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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 27, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 31 Blyth«ville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TVKSDAY, APRIL 27, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Talks Started On Indochina By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — Russia and France opened discussions on Indochina today amid reports the solidarity of the Western Big Three at the Geneva conference over cease fire terms in the war-torn Asian country was weakening. The British were reported ready* to back the French in seeking an immediate cease fire, to be followed by negotiations with the Communist-led V i e t m i n h. The United States is understood to oppose any cease fire not accompanied by certain unspecified .guarantees. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov drove in a bulletproof limousine to the lakeside villa of France's Oteorges Bidault for talks on which nations will be invited here for discussions on Indochina. They had a 40-minute discussion. Then Molotov drove back to his villa. There was no clue at once on the results of the get-together. Fall Not Fatal U. S. military thinking generally is reported to be that the fall of Dien Bien Phu, while it would be serious, would be nothing more than the loss of a battle and not a fatal blow to France's position in Indochina. Any military intervention in Indochina, Washington is said to believe, should come as the result of consultation among the interested powers. In London, French Ambassador Rene Massigli conferred urgently •with Prime Minister Churchill today on the Indochina crisis and on a reported British-American decision ruling out immediate big-scale intervention. Diplomatic informants there said the envoy gave the British leader an up-to-the-minute picture of the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the consequences if it fell. The informants reported that American, British and French military leaders are pondering the scale and kind of help that may have to be thrown in if circumstances force the Allies to intervene. That was a main talking point yesterday when Adni. Arthur Radford, chairman of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew unexpectedly into London to see Churchill and British high command. Radford. flew back to Washington early today. The reported British-American decision to* stay out of the Indochina war for the time being, according to the informants, does not exclude a possible demonstration of Allied air and seapower around the battle zones. The Indochina talks were as yet in the informal, small-group stage. The 19-nation Far Eastern conference agreed at its opening session yesterday to take up general debate on" Korea first, starting at the session this afternoon. France's last-reported terms for an Indochina cease-fire were outlined to the French Assembly March 7 by Premier Joseph Laniel. They included Vietminh withdrawal from the kingdoms of Cambodia nad Laos and division of Viet Nam into Aussies, New Zealand Show Strong Interest snow strong iiucicai . ' In Action to Save Asia Q\ SteVeRS tir A C-UTTVT/""TV\M t AT>\ Ano'tr-ilii on/< N«»W Zealand, ^ WASHINGTON (AP) — Australia and New Zealand, were reported today to have expressed strong interest in joining the United States in possible "united action to save Indochina and Southeast Asia from communism. octored' PllOtO Submitted Both governments were understood to have stopped short of a firm "yes" only because of Britain's refusal to adopt a like course until after the current Geneva con- Mother, Daughter Die in Farm Blaze A young farm wife and her infant daughter died yes- lerday when flames apparently resulting from a cook stove explosion engulfed the kitchen of a four-room house near Man- Base Bids Await Congress Action Amount of Money To Be Spent Here Not Decided Yet Corps of Engineers spokesmen in Little Rock today said plans for bids and contracts on Blytheville's air base probably won't be decided until after Congress determines just how much money is to be spent here. However, the Engineer! told the Courier News, work is t proceeding in regard to design of certain phases of construction here. No authorization, they pointed out, has been received which would permit them to ask for bids. Thus, the office explained, bids can't be secured until the Engineers receive an Air Force directive ordering them to do so. Apparently this directive won't be forthcoming until after additional Congressional action. Several weeks ago a House appropriations subcommittee recommended that more than two million dollars be spent on the base. The appropriation would be included in an omnibus Air Force construction bill. Brief Earth Tremor Felt In Blytheville An earth tremor shook Blytheville for about 10 seconds at about 8:15 last night but no damage was reported. The tremor apparently was felt at points within about' an 80-mile radius of Memphis and along part of the New Madrid fault. The fault which runs from Cairo. HI., to Memphis, was the site of a series of monstrous earthquakes in 1811 and 1812, one of which separate armistice zones for the (forrned Bee }f 0ot Lake. French and Vietminh. The Premier said then France would insist on holding the fertile, populuos deltas of the Red River in the north and the Mekong in the south. This would confine the rebeels chiefly to unproductive mountain 'regions, a division the Ccmmunist probably would reject. The Molotov-Bidault talks were ths first contact of the Western Big Three with Russia on Indochina. The 19-nation conference is scheduled to take up that war after its discussions on Korea. Informal Ta'ks Sought Bidault arranged to see the Soviet foreign minister after the Russian failed to show up yesterday for an informal talk on Indochina with French Minister, U. S. Secretary of State Dulles and British Foreign Secretary Eden. The Western Big: Three reviewed the situation in France's Far Eastern colony and were reported to have agreed on the nations they want at the table when Indochina comes up. Diplomatic sources believed Moi- otov's failure to meet with the three Western ministers indicated a decision against any "Big- Four" gatherings while Communist China's Premier-Foreign Minister Chou En-lai is in Geneva. This was regarded as part of the Communist attempt to put the Peiping regime on a basis of equality in all big power consultations here, something the Americans have said they will not countenance. An anticipated East-West tangle on Red China's status was sidestepped at yesterday's opening session of the conference but there was some indication Molotov might be holding off only until the talks turn to Indochina. The tremor last night was felt in Memphis. Packson, Tenn., and Corinth, Miss. Other Tennessee and Arkansas cities closer in to Memphis also reported a thorough shaking. Traffic Coses Heard George Brookshire was .fined $10 and cost In Municipal Court this morning on a charge of having no drivers license while Louis Brookshire's fine of $10 and cost on a charge of not stopping for a stop sign was suspended during good behavior. Russell Carter and Billy Haynes both forfeited $10 bonds on charges of speeding. Red Cross Fund Campaign Total Reaches $12,918 Chickasawba District of Red Cross found itself with $12,918 today after reports on the drive in western Mississippi County wsre received. The district is concluding a campaign to raise S15,,00l for its current budget. Leachville $50 — B. C. Land Company. 30.74 — Collection at basketball tournament. 25 — Nelson Henry Gin, Riggs Motor Co., Ark-Mo Power Co., Joe Wheeler, Mrs. J. Weinberg, J Lee Bearden, Farmer's Gin Co. 20 — Dr. T. N. Rodman, Earl Wildy. 15 — Buffalo Island Compress, Leroy Carter. 10 — John Hanni, Leachville Lumber Co., General Insurance Agency, Leachville State Bank, Western Auto, Blytheville Soybean, H. H. Howard, Johnson Brothers, S & W Implement Co., J. O. Edwards, Arkansas Associated Telephone Co., W. G. Brown, J. H. Jordan, Johnny Swihart, Louis Weinberg, C. L. Smith. 5 — A. G. Taylor, Prank Barnes, Hipp's Drug Store, Turnbow's Grocery, Norman Kennett, Everson Frosted Foods, Hudson Hardware, Pate's Variety Store, Hollis Thurmond, C. R. \Vilson, W. P. Carter, Ival Keiffner, W. K. Childress, Robert Pierce, M. L. Piatt, W. W. Cox, F. A. Alexander,, Mrs. Mary Mitchell, Miss Martha Stone. 3 — Betty's Beauty Shop. 2.50 — W. D. Cruse, Sr. 2 — Mrs. Maud Smith, Don Wheeler, R. W. Bishoff, T. J. Pierce, Jettie Hodge, Margie Cole, E. Z. Baskett, W. H. Hearndon, Perry DeFries, J. W. McHaney, Bruce Byrd, O. B. Ray, Mrs. Roy Thomas, Vernon Ropers. Mr. and Mrs. See RED CROSS on Page 1 Victims of the blaze were Lucy Virginia Trout, 21, and her six- months-old daughter, Gloria Pay, County Coroner E. M. Holt said today. Mrs. Trout apparently had used kerosene to kindle a fire in the cook stove, Coroner Holt said. The farm house was heavily damaged. The mother's body was found in another room beside a couch on which the baby was lying, he said, indicating she had attempted to save the child. Shis was badly burned, he said, apparently too much so to ge the child out of the house. Her husband, Davie Trout, a 23- year-oLd tractor driver, was not at home at the time of the blaze. The house is located on the Olan Freeman farm about four miles south of Manila. Double services were conducted at 3 p.m. today at Patterson Baptist Church near Nemmons. Ark., by the Rev. Guy Mark. Burial will be in Nemmons Cemetery, with Mitchell Funeral Home at Rector in charge. Other survivors include two other daughters, Oneda and Linda Kay; her parents, Mr .and Mrs. Ben Kiestler of Rector; a brother, Barney Kiestler of Rector; and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Boyd of Rector. ference with Red China and Russia. But Australian and New Zealand interest in the plan put forth by Secretary of State Dulles is reported strong enough that American officials are -hoping the two will persuade Britain tojoin up rather than split the British Commonwealth. Dulles was said to be pressing his united action plan at. Geneva even though informed American officials regard the fall of the Indochina stronghold of Dien Bien Phu as only a matter o^ time. The loss of Dien Bien Phu to the Red-led Vietminh, they said, would make all the more imperative united action to rescue Indochina. Just last night. 12 key members both Democrats and Republicans, were given a State Department fill-in on Indochina and other world trouble points. The briefing by Acting Secretary Walter Bedell Smith, was based on messages sent by Dulles from Paris and Geneva, Coming away from the briefing, several of the lawmakers commented that "things look dark all! over." Vital Day* One of them, Sen .H. Alexander- Smith (R-NJ), said in an interview the "next few days will be of vital importance to the West." Smith, chairman of a Senate For- eigh Relations subcommittee on t the Far East, said the coming day j or two "should tell the sory a | Dien Bien Phu." Britain's willingness to join Australia, New Zealand and other nations in a united front against Red encroachment in Southeast Asia could open the way for free world countries to reinforce French Union forces with military units of their own. Most officials acknowledged'the phychological impact of defeat at Dien Bien Phu might be far reach- See INDOCHINA on Page 3 * # .*' FIRST IN LINE — Virginia Carter, 5, (left) daughter of Ruby and A. D. Carter of Number Nine was the first to receive the Salk anti- polio vaccine when the Blytheville office opened this morning, Virginia is a second grade student at the Number Nine School, of which five Negro children appeared for the shots. Having just administered the vaccine is Dr. F. E. Utley of Bly- theville. The young Negro boy shown at right was representative of the acceptance by the children of the inoculations here this morning. Administering the shot is Dr. Utley. Parents consent was checked and verified by parts of the sUff of which Mrs, By rum Moore, in background, is one. The clinic had processed more than 150 children by noon today. (Courier News Photo) Vaccine Program Opens Smoothly Monsoon Rains Don't Halt Artillery Battle HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The long-awaited big seasonal monsoon rains hit Dien Bien Phu and all of north Indochina today as French and Vietrninh artillery kept up (heir violent duels across the battered ramparts of the besieged fortress. In its usual brief morning corn» munique, the French high command described the situation at Dien Bien Phu as "unchanged" and said there had been no important land fighting in the past 24 hours. Since the rebel artillery attack stepped up Sunday, the French have believed a third all-out Vietminh infantry assault on the accompanied by violent lightning and thunderstorms, also retarded the French counterattack. Little seas of mud oozed from the onetime dust bowl's red earth, slowing the French tanks and armored vehicles. The heavy clouds and .sheets of rain forced the French war planes to taper off their heavy a tracks-on the rebel legions tightly circling shrunken fortress defenses might I the northwest bastion and the lines come at any time. Many observers expect the monsoons to hamper or halt Vietminh operations and seriously slow transport of the rebels' war supplies from Red China. The French hope this will force their enemy to taper off his efforts to overrun Dien Bien Phu's battered and outnumbered defenders. But the advent of the big rains, Temporary Head Of Child Welfare Office Named Miss Jean McCann 01 Little Rock yesterday became temporary head of the Child Welfare Office here to replace Mrs. Ardith Crownover,. who has been granted a leave of absence. Miss McCann has been attached t^ the Child Welfare Division of the State Department of Public Welfare in Little Rock since 1951. A graduate of Little Rock College and the University of New Mexico, she took graduate training at the New York School of Social Work at Columbia University. of trucks and coolies bringing them food and munitions. Only yesterday U.S.-supplied Corsair fighter- bombers had swelled the French piloted air force for the first time for a record day of raids on the Vietminh. 3 Die in Train Wreck FRANKFURT, Germany M — The crack Scandinavian Express and a local commuter train collided at Hanau, near Frankfurt, today. German railroad officials said three persons were killed and 60 injured. Inside Today's Courier News . . . 1954 Baseball Season Is Full of Surprises . . . Sports . . . paeres 8 and 9 ... . .. . It's Time Senate Hearing: Produced Definite Findings .. . Editorials . . . page 6 ... . . . Great Lakes Iron Mining Industry Slower Than Last Year . . . One of a Series: The Nation's Business . . . pajre 2 ... . . . Kruschev Miy Be Rising Power in Soviet Union . . . 12 ... Russians Reply To US A-Plan GENEVA W 1 !—Soviet Russia replied today to American proposals on President Eisenhower's plan for an atomic pool for peaceful purposes. The content of the Soviet reply was not disclosed, but informed sources indicated that no important progress had been made in the exchange. The note was handed to U.S. Secretary of State Dulles by Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov in a half-hour conference at which the two statesmen also discussed problems related to the current Geneva conference on Far Eastern issues. Dulles had submitted the American proposals to Soviet- Ambassador Georgi Zarubin in Washington March 19. Their nature was not disclosed. U.S. officials said, however, the proposals dealt with concrete recommendations as contrasted with procedural questions taken up in earlier talks in Washington and Moscow. A joint British-American com- munique issued in London after Dulles' visit there two weeks ago said Dulles and British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden had reviewed the atomic question and discussed the latest U.S. proposals. The whole exchange grew out of President Eisenhower's speech before the United Nations General Assembly last Dec. 8 suggesting that the powers producin gatomic energy might pool some quantities to be developed for peaceful uses. Administering of the Snlk polio vaccine was clicking right along in Mississippi County today. The headquarters unit here, which is giving' the shots to children in the Blytheville area, had inoculated more than 150 at noon Thus the youngsters were passing through at the rate of better than 50 per hour. Just prior to the noon hour, the Blytheville unit found itself running a good half-hour ahead of schedule. The second-graders will return for the second shot, of the series one week from today and will get their final inoculations June 1. Melvadean Austin, daughter of Mrs. Hazel Austin of the Rocky Community, possibly was the first child in Arkansas to receive the Salk vaccine. Melvadean vas 'the first child in Mississippi County to get the shot when she was Inoculated at 8:30 in Leachville. By 9:30 Leachville had completed its inoculation of its 47 second graders whose parents had requested the vaccine. Other inoculation centers Were set up and operating in Manial, Osceola and Wilson. Second Heart Clinic Slated County Hospital -Here Will Be Location A second Mississippi County Heart Association heart clinic has been scheduled for Thursday in Chickasawba Hospital, Kenneth Sulcer. county Heart Association president, announced today. The clinic will be conducted bv four doctors which will be sent by the Arkansas Heart Association and their examinations will be offered to everyone at no charge. Mr. Sulcer This was considered as a possible I pointed out. opening wedge to break the long | Donations by Mississippi Count- deadlock o n atomic energy control, ians have made the clinic possible. '_ Mr. Sulcer stated. The clinic primarily will be for Faces Sentence children who have had. or who are suspected of having rheumatic fev- NEW YORK W-A Puerto Rican «" : However all_perspM_ o/__Mteis- Industry Fund Drive End Urged Here A campaign to raise $150,000 for an industrial building stood at $123,530 this morning as Russell Phillips, Chamber of Commerce's finance committee chairman, put out an appeal to workers to make quick work of their re- mai'ning solicitations. Many workers have been told to rile reports, Mr. Phillips stated, but all may not be aware of the necessity for winding up the drive soon. Acknowledgement of investors and the amounts invested in the non-profit corporation are scheduled to be published next week, also, he pointed out, therefore lending even more necessity to winding up the work of solicitations. Workers are still needed, Chamber spokesmen pointed out today. Persons interested in giving an assist to the drive may contact the Chamber's offices in City Hall. At noon today, plans and specifications nn the building were not yet in the hands of Chamber officials. They are expected either later today or tomorrow and will be available to prospective bidders. The Chamber advertised for bids today and will open bids at 10 a.m. on May 10. Nationalist will be sentenced next ening the life of President Eisenhower. The defendant, Jose Rivera Colon. 30, pleaded guilty yes- sippi County are eligible for diagnosis. No treatment is to be involved. Persons found needing treatment will be referred to their family doc- terday before Federal Judge Greg-1 tors. ory F. Noonan. Clinic hours are 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. How Much Do You Know About Rabies? By GEORGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) How much do you know about rabies? Here's what Webster's Unabridged Dictionary says about it: a morbid dread of water, a feeling of anxiety and mental depression; a sense of dryness and constriction in the throat makes swallowing difficult; and convulsions follow almost any slight stimulus, as an atempt to swallow water, or even the sight or sound of water. Sounds terrible, doesn't it? And anyone who has ever had any contact with rabies, or even exposure to it, will vouch for the fact that it i*. It is an unhappy fact that practically the only way humans ever become afflicted with the dread disease in through man's favorite pet—the dog. For this reason nearly every community in the world where rabies exists has laws requiring that all dogs be inoculated against rabies. In Blytheville that step was taken Dec. 12, 1933, when the City Council passed ordinance No. 393, recognizing that the large number of stray and roaming dogs created a definite health menace to the community. That law requires that all dogs over six months old be inoculated for rabies and licensed with the city clerk at the beginning of each year. A certificate of inoculation from a local, registered veterinarian within the 10 months- preceding purchase of the license is acceptable, according to the ordinance. The law alflo provide* lor a dog catcher to pick up and impound up to 48 hours, all dogs not properly inoculated and registered. If they are not claimed at the end of that period they are to be exterminated. Blytheville city officials recently have agreed to begin once again to enforce the provisions of . this law. Penalty for violation of the ordinance is $5 to $25 fine upon conviction. The number of rabid dogs in BlytheviHe has increased considerably in recent weeks. One local veterinarian said yesterday he knows of three dogs which the past few days. One of them is known to have bitten six other dogs and each of them had opportunity to bite 10 or 15, he said. Six eases of dog bites were reported to the County Health Unit ftere last week, bringing the total for the year to 22. While infection of rabies in humans most commonly comes from dogs, the disease is not confined to them. All warm blooded animals can have rabies. A carrier state is recognized only in certain species of bats. Rabies is a virus disease which attacks the nervous system, travels from the point of injection to the brain and causes death. After the disease is contracted and symptoms appear it is certain death—there is no known cure. One alleviating factor in all this is the fact that approximately 50 per cent of all humans and 30 per cent of all dogs have a natural immunity to the disease; otherwise the incidence would be much greater than it is. Thp incubfltion period in hu- See RABIES on Page i Young Wreck Victims Still On Critical List MANILA—-Shirley Sees, 13, of Etowah. is in a critical and unimproved condition this morning after having taken a turn for the worse yesterday, according to officials at Ratton's Clinic. Shirley received injuries Saturday in an automobile accident about three a,nd a half miles south of here on Highway 77 in which her mother was killed and her sister,, Wilma Jean, 9, was also injured Vv'ilma Jf-fln is in serious condition at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Mrs. A. S. Sees, 39, was killed when hit by the Sees truck which was smashed into by another truck driven by Glennis Hill of near Manila. Mr. Sees received a sprained back and minor injuries. Shirley is being transferred to the Baptist Hospital in Memphis today She received a fractured pelvis and leg and internal injuries, officials at Ratton's Clinic said. Wilma Jean is still in a "quite critical" condition from a fractured skull, hospital officials said. Hill has been released on $1,000 bond on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Preliminary hearing will be held in Blytheville Municipal Court May 1. Cohn on Stand; Denies Knowing If Was Altered WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army hurled a charge of using a "doctured" photograph at the McCarthy camp today, and Roy Cohn. counsel to Sen. McCarthy, acknowledged he had provided it. Cohn denied knowing the pictured had been altered. The picture in question showed Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens with Pvt. G. David Schine, drafted former consultant to McCarthy's investigations subcommittee. It was introduced in evidence yesterday during questioning of Stevens about his relations with Schine. Stevens was sent from the witness chair and Cohn called to it today after Army Counsel Joseph N. Welch charged it was a "shamefully" altered photograph, cut to give the impression that Stevens and Schine were photographed alone, when in truth it was a group picture. Schine Sent Picture Ray H. Jenkins, special subcommittee counsel, said Cohn had provided the picture and called Cohn to answer questions about the alleged "doctoring." Cohn said the picture was sent to him by Schine, that it was "blown up" find delivered to Jenkins. He insisted he had no knowledge of a third person being cut out: that whoever did it thought only Stevens and Schine were relevant. Cohn testified that Stevens invited him, McCarthy and Schine in Stevens' office last Nov. 6, but that Schine, then in the Army, couldn't go. He said Stevens at that time expressed regret, saying a couple of photographers had made requests for a picture of Stevens and Schine. The original picture included Stevens, Schine, an Army colonel identified only as Bradley, and part of another civilian at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. The 27-year-old Cohn said that in any case Stevens had repeatedly requested that he (Stevens) be photographed with Schine. "That's the fact and we will prove it," Cohn declared. Stevens had denied in testimony yesterday that he had ever proposed to have a picture taken alone with Schine. He certainly didn't recall it. he said, but commented that he had been photographed many times with Army men. Didn't Mention Alteration It was after this testimony by Stevens that Jenkins introduced the picture in evidence. Cohn acknowledged that he gave Jenkins the photograph at a meeting the latter part of last week. He also confirmed, under questioning by Jenkins, that he did not mention that the photograph had been altered. The picture was taken last Nov. 17. Cohn said Stevens walked over to Schine and said: "This is a picture I have wanted to have. Let's take it now." Stevens has charged that McCarthy and Cohn improperly pressured for favors for Schine. McCarthy has charged Army officials used Schine as a "hostage" to try to force him to drop his investigation of subversives in the Army. Cohn. asking to tell his side of the case in his own way, told Jenkins that he had given the picture to the counsel as part of "very substantial proof of bad faith" on the part of Stevens in charging Cohn with a threat to "wreck the Army" when told Schine faced overseas duty. "Long after these threats were supposed to have been made, Mr. Stevens was solicitous about Mr Schine and not only once but twice See MCCARTHY on Page 3 Britain to Stand Pat LONDON (£> — Prime Minister Churchill announced today Britain was not prepared to undertake any military action In Indochina while the Geneva Asian conference was still in session. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; xvidely scattered thunderstorms mostly in north and central this afternoon and early tonight; cooler north tonight. MISSOURI—Partly cloudy west, clearing east tonight, cooler east and south; warmer west and north; extreme southeast. Maximum yesterday—W. Minimum thu morning—43. Sunset today-H»:41. Sunrise tomorrow—5; 13. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—75. Precipitation (ait 34 hour* to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—16.43. Thts Date Lart Ytar Maximum ye«t«rday— «0. Minimum this morning—40. Precipitation January I *> 4at*-«

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