The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 30, 1954 · Page 14
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April 30, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 14

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XTRtt TO, Mississippi's Plan For Equalization Faces Shaky Future By SAM JOHNSON JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's program to equalize Negro and white schools faced a legal but shaky future today, with the U. S. Supreme Court holding the trump cards. Hie legislature put the final reluctant touches to the program yesterday, still fearing the high court may abolish segregation. I& the same breath, the Legislature set up a committee of "who's who" in Mississippi government to find ways to dodge any decision outlawing segregation. Segregation in public schools will be maintained, the Legislature insisted, whatever the Supreme Court rules on five segregation cases before it. The House months ago resolved to resist co-mingling of races by "every lawful means" in this state, where whites have only a slim numerical advantage over Negroes. Fear of the pending Supreme Court decision influenced six months of leg'islative work and forced equalization advocates to settle for a compromise one-year trial run at a .reduced cost of 34 miliiou dollars. The original program was estimated to cost 43 NYC Rail Strike Called in East For Monday NEW YORK (VPH-A union spokesman says only action by the U. S. mediation board will halt a strike •et for 8 a.m., EST, Monday mgainit the New York Central Railroad east of Buffalo. " The independent Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen last night called for a walkout or 6.000 trainmen and yard workers affecting freight and passenger service on all the Central's divisions Tietween Buffalo and New York City. James Anderson, union vjce'pres- adeni;, said Central benches to Weehaivken, F. J,, end Williamsport and Clearlieid, Pa., also \vill bt affected. Anderson said the strips call involves questions of seniority and application of rules, but not wages. The union official complained of what he termed the general attitude of the railroad "in not complying w|th the contract and mediation agreement of Nov. 30, 1949, with respect to intercivison runs." The union charges 22 violations of the agreements. A company spokesman commented early today that "mediation' processes would, of course, Have to be exhausted before there accually conld be a strike." Anderson said the strike would not take place if the U. S. mediation board stepped iu and set a definite date for mediation to begin. million a year. The state's normal school budget would be 25 million. Protection bought Many legislators feared segregation would be outlawed and argued the Legislature should lake steps to protect Mississippi's traditional system. Strongly suggested was abolishing public schools and setting up private, segregated schools with the state paying tuition fees, similar to the South Carolina and Georgia plans. Whatever the decision, legislators will return for a special session within one year. If segregation is upheld under the "separate but equal" doctrine, the Legislature will consider extending the program and pushing it up to original plans. If the court outlaws Segregation, the session will seek ways to sidestep the decision. The weakened school program will equalize teachers' salaries be*- tween the races and make a start on equalizing transportation. Equalizing school buildings and facilities must wait for the special session to finance the second year of the program at full scale. j When the Legislature adjourns May 6, the "Who's Who" commit- jtee will begin delving into laws j to find ways to escape an antiseg- regation ruling. Gov. Hugh White will head the committee. DickensonCase Goes to Court Jury foe/ay WASHINGTON UP)—After closing arguments today, Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson's case goes to a court- martial jury of eight high-ranking Army officers charged with determining whether he collaborated with the Communist enemy in Korea. Dickenson. 23, from Cracker's Neck, Va., faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if found guilty. He is the first man to be tried under a new military code pro- t vision which makes it a crime jto supply the enemy with informa- ' tion that leads to mistreatment of fellow prisoners of war. He was held in a Chinese Communist POW camp in North Korea for 2 J /i years. One of 23 who at first refused repatriation, he and one other later returned to U.S. control. Dickenson did not take the stand in his own defense. Informed yesterday that he had a choice, the short round-faced soldier rose and said: "I choose to remain silent." During the nine days of testimony, 26 ex-POWs gave varying accounts of pro-Communist activities they attributed to Dickenson while he was held captive. Only one of the 26. Cpl. Thomas A. Carrick of Blacksburg, Va., reported personally overhearing Dickenson in the act of informing. A week later, Carrick returned to the stand to say he was so confused he couldn't be sure whether his account had been accurate. James Roosevelt Case Slated For Hearing Today PASADENA, Calif. (JP)— Whether James Roosevelt can amend his separate maintenance suit to one for. divorce was the key question in a Superior Court hearing today. Also up ioi 4 decision, his motion to strike irom the record liis sensational infidelities letter dated Feb. 27, 1943, In which he names nine women with whom— according to the letter— -he w?.s intimate. I*«t Jan. 13 Roosevelt, wno is running for Congress, filed suit tor separate maintenance, charging ex- I treme cruelty. Nine days later his estranged wife Bomelle filed a separate maintenance suit, alleging cruelty and adultery. She namd three co-respondents. 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