The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 28, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 28, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NOR-THSAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 32 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDXES1UY. APRIL 28. 1954 SIXTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS McCarthy Protests Queries on Schine AN ARKANSAS FIRST — Melvadean Austin, 8, was the first child .in Arkansas to receive the Salk polio vaccine yesterday. She was inoculated by Dr. T. N. Rodman at 8:39 a. m. in the Leachville school. DOES IT HURT-DOCTOR? — One second grader braces himself in anticipation of the needles sting, comforted by Mrs. F. L. Husbands, while two other children wait in line. Dr. W. M. Owens prepares the syringe for' giving one of the 795 inoculations which were administered in Mississippi County yesterday. (Courier News .Photo) NEXT, PLEASE — Dr. W. M. Owens inspects a syringe before administering a shot of polio vaccine to one of 360 Blytheville second grade children who participated in the Salk anti-polio inoculations yesterday. Mrs. F. L. Husbands gives moral support to the little girl while another looks on in dubious anticipation. (Courier News Photo) SHOOT, DOC — David Hart (left photo) had no classmates to lend him moral support as he was the only child to appear from the Number Nine School for the Salk anti-polio vaccine inoculations yesterday morning. The sting of the needle didn't seem to bother him though as he eyed the box of lollypops at right. Mrs. E. O. Ambrose, county nurse, hands a lollipop to a Negro boy from the Elm Street School he had received his inoculation. (Courier News Photo) Preferential Treatment Reports Cited WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy exploded with violent protests today against questions as to whether Pvt. G. David Schine hired fellow soldiers to clean his rifle and told his commander he was in the Army to modernize and streamline it. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations subcommittee, was putting the questions to Secretary of the Army Stevens at the televised hearings on McCarthy's row with Army officials. And Stevens, with some laughter, was nodding, "I heard it." McCarthy shouted that Jenkins' questions were "completely unfair to Schine, wealthy New Yorker who worked for McCarthy before he was drafted. McCarthy said Jenkins might create the impression that the questions were facts. McCarthy said that if charges were to be made against Schine. a central figure in the controvery, he should be made a party to the investigation. This, McCarthy shouted, would permit Schine to engage counsel and cross-examine witnesses. Jenkins also had asked whether Stevens ever heard that Schine while at Ft. Dix, N.J., "almost invariably rode in the cab of the truck" while other soldiers were packed in the truck "like cattle or sheep." "I never heard that," Stevens replied. Demands Probe Report When McCarthy protested, Jenkins said he had no knowledge as to the truth or falsity of the questions he asked. McCarthy said alleged favors to Schine while he was taking basic training at Ft. Dix had been investigated by the inspector general of the Army. He demanded that the report be put into evidence. • McCarthy complained that Schine was being "smeared" by Jenkins' questions by asking Stevens "have you learned this" or "have you learned that." Chairman Mundt (R-SD) broke in to say that Schine would be called as a witness ''in due course." Mundt ruled the questions were entirely proper under the committee's purpose of seeking light and truth on the charges and.counter- | charges in the case. Jenkins' questioning progressed through a buildup of laughter from the jampacked committee room. His early questions brought titters which exploded into loud laughter when he asked: "Mr. Stevens, did you know that Schine had a company commander at Ft. Dix named Lt. Miller and that he put his arm around his shoulder and drew this officer to one side and told him he had been sent there to modernize the American Army and streamline it along modern lines." Had No Reports Stevens said he had heard some reports to that effect. Jenkins also asked whether Stevens had heard that Schine did See MCCARTHY on Page 7 Estimated 800 Get Salk Shots Entire County-Wide Operation Goes Off Without Difficulty An estimated 800 Mississippi County school children received the Salk polio vaccine yesterday in the first of a three-shot inoculation program which may help make medical history. The next stage of the inoculations will be administered Tuesday, May 4. and the third and final shots will be given June 1. An accurate count of the number of children taking the shots is not possible because there was no tabulation of the number of children in each individual group as they were processed, officials said this morning. However, an accurate tabulation will be made next Tuesday. Here is the estimated number of children vaccinated according to the amount of vaccine used: Wilson, 184; Osceola,155; Blytheville, 360; Leachville, 47; Manila, 49. Reactions to the inoculations were "at a very minimum" officials said, with only few children becoming nervous from the excitement of taking a shot. Ben Tankersley, representative of the National Foundation of In- f.,ntile Paralysis, made a tour of all the field offices in Mississippi County and reported the inoculations running smoothly everywhere. Doctors administering the shots at the Blytheville office yesterday worked on two-hour shifts. At several times during the day the workers found themselves running ahead of schedule. Blueprint of Future For Mlssco Farms: Peak Meckamzation Large, highly-mechanized farming operations form the blueprint of the future for Mississippi County if figures covering the 1954-1950 period are any indication. Figures released by the U. S. Department, of Commerce's Bureau of the Census show the number of small farmers to be shrinking. The report also tells that Mississippi County: 1. Ranks third in cotton production among counties of the United States; and 2. Ranks tenth in soybean production. Both rankings are for the year 1949 and show that while the county slipped in its domination as the "World's Largest Cotton- Producing County" it has more than made up for it in advancing among the counties of the nation in bean production. A comparison shows the county was first in cotton production in 1945 while it was 23rd in bean production in 1944. But the statistic which points its finger at mechanization on the county's farm is one in which deals with mules. * * * IN 1945. Mississippi County was the leading county of all the United States in the value of mules and mule colts on farms. By 1950, it had fallen to No. 76. Meanwhile, the number of mules was falling from 12.311 to 4,675. These figures are indicative of the fact that the county's farmers have been alert to new devolpments in mechanization and have been quick to take advantage of them. Russia Asks French, Vietminh Conference A good comparison is neigh- bonne Criuenden County which, in 1945, was seventh in the nation in the value of mules. By 1950. Criuenden had slipped only as far as 21st position, Meanwhile, the report relates. all forms of on-the-fnrm machinery have been on the ascent. Tractors, tor instance, have pone from 2,200 in 1945 to 4.862 in 1950, Trucks increased from 1.300 to nearly ].900 and while no figures on the number of combines were given for 1945 or earlier, some 1,026 were count- j ed on 791 of the county's farms <v 1950. • • • EXPANSION of farming operations i.s reflected in the number of farmers and a decreasing number of farms. Farms are getting larger, and fewer and fewer persons are farming them. This point is quickly told by the special report on Mississippi County. In listing farms, the report shows only those of above 100 acres have been on the increase. Between 1949 and 1950, the number of farms below the 100 acres was very nearly sliced in half. Only category which showed only a slight loss was in the "under-ten-acre" group. Obviously the number of big farms was on the increase. The 260 to 499-acre farm group increased from 128 in 1945 to 196 in See FARM on Page 7 City Purchases New Blacktop Spreader Blytheville's city administration has made a move which ,it hopes will reduce street maintenance and at the same time lead to better residential streets. Crippled Child Clinic Tomorrow First Christian Church Is Scene of Quarterly Examinations Here * Mayor E. R. Jackson today announced purchase of a black top i distributor which was bought by the i city Purchase Committee for about $4.500. This means, the mayor pointed out, that citizens can get their streets blacktopped for only the cost of materials. What this cost will be is not known. However, the mayor said it looks as if it will run about $2 r a foot. He was quick to point out j that this is only an estimate, how- Approximately 60 of Mississippi i ever, and that no definite material County's crippled children are to j cost has been set. be on hand for the quarterly crip- j Qn this basis, a person owning a join with his i street and black top the street between their lots for The clinic, conducted by the de-; 550 each. Topic Would Be Evacuation of FrenchWounded GENEVA (.41 — Red China's Foreign Minister Chou En-lai demanded today that all foreign military bases in Asia he abolished and that all foreign troops be withdrawn. GENEVA (AP) — Russia proposed today an immediate meeting of representatives of French Union forces and the Communist-led Vietminh to discuss evacuation of wounded from Dien Bien Phu, the besieged French stronghold in northwest Indochina. It also suggested that leaders of the Vietminh, who have fought the French for more than seven years, be invited to participate in the Geneva debate on peace In Indochina — along with representatives of the United States, Russia, Red China and the three Associated States of Indochina — Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. With the exception of the Vietminh, the French have proposed the same list. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov advanced the proposal at a private meeting with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault. their second in as many days at the Geneva confercce. Bidault had asked that the evacuation of "hundreds and hundreds" of wounded from Dien Bien Phu be agreed before deciding on the nations which will participate in talks here on peace in Indochina. The wounded are under treatment in dugout shelters of the Indochina fortress. Vietminh guns block French planes from landing there. The rebels have denied a request from the garrison commander, Brig. Gen, Christian de Castries, unit personnel here, is to "begin at' distributor, the Purchase Committee 1 also bought, a ton and a half used truck oh which the distributor will be mounted. The committee also purchased a used pickup truck to carry out the city's DDT spraying program. The committee purchased 8 a.m. Dr. John Chirstian will be ortho- j pedist. A pediatrician also will be j assigned by the Little Rock Office j of Department of Public Welfare, j Assisting with the clinic will be j Mrs. D. L. Webster and Mrs. R- j H. Arensmeier, both of the Rebekah j Lodge; Mrs. Laura Owens, Mrs.! Harold Sudbury, Mrs. Mabel Liins-1 ford, Mrs. Lucy B. Miller and [ Miss Georgia Poe. ! Ladies of the First Christian Church, under the direction of Mrs. ; Eric Whitley, will prepare lunch for; the children and Holt Funeral; home will provide transportation where needed. Local Department of Public Wei-1 fare personnel also will be on hand to assist with the clinic. French Treaty Grants Viet Nam Independence PARIS (IP)— A joint declaration designed to establish the independence of Viet Nam immediately was signed today by French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Deputy Premier Nguyen Trung Vinh, They signed in a brief ceremony at the Premiers office here. Negotiations for formal treaties granting Viet Nam independence and affirming her membership in the French Union have been under way in Paris since March 8. for a brief truce to permit evacuation of the wounded. Asks Meeting Molotov's proposal was announced at a Soviet news confer- the ence by Leonid Ilychev, Russian pickup from Horner-Wilson Motor I Foreign Office spokesman. Co. for $250 and obtained the larger truck from Sullivan-Nelson Chevrolet Co. for $:60. Sales Tax Issue Before U.S. C. of C. Berry Elected To Ark-Mo Board He said Molotov, sympathizing with the French view that evacuation of the wounded should be decided immediately, told Bidault that "to facilitate a solution, the representatives of interested sides should meet, even in Geneva if necessary." Ilychev did not say whether Bi| dault agreed. France has been re- WASHINGTON (fP)—\ battle over isisting. Communist efforts to bring the Vietminh to Geneva. The Soviet proposal came amid these other developments in Genon the Rebels May Attempt To 'Starve' French HANOI, Indochina (AP) — Vietminh rebels confined their assaults on battered Dien Bien Phu to artillery barrages again today amid mounting indications they may hold off further frontal assaults in "hopes of starving out the weary, French Union defenders. PeltinR 1 rains of the spring monsoon turned the narrowing mile- square northwest Indochina fortress into seas of red mud. bogging down movement of all mechanized arms. But the defenders continued to slug it out against the artillery of the Communist-led at- 5 Each File For Senate, Governor LITTLE ROCK (/P) — Orval E. Faubus, filed for governor in a surprise move shortly before the deadline today. He become the fifth man in the race, joining Gov. Francis Cherry, Gus McMillan of Sheridan, State Sen. Guy Jones and Myers also qualified this morning. Fabu.s was a key lieutenant in the administration of former Gov. Sid McMath. He served as McMath's highway director and executive secretary. Paul Chambers, 38-y a ear-old Helena business man, qualified today the fifth candidate for the Democratic nomination to the U. S, Senate. Chambers, a member of the National Democratic Committee, will run against Sen. John L. McClellan and former Gov. Sid McMath. Leonard Ellis of Little Rock, and William H. Prince of Conway. New candidates for the U. S. Senate,. U. S. House of Representatives and state attorney general filed for this summer's Democratic primaries yesterday. The ticket closes at noon today. Among those filing their party loyalty and anti-corrupt practices pledges was William Henry Price, a Conway attorney, as the fourth candidate in the U. S. Senate race. . Incumbent John L. McClellan. former Gov. Sid McMath and Leonard Ellis, a Little Rock businessman, previously filed. McClellan is seeking a third term. Norman Warnocx of Cam den made the campaign for the Fourth Congressional District post in the U. S. House a four-way race when he filed in opposition to incumbent Oren Harris. El Dorado; G. W. Lookadoo. Arkadelphia; and Robert Hollinger. Smackover. State Sen. Jim Johnson of Crossett filed against Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry, who is seeking a second term. Johnson had announced pre- tackers. The feeling the rebels might decide to sit out their siege of Dien Bien Phu was strengthened today by a Vietminh radio broadcast declaring the start of the monsoon would flood the French Union.' troops out to the hands of the oyex 1 whelming numbers of rebels surrounding them. The broadcast said Communist Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap had declared in an order of the day the French soon would be unable to stay in their rain-filled trenches. Giap was quoted: "When the French are obliged to leave their trenches .and dugouts—because they will be flooded —that is when victory will be ours." Face Cut-Off The fortress defenders under Brig. Gen. Christian de Castires also face the threat of slow strangulation by the ever-tightening grip of the Vietminh unless the French find some way to relieve the pressure, such as a thrust by outside columns hitting the surrounding besiegers from the rear. But the French continued to reinforce the fortress .defenses by parachute drop. Despite the rains, the French reported more men and supplies were parachuted into the tiny drop target. Although there were violent artillery duels between the opposing big guns, the French high command said there was no important today. Vietminh heavy mortars and 105mm. artillery pounded at all key French strongpoints. But the heaviest barrages were centered the fortress. The French, firing American- supplied 105mm. and 155mm. guns, blasted at rebel artillery emplacements and strings of antiaircraft batteries in the low-lying hills two to four miles distant from the fortress center. viously that he would make race. the endorsement of a general federal sales tax appeared to be shaping up for today's final business session of the annual meeting of the I eva and abroad bearing U. S. Chamber of Commerce. i Asian Parley: Some members, it was learned, Kendall Berry, Blytheville printer and businessman, was elected A Member of Arkansas-Missouri Power Companys Board of directors at the company's annual meeting d c stockholders here yesterday. Other directors re-elected were Charles Czeschin, Edmund S. Cum-, mings, August L. Griesedieck, Vance j basic Chamber program of achiev- oppose the businessmen's organization's present policy which holds that new taxes are not needed, now but recommends use of a retail or manufacturer's excise tax if a need arises for greater revenue. Their argument, one member disclosed amounts to an invitation to the government to levy new taxes and that this conflicts with the M. Thompson, Henry F. Trotter and Gus Walton. Mr. Beery replaces Guy Freeling of Little Rock, who recently resigned. At .a directors meeting immediately following the stockholders meeting: the following officers, all of Blytheville, were re-elected: Charles Czeschin, president; Chas. R. Newcomb, secretary; and treasurer; F. E. Atkinson, auditor and assistant secretary; E. R. Mason, assistant treasurer. Gus Walton, Little Rock, is vice- president of the utility, which has its home office here. Quarterly dividends of 28c per share on common stock, 37Vic on the 6 per cent preferred stock and 34-38c on the 5y 2 per cent preferred ing a balanced federal budget and cutting taxes. 1. Secretary of State Dulles rejected North Korea's proposal for unification elections, saying it was a scheme^ "designed to destroy the authority of the existing (Seoul) government and to replace -it by a Communist puppet regime." He called for general elections under United Nations supervision. 2. In Seoul, a spokesman for President Syngman Rhee's government termed the North Korean plan, advanced yesterday by Fo- See INDOCHINA on Page 7 First Methodist Church Here Schedules Dedication Service stock were declared by the board Nixon Asserts Policy WASHINGTON VP) - Vice President Nixon said today "the major aim of this administration's policy" _ is to avoid committing American the declaration of freedom of debt troops in Indochina or elsewhere, ?nd J. w. Ac'ams, cY"irm?n of U poMiblt. I *** bo*r4, will also report to Bis- Blytheville's First Methodist Church will formally dedicate its new sanctuary and remodelled building at the church's regular 10:50 a. m. services Sunday when Bishop Paul E. Martin, presiding bishop of the Arkansas-Louisiana area, will be on hand. Dedication services will mark the final payment in some $425,000 in construction by the church. This total includes the new sanctuary, parsonage, work on the old building and acquisition of adjoining property. . B. A. Lynch, who has headed the church's building fund finance committee for 12 years, will make hop Martin. Others due to participate in the program include the Rev. E. J. Holifield, superintendent of the Jonesboro district; the Rev. S. B. Wilford, now at Paragould and former pastor of the church here; and the Rev. J. Albert Gatlln, former district superintendent. There will be an informal reception Saturday night from 8 until 10 honoring Bishop and Mrs. Martin, former pastors and district superintendents. This affair is to be in the church's fellowship hall and all church mem- b*rs and their friends are invited. Mrs. B. A. Lynch and Mrs. J. W. Adams are co-chairrr.en of the entertainment, committee and Mrs. George Pyles !» to aacist. Rites Thursday For Mother Of Mrs. Adams DYERSBURG—Mrs. Jettie Johnson Drane, mother of Mrs. J. W. Adams of Blytheville, died at her i Henry Summers, home here last night after suffer- C. Wilks, 84. ing a heart attack. She was 75. Born of one of Dyer County's earliest families, Mrs. Drane had been an active member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her parents, George E. and Fannie Hurt Johnson, were among the pioneer residents of Dyersburg. Two Aldermen Elected at Caruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE, M 0 . — Cliff Smith and L. F. Dudley were chosen in a special city election yesterday to fill the unexpired terms of two aldermen who resigned their posts following the regular city election Apr. 6. 0. E. Monan, failing to unseat Mayor W. D. Byrd in the regular election, resigned his post as alderman of the third ward. Following his resignation. J. E. Stover relenquished his place as alderman of the fourth ward. Terms of both men would not expire until 1955. Mr. Smith was unopposed in his race for alderman of the third ward while Mr. Dudley had three competitors. Ballots in the fourth Ward ran as follows: Dudley, 217; John Chelton, 151; 39; and Robert Funeral services are to be conducted at 2:30 tomorrow at Curry's Funeral Home here by the Rev. E. C. Cross, Cumberland Presbyterian Bagley, pastor of Blytheville's First Methodist Church. Interment will be in Fail-view Cemetery, Dyersburg. Survivors, other than Mrs. Adams, include one sister, Mrs. E. W. Cothran of Lepanto, and two grandsons. Col. Clema to Be Transferred LITTLE ROCK if?) — Col. Joe A. Clema, Little Rock District engineer since last Aug. 10, is being transferred to the office of the Chief of Engineers at Washington, Clema said yesterday he expects to Jailed for Theft James Johnson, Negro, was fined $50 and costs and sentenced, m 10 days in jail in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of petit larceny in connection with taking May 15. Lt. Col. Ben Harvey Jr., now executive officer to Clema, will become acting district engineer. Weather some scrap iron. Billy Brothers forfeited bond on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Franchise Approved HAYTI, Mo.—Voters here approved a 10-year electric power franchise for Arkansas-Missour Power Co., of Blytheville by a 151-to-9l margin in a special election yesterday, ending: a move by the utility to obtain franchise in all towns in its ARKANSAS—Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and, local thunderstorms this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI—Mostly doudly tonight; increasing southerly winds $11.75 becoming 25-35 mph; Thursday cloudy with scattered thundershowers; warmer Thursday but turning cooler extreme west late Thursday. Maximum yesterday—8ft. Minimum this morning—70. Sunset today— 41 M. Sunrise tomorrow—5:12. Mean temperature (midway b*twtttt high and low—71. Precipitation IA* M hour to 7.HO a.m. today—Trac*. Precipitation Jan. 1 to This Date Lut Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum this mornlmg—41. Preclplttlida JtMUMUf 1 1* MJt

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