The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 27, 1954 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 27, 1954
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CAM,) oomm rawi THURSDAY, MAY fT, MM Catapult Is Blamed In Bennington Blast Wentfetiae: World War H, waa rocked by ejieaaW early yeetera*F off tofland. Ffe* Pellew* Blaet A. violent blast on the second or tbird deck below the flight deck was followed by searing flames which roared through many forward compartments. Then came at Commodity And Stock Markets- tar Ytrk Cotton (11:11 fttetaMeM) July U» 34W Mil 3416 Oet Mil 3419 341ft 341S ])«• 3434 3434 3418 3420 MC*I 3433 MM 3411 MM NtW OrltCHS Cttt** July 3435 3436 3433 3433 Oet 3418 3430 3415 3420 Dee >421 3432 3418 3420 Melt. 3433 3438 3433 3438 July .. 554 3M iSOV* 151% ftept ., . *»% 274 272'£ 273V, Hor ... 252% 252% 251% 251% Jan .. . *« J5€ 255 256 CHi««t«Wht«r July .. . 194% 1W?4 1W^ '!»% Sept :. . Itt 198 1M% 195% -July ..... 154% 154% 153% 153% Sept _____ 149% 149% 149% 149 Vi 1«8% N«w Y«rk Stocks (Jf :tt A T and T ... Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper ............ 38*/ 4 Beth Steel ........ .......... 70% Chrysler .... ................ 62% Coca-Cola . ......... ..... ... 119& Gen Electric .............. 117% Gen Motors ..... .............. 71% Montgomery Ward . ......... 63% N ,Y Central . ............... 23% Int Harvester .... .......... 32 Republic Steel .............. 59% Badio ...... ......... . ...... 27% Socony Vacuum ............ 44 Studebaker . . : ............... ,16% Standard of N J ............ 89% Texas Corp ......... . ...... . . 74 Sears ... ................. .... 64V 8 TJ S Steel .................. 40 V 4 Sou Pac .................... 43% Livtstock UP— (tJSDA) — Hogs 5,500; opened slow; later fairly active; 180 ]b up steady to 10 higher; lighter weights steady to 26 higher, mostly steady; sows 25-75 lower; choice 180-240 Ib 26.00-50; few lots uniform light weights or choice No. 1, and 2, 26.60; 240-270 Ib 25.00-26.00; heavier weights scarce; load around JfO Ib 23.50; 150-170 Ib 25.75-26.50; »ow» 400 Ib down 19.00-30.50; heavier sows 17.00-18.50; boars 15.0019.50. Cattle 1,500; calves 800; opening slow on all classes: half dozen load of steers on sale; moderate supply heifers and mixed yearlings: 36 per cent tun cows; early sales near steady on steer*, heifers and cows; very little done; commercial choice steers and butcher yearlings 18.50-22.00; utility and commercial cows 12.00-14.50; canners and cutters 9.00-11,50: bulls steady; utility and commercial 14.00-M; cutter bulls 12.00-13.50: feeders 2.00 lower; few prime 24.00 good and choice 18.00-22.00; commercial and tow good 12.00-17.00. Pint Bluff Delays Integration Segregation Act FINE BLUFF <ft — The Pine Bluff School Board, at an unannounced meeting, voted yesterday to take no steps toward integration Negro and white students during the 1954-55 term. The decision was announced in a prepared statement handed out by the board president. Gordon, E. Young. Young did not reveal any details of the discussion other than to say that the final decision was unanimous. (Continued from Page 1) Sid W. Richardson, who did aot attend the meeting. The Central has fought through the courts and the Interstate Commerce Commission to block voting of these shares, contending that their purchase from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was a "sham" and that there was a conspiracy to put C&O and Central under common control. Negro Deaths Services for I21a Caster, 71, who died Sunday at, her home on Mathis Street, will be conducted at 1 pjn. Sunday at Temple of Jeremiah Church by Rev. N. C. Carter. Burial will be in Caruthersville Cemetery with Carton Funeral Home in charge. Survivor* include two daughters, Annie Carter of ft. Louis and Winnie BU«aett of Chicago; three sona, Jofift Carter of Pontiac, Mich., James Carter of Chicago. Willie Olrter of St. Lmta: one sister, An —'»'-»—•' •*« **rw* ••noMp %n>v wMnrva t nai~ ttt Dimoan ef Bljth*vm*, and •M brother, Jamee ' Anderson *f least one more explosion. Scores were trapped in sleeping quarters. Many suffocated. Many perished in the flames. The disaster, one of the worst in peacetime U.S. naval history, was the second aboard a carrier in- New England waters in less than a year. Last October. 37 died in an explosion and fir* on the carrier" Leyte while she was docked 6 in Boston. A four-man court of inquiry, headed by Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins, commandant of the Quonset NaVal Air Station, was named to begin investigating today. Secretary of the Navy Charles S. Thomas, who flew to Quonset-1or a quick inspection, and Capt. William T. Raborn, Jr., Bennington skipper for only a month, said there was no indication of sabotage. Raborn. from Oklahoma City, said the cause of the explosion it "a mystery to me." "All leads hav« proved ground- lass," he said. "There was nothing explosive in the area where the explosions took place." The "best information," he said, is that the blast occurred "possibly at the five-inch fuse magazine." He emphasized that this information had not been confirmed. The big carrier was en route back to Newport, across Narragansett Bay from Quonset Point, on a routine training mission. 4 Squadrons Aboard Aboard were four squadrons of about 130 men each which make up Air Task Group 181, based at the Oceana Naval Air Station near Norfolk, Va. The squadron boarded the Bennington last weekend. The blast shook the Bennington just after the first of the four squadrons had been launched—a common practice aboard carriers nearing air bases. "Realizing a serious catastrophe occurred we launched the rest of the air grpup to free the decks for casualty control." Raborn said. The planes, many of them jets, took off for Quonset as surface craft and helicopters wete summoned by radio. Two Navy and four Coast Guard helicopters met the carrier 20 miles from port and evacuated scores of seriously injured to the Newport Naval Hospital. They'd pick up injured on the deck of the carrier, fly to Newport, then return for more. They continued until the carrier docked slightly more than six hours after the blast. Although the exact location of the blast could not be determined immediately, it was in the forward part of the ship near the officers' wardroom. Capt. Raborn. had highest priase for all personnel aboard the carrier, which carries a normal complement of 2.800. "I am damn proud to be commanding officer of such a heroic, unselfish crew of American seamen," he said. Ens. Robert Grant of Brooklyn. N.Y., his hair and eyebrows singed and raw bleeding cuts on his ankles, refused medical attention to aid in the evacuation of other wounded. Five "Vanish" He told of "five guys" literally vanishing when a hatch was blown in by the terrific blast. He said he formed a hand chain with some men Who worked their way to the starboard side forward. On the way, he apparently lost consciousness and wafe pulled out. Francis Toth. an aviation machinist's mate from Phoenixville. Pa., volunteered for the fire control crew. He said: "I just couldn't stand there. I had to help." James F. Witham, 23, of Somerville, Mass., a quartermaster, said the escape hatch from his compartment was "cluttered with bodies of injured and dying men." "We couldn't open the escape hatch to help them, and the heat was terrible," he said. Seaman Edward Cushman of Milford. Conn., and two companions said they "listened", to their trapped buddies die from suffocation as shipmates tried to reach them. Cushman was able to talk with the trapped men by phone. Still stunned, he told newsmen: "I talked with those guys for an hour and three quarters. They were pleading to hurry up and get to them before they ran out of air. "We told them to lie face down with wet rags over their faces, but it didn't help much. The last words I heard were "This is my last breath.' " George Vega, 25. of Brooklyn. N.Y., a fireman who also talkec with the men by phone, said: "Everybody worked hard but wr were too late. I think only one of those guys was still alive by the time we got there." MCCARTHY (Continued from Page 1* committee it was "absolutly unthinkable" that the hearings should conclude without hearing from Carr who purportedly signed a memorandum months ago charging the Army was trying to "blackmail" the McCarthy subcommittee into dropping its investigation of Communists in the Army. Symington said the subcommittee, in view of the contradictory nature of the charges, countercharges and denials, will be faced ultimately with a need to determine "whether perjury has been committed." He said 'we (the Democrats) shall insist" on hearing all persons who might shed light on that —"we reserve our rights to call these people"—and that Carr must be among them. Yesterday's vote also dropped Asst. Secretary of Defense H. Struve Hensel as a principal. The McCarthy camp had charged. Hensel "masterminded" the Army's charges. The Democrats pretested it was improper to drop Hensel from the case before the McCarthy side had an opportunity to set out its case against him. At the outset of Conn's testl- m o n y. Jenkins developed the young lawyer's background before joining the McCarthy subcommittee's staff In January, 1953. Jenkins led Conn through a re-" counting of Conn's experiences with the Justice Department, especially in the field of prosecuting Communists or subversives. Cohn said he hao. concentrated on that line of work for three or four years before he joined the McCarthy subcommittee. Conn said he participated in prosecution and conviction of the 11 top Communists in the nation; the perjury conviction of William W. Remington, former Commerce Department official; the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, executed atom spies; the conviction of "second-string" Communist leaders and other related cases. Cohn, describing nwnself as a Democrat and proud of it, was asked if he considered himself an East Arkansas Planter Dies FORREST CITY, Ark. (*V-Charles A. Fleming, East Arkansas planter who unsuccessfully campaigned for governor of Arkansas in 1948, died at his home in nearby Round Pond today. The 77-year-old man's death followed a long illness. Fleming served 10 years as county judge of St. Francis County, the only public office he ever held. He was a cotton planter. "expert" on communism and subversion. He replied he wasn't an "expert" but he. naturally had learned a lot about the ins and outs of the "Communist conspiracy." He defined a Communist as one who is "under the discipline" of the organized movement to overthrow the ^government of the United States and all other free nations by espionage, sabotage and "every other foul means known to man," and to bring about the day when the entire world would be under communism. AP&Lto$*tk $4 Million Yearly Rote Increase LITTLE ROCK If) — Arkansas Power** Light Co. announced today it will ask the State Public j Service Commission for a rate raise \ totaling almost four million dollars a year. The higher rates will affect 262,000 customers in Arkansas. It is the first time AP&L has asked for a rate hike since it was organised in 1926. Since 1936, there have been 13 rate decreases, including two refunds to customers, R. J. Ritchie, president of the utility's board of directors, told newsmen this morn- Ing. Ritchie said the present rates were based on operating costs in 1943 and 1944. Ritchie also said that expanded facilities and higher construction costs have increased AP&L's investment in distribution facilities from $197.10 per customer UT j»uio)sno jad oE'IWt <n 8*61 ui 1953. The new rates will go into effect in bills going out to customers July i. U.5. (Continued from Pafe H immediate deadlock. Viet Nam officials said the zoning plan outlined Tuesday by Vietminh Deputy Premier Pham Van Dong would lead inevitably to permanent partition of Viet Nam. Both France and Viet Nam are firmly opposed w> any form of partition. A Viet Nam spokesman said the regrouping zones originally proposed by Bidault envisaged separate inconnected areas of Communist concentration in Viet Nam, which would be too widely scattered to lead to what amounted to partition in fact. Dong, however, proposed establishment of a single contiguous area of Communist control, including parts of Laos and Cambodia. This, one non-communist delegate said, would form a new Communist state. After this afternoon's session, the Indochina Milks are scheduled to recess again, possibly until Memphis Editor Dits of Illntss MEMPHIS UB — The managing editor of the Commercial Appeal, Robert F. Paine, Jr., 44, died yesterday after t long Illness. He was the- son of the late R. P. Paine, first editor of tht Cleveland Press and later a top executive in Serlpps-Howard newapap- ers. Despite his lingering illness, the younger Paine worked at his deck until he was taken to a hospital last March 30. He was permitted to go home but returned to the hospital at intervals for treatment. He was stricken witb a brain hemmorrhagt last Monday after a visit to the Memphis Country Club to watch the opening round of the Southern Amateur Golf Tournament. Monday. A meeting of tfe* l*-aatkm conference on Korea is planned for tomorrow to discuss South Korea's 14-point proposal for Korean unification. Fulbright Cited For Scholarships NEW YORK M>>— Sen. J. William Fulbright D-Ark. last night received an award for distinguished service to the aHs from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and letters. Fulbright sponsored the act providing for scholarships for overseas study. The act was described by the citation as "one of the most constructive steps taken In the history of the United States to promote international cultural relations." Honor Chaplin BERLIN — Charlie Chaplin and Ruwian composer Dimitri Sho- stakovich have been awarded the 1*M world peace prize of the. Com- muniit-ipoiwored World Peace Co- Andenon tf nncil. Chaplia aaid he would accept OUR SCOOP PURCHASE BRINGS YOU THESE TERRIFIC VALUES! LEADING MAKER OF FINE LIVING ROOM FURNITURE SACRIFICES ENTIRE SURPLLS STOCK! Colors - Rose, Beige and Gray Easy Terms! Months To Pay! ONLY $ 20 DOWN $ 3.05 A WEEK * Bonniewood Finish Your Choice of 2 Suites: • Vanity * Double * Bench Dresser •• Chest * Bed •Night Stand* Chest It Pays To Shop Wade's WADE FURH. CO. 'Trade with Wade and Save' 112 W. MA-Pli. 3-3122 itt. M. I

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