The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 27, 1954 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, July 27, 1954
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 106 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1954 TEN PAGES Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Two Air Base Contracts Let- More Slated Work Starts in 10 Days; Bids On $3 Million Paving Job Set Work in connection with two air base reactivation contracts awarded yesterday is scheduled to get under way within 10 days and bids on $3,000,000 more in base contracts are slated to be opened about Sept. 1. : Contracts for extension and re habilitation of water and sewer systems and construction of crash-fire station and guardhouse were signed yesterday afternoon by the Corps of Engineers and re turned to the firms submitting lev, bids at the opening Friday. For the utility work, the con tract went to A and A Construction Co. of Muskogee, Ofcla., on a bid of $56,184.34, while the building contract was awarded Fraser Con struction Co. of Fort Smith on its bid of $152,714. Governmen estimates for this work were S68, 813.65 and $141,492, respectively. The Corps of Engineers announced yesterday afternoon that the next work on which bids will be sought involves two jobs costing about $3,000,000. One job include laying 145,000 square yards of concrete and 440,000 , square yards ol overlay pavement. The other involves 270,000 square yards of asphaltic concrete pavement-and 315,000 square yards of concrete pavement. Advance -Totices Sent Advance notices of this work have been sent to prospective bidders by the Corps of Engineers This paving work will be done on the existing north-south runway and taxiway and parking apron. The 5,000-foot runway and the nearby taxiway will each be extended to 10,000 feet and the existing runway will be overlaid with new material to bring it to required strength. In announcing this work, Col. Staunton L. Brown, district engineer, said the existing 257,000- square yard parking apron also will be overlaid with^new material to bring it to required strength. He said bidders wlil be permitted ,o submit offers on the basis of all-concrete construction or part concrete and part bituminous construction. While parts of the runway may be of the mixed construction, the taxiway and apron "will be of concrete. If of mixed construction, the runway would be concrete for the last 1,000 feet at each end and of bituminous material in the inner 8,000 feet. If all concrete is used for the runway, Col. Brown pointed out, a total of 220,000 cubic yards will be required — enough for about 62 mileo of modern two-lane highway Work Orders Mailed Construction time on the paving work will be 330 calendar days. Notices to proceed with work involved in the contracts awarded yesterday were sent to the two firms by mail yesterday afternoon, the Corps of Engineers said. The firms have 10 days from receipt of these notices to begin work, but may begin sooner, Corps of Engineers officials said. Three Blytheville firm's. Farr and Allen, which submitted the second low bid of 568,237.41, S. J. Cohen Co. and Pride Usrey, were among the bidders on the utility work. Ben White and Sons was among the bidders on the construction jobs. The extensions and rehabilitation of the water and sewer systems will include installation of approximately 1.650 linear feet of eight-inch sewer line, repairs to two life stations and the sewage treatment plant, installation of about 4,100 linear feet of six and eight-inch water lines, and installation of seven gate valves and 10 fire hydrants. The construction time will be 240 calendar days. The crash and fire station will be a wood frame juilding with approximately 12,500 square feet of It will be complete with quarters for firemen, a drill tower, hose drying racks and day room. Approximately 22,200 square feet of space will be in the guardhouse which will be of concrete block construction. Both buildings will have adjacent parking areas. The construction ';ime for the two buildings will be 150 calendar days. ELECTION TIME AGAIN — Bob Bay receives his ballot from the election officials at the City Hall box of Ward One during the morning voting. The election officials are (left to right) Frank Douglas, Worth D. Holder, E. C. Stiles, Foy Etchieson and J. M. Cleveland (back to camera). Mr. Bay was the 85th person to cast a ballot at this box. (Courier News Photo) Statewide Balloting Tops Expectations LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Voters in heavier than expected numbers packed Arkansas polling places today to decide whether to return their senior senator — John L. McClellan — to Washington for another six years. In the first precinct reporting McClellan received seven votes. Democratic Committeeman Paul Chambers of Helena polled four and ex-gov. Sid McMath received three. The same medium that gained the drawling McClellan nationwide fame as the Democratic spokesman in the Army-McCarthy hearings — television — apparently brought the large turnout although hotly contested local races in some sections contributed: Predictions of a light vote, and reports of voter lethargy all over the state were based on small, unenthusiastic crowds that attended most ' campaign rallies 'and speeches. McClellan, McMath and Chambers all used television extensively. It was the first time the medium has been available to Arkansas candidates and the extent of its impact could not be estimated until today. Jonesboro, Blytheville, Conway and Helena said the vote was lighter than in the first primary of 1952. Blytheville had fewer than ha^£ as many votes cast at noon, Helena reported the vote "very light" and Jonesboro estimated the total vote to be approximately 10 per cent. Helena's heaviest voting period is after noon and after the town's mills close down for the day. Heavier than expected voting reports came from Little Rock — where some experts said at noon they expect a record turnout — FayettevilleV""Camdeh, r Texarkana, Pine Bluff and Hot Springs. Stuttgart, Fort Smith and Rogers all reported a normal turnout of about the size of the 1952 campaign. 465 Voters Cost Bo//ofs Here by Noon Blytheville voters had cast a total of 465 votes in the city's four wards at noon today, with balloting in the Firsfc Democratic Primary running light as expected • The number compared to 832 votes cast by noon during the July Democratic Primary two years ago when voter interest in seven races appeared to run much higher than today's enthu- siam. The City Hall Ward One box and Blytheville Water Company Ward Two box had topped the one-hundred mark by noon. The two boxes have led in balloting in recent years. With five contests on the ballot, including U. S. senator, Governor, attorney general, land commissioner, and the district's prosecuting attorney, voters had turned out to"" this extent at^tne 12:05 p. m. mark: Ward One — City Hall, 117; Seay Motor Company, 59 Ward Two — Blytheville. Water See ELECTION on Page 3 U. S. Sends Strongly Worded Protests to Communist China Red Fighter Plane Attacks Denounced By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has sent two strongly worded protests to Communist China, denouncing fighter plane attacks on a British transport and American rescue planes. The State Department, in an- j should have recos^iized "strength- GOP Tactics Hit as Senate Continues Atom Eiil Debate WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the embattled forces in the Senate struggling over atomic legislation each blamed the other today for the prolonged deadlock. Sen. Anderson (D-NM), a top strategist in the fight against the administration bill, said tactics used by Republican Leader Knowland (Calif) had blasted chances for an early end to the marathon battle. "We'll be here to Thanksgiving j already topped his two previous now," Anderson told reporters. Knowland, advised of Anderson's remarks, said they would be "almost humorous if times were not o serious." He suggested there was irony in "obstructionists" and hose "active in a filibuster" seek- ng to "place the responsibility on he leadership." Record Set The Senate passed the 25-year mark of continuous session at 11 i.rri. (EOT). At that hour, Sen. Morse (Ind-Ore) was still firing away with a speech he had started last midnight. It was Morse's third marathon talk stint of the atomic debate which began July 13, and he had efforts. The Oregon senator hit repeatedly at Knowland's tactics. Morse said that tabling motions to throttle debate had introduced a new issue into the struggle and cried: "If that's the way they want to play the game, rough and tough, we'll play it that way." He said the all-night session wouldn't be the last one if GOP leaders "continue with those tactics." Of his oxvn long speech, the Oregon senator said "there'll be another one and it won't be a short one either." Same Terms Morse's voice rose and he spoke Eisenhower Opens Formal Talks with Syngman Rhes WASHINGTON (AP) — President Syngman Rhee of South Korea noor"space a~nd"haVe "truck "open-! .confers with President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles today ings onto the flight line and also at the formal opening of friendly but blunt talks on military and eco- onto the street and building area. President of Ark-Mo (Sinners Association Dies LONOKE, Ark. (fli — The president of the Arkansas-Missouri Gin- ners Association died at a Little Rock hospital today following a heart attack. Jeff Fletcher, president of the First State Bank of Lonoke, was 50 years old. Fletcher is survived by his widow; his mother; two brothers, Frank of Tamo and John P. Fletcher of St. Louis ;and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Wepfer, El Dorado, and Mrs. P. H. McCrary, Lonoke. Inside Today's Courier News ... Is Tribe Really Serious About Its Pennant Race . . . Game and Fish News . . . Sports . . . Paces « and 7 ... . . . House Cleaning Time . . . Editorials . . . Page 4 ... . . . French, Vletmlnh Order End to PlfMinir In Parts of Indochina . . . Page 3 ... nomic problems besetting partitioned Korea. Rhee wa s regarded as certain to renew his demand for steps to unify Korea. v The outspoken 79-year-old South Korean President had set a blunt tone in an impromptu statement on his arrival yesterday for intensive talks running through Fri-day. He thanked the American people for their aid but said there would be no unification worries if the Allies "only had a little more courage" in driving out the Communists. with more vigor 10 hours after he had started. Without mentioning Knowland by name, he said the Republican leadership had "picked a bad one'' in using his pricing standards amendment to renew the strategy of voting to table without debate proposed changes in the legislation. Morse's amendment was in "the language of Dwight Eisenhower," Morse said, adding that it employed the same terms set forth in the draft of a bill the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) submitted for the administration. Morse's amendment would have limited charges to the government for nuclear materials to a level corresponding to what its own costs would have been. The Federal Power Commission backed such a formula, he said. Anderson, in talking with reporters, asserted that Knowland "promoted a filibuster as hard as he could" by moving to table the Morse amendment without debate. Word had been sent to Know- j land, before he abruptly cut down on Morse's amendment, that he [would start "the fur flying" if he nouucing this today, said the British government has been asked to passion the twin protests as an aftermath of the weekend plane clashes in the South China Sea. Press Officer Henry Suydam told a news conference the U. S. notes cover both the shooting down of British airliner some 30 miles south of Hainan Friday and Red fighter attacks Monday against American carrier planes which were searching for possible survivors. Three Americans were killed, and three wounded when the British transport crashed in the sea. Not Made Public Suydam declined to make public the texts or to provide detailed information about the notes which were drafted and given to the British late yesterday through the American Embassy in London. Diplomatic sources reported, however, that the United States denounced the "brutality" of the Communist attacks. The department's announcement came about the same time that the Peiping radio reported the Chinese Red regime had lodged a "grave protest" against the shooting down of two Communist planes by U. S. Navy planes on Sunday. The department declined comment on the Chinese action. In London, Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told parliament that Britain already has the American note for relay to the Red Chinese. Reds Protest Tokyo monitors reported that the Chinese Communist radio had announced the Peiping government: was lodging a "grave protest" over the shooting down of two Red planes off Hainan Island Sunday by U.S. Navy aircraft. A statement issued by Vice Foreign Minister Chang Han-fu claimed the American planes violated Chinese skies in shooting down the planes. The United States insists the Red planes attacked over the open sea. At the Capitol, it was disclosed that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had asked Secretary of State Dulles to appear for a closed- door session at 4 p.m. It was scheduled to deal with the German situation, but would also give the senators an opportunity to talk over the Far Eastern situation with the secretary. The weekend plane clashes, climaxed by the shooting down of two attacking Chinese fighters by U.S. planes, aroused angry protests in Congress and further embittered American feelings toward the Peiping regime. "Strengthened Policy" Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) said today the Communist world should read "a strengthened U.S. foreign policy" into the shooting down Sunday night of the two Communist planes off the Red-held island of Hainan. Others on Capitol Hill joined in a general "well done" for the U.S. Airmen who downed the planes. Ferguson, — chairman of the . Senate Republican Policy Commit- j g/ v */j ev ;// e tee, said it was wise policy to shoot i o'7- nev " ie down the Communist attackers, because failure to fight back "might have misled them into believing that Americans won't fight." "Let this be a lesson to them, that Americans will defend themselves and their rights on the high seas." he added. ened U.S. foreign policy" in recent months, particularly since President Eisenhower had Sent aircraft carriers to "protect and help this mission of mercy." The U.S. planes were aiding in a search for possible See U.S. on Page 3 Airline Pilots Report New Jet Encounters HONG KpNG (AP) — Three airline pilots reported encounters with jet fighters off Red-held Hainan Island today — two with U. S. planes and the other with unidentified jets. A Pan American World Airways pilot reported he was "escorted" for a few minutes by four U. S. Navy jets. The airline office here said no request had been made for fighter escort for its planes. The two other pilots asserted their transports had been buzzed by fighter planes. Capt. Homib Misty, pilot of an Air India plane which arrived here from Bangkok, reported his craft was buzzed by two United 'States jets about 80 miles off Hainan at 3:30 p.m. Unidentified And Capt. Jack R. Brugger of Paris, pilot of an Air France Constellation, said four unidentified jets buzzed Ms transport about 100 miles off r ainan. Brugger described the planes as "the shape and color'" of Communist MIG jets. The incidents occurred in the general area where a British airliner was shot down by Chinese Unless City Council takes action in next Tuesdav night's Red fighters Friday with a possible loss of 10 lives, including three Americans. . Misty said he "saw two more U.S. jets about six miles away." He estimated bis position as 100 miles north of Tourane on the In- >rk (small property owners) will dochina coast. Mistv described the Action on Sewers Hinges on Council Unless Aldermen Act in Session Next Tuesday, Progress on System May Be Delayed Months Unless City Council takes action in next Tuesday nig adjourned session, possibility of "getting something done" in regard to Blytheville's authorized sewer system may be months away. valuation being on the line. Progress on this phase of the Formation of the southern improvement district, which must be completed before bonds are sold| on the system, is after, a speedy start, now more or less creeping along as workers conduct house- to-house operations in signing up property owners. All large industrial property owners in the district have been signed. Mayor E. R. Jackson reported today. But that leaves the campaign some $50.000 short in assessed valuation, owners of about $100,000 Sen, McCarthy Defends Rules Of Probes WASHINGTON (#—Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) said today he uses "almost an ideal set of rules" to run his investigations, and he voiced "dismay" at the attitude of some of his Republican senatorial critics. McCarthy's statements were in testimony prepared for a hearing before a Senate Rules subcommittee studying a variety of proposals for revision of the rules for Senate investigations. No action is foreseen this year. The inquiry got a boost from— but is not based upon—the recent 36-day hearings into McCarthy's row with Army officials. In a 3,500-word statement defend- . ing himself and the Senate Investigations subcommittee of which he is chairman, McCarthy said: "I do not believe that any of the allegations aimed at me or at our committee, calculated to prove that we are in effect demanding equal time in (Sic) the White House, is grounded in reason." McCarthy's critics have contended some of the senator's actions have infringed the functions of the executive department. of course be slow, the mayor pointed out. However, he indicated, he may go before the Negro citizens of the area in a special appeal to speed up work on the petitions. Work on the northern district has been completed, it was reported A proposition by Max Mehibur- ger, Little Rock engineer, will be considered at Tuesday night's council meeting Mayor Jackson stated. Mehlburger's firm, which has done preliminary work on the sewer but which will be awarded no contract until the two improvement districts are formed has made an offer to begin preliminary work on the city-wide system. He has asked that he be assured $1,500 for conducting survey work, preparatory to the drafting of plans and specifications. Thus, if the bond issue failed to materialize, which is considered extremely unlikely, the city will be liable for only a 31,500 fee. However, it means from four to six weeks and p'erhaps even more planes as "of a black color." Brugger said four unidentified jets followed his plane for four minutes and then swooped up on the right side and across the Constellation's nose before they disappeared. No Marking's The Air France transport, bound from Saigon to Tokyo with 20 persons aboard, landed safely at Hong Kong's Kaitak Airfield at 1:19 p.m. Brugger said the fighters were green in color but that he could see no markings. He said they were "definitely not" United States jets. Brugger said his plane was two hours out of Saigon and flying at 17,000 feet when the four fighters appeared behind him. The transport continued to Tokyo. Later Capt. Max C. Weber of Great Barrington, Mass., pilot of a Pan American World Airways transport which arrii-ed here from Bangkok, reported he was "escorted" for a few minutes by four in the sewer construction time U.S. Navy jet fighters, table. For with the information to be gained from the survey, Mehlbur- ger, his men will be able to set about drawing up plans and specifications while waiting on the formation of the southern improvement district. These plans and specifications are important in that actual work on the bond issue must await them. To Close for a Week Sen. Fulbright Named to UN Seat by Ike WASHINGTON 13") — Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark) has been named by President Eisenhower to represent this country in the United Nations General Assembly this fall. Fulbright will be one of five delegates for the U. S. at the UN sessions scheduled to begin in September. Other delegates named by tht Dr. Jack Webb Plans New Off ice Work is to begin next month on remodelling of the residence at 520 West Main where Dr. Jack Webb will locate his offices, Dr. Webb j President include U. S. Ambassa- stated today. He said the residence, which ne purchased from Mrs. M. A. Isaacs, will be converted into twin offices, half of which he plans to use himself, the other half going to another professional man. Interior of the building will be completely remodelled, he pointed out. The Blytheville Public Library c:,- f Cnttnn fin// will be closed Aug. 2. through Aug. ™ St <- otton *> Q " 7 to give all employes a vacation, Mrs. Ira Gray, librarian said this morning. The library will be open again dor to the UN Henry Cabot Lodge, Sen. H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ), C. D. Jackson, former White House assistant and now vice president of Time & Life. Inc., and Charles H. Mahoney, Negro attorney of Detroit. Informed of his appointment, the Arkansas senator said; "I look forward to the experience at the UN with a great deal of interest. I hope we can accomp- ! lish something towards increasing across the Yalu River because "some people had a little cold feet." Eisenhower also gave an indication at his news conference last week of the frank nature the talks are expected to assume. He said then he knew of no one in this country who was advocating resumption of Korean hostilities. State Dinner Rhee and his wife were overnight guests at the White House. They were entertained by the President and Mrs. Eisenhower with a state dinner attended by 50 American diplomatic, congressional and military leaders and their wives. Beyond his reference to unification, Rhee ha* been client on specific proposals. Seoul reports ! ™ ade anotner tablin £ motion, An- have said he hopes for American equipment and supplies to help expand the present 20-division South Korean army by 15 to 20 divisions. Rhee, responding to Vice President Nixon's airport greeting yesterday, thanked, the American people "and your great President for sending your boys to Korea to fight for the common cause of democracy." Since American forces arrived, he said, "the Communists have failed. They know they have failed and if we had only a little more courage we could have reached the Yalu. At least we would not have to worry about the unification of Korea." He continued: "But some people had a little cold feet and we did not do what we already could do. This would have been the best thing for Korea, the United States, the United Nations and all free nations." President Loses Straw GETTYSBURG. Pa. (/P)— President Eisenhower lost some straw yesterday. A wagonload of it being transported from his farm near here to a neighboring farm caught derson said. Earlier, as dawn was breaking over the Capitol after its fourth all-night session in recent days, Knowland said he hoped and expected the administration measure overhauling the nation's atomic energy law could be passed during the day. No Stopping But if not, he said grimly, he would keep the Senate going nonstop. Knowland kept one session going 86 hours last xveek in an effort to wear down the opposition. Anderson, holding his thumb and forefinger just a little apart, said "we were just that close" to action on the bill when Knowland made his motion to table last night. "Now it's hopeless," he said. "The only way you can stop debate now is through cloture, I would say." And to do that, he noted, would take 20 more votes than the administration was able to muster on a debate-limiting move yesterday, +' Under the Senate's cloture, or debate-limiting rule, each senator Ferguson said the Communists Aug. 9. The first cotton boll reported in j tne solidarity of the peoples of in this area Saturday was from cot- j £h e f ree world and lessening the ton grown by Ollie Hollis an the i antagonism of Russia and the R. S. Harris farm, and not on the communist orbit." J. C. Ellis farm as first reported. Weather Takes 1 7 Lives KAGOSHB1A, Japan (.<?}—Eleven persons died and three were injured when a violent rainstorm flooded homes and rice paddies and touched off earthslides last night on Kyuhs. southern Japanese island, Kyodo news service report- te'd. firs. Several bales were destroyed! is allowed to "speak on a bill and j b«for« firemen put out the blaze. ' all amendments for only one hour. I READY FOR FISH RODEO — Mayor E. R. Jackson (right) stands with Arnold Miller, Dud Cason Post of American Legion's Fishing Rodeo committee chairman, as they view some of the prizes to be awarded during Blytheville's fishing rodeos on Aug. 7 and 14. White children will com- pete for prizes in Walker Park Lake on Aug. 7, the Aug. 14 date being reserved for Negroes. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be available to all contestants and identical prizes will be awarded in both events. (Courier Newt Photo) Weather ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers mostly in south; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Generally fair thii atferaoon, tonight and Wednesday; no important temperature change; low tonight 65-72; high Wednesday 90-95. Minimum this morning — 70. Maximum yesterday — 92. Sunrise tomorrow — 5 .-07. Sunet today — 7:OC, Mean temper* turt (midway between nigh and low)— 81. Precipitation last M noun to 7:00 a. m. today— Nont, Precipitation Jan. 1 to thU dat*-» This Date last Tear Maximum yesterday — 95. Minimum this morning— 73. Precipitation January i to dat*—

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