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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 230 BIythevillfi Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1953 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS French Fail In Fifth Try For Leader r Laniel Holds Slim Lead In Balloting VERSAILLES, France (AP; — The French Parliament failed today for the fifth time in three days to elect a presi dent of the republic. With Premier Joseph Laniel still 52 votes away from victory on the fourth count last night, speculation grew that a comrpomise candidate might be necessary to break the stalemate. It was the first time since Parliament began electing the chief of state after the Franco- Prussian War that so many ballots had been cast without a decision. The fifth vote was scheduled this afternoon {8 a.m. EST) in the legislative chamber built in 1871 in the courtyard of the palace where French kings once held court. The 46 members of the National Assembly and the upper house sit Jointly to choose a president. Laniel, a wealthy independent textile magnate who has been Premier since June 28. received 408 votes in last night's count. He was j 1 closely followed by his only avowed opponent, 61-year-old Socialist Marcel-Edmond Naegelen with 344. Blank Ballots The search for a comrpomise candidate quickened when it became apparent the key Radical Socialists (moderates) were standing firm in their opposition to Laniel. Many senators and deputies threw their votes to non-candidates In order to keep either Laniel or Naegelen from being elected. Some even cast blank ballots. The two avowed candidates are backed by the opposite wings of French politics. Leftist members, Including the large Communist bloc, lined up solidly behind Nae- gelen, while the rightists backed Laniel. The center factions appeared unwilling to decide definitely between the two men, obviously hoping for a compromise. Among the possibilities most mentioned were former Premier Heryi Queuill/?,, a Radical Socialist, and the retiring president, Vincent Auriol. Auriol has announced firmly several times that he would not seek a second seven-year term. But friends thougt he might reconsider if needed to end a hopeless stalemate. The presidency is largely a ceremonial post with almost no power and the issues in the race appeared to be more personal then political. SCEN'E OF FATAL FIRE — Two Negro children, Jessie and Frances Jones, lost their lives in a fire which destroyed their farm home on the Fete Coleman farm near Steele, Mo., yesterday afternoon while their parents, Henry and Alice Jones, were picking cotton. The children's uncle, George Jones, was seriously burned in a heroic attempt to save the boy and girl. (Courier News Photo) 2 Negro Children Die In Blaze Near Steele STEELE, Mo. — Two Negro children lost their lives in a fire which destroyed their home on the Pete Coleman farm near here yesterday afternoon despite heroic efforts by their uncle to save them. The dead are Jessie Jones, 2, and* Student/I 8, Gets Life For Killing CLINTON, Ark. W) — Eighteen- year-old Leslie Wright, his thumbs hooked in his hip pockets, yesterday was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his mother. He stood impassively while Judge Woody Murray pronounced sentence after an all-male jury convicted him of first degree murder in the rifle slaying of Mrs. Junious Wright. He began weeping quietly after the sentencing. ' The bodies of Wright's parents were found sprawled in the fron yard of their home near Bee Branch last Sept. 8. Both had been shot several times. The youth also is charged his father's death but Pro.secut.or Alton Biddle said last night he didn't know if he would bring him to trial on the second accusation. Wright's attorney, Opie Rogers did not say if he would appeal the decision, reached after an hour and 15 minutes deliberation following a five-day trial. The lawyer waived the customary two-day waiting period between conviction and sentencing. Defense Pleaded Insanity The state claimed that the former high school basketball player shot his parents when they objected to his plans to quit school and marry. The defense based its innocent plea on insanity. Dr. Elizabeth Fletcher, a Little Rock psychiatrist, said she believed Wright was suffering fro; ^» mental disorder at the time of stfie shootings and termed him a "borderline case." As a rebuttal witness for the state, a State Hospital official said that Wright was found to be without psychosis when he was examined following his arrest. The state Introduced ns evidence t statement Wright reportedly dictated following his arrest. It said he fired at his parents »s they sat r.t a dining room table «nd followed both of them Into the yard, firing as they stumbled for help. Wright was quoted as sayinf? he fired the flnnl bullet at his mother as she rang a IIURC dinner bell in •n attempt lo summon aid. J. L. Wi-lRlit, the convicted 8m MURDER to Page I , Leroy Jones, 5. whose parents, Hen- rv and Alice Jones, are farm workers The uncle, George Jones. 39, was .eriously burned when he tried to ;ave the children from the fire. The parents with their other three children were picking cotton near Luxora when the fire occurred. No one - is certain how the fire started, hut it is thought a faulty flue let sparks from the wood heater get into the attic. Seeing the fire in the roof of the house from across a cotton field, the uncle and a friend. Nathaniel Jones, ran to the house to try and help the children. As they approached Leroy was on the front porch and ran back into the house, apparently in an attempt to help .save his little brother. The suction caused by the fire slammed the front door shut as the men got to the front porch. Throwing his .weight against it, George crashed open the door and fell into the burning building as a sheet of flame engulfed his body. Nathaniel Jones called to him that' Five Rescued From B29 Crash Blodgeitio Head Plumbing Firm Here after Jan. 1 Mayor Releases Review of Activities During His Tenure Retiring Mayor Dan Blodgelt said today that he will assume active managership of Arkansas Plumbing and Supply Co., after the first of the year when he leaves the city's highest office. Mayor Blodgetl is one of the original incorporators of the company. In preparing to clear his office for Mayor-Elect E. R. Jackson, Mayor Blodgett released the following summary of activities of his two years in office: Paid indebtedness of $14.0uO on H^j Little Park and $32,000 to the coun- Co-Pilot Killed, Two Crewmen ' Critically Hurt OGDEN, Utah l.-Pi—Five of seven persons rescued yesterday from the fiery wreckage of an Air Force B29 may be released from Hill, . , . Air Force Base hospital today. ty whlcn was b °'™wed to complete The big plane crashe.1 at Ogden P re y»™s,3treel T wldemng programs. ... ° i w ^rfced i Ike, GOP Leaders Hold Final Legislative Program Talks 'More Effective' Way of Curbing Crime Sought By JACK BEIX WASHINGTON (A P) — President Eisenhower swung into the final day of conferences on his 1954 legislative program today with a discussion of "more effective" ways of dealing with both subversives and big-time criminals. The President, outlining the agenda for the third day of the closed meetings with Republican leaders and others, called on Atty. Gen. Brownell to discuss "several proposals designed to provide more effective investigation and prosecution not only of subversive elements in our society but also of criminals who presently take advantage of certain loopholes in the law." Among those taking part in the discussions were Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis), chairman of the Senate Government Operations Committee and investigating subcommittee: Rep. Velde (R-I11), chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Sen. Wiley (K-Wis), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Chauncey W. Reed (R-I11), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Discussions Extended It was learned that the talks went'beyond the two proposals recently advanced by Brownell to (A) grant immunity from prosecu- Jon to selected persons testifying before congressional committees and (B) legalize the, use in court The field was reported to have of ways to deal more effectively COMPLETE WORK FOR YULE PARTY — and repairing stuffed toys for the annual Kiwanls- Virginia Darby. Delia Mae Vernon and Shirley Jaycee Christmas party for the needy. Future. Trimm (left to right) Blytheville Future Home- Farmers of America members renovated woodeu makers of America members, were among FHA and metallic toys. (Courier News Photo) girls who worked on making dresses for old dolls Officer Dolan Indicted Greenlease Probe KANSAS CITY (AP) — One of the officers who arrested kidnaper Carl Austin Hall has been indicted on a charge of perjury by a federal grand jury probing the missing "reenlease ransom money. The indictment was returned ate yesterday against Elmer Dol- 111, 25. shortly after he had appeared before the grand jury. Dolnn and Lt. Louis Shoulders The 'field was reported to have Hill Field officials said the plane Eighth, Ruddle Road, Clear Lake ping in espionage investigations. arrested Hall in St. Louis Oct. 6. Dolan was suspended by the St. Louis police board Dec. 10 pending distress or there was a window close by and to ! whether the pilot may have mistaken the smaller Ogden Field for Hill. Classified Work The craft was attached to (he ing. Nathaniel grabbed him and rol- ™V hRaclar ^ n( , [ ° l \ Squadron led him in icy water at the side of whlch m °™d to Utah recently try and get to it. George threw himself through the window and fell into the yard amid broken glass with his clothes burn- Lhe road from the Sioux City, Io\va, air base. .Nathaniel said he could see the The Air Porce snid Mtm ' e of the roof falling in as the uncle entered the house, but heavy billows of smoke blocked the rest of his view. There was no sound from the children and they apparently were overcome by smoke. George was taken to Blytheville Hospital and was reported in serious condition from burns on his face and body. Graveside services for the two boys were conducted at 3:30 p. m. today at Holly Grove Cemetary with squadron's work was classified. Passersby rescued the seven from the plane and one, a nurse, administered first aid before ambulances arrived. The air force identified the dead c-opilot as Capt. B. D. Wilson, 31, of Hill AFB and Chester. Pa., a son of Benjamin F. Wilson, Tel- ham, Te*nn. Listed in critical condition was Capt. W. B. Spicer, 34, navigator, )f Norwich, Conn. The plane's pilot ind squadron commander, Maj. J. German Funeral Home in charge, j A. Gcrwick, 36, of Orlando. Fla., In addition to the parents, survi- I was listed in a "semi-critical" con- vors include a brother, Henry, and dition. two sisters, Dorothy Mae and Fran- and Delmar, also with property owners' aid. Participated in new additions by doing rough grading. Assisted formation of Sewer District Four and assumed maintenance of district. Requested trom Arkansas-Missouri Power Co. (which later installed them) street lights in north end of town, David. Acres and Robinson, Pride and Allison additions Assisted Fair Board in cleaning protection of the Fifth Amendment gainst seli-incrimination before the Senate crim investigating committee once headed by Sen. Kefauver (R-Tenn). Government attorneys have been studying ways to deal a blow at Communists in labor unions and to make it easier to revoke the citizenship of criminal Clements who came here from other lands. The three-day sessions already have brought from Eisenhower assurance that the policy makers! consider the way clear for the tax Kidnap-Killers neo MARYVILLE. Mo. Wi—Carl Austin Hnll and Mrs., Bonnie Brov/n Heady, who died together for the Iddnap-slaying of Bobby Greenlease, will be buried 175 miles a hearing on charges growing out of the handling of the surest. Shoulders resigned from the police force in October, charging the investigation ' into the arrest was "assassinating and destroying" his character. Hall and Mrs. Bonnie Brown Heady were executed yesterday for the kidnaping and slaying of 6- ycar-olri Bobby Greenlease, the .son of a wealthy Kansas City automobile dealer. Hall contended lo the end that two suitcases contnining $600,000 ransom money were not taken to n police station with him after his arrest. Later $303,720 of the ransom money.was missing. No Suitcases Dolan said both suitcases were taken to the station with Hall. Several persons who were in the station when Hall WHS taken in tes- and maintaining Walker Park cuts set for Jan. 1 to go through where, with cooperation of Fair "" llm " Board, first Negro sector of park was set up. Joined with American Legion in sponsoring 01 annual Fishing Ku- 'ieo. With cooperation of Junior Cham her of Commerce, set up school .safety patrol. on time. Atty . Gen. Brownell was understood to have his arguments mar- shalled for the conference, seeking support of legislative changes to: 1. Permit court use of evidence obtained by wire tapping in espionage cases. 2. Make it possible to extend to •aid 3,700 feet of eight-inch sewer w jtnesses immunity from prosecu- ,)ipe to facilitate opening of county I tlon based on testimony they give hospital. before such congressional groups ces Mac. Needy Children To Benefit from Free Shows Here Blytheville youngsters today began making plans to attend two picture shows next week which are being staged so that less fortunate children may have a bigger, better Christmas. Monday at 10 o'clock the children will see Audie Murphy in "Cimmaron Kid" at the Mox, Tuesday at 9:30, the Ritz Theater will throw open its doors for the children. At each, only admission charged will be canned goods, fruit or toys. Members of Kiwanis and Junior Chamber of Commerce will take charge of these "gate receipts" and will distribute them at their annual Christmas party for needy children. Communists Offer Farmers Bonus HONG KONG (fP)— Faced with a food shortage, which has been reported mounting the past month in Communist China, Red authorities in Canton have offered whopping special bonuses to farmers. At the same time, the South China Communists reportedly have resorted to violent means to make the farmers, who fear a winter famine, give up hoarded stocks. Reduced city taxes. | as the Semlte permanent investisa- Renovated police headquarters. ! tions subcommittee of which Mc- Jnstalled new heating plant and iCarlny (s <;„„(,.„,„„_„ proposal See IKE on PCKC 8 painted City Hall interior. Replaced six sanitary trucks, three police cars and street sweeper. Put new gravel on 86 blocks of streets and high school parking lot. Cooperated with Sudbury PTA in erecting fence at school. Four Penalized In Traffic Cases Municipal Ciurt collected a total — of S179 this morning from four bond Tlw'toranndciMncient Chinese" press' j forfeitures and fines on charges of in Hong Kong has reported many killings of and by Red cadre teams sent into the countryside to seek move rice. The bonus is handled through the Two-Headed Boy Holds His Own INDIANAPOLIS fVP) —The condition of the week-old two-headod boy continued the same, "satisfactory," today at Riley Hospital. The baby remained under observation and Dr. John D- Van Nuys, dean at Indiana University Medical Center, said the boy would remain at the hospital until he no longer requires medical rare, speeding and one charge of driving j An announcement that the boy while intoxicated. Forfeiting bonds of $19.75 on charges, of speeding were Ralph Rushing, J. P. simpkins, Clotes People's Bank. Farmers who sell Lovelace, and Jeff Rauls. l was ready to be taken to his par' ents 1 home in Washington, Ind., was a misunderstanding, Dr. Van Nuys said, their rice to the government can B. Lansrialc was fined $100 today,, despile the wpmnn'F, \( [iicd Lhey saw no suitcases. Shoulders at one time said he and Dofan had taken the suitcases to the .station at the time Hall was booked. Later he said he "slipped" the .suitcases into the station 10 minutes after Hall was taken in death row wish that they be laid to rest side-by-side. Hall's body was to be taken to Pleasonton, Kan., for buria! at, 10 a.m. from the Jefferson City, Mo., funeral home where it has been since the pair was executed early yesterday. The body of Mrs. Heady was brought hero yesterday. The exact time for her funeral had not been announced. She will be buried in the Clearmont. Mo. cemetery here. Both will be buried next to their parents. Request Denied The 4!-yoar-old woman had asked that Hall, her 34-year-old lover, be buried beside her. But the request, was denied. "lie has no rif4bt here," said Nodaway County Prosecutor Gene Thompson. "There was no attempt to prevent her being buried with her parents," Thompson said. "That's where she belongs. It is right that Carl Hall will not be buried here." Funeral arrangements for Hall were being made by an olti family friend. Alty. Marshall Hoag of Pleasonton. Hoau, who was n wiv ness to the execution, said Hall asked him to make the arrangements shortly before he entered the gas chamber. Mrs. Nell Baker of Chicago, Mrs. Heady's aunt, is expected to be the only relative present for Mrs. Heady's funeral. Rescue Teams Seek Survivors Crashed Navy Bomber Reported Seen in Iceland REYKJAVIK, Iceland W— American anci Icelandic rescue teams pushed up mile-high Myrdalsjokull Glacier today, racing toward the wreck of a u. S. Navy bomber and its reported survivors. The smashed plane, a two-en- gined Lockheed Neptune which disappeared Thursday on a patrol flight, from Keflavik airport, near Reykjavik, was sighted yesterday by a U.S. Air Force rescue plane. At least three of its nine-man crew were said to be alive. American planes quickly dropped survival equipment to the downed fliers and the U.S. 53rd Air Rescue Squadron flew a ground rescue pnrty, including Icelandic ski experts, to .a small airfield at the foot of the glacier. There was no indication how In the indictment, the grand jury charged: "The testimony of Elmer Dolan. as he then and there •—-' knew and believed, was untrue and false in that Lhe suitcases mentioned . . , containing the ransom money were j W Planes and ships, not taken into the police station Strong freezing winds still swept at the time or in the manner al- th * frozen wastes last night but legcd long it might take the party to push its way up the sprawling mass of ice. The glacier, centered near the south coast about 110 miles southeast of Reyfcjvaik, is 30 miles long and from 10 to 20 miles wide. It rises as high is 6,466 feet above sea level. Strong: Winds The plane described as "badly iroken up", was spotted at about ,he 4.000-foot mar after a 24-hour search through howling blizzards in the testimony. Following arraignment, Dolan was Jailed in default of 535,000 bond. At his home in St. Louis last, ni"nt Shoulders staled he has " ' weather there were signs the mlcht be improving. There was no indication yet as to the cause of the crash. The bomber had taken off from Kef- .avik airfield at 10 a.m. for a flight "nolhW at all'to'say" about the <" apponximately "ye hours. Its ind rtmeni of Dolan lasl message received at 2:11 p.m. indictment, o. um<m, „,„...* i™ ~,ii~,. -~,,fv,_ Inside Today's Courier News . . . Chicks Recover to Get Sixth Victory Over VVhitchavcn . . . Sports . . . page 5 ... . . . Whilten: Ycar-Roiind Yule Spirit . . . Courier News Feature . , . . . page 3 ... . . . We Three Show Unity Despite Small Variations in Opinion . . . said it, was about 100 miles south- See CRASH on Page 8 Editorials . . page 4 . Population of Tokyo Rises to 7,469,538 TOKYO I/PI— The population of Tokyo climbed to 7,469,538 persons as of Nov. 1, Kyodo News Service said today. This is an increase of 352.982 over the corresponding period last year. Tokyo still is the world's third largest city, behind Londin with a population of 8.346,137 and New York with 7,891,957. deposit the proceeds in the bank ! nnrt COMs an <J was sentenced to 24 at a special monthly interest of 15 [ h ° u "> m .I al1 °" « charge of drivinr per cent for three months and 20 wnllc '"toxicated. per cent if the deposit is left for It Was Bound to Happen-Mary Christmas of Santa Claus, Ind. Lawrenceville, 111., Wi — Mary Christmas, a Lawrenceville school teacher who was born near Santa Clans, Ind., is having her usual happy time around the holidays. But as always during the Christmas period, Mary says she Is a little "mixed up". "I get mixed up around the holidays," Mary Christmas said, "because I never know if people are calling me or Just giving holiday greetings." Miss Christmas, 34, said that when she's Introduced to people "They alwr.ys answer, 'Yeah, and cnll me happy New Year or Fourth of July.' "I've heard those Jokes over and over, but if they stopped I'd almost be disappointed." Miss Christmas, in years past, sent holiday greetings cards which read: "Merry Christmas from Mary Christmas," or Happy New Year Mary Christmas." Miss Christmas, who was born on a farm near Poseyville, Ind. about 50 miles from Santa Claus insists her .parents "didn't realize what they had done "when they named their only daughter Mary. "They took my first and middle names from my grandparent.*; who were named Grace and Mary," she explains, adding: "Mary Just happened to come out first." Weather ARKANSAS — Increasing cloudiness with rising temperatures this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Occasional light vain tonight and Sunday. Highest temperature this afternoon near SO; low tonight 36-38. MISSOURI — Fair north and partly cloudy south this afternoon and tonight, becoming generally fair over the state Sunday except In the south. Mnxlmiim yc-.sterrlny—.18. Minimum yt-sterday—2. 1 ). Snnrlf>R tomorrow—7:02. Sunset today—4 -.52. Precipitation last 24 hours to 7:00 a. m. today—nonfi. Mc-tin tpmprrfUurfi (midway between riltih find low)—.11.5. Precipitation Jan. l to date~30.l< ThU Date l,.isl Year Mftvlninm yor.trrrlrw -fit), Minimum yrMrrtlay—47. Precipitation January 1 to date— 42.19. American POWs Plan Festive Christmas By STAN CARTER P A N M U N ,1 0 M (AP) — Twenty-two American war prisoners planned a festive Christmas behind harhecl wire today as the U. N. Command made a last minute appeal that they weigh carefully their decision to stay with the Reds. A 12-page letter addressed to each prisoner urged them to be certain their refusal to return home was not an "Irrevocable" mistake. Copies of the letter were sent to U. Gen. K. S. Thlmayya. Indian chairman of the Neutrnl Nations Repatriation Commission with n note asking they be delivered to the 22 Americans In neutral custody. A spokesman (or Triimayya Indicated the "come home" Idler would have to be approved h;: ihc five-nation NNRC Monday, 90-day period for trying to woo home unrepatriated War prisoners. Ij'ttle Chance of Interview There appeared to be little chance that facc-to-face interviews with the balky Americans would be arranged before the deadline. The letter actually is a statement Allied explainers planned to use during interviews with the prisoners. The U.N. Command also was reported planning loudspeaker broadcasts to the prisoners before the Wednesday deadline. Both pro-Communist and anti- Communist prisoners in neutral custody made preparations for celebrating Christmas In their barbed wire compounds. The Indian Command snid It had received from the Communists and delivered a truckload of athletic equipment lo the pro-Communist north camp, along with decorations and colored tissue paper. Holiday two rttyi before expiration ol the I tood also has been supplied lor the Americans, one Briton and South Koreans in the camp. 22,000 Get Gift Some 22,000 Chinese and North Koreans in the anti-Red south camp will get Christmas delicacies from the U.N. Command the Indian Command said, n said It would dis tribvite gifts from outside organizations, including several planeloads of food from Formosa. After Wednesday prisoners who have not come home will be listed as absent without leave. A month later they automatically will be classed as deserters. "Now Is the time to seriously consider that there is nothing more humiliating than to -liscover that one has been a fool, used for someone's questionable purposes and then later tossed aside like on old shoe," the letter declares. "Be certain In your mind that you arc not just grist for the propaganda mill." ... A reasonable rirclslon requires a thoughtful evaluation of 327 family ties. If. these mean anything at all, it should be remembered that these, like cake, cannot be had and eaten too. You cannot forsake family ties and have them too." Statement of Principle The U.N. Command called the letter a "statement of principle" listing seven suggestions to the American captives. The seven suggestions, briefly: 1. A free choice must be between "alternatives." 2. A free choice reoulres correct information. 3. Remember your families. 4. Make sure your decision la free of "coercion and duress." 5. Be wary of "promises of future rewards . . ." 6. You can serve mankind best among your own people. 7. You must be fully aware of the technique's of education, persuasion and Indoctrination which may have been employed In brlng- ng you to your decision.

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