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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NBWttAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 156 Biytheville Courier Biytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Biytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. yEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,1953 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Canada Won't Support Rhee Pearson Says His Country N Won't Fight for Unified Korea By STANLEY JOHNSON UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — Foreign Secretary Lester B. Pearson of Canada told the U. N. General Assembly today Canadian troops would fight in Korea only in "a United Nations action." He specifically excepted military unification of Korea as a U. N. aim for which Canada would battle. Pearson's warning was consid-* ered here to be directed at South Korean President Syngman Rhee who has demanded that the XI. N. Allies help him drive, the' Communists from North Korea by military means. The Canadian diplomat, making his first U. N. speech since he retired as president of the assembly, said the projected Korean political conference could settle the problem "if there is good faith and good will on both sides." He said the aim of the conference should be "a free and united Korea, with a government resting on the will of the Korean people freely expressed through elections held under United Nations supervision. All foreign forces should, of course S» be withdrawn and Korea's security * might be provided for under an international . and supervised guarantee." Pearson 'threw his country's support to British and American efforts to throttle any further discussion in the U. N. of who should attend the conference. He said insistence by the Communist side that this subject be taken up again would throw "serious doubt on their desire to have the conference meet at all." Plans, meanwhile, went ahead to keep the composition of the conference out of U. N. debate. Allied Strategy The Allied strategy, reportedly supported by the other 14 U. N. Itinerant Merchants Ordinance Repealed Ordinance 540, during whose short lifetime its creators came to wish they had never heard of it, was quietly laid to rest last night by the City Council. Ordinance 540 was the controversial itinerant merchants ordinance, which was conceived with good in- tenUons, but grew up to be a political Frankenstein. Passed last month at the behest of several merchants, the ordinance was aimed at keeping out "fly-by- night" businesses that might be lured here by reactivation of the air base. "However, it drew considerable criticism because of its stringent provisions. Its critics said it was members which sent troops to Korea, is to shove any discussion of Korea to,last place on the agenda of the U. N.'s 60-national Political committee. That would postpones further U. N. talk about Korea until well after the tentative Oct. 28 starting See U.N. on Page 14 McClellan Feels Base To Be Okayed Sen. John L. McClellan said in Little Rock yesterday that he felt defense officials would approve reactivation of the Biytheville Air base following a conference with him and a Biytheville delegation. The Biytheville delegation is scheduled to meet with Defense Secretary .Charles Wilson, Air Secretary Harold Talbott and Budget Director Joseph Dodge Sept. 30• They are slated to point out to defense officials that Biytheville has suffered considerable economic loss as a result of steps taken to cooperate with the Air Force in re-opening the base here. Sen. McClellan said yesterday Biytheville as a "victim of procrastination and indecision-" Loss of small industries, payrolls and rentals — as well as the $125,000 bond issue floated to buy added land — is scheduled to be cited by the Biytheville group in their efforts to press for a decision by the government. District APA Meet to Be Here The Arkansas Pharmaceutical Association's District No. 15 will meet at 8 p. m. tomorrow at Hotel Noble, according to L. I. Glass of Biytheville, district chairman. Jim Koffenburger of Memphis will be guest speaker on a program with Frank Headlee of Searcy, W. 0. Smith of Little Rock, and a representative from the University of Arkansas School of Pharmacy. Mr. Glass said all pharmacists and drug store owners of Mississippi and Crittenden counties and their families may attend. Inside Today's Courier News .. Antiserum: Science's for Cancer Cure ... Best page Hope 3 ... ... Society News ... page 4 ... ... Fireballlng Allie Reynolds, Good Bel as Series Starter ... Porker Schedule Looks Tougher 'Now ... Sports ... pages 6 and 7... ' .... French Must Move Soon If They Are to Le»d Europe ... Editorial* ... page 8 ... •... Oioeola News ... Rettye Nelle Starr Feature ... page 9 ... NCPC DRIVE STARTS — Jim Pearson (right), assistant office manager, of Biytheville water Company, makes the first contribution to the National Cotton Picking Contest to J. L. Westbrooi, cochairman of the fund drive. The Jaycees began 'an intensive solicitation campaign when they met for a kickoff breakfast at Rustic Inn this morning. (Courier News Photo) Warmer Weather . . * . Tfr"- -<f X ' . Due for Fair Here More sunshine and more people . . . That was the weatherman's forecast and the Fair Association's prayer today. un-enforceable, undemocratic and would serve to keep out the good as well as the bad. Repeal of Ordinance 540 was first sought by the Biytheville Real Estate . Board. Later, the Franchls- ed Automobile Dealers Association of Biytheville also asked Its repeal. At a public hearing called for last night, there was no one to defend the ordinance. Two members of the Real Estate Board, E. M. Terry, Jr., and Johnny Marr, spoke against it. . The Counil's vote to repeal Ordinance 540 was unanimous and came in the early minutes of the meeting. In other action, the Council heard a request from residents of Clear Lake Road for help in ending a dust problem by getting the road surfaced. Earlier efforts to get the road hard-surfaced had met with no success because the road forms one of the city's limits, lying half in the city and half in the country. Following the discussion, the Council's Street Committee agreed to meet with Clear Lake Road residents and County Judge Philip Deer to seek a solution. With the temperature hovering at a late autumn level, the Northeast Arkansas District Fair opened yesterday for its annual six-day run. Chilling weather — the mercury dropped to a low of 45 degrees over night — put a damper on attendance figures. Fair Association Secretary Robert E. Blaylock said opening attendance was off 20 per cent from last year's first-night crowds. This would put the figure between 2,500 and 2,700. Fair officials expected the warmer weather predicted by tne Weather Bureau for today, tonight and tomorrow to jump attendance figures, however. Judging of all competitive exhibit booths and livestock and poultry entries got under way today. Tomorrow will be FFA Day and Friday will be both 4-H Day and Kids' Day, when all school-age youngsters will be admitted free to the fairgrounds, A highlight of FFA Day tomorrow will be a "pig-scramble." This will be staged at 7:15 p. m. in front of the grandstand. A number of greased pigs will be turned loose and about twice that number of FFA members will take out after them. Each boy who catches a pig in a manner satisfying the judges will get to keep it for the coming year on condition that he show it at next year's fair in FFA swine competition- Bill McLeod, sponsor of the Blytheville FFA Club, said the pigs are being donated by several Biytheville firms. Winners of early judging in the Floral Department were announced at noon today. Judging was done by Mrs. Jackie Lloyd and Mrs. E. R- McAdams, both of Biytheville. Judging of centerpieces, and drift wood arrangements and rose entries will take place at 11 a. m. tomorrow. Winners named today included (number indicates place): Large Marigolds — Mrs. W. L. Smith, 1 and 3; Mrs. Don Wilhelm, 2; smaU marigolds _ Mrs. R. A. Gopeland, 2, Mrs. Lee Stiles, 3, Mrs. Anne Smith, honorable mention. Large Zinnias - Mrs. W. L. Smith, 1 and 2, Mrs. Stanton Pepper, 3; small zinnias — Mrs. W. L. Smith, 2 and 3. Wildflowers — Mrs. Lee Stiles. 1 and 3, Mrs. Stanton Pepper. 2, Mrs. R. A. Copeland, honorable mention. Chrysanthemums — Mrs. W. L. Smith, 1 and 2. First of the free grandstand shows was staged last night. The shows will be presented each afternoon at 2:30 and each night at 8. Keep Money at Home, Wholesalers Urge Fifty Biytheville wholesalers and manufacturers joined forces today in a plea for "whole-hearted support on the part of the people of Biytheville for this city's businesses." Passed on to this newspaper was a resolution calling for more support of "home" business institutions. "We would like to express our feeling on the problem of raising $200,000 for the purpose of bringing new industry to Biytheville, "the resolution states. "We are for this project, 'of course, and will carry our equitable share. We have the utmost confidence that other merchants will give until it hurts, too. "But all could give twice as much with less difficulty if we could get the majority of Blythevllle's business that is going to Memphis. "The local merchant Is the backbone of nny town. It is through their support that we have fine schools, churches and other local Institutions. "Local manufacturers, such as Bush Canning Co., Meyer'l Bakery anti Rice Stlx, could increase their payroll, employ more people and double or triple their contributions to the city if they could get the buying support of the public. "It is time for Biytheville to wake up to the fact that we need our money in Biytheville and not let big cities drain us. I "We will give, we will work and do anything to cooperate with the promotion of Biytheville. But we feel we have reached the point where we have the right to expect the people of Biytheville to cooperate with us. "We can't build Biytheville by sending our money out of town. Memphis doesn't care If your child has an education, if you have to worship In a tent or if your «ewer backs up In your bathroom. "The way to build or town ia for every citizen to become Biytheville conscious." Fourth Robbery Suspect Caught Last of Quartet Sought in Theft of $700 Near Bassett The fourth and last man charged with the theft of $100 from Dan Lewis of Parkin Aug. 11 on Highway 61 near Bassett, was caught by the FBI in Lexington, Mo., .and is being returned here, Sheriff William Berryman said this morning. Paul T. Payne of Tupelo, Miss., was apprehended after. the FBI traced Him" to Chicago, New York and .then to Lexington, The FBI notified the sheriff's office Monday, that they -were holding Payne for return here. Sheriff Berryman. revealed today., nrs officer* traced the four men to Memphis and aided the police there in capturing Odis C. Harrison of Blue Mountain, Miss., when the 'quartet was flushed trying to escape in a taxi cab. The second suspect Robert Keller. Effington, III., was caught in Trumann by city police Aug. 12 after he was seen in a car he bought in Memphis. Andy Henson of Oklahoma City, the third suspect, was returned to Biytheville after apprehension in that city about a week later. Sheriff Berryman said he filed charges of unlawful flight with the FBI when it was discovered that Payne had left the state and they took up the pursuit there. Officers were able to trace Payne through information gained from a suitcase left in the Memphis taxi when he fled from the police there. Mr. Lewis said that when the robbery occured he was ordered out of his truck on the side of the road where he was sleeping and knocked down and beaten. After being robbed of about $700, he said, he was left in a ditch as the four men took his truck for a flight south. Before the robbery, the four men worked with a carnival which was operating in Osceola at the time. One of the carnival workers was fined for giving false information to officers about the quartet after the robbery. Farm Worker Killed When Hit by Auto Alfredo Soto, Mexican laborer, was killed instantly last night when he alighted from a pick-up truck on Highway 181 one mile south of Keiser and was struck by a car driven by Wayne Davis of Kaiser. Mr. Soto, under contract with Keiser growers Association, was standing on the highway taking a parcel from the truck when he was hit. Mr. Davis is being charged with negligent homicide according to State Trooper Patton, Mr. Davis told officers he was blinded by the truck headlights and did not see the man as he approached. Nearly 3 Million Bales Of Cotton Ginned WASHINGTON W) — The Census Bureau reported today that 2,947,554 running bales of cotton from prior this year's crop were ginned to Sept. 16. This compared with 3,405,754 ginned to the same date last year and 3IKM.9M two yean ago. Forfeits Speeding Bond Franklin Pearce forfeited a, $10 bond In Municipal Court, this morn- Ing on * charge of speeding. BEAUTY ENTRY — Miss Maxine Hill will represent Blythe- ville'f. Junior Chamber of Commerce at Portageville's Soybean Festival Friday. Some 24 girls will be competing for the joint title of Miss Missouri (for Miss Universe entry purposes) and festival quee». They will appear Friday and Saturday nights at 1:30. (Courier News Photo) Stinkers Back Free Trade Siate for U. S. By FRANK O'BRIEN WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 6,000 bankers met today apparently in a mood to plump for freer trade and endorse key fiscal policies of the Eisenhower administration. The American Bankers Assn. •{• Ike Will Seek T-H Changes Nixon Pledges Action On Act Come January ST. LOUIS (AP) President Eisenhower, in a message to the American Federation of Labor, today described the Taft-Hartley Act as essentially sound hut promised to ask Congress in January to correct "a number of defects." The President gave his message*— — , to Vice President Nixon to deliver In person. It cnme in the midst of hot controversy between the White House and Eisenhower's former secretary of labor, Martin Durkin, over whether the President backed out of an agreement to support certain specific changes in the labor law. Eisenhower did not refer directly to this controversy. Durkin told the APL yesterday Eisenhower had promised to send Congress 19 specific amendments to the Taft-Hartley law but .repudiated this understanding. Durkin said that was why he resigned from the Cabinet on Sept, 10. Denies Charge The White House denied that Eisenhower had made any decision on changes or any commitment. Eisenhower said in today's mes- ige that deliberations on modifying the law are still going on and 'I shall send my own suggestions to the Congress at the opening of its session in January." He expressed the view, however, that the enactment of the law by the Republican 80th Congress "was a substantial contribution to the quest for sounder labor-management relations," and he declared: "I believe that the experience under the act has confirmed its essential soundness." Eisenhower said too that Durkin's participation in the talks on revision of the law had been of great value and that the secretary's resignation was "unfortunate." The President said that reconsideration of the law is too serious a matter to be governed by passion arid name calling rather than reason and common sense. "Epithets of 'anti-labor' or 'anti- industry' and the like are worse than empty," the President said. "They are utterly obsolete in a climate of opinion and understanding that realizes the folly of class- hostility." Eisenhower said the purposes of his administration's re-study of the See IKE on Page 14 held the final meeting of its 79th annual convention. Resolutions cleared to the floor, and by tradition almost certain of adoption, would favor: 1. The United States "continuing to open its markets increasingly to foreign goods." 2. Federal reserve-treasury actions under a "flexible monetary policy—including flexibility of bond prices and interest rates." 3. Balancing the federal budget > a step "essential to the maintenance of a strong and stable economy." The bankers also scheduled a -Ik by W. Randolph Burgess, deputy to Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey, on management of the 212 billion dollar federal debt. Humphrey yesterday categorically promised the convention that tax cuts scheduled for Jan. 1—10 per cent in personal income tax and abolition of the excess profits tax on corporations, would not be postponed despite "the real possibility of an atomic Pearl Harbor hanging directly over our heads." Additionally, Humphrey declared that the recent stock market decline does not look to him [ike a disaster and that there is "nothing to shiver about" in the prospect of somewhat lower business activity, in some lines. The bankers' proposed resolution on foreign trade said in part: "We believe that the United States should live up to its international responsibilities as the world's greatest creditor and producing nation by continuing to open its market increasingly to foreign goods." Uneasiness was caused in many banks in recent months as the new administration supported and abetted the Federal Reserve policy of letting interest rates and government securities find their own market levels. This resulted In the market value of billions of dollars worth of government issues held by banks falling somewhat, causing paper losses on bank books although the value of ihc securities at maturity remained unchanged. Despite this, the association received a resolution which said that /he Federal Reserve-Treasury pol- cy "demonstrated the importance the' public welfare of flexible monetary policy—including flexibility of bond prices and interest •ates." Interest rates have touched ft 20-year high in the past few months, helping to make this the potentially most prosperous year Tor banks since the late twenties. The resolution on monetary pol- Sce BANKERS on Page 11 Moses Tells Businessmen — State Must Attract Industry as Buffer LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas businessmen were urged last night to attract new industries to the state as a buffer against a possible depression. A few hours earlier it was an- nouced that U. S. Rubber Co, will decide by Nov. 1 whether to build a large, new plant in Arkansas. C. Hamilton Moses, Arkansas Power Light Co. board chairman, told some 600 business leaders at an industrial conference here that national business signs and the Arkansas crop outlook were none too bright. But he challenged the conference to stop brooding about hard times and get busy selling Arkansas to manufacturers. "We challenge yon to act On a big scale, to dream big dreams, to accomplish big deeds," said Moses, who spoke as president of the Arkansas Economic Council-State Chamber of Commerce. He called for AEC-SCC offices at New Yoi'k and Chicago; better promotion of tourist opportunities; selling Arkansas resources to cattlemen in the Texas drought area; and the appeal to manufacturers. Gov. Cherry told the conference that the primary role of government in attracting new industries was providing "political stability." "You must have a stable government in which people can have confidence," he said. Nature of Plant Unknown The governor did not mention the prospective U. S. Rubber Co. plant and declined comment on the project earlier in the day. Executive Director Arthur Emmerling of the State Resources and Development Commission told a commission meeting that Gov. Cherry is handling contact work in an effort to obtain the project for the state. Extent of the plant was not revealed. Emmerling also announced that R D staff members are in contact with officials of at least 15 other prospective plant builders- Including air conditioning equipment, toy, textile, drilling rig, small tractor and fertilizer manufacturers. Plans for hit-them-at-home, hit- them-at-the-source dinners were announced simultaneously yesterday by Moses and Emmerling. Moses .said Gov. Cherry would See INDUSTRY on PaKC 14 UN Returns Last Red Prisoners Allies Won't Observe Returr Of Captives By ROBERT TUCKMAN SEOUL (AP) — The U.N. Command today turned over to neutral Indian troops the last of some 22,600 prisoners who renounced communism, leaving Allied stockades empty of captives for the first time in three years. With the final delivery came a surprise announcement that the Allies will not send observers to watch the arrival at the neutral zone Thursday of 359 Allied soldiers the Reds say don't want to -- ._ go home. They include 23 Americans, 1 Briton and 335 South Koreans, according to a Communist newsman. Bed observers watched the two- week transfer to_ the demilitarized aPW-of Allied-held FOWs refusing repatriation. But the U.N. Command said "we do not feel that the presence of UNO observers is necessary to Insure a fair and successful handling of the turnover from the Communists." The Allied announcement added "we have confidence in the ability of the CPI (Custodial Force, India) to carry out its mission.' ' Simultaneously, India ordered 600 reinforcements for the 5,000-man force which will guard the un- repatriated POWs. The additional Indians will be airlifted by the U.S. Air Force via Japan and are expected this weekend. Final delivery of prisoners to (he buffer zone brings the armistice to a new phase. Starting Friday or Saturday, Allied and Communist interviewers have 90 days to try to coax their former soldiers to come home. A new source of tension in the eight-week-old truce was a statement by Lt. Gen. Duke. Anderson, U.S. 5th Air Force commander, that the U.N. has had "two re- cent indications" that the Keds moved jet warplanes into Korea after the July 21 signing in direct See POVVs on Page 14 Weather ARKANSAS — Cloudy to partly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. High this afternoon BOSS; low tonight 52-58. MISSOURI — Pair and warmer tonight; Thursday mostly fair and warmer; except cooler northwest and extreme north. Maximum yesterday—78. Minimum yesterday—45. Sunrise tomorrow—5:49. Sunset today—5;56. Precipitation laai 24 hours to 6:30 p. m. yesterday—none. Mean temperature (midway between high and low 1—61.5. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dace—32.83. This Date Last Year Minimum yesterday —53. Maximum yesterday—S3. Precipitation January 1 to date— 37.30. Joiner Makes Final Payment on Water System By CHARLEY FELTS (Courier News Correspondent) JOINER — Final payment on Joiner's new water system was made last week by the town's City Council and this South Mississippi County community Is with Us first city water system. Thus tar, 77 homes and 18 commercial users have been connected to the system. At least 48 if x- homes and nine additional business firms arc to be added immediately. Other new connections are expected later. Arkansas' Board of Health has given Us approval to the water, though finding a small amount of iron which will be eliminated when a new filter, now at the pump site, is put into operation. An aerator, to be Installed In tho near luturc, will complete the modern system. Corning along with the system will be an insurance rate reductions for this town which has been struck by several devastating fires. Fourteen fire plugs have been installed. Two more will be added later,. Fire Chief Charles Bradshaw pointed out. Chief Bradshaw said the town's firefighting capacity will be considerably strengthened with the water supply and new equipment for the fire truck. The system extends to Shawnee school, adjoining Joiner's city limits, where four major fires threatened to wipe out the consolidated school. Fire plugs also have been located at the school. A $35 hookup charge Is being made with a flat rate of $2.50 per month tor home users and $4 per month for commercial users being charged. Meters will be installed later. The city water commission, recently appointed, consists of Aldermen Charles Bradshaw and James Ford and 0. L. Jenkins. A permanent commission will be selected at the next regular meeting of the council. Completion of the water system represents the ' results ol action on the part of the city administration, headed by Mayor H. F. Howerton, and practically the entire citizenry of tills little city. Other city officials Include Recorder Vivian Tinsley, Treasurer Ruth Stacks and .Aldermen W. J. Glover, Eoy Koonce, James Fo. .1, Charles Bradshaw, Dorrls Ynnccy, Hubert Seymour, O. R. HasKctt and Bill Landmm.

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