The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1953 · Page 1
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Tuesday, December 22, 1953
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSO URI VOL. XLIX—NO. 232 Blythfivllle Dally News Mississippi Valley U« Blythevllle Herald Allies Plan Broadcasts To ROWS Hope Dwindles For Interviews With Prisoners By GEORGE McARTHUR PANMUNJOM (AP) — The Allies today scheduled last- minute "come home" broadcasts to the 22 American POWs who embraced communism as hope of face-to-face talks with them was all but abandoned. Midnight Wednesday ends the SO-day period for coaxing home war prisoners who rejected repatriation. The 22 Americans will be listed as absent without leave at that hour. Thirty days later they will be classed as deserters. The Indian chairman of the Korean repatriation commission visited the Americans this afternoon and said they turned down his appeal to attend interview's. The prisoners also objected fo the proposed broadcast, but it will go on as scheduled. The U. N. Command announced It will make three loudspeaker broadcasts to prisoners in the Communist North Camp—one for the Americans, one for the lone ,-.- Briton and a third for 77 Koreans ' who did not face interviewers. Texts Approved At the same time, the Reds went ahead with face-to-face explanations. They won back 23 of 242 Chinese prisoners today. And they asked for 250 more. Chinese tomorrow, the final day. Texts for the Allied broadcasts were approved by the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission and a spokesman said the commission "will make the facilities available." He noted, however, that it is up to the prisoners "to listen or not to .listen." And Lt. Gen. K. S. Thimayya, Indian chairman of the commission, predicted that the prisoners probably will "all join together and go to the other end of the compound." Hope for interviews with the BLYTHEVILLE,. ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS "HERE IS MY TICKET" — Two young Blytheville citizens are shown as they give food gifts for underprivileged children as a ticket to a movie at the Ritz Theatre this morning. They are Patsy Lee Ross (center) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Ross, and Leanne Besharse, daughter oi Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Besharse, all of Blytheville. Receiving the gifts is J, B. Fisher, house manager of the Riiz. The theater gave the show for the purpose of collecting food to be given underprivileged children of Blytheville at the annual Jaycee and Kiwanis Christmas Party at the Jaycee Club Room Thursday. (Courier News rholo) that only one neutral team will be available Observer tomorrow itter Cold, Snow !ast Central State Snow rolilllg!™ 'he ">* ballot and 365 on the ^0^'Those %ea into % v ,Mid-;"" n ' eh ; 5lN ^ ( ^ '"« long sin. KANSAS CITY (AP) — BitUr cold and | down from the Canadian Arctic ushered winter Old Faces Take Lead in France Laniel Loses Ground On Tenth Ballot By IIARVEV HUDSON' PARIS (AP) — Two tired old men who insist they don't want the job led the field of possible compromise candidates for the French presi dency today. Veterans Edouard .ierriol and Vincent Auriol came to the fore as Parliament eaclers sought to break the eft-right deadlock that has resulted in 10 fruitless ballots. Herriot and Auriol appeared the nly likely figures generally con- idered above the party squabbles, luriol. 69. winds up a seven-yeai erm in the job Jan. 17. Speculation that one or the other light be drafted mounted after *indre le Troquer, presiding offi- er of the electoral congress, ailed a meeting of leading politi- os before icmbers of Parliament let today to cast their nth allot. Intervening last night when, on le 10th ballot, no candidate still ould poll a majority. Le Troquer eclared. "Prolongation of the resent situation would endanger he functioning of democratic in- .itutions." In ail previous presidential elec- I ons, no more than two ballots | ave been required. May Withdraw Premier Joseph Laniel, who has j let! the poll throughout most of I the five days of inconclusive vot- | ing, lost ground last night when the small Social and Democratic Resistance party abstained on the 10th ballot to protest continuation, of the stalemate, j The wealthy Premier, backed by | Parliament's conservatives received 332 votes. He had 413 on the ninth ballot earlier in the day. i Because of abstentions, he was 42 1 votes short of a majority o : l each round. Socialist Marcel Naegelen, the other avowed candidate, got 358 on the 10th ballot and 365 on the Cautious Attitude To Soviet Agreement on Talks Dulles Says Statement Is Hopeful Sign QUEEN ENTERTAINS A QUEKX — Queen Salota of the Tonga Islands and the Duke of Edinburgh share a laugh while Queen Elizabeth looks over the scenery during this luncheon feast on the tiny Pacific island. The royal pair, stop- ping over on their way to Australia, sat cross- legged on cushions and ate with their fingers, native style, with their six-foot, three-inch hostess, the commonwealth's only other monarch. (AP H'irephoto via radio from London) Main Street: Den of Lawlessness — Enforcement of- City's Aged Laws Would Create Total. Consternation Missouri and part's of Iowa lor Allied talks. The other teams °'" j> '""»j^"" <mu H""** u j i^wn, will be busy watching Communist Illinois and Wisconsin snarled traffic, harrassed travelers and gave some school children an early start on Christmas vacations. At least two persons were killed in accidents attributed to the weather. The storm hit yesterday on the first day of winter, dropping more than half a foot of snow into Kansas City and up to 17 inches in the Colorado mountains. The mercury dived to 22 below- zero at Fraser. on a Colorado mountain plateau west of the Continental Divide—summer fishing spot for resident Eisenhower. By mid-morning the boundary of the cold zone was given by the weather bureau as along the Continental Divide in the west, through I south Texas and Louisiana and up the Mississippi Valley through southwest Indiana to Detroit. The cold air was centered over the western Dakotas and eastern Montana and the zone was spreading through the eastern Great j Lakes region where the snow was Little ' turning to rain. The weather bu- explanation sessions, Five Sites Needed A U.N. spokesman said it would be impossible to conduct interviews unless five sites were available, but observers pointed out that if the Americans should offer to attend this decision could be modified. Thimayya said one possibility •would be explanations to groups of prisoners—the 22 Americans in one group, the 1 Briton alone and the 77 South Koreans in a third group. Gen. John E. Hull. Allied supreme commander in the Par East, conferred for 2 hours 45 minutes with Thimayya in the neutral zone, Revenue Agents To Give Help on Income Tax Filing Tv/o Fugitives From Prison Break Still at Large DETROIT WIA series of false tips in this nervous city slowed cautious police efforts today to track down the two remaining fugitives from Saturday's 13 - man Southern Michigan prison break. One of the escapees still at large, was Roman Usiondek, convicted i murderer and criminal psycopath, | known to be dangerous. The other. ! Robert Dowling is a convicted burglar. i A phoned, anonymous tip last night that Usiondek was in a dingy southwest section hotel, sent po Communist bloc, Although both candidates remained in the race, Laniel hinted in a statement he would withdraw if a middle-of-the-road leader capable of rallying a strong majority wns selected as a compromise entry. Herriot, a Radical Socialist, announced several weeks ago that 'I am not and never can be a candidate." The 81-year-old statesman is suffering from phlebitis KO severe he walks with difficulty. He has not attended the electoral congress, over which he normally would have presided ns president 'speaker; of the National Assembly. British Give Official Okay To Atom Talk By GEOKGE ANDERSON (Courier News Staff Writer) "Do you operate a "Plying Jennie" for profit? If so you are liable, under Blytheville law, to pay a license tax of S5 a day. This is only one of the many old ordinances, -no longer enforced, whose reason for exist:e passed but legal statutes -, - --.-. books. Many are quite humorous when read in the light of developments since the time of their passage. But some would have n disastrous effect if they were enforced today — as they legally could be in a court "t ] : iw. Such as the ordinance passed in rt)12 which states that it is unlawful for any person or firm "to erect, keep or maintain<any board sign, electric sign, or any sign of any kind or description, over, across or upon any sidewalk." Imagine the look on a Main street merchant's face when he received « court order to remove his sign hanging over the sidewalk! A 1307 LAW would have dealt movie theater owners a great, dcnl of misery had it not later been amended. It provided thai shows of all kinds pay a fee of S2.50 per performance It was Inter altered to permit operators of "electrical ov moving picture shows" to purchase an annual license of $50. And speaking of movies, Blyihcville could become another Boston under a 1018 law which provides for creation of a nine- member Board of Motion Picture Censors to view all motion pictures and "condemn and not per- mn to be shown any picture which, in the opinion of the bonrd. is not chaste, refined or is Ill-Ely to have a demoralizing effect upon thf youth or other inhabitants of Biytheviile." Many of ihe ordinances passed early in this century which have not been repealed were concerned with the primary mode of transportation of the times—the noble horse. If you are .sometimes irritated because crowded trnffic conditions force you to park a block or two from where you wish to go. consider the horse and buggy traveler of 1012, who was prohibited from hitching his horse 011 Main Street between First and Fifth Streets. THERE ARE laws prohibiting "reckless riding or driving" of a horse, and one which provides a $25 line for any person "who shall furiously, or unnecessarily, drive, or ride, or run, any horse, or other animal," at a rate exceeding six miles an hour. Peddlers and ha- -kers are regulated by a licensing system which is based on the manner in w>lch they travel. If on foot, horses or beasts of burden, the ante goes up to So per day, while if .they are big operators and have a cr.rt the fee is $10 a day. Those engaged In the business or avocation of "clairvoyants, fortune - tellers, second - sight seers, etc., for pay or profit," are breaking the law, and If convicted must pay a fine of $10 for each day of such activity. But "itinerant corn doctors, quack doctors, Indian doctors, root doctors, teeth extractors and medicine vendors," ca operate completely within the law for half the price — by merely paying a $5 per day license fee. Youths of today could be con- See ENFORCEMENT on Page 5 Representatives from the Little : turning to rain. The weather b »-i llce " lrough a careful but fruilless i ly welcomed today Russian wi Rock office of the Collector of In-ireou said the cold would reach the [search, j ness to discuss the' Eisenh t.prnal revenue will be in Blyt'aevillc ' Ean Const by tomorrow afternoon ' sti " another tip last night elre- • Mar. 1 I'-.roujh Mar. 15 at the Lynch 'and extend Southward into the : '"''ed. the police network in the B-.iilding to aid people in filling out ' northern part of ihe Florida en- southwest area where yesterday their federal income tax forms. \ in::ula. | lm 'ee of the escapees were trapped Other places to be visited by the 1 A norther blew into the Gulf of'" 1 V"?' 1 fra '"° house and cap - ar-mts and the dates are as today, causing small craft tmecl uuhoul a "Sht. '"""" ' warnings along the coast and lock- I Bul - 'he tip, unlike Ihe earlier iiv_' the" northern half of Texas in | °. ne ,'' J . a Detroit newspaperman temperatures. ot from 50 to 60 miles a ,. accompanied snow flurries in the mounlnin areas of west Texas. Arkansas Vegetable Crop Value Falls $4 Million from 1952 Total 1953 commercial vegetable Joiner, Post Office. Feb. "3; Bas- S'U, Idaho Grocery, F^b. 2-1; j sub-freo;:n Leachville, Nyaal Store. F^b. 25, Ma-ila. Alstons Store, Fob 26; Os- cecxa. Court House, Feb. 23-24: Wilson. Lee Wilson Co., Feb. 23-26 Plane Wreckage Seen GUAM i..?')—The pilot of a plane mis. ing in the Guam area said today he may have spotted wreckage in the crater of an extinct volcano on tiny Agrihan Island. Lt. Cmdr. William D. BaJridge said he thought he saw plane wreckage in the crater, but could not be certain. A land party is due there tomorrow afternoon. Winds 1 tllal ieci to 'he capture of tile trio, hour ' u 'as evidently groundles. • The earlier tip came through j Ray Girardiu. veteran reporter of the Detroit Times, who was ap- Most of Arkansas proached by an unidentified man Due for Snow Today i with the information that the three j escaped convicts were hiding in LITTLE ROCK i/J'i —Snow began j the home of Joseph Rocco, ah ex- falling in northwest Arkansas this } convict. morning, and the u. S. Weather p 0]i ce found Daniel B. Bousha, Bureau Here said most of the state 28, Edward J Emncr 43 and would sec snow sometime today. j Virgil Lan, 27, watching televi- Houever, there's little chance forision in the home. They gave up See WEATHER on fagc 5 Without a fight. Spcllman to Visit Korea TOKYO (fft - Francis Cardinal Spellman arrived in Tokyo today and said he will spend Christinas in Korea because "that's the place to be on Christmas." He will fly to Korea tomorrow in Gen. John E. Hull's private plane for his third straight Christmas with u. S. troops. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Oklahoma Angles Get Rc- vcngr on Big Ten ... Indiana »nd Kentucky Firmly Entrenched al Top of Basketball Scuffle Sports . . . Paces (i and 7 . . . . . . Knowlaml F.-.ccs Rough Time as LcRlslalivc Piloi Editorials . . . Paire 8 ... "GI" Is Santa ciaus to Korean Waifs . . . Png c 10 . . . . . . Society News . . . Page Recluse Who Felt He'd Lived Long Enough Dies Near Here atomic weapons control. A Forelcrn Office spokesman told a news conference: "The Soviet note to the United States consists of a restatement of the Soviet attitude owards aomic matters, coupled with an expression of willingness to discuss the Eisenhower proposal. "The fact that the Soviet government has expressed its willingness to take part in such discussions is a welcome development." Informants said that Prime Minister Churchill is expected to communicate his views shortly to President Eisenhower on the Soviet note, which contained the Kremlin's views on Eisenhower's proposal to create an international atomic energy pool. Tn Bonn, the West German government and the opposition Socialists reacted with guarded optimism to Russia's note. The government said it hopes the note shows that Moscow is prepared to accept Eisenhower's proposals. Socialist party Leader Erich 61- the ! LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The value of Arkansas than four million dollars from the 1352 total. The Crop Reporting Service said today the pacemaker for I --rop, which showed a 44 per cent decrease in value. Agricultural Statistician Miles | McPeek said the value of this year's crop was S6.6H.OOO, com- ,., ,„,. pared with $10.804,000 in 1352 ycl "'' McPeek said the fresh market CantaIo "P cs - The 1953 produc- production of strawberries this i tlon wos M I"" 1 ' '' ent greater than year totaled 277,000 crates valued I ];ist ' >' car i but calue was down 13 "' $2,133,000. compared with 398.- ! nor """' By JOHN' SCALI WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomatic officials said today the United States would move cautiously in meeting Russia's professed readiness to talk about the Eisenhower proposal for a pool of atomic materials for peace. Secretary of State Dulles, who ^id yesterday of Moscow's repls'. "This is hopeful," had a forum to comment further in a foreign policy speech today before a National Press Club luncheon. President Eisenhower, who bioichecl the peaceful-uses atomic plan in a widely acclaimed United Nations speech Dec. 8. had no comment on Russia's reply. .The President had opportunity .0 discuss it with .some of his top weign policy, military and atom- c advisers at a White House con- 'erence this morning. The conference was scheduled before Moscow made public its note yesterday. Among members of Congress remaining in Washington, the consensus was hopeful but cautious. Most lawmakers who commented said the Kremlin response was encouraging, but that this government should move with great care. Move Indicated Dulles clearly foreshadowed in a Formal statement yesterday a riove by the United States to provide the "necessary explanation" lussia requested about Eisen- lower's proposal. Whether the President and Dulles will decide this additional nformation should be provided ecretly as part of the conf(den- ial talks suggested by Eisenhower has not yet been decided. "The United States will, through he new channels which the Soviet Union now accepts, explore every possibility of securing agreement ind bringing President Eisen- lower's historic proposal into the ealm of creative action," Dulles aid. At the same time, Dulles em- ihasized Russia "seems not to have caught the spirit of the resident's proposal," as evi- enced by outspoken criticism in Soviet note of some of Eisen- ower's speech. The critical comments, actually omc 90 per cent of Russia's 3,000-word reply, are the factor causing the State Department to move slowly in deciding on the next step. Optimism Declines After careful study of Russia's response, some ranking diplomats were a little less optimistic than they had been at first glance about prospects for negotiations. For example, some officials noted the Russians at least 20 times vigorously restated their long-standing demand lor pledges of an outright ban of atomic and hydrogen weapons as part of i crop was about one third as large ' • . 000 cratcs . i per cent. . $2,308,000 last An 85-year-old though, in need recluse who, al- of medical care, I However the big decline came ; m the processing strawberry crop. jThe stale produced 63,000 cratcs j valued al 5340,000 in 1053. Last [.year. 367.000 crates valued at 32,202,000 were processed. McPeek said that the 33 per cent reduction in the value of all vegetable crops was caused by lower prices and lower production in some crops, such as strawberries and tomatoes. Arkansas' fresh market tomato crop brought in more money In 1953 than it did last year, but the | less than one-third as much Cucumbers: Tile crop declined j growers this year than last fj 10 ;-/ 0 "' in ™'™<! »nd 2 perjduction was down "'cause cent in value. drought and heat. crops declined more ! Eisenhower's plan. I "It is necessary that not some. decline was the state's strawberry i par ^ ^ u ^ ^ le whole mass of atomic 'material be directed completely to peaceful aims," the Soviet note said at one point. And again it said: "As for the Soviet Union its processing crop was larger than in position is quite clear. It consists 152- I in turning the great discovery of otatoes: Low prices brought i man ' s reason ' not against civiliza- '™ m ' M - ThC . """""""'I *Pin»ch: The fresh market crop w»s somewhat smaller, but the to Dean Urges Patience and Hopelp? In Dealing with Soviet Stalling I tion, but for civilization's all-sided j progress, not for mass destruction ro- j of peoples but for peaceful needs, of i for the unbounded rise in the welfare of the peoples." The President's U. N. speech, Moscow contended, bypassed this ive. The note said accept- of the resident's plan 'would serve to lessen the vigilance of the peoples regarding the problems of atomic weapons but would not facilitate the lessening See ATOMIC on Page 5 refused to see a doctor because he felt he had lived long enough and wanted to die, was buried in Dogwood Cemetery near here Sunday. Henry Schoepp, who owned 40 acres of land In the Recce Community, had been sick since late fall. When Earnest Wilson, who farms the land, tried to get him to call a doctor or go to a hospital, Mr. Schoepp refused. "I've lived long enough and I want to die," Mr. Wilson quoted Mr. Schoepp as saying. Mr Schoepp, who had lived by himself in a small house on his 40 acres for the past 42 years, got his wish Friday. His body was found by Mr. Wilson.. A frueal man. Mr. Sr.hoppp had spent little on himself In the past 42 years of living alone and had: - practically no outside interests Mr. j onc can talte ll ns • positive sign - • • 'I for the forthcoming Berlin foreign ministers conference." Wilson said. In checking Mr. Schoepp's belongings, Mr. Wilson said, some $20,000 in stocks and bonds were found in the little house. He had no immediate family and the nearest relative located thus far Is a niece, Mrs. Joe Sherman of Leland, 111. Born In East St. Louis, 111., Mr. vioFations. Schoepp came to this area in 1311. j Forfeiting Mr. Wilson said Mr. Schoepp had mentioned having once worked in an iron smelter in California. In addition to the land at Recce, Mr. Schoepp owned 70 acres at Noble, Ark. Services for Mr. Schoepp were conducted Sunday at Clear Lake Baptist Church by the Rev. Harold Clower. lenhauer commented: "I am satis-! ™!,"? R °' lhe Processing crop drop tied by the note and hope that P "!' 6V Pf ce "'- rhe value of the 19S3 fresh market tomato crop was 31,316.000 $266 Collected In Traffic Cases Municipal Court collected a total of $266.50 on five charges of trafllc bonds of $19.75 on charges of speeding were James Williams and Albert MilJer. Nelson McGee forfeited a bond of $122.25 on a charge of driving while Intoxicated while Will Bell was fined $10 and costs on a reckless driving charge, W. C. Buchanan forfeited a bond of $5 on a charge of running a red compared to $1,707.000 in 1952. The processing crop was worth 8114,000, compared to the 1052 total of $734,000. Large Watermelon Crop McPeek said a large watermelon , , the coconut " hol(i - tne talks, he said, was insistence on includ- including crop was produced this year, but! by no'means hopeless, an estimated SOO.OOO melons were Dean, who tried vainly for seven weeks to arrange a Korean peace | in " " p conference with the Reds, has i Communist urged the nation to match Com-i in " five nations munist stalling with patience and ! and Russia, as neutrals hope. (proposed Korean peace "I do believe the Chinese Communists are determined to keep North Korea politically and economically Integrated into their own economy," he told a nationwide television and radio audience last night. Not Hopeless "The outlook Is discouraging but India at the confer- There Is not marketed because of little de mand at the peak of the harvest season. He also said the average price was substantially lower than last year. Arkansas produced 3.300,000 melons worth $924,000 In 1953, compared to a production of 2,809,000 melons worth $1,413,000 In 925. Other vegetable crops: Snap beans: The fresh market spring crop was up nine per rent no easy, pat solution. It will take all the brains, energy, resolution and patience at our command." The .special ambassador spoke , ...„. ... in a report to the people on the j Nations allies and South Korea. Panmuniom lalks. from which he;which had threatened to go it walked out II days ago after the i alone, are determined to abide by Reds accused the United States! the armistice agreement of "perfidy." He said the Reds sought to drive wedge between the United States and India by creating an impression that the United States "does not like India." N'o More Shooting He said he is sure that, even if no peace conference is arranged, there will be no shooting again In Korea. The Reds do not want. It because they "took a terrific beating," he said, and both the United Weather He sold the Communist negotla- Dean's public report came after he met at the White House yesterday with President Elsenhower session in Iho hope Americans and after he talked with the -m- would lose patience and, through I bnssadors of (he IB other nations ^ u ' ' ' ""' '"' M: i<'ii«"i,i: mm, inrougn I oassanors ot the 16 othf and the fall crop was up 200 per ' public opinion, force a settlement i which fought in Korea. ARKANSAS — Cloudy with snow flurries and much colder this afternoon and tonight continued cold Wednesday with lowest 10-20 northwest and 15-25 elsewhere tonight. MISSOURI—Cold wave today and tonight with temperature falling to zero to 10 below north and 5-10 above in the south by Wednesday; clearing west and diminishing snow cast this afternoon with continued strong northerly winds causing blowing and drifting snow north and central. Maximum yesterday—50. Minimum yesterday—35. Sunrise tomorrow—7:04. Sunset today—1:53. Precipitation lust 24 hours to 7:00 it. in. today—none. Mean tompprauiro (midway between hlRh and low)—42.5. Precipitation Jan. I to date— 30,14. . This Date Last Year ' Maximum yesterday—50. Minimum yrstprdtiy—38. Precipitation January 1 to datft— 43.43.

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