The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 14, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 14, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 222 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Salesman Questioned In Murder Man Picked Up At Morrilfon In Fuller Case BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — A magazine salesman who lefl Brinkley in the afternoon of the day that Sue Fuller was beaten to death was picked up today for questioning in the slaying. Brinkley Police Chief Frank Hen derson said the man also had turn ed In a shirt bearing stains which resembled blood to a dry clearner here. The salesman was arrested by state police at Morrilton, 160 miles northwest of this east Arkansas city. The arresting officers reported to Chief Henderson that they found some blood-stained men's underwear In the trunk of the man's car. The chief said the salesman would be brought back to Brinkley today for questioning. Mrs. Fuller, 25-year-old mother of two children, .was clubbed fatally with a stick of stove wood as she slept at her modest home early Sunday morning. Tip Starts Search Police believe the killing was committed by a prowler who may have been barefooted. A tip from a farm woman sent off a search of a rural area four miles east of here early today. The woman said sl.e saw a tall man wearing a dark overcoat walk out of the barn on her farm this morning. Officers, using an airplane and walkie-talkie radios, had found no trace of the man after an hour- and-a-half search. Chief Henderson said today that police are working on the theory that the killer may have been familiar with the habits of Mrs. Fuller's husband, auto dealer Milton Fuller. Chief Henderson said that her husband, Milton Puller, 31, long had made a custom of arising early and driving t oa downtown hotel coffee shop for coffee and the morning newspapers. He added that Puller's habit was well-known in this city of 4,0011' people. Early Sunday morning, Fuller an auto dealer, told police that he made his usual trip to the coffee shop about 4:30 a.m. He said he returned home after driving by his place of business and then stopping by the police station for a chat with officers on night duty. Not Committed After reading the newspapers, he said he dropped off to sleep on a couch in the living room. Fullei said he was awakened by a noise in his wife's bedroom and ran in to find her dying on the floor. In discussing his theory that the killer knew the habits of Fuller, chief Henderson emphasised that he was not committed to the idea and said that it was entirely pos- See SLAYING on Page 7 Burglars Hit Caruthersville CARUTHERSVILLE—The Pemiscot County Sheriff's office reported late yesterday that two burglaries occured here early Monday morning. The Midwest Dairy Company was broken into at approximately 2'.00 a. ni. Monday by an unknown person or persons. Nothing was reported stolen. At about the same time, C. W. Bennett's Royal Crown Cola bottling plant was entered. Mr. Bennett stated that $227 in cash had been taken. No arrests have been made, but an investigation is being conducted by Caruthersville city police. 'VOICE' WINNER — Danny Cobb, Blytheville High School senior, accepts a JI5 check for first-place in the Junior Chamber of Commerce Voice of America contest. Making the award is Bill Steinsiek of the Jaycees. Danny's winning effort will be tape-recorded and forwarded to Little Rock for statewide competition. Leroy Hall and Martha Anne Foster finished In that order as runners-up. They got $10 and »5. (Courier Newi Photo) Red China May Try To Bargain with US WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States today ruled out any deal with Red China to swap 35 Chinese students In America for the 11 U. S. airmen imprisoned inside China, Slate Department Press Officers replied to questions about a Peiping: radio broadcast which carried a broad hint that IIeel China was trying to coax Hie United States into a deal. UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Diplomats speculated today that Peiping's renewed protests over United States detention of 35 Chinese students might be a hint that Red China wants to use them as a base for bargaining on the release of 11 American airmen it holds on spy charges. Peiping: radio said last night the United States would he flouting international law if il held the 35 in retaliation for the jailing of the airmen. Linking of the two cases in the same broadcast led many U.N. Gilbert Smythe Ninth Air Force Meet Tomorrow The meeting between Ninth Air Force representatives and civic and business leaders of Blytheville, scheduled for the Chamber of Commerce today has been postponed until tomorrow, it was announced this morning. The meeting has been re-scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow in Municipal Court room at. City Hall. The meeting was postponed after bad weather in South Carolina delayed the flight of the Air Force representatives to Blytheville. Negro Killed In Freak Mishap OSCEOLA—James Woodard, Negro, about 35, was killed instantly at 10 o'clock this morning when a dump-truck load of coal fell on him at the Watson Coal Yard here. According to company officials, Woodard was under the dump truck when the truck suddenly released Its load. Woodard was buried under the coal. A broken neck Is believed to have been the cause of death. Company officials said they did not know why Woodard had gone under the truck after preparing the truck lo releue It* load. Smythe Is Named To Head Y Again Other Officers Elected And Seven New Board Members Revealed Gilbert L. Smythe yesterday was re-elected president of the Blythe- ille Y at the December meeting of the Y's Board of Directors. Other officers elected at .yesterday's meeting were Toler Buchannan, vice president; Mrs. Glenn Ladd, secretary, and Jack Owen, treasurer. The results of the recent election to pick seven members of the board of directors also were announced at yesterday's meeting. Elected to three-year board terms were Mrs. Walter Day, Oliver Richardson, Bill Williams, Harry C. Parr the Rev. Harold Eggensperger, Harvey Morris and William Wyatt. Two additional board members will be appointed by the Incoming president and the Blytheville Alliance will appoint one. Appointed board members will serve only one-year terms. deles-tites to wonder if Peiping was putting out feelers to see whether the United States would be willing to make some .sort of a trude. Some 4,500 Chinese students were in the United States when the Chinese Reds entered the Korean War. Of those who wanted to go home, 353 have since been released. But the State Department has not let the 35 leave the country because they hsid acquired skills in the United States that might' be useful to the Communists. U.N. Secretary General Dnfj HamiTuysfcjold was reported still hopeful the Chinese would accept ' his bid lo go to Peiping to plead for the fliers. Encouragement Felt U.N. oliiciaLs said Hammai'- skjold had derived encouragement I'rom the fact that Peiping radio s two blasts .against the airmen in the pnst two days had made no mention of his proposed visit or to the Assembly resolution denouncing their jailing by the Chinese. Persons close to Hammarskjold Mid he had not expected an imme- didate answer, believing instead that the Reds would ' ke some time to map their strategy on such a major issue. Hammarskjold was believed working through neutral Sweden and India—both have diplomatic missions in Peiping. Reports also persisted that, if these. avenues produced nothing, the secretary general call on Soviet Russia to use her influence. Some diplomats feel that Russia was more annoyed than pleased by Peiping's action in sentencing the airmen while the Kremlin was teaching coexistence. On the Special Political Committee yesterday, Russia brought charges thnt Nationalist China — with American connivance—committed piracy against 67 foreign merchant vessels along the Red Chinese coast. U.S. Delegate C.D. Jackson labeled the charge "another cold war item." Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chlckasaws Play Manila Here Tonlpht . . . One in a Crowd: All-State is for the Dirty Birds . . . LaSalle Ranked First in College Basketball Poll . , . Sport? , . . Pages 10 and 11 . . . . . . Griffith Hocked Everything He Had, Still Had to Sell Rights to "Birth of' a Nation"; Second of a Scries . . . Page 5 ... Dr.Sheppard Completes Testimony Accusations Stoutly Denied By Defendant CLEVELAND (AP) — The cross-examination of Dr. Samuel Sheppard ended today with an assertion by the state's attorney that he killed his wife and inflicted his injuries on himself. "That is absolutely untrue — and unfair," Sheppard replied. This was the only time in the long cross-examination that the accused man raised his voice. The state's attorney, John J. Mahon had asked Sheppard: "Now, those Injuries you received, doctor, didn't you receive those from jumping oil that plat- forrn onto the beach?" "No, sir." Sheppard answered. "I think that would be impassible." Gave Reasons As a brain surgeon he gave hi: reasons for tha, answer. He said there would have to be an injury on the top of the head as well. The top of his head was not injured, although he claimed to have a damage to the vertebra In his neck. "Isn't It a fact that you beat your wife that morning," Manor thundered, "and after you killed her you wished down those steps toward the beach and fell or jumped and injured yourself?" Sheppard delivered his emphatic denial. With that, Mahon said he wns finished. ' Just before asking whether Sheppard's injuries were self-inflicted, the state's attorney asked Sheppard if cold water is not more effective for removing blood stains than hot water. The suggestion appeared to bo, that the accused man ran down the steps after the murder and plunged into Lnke Eric to wash away blood from his clothing. Sheppard replied calmly: "I am certainly no authority. I never tried." It was the fourth consecutive day that the handsome young osteopath has been In the witness chair. The jrtate licenses him of clubbing his pregnant wife Marilyn lo death in their Bay Village home' during the early hours of last July 4. He asserts a bushy - haired prowler buttered his wife while he .slept in a downstairs room, and then injured him in two encounters the second on the narrow beach beside his home. 11 Hours Questioning Million's earlier questioning dealt See SHEPPARD on Pnjjc 7 It's Time for Fireworks Law To Take Its Annual Whipping Fatal Shooting CalledAccident Peach Orchard Lad Loses Life Hunfing CARUTHERSVILLE — Chief Deputy Sheriff Clyde Orton .said here lasl night that the fatal shooting of Charles Welch. 13-year-old Peach Orchard. Mo., boy apparently was accidental. Young Welch was fatally shot with a .22 caliber rifle Saturday morning by a playmate while the two boys were hunting near Peach Orchard, Mo., Orton quoted the boy as saying that he was aiminc his rifle at a bird and that young Welch stepped in front of him Just as he pulled the triB«er. The bullet struck the Welch yo-"h in the forehead. Following the shooting, the boy told officers, he returned to his home and told his brother of the accident. They returned lo the scene, picked up Welch and took him to the Presnell Hospital In Kennett where Welch died a short time later. Hospital officials notified Kennett authorities of the shootlnp and the Kennett authorities notified the sheriff's office here. Deputies Orton and Spud Walker investigated and returned with the boy to the scene where the shoot- i ing was reenacted. No charges will be filed officers said. Young Welch Is the son of Lester Welch of Peach Orchard. President Confers with Demo GOP Congressional Leaders Traffic Troublespots - VI FIRST AND CIIEHKV — This trnfflc trouble- spot was hand picked by Blytheville Chief of Police John Foster. Chief Foster snid this seemingly Innocuous intersection is the No, One producer of accidents in Blytheville. Cars arc tempted to hit comparatively high rate of speed In this resi- dentlal area. 'Oils Is last in a series of picture: preparatory to National Safe Driving Day tomorrow when drivers the nation over will make a concerted effort to hold down accidents. (Courier News rholo) Council to Get Code on Comics That's Prime Item On Agenda for Tonight's Session City Council will pet ita feet wet in the comic book crusade If all BOPS off according to schedule tonight. Elementary School Supervisor Winnie Virgil Turner is U> appear before the Council with a resolution outlawing side of all publications which heavily emphasize crime, sex and horror. She .has already drawn a promise from Deputy Prosecutor A. S. Htivvifion Ihfti he will enforce a 1947 Arkansas sULute which bans the snlc of lewd and obscene printed material. And suite Representative. Jimniir* Edwards has said he will olfer an iimcnriment Lo that law to make It Include the horror and crime publications. Council sits at B o'clock tonight- in Municipal Courtroom. There is a possibility that movie censorship might get back into the political limelight tonh'.ht. At the last meeting, Mayor E3. R. Jackson said ho .would contact members of the city's censorship committee to see if they would serve when called on. The oft-kicked around question of a western approach to the city ol Highway 18 also could rear it, 1 ; head tonight. Council doesn't want to «et the credit for locating a State of Arkansas highway, especially in view of the fact a proposed location would keep Langc School on UK- route. Thus, it is holding up action on cooperating with the state In obtaining right of way for the approach. At last meeting on Nov. 24, Mayor Jackson requested action be withheld until "the Highway Ue- partment gets this thing thrashed out." Cotton Farmers Vote Today on Controls WASHINGTON (AP) — Growers in 20 southern and western states vote today — probably favorably — on a federal proposal to extend rigid marketing quotas to cover the 1955 cotton crop. Approval by at least two-lhlrdii fnrmora voted 447,000 to M.ODO, or those voting IH required to inuko tl- control program effective. The Agriculture Department, acting under crop control IIIWK, has proposed thnt sales of upland cotton from next year's crop lie 94 per cent, In favor of the controls. Department officials are counting on a favorable vote tlila year or around 90 per cent. States in which polling 'plncos wen; established In local areas Included; Arkansas, Knnsns, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mississippi County farmers Vote Today Mississippi C o u n I y farmers joined with farmers frnm 20 ntli- i-r srmlhcrn and western stales today In u vote to decide whether or not they wiuit the Knvernmnnl to extend rlk'ld marketing quoins to diver the HISS cotton crop. Twenty-six polling places have been set up In the county with 13 In I he north end and 13 in the south end for the benefit of Hie formers. Polls are scheduled to close at f> p.m. limited to that grown on 18,113.- 20H acres to be apportioned amoiiK individual farmers. The proposed curbs on collon production and siile.s are rle.slnned to reduce producUon and thus permit tislntf up some of surplti. 1 ; accumulated under Kovermwnt price support programs from pa-st blK crops. The proposed 1H55 acreage compares with 21,311),000 ullotMl the 1954 crop under a similar proKram and with 24,341,000 acres planted in ]9.Vi, the year cotton farmers were free of restrictions. fn a referendum held a year UKO on quotas for (his year's crop * * t- Controls on 'Surplus' Acreage Discarded WASHINGTON (APJ — Secretary of Agriculture Reni son has relieved farmers of all controls next year except 1 those imposed by Congress and voted by farmers themselves. Not only is it a fire hazard to shoot fireworks in the city but it is also against the law, Fire Chief Roy Head warned today In calling attention to a city ordinance which is still in effect. The ordinance prohibits the shooting of firecrackers, sky rockets, roman candles or any type of fireworks within the city limits of Blytheville under a penalty of Unc up to $25, However, this is one city ordinance which has taken a merciless beating over the years. Blytheville citizens and police Have chosen to Ignore the law and fireworks In past years have been discharged freely and frequently during various holidays. "Selling, bartering or giving away" fireworks by any person or firm is also prohibited within the city limits under penalty of a similar fine, the ordinance reads. A recent amendment to the state regulation governing the sale of fireworks in the state of Arkansas states that no person or firm may offer for retail sale any fireworks before Dec. 10 or flfter Jan. 5. This would also restrict the sale of fi-eworks out- filde the city limits, Chief Head pointed out. Boy Scouts Help Goodfellow Fund Goodfellows Christmas basket fund was aided • somewhat last night when one patrol of Boy Scout Troop 38( First Methodist Church) turned In canned goods which will so Into baskets for the needy. Contributions are being accepted at Courier News office and F A. White and Sons Shoes. The 250 quarts of milk donated to the effort is being made by Midwest Products Co., It wafi pointed out today. Harry Bogan, who manages both Bogan Distributing Co., and the local Midwest unit, stated it 1ft Midwest, not the distributing company, making the donation. Benson announced at a news conference yesterday that a measure he set up last .summer to control use of "surplus" acres in 1055 is being tossed into the discard. Under this, measure, a farmer would have been required to comply with all acreage planting allotments assigned his farm to be eligible for price support aid on any crop. Allotments will be made for cotton, wheat, corn, prriinut.s, major types of tobacco and rice. No Cross Compliance, This control was designed, for example, to prevent farmers from using land diverted from wheat to production of corn in excess of their corn allotments. But now a farmer may plant sis much corn as he likes and still be eligible for wheat supports. Another control measure Ben-son dropped would have prevented diversion of "surplus" land from allotment crops to potatoes and com merclal vegetables. The only controls remaining for 1055 Include: Marketing quotas, which farmers themselves must approve, for cotton, wheat, tobacco, and peanuts, and acreage al- lotipt'nls for nil these crops and corn. A Holm on us are re-quired liy law except In times of emergency. Benson said It may be necessary to propose marketing quotas for rice. Support Kates Cul .still in effect next year Is a congressional edict that farmers must comply with all acreage allotments to bo eligible for subsidies paid under soil conservation progrnms. subsidies »re small tn relation to total farm Income. But in a step to discourage "excessive" use of land diverted from allotment crops, Benson reduced price .support rates far next year's output of oats, rye, barley and grain sorghums. These grains — used mainly for livestock feed — will be supported at 70 per cent of parity compared with 85 per cent this year. U S Office In Greece Is Stoned ATHENS, Greece (/I'j-A band ot 4,000 students stoned American aid offices here today In protest analnst, U S. refusal to support Greek claims to the British Island of Cyprus. Windows were smashed. Police clubs and fire hoses finally dispersed the youths. "Americans, we: prefer obvious enemies to friends like you!" dc dared one sl«n held aloft by the shotlt.inu demonstrators. Brluln and the United States alike were tnrKets of other slogans. Police Charlies backed by Jets of water eventually broke up the thronK alter traffic in the heart- ol Athens hail been stalled nearly two hours. A last stand Wius made by several hundred dlcliards around Athens University, several blocks Irom the aid building, which houses the U. S. military missions, the U H. consulate and other an'?mh*. The student rear guard retreated nfter peppering police and firemen with oranges plucked from trees t,n the university campus. Sixty - five persons, Including some policemen, were injured sufficiently to require first aid. A drst aid station spokesman said seven were hosptallzed In a serious condition. Several hundred onlookers were soaked by water during the fire hose onslaughts against the demonstrators. Foreign Policy Talks Touch On Airmen Issue WASHINGTON (A P) — President Eisenhower met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders today for a foreign policy discussion which touched on efforts to secure release of Americans imprisoned by Red hina as "spies." The session dealt with national defense and the mutual security program as well as foreign affairs. !t opened with the review of the world situation by Secretary of State Dulles. Today's White House conference wius the second with congressional loaders In as mnny days on the administration's 1955 legislative program Yesterday's day-long session dealt mainly with domestic Issues and did not include Democrats, who will control the 84th Congress convening next month. One Question Dulles left the White House about 4ft minutes after the start of today's mccling and told newsmen he had briefed the leaders on "that portion of foreign affairs involving congressional action." Asked whether there had been nny dlsuimion of efforts to obtain the release of 11 American airmen and two civilians jailed by the Chinese Communists, Dulles replied: . "There was one question on ttiat mutter." He declined lo elaborate. Among those at the meeting Vas Senate Republican Leader Knowland of California who has called fur a blockade of Rod China In an effort to force release of the American prisoners, Elsenhower and Dulles have rejected the Idea of a blockade. The President has said It would be an act of war. White House Press Secretary iimcH C. Hagerty said today's curly dismission dealt mainly with the fiscal aspects of foreign nf- fairs, national defense and mutual security. He suiri Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey tint! Budget. Director Rowland Hughes outlined those aspcct.s after Dulles concluded his briefing. Ike Handled Briefing Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy today, tonight and Wednesday; cooler Wednesday; lowefit 28 to 36 tonight. MISSOURI — Pair west, partly cloudy east tonight-; fair Wednesday; not much change in temperature; low tonight in '20s; high Wednesday 30s northeast to 40-45 southwest. Minimum thin morning—20. Maximum yesterday—35. HimrlMi tomorrow—0:50. JjuilHtfl today—4:51. Mciin icmpcraturc (midway between tJlKh and low—32. Precipitation lust 21 hour.1 to 7 a.m — none. Prtcipltdtion Jnn. 1 to this dntc — 32,3-1. Tills Hate Last Year Maximum ycHlerdny—40. Minimum tWs morning—20. Precipitation January 1 to date — 41.73. Also on the program were Clnrence Randtill, special consultant to the President on foreign economic policy, and two assistant secretaries of defense—Carter Burgess, who Is ,in charge of manpower, and W. J. McNeil, who handles budunt matters for the Defense Department. Hsigerty said the President himself was handling part of the brief- Ing on national defense. Harold E. Sta.s.sen, director of the Fnrnign Operations Administration, was ii.s.slgned to give thi; lawmakers the picture on mutual security, Including for economic aid abroad. Tn advance of the meeting, Sen. Russell (D-Ga) said he will oppose any Elsenhower program of dollar economic aid for Asia "or anywhere else." Mrs. C. D. Martin Services, Burial Are Conducted — Funeral services for Mrs. Clinton DcWHt Martin, were to be conducted at 11 n.m. today In First Methodist Church of Steele by the Rev. Marvin Niblack. After a short ceremony in Steele, the body was to be taken to Lincoln, III., for internment beside her husband, who died In 1943. Pallbearers were T. A. Haggard. Baxter Southern, W. R. Lawshe, Ed James, J. F. Montandon and Dr. J. E. Beasley. Honorary pallbearers include Charley Bates, George K. Reeves, E F. Still, Byron Holly. P. S. Payne, L. P. Mitchtll, E. M. Reg- onold, O. s. Crovrell, E. M. Johnson, Robert Randolph; Everett Reeves, A. B. Rhodes. Parker Kersey, P. E. Fender, W. J. Pollard, Max Kcllcy, Jim Reeves J W. Carmean, Dr. W. T. Rainwater. J. H. Workman, Russell Phillips, C. W. Aiflick, Abie Rushing and Dale Horn. Mrs. Martin was prominent in Steele as owner of the Lake Farm ol 2,740 acres, which she and her late husband had owned and developed since 1931. She was known for her business acumen, travel and interest in charity. She was born in Bushnell, 111. Her husband passed away In 1043. She Is survived by her niece, Mrs. B. B. Goodman of Steele, and a nephew, Crawford Oillam and his son, Jimmie, of Lawton ,Okla.

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