The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 29, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, December 29, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THI DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. L—NO. 283 filythf vllle Courier Blythevilte Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY 'FIVE CENTS Added School Tax Is Asked New Five-Mill Levy To Add Classrooms Blytheville's School Board will ask for a five-mill tax increase With which Negro and white elementary school fa cilities will be built, it was revealed today. According to present boardfr — • • • plans, the measure will be on th school ballot of March 19 and th tax will be levied and collected "as of 1955." In its written statement, th board expressed some reluctance in asking the increase in millage but pointed out that what it term "the Battle of the Bulge" in public schools is beginning to be felt in Blytheville. Base Aid Extra The board was quick to poin out, too, that any aid in the future which may come from the govern ment due to Blytheville Air Force Base reactivation would be needec to take care of the additional pop ulation brought in by the base. It emphasized the additiona classrooms are needed for fore seeable and current numbers of grade school children. To support its plea for increasec revenues with which it would builc new schools or expand existing ones, the board noted that room needed for desks in these numbers, by schools; Central — 4. Sudbury — 5. Robinson — 62. Clear Lake — 12. Promised Land — 17. Some 20 movable desks, it is believed, Tary might offer some tempo- dief in the white schools. Obviously, Robinson School is In need of much more additional room. And, the board went on, total school attendance over the district has gone up from 3,553 last year to 3,912 for the same third month of this school year. 15 Rooms Shy ' Further, the board's statement pointed out, "according to the State's standard for classroom units, we are in round figures, 15 classroom units short. "This means the present number of teachers are doing the work of 15 teachers who are not and can not be employed because of no available classroom'space." Lastly, the board stated it has asked the State Department of Ed- •ucatlon to assist in making a survey of the types of buildings and locations needed. Second Time This Is the second time since late in 1949 the School Board has felt it necessary to ask residents of the district to vote monies for expansion of facilities Late In 1949, and as an indirect result of a community development plan, voters okayed a package deal 30-mill levy which not only provided for construction of the $300,000 high school, but provided for an overall $450,000 bond sale Which included other school improvements. That approval looms as the largest single project in the district's history. Here's the context of the statement released by Blytheville's School Board: The Board of Education has found it necessary to ask the taxpayers of Blytheville School District No. 5 to vote a 5 mill increase in the local school tax at the coming school election which will be held March 19, 1955. The tax to be levied and collectible as of 1955. "The Board has not been able to find any alternate source of revenue adequate to meet the building requirements which the school district faces at this time. The pres- Jaycees Planning Awards Dinner Young Man of Year, Good Government Title Are Features The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Awards banquet honoring the Young Man of the Year for 1954 will be held Jan. 17, Chairman J L. Westbroofc, Jr., announced day. The annual event to name city's outstanding young man also will be the occasion for announcing five winners of Jaycee Key Man awards and for presentation qf the Jaycee Good Government Award to some city or county pubic official. t Nominations are now being received at the Chamber of Commerce office in City Hall for 'man of the year" award. Persons nominated need not belong to the Jaycees, but a detailed list of his civic and community activities should accompany the nomination, Mr. Westbrook, who was recipient of the award ,for last year, pointed mt. Secret Committee Selection of the person to be lonored will be made by a secret :ommittee of three business and livic leaders. Winner of the Good Government Award also will be chosen by a secret committee. Nominations for this award submitted at the Chamber office. The' award for 1953 was presented to Judge Zal B. Harrison, now retired. Only requirements for the award are that the nominee must have held some city or county office during 1954. Nominations for the awards must be submitted by Jan. 12. Key Man awards are given each year to five Jaycees who have contributed most to the organization's activities during the year. These are selected by the club membership. Last year's winners were Joe Warren, James Pearson, T. H. Caraway, Joe Bill McHaney and Nick Powers. Members of the committee in BUDDING INDUSTRIAL AREA — These tWO buildings are joining Central Metal Products Co., in the industrial area which has blossomed on the Elm Street acreage purchased by the Chamber of Commerce. At top is new home of Simmons •Tin Shop. Bottom photo shows progress on new Pepsi Cola building. (Courier News Photos) McCarthy Seeks a Position On Foreign Relations Group By O. MILTON KELLV charge of the banquet are Emery Francis, Dr. David Miles and Joe Warren. ent over-crowded conditions in See TAXES on Page 2 James Pease Wife Succumbs Word was received here yesterday of the death of Mrs. James Pease, wife of the opera singer James Pease, who is well-known in Blytheville. Mrs. Pease collapsed and died aboard the liner Amrica which was dockd in Southampton, Englanc Dec. 21. Mr. Pease was stationed at tht Blytheville Army Air Field during World War n. At the time of his wife's death, he was singing in an opera in Hamburg, Germany. Two children also survive. Mother, Six Children Better How- Thanks Anyone Around Here For the Cotton Bowl? Anyone for the Cotton Bowl? Cotton Bowl tickets may be scarce in Dallas but apparently they are plentiful here. For the past two weeks, the Sports Department of the Courier News has been swamped with calls from persons desiring to sell their tickets to the Arkansas- Georgia Tech tiff New Year's Day. . As of this morning Inquiries concerning the sale of a total of 15 Cotton Bowl ducats have come to members of the Courier's staff. Blytheville's citizens responded with alacrity to the call for aid which went out in yesterday's Courier News in behalf of a widow and her six children. Yesterday's edition hadn't been off the press two hours before donations began, pouring in the front door of the building. Six stoves were offered by various persons. Cash contributions am' donations of food, clothing and bedding also were received. Courier News staff members visited the home last night and this morning and found a much improved situation today. Last night none of the seven were wearing shoes. The mother had been cutting wood on a ditch bank to provide warmth for the night. But today, clothing, food fuel and money were flowing into the small two-room home from all parts of the county and indications were that response to yesterday's. plea would produce more than enough to tide the family over until the mother qualifies for state Welfare aid. The State Welfare Office Inquired of the family today and promised to investigate. The family has inquired about welfare payments. A small bed and a wood or coal- burning cookstove could be used. The seven now have only one double bed and two single beds between them. WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen McCarthy ,'R-Wis) said today he is seeking a seat on the Senate Foreign .Relations Committee in the hope of influencing Eisenhower administration policies in Asia which he regards as "disastrous." On the committee he would have a new forum to argue for tougher measures against Communist China. No Republican vacancy on the *committee is in prosbect, and McCarthy conceded to newsmen that his chances of winning a seat art slim. But he said that to attain one, he is willing to give up hiF place on the coveted Approprla tions Committee. He serves also on the Rules and Government Operations committees. He said he has asked the GOP Committee on Committees, which to ar- President to Request- Civil Service Pay Hike By WII.MOT HERCHEIl AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower will send a special message to Congress Jan. 11 recommending pay increases for federal civil service workers and postal em- ployes. Another special message will be sent to Capitol Hill Jan. 13, the little White House announced, out- Hammarskjold Mission Is to Begin Tomorrow * ¥ ¥ * *** v He Hopes to Return by Jan. 15 By A. I. GOLDBERG ' UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Dag Hammarskjold's U. N. mission to Red China — seeking freedom for 11 U. S. fliers and other U. N. personnel held captive there — gets under way tomorrow afternoon. Accompanied by n (op politicnl-i. ^_____ _^_^___ - ^ -- . adviser and other aides, the U.N. Final Votes of French On German Arms Due secretary general will board Super Constellation of the U,S. Military Air Transport Service al New York. Stops Stopping en route In London and New Delhi. Hammarskjold plnns to confer with British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and India's Prime Minister Nehru before he meets Red Chinese-' Premier Chou En-lai in Peiptng . He expects to arrive In Peiping by Jim. 4 or 5, traveling from London a British government aircraft to New Delhi and by Indian government plane to Canton. Hitmmarskjold has told correspondents he wants to be back at U.N. headquarters by Jan. 15. Ahmed Boklmri, former head of Pakistan's U.N. delegation, is no- company ing Hanunarskjold us political adviser. Bokliari's new appointment as undersecretary in n charge of the 1 U.N. nfonnation DejHiilmunl become s etteeUve Jan. 1. In the party will be Per .ml, executive iiicle to the secretary general; Miss Aase Aim, iammarskjold's Norwegian secre- 11 ry; and the only American In tlio group, William Ranfillo, n im- ,lvc of Pittsburgh, PA. ,who is a wsonal nide on the secretary fenernl's staff. Interpreter They "will be Joined In London jy British Prof. Humphrey Wai- lock, tin expert on tnlcnmtioniil aw, and Guslnv Nystrom, Swod- sh Lutheran missionary in Chtim 25 yeur.s who served as an lUerpreLer at the Korean ,ice talks ivL Pnhmnnjom. Constan- ,ln Stnvropoulos, Greek head of the U.N. Legal DcpnrlmcnL, will o ns fur (is London to brief Will- dock. , H jold is making his rip under fi mundatc from the U.N. Assembly directing him to ise "unreinittinR efforts" to secure the of the 11 airmen ml other U.N. personnel. Pool Hall Hit By Burglars About $50 in change and some ilgarettes were taken from Ihe Playmore Billiard Parlor In the 100 block West Main last night after entrance was apparently gained '.hrough an exhaust fun In the rear, iccordlng to Investigating county officers. The change was taken from pinball machines in the establishment. Nothing else was found to be missing. County offlceri ire Investigating. handles such assignments, range a switch. Membership Reduced The GOP membership on the Foreign Relations Committee will be reduced by one when Democrats organize the Senate next week. One present Republican member, Sen. Ferguson of Michigan, was defeated in November. Thus no GOP changes appear in prospect. McCarthy on Dec. 7 issued statement accusing President Ei- senhoWcr of "a shrinking show of weaknes" toward world communism. After the statement, Gen. James A. Van Fleet, former 8th Army commander in Korea, withdrew from ari organization of McCarthy backers. McCarthy said today he "felt very badly" about Van Fleet's action, and he continued: "Disturbed" "I was much disturbed by his thought that this was a personal fight between me and Eisenhower, which it is not. While there apparently is a parting of the ways between Van Fleet and me, I still think Van Fleet is an outstanding general and a very loyal American." A reporter asked McCarthy: "If President Eisenhower is renomin- ated in 1956, what part would you play in the presidential election campaign?" "Frankly." he replied, "I don't have any idea. I think Eisenhower has been doing a substantially good job in Europe, but we have been doing a disastrous job in Asia." Flans to Speak He added after a pause that he regards thp administration's cold "evo/t/t/on in Food Crops? lining a program of increased pay and benefits for members of the armed services. The second message will also deal with the new reserve program outlined recently by Secretary of Defense Wilson. James C. Hagcrty, White House press secretary, told reporters the proposals for civil service pay Increases and adjustment of job classifications would add about 202 million dollars a year to present payroll costs. No Other Figures This figure is about 5 per cent of the present payroll for classified civil service workers, he said. Hagerty did not provide any figures on the increases being considered for employes of the Post; Office Department and members of :he armed forces. He did say," however, that the idministration still feel.s that any ncreases for postal workers should come from increased postal rates, that any legislation would include provision for .such hikes. Hagerty declined to say whether Eisenhower would recommend a me-cc:nt increase in the rate for irst class mail, bringing the .sealed etter rate to four cents. Congress balked at this last year. Eisenhower vetoed a pay year would' not be linked In one bill. As now drafted, the recommendation. 1 ; provide for n minimum increase of $125 a year fur civil .service workers in the K'ade of OS 1 and n maximum of $800 I year in the top grades. In addition to pay, Hagerty said .tiie .special message relating to the armed forces will recom- nlend Increased medical aid for dependents. Improved ''survivors' benefits and expanded housing facilities. hike bill for civil service and postal workers last August it did not contain provision for postal rote increases. Hagerty said the civil service W. L. Moxley Buys Fulton Radio Station W. L. Moxley of Blytheville has purchased radio station WFUI. tit Pulton, Ky., he said this morning. The 1,000-watt station operates on AM during the day and on the FM band at night. The first station he has ever owned, Mr, Moxley said, he does not plan to tnke personnl charge of Its operation, but will have a Moxley days TB Drive Short In Blytheville With still n few reports ycL to come In, funds from the sale nl Christ DHLS seals and other solicitations In the am urn! tuberculosis drive In Blytheville stood today nl $3.413.43, according U) C. L. Mc- W liters, campaign chairman. In ti breakdown of .solicitations received to date, Mr. Me Waters reported that, business solicitation'; during the pre-Chrlstman drive to- tnlcd (1,608.68 while mall solicitations totnlnd $1,540,00. Other .solicitations reported were $200 from the bangle drive, $14.82 from Sudbury .School. S27.J)] from Harrison lilgh School, $12.7.1 from Lang*! School ami $1,61 from Promised Lund School. The $3,413.43 reported today by Mr, McWatcrs Is $014 short ol l»sf year's total solicitation/I of $4,028 • 27. However, It WHS pointed out that all schools in the Blytheville district h "™. n °J "'P^J ll 'f r f]'f'< 11 ™* which .should hike the total figure some> Ftir the first Lime this year Negroes v.x-re included in the mull .s;il< of Christmas seals. They previously had been .solicited through various Negro rhurches. By HAHVKY HUDSON PARIS (AP) — The French National Assembly plodded reluctantly today toward its decisive votes on West German rearmament. Premier Pierre Mendes-France* • • - .._ _- v, was expected to win, but by even narrower margins than Monday's 289-251 ballot to admit the Bonn government Into NATO. Cllm'nXing' four years of debate and delay, the deputies gatherec to give their final say on the Insl two of the Interlocking PjirtF agreements enlisting 500,000 Wesl German troops In Atlantic defense, Mencles-Fnmce both votes confidence Issues, staking his government's life on their outcome Actual balloting was not cxpectec to start until tonight. Key Vote The second ballot was set on the question of admitting West Germany Into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The deputies approved this treaty's separate articles Monday night but its ratification us a whole also was required. Victory Seen Political observers predicted Mendes-Prance would win about 270 votes on bolh Issues. Enough deputies in the 027-seat chamber were expected to abstain to give him victory. The Assembly already had approved the other two key Paris agreements. A pact restoring German sovereignty was accepted 3HO- HO last Friday. The same day the Assembly okayed 368 - 145 the French-German accord on the future of the disputed Soar. The deputies also ratified 517-100 a companion convention on the .station- Ing of foreign troops on German soil. There was a possibility that Mencles-France would call for still another ballot on all the agreements IIH a whole. The decision on whether this should be clone WHS up Lo the Premier and was expected to depend on the temper of the Assembly at the lime. Assembly approval of the com- ilcx of treaties would send them to the Council of the Republic:, upper house of the F'rench Parliament, for final ratification. This probably would take place sometime in February. Present Indications were the government would have im easier llinu getting ihc igrcements through the Senate than It has had In the Assembly. The touchiest question Is that ot idmltttng West Germany into the WEIJ, since it Involves putting Germans back Into uniforms. To allay fears of any runaway German rearmament, the pael provides for limitations on the arms and armament production of member states and an international agency to keep check ontcn. will lime manager. Mr. spend two or three and postal recommendations this Stnr-Vue. week at the sin Lion, he said. Owner of a. chain of nine movie theatres at one time, Mr. Moxlcy leased and took over the operation last summer of the swimming pool at Walker Park after selling his remaining three movie houses in Blythoville, the Mox, Savoy and Snite 'Lung' Given EVANSTON, III. f/I'j - The Iron lung In which Fred B. finite .Jr. spent his last. 18 years hafi been donated to St. Francis Hospital by his father Fred B. Snite Sr. Snitfi Jr., 44, died Nov. 12 In West Palm Beach. Fla, He was stricken with polio March 31, 1030, in Pelp China. Arkansas Is Hit By Snow, Rain But Weather Man Expects It to Clear Up Today, Tomorrow By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow and rain fell In most of Arkansas yesterday and last night and continued In some sections today. The U. 5. Weather Bureau office at Little Rock said It would be fair and slightly warmer tomorrow. Northwest Arkansas got the.heav lest .snowfall. Huntsvllle in Madison County reported 2.50 Inches of snow on the ground. Lee Creek in Crawford County reported 1.50 Inches, Other points reporting snow this morning were Fayettevllle, Pltppin, Port Smith, Ozark, Mountain Home, Bee Branch, Berry ville, Eureka Springs, Bentonville, Marshall, Yellvllle and Greenwood. Freezing Rain Preening rnin accompanied the snow at many points. Sixteen Arkansas cities reported more than one inch of rain for tho 24-hour period ending at 7 R. m. today. They were Fayetteville, Flip- Fort Smith, Onzrk, Pine Bluff, Walnut Rldgc. Clarendon, Mulberry, Lttmnr, Mountain Home, Boone- vllle. Bee Branch, Yellvllle. Bentonville, and Nashville. El Dorado reported .90 inches of rain and LILUc Rock .57. Tho Weather Bureau said It expects snow and rnin to clear up late today. Fayetteville registered an early- morning low temperature of 28 degrees, Fllppin, Fort Smith and Texar- ktma each reported a low of 33. Arkitdelphia's low was 35. El Dorado, Newport, Walnut Ridge, Dar- danellc and Searcy registered Iowa 30. The low at Little Rock and Pine Bluff was 37. war policy in Asia as "wrong to the point we could have a catastrophe there," and said he plans lot of public speaking" on the subject. He said he will argue in public speeches for drastic steps, up to naval blockade of the China coast, to force Red China to release Imprisoned U.S. servicemen. He said he believes an administration policy denying aid to any allied nation engaging In commerce with China would force them to join this country in a crippling economic blockade of the Reds. "But if that Is not enough," he said, "I certainly would favor a naval blockade while they are hold- Ing American soldiers." Elsenhower has said a naval blockade would be an act of war, and has defended free world trade of nonstrategic goods with Red China by saying that If carefully controlled It !« to the West's advantage. Rice Is Grown...and in Thin Air! By ALTON L. BI.AKESLEE AP Science Reporter BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Air can be turned into fertilizer by magical little algae, raising the prospect of growing food crops without soil, a scientist reported today. Algae are one-celled plants which Rrow in water. One blue-green type of algae now is found to have Croat ability to take nitrogen out of the' sir and make It available for growing crops. This is the main thing that fertilizers do—supply nitrogen for growing crops. Replace Fertilizer The first success In growing rice plants using nitrogen grabbed from Ihe air by Ihe algae was described to the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science by Dr. Daniel I. Arnon, department 'of plant ' nutrition, University of California. Cheap, Too The finding offers a cheap, effective way of fertilizing various food crops. It could be of immense .significance, especially In the hungry Orient. Dr. Arnon added the blue-green olcae, named Anabaona cyllndrlca, to rice plants, and found tho rice grew without needing nitrogen from the soil. They got 1 lull from the air through the algae. Not Too Slow It's long been known that certain algae can take or "fix" nitrogen from the air and secrete It for tht of rice plants, or add It to the soil when the algae died. But thl.s process was thought to be too slow to be of any real significance. Dr. Arnon found that under proper conditions these algae can take nitrogen from the rates almost 20 Otlmes faster than had been believed. The algae grow faster than credited. The algae get their energy from the sun, and don't need materials from the soil In order to produce nitrogen. They thus could be of great Importance In future agriculture. Tornado Hits Laurel, Miss., $500,000 Blow LAUREL. Miss. \iYi — Tornadic winds whirled Into western Laurel late yesterday, dipper! northeastward and cut a $500.000 path of destruction for more than 20 blocks. More than 20 persons were injured, none seriously. The twister first hit in the Country Club Addition, severely df!.mai(-| ing several somes. It then cut j across U. S. Highway 84 and wrecked a wing of the Country Club. M oving lo the northeast, the storm ripped off shutters and roofs j ARKANSAS-Snow and freezing of many of the city's more preten-!™ln Jn north portion ending early tlous homes, levelled trees and! this afternoon, slow clearing and Masons Plan Installation A public Installation of officeri of thfl Masonic Lodge will be conflicted tomorrow at 7:30 p. m. at .he Masonic Temple. Earl Damon will be installed ai the new worshipful master, replacing E. M. Holt whose term expires. Other officers to b« installed re, W. H. Stnvall, Jr., senior warden; Shields Edwards, junior warden; R. E. Blnylock, secretary; Max Logan, treasurer; Frank Ellis, senior deacon; Bill Gont-ry, junior :leacon; Roscoe Smallwood, chap- .in; C. R. Cronk and Tommy Syl- /estiT, mnster of ceremony; Sewn rd Hosp, organist; and Eddie Ford, Tyler. Musical entertainment for the occasion will be furnished by L. T. Moore and Harold Lewis. Weather tore houses under construction In a new .subdivision from their foundations. The winds .swirled into Watkins Football Stadium, but damage there was light. Electric and telephone service were out In the northern part of the city early today and crews from Meridian and Hattlesburg Joined local telephone and power company employes in repairing the damaged lines. DWl Fine Levied In two oases brought before Municipal Court this morning on charges of driving while Intoxicated one forfeited a bond while the other appealed the fine and sentence. D. M. Frayser appealed the $100 md costs fine and sentence of 24 hours in Jail. Appeal bond was set nt $160. C. M. Baxter forfeited $111.75 wnd. colder this afternoon and tonight with lowest 18 to 28 tonight, Thursday fair and slightly warmer. MISSOURI—Heavy 'snow Warning central and northeast; snow west and north occasional rain or freezing rain changing to snow southeast this afternoon and evening; heavy snow central and northeast this afternoon with snow gradually diminishing over state tonight but with strong northerly winds and considerable drifting northeast and central Thursday night; Thursday cloudy and continued cold with scattered light snow; low tonight 20-25; high Thursday mid 20s northwest to near 30 southeast. Minimum this morning—39. Maximum yesterday—82. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. Sunset today—4:53. Monn temperature—58.5. Precipitation lust 34 hours to 7 a.m. .M. Precipitation Jan. 1 to thli data — 35.0S. This Date Lmt Year Maximum yesterday—45. Minimum thin morning—M. Precipitation January 1 to date —

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