The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 13, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 13, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of WORTOTA8T ARKANSAS AND SODTMIAST KISHOCM VOL. I,—NO. 221 BlythevlUe Courier Blythevlll* Dally Newi Mississippi Vultey Ludtr BJyttwville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVB CBHTg Brinkley Girl Says She Saw Mother Killed Woman Bludgeoned to Death in Bed; 'Prowler' Sought BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — A strong possibility that the five-year old daughter of Brinkley socialite Sue Fuller saw her mother murdered loomed today. him that, "I saw the man hit mom- Police Chief Frank Henderson said the little girl, Mary Helen told Year's First Snow Falls In Arkansas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansas' . first noticeable snow of the winter fell in northwest Arkansas last night, but skies were expected to clear this afternoon and tonight throughout most of the state. The U. S. Weather Bureau at ittle Rocfc said the light snow flurries were the first for the state except for a few flakes which fell on the edge of the capital city about a month ago, unnoticed by most residents. The only measurable amount reported this morning was an inch of snow at Devil's Knob. Flurries also fell at Fayetteville, Clarksville, Yellville, Mammoth Spring and Castle Rock. Fayetteville recorded a 27-degree low temperature reading early this morning. Other early morning mercury readings in the slate were mostly in the 30's, including 31 degrees at Fort Smith, 32 at Gilbert 35 at Walnut Ridge, However, the chief said that he had not questioned the child closely, and he seemed to think there may be only a small chance that the little girl could recognize the killer. Mrs. Puller, 25-year-old wife of Brinkley's Buick dealer, Milton Fuller, was beaten to death With a stick of stove wood as she slept in her modest home shortly before dawn yesterday. Awakened by Thud Her husband told police that he found his dying wife when he was awakened by the thud when she fell from her bed. Fuller was asleep on a couch in the living room at the time, he sai£. Mary Helen and her 18-month-old sister Kathy, were in a bedroom adjoining their mothers. Fuller told police he got up at 4:30 a.m., went to his wife's bedroom and talked to her briefly before driving three blocks to an all night coffee shop where he purchased the morning newspapers and drank two cups of coffee. Fuller said he left the coffee shop, then drove to the police department where he spent about an hour chatting with the officers on night duty. Fuller said he then went home, read the papers, and dozed off on the couch. A barefooted prowler is the number one object for the police and Flippin. 35 at Walnut Ridge, search. Henderson indicated, how- 3fi at Htle Rock »nd Texavkaua. j eve,-,jh* ^makin^a^ inten- 37 at Pine Bluff, rado. Cloudy skies and general ram yesterday kept the temperature down in most of Arkansas in the 40's. Forecast for this afternoon nd tonight is tearing skies and colder weather, with peratures tomorrow. rising tern- and 39 at El Do-1 sive search for the elusive intruder, they still are checking other possibilities. Robbery Motive "There is only one man in town who I know didn't kill Mrs. Fuller," said the chief, "and that's me." Henderson said all officers working on the case have become convinced that robbery was s the motive for the slaying. Mrs. Fuller's purse was stolen by her killer, and thrown into a tree a short distance from the home. The purse, a stick of stove wood —the apparent murder weapon— and a blood-stained shirt were sent to Little Kock today for examination by the state medical examiner and state police. The shirt was taken, said Chief Henderson, from one of "six or .seven" men jailed in a general police roundup .shortly after the murder wa.s reported. Henderson said the owner of the .shirt told him the garment was stained when he suffered A nose bleed Friday. Tho stains will be checked against a sample of the victim's blood. A posse of almost 100 officers, which sifted through this area until past dark last night gave up their search this morning the barefooted prowler. Man Seen Th-a hunt was set off after three newspaper carrier boys told police they saw the man near the Fuller home about the time Mrs. Fuller was believed to have been killed. Meanwhile, the parents of Mrs. Cape authorities information: FuIIer( pre p are d to take her body concerning the stolen merchandise bnck to heJ . native Mississippi for Three Negroes Held in Theft Caruthersville Junk Yard Reports Loss CARUTHERSVILLE — Three Negroes were arrested over the weekend in connection with the stealing of copper wire and a radiator from Eugene McCoy's junk yard at Adams Avenue and f2th Street here Thursday night. The trio is Arthur Lee Grant, about 20, of Hayti; Euless Bobbin- son in his early twenties, of Blytheville, and Johnny Weaver, 17, of East St. Louis. Cape Girardeau city police phoned the Pemiscot County Sheriffs office around 11:00 a. m. Friday { and told them that they had ap-jfor prehended Grant and Robbinson for possessions the merchandise. Chief Deputy Sheriff Clyde Orton said Cape authorities told him they captured the two Negroes at a junk yard there. The local Sheriffs oifice had giv earlier. Deputy Sheriff Albert "Spud" Walker and city policeman Euless Stnnfield went to Cape Girardeau that afternoon and brought Grant and Robbinson back with them. -Johnny Weaver surrendered to Hayti policeman Raymond Ings around 10:00 p. m. Saturday. Chief Deputy Ovton went to Hayti and re nr t on d ,Hte e d "tha'l aTthree have *»'«• 'ound his weapon, and bare- m °d°taeme d ntf and that accord! | foot mud tracks were found on the tag to their statements Robbinson kitchen floo had nothing to do with the robbery burial. The victim's mother, Mrs. Everett Kubbard of Eupora, Miss,, said funeral services have been set tentatively for tomorrow. They planned to leave Brinkley this afternoon. Bare footprints were found in the back yard near a barbecue pit woodpile, where it is believed the and did not know the merchandise was stolen. Grant made a S500 security bond, but the other two are being held in County Jail. Preliminary hearings will be held Thursday in Magistrate Court here. Stubtown Man Is Held in Theft Of Automobile CARUTHERSVILLE — J a m e s Washington, 32-year-old Negro of Stubtown, Is being held in the Pemiscot County jail here today on & charge of car theft. Hayti City Police received a phone call from Joe Rice at 11:30 a.m. Sunday stating that his 1935 Chevrolet had been stolen. Raymond Ings, Hayti policeman, followed the stolen car to Stubtown, while Pemiscot County Deputy Sheriff Albert "Spud" Walker and Cnruthersville policeman Euless Stanfield starlel from Caruthersville to meet the stolen automobile at Stubtawn. Washington, who wll be brought before Magistrate Court Thursday morning for preliminary examination, tried to borrow the c&r before allegedly (tailing It, officers said. Henderson said. The Fuller family physician. Dr. W. L. Walker, reported Mrs. Fuller had not been raped, but he said there was a chance rape had been See SLAYING 'on Page 5 Traffic Troublespots-V HIGHWAY 18 BRIDGE — Tills bridge, just outside the City Limits on Highway 18 west of Blytheville, is one of many narrow bridges which dot Eastern Arkansas road's. Its location on a curve makes it even more treacherous. Note how much of bridge will be occupied by bus. Passing on bridge is practically prohibitive. It will be remedied once Highway Department makes decision on new approach to city. (Courier. News Photo) The photo is one in a series pointing out just a few of the area's traffic danger points pre- patory to nation-Wide Safe Driving Day Wednesday. President Eisenhower has called for an all-out effort on the part of motorists Wednesday to materially reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths re- sulting from automobilee. Today, Mayor E- R. Jackson proclaimed Wednesday to be Safe Driving Day in Blytheville and urged residents to do their part in holding down accidents. Chamber of Commerce, which is cooperating with Blytheville Junior Chamber and the city in day, plans a grlrn reminder of the results of carelessness. The Oddfellows Lodge, the Chamber reported, is handling arrangements for this special display. Junior Bar Section of Arkansas Bar Association has offered its cooperation in making Wednesday a Safe Driving Day. A. S. Harrison, a member of the section's traffic courts committee, stated today. Nation's Motorists Undertake Vast Safe Driving Test on Wednesday CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's mobile millions today headed for an extraordinary lest of their ability to drive and walk safely for 24 hours, The test comes Wednesday. It has been designated Safe Driving Day. Motorists and pedestrians in com- S-D Day. IL is sponsored by the munities across the country are being alerted by newspaper stories, radio broadcasts, modern Paul Reveres in sound trucks, parades, posters and handbills. President Eisenhower proclaimed President's Action Committee for Highway Safety . The purpose Is to reduce traffic accidents greatly to show that it can be done. The reduction has not been specified. The go; at Congress May Order D-Y Contract Cancelled ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Sen. Clinton P. Anderson said today lhat the new Congress may direct the Atomic Energy Commission to cancel the controversial Dixon-Yates power contract unless the agreement is "again very substantially modified." Sen. Anderson, scheduled to become chairman of the .Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, made the rediction in a letter to Ralph H. Demmler, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC Asked to Delay In the letter Anderson asked that Demmler urge the commission to withhold its approval of the proposed Dixon-Yates financing plan until the joint committee has a chance to take another look at the over-all contract . The contract was signed 3n November, subject to SEC approval of financing arrangements and the proposed sale of capital stock. Anderson said the modifications oi the original contract, embodied (be document signed a few weeks ago, were definite improvements. However, he urtjed the SEC to examine certai nother portions if the contract which he said have not been settled and which should be corrected before investors are permitted to put up any money. I believe, "Anderson said, "that if this contract is not again very substantially modified by the time Congress resumes on Jan. 5, there may shortly be introduced into the Congress a concurrent resolution insisting that the AEC avail itself o^ provisions of a letter which has been agreed upon by the AEC and the Mississippi Valley Generating Co." The letter provides that either party may terminate the agreement without cost If the SEC has not H pproved the financing arrangements by Feb. 15." Anderson said it is an SEC obligation "to see that 100 million dollars worth of bonds and other securities are not now floated on the market and . . . later a contention (made) thnt we should let this contract stand in order to protect these bond holders." Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Edjfe HumboMl J58-55; Play Manila Here Tomorrow Night . . . Allan Shanks Named to All-State Second Tears , . . Sports . . . .pages. 10 and 11. . . . Alabama Officers Seek Return of Slate Official Involved In Patterson Murder . . . page 8. . . . The Mississippi: An Old Landmark and Progress . , . Editorials . . . page 6... . . . "A Christmas Carol" . . . page 3... least, is a big slash and, at best, no accidents at all. The committee ha.s let ench community innke its own how-to-do-it arrangements. Some seem to be doing very little. Others are making a major event of There never lias been anything quite like H. Chnllciiffcs Many cities have challenged other cities lo S-D Day con tests. Thousands of bumper strips and stickers have been distributed. Plans have been made to rtny church bells, voice "Be careful" pleas through loud-speakers—even to pause and prny. An Associated Press s u r v e y shows what ninny communities have done and plan to do. Washington ,D. C., put on a parade of wrecked cars and caskets, each representing a 1054 traffic fatality In the District of Columbia. Cars equipped with amplifiers are touring the Seattle area, spreading the safety gospel. Traffic officials in San Diego, Calif., circulated 100,000 safe driving pledges nnci arranged a parade of crush-crumpled autos for today. School kids brought home safety letters in Providence. R. I., Literature is being distributed through schools in Kansas. Truck and bus stickers and 10,000 arm bands have been Issued in Miami, Fin. Reminders in paster, bumper strip or leaflet form have been passed out in Madison, Wis., Rochester, N. Y. ,and Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke. Va. New Mexico and Arizona will have a special low-strite-wias showdown. Strong 1 Rivalry Rivalry of the sort associated with football ha.s sprung up among cities. Knoxville. Tenn., challenged Chattanooga, Tenn., to an S-D Day contest. Seattle challenged Portland, Ore. Tampa, Fla., challenged Miami, Jacksonville and St. Petersburg.. Mayor Fred Hervey of El Paso, See SAFETY on Page 5 Dr. Sam Denies Writing Wife of Divorce CLEVELAND (AP) — Dr. Samuel Sheppard calmly denied under a pounding cross- examination today that he wrote a letter to his wife in 1950 regarding divorce. He said the letter simply informed her that he had taken a girl to a dance. The cross-examination began early in the opening session of the ninth week of Sheppard's trial. The state accuses him of beating his wife Marilyn, to death last July 4. Date for Dance As he closed the direct examination, Sheppnrd's lawyer William J. Corrigan asked him dramatically; "Doctor, In your lifetime, have you ever committed any sins?" Sheppard hesitated & moment and then said: "Yes, sir, I have succumbed to human frailltles." Opening the cross questioning, State's Atty. John J. Mahon went swiftly to the events of 1950 when Sheppard was finishing his internship at a Los Angeles hospital. His wife was in Cleveland at the time, Sheppard said. Tho accused man admitted he wrote a letter to her at that time. He said he discussed It with a classmate, Dr. Lester Hoversten. Misunderstood "And he advised you not to send the letter, didn't he?" Manon asked. "That's my impression," Sheppard replied. "The reason he advised you was because It was mentioned in that letter about divorce?" "No, sir. that's not Correct." Sheppnrd said Hoversten had a dale to a hospital dance but wa.s unable to keep It. Sheppard said he took the girl to the dance him. Later, about he told his self. wife that Hoversten . advised him not to send the letter. he said, this letter and "Dr. Hoversten said Marilyn might get some wild ideas," Sheppard testified. "I said I'd rather have her hear about it from me than someone else." Matron then brought out the fact that Sheppard had talked with his father by telephone shortly afterwards. "Did you talk with your father about divorce?" he asked. Sheppard said that was not true. Doctor Upset "He didn't want me to bring Dr. Hoversten back to Cleveland with me," Sheppard said. "Dr. Hoversten was quite upset about it. "T said Marilyn and my father possibly didn't understand the Innocence of the situation. Dr. Hoversten wasn't astray." trying to lead me In 1D52, Hoversten did Join Ihe staff In Bay View Hospital operated by the Sheppard family. For a time he lived In the home ol the accused man. Prior to cross exnminntSon, Corrigan brought from Sheppard two points that may bear on police Investigation of the case. They were: 1. The fact that the wrist band on the watch Shoppard was wear- Ing on the night of his wife's murder, Is now broken. The defense attorney asked if it was broken when Sheppard last wore It and whether he knew how the wrist band had been so damaged. Sheppard replied to both questions that he did not. 2. That a T-shirt found on the beach some distance from nis home could have been his. Friends have testified the doctor wa.s wearing a T-shirt when they last saw him and his wife, Marilyn, together some hours before she wa.s killed. In the morning, however, Sheppard wns bare from the waist up and said he docs not remember what became of the T- shirt or anything about It. Ike, Republican Solons Talk on Foreign Policy *¥*¥ **** Meeting Takes Unexpected Turn WASHINGTON (AP) — A meeting of President Eisenhower and Republican congressional leaders look an unexpected turn today with a 45-minute discussion of foreign affairs. The President called the GOP leaders "to the White House to outline the administration's 1955 legislative proposals. Eisenhower had indicated in advance — though he did not say so specifically — the meeting would deal with domestic issues. In announcing pluns for the* • meeting nt his news conference UN Leaders Await RedChina's Answer Wednesday, the President also disclosed Democratic leaders who will be in charge of the new Congress will Join Republicans at a conference tomorrow to discuss foreign policy. The chief executive pledged aftei the November elections, which gave the Democrats control there svould be bipartisan consultation international affairs. At that time the President also ild he intended to confer with the Democrats on domestic Issues, Since then the White lias placed less emphasis on Hint phase of the program. Dulles Spoke, An hour and a half after the start of today's meeting with the Republican leaders. Secretary of State Dulles left the White House and told newsmen he had just spent 45 minutes briefing the GOP chiefs on foreign affairs. He declined to provide, any details. In response to questions, Dulles said Secretary of Defense Wilson took over as the speaker when he left. Republican Senate endcr Knowland with of California, who has spill the administration on some foreign policy questions, said In advance of today's meeting he expected Its scope would he limited mainly to domestic Issues. Knowland snld also the legislative proposals put forward by the President may determine whether the OOP wins or loses In 1050. El.senhower was expected to repeat some of the rejected or nevor- acted-on proposals he made to the OOP-dominated 83rd Congress. Rep. Boiling (D-Mo) said yesterday he expects the Democratic controlled Congress to move toward revising the administration's 105 4lax revision program so as "to aprcnd the benefits of tax relief to a much broader mass of people." nut Rep. Keating (R-NYi. debuting with'Boiling on an NBC television program, said be thinks Hit! Democrats will wait to move on taxes until 1058, "which Is an election year." DmlRC- Named The two House members agreed that there is likely to be little general disagreement on foreign policy. Sen. Sparkman (D-Alal said in an Interview yesterday he thinks Eisenhower will get nearly solid Democratic backing for Ills present foreign policy course. Hpnrk- man said that alter a had start, tile President and Secretary of State Dulles have "regained the initiative," and he added: "If they continue lhat, Ihey will find the Democrats In Congress willing to shoulder their fair share of the burden." Sparkman predicted, however, that the President will confront strong Democratic opposition over power, tax. farm and some oilier Issues. The newly elected Democratic national chairman, Paul M. Butler, repeated on a CHS TV show yesterday his assertion that Eisenhower has demonstrated »n Incapacity to lead the nation. He said there has been more evidence of "lack of unanimity or policy" by the administration In the past 22 months than at any other time In recent U.S. history. I.lttlc Disagreement Over the weekend, the President acted to pull together the administration's foreign economic program under the direction ol Joseph M. Dodge, Detroit banket and former budget director. Naming Dodge as a special presidential assistant, Elsenhower directed him to Integrate the foreign economic program with national security and domestic eco- Sec IKK on Pane 5 Mrs. Martin Dies at Her Home in Steele Mrs. C. D. Martin, prominent Steclc. Mo., landowner was found dead at lier home In SUcle this morning. Relatives said she apparently died while sleeping during the night. Mrs. Martin, who held extensive forming Interest* In Southeast Missouri, had made her home In Steele for the past 15 or 20 years. She was preceded In death by her husband in 1943. Mrs. Martin was active in both civic anci church affairs and was well known throughout the area. Funeral arrnnscments were Incomplete at noon today but burial will be in the family plot at Lincoln, ill. She IK survived by a niece, Mrs. B B. Goodman of Steele, and a nephew, Crawford Ollllam. German Funeral Home of Steele it In charge of arrangements. UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammerskjokl and his aides settled down today to spell of watchful waiting for an answer from Red China on Hammarskjold's proposed free-the-fliers trip to Peiping. There wa.s no comment immediately from U. N. officials on H radio broadcast early today asserting that the United Nn- tlons "ha.s no rlKht to interfere with China's sentencing of the Westbrook Rites Are Set For Tomorrow Mrs. Luclnda Wostbrook, well- known pioneer resident of Blytheville, died this, morning nt Chlcka- sawbu Hospital following n four- dny illness. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church by the Rev. Jnincs Rainwater, assisted by the Rev. .lames Stevens. Burial will be In Maple Drove Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in will be deacons and • elders of thr; 'C h r i fi t t a n ^ Church. Mrs. W c s t- brook, who was 115, came to Blytheville In 1000 nnd was the only living c barter member of First Christian Church taking active Interest in church Mrs. Westbrook affair. 1 ;. She wns u member of Lhu United Daughters of the Confederacy and ol tho Maple Grove Cemetery Afl- Uorn nt Reedcrvlllc, Tcnn., she was the widow of Ira Oncal WcsL- brook. Survivors Include three sons, Ira Onunl Wcstbrook, Jr., of San An- Kelo, Tex., Wllklus H, Westbrnok of Los Angeles, Calif., Luwrena Oneal Wnstbrook of Birmingham Ala.; two daughters, Mrs. Dun C. Fletcher of Joiner, Mrs. R, L. pod- mon of filylhevlllc; a sister, Mrs M. Fitfjilrmnrms of Blytheville; two brothers, Skinny Caldwell of Memphis, Talbert L. Brandon of Halls, Tcnn.; nine grandchildren nnd four great-grandchildren. American spies." The broadcast, monitored in Tokyo, marie no direct reference to Hnmmnrskjold's cable to Premier Chou En-lai Friday night proposing that they meet in Peiping soon after Dec. 26 to discuss the case of the fliers and nil other U. N. personnel still held captive. The radio blast repented Peip- Ing's previous charges, which th« Soviet Union had nired in the U. N. Assembly, that the Jnlled Americans had "sneaked into China by nlr to carry out espionage" and thnt "it is China's . . . sovereign right of punishing spies." Entitled to Release The U. N, Assembly has approved the U, S. contention that the fliers were prisoners of war entitled to release under the Korean armistice. Regarding Peiplng's failure so far to reply to Hnmmarskjold's cable, a U. N .spokesman, said last night Hint the secretnry general would not bo disnppolnted if several days elapsed before a formal answer onme. "The nn.swer may come directly, It may come roundabout," the spokesman said. He added that it was too soon to think about setting a deadline for n reply. Some diplomats in Washington thought the Chinese would ngrce to the trip. State Department officials indicated they were keep- In^ hands off, with full confidence in the the U. N. secretary general wns Inking. Court Hears Weapons Case Throe bonds were forfeited and one fine asses-sitd in Municipal Court this morning on two traffic- violations, charges of carrying a concealed weapon and petit larceny. Charles Jones forfeited $61.75 umul on a chnrife of driving while Intoxicated and Richard H. Kcllen forfeited a $19.75 bond on a charge of speeding. Aubrey Wrlcht was fined $25 and sentenced to one day In Jail on a charge of petit larceny. Puzzled Local Man Victim i Of Robber's License Switch Eugene Roblson, 21-year-old former Burdette High School footballer, «wys he's been accused of a lot of tilings but being suspected of bank robbery is just about the limit. Eugene, an employee of Blytheville Fertilizer Corp., said he was questioned nt length Saturday before he convinced Sheriff William Berrymun that he had nothing to do with robbing the Heber Springs, Ark., bank R couple of weeks ago. But for awhile, though, things looked a little bad for Eugene. It all happened this way; Eugene's father, Ancil Robison of New Liberty, was deer hunt- ini< near Heber Springs last month and, unknown to him, someone switched automobile license plates with him. The first Mr. Robison or Eugene knew ot this was Saturday when Eugene was questioned by Sheriff Bnrryinan about the robbery. They were told then that the license plate issued to Mr. Robison was found on a car believed to have been abandoned by the man who robbed the Heber Springs bank of approximately $5,000. And, to top It all off, the description of the robber furnished police by witnesses Is very similar to that of Eugene. 250 Quarts Milk Donated to GoodfeHow Christmas Baskets The Goodfellows Christmas basket fund received a tremendous boost today when Harry Bognn Distributing Co., offered it 250 quarts of milk. E. A. Rice, American Legion's chairman of the event, reported the donation of the milk this morning. Several checVs also have been turned over to the fund following Saturday's appeal for aid. Mr. Rice, who has been active in the distribution of Christmas baskets for the needy for several years, reports a near peak In applications for the parcels of food. Contributions of food and money fire being received by Floyd White and Sons Shoes and In the Courier News office. Weather ARKANSAS — Clearing this afternoon and tonight. Colder with lowest 20-30 tonight. Tuesday fair and warmer, MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday; warmer west and north tonight and over state Tuesday; low tonight 306 southeast to 36-30 northwest. Minimum Sunday—40. Mnxlmum Saturday—54. Minimum this morning—32. Maximum yesterday—45. Sunn** tomorrow—fi:59. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—39. PrcclptlaUon last 4fl hours to 7 a.m. 1.84. Precipitation Jan. 1 to thtrf dat« — 32.34, This Dale Last Year Maximum yesterday—55. Minimum this morning—3i. Precipitation J»nu»ry 1 to <4*W — 41.73.

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