The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1954 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX—NO. 248 Blytheville Courier BlythevUle Daily Ntws IflMlsslppl Valley Lcwhr Blytheville Herald THE DOMINANT MIWSFAraR OF HOKTHKAOT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS,'MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 1954 U.S, Soviet Meet to Plan Atom Talks Dulles Confers t With Zarubin On Time, Place By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Dulles and Soviet Ambassador Georgi N. Zarubin begin talks today on when, where and with whom the United States and Russia may negoiate on the peaceful uses of atomic energy. Their first session, scheduled In Dulles' State Department office, was strictly private. Indications were that little or no Information would be given out. These are preliminary discussions on procedures or a full-dress conference later. Dulles, main purpose is reportedly to try to determine whether the Soviet government is really sincere in its agreement to hold atomic discussions or whether it is merely going through the motions because of the pressures of world public opinion and the needs of 'Moscow propaganda. Small Scale Dulles was said to favor holding the later conference to a very small scale and to think there I might be some advantages .in holding it outside the United Nations, where all previous efforts to negotiate inlernatlonal atomic agreements with the Russians have failed. There Is no optimism In official quarters about the possibility of an agreement this time, but Dulles is described as determined to do everything in his power to remove any unnecessary obstacles which might result from disagreement or misunderstanding over physical arrangements for the conference, what countries should be included, and the like. U. S. officials are talking in terms of talks between the United States and Russia, or those two plus Britain. A three-power conference looks like the best bet at the moment. It would focus on two issues: Proposal-Counterproposal 1. President Eisenhower's proposal, made to the United Nations Dec. 8, for an international pool TEN PAGES SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS President Recommends Half Of Farm Surplus Be Frozen ICE BLANKETS CITY — Many Blytheville residents were out yesterday and this morning trying to clear the ice from their walks and driveways. Shown above is Miss Jettye Huffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Huffman, Sr., surrounded by ice-coaled shrubbery as she tries to clear the ice from the walk in front of her home on Walnut Street. Ice covered trees and shrubs, with the weight breaking some of trie limbs as shown in the picture at right taken at Fifteenth and Walnut. (Courier News Photo) of atomic materials and kn6w-how made up of contributions from the United States, Russia and other atomic powers and devoted lo such peaceful uses as production of power and the medical benefits of atomic materials. 2. A counterproposal put forward by Moscow for a pledge against the use of atomic weapons. The Russians have presented this as a first step toward eliminating all such weapons from the arsenals of the world. The Soviets have shown no interest in peaceful development apart from a weapons ban. The United States is officially interested in eliminating atomic weapons only as part of a huge disarmament and peace program going far be- yong any paper pledge. There appears to be little ground for compromise between these two positions. Hence there is no optimism about an agreement. Sewer Report Postponed By Weather A preliminary report on the new sewer survey made here last month, scheduled to to have been made tonight, has been postponed because of road conditions. Max Mehlburger, Little Rock engineer whose firm made the survey, told Mayor E. R. Jackson this morning he would be unable to be here tonight because of icy roads. Mayor Jackson said Mr. Mehl- burger told him he would try to be here Thursday night. Both the Chamber of Commerce's sewer Committee and the City Council are scheduled to hear the report. The City Council's January ses- «ion will be held tonight, however, and will begin at 8 p.m. In the municipal Courtroom in City Hall. Communists Propose Talks Be Reopened Request Submitted In Letter To U.S. Representative By JOHN RANDOLPH and WILLIAM C. BARNARD PANMUNJOM —The Commu nists today proposed reopening o the broken-off preliminary negot ations for a Korean peace con ference. State Department Representa live Kenneth Young said he re ceived the request in a letter fro) the Communists this afternoon. He said he relayed the red lette to Washington and added:. "I ... am awaiting official re action. Any decision will have t come from Washington." Red China's Peiping radio salt the Communist letter asked for a meeting of liaison officers at Pan munjom Wednesday (8 p. m. Tues day CST) to discuss a time fo: resuming the negotiations, officially requested that the TJ. N The Red move came as India Assembly reconvene in New Yorl 'at an early date" to discuss the Korean question. No Delay Intended Indian officials insisted the action was not intended to delay freeing of some 22,500 war prison ers. A spokesman said: "That is a matter for the two commands to seltle and as far as India is concerned, Jan. 22 is the deadline for Iheir release under Ihe agreement of those commands." And in Seoul, a high source said ;he Indian command is consider- ng a new plan to solve the critical POW problem. The first preliminary talks to Bet ip a peace conference were broken off by U. S. Special Envoy Arthur Jean after six weeks of fruitless haggling. Dean said the Communists would have to withdraw a charge of U. S. "perfidy" before he would come back. The talks themselves were bogged down over U. S. refusal of Red demands that Russia be invited as a neutral Five Youths Held Here for Thefts LEACHV1LLE — Pour youths were returned here and another arrested here after the others were arrested in Jonesboro on suspicion when they tried to sell some automobile wheels and tires there. Deputy Sheriff Floyd Burris said Jonesboro police told him the boys admitted stealing six tires and wheels in Jonesboro, Childress and Cardwell. Mo. The youths, all of Leachville, were transferred to Blytheville county jail to await court action. Two of the youths were reported to be on probation from juvenile court. First Snow in 2 Years Blankets Btytheville Blytheville and Mississippi County today was thawing out from the first snow and ice storm to blanket this area in nearly two years. The week end brought a half-inch of snow, ice-coated , vegetation, slick streets and a low temperature of 18 degrees. •" "" " Although the icy roads brought several minor accidents, there were no traffic fatalities and the only casualties were 10 schools closed today because of roads too slippery for safe movement of school buses Arkansas Covered By Snow By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Snow — a novelty to most Ar- tahsans — spread a blanket across ;he state over the weekend In thicknesses ranging from a trace at El Dorado to seven inches at iubiaco. _* It was, the ' inla 15, 1952, that the state" T had received a general snowfall. A drop in temperatures followed the snow, sending the mercury >Iunging to a low of four degrees >elow zero at Fayetteville — the coldest spot'in the state. The snowfall blocked some high- vays in North Arkansas but H lidn't hamper communications or he flow of electric power. Arkan;as' two 1 est public utilities, Irknnsas Power and Light Co. and Southwestern Bell Telephone, re- orled some slight interruptions f service, but no major .Irouble. Arkansas' first snowstorm of the ear followed general rains that egan falling late Friday night. Saturday afternoon the rain bean turning to sleet and freezing ain and early Sunday morning urned Into snow. Today, State Police reported that Ighways in the northern sections f the state were closed or limited o vehicles using chains. Washington County schools clos- i today after a four-Inch snow iade roads all but impassible, chools at Fayetteville, however, ere open. Schools in several other sections Iso were closed. Other heavy snowfalls Included larksville 6'/ 2 inches; Conway, 5 ,ches; Ozark, 4>/ 2 inches; Fort mlth, 4 inches; Searcy, 4 Inches; ilbert 3'/z inches; Little Rock and atcliff, 3 inches; Pine Bluff and ena, 2 inches; Batesville, l'/ 2 ches; and Newport, Flippin, and alnut Eidge, 1 inch. Texarkana and Camden didn't port any snow, and other re- rts varied-'from a trace at El orado to about three quarters of inch at Jonesboro and Blythe- lle. Snow that began falling about 3 p. m. yesterday came in the wake of freezing rain Saturday night that sheathed trees and shrubs in a glistening coat of ice. Numerous trees lost:brandhes because of the heavy icing. - : A warming sun and clear skies were combining .this morning to clear streets and highways. Tair to paitly cloudy weather tonight and low nk/Unfs 01 Horn ritish Statesman Dies LONDON Iff) — Viscount Simon, ading British jurist and Cabinet inister in two world wars, died day. He was 80. Two Americans Among 35 Feared Dead in Crash of British Jetliner this area; A total of 2.05 inches of rain fell Saturday and Saturday night. After going no higher than a two-below-freezing 30 degrees yesterday, the mercury here dipped to 18— the lowest temperature since the 12-degree low recorded Dec. 24. Saturday's highest was 44 degrees and the low yesterday morning was 25. The last time it snowed in Bly- thevillG was Feb. 16, 19S2, when five and one-half inches blanketed th city. Ice Melting With sunshine the highways an streets were slowly clearing th morning from a blanket of ice afte a day and night of hazardous con ditions. The officer on duty at th Arkansas Permit Station at in state line "reported traffic movin at regular intervals. He reports truck drivers telling of ice on High way 61 as far south a& Victoburg Miss., with heavy ice from Blythe ville to Memphis. Roads in Missouri were reporte in fairly good shape except for section north of Jackson, Mo. No highway deaths were reporte in Mississippi County over the wee end, but many "fender Dumpings were reported to the state police. The Fire Department was callei to put out three small firse bu the siren did not sound as usua because it was frozen. The inly schools reported open in the county this morning wen Blytheville, G o s n e 1 1 , Armore) Dell, Kelser and Dyess. The othe ten schools were closed because o the icy roads. PORTO AZZURO, Elba (AP) s — Two Americans were listed S today among the 35 persons missing and feared dead in the crash of a British Comet J « h 5fiT , In i he Tyrrhenian Sea off Elba's Point Calmity. A fishing boat recovered 15 yesterday. Planes and ships ».r , e other 20 aboard the Slngapore- to-London pride of British air transport. The airship plunged Into 5?.'h B eS ^ rday morn| nff between nn"'.., ?° e ° n ' a islllnd of exile, fh ?•; e of Monteerlsto, off the northwest coast of the Italian peninsula. Overseas Airways, operator of the cornet, identified the American passengers as Mrs. Dorothy Baker of Wilmetle, III., and H. E. Schuchmann, of the MacMillan Publishing Co. of New York. It was not Immediately known if their bodies had been recovered. There were 29 passengers and a crew of six aboard. This morning British Overseas Airways (EOAC) had not officially'given them up for lost, but a top airline official In Borne said: "I believe there are no survivors." Fishermen here said even If anyone survived the crash, they could not have lived long In the frigid waters. . government-owned British J Though BOAC officials in Rome Heavy Snow In Missouri KANSAS CITY (ff) - Snow and sleet up to five inches in depth tied up traffic in spots and caused a few minor accident* in Southern Missouri yesterday. Prederlcktown In the southeast reported five Inches of snow, and from one to four inches fell farther west around Mountain Grove. Packed snow and Ice made U. S. Highways 61 and 67 hazardous in the southeast, according to the highway patrol. and London were skeptical, a preliminary investigation today Indicated the aircraft exploded in the air, killing those aboard in the blast. One farmer told of hearing the explosion and seeing "pieces falling toward the sea," followed by another explosion and a flash of light. Elba's chief surgeon, after examining the recovered bodies, said they died from a concussion, with the force coming from below, and were aready dead when they hit the water, "All their faces were serene and In calm repose," the surgeon said. •They showed no look of terror. Death must have come without See CRASH an Page t Inside Today'* Courier News • . . City Approaching Vital Economic Experience . . . tit- lorlall . . . page 4 ... . . . Greene County Tech Conn to Haley Field Gym Tomorrow Mfht . . . Armorel Sophomore Carl Pallennn Could Score 1,M« Polnti In Pint Vear . , . Sporta . . . pages t and 1 . . . . . . Korean Commliilon Takes dp Issue, of Unrepatrlated POW» . . . page 2 ... Calls for Flexible Price Support Plan WASHINGTON (AP) - President Eisenhower recommended today that two and a half billion dollars of present farm surpluses be "frozen" from regular markets and that the government move into a flexible farm price support pro- In a special message to Congress, the President said the agricultural problem is as "serious and complex" as any confronting the legislators. "Immediate action Is needed," he told them, "to arrest the growing threat to our present agricultural program and to prevent the subsequent economic distress that could follow in our farming areas." Elsenhower also sent the lawmakers a separate message asking revision of the Taft-Hartley labor law. A major point of his request on this was for a provision requiring a vote of workers before a strike could be called. He also called ofr a "thorough study" of union welfare and pension funds. These two programs—farm and labor — affect the two largest groups of voters in the nation. New Backbone As he did in his State of the Union message last week, the President said a flexible priqe support plan must be the back bone of new farm programs. ^^ Eisenhower also said special em- — I phasis in the future must be placed ^' on efforts to develop foreign mar- cets for agriculture's greatly expanded productive capacity. Under his proposal to "freeze" certain surpluses, the excess supply of these commodities such as wheat and corn would be isolated from the market so as not to have a depressing effect on prices. ' Under the flexible program, government price guarantees would be high In time of shortages to encourage production, and low in times of surpluses to encourage consumption and discourage over production. The President said the present war-born mandatory supports should be permitted to expire at Senate Gets Into Cotton Problem Studies Bill For 21 Million Acre Allotment WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate today tackled the prob- fro of firing the country's 1954 cotton acreage allotment. Before it was a bill by its Aerl- culture Committee setting at 21 879,000 acres the area which'cot! ton farmers of the country could ontro™' yMr """" prwluctlon Passage by the Senate would send the bill to, a House-Senate conference committee. The house passed a different version last TOUGH STUFF — The ice-dipped trees and shrubbery may have made the city a "winter wonderland" over the weekend, but the frozen layer on this Blytheville motorist's car brought him no esthetic enjoyment as he labored to clear the windshield. (Courier News Photo) Compromise Urged On Tax Differences WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Kean (R-NJ) today proposed a compromise of sharp differences over corporation income tax rates which now divide key House tax writers and the Eisenhower administration. Significant as one o( the first. present rates." the end of this crop year. "A farm program." he said, Jublic moves In this direction Cean's proposal would (1) con linue the present 52 per ceni corporate income tax rale through 1954 and (2) lower It to 50 per cent effective next Jan. 1. President Eisenhower has askec Congress to keep corporate taxes .vhere they are for another year But a number of OOP tax writers on Capitol Hill, and some Democrats, favor letting it drop to 47 per cent as scheduled April 1. There have been suggestiores that in April 1 compromise of 50 per ;ent might be reached. Kean, a member of the tax-writing Ways nd Means Committee, adopted hat figure but said he would urge that it not be put into effect until he start of 1955. Ike A»ka Cancellation Eisenhower, in his State of the Jnion message Thursday, asked Congress to cancel not only the orpbratton tax cut due April 1 but Iso scheduled reductions in excise axes. "Because of the present need for evenue," the President said, "the orporation Income tax should be ept at the current rate of 52 per cnt for another year, and the ex- Ise taxes scheduled to be reduced n April I, Including those on quor, tobacco, gasoline and auto- lobiles, should be continued at Hi// Threaten* Town ASTORIA, Ore. 1*1 — A close atch was kept today on a skid- Ing hillside In this Oregon coastal Jwn. Thirty-lour lamllles have had to five their homes on the water- cd hill since It began slipping' st Tuesday. City officials said ey feared the prcadlng, slide area waa Rep. Daniel A. Reed (R-NY), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and a champion of .tax reductions, is expected to oppose strenuously any such course in federal tax policy. Opposition has been voiced by other senior committee Eepublicans. Blazing Plane Crash Kills 12 In Louisiana SHREVEPORT, La. m — A bla* Ing plane crash Wiled the presidents of Braniff International Air ways and.. Texas Eastern Gas Transmission Co. and 10 com panlons last night. The plane smashed into an unoccupied house and burned for more than two hours. Ten wealthy passengers and two pilots return- Ing from a weekend duck hunt In the Louisiana marshlands near the Gulf Coast were killed. There were no survivors. . The plane went down after Ice formed on its wlngj. The dead included airlines president Thomas Braniff of Dallas, Tex. and R. H. Hargrove of Shreveport, president of Texas EMtern, which operates the famed "Big nch" and "Little Inch" gas pipeline o the East. The badly mangled and charred miles remained unidentified earl; big seaplane, owned by "first of all should, assist agriculture to earn its proportionate share of the national income. It must likewise aim at stability in farm Income. There should therefore be no wide year to year fluctuation In the level of price support." He said too that "a farm program must fairly represent the in- tcrcsls of both producers and consumers." Crop Is Security The government supports prices of farm products by stepping inlo Hie market and buying whenever (lie price drops to the support level, or by making loans to farmers at the support level. The farmer's crop is security for the loon. If prices go down, he can elect not to pay the loan, leaving the crop to the government. If prices go up, he can pay off the loan, take back his crop and sell it. Under the President's program, price props on major crops would vary between 75 and 9 Oper cent of parity. Parity Is a standard for measuring farm prices, declared by law to be fair to farmers in relation to prices they pay. The President said adjustment to a new farm program must be accomplished gradually in the interest of farmers and in the interest of the economy of the nation as a whole. As to specitio crops, the program outlined today offered little that was new, except in the case of wool. For this commodity, the President suggested Ihe use of production payments as a method of assuring producers fair Income. Such payments were a feature of the controversial farm program advanced In 1949 by President Truman's then secretary of agriculture, Charles F. Brannan, but never accepted by Congress. The Idea is that prices of do- See FARM on Page 3 summer. od»y. The 'nited Gat Co., went down at Wai' ace Luke, 16 miles south of her«. ' s i pp i Counties. Jonesboro Man Seeks Office Of Prosecutor Terry Shell, Jonesboro attorney, announced Saturday that he has filed as a candidate for prosecuting attorney of the Second Judicial District. H« will be a candidate In the Democratic primaries this summer to succeed H. G. Partlow of Blytheville, who is a candidate for circuit judge. Mr. Shell, currently a state representative from Craighead County, is a graduate of Arkansas State College and the University of Arkansas taw School. He is 32. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Intelligence Section of the 90th Infantry Division in Europe and was held a prisoner of war In Germany. The Second Judicial District Includes Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Polroett and Missis- In the House, southerners have) organized to oppose the Senate bill. They feel the Senate bill gives advantages to the West but none to the South. / .; The bill has been'characterlzed by Chairman Alien (B-Vt) of the Senate Agriculture Committee a> one which won't reduce the country's cotton surplus but -which probably won't add to It .either;.. ' „ Controls were •oillea n ''f&1: x -.tfiM" year by Secretary of Agriculture Benson in view of a big cotton surplus. Under law he set the allotment at 17,910,000 acres, compared with more than 27 million acres planted in 1953 and more than 25 million In 1953. However, he tald that to reduce hardships to many growers who would be forced to lake huge culs In their cotton acreages Congress should hike thla to about 21 million acres. As presented to the Senate, th« bill would fix the tolal allotment for ia54 and divide it among th« country's 20 cotton growing states. Under it no state would be cut more than. 34 percent of its 1953 planted acreage. Under the bill state allotments would Include: ' Arkansas 1,847,036; Missouri 462,617. IkeAsbM Changes In T-H Labor Law WASHINGTON (AP _ President Elsenhower today asked Congress to adopt 14 amendments to the Taft-Hartley labor law, including a provision that workers must' voU approval of any strike before it can go into effect. On the strike proposal the President recommended that before a union could order workers off their Jobs the workers be required to approve the action in a secret, government-held election. Eisenhower's proposal contained some changes suggested by management and some asked by labor. Among the presidential proposals was one that would give states more jurisdiction in labor disputes. Others would require employers to submit non-Communist affidavits as well as union leaders, and would. remove some of the present re- See IKE on Page 2 Weather ARKANSAS-^Pair and continued, cold this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday. High this afternoon low to upper 30s; low tonight 10-23. MISSOURI - partly cloudy through Tuesday; much colder north and central thli afternoon and over state tonight; continued cold Tuesday. Maximum Slturdsy—«. Minimum y«tterd*y—35. Maximum yMtcrdiy—30. Minimum thli moraine— U. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. Sunset today—3:M. Precipitation IMI 4S tumri to 7:09 a. m. today—2.1. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—M. Precipitation Jan. 1 to dttt-l.l. Thli Date but Vtu Maximum yc&tertlfty—11. Minimum yeiurday— n. . '• rrtclplution Juu«7 I

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