The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 18, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 18, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 225 Blythevilta Courier Blythevllle Dally New» Mississippi Valley Le»d«r Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1954 EIGHT PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Reds' Price For Airmen May Be High Chou En-lai Claims Case Of Fliers Closed UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. — Diplomats speculated today that Red China's Chou En-lai may set a stiff price for release of 11 imprisoned American airmen when he receives U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold in Peiping. The Red Chinese Premier indicated in his assent yesterday that he considers the case of the airmen .closed. But delegates acquainted with Peiping's line of reasoning predicted Chou would get down to brass tacks after first insisting his government was in the right and bringing up some complaints against the United States. Hammarskjold asked for the talks Dec. 10 after the General Assembly voted 47-5 to condemn Hed China's imprisonment 'of the airmen as spies. The Assembly called on the secretary general to intercede for their release. Opposition votes were cast by the Soviet bloc. Hammarskjold received Chou's reply the same day the Assembly wound up its ninth session, rejecting Communist attacks on U. S. policy in the Far East. As Uie session ended the main spotlight was focused on Peiping where Hammarskjold is expected to go shortly after Christmas. Diplomats believe Choun will seek to guide the talks along the following general lines: No Bargaining 1. He will try to impress on Ham- marskjold that his regime is completely In control of China. 2. He will protest to the secretary general that the Americans are maintaining what the Chinese have labeled a "nest of spies" on the Nationalist strqnghold of Formosa and will warn that the Reds will not consider releasing the airmen until such activities cease. 3. Having thus set the stage he will probably consent to hear Ham- marskjold's plea on behalf of the airmen and other imprisoned U. N. personnel. As a neutral mediator, Ham- marskjold would hardly be in a position to bargain, delegates pointed out, but he could relay back Chou's demands, U. N. observers saw three possible deals the Red Chinese might offer: 1. Agree to release the airmen in exchange for 35 Chinese students held in the United Slates since the Chinese Communists See REDS on Patfc 8 Osceo/o Hires Firm to Study Water Plant OSCEOLA — The engineering firm of Roberts and Company of Atlanta. On., hns been hired by Osceola's City Council to conduct a survey of Osceola's water system to determine what is needed to Improve it. Mayor Ben F. Butler said this morning. The City Council, at a special , meeting earlier this week, voted Ike States Opposition. To Neutralist Theory Bf JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower administration apparently is close to adopting a policy of respectful opposition to neutralism in the cold war. President Elsenhower himself laid down the line in a section of the message he delivered last night as he lighted Washington's community Christmas tree. Radio and television carried his remarks to the nation, and the Voice of America repeated them in overseas broadcasts. His statement was a challenging bid to individuals or nations all Officers Recheck Slim Clues In Brinkley Murder Husband Considered Suspect; Will Be Questioned Further By RAY STEPHENS BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) — Officers investigating the murder of Mrs. Milton Fuller went back today to the drudgery of checking and re-checking the few, slim clues they have in the slaying of the young Brinkley woman. "We're trying to get our heads together and find if there's anything that we've overlooked," Prosecutor J. B. Reed told reporters "We still haven't got a concrete lead to the killer; we've got a lot of theories, but they won't stand up in court." Prosecutor Reed and the two officers who are heading the probe, Monroe County Sheriff H. K. McKenzie and- Brinkley Police Chief Frank Henderson, spent more than two hou r s talking with the dead woman's husband yesterday. but made no progress In the inquiry. "We're not a bit closer to a t3.000 for the survey which was llui J;1 ordered after an excessive amount I i 0 p SV of Iron had been found in water samples sent to the State Board of Health. Mayor Butler said that after the survey has been made the Atlanta firm will be asked for suggestions as to what Improvements in the municipally-owned water system are needed. "We are going to try to follow the company's suggestions if possible." he said. solution now than we were when we started," Reed told reporters after questioning 31-year-old Milton Fuller, a leading businessman here. Cooperative Witness Describing Fuller as a "very cooperative witness," Reed said that the man had denied flatly that he wielded the five-pound stick of hickory stovewood that crushed the skull of his petite wife, the former Sue Hubbard. He added that Fuller said "he had no idea as to who killed" the 25-year-old mother of two children. The prosecutor said that Fuller had Volunteered to submit to a lie detector or psychiatric lesf.s if he is requested to do so by the police. Asked if he planned to question Fuller again, Reed said, "without a doubt." Fuller was invited to the closed door conference with the officers, and arrived at and left police headquarters without police escort. He was accompanied only by a friend, Ed Bethel. Mrs. Fuller, a pretty brown- haired woman, was beaten fatally in a bedroom of her home early Sunday morning. The tremendous blow from the four-foot long stick fractured her skull from a point high on the right side of the forehead to a point behind her right ear. She was hit only once, the state medical examiner said in his preliminary report on the au- over the world who believe that it is possible and desirable to support neither side in the struggle between the free world and communism. Grave Doubt "The times are so critical and the differences between these world systems so vital," the President said, "that grave doubt is cast on the validity of neutralistic argument." That sentence was inserted and several others were edited to make It fit after the speech text had been released in advance of its delivery. While thus questioning the basic beliefs of those who, like India's Prime Minister Nehru, hold themselves aloof from the Communist conflict, the President laid down two other points of his policy quite firmly: 1. The United States will continue to demonstrate "respect for the right of self-decision by these neutrals." 2. The United States will try to build understanding and sympathy with them on the common basis that neutralists and Americans alike "hate aggression and condemn Wars for conquest." Talking as much to the Communist rulers as to the community gathering, the President said the world is large enough and the skills of man great enough to house mankind in peace. This knowledge "can be tbe fruitful beginning of prosperous life together," he said, but added: "Let no man think that we want peace at any price; that we shall forsake principle In resigned tolerance of obvious evil; that we may pawn our honor for transitory concession." No Firm Policy To forget crimes against justice and violations of human dignity, he said, "is to condone and to provoke new outrage." In expressing 'grave doubt" about neutralism, the President did not lay down a firm policy or present a settled decision on his part. But the words of the President provide the raw material of official thinking and policy making lor American diplomats all over the world. There has been an argument within the United States government sine? the cold war began over the proper national attitude towards neutrals. Some officials have contenrie-1 that the United States should bring heavy pressure to line them up in some anti- Communist coalition. Others have contended this country should be See IKE on Page 8 Brewer 4th ToDieAfter Air Crash MILWAUKEE \M— A father-and- son holiday hunting trip to Canada yesterday turned into, a flaming air crash death for four persons, Including Frederick C. Miller, prominent Milwaukee brewer, civic leader and sports figure. Miller's son, Frederick Jr., 20, ^ i led in the furiously burning plane | f jlpd ' within tr , c require three days long with the pilots, Joseph Laird, Tnc ^ ury ^ not Deciding soldi NEW POST OFFICE BOX — Two new drive-In mailboxes were placed outside the Post Office on Walnut Street yesterday. They replace the two homemade boxes formerly used. (Courier News Photo) Sheppard Jury Still Studying Evidence CLEVELAND (AP) — The jury in the Shepparcl murder trial appeared today to be deadlocked. Dr. Samuel Sheppard, 30-year-old Cleveland osteopath, is accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, last July 4. He says a prowler committed the crime. The seven men and five women on the jury went back into conference n t 9:03 a.m. this morning for a second day. There was no word from the closely guarded deliberations room as to how they were voting as the morning hours wore along. They left their overnight bags at a downtown hotel when they returned to Criminal Courts Building this morning, nn indication they might have lo spend a second nlfihl in the hotel. Sheppard wius reading in his cell,' He played cards for a lime after the case went to the jury Friday j morning. F;ilse Alarm A false nlarm shortly after 10 a.m. sent scores of reportcr.s rushing into the courtroom from the corridors where they are waiting. A court officer .suitl .someone accidentally bumped the door of the jury room and the foreman sounded the buzzer—the signal they will »ivc when they are ready to come in with a verdict. The foreman .said he n.sked to hnve the noise investigated. Williiim J. Corrigan, veteran criminal lawyer who heads Sheppard's, was not in the building today. An associate .said, however, thnt if a verdict of guilty j shniijd be brought against Shep- j pard a notice of appeal will be ulate about the possibility that the Jurors arc locked in disagreement. However, they have an enormous mass of material to consider. The written record of the nine-weeks trial amounts to more than a million words. And there are 214 "exhibits," including photographs, letters, personal possessions of the accused man, the blood-splotched coverings of the bed where Marilyn Sheppard died. Lawyers sftld it might Uk« ninny See SIIKPI'AKI) on I'ngc 8 39, and his brother Paul, 34, both of Milwaukee. Miller. 48, a University of Notre Dame football star under the late W the question of whether Sheppard is innocent or guilty. The state charged thnt he not U till 1C lULHUilll ma I Uliutl n«\* ii* n- i , . , -r I I 11 I t Knute Rockne died of injuries sev-jonly beal his wife to death, but eral hours after the crash. ' ! -"aid he premeditated the crime The trip planned as a hunting I and committed it with malice jaunt Into the Canadian woods,' aforethought. These urc the ton- was only a few seconds old when | ditions for murder in the first de- the Miller-owned twin-engine plane! free, sputtered and plunged to the) The- penalty, unless couplet! with Goodfellow List Of Contributors Still Growing fe^w cliSinT 1^ £nd°r FuSTat 5:M_p^. near a res, j a ,_Ration for mercy, is Mayor Buller'stated some of the I t ^ ucd t o »row today as eight more ^"''a' area north of Gen. Mitchell dca!:n in the electric chair .lor =oi^nlt.= «>nt tn the. state • j —.:__.. ,-j t- iv,. (Field. ' However, the prosecution water samples sent to the State , donations were reported to the Field. Board of Health were all right j courier News. ! -while others were bad and that Home room st ,idents of Paul PrinCSSS Alters Coiffure the council wanted to be sure the i price at Blytheville High School! system is operating satisfactorily. Four Bound Over for Trial In Circuit Court Four men who waived preliminary hearing In Municipal Court this morning were bound over to Circuit Court on $1.000 bonds each for trial on charges of grand larceny against two and forgery andJE ln ;7g7 Commts'sion.* hM "raised 'n the Dixon-Yates gave him a collection of S5.75 which he turned over to the fund. Anonymous gifts of' $2 and $1 were reported in addition to these'. J. W. Meyer SS. Rev. J. A. Webb SI, C. W. Kspp S5, Blytheville Water Co. $25, Zal B. Harrison S3, and George Lee $15. LONDON W) — Princess Margaret has a new hairdo — a kind of modified urchin cut. She appeared, at a West End movie last night, with the prosecution ge.stcd during the trial that the mui'dcr may have resulted from a fierce quarrel between Shepparcl and his wife. In that event, the question of premeditation might appear less certain to the Jurors and they could be considering .. coiffure of short, sofl waves something less lhan a verdict of dressed close to her head, instead j first-dcKi'ce murder. of the long curled bob she has I As the long, slow hours passed, worn since school girl days. 1 courtroom observers began to spec- AECs Strauss Defends D-Y Contract By RUSSKLL BRINES WASHINGTON (tfl — Lewis Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Carl Linden Taylor and Leonard Beard are charged with grand larceny in connection with taking a cab belonging to ABC Cab Co. on Dec. 5 while Harold Jeffries and Tom Elliott are charged with forgery and ultering. All four were placed in county Jail to await trial in Circuit Court. The preliminary hearing for Furman K. Bozard, charged with burglary in connection with breaking Into Gilbert Auto Upholstery Co. on North Highway 61 on Dec. 4, was continued until Dec. 20. Bond was set at $1,000. Jewel Davis, charged with pr'lt controversv down-the-llne defense of the private power contract with AEC. Strauss told a news conference yesterday the proposal to supply additional private power to the Tennessee Valley was a "good contract," linked to national defense and needed to meet expanding AEC power requirements. He made his points in n 35-page statement and one-hour talk which he said represented his personal views. He said he had not consulted in advance with other members of the commi^'ilon. The from some "good friends." His defense of the contract came amid a sharp legal fight before the Securities and Exchange Commission which Is considering whether to approve financial arrangements for the project. The SEC resumes open hearings Monday (10 a.m.) . Strauss said his purpose was to clarify his views on Dixon-Yates and not. as a reporter asked, to ward off expected Democratic attacks on the contract when Congress reconvenes Jan. 5. "But I hope it wilt have that effect," the AEC chairman said. The Dixon-Yates group Is composed of the Middle South Utilities ' 107-mllllon-dollar generating plant at West Memphis, Ark., to furnish power to the, Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA furnishes electricity lo atomic plants in Kentucky and Tennessee. Strauss expressed belief that the AEC could obtain all the power It needs from TVA by exercising its priority. But withou 1 the Dixon- Yates contract, he said, this •would deprive other users" of power in the Tennessee Valley, where needs are rising. He addnd: "I presume that other plants in this area are supplying defense needs to the Army and Navy. And we need a certain amount of added power, "So (hr-iT K Final Decision on Use Of A-Power in Europe UptoCivilian Officials PARIS (AP) — Leaders of the Atlantic Alliance announced today agreement that civilian governments must keep the final say on the use of atomic weapons in the defense of Western Europe. They gave no indication, however, of how the governments were to be polled in case of an emergency. The decision was disclosed in + —- Burglars Hit Three Times In Blytheville Three burglaries and a slok'n vehicle last night in Blylhcville TO-': reported to city and county officails this mornini!. A total of about $108 in money and mcrchitndisc was taken in the |","'^',' u n' t ' n r"'u'i'e' Soviet's''estimated four incidents. A LEUICO candy delivery I ruck v/iis talien from Die 300 block or. North Broadway about 8 p.m. ia.s' ni^ht and .sonic $50. in change wiir, Liken Irom it, according to Inves- tiKfiting officers. The truck operated by J. D. McAllister, was sf;nn by a nc.gnbor ionvirif; Its parking*place last- m'i;ht and was found this morn in K by employees of the Nolen Distributing Co, parked in the alley behind t,bt; building on North Broadway. Stnilty's Grocery on Ruddle Road was cnU'ind and 535 in cash, four cartons of cigarctfi and three billfolds were taken. Entrance was gained by breaking the lock off the Iront door. EPM Kcott's Grocery on South Sixteenth was entered through the front door alter breaking oil Uv 1 lock and $2.50 in change and a ear- ton of ciRarus was taken. Exit wa. 1 : through front, door. Office of the Gnlf Refining Co. bulk plant on west Highway 18 was entered and about, $1.80 taken from a drawer. A lock was broken on the front door to gain entrance and exit, was made by the wime opening- Nothing else was found to be disturbed or taken in the Hirer: burglaries, according to investigating officers. It Is not known .whether there is a connection between the brenk-ins and the stolen truck County and city niiihoritlCK investigating. the final communique issued following n two-clny meeting of the foreign, defense and finance ministers of the 14 North Atlantic Trenly Organisation members. The cor.. . I'cnee approved a defense plan bused on the use of thermonuclear weapons if needed to hurl back any invasion. Tile decision did not appear to bind the United Stales to consult with the Allies in cases oi grave emergency nor to chango any standing instructions which may already hftve beeu tsiven to Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther, supreme. Allied commander for Europe. U.S. Favors Consultation The "new look" pattern for defense was drafted by the chiefs of staff of the member countries. The United States Is known to favor consultation before resorting to, atomic warfare but. lias been opposed to iv binding commitment which might bo unworkable In emergencies. There was no mention in the announcement of a French scheme for a small "political standing group" with power to "pull the trigger" if full NATO consultation proved Impossible. A NATO spokesman salti yesterday the ministers had agreed who should decide when atomic weapons would be used and also how the decision would be reached. All details of the agreement were withheld. , In their communique, the ministers said they were convinced member countries must maintain strong armies over a long period of time In order to deter aggression. Soviet Policy, they said, continues to be hacked by "every-lncrcns- ing military power" and is aimed — despite some current outward signs— at weakening and dividing tile Western world. N" Solution In the • face of current pressure irom Moscow for "peaceful coeit- talcnrc," tile NATO Council declared : "Soviet policy contributes no con- slrurlivn solution for ensuring world security and for maintaining the freedom of peoples. It provides no ground for believing that the threat to the free world lias diminished." French Premier Pierre Mendes- Prance, U.S. Secretary of State Dulles and British Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden went directly from the NATO session to the PiT-mlr'r's office Itir a genera] review of Western positions throughout the globe. The European nations had Indicated they wanted to be consulted before atomic weapons were used. U.S. officials had maintained Unit the weapons must be ready In the ed nrsr-nnls It Ihi 1 West hopes :if)0 divisions. Four College Students Killed in Accident CHHISMAN, III. i/l'l - F"«r cn] - Ie;jc students were klllwl and n llltli seriously injured late las' night In an automobile-truck crash lour miles west of Chrlsinan. The students were ri'lurnlnn to their hour's In New York and Pennsylvania for the Christmas holl- d'ay.s from Kirlcsvllli; College of Osteopathy and Surgery, Klrksville. •11HONX TORNADO' — Willis Van Nosdall, 30, scratches head as he surveys wreckage in his four-room Bronx, New York City, apartment. He found it this way alter day in court where he was cleared on o charge of slapping landlord's daughter. Van Nosdall reported incident to police, who questioned landlord, his wife, and tile daughter who was involved In the slapping incident but all spread their hands and said they could not Imagine who had done such a tiling to a man's home. (AI' Wirephoto) UMT Foes Approve New Training Plan WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten lawmakers in a Congress never before willing to vote for universal military training gave cautious approval today to President Eisenhower's program of boosting the military reserves while cutting armed services strength. Both DcmocrnUc nnd Republican nu:mbors approved a clc- department announcement yesterday of plans to 100,000 youngs UM'.S yearly from the draft if they volunteer for -six months ncUve tnitnlnu »n<! follow It with I) 1 , i years reserve duty. But most of the legislators willing lo comment keyed their acceptance; of Ihls p r o p o s a I to did lines Con({i'os.s may want to nuike in n program genornlly re- Kiinlptl as reviving In limited form UMT recommendations that have not been too popular in UK- past. A. r ; outlined by the DefiMisc Do- thnn the present cost of National Guard find reserve activities. As the stronger reserve comes into being 1 , tentative plans call for ii 468,000-mnn cut in the present Sen UMT on I'agc 8 (he plan PTA Rallies To Aid Of L. H. Autry Pnrent-Toach-crs Association of Burdette School i.s rallying to the tis.'-.i.struirc uf the family of the srhorir.s superintendent whase home ami personal belongings were destroyed by fire curly yesterday. The PTA hn.s culled n special meeting [or 7:30 p. m. Tuesday night in the Uurdftte school auditorium »l which time the family of L. H, Autry will be presented with gifts of clothing, furniture and other things that KO to make up a home, according to Mrs. Charles Frazier. reserve, composed Urge- { While the meeting is being called j by the PTA, it is not restricted to PTA members, Mrs. Frazier said. In fact, "the entire state of Ark- would permit 17-year-olds to volunteer at 530 ii month for .six months (ruining and Ifitiglhy reserve duty in the Nation;)) Guard, Army or Marine Corps units. The rlrnft would continue, th« National Guard would remain unchanged, and the Navy find Air Force would rely on other programs to build up their n-.scrvos. The over-all program would provide a live million man rr;crve by 1050, Including three million In a ready reserve .subject to immediate call, and two million In Miilf-MllNun Cut Srcrnlnry of Defense Wilson estimated the cost at $1,100.000,000 yearly, about 350 millions more Nominations for Air AcademyShortofGoat WASHINGTON (AP) — The. Air ForCC, which asked | his wife and daughter were asleep fiOOO nominations from which to select 300 students for ils;m the house at the time of the fire ansiis is invited," she added. Pirfc of undetermined origin swept through the home at Burdette rit 1:30 n. m. yesterday destroying all of the Autry's personal effects including clothing and furniture. Mr. AUtry, who is a Mississippi j Conn!y repn'.srntative to the state li.-gi.-dature. tvns in Little Rflck at the time of the fire and his wife was at the home of her brother. Hays Sullivan. In Burdette. Their son, L. H. Autry Jr., and new academy, has received only 1,654 to date. Pope, Still Weak, Takes Auto Ride VATICAN CITY Wl - Pope Plus XII took an automobile ride today in the sunshine of his Vatican gardens. In slightly Improved condition but still seriously 111, Ihc ponllff w.-s helped into his black, Amerl- en n.donated limousine by two of his doctors. A witness said he "appeared very weak," but smiled faintly as Congress members, who have two more months in which to nominate their selections, gave a number ol reasons for be delay including a desire to bear from all applicants who want to be consld- i ered, | Tbe Air Academy's class is ' to report next July at Lowry Air Korcf: Base near Denver, Colo., for air training comparable to that his private physician, Dr. Riccar- ' procedure Wa.s being considered Dy Congress, officials stressed the need for the maximum number of nominations. They salcJ that to qualify for the academy, a man must be exceptionally fit both mentally and physically. They said they expected many of the nominees to be disqualified when the final testing was held. None of the noniine.s given potential Arrny and Navy so fnr nas rece ived a mental test officers at West Point and Annapolis, respectively. A deadline of Feb. 18 has been set for the nomlnatioas, roost of which are allotted to senators and representatives. Each may nominate 10. Other nominations may come from other sources, Including the President and vlce-prcslclcnt. Also allotted nominations are the territories of Hawaii and Alaska, the District of Columbia, the Panama Canal Zone nnd Puerto No Comment Air yorct; officials, who fur_, _ „__ , Inc. hcndr-d by H. D'xon, .. . larceny, forfeited $36.15 bond in .chairman said he held the news I and the Southern Co., headed by nai.oi,;,: ac,,.;i.,c i.s ni.olvcd" in ihc hu .specialist, Dr. Nicnans, oowt toto mofok^. loonltncc* dwpU* oontriry Mlvlce I Eugene Yatef. k plant to build * | Dixon-Yates proposal. I helped him toward the car. i- :v p ;hcd t l i" figures on request, dc- i..ined to comment. lo'.vevcr, last and only about 600 have received their final physical exams, the results of which have not been announced. To qualify for nomination a man must be a citizen, between 17 and 22, of good moral character, unmarried, and able to pass the stringent mental and physical exams. Once a man Is nominated he mast compete against the other nominees from his state or area. Final selections wijl be made by the Air Force Academy Adm! ions Board after the cxnmlnn- February when the nominating Uonj. and narrowly escaped injury. Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy with snow flurries north portion and occasional light rain and few snow flurries central portion this afternoon and tonight. Otherwise partly cloudy through Sunday. Colder with lowest 25-35 tonight. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness this afternoon with snoW flurries mostly east portion; partly cloudy tonight and Sunday; snow flurries likely northeast and extreme north Sunday afternoon. Minimum this morning—32. Maximum. ye3tcr'liiy--43. Sunrise tomorrow—7:01, Sunset todny—4:52, Mean temperature (midway between hl|;h nnd low—37.5. Precipitation lust 24 hours to 7 a.m. —none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this dnt* — 32.34. This Date list Yf»r Maximum yesterday—35. Mini mum this m6rnlng-"25, Precipitation January l to dato — 41.75.

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