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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS : L—NO. T5 Slytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY. JUNE 18, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Cabinet Post May Be Lost By Bidault N*w Premier May Keep Job For Himself PARIS (AP) — France's new Premier, Pier-re Mendes France, worked urgently to form a Cabinet today. He may keep for himself the foreign ministry — replacing Georges Bidault — and seek a peace in Indochina through personal meetings at Geneva with the Communists. French sources reported the new Premier will go to Geneva Monday to fill the diplomatic gap left when Joseph Laniel's government fell. Mendes - France received a stream of visitors in an office at the Bourbon Palace, home of •the National Assembly. He is under pressure to set up a Cabinet speedily to make good on his promise to achieve an Indochina settlement by July 20—or resign. K Mendes-Prance takes over the foreign ministry he will be one of the rare "new faces" there since the war. Bidault and a fellow member of the Popular Republican Movement Robert Schuman, have alternated as foreign minister most of the time since 1945. 154 Abstain The National Assembly vote for Mendes-France, 47-year-old Radical Socialist (Moderate), was 419 to 47, with 154 deputies abstaining. The abstainers included members of Bidault's party, whose leaders said MRP would not serve in the new government. Mendes-France became France's 14th postwar Premier. His Cabinet will be the nation's 20th in the 10 years since liberation. His' three-point program, outlined to the Assembly yesterday, included the promise to reach an Indochina settlement by July 20 or get 'out. After peace in Indochina was achieved, he said, he would: 1. Submit a "coherent and detailed program for economic recovery.'" —••••2. Attempt to reconcile the divisions within France on the European Defense Community Treaty to rearm West Germany in a six- nation European army. Of the six nations, France and Italy still must ratify it. Bidault's absence from the new government appeared certain after his Popular Republican Movement (MRP) announced it would not take part in Mendes-France's Cabinet. Published Daily Except Sunday WOftK ON FACTORY PROGRESSES — Walls begin to rise from the footings of the Central Metal Products building on Mathis Street this morning as workmen began taking forms from portions of the foundation walls. Work on pouring the remainder of the walls is to get started Monday. (Courier News Photo) As the McCarthy-Army Din Dies Down— Demos Press Administration For Decision on Prosecution McCarthy Staff Need Clean - Up? - M'Clellan WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the McCarthy- Army investigating subcommittee today called for the Eisenhower administration to consider- quickly whether there should be criminal prosecutions as a result of the hearings —for perjury or misuse of a secret document. Sen. McClellan (D-Ark>. speak- the hearings. The meeting reached ing for the Democrats, said there should also be a fast decision as ro whether there is need for nn "immediate house cleaning" on the staff of the McCarthy investigations subcommittee. McClellan held a news conference after the subcommittee met behind closed doors to discuss the problem of preparing reports on 4 * * * Blytheville Jaycees Get New Honors for NCPC The Blytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce has been awarded second place in the field of Trade Promotion in national competition with Jaycee groups from cities of the same size, it was- reported from the 34th Annual Convention held at Colorado Springs, Colo. Must Envisage War Mendes-France told the Assembly: "If the conflict in Indochina is not settled — and settled quickly— it is the risk of war, of an international war and perhaps an atomic war—that must be envisaged." He did not outline any precise plan for achieving peace beyond continuation of the Geneva talks and a promise that "no measure will be neglected that shows itself necessary to this end." This implied direct negotiations with Ho Chi Minn, Moscow-tutored leader of the Vietminh rebels in Indochina .Mendes-France has consistently urged such negotiations in the past. The new Premier declared, however, that every possible precaution would be taken to safeguard Pocketbook Due to Ease By SAM DAWSON NEW YORK <#;—Pressure on the pocketbook is easing a little here and there as summer comes. There's hope today that before the hot weather is over, you may see still lower prices—if only slightly lower—on a few of the things you buy. » Competition among salesmen, and a growing abundance of raw materials and manufactured goods are the underlying causes. Wholesale food prices have already dropped. Talk of lower prices for still more foodstuffs is being heard. Bargains appear more frequently at the clothing counters. Awarded on the basis of service to the community and the part members of the Jaycees played in each activity, the honor was given Blytheville chapter because of their sponsorship of the National Cotton Picking Contest. " Some 1,500 otner civic programs of the Jaycees throughout the United States were entered in the national competition. The Blytheville chapter received first place awards at the state conventiorTTor promoting Arkansas with the cotton picking contest. 2nd McCarthy Ouster Effort Seems Doomed WASHINGTON (AP) — The second attempt in a week to oust Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) from his committee chairmanships seemed destined today to join its companion in the legislative freezer in the Senate Rules Committee. Puerto Rican To Pursue Fight State Employes Run Up Excess Lodging Bills •* Sen. Jenner iR-Ind), Rules Com- I mittee chairman, made plain he | expects to see no action on the matter when he voiced "doubt" that time remains for it this session of Congress, It is unlikely the committee would even hold hearings, he added in an interview, because the group has plenty of other work i INQt tlld. But Mdvbe ahead before the adjournment target date of July 31. . Jenner's apparent lack of enthusiasm for the McCarthy - ouster moves matched that, of Senate WASHINGTON (-P) — Lolita ' leaders - both Republican and Lebron, convicted with three men j ? e ™ C ?*• **° ^^*J ™l* Not End, But Maybe Just Beginning, Says Convicted Woman LITTLE ROCK f/P)—State department employes have run up an excess lodging bill of S3.471.35, the Department of the Legislative Audit Division reported yesterday. for wounding five congressmen but facing a lighter' sentence, swore today she will continue to fight for Puerto Rican independence. "What I thought was the end may be the beginning," she replied from her cell to written questions from newsmen. "If all my blood had spilled it would have splashed away de- ° f£ered Sen cadence and inertia I hope no more of my people will have to Reporting to the Joint Audit i die - M >" country is going to be Gasoline cuts appear in scattered Com £ t ' fe - of the Leg sla ure the I free." • oocv. /^rie-r-iit£i -fVio IYI e-ic-f nnf»o nf /Ml • t>**-* " areas—despite the insistence of oil industry spokesmen that general price cuts are unlikely. * * • If you're building a house this summer you'll find prices of a number of building materials a little lower than a year ago. Audit Division listed 1.007 hotel re- ! Tne slight. 34-year-old brunette, gistrations which have not been I much of the fire apparently gone verified. These violations of travel expenses came to S3.118.20. In addition, the report said that em- ployes listed incorrect payments for 359 days, with the difference between what they paid for lodg- Counter to all this good news for I ing and what they received from the consumer, however, is the tendency of most basic raw materials to hold firm in price. There is - good deal of talk of higher price? for the basic commodity, steel. Much of the talk is based on the bargaining just now between management and labor "France does not have to accept and will not accept conditions foi settlement which would be in con flict with its most vir.al interests,' he declared. "France will remain in the Far East. Neither our al lies, nor our enemies must harbor the least doubt on the meaning o: our determination." Today's Assembly vote saw Communists. Socialists, Radical Social ists. a big bloc of De Gaullists and scatterings from other parties lined up behind Mendes-France. Independent Republicans and MRP members mostly abstained, but eight MRPs disobeyed party orders to vote for confirmation. France's forces in Indochina. He over new pay contracts. Talk of also declared his plan did not en- I higher prices usually Ls spread visage a surrender. - aroU nd . during such bargaining periods." But it is taken seriously enough this time, apparently, for a number of steel users to step up their ordering now to beat any possible rise : in prices. * • ( * .» * , „ . The carpet makers are beginning to hike their prices. They cite an increase in the cost of carpet wool. And they point to the high operating costs which made many companies look bad profitwise in their first-quarter earnings statements. But thrifty shoppers have been doing prettj well for some time See PRICES on Page 12 Premier Might Go to Genevo GENEVA (vP)—French sources expressed belief today that France's new premier, Pierre Mendes-France, will fly to Geneva Monday to take part in the Indochina peace talks. These source's said Mendes- France is expected to take over the post of foreign minister himself in the new Cabinet and give his full personal attention to the Indochina problem. He ha* promised to resign unless an Indochina settlement has been reached by July 20. Most diplomats here were reluctant to comment on the French .National Assembly's approval of Mendes-France. British sources said that, in view of his statements on the Far Eastern fighting, chances of a settlement might be increased by his approval as premier. Some other delegations expressed private views, however, that a rift might develop among the Western powers If Mendes-France made concessions which the United States wouM not *fret to. the state totalling S353.15. out of her when the two-week trial ended yesterday, was acquitted of five charges of intent to kill. She had been found guilty Wednesday of five counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Her three fellow members of the radical Nationalist party of Puerto The audit stated that most ol •, Rico—Rafael Cancel Miranda, 25, the violations took place before j Andres Figueroa Cordero, 29, and Jan. 1. It said some employes ex-j Irving Fibres Rodriguez. 28—were cused themselves on the grounds | convicted Wednesday on all 10 they had stayed with relatives but j counts. reported hotel bills instead of other j Thus, they face possible maxi- expenses they actually incurred. , mum penalties of 75 years in Others said they substituted the j prison apiece, including concurrent hotel bills for mileage expenses | sentences for intent to'kill and as- which they were entitled to claim, i sau]t with a dangerous we apon. The maximum allowance or tra- j Mrs Lebron. convicted onlv on the vel expenses is 86.50 a day. mclud- | latter charffei could pet no more ing meals, lodging and miscellan- than 50 years jn prison eous expenses. Wounded in the House shootings H According to Legislative Auditor j were Representatives Alvin „ Orvel Johnson,, some of Jus ^em-, Bentley < R . m <&.), Clifford Davis See SHOOTING on Page 12 ance is inadequate in some parts of the state. Lehman (D, Lib-NY) was shunted off to the Rules Committee. Similar Motion Offered Last Friday Sen. Flanders (R- Vt) offered a motion likewise sent later to the rules group. While the Flanders move differed in wording from Lejiman's, both would have the same effect—if passed — of stripping McCarthy of his chairmanships of the Senate Government Operations Committee and its' permanent investigations subcommittee. Senate Republican lender Knowland of California termed Flanders' action "mistaken" and declared bringing the issue to the Senate floor at this time would impede action on President Elsen- hower's legislative program. Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas is reported to have passed word to his colleagues to keep hands off this "Republican problem." The Democratic chiefs were said to fear that if they took sides against McCarthy they might be setting a prece- d e n t which would be turned against one of their own party members at a future date. Ouster Try Fails Vice President Nixon was in the presiding officer's chair and lead- no decisions. Sens. Symington (Mo) and Jackson (Wash), the other two Democratic members, met reporters with McClellan arid said they concurred in his views. McClellan said he feels the windup of the hearings leaves two "Immediate" problems for the executive branch of the government to consider: 1. A Justice Department, inquiry to determine "if perjury has been committed" in the sharply contradictory testimony. 2, "The probability of a crime having been committed in connection with the 2' 4 page document" which came into controversy in the hearings. Document Kept Secret Sen. McCarthy produced this paper, first identifying it as a letter from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to Army intelligence. The subcommittee checked with Hoover and was advised it was not a letter by him but did contain excerpts from a lengthier FBI report to the Army on security problems at Ft. Monmouth, N. J. s The document was never made public because Atty. Gen. Brownell ruled it made "unauthorized use" of .secret material, and that to release it would be contrary to the national interest. McCarthy said he got the paper from an Army intelligence officer. He declined to disclose his name. Arguments cropped up repeatedly Jn the hearings as to whether McCarthy could properly receive such a paper. McCarthy contended he had every right to it as chairman of the senate's government operations committee nnd head of the permanent investigations subcommittee. Must Check Clearances McClellan said the investigations subcommittee, which McCarthy heads, should decide quickly; 1. What to do about two members of its staff who, he said, have not received clearance requested from the Defense Department to handle secret documents. 2. What to do about "threats that have been made by members of the staff—I will say alleged threats—in an attempt to intimidate members of the committee, which conducted the hearings. McClellan cited a Harelip between Roy M. Cohn, chief counsel of the investigations subcommitte and Robert F. Kennedy, counse o the subcommittee's Democrat! members, in which Kennedy con ,ends Cohn threatened to "get Sen. Jackson. McClellan said thi was among the things he had i mind in charging attempted intim dation "but is by no means a nclusive" of the charge. Cohn denie.s he told Kennedy h 'ould "get to" a question raisec by Jackson when the next hearing Stevens Feels Hearing By ELTON C. FAY QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Secretary of the Army Stevens, looking back on the long and bitter days of his dispute with Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), voiced confidence today that "the integrity of the Army no longer is at stake." He also made it plain he intends to decline an invitation to an after- the-hen rings cocktail party to be given Monday by Sen. Mundt (R- SD) for participants on both sides —and expects no Army personnel will attend. Mundt presided over the 36-day hearings, which ended in Washington yesterday. Stevens, here for a four-day meeting of top Defense Department nnd armed, forces officials, also told newsmen: 1. "I am absolutely confident Atty. Gen. that there will be no abuse of Army Brownell Hits Probe Methods BALTIMORE UP) Brownell .said last night Sen. McCarthy's invitation to government employes to come to him with information, even Information they are charged with keeping secret: 1. Threatens UK classic American concept of separation of powers among Congress, the executive and the courts. 2. "Would substitute rule by an individual for government by law." About 500 weekly newspaper editors and publishers attending the fi9th annual convention of the National Editorial Assn. broke into applaud when the attorney general declared: "Anyone who attempts to put himself above the law, and incite government employes to turn over classified information relating to our national security, is tragically mistaken if he believes he is help- Ing to protect our nation's safety. "Nothing pleases the Communists more thnn to create division among the people on matters of national security, impair constitutional government, and encourage disobedience to the law. . . . Hits Probe Methods "I have spoken out pretty strongly against those in high places who are blind to the danger oC Communist infiltration in our government. I believe it equally important to oppose those who would break down our system of government by law in an effort to investigate communism. There is no need for it." Brownell did not mention Mc- See BROWNELL on Page 12 ers of both parties were on hand (was held. yesterday when Lehman's attempt j McClellan said he personally to. keep his resolution out of com- had receiver a message—not in mittee was mousetrapped and. on writing—which he considers "un NEW THEATRE OPERATOR— B. D. (Buddy) Becker has taken over, operation of the Mox and Savoy Theaters. He and his father, Sam Becker, of Memphis, bought the two movie houses from W. L. Moxley June 1. Mr. Becker is moving here from Memphis to assume personal 1 supervision of the businesses. Typhoid Clinic At Hermonda'e HOLLAND—Many of ' Hermondale's residents were scheduled to take the first in a series of typhoid shots here this afternoon. Following a death attributed to the disease, county health officials scheduled a clinic for Brown's gin at Hermondale. Three shots are required one week apart. Other shots will be given on June 25 and July 2. Both .whites and Negroes are taking the* shots. Chinese Movie Set for Roxy Persons wishing to see the full- length Chinese motion picture, which will be shown here Sunday, have been invited to view It at 3:30 in the Roxy ^ Theater. The picture is being shown in connection with a statewide meeting of Chiense here Sunday. In Chinese dialogue, the picture was made in China. French Veto f DC Army PARIS (J) — The national defense committee of the French Assembly adopted a report today disapprov- ng the European army treaty. The vote was 29-13. Among those voting against EDC were four Socialist deputies, who risked party disci-j plin*. See MCCARTHY on Page 12 See MCCARTHY-ARMY on LEARNING TO BE MERMAIDS — A Class Of beginners go through their paces under the watchful eye of Red Cross swimming instructors' as- •istants (left to right) Jo Ann Trieschman, Sally Trieschman and Nita Hall, who help the youngsters learn to relax while floating in the water. The sludcr'.s are only a part of the 5?3 tn'-.hg advantage of the free swimming and life saving lessons sponsored by the Red Cross. All of the instructors, water aides and workers are volunteers, Mrs. Hugh Whitsltt, Red Cross water safety director, said this morning. W. L. Moxley donated the use of pool and facilities for the classes, which will be held through next week. (Courier News Photo) BVD Hailed As One Of City's Best As the first Blytheville Value Days of the season reached a halfway mark today, Blytheville merchants offered some cheerful comments regarding the annual tradfi promotion event. Many ranked it among the best BVD events in which they ever participated. It still has all of today and tomorrow to run, however. This year, BVD will be staged only once per month but it will be for a three-day period, instead of the usual one day per week. BVD annually heralds reduced prices from approximately 40 of the city's leading business firms. Blytheville Value Days will come up again in July and once more in August, when the final days of the summertime trade event -will be staged. personnel, In or out of uniform,' who appear from now on before McCarthy's Communist - hunting subcommittee. One of the background issues in the row with th« senator was Stevens' contention that a general who appeared before McCarthy had been abused. 2. He has no Intention, '"whatsoever" of resigning, but proposes to serve as long as he is of "service to the country." Feels Army Vindicated »3. "I feel that the integrity of the Army was at stake. We've been through that now. It must be abundantly clear to everyone that the Army is just as interested and active In ridding itself of subversives as anyone else in the United Slates." In expressing: confidence thert would be no abuse of Army personnel before the McCarthy or any other committee. Stevens said there would be cooperation, that "from the start of my term of office I have consistently cooperated with all members ( foCon- gress) and committees and I intend to continue that policy." Secretary of Defense Wilson, who called this meeting of high military and defense officials, expressed his own views about combatting: communism in a chat with reporters last night. He said he thought free men could and must counter communism "without subscribing to some willing to fight to avoid." Communism, he said, is a serious matter but "we don't want to back down on our own concept of free society." Finds for Two Defendants Baton Twirling Classes Begin Girls interested in learning ba- on twirling may avail themselves of classes beginning tomorrow at 0 under sponsorship of the girls department of the YMCA. The classes are to be conducted in the lawn of the Joe Ferguson esidence at 1106 Hearn and will have Mi*s Juanlta Ferguson, high chool band majorette, as instruc- or. A 25-cent per-hour charge will be made and classes will meet each Saturday morning. Further information may be obtained at the Y r by calling 3-4479. In two cases were heard in th« civil division of Circuit Court in Blytheville yesterady the jury gave judgement for the defendants be- for Judqe Charles Light recessed court until June 30. Blytheville Canning Co., and Clarence W. Kipple were given the decision in the case in which Herman Richtrdson was suing for $3,000 damages. Mr. Richardson claimed that he was assaulted by the night watchman. Mr. Kipple, in April. 1953. while both men were employed by the company. R. A. Green way and E. F. McCanless lost their case agains Farmers Bank and Trust Co. and Morlina Casualty Insurance. Co., in which they were seeking $5,000 from either of the two defendants. They claimed they were due payment on an insurance policy covering a transportation trailer which disappeared in March, 1963. Filed Properly WASHINGTON UP) — A tall, Bible toting man came to the Capitol today to protest the end of the McCarthy-Army hearings. He was tale- en to a hospital for mental observation. Inside Today's Courier News . . Charles D«werv«* Return Match, Marciano Says after Wining 15 Round Decision . . . Jacobs Case Points Up Abuse* of Farm Plan . - . Sports .... Pafea ft and 7 ... . . Farm New* and View* . . . Page* f and * . . . . • New* of Men in Uie Service . .' . Five Air Force Men Missing in Indochina . . . Page ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI—Mostly fair today, tonight and Saturday; few widely scattered afternoon thundershowers southeast and east-central today and chance of scattered thunderstorms extreme northwest Saturday; continued humid with littlt change in temperature. Minimum tbli moraine—73. Maximum ywt«relay—n. Sunset today—7:15. Sunrise tomorrow—4:47, Mean temperature (midway IwtwM* high, and low)—S3J. Precipitation Ian M ftoun t» 7:00 a.m. today—none. Precipitation Jan. l to date—M.«. This Dat« Last YMT Maximum yesterday—-ft. Minimum this morning—71. Pr«ctpiutk>m 30.lt.