' Institute of Science and Technology. Because of this called session, the commission will not meet tomorrow night, when it was originally scheduled to meet. Mr. Bonner spoke to members of the City Council and in February when the city took the first steps to establish a planning commission. The April 13 session was announced today by Jno. C. McHaney, chairman of the commission. He said the place of the meeting will be announced later. by the manufacturer, the Public Health Service and Dr. Salk's laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. The safety program thus calls for nine tests in all of every batch to detect any live and dangerous virus. " Winchell said on his regular Sunday night ABC network program: "Attention all doctors and families in the United States . . . The Public Health Service tested 10 batches of this new polio vaccine. The government's health department, I am told, found that seven of the 10 contained live — not dead — polio virus. It killed several monkeys." Live Virus Discarded Immediately the Public Health Service said in a statement that difficulties had been anticipated in converting Salk's small-scale laboratory method to full-scale commercial production. "We have found some positives I^&UOC 1JU1AV- -LJ«WA* pyF*AWW« v- .--• | .,,./• -. is *iven triple tests, including in- Hive vmis) in the low of vaccine jections into monkeys, separately that we have tested/ and so have other tests, it said. When live virus are found, that batch is discorded, it said. "The Public Health Service is confident the foundation would not release for use in this mass immunization program any vaccine which was noi. considered safe according to the most, exacting standards that can be established for such preparations." "No vaccine will bp used" which does not pass the triple tests. He sfiid four batches had "failed to pass the required tests" because "they were not mtmufac- tured" according to Dr. Salk's specifications and "were therefore eliminated by the testing. This demonstrates the validity of these tests and the safety they assure to the public." Dr. Salk declared. "There is''ab- solutely nothing to be concerned about. Nothing that contains live virus is considered to be a satis- Sce POLIO on Fajre 12 Churchill Defends U.S. H-Bomb Tests LONDON CAP) — Prime Ministfl^Churchill refused again today to intervene against American hydrogen bomb tests in the Pacific and insisted they "increased the chance of world peace rather than the chance of world war/' Addressing a tense, jam-packed , u-orlcl and if not, destroying them House of Commons in a moment- ! at least of putting them out of ous declaration of government pol- action." One of the longest lines of people ever seen outside the gates of Par- icy, the 79-year-old Churchill said: ""I also believe we have time, though not too much time, to consider the problems which now con-1 and sunshine to try 10 get ! front us and the whole world and ' " '" talk them over in their new proportions." Churchill mentioned only what O. W. McCutchen McCutchen Rites ToBeWednesday lia:r.e:H waited for hours in rain into Commons for the debate. Churchill was to follow Attlee with a declaration of the government's policy and position toward oniucmu ineuuuneu uiuv wna.<, ; • ^, . • -,, t,,. j e he called public and private dte- |he grave P~blem ia»ed by de- Circuit Court Reconvenes Chickasawba Division of Circuit Court convened this morning, after being recessed since last Wednesday, and began hearing the case of John Thomas Parrish ol Manila, charged with carnal abuse- After selection of a jury, the prosecution presented three witnesses for testimony before the court presided over by Circuit Judge Charles.W. Light, before the noon The incident is alleged to have in If anil* ^V ••^••^•^ Blytheville Theater Owner Succumbs in Baffle Creek Hospital Services for Olen Walker McCutchen, Blytheville theater owner who died early yesterday at the Battle Creek, Mich., Sanatarium, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cobb Funeral Home , Chapel by the Rev. J. W. Ram| water, pastor of the First Christian Church here. Burial will be in 'Elmwood Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home m charge. The Rite Theater here will be closed Wednesday afternoon. Mr. McCutchen, who was 64, was owner of a total of 10 theaters in Arkansas and Missouri — five in Blytheville, three in Sikeston and two in Charleston. Born and reared near Campbell, Mo.. Mr. McCutchen came to Blytheville in 1925 and had resided here since. He is survived by his wife. Mrs. May McCutchen; two daughters, Mrs. Stan Barton of Omaha, Nebr.. and Mrs. Richard Logan, Jr., ol Charleston, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Georgia Bailey of Blytheville and Mrs. A. C. Drinkwater of Charleston; and two grandchildren. Active pallbearers will be Max B. Reid, ,H. G. Partlow, Harold Sudbury, J. T. Sudbury, Jimmie Edwards, Dr. J. C. Guard, Eugene Boggs and Riley Jones. . Honorary pallbearers will include Dr. I. R. Johnson, J- Mel1 Brooks, B. A. Ly^ch, W. D. Cham- Win. H«nry Humphreys, Sam Owens, Ed Borum, Billy Lane, Jesse Taylor, Ross D. W. M. McKqnzle. Dr. J. I- 3r . . . . . T. Cutliph, R. L. Bostick. Eddie tot 'iinnriiir M ***** * eussion "with our friends and allies." Laborites are demanding that Britain take the "immediate initiative" in seeking a meeting of President E i s e n hower. Soviet Premier Malenkov and Churchill to ease world fears. Opening the H-bomb debate a few nynutes earlier, former Laborite Prime Minister Clement Attlee warned that the building up of weapons of mass destruction threatens all civilization, Danger from "Fanatic" velopment of the H-bomb. Introduction of the motion came Sec H-BOMB on Pajre 12 Osceo/o Negro Killed When Hit by Auto ceola died Heavy 'fighting 1 rased in that .sector of the plain as the Communist-led rebels battled to widen i ho gap against a strong French Union counterattack .supported by tanks. arilllery and war planes. The high commnnd said the defenders plugged every breach made by the Vietminh in the northwestern defenses and the rebels left their dead dandling in the barbed wire barricades. Thousands of the wildly scream- ! ins rebels drove into French' positions in the northwest sector shortly after midnight. Breach Closed After tank and artillery fire, the French Union infantry clashed In bitter hnnd-to-hand fighting with the Vietminh. Within two hours the counterattack had closed the breach and had driven the Vietminh back. Every message that reached the French commnnd in Hanoi from the fortress commander, Col. Christian de Castries, recounted that his men's morale was "sky high" and that hopes of an eventual victory were mounting. French squadrons roared over the masses of rebel troops throughout the night and early today, plastering them with 1,000 - pound bombs and fresh barrages of fire bombs. There was no mention of any attacks by the Communist-led legions in other areas around the beleaguered plain. The rebels last night pulled then- forces a quarter of a mile back from the heavily assailed eastern and southeastern defenses of the French-held plain 175 miles west of Hanoi. Nt Retreat A French spokesman said then he doubted the Vietminh could mount another heavy assault within 12 hours but emphasized the attackers' pullback of 400 to 500 yards could in no way be called a retreat. "It's merely a slackening: of their line, probably for regrouping 1 . The battle is far from over," the spokesman added. Today was the sixth day of steady attack by the Vietminh in a renewal of the infantry assaults first launched at the fortress March 13, then broken off three days later. Authoritative French sources estimated the Vietminh had lost 21.000 killed and wounded — about half their original attacking force — in three weeks. But the fortress' defenders — French, Vietnamese, North Africans, Foreign Legionnaires and Thai tribesman — were still outnumbered. The French kept up their airlift of parachute supplies and reinforcements to the garrison. Mercy Flights Planned They planned to land hospital planes marked with red crosses about noon today in an effort to wounded from Dien Bien Dulles Calls For Support Of French 'Solidarity' Said Need Of Free World WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles urged free world nations today to rally behind French Union defenders in Indochina to teach Communists they cannot smash freedom by "massive, suicidal assaults." "The need of the hour is solidarity on the part of the fret world," he said, "and notably on the part of all those nations which have a direct and vital stake in. the freedom of the area. "The governments of France and of the associated states ought in an hour of supreme trial," Dulles expressed this view in a far-ranging statement in which he urged the House Foreign Affairs Committee to approve the Eisenhower administration's request to keep a foreign aid program alive, though cut down. His p^a was aimed at a budgetslashing: Congress growing obviously impatient with some European nllies, Will Ask $3.5 Billion President Eisenhower has said he will request 3 l / 2 billion dollars to continue foreign aid until mid- See DULLES on Patfe 12 n Danger from -Fanatic" ceola ie ast "W ( Phu to H anoi. The plans for the Attlee said "the danger there is j of injuries received when he *as m ^ ^^ br(jadcast to H-bomb weapon there is an immense advantage to the side that gets in its blow first." He said the dangers stemmed mainly from the possibility that a "fanatic" might try to kill off the world. Attlee moved the Laborite motion calling on Churchill to tnke "immediate initiative" in arranging a Big Three meeting to ease world fears. Amid loud cheers from fellow Socialists, Attlee said he acted "with no feeling of panic because we do not panic in this country-" But he added: "We face today a new situation in the history of the world. Scientists working under the direction of governments have evolved a weapon which is capable of destroying the greatest cities of the Highway61 just north of Osceola city limits. Driver of the car, Ray M. Beck, Jr said that he was meeting another car and the lights blinded him. When he passed the car, the Ncuro ran across the road in front of him. Washington died from internal injuries. State Policeman Fred Me- Kinley who investigated the accident said. The man was about 78, he said. This brings to a total of four the fatal automobile accidents tliis year. Trooper McKinley said, and the second pedestrian fatality. The body was taken to Swift's funeral home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning. Attlee said "the danger tere s m ^ ^^ br(jacast o that obviously in the use of this | struck by an automobne on ^ ^^ NeutrRl observers and ^ news correspondents were to watch from a plane circling over- The Vietminh hit yesterday at the northwest and southeast defenses and for the first time — at the southwest sector of the fortress. The French said again the rebel charges were met with withering fire and repeated counterattacks. At one point on the southwest the defenders counted 200 Vietminh dead, their bodies hanging from the still-holding barbed wire defenses. The French also announced that the Vietminh invaders into the the town of Voeune Sai, 30 miles inside the border. Reds to Protest Korean Skirmish PANMUNJOM (/P) — The Communists are expected to protest officially tomorrow against a five- man South Korean foray into the Korean neutral zone Saturday night in which Red guards killed one and wounded another. Red China's P e i p i n g radio termed the skirmish a serious violation of the armistice. The Communists asked a full- dress meeting of the Joint Military Armistice Commission tomorrow afternoon. A U.N. Command MM tbt Be* will bring up the incident. The Communists charged that five men crossed into the Red sec- night near Panmunjom and fired on Red guards. The armistice agreement permits both sides to police their halves of the zone, which is about 2'/ 2 miles wide. There have been previous minor incidents in the zone but this is American officers said all five Allied men in the skirmish were South Koreans. The Reds still hold the South Korean they captured. Peiping radio broadcast the story frist and the U.N. Command confirmed the skirmish occurred. and 10w _ 75 5 'The Reds said the five South p reclplt ati6n IM Koreans opened fire after refw*ing », m . today—non*. to answer a. challenge. They said Communist police answered the tire and three mem- mcicieni.s ui uu. /.i>uc- UUL i"»o '^ — u_xi, the first reported instance where ben of the Allied group fled back ' •«»»»**•*»•"»• Tribute Paid Vandenberg At Arlington WASHINGTON W)— There wa* » grave in Arlington National Cemetery today for Gen. Hoyt S- Van- denebrg, and tribute from a nation for the man who came to symbolize atomic age air power. President Eisenhower arranged to go to Washington Cathedral, where the body of the former chief of staff of the United States Air Force had lain in state since Saturday, for funeral services there. The President recjuied the tall. youthful-appearing general as the "gallant commander" of the tactical Air Force which fought the European campaign under Eisenhower's overall command, and as the "unswerving advocate" of the Air Force cause. For the dead airman, there was no caparisoned and riderless horse. Instead, the Air Force called for a flight of jet warplanes to pass above the cemetery cortege, if weather permitted. For the escort on the ground, there were about 2,000 troops, drawn from each of the armed forces — recognition of the fact that Vandenberg had been a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday with scattered thunderstorms north tonight or Tuesday morning; warmer northeast tonight. Maximum Saturday—71. Minimum Saturday—4«Maximum yesterday— JS. Minimum tbl» morning— M. Sunset today-~«:24. SunrUft tomorrow—5:40. Mean temperature (mldw»j b«tw«WI boum t» Precipitation Jan. 1 to d*t«- Thii Date L*»t Tttr Maximum yesterd»y—70. Minimum yesterday—37. Precipitation Junutif 1 t»

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