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Tuesday, June 8, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 66 Blytheville Courier BIytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTi Bidault Cites Progress Of Geneva Talks Minister Seeks to Pacify French Public Opinion By EDDY GILMORK GENEVA (AP) — French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault said today some progress has been realized at the Indochina peace conference and "the results achieved show us the path to future agreement." In a speech obviously -aimed at •? public opinion in France, where Premier Joseph Laniel's government is fighting for its life. Bidault laid heavy stress on what he called his "effort at conciliation." The French foreign minister led off the semi-public debate of the • nine-party parley, which awaited a major policy declaration by Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov later in the day. British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden also planned to speak. Reviewed Proceedings Bidault's speech was primarily a review of the proceedings to date. He acknowledged that all major issues remained unsettled, but expressed hope that solutions might soon be in sight. Though there was no advance word on what the Russian would say. Western diplomats generally believed he would either (1) make new proposals to make it difficult for them to break off the conference, or (2) blast the West for refusing to accept Communist proposals already advanced for a cease-fire in Indochina. Western circles also believed his speech was aimed as much at the French National Assembly in Paris as at the Geneva delegates. The Stevens 7e//s Grads Cohn Admits Government ii , • •• i f T •• ' Not in Hands of Traitors Considered Resigning WEST POINT, N. Y. (AP) — Secretary of the Army Robert T. Stevens said today he has had a ''rough" time but has never considered turning back from his job. Without mentioning directly his , called me has not been an easy dispute with Sen. McCarthy (R- Wis), he made unmistakeable allusions to it in an address prepared for commencement exercises at the U. S. Military Academy. He said he has served the Army three times, twice as an officer in the two world wars, now as secre lary of the Army. Then he commented: "This task to which the President i $1 Million Asked For Base Housing A military personnel housing program proposed by the Defense Department includes $1,039,500 for 77 units that would be erected at the reactivated Blytheville Air Force Base, it was announced yesterday in Washington. * : Assembly swung back into debate on Indochina today, with many of the deputies highly critical of the policies of Premier Joseph Laniel's government. Observers in the French capital already have conceded that unless some concrete progress at Geneva toward an Indochina peace can be demonstrated, the Assembly may vote Laniel and his ministers out of office before the end oi- the week. That in turn could cause the Indochina conference to collapse. Departure Postponed French Foreign Minister Georges Bidault postponed his departure for Paris until after Molotov's speech. Bidault will speak during the Assembly debate tomorrow, defending the Laniel regime's policy. Today's session was the first nonsecret meeting on Indochina in more than three weeks. Molotov himself had requested that the sessions return to their initial semipublic status, permitting the delegations at press briefings after the meeting to tell reporters all that happens. Bidault talked with Molotov yesterday about the composition of the proposed international commission to supervise an Indochina cease- fire, one of the chief points of dispute now deadlocking the conference. Sec. Dulles Blasts Red Tactics WASHINGTON (.•Pj—Secretary of State Dulles said today the Communists were dragging their feet on peace negotiations at Geneva while intensifying their war effort in Indochina. He said this gives the lie to their talk of loving peace. Dulles told a news conference he thought developments in the discussions at Geneva, on both Korea and Indochina, might come to a head in the near future- For that reason, he said, he has arranged to spend a minimum amount of time away from Washington. Dulles told reporters the administration has no present plans for asking Congress for authority to intervene in Southeast Asia. He said the reaction to the Eisenhower administration's'call for a united front of allied nations has not reached the • point of general acceptance that would make an appeal to Congress a matter of practical politics. The United States, he said emphatically has no intention of dealing with this problem singlehanded- ly—unless the Chinese Communists launch a new military aggression. Dulles also said on other matters: 1. During the past six months there have been more high level defections irom the Soviet Union than ever before in Soviet history. He declined to amplify this comment, in any way. 2. The United States favors a special meeting of the American republics' foreign ministers to con- •sider measures to -deal -with the Guatemalan situation In which the Bed -tinged government received arm* from Communist w»ircpe. But Dulle* said the government is delaying a final decision on what it will do until it hears from other American government*. The housing units for the base here would be part of a $350.000,000 program including 25,000 units at military installations throughout the country- For Officers and Noncoms There units would be for officers and top-grade non-commissioned officers who are entitled to such quarters by permanent legislation. According to the figure designated for Blytheville, the orice of each unit would average out at $13,500. This program would be in addition to civilian housing facilities j which the Air Firce anticipates will be available here for personnel living off the base. In a letter of intent to the Air Force, the city said about'800 housing . units would be available here when needed. Covers only Fraction It was pointed out today that the proposed base housing program has no connection with civilian facilities available here for personnel and is no reflection on trie number or quality of such off-base housing. This is borne~"o~ut by the fact that only 77 units are proposed while 225~ officers and 1:500 airmen are scheduled to be stationed here. This proposal was viewed here as encouraging, since this type of housing is generally associated with the more permanent type of military installation. Considerations In announcing the proposed program. Assistant Defense Secretary Franklin S. Floete said full consideration would be given support from the community and, the availability of privately-owned housing within reasonable commuting distance—which the government considers to be 30 miles driving either T. D. Wilkins Wilkins Rites Held at School one. No Regrets "The going has been pretty rough some times, so rough thai it taxes one's endurance, but I have not for a moment regretted that I undertook it, nor once considered turning back." Still without backgrounding his comments, Stevens told the cadets he would do everything in his power to make certain that "every one of you is respected and honored during his service," then added: "Your rights as individuals are precious to me, and you shall bear no scars from unwarranted attacks or abuse suffered during my tenure of office." The trigger for the bitter public quarrel between McCarthy and Pentagon officials was an Army accusation that Brig-. Gen. Ralph W. Zwicker had been abused during an appe?ranee as a witness in McCarthy's investigation of alleged subversion in the service. He also made an oblique reference to his testimony before the enate subcommittee investigating the dispute where for two weeks he was bombarded with questions. He told about going recently to Formosa and being asked to make a speech to a vast Chinese audience. Needed Extra Time "As I faced that huge crowd," he said, "I spoke a few words of greeting and tried to arrange in my . mind a .few appropriate thoughts. I was relieved when an interpreter picked up my first sentence and translated it into at least a paragraph of Chinese, giving me Lime to think ahead. My second sentence became another long- Chinese harangue, and so it went. I discovered then and there the advantages of speaking through an interpreter, for I realized that you can make a speech with relatively little effort and have plenty of See ARMY on Page 3 PARK ROAD WORK — Work on surfacing the Walker Park drive with asphalt got under way this morning with the city's new asphalt machine undertaking its first complete road job. The machine is shown above as it lays down a primer coat, which must dry for several days before oth- er coats can be applied. Looking on are (left to right) City Clerk W. I. Matin, Fnir Association Secretary R. E. Blaylock, Mayor E. R. Jackson. Alderman E. M. Terry nad Alderman J. L, Nabers. (Courier News Photo) Had Been Head Of Luxora's Schools For Past 26 Years Beauty Event Rehearsals Start Tonight The first rehearsal of the Miss Blytheville Contest, sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. (will be held Wednesday night at the High School auditorium, accord- Plan to Expand Unemployment Benefits Studied House Group Views Ike's Program to Add Six Million Workers WASHINGTON W—Another item of President Eisenhower's legislative program comes under congressional scrutiny today as the ing to Tommy Westbrook, contest I House Ways and Means Commit- chairman, tee opens hearings on a proposal Rehearsal for the younger divi-j to bring' another six million work| sions. Junior Miss Blytheville and i ers under the unemployment com- LUXORA — Services were to be'Mr. Jaycee President of 1974, are > pensation system. conducted this afternoon for Thorn-! scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. way—at costs comparable to quar- i as Dale Wilkins. superintendent of | with Miss Blyineville contestants ters allowances. Floete told of the proposal at a meeting yesterday of the House Armed Services Committee, indicating Congressional approval of the plan will be needed. Luxora schools for 26 years, in the • slated to begin rehearsal at 8 p.m., T.uxora High School gymnasium by i Mr. Westbrook said, the Rev. James Ryherd. assisted by the Rev. H. L. Robinson. Burial will be in Calhoun Ceme-, , , tery here with National Funeral! tne Miss Blytheville contestants report, issued late yesterday, said This Will be an informal rehearsal and not a dress affair, he added. • A tea will be given in honor of j The hearings get under way on the heels of a fresh government report showing a modest improvement in the over-all employment picture. A Commerce-Labor Department City Council To Meet Tonight The City Council will hold a special, meeting at 8 o'clock tonight in the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall. Scheduled for Council action tonight are ordinances which will set up paving and curb and gutter districts in north Blytheville. Petitions for establishment of these districts already have been accepted by the Council. Home of Memphis in charge. Mr. Wilkins 56 died yesterday' ^^M^T A F^ afternoon at his home of a heart ° i Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at j employment increased by half a the Rustic Inn. Hosts and hostesses j million between April and May. attack. Although in ill health for several years, he continued work as director of the schools. his Jim Smothermo.n, Mrs. J. L. Westbrook, Mrs. Tommy Westbrook, Mrs. The new total was 6. 119, 000. Unemployment declined by 160.000 to 3.305.000, Born in Dalark. Ark., he was , Frank Harshman. Jaycee presi-! World War j dent. Contest judges also will be 1 on hand to meet the girls. with Mr. Westbrook urged all girls who for May since graduated from Arkadelphia High: are interested in participating in School and taught school in Lake j ine event to make application as Village and Helena, working with j early as possible. a high II. " "Smaller Than Usual" factory employment still I dropping — but at a reduced rate French. Destroy Two Red Bases Near Hanoi HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The French claimed U 100 per cent destruction" today in a combined air and ground attack on two Vietminh attack bases for 1,000 of the Communist-led rebels only seven miles east of this war capital. Parity Set At 90% By Committee WASHINGTON —Rejecting the YMCA in the latter also. — the departments conceded that the nation's employment improve, AppUcation"forms may be ob- merit in May was "smaller than He began teaching school in Lux-j tained at Westbrook Family Shoe I "suaWy occurs at this time of ora in 1927 and became superinten-j Store and information about thei vear -" dent of Luxora schools in 1930, a contest may be obtained from any j The Ways and Means Committee See WILKINS on Page 3 of the hosts for the tea. READY FOR MISS BLYTHEVILLE CONTEST — Shown decked out in their swimming suits are seven of t^c cor'-st?.n»s who will cor * for the Miss Blytheville title Friday night at the high school auditorium. They are Cleft to right) Peggy Zachry. Linda Taylor, Bertha Ann Gaines, Beauton SI *TS. S-e Old^- -n. Beryl Bcvill and Nancy Ham by. (Courier News Photo) expected to devote _four days to hearing Eisenhower's" proposals to extend unemployment compensation coverage to about 2.150.000 federal workers, 3,500,000 employ- es of smaller operators, and 200.000 agricultural processing workers. About 36 million of the more than 61 million American workers now-are covered. Farm workers are exempt and there is no pending proposal to bring them in. Eisenhower's plans do not call for congressional action on jobless pay benefits. These traditionally have been set by state law. The federal governments collects a 3 per cent payroll tax on employers to pay the system's costs, but re- 'bates most of it to the states. administration proposals for flexible supports, the House Agriculture Committee voted today to recommend continued farm price supports at the present rigid 90 per cent of parity through 1955. The 90 per cent level would apply to basic farm crops. In a rebuff to Secretary of Agriculture Benson, who has 'campaigned for the flexible supports, ,he committee voted 21-8 to write the one-year extension into the omnibus farm bill it will present to the House. Parity is a price declared by law to be fair in relation to the prices farmers must pay for products they buy. Under existing law, the flexible system of price supports, ranging from 75 to 90 per cent of parity, goes into effect at the end of the 1954 crop year. For an extension of the present 90 per cent of parity system, new legislation is required. Benson has said he would recommend a presidential veto of the high fixed price level. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and j Wednesday; widely scattered thun-j dershowers afternoon or evening, j MISSOURI — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday; scattered thundershowers likely tonight continuing into Wednesday Blytheville Girl Wins In Girl's State Election Pat Partlow, one of the Blytheville delegation to the Legion-sponsored Girls' State, now being conducted at Camp Robinson, yesterday was elected mayor of mythical Monroe City. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Partlow of Blytheville. 22 Koreans Drown PUSAN, Korea W — Twenty-two crewmen apparently drowned when a small Korean freighter sank in a storm off Korea's southern coast last week, police reported today. 1 The French high command said its pilots, in American-supplied B26s, Corsairs and Privateers, ripped, apart the two straw-thatched .mud-caked villages near Senho. just north of the vital Hanoi- Haiphong railway and highway. French tanks and infantrymen drove into both centers after the heavy bombing, routing the rebels from hiding places deep underground and killing 10, A high command spokesman said warplanes and armored and infantry forces now are trying to smash all Vietminh bases close to Hanoi. Having cleansed up those just south and east, they now are hitting the rebels north and west of the city. In another Red River delta action, the French reported Vietnamese Citholic militiamen at five posts 25 miles northwest of Hanoi had killed 30 Vietminh, Villages Smashed In the attacks near Senho, the French aircraft ripped the villages wide open with halt ton high explosive bombs and dropped more than 50 tons of delayed-action explosives. Pilots reported both villages were smashed and all subterran- eean hideouts for the Communist- ed rebels were destroyed. The Vietminh there had been harassing the post of Senho and using the villages as bases from which to mine and blow up sections of the strategic rail and road ink to the supply port. Gen. Paul Ely arrived in Saigon ,oday to take over the double- barreled job of military and political boss in this war-torn land. The 56-year-old former chief of staff of the French armed forces was accompanied by his military deputy, Gen. Raoul Salan. Ely faces the job of bolstering agging French Union defenses in he vital Red River delta and try- ng to smash Vietminh strength long the central Indochina coast, n Annam. Efforts to End Hearings Are Reported WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy M. Cohn testified today he never heard Secretary of the Army Stevens say anything to indicate "he liked Communists any better than I do." And Cohn agreed—in response to a suggestion from Army Counsel Joseph N, Welch—that the "government is really in the hands of patriotic individuals" and is "not really in the hands of traitors." His testimony came at a session of the McCarthy-Army hearings where the predominant rnood seemed to be a chastened sense to hold off from, the pounding blows of the past weeks of angry exchanges. In the background were reports of strong sentiment to try to wind up the hearings is quickly as possible. Recognizing this. Welch told th« committee he was "somewhat troubled" lest they be wound up before he could get all his cross- examination completed. Chairman Mundt (R-SD) told Welch he wanted to reassure him. that "you will be given all the time you want to interrogate witnesses." Welch Wants Time Welch said he wants ample time to cross-examine Sen. .McCarthy for the McCarthy subcommittee. During the luncheon recess, Mundt told reporters he will try to get a showdown Thursday on the question of whether the hearings can be wound up next week. Mundt said he has asked the principals in the dispute to submit to him by Thursday lists of additional witnesses they want called. He added that he then will call the subcommittee into closed se*- sion and ask for an agreement on the number to be called to the stand and on a target date for ending the hearings. Expressing doubt that the hearings can be concluded this week, Mundt said that unless there is an agreement of the nature he outlined the group may have to hold night sessions. McCarthy told newsmen he would "settle for almost anything iff they will set a target date to get these hearings over." He said, however, that unless some such agreement-is reached, he will insist that the subcommittee call Clark Clifford, former legal counsel for former President Tru- rnan, as well as other witnesses. Clifford Called Necessary Sen. Jackson (D-Wash) said he offered in a closed meeting of the Senate Investigations subcommittee a formal motion to call Clifford, a former legal counsel for former President Truman. Sen. McCarthy had told the subcommittee yesterday that Clifford was a "necessary" witness. McCarthy contended that Clifford had joined forces with Sen. Symington (D-Moi to talk Secretary of the Army Stevens into making formal charges against McCarthy. Jackson's motion was shunted aside when Sen. Dirksen <R-H1) offered a substitute which would permit any principal in the controversy to name a prospective witness and leave the decision to Jenkins as to whether to call him. The Dirksen motion was approved by a 4-3 party line vote. Sen. Mundt (R-SD), presiding at the hearings, told reporters he had agreed that "of course I will call Clifford" if it appears. that Clifford's testimony is essential . Sen. Potter (R-Mich) said the Republicans voted down Jackson's motion because they regarded it Sec McCARTHT-ARMY on Paje 3 Japan Seeks Trade Pact TOKYO UPi— Japan soon will open negotiations with Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia in an effort to increase this country's exports. Inside Today's Courier News . . , Dodgers Rolling Since Return of Campanella . . . Musial Leads National League in Slugging . . . Sports . . . Pages 6 and 7 ... . . . Hour of Decision Near; Time Running- Out in Indochina . . Editorials . . . Page 4 ... . . . Nation's Top Secret Agencies. AEC and CIA, Now in Public Limelight . . . Page 5 ... . . . Rhee Blasts U. S. for Wasting Korean Aid Funds . . . Page 3 ... Special Showing of H-Bomb Urged forenoon; warmer extreme north tonight. Maximum yesterday~-90. Minimum this, morning—73. Sunset today—7:11. Sunrise tomorrow—4:47. Mean temperature (midway between iilph and low)—81.5. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—22.74. This Date Last Year Maximum yesterday--06. Minimum this morn!n:;--7fi. v.clpltaUon January 1 to date— 29.96. WASHINGTON UP) - ergy Commissioner - Atomic En- Thomas E. Murray suggested today the United States stage a special demonstration of n, 1954 model hydrogen bomb for representatives of all nations, including Russia. Murray, one of five members of the Atomic Energy Commission said that might help to avert war with weapons capable of driving civilization backward "into the primeval chaos." "I think the United States might well unveil the new face of war- war's new look in this atomic ago," he said in an address prepared for commencement exercises at the Catholic University of America. "If this display were made. I think the peoples of the world and their leaders would cry out with a great voice: " 'We reject war. We choose Peace. We refuse methods of violence as the way out of our conflicts of ideas and interests. . . . We choose the methods of reason, not of wreckage. Lest the heaVens fall, let justice be done.' " Specifically, Murray made this suggestion: "Let the peoples of the world, especially their leaders, witMM a special atomic demonstration—witness modern war in a capsule—in an explosion of a large scale hydrogen bomb. "Let them thus experience in a way that will leave them undamaged, save In their illusions, what modern war really mean* in all its horror, in all its shocking destructiveness. I feel lure that such a special demonstration could be arranged without damage to security. It would make the political leaders and the peoples of the world realize what the word 'war' means in terms of the 10M model* of atomic

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