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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 46 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, MAY 15, 1954 EIGHT PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS M'Carthy Demands Full Story Senator Asks Who Triggered Army Charges By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) demanded today the "complete story" of any part the Justice Department played in triggering Army charges that he sought favored military treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former aide. And Sen. McClellan (Ark), senior investigations subcommittee Democrat, said that if the Eisenhower administration blacks out details of a Jan. 21 top-drawer conference oii the McCarthy-Army 'dispute it will have to "take the responsibility for denying senators the facts." The double-barreled demand on the administration came on the heels of testimony yesterday—the It7h day in the televised proceedings—that the executive branch of the government has clamped a secrecy lid on the now-famous huddle in the Justice Department. Attending the January meeting there were Atty. Gen. Brownell and Deputy Atty. Gen. William Rogers, White House Chief of Staff Sherman Adams and White House aide Gerald Morgan, U. N. ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., and Army Counselor John G. SHOW STOPPER — Right after this frowning glance, Army Counselor John Adams, left, on the witness stand, protested that he could not continue because of the stir caused in the hearing room by this whispered conference. The distraction came when Pvt. G. David Schine, right, walked over and became involved in this conversation with James St. Clair, Army counsel, and Lt. Col. Thomas J. Clary, second from right. The talk among the three was not explained. (AP Wirephoto) Word From Above John Adams, who testified to this .Wednesday, said yesterday he has been silenced by higherups and cao't go beyond his previous statement that Sherman Adams suggested compiling a written record of the Army's troubles with McCarthy'.? office over Schine. This r«cor-d later grew into part of the Army's charges against the senator and two of his assistants. McCarthy, referring to the presence of Brownell and Rogers at the* January get-together, told newsmen today: "I think it is important to know everything that went on at that rneetog. The subcommittee must know the complete story of what par-t the Justice Department took in g<ett-kig this case started, since the department is being called on daijs" to pass on vital, questions." Trhe senator noted it will be up to Brownell to decide whether perjury has been committed in contradictory charges made under oath and whether there is any grounds for contempt charges. Brownell also has been asked by Sen. Mundt (R-SD), who is heading the subcommittee during the inquiry, to decide whether any part of a summary produced by McCarthy of an FBI memorandum on espionage can be made public. McCarthy said he wants to find out, among other things, if Rogers was one of the "moving forces" in getting the Army charges rolling against him. McCarthy has accused John Adams and ecretary of the Army tevens with using chine as a "hostage" in attempts to halt an investigation of alleged Communists in the Army. McClellan Wants Story The Army's charges of improper pressure m behalf of chine are also directed against the subcom- Sewer Vote Interests USAF; Base Work Due This Summer Citizens of Blytheville aren't the only ones interested in the outcome of Tuesday's sewer election. A letter from the Corps of Engineers to Mayor E. R. Jackson tells of the armed forces' interest in the election and of work currently being done in preparation for construction, on Blytheville's air base. Col. Ben Harvey, Jr., district engineer, said in the letter *'our office is proceeding with the design for rehabilitation of the Blytheville Air Force Base as rapidly as detailed infcrrmation of requirements is furnished by the Air Force. Present preliminary schedules indicate that construction will be commenced in the late summer of this year." Colonel Harvey went on to say that "I am sure that the Air Force will be pleased to learn of this sewer development because modernization of the sewage system will provide for improved health and welfare of the military and civilian personnel, who will be stationed at the Blytheville Base and who, with their families will live in your city." Colonel Harvey also called attention to the facts that reactivation will create a need for added housing and school facilities. Gives Free Men Hope, Ike Says President Speaks At Armed Forces Day Celebration By ELTON C. FAY WASHINGTON (#—President Eisenhower, in an Armed Forces Day address, has declared that "free men can do anything when they are united in a common cause and set their hearts to that cause." Although the chief exective made no reference to national policies or international events, his talk reflected a backdrop of worry over the Communist menace in Southeast Asia an elsewhere. The President spoke informal!; at a dinner last night marking th yearly observance of the mission of the armed forces. He said that "all sorts of thing bother us ... the terrible powe of destructive weapons . . . the uncontrolled ruthlessness of un bridled ambition."' E-?kward Look But Eisenhower looked back _ through history and found reasons mittee's counsel, Roy M. Cohn, | for hope that democratic forms o Atom Plans Hit Usual Red Wall, Dulles Says WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles disclosed today that his efforts to negotiate an atoms-for-peace plan with the Soviet "government has hit the same stone wall which all other recent talks with the Russians have met. Dulles referred to the matter somewhat indirectly, but at Washington officials confirmed the impression his speech gave and said the negotiations would go on because the Soviet attitude was not regarded in the State Department and its staff chief, Francis P. Carr. President Eisenhower touched off an ovation at an Armed Forces Day dinner last night with what many listeners regarded as a reference to publicly displayed hassle. Without mentioning names, Eisenhower said in an informal speech that the heart of America is sound "even if at times our attention is diverted by unworthy scenes in our national capital." McClellan told the inquiry group yesterday he intends to find out if "someone higher than Mr. Adams and Mr. Stevens directing their actions" when the decision was made to fight McCarthy. In an interview' before he left for Arkansas for the weekend, McClellan declared: "I'm going to do all in my power to get the whole truth on the table. If we are prevented from doing that by executive order or otherwise, then those who deny us the facts are going to have to take the responsibility." A member of the McCarthy See MCCARTHY on Page 8 Pemiscot Girl Is Killed When Hit by Truck CARUTHEBSVILLE, Mo.—Kathy Evelyn Cagle, 16-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cagle of Caruthersville, was killed yesterday afternoon when she ventured into the street and was struck by the back wheels of a city sanitation department truck. The truck, driven by Bay Drives, was reported moving at a low rate of speed along the street when the child walked under the back wheel*. She had been playing in the front government would survive, as thej had before. He said: : "It is well to remember wha happened to the dictatorships o the past, that seemed as great and terrible in their time, on down through Rome and Genghis Khan Napoleon and Hitler and Mussol ini .. . all gone." Eisenhower drew an ovation from his audience of service officers and their wives when he de Glared the heart of America is Sound "even if at times our attention is diverted by unworthy Scenes in our national capital.' Many listeners felt this was a reference to the televised investigation now in progress into the dispute ^between Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) and top Pentagon officials. But most of the time the President steered clear of problems of government, dwelling instead on what he called "rambling reminiscences" of his long career as a soldier. Services Show Wares Today, in military shows around the country, the public peered at the Army's atomic cannon, its nike guided missile for striking at enemy aircraft beyond the range of conventional artillery, its robot- like batteries of skysweeper antiaircraft gmis. There was display of the Air Force's "Matador" guided missile, a jet-powered pilotless bomber de- ;igned to toss atomic or conventional explosive into enemy areas socres of miles behind a front. In ports, the Navy welcomed the )ublic aboard big aircraft carriers See IKE on Page 8 yard of her home. Funeral arrangements were complete ttvte morning. 9 Miners Die in Belgium QUAREGtiON, Belgium (A — Nine coal miners were trapped In a coal mine collapse at the Rieu du Coein- min« en- 1 y f^'". T'-in-1 bodies of two of the victims have * been recovered so far. President Eisenhower proposed Dec. 8 in a speech at the United Nations that the United States, Russia and other atomic powers set up a world atom pool for peaceful purposes. Dulles has negotiated on this directly with Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov at Berlin and Geneva and through the American Embassy in Moscow and the Soviet Embassy here. Between the Berlin and Geneva conferences he presented the Russians with a general outline of how such an international organization could be formed. At Geneva he talked further with Molotov and got the latest information on the Rassian position. Talks Gained Nothing; This position, which apparently formed the basis of Dulles' comments here today, was continued insistence on U.S. acceptance of a ban on atomic weapons. The United States is only willing to banish atomic weapons as the end result of a series of measures designed to prevent violations and assure peace. Dulles declared that so far this year "we have negotiated in good faith with the Soviet rulers in relation to the use of atomic energy and in relation to Germany. Austria, Korea and now Indochina." In a speech prepared for deliv ery at a celebration commemorating the Virginia resolution for American Independence and the Virginia bill of rights, Dulles continued: : "Always there is a consistent pattern. Never will they relax their grip on what they have. "In each of the geographic areas I mention, they insist upon formula which will not only assure the perpetuation of their despotism within the areas they now control, but also will allow them to apply their ruthless methods to gain control of the areas which are still free." Dulles said negotiations were necessary to find out what the Soviets migh the willing to do. Evacuation Pressed In Indochina All Available Planes Put In Service US-French Differences On Indochina Brewing Authorities Fear Relations May Be Injured HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The French mobilized all available helicopters and light plans in Indochina today to push the evacuation of their seriously wounded from captured pien Bien Phu. The first, contingent of the 450. who are expected to be flown out by agreement with the Communist- led Vietminh. arrived by plane at. Hanoi late yesterday. The wounded eight men included French para- . troopers. Algerians and Foreign | Hiunist gains ill the war im- By JOHN M. H1GHT0WER WASHINGTON (AP) — Differences appeared to be developing today between the American and French governments over Indochina as Corn- Legionnaires. More batches like this, suffering from critical head or body wounds, were expected in Hanoi' this afternoon. The French rushed helicopters and monoplanes to Luang- Prabang, royal Laotian capital. 115 miles southwest of the fallen bastion to proceed with the mercy lift. Here :n Hanoi, the French forbade any interviews with the wounded until possibly next week because of their 'critical condition." Giap Flared (Informed military and civilian :ources in Saigon voiced fears today that the Vietminh commander. Gen, Vo Nhuyen Giap. was trying to gain important military advantages from the evacuation op- e r a t i o n. This interpretation stemmed from Giap's insistence ;hat the Giap's insistence that the French refrain from bombing 70 miles of strategic highway from Dien Bien Phu to Sonla. east of the fallen fortress. The Vietminh said their own wounded are to be "noved along that road.) As a result of French and Viet- Tiinh negotiations at Geneva. Giap agreed that 450 French wounded could be evacuated from Dien Bien *hu. Of this number, 250 were described as ""dangerously or critically wounded" and 200 less seriously wounded. There are believed o be a total of at least 2,000 p rench Union wounded as -a, re- ult of the siege. The Vietminh claimed the Yench lost 16,000 killed wounded r captured in the 56-day battle or the bastion. The French esti- nate their losses at 4.000 killed nd wounded and 8,000 captured. Rebel casualties have been estimated by the French at more than 35,000. Warning Issued After Drainage Ditch Poisoned A warning was issued this mom- ing by- the Pemiscot County, Mo., sheriff's office not to eat fish taken from the Big Bell Fountain ditch near Holland, Mo. Jim Avis, of near Holland, reported to the sheriff's office that he noticed fish dying in the ditch after planes had dusted near by farm land with toxaphene crop dusting poison. It was not known this morning what effect it will have on the fish taken from the ditch or on persons eating the fish. H. H. Carter, assistant county agent, said fish are succeptible to toxaphene and it requires only a ittle to kill them. Livestock and jeople do not respond very readily ;o the poison as toxaphene is not accumalative and the body rids tself of it easily. Other poisons have a tendency to build up, he said. In a few days, a fish which is still live should be safe. If there was not enough to kill a fish, then Hoyri Seniors To Get Diplomas Friday Night HAYTI, Mo. —Twenty-nine members of the graduating class of Hayti High School will receive their diplomas at commencement exercises to be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the school aduitorium. Baccalaureate services will be conducted at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium by the Rev. Shirley Spahr, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Dorothy Annette Jennings, daughter of Mrs. Ruth Jennings, has been named valedictorian and Shirley Dees, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. Dees, has beer: chosen salutatorian. Industry Drive Clean-Up Starts Fund Campaign's Total Thus Far Rises to $134,660 Mop-up activities got started today in the Chamber of Commei'ce's drive to raise more than $150,000 to locate Central Metal Pro- pose new strains on American and French nerves. Diplomatic nuthoriUes here are privately concerned about the danger of injury to French-American coopernUon in Europe as well as in the Far East. The problem which they foresee is how to keep forthcoming talks on Indochina policy of the two countries from turning 1 into exercises In blame-fixing for the unfavorable course of the fighting. The secret talks are to take place in Paris initially between American officials and French leaders. A French spokesman here Sal dit was "imperative" to have the discussions In order to determine just what American policy toward the Indochina War is. The talks will be concerned with the possibility of internationalising: the war, which means bringing a number of other nations into it — notably the United States —and with American conditions for considering intervention. Policy Outlined Secretary of State Dulles told French Ambassador Henri Bonnet a week ago that conditions which Dulles had outlined in a recent speech were basic American policy. Last Wednesday Bonnet notified Dulles that the French government, then facing a confidence vote, would like to consult with the American government about the whole situation. The way was cleared when Premier Laniel got a narrow confidence vote Thursday night. Meanwhile m i II t a r y reports make it clear that the Communists in northern Viet No m are no longer operating as guerillas but are a full-fledged military force trying quickly to followup their victory at Dien Bien Phu. This puts enormous pressure on the French government, as the government of immediate responsibility in Indochina, and on the American government, as the one outside agency which has the military power to do something about the situation if it conceives that to be essential to American interest. —XrVi C*clitoria(— Sewer Opponents Negate Claims with Anonymity There are some malcontents who seem determine to fight any attempt to end Blytheville's sewer problem. Indicative of this reactionary logic are the handbills which have been distributed here seeking "4.000 voters to vote against the proposed sewer plan Tuesday. . ." Whoever is behind this move chums there are other sewer plans which would involve less cost. Where are these plans? If such plans exist, why have they not been brought forward? Some alternative plans have been suggested, sincerely and in good faith. However, engineering: surveys proved them either more costly or Jess practical than the present, proposal. The opposition handbills attempt to kindle sympathy by -claiming: renters will have to help pay for sewer systems for property- owners. No one person, renter or landlord, has any individual claim to any part of a sewer system. It is used by. and for the benefit of. everyone. Attempting to exempt renters or any other group is akin to requiring that property owners furnish other -utilities such as gas, power and water Tor non-propctry owners. And any eighth-grade civlcr. student knows that "class legislation" is unconstitutional. Our estimate of the opposition move is that it is a stalling maneuver — one that has made its appearance in the past in connection with sewers. Time is short. The sewer election is Tuesday. Proponents of th« sewer proposal are well known. We submit that the opposition, if it is to avoid substantiating a charge of cowardice, should make itself and its so-called plans known. No credance whatsoever can be lent these handbills since the distributors could not bring themselves to attach their names to them. We do not see how any intelligent person can put faith in a group whose Identities and aims are unknown . We are certain of this: If a better plan existed, it would hav« been brought forth by now. We maintain that the best plan is the one we will vote on Tuesday. And again we urge you to vote "Yes" to help lift Blytheville from the quagmire of its own sewage. Ross Hughes Dies; Rites Tomorrow Ross D. Hughes, Sr., one of this area's largest planters and businessmen, died suddenly earJy this morning at Chiok- asawba Memorial Hospital. ducts Co., here. And the latest version of the drive had pushed the industrial fund's .up to $134,660 this morning. It was the first significant rise in the total figure in more than a week. A kickoff meeting to get the cleanup drive under a full head of steam has been scheduled for Monday night in City Hall. At that time, finance committee members and drive workers will meet to map their operations for next week. The Chamber found itself in somewhat of a squeeze regarding the industrial fund. Central States has been emphatic in its requests that the company in operation on the Elm Steet industrial site by mid-August. This means that construction will have to get started without delay. However, the Chamber has been reluctant to sign a contract for construction until it had the money to pay off. Ben White and Sons apparently will be awarded the pact and are ready to begin work on getting he word from Chamber officials. matic experts now see is that the French government may maneuver to pin responsibility as far as possible on the United States, and that American officials may engage In recrimination against the French. Nothing But Talk There is already evident in French quarters a tendency to talk about the failure of the U, S. administration to do anything but talk so.far. There is a tendency to emphasize the American turndown of a French request for air aid in bombarding the Communist attackers of Dien Bien Phu last Easter. The French then argued that American air strength could save the fortress. On the American side there is apparent a tendency to stress that the French were never willing to bring the United Nations into the war and thereby get a moral sanction for wider action. The French were not willing either, the Americans say, to give the United States a hand in training responsibilities in Indochina. And there is obviously an American tendency to criticize French conduct with the military operation and blarne the French for letting affairs get in the state they are in today. The fact is of course that what has made the great difference in See INDOCHINA on Page 8 State Bar Elects New Officers HOT SPRINGS, Ark. The person, he thought. 'akistcm Minister Resigns KARACHI, Pakistan (^—Official ources said today Sir Mohammed efrullah Khan has tendered his esignation as foreign minister of akistan. But Premier Mohammed AM IftO" told newsmen t'.^o vrt- crrn rii, o.nat had "not resigned Western Delegates at Geneva Map Strategy, Study New Red Position GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats of the Western Big Three met today in what an informed source said was a session designed to "map out strategy" for secret East-West negotiation on trying to halt the war in Indochina. The Western delegates also took advantage of today's conference recess to give careful study to Russia's sudden shift in position on an Indochina peace settlement. Arkansas Bar Association yesterday elected Shields Goodwin of Little .Rock vice president at the close of its 56th annual convention. Under association tradition vice president J. M. Smallwood of Russellvllle was elevated to the presidency without opposition. Goodwip defeated Jeff Davis of El Dorado in a vote by secret- ballot. Cecil Friday was elected by the association as delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He defeated J. C. Deacons of Jonesboro to take the position held by Joe C. Barrett also of Jonesboro, for the past eight years. Barrett, who now is president of the National Conference on Uniform State Laws, advised the association that another Arkansas delegate could be elected to national group. The association yesterday formally removed the subject of an integrated bar from its list of proposals. An integrated bar is a professional association under supervision of the State Supreme Court to which all lawyers would be required to belong. The association for several years was in favor of an integrated bar but last year reversed its stand and came out against the proposal after the Supreme Court had ordered integration. The high court then re-polled the state's attorneys and after receiving a majority vote against the proposal granted one of its rare motions for rehearing and, decided not to order integration. * Born in Hiiyncs, Ark., Dec. 15, 1892, Mr. Hughes was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hughes. His lather also was a planter. After attending Hendrix College, Mr. Hughes came to Blytheville in 1923 as a cotton buyer. On April 24, 1924, he married the former Misa Ann Man an, who survives. R. D. Hughes Co., which he founded, encompasses gins in Blytheville, Gosnell and Half Moon as well us the Main Street men's store here which bears his name. However, he was perhaps better known in the Midsouth as one of this sectors most extensive farmers. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Blytheville Rotary Club and wa.s a Shriner and 32nd Degree Mason. Other survivors include his son, Ross D. Hughes. Jr., who is &»• sociated in business with his father; a daughter, Miss Nancy Ann Hughes of Memphis; a brother, four sisters and one grandchild. Services will be conducted at the home at 920 West Main at 4 p.m. tomorrow by the Rev Harvey Kidd, pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery with Henry Humphreys, Louis Cherry, Harry Kirby, Toby Horn. J. A. Leech, Earnest Haynes, E. B. Gee, George Hamilton, Earl Bolton and Randall Flippin as active pallbearers. The family has requested no flowers be sent. Cobb Funeral Home is rn charge. First Family Off to Camp WASHINGTON UPl — and Mrs. Eisenhower President drive 60 miles today to spend the weekend at Camp David, their retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. They plan to return Sunday. Western sources voiced hope the Soviet switch and the closed door talks next week will bring the three-week-old parley to the hard bargaining stage and discourage the Reds from using it as a propaganda forum. Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov uncovered the new Russian position yesterday. He agreed to international supervision of any Aie,otov propo.-.od .supervision by a neutral nations commission witfa- out naming the nations he had in mind. Previously the Russians had backed Vietminh proposals for mixed commission of Communist and non-Communist Indochinesc. Western spokesmen reacted cautiously to the Russian move although" a French delegation source on "a most Important" point. The British called it an advance be.vond the earlier Communist position. An oMoM ¥. 8. spokesman at first labelled Molotov's proposal a "slight change." But later , he withdrew this and said the American delegation had no comment. In the restricted talks starting Monday the nine delegations involved—the Big Four. Red China, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam and the Vietminh—will each be Allowed to send their chief delegate and three advisers. France reportedly will advance a detailed proposal for an Indo- otatna oMM-ftrt at tb* O*M*. Hayti Murder Trial Under Way CAiRXJTHERSVILLE. Mo.—Trial of Tommy Pate, 33, of Hayti, Route 2, on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Elmer Riggs, 34, of Hayti- Route 2, Aug. 11, 1983, got under way yesterday in Circuit Court with Judge Joseph H. Allen presiding. Five witnesses were heard before the court recessed until this morning, when the trial continued. Pate li charged with shooting Mr. Biggs while the later was having a flat fixed at a Hayti service station. The trial had been previously set for last December but was con- MI Ml tMi MOM, Weather ARKANSAS — Fair and a little warmer this afternoon and tonight; Sunday partly cloudy and warm with scattered thundershowers in west portion in afternoon and at night. MISSOURI — Generally fair thi* afternoon and tonight; Sunday partly cloudy northwest, fair east and south; little warmer this aft- eroon and tonight and in south and east-central portions Sunday. Maximum yesterday—73. Minimum this morning—58. Sunset today—6:55. Sunrise tomorrow—4:57. Mean temperature (midway tMtw«*i\ high and low—03. Precipitation last M bourt a.m. today—none. 7.-00 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—10JI. This Dat* Last Year Maximum yesterday—54, Minimum this morning—47. Precipitation JanuMy 1

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