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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAMR Ot NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI TOL. XLIX—NO. 231 •lythnttl* Courier BlytluvlUc Dill? Htm V»Uey Blytherilte Herald ' BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 1953 TWENTY PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS $2 50,000 Fire Guts Building in Osceola Stores, Apartment, OSCEOLA BUILDING GUTTED — Fireman battled throughout the night last night to prevent a fire, which gutted a building in the business district, from spreading over the entire block. The building, owned by S. L. Gladish and Fred Taylor, housed the City Market, Florman's Dry Goods Store, and apartment and law offices occupied by Ralph Wilson and Mr. Taylor. (Courier News Thotn) On GOP Program: Convince Us, Ike Foes Say WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Democratic senators said today that what President Eisenhower calls his sound, progressive program will have to convince Democrats in Congress of its merits if it is to gel their support. While the Demcratio comment . taxes and still balance the budget jcurity while freezing the pay- nor injuries. opposed on party lines, there'were complaints about the exclusively See DEMO SENATORS on Pajre b Republican invitation list to last week's White House conferences on the legislative program. Some Democrats criticized what they said was secrecy maintained about the ofltcome of 'the conferences. The President announced the scope of the discussions, but apparently is reserving most details for his nationwide broadcast Jan. 4 and State of the Union message to Congress Jan. 1. He has said he plans to wort on those late this week. Some of his advisers have suggested a stripped-down program, limited to a few vital issues. Whether or not this course is followed. Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) predicted Eisenhower may encounter more trouble within his own party than from Democrats on some proposals. S« GOP Split Humphrey said in an interview he thought there would be more division among Republicans than among Democrats on foreign policy, state-federal relationships and foreign trade. Some Democrats, he said, felt that Atty. Gen. Brownell "went beyond fair play" in the controversy over Harry Dekter White. Brownell said former President Truman promoted White despite FBI reports of evidence Unking White to Soviet espionage. Truman said an appointment of White was allowed to stand to avoid revealing FBI investigations. But Humphrey added he doubts the Democratic feeling on this Issue will affect his party's attitude on legislation. Sen. Gore (D-Tenn) agreed, in a separate interview, hut said of the Eisenhower legislative program as It has been outlined so far: "It doesn't seem to have a very large dynamo and it doesn't look like it is going to progress very far." Sen. Monroney (D-Oklal said in , an interview, "It will be a good \ trick if the Republicans can cut defense expenditures and have stronger defense, if they can cut Military Cotton Reserve Asked WASHINGTON (AP) — A military reserve of five million bales of cotton is proposed by Rep. Brooks (D-La) as a means of cutting down the present cotton surplus. Because of the surplus cotton, production controls are to be enforced next year. Brooks told a reporter he plans to introduce a bill next month to set aside five million bales of cotton now owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation as a military reserve. "I see no reason we should not have a stockpile of cotton as well as of copper, zinc and other strategic materials," he said. "When the last war started there was a great fear that we lacked sufficient cotton for our needs. We should not be caught short again." Five million bales of cotton, he said, is about 40 per cent of a normal year's cotton consumption in the United Slates. Removal ot this amount from trade channels, he said, would ease the problem of cutting down production next year. Law Offices Razed OSCEOLA — A quarter of a million dollar fire swpet through a building in the business district here last night, destroying two stores, two law offices and an apartment. Firemen were still pouring water on the smouldering ruins at noon today after fighting the roaring flames throughout the night. Destroyed in the blaze were Plor- . partially covered by insurance, he man's Dry Goods Store, City Mark- I said. Mr. Taylor estimated the value et, law offices occupied by Fred! of the building alone at 580,000. Taylor and Ralph Wilson, and an 1 "• ""'-- ' 1 -- - cr: " - Trie 0[a?,e ongvnaiea in me rr ^^\ \/ *// / f" I I * \ i / / it '^ e £ rocei 'y slorc - an d botri Ch One Killed, 5 Hurt in Wrecks Here ££££ S= i: One man was killed and four persons were hospitalised "as a result o£ two separate traffic accidents on Highways 18 and 61 near, here Saturday. A fifth person received mi- nnr iniiiri*>c .* • ~ ^" *"*£<: negio r£aM wat KWfl nnd.£i—A_ ihiee otheis hospitalized as a re- .i Trieste Border Troops Leave Yugoslav, Italian Soldiers Withdrawn After Agreement BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (/P) — Yugoslav and Italian troops facing each other at the frontiers since the October flareup of the Trieste dispute have been withdrawn, it was announced here today. Only normal border patrols remain. The withdrawal was in accordance with an agreement between the two countries, reached in an ..- ~.effort to ease the bitter feuding! Kennedy Veterans Hospital thiee otheis hospitalized as a result of an automobile wreck which occured on Highway 18 just inside the city limits Saturday night. Mrs. W. I. Denton of BlytheviHe Is being treated in the Blytheville Hospital for injuries received in an automobile accident early Saturday morning when the car in which she was riding side-swiped a bridge railing on Highway 61 about six mile soulh of here and went into a ditch. Haywood Wilkins of Dell died in the wreck and has body was taken to the Caston Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete this morning. i*liA 'f»i "''• i 510 Christmas fis Seen Safety Council Makes Prediction For Long Weekend CHICAGO tfp) — The Christmas holiday week end traffic this year may kill 510 Americans. , The figure was estimated by the Those injured in the wreck were [ National Safety Council today- The Haywood Wilkins, Walter Frank I estimate covers the period from Johnson and George Bradley, all j 6 p. m. local time Thursday to of Dell, They were taken to the j midnight Sunday BlytheviHe Hospital for treatment Mr. Wilson, whose law office wu_ at the rear of the building, was able to save a lew documents but most of his papers, library and furnishings were destroyed.. Sam Plornian, owner of Florman's Dry Goods Store, estimated, his loss at approximately 530,000. The store had just received shipments of its spring; merchandise which \vas all destroyedd, Mr- Florman said. Damage By Smoke Adjacent buildings, while not damaged by fire, had .some smoke and water damage. The building is bounded on the north by FiUpatrick Jewelers and on the south by Foster Barber Shop and Laptdes Stove. . More than 30 firemen from Osceola and Blytheville with three pump- er trucks fought the blaze lor more than four hours before the threat to other buildings in the block was Chief Fletcher .said the fire was brought under control by about 2 a. m. It was the second major fire in Osceola in less than a year. Last January, an early morning fire razed the Mississippi Valley *...».- ».»..» u..,,.»...n,i ...- . — i Canning, Company plant and wrirc- of the grocery store, and both Chief! hoi ISP with an estimated loss of "'-'-'--- -- J "•- n .-.-.:, vc , d | 5325,000. the' ised at ths back of the building. Mr. Dunn said he had been in the building at about 8:30 p.m., only before the flre must have and that he had noticed .ilng to be concerned^ a. bo lit. . /n"i sure I would have studied smoke if it had been burning then," Mr. Dunn said. Chief Fletcher said the flre department received the alarm about 9:45 p.m. "It must have been going for about, 45 rninutes when we got the call," the enter said. "It was a delayed alarm." he added. Chief Fletcher .said the blnjif, starting in the rear of the market, scaled the back wall through a .storage room, hit the tar roof jind spread rapidly over the entire top of the building, burning downward. apartment occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Jim Piilman, who discovered the fire. No one was injured in the blaze which apparently started in the rear of City Market, owned by Emintt Dunn and Clyde Buchanan. The building was owned by S. L. Gladish and Fred Taylor. The blaze apparently started about 9 p. m., Fire Chief J. D. Fletcher said, and had made considerable headway before being discovered. Firemen fought the fire for more than four hours before checking its advance. . Total estimates of the loss, which was only partially covered by insurance, indicated that damages from fire, water and smoke would be in the neighborhood of $200.000 to $2riO,003, though figures arrived at through approximations of individual losses was somewhat less. The blaze was reported to the fire department at 9:45 p. m. by the Pi I Lilian's who reportedly smelled smoke just before retiring. Began in Grocer/ The bla?,e originated in (he r^ar FIKEMEN BATTLE FRAMES — Osceola and Blytheville firemen poured tons of water on the flames for more than four hours before bringing the blaze under control. (Courier New sFhoto) ussia Okays Secret on Atom Laniel 39 Votes Short In Ninth French Ballot over possession of the Trieste Free Territory lying between them. A British-American announcement Oct. 8 said that the Trieste zone under Allied control, including the prized port city, would be handed over to Italian administration. Yugoslavia's President Tito reacted bitterly and threatened to narch into Trieste if the Italians did. The Allied decision still has not been carried out and efforts are beins macie to mediate the dispute rough tegotiations backed by the Big Three. Weather ARKANSAS: ~ Mostly cloudy, warmer in the east and south portions this afternoon. Colder tonight and Tuesday with scattered showers tonight, changing to snow flurries in the northwest late tonight. Lowest tonight 25-35 northwest;32-42 elsewhere. MISSOURI—Cold wave .entering northwest this afternoon and over spreading the entire state tonight and Tuesday with temperatures fal- ; ling to 25-30 southeast by Tuesday - ; morning and to 10-15 by Wednesday morning; occasional light snow and strong northerly winds will attend the cold wave tonight and Tuesday followed by gradual clearing Tuesday night. Maximum yesfeirday—59 , Minimum 7«j^tay—41. Maxlmumv-»ttijfdfty—50. Minimum fliitu.ro*y—30. - Sunrlae tomorrow—7 ;03, •uniet today—4 ;53. Precipitation last 48 hours to 7'00 t. m. today—trace. Mean temperature (midway between high and low.—-If) 5 Precipitation .Jan. 1 to rtalo-3014 This Date Last, Year Maximum yesterday—4,1. Minimum yrstfirday"—3fl. Precipitation January i to date- 75,750,632 Bales Ginned By Dec. 73 'WASHINGTON CAP) — The Census Bureau reported today that 15,150,632 running bales of cotton from the 1053 crop had been ginned prior to Dec. 13. This number compared with 14,045,857 ginned to the same date last year and 13,532,012 two years ago. Included in the ginnings were 46,974 bales of American-Egyptian type cotton compared with 62,363 last year and 31,742 two years ago. Ginnings by state this year and last, respectively, included: Arkansas 1,464.006 and 1,283,673: Louisiana 774,915 and 731,001; Mississippi 2,068,896 and 1,838,728' Missouri 439,678 and 375,133; Oklahoma 407,239 and 255,957; Tennessee 670,701 and 611,464' Texas 3,837,075 and 3,569,992. and Johnson was transferred Memphis where hospital authorities report his condition slightly improved. He received a broken leg. Wilkins, suffering from head, leg and arm injuries, was reported as Upper Floor Gutted While the upper story of the building was gutted, damage to the lower floor appeared to be caused i - — - -- - --,--- , - - , mostly by smoke and water. The | industrialist and the top contender, jjot 413 votes — 3!) short of But. says Ned H. Dearborn, as' flames were checked before they election. :any as 110 of the potential' vie- j were able lo s wce P through the might be spared to enjoy front - P° r tlon of the ground door. VERSAILLES, France (AP) — The French Parliament failed ;rivin today In elect a President of'Uie Republic, It was (he ninth ballot taken since last Thursday. Premier Joseph Laniel, a wealthy ,. life in the new year if motorists take the spirit of Christmas with them sVhen they drive. "The probable traffic death toll . Much of the roof of the struc- By PRESTON GHOVER VERSAILLES, France (AP) — Rich, conservative Pre- uc of te roof of the struc- '• " ijii "-' j »u_ii_,uu, ^ > un*~v* un / — ILI*,U, \,WIUL.I vanvi^ i ii_- ture was burned so badly that it;mier Joseph Laniel went into the ninth round of France's crashed down to the floor of the! presidential voting today 22 votes short of victory. second ana arm injuries, was reported as „ , ,--_-.-—- „. —„, ^, lll . „„,, still in critical condition, and Brad- Ca " bfi ™ L to 40f) or lcss if cver H second story. Numerous partitions I and closed rooms in the center of ! On ' ne eighth ballot last night Laniel drew 430 votes from the ' .jim in vjitit.ai \.uuuti>Luii t iiuu omu- n ... me ley, who received a broken lep. is \""f. ""' S!ly M "^ Christmas' Re reported In he imnrnunri thi. * ltn hls driving. "Dearborn said. ! with Ills driving He susrgcslpcl four precautions: 1. Don't drive if the weather is [bad. rooms n e cener o the building hampered efforts of the here in the Peoples' Assembly Hall • •' - "" ~'-' ~' ----- ' ™ ----- •- '•'— . reported to be improved this morning. The car, a 1948 Ford, was traveling south on Twenty-First Street i „ _ and failed to make the curve ac- 2p S ' art carlv - Take il e *sy and cordine to Deputy Sheriff Holland " llow extra time •'• Always give the other fellow ?men to quench the names. Mr. Dunn estimated the loss io City Market, provided it was the total loss as he believed it would bo, at approximately S2o,000 in stocks and fixtures. It was partially covered by insurance. 5f the old palace of French kings, Aiken. Swerving as it went into the curve, the car skidded ir.to a ware-, - --- -, .. ..._ „ ., house as it overturned. It has r.ot! , cn nul for others who may not the upstairs apartment, said this been determined who was driving 11 '" the car. Deputies Aikcn and Herman Oden investigated the acci- j be as wipe. Late Bulletin— dent. She received a fractured shoulder, elbow, knee cap and broken ribs along with head lacerations. Further examination is being made today to determine the extent of her injuries, according to her daughter, Mrs. A. B. Fail-field. „ i ong , i- Her grandson, Albert Fairfield, a dress named to state's All-Sniilh- , , student at Southern Methodist Unl- vcrsity, was driving the car but re- See WRECKS on Page 5 Former county judge S. L. Gladish, owner of the part of the build- I Don't drink if you drive, and I ing which housed the grocery and! ' 'he upstairs apartment, said this morning he could give no estimate of his property damage, though he understood it was a total loss. Had Just Rcmoclled Mr. Taylor who had J'j.vt completed remodeling his law office over Florman's store, installing new- furniture, a new heating unit and air conditioning system, said this morning that he had a lota! loss, including many important papers and an extensive law library. He estimated his damages including the half of the building which he owned, at nearly $75,000,, much of Inside Today's Courier News ... Police neparlment here should he emancipated . . . editorials . . . Page 8 ... • . . Cage giants and small start tn meet tonight . . . Chil- em squad . 14 and 15. . sporls Pages , ,,, )t irreplacable. The loss was only Noble Now By Owner National Assembly deputies and senators. A total of 452, a majority of the ballots cast, is needed to elect. Socialist Marcel-Edmond Nae- Blythcville's Hotel Noble is now under management of its owner, Mrs. Crnv.-favd Noble, who took over from A. F, Landstreet this morning. Mr. Landstreel's organization had run the hotel under lease for the past several years. Mrs. Noble said she had no statement to make regarding rumors of the hotel's impending sale or re-lease. "I am still owner of the hotel," she said, "and it will operate under my management," 5 Michigan Escapees Hole Up in Detroit gclen, also backed by the Communists, still was Laniel's closest competitor with 381 votes on the eighth ballot. The other 92 were scattered among various candidates. The legislators planned a ninth tally, a four-hour process, today. Lp.mel's supporters predicted, but ivith too much confidence, that their man Would win in the ninth j "' und ' if TU 11 Adding to the confusion was the j ^01F I IHClT announcement this morning from —• »Pierre Montel, a 57-year-old mem- | WO"Y6QT her of Laniel's Independent party from Lyon, that he had entered CARUTHERSVILLE. —Circuit the presidential race. Montel soldj Court was acl j 0ui . ned Saturday aft- he ihougnj. he could get the large cr Dona | d Ray Bradshaw of Ca- ree To Negotiate On Control WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced today that Soviet Russia has agreed to join the United States in secret negotiations on President Eisenhower's proposal for an international atomic pool. Murray Snyder, assistant presidential press secretary, told newsmen the Russian government also has asked the U. S. for additional information on Eisenhower's Dec. 8 plan. Snyder declined to provide more information on which Moscow been handed to American Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen in Moscow today. In outling his plan to the United Nations General Assembly, Eisenhower ' proposed that Russia join with the United States and other nations possessing atomic materials in creating an international atomic energy agency for peaceiul development. the Soviet note. radio said had DETROIT UV-The last five of 13 southern Michigan prison fugitives —two murderers, a kidnaper, a robber and a burglar—were believed holed up somewhere in sprawling Detroit today, waiting for an Intensive manhunt to slacken. The other eight who burrowed out of the world's largest walled prison with them Saturday night were back behind bars. Seven were captured within hours after the s P ccln «ilnr break from the wtcmvrTnv no t u , e s P ccn «inr break from the WASHINGTON (/P,_ John I, penitentiary at Jackson. Another, Lewis reportedly promised tull support today to the International Longshoremen'* Association In what may be a developing bid to heroine labor leader of (he New York wali'rfroiil. (See early story on i>'igc 10). cold and hungry, gave up there last night. Jackson Is 80 miles west of Detroit. A complete lack of leads for some 2-1 hours after they last were seen in Detroit's northwest section convinced police that the remain- five were lying low for the time being. The latest fugitive returned to safekeeping was Harold Rosa, 25, to rout them, several servilng 4 to 15 years from Sagi- v, ,4 ,v •' st!ite pollcc i naw for breaking and entering. He !?,?„„„ ™ Sl D ^' oit "widen- was found hiding in the outside basement stairway of a downtown store In Jackson last night. "Come and get me," he told Patrolman Llndcll Miller of the Jackson city police. "I'm hungry and cold and sick of It all." The 13 escaped by cutting through three steel grates of an underground sewer with an acetylene torch. Where they got the torch and the oxygen lo operate it was the subject of nn Immediate Investigation by Warden William H. .Bannan, Deputy Warden Charles Chain said he believed the torch was obtained from one of the prison in- area where the fugitives ditched their stolen Cadillac and released unharmed two women hostages taken along on a wild all- night ride. Among the five ar,e Edward J. Emrick, 43, and Roman Usiondck, 37, both convicted Detroit murderers; David B. Bousha, 28, doing 5 lo 10 years for kidnaping in Crawford County and 3 to'« years for a previous escape: Virgil Lane, 27, serving 10 to 20 years lor armed robbery in Detroit: and Robert Dowling, .13, serving 1 to 15 years for breaking and entering In Detroit. dustries. The oxygen, he said, could have come from a construction company's supply stored inside the prison walls. Emerging from the filthy drain tunnel, the 13 were 250 feet outside the prison walls. Their first move was to converge on thfc home of Glenn Mllllman, 28-year-old auto salesman and former prison guard. Threatening Mllligan and his wife with knives and clubs, they ransacked the house, stole clolhlnct, money and a gun and fled in Mllliman's car. A short lime Inter they split up. Six stayed In (he Mlllimnn car, only to crash in it while attempting to run a slnte police blockade near Napoleon, 12 miles southeast of the Sec PRISON on Page 5 majority he said was needed for the President "to fill his high mission of arbitrator and conciliator." No other French presidential election had ever required more than two ballots. The protracted voting this time resulted from a sharp split, nearly down the po- ilitical middle, in the Parliament. The split promised endless future troubles in the National Assembly at a time of crisis on crisis. Parliamentary leaders grew increasingly shocked at the bitter Sec ELECTION on Page 5 Jackson Sells Scrap Metal Company Interest Mayor-Elect E. R, Jackson ruthersville pled guilty to a charge of grand larceny in connection with the .stealing of an automobile on Dec. 4. He was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. The car was stolen here and Bradshaw was arrested by Arkansas police afier he wrecked the car at Forrest City, Ark. The new term of court will begin January 5. Brown Grocery Is Burglarized vealed today that he has sold his j sheriff's office. CARUTHERSVILLE. — A safe containing approximately $500 In cash was taken from the Harry Brown Grocery near Holland Saturday night and discarded In a field after It was chopped open and the ir "; money removed, according to the interest in Blytheville Iron and Metal Co., to Sam Lowers. Mr. Letters formerly made his homo in Dlythcvlllc from HMIi to IDfll when he was connected with Mid-South Distributing Co. The store was entered through fhe back door and the only other; thing In ken was n new 25 caMbcr ;'•:'. Colt automatic, officers said. ' County officers nro investigating the burglary.