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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 42 Blythcville Courier Blytheville Daily New§ Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1954 Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Army vt. McCarthy Plan to Hah Public Probe Is Proposed WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dirksen (R-I11) offered a new proposal today for suspending public hearings on the McCarthy-Army row but chances of its adoption appeared dim. The Army opposed it and Chairman Mundt (R-SD), although saying he hoped "this miserable business" could be cut short, declared he would not vote to impose any procedure which any principal considered unfair. A committee vote was scheduled for a session beginning at 1-'30 p,m. There was a possibility that Sen. McCarthy might be called to the •witness chair immediately after the vote, whatever the outcome. Dirksen's plan calls for McCarthy to take the stand and for public hearings to be suspended once the senator has been examined. However, there was a chance McCarthy would begin his testimony even if Dirksen's plan was rejected. » Stevens HI Just before the committee recessed for lunch, counsel for Steve- ens said the secretary was under treatment for a virus infection and suggested "it would be a gracious act" to excuse him from further testimony until he recovers. Stevens himself declared he felt fine. But McCarthy put in that he felt the secretary should be excused under the circumstances and Chairman Mundt told Stevens he would not be called as a witness this afternoon. Ray H. Jenkins, Inquiry counsel told reporters he would follow "orderly procedure" in calling the next witness. He refused to say whether this meant that Army Counselor John G. Adams would be the next on the stand. The entire morning session was taken up with discussion of Dirksen's proposal. All the Democratic members of the subcommittee as well as the Army opposed it. Army Wants Continuance From the witness chair, Secretary of the Army Stevens said the Army believes the hearings should continue in public and that "all the facts" should be put on the table. Stevens said he thought the committee and the public should get a chance to see the witnesses on the stand, just as he has been subjected to 13 days of public questioning. "All witnesses necessary should come before the committee in public hearings," he said. Dirksen's proposal would suspend the public hearings after Sn. McCarthy tstified, and they possibly would not be resumed. Chairman Mundt (R-SD) postponed a vote on the Dirksen proposal until the afternoon session, starting at 1:30 p.m. EST, to give the investigating senators and the principals more time to consider it. FLAGMAN KILLED IN FREAK ACCIDENT — Thurmond Quails, 21, of Caraway was killed on Highway 18 this morning when a wheel came off the transport truck shown parked at right and hit him in the back, knocking him under the rear wheels of a gas truck shown parked in the back- ground. Quails was directing traffic around a work crew when he was struck at the spot in the center of the. picture where Sheriff William Berryman and State Policeman Fred McKinley .are shown looking at the tire which came off the truck. (Courier News Photo) Farmers Find Cotton Seed Supplies Short With replanting acreage looming larger than first anticipated, some farmers today were finding cotton seed supplies increasingly more difficult to come by. : :—4 Although seed is still available, many farmers were having difficulty in locating the type*»of seed they'd prefer to plant, namely treated and delinted seed. Delinting plants in this area reported today to have more seed for the present than they can handle. The congested situation is DelegalesPicked For Boys' State Eight Blytheville Boys, One from Dell Slated to Attend Eight delegates from Blytheville and one from Dell .have been selected to attend the annual Boy's State encampment at Camp Robinson. The delegates -will be sponsored by various civic, fraternal and business groups. Staged, annually by the Arkansas- Department of the American Legion, Boys' State gives expected to last at least for several more days. But some farmers have decided to plant without delinting, which may take a load off the delinters. Supplies of certified Fox in both Arkansas and Mississippi are very low. Delta and Pine Land Co., one of the nation's largest seed producers, has put brokers on an allotment basis. Officials of P. D. Foster _„_ „ ^ n .,_ 0 Co., of Blytheville, said this morn- the delegates an opportunity to: ing that they are currently on learn about city, county and state i allotment from the Mississippi firm levels of government. j but have no idea if and when their This year, Boys' State will be! supply might be 'cut off. held from May 29 to June 5. Blytheville delegates and their sponsors include Charles Langston and Ray Westbrook, Kiwanis Club; Danny Cobb, Arkansas-Missouri Power Co.; Lawrence Bradley, American Legion; Leroy Hall. Odd Fellows; Earl' Hyde, Moose Lodge; Eugene Still, Lions Club; and Drane Adams, Rotary Club. Dell High School will send A. C. Moody as its delegate. Old Scout Troop Gets New Chapter One of Blytheville's new, old Boy Scout troops. Troop 38, received its charter last night and awarded badges to 10 Tenderfoots Scouts in special ceremonies conducted by District Organization Director Bill Steinsiek. The troop is one of the city's oldest, but is being reorganized under new leadership. It is sponsored by First Christian Church. Rufus Simpson is new Scoutmaster "and D. E. Wimberly is assistant Scoutmaster. The entire troops plans to attend Eastern Arkansas Council's Camp Cedar Valley this year. Senators Quiz Ex-Soviet Officer WASHINGTON (#)—Senators arranged today a hush-hush quizzing of a Soviet officer about terroristic methods of the Russian secret police. The officer, Capt. Nikolai E. Khokhlov, 31, deserted to the West last February, saying he had been sent on a mission to Frankfurt Germany, to kill an official of an organization ol anti-Communist Russians there. The Senate Internal Security subcommittee announced plans to question him today but said that, for his protection, the time and place would be kept secret. Lepanto Youth Drowns LEPANTO, Ark. If) — Fourteen- year-old Jimmy Wright of nearby West Kidge, who jumped into 25-foot of water to recover a drifting boat in * floodway, drowned yesterday. He was the son of Cecil Wright. The body has not been recovered. May 20 Set As Graduation Day at Dell DELL— Graduation- exercises for Dell High School's senior class will be held at 8 p.m. May 20 in the high school auditorium. Baccalaureate services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium by the Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Blytheville. Commencement speaker will be Dr. Paul Couch, head of the Department of Education at Arkansas State College, Jonesboro. Donald Barns and Jimmy Chandler have been selected as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. A limited supply of non-certified breeders stock of DPL-15 and non- certified Fox was still being offered today by the Foster company, perhaps the area's largest seed dealer. County Agent Keith Bilbrey pointed out that "some farmers, who. have some seed left over, may do their neighbor a mighty big favor by making it available to him." He encouraged farmers to contact gins and friends in an effort to locate additional seed. According to many observers there is now sn'y a slim hope that as much as 60 per cent of the cotton now up will live after having been hit by last week's cold weather. Aggravating" the seed shortage are heavy replantings in Mississippi and other parts of Arkansas and Texas. Red Cross Fund Drive Reaches 513,608 Mark Red Cross officials reported today that contributions to the Chickasawba Chapter's annual fund campaign totaled $13,608.65 to date- Tentative plans call for the sen-j jj 285.35 short of the goal of $14,- ior class, acompanied by the class sponsor, Mrs. Annie Laura Cook, and A. E. Caldwell. superintendent, to leave on their annual trip May 24. The class plans Smoky Mountains. to visit the Inside Today's Courier News . . . Pony League Managers View Players as Tryouts Get Underway . . . Little League News . . . Cleveland Is Changing- the Script r, i Yankees . . . Sports . . . pages 6 and 7 ... . . . Defeat of Coudert Rider Wise Move by Congress . . . Editorials . . . page 4 ... . . . Collisions with McCarthy Have Been Damaging to Stevens and Army Officials . . . page 5 894. Recent contributions include the following: $25—City Electric Company, Blytheville Propane Company. $20—A. B. Reese. $15_T. W. Jeffries. $10—Dr. W. M. Owens, C. M. Buck, J. G. Barnes. Martin's Cafe, Pasttime Billiard Room, Martin's Men's Store, Buford Martin, Anonymous, Raymond Zachary. $5_Abe's Garage, W. S. Johnston, Tom's Bargain Center, Phillip's Liquor Store, C. <fe W. Cleaners. F. B. Joyner, Bestway Cleaners. $3—Herschel Carter. $1—E. C. Patton. Council Meets Tonight The Blytheville City Council will hold its monthly session at 8 o'clock tonight in-the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall. Plans were unfolded today for observance of Armed Forces Day Saturday in Blytheville. Lt. Herbert Graham, commanding officer of National Guard Co. M here, today announced participation on the part of the local guard unit. Open house will begin at the armory at 10 a. m. Saturday and men will be on duty to conduct visitors through the building until 4 p. m. Guardsmen with walky-talkies wlllbe seen on Main Street Saturday. They'll invite people to talk with others at various places over town. At the Armory, a display of the company's equipment will be ready for viewing. Four F-51's are to fly over the city at 8:58 Saturday morning an<J two planes, a T-28 and a T-29, will be parked at Blytheville air base from 8 a. m. until 5 p. m. Personnel will be on hand there to show interested persons about the ships which will be flown here from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Mayor E. R. Jackson has issued a proclamation setting forth Saturday as Armed Forces Day in Blytheville. Thrown Wheel Kills Workman Caraway Man Dies In Freak Accident Near Leacrmlle LEACHVILLE — A 21-year-old State Highway worker was killed this morning in a freak accident on Highway 18 4 miles south of here when a wheel came off a transport truck and struck him in the back knocking him under the wheels of another truck. Thurmond Quails of Caraway was directing traffic through a highway work crew in a curve of the road about 9:45 a. m. today when he was struck in the back by a wheel from a transport truck driven by Joseph E. Hallmark of Blytheville. Quails was knocked under the back wheels of a Magnolia Gas Co. truck driven by Bill Ware of Monette to whom had given a go-ahead sign to as Ware was leaving the work area. The highway when the wheel came off the truck leased to Baggett Transportation Co. of Birmingham, Ala., and ran ahead of the truck about. 300 feet to hit Quails and then continue on for about 216 feet into the field off the road according to Gene Mabrey, state policeman. Both trucks were traveling south. The body was taken to Howard Funeral Service in Leachville. It was reported that Quails was married and had one, child, but no other information about him was immediately available. No charges have been made in connection with the accident. Officers who investigated the accident besides Trooper Mabrey, were Sheriff William Berryman, Deputies Charley Short and Floyd Burris, and State Policeman Fred McKinley. In a similar but non-fatal accident in Blytheville Mar. 11, Mrs. Fred S. Saliba suffered a skull frac- tur'e when the wheel came off a passing truck and struck her in the head as she stood in her front yard. Indochina Evacuation Meeting Set; Molotov Blasts Asian Pact U. S. Proposed Alliance Plan Called Scheme By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov today assailed the Western- proposed Asian defense pact as an American scheme designed to preserve and perpetuate Colonialism. The Soviet. loreign minister told the 19-nation Korean conference:: "The plans of such a nature cannot correspond to the interests of peace and cannot enjoy the support of the peoples." Instead, Molotov said he supported the proposals of Red China's Premier Chou En-la i that the Asian countries settle their own problems. The Molotov speech came during a recess in the Indochina peace talks and the Soviet diplomat again ranged over the whole Asian problem, as he- did in his opening speech on Korea two weeks ago. Again he declared Red China is here as one of the big powers and that it has the same status as the Big Four. The West has rejected this stand. During today's lull on Indochina talks, a French spokesman said France was willing to discuss Communist armistice proposals even though it still opposed their major provisions. • The spokesman made it clear France had no intention at present of breaking off the Indochina talks in Geneva despite the apparent East-West deadlock. He explained France's position at a specially called news conference as the French National Assembly prepared to debate the j government's policy on Indochina. No Softening Some observers thought the new French reaction to the Communist terms represented a softening of the position, but it was clear the main provisions of the Vietminh plan were far from acceptable to France. A spokesman for the U. S. delegation, informed of the new French statements, said the United States opposition to the Communist terms was unchanged. It was summed up this way: The Communist plan, if accented in full, would represent See CONFERENCE on Patrc 3 * # * THE BEES HAVE IT — A swarm of honey bees took over this Swift and Co. car at Main and Broadway yesterday. Driver of the car, James Pennington of East Moultrie Drive, parked the car for a short time only to return to face this frustrating- situation. (Courier News Photo) Bees Commandeer Car Here James Pennington of Blytheville had to call for help yesterday afternoon when he returned to'his parked Swift and Co. car on South Broadway near Main and found a swarm of honey bees hanging from the ceiling over the steering wheel. Dr. N. G. Jerome, veterinarian and honey bee hobbyist, came to his rescue with the necessary equipment to coax the bees into a hive and remove them to Dr. Jerome's other hives. By beekeeping standards the swarm was a small one, Dr. Jerome said, as it only consisted of about throe and a half pounds or 52,500 bees.- During the spring when they are swarming and looking for a new home, he explained, bees are attracted by a noise and possibly a large truck had made a not? 1 -: while going through town and attracted the bees to the car. Graduation Set For May 17 At Keiser Commencement exercises for the senior class of Keiser Hkh School will be held at 8 p. m. May 17 in the high school gymnasium. Speaker will be Dr. L. H. Me- Daniel. president of the Arkansas Medical Association. Diplomas will be presented by Bruce Wilson, president of the school board and Mrs. Steve Jeffry of Keiser will play the processional and recessional. Baccalaureate service will be conducted at 8 p. m. May 16 by the Rev. C. S. Womack at the Keiser Baptist Church. Linda Lou Crews will sing at both baccalaureate and commencement. Mack Graham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Graham, has been named valedictorian and David Wilbanks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wilbanks, salutatorian. Dulles Wants Alliance In Asia Pledged to Fight WASHINGTO N(AP) — Secretary of State Dulles said today the United States wants a southeast Asian alliance which would pledge member nations to fight if openly challenged by Communist aggression. WASHINGTON (£>)—Secretary of Defense Wilson is leaving tonight on a three week tour of the Far East which will take him to Formosa for the inauguration of Chiang Kai-shek, who has been re-elected president of Nationalist China. It will be Wilson's first trip to the Western Pacific since he accompanied President-elect Eisenhower there late" in 1952. Wilson is due to arrive in Tokyo May 14. Wilson's announced schedule makes no mention of Korea, His next listed appointment is on May 19 in Formosa. Marked Tree Man Killed - MARKED TREE, Ark. (ft - A 52-year-old tractor driver was killed near here yesterday when his tractor was sideswiped by an automobile and crashed through a bridge railing. State " Trooper Emmett Flemming identified the dead man as Jimmy Lee Davis of Marked Tree, an employe of the St. Francis Valley Farms Co. While Dulles said he hopes such an alliance will cover all of Indochina, he asserted firmly that the loss of some or all of that country would not necessarily bring the Joss of all Southeast Asia. The secretary noted that President Eisenhower once advanced the theory that Southeast Asia might go down like a row of dominoes if Indochina falls. Dulles went on to say that in conversations with friendly nations the United States is trying to create a situation in which this will not happen. Conference Held The secretar. of state set forth his position in a news conference in advance of a secret report this afternoon to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on his efforts to line up a 10-nation "united front" in Southeast Asia. Sharp questioning on free-world reverses in Indochina appeared certain. In a move to speed creation of such an anti-Communist coalition, Dulles met with ambassadors from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines yesterday to sound out their governments' attitudes. He was reported somewhat encouraged over replies. Main Subject: Indochina Dulles capped a busy day yesterday by meeting for 55 minutes with President Eisenhower, Secretary of Defense Wilson and Adm. Arthur W. Radford .chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dulles, accompanied by three top aides, said afterward it "would be a pretty good guess" that Indochina policy was the main subject of conversation. Eisenhower had met With Wilson and Radford separately earlier in the day. Informed officials reported that despite some progress in discussing Dulles' plan, first publicly broached last March 29. it likely would be several months before any anti-Communist coalition could be set up ir Southeast Asia. Most governments involved, led by Britain, prefer to wait until after the current Geneva confer- ence, which is to discuss a possible armistice to end the seven-year- old war against Communist-led rebels in Indochina. After meeting with Dulles yesterday, Philippine Ambassador Carlos Romulo said that on instructions from President Ramon Magsaysay he has requested that the Philippine-United States Mutual Defense Treaty be implemented. This action automatically calls for consultations between the two i governments within the framework of the pact to chart steps for countering a possible threat to the security of either country. In this case, the Philippines has chosen to view the Red successes in Indochina as such a possible threat. Dulles already has conferred with Australian and New Zealand diplomats under terms of the Australia- New Zealand-United States Mutual Defense Treaty. Mig Damaged In Tangle With Nationalists TAIPEH, Formosa UP)— A Russian-built MiglS jet was damaged in one of two clashes between Chinese Nationalist and Red planes off the China coast today. Nationalist Air Force headquarters announced tonight. The announcement said each fight involved four planes, two Nationalists propeller-driven fighters and two Communist Migs. Both clashes^ occurred near Yuri wan Island about 225 miles north- northwest of here. Employes' Plant Fund Drive Starts Work began today in the em- ploye' division of the city's drive to raise $150.000 to locate Central Metal Products, Inc.. here. Junior Chamber of Commerce's board of directors met last night and heard Chamber of Commerce Manager Worth Holder and J. A. Leach, finance committee member, speak on the campaign which is now at the $130.780 mark. At last night's se.ssion, the Jaycee board members themselves came through with 100 per cent investments in the building which is to house the steel firm. Board member investments, both through businesses and as individuals, amount to $1,275. Block captains have been named and most of^.them were scheduled to get started today. It is hoped the drive can be concluded this week. Meanwhile, contractors of the area were prepared to submit bids in the Chamber of Commerce's office tomorrow at 10 a.m. when they will be opened. Cotton Carnival Opens MEMPHIS I/P) — The Cotton Carnival officially opens tonight with the arrival of a dressed-up river barge, dubbed the "Royal Barge" for the occasion. Aboard will be the king and queen of cotton, businessman Howard Willey, Jr., and Julia Donelson, and some 200 members of the royal court. Large 1954 Wheat Crop Predicted WASHINGTON f.fl — Despite drought in some areas and government crop restrictions, 1954 production of wheat may be large enough to meet all market demands and. add some grain to a record surplus. This prospect was indicated yesterday by an Agricultural Department crop report which forecast winter wheat at 707 million bushels, an increase of 29 million over the agency's April estimate. No official forecast has been made on spring wheat, but a planting survey has indicated a crop of at least 225 million bushels. The combined winter and spring crops would thus be 932 million bushels. This would b« perhaps 50 million bushels more than tne markets will take. Agrees to Talk At Dien Airfield SAIGON, Indochina (AP) — Rebel Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap broadcast over the Vietminh radio today his agreement to a meeting with French Army representatives on the airfield at Dien Bien Phu to arrange for evacuation of the wounded from that fallen fortress. Giap agreed to the quick* evacuation of the fortress' 1,300 wounded after Gen. Henri Navarre, French Union commander, had addressed a message to him which was dropped on the battered fortress by a French plane early this afternoon. The French commander also made an attempt to contact Giap by Radio Hirondelle, the voice of the French forces in the Far East at Hanoi. Speaking over the Vietminh radio, the victorious Communist commander proposed the French and Vietminh representatives confront each other at the northern portion of the Dien Bien Phu airfield. Date Not Set The helicopter carrying the French should, he stipulated, b» plainly marked with a red cross. The date of the encounter will be fixed a day in advance by French Commander General Henri Navarre. The Vietminh agreed at the Geneva conference yesterday to permit the French to fly out 1,300 seriously wounded Union troops the Reds claimed were in the Dien Bien Phu bunkers when they captured the fortress. Giap's messftge said his field agreement was "in conformity with the humanitarian policy of President Ho." He referred to the Moscow-tutored Vietminh leader, Ho Chi Minn, who claimed to be president of the phantom government he has set up in the Indo- Chinese jungles. •Once arrangements with Giap are made, the big problem will be landing facilities for the French transports. Dien Bien Phu Is 175 miles northwest of Hanoi, nearest liospltal center big enough to hnndle such a large number of. cases. Repairs Needed The fortress' two airstrips were churned to rubble by rebel mortars nnd artillery. The besiegers' ever- encroaching trenches pocked them repeatedly. Before the plans can land thre. the strips will have to be repaired. Whether the Vietminh will do this themselves, using war prisoners for labor, or leave it to French engineers was not known. It appeared possible helicopters might start bringing out the most gravely wounded Shortly. The Vietminh radio said last night every possible medical aid was being given the wounded. It said most of the injured men were being treated by their own doctors, who also are captives. The broadcast made no mention of Gcnevieve de Galard Terraube, French air force nurse who was trapped in the fortress after rebel fire destroyed the helicopter which took her there for a visit last March. The Red offer to allow the airlift , was made unexpectedly at Geneva i by Vietminh Deputy Premier I p'ham Van Dong. He declared his : government "in conformity with the humanitarian policy which it has always pursued during the war ... is prepared to authorize the evacuation of the seriously wounded of the French expeditionary corps who were taken prisoner at Dien Bien Phu." de Castries Held The Vietminh radio announced yesterday that Brig. Gen. Christian de Castries, commander of the Dien Bien PhU garrison, was taken prisoner in the last hours of the siftge. There was no indica- See INDOCHINA on Page 3 Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy with scattered showers or thundershowers mostly in south this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; no important change in temperature. MISSOURI—Partly cloudy north, cloudy south this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; occasional rain likely southwest latt this afternoon and tonight and in southeast tonight and Wednesday. Maximum yesterday— n. . Minimum this morning—M. Sunset today—<J;52.. Sunrise tomorrow— 5:00. Mean temperature (mldw«f ,l)«twee« high fcnd low—«0.5, Precipitation la«t 24 houit «* 7:09 n.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to <Ut«— ».lf. This Dale Last YMt Maximum yesterday—83. Minimum this morning—43. Precaution January 1 M 4*t*-» MM.