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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 45 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 14, 1954 FOURTEEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTI Sewers Here Said Obsolete 30 Years Ago Health Official Says District Four Okay Was Provisional Blytheville's sewer treatment system was antiquated 30 years ago, is dangerously overloaded, operates at only 15 to 20 per cent efficiency and represents a real threat to the health of the citizens of the city. Sewer Plan Gets Double Approval — from Rotary Club, Health Department The sewer improvement plan which will be on the special election ballot Tuesday got a double stamp of approval yesterday. In a resolution, Blytheville's Rotary Club endorsed the plan and pledged itself to "vote and work for its passage and . . . urge _11 citizens to vote in favor of this proposal." C. H. French, of the Arkansas Health Department, said his department had carefully examined the plan and "found it practical, fair and sound from every aspect. I would urge you to vote for it." Thus spoke an official of the State Health Department yesterday when he faced Blytheville's Rotary Club and got down to the "hard facts regarding your sewer system." He was C. H. French, the Department's assistant director of Engineering who traced Health Department action in regard to Blytheville's sewers from 1940. Special .concessions to Sewer District Four- and' Chickasaw Courts, the public housing project, were made by the department, Mr. French said. They would not have been allowed to tie on to already-overloaded septic tanks, he stated, except the Health Department had received the assurance of the city that a city-wide improvement plan was ready for action several years ago. "Both were connected to overloaded and inadequate treatment systems," Mr. French pointed out. Complaints Since* 1940 "Since 1940, as I recall, we have received complaints from your citizens regarding the odor and hazards of your sewer system. "Some of the complaints have been signed by as many as 200 persons. Due to the shortage of materials during the war, we pressed for no action on the problem. "But in 1946, we surveyed the situation and made some very definite recommendations urging immediate action. To tell you the truth, the delays have been irritating to us," he stated. Only 55 per cent of the houses in Blytheville are available to any sort of sewer connections. This compares with a state-wide average of 85 per cent. But Mr. French directed most of his remarks to inadequate, outmoded and overloaded treatment facilities. Twining Cites Red Air Power AMARILLO, Tex. UP)—Gen. Na-" than F. Twining said today the new Russian heavy jet bomber, comparable in size to the huge American B52, was developed for sole purpose of reaching "important targets in the United States." The Air Force chief of staff also said, in a speech placing heavy emphasis on the recent Russian displays of air power over Moscow, that the Soviet Union now has "thousands more' combat planes" than the U.S. Air Force. Navy, Marines and Army combined. Twining's estimate, contained in an Armed Forces Day address pre- j ust ^ much danger -f rom suc h. pared for delivery here, seemed in j diseases ^ t h e different dysentar- up ENGLISH VISITOR TO SPEAK HERE — Miss Josephine Whittle (center) of London, England, is shown .feeing greeted by the Rev. and Mrs. M. B. Mabry when she arrived in Blytheville yesterday afternoon. Miss Whittle, a trained nurse, is making an extended visit of the United States and stopped off here to renew acquaintances with Mrs. Mabry, who met her in London in 1950, during a world- church conference. Miss Whittle will speak at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Sunday at 7 p. m. on the subject "The State and the Church.' (Courier News Photo) ~svn C^aitoriaf— We Can Afford New Sewers Simply Because We Must Everyone is in favor of a new sewer system but no one is » quite ready to pay the price for one. This sentiment, has been echoed in recent years as our city's citizens have become more concerned with Retting a new sewer system. Of course, the price is large, but so is the price of doing without adequate sewers. No one, or very few at any rate, feel they can afford to pay for new sewers. But just as we somehow find a way to pay for medicine and milk for our children, so must we find a way to pay for this measure of disease prevention, A new sanitary sewer system for Blytheville is just one of .the pains suffered by a growing city. Growth has its price and pays certain dividends, too. Sanitary sewers, we believe, will more than pay off in increased property values, holding and attracting industries and improved health and living; conditions. Vote "yes" when you go to the polls Tuesday. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Robin Roberts Gives Rise to Perfect Game Debate Apain . . . Southwest Conference Views New Membership Applications . . . Musial Says He Isn't Afier Home Run Title . . . Sports . . . Pages 8 and 9 ... . . . Farm News . . . Pages 10 and 11 ... . . Historically, Rod Cross Is Amazing Organization . . . Editorials . . . Page 6 ... Cornic(?) Books Replace Humor With Murder^ Sex and Violence By GEORGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) How do you like your comic books? Or, more important, how do you like comic books for your children? Murder, violence, crime, horror, sex, lust, seduction, fear, love confessions — take your pick. They're all there, and more, too. ' You can buy them on practically any Blytheville newsstand for 10 cents; all in full- color with more lurid illustrations than the most grotesque nightmare could conjure up. Army vs. McCarthy Adams Won't Tell Of High-level Talks WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Counselor John G. Adams MorVthan one-third of the town's today balked at -giving, Senate investigators further details homes, he said, are quite near 'un- i about a high-level Eisenhower administration conference on the McCarthy-Army row. His attorney said Adams had been instructed by the "executive department" not to discuss it. Charman Mundt (R-SD) ruled treated sewage which is pushed through the septic tanks and dumped into nearby ditches. The remainder of the town though is;_in j th ~7^ams mmTelf 'had"brJught i subject and could not refuse to answer questions about it. But in the upshot Mundt gave 1 Adams until after the noon recess •nvrtnT-ioTinnc cnmmmmiTTpp nan .,,,.. «. j ' to check back and determine propnations suocommiuee nap-| half tne town smiply aren ' t ade- j h th hp ]ri av 1u _ t wner p dling military funds. Scrivner said t | wnetnei he could sa\ just wneie . — UUa.bC. i -t-Vn-ii-/i ir\ c't-vi t/-»t T r»r>c*. /torYio Tvni-vi apparent conflict with that made last month by Rep. Scrivner (R- Kan), chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee han ies and typhoid." Septic Tank Inadequate Septic tanks being used by about the United States outnumbers Russia by a 3-2 ratio in the air. Reference Unclear However, it was not clear whether Scrivner was referring to over-all air strength, in all types of planes, or to combat craft. Neither is there any precise defi- nition.of a "combat" plane applicable to both nations. There has been official annouce- ment that as of last January the United States. Air Force, Navy and Marine corps had about 33,000 planes of all types, of which one- third were jets. Russian strength has been estimated at 20,000 planes in active-service, 20,000 in reserve. Twining said that in the annual air parade over Moscow two weeks ago the Russians unveiled "something very new," whereas a year ago they showed only some improved MIG fighters and light jet bombers. In this year's air parade, Twining said, the Soviets "indluded nine new medium jet bombers comparable in size and design to our own B47." "Even more significant, however, was the new heavy jet bomber that they displayed for the quate. "Your soil just isn't adaptable for See SEWER on Page 14 these instructions- came from. Adams had said his instructions came to him through Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert P. Anderson. But, Adams added, he understood Anderson's role was that of merely "transmitting the instructions." Suggested by Aide Adams first mentioned the high- level conference on Monday. He related then that on Jan. 21 there LUXOR A-Diplomas will be.'™ a meeting in the office of awarded 18 high school seniors atjAtty. Gen. Brownell and that Sher- graduation exercises to be held at* man Adam s. assistant to the Pres- 8 p. m. Thursday in the school aud-! ident - suggested at that time the itonum " IArmy counselor prepare a chronology of the Army's difficulties with Sen. McCarthy and Roy M. Conn, general counsel to McCarthy's subcommittee, over Pvt. Graduation At Luxora Set For Thursday Baccalaureate services will be con- ! ducted in the school auditorium j Howell, of the Church of Christ here. Billy Thweatt has been named valedictorian and Daine Stevens salutatorian. G. David Schine. Adams named Henry Cabot Lodge, now U.S. representative to the United Nations, as among those Billy Ray Tucker, Lawanda Berry, Bobby Hollinger, David W. Towles, Mag Elizabeth Clark. Be&- ty Jean Leigh. John H. Wilkey, The disclosure that Adams had been stricted as to further discussion of this meeting came when Dsnton, Quitman Sullin, Howard, Doris Mildred Charles' Question him today about why Clark, Charles Stcvall, Nora Ann Jack- first time in flight. , , "Actually this new heavy jet j son, Pearl Davenport and Herman bomber is' comparable in size and j White, appearance to our own B52. We See AIR FORCE on Page 14 Negro Arrested In Burglary of Ash Street Cafe Jack Oliver, 47-year-old- Negro, is being held in county jail today after being arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with breaking out of Ash Street Cafe after taking about $50 in change from the music box and some tobacco, according to information from the sheriff's office. Oliver who had been in Blytheville for about four weeks, had some of the tobacco on his person and some change In a paper sack when he was arrested by'Deputies Charlie Short and Herman Lane in Blytheville. Officers said Oliver admitted that he had hidden in the cafe before closing time and pried open the front door to get out after taking the tobacco and money. The burglary was discovered yesterday morning; when the front door was found open. Originally from Alabama, Oliver had been living In South Mississippi County before tominc to Blytbeville. was there. Army counsel Joseph N. Welch, back on the job after a day's illness from a stomach upset, interrupted. He said "this was a high level discussion," and "the witness has,.been instructed not to testify on the interchange of views at that meeting." Symington pressed for an explanation, stating that Adams had volunteered the information about the meeting in previous testimony and inquiring whether the reference to Lodge was "only window dressing." "I can only say," Welch replied, "the instructions from the executive department are that the witness not reply to this line of questioning." Too Late Welch said the instructions came from the Department of Defense, but he could not say "from whom. Sen. Jackson (D-Wash) protested it was too late to refuse to answer questions on the subject. He questioned whether the .instructions had been issued,, because the subject "may be embarrassing to the administration." When Welch said the instructions came from the "executive department," Symingtor dsmanded: "Whose instructions." It was then that Adams said he got the instructions through the Rural Mcil Box Improvement Week May 17-24 Rural Mail Box Improvement Week will be observed here as elsewhere May 17 through 24, with a drive to have the rural mail boxes beautified, according to Ross S. Stevens, Blytheville postmaster. "This will be the 16th consecutive campaign to tidy up the official mail receptacles," U. S. Postmaster General, Arthur E. Summerfield. said in announcing the observance. Errors are sometimes made in delivering the mail because the patron's name is not on the box or 'is illegible, Mn Stevens said. This is particularly true when a substitute carrier is servicing the route, because he is not as familiar with the patrdns as the regular carrier. Unsightly and unservicable boxes make -the job of delivering the mail difficult and does not insure the mail against damage while in the box, it was pointed out. Additional information as to the requirements of the mail boxes, Mr. Stcvpn.i 5nid, o"n b? obt-^ned from j An->r- n as the postmaster or the rural carrier. I Sec McCARTHlf on Page 14 ing a net loss of 388. Jaycee Beauty Pageant Set For June 1 7 June 11. has been set as the date for the annual Miss Blytheville beauty contest sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce which will be staged in the high school auditorium at 7:30 p. m.. Tommy Westbrook. contest chairman, said this morning. On June 10 a contest for the three to six year age group will be held to select Junior Miss Blytheville and Mr. Jaycee President of 1964 at the auditorium also, he said. Winner of the Miss Blytheville contest will go to the state contest to determine Miss Arkansas for the Miss America contest, later in the year. Beauty contestants must be 18 years old by Sept. 1 and not have reached 28, must be unmarried and must never have been married, Mr. Westbrook said. The Junior Miss Blytheville entrants must be at least three years old when they register and not have reached seven by Sept. 1. Same qualifications were listed for Mr. Jaycee Pres-' ident of 1964. The program for the night of the contest has not been completed, he said, but will feature some entertainment besides the evening gown and bathing suit exhibition by the Miss Blytheville contestants. Application forms can be obtained at the Westbrook Family Shoe Store and additional information may be obtained by contacting Mrs. J. L. Westbrook, Mrs. T. A. Folger, Mrs. Jim Smothermon or Mr. Westbrook. -* This so-called "children's literature" has come to dominate the comic book field. On practically every newstand which sells such magazines, they completely overshadow the more innocent comics such as Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. / A survey of a few comic book racks in Blytheville showed that the "crime, sex and violence" type, m every case where they are sold, outnumbered the "Donald Duck" type by a wide margin. In one store the margin, by actual count, was 60 to 20. The entire comic book industry produces about 90 million comic books each month. But the large majority of them aren't comical. • * « HERE ARE titles of only a few of the more gruesome ones gleaned from the many available in Blythe Red Prisoners Shot in Riot TEHRAN, Iran & — Official sources said five communist prisoners were shot dead and a number of others wounded at Resht, north of Terhan, yesterday when soldiers put on a prison riot. The prisoners had objected to being locked in their cells. Labor Gains in Britain LONDON (IP) — Britain's Labor party surged forward today with a net gain of 509 seats in returns from borough council elections in Department of Defense, naming (England and Wales, The Cons?rva- gnvc ' tivcs suff red a r'-p.rp setback, show- man Mid - Pacific H -Bom blest Series Ends AEC Statement Cites Success Of Program WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has fired a final hydrogen explosion in the 1954 test series at the mid-Pacific proving ground. A joint Atomic Energy Commission - Defense Department announcement said last night the series had "the tests been completed and were successful in the development of thermonu- clenr weapons." This was much like language used at the end of previous test series nnd, like the previous announcements. it did not. specify "how many bombs had been set off. However, three previous explosions had been announced — a mighty blast on March 1, another explosion 26 d,ays later and a third on April 6— leaving open to speculation whether one or more than one detonation occurred after that time. "Thermonuclear'* is the scientist's term indicating a hydrogen explosion. Announcement of the end of the series, which drew foreign protests because showered area, came theville or anywhere else in country: "Tormented." "Fantastic," tales don conference, of stalking terror; "Forbidden Worlds;" "Strange Suspense Stories;" "Journey into Fear;" "Startling Terror:' And this isnt all— there are some for the girls, too: "Dear Lonely Hearts;' "Bride's Secrets," exciting confessions, of love; "Love Diary," thrilling bold confessions ... ad infinitum, ad nau- seum. Such titles hardly suggest an radioactive particles ell outside the test on the same day that a five - power conference opened in London, aimed nt ending the arms race and outlawing nuclenr weapon warfare. There was some speculation of a connection between the timing of vesterdav's announcement, contin- Russia Makes Major Change In Truce Plan Proposes Neutral Nation Supervision By EDDY G1LMORE GENEVA (AP) — Russia proposed today that any settlement of the Indochina conflict be carried out under the supervision of a neutral nation's supervisory commission. This represented a major modification in the Communist position. uing protests abroad and the Lon- Soviet Foreign Minister Vya- cheslnv M. Molotov mode his pro- I posal to the nine-party Indochina conference a few minutes before French Foreign Minister Geroges Bidault had declared international control was nn essential condition in any settlement, Molotov conceded that the earlier proposal of Communist-led Vietminh. did not provide for adequate supervision and then submitted his own proposal as n. .supplement to the Vietminh plan. There was no immediate word from the Western powers as to whether the Soviet proposal would satisfy them on the question of supervision. Bidault planned to elaborate Fr -e's -oposnls for an .adochins armistice today nfter his government's tight squeeze past its see- on crisis since the Geneva conference began. Bidault was slated to lead off debate before today's closed session of the nine-delegation Indochina conference. Replies to Question-. Informed sources said he wonld reply to a series of questions put before the conference Wednesday by British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden in nn attempt to have the various proposals clarified. Eden particularly sought the opposing views On France's proposals for regrouping of all troops in ureas of Indochina to be agreed on, withdrawal of Vietminh forces from Laos and Cambodia, and disarming of irregulars. Eden's key question was "Are we in favor of international supervision?" A source close to Bldnult snid he was hnppy about the French confidence vote but realized the slim two-vote margin of victory did not do much to strengthen his handin trying to resist Communist peace terms. Observers in Paris, however, felt Bidault's position nt Geneva had been weakened becnuse it w r as now a question whether he represents a majority of the French Parlia- Sce CONFERENCE on if. if. 14 France Seeking Talks With U.S. on Indochina Airlift Starts For Dien Wounded HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The French began airlifting their seriously wounded troops from Dien Bien Phu today. The Vietminh indicated they would release at least 450 of the casualties from the captured fortress. That figure was 250 less than previous French estimates of the number of serious cases. The Com- munist-\pc! rebels had reported they captured 1,400 wounded in all Bv JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — France is reported to have asked the United States for direct high level talks in an ef- dren. Nor are they calculated to! fort to determine what this country is willing to do about m- have a wholesome effect on the j tervention in the war in Indochina. nerves and imaginations of our youth. Recent military developments, And the titles don't lie—on the inside there is no let-up. Every page is crammed with violence, sex average youngster is apt to see in officials concede, have destroyed the Navarre plan as a basis of American and French hopes for eventual victory there. In the American as well as in the French view, the emergence of Communist real life during his entire childhood. The authors, whoever they! t f* I j may be, seem to be trying to outdo] |/%jr)Af Sf'/lOOI each other in devising the most J V/IIICl •^UIIWI lurid incidents. In one story the ! _. ^ • same man comitted six murders in i I Q Cj rCftl I/O C G SIX HERE ARE a lew samples of some of the more characteristic stories. 20 Friday JOINER — Commencement exer- . This one is entitled "Dinner for { dses wiu be held at Shawne e High One." It begins with a man and j School next Friday, when 20 sen- his wife and their guide on a hunting trip. The wife is protesting to iors will receive diplomas. Commencement speaker will be return to town but her husband Dj . £arl Cmder Qf the Memphis will hear nothing of it. After bag- g CoU faculty . Le .slie Speck. ging a deer, they are approached gr esident of the school by an old man who lives in the woods. He expresses sorrow at seeing the deer killed because he doesn't "eat animal meat." He leaves them and later, after nt the diplomas . Baccalaurcate services will be conducted Sunday by the Rev. James W. McNutt, pastor of the Bassett Presbyterian Church. forces as regular military forces ago. ...... _,..,.. . ,. ^ _______ ^,. The French high command announced the first contingent of the most gravely wounded arrived about noon today at the royal Laotian capital of Luang Prabang, 115 miles to the southwest. Dakota transport planes were to rush them from there to Hanoi and other points with hospital facilities. A total of 32 wounded were expected in Hanoi by late this afternoon. Two-Weeks Project Since only helicopters and small planes can • e the* war-battered, shell-pocked Dien Bien Phu airstrip ,the French expected the airlifting- of the 450 men to take at least two weeks. The planes could curry only one. three or six pa"s- Kcngers each. In the Red River delta, meanwhile, the French counted new "serious losses" after beating off an attack by 2,000 to 3,000 rebels yesterday near Phuly, only 30 miles south of Hanoi. It was the biggest attack so far this vear in the delta, the major Vietminh target since the fall of Dien Bien Phu. Reliable sources said that Dr. Pierre Huard, Hanoi University- medical dean who flew to Dien See INDOCHINA on Page 14 the guide has left to go for pro- j j oe Bowen has been named vale- visions, the wife becomes frightened .and argues with her husband. She decides to return to town alone and begins walking out of the woods. She hears strange screams, becomes hysterical and faints. When she revives she finds herself in the old man's cabin in the woods. He'is preparing a meal, and after he reassures her about her husband and the guide, she agrees to eat with him." She notices two large, heavy bags hanging from the ceiling and is told that they contain "provisions." Then she begins to eat the "stew" which the old man says contains the only kind of meat he eats. As she does she sees hanging from her fork her husband's- bracelet. The,next panel shows the two bags again, this time dripping blood, and she realizes (as does dictorian and Joyce Miller valedictorian. Other graduates will include James Bagley. Betty Bagwell. Tommy Brewer, Corrine Edwards. Henry Harrison, Shirley Hong, Shelby Jean Hearn. Sherry Kaffka, Edith Mae Kimberlin, Joey Musick, Kenneth Oswalt, Wayne Rogers, John S. Samons, Kenneth Shannon, Fred Speck. Gerald Streeter, Richard Wilson and Donnie Yancey, Red China Said Pouring Military Aid to Vietminh TAIPEH .Formosa (£*)—The Interior Ministry's Ta Tao news agency-said today Red China is pouring artillery, antiaircraft guns, ammunition and trucks into Indochina for Vietminh offensive in the Red River Delta region. The Chinese Nationalist^ news that they contain the agency claims extensive underground able to carry on more than guerilla operations has made this a different kind of war from the one envisioned when Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in Indochina, laid out his program. Intervention Not Asked French officials and Americans alike say the French government has not formally requested American intervention yet. The political weakness of the Laniel administration, which was barely saved from collapse by a two-vote margin in the French National Assembly last night, is' described as the reason why the French have not acted more decisively up to this time. The United States has laid before Paris officials the two major political conditions which would have to bo fulfilled n rior to any American intervention. These are that France must give the Indo- Chinese states full independence in order to provide real motivation for • native resistance to communism, and that a coalition of nations must participate in any intervention. Situation Deteriorating Actually the military situation is deteriorating so rapidly in Indochina that there is increasing concern here over () whether anything effective can be done to save the region or important parts of it and (2) where intervention maybe possible. Strong Red units are operating in the Red River Delta around Hanoi. French sources say the talks which Paris wants should "explore all phases of the situation" and that they should be at a government or Cabinet level. The Navarre plan, the basis on which extensive American aid was provided, was considered valid right up to the time of the big- unit assaults which finally overran the French stronghold of Dien Bien See COMIC BOOKS o» Page 14 I contacts on the Red-held mainland.' Phu. C. o/ C. Finance Group to Meet On Fund Drive In an effort to end its industrial fund campaign, the members of Chamber of Commerce's finance committee were due to huddle again this afternoon. Chamber spokesmen said this morning that no contracts have been signed in regard to the building which is to house Central Metal Products Co., here. _"he Chamber set ou f on a $150,000 campaign to raise the money b -f. thus far $131,000 represents the total on the drive. Should a $100,000 loan on the proposed building fail to materialize, even more money may be needed. Ben White and Sons of Blytheville were low bidders on the structure. Bids were opened Wednesday morning. Weather ARKANSAS — Generally fair and a little "warmer this afternoon and tonight; Saturday partly cloudy and mild. MISSOURI — Fair this afternoon tonight and Saturday; little warmer Saturday and in northwest thi» afternoon; low tonight near 50. Maximum yesterday—73. Minimum this morning—SI. Sunset today—«:55, Sunrise tomorrow—4 :M. Mean temperature (midway batweea high and low—<52. Precipitation last M kuon to 7:00 a.m. today—nono. Precipitation Jan. 1 to d»t«—*>.J1. Maximum yesterday—<J3. Minimum this morning-—4«, Precipitation January 1 M 4»t»— 23.M.

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