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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 35 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MAY 3, 1954 Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT* McCarthy, Stevens Again Clash Secretory Denies He's 'Covering Up 1 WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the Army Stevens flared today "I'm not cover ing up anybody at any time' when Sen. McCarthy suggested someone in the Army was "covering up" Communists. The clash came with Stevens in the witness chair on the eighth day of Senate hearings into the McCarthy-Army row. McCarthy was seeking to explore the case of Maj. Irving Peress, the Army dentist dspte refusal to sign loyalty papers. Ray H. Jenkins, special counsel to the Senate Investigations subcommittee, objected to McCarthy's line of questions. Jenkins said the present hearings must "steer clear" of the question of the loyalty of any individual who came under scrutiny during McCarthy's activities in the Army. McCarthy argued it was a 'crucial' "matter and the "whole heart of his controversy with Army officials. He said the Army officials coop- crated in the investigation of individual Communist cases but threw up "every conceivable obstacle" when the committee moved into what McCarthy called the "far more important" field of who was responsible for putting up a "protective cover" over Communists. , Cites Threats M McCarthy said Army officials' threatened "smear reports" against his investigating committee staff - when the committee pressed for the names of those responsible for "protecting" Communists. It was then that Stevens, straightening up in the witness chair, clipped out his denial that he was "covering up" anyone. In the upshot, Jenkins held that questions about the Army's handling of the Peress case were proper but that the inquiry should not go into the merits of the case, that is, the question of Peress' loyalty. For* the most part, the forenoon session was a sparring, wrangling exchange which produced little to throw new light on the basic issues in dispute between McCarthy and Army officials. JUST A DOG'S LIFE — First four dogs to be picked up by the new city dogcatcher, Wesley Hall, were brought in this morning. Mr. Hall pictured above, snaps the lock on the cage before taking the dogs to the city pound where they will be held for 48 hours before being destroyed unless redeemed by their owners. In a drive to curb the rise of rabies in Blytheville, city officials have ordered all dogs not wearing a city tag or vaccination tag to be picked up. The dogs may be redeem- ed by paying 25 cents per day for their keep and a $1 pound fee, plus having the dogs vaccinated and buying a city dog tag. Thus far a total of 325 dogs have been licensed, according to the city clerk's office. In a clinic sponsored by the Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with city officials and local veterinarians last week, 163 dogs were inoculated against rabies. (Courier News Photo) Conference for Indochina ****** *#* Dien Bien Ptiu. Gets New Respite As Vietminh Halts Massive Attack By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The Communist-led Vietminh halted their third massive infantry assault on Dien Bien Phu last night..The breather for the weary and battered French Union defenders ex-tended into today. Ike's Bid for T-H Changes Goes Before Senate Today WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower's request for changes in the long-disputed Taft-Hartley law was up today for a Senate go-round in which Republican leaders ieemed confident they could beat down a Democratic move to pigeonhole the whole issue. An attempt by Northern Democrats to send the matter back to the Labor Committee — in effect killing it for this session — was looked for early in the debate, which may last two \veeks. Sen, H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ), abor Committee Chairman, finished work over the weekend on a two-hour speech he may deliver today. It outlines the revision bill adopted several weeks ago by the One Dead in Stormy Arkansas Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS These revolve about Army contention that McCarthy and his aides sought by improper means to secure preferential treatment for G. David Schine. Schine, a wealthy New Yorker, was an unpaid consultant to McCarthy's investigations subcommittee before he was drafted last fall. McCarthy and his aides, denying the Army charge, contend the Army tried to use Schine as a "hostage" to influence the subcommittee to stop its investigation of alleged subversive activities in the Army. Discuss Speed-Up The main developments of the session: 1. The committee ha a some talk about what could be done to speed up the hearings, but this was dropped when McCarthy said it would take him "at least" three days more to complete his examination of Stevens and that he might want to call some senators See MCCARTHY on Page 5 Scattered frost was forecast for tonight in north Arkansas as cool weather moved into the state following a weekend of heavy rains, thunderstorms and high winds. A£ least one death was attributed directly to the storms. Another person was injured. Dead is Jimmy Dale Edwards, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Edwards of North Little Rock. The boy drowned when his bicycle plunged into a rain-swollen creek at the height of a rainstorm yesterday. Mrs. Nora Vowels, 68, was injured critically at Jonesboro yes- Two Men Held In Osceola Jail For Burglaries OSCEOLA — • Two men, John Courtney, 20, and Jack Morris, 20, both of Osceola, are being held in county jail for investigation in connection with attempting to take a car from a car lot and the burglary of L. K. Harwarg residence Saturday night, Chief of Police Jake Thrailkill said this morning. The two men were arrested after city police officers discovered them inside the automobile lot fence at Buchannan Chevrolet Co. Saturday night. • They told Chief Thrailkill that they were trying to break the lock on the gate to get a car off the lot to go to Michigan the chief said. Earlier in the evening Mr. Har- wsrg reported that someone had entered his home and took a suit of clothes, two pairs of shoes and a diamond necklace. Total value of the items taken is not known, the chief said, but they were insured. Courtney has a previous police record, he said. terday when she was struck by an automobile during a rainstorm. The driver of the car, identified as Raymond Broadway of Bono, said he didn't see Mrs. Vowels until it was too late to stop. He was not arrested. Frost Forecast The U. S. Weather Bureau in Little Rock forecast scattered frosts in the northeast and northwest sections tonight. Temperatures in the northwest are expected to drop to 28 degrees. Crystal Valley, southwest of Little Rock, had the heaviest rainfall during the 2-day period ended at 7 a.m. today — 7.22 inches. The heaviest rain in the 24 - hour period ended this morning was 3.67 inches at Des Arc. Homes Inundated Little Rock and Hot Springs had flash floods over the weekend and theville at midnight Saturday, ac- j many homes were inundated. One cording to V. B. Warr, manager of j unidentified woman living near the Southwestern Bell Telephone i Hot Springs was asleep Saturday Co. office here. ! night when rain almost washed New Toll Call Dialing Set-Up In Effect Here Use of the new operator long distance dialing system began in Bly- Inslde Today's \ Courier News . . . SUn Shows Why He's Called "The Man" with Five Homers . . . Chicks Return to Jonesboro for Completion of Delayed District Track Meet . . . Arkansas Game and Fish News . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7 ... . . , Left Not Kid Ourselves About Nation'* Crime Rate . . . Editorials »'... pace 4 ... . . . Guided Missile Warfare Not a Dream; It's a Reality Now . . . page !• . . . Use of this system—which is the reason for the recent changes in telephone numbers here—permits an operator in one city to dial directly in another city. Phone company officials estimate that this makes long distance connections possible about three times the previous speed. Placing long distance calls by number is the key to achieving the speed possible with this system, Mr. Warr pointed out. If the call is not placed by number, the operator irTust contact the "information" operator in the other city, thus delaying the call. The exchange prefixes POplar and OSburn recently added to Blytheville phone numbers are used in placing toll calls to Blytheville residents. Bytheville residents calling other cities in turn should give the operator the new exchange prefix and the number they are calling—such as WEbester in a call to Jonesboro or FRanklin in Little Rock. away her cabin. Only a large tree saved her house from being washed into a creek just off State Highway 88. The heavy rains brought a threat of floods along river lowlands. The See WEATHER on Page 5 No Segregation Ruling WASHINGTON (/P)—The Supreme Court today completed handing down opinions without announcing a ruling on the controversial school segregation issue. There will not be another decision day until May 17. ing was 69. Rainfall Here Over Week End Is 2.33 Inches Blytheville got off considerably lighter weatherwise this week end than did most other parts of the| din §' strikes in certain industries, committee on straight party lines. Tentative GOP plans called for Sen. Goldwater (R-Ariz) to follow Smith with an amendment on the touchy states' rights question. Goldwater's proposal, which he said has the backing of White House labor aides, seems certain to become the bitterest point at issue in this review of one of the most controversial fields of legislation in recent history. Only 2 Amendments Taft-Hartley has not been debated in full on the Senate floor since 1949, two years after the law was passed over former President Truman's veto. Only two amendments, both minor, have been adopted to the 1947 act which, inturn was, a series of amendments to the 1935 Wagner Act. Last Jan. 12 Eisenhower sent Congress a special message calling the Taft-Hartley law "sound legislation" and listing what he said were only minor changes needed to "reinforce its basic objectives." The Senate Labor Committee, after weeks of hearings last year, adopted a revision program three weeks ago closely following Eisenhower's recommendations. The House Labor Committee also completed hearings but has not yet voted out a bill. The only major Eisenhower proposal left out of the Senate committee's revision bill was one for a secret, government-conducted poll of employes on the question of striking whenever a labor dispute entered the strike stage. At least two committee Republicans and all its Democratic members refused to endorse this proposal. Sen. Pur tell (R-Conn). with Smith's support, will offer the amendment during debate. States Right Amendment Goldwater's states' rights amendment, the author said in an interview, would allow states to enforce pretty much any labor relations law in disputes involving interstate commerce so long _as the law did not. in the words of the amendment, "permit employers ... to interfere with, restrain or coerce employes in the exercise of the rights guaranteed to employes' in the Taft-Hartley law. In the past few years state laws requiring strike Votes before a strike can take place and forbid- A terse French high command communique early today said the night at the besieged northwest Indochina fortress was "calm." with only "light harassments" of key French positions by rebel artillery and mortars. The French took immediate advantage of the slack in the fighting to parachute tons of ammunition and supplies into the beleaguered fortress. There was no immediate explanation for the rebel pullback, a startling development since previous reports of the fighting had indicated the Vietminh probably could overrun the besieged French position whenever they threw the bulk of their much greater numbers into the charge. Attack Launched Saturday The Vietminh had launched their third wave-on-wave infantry assault on the fortress Saturday- night. Before they broke off their wild charges from all sides of the shrunken French perimeter, the rebels had choked off three more of the strongpoints guarding the bunkered command headquarters of French Brig. Gen. Christian dt- Castries and also overrun "Isabelle," an isolated outpost three miles south of the main fortress defenses. A later French announcement said the defenders in a violent counterattack had recaptured Isabella. The battle raged at close range for hours Saturday night and yesterday as the garrison force, outnumbered about 6 to 1 and squeezed into a trap less than a !e across, fought for their lives- with bayonets, knives and hand grenades. The French army command said its losses were heavy but claimed the enemy toll was "extremely" high. 51-Day Seigre The fortress, i-Tance's last stronghold in northwest Indochina, had withstood 51 days of constant hammering by the Vietminh, including two previous attempts to overwhelm it by sheer force of j numbers. Bitter French counterattacks drove the Vietminh from positions held briefly on the southeastern •im yesterday, but the other cap- ured bunkers and trenches—on he east, northeast and west—gave he attackers new protected firing positions. French tanks, clustered in the heart of the fortress, were of little use in the fighting at close quarters. French bombers and fighters swooped over the battlefield but could not blast the rebels 'at close range without killing their own troops. As in their first big attack, on March 13. and the second, two weeks later, the Vietminh opened up Saturday with a heavy artillery and mortar barrage before striking. The Vietminh infantry hit the main French positions from three See INDOCHINA on Papc 5 Solons Offer Conflicting Advice on Indochina WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional comment made it clear today that Secretary of State Dulles, rebuffed abroad in his plea for "united action" against communism in Indo china, will be greeted with a welter of conflicting advice when he returns to the United States. Dulles, due back fro m the asked not to tie nnmed said over Gosnell Sets Graduation Exercise Date state. As four and five-inch rains hit elsewhere in the state, Blytheville's week end precipitation measurement stood at 2.33 inches. This includes .66 of an inch that fell Saturday and 1.67 inches yesterday. Another .69 of an inch fell Friday for a three-day. total of 3.02 inches. The soggy weather also brought a chilly drop in temperature. The mercury fell to a low of 48 degrees j such as public utilities, have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on grounds they interfered with the right to strike recognized in the federal Goldwater's amendment is law. designed to legalize all such state laws. Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass), a Labor Committee member, said of this amendment: : "It is an unprecedented abandonment of the consistency of federal this morning after a high of 75 regulation of a national problem yesterday. Saturday's high was 85 degrees and the low yestrday morn- Wreck Kills Leachville Woman BENTON, MO. (£>)—Mrs. Ida HInshaw, 58, Leachville, Ark., was lulled yesterday in a two-car collision about a mile and a half south of here on U. S. ib. Three other persons were injured, A southbound car driven by Mrs. Hinshaw and a car driven by Louis Ward Gardner, 16, Bell City, Mo., collided head-on. Berth* Sdna Buttre of lUmo, Mo., a passenger in Mrs. Hinshaw's car, was taken to a Sikeston hospital in a critical condition. Gardner escaped serious injury out two teen-aged occupants of his car , were hospitalized. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Hinshaw were incomplete this morning The body was takm to Tri-County Burial Co. in Jonesboro, would, as I understand it, subject employers and employes in interstate commerce to 48 separate labor laws." Major provisions in the Republican bill would ease the ban on secondary boycotts, give construction unions special union security powers and allow them to write pre-hire contracts, prevent elections asked by a struck employer for at least six months after the strike started, permit fact-finding boards set up to report on national emergency disputes to recommend settlement terms as well, and allow states to take jurisdiction over ' minor labor disputes which the National Labor Rela- Bo*rd refused to bandit. Commencement exercises will be held for the 15 graduating sesiors of Gosnell High School at 7:30 p. m., May 20 in the Gosnell Gymnasium, Floyd Irby, principal announced Saturday. Baccalaureate services will be conducted at 11 a.m. May 16 at the Gosnell Baptists Church by the Rev. Eugene Schultz. Commencement speaker will be H. G. PartloW of Blytheville, prosecuting attorney of the Second Judicial District. Earnest Ethan Allen, son of Mrs. E. M. Allen, has been named valedictorian, and Barbara Muriel Potter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murrow Potter, salutatorian. He is president of the Beta Club and she is secretary. Both are on the school's basketball teams and Earnest won the 1952-53 citizenship award. Other seniors include Larry Coggin, Harmon Cook, Lanny Fowler, Huey Hall, Billie Hyde. Donald Hyde, Jeanette Lee, Kyle Lollar, Mac Ray McCormick, Sue Prevost, Wands Raspberry, Louise Smith and Bobbie Williams. C. of C. Finance Group to Meet On Fund Drive Chamber of Commerce's Finance Committee is to meet at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Chamber's City Hall offices. Its drive to raise $150,000 for an industrial building now stands at about $126,000, the Chamber announced today. Doubtles, tomorrows' meeting will concern itself with plotting the final week or 10 days of the campaign. Opening of bids ha* been postponed until 10 a.m. May 12. Originally, the bids were to be opened May 10, but delays in arrival of plans and specifications led to the change in dates. Thus far, nine firr-'s have asked for copies of plant and ipecifica- Geneva conference tomorrow. Is scheduled for a round of talks with congressional leaders and administration officials over what to do about the Red threat to strategic Southeast Asin. Differences of opinion were evident both nmong con- gressrnen and within the administration. Senate Majority Leader Knowland of California in an interview Saturday called on the United States to move at once for a coalition defense against communism in Asia, even if this means acting without one of her major allies. Little Chance of Direct Aid This wns nn obvious reference to Britain, whose Prime Minister Churchill has turned down Dulles' bid for a united front of 10 powers interested in Southeast Asin, including- both the United States and Britain, in advance of talks with the Communists at Geneva. U.S. officials here said yesterday that prospects of direct American in- .ervention in Indochina are virtually ruled out unless Britain agrees to a coalition. Repeating his criticism of British policy, Knowland said on a Du Mont TV show last night the United Stated has "the right to know which of our allies are prepared to stand up with us and be counted." "By that," he said, "I mean that in the event of Chinese intervention (in Indochina) what are they prepared to do. Congress is entitled to know that." He also said, "I don't believe that the need of meeting the situation in Indochina is land power from the Western nations." This was in reply to Sen. Mansfield (D—Mont), who said on the same program that any U.S. air support of the French in Indochina could easily lead to use of American naval and ground forces there and might bring on World War in. "There is no such thing as limited" intervention, Mansfield said. Regional Problem Knowland and Mansfield also disagreed on whether key members of Congress have been kept informed on the situation, Knowland saying there had been "wide- Spread" bipartisan consultation and Mansfield disputing this with backing from Rep. Mahon (D—Tex). A fourth participant in the dis- cssion. Rep. Judd (R—Minn), said stopping communism in Southeast Asia had to be a. "regional effort — with the French and British, if possible — without them if necessary." Rep. Vorys (R—Ohio"), like Judd a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on a CBS TV program that if the United States should have to fight in Indochina he believed this country would have allies in East Asia, if not in Europe. But he said he did not think America would have to send ground troops against the Reds, and in any case fighting there should be at a hal tover the next half year because the season of heavy rains has begun. A congressional source who the weekend that legislative leaders, meeting in Dulles' office April 5, blocked a proposal to send U.S. air and sea forces to Indochina. The proposal was snid to have been outlined by Adm. Arthur M. Radford. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Radford was reported to have snld also that the Joint Chiefs themselves were not in full agreement on the matter State Tax Filing Aid Available An auditor from the State Income Tax Department will be in the State Revenue Office in City Hall Thursday and .Friday, to assist anyone who needs help in filling out their state income tax return, revenue Office officials said this morning. Tax return forms and instruction Infest of/on Of Cutworms Found Here Farmers were warned today to give their fields close Inspection for cutworms which have been described as most populous in years. County agent's office here said today the worms "are the worst we hove seen in alfalfa. We have had may calls regarding their control." Most farmers who have called the office are mainly concerned with keeping the worms from spreading from their alfalfa to adjacent cotton fields. Here's what Assistant County Agent H. H. Carter said is the recommended procedure: Spray a strip eight to 12 feet wide around the perimenter of the alfalfa field and a similar strip about the cotton field where it joins the infested alfalfa. Toxnphene, at the rate of two to three pounds per acre (in the alfalfa) Is recommended, he said. Spraying of the cotton is an additional precaution. Farmers were urged by Mr. Carter to make careful inspections of their fields, not just spot checks of areas near roads. Since toxaphene is highly toxic, certain precautions must be taken in regard to its application in alfalfa, Mr. Carter pointed out. If possible, alfalfa should be cut prior to applying toxaphene. This gives the toxaphene time to lessen in its poisonous effects. If this is not possible and if a rain does not follow application, hay cut from the poisoned alfalfa should be burned, Mr. Carter stated. Application rate in alfalfa, he said, is from two to three pounds of technical material per acre. Band application on a tractor rig in cotton would find about a half-pound per acre to be sufficient for cut worm control. A dust tractor rig in either cotton or alfalfa would require two to three pounds per acre, also. Farmers with small grain crops might do' well to check for army worms, Mr. Carter stated. An infestation of five worms per square foot is enough to warrant control measures, he said. Soviet Union Accepts Plan, French Say By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — East and West reached virtual agreement today on the setting up of a peace conference to end the bloody fighting in Indochina. The Soviet Union agreed, French sources said, to a Western proposal that representatives of the Communist-led Vletminh be invited to the conference by the Soviet Union instead of by Communist China. Korean Deadlocked A dispatch rrom Moscow provided confirmation. The Commu- mist party newspaper Pravda said "It has become known . . , that the government of the U. S. S. R. has taken measures to invite the Viet Nam democratic republic (the Vjetminh) to the Geneva conference." The Western Big Three foreign ministers and Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dinh of Viet Narn formally agreed to admit Vietminh. representatives with the understanding that this would not imply recognition of the Vietminh regime as a state. The Russians and the West already had agreed that nine parties would attend the conference—the Big Four, the Chinese Reds, the Vietminh and the three Associated ..States of Indochina, Viet Narn, Cambodia and Laos. Smoothing out of the issue of Vietminh status came as the Korean deadlock showed no sign of a foreign ministers began heading break and some of the Western for home. U. S. Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith assumed leadership of the American delegation as Secretary of State Dulles headed" for Washington by plane.*En route Dulles scheduled a stop at Milan to meet Italian Premier Mario Scclba for a talk on the stalemated European army treaty and Italy'* wrangle with Yugoslavia over Trieste. Australian Foreign Minister Richard G. Casey also scheduled his departure for home today, to take part in his nation's coming parliamentary elections. Several other foreign ministers are expected to leave In the next week or two. The Soviet Union's V. M. Molotov w.as understood to have said he would be here two more weeks. Subbing for Dulles, Smith joined British Foreign Secretary Eden, and ' French Foreign Minister Bidault in conferring with Viet Nam Foreign Minister Nquyen Quoc Dinh 'today on the procedure for invitations to the Indochina conference. Dulles had planned to attend but was unable to do so because of last-minute preparations for' his departure. Insincerity Charged North Korea's Pyongyang radio said Dulles' departure for home •proves how the United States is nsincere for solution of the Korean Sec BIG FOUR on Page 5 revenue office at any time. Filing dealinetfor tax returns is May 15. Persons required to file,return* axe those single persons who made more than $2,500 last year and married perrons who made more than $3,500 last year from source* with- Petitions Seek Removal of Pork Street Signal Petitions were being circulated here today seeking removal of the traffic signal at the intersection of North Highway 61 and Park Street. The controversial signal was reinstalled In January for about the fourth time in the past several years. Proponents of the light say it is needed to protect school children crossing: at that intersection. The petitions being circulated claim that the signal is not needed because most children cross at Highway 81 and Pulton, one block north. The petitions also state that the signal is not being operated according to the City Council's provisions and that it causes traffic pile-upe wbea it li in First Methodist Church Marks Debt-Free Status With Bishop Paul Martin of the Arkansas-Louisiana area filling the pulpit, members of Blytheville's First Methodist Church yesterday dedicated their $425,000 investment in their auditorium, educational department and parsonage. A standing-room-only crowd heard Building Fund Chairman B. A. Lynch declare the church free of any indebtedness. It marked the second time Mr. Lynch had made such a declaration to a bishop of this area. The church's former auditorium, built in 1918, was destroyed by fire in 1926. Until the present auditorium was opened in 1952, the congregation worshipped in its educational building. Acknowledgements to various groups and committees were made by the pastor, the Rev. Roy I. Bagley, and official presentation was made by J. W. Adams, chairman of the official board. Weather ARKANSAS — Scattered frost north tonight; colder with lowest 28-36 northwest and extreme north and 35 : 42 elsewhere tonight; Tuesday fair and slightly warmer. MISSOURI — Partly cloudy and colder this afternoon; generally air tonight and Tuesday; colder onight with frost or freezing temperatures over the atate;- warmer Tuesday. Maximum Saturday—82. Minimum Saturday—«9. Maximum yesterday—75. Minimum this morning—41. Sunset today—6:48. Sunrise tomorrow—5:07. Mean temperature (midway feetww* igh and low—48. Precipitation last 41 toun 1* ?:M m. today—3.33. Precipitation Jan. 1 to tfat*—W.M. This Date Lut Year • Maximum yesterday—83. Minimum this morning—M. PreciplUtioa Jttu*r? 1 to MM.