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Wednesday, January 6, 1954
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COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NTW8PAPBR OF NORTHEAST ARKAN^S AND BOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 244 , Blythevllle Daily New. Blytheville HeraYd BLYTHEVILLB. ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 1954 TEN PAGES SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Sewer Report Due Monday Council, C. of C. Committee To Get Preliminary Results City Council and the Chamber of Commerce sewer com mittee will get together Monday night to hear a report on re-survey of the Blytheville sewer situation. Mayor E. R. Jackson said today he was contacted yesterday by Max Mehlbur'ger, Little Rock consulting engineer who,was retained by City Council in November to determine the most economical and practical method of obtaining new sewers for the city. Mayor Jackson said Mr. Mehl- burger told him he has not completed his survey but is far enough along to make an initial report. The meeting will be held either In City Halls' municipal courtroom or in the Chamber's offices. City Council was acting in the bes interese of whittling down a $ million figure presented as cost a new sewer system by a Kans City engineering firm. Black and Veatch completed i survey in 1951 and set the $1.3 mi lion system as an absolute mini mum for Blytheville. At the time he took the assign ment, Mr. Mehlburger told th Council he felt confident a million dollar system would be adequate fi the city. The city paid Black and Veatc about $4,000 for its survey and wi In hiring the Mehlburger firm,, pay Mr. Mehlburger $2,750. Efforts to Resume ^Peace Talks Begun PANMUNJOM (AP) — An American diplomat dis closed today that secret negotiations are going on to get th stalled preliminary Korean peace talks started again. Taylor Warns Korea: Don't Attacklndians SEOUL (#)—Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor today warned the Republic of Korea that his 8th Army would permit no South Korean attack on Indian forces guarding prisoners of war at Panmunjom. In a blunt two 7 paragraph statement, Taylor labeled as "groundless" South Korea's claim that Indian cou.sting of anti-Communist prisoners is illegal. "The Dnite'd Nations Command has invited the attention, of the Republic of Korea to the .groundless nature of the allegation of I the Republic of Korea against the t custodian force of India and has made clear its intentions to discharge full responsibilities under paragraph six, terms of reference for the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission." These terms require the U. N. Command to guarantee the safety of Indian troops and the prisoners of war from any intrusion by irregular armed forces. U.S. Officials Expect Quiet PW Release WASHINGTON WI — Two top Tanking American officials, return- Ing from the Par East, expressed confidence today that the release of Korean war prisoners on Jan. 23 will be accomplished without trouble and that peace negotiations will be resumed. Asst. Secretary of tate Walter S. Robertson and Adm. Arthur Radford, chairman of the Join v Chiefs of Staff, told reporters o ' their observations on an inspec tion-consultatlon trip to Korea Japan and Formosa. Robertson was asked if .he expected any trouble when the time conies for releasing to civilian life all prisoners still held by the Reds and Allies. He replied he did not expect any troubie. The commission has custody of 22,613 Chinese and North Korean prisoners, taken by the Allied side, who have chosen not to go home. Also held are 335 captured menv bers of United Nations forces. Among them 21 Americans and one Briton, who .so far have refused repatriation. The Communists want the men held until « peace conference decides their fate. The U. N. insists they be freed. Weather ARKANSAS—Generally fair this v afternoon, tonight and Thursday. ^jlfNo Important temperature changes. "Low tonight 27-37. MISSOURI—Generally fair west and south partly cloudy northeast this afternoon, tonight and Thursday; little change In temperature tonight, warmer west Thursday; low tonight around '20 extreme northeast to around 30 southwest 1 high Thursday 30s extreme northeast to 45-55. southwest. Maximum yesterday—57 Minimum thu morning—3S. Sunrla* tomorrow—7:08. Bunxt today—I :M, a.m. today—none. fnclpltaton last 34 houn in 7-00 a. m. today—none. high and low)—41. e *** n Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—none. Thli D#fe T ttt v«*p • VMiimim yMtcn^y-M Minimum ?««t«rclaj—31 " PrwlplMUoa Juuarr > M UU-.M, There was no indication whethe the negoiations will be successfu Kenneth Young of the TJ. S. Stat Department said in an interview he and the Communists "are sti! feeling around." young said the hush-hush ex ploratory moves are being mad through an intermediary, but h did not say woh it is. It could be India, Switzerland or Sweden, eacJ of which is represented here. "Prom where I sit I can't say when it might be possible to re same the conference," Young saic in an interview after the secre negotiations were announced in Washington. The talks broke down Dec. 12 when the Communists accused the United states of perfidy. U.S. Ambassador Arthur Dean demanded retraction and ended the six weeks of negotiations .after the Reds refused. Young said Russia's part in peace conference remains the critical issue: the Reds demand -hat Russia be seated as a neutral and the United States has insisted she either line up with the Communists or attend as a third party jound by conference decisions. Not Important Hurdle Speaking of chances the Reds will back down on their charge o! perfidy, Young said: I do not think it is an impossible hurdle." There was no indication when he peace conference, originally cheduled to begin in October, will get under way. One of its agenda items was to ie the disposition of war prisoners Red and Allied—who refused to go home, but the prisoner issue is .Imost a certainty to be settled lefore a conference begins. The Communists were expected o tell the Neutral Nations Reparation Commission today how ley want unrepatriated prisoners landled after Jan. 22. The NWRC has asked both sides for guidance on what to do with more than 22,000 POWs after that date. An Indian officer said he did not believe the Communist reply would be made public before tomorrow. On Jan. 4, the U.N. commander. Gen. John E. Hull, said his command refuses to accept anything less than the complete freedom of the prisoners, beginning an.J 23. The Reds were expected to oppose release of the risoners in their reply to the NNRC. It has been the Communist view that the prisoners should be held until the Korean peace conference meets. 4th Arrest Seen in $160,000 Tkeft WASHINGTON ..(AP) — Secret Service agents hunted today for $31,700 still missing in the bold New Year's Eve theft of ?160,000 from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They speculated the search might lead to a fourth arrest in a case that was 'cracked" yesterday with the nabbing of a bureau employe, his jauntily dressed wife and a soft-spoken little flagpole painter on a tip furnished—after all-night soul searching—by the father of the woman. The three are Negroes. They were arrested one after the other in a day that began with a 5 a.m. phone call to Virginia state police by Irving Grant, father of Mrs. Mamie Landis. and ended with the recovery of 5138,300, in three separate caches, of the loot apparently smuggled from the money printing plant in the tail of a suit jacket. Those accused: James Rufus Landis, 29, a $1.42- an-hour checker in the heavily guarded plant which makes the government's currency. The 6-foot- Landis was held in $50,000 bail on a currency theft charge. Landis' pretty, 26-year-old wife Mamie, whom he married when she was 14. was held in $10,000 bail n spite of her firm denial of any knowledge of the theft. William Giles, 27, the flagpole Jainter, who freely admitted driv- ng with the Landises to the Pau- quier County, Va., tenant cabin of "nring Grant in an effort to hide $95,000 of the "hot" currency. All three were charged with violating a law which prohibits taking money from the federal government. Admits Theft Officials said Landis admitted tealing 8,000 crackling new $20 Congress Starts Term Vital to Administration Record for GOP 'DUMMY' MOJS'EY—U. E. Baughman (left), Chief of the Secret Service, and Henry J. Holtzclaw, associate director of the Bureau of Engraving, display a package of "dummy" bills discovered in the bureau's vault in Washington in lieu of part of $160,000 that disappeared Today, three Negroes were under arrest for the theft and agents were hunting for 531,700 still missing. (AP Wlrepholo) can't give them all the things I want to give them." Virginia state police said Mr. Landis' father agreed— when one of his visitors produced a gun — to lide the money after his daughter tills from their paper covering nd stuffing plain paper in their lace. The dummy packages 'eren't discovered until the long ew Year's weekend was over. "I did it for the future of my amily," said Giles, whose arraign- ! Finally Grant went to a telephone, tent was scheduled today. "I I He had, he told the rfclice, "a big p - F and her companions dropped in on him Sunday night. Then, till dawn, he wrestled with iis conscience and fear of the law. He told his wife what had hap- lened. She had a heart attack. pile of Treasury money"— and was "scared to death." "Landis — who'd been one of five major suspects all along, the Secret Service . said— was picked up Rt work. He resignedly led agents to a dark corner of the building where another $32,000 was found. His wife was arrested in their apartment, where . agents said To Use in Fall Will $1,300 was recovered. Then Giles was picked up. What became of the still missing See MONEV on Page 10 -, __ McCarthy Data Quiz Sought WASHINGTON W-Sen. Ellen er (DLa) said today he will in ite Sen. McCarthy (RWis) to tell he Senate whether he uses "re ashed, plagiarized" information his claimed exposure ;of Com unists in government - — McCarthy, without specifically lentioning Ellender's announced to urge that the Senate cut McCarthy's investigating funds down to size,' said that if Demo •ats win in such a move ' it will e the most Pyrrhic victory they er won ... a victory in which u destroy yourself." Informed of McCarthy's re arks, Ellender said, "I'm going oppose not only him, but all" enate committee chairman who sk the Senate for increased funds, ilender long has argued that no immittee should get more than e $95,000 automatically given it the start of each Congress ees on. McCarthy's investigations sub- immittee last year had a budget $200,000 and he has said he will k for an unspecified increase in 54. Yesterday he described as "a lie" published reports that he has agreed under urging from Eisen hower administration, officials to taper off the subcommittee's Red hunting and rjlace more emphasis *• *t« liar versions of the story published by the New York Times and Her aid Tribune, the Washington post and Evening Star and the Balti more Sun: Either the reporter was lying or he was lied to. I assume It is most likely the reporter was being lied to." I don t plan to shift the empha sis, "he told a news confeernce. sis," he told a news conference. "When we find a Communist or an espionage agent in the government or in a defense installation, we win expose him. Period." He added that no one in the administration had asked him to change course. He said that if the Democrats block his request for a bigger budget, it would stamp them as "the party that wants to coverup and whitewash treason." Ellender commented in an ta- terviewl "McCarthy's object is to get what "he wants—publicity. He's hungry for publicity. He would ti ample over the prerogatives of Senate committee to The V>ui»lana senator said he will invite McCarthy to tell the Senate of any of his Investigations, including the now-recessed search for evidence of espionage at Ft. Monmouth, N. J., which was not based on "the rehashed, plagiarized work" of someone else. Ellender said he believes most of McCarthy's information in the Pt. Monmouth inquiry came from Army intelligence, which had investigated it first. He said a lot of the rest came from the files of the House Un-ftmerlcan Activities Committee, adding: "He (McCarthy) just dramatized it and sold it to the country." McCarthy said his planned next step is to resume the Ft. Monmouth inquiry, probably in Washington, at an early date. He said that may be followed by a study of "unusual tax settlements" by :he Internal Revenue Service. Ry JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress convened today for a momentous session which will write the record the Eis e n h o w e r administration must lay before the people next fall in the mid-term election. Fresh from five months among the home folks, the legislators assembled in an atmosphere charged with politics. There was a general sense that the accomplishments of the next six months will go far toward determining 'whether President Eisenhower will have his own Republican party or the Democrats in control in the last two years o this term. The GOP has command by only a razor edge in this make-or-brea campaign year session. In the House, the count is 219 Republi ent. 215 Democrats, 1 indcpend The Democrats picked up Zity Gets New olice Car Engineers Moved From City Hall Driver License Requirements Underscored New requirements for obtaining drivers' licenses were underscored today by U. W. Mulllns, North Mississippi County revenue nslpector.- Here are two questions the applicant must answer: 1. Have you failed to satisfy any final (court) Judgment arising from a motor vehicle accident; »nd 2. Do you have an automobile liability insurance policy? If so, what Is the company and what Is ite address? ' As a reminder, here's what you must bring along with you when getting state license and a new drivers' license: 1. Automobile registration (pink, slip). 2. Receipt of 1952 persons! property taxes. 3. Assessment listing for I9M. 4. Title or title number. 5. Old driver's license. If the automobile Is being financed «nd the owner does not wve the title number, he must ob»in the title number from the company financing It Purchase of a new Ford police r and relocation of the City En neering department to its shops Number Two fire station were inounced today by Mayor E. R ckson. Phillips Motor Company's low bic $1.050.66, including trade in of the city's 1952 Studebaker, has been accepted by the City Council purchasing committee, the mayor said. Commenting on moving the engineer headquarters, Mr. Jackson said he felt City Engineer A. L. Woods should be located closer to his base of operations at the fire station. "All of the city's equipment is located there and most of its jobs originate from the shops," he said. Big Brother Group Named The American Legion Big Brother Committee for 1954 was appointed at the regular meeting last night. The new committee consist of A. S. (Todd) Harrison, chairman, H. L. Halsell, Jr., Don Burge. Gilbert Mann and S. D. Bray Purpose of th« committee is to help rehabitiate boys and grls who are brought before juvenile court on minor offenses or are sent to the State Industrial School, according to Mr, Harrison. .When these boys and girls are released fmro the school or are alaced on probation by the court, the Big Brother committee takes over the supervision of their re- labilitatlon in help Ing them find a job and teeing that they have adequate food, clothing and shelter. Last year the committee helped about H boys and f Irla, He said, | 77 MisscoMen Leave for Induction Eleven . men were sent from Mississippi County by Draft Board No. 47 for induction into the Armed Forces today, according to Rosie M. Saliba, clerk. Five men were called, one transferred to another board and three transferred from another board. The next call will be for JO men for induction on Jan. 19. Those leaving today were: Bobby Earl Cresap of Dell; Ike Ray, Paul J. Boswell, .Fred J. Tolbert, and John Lee Davis, all of Blythevllle; Arthur A. Bane of Kennett, Mo.; Jack Higginbotham of Joiner; Carrold H. Ray of Wilson; James E. Stegall of Lepanto: Louis E. Nelson of Leachville; Reglno Herrera of Tyronza. Minor Wreck Reported Mrs. Roy Arensmeir and Dave Franklin, both of Blythevllle, were involved in a minor traffic accf- dent at Fifth and Chlckasawba yesterday afternoon causing some damage to both cars, according to police reports. I Air Force Lists WarCasualties 3 Missing Arkansans Now Presumed Dead WASHINGTON f/P) — The Air Force today released the names of 256 officers and enlisted men whom it now Is listing as "missing and presumed dead" in Korean action. They formerly were listed as missing In action. The list includes: ARKANSAS 1st Lt. August W. Mouton, husband of Mrs. Florence P. Mouton, 1112 Mount Holly, El Dorado. T. Sgt. Robert L. Proud, Jr.,, husband of Mrs. Virginia L. Proud, Hotel Gulp, Mammoth Spring. 1st. Lt. Dave P. Sullivan, husband of Mrs. Jamie J. Sullivan, Elaine, State Hospital Head Can't Have Salary Boosted LITTLE ROCK Ifh- The State Hospital Board has been told that It cannot legally supplement the salary of the hospital superintendent with cash funds. A Supreme Court ruling on a similar matter was cited in an at- orney general's opinion to the board yesterday. their two seats in special elections in New Jersey and Wisconsin. In the Senate, the division is 47 Republicans, 8 Democrats and 1 Independent. Continued, nomina GOP control hinges on the avowed willingness of the independent Sen. Morse of Oregon, to vote with the Republicans on Senate organization and on the fact Republican Vice President Nixon can break a tie in favor of the GOP. Death Shifts Balance A year ago, the division was 48 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 1 independent. The death of Republican leader. Taft of Ohio and appointment of a Democrat, Thomas A. Burke, as his successor effected the change. The two houses, meeting at noon, scheduled*only .routine formalities, including the swearing in of six members to fill vacancies caused by deaths and regisnations. There was the possibility they would adjourn quickly out of respect to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, who died Sept. 8 when Congress was not in session. The first session of this 83rd Congress adjourned the night of Aug. 3. Tomorrow President Eisenhower goes before a joint session with the State of the Union message outlining.his program for the year. Republican congressional leaders predicted he will emphasize that initiative in fur-flung activities for his •administration is taking the national security. No Change Seen One Democratic Senator, who didn't want to be quoted by name, said a White House briefing of con- ressional leaders yesterday produced no Indication of any "fundamental change" in foreign policies. Eisenhower was said to be preparing to pledge further strengthening of the free world's defenses, coupled with attempts to get Russia to agree to drop its aggressive tactics and to join in peaceful development of atomic energy. On the home front, the President apparently intends to deal tomorrow only in broad objectives, getting down to cases later in messages on specific subjects. In one of these, due Monday, congressional sources said the President will recommend a farm program combining flexible price supports with a move to freeze See CONGRESS on Page 10 Senate Committee Okays 1954 Allotment of 21,374,389 Acres WASHINGTON «! — The Senate Agriculture Committee agreed today on a 1054 national cotton acre- ge allotment of 21,374,389 acres. This compares with the allot- nent of 17,910,000 acres originally iroclalmcd by Secretary of Agrl- lulture Benson who later said he would recommend an increase to bout 21 million acres. committee hasn't yet completed Its work on the cotton bill but that he hopes to have It ready for Introduction In the Senate Friday. "U looks promising," Aiken told reporters after a morning meeting of the committee. "I hope to get something by Friday. He added that he expects to get prompt Sen- Chairman Alkcn (R-Vt) laid the day. ate consideration possibly on Prl- New Insurance Office Opens J. E. Goodrum, formerly of Bolivar, Mo., has been appointed local agent for the MFA Mutual Insurance Co. of Columbia, Mo., it was announced today. Mr. Goodrum, who is the company's first, representative here, will maintain his office at his home ai 2313 Birch. Types of Insurance handled by this company include auto, truck, school bus, farmers liability, farm implement, personal liability, hospital and surgical benefits and fire and extended coverage. MET WITH IKE-Four of the EepubHean leaders who conferred With President Elsenhower this week in connection with his legta. lative prof-ran an j reports to Congress an shown leaving the Whit* House. They are (left to right) Rep. Leslie Arends (III.). HODS* Speaker Joseph Martin (Mass.). Rep. La* Allen (III), chairman of the House Rules Committee; and Rep. Daniel Reed (N. Y.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, (AP Wircphoto) U.S. Debt Limit Hike Gets New Support WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Byrd (D-Va) said today the treasury Is more than 2 billion dollars better off than it forecast last luntmer »nd that he will use its own figures to fight a national debt limit increase. WASHINGTON (AP)—Sen. George D-Ga. said today he had let the administration know he.would go along with "a " reasonable increase" in the national debt limit if necessary. The veteran senator, who attend ~~~ -"-•-"• ' .";••.. • •"•- - ed yesterday's White House con "erence at which Democratic an Republican leaders were briefed o some aspects of the Eiscnhowe jrogrnm. emphasized, howevei -hat nny boost In the presei 275-blllion-dollar debt limit stl March of Dimes Mailing Made Nine-thousand resident* of Mississippi County have been mailed March of Dimes apeali ai one of the Initial phases of raining the county's $20,000 goal wu launched yesterday, "Many persons will receive these appeal! and also will be solicited personally," Elbcrt Johnson, nortli Mississippi County chairman stated. "However, this can't be avoided aa we will make every effort to Rive every one an Opportunity to I contribute," h« Mid. , Laniel Expected To Win Support Premier Attempts To Marshal His Crumbling Majority PARIS WI—Premier Joseph Lan el faced the National Assembl oday in an effort to pull hi rumbling majority together for rote of support in advance of th Big Pour foreign ministers meet ng Berlin. He was expected to win grudging pproval—not for love of Laniel bu o assure Prance of having a for ign minister present when tin alks open on Jan. 25. Even some f Laniel's bitter enemies wan 'ranee to speak up with Bomi how of authority in Berlin. The test comes on a statcmen f general policy by Laniel stress ng domestic affairs, followed b: demand that debate be cut off -aniel planned to tell the specia Assembly session that if he Is de ated or gets a weak majority on is pigeonhole debate e will resign. By this device he voids a 24-hour postponement re uired when a formal confidence ote is posed. Adjournments and explanations V the deputies of their views on ostponing debate were expectcc to put off the vote until late tonight. Normally the question of supporl for the government would not come up until after the Installation of President-elect Rene Coty Jan. 16. Tradition requires the Cabinet to resign then. But Lanlfil realizing he was on shaky ground told outgoing President Vincent Auriol last week he wanted to quit at once. Auriol and Coty conferred and asked Limicl to remain in office. This gave Laniel the excuse to seek an Immediate expression of confidence from the Assembly. With the Berlin conference only three weeks away, most of the deputies realized it would be an extremely risky business to plunge Prance into a new crisis. It took 37 days to end the last one. Many of the deputies are getting : lttery as the time approaches for n showdown on ratification of the European Defense Community Treaty. Some proponents believe hat delay Is favoring (hose opposed to EDO. others who oppose EDO believe they can defeat It now nnd «r« against further post' poncment. was distasteful -to him." In a sparate Interview, Ben- Flanders (R-Vt) said he, too. "felt Inclined" to vote for a hik» in the celling of up to 10 billion dollars with the hope it would not have to be used. Flanders said he felt the administration had proved in recent months it was striving hard to cut government spending. These developments Improved chances that the Senate will pass some sort of debt ceiling boost although some members, including Sen. Byrd (D-Va) remain adamant against it. The issue is before the Senate Finance Committee, which bottled up the administration's request for a 15-billion-dollar increase at the close of the 1953 session after tha House had passed it. Change in Stand George, former chairman of th« finance group and now its senior Democratic member, wields considerable influence among his colleagues. Both he and Flanders voted in the committee' against the increase last August. Chairman Milllkin (R-Cdlo) of the Finance Committee, who supported the bill, declined to say whether he had been asked to try la revive it early in the session. But high Treasury officials have left no doubt they still feel the See U.S. on Page 10 Italy Seeking New Premier Pel la Resigns to Cap Land Reform Squabble By ALLAN JACKS ROME Wi—Pro-Western Italian political leaders, plunged into their second government crisis in six months, sought a premier today who could unite them in a twin mttle against rising economic stress and Communist pressure. Giuseppe Pella resigned as premier last night in an abrupt cli- nax to an internal squabble in is governing Christian Democrat party over a vital issue in Italy— and reform. He had been premier or almost five months following he resignation of Alcide de Cas- ierl In July. His stepdown aroused new con- ern in the United States that the ains in Italy due to the unstabrt olltlcnl and economic situation, J.S. Ambassador Clare Soothe uce, now on a home visit, already as given Secretary of State Dulles nd other high American officials personal report on this na- on's problems. President Luigl Elnaudl was ra- ccted to start talks with party cads tomorrow «s the first atep i finding a new premier. The Immediate cause of the res- :nntlon was friction in the Chrisan Democrat party of Fella and Oasperi over tho namlnt of agriculture nilui«t*r In • rt- huff led Cabinet.

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