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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 14 Blytheville Courier fitytheville Dally News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUKSDAY, APRIL 6, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Dnily Except Sunday War Unlikely Ike Declares WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower told the nation and the free world last night Russia is unlikely to risk war so long as this country stands ready to strike back swiftly with all its atomic might. Marshal Juin Gets Reprimand PARIS (AP) — The Nort Atlantic Council handed a se vere and unprecedented repr mand to France's Marshal A phonse Juin today for his criti cisn\ «£ the proposed Euro pean Defense Community. The action by the permanen delegates of the 14 NATO power heightened the virtual certaintj here that either France would have to ask that Juin be relieved a commander in chief of Allied forces in central Europe or the marshal would have to resign. "Any military officer receiving this might be impelled to resign,' an NATO spokesman commented. Juin reiterated an earlier state ment yesterday he would quit th post only if assured it would gc to another Frenchman, ^something .most observers think is a certain ty. The NATO spokesman said the council does not intend for oth er than a Frenchman to command the central sector. He said there is no specific written commitmen giving the post to France but there is a very solid agreement to tha effect. Delivered Today The council voted the reprimand yesterday and it was delivered to Juin this morning. It said: "The North Atlantic Council ex presses its profound regret at the public statement made by the com mander in chief of central Europe on 27 March 1954 and subsequently reiterated. These statements are contrary to the explicit and-repeat ed declarations of policy issued by all the council under whose author ity all NATO commanders hold their appointments/' In speeches March 27 and 31 Juin had called EDC and its pro jected six-nation European army unworkable and unfavorable to France. He said a substitute for it should be found. When he refused to meet with Premier Joseph Laniel to explain his remarks, the French Cabinei on April 1 -'ismissed him from the two military advisory posts he held with the government. Manila Man Gets 10 Years Circuit Court Acts On 5 Other Cases John Thomas Parrish of Manila was sentenced to 10 years in Arkansas State Penitentiary yesterday in Circuit Court after a jury found him guilty of carnal abuse. The case which began yesterday morning and ended late yesterday involved the examination of seven witnesses by both sides. Court was recessed until Wednesday by Circuit Judge Charles W. Light. Five other cases received action by the court before recessing, including three appeal cases from Municipal Court. The decisions of the lower court against Raymond Hodge on charges of selling intoxicating liquor without a license and selling liquor to a minor were affirmed while a fine of $100 assessed on a charge of selling liquor on Sunday was suspended during good behavior. Two decisions of the lower court on charges of driving while intoxicated were affirmed. The charges were against M. F- Wheat and Cecil Keeling. The case against Howard Brown charged with embezzlement, was continued on the motion of the'de- fense. Evel Scott, charged with assault with intent to kill, withdrew a plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty. The case against Eddie Lee (BeBop) Winrow, Negro, was transferred from Municipal Court to Circuit Court and a charge of burglary placed against him instead of petit larceny. Winrow is charged with breaking into Bett's Pish Market on West Rose street through a window Saturday night and taking several dollars worth of merchandise, according to City Polic*. H* was arrested shortly afterwards by city officers while he \vas in Belt's Beer Garden and place* in city JaH, . | 1 The President declared, however, that Americans must prepare "very coldly and very carefully" against the danger that power-loving men in the Kremlin might "in a fit of madness or through miscalculation" plunge the world into a hydrogen-bomb-age holocaust. As for the United States, he said, ''We're not going to start a war" despite this country's advantage in atomic weapons. Eisenhower went on all radio and television networks in a relaxed, half-hour plea for a sober facing of the atomic era facts of life—and a fervent warning against the perils of "jitters" and hysteria over communism, investigations of communism or the threat of depression. There Are Risks "We don't have to fear!" he said. "Of course, there are risks, but we do not have to be hysterical. We can be vigilant; we can be Americans. We can stand up and hold up our heads and say, America is the greatest force that God has ever allowed to exist on his footstool. As such it is up to us to lead this world to a peaceful and secure existence, and I assure you we can do it." In a plain effort to soothe some of the controversies boiling in this country, and to quiet H-bomb nervousness abroad, Eisenhower broke some new ground in this mainly Dalles' Consultations W/f/i Allies on Plans Dien Bien Phu Defenders Have 'Calm' Night HANOI. Indochina (AP) — The French high command announced today the Vietminh had eased their fanatical charges at the battered defenses of Dien Bien Phu during the past 24 hours. A terse French communique early today said that last night was "relatively calm." But the French Union forces behind the barbed wire barriers and bunkered defenses continued to brace themselves grimly for renewed assaults. The French command announced later that Vietminh batteries were keeping up a heavy artillery and mortar barrage on key defense points of Dien Bien Phu. Heavy off-the-cuff address delivered while j rains P° ur ed down on the little oval-shaped valley early today. The rainy season, which restrict military operations, is due to start in earnest in a week or two. French planes ranged throughout the night against the feeder coolie lines bringing in supplies from Red China. Thousand-pounders and delayed-action bombs were strewn along the road and mountain trails. The French were bolstered further during the night by tons of supplies and ammunition para- j chuted to them from American- supplied transport planes. The French kept a wary eye on the northwest corner of the fortress, where the fiercest of the rebel human sea assaults have struck recently. The French claimed "more than 1,000" were killed in yesterday's repeated assaults. The French believed the enemy had concentrated on the weak point to attract all attntion there while Communist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap regrouped and reinforced his troops for new assaults at other points. Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in chief in Indochina, praised his forces and expressed the "utmost confidence in the success of their arms," He said in an order of the day the courage of the defenders of Dien Bien Phu "will be an everlasting example" of heroism to the free world. WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department reported today that Secretary of State Dulles has consulted on the southeast Asian crisis with diplomatic representatives of six friendly nations in the past few days. '. Authoritative indications are the American government is seeking the formation of some kind of re- goinal grouping to counter the Communist threat to the area and to undertake united action specifically in the war in Indochina. Word of the Washington developments coincided with dispatches from Paris which quoted French Foreign Ministry sources as saying the United States has proposed that Britain, France. Australia and New Zealand join with this country in a strong warning to "communist aggressors" in that. area. At the same time dispatches from Canberra said government sources reported that the United States is seeking a firm declaration from Britain, Australia and New Zealand that they will support France as much as necessary to keep Indochina out of Red hands. Reports from London took somewhat the same line. Little Enthusiasm In Washington, officials privately displayed little enthusiasm Sears Withdraws as Counsel For McCarthy-Army Inquiry Reds Ease Charges In Indochina relaxing against the edge of a desk in the White House basement: : He said the FBI—rather than congressional investigators—is the nation's "great bulwark" against Communist infiltration. He said "very grave offenses" can be committed against innocent persons by "someone having the immunity of congressional membership"—though he voiced confidence that in the long run public opinion "will straighten this matter out wherever and whenever there is real violence done to our people." And he said that while Communists in this country are dangerous and must be pinpointed, their number is "minute" and is often exaggerated. Unemployment Leveling" Off Actually, he said, there aren't more than 25,000 doctrinaire or dyed-in-the-wool Communists and "the great mass" of government workers and other Americans are "just as dedicated as you and I." On another home front topic, he said unemployment "happily shows every sign now of leveling off." The government is ready to undertake anything necessary to prevent a depression, he said, but 'does not intend to go into any ilam-bang emergency program unless it is necessary," The great factor working for peace, Eisenhower said, is Russia's "economic weakness" compared with the mighty American industrial machine. "Of 'all these sobering effects," ie said, "none is greater than the retaliation that would certainly be visited upon them if they were to attack any of our nations or any part of our vital interests .aggressively and in order to conquer us." for the idea of a joint declaration or new warning to the Chinese Communists to refrain from open intervention in Indochina lest they suffer from powerful allied retaliation. The United States is, however, understood to be urgently interested in some kind of plan for what Dulles has called "united action" in southeast Asia. Inquiries about the Paris report Negro Charged With Murder CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. — Mac Johnson, Negro, 42, is being held m Pemiscot County jail here on a charge of murder in connection with the death of another Negro, John Straughter last April, according to the sheriff's office. Officers reported that Stracghter died from a skull injury received when Johnson struck him, knocking him to the ground at Second and Vest streets following an ar- ument. Truckers Hit For $600 in Traffic Fines A total of $605 was collected in Muncipal Court this morning from bond forfeitures on seven charges of traffic violations. F. M. Schisfler Trucking Co. forfeited bond of $250 on a charge of having an improper lease while Roger Tallefund and Harris Talle- fund forfeited $125 on a charge of hauling for hire without a permit. Indiana Refrigerator Lines forfeited two $50 bonds on charges of having no trucking identification and having no cab .card. Central Southern Trucking Co. forfeited a bond of $75 and another for $50 on charges of having no identification and having no cab card respectively, while Milton Burks forfeited $5 bond on a charge of running a red light. the following statement from Press Officer Henry Suydam: "In response to questions about dispatches this morning from London and Paris about some common declaration of warning of the Chinese Communists, there is no comment. 'The secretary of state has, however, had consultations on the general situation confronting southeast Asia with the diplomatic representatives of Great Britain, France, Australia. New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines." Suydam said the most recent of these consultations was held yesterday but the talks had extended over a period of several days. Dulles normally has a news conference on Tuesday but his meeting with reporters was cancelled this morning and Suydam said in response to questions that this was due to the pressure of business in the department. He said he could not say whether the business was related to the Indochina situation. Earlier Rep. Mora no (R-Conn) called on the administration to serve notice the United States will not take part in the April 26 Geneva conference on Asia "until it has been clearly established that Red China is not engaged in aggression in Indochina." Near Aggression Morano. a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement he was urging this action as a result of Secretary of State Dulles' statement yesterdaj that the Chinese Communists are "awful close" to direct aggression in Indochina. Dulles told the Foreign Affairs Committee that Red Chinese army gunners are manning antiaircraft weapons against French Union forces. He said Chinese Communist antiaircraft gunners have been shoot- See DULLES on Page 5 TOP SPELLERS — Maurice Rider, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Rider of Bondsville, won first place in the Mississippi County Spelling' Bee held this morning at the Court House here. He is shown holding; the first place trophy, donated by Delta Implements Co. An eighth-grader at Miss- co High School, he won by spelling "bouquet" correctly, and will represent the county at the Mid-South meet at Memphis Apr. 23. Second place winner was Mary Sullivan (right), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sullivan of Osceola. Also an eighth-grader, her ( prize was $5 donated by Phillips Motor Co. Shirley Spain-, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Spain of Keiser. won the 'third place prize of $3 donated by the Courier News. Ten .students entered the contest. (Courier News Photo) $150,000 Industrial Building Fund Drive Launched Today More than 100 workers were lo launch a $150,000 fund drive today to erect a building for a Kansas City steel firm which is to locate a plant in Blytheville. The campaign was kicked off with a breakfast meeting of the project's finance committee this morning. 76 Lobbyists Report Spending More Than $50,000 in 7953 WASHINGTON W-^Sixteen indi- iduals and groups have reported o Congress that they spent more han $60,000 each on their "legis- ative interests" during 1953. The biggest 1953 expenditure list- d in accordance with the lobbying aw was $547,789 by the National ^ssn. of Electric Companies, Wash- ngton. The lobbying law requires per- ons or groups interested in pro- noting or discouraging legislation o file financial reports quarterly. Expenditures which must be re- orted include those for public re- ations and advertising services, alaries, fees, commissions, gifts r contributions, overhead, travel, ood, lodging and entertainment, nd t e 1 e p h o ne and telegraph barges. In addition to the National Assn. f Electric Cuiiip;-r,;c.~, these «th- $100,000 in 1953: American Farm Bureau Federation, $102,403; American Federation of Labor, $123,608; American Medical Assn., $106,624; Association of American Railroads, $235,727; Julian D. Conover, Washington, representing the American Mining Congress, $307,733; National Milk Producers' Federation, $233,557; Southern States Industrial Council. $105,106; National Economic Council, Inc., $116,477. These reported expenditures ranging from $50,000 to $100,000: American Legion, $85,830; American Tariff League, Inc., $68,126; Colorado River Assn. $50,595; District Lodge No. 44, International Assn. of Machinists, $59,383; Friends Committee on National Legislation, $61,276; General Electric Co., $82,962; National Fecbr- atton of Post Office Clerks, $78,262. Farm Bureau Member Drive At Mid-Point Mississippi County Farm Bureau chapter has passed the halfway mark in its quest for 4.000 members, the board of directors was told yesterday. The board, with 30 members present, met at Osceola's Masonic Hall to hear a report on its annual membership drive and to consider other items of business. Up for discussion were the pmk bollworm and cotton seed support prices. Chapter President W. H. Wyatt told the group he has asked for a study on cotton seed products to determine if price. decreases in the raw producte are reflected in consumer goods. A committee is to be named m the near future to work in cooperation with American Soybean Association practices. This action was taken after Paul Hughes appeared before the board and asked that more support be given the ASA. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Different Opening f Schedule Marks Major . . . Upsets More Likely Than Ever in This Year's Master* Tournament . . . Sports • • • Pa Iff* 6 and 7 ... , . . The McCarthy Story — Z . . . Wisconsin Senator Made First Red Charges in Senate in March. 1950 . . . Second of » 10-Part Series . , . Pafe 10 . . . Kremlin's NATO Bid Quick Rebuff U. S. Gave It Editorials . . . Page 4 ... Churchill Precipitates Bitter Political Battle LONDON (AP) — Winston Churchill today faced one of the bitterest political storms of his long career — triggered by the aging Prime Minister himself in an angry House of Commons debate on the hydrogen bomb. The pro-labor and left wing press + accused Churchill of stooping to partisan politics yesterday in dealing with H-bomb problems and renewed demands for his resignation. Even some conservative newspapers expressed regret over his Commons speech. Churchill threw the House into uproar by disclosing a secret wartime atomic agreement between Britain and the United States and then blaming the former Labor government of Clement AUlee with letting it lapse. Attlee angrily denied it. That started the tempest. Laborites hurled their bitterest ever abuse on the Prime Minister, chanting "resign" and "get out." Sir Robert Boothby, one of Churchill's stoutest conservative defenders, stalked from the chamber. Conservatives Shocked The liberal Manchester Guardian said Churchill "had blundered." Friends of the prime minister defended his disclosure of the atomic pact by suggesting he did it to bring home to Americans the need for a renewal of atomic information exchange and to spike Laborite attacks on his government for its failure to obtain H- bomb facts from the United States. But other conservatives hinted hurchill had just had too much needling from Laborites on this issue and let fly. One conservative member of par- iament, who declined to be quoted by name, told a reporter: "We were shocked and dismayed by the old man's tactics. It may bring his resignation day closer." There have been rumors — all unconfirmed—that Churchill might resign this summer, handing over the reins to Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden. Laborite Arthur Henderson, a 'ormer air minister, will ask the Prime Minister next Thursday to 'state the government practice with regard to the public disclosure of secret treaties or secret agreements entered into by the British overnment." Laboritea Blamed The nominally independent but usually pro-Conservative' Times of .ondon said yesterday's House of Jommons deb-"'** on the hydrogen ••• BRITISH on Page S HAYTI. Mo. — Don A. Williams, administrator of the U. S. Soil Conservation Service, will be guest speaker tomorrow night at a recognition party given by the St. The drive is being organized along the lines similar to those of the $100,000 air base land purchase campaign. Thnt is. each group of like businesses has been assigned a quota. These groups will rai.se the money in individual meetings in most instances. At today's financial committee meeting, 15 minor steering committees were approved by the group. Each of these three-man committees will be assigned three business categories with .which they will work. Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee continued to work on details regarding construction of the building, which is stand on the Chamber's industrial site just east of Elm Street. The industrial committee was to meet today. The general fund drive campaign is being headed by Russell Phillips. Finance committee members include Jesse Taylor, James Ter- Louis Globe Democrat to honor the i ry, Alvin Huffman, Jr., W. P. Pryor, John Caudill, Russell Hays, J. C. Guard, J. A. Leech and G. G. Hubbard, Sr. Committees Listed Pemiscot County Soil Conservation District. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hayti High School gymnasium. The Pemiscot Conservation District will be presented an award as Southeast Missouri area winner in the Globe Democrat's 1953 soil district awards program. Here are the three-man committees approved at this morning's meeting: Kendall Berry, Dr. W. T. Bain- water, J. L. Cherry; Rosco Craf- See INDUSTRY' on Pajre 5 S.E. Missouri Voting Loaded with Contests Lively interest was evident in a number of towns today! as Southeast Missouri voters went to the polls to elect munici-' pal officers and board members. One of the most interesting races j but Chief Henry Lovelace is be- WASHINGTON (AP) — Samuel P. Sears, Boston lawyer, withdrew today as the special counsel for a Senate investigation of the McCarthy- Army row. With his impartiality under question. Sears offered his resignation and the Senate Investigations subcommittee accepted it by a unanimous 6-0 vote. Sears, 58-year-old past president of the Massachusetts Bar-Association, hnd been chosen for the Job only last week. At that time, public hearings on the charges exchanged by Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and Army officials were tentatively set to begin next Monday. Further Delay The resignation of Sears rubs out any prospect that the hearings can begin then as the subcommittee Ls back again looking for a special counsel. Scars gave his resignation at a closed door meeting of the subcommittee which lasted for 2 hours «nd 15 minutes. After the session. Sears met with reporters and read a statement. "I am completely satisfied in my own mind," Sears said, "that I nm thoroughly competent to conduct the pending Inquiry objectively, impartially and in fairaesa to all. It Is not in rny blood to do otherwise. . . ." But. he added, "I have come to the resolute conclusion that I should not serve." Sears said he w.as leaving "in view of the discussion and controversy which followed my retention as counsel and of the allegations which have been made; most of which are without foundation." He added: "I do so only because I deem the hearing to be of the highest importance and would not want the credibility of the proceedings to be handicapped from the very outset by nny alleged word, deed, or commitments that I might have uttered in the past. "The test is not whether I am biased; it is whether I am believed to be unbiased." Sears was unanimously sleeted for the post of special counsel last week. But after the appointment, it developed that Boston newspapers had quoted him in 1952 as hailing; McCarthy's re-election and praising McCarthy's "great job" in driving Communists from the government. Denied Taking Stand the subcommittee and To to reporters. Sears had declared that he had never taken any position publicly or privately on McCarthy. The subcommittee voted March 16 to conduct public, televised hearings into charges exchanged by its chairman, McCarthy, and Army officials. McCarthy high has shaped up in Holland where all five town board posts are up for grabs. A slate composed of Charl&y Robinson, Lawrence Stivers, S. R. Hicks. Bill Sherwood and Henry Neil filed in opposition to three incumbents and a pair of newcomers. The latter are all more or less representatives of a women-led group which elected the entire five-member board last year. Incumbents are Sam Kindley, Dcwey Kindley and M. S. Mirick. They have been joined by Virgil Carnell ad Aaron Taylor. The women's group is not organized as such this year, but is expected yet to be quite a force in the election. Holland's new five-man board will elect, a chairman who will act in the capacity of mayor. John Duvall, present board chairman, is not running for re-election. One aldcrmanic race and contests for positions of chief of police and police judf?e highlight Steele's mu- ni"ipal balloting. Mayor Charley Bat** ii unopposed ing opposed by Louis Weaver. In Ward Two, John Holt and Willie McDaniel go after a position on the board while Floyd Smith is unopposed in Ward One. Four Seek Judgeship Irby Ballentine, A. D. Abernathy, Lester Vaughn and Ancie Mann are candidates for the police judgeship held by the late Fay Frames. Caruthersville voters found themselves faced with a rather lengthy ballot. Incumbent Mayor W. D. Byrd was opposed by Ott Monan, veteran alderman. , Tnree candidates have filed for city collector. They are Earl S. Bennett, Noel Quinn and Gylnn Malm. W. A. Joplin, Sr., and Ernest L. Robertson are after the city treasurer post being vacated by Mr. Quinn. Attorney* Robert H. Oowen and Robert W. Hawkins are unopposed for city attorney and police judge. E. M. Neely. incumbent, is seeking another term as chief of police stepped temporarily from the chairmanship. Sen. McCarran (D-Nev) told his colleagues yesterday it would be a mistake to allow the McCarthy- Army dispute to halt efforts to "tear away the mask" from communism. McCarran said the Senate should ••get at the bottom of this present controversy, by all means," but he declared: "Basically, the real issue is rapidly coming to be whether at long last, the Communists, with tha aid of front groups, fellow travelers. Communist sympathizers and dupes, are • going to succeed in their efforts to silence the committees .... who have been starting to tear away the mask from the sinister operations in this country of the world Communist conspiracy." Weather ELECTION «n P*i« * IM.M. ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon and tonight widely scattered thundershowers in east; Wednesday partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershowers: turning cooler in northwest in afternoon. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing tonight and continuing into Wednesday morning in east. Maximum yesterday-—83. Minimum this morning— M, Sunset todcy—<J:25. Sunrise tomorrow—5 :39. Mean temperature (midway betwean high and low—74.5. Precipitation Iwt M tour* to 7:0* a.m. today—.35. Preclplcation Jan. 1 to dft.te-13.9t. Thl» Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—«3. Minimum yesterday—42. Precipitation Janueijr J, Ml *•*•*•

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