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May 4, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

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rAM TWO Arkansas Clemency System 80 Per Cent of Convicts Freed Before Expiration of Sentence IMt it the first of a series on the clemency system for Arkansas convict*. Bv CARL BELL LITTLE ROCK (AP) — About 80 per cent of the convicts committed to Arkansas' prison farms are freed on parole before expiration of their sentences. Some of them get into trouble again and are returned to prison. Some make numerous trips back. Some have committed serious crimes. LEND A HAND, LICK DREAD DISEASE-Alice Mulligan, of New York City, "Miss M S" of the 1954 Multiple Sclerosis Cam-, paign, displays the official campaign poster for this year's drive. The theme of the poster, "My Mommy Has M S," stresses the emotional burden that children must carry when their parents have the dread disease. The organization seeks to raise $1,500,000 in the campaign, which runs^ through June 15, for an expanded program of research, rehabilitation and education. New Radio Show Out-Dragnets [net with Honest Realism Dragi • By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD (B—The new Night Watch radio show tops Dragnet for realism in the cops-and-criminal department. It's the genuine thing. Listeners to Night Watch on CBS Monday nights will hear the actual nabbing of a criminal. The recording was made during an arrest by the Culver City, Calif., police. Columbia's answer to Jack Webb is an enterprising young man named Donn Reed. A radio veteran, he dreamed up Night Watch in an effort to find something new in radio. "I remember one day I came out of a radio conference feeling- very depressed," he told me. "I said to another felloxv that I was tired, of rehashing the same old things in radio. If only there wasr'i something new. j Wealth of Material "That day 1 went over to the place -where I play handball. Another person Ron Perkins. cording equipment." reported Reed. "To get, really professional quality meant using about 1.000 pounds of gear. Obviously that was impractical, since much of the time I had to race after police to get my recordings. "We finally worked it down to a self-inclusive unit that weighs only 16 pounds. That makes me much more maneuverable. We carry an engineer with us. but he stays in the car. It wouldn't be right to ask j him to accompany us." Exciting Life Reed referred .to the danger. It can be considerable. Once he was in close proximity when a holdup man was apprehended. The hood reached for his gun, and Reed hit the de'ck. He .saved himself from danger, but he still was angiv. The fall damaged the' recording equipment and ruined his report on the crime. On another occasion, the police But prison and parole officials say most of them go straight after their first lesson. Prison Supt. Lee Henslee believes it would be extremely difficult to operate a penitentiary without a parole system. "Every prison in the country has some kind of parole system," he observed. "If it weren't for paroles which prisoners can earn through good behavior, we would have to depend on harder methods of incarceration. We couldn't depend on prisoners for anything. We'd have to drive them. "We all have to have some in- centitive in life. A parole is the incentitive for a convict." The state's senior parole officer, C. C .Taul, supports the parole system by contending, "Time served in prison is not necessarily the certainty of the punishment." In Arkansas, a convict becomes eligible for parole after he has served one-third of his sentence. This, however, does not have to be the sentence that was given him by the court which convicted him. A life termer can have his sentence reduced to 30 years by the governor. That would make him eligible for parole after 10 years imprisonment,. If his sentence were commuted to 21 years, he'd be eligible for release after seven years. Parole Director Sam Cannon says that, actually, the lifers make the best parolees. Henslee says only 20 per cent of the convicts in his charge don't behave themselves well enough in prison to earn paroles. Paroles are granted only by the State Board of Pardons, Pa'roles and Probation, which acts on the 'basis of recommendations from prison, law enforcement and court officials. OEher forms of clemency in Arkansas are furloughs and pardons — which, like reductions of sentences — are granted by the governor under constitutional authority. Gov. Cherry tightened up on furloughs," and follows a policy of giving them only in cases of emergency and then for only brief periods. While granting paroles is not his job, the governor is on record as favoring the system. At Cherry's recommendation, the | Parole Board began making more complete and more frequent checks on parolees. Every convict on parole is checked once a month. Some are checked weekly. "When we find a parolee" who is dissatisfied with his pay," says Cannon, "we try to find them better jobs. We try to see that they stay with their families, too." Parolees are not just turned loose. Each one has a sponsor who is responsible for him. Often the sponsor is the convict's employer The Parole Board checks the sponsors as well as the parolees Cannon explained: Five States Hold Primary Voting Today WASHINGTON </P)—These principal nominations were at stake in five state primary elections today Alabama; governor. U. S. senator, 9 U. S. representatives. Ohio: governor. U. S. senator, 23 U. 'S. representatives. Indiana: 11 U. S. representatives Florida; governor, 8 U. S. representatives. New Mexico: governor, U. S. senator and 2 U. S, representatives. Most of the five states have up for nomination candidates for lesser state offices. Many aspirants already are certain of victory tomorrow because they have no opponents. But Republican and Democratic choices for the same office wlil still have to fight it out in the general election this November. Alabama's headline billing is the struggle by Sen. John, Sparkman, the Democrats' 1952 choice for vice president, against three Democratic opponents who want his XJ. S. Senate seat: Laurie Battle of Birmingham, who gave up his House seat to try for the Senate; John. G. Crommelin of Wetumphka, a retired miral; and William C. Irby Sr. of melin of Wetumpka, a retired ad- Jacksonville. *, Battle is expected to put up the toughest race against Sparkman. The major issue is civil rights. What's in a Name- If You Can't Pronounce It CAMP PICKET. Va. (JP) — The 1.000 officers taking part in the army's giant logistical maneuver, Loger-54, here this week have no problem at all compared with the fellow who calls the roll. Working side by side in the paper work maneuver are Koutsogianno- poulos is of the Greek Army. Maj. Prasarij, Prasthabanchong are of the Thai army. They're among 124 officers representing 29 foreign countries and rae sharing information gained from thfe experience over Camp Pickett drawing boards. Toad Beliefs Not,many years ago, people believed that toads produced warts, carried jewels in their heads, poisoned infants with their breath, caused rain if stepped upon and. if killed, affected the quality of cow's milk. because they were misusing, underpaying or even mistreating them. They weren't interested in the parolee's welfare." TOMORROW: Premature release of some notorious convicts has been disastrous. Joes that tell-tale look" on your face say change of life? A great many women auftVr "change of life" after forty. They tire easily, have "nerves", sleep poorly, are hard to live •with. Their eyes and face get that "change" loofc. "A In*- nf fi-,,-™«,. Curdui has helped thousands of women A lot Of f01 met sponsors are no i to ] 08e that "change" look. Cardui acts to longer permitted to have parolees ports. He knows the code numbers, and when a promising call comes over, he hops in his car and hurries to the scene. d) improve appetite. (2) thus build Ktrenurth and resistance. (3) ease tension and nervousness—sleep heller. Let triple-action Cardui help you feel better, look better and be your normal, cheerful self again. Get Carrlui today. (Say: "rard-you-cyc"). 1 ft"! I 1 I MONTHLY CRAMPS ll'A'J I CHANCE OF LIFE who plays there is ;' picked up a dope addict who con- a sergeant with the i fessed the source of supply. This Culver City police. He had his uniform on, and I asked hi rmvhat he had been doing lately. He told me about some of his cases, and they sounded fascinating. He invited me to come along with him some night." led to the undercover interview with a dope pusher whose devious method of selling the stuff was recorded on tape. Such exploits provide an exciting life for Reed. Too exciting, claims his insurance firm. "My Reed went in the prowl car one } premium has been tripled since I night-and found a wealth of ma-1 started this work." he 'lamented terial. Perkins talked to Chief Reed spends most of his even- W. N. Hildebrande of the Culver ings with the Culver City police. City .police about allowing Reed to j He now enjoys a night out with record some cases. Permission was jhis wife only about once every four granted, and the project got under | weeks. In addition to his " night way. j work, he keeps the radio in his "Our first problem was the re- : CBS office tuned to the police re- f* Hiii *•*/. ft It rtftrvtd I* *n/y ffr* Hnnl In f*fcM Mtf fifrccft -For a Limited Time Only- Receive a regular $4.95 four-inch Paint Brush FREE of extra charge with the purchase of four gallons "Sterling" Paints. SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY WANTS STERLING PAINTS" Gal. Mississippi County LUMBER COMPANY Phont 3-8151 I 1801 W. Main ARMORED FOR ATOM WAR— Surging toward snore ai fon tiragg, rv, C... the Army's M-59 amphibious armored personnel carrier is used lor the first time during "Exercise Hash Burn." The maneuvers were conducted to solve problems which might arise during actual atomic war. Just iffct 5/it Said BOSTIC, N. C. (Jl — At 11:15 a. m. Sheriff Vance Wilkins jokingly asked bank teller, Mrs. AUeen Robertson, "What would you do if a man poked a gun in your face." "Give him all my money." said the teller. At 11:25 a. m. & bandit poked a gun in her face and Mrs. Robertson gave up the money. Read Courier News Classified Adi OLD at 40.5060? Women! Pep up as Mr. Brtntley did. He writes: I o; 74. Had no pep. But Ostrcx m»d« m* frel 26' yeari younger than I did."—R- H. Briat- Jey. New, higher-potency, Oitrtx Tonic Tablet* contain tonic, heraic itimulant often needed after 40-by bodies old juit t*C*u»* lacking in iron; plus iuppltnn«Bt doiei vit»- min« BI and B*. Trial six* (7 days) c«U little. Also aik to see popular moMv-Ovly Economy jiie. Start to *et MW pep TODAY. "At all druggltt." In BlythtTlllt ftt Kirby <fc Woods Drug. Doctor, Held In China, Says Reds Not Liked WORCESTER, Mass. (£»)—A physician who was held in China for 18 months under "town arrest" says. "Not more than 5 per cent of the Chinese people have any use- for the Communist government or any confidence in the party." He forecasts an ultimate uprising. Dr. William E. Braisted, graduate of Brown University and McGill University Medical School, went to China first in 1938 for the American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. He operated a hospital at Kfltyang, Kwangtung province, in south China. Part of the time it was under control of the Communists. He believes "it is only a matter of time before the end will be $1,000 Worth Of Golden Cocker LONG BEACH, Calif. <Jf) —While Don Campbell and Beryle Townley of nearby Inglewood were driving home Friday night they spotted a wandering golden cocker spaniel on the highway. Since they'd almost hit the pooch, Campbell decided to take him home. The next day Mrs. Campbell read where Randy, a cocker, had run away from his owners. They had offered $1.000 reward. Mrs. Campbell realized the dog her husband brought home was Randy. Campbell collected, said he would split with Townley and decided he'd have to buy a dog. His children had fallen in love with Randy overnight. seen in a mass uprising." He says the only loyal Communists are party officers, members j of the military and "stooges." "And even they," he adds, "arc far from 100 per cent loyal.' FOR TOPS IN SCREEN & AWNING SERVICE SEE OR CALL Building Specialties 633 S. E. 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