The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 28, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 28, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 57 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytbeville Herald TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTg Indochina Truce Plan By EDDY GILMORE GENEVA (AP) — A group of experts met for two hours today in an attempt to disentangle the conflicting proposals for an Indochina cease fire, but were reported to have reached no agreement The committee of experts, set up yesterday after the nine-party Indochina parley bogged down in a mass of peace pl%ns, decided to meet again tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, efforts of India to mediate the East-West differences on Indochina appeared to have failed. V. K. Krishna Menon, representative of Prime Minister Ja- waharlal Nehru, said he would leave Geneva tomorrow. Menon saw British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault briefly this morning and will dine with Red China's Chou En-lai tonight No Result* Informed quarters said last jiight's dinner meeting between Bidault and Soviet Foreign •Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov produced no results, though their talk was described as "most cordial." The nine-party conference itsell was in recess awaiting outcome of the study. Its next meeting is tentatively set for tomorrow afternoon. White the Indochina parley took the afternoon off, the 19-nation Korea talks were to be resumed at a private meeting. Several delegates were expected to speak, including XJ- S. Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith, who was reported ready to throw his support behind South Korea's proposals for TJ. N.-supervised elections throughout Korea. The Indochina experts had before them records of 11 meetings, including all proposals made to date on all aspects of the proposed ceasefire. H they can find enough in common to draft a formula, a group of military specialists will try to work out the technical military problems involved. Several Proposal* The proposals include the seven point ^ discussion plans of .France and the -opposing Vietminh; the four-point plan of Britain on procedure, and the proposals by See CONFERENCE on Page 12 To BHS Seniors Scholastic Citations Art Presented at Class Night Program Scholastic awards were presented members of the graduating class of Blytheville High School at the annual class night program in the school auditorium last night. Patsy Caldwell, who received the salutatorian award, also was pre sented the English medal and the DAR good citizenship award. Hugh Hopper received the vale dictorian award and the mathe matics medal. Bernice Flowers wa. presented the science award and the DAR history award. Other students receiving awards included Jimmy Nelson, puWic speaking award given by Oscar Fendler; Jimmy Buffington, voca music award given by Mrs. George Lee; .agriculture award, given by the Kiwanis Club, Harry Brown Masque and Gavel award, Caro Ann Holt. Students recognized for having four-year averages of 90 or above included Evelyn Bowen, Patsy Caldwell, Bob Childress, Marjorie Dougherty, Bernice Flowers, Nan cy Hamby, Carol Ann Holt, Hugh Hopper, Sammy House, Betty John son, Hondall Johnson, Roy McKay Frances Slayton, Gailya Stilwell Luther Taylor and Patsy Weaver. Recognized for attendance rec ords were the following: one semester — Bertha Gaines, Cecil Parks Butonne Stallings, Marjorie Dough erty; one year—Billy Gilbow, Bob by Hill, Linda Taylor, Luther Tay lor, Joe Whisenhunt; three-years— Hugh Hopper and Betty Johnson- four years — Rondall Johnson and Leon Privett. Inside Courier News ... We Diiagree With AFL On gen. McCIellan .. . Editorials .<.. Page 4 ... „• ... Hurricane Jackson Peels He Must Beat Norkut Tonight... *. S. Manly Elected Head of Blythertlle Baseball League Council . . . Cardinals Doing Beat to Keep Memory of Browws Alive . . . Sports .;. Pages 6 and 7 . . . . . . India Fears U. S. by Relating Capitalism I* Imperialism . . . Last In a Series . . . Page 1 ... . . . Farm News • • • t ... MATHIS CROSSING WORK — Frisco Railroad workers are shown as they replaced ties on the Mathis Street crossing which will extend the street to Elm Street. Work on the Central Metal Products building at the Mathis-Elm intersection made the work even more necessary, Mayor E. R. Jackson pointed out. The city cooperated with the railroad in the project. (Courier News Photo) Bennington Death Toll Mounts to 95 QUONSET POINT, R. I. (AP) — The death toll mounted today in the explosion disaster of the aircraft carrier Bennington as additional critically burned seamen succumbed at Newport Naval Hospital. The number of dead stood at 96 * * * this morning. Nearly 40 are still in critical condition. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert B. Carney surveyed the battered carrier yesterday and said he found "freakish and unique" effects of the explosions and fire. He donned coveralls and spent an hour checking the blackened compartments of the 32,000-ton vessel, which was hit by unexplained blasts early Wednesday. No Sabotage Seen Carney said that characteristics of the blasts were "freakish and very unique from anything I have seen," but he said there is "no basis ' 'for assuming they may have been caused by sabotage. He said he saw "fabrics and structural objects near one another, some showing (effects of) heat and others no heat at all." In other places, he said, there was evidence of "tremendous pressures and other signs of complete vacuums." Declines Speculation He said the, explosions were "the worst I have seen in all my naval service." He declined to speculate on the cause, explaining that a host of technical experts from the Bureau of Ships is combing the ship for clues. The Navy - court of inquiry announced it will open its investigation tomorrow. Two of the 201 injured men died at Newport Naval Hospital yesterday. Nearly 100 injured are hospitalized—about 40 of them in critical condition. Many of these will require plastic surgery more than a year from now because of severe ON BENNINGTON—Benny Carl Glasscock, petty Officer first class and son of Mrs. Benny Glasscock, 104 South Second, was aboard the USS Bennington when approximately 100 men perished in a shipboard fire Wednesday morning. Mr. Glasscock, a career Navy man, was unhurt. He has ten years Navy service, including combat action. burns. day when Raymond C. Demers, radioman-electrician, Norfolk, Va., died at Newport Naval Hospital. Added to the death list were Lt. (j.g.) Paul S. Tondo, New Britain, Conn., and Chief Pay Clerk Stanley Capistrand, Burlington, Vt. Cohn Again Disputes Testimony of Stevens WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy M. Cohn swore today Sen. McCarthy never in his presence requested a direct commission as an Army officer for G. David Schine — thus disputing testimony by Secretary of the Army Stevens. "I say he's made an error," Cohn said of testimony by Stevens that, as he recalled, McCarthy made such a request at a breakfast last Sept. 16 in the New York apartment of Schine's parents. Cohn disputed too details of testimony from Maj. Gen -Miles H. Eeber who said Cohn exerted great pressure last July for a commission for Schine, young millionaire and unpaid. McCarthy subcommittee consultant who then faced the draft. Heber, the Army's lead-off witness when tne McCarthy-Army hearings began April 22, testified he got calls from Sen. McCarthy's office—most of them from Cohn —two or three times a day in the period from July 8 to July 30. Cohn acknowledged he had taken up the question of a commission for Schine with Reber, then Army liaison officer to Congress, but placed the number 'of calls at "five or six." "I thought he* (Schine) was entitled to a commission—I still do," Cohn said. Cohn, 27-year-old chief counsel to the McCarthy subcommittee, was in the witness chair for the second day and under cross-examination by Special Counsel Ray H. Jenkins. At the outset of this 23rd day of hearings, one point of controversy apparently was stilled. Francis P. Carr, staff director of the McCarthy subcommittee, was declared available to testify. McCarthy so advised the investigating senators in a letter. $3,361 Given To Heart Association A total of $3,361.86 has been collected By the Mississippi County Heart Association Fund Workers for 1954, I. D. Shedd, association president, said today.* This amount fell short of the goal of $5,000, but lie praised the volunteer workers who gave their time to the drive and the contributors to it. The fund collected by the association is used for finding and helping heart diseases of all types. The electrocardiographs at the Osceola Memorial Hospital and the Chickasawba Hospital were purchased by the association as part of the pro* gram to detect and remedy heart disorders. A breakdown of the collections made in county communities are as follows: Armor el, $38.08; Burdette $J8; Blytheville, $1,387; Dell, Lost Cune and Roseland, $150; Joiner, $191; Keiser, $62; Leachville, $363; Luxora, $190; Manila, $275; Number Nine, $51; Osceola, $2»; Wilson, $330; Yarbro, $72. Many BHS Grads Eye Other Cities By GEORGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) Blytheville will lose 46 per cent of the 1954 graduating class of Blytheville High School if students who answered a Courier News questionnaire carry out their decisions to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Of the 91 boys and girls who participated in the survey—out of 118 who are to receive diplomas in commencement exercises vat the high school auditorium tonight—only 54 per cent (27 girls and 22 boys) indicated they plan to remain in Blytheville to work and live. Six boys and three girls said they were undecided on wnether* to stay here or not. Fifty-two per cent of the students replying to the questionnaire stated they plan to continue their education in a school or business college. This figure includes 20 girls and 27 boys. Arkansas schools apparently will get only 43 per cent of these. Ten girls and 11 boys plan to attend college outside the state. Eleven were undecided* * • THE LARGEST number, six, will attend Arkansas State College at Jonesboro. Next choice in numbers was Hendrix College at Conway with four. Other Arkansas schools listed were the University (2), Arkansas A. and M. (2), Little Rock Junior College and Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway. Out-of-state schools inocluded Memphis State (3), Mississippi State College for Women, Mississippi Southern (3), Vanderbilt;, Bethany-Peniel (2), University of Texas, Blue Mountain College, Sophie Newcomb, University of Mississippi, George Peabody College (2), Union University, Texas A. and M. (2), University of Alabama and University of Missouri. In choice of occupation, farming topped the boys' selections followed closely by teaching, while among the girls secretarial or clerical work held a wide margin over teaching and telephone operator- Twelve boys said they faced imminent draft call. * * * HERE IS a breakdown on occupational choices: boys—farming 9, teaching 8, engineering (all kinds) 6, sales or business 3, medicine 3, journalism 2, business management 2, theater work commercial art, mechanic, repair and installation, forestry, accounting. One boy listed the Army and one the' Marines, Seven left the space blank. Girls: secretarial work 14, teaching 7, telephone operator 6, home economics 3, nursing 2, business, beauty operator, medical technician, journalism, music. Pour did not specify an occupation. Interestingly enough, only two girls indicated they plan to marry and become housewives: Various reasons were listed by students for deciding to leave Blytheville, though by far the greatest majority based their decision on the lack of good paying jobs here. . * * * ONE BOY said, "I don't think Blytheville offers adequate opportunities to a high school or college graduate." A girl gave this reason; "Because I am tired of Blytheville and there is nothing I want to stay here for." « "iers cited limited oppor- nu .Jes here for the particular profession they* have chosen. One girl said, "There are more opportunities in a larger city for ?, secretary." "T^e profession I will be pursuing '.* not centered within reasonable distance of this city." said Set SENIORS on Pftft It Eisenhower Administration Directly Disputes McCarthy Claims About Duty of Federal Workers Denied WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower administration today directly disputed the declaration by Sen. McCarthy that it is the duty of federal workers to report to Congress what they may know of communism, treason or other crimes. In a statement issued at the White House, Atty. Gen. Brownell said the constitution gives the executive branch of the government the "sole and fundamental" responsibility for enforcement of laws and presidential orders, including those to protect the nation's security. "That responsibility," Brownell said, "can't be usurped by any individual who may seek to set himself above the laws of our land or to override orders of the President of the United States to federal employes of the executive branch of the government." Statement Read Press Secretary James C. Hagerty read the statement to reporters at the White House. The statement itself did not mention McCarthy but Hagerty said it referred to McCarthy's remarks at the Army-McCarthy hearings yesterday when McCarthy said: "As far as I'm concerned, I would like to notify those 2 million federal employes that I feel it is their duty to give us any information which they have about graft, corruption, communists, treason, and that there is no loyalty to a superior which can tower above and beyond their loyalty, to their country." Told of the statement, McCarthy said at the Capitol" he is going to continue to get information from within the government wherever he can, and protect the sources of that information. Nothing Personal "I hope to remain in the Senate and see many Presidents come go," he told newsmen. "Regardless of who is in the White House —and there is nothing personal involved in this—as chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee I am charged with the important duty of. giving the American people a clear picture of the operations of their government. "I will continue to-get information from every source possible on graft, corruption, communism and treason and continue to expose them." McCarthy said he did not dispute Brownell's stand that the attorney general is charged with enforcing the laws. He said the committee's responsibility, however, "is to expose any cases where there is failure to enforce the laws." "Only those with something to hide can worry about what the See IKE on Page 12 •BIG' AND 'LITTLE' MISS BLYTHEVILLE ENTRANTS — Among: the first contestants to enter the Miss Blytheville and Junior Miss Blytheville beauty contests are Linda Taylor (left), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Taylor, and Harriet Alexander (right), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Alexander, all of Blytheville. Receiving the applications are Tommy Westbrook, Junior Chamber of Commerce contest chairman, and Mrs. Jlrn Smothermon. The contest is scheduled to be held in the high school auditorium June 10-11 when beauties vie for $100 wardrobe and other prizes. So far entries in the Miss Blytheville contest and -Mr. Jaycee President of 1974 are slow coming in, Mr. Westbrook said. (Courier New§ Photo) Funds for Air Base Here Authorized Congressional authorization of $2,700,000 in funds and a hint of summer construction today. were highlights of Blytheville's long-delayed air base reactivation. House Bill 9242 calls for spending convenience to the City of Blytheville which resulted from the communications, maintenance fa- deferment of this base. We are cilities, training facilities utilities looking forward to a resumption land acquisition, storage facilities, personnel facilities and other working accommodations. The bill, in which Little Rock's base is in for $12.3 million, now goes to the Senate Armed Services Committee. A letter from Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings quoted correspondence with the Department of the Air Force concerning reactivation plans here. The Air Force correspondence is quoted as follows: ". . . (the Blytheville) base has been reinstated under the 137-wing program and it is expected that construction will begin during the coming summer. "The Air Force regrets any in- POPPY DAY TOMORROW — Monya Blankenship, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Blankenship of Blytheville, extends an invitation to buy a poppy during the American Legion Auxiliary's annual Poppy Day here tomorrow. The poppies, made by disabled veterans, will be sold by Monya and 11 other Girls' State delegates and some members of the Legion Auxiliary. Poppy Day headquarters will be in front of the J. C. Penney store and a special display has been set up in a window at Hubbard Hardware Co. Mrs. Helen Zeller is in charge of the Poppy Day drive. In the photo above, Monya stands in front of the memorial to Mississippi County war dead on the Court House lawn. (Courier News Photo) of the- many pleasant relationships which we have had with the residents of BlythcvilJe." Mr. Gathings said he received the letter May 26. Records of Payments Under Farm Support Program to Be Public WASHINGTON M — Records of payments to individual fanners under Uie government's huge price support and soil conservation programs now are open for Inspection. Such records heretofore have been secret .but Secretary of Agriculture Benson said yesterday he has ordered county offices to make this information available lo those requesting- It. "All pertinent information will be made public," Benson said in a statement. He added this would not include certain confidential information supplied by individual farmers. Rain Brightens Cotton Prospects in Area Many of this area's farmers this morning found their cotton crop in good shape for the second time this year and the prospects of most farmers having a satisfactory stand by June 1 seemed good following .78 inch rain last night. and has grown new roots, lowing a cold rain which felled Adding a final, bright touch to much young cotton have seen the agriculture picture, Mr. Bil- their recent plantings come up to brey reported that neither insects a stand in many instances. Those who got as much as the .78 inch rain which feel in the Blytheville area yesterday should be getting their cotton up soon, County Agent Keith Bilbrey pointed out. Leachville, Manila, Blytheville and southeast Missouri received the benefits of yesterday't showers. Dell had practically no rain and farmers were back in the fields this morning. Portions of south Mississippi County received good rains but others got merely showers while practically no rains fell in Osceola. Whitton, Dyess and Bondsville areas seemed to have gotten the most. Mr. Bilbrey reported that corn is making "terrific" progress and is recovering nicely after the set- backed handed it by the weather. Soybeans Also Good Soybeans, he said, are probably as good as they have ever been at this time of year and generally speaking, the land is in a high state of cultivation. Many farmers are still caught in the mental tug-o-war as to whether to replant the old cotton which is still living. This is the most burning question in farming circles today. Many farmers, following the cold spell of early May, promptly replanted after seeing some cotton die. Others decided to wait and see. Many of these who saved their early cotton are proud of their crop as of now. Others are not so sure the cotton they saved will ever make it. Mr. Bilbrey is quick to point out two factors in this particular problem: 1.) The situation may be different from field to filed; and, 2.) Ther£ is practically no real- problem which a farmer may use as a guid in making up his-mind on replanting. Some of this old cotton, he pointed out, is now growing nicely, has shed some of its old root system 39.43. lar problem at this time- Man Fined $35 Here On Bad Check Charge J. R. Jones was fined $35 and costs in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of obtaining money in connection with cashing bad checks. Jess Hide and J. C. Sutton both forfeited $10 bonds on charges of speeding. Death Toll Prediction 340 CHICAGO (/P) — The National Safety Council estimates ^hat 340 Americans may die in highway accidents over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, starting at sundown today. Weather ARKANSAS .— Mostly cloudy, scattered showers and thunder- southeast Saturday; cooler Saturday north and west tonight and northwest this afternoon. MISSOURI—Considerable cloudi- coming partly cloudy Saturday; showers and scattered thunderstorms northeast this afternoon, southeast tonight and in southwest and extreme south Saturday. Maximum yesterday—82. Minimum this morning-—«7 . Sunset today—7:05. Sunrie tomorrow—4:49. Mean temperature (midway between high and low—74.5. Precipitation last M hour* to 7:00 a.m. today—.78. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—21.42. This Date L**t Year Maximum yesterday—W. Minimum tnis morning—*l- PrectplUtkW Jwm*iy 1 »

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