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Tuesday, April 20, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 26 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY. APRIL 20, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Cole,toTestify Internal Revenue Head Also Called in FHA Probe WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Byrd (D-Va) said today government housing- officials "guaranteed 24 million dollars in loans" on Glen Oaks Village in Queens County, New York, although the apartment project cost only 20 million. Byrd said he had been unable to get an explanation of why this was done ,and called it a clear evasion of a law that limited such loans to a maximum of five million dollars. Major Crimes Rose 6 Per Cent Last Year, FBI Report Skows WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI reported today that major crimes rose 6 per cent last year to an estimated total of 2,159,080 offenses. "Crime is outstripping popula-1 the country, only murder dropped Dulles Says U.S. To Send Troops to Indochina tion rate of growth 4 to 1," the bureau said in its annual bulletin Uniform Crime Reports. "The rise cannot be charged to the increase in population alone," the FBI said. "The number of persons residing in the United States increased about 5 per cent from the 1950 census to 1953. while WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's housing chief j crime , totals rose over 20 P er and the head of the Internal Revenue Service were summoned to Capitol Hill today as a congressional investigation of the multi-million-dollar housing scandal went ahead on two fronts. their public hearings to probe the McCarthy-Army row. Albert M. Cole, housing and* home finance administrator, faced rigorous questioning by Senate Banking Committee members on various phases of the situation, including the ousting of Guy T. O. Hollyday as federal housing commissioner. Sen. Douglas (D-I11) called this "incredible." Cole, who has over-all supervision over the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). also was due to undergo quizzing on his statements that there may have been, collusion between FHA officials and builders of apartment projects who allegedly pocketed as much as half a billion dollars out of oversized government-backed construction loans. Andrews on Stand At just about the same time, Commissioner T. Coleman Andrews of the Internal Revenue Service was scheduled to be the first witness at a parallel hearing by the Senate-House Committee on Reduction of Nonessential Federal Expenditures headed by Sen. Byrd (D-Va). Both Byrd and Andrews have claimed they got wind of irregularities under the now-defunct apartment construction program many months before the Eisenhower administration announced its own probe a week ago. Andrews has said his files contain 1.147 cases of builders who he said sought to pay the 26 per and ~ even" morV\secu7e"" from'sus" cent capital gains tax rather than the 52 per cent corporation income tax on excess profits. From his Augusta, Ga., vacation Only Murder Dropped Of the major crimes tabulated from police reports in all parts of McCarthy Probers Working on Rules WASHINGTON (AP) — With only two davs to go, in- off from 1952. It showed .a 1.2 per cent decline. Arrests of young people—those under 18—rose 7.9 per cent in 1S53, while adult arrests incseased 1.9 per cent. A sampling of data from 1.174 cities indicated that some four million persons were arrested during the year. This figure includes per- j sons taken into custody for driving j while drunk and negligent man- j slaughter involving automobiles. , but does not include arrests for l lesser traffic offenses. i Although the crime rate contin- | ued to rise. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said only a few weeks ago that due to modern detection methods, the confirmed criminal j never stood a poorer chance of j continued success than he does today. 59 Per Cent Recovery j "Uniform Crime Reports" said more than 59 per cent of the value j of property stolen last year was j recovered; of the 226.530 automo- j US 'Relatively' Secure From Attack - Wilson Surprise Assault Not Likely, Defense Secretary Believes WASHINGTON W—Secretary of Defense. Wilson says he believes the United States is "relatively secure" from surprise atomic attack headquarters, President Eisenhower yesterday ordered that the revenue service open its income tax files so the Banking Committee can look into the returns of these builders for the 1942-1953 period. Nothing was said about permitting the Byrd committee to have a look. Ignored Swindles The apartment construction program, which died in 1950, accounts for only part of the questionable housing activities. Also unde* scrutiny are complaints that FHA did little or nothing while householders all over the nation were swindled by fast-talking home repair salesmen who induced them to get government - backed improvement loans and then failed to perform work promised. This apparently tained aerial assault. Wilson said Russia would lose many bombers and trained crews in the initial stages of any air over America "and I do not believe they could keep it up." Testifying recently before a House Appropriations subcommittee considering the defense budget, Wilson challenged an opinion of Rep. Mahon (D-Tex) that the United States is "highly vulnerable to atomic attack at this time." The secretary said he believes the nation is vulnerable but "relatively secure." adding that he believes the Russians "have been much more afraid of us than we are of them." More Troops to Return Other testimony, portions of which were made public last night, disclosed that: 1. The Defense Department plans has been going on right up to re- j to bring more troops back from cently. After the White House announced last week that Hollyday's resignation had been accepted. Cole indicated it was partly because the FHA commissioner knew of the home repair abuses but did not act. However. Hollyday told the Banking Committee yesterday that he still doesn't know why Eisenhower asked for his resignation. He contended that as FHA chief he put into effect new regulations to block "unscrupulous promoters" and that he removed 45 employes, one of them on a "very serious allegation" of having had a $10,000 "transaction" with a builder. Douglas, a committee member, s?.id in an interview he thought it "incredible" that Hollyday should have been fire'd "without the ordinary, common decency of someone telling him why." Inside Today's Courier News . . . Major League Races Are Different So Far . . 200 Are Expected For Little League Here . . . Sports . . . pages 8 and .9. . . . Vietminh- Forces Are Everywhere; Reds Have Strong Backing Among Tonkinese . . . Battle for Indochina: One of a Series . . page 3 ... . . . News of Men in Service . . . page 12... the Far East. Earlier two army divisions were ordered home from Korea for deactivation. Wilson testified that considering South Korea now has 20 divisions "and from the point of view of not having an active war we still have too many troops in the Pacific . . . we expect to bring scrne of them back as conditions permit. 2. Wilson and Asst. Secretary John Hannah told the subcommittee they have reports of 118 "security risks" who were fired or resigned last year after investigations were begun. They said reports have not yet been received from all military installations and offices. The officials said 111 of the 118 cases "involved actual or alleged membership in the Communist party, or affiliation of sympa- pathetic association with communistic organizations or persons, or communistic inclinations." As the Senate investigations subcommittee arranged a closed door meeting today to consider the problem, informed quarters said the group seemed near an agreement that Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) and his Army antagonists should be allowed to question one another and other witnesses. But the informants emphasized that a hitch in the arrangements was possible. The issue involves how far McCarthy will step to the sidelines while the subcommittee, which he heads, investigates his dispute with top Army officials. McCarthy and two of his subcommittee aides planned., meanwhile, to provide during the day a "bill of particulars" outlining what they will attempt to prove against top Army officials, plus a reply to the Army's charges that McCarthy and the aides "sought by improper means" to get special favors in the Army for Pvt. G. David. Schine, former unpaid subcommittee consultant. McCarthy and his aides, Roy M. Cohn and Francis P. Carr, have accused Secretary of the Army Stevens and John G. Adams, Army general counsel, of using "blackmail" tactics in efforts to halt subcommittee investigations of the Army. Sen. Mundt (R-SD). who will preside at the inquiry, has said the bill of particulars approach was adopted to hold the inquiry within limits, and to give each side a final opportunity to expand or reduce its original accusations. Mundt told reporters yesterday he is "confident" the televised hearings will start on schedule Thursday. He said the special subcommittee staff predicts it will take 10 days to two weeks of morning and afternoon hearings to complete the job. 1952), police reported recovery 'of 93.9 per cent. Among crime categories which showed increases last year, robberies led the list with an 8.5 per cent jump. Burglaries rose 8.2 per cent, larceny and aggravated assault went up 5.4 and 5.3 per cent respectively, rape climbed 3.8 per cent, and negligent manslaughter rose 0.7 per cent. The report said: "Rural crimes . . . increased 9.6 per cent with increases from 0.4 per cent in murders to 16.5 per cent for burglaries. Rural negligent man slaughters were down 5.5. per cent . . ." DWI Fine Appealed To Circuit Court A fine assessing Dee Criner, charged with driving while intoxicated, was appealed to Circuit Court today after he pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail in Municipal Court this morning. Nelson W. Gill and Euin B. Proctor both forfeited bonds of $19.75 on charges of speeding.. Huff man Grade School Closing Is Scheduled Huffman School building and teacherage located on an acre and a half lot have been advertised for sale in an economy move by the Armorel School District, it was revealed today. Students of the three grades attending the school will be transported to Armorel to attend school beginning with the next term. Records show that last term a total of 29 students were enrolled in the first, second and third grade; taught at Huffman. Students ir grades above the third are already attending the Armorel school. Since only a small number of students attend the school, it is considered more economical and more advantageous for the students to bring them into the Armorel school, officials said this morning. Industry Fund Drive Short $49,000 Blytheville's campaign to raise $150,000. to erect an industrial building stood about $49,000 short of its goal this afternoon and Chamber of Commerce officials made no atempt to mask their concern over the drive's progress. Just how far short the campaign will fall or Xvhat will be done in regard to obtaining the full amount probably won't be decided until tomorrow when various division heads will meet to hear final reports regarding the campaign. An appeal to persons who have not been solicited was made today by Finance Committee Chairman Russell Phillips. "Of course, we have not had either the personnel or the time to call on every person who may be interested in purchasing stock certificates for the building. "However, this should not exclude any one from giving. This factory which we propose to bring here will not be for the benefit of any small group. "Its benefits will belong to all people of Blytheville and most of our citizens want to have a part in bringing it here," Mr. Phillips stated. Contributions may be mailed and checks made payable to the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall. EXAMINES SHATTERED CAR WINDOW — Mrs. Mary Baldwin, of Springfield, 111., a county probation officer, examines the rear window of a county auto after it apparently "exploded" while on the driveway of her home. She said the car hnd not been driven since Saturday afternoon. Large hole at right, is where glass dropped out. The window had not been struck. (AP Wirephoto) Woman Here in Group InsistingUNFindPWs Mrs. A. F. Olsen Among Women Slated to Post Sentries at UN Building to Press Demand A Blytheville woman is among a group of wives and mothers of men missing in Korea who decided yesterday to I post sentries at the United Nations building in New York and the White House to press their demand that the UN act to find and free their sons and husbands. She is Mrs. Arthur P. Olson, whose my husband, Lt. Arthur Olsen, a husband was manager of Blytheville radar navigator," she said. Assurances Given. GOP Senators Says WASH1NGTON (AP) — Two senators said today after a meeting with Secretary of State Dulles that no decision to dispatch American fighting forces to Indochina is being considered. Propane Co. before being called to ^active duty with the Air Force two years ago. He was aboard a B-29 .shot down over North Korea in January, 1953, and has been missing since. Ths group of women, angered at what they called the "stalling" of United Nations officials, decided yesterday to set up month-long sentry posts at the UN building 'and the White House. (By the Associated Press "i — The women, who believe their soldier sons and husbands are prisoners of the Chinese Communists, call themselves the "Kin of America's Forgotten Men." They are demanding that the TJ. think he's alive, there's no to believe hf'.s dead because they don't know. I think this action will help bring him back." N. take action their GI's, and to find and to talk with Red West Preps For New Arms Talk UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. I/Pi — Spurred by the menace of-the hydrogen bomb, the Western Powers China at Geneva unless the prisoners i prepared today for new disarma- are returned. The sentry action was decided on after the women spent a fustrating day trying to see U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold and U. S. chief delegate Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., They saw neither. They decided to set up a sentry at the U. N. Building today, and another at the White House Wednesday. ment talks without knowing whether the Soviet Union will take part. The 12-nation U. N. Disarmament Commission set up a sub- committe eyesterday to start the talks, in private, here Friday. It adopted 9-1 a British proposal naming: Britain, Canada, France, the Soviet" Union and the United States to the subgroup. It rejected 10-1 a Soviet bid to Various members of the group add communist China, Czechoslo- told reporters they are certain their j vakia and India men are alive. Some gave reasons, others said it was instinct. Mrs. Arthur F. Olson, of Blytheville, Ark., mother of an 8-year-old son, said her husband was shot down over North Korea in January, 1953. "Three boys got off the B-29 but Only Soviet Delegate Andrei Y. Vishinsky voted against the proposal and for his own amendment. Lebanon and Nationalist China abstained on the former, Lebanon on the latter. Vishinsky had warned before- Both senators are Republicans, Ferguson of Michigan and Bridges of New Hampshire. Ferguson, who left, the meeting early to keep another appointment, added: "I don't think it (the decision) is in the works nt all. "At present I nm against sending American troops to Indochina. I know of no facts to warrant it." The two senators talked to reporters nt the State Department after Dulles hnd briefed a 15-man congressional delegation on developments In Indochlnn nnd the forthcoming Geneva pence conference which the Reds will attend. Situation In Hand Dulles has "the situation well in hand." Ferguson snid. The secretary will leave for the Geneva conference "with the blessing of congressional leaders," he added. Bridges said in his view "the situation looks gloomy but not hopeless." He said any move to send American forces to Indochina "was not in the wind." But, he added that, no one could foretell what the future would hold. Dulles said yesterday after a conference with President Eisenhower at Augusta, Ga,, that it is "unlikely" any American troops will be sent to the Southeast-Asia battleground. But he declined to answer an "if" question: Would he favor sending U. S. troops as a last resort if the French should pull out of Indochina? Cooper, a former delegate to the United Nations, said in an interview he hopes no American troops will have to be used in the fight against, Communist-led forces in Indochina. In any event, he added, he believes thnt any decision on troop use need not be made immediately. Training Sought Instead, he said, the United States should press the French to permit American training of native troops to fight against the Reds—a proposal which the French previously have received without enthusiasm. Chairman Saltonstall. (R-Mass) "no change" in the policy against of the Senate Armed Services Committee told the Senate yesterday he had been told there was employing U. S. combat units in Indochina. He said he had been Wilson and Thurston ,B. Morton, so told by Secretary of Defense assistant secretary of state. The troop-use question was brought to the fore by the state\ ment of Vice President Nixon last Friday that American troops might have to be used as a last -resort if the French should withdraw— a possibility he termed unlikely. His statement a bout possible troop use was made in response to a question following an off-the- record talk to a meeting of news- U.S. Planes Strengthen French Fort American Civilians Drop New Supplies HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The thousands of valiant defenders of Dien Bien Phu — trapped by encircling hosts of Communist - led Vietminh troops received fresh strength from the skies today. American-supplied Dakotas and Flying Boxcars, piloted by American civilian flyers, swooped low through curtains of fire from rebel artillery and antiaircraft batteries to parachute tons more ammunition, food and war material of all types into the long - besieged French Union bastion. Despite cloudy, rain-laden skies which forced war planes to curtail radically their assaults on rebel positions, fighters firing rockets nnd heavy machine guns tried to knock out the Vietminh's antiaircraft guns. Kin? Tighten* They gave cover to the low-flying transports dropping more supplies for the garrison, battered by two all-out rebel assaults since March 13 and constant local Vietminh attacks in the intervening weeks. Constantly pressing in on the Y» shaped French chain of defense, the legions of Communist Ho Chi Minn by today had ringed the shrunken fortifications with trenches and dugouts 1,000 yards or less from the fortress' main barriers. The rebels over the weekend captured two more French outposts on the northern arms of the *'Y" to further ring in the garrison. The French Union defenders fought back with renewed fury in their never-ending effort to denz the Vietminh a major victory before the big powers meet next Monday to talk about peace hi Asia. There was little fresh word from the fortress 175 miles west of Hanoi today. The French high command said only that the situation ______ .„ paper editors. The remark was at- last night was "relatively calm." they didn't "know anything about \ h f nd that adoption of the British J •' C 1 ! rOrtfi tt-Vii/tlt V\r*. x>rt!1rt/I f\v^n rirlarf Dems to Raise Funds CHICAGO M—Senators Kennedy CD-Mass) and Douglas (D-I11) were listed as chief speakers tonight at the $100-a-plate fund-raising dinner for the Democratic party. Some 1,300 state and national party leaders were expected to attend. CAP Cadets to Hold Open House Here Sunday The Blytheville squadron of Civil Air Patrol Cadets will hold an open house at Hangar No. 2 at the air base beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. On hand for the open house will be planes and pilots of the Arkansas Air National Guard squadron at Little Rock. Among the planes to be brought here will be the F-51's the squadron uses and a P-33 jet trainer, MaJ. Percy Wright, commander of the Blytheville CAP Squadron, said. At 10 a.m. Sunday, a training program lor cadets and senior CAP members will be set up at a meeting of all training officers and cadet com/nandants in the Northeast Arkansas area. Thii will be one of several such programs being set up in Arkansas and the first one to be established here. The Cadet Program sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol for boys and girls 15 years of age and over provides training to stimulate their interest in aviation. The cadets receive background training in aviation fundamentals, military procedures and ground-atr search and rescue techniques. Special activities for CAP Cadets include the annual summer encampments at Air Force bases and the International Cadet Exchange. •Blytheville CAP Cadet Rowland Mitchell, son of Mr. and Mrs. 0. W .Mitchell of Half Moon, last summer represented the state of Arkansas in the exchange program. He spent three weeks in Canada. Two cadets from each CAP wing take part in the exchange each year and all cadets are eligible to be chosen. Boys and girls over 15 are be- .ing invited by the CAP to join the Blytheville squadron's cadet program. Meetings are held at 2:30 p.m. each Sunday at Hangar No. 2 and parents may attend. • CAP officials point out that the program has no control over getting individuals in, or keeping them out of, the. armed forces but said the cadet program "will be hwhuble in any future military life.-' Industry & You C herr V Commutes ^ i Sentence of Man Convicted Here 'In God's word only that which is dead remains static. There is continual change, and the econi- mic fieLd is no exception. The world has been experiencing economic change and Mississippi County as been affected as well. "Our economy is mostly what people make it, and we in this community need to take steps to stabilize that which has been drastically changed in recent years. "Whereas farming is still the backbone of our area, industry must take a more prominent place to give work to the hundreds who have been replaced in the fields by machinery. "This will" give Blytheville and her surrounding territory an economy with a more consistant income. Industry is needed in Blytheville now, and there is no remaining static; either we go forward or we go backward."— i Rev.) William J. Fitzhugh. President. BlythevilLe Ministerial Alliance. ipation in the work of the subcommittee." Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. of the United States called this "a thinly veiled threat, to walk oui. ... a thinly veiled threat to torpedo the LITTLE ROCK </P:-Gov. Cherry ! P<?ace." Britain's Sir Pierson Dixon has commuted the four-year sen- i asked if Vishinsky meant to sab- tence of Garland Russ, convicted in Mississippi County for burglary and grand larceny, to three years. plan, which he called one-sided. tributcd in the first published stories to a high administration official, but it was quickly traced to the v'ce president.; Accuses Nixon The Feiping radio today accused Nixon of "sabre rattling" and said would "create difficulties for the i the vice president "made it clear Soviet Union as regards its panic-: that the United States will do its Comic Book Probe Starts NEW YORK l* — A U. S. Senate subcommittee today starts investigation of "sadistic comic books and their impact upon adolescents." Chairman Robert C. Henrickson (R-NJ) said the Senate judiciary subcommittee on juvenile delinquency is "vitally interested in evaluating the intact of horror and crime comics upon the young mind," This will permit Russ to be considered for a parole. He was sen- tenced.April 10, 1953. The commutiation was recommended by Mississippi County officials and the State Parole Board. otage efforts to solve the disarmament problem. When newsmen asked the Soviet delegate whether he would show up Roller Skating Rink Will Open Here Friday A roller skating rink to be operated by the Mississippi County Fair Association will be opened at 7 p.m. Friday in the Women's Exhibit Building at Walker Park Fairgrounds. The rink will be open five nights and two afternoons a week, accord- to "stand up and be counted or i n g to R. E. Blaylock, secretary of i utmost to oppose a cease-fire in • Indochina." ! Sen. Bridges fR-NH). a roember I of the Sennte Armed Services Committee, told the Daughters of the American Revolution convention last night that "we have made our decision" to hold Indochina. He said it is time for U. S. allies for the first meeting Friday, Vish- insky said, "I dp not understand your question." Before the vote he had said his attendance "will depend on the circumstances." Jaycees Eye Clinics For Dog Inoculations The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce took steps last night to seek implementation of a recent resolution asking city officials to enforce the existing ordinance pertaining to inoculation and licensing of dogs. "* At a regular meeting, the group the office of president last night, also made nominations for officers and a petition for renomination of to be elected at the next meeting, i incumbent. Billy Boone is being cir- Following up a resolution which! culated today. Named last night asked re-establishment of a dog- pound here, the Jaycees last night voted to set up a committee to work with city officials and local veterinarians in an effort to hold inoculation clinics in th encar future, They said this would give dog owners a convenient opportunity to have their dogs vaccinated and licensed, at possibly reduced rates were Joe Warren and Frank Harshman. Other nominees include: Second vice president—Elbcrt Johnson, Bill Hrabovsky, Joe Bill McHaney; secretary — Ted Bourzi- kas, Elton Foster; treasurer—Harold Davis, Tommy Westbrook; board of directors—.Jack Owen. Emory Bill Hrabovsky was named chair-j Francis, Louis Lynch, George Anman of the committee. i dcrson, Nick Powers, Kelley Welch, Two person* were nominated for ' Herman Margrave and Jim Pearson. run the risk of disastrous division of the free world. He spoke of a belief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that if Southeast Asis is overrun by the Communists the American island defense chain in the Pacific would be outflanked. In that event, Bridges said, it. would be "unlikely that we could . . . even hold a line from Hawaii to the Aleutians." He said Russia has developed See DULLES on Page 5 the fair association. Skating hours will be from 7 until 9:30 on Monday. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The rink also will open at 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Skates will be furnished. Mr. Blaylock said, or skaters may bring their own. Council to Meet Tonight to Act On Sewer Plan The City Council will meet at 8 o'clock tonight in the Muncipal Courtroom >n City Hall to consider final action on the revenue bond ordinance that would call a special election on the sewer proposal. The ordinance was Introduced at the Council's session last month. In the meantime, petitions have been circulated in the unsewered areas of the city where improvement districts would be set up. This has been done in connection with the Council's stand on the sewer issue, which would require all work to be done at once in the interest of saving construction cost*. _ i Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday, widely scattered thundershowers west and north portions Wednesday no important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy south. and mostly cloudy north this afternoon, tonight with scattered and Wednesday thundershoweri northwest and extreme north tonight and northeast Wednesday; little change in temperatures. Maximum yesterday—80. Minimum this morning—59. Suncet today—6:36. Sunrise tomorrow—5:21. Mean temperature (midway bfttwetn high and low—<59.5. Precipitation last 24 houn to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—16.12. This Date L*»t Year Maximum yesterday—60. Minimum yesterday—31, Precipitation Janu*ry 1 te 4*t*—

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