The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 23, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, July 23, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. L—NO. 103 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1954 TWELVE PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENT! GOP Leaders Seek to Break Senate Stymie Marathon Debate Blocks Action on Atomic Bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A paralyzing marathon debate kept the Eisenhower administration's atomic bill deadlocked in the Senate today, with GOP leaders trying desperately to force a break. Sen. Knowland of California, the Nations Farmers Vote Today on Question Of 1955 W/ieaf Controls WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's wheat farmers vote today on whether to fix ironclad quota controls on their 1955 crop, but wtihout knowing just what they'll get in return. Even with the mix-up status of the government's price support program, however, no one is seriously predicting that the million or so eligible voters will reject quota controls and set up a relatively free market in which the government will guarantee prices of only 50 per cent of parity. Paris is a price declared by Republican floor leader, filed a petition to invoke cloture—the parliamentary term for a time-limit muzzle on a non-stop debate — shortly after midnight. But, the four-times-round-the clock session passed it's 48-hour mark—interrupted by only a single 25 minute recess — without much sign the break was even in sight. Under the rules, a vote on cloture is impossible before Sunday morning, and Knowland said he does not look for it to come to a ballot before Monday. Sen. Gore (D-Tenn), a leader of the opposition to the bill, predicted in the debate that Knowland's move would fail. And he taunted GOP leaders over the licking they suffered late yesterday when an amendment by Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo) was adopted. The Johnson amendment would authorize government construction of atomic plants to produce commercial electric power. GOP leaders said the administration did not want to put the government in the atomic power business. Knowland Gibed Gore gibed that Knowland had carried the petition for cloture around in his pocket all day yesterday, threatening to file it, and he ad'ded: "He said he couldn't get a vote. Well, we gave you a vote and we beat you on the amendment and we'll beat you on the cloture petition. "It's an idle threat." The senators themselves were weary and drawn. One of the shorthand reporters who takes down the debate for the Congressional Record .collapsed., at 8 a.m. He was Gregory MacPherson, 55, who had just come on duty after a short rest. MacPherson was taken to a hospital. This is the 10th day of debate, with the Republican leaders bitterly accusing principal Democratic opponents of a filibuster attempt to "sabotage" both the bill and other important items on the administration's legislative program in these closing weeks of the 1954 Congress session. Wider Highway 61 Bridges Scheduled Contract letting for about $200,000 bridges for Highway 61 should be seen within about 60 days, Arkansas Highway Commission Chairman Dan Portis said last night. The decision, Mr. Portis explained, is significant in that it means the Commission is now firmly committed to a policy of maintaining current Highway 61 between Lake .David and the Missouri state line north of Blytheville. This is where the bridge work will take place, he stated. Highway 61 for years has been in the process of undergoing rerouting and improving from West Memphis northward. The new highway has crept to Lake David near Turrell and not many miles from the Mississippi County state line. When rerouting is completed to the state line, 61 will run east of its present route, generally speaking, and will no longer run through the various towns and communities in the county which it now connects. This fact, Mr. Portis stated, was instrumental in the Commission's .decision to maintain the present route and thus paved the way- for an approval of the bridge work. Always a hazardous highway, 61 for years has been made more so due "to the fact that it is dotted .with narrow bridges. Several of the most dangerous have been replaced with wide, modern structures, but many of the narrow, dangerous variety still mar the road. 3 Men Hurt In Collision Near Here Three men were hospitalized yesterday afternoon following a collision on Highway 61 north of Blytheville near Krutz Bridge. They were, Jessie Bolton of Steele, Hugh Dorris of Nashville, Tenn., and George Franklin, Hermondale Negro. Mr. Bolton was released from Walls Hospital this morning after receiving treatment for bruises and lacerations, while the other two are expected to leave the hospital today after treatment for bruises, hospital officials said this morning. The accident occurred when the car driven by Franklin crashed into the rear of the Bolton car, knocking it about 180 feet into the ditch, Deputy Sheriff Holland Aiken, said. Franklin tried to apply his brakes but hit the accelerator instead, he told officers. The Bolton vehicle was demolished while the Franklin car was heavily dam- agen, Deputy Aiken said. Deputies Aiken, Charley Short and Herman Lane took the injured men to the hospital. Farm Accident Injures Negro , Willie Madden, Blytheville Negro, was reported by hospital officials this morning "doing as well as can be expected" following an operation on his leg to set a compound fracture. He was brought to Walls Hospital yesterday afternoon after he broke his leg while working on the Jim Stovall farm near Blytheville. Working in the field, he started to hitch a ride on a passing trailer pulled by a tractor when his hand slipped and he fell under the trailer, it was reported. 'Quake Hits Buenos Aires BUENOS AIRES, Argentina A strong earthquake was felt in Buenos Aires just before midnight last night and the observatory of Villa Ortuzar said its epicenter probably was in the Andes between Argentina and Chile. The observatory said the quake could have cauatd carnage -to poputettd HONG KONG (/P)—-A British Sky- master airliner, with 17 persons aboard, and one of its four engines, afire, ditched in the South China Sea near Communist-held Hianan Island today. A U.S. Navy PBY flying boat quickly rescued eight survivors and recovered one body. Airline officials in Singapore said three other persons were picked up by a British Sunderland, but a government press officer said this report proved untrue. He said all Sunderlands which took part in the search have returned to base here. Eyewitnesses said they saw three survivors picked up by a small boat —presumably a Communist craft. The PBY landed here and the survivors were taken to hospitals. Theatre, Gin Fires Reported Two fires were reported by the Blytheville fire department last night, one at the StarVue Drive In Theater and one at Regan's Gin office. A short in the neon sign at the drive-in caused a fire which burned up half of the sign, rendering it completely useless, according to Fire Chief Roy Head Fire started in the sample room at Regan's Gin and burned into the rest of the office, causing some damage, he said. Cost Index Rises WASHINGTON L?)—The government reported today that rising grocery prices forced the cost of living up one-tenth of one per cent in June. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the June index was 115.1 — meaning the cost of living was 115.1 per cent of the 1947-49 average. Kenneft Negroes Decide on School Hayti School With 'Cotton Vacation' Licked in 11-3 Vote KENNETT, Mo. — A group of Negro students from Kennett will attend Hayti's Negro 'high school instead of the white high school here—thus, choosing cotton-picking vacations over integration* The students decided 11 to 3 last night after the choice of which school they would attend was left up to them. The Kennett school does not operate on a split-term basis, and hence does not permit its students to be absent during the cotton harvest season. But Byron Masterson, superintendent of schools here, said the minority of three will be permitted to attend the previously all-white Kennett high school. The other 11 Negro high school pupils will continue to attend the all-Negro high school at nearby Hayti, where a six-week vacation is declared each fall so that the children may earn money by helping with the cotton crop harvest. The Kennett high school has no cotton vacation, but many of the public schools in this southeastern Missouri area do. School officials had said before the meeting with the Negro children and their parents that the Negro children would have to make their decision as a group. They changed ther mind when the opposing desires of the children became evident. law to be fair to the farmer in relation to the prices of things he buys. Right now, wheat and the five other basic farm crops are being supported at 90 per cent of .parity. At the current price, this means the farmer is guaranteed S2.24 a bushel by the government. Conflicts In trying to figure what he'd get by voting in quotas, however, the wheat farmer-voter must size up these conflicting indicators: 1. Secretary of Agriculture Benson, who is opposed to the rigid 90 per cent program, has backed a flexible system in which the farmer is guaranted a minimum of 75 per cent and a maximum of 90. 2. But Benson has indicated he won't allow the wheat suppor program to go below 80 per cent even if no farm bill is passed by this Congress and the flexible system goes into effect automatically, as now provided by law. 3. The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved legislation to continue supports at 90 per cent ior another year, while' the House has passed a bill providing for a flexible system ranging from 82^ to 90 per cent. Three times before this year, under 90 per cent supports, the-nation's wheat farmers have voted on a quota control program and have given it overwhelming ap- prrval each time. A two-thirds vote is required to put the control system in effect. Mandatory Allotments Under law- acreage allotments, on which marketing quotas are based, must be declared by the secretary of agriculture when sup- lies are above the normal amount u?ed annually plus a 20 per cent margin of safety. ? The government estimates this normal figure at 1,063,000,000 bushels The current supply of 1,900,000,000 bushels is 79 per cent above "normal." If the quotas are approved as anticipated, the farmers will have to pay the government a stiff penalty of 45 per cent of parity for every, .bushel ^aboye _ their^ which they seek to market. On the other hand, if the ers reject the quota controls, they'll be taking a big gamble, ior in that case the government will guarantee no more than 50 per cent of parity. The Agriculture Department estimates that between 800,000 and one .million wheat' farmers — all those who plant more than 15 acres of wheat — are eligible to vote. Last year, 447,757 farmers cast ballots in the wheat quota referendum. Collide at Intersection Mrs. Harlee Lewis and Billy Simmons were involved in a traffic accident Wednesday afternoon at Second and Kentucky Streets, causing some damage to both vehicles, according to police reports this morning. Opening of Air Base Bids Due This Afternoon Bids for initial work on reactivation of Blytheville's air base were scheduled to be opened begnining at 2 p: m. today at the Corps of Engineers in Little Rock. Earlier information had opening of some of the bids slated for this morning, but Corps of Engineers] officials said this morning that two sets of bids were both to be opened this afternoon. At 2. p. m., bids on rehabilitation of the water distribution system, sewage treatment plant and sewer lines were to be opened. Opening of bids on a fire and crash station and a guardhouse were scheduled for 2:30. ARRIVING IN BLYTHEVILLE — Sen. John L. McClellan removes a battened-down straw hat designed to fend off the sun and wind as he alights from his campaign helicopter here yesterday. The helicopter landed in the rear of the Jaycee Clubhouse on North Second Street at noon yesterday, and Sen. McClellan, making his bid for election to a third term, was whisked off to a series of Mississippi County visits ending with a major address at Osceola. (Courier News Photo) Fighting to End Next Tuesday Date of Cease -Fire By JOHN RODERICK SAIGON, Indochina (AP) — The French high command announced tonight the Indochina cease-fire will go into effect in North Viet Nam at 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 27 (6 p.m. CST Monday, July 26), and in other Vietnamese areas soon afterward. Sealed orders setting the hour for silencing of the guns in the North had already gone to the French headquarters in Hanoi, and presumably to the Communist-led Vietminh troops of Ho Chi Minn in and around the Red River Delta. The high command said all offensive action by French Union and Vietnamese army forces has been ordered halted throughout Indochina. They are to fight only defensive actions, and air operations have been reduced to bombardments in support of French posts the Vietminh are still attacking. Heavy Strike The Vietminh struck heavily before dawn today at a French Union post in Vietri. 40 miles northwest of Hanoi, and harassed a score of other garrisons in the McClellan Foe Wh Cites Record, Hits t Discuss His OSCEOLA — Speaking before a crowd of some 1 ? 000 South Mississippi Countians gathered in the Court House square here last night, Sen. John L. McClellan recited the accom- pli^mients -m-his-'reeerd- as Arkansas' senior senator, then took off the gloves and slugged away at "irresponsible promises of a political opportunist who won't discuss his own record " Following an introduction by Om-. ^ r£ # # * 3 fax- Greene, former Osceola resident i currently a member of McClellan's MeSSCO Ballot Une-Up campaign staff, the senator laun- report of his 12-year ched into a tenure in Congress, emphasizing his efforts in bringing federal projects into Arkansas, with resulting expenditure of funds and employment in the state. And, the senator pointed out, this work has been done despite the fact that "more than 550 billion dollars has been spent for national defense during my 12 years in the Senate — a time when we have had to divert all of our energy to war Voters Face Only 5 Decisions Tuesday Mississippi County voters in next. Tuesday's Democratic Red River Delta, but a French briefing officer said all the de* tenses held. . Red guerrillas tore up and carted off 120 yards of rails on. the Hanoi-Haiphong supply line eight miles east of Hanoi and blew * locomotive off the tracks 10 miles farther east with planted explosive charges. There was rebel action, too» against the French - Vietnamese post of Cheo fleo on the plateau of Central viet isam. Gen. Paul Ely. the French commander in chief., warned the three Vietaiirih battalions on the offensive there that "I will unleash massive air support" unless their assaults are halted. Loss Mourned Vietnamese government buildings in Saigon flew flags *t half staff to mourn the loss to the Communists of the northern half of the country after 7^ years of fighting and -2%. months of arguing *t the Geneva conference. Viet Nam Premier Ngo Diem ordered the official flag* halfway down, backing up his denunciation yesterday of the parti* tion ordered by the Geneva ceaae- fire. Sources close to the militantly Nationalist Premier said he would not resign his post despite his anger at the armistice terms which his representatives at Geneva said were concluded without their consent. Ho Favored Diem, these sources said, considers it his duty to lead Viet Nam in the difficult days ahead. Under the cease-fire terms, both North and South Viet Nam are slated for internationally supervised elections in two years to reunite them. So far there is little expectation and defense." Dwelling first on flood control iVJ.J.aoi>3CMfJ!JJ. V-UUIiLV VUUCJ.3 JLll ilCAL J. UCOUd V O i^ tlliV'-i ^. fcAV. „- - preferential primary election will have only five decisions H^^iS'SS^^X make in expressing their preference for candidates in iour state races and one district contest. and projects for related purposes, Sen McClellan said he had obtained 225 million dollars for v:ork in the state — "more than had been expended for these purposes in Ark- ^ ^ ansas during the entire 50 years | for „.; preceeding my entrance into the j ha ' ve ' I - i , ed Senate." These five positions—tJ. S. senator, governor, attorney general, land commissioner and Second Judicial District prosecuting attorney—are the only state, local or district posts hree or more candidates cumbent). Gus McMillan, Guy Jones Orval E. Faubus. For Attorney General—Tom Gentry (incumbent), Jim Johnson, Philip McNemer. munist leader Ho Chi Mrnh will win. The Viet Nam government's. immediate problem was to arrange for evacuation southward of thousands of anti-Reds in the North desirous of escaping from the incoming Vietminh. But Associated Press Corres- Cites Flood Control Work The ballot for the runoff primary W. R. Younts. For Land Commissioner—Claud A. pendent Forrest Edwards reported Rankin (incumbent), Doyle Yopp, from Hanoi that various Vietnam, ese professional men he interview, Aug. 10 will be much longer. It will | For Prosecuting Attorney Sec- | ed there said they intended to re- Three hydroelectric dams have j include ail candidates who are un- o.r.d, Judicial District—Terry Shell, j main in the north and that they Forfeit Speeding Bonds Robert Lane and George Yates both forfeited S10 bonds in Municipal Court this morning on charges of speeding. PLOWING A STRAIGHT "FURROW" — Contestants entering the tractor driving contest this morning at the annual 4-H Rally at Walker Park had to have a steady hand on the wheel to drive the course marked off by the judges. Above, Crittoa, aoc at Mr. *a4 Mrs. W. £. Cr*f» ton of Leachville, steers a steady course for the approval of the judges, in foreground. The tractor driving contest is one of several held for the youth* during the rally today. (Courier Newt Photo) uut-u. constructed in the state as .a | opposed and those races in which result of Congressional action: on ]y two candidates who are unop- pushed by him. Sen. McClellan de-; posed and those races which only clared, and work on the St. Francis j lwo candidates are competing. It has been planned, and numerous,' \vill also include the two candi- levees have been built during his dares of each contest in the first tenure, the senator added. primary who poll the highest num- "You may say, 'was this state-jber of votes, unless one candidate manship,' securing these funds for j receives a majority of all votes progress? My answer is yes, that | cast. In that case, the winner qual- is statesmanship. When the federal; ifie* as the Democratic Party en- government is ready to expend i try for the November general elec- funds for water development of \ tion without any further contest. this nature, then I say it is state- j Here's how the ballot lines up for manship to secure this development; next, Tuesday's preferential primary: in the State of Arkansas which I represent," Sen. McClellan told the crowd. Enumerating defense and related facilities constructed in the state partly as a result of his efforts, he listed" the installation at Camden, the Veteran's Hospital at Little Rock, the new Little Rock bomber base at Jacksonville, and the reactivation of the Blytheville air base. ( Concerning the Blytheville Base, i evidence of his efforts to obtain j For U. S. Senatdr—John L. McClellan i'incumbent >, Sid McMath, Leonard Ellis, Paul Chambers. For Governor—Francis Cherry (in- Ralph E. Wilson, Frank Snellgrove, j know of "mamy others who also "--'• •"—--•- i expect to stay if we are given any i kind of assurance we and oy/ fam- ' il-es win not be harmed." Hub Methvin. Many Unopposed Though the runoff primary Aug. 10 will have a much larger list of candidates on the ballot, the voter in this election also will have a relatively few decisions to makej ^f]fi£Af l FuflG due to the large number of unoppos- j ^*U11 vwi • MUM ed candidates. i 1^1 rtw <M T7T In the county and district pos- j PlUW«^l/// I itions to be listed on the Aug. 10 j ballot, only three will be contested | ^ total of S21.89 has been -added (this does not include the possible to the Cancer Fund from three carryovers from next Tuesday's bal- contributors bringing the grand to- loting.) All 'other offices are uncontested. The three in which contests See ELECTION on Page 12 X X, X ire \AcC!e!!an Gives Stand Public Power Issue federal work "right here in your Sen. John L. McClellan spent a, public power may be measured. own Mississippi County," Sen. Mc- . . full day in Mississippi County yes-j Since it has reached the apex of Clellan said " several times he terday, but with the exception of j its development, now is the time thought the base was assured, onlyj his Osceola speech took a welcome j to develop other valleys ... the to find that action in Washington j respite from the stump as he visit- j St. Francis, White and Arkansas had endangered the installation and ; ed every major town in the county, j river valleys if Senator McClellan that renewed efforts were neces- j The senator did direct some re- j has his way. j marks toward public and private!, .His da >' .& Mississippi County i power yesterday afternoon when j began at 10:10 a.m. when he ar- aihe met "some 200 Blytheville peo-1 rive ^ m . Leachyille. A,ter visiting sary to save the proposed base. Industry also Target New industry has also been Uc JUKI, suuic «uv iji.y i/;.icv.u;c iJtu- . ._ _,,.-„ pie at a reception in Howl Noble. Manila, he came to Blytheville at He said he is unalterably op- j noor was a guest of the Rotary oosed to further power develop-! clut > and chatted with acquaint_ ' T-, • "it ances during the reception at the ment in the Tennessee River val- vr ftK ,. & y target of his work for Arkansas, McClellan said. "One of the greatest errors we've committed in the past is to let our raw materials be taken elsewhere for processing. iey re gi 0 n, pointing out that the! iNUWUC ' and thus lose the industry and pay- government ' has developed the Later in the afternoon, he was rolls made possible by our natural area , Q a point W here --ye couldn't a S uest at a barbecue on the spac- resources." <r e t another hydro-electric dam in [ ious > tree-shaded lawn of J. E. In this connection, he said he|^ re if we wanted to." | Morgan's Golden Lake plantation. has been charged by "my opponent" i v the senito" stated Tennes-l S °™, e flve or ~' x hundre f P er ~ as being against labor. "I know! Nou - ine senaio. staieo, iennes i sons from over Eastern Arkansas and you know that the basic essen- [ see Valley Authority proponents | and from Memphis attended the tial of labor-any kind of labor- want the AEC's steam generating j affair . is a job, and I'm proud of my rec- ! plant located within TV A territory | in a few brief remarks at Gold- ord in bringing more job oppor-;"so they can better locate evcn, en Lake, Senator McClellan urged tunities into Arkansas." 'more Industry there." his supporters to "get out and vote Sen. McClellan said he didn't; The plant is scheduled for con- J -" " " J —" care "how many statutes there are; struction at West Memphis by pri- on the law-books concerning labor ivate, not federal .power interests. suppoi Tuesday." He 'get out and vote expressed confidence in his effort to return to the Senate for his third term ,but and management — you still have TVA. he stated, has been a | briefly hammered away at the Sec McCLELLAN <m Page la i yardstick by which the worth of! "get out the voie" idee. tal to 51,771,73 according to Loui* Isaacs, campaign chairman. This is still $230 short of the goal of 32,000 for North Mississippi County with two communities yet to be reported, Tomato and Hose- land. Those contributing recently art E. D. Ferguson, $5; Lost Can* Home Demonstration Club, 13.40; and Armorel, $13.49. The campaign will last the rest of thii month. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy thi* afternoon, tonight and Saturday with scattered showers and thundershowers; cooler tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI— Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, tonight , and or thunderstorms west and south this afternoon and over southeast and extreme south tonight and most of Saturday. Hiatrnum thi* morning— W. Maximum yeswrd»y— m. SunrlMtomorrow— 5 :M. Sunset today— 7:09. Mean temp«r»ture ( high and low)— 83. Precipitation list a. m. today — .20 This Date t**t Y«ttt Mjixinmm yesterday— *0, Minimum this morning— 71,, Pi ccipi cation JfftttUMy X MM. .. ________

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