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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 225 Blythevtlle Courier •Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Dully Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT* NATOChiefs Set Defense For Europe Strategy Based On Issue Of A-Power Use PARIS (AP) — Leaders of the free world today adopted a new defense strategy based on atomic firepower and agreed on the way new weapons can be used in the event of an attack by the Communist bloc. The foreign, defense and finance ministers o! the 14 North Atlantic Treaty powers set the role of atomic weapons during a tightly closed session. They promised a communique on their decision later today or tomorrow. After adoption of defense plans drafted by the chiefs of staff of NATO members, giving nuclear firepower a place in NATO's "new look" arsenal, the ministers e x- cluded most of their advisers from the closed meeting. Then they took up the controversial question of who can decide on a resort to atomic arms—military men or their governments. No immediate word on this discussion leaked out, and NATO press officials would say only that the ministers had reached agreement. Compromise Britain, Prance, the United States and Canada reportedly were pushing a compromise solution which would put the final decision in the hands of the member governments but at the same time would not tie NATO's hands with a rigid formula for consultations in emergencies. The American delegation was known to feel that a cumbersome setup for consultations might rob the Allied forces of much of their effectiveness in urgent cases. American sources pointed out an Initial Red attack also might destroy facilities for communication between the member states. The issue was presented in a report from the NATO Military Committee recommending a new organization of allied forces to utilize fully the latest 1 scientific and technical advances. NATO's supreme commander in Europe, U.S. Gen. Alfred Gruenther, had at first advocated that his office be given power to make the decision on use of atomic weapons, but later the committee of NATO cheifs of staff agreed that the decision was one that must be made by the political chiefs of their countries. Memphis Firm Named in Base Bid Openings LITTLE ROCK W>—A Memphis construction company has submitted the apparent low bid on construction of a dormitory and a dining hall at the Blytheville Air Force Base, the U. S. District Engineers j It was noted that not office snid here today. man who has been held L and M Construction Co.'s bid of $355,009.66 was the apparent low of seven bids submitted. The government estimate on the project was $328,484.75. The Engineers described the dormitory as two stories with wooden frame and 133 man capacity. Work SCHOOL'S OUT — These students of Central Ward School joined others the district over in being dismissed from school for Christmas holi- days today. Their packages are the result of the traditional home room Christmas parties. Classes begin again on Jan. 3. (Courier News Photo) Husband of Shin Woman in for Talks By RAY STEI'HKNS BRINKLEY, Ark, (AP) — The husband of Mrs. Milton Fuller, 25-year-old Brinkley mother, who was beaten to death last Sunday, was called in to talk to police this morning. Fuller arrived at police bend- quarters at 11:05 and was escorted to the office of police chief. Frank Henderson. He went into 8 private conference with Prosecutor J. B. Reed, Sheriff H. K. McKenzie, Prosecutor-elect Bill Lee, and the chief. Officers refused to answer any questions about the appearance of the 31-year-old Brinkley businessman at the station. It was the first time that Fuller has talked to officers since telling how he found his brutally beaten wife lying unconscious on the floor of their bedroom. Last night a steady procession ol townspeople paraded into the police station where they were questioned privately. In all, the ollicers talked to nine people — some of them more than once — this afternoon and tonight. Reed did say that some of them were questioned merely to corroborate the stories of people who had been questioned previously. an the dining hall, which will have a capacity for 300, includes heating and electrical work, water, sewer, parking area and concrete walks. Hearings Set For Tomorrow Preliminary hearings are sched- single n jail for investigation in the case as questioned by officers today. Mrs. Fuller, 25-year-old wife of auto dealer Milton Fuller, was beaten to death at her home early Sunday m o r n i n g. A chemical analysis of blood stains on a stick of stove wood determined that it he was sane, and the murder indictment never was reinstated against him. Hewett still is being held in jail here, but Sheriff McKcn&ie said lie would not be released until a report on hLs fingerprints is received from Washington. Fire Destroys L. H. Aufry Home Burdefrte Residence Of Veteran Legislator Hit by Flames was the death weapon, said Reed. Same Type He said a preliminary report ol an examination of the stick by State Medical Examiner Dr. Anderson Nettleship showed that the blood was "type A"— the same as was Mrs. Fuller's. The piece of wood i.s four feet long and weighs about five pounds. McKenzie said one man who has been held for two days for ques- uled to be held tomorrow in Municipal Court tomorrow 01 charge of burglary and charges of errand larceny. Charges filed today by the prosecuting attorney's office charged Furman K. Bozard with burglary in connection with breaking into feriernl prison and working on a Gilbert Auto Upholstery on North [farm near here. wa.s committed to tioning in tlie ca.se, Samuel A. one j Hewett, has been cleared. two) Hewett, who was an inmate of an Illinois mental hospital for nearly .six years, had no connction with th slaying, said the sheriff. Hcw-ett, now on parole from a BURDETTE — Fire of undetermined oriffin destroyed the home p.mi r.H pevsovml bnlonuintis of Mr. and Mrs, L. H. Autry here early today. The lire was discovered by Mr. Au try's son, I... H. Autry. Jr., wieh, with his wife and daughter,, was asleep in the house el the 1 time. i Young Autry and his family j barely e:;crped safely from the flaming house without injury. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. AUtrey. Sr., were at home at the time of the fire. Mr. Autry, who i.s super-j intendenJ of Burdette schools andj a Mississippi County represents-j live to the State Legislature, was] in Little Rock where lie is attend-i InK a meeting of the Legislative' Council and Mrs. Autry was at the' home of her brother, Hays Sulli-| van, here. i The Blytheville Fire Department] dispatched a truck and a crew of firemen to battle the blaze but the fire had made too much headway, by the time firemen arrived. ' However, firemen pi-evented the wind-swept fire from spreading to surrounding houses. ', Buying Tree? Don't Forget To Feel It By KO\VL.>N;> FAUST Courier News Slr.fl Wrllcr You can't always tell by the shape cr outward. ajii;3arance, .so the best way to determine If a Christmas tree iias the all-im- porlimt, "lusting" quality Is to I'eel it before buying. That was the advice of the Davey Tree Expert Co., Kent, Ohio, and members of the Courier staff will vouch for the soundness of tlie idea. Keeping this In mind we went down to test some trees. The folinge should be resilient and not dry and crumbly. How do you tell this? Touch it. That we did. Of several trees tested one in particular promised to soon shed it's dry leaves and resemble a hat rack. On a couple of trees where it- was doubtful, following directions, we grasp the tree firmly and banged the butt against the floor (o see if a shower of needles would toll us it was drying out. But they had stamina, a.s did the on- lookms salesman, no needles .shed and the salesman grimly waited Lo see what would occur next, The ideal holiday tree has the traditional pyramid shape, with lush branches reaching to t he base ,two favrrites on the market being Balsam fir and Norway spruce. Scotch pine is another favorite, the Davey people say To keep a tree from drying 'jut too quickly and becoming a five hfiz rd as well us looking drab, pl-art- the bottom in water. This can be done with vi bucket with 3ari4e sionus in the bottom to hold the tree in an upriijht po- suir.n. Covering the buc'/.tt wilh tinloil gives it the holiday look. Renew the water as iireded. Helping ihe moisture cunient t>l . th-: tree pays off. Remember, a i dried out tree burns like tindrr. pointed out the communique from iJavey. Highway 61 on Dec. 4. Bozard was recently returned from St. Louis after being arrested there for investigation, according to Sheriff William Berryman. He waived extradition. 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, They were arrested in Pemiscot County, Mo., on Information from the sheriff's office here. They'waived extradition also. | the Illinois institution, after he was indicted on a charge of first degree murder in the fatal beating of a woman at East St. Louis. He was released after a court ruled that No Accidents In Pemiscot CARUTHERSVILLE — No accidents were reported in Pemiscot County, on Wednesday, Safe Driving Day, officials of the Pemiscot County Sheriffs office stated Thursday. However, according to statistics released by the State Highway Patrol. 144 accidents occurred on Missouri highways during the 24- hour period with 53 injuries resulting. Ffo taUlitiei occurred In Ultsouri. C. o/ C. Board Meets "The new Executive Board of the! Blytheville Chamber of Commerce! met in the Plantation Room at j Hotel Noble at noon today to plan the Chamber's activities for the ; coming your. Cost of Living Index Is Termed Price List of Former Luxuries The cost of living index, once a gauge of what it cost the average American to live in frugal comfort, is now Httle more than a price list of former luxuries that have become commonplace necessities. Thus did Wyntte P. De Loache, manager of E. I. du Pont de Nemours Co., Southern Extension Division, speak yesterday before Blythevllle's Rotary Club where he pictured America a.s a land of increasing plenty and a steadily rising standard of living. "Our superiority in living conditions," he said, "is obvious to nearly all of us. "No nation has such an abundance of marvelous and efficient tools && we do in America. "That U why the average Indus-, trial employee today can work 40 i hours a week and produce more,' earn more and live better than his grandfather who worked 12 hours." "Tools," he said, "come from people who are motivated to .supply them. . . the investors. Their motive, of course, is the hope of reward. "Thus, we have the profit system and Its results." Mr. De Louche was introduced by Glto Perry, assistant director of public relations for du Pont, from Wilmington, Del. The program was arranged by Rotarian W. S. Johnston. Rotarian Wyn Campbell Introduced Mr. Perry. In the club's business session, Dick Moore became & new member. Good FelSows Gi.ving Hand To GaodfeHows Good lellow.s Kept comiiiR to the aid of the Goodfellows Christmas basket fund today as several donations were reported in thf Courier News office. Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Nash chipped in with $25, Rob Crosskno gave $2, Harvey Morris donated $3.50 and an anonymous donor sent along $15. The Goodfellow basket fund for needy families is several hundred dollars below the SI.100 it had last year when even that amount proved insufficient. Donations of both food and money are being accepted at the Courier News office and Floyd White and Soas Shoes. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Host to Walnut RldRt Bohcals for Two Games al Haley Field Gym Tonight . . . Maffara Hits Cage Umelltrht . . . Sports . . . Paficit 8 and 9 ... . . . Farm News and R«vle\v . . . 1'nKes 10 and II ... , . . Razorbacks Top Vcar's NewH Stories In State . . . Pa*e 14 ... Hammarskjold Accepts Red Chinas Invitation UN Head To Meet Premier UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — U. N. Sect-clary General D,?g Hammarskjold today ;":'ott'fl a 1 ! invitation for face to face talks with Red China's Chou En-lai in Peiping. The secretary general acted U-ss than four hours after he had received a cnb'e from tho 7'iinrse Communist Premier sayinu Ham- mnrskjold woukl b? wr'.conu' if he wished lo disctr.s questions related to world pence and liUernatiouu! tension. Although Chou did not agree to discuss the 11 American fliers jailed as .spies, Hammarskjold was understood to feel that .such talks had not been ruled out. For this reason, he accepted, without delay The exact date of Hammar- skjold's departure for Peiping and for the talks was not fixed, but the secretary general intends to go as soon as arrangemeuets can be worked out. Followed Resolution The exchange of message grew out of a resolution adopted by the U.N. General Assembly lust Friday condemning the Peiping regime for holding the fliers and directing the secretary general to do his best to win their release. Hammarskjold Immediately sent off n cable proposing direct talks with Chou. He received two cables from the Communist leader this morning', one denouncing the Assembly's action as Illegal and the other say- Ing he would receive Hnmmnr- sjkold for talks at a date to be decided upon by the secretary general. fn reply Hammar.skjold sent two cables. The first merely acknowl- edgpd the receipt of Chou's blast again.st the Assembly and informed Chou that the message was being circulated to U.N. members. The second said: "I acknowledge receipt of your cable No. 38 of 17 December concerning my proposal for a visit to Peiping. I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you. In view of the necessary practical arrangements, I nm not yet hi a position to fix a date for the arrival nor can I say definitely who will come witli me. I may get an opportunity for the first contact concerning some of these practical arrangements with youn ambassador in Stockholm." To Leave at fi p.rn. • A spokesman for Hammar.skjold said he would .leave at 0 p.m. tonight for Stockholm, according to previous plans. The .spokesman sold the secretary general also would definitely return to New York next Wednesday. Final arrangements for the trip will be made then. It was understood he would take several advisers with him, but it still had not been decided who they would be. In view of the bitter attack made by Chou on the Arsembly action and also because of his failure to say .specifically that he would discussed the c;i'<e of the fliers wUh Hammarskjold, there wa.s some doubt at fir.st a.s to whether the secretary general would acept his See U.N. on 1'aci 5 Ike Heralds Yt»!e Season Tonsght WASHINGTON i/I'i — Pros 'dent Eisenhower lights Washington's community Christmas tree at dusk tnday as a beacon he-raldini; throughout the world the holiday message of "Peace on earth, good will toward men." The President planm-d a six- minute address over major radio and TV networks. It was scheduled about 5:15 p.m. EST. The. ceremonies opened the national captal's first Pageant of Peace, a three-week celebration in which representatives of 30 nations will participate In religious anJ holiday observances. 7 Men, 5 Women Hold Fate of Dr. Sheppard By HKLMAN MOK1N ' CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury today .began to deliberate the '("ill or innocence of Dr. S-wvol Sheppard nl'lcr solemn instructions in which the judge admonished: "You are no! lo recommend mercy out of considerations of prejudice, sympathy or favor, or for the purpose of avoiding what you may consider an unpleasant task or duly." It took the judge 30 minutes lo deliver his charge. During Judge Edwurd Blythiu's ehui'se the seven men and five women on tlie jury swtvcled their chairs In hLs direction mid guve him close nUcutioii. Dr. Sheppard, 30-ycur-old osteopath, was seated about 12 feet away at the coun.se! table. He kept hLs eyes fixed on the men and women of the jury throughout most of the charge. He Is clmrged with first-degree murder In tlie July 4 bludgeon slaying of his wife Marilyn, 31. Altoniiite Dismissed After the 'Judge was finished, he dismissed the 13lh alternate juror, Mrs. Lois Mnnclni, an attractive brunette. She had .sat throughout the nine weeks of the trial, ready In the event of illness or death to take the place of one of the regular jurors. Judge Blythln thanked her ear- ne.stly and profusely for her at- ttmtive service in the case. in a 30-mlmitc explanation of the law, the 70-year-old judKa told the Jury it is not necessary to prove motive under Ohio law. And he explained that circumstantial evidence must he considered carefully. The Judged locked the doors of the, small courtroom before he began,his instructions, Sheppard'.s two brothers and their wives were In the courtroom. The defendant gave them a small smile ns he stood waiting for the . . . Dr. Sam .. . Freedom or Conviction? ... last legal act in his nlnc-weck-oUi trial. Sheppard maintained his Inno- eense nncl siiltl the crime \v»fl commuted by someone who broke into his house In the hours after midnight. Sheppiird was taken buck to his cell block in tho criminal courts building where the courtroom is located. flood Lurk Charm Before the session started a greeting enrd was handed to Sheppard by the bailiff. Ho opened It and, folded between the pages, wai a four-leaf clover. A brief messng* was on the sheet of paper Inside. Slujppard .smiled iind.ut the some time tears came to his eyes. Judge Blythln told the Jury tht five possible verdicts are: 1. Guilty of first-degree murder without recommendation of mercy, which carries a mandatory death sentence. '2. Guilty offlrst degree murder with a recommendation of mercy; the penalty In this decision Is man- Sri; S11EITARI) tin Page 5 General Talks to Private In Flag Incident Today EDGEWOOD, Md. IAP) — I 3 vt. Bruce A. Wallace, studious l)Ul boyKsh looking at 24, bus a (Into with his general todtiy to explain how he feels about the flag. The Army didn't Hire hi.s expla •*• • nations after he failed lo stand ill | attention and salute us the. Stars I land Stripes were hnulcd down nl. sunset at the Army Chemical Ccn- ! tor here Nov. 3. Brig. Gen. John R. Burns i« studying- .still another explanation • P\v.. Wallace made under o:iih last' j week. | Gem. Huras snkl he would de' cide, alter talking to tlie young ! mechanical engineer, whethc Catuthersville Court Re-Sets Few Hearings By SONNY RANOtfUS CARUTHKn.SVTLLE - Prollml- j order him tried by a cnurt-marthil nary hcnrin^s on four criminal $or let ItKO at a.slrom> n.-primand. j W(T( . ^^ Jn M , str;i((l Wallace, from Rid^wood. N.J.. i ,,., tr| . it , declined to say another word until T' he .'tc;f.'; tlie j'fMi<;ra], a fellow alum- j mi" from Massaciiu.setts Institute j ol Technology. ; The private got in trouble foi ! tr;llin;' his company commander, | ;iccd;-;;m^ to the com puny coin- ( i mnndor: Preliminary «'>:amin;itinn i n r .Je.s.sle William Washington, M- yoar-old Stiihtown Nr»ro charged with grand larceny, wa.s .set lor next Thursday. Washington I.s nc- ou.-ifd of stealing an automobile in I ""'•Trio'riot respect the flag andj Hi '" [i fiuml!iy ' I1 du) not Jed it necc-SKjtry lor me j Kulr-ts Rnhlmisun, ' to rrn-'er proper lesppot to the ' Ni . , . . 11 - - ' t! Nf.'iiro, were- brmiwnt before in. court on a char!-:" of grand larceny ;tnci the case was re-set tor next Thursday. They are accused of stealing copper wire and a radiator iron) Eupcne McCoy's junk yard here 21 of City's Stores to be Open Tonight Wilh only one week of Christmas (i]io|)|)ln[; miialnini;, Blylhcvjlle's dou'ntovn inerchnnts will BC2in keeping extra long store hours for NIC convenience of Last-minute shoppers. Twenty-one downtown merchants advert : :;ed in today* Courier News that. he|;inniH!! tonight their stores will remain open until 9 p.m. in :>pite of a recommendation handed dmvn.several weeks ago by the Retail Merchants Division of the Chamber ot Commerce that late ! hours not start, until Dee. 20. j Aceordim; to the ad. the mer- ' c.h;mtf> will keep tlu.'lr doors open lightly from now until Christina* - including Christmas eve. > '(lit- .Mail .MfiTl-.ants l)tv:slon also recommended that stores maintain rc^ubir closing hours on ! Chnsnn.is F.ve. , „ Hlytheville antl Arthur I.ee Grant, Ilay- i Haft at retreat if I am not, in for- j • motion, ] ' "My being In the Army has less- j I fijifd my re.spect for the country. | I feel that my service in iinnect!:-;- i sary and a waste of time. I classi- j fy the flng a.s a .symbol not rc'juir- ! ing re.spect according to my re- iiigioas." Dec. 9. Johnny Williams, charged with felonious assault Doc. 13. is .sciied- rew Drive-In Mci'boxes KTS Post Ofl:fc h':rc has iv.-eived [lire!- n""-' drivi'-in style niailboxc'S. Two ;»!•'• repl''i<.iut; the homemade vi.ncty at Ihf Post Office. But J'uslma-itrr Ross Strvcns is iimlt-rid'Hl as to where the other will go. A Rood bet, he said. i£ a lightly- Iravclcd interscrtion in the West Kml. . | The soldier's father Owi|>ht Wai- ,iled to coriio before the court next lacf said later his son was only Thursday. Passed to next Thurs- "wnoluathcrini?" whnn he should have been saluting, fn hi.s sworn statement of Dec. fi. Wallace denied he had said hi.s | Army service lessened hi.s respect I for the country and was unncce.s- 'sary. Weatk ver dismissed by Prosecuting Attorney Elmer Peal. Caruthersville Class Learns Ike'II be with Family CARUTHERSVfLLE — President and Mrs. Dwlgrit Eisenhower hone to spend Christmas with their grandchildren according to a letter received this morning by the Amer- iciin History class at. Caruthersville HlRh School. A letter was written by a member of the class, Sonny Sanders, to President Elsenhower lor Information as to how he and Mrs. Eisenhower plan tx> spend Christmas. The Information was requested to be used In an American History assembly program "Chrlstmai la America Through the Years." The class IK instructed by Miss Mary Ellen Horner. President, Elsenhower's letter to the history class read-. Dear Sonny: Your recent letter to the president has been referred to me for reply We certainly aprpeclate your writing. The President, like all the rest o/ us, likes most to spend Christmas with his family. Both he and Mrs. Elsenhower are especially happy when they have their Thll clay was the preliminary hearing for William Dial, licensed of felonious assault Dec. 6. ^__ The case of J, B. French, i charged with forgery Aug. 24, was; ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and ; colder this afternoon and tonight; [Saturday fair, not so cold west; | lowest tonight 22 northwest to 32 I southeast. I MISSOURI—Considerable cloudl- ! ness and windy this afternoon and tonight with occasional light snow northeast this afternoon and mostly cast and north tonight; Saturday partly cloudy; colder this afternoon and tonight. Minimum this morning—35. Maximum yesterday—55. Sunrise tomorrow—7:01. sunset toiluy~4:51. Menu tom(iprauire (midway between lilK'li and low—45. I'riiclplti-.tlon last 24 hours to 7 a.m — none. rrt-clpltnvlon Jan. 1 to this date — 32.34. This I).ite Last Year Maximum yesterday—40. Minimum this morning—14. Precipitation January 1 to (late ~41.75. grandchildren with them for the holidays. Arrangements for this year, however, have not yet been completed so, we do not know just what their plans will be. You may be sure that If It is at all possible, they will spend their time with David, Barbara Anne and Susan. With best wishes to you and the vest of yovir classmates for a successful program and for a happy holiday season. Sincerely yours, James C. Haggcrty, Press secretary to the president.