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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 20, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 50 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 20, 1954 Published Daily SIXTEEN PAGES Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS At Gtnevo— Diplomats Continue In Private By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats at the Geneva conference held a series of private talks today which may determine the fate of the deadlocked Indochina parley. The United States was reported ready to write off the negotiations as a failure unless the Communists drastically change their line. Formal negotiations were suspended for the day. The latest snarl was due to continued Red demands that the Communist "resistance governments" of Laos and Cambodia be invited to Geneva. The Western powers regard these as phantom regimes with no following and no right to representation. One high Western source acknowledged Western diplomats had given some thought to the question of breaking off the talks. The sources said it was impossible at this stage to see any sign the Communists were going to agree to anything. * No Progress The U. S. delegation was rep- j resented as feeling the Indochina discussions were getting nowhere The Americans were said to b reluctant 'to break up the confer ence, however, until the Frend feel all possibilities have been ex hausted. Negotiations dragged to a com plete standstill last night afte three long secret sessions been the nine participating delegations A proposal by Eden for a one day "cooling off" period was ac cepted, and the talks were sus pended until tomorrow afternoon During the layoff in formal talks Eden—representing the Western Big Three—hoped to find a solu tion in conferences with Soviet For eign Minister V. M. Molotov and Communist Chinese Premier-Foreign Minister Chou En-lai. Molotov invited Eden to dine with him tonight. In preparation for their talk, Eden conferred with French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault and U. S. tinder Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith. An hour before they met, Chou called on Eden. A British source said the Chinese Communinst leader was returning a call the British secretary' had paid to him last week. When the Cambodia-Laos issue first threatened to stall the conference 10 days ago, Molotov agreed in a private talk wi^h Eden to get on with the negotiations without acting on the Red demands to invite the resistance groups. New Refusal The Vietminh Communist leaders raised the question again this week. Western delegates, anxious to get the discussions back to ways of ending the fighting in Indochina, flatly refused the renewed Bed proposal. ' Conference sources said Molotov also expressed hope yesterday the delegates could soon get down to a study of the actual drafts of armistice proposals, particularly their military aspects. The Western Powers tried to limit discussion to" key points at the opening of the secret sessions. Bidault, however, touched off the controversy over Laos and Cambodia by demanding that Communist forces be withdrawn at once from the two Indochinese kingdoms. A major provision of the French plan for ending hostilities in Indochina is that the problem of Laos and Cambodia be completely separated from the proposed armistice in Viet Nam. The Communist plan, on the hand, calls for an armistice for all three states to take place after political agreements have been reached. Molotov has declared this plan must be taken as a basis for peace negotiations. The Rev. E. C. Brown E.C. Brown to Get Doctor's Degree Southern Baptist College to Award Honorary Doctorate The Rev. E. C. Brown, pastor of First Baptist Church here, will be awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by Southern Baptist College at Walnut Ridge at the college's annual convocation Monday night. Pastor of the First Baptist hurch here since 1943, the Rev. Mr. Brown also has held pastorates at Benton and Warren, Since 1943, the Baptist Church here has increased its membership from 1,175 to 1.687 and increased its Sunday School departments from eight to 18. During his pastorate here, the church has erected a new sanctu ary and'acquired a nursery building. The church now ranks eighth in the state in mission gifts. The Rev. Mr. Brown is president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and has been on the board of trustees of'Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth since 1949 and on the Executive Board of the State Convention since 1941. He is a Rotarian and was a charter member of the BlytheviUe Y board. He was tice president of the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance and served two terms as moderator of the Mississippi. County Baptist Convention. Other positions he ha's held include: president of Central College, board of Arkansas Baptist Hospital, board of trustees of Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, chairman of Committee on Arkansas Editors Commenton Ruling By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven of Arkansas' 33 daily newspapers commented editorially on the U. S. Supreme Court's outlawing of racial segregation in public schools, and all were agreed that mutual cooperation and respect must be the guide in months to come. '•The earlier than expected ruling * * # * Dell Educator Sees 'No Point' 4 In School Issue of our highest tribunal is probably better for our country as a whole,' said the Pine Bluff Commercial "Nothing is ever gained by post poning the inevitable." The Malvern Daily Record saw the decision as a "time for sober- clear thinking and an application of those principles for which our forefathers and our own generation have sacrificed much." From the Hot Springs Sentinel Record came the suggestion that "Thfs is a time for calm part o both the white and colored races Tolerance and understanding mus and will prevail." "Great Significance" The decision was "a fact of great historic significance," observed the Arkansas Gazette at Little Rock, adding: "There is time for calm and dispassionate consideration of the course we must now undertake... White and Negro leaders in Arkansas now have urgent business together—as they have so often in the past. They will work of necessity in an area of compromise and they wfll need the patience of understanding of the public if they are to succeed." The Northwest Arkansas Times at Fayetteville said "There are large sections of our state with large Negro children populations which will find the ruling exceptionally burdensome. Given time the matter can be worked out as we are sure it will be according to law." No Time for Rashness The Arkansas Democrat at Little Rock said: "There is not time to waste in rash speculation, foolish words or tense emotions. Surely we can reach a common understanding without friction in order to preserve all the educational and social gains that have been made." The Texarkana Gazette saw the situation as a time for both Negroes and whites to "adopt an attitude of studied restraint. Regardless of how strongly we may feel...we must all consider first that the decision...will be the law remind ours elves "that we are law- abiding people and chaos inevitably results from defiance of the Boards of the Southern Baptist Convention and member of the Committee on Committees. A native of South Carolina, the Rev. Mr. Brown attended Erskine College there and Furman University in Greenville, S. C. He received lis bachelor's degree from Ouachita College at Arkadelphia and has studied at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth. Manila Girl Killed When Hit by Truck MANILA— Jaynie Charlene Holt, '-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arternas Holt of near Manila, was fatally injured when she wa truck by a pickup truck whil rossing Highway 77 "in front ler home about four miles sout f her yesterday evening. She was taken to Ratton Hosp al in Manila and died shortly af er arriving. The accident occurred when sh ame "to the road to meet he randfather and then ran acros le road toward the Galaway Gro ery. Sammy Moore, driver of th ruck, told Lee Baker, deputy sher iff, that it happened so quick he was unable to stop. Services will be conducted to morrow at St. John's Methodis Church by the Rev. James Weath erford. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery with Howard Funera Service in charge. She is survived by her parents and two brothers. .Bill and Kerry Holt, of near Manila. Here are some other editorial reactions: Harrison Daily Times: "A new system of private schools will be the south's answer. . .Living in an all-white section. . .we still can't remain aloof to racial problems of other sections . . . The Court ruling will not solve the racial Evacuation of Dien Bien Phu Wounded Continues; 110 Moved By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina UP) —Evacuation of wounded from Dien Bien Phu had climbed today to 110 men jus helicopters and light planes kept up their steady shuttle to the captured fortress. (A French Press Agency dispatch received in Paris said about to arrive in Hanoi today.) Despite the slowness of the helicopter lift, the French hoped to complete in less than two weeks the removal of the 753 sounded the Vietminh said they would release. French military sources said they knew nothing about rebel plans to release Dien Bien Phu's lone Trench air force nurse, Miss Oeneviere de Oalard Terraube, as announced by a Vietminh spokesman in Geneva yesterday. Hert in Hanoi, friends of the blue-eyed, 29-year-old nurse expressed belief she would remain at Dien Bien Phu, nursing the wounded until the last of the 753 is flown out. The wounded are being taken to the royal Laotian capital of Luang Prabang and relayed by Dakota transport to Hanoi. Here they are rushed to huge Lanessan military hospital. Many are in such serious condition they require immediate operations. Forfeit Speeding Bonds; DWI Penalty Reduced Karl Farmer and A. V. Woods both forfeited bonds of $19.75 in Municipal Court yesterday on charges of speeding. Joe Bates forfeited bond of $61.75 on a charge of driving while intoxicated. The bond was reduced from $111.75 on Apr. 5. problem, and it may aggravate it in the south." Great Test Russellville Courier - Democrat: "The. . .ruling is being praised in foreign countries as an indication the United States is taking a new step toward democracy. That is premature. Abrupt changes in personal philosophy are not made as a result of a. . .new ruling on an old law. . .One thing is certain:: The problem of the South is not one that can be solved by arm-waving and wheezing oratory of demagogues. . .The. . .order will test the leadership and statesmanship of men at all levels. . .Particularly is this true at the local level. . .a calm analysis. . .is essential and emotionalism has no place in the picture. . .This is true of both races." Clarence Byrns in the Fort Smith Southwest American: "The overwhelming majority of people in the states which now have segregated schools hoped the court would stick to ... its rule (of) separate but equal facilities . . .Many Negro people do not want.mixed schools. Some. . .recognize that the change . . .will be more harmful to the Negroes than. . .whites. Extremists have forced the decision. . .The segregated states will comply. They have met many problems before with intelligence and sound judgment. They will meet this one." Superintendent Says Equality Satisfactory To Both Races A. E. Caldwell, superintendent of Dell schools, last night told a group of Blytheville Kiwanians and Negro school teachers that he did not "see any point in the issue involved" in the Supreme Court's recent ruling on segregation in public schools. Speaking at the Kiwanis Club's annual Teacher Appreciation Week dinner for Negro teachers held at Harrison High School, Mr. Caldwell said too many people do not know the Negroes of the South and "many have lost sight of one very important factor — that Negroes are very proud of their race. They point with pride to the great men of their race such as Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver." "I believe," he told the group, "that what we want is to be equal in opportunity and chances and for each race to help the other." Mr. Caldwell, who also is lieutenant governor of the 12th Division of Kiwanis' Missouri-Arkansas District, touched on the segregation issue only briefly and directed most of his address to the field of teaching. One of the major problems of the teaching profession and our public schools today is the inadequate supply cf qualified teachers, he said, add.3 r that what is needed most of all today are teachers that; want ;o teach more than text book teaching—teachers who .want to teach morals, character and culture. "As teachers we should instill in ourselves daily the importance of character—for as the twig is bent, ihe tree is bound." he said. The Negro teachers dinner served as the unnofficial kick off for Teacher Appreciation Week which begins Sunday. Teacher Apprec- ation Week is sponsored annually FLAMES SWEEP THROUGH OIL TANKS — Firemen rush equipment into position at Santa Fe Springs. Calif., where a fire started by a natural gas line break caused an estimated half-million dollars •damage. Seven county fire departments fought the blaze. (AP Wire- photo) Sen. McCarthy Won't Boycott Move for Senate Farm Debate Made WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to return the hot controversy of flexible vs. rigid farm price supports to the Senate was advanced today by Chairman Aiken (R-Vt) of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Instead of continuing indefinitely a closed-door committee battle over this key issue, Aiken said in an interview, he will seek "general agreement on the best farm, legislation we can formulate.' Aiken advocates the proposal for flexible government price supports urged by President Eisenhower and Secretary of Agriculture Benson. But a. majority of the committee he heads is believed to favor continuation of fixed price supports oa major field crops at 90 per cent of parity. "After all, the important decision on Flexible vs. rigid supports will be reached on the Senate floor not in the committee," Aiken said. "The committee should consider other important farm issues.' The,..Jlpuse .Agriculture,-,' by the Blytheville Kiwanis Club. Leachviile's Commencement Set for May 30 LEACHVILLE — Combination baccalaureate services and commencement exercises for Leachvill* High School seniors wil be held at 11 a.m. May 30 in the Melody Theater here. The Rev. Harold White, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will be the speaker. Members of the class will furnish the music. Senior Class night will be held at 8 p.m. May 28 in the high school auditorium.' Presentation of awards will be made then. $urdette Graduation Is Tonight Graduation execrises for Bur- dettes' senior class will get under way in the high school auditorium at 8 o'clock tonight. Mississippi County Supervisor of Schools John Mayes will be commencement speaker and the Rev. Morris Maguire will deliver the baccalaureate'sermon. Billy Lutes, valedictorian, heads the graduating class and Billy Garner and Emma James share salutatorian honors. Following graduation, the seniors will leavi on a 10-day trip to New Orleans and Florida. They will be accompanied by Mrs. Hilton Stephenson and Superintendent of Schools L. H. Autry and Mrs. Autry. Class members include Shirley Beville, James Crosskno, Jimmy' Epperson, Russell Eubanks, Billy Garner, Jeannette Garrett, Nelta Sue Jackson, Peggy Lloyd, Billy Lutes, Jack McDermott, Ernina Jo Perkins James, Mary Sue Thornton and Bobbie yancey. te ealso is holding closed-door sessions on farm legislation, with a majority reported to favor extending present rigid supports. Other Questions Aiken said there are seven other questions that probably should be considered in general farm legislation this session. He listed them as: 1. What should be included in rztc/» R*d$ Admit Some Opposition in flections VIENNA, Austria (*) —'Weekend ocal, county and district elections n Communist Czechoslovakia saw ome .anti-Communist opposition, the Prague radio admitted today. Announcing final returns, the roadcast said between 5 and 6 per ent of the voters refused to back he Communist lists of candidates. The voters were permitted only to pprove or reject the "National font" nominees. i Costelfo Ousts Eamon De Valera DUBLIN, Ireland (ffi) — John A. Costello's coalition today tumbled Prime Minister Eamon De Valera from power by winning control of the proposed 2 1 / 2 -billion-dollar "set aside" of government farm sur| pluses proposed by Eisenhower. Aiken said his committee would include other farm surpluses than the four proposed by the administration: Cotton, wheat, dairy products and vegetable oils. 2. How to ease the shift from old to new parity formulas used to compute price supports. Farmers now can use the higher of the two. 3. Proper use of acreage diverted from major crops in the effort to avoid surpluses. 4. Whether to increase the supplies of corn and wheat now fixed as a normal "carryover" from one crop to the next. 5. Possible revision of the government's dairy support program. One proposal is to provide for supports on liquid milk instead of its products such as butter and cheese. 6. Whether to eliminate price supports at 60 to 90 per cent of parity on tung oil and honey. 7. Whether to broaden the federal marketing agreements program to include fruits and vegetables used for canning. Luxora Gets Health Center Clinics to Be Held Every Wednesday LUXORA — With the PTA and Mayor Moses Sliman cooperating, Luxora's health center opened this week under the direction of County Health Nurses Mrs. Annabell Fill and Mrs. Clara Ambrose. Many Luxora citizens have long Hearings to Go On Monday, He Says WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mundt (R-SD) voiced a "guess" today that Sen. McCarthy will not boycott resumption of the McCarthy-Army hearings no wscheduled for Monday. Mundt had just come from a closed door talk with McCarthy, but he said this had not been discussed between them. McCarthy himself has left in doubt what course he might follow. He contends his side faces a "stacked deck" situation because of President Eisenhower's ban on testimony from government officials about confidential talks within the administration on the Mc- Crathy-Army row. Mundt said he plans now to go that "I wouldn't anticipate any more recesses" as long as the current week's one. A reporter asked Mundt about speculation that McCarthy might refuse to participate in the resumption. "Do you expect McCarthy will be there Monday?" the reporter asked. No Commitment "If I were going to guess, I'd guess yes," Mundt said, but emphasized he was not basing that on any commitment from. McCarthy. the PTA. under the leadership of its president, Mrs. C. D. Smith, joined with Mayor Sliman in bringing.. :" Space in the city hall was made available by Mayor Sliman. Clinics will be held each Wednesday from 9 until 11 a.m. Both white and Negro patients will be seen and treated during these hours. Yesterday, sion, nearly tions fever were given, cases were in its opening ses- 26 various innocula- one rheumatic examined and after the talk with Mundt that he still is "at a loss" about his next move. McCarthy, who calls the presidn- tial order a "gag," said of it: "It is ridiculous beyond compre- the secretary of the Army say they want all the facts on the table in these hearings and then have them support this order." Sen. Potter (R-Mich) said he knows of no way McCarthy could four children were admitted for remedial eye service. the Irish Dail (Parliament). Nearly complete tabulations of Tuesday's election results showed De Valera's Fianna Fail (Men of Destiny) party had lost any mathematical chance of gaining a majority in the 147-seat dail. The latest standings showed De Valera's party had won 61 seats to 74 for the coalition. Gus M'Millan Will Speak Here Tonight Gus McMillan, candidate for governor, is scheduled to make a stopover appearance in Blytheville tonight when he delivers a public address on«the Court House lawn. Last night, he challenged Gov Cherry "not to hide behind the iron Industry Fund At $136,216 Chamber Receives Lease Agreement Blytheville's industrial fund was at $136,216 this morning as the Jhamber of Commerce cleanup committee proceded with getting nvestors to up their original stock purchases. Other news on the Central Products Metal Co., centered about receipt of a 10-year lease agreement from the parent firm in Kansas City. Presumably, this will be examined and signed this week. But the drive for more money will continue, Chamber officials pointed out. The fund campaign is approaching the point where cost of the building may be covered, but there is still some doubt as to a loan on the structure and there's also $35,000 due on land and equipment which is part of the deal. An innovation in graduation gifts was tied into the drive today by the Gift Shop here. In its advertisement in the Courier News tomorrow, the store will urge the giving of shares of stock in the Blytheville Investment Corporation, the non-profit organization which will be owner of the building. hi the investigation if the senator should decide to walk out. Meet Today Mundt has called members of the senate investigations subcommittee to meet this afternoon. As an inducement, it will offer to gift-wrap special gift certificates for the purpose. be invited to attend, Mundt said. "I know of no reason why he should be." He said the meeting was called to give the other senators a report on his talk yesterday with Atty, Gen. Brownell. and for consultations on whether or how to place in evidence stenographic transcripts of monitored telephone calls between Army officials and members of the McCarthy camp. Mundt said he expects Army Counselor John G. Adams, one of the principals, will be in the witness chair when the hearings resume, but that Adams may step aside to permit questioning of Secretary of the Army Stevens on one point. This, he said, would be Stevens' statement yesterday taking sole responsibility for placing charges against Sen. McCarthy and the senator's aides. Mundt said he believes that after Stevens and Adams have finished their testimony, questioning of other rmy witnesses can be completed "in about one day." Mundt said he believes witnesses from the McCarthy camp then will take over. necessary for either side to go into any long rebuttal sessions, although some rebuttal testimony might have to be admitted. Asked whether it was definite stand Monday, Mundt said "I'd say it's a presumption" that reporters could make fairly safely. Two Held for Breaking Into Soft Drink Boxes WILSON—J. T. ( Buster) Wigley, deputy sheriff, returned yesterday from Forrest City with Orville BeaJe. 22, and a 16-year-old companion, both originally of Gun- nersville, Ala., on a charge of breaking into soft drink machines at two service stations. They were placed in Osceola county Jail, he Mid. Arrested by Forrest City officer* out and let the people see you." One of four candidates opposing Cherry for renomination, he spoke on the Court House lawn at Paragould before an estimated 100 persons. Blasting Cherry's hiring out-of- state men to head the State Hospital and Highway Department, the on suspicion, notified. Deputy Wigley WM the governor that "When a little man casts big shadows, it's nearly sundown." McMillan has invited the governor to Join him Saturday on the speaker's platform at a McMillan rally in Jonesboro, the governor's home town. Philippine Solons Boil MANILA Ub —Angry congressmen sought a constitutional amendment last night to abolish the Senate but Speaker Jose B. Laurel Jr. persuaded them to lay their resolution on the Uble. The representatives charged that •tveral vital House bills. 25 Entries Expected in Jaycee Teen-Age Driving Contest Here Approximately 25 Blytheville teen-age boys and girls are expected to compete in the annual Junior Chamber of Commerce sponsored Teen - Age Road-e-o Driving Contest to be held here at 9 a.m. Saturday, according to Joe Warren, in charge of entries. Registration for the event had reached 20 this morning, and more are expected before contest time, Mr. Warren said. For the first time since the contest began here two years agd, girls will be competing against boys in the test of driving skill. Mr. Warren said he expects about eight girls to take part. Winner of the contest will receive an expense-paid trip to the state contest at Sheridan in June. In addition, prizes will be given by the Jaycees to the boy and girl posting the highest scores. (Sec chart of driving course on 7.) The driving portion of this year's contest, which includes tests to determine skilf in normal driving problems rather than trick maneuvering, will be held On Railroad Street between Walnut and Chickasawba. This part of the event is expected to start at about 10 a.m. and the public is invited. Preceding the driving test, contestants will take a brief written examination at the Jaycee Clubroom on traffic laws and good driving habits. Judges for the contest are Chief of Police John Foster, Loute McWaters, E. F. Still, State Trooper Fred McKinley and City Attorney Elbert Johnson. Jaycee chairman of the contest, Harold Davis, said today that reg- Winchell Claims He Had letter Columnist Says He Burned Copy Of FBI Missive NEW YORK (AP) — Columnist Walter Winchell said today he had burned a copy of the secret "FBI letter" given to him under mysterious circumstances at the time it set off an uproar in the McCarthy-Army hearings. Winchell, who termed it "very dull reading," said he destroyed the copy after consulting various government officials, and after the attorney general ruled it contained security data. However,, he. said he had been informed that about 35 copies of the so-called 2y 2 -page "letter," summarizing a classified FBI memorandum, were in circulation. He said he understood that newspaper people have most of them. Wincbell earlier had related in his syndicated column how someone handed him the copy during a recess in the Washington hearings. Asked about the whereabouts of the letter today, Winchell said he destroyed it since "no one asked for it back." "There was just nothing to it," he said. "After all the fireworks, if it were made public, the result would be quite a letdown, I assure you, "List of Names" "In my opinion, it was pretty routine stuff. There was nothing to it but a list of names. If I were told right now that I. could print the text, I don't think I would even use it." The "letter" was produced at the hearing by Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis) who claimed it contained warnings of Communist espionage in radar laboratories and that the Army had ignored it. McCarthy said he got it from an Army intelligence officer .He said the "letter" was written by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The Army, after searching its files, replied later that the "letter" was a "perfect phony." It turned out, according to subsequent testimony, that it was not a Hoover letter but a cut-down version of a 15-page, 1951 FBI memo on the question of espionage at Ft. Monmouth, N.J. In some cases it had notations not contained in the original document. McCarthy contended the chief difference between the 2'/ 2 page and the 15-page FBI memo was that the letter did not include security data on each of 34 individuals listed, j Some Refused Winchell, in his column, told how he got his copy. He recalled that some subcommittee officials refused to read it because it was marked personal 'and confidential, and he remarked to reporters at See WINCHELL on Page 2 Weather until contest time, and that any teen-age boy or'girl who has a dnvtrs liccnM It eligible M tntor. no important temperature changes this afternoon, tonight and Friday. MISSOURI — Generally fair tonight; warmer west and north; fair south, partly cloudy north Friday; warmer; low tonight 40s extreme east to 50s extreme west; high Friday 70s east to 80-85 west. Maximum yesterday—75, Minimum this morning—48. Sunset today—C:59. Sunrise tomorrow—4:43. Mean temperature midway Dttwtf;n high and low—61.5. Precipitation lait 34 hour* to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dat*—20.21, Thli Dau La*t YMi Maximum yesterday—SO. Minimum thlt morning—41. Precipitation January 1 M 4at«— HUl,

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