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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 51 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, MAY 21, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT* Some Base Contracts Due This Summer; To Be TAC Jet Field The Air Force said today it is possible that some contracts for construction of buildings at the Blytheville air base may be let this summer and also announced further d.etails as to the type of installation to be located here. Letting of contracts for field construction (runways) is anticipated for this fall, Chamber of Commerce Manager Worth Holder was told at noon today in a telephone call from Lt. Col. John Tronnershausser, representing Col. Robert Connor, commanding officer of the Air Force Representatives Office in Dallas. Lt. Col. Tronnershausser also revealed that the base to be reactivated here will be under the Tactical Air Command arid will be a Ninth Air Force installation. Jet aircraft will be stationed here, he said. He would not elaborate on the base mission; that is, the exact type of aircraft to be used. Ail* Force and civilian personnel at the base will total 2,000, the officer said. No further delays in reactivation anticipated by the Air Force, he continued. The field here is being reactivated because it could be built quicker and at less cost than some others, Lt. Col. Tronnersh- ausser said, also giving as a reason "the spirit of the community." The base here will not be a permanent installation— at least not as of now. He explained that about the only difference between permanent and semi - permanent USAP installations is the trim used on the buildings. Some revision has been necessary since the last definite assignment for the base—which was Strategic Air Command. The runways will be 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, he said. The Air Force also said it anticipated occupancy of the base one year after letting of runway contracts—or the fall of 1955. New Sieges Vietminh Encircles 3 Posts In Vital Red River Delta By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina (AP) — Three little defense posts in the southeastern sector of the vital Red River Delta battled fiercely today to hold off encircling Vietminh forces as the defenders of Dien Bien Phu tried to do. French Union aircraft parachuted ammunition, guns, and food to Vietnamese defenders with French noncommissioned officers in the posts of Yen Phu, Anxa, and Coquan. They have, been under constant heavy mortar attack and machine- gun fire for nearly a fortnight. Twice Anxa has thrown back big Vietminh infantry assaults. The defenders are' outnumbered about six to one. French fighters and bombers are heavily hitting the besieging Communist-led rebels. Attacks Halted Thus far the Vietminh have failed In all attempts to smash into and capture either of the posts. The mud and wood constructed forts—with blockhouses and ma- chinegun pillboxes but no heavy artillery—are in the heart of rice- fields with limestone hills nearby. From, these hills the Vietminh can pump over hundreds of -mortar shells to pave the way for infantry charges. Yen Phu is 6 miles south of Phuly, which is on a direct highway to Hanoi 30 miles to the north. Anxa is 12 miles northwest of Thai Binh, which is 50 miles southeast of Hanoi. Coquan is 9 miles northwest of Thai Binh. During the last fortnight the Vietminh have cut off all road communication with the three posts and tightened encirclement. French aircraft lost no time starting an airlift to keep the three posts supplied. Evacuation Continues Earlier, the French command said 159 wounded have been brought out of Dien Bien Phu and that it hoped to fly out 100 more today. Helicopters and Beaver aircraft were making the slow but steady sluttle from Dien Bien Phu to the royal Laotian capital of Luang Prabang, where the wounded are relayed to Hanoi by Dakota transport. The evacuation was slowed down last night by violent monsoon rains which made flying impossible for several hours. As a result only 50 were flown out yesterday instead of the scheduled 120. No Word Of Nurse A high command spokesman said there still was no word about Dien Bien Phu's lone French air force nurse—Miss Genevieve Galard Terraube. He said all that Was known of rebel plans to release the blue-eyed, 29-year-old nurse was the announcement to that effect by a Vietminh spokesman in Geneva Wednesday. Newly arrived casualties from Diejn Bieu Phu said Miss De Gallaro. was "with our wounded working day and night." One Foreign Legionnaire told Bidault Seeks Truce In Viet Nam. as Secret Geneva Talks Resume By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — Deadlocked East-West talks on Indochina resumed in secret today and France sought to limit the initial negotiations to a cease-fire in Viet Nam. French Foreign Minister Georges I Nam, where Communist-led forces Bidault went to the nine-party ses- are_ threatening the Red River McCarthy Calls President's Order Taking 5th Amendment sion prepared to sidetrack for the moment the questions of Laos and Cambodia and concentrate on Viet INDOCHINA* WHERE MERCY AND WAR FLIGHTS COINCIDE — While the French stepped up air evacuation (long arrows) of their wounded from Dien Bien Phu to Hanoi by way of Luang Prabang, war planes struck at rebel troops along the strategic highway 41 (A). French planes blasted Communist-led Vietminh convoys at Moc Chau and tore up the road between Tuan Giao and Son La (all underlined) to hinder rebels moving eastward from Dien Bien Phu toward the Red River Delta (shaded). Near Hanoi (B), the rebels captured a Vietnamese-manned post near Son Tay and clashed with French near Hai Duong, along the important Haiphong-Hanoi rail supply route. (AP Wirephoto Map) Ike Averts Election Year Tariff Clash WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower appeared today to have averted a threatened election-year clash with some key congressmen in his own party over the tender topic of tariff walls. He did so by putting off—until cans in Congress who have been newsmen at Lanessan hospital that she was being helped by five French male nurses. He said they were aiding a corps of some 20 captive doctors. Her friends in Hanoi believe the nurse will stay on until the last of the wounded is evacuated. The Vietminh have indicated they will permit release of 753 altogether. It was not yet known whether the rebels intend to repair Dien Bien Phu's shell-pocked airstrip to permit big Dakota transports to land and thus speed up the evacii- See INDOCHINA on Page 3 Inside Today's Courier News ... Cardinals Threat in National League if Pitching Holds Up ... Bear Bryant Is Tough Man in Tough Job . . - Sports . pages 6 and 7... . . Farm News . . . pagj 9... . . House Study of Foundations Starting on Shaky Ground . . Editorials . . . pare 4. . . Georgia's GOT. Talmadge May Find He's Overfhatched In Fight with Supreme Court . . . page U... next year—his request for a three- year renewal of the Reciprocal Trade Act with power to lower tariffs an additional 5 per cent each year. In a letter released late yesterday, Eisenhower said he still regarded this hotly controversial Drogram as "indispensable" in the national interest. But he suggested that Congress only hold thorough hearings on it this year, and take it: up for action early in 1955. Meanwhile, he said. Congress could renew the act as it stands for one more year. The present law expires June 12. Opponents Happy Several high-ranking Republi- ready to fight for higher instead of lower tariffs indicated they would be happy to postpone the threatened battle for another year and simply renew the present act. One of the leading advocates of higher tariff protection for some American industries is Rep. Daniel A. Reed (R-NY), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and oldest Republican in continuous service in the House, i Reed's committee handles tariff bills—and also such matters as taxes and social security which have an important place in Eisenhower's legislative program. Reed said today he was "grati- See IKE on Page 3 Six Turn Out to Hear McMillan But He Says He'll Come Back Gus McMillan of Sheridan, candidate for governor, said he would come back to Blytheville in the near future for a public address because of the light turnout to hear him last night when he stopped off here during a Northeast Arkansas campaign speaking tour. No advance publicity was cited as the reason no crowd appeared for the campaign speech. Only six peo- the fox horn-toting candidate. The Sheridan real estate man awhile and then, while expressing his opinion of Gov. Francis Cherry, who i* seeking re-election, MX\ he into a real palm-pounding political oration. During ms comments, he failed to state any concrete platform other than he wanted to get Governor Cherry out of office. He ended his comments by inviting everyone to Jonesboro, Gov. Cherry's home town, Saturday afternoon to hear him speak on the courthouse lawn. He has written the governor a letter inviting him to appear on the platform with him and offered the use of his public address amplifying system for him to use, he said. Speaking in six other towns yesterday, Mr. McMillan is scheduled to be in Luxora this afternoon at 2 p.m. and Osceola tonight at 7:30 p.m. Delta. Before yesterday's recess, the conference came to a dead stopover French demands for an immediate withdrawal of red troops from Laos and Cambodia. France insists the problems of these two kingdoms be treated separately from the proposed cease-fire in Viet Nam. Seek Agreement French sources said the French delegation would seek agreement in principle on '.the proposed zones in Viet Nam in which opposing forces would be assembled under Bidault's armistice plan. If successful in this, the French hoped to turn over the question of defining the zones to a subcommittee of military experts. At the same time, tne French hoped to assign to another subcommittee the question of getting Vietminh forces out of Laos and Cambodia. It is generally conceded that the conference has reached a crucial stage with both the-West and the' Communists refusing to give ground on basic issues. There were reports that British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden would fly to London Sunday to report personally to Prime Minister Churchill. Eden conferred yesterday with both Russia's Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov and Red China's Foreign Minister Chou En- lai. The primary purpose of Eden's talks was to break the procedural deadlock which developed Wednesday over Red demands that the "resistance governments" of Laos and Cambodia be invited to Geneva. Still Far Apart The West has opposed the demand France labeled the purported governments "phantom regimes" which exist only on paper. French sources said the Communist leaders had agreed to drop their demands for the moment, but this left the two sides as far apart as ever on the question of getting the conflict stopped. The United States was understood to feel further talks are futile, but the American delegation believes France should be the one to Decide, when the tune corns, to break off negotiations. The French are reluctant to break off talks until they have exhausted every possibility because oi the difficult internal situation in France. Eden and French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault will be in Paris Saturday for the 50th anniversary for,the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France. Bidault undoubtedly will have an opportunity to consult his colleagues on the problem before returning to Geneva. The French have insisted the problem of Laos and Cambodia was separate from that of Viet Nam. The French plan to end the fighting .calls for an immediate withdrawal of all Red forces from Laos and Cambodia and a cease- fire in Viet Nam. MUNDT, BROWNELL AND JENKINS CONFER — Attorney General Herbert Brownell (center) confers in his office in Washington with Sen. Karl Mundt (R-SD) (left), temporary chairman of the Senate investigations subcommittee, find Ray Jenkins, the subcommittee's special counsel. (AP Wirephoto) hand, not only are insisting on an ee CONFERENCE on Page 3 Pemiscot Youth 2nd in National Spelling Bee WASHINGTON (£) — William Cashore, 14, of Center Square, Pa., who says he brushed up on spelling whenever he could find the time, is the 1954 National Spelling Bee winner. To win the title, plus $500 and a trophy, Cashore spelled down 56 other school children from throughout the nation in the 27th annual spelling bee yesterday. Runner-up was William Kelley, 11, of Deering, Mo. He tripped on 'unclnated," spelling it with an 's" instead of a "c". The word means hooked; or bent at the end. Kelley received $300. Cashore spelled that word cor- ectly and to cinch the title spelled correctly one more, "transept." That is a term used in church arc'.iiJ,:.cLurc. Patricia Brown, 14, of Birming Russell Defends Right of Stales To Fix Voting Age Senator Denounces Ike's Plan to Lower "Minimum from 21 fo 18 WASHINGTON Iff)—Sen. Russell (D-Ga) today denounced as an invasion of states' rights President Eisenhower's proposal to lower the voting age from 21 years to 18. Russell, unofficial spokesman for a bloc of Southern Democrats in the Senate, spoke out in an interview in advance of the start of Senate debate today on a proposed constitutional amendment to give the vote to 18-year-olds. "It is the most inexcusable infringement on the rights of the states that I can think of," Russell said. His state, Georgia, is the only one which now permits 18-year- olds to vote. He said "it has worked well" there, but he added that the voting age is a matter for individual states to determine under the Constitution and should remain so. He said the constitutional amendment proposal "is a direct reflection on almost every governor and state legislature" because 4 'it asserts they are not capable of fixing the regulations and qual- jf[cations for their own voters." /'The proposed amendment would bar any state from denyihg or abridging the right to vote to citizens otherwise qualified who are 18 or older. Chairman Langer (R-ND) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the proposal by 7-3 March 15, said he expects the required two-thirds favorable vote. He noted that Eisenhower had asked for the amendment as part of his legislative program in the State of the Union message Jan. 7. Shownee Seniors JOINER — Shawnee High School commencement will be staged in the school auditorium at 8 o'clock tonight with Dr. Earl Grader, of Memphis State, as principal speaker. Awards will be presented by R. C. Trussell, principal, and School Board President Lesley Speck, Jr., will hand out diplomas to the 20 Seniors. The Rev. L. M. Kaffka will give the invocation and benediction. Baccalaureate services were held Sunday night in the auditorium and were conducted by the Rev. James McNutt. AHD Eyes Improving Of U.S. 61 in Missco Arkansas Highway Department engineers are scheduled to begin a survey of Highway 61 sections in Mississippi .County next week in connection with plans to improving the highway according to federal standards for interstate roads. • + Commissioner Dan Portis of Lepanto announced this yesterday when it ivas revealed that the highway department plans to widen to four lanes the West Memphis bypass from West Memphis to the intersection of Highways 61 and 63 near Turrell. The completed job will make the present bypass a four-lane, divided highway for a distance of 22 miles. The first phase, widening of th6 IB X-Ray Clinic Schedule Set Series fro Begin At Joiner June 8; Mrs. Rayder Named The schedule of free chest x-raj clinics to be conducted by the County Tuberculosis Association in June was announced today by Mrs Frances Gammill, executive secretary of the association. Mrs. J. W. Rayder was chosen as new chairman of the volunteer workers for Blytheville to replace Mrs. Charles C. Czeschin, who resigned. The communities, dates, location of the x-ray unit and the chairmen are as follows: Joiner. June 8, Ben Butler Co., Mrs. Bob Smith; Wilson, June 9, Wilson Tavern, Mrs. Jerry Cullom; Dyess, June 10, Dyess Drug Store, Mrs. J. C. Thames; Keiser, June 11, Keiser Supply Co., Mrs. Joe Hillard; West Ridge. June 14, West Ridge Store, Mrs. A. M. Miller; Osceola, June 15, 16, Planters Bank, Mrs. Roy Cox; Luxora, June 17, Luxora Theater, Mrs. R. L. Houck. Leachville, June 18. Rodman's Clinic, Mrs. T. N. Rodman; Manila, June 21. June 22 (9-11:30 a.m.), American Legion Hut, Mrs. Neal Benson; Dell, June 22. (1:30-4 p.m.) Drug Store. Mrs. John Miles Miller; Armorel, June 23, Armorel Store, Mrs. R. W. Nichols; Blytheville, June. 24. 25, 28, 29. 30, J. C. Penney Store, Mrs. J. W. Rayder. U.S., Honduras Sign Pact TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (£>)— The United States has agreed to give military assistance to Honduras as part of the program for the defense of the Western Hem- sphere. A similar agreement was signed recently by the United States and Nicaragua. Both Honduras and Nicaragua are between Red-tinged Guatemala and the Panama Canal. DWI Fine Exacted Jimmie Lee Davis was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jai Ithis morning in Municipal Court on a cbarge of driving while intoxicated. roadbed is scheduled to cost about $932,000 with paving of it to come later. In work contemplated on Mississippi County sections of Highway 61, widening of bridges will be included. Highway 61 from West the Arkansas-Missouri state line is part of the 500 miles of roads in Arkansas which have been designated interstate highways. This means standards for these highways are higher than for th state's primary or secondary roaci; Arkansas will receive next yea some $13,000,000 hi federal high way aid and about' $2,500,000 o this is to be used for the interstat system. The West Memphis-Turrell wor was programmed first, Mr. Portis said, because right-of-way is avai able whe*as acquisition with th rest of Highway 61. There was nothing to indicate that any Highway 61 work in Mississippi Gouty would involve fou anes, or how present plans for im provement fit in with eventual re routing of the highway east o Blytheville that the highway de partment is contemplating. But Senator Says He'll 'Be There Monday' By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy blasted at the Eisenhower administration's secrecy order today as "taking the Fifth Amendment," but said, "I'll be there Monday" when Senate hearings resume on his roxv with Array officials. The Wisconsin senator left open, however, how long he might remain. And there were reports he mijfht be trying to lay the basis to block any attempt to subpoena his accused staff aides as witnesses If he and they decide they should not testify. McCarthy nas repeatedly said during this week's recess that he didn't see how the hearings could go ahead if President Eisenhower kept in force his order banning testimony on talks among government officials about the Army'g differences with McCarthy. Essential to Case Talking with newsmen, McCarthy referred to this order as "taking the Fifth Amendment"—the constitutional provision invoked by many accused subversives when refusing to testify before the McCarthy subcommittee. Under the Pvt. Scfif'rte Is a JCufTn*/, Sufi— Kentucky, That Is FRANKFORT, Ky. 1*1 — O. David Schinc, often called the "best known private in the Army," actually .is a .colonel. A Kentucky colonel, that is. And, sun, the key figure In the McCarthy-Army row has held that rank for more than a year. Schine was commissioned an aide-de-camp, with the rank and jfradc of colonel, on the staff of Acting: Gov, Emerson Beauchamp April 16, 1953, a few months before he was inducted into the Army as a private! The commission was granted in response to a request from Secretary of State Charles K. O'Connell. who identified the New- Yorker as a "special" friend of Col. Anna Friedman, keeper of the seal of the Kentucky colonels. County GOP Re-Elects Welch Foster Welch Foster of Blytheville was •e-elected chairman of the Missis- ppi County Republican Central Committee at a meeting in Osceola yesterday. Other officers re-elected included efferson W. Speck of Frenchman's Bayou, vice chairman; D. Fred Tayor of Osceola, treasurer. and state ommitteeman; and A. F. Dietrich >f Blytheville, district committeeman. Eleven delegates were selected to ,ttend the state and district con- entions. An estimated 100 persons attend- d the county convention yesterday, /hich Mr. Foster termed the larg- st one held to date. Berserk Marine Slays Children, Self JACKSONVILLE, N. C. W) —A 9 p.m. Marine Corps captain slashed his three small children to death with a hatchet last night, wounded his wife and then, police reported, took his own life by jabbing a butcher knife into his throat. Coroner Talbert Jones of Onslow County identified the officer as Capt. Michael P. Carroll of Augusta, Ga. He was stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune. Jones said the youngest of the three children, Michael Philip Jr., about 4. was savagely beaten to death <u the Carroll home on the outskirts of Jacksonville in an out, Ate., WM tofed. MM §ot nOO.bvrat of bruUlMy ttet b«0*a ftfcout J Two daughters, Majy Katherine, 7, and Sara Beth, about 5, died shortly afterwards at the U. S. Naval Hospital. Mrs. Carroll, cut several times on the head, was described by hospital attendants as in a serious condition. Jones said no motive had been established for the slayings. Carroll attacked h!« family after the children had gone to bed—all were in night clothes—and apparently assaulted his wife first, the coroner reported. inson, said he heard Mrs. Carroll scream just before she fled into the frort yard, her head bleeding frp:n multiple wounds. Hutcninson said he ran into the Carrolls' home and sought to restrain Carroll, whereupon the officer seized a butcher knife and stuck it into his throat. He said the captain's face had "the wildest look I had ever seen." Lt. Joseph Bridges, the public information officer at Camp Lejeune. said Carroll recently had been in a highly nervous state. An inquest was planned for provision, a witness may not be compelled to give incriminating testimony against himself. McCarthy contends it is essential to his case to get testimony from government officials about their talks and the development of the charges against him. , "I don't see why the President should be afraid to let them tell the truth," McCarthy said. McCarthy's stand led to speculation he might walk out on the hearings. He told reporters that while he would be there Monday "I mcke no promises" about how long he would stay. Sources close to the senator said he had told associates he now planned no walkout of his own but that his mind could be changed. Technical Question The question of whether McCarthy could block subpoenas to his staff aides turns about the status of the Senate Investigations subcommittee as a subsidiary body t o the Government , Operations Committee, headed by McCarthy. McCarthy was reported to have been inquiring of parliamentarians whether as chairman of the parent body he could squelch subpoenas issued by the subcommittee or its temporary chairman, Sen. Mundt (R-SD). It was a possibility which apparently nad not occurred to some members of the subcommittee. In an interview in Memphis, today, Sen. McClellan (D- Ark) said McCarthy couldn't stop the hearings by refusin gto appear. 'He can take a walk and refuse to participate butt the two members of his staff can be required See MCCARTHY on Page 3 Weather ARKANSAS—Fair this afternoon and tonight; cool again tonight; Saturday partly cloudy and warmer. MISSOURI — Mostly fair and warmer this afternoon and tonight; scattered thundershowers likely west Saturday; windy northwest and extreme west this afternoon. Maximum yesterday—7J. Minimum this morning—46, Sunset today—7:00. Sunrise tomorrow—4:53. Mean temperature (midway bttWM* Igh and low—59. Precipitation la*t 24 bOIOT «• IM m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to «»**—*>.»!. , This Date ttit T«ar Maximum yesterday—W, Minimum this morning—W. JuuMf 1 M

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