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I BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER CP SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 17 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 1954 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CBNTt Bodies Found Near Site Where British Jetliner Is Missing 21 Persons Feared Dead; Traces Of Ship Found in Mediterranean NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Navy craft searching for a British jet Comet airliner missing with 21 persons on a Rome-to- Cairo flight today reported finding several bodies and debris floating in the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian navy corvette Ibis, part- of a four-nation sea and air team, radioed headquarters here of the find. It said the bodies were being- taken aboard. Three Americans were aboard the Comet. A British plane was reported circling over the spot to mark It for the other searchers. Oil Slick Spotted A long oil slick about 50 miles south of Capri drew attention at dawn. The pilot of a U. S. PBY flying boat, Lt. David Jones, reported sighting debris in. that area this afternoon. Other debris was seen by a British airliner about 80 miles farther south, near the toe of the Italian boot. The big jetliner disappeared after it left Rome early last night on a flight to Cairo. For the second time in three months all Comets, pride of Britain's air transport industry, were grounded for investigation. Over Europe, Africa and Asia British airlines transferred their passengers to pistol-engine aircraft. A vast four-nation armada of planes and ships searched wide stretches of the Mediterranean. The big- oil slick a mile and a quarter long, sighted first by a U. S. Navy plane 50 miles due south of the Isle of Capri, was the first possible clue to the fate of the airliner. In London, the stunned British government ordered a full inquiry. Sir Miles Thomas, chairman of British Overseas Airways Corp. Sabotage Feared (BOAC), said: -We have got to do some very fundamental thinking about the Comet altogether." Transport Minister Alan Lennox- Boyd. delaying a trip to Canada, told the hushed House of Commons the Comets were grounded "until more is known." London newspapers speculated on the possibility of sabotage and drew parallels with the Jan. 10 crash of another Comet half an hour after it left Rome. There was no Comment from BOAC or the government along this line. Canada's Worst Air Disaster Investigated MOOSE JAW, Sask. (AP) — Canadian officials pressed an investigation today into the nation's worst commercial aviation disaster, the collision-crash here yesterday of a Trans- Canada Airlines North Star and a light military training plane. Thirty-seven persons were killed. Mayor L. E. Lewry called a special meeting of the City Council to renew protests against student flights from the nearby Royal Can- .adian Air Force base over this city of 25,000. The dead included 31 passengers and ,a crew of four in the westbound airliner; a British RAF pilot training here under an NATO program; and a cleaning woman who died in the wreckage of a house struck by the airliner's flaming debris. There were no survivors. As it hurtled to the ground in flames, the big four-engine North Star came within 100 feet of a school where 350 children were in classes. A garage was used as a temporary morgue. By early today only 18 of the 37 burned and broken bodies had been identified. Airliner Delayed Among the dead passengers were Rodney Adamson, 52, a leading- Progressive Conservative member of Parliament; Pat Reid, 58. famous northland bush pilot and oil company executive; George Sweny president of the Vancouver Iron Works, and their wives. The collision occurred in midmorning as the airliner, delayed 712 hours by weather on its flight from Montreal to Vancouver, was flying west above the city. 'witnesses said the single-engine Harvard trainer crashed into the larger plane from the southwest, sheering off a wing from the airliner. The trainer fell directly to the ground while the North Star went into a spin at a sharp angle, trailing fire from its tail. Bodies hurtled from the airliner "like raindrops," falling to the ground over a wide area, they Joint Meeting C-i'SK.wcmis Divisions Set A spring conference will be held jointly by the Fifth, Sixth and Twelfth Divisions of Mo-Ark District of Kiwanis International Thursday at Hotel Noble at 7 p.m., according to A. E. Caldwell of Dell, lieutenant governor of Division Twelve. The conference and business meeting will include a dinner meeting with C. J. Chaffee, of Kansas City, Mo., Governor of Mo-Ark District as the guest of honor and speaker. Entertainment for the event will be furnished by the Blytheville club. Approximately 300 men are expected to be present for the meeting, which will represent 25 Arkansas and Missouri counties. said. When the big plane hit, a fuel tank exploded and shot flames over two homes, burning them to the ground. The cleaning woman. Mrs. Martha Had wen, 36, was the only occupant of one of them. CHOSEN COUNSEL-The Senate Investigations subcommittee appointed Ray H. Jenkins (abovei, 57, of KnoxviUe, Tenn., as special counsel for its inquiry into the McCarthy-Army row. Jenkins, a Republican, is a Knox- viUe lawyer. (AP) Wirephoto) Senators Plan Scope Of Inquiry WASHINGTON (£1 — Investigating senators said today they hopje to agree next week on the overall scope of their probing into the bitter row between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and high Army officials. The Senate investigations subcommittee, w- r hich McCarthy heads, has voted to launch on April 21 televised public hearings to seek the truth and charges to seek the truth amid charges exchanged in the dispute over alleged seeking of favors for a drafted consultant to the subcommittee, and alleged "blackmail" attempts to divert probes of Army matters. Sen. Mundt (R-SD). who will prseide at the hearings, told reporters a necessary early step will be some effort to decide how far back the subcommittee must, explore into controversies between McCarthy on the one hand and Secretary of the Army Stevens and John G. Adams, Army general counsel, on the other. Sites for Polio Vaccine Shots Are Announced Three Forfeit Bonds In Traffic Cases Henry O. Ball forfeited $111.75 bond in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated while Thomas J. Pose forfeited a $10 bond on a charge of speeding. Lester Hatley forfeited bond of $19.75 on a charge of misuse of dealers license plates while the case against Elmer Stone on a similar charge was continued. Osceola, Blytheville, Leachville, Wilson and Manila have been selected as sites for administering the Salk polio vaccine in Mississippi County. Announcement of the four sites was made today by Elbert Johnson, new county-wide vaccine chairman. Mr. Johnson succeeds Mrs. Mavis KeUey, who has been unable to serve due to illness. Here, as released by the headquarters office here are the specific places in each town where the shots will be given: State Medical Group Okays Polio Vaccine LITTLE ROCK UP) — Mass administration of the new Salk polio vaccine was approved yesterday by the Arkansas Medical Society which said "the vaccine has been proven safe by every possible test." A Little Rock physician. Dr. Barney Briggs, appearing on radio station KLRA's Doctor's Forum, said "only the effectiveness is being tested." Brigg's statement was made at the request of the public relations committee of the State Medical Society. School children in five Arkansas counties are to be inoculated with the serum as a part of a nation-wide test of a vaccine developed by Dr. James Salk of the University of Pittsburgh. The children must have their parents' permission to participate in the experiment which was endorsed by the Pulaski County Medical Society a day before the State Society officially approved the tests. Osceola—Legion Hut. Blytheville—County Health Unit. Wilson—Home economics cottage. Manila—Room 1, High School. Leachville—Elementary School. Training sessions for mothers and record keepers have been conducted in the Junior Chamber of Commerce clubroom here by Mrs. Lois K. Hundley of Pine Bluff, state director of volunteer activities for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, Home room mothers in Blytheville attended courses in the Jayoee building today. These courses begin next week for workers in the southern portion of the county. Courses will be in the auditorium of Csceola's junior high school and a session for all school unit chairmen will get started at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wiretap Bill Goes ToSenate House Passes Watered-Down Measure WASHINGTON (AP) — A House-passed bill to legalize the use of wiretapped evidence against spies and saboteurs faced an uncertain fate in the Senate today, although there were promises of early consideration. What emerged yesterday after nearly two full days of heated House,debate was far short of the legislation asked by Atty. Gen. Brownell. Instead of giving him the sole powers he requested over wiretapping in national security cases, the House voted to make it subject to advance court approval. The Democratic-sponsored provision for court approval was substituted for the administration bill by a 221-166 roll call vote in which 32 Republicans and 1 independent joined 188 Democrats to make up the majority. All 166 votes against it came from the GOP. The revised bill was then sent to the Senate 378-10. In essence, the bill would alter a 20-year-old rule which makes wiretapped information inadmissible as evidence in the federal courts. It would legalize evidence obtained from wiretaps for the prosecution of spies, saboteurs, persons accused of espionage, sedition or seditious conspiracy, or charged with violation of the internal security or atomic energy acts. Opposition Evident Subject to an advance court order. FBI or military agents would be empowered to tap wires upon the written approval of the attorney general. In the Senate, strong opposition to wiretap legislation has been evident in the past, and such measures have died in the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Wiley (R-Wis\ chairman of a Judiciary subcommittee on wiretapping, said in an interview, however, he is convinced "there is a need for appropriate legislation." He introduced a bill more than a year ago similar to the measure passed by the House but no hearings have been held on it. Wiley said he would try to arrange for early hearings—"the sooner the better." The House bill contains a provision which would permit, the attorney general, without need for court approval, to use wiretap information already in-FBI files in future prosecutions. It would also make it unlawful to tap wires except within the narrow limits of the bill, and for the first time would provide penalties for unauthorized wiretapping. The rnaximums are a $5,000 fine and a year in jail. The bill states that a judge, before issuing wiretap authority, must be satisfied there is "reasonable grounds" to believe a crime has been committed or is about to be committed. TORNADO LEVELS HOME — A neift'bor starts cleaning up in the basement of the Aurel Blancheite farm home about 1.4 miles northeast of Kankakee. Ill,, after a tornado swept the house 40 feet off the foundation. Men in background are cleaning up debris in the farm yard. Four members of the family and two workmen escaped injury when they huddled in the basement. One woman in the area was killed when the twister struck her farm home. (AP Wirephoto) USDA Funds Voted; Benson Censured WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Appropriations Committee today voted the Agriculture Department more funds than it requested for next year, but accused Secretary Benson of "a breach of faith" with Congress. DELL—Mrs Helen Ivliller was elected president of the Dell Community Development Council at a meeting at the high school here last night. A. E. Caldwell was elected vice president. Other officers named last night include J. P. Tate, secretary; Mrs. Linnie Totter, treasurer; and Mrs. A. E. Caldwell, reporter. The Council discussed the prospects of obtaining a Water system for Dell, which is to be the group's major project during the coming year. Main project of the Council currently under way is paving of Dell streets. The Council was organized last year. The Council also designated April 23-24 as clean-up days, in which the whole community will participate. Regular meetings of the Council are held on the second Thursday of each month. Council membership is open to all interested persons in the Dell community. Red Cross Fund Drive Reaches Total of $11,257 Red Cross' ^Chickasawba District crept a little nearer its $15,000 goal today with additional reports from advance gifts, downtown, residential, Negro and outlying divisions, bringing the total to $11,257. Advance Advance $50 — Hotel Noble. $25 — Standard Oil Company. Dr. John Q. Elliott. $5 — Games Grocery, Allen's Flowers. Downtown $25 — Bancroft Terry. $10 — A. H. Taylor, E. B. Thomas, J. V. Gates, C. G Redman, Blytheville Board of Trade, Washerette. $9 — Charles R. Newcomb. $5 — Hester's Coal and Scrap, Worth D. Holder, Ford Awning Co., J. F. Lenti and Co., H. B. Richardson, Mrs E. B. Thomas, George D. Pollack, Louis Green. $3 — Collier's Garage, W. R. Bishop, G. O. Ladd. $2.50 — Irene Crowder. $2 — Stewart's Southern Auto Stores, Albert K. Taylor, P. E. Atkinson, H. L. Sansom, Clara Ruble. , $j — Doyle Turner, Floyd J. Sec RED CROSS on Page 2 Bad Check Artists Get $700 Here It would appear from the number of cases that have come to light in the past few days that Blytheville is "good pickings" for oogus check writers. Sheriff William Berryman said this morning. In the past two weeks approximately $700 worth of bad checks have beeo forged and cashed in the Blytheville vicinity by two men, one of whom is now being held in county Jail. Alpha Beasley, 38 - year - old Blytheville Negro, cashed 11 forged checks totaling $325 over a period of two weeks before being arrested yesterday by Deputy Sheriffs Holland Aiken. Herman Lane and Charlie Short soon after cashing a $45 check. A Blytheville man is expected to be arrested today in another state on a warrant from the sheriff's office here charging him with having written and cashed about $375 in bad checks last week end, the sheriff said. It is possible that some of the people who cashed checks for Beasley do not know that they are no good, the sheriff said, because all of those Beasley said he cashed have not been reported. They ranged from $12 to $70. Beasley said he tried to cash checks at. 13 different places and only two refused. At one the manager was not there to okay the check and at the other place the merchant did not have enough money. None of the persons cashing the checks asked Beasley for identification or questioned the validity of them, he said. He wrote the checks on the two local banks and signed fictitious names to them, making a note that they were for automobile repairs?. The committee sent to the House floor for debate next, Monday a | bill carrying $698,741.813 in cash and S320.500.000 in loan authority for the department for the fiscal year starting next July 1. This is the exact amount of cash the department requested through the Budget Bureau, but the contract authority is 45 million dollars more than had been sought. I The new cash is about 36 millions i less than the department received ! this year, while the loan author- i ization is 64 millions less. I The committee authorized the 1 entire 250 millions requested by the department for the conservation program ror the 1955 crop year. Money to finance this authorization, which includes soil conservation subsidies, will be provided in next year's appropriation bill. Some Projects Cut While allowing the department the amount of new cash it requested, the committee cut some of the projects in the overall farm program and recommended that the money thus saved go to the school lunch program. It disagreed with the department's plan to cut. the budgets of "action programs" and to shift emphasis to research and extension activities. The department had proposed cuts for the Forest Service, the Soil Conservation Service, the crop insurance program, the Rural Electrification Administration, the Farmers Home Administration and the school lunch program, and for disease and pest control work. The committee approved about 30 per cent of the increase proposed for state experiment stations and over 45 per cent of the increase sought for the extension service. It rejected the department's proposal to eliminate funds for indemnity payments for livestock destroyed in connection with the tuberculosis and Bangs disease control programs. Many of the reductions proposed by the department, the committee said, were on "an arbitrary and unrealistic basis." Confidence Damage Another "arbitrary" action, the committse said, was Secretary Benson's freezing of funds of some of the "action programs" last fall only a few months after the department had pleaded with Congress for even more money than was finally voted. It called this action "a breach of faith with the Congress" and said it "seriously damages confidence and working relationships." The 320Vi million dollars in loan authority recommended in the bill includes 175 millions for the Rural Electrification Administration and 145 millions for the Farmers Home Administration. The REA authorization consists of 100 millions for electrification loans and 75 millions for telephone loans. These loans are self-liquidating. The 250-million-dollar conservation program recommended for the 1955 crop year includes 55 millions for use only when Congress adopts a program for the use of lands diverted from production in 1955 under crop control programs. Taylor Heads County Demos Blytheville Attorney Re-elected Chairman Of Central Committee Jesse Taylor, Blytheville attorney, was re-elected " chairman of the Mississippi County Democratic Central Committee at a meeting at | City Hal] here this morning. Bruce Ivy of Osceola was reelected vice chairman and Mrs. Earl Wildy was named women's division chairman, Henry J. Swift of Osceola was elected secretary to succeed James Hyatt, also of Osceola, who resigned because he is a candidate for chancellor. Mr. Swift also will serve as a com| mittee member from Monroe Town- i ship. Other new members named | include J. W. Edrington, Monroe ! Township, to fill vacancy created i by the death of Clay Avers; Wallace J Miller, McGovack Township, for vacancy caused by death of Julius Ralph; R. L. Atkinson, Hickmon Township, to succeed E. C. Atkinson, resigned and Leonard Williams. to fill Dyess Township vacancy Agreement Okayed The committee agreed to abide this year by the "gentlemen's agreement" worked out, two years ago in the three-county 24th Senatorial District, whereby Mississippi, Poin- set and Craighead Counties would each elect one of the throe senators to come from this district. However, since Mississippi County's senator, J. Lee Bearden of Leachville, received a four-year term when lots were cast following the 1952 election, no senatorial candidate's name will appear on ballots used in this county. Filing Fees set for candidates today follow: County Judge, treasurer and sheriff, $300; County assessor, county clerk and circuit clerk $250; prose- See DEMOCRAT on Pape 2 New Appraisal Of Foreign Aid Plans Sought Sen. Bridges Asks Review by Congress WASHINGTON (AP) — Son. Bridges (R-NH) said today that Congress ought to "reappraise the whole foreign aid picture in the HsOlt nf lhf> fun-frit wnrlr? Qi'fnafirm " nartifnlarlv tare in the light of the current world situation, the Indochina crisis. Bridges, chairman of the Senate foreign Appropriations Committee, made the statement to newsmen at the particularly White House nfter a breakfast conference with President Eisenhower. He said, however, that he did not discuss foreign Hid or the situation in Indochina with Eisenhower in any detail. Earlier Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) had said that any effort by Con- press to use foreign nid to pressure Birlain and Prnnce into a united front ngninst, communism in southeast Asia would boomerang. "It would play riglit into the Kremlin's hands," Humphrey said in nn interview, "It would be just like cutting off your nose to spite your face." Appearances Cancelled Bridges said Secretary of State Dulles had cancelled a scheduled appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee this afternoon because of the. secretary's plans to fly to London and Paris to appeal to the British and French for support of his program of "united action" against any new Communist aggression in southeast Asia. The State Department said yesterday that Dulles was considering such a trip. Humphrey was commenting on a suggestion by Senate Republican Leader Know-land of California that Congress might delay a decision on aid to some North Atlantic Treaty countries until after the April 26 five-power Geneva conference, if those countries kept putting off a. response to U.S. calls for unity against the Reds in Indochina and Southeast Asia. British and French diplomats reportedly are disinclined to fall in with the U.S. plan before they see what comes out of the Geneva meeting: with representatives of Soviet Russia and Red China. Talks Begin Sunday As Humphrey and other senators spoke out. it was reported here and abroad that Secretary of State Dulles will fly Saturday to London and Paris for consultations on the Indochina situation. After two days of talks in London with Prime Minister Churchill and Foreign Secretary Eden, they said, he will hop to Paris for two days of talks with Premier Laniel and other French leaders. He will return by the end of next week for a report to President Eisenhower. I Knowland returned to his theme last nipht in a speech at a Bataan Day dinner. "The real Isolationists," he said, "are not, found in America but in some of the nations associated with us in Europe." He said these nations fail to understand the Communist aim is to "control Asia before striking at Europe." Events in the next few months in Indochina, he continued, may seal "the fate of the free men of Europe and the Americas." He said he does not want a duplication of the Korean War in which, he contended, the United States received troop support only from 17 of the fiO United Nations and i South Korea. i Wiley Agrees nid was justified on the basis of what was good for the United States and should never be used for "bargaining." McCarran See FOREIGN AID on Pa«re 2 # * # Vietminh Opens Huge Barrage New Assaults Expected At Dien Bien Phu HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The Communists unleashed a "violent" artillery bombardment on Dien Bien Phu, a prelude to a new infantry assault on the besieged French fortress in northwest Indochina. A French communique said the defenders answered back with tremendous barrages as the rebels rained down thousands of shells from their 105 and 75mm. artillery and heavy mortars in the hills en- circlinp- the French-held plain. Such artillery stepups have heralded the Vietminh's two previous attempts to overrun the fortress, a two-day wave of assaults beginning March 13 and six days of repeated attacks on various corners of the plain's defenses which end last Monday. Some French army sources, however, still believed the Vietminh renewal would not come for .another "four or five days." The artillery duel started after the French had reported the lull in the Dien Bien Phu area had continued through its fourth successive night. Buildup Continued The French defenders and their rebel besiegers were using the "calm" to intensify their feverish buildup of men and supplies for the expected showdown "Battle of Geneva." It was clear the Vietminh would have to strike soon, however, if they hope to win a big victory before the East-West conference on Asia opens in Geneva April 26. Further south in Indochina, King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia ordered general mobilization in his kingdom and announced he would appeal to the United Nations against Vietminh aggression there. About two battalions of Vietminh crossed into Cambodia from Laos eight days ago. So far, only scattered actions have been reported in the vicinity of the Laos-Cambodia border. The French parachuted additional tons of ammunition and other Chairman Wiley (R-Wisi of the | war ma teriel to the defenders of Senate Foreign Relations Committee partially backed up Knowland's suggested reappraisal of foreign aid. He commented to re- Reduced Farm Labor Needs Seen for This Area in Future porters: "The situation in Indochina, coupled with French in- j action in France, might very well I have a serious effect on our foreign aid program." Two Democrats, Senators Ful- brlght of Arkansas and McCarran of Nevada, questioned Knowland's timing-. They noted that, under normal Senate procedure, no decision would be made on foreign aid appropriations until well after April 26. But Fulbright and McCarran differed thereafter. Fulbright, said ST. LOUIS Wl — The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis reports improvements in cotton production practies are expected to reduce farm labor requirements in Eighth Reserve District states by more than 112,000 workers during the next decade. "The movement of people released from farm employment by the increasing use of chemicals and other changes in farm technology," the bank said In its monthly business review yesterday, "will be at the same time a problem and an opportunity. "The problem will be to ease the transfer of these people to other occupations with a minimum of unemployment and under-em- ployment. Opportunity will lie in expanding 1 district industrial employment with the aid of these new hands, "The ability to supply labor for industrial expansion when and where needed is one of the important locational advantages of the district," the bank reported. The bank said use of farm chemicals has a .special significance in the area, which depends upon agriculture for a major source of its income. The district includes all of Arkansas, most of Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, western Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Inside Today's Courier News . . . PEG Chapters from Throughout Arkansas to Meet Here . . . Photo Feature . . . Page 5 ... . . . The Park, Not Baseball, Was Major League . . . After Weird Spring Tanks, Bums Look Best ! . . Sports . . . Pages 8 and 9 ... . . . Farm News . . , Pages 12 and 13 ... . . . Look to Your Culinary Laurels, Girls — Men Here Can Cook, Too . . . Page 10 ... . . . The McCarthy Story — 5 . . . Senator McCarthy Tells Political Plans; Denied Seeking Power . . . Page 3 , , . Dien Bien Phu. The Vietminh brought fresh troops into attack positions and continued to bolster them with supplies and ammunition from Red China despite constant air assaults by French fighters and bombers. In the Red River delta, meanwhile, the French smashed a big rebel attack near Phuly. 30 miles south of Hanoi. They claimed 48 Vietminh killed, 4 captured and 200 wounded. Weather ARKANSAS — Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and thundershowers tonight in south this afternoon «»!d north Saturday; warmer Saturday. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, tonight and Saturday with scattered showers or thunderstorms likely extreme west tonight and over most of state Saturday. Maximum yesterday—53. Minimum this morning—41. Sunset today—6:28. Sunrise tomorrow—5:35. Mean temperature (midway between blgh and low—47. Precipitation laat 24 hour* 10 7:<* a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dat«— 14.3*. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday—84. Minimum yesterday—4*. Precipitation January i 1* 17.34.

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