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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TOL. L—NO. 56 fcythevilto Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald 1MB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND •OUTHCAgT MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 27, 1954 EIGHTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPY FIVE C1KT1 AT INDUSTRIAL SITE — Things were humming: at the Blytheville Investment Corporation's industrial site this morning as preparations were made to begin construction on the building which will house Central States Metal Co., of Kansas City. Workers in foreground constitute city crew which is putting in culverts to give access to site from Mathis Street. On-site roadway is being lined out in background. Footings for the building are to be poured next week, but Chamber of Commerce officials are still pressing to get the final $7,000 in the fund drive to pay for the building. (Courier News Photo) Carrier's Catapult Probed As Possible Cause of Blast Navy Board Meets; Toll Now Set at 91 • QUONSET POINT, R. I. (AP) —The word "catapult" bobbed up today in eyewitness accounts of the horrible disaster which killed at least 91 men and injured 201 yesterday on the aircraft carrier Bennington. And the catapult room of the big ship may come under investigation after the Navy board of inquiry meets for the first time at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) at this naval air base. Last October, 37 men died in an explosion on the carrier Leyte as she was being overhauled at Boston. A naval board of inquiry concluded that the blast happened when someone accidentally ignited oil in a catapult tube. In explaining the location of the explosions and fire which shook the Bennington while she was 75 miles offshore, her skipper, Capt. William F. Raborn Jr.. of Oklahoma City, said the damaged area was below the third deck ;that damage was done to the No. 1 fire room, the port catapult room and the living quarters of the general service crew. The catapult room holds machinery which power the vessel's cata- For Partitioning of Indochina GENEVA (AP) — The United States were reported determined today to oppose any settlement of the Indochina problem which would result in partitioning of the territory of the Associated States. Big Block of NYC StockChallenget ALBANY. N. Y. (Pi — The long contested 800.000 shares of New York Central Railroad stock owne by the opposition forces 'of Rober R. Young formed a new roadbloc today as the laborious process o counting the votes got underway t determine the winner in the war fo control of the railroad. The first order of business, afte preliminaries of the mammot proxy count were disposed of, wa, a management challenge of th 800,000 shares — the largest out standing block of Central stock Young's Texas millionaire friends pults which are used to drive planes ! ciint W. Murchison and Sid W into the air. Lt. (JG) John Wallam of Pittsburgh, a gunnery officer aboard the Bennington, said the blast awoke him with such a start it smashed his watch on the bulkhead. Heard Pumps "As soon as I was awake," he said, "I heard a funny noise coming from the pumps that operate the catapults. They usually sound like some sort of vacuum cleaner, but now they sounded like a motor was running hot and out of kilter — very much louder than usual." Wallam said he hit the deck just as he heard a dull boom echo throughout the ship. When he reached the second deck, headed, the lights were out and there was heavy oil smoke everyplace. Capt. Raborn explained: "We had just completed launching 20 jets and were standing by to launch the 40 propeller .planes on the deck when I spotted the puff of smoke coming from the star- Board side of the flight deck. This was followed by a minor explosion, the shock of which was felt only in the forward quarters. "Then came the major explosion which caused the ship to shake." The 32.000-ton carrier, a proud bearer of numerous battle honors See CATAPULT on Page 2 Weather ARKANSAS—Mostly cloudy with showers, local thunderstorms west and south this afternoon and east tonight; Friday partly cloudy with scattered showers and thundershowers; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, tonight and Friday with scattered thundershowers northeast and extreme north this afternoon and tonight and over the north and east Friday; little change in temperature. Maximum yesterday—83. Minimum this morning—«7. Suncet today—7:04. Sunrise tomorrow—4:50. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—75. Precipitation l«t 34 hours to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—20.87. Thli Date Lait Tear Maximum yesterday—96. Minimum thi«t morning—-72. Preclpitattoa January 1 to date— BHfc Richardson, own the stock. • The challenge came from force of President William -White. Arguments by lawyers for bot sides are to be made on the valid ity of voting this stock. The verdic will be rendered by the three law professors presiding over the coun as election inspectors. Yesterday's tumultuous annua meeting was attended * by 2,00( stockholders. After 4 hours and 40 minutes of noise and at times disorder anc confusion, the stockholders' meet ing was recessed yesterday unti: noon next Tuesday, when the in* spectors will report on the vote Some sources said it might be only the first of several reports and that the count might last many das or even weeks longer if the vote is close. The management made a crucial challenge of 800,000 shares—largest block of Central stock—voted by Young's Texas millionaire friends, Clint W. Murchison and See NYC on Page 2 Rites Saturday For H. H. Wale oft, Club Operator Services for Harold Homes Walcott. 46, who died yesterday at Walls Hospital, will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cobb Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Amos Enderlin. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Since coming to Blytheville three years ago Mr. Walcott had operated the North Star Supper -Club on Highway 81. He was born in Toledo, ^Ohio. He is'survived by his wife, Mrs. Velma Faught Walcott; a brother, 0. J. Walcott of Washington, D. C.; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Marshall of Philadelphia and Mrs. Mary Jane Heitzman of Corpiu Christi, Tex. Pallbearers will be Holland Aiken. Bob Smith, Percy Wright, Jack Robertson, Jack Owen and Harry Bogan. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Alley, Sam Johns, Robert Grady, Mason Day, George Green, Tommy Westbrook, P. D. Foster, Jr., Toy Etchieson, E. R. Pruitt, Dr. F. E. Utley, Bill Stovall, Jr., Max Logan, Jimmy Terry, Virgil ShaneyfeU, Rupert Crafton, Jake Hoisted, Bill Vincent, CTwrles Bogan, Bemie Bopp, Wayne Mitchell art This view was reported, by au-f thoritative quarters as the nine- party Indochina conference prepared to meet again in secret session to consider defining assembly areas into which the military forces of the two sides would be regrouped after a cease-fire. Viet Nam sources said the proposals submitted Tuesday by Com- munis t-led Vietminh definitely would result in the .partition of Viet Nam and would be strongly opposed by the Vietnamese. Informed quarters said the United States had not yet taken a definite position on the Vietminh proposals, but that the first reaction of the U.S. delegation was that the proposals go a great deal farther than the United States is prepared to go. British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden has proposed that military representatives of the "two commands" meet in Geneva immediately to work out the lines of the proposed assembly areas. An unidentified French general was reported rushing here from Indochina to represent French Union forces if such talks are authorized. He would sit down with an opposite number in the Communist-led Vietminh regime. The urgency of the situation was stressed once more as' French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault returned from Paris with orders to break off discussions if the Geneva conference fails to produce results soon. A spokesman for the French Cabinet said Bidault had reported the Geneva conference . "should take a decisive turn in about 8 or 10 days." These figures seemed to have special significance when compared with Eden's statement last Monday that this week, or the next would be decisive. The two statements appeared to point to June 5 as the date when the fate of the conference might become known. • 'The Eden plan proposed that representatives of the two commands in Indochina undertake as their first task the problem of where troops would be assembled after a cease-fire. The conference, meanwhile, would continue discussion on other military matters, beginning with arrangements for international supervision of the armistice. There was no definite word as the Communist position on the Eden proposal. Both the East and West are greed in principle on establishing regrauping zones in Viet Nam, a arge part of which is in Vietminh lands. s The Communists, however, have nsisted any. armistice provisions must Apply also to the other two ssociated States of Indochina— ,aos and Cambodia. The West akes the position no action" is ceded in these two kingdoms ex- ept the withdrawal of Vietminh orces. Eden left this question open, ap- arently in An effort to get around lis controversy. Some Western sources viewed he Eden plan as little more than procedural move to see if there ould be any measure of agreement on anything at the confer- nce. These sources pointed out there Iready is a sharp difference of pinion between the Vi4t Nam dele- ation and that of the Vietminh on he whole.approach to regrouping ones. This, they say. would throw he prop"— •! military talk'; into an §M CJ, w **«• ft Central America Tension Growing French Freighter Searched for Arms By U.S. Officials PANAMA W)—Tensions increased in jittery Central America today as-U.S. customs inspectors at the Atlantic mouth of the Panama Canal ransacked the cargo of French freighter—presumably for contraband arms. An agent of the French Line at Cristobal said a search of its 8,693- ton freighter Wyoming began last night "in connection with the business in Guatemala." He obviously referred to U.S. charges that leftist Guatemala recently received a large arms shipment from behind the Iron Curtain. Guatemala is one of the Wyoming's ports of call.' The agent, declared, however. "There are no arms or contraband aboard." He said the ship carried only general cargo. The Wyoming had been due to clear through the canal today en route to El Salvador, Guatemala, Los Angeles. San Francisco and Vancouver. B.C. But officials indicated she would not be ready to leave on sche'dule. U.S. State Department officials said in Washington the ship was being searched to determine whether customs regulations have been violated. The officials stressed that no suspicion had arisen with respect to the French Line itself. They said both the line and the French government were cooperating in the inspection. This left the question whether the manifest might have been falsified. The State Department announcement said: : "The ship's manifest reflects a miscellaneous cargo comprised principally of machinery. "Included are five boxes of sporting arms, but it is understood that no question is being raised about these." One Washington source said, however, .U.S. authorities had received information indicating there might be more than five boxes of "sporting arms" aboard. Reports reached Washington late last week that two more shipments of Red arms were en route to Guatemala. The Red-tinged Central American nation allegedly had already received a I0-million-dol!ar cargo from the Polish port of Stettin. ' Cohn Swears Stevens, Adams Tried to Block M'Carthy Probe Army Counselor tr Quoted: 'Feather In Cap'If Stalled WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy M. Cohn swore today Secretary Stevens and Army Counselor John G. Adams tried to block the McCarthy subcommittee's probe for Communists in the Army, and quoted Adams as saying it would be "a feather in his cap" if no hearings were held. Under oath, the 27-year-old chief aide to Sen. McCarthy also said it was "true," as the McCarthy camp alleges, that the Army officials tried to "discredit" the subcommittee. Cohn said that soon after Adams wa employed as Army counselor last Oct. 1 Adams told him it would be a "feather in his cap" and would "solidify his job" if he could persuade the subcommittee not to hold either public or executive hearings on alleged subversion at Ft. Monmouth, N. J. H« said Adams made no direct request that the subcommittee drop its investigation but made it very clear it would be "welcome news" if the subcommittee would turn the inquiry over to the Army itself. Cohn said he did not favor doing this, pantly because a "thoroughly alarming" security situation at secret radar laboratories at Monmouth had existed for a long time and the Army had done nothing about it despite repeated FBI warnings over a period of years. Cohn related that at a luncheon in New York Oct. 13 both Stevens and Adams raised the question of "whether or not we had to have hearings," and asked if there wasn't some way to stop the hearings and let them "do this themselves." Stevens and Adams both insisted when they were witnesses earlier in the McCarthy-Army hearings that they never tried to halt the senator's investigation. Stevens said he was concerned about the "type" of hearings and what he termed the way the Army was being "hammered." He said he felt an unfair picture of the situation was being given by the McCarthy subcommittee. Cohn was asked whether Stevens and Adamr. complained at the luncheon about distortion of the facts. They didn't. Cohn replied. Colin, chief counsel for the McCarthy subcommittee, was on the stand in the 22nd day of the Army- McCarthy hearings as the first direct witness for the McCarthy side. Special Counsel Ray H. Jenkins reviewed a charge that Stevens and Adams sought to bring about "a discontinuance" of the subcommittee's investigation of alleged subversion in the Army, particu- NARROW ESCAPE FOR INSURANCE MAN— No one knows how the fire stnrted. but B. J. Kirkland had a narrow escape yesterday afternoon when he became unconscious and his car (above) caught fire on a field road southeast of Promised Land. Clyde Quinn of Blytheville, Route 2, saw him stop and, also seeing smoke coming from th« car, went to pull him from near the car. Mr. Kirkland said he had been feeling ill and stopped to ptet some air and must have fainted, not regaining consciousness until he reached ba Hospital. (Courier News Photo) Little Dien' Ft. Monmouth, N. J. "That is true," Cohn said. The McCarthy cajnp's allegations were made as a countercharge to the Army's allegation that Sen. McCarthy and his aides brought improper pressures for favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine. wealthy New Yorker J and former consultant to the sub- j committee. As the hearings convened for the 22nd day. Sen. Symington (D-Mo) served notice the Democrats will nsist on testimony from Francis ?. Carr, staff director of the McCarthy subcommittee, despite the Republican majority's decision to drop Carr as a principal in the controversy. Charges "Whitewash" Symington charged "whitewash" when the Republicans shoved aside Democratic protests and, by a 4-3 /ote, threw but the allegations hat Carr engaged with Cohn and McCarthy in seeking special priv- ege for Schine. Another 4-3 vote defeated a mo- ion by Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) to all Carr instead of Cohn as the ext witness. Today. Symington told the sub- See MCCARTHY on Page 2 Near Hanoi HANOI, Indochina UP) — A "little Dien Bien Phu" battle was shaping up today in the vital Red River Delta just 30 miles south of this war capital for the French Union forces. The French high command announced thousands of Communist- led Vietminh regular troops were besieging the post of Yen Phu, guarding the gateway into the big race marketing and road junction town of Phu Ly. As at Dien Eien Phu, the rebels after each heavy barrage of fire burrowed steadily closer in feverishly dug trenches. The Vietminh. estimated in a strength of 12 battalions, have kept Yen Phu encircled for a fortnight. Like Dien Bien Phu, it is being supplied solely by air. The arc is anchored to the east by the big textile manufacturing center of Thai Binh. 55 miles from Hanoi; to the west by the important road junction center of Phu Ly, 30 miles south of this northern Indochina metropolis. In the center of the arc is Nam Dinh, another textile center. The buildup appears to be aiming toward eventual assault on Phu Ly, which lies on the main highway connecting Hanoi with the Tonkin Gulf port of Haiphong through which passes the bulk of American-supplied weapons and other war material. Nightly assaults with mortars and machinegun fire have hit .-mall posts in this section, particularly Yen Phu, which for a while was completely encircled by the Communist-led Vietminth until French mobile units from Hanoi drove through to relieve the fort. Car Burns near Here After Driver Stricken A Blytheville insurance man is in Chicloasawba Hospital this morning for- treatment after a narrow escape from his automobile which caught fire and burned on a field road southeast of Promised Land yesterday afternoon. Draft Board Sends 6 for Induction Six Mississippi County men left today for induction into the armed forces, according to Rosie Saliba, clerk of the county draft hoard. The call for seven men was filled by volunteers, of which six reported to the board here and one transferred to another board. The next call for induction will 'be for nine men on June 10. Those leaving today were Cecil D. Brittian and Jimmy J. Jackson, both of Blytheville, Cal B. Gossett of Burdette. Harold L. Newcomb of Manila, William L. Rowland of Dyess and James R. Mefford of Tyronza. B. J. Kirkland, representative 4* of Reliable Life Insurance Ca., was unconscious when pulled awa; from the car by Clyde Quinn o Blytheville. Route 2. Mr. Quinn then called the city police station for an ambulance. Mr. Kirkland said this morning he had not been feeling well and was coming back to Blytheville to see a doctor when the accident occured. He felt ill and stopped his car. he said, after which he opened the door on the right side to get out. No one knows how the car caught fire. Mr. Kirkland said he hud thrown away a cigarette a few minutes earlier and that it couldn't have started from that. He did not know what happened after that, because he must have fainted, he said. The next thing he rememebred was being in the hospital yesterday afternoon. He said he did not know that the car had burned until told by someone after arriving at the hospital. Mr. Kirkland said that he had stopped to inquire about a customer at Mr. Quinn's residence, a short distance from the scene of the accident, and had mentioned not feeling well. Saw Smoke Leaving the Quinn residence, he drove a short distance down the road and pulled over to one side and stopped, Mr. Quinn said. Seeing the car stop, Mr. Quinn told county officers, he went to the car when he saw smoke coming from it a minute or two later. Finding Mr. Kirkland lying by the open door. Mr. Quinn pulled him away from the car and telephoned for help Sheriff William Berryman and Deputy Herman Land investigated. His collection record book, a box of papers, and a cashier's check were lost in the fire. Mr. Kirkland said. The 1951 Hudson also had a new set of tires M'ClellanHits Release of FBI Report WASHINGTON UP) — Sen. Me- Clellan (D-Ark) publicly suggested today that Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis) and an Army officer who gave him classified information are "guilty of a crime." "You cannot receive classified information obtained by criminal means without being guilty of a, crime." McClellan told the Wisconsin senator in an angry exchange at the televised McCarthy-Army hearings. McCarthy retorted that if anyone wants to indict him for getting information "exposing Communists ... let them go ahead." McCarthy repeated that he would not reveal the name of the Army officer who he said gave him a summary of an FBI report dealing with security risks at Ft. Monmouth. N. J. Earlier in the hearings, McCarthy unsuccessfully attempted to offer the summary in evidence. on it worth Refurbished Pool to Open Walker Park Plant Undergoes Changes A refurbished Walker Park swimming pool will be opened Saturday under a new name—Moxley's Clear- pool—and new management—Blytheville theater owner W. L. Moxley. Mr. Moxley has leased the pool from the Mississippi County Fair with about $300 or more i Association and, he pointed out, has of fishing equipment, including an outboard motor, in the trunk, he said. Mr. Kirkland had another harrowing experience March 8 when someone came into his bedroom while he slept and beat him on the head with a brass ash tray and took his collection money. He grappled with the intruder, he said at the time, but failed to stop his getaway. U.S.,Reds May Discuss Yanks Held in China GENEVA UP) — Authoritative sources hinted today the United States may be willing to enter direct talks with the Chinese Communist* at Geneva for release of about 71 Americana held in China. • Sources close to the. American delegation at the Geneva conference said they saw no reason to prevent direct negotiations over prisoners. The United States dealt directly with the Chinese at Pan- munjom on the release of Korean War prisoners. These sources noted there wt« no apparatus set up for direct deal* ing« with the Chinese and that any order to undertake them would be entirely up to the State De- Revised figures list 35 American civilians imprisoned in Red China. At least 18 others have asked permission to leave, but have been refused, American officials said. In addition, the Chinese hold about 18 American fliers shot down Jn the Korean War, including jet ace Capt. Harold Fischer Jr., of Swea City, Iowa, who had destroyed 10 MIG. In addition, the Chinese may be holding some or all of 11 Navy and Coast Guard personnel missing since 1952 in a crash of a Navy plane off the South China crash of a rescue Coast Guard plane. "Wt Mt intarttfed * any American now in Communist China against his will and who wants to get out," a U. S. official said. The United States has not recognized the Peiping regime and up to now has refused to talk directly with Red China's representatives at Geneva. The question of the imprisoned Americans came up earlier this week when it was learned the United States had asked the British to approach the Chinese Reds on the matter. Yesterday an official Chinese spokesman indicated the best way the United States could arrange for release of the Americans was bf direct negotiation, Kiwanis Teacher Week Banquet To Be Tomorrow White teachers of the Blytheville School District will be guests of Blytheville Kiwanians tomorrow noon at a luncheon to be held in i to become chairman of its board instituted a number of improvements, "A new chlorinator will help keep the pool water much cleaner than in the past and we are pledging ourselves to keep the pool and bath house in a sanitary condition at all times," Mr. Moxley said- The pool will be open daily from 12:45 until 9 p.m. Bath houses have been painted and redecorated, the pool has been painted and a new refreshment stand has been erected. Russell Mosley will be pool manager, Mr. Moxley said. McClellan Quits River Grou Post WASHINGTON McClellan cD-Ark.) - Sen. John stepped down yesterday as president of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress the Mirror Room of Hotel Noble which will climax the observance of Teacher Appreciation Week. County Judge Philip Deer will be the principal speaker. C. J. Chaffee of Kansas City, Mo., governor of Kiwanis' Missouri-Arkansas District, will also speak. Teacher Appreciation Week is an annual project of the Kiwanis Club. special week three years ago and the project. Last week, the Kiwanis Club of directors. Rep. Over ton Brooks D-La wa» elected president of the non-governmental organization to promote conservation and development of water resources. J. G. Burke of Helen*, Ark WM named secretary. Sing Crotby Slffrf SAN JOSE, Calif. Ofc-Binf by and his son, Gary. 30, h»vi been sued for 165,000 damages m the result of an automobile collision sponsored a similar dinner for Ne-:that killed one man and Injured gro teachers of tat district. 'aeven Monday.

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