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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE POMIMAMT MKWWAMK Of MOttmAOT AMCAN8A8 AND •OCTMABT MI8t)OUM VOL. L—NO. 237 BlytheviUe Courier Blytheville Dally Ntwt Mississippi Valley Le»d«r Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY JANUARY 8, 1056 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Ex-President Arrested In Remon Death Panama Chief, Two Others Killed in Assassination PANAMA (AP) — After a lightning roundup, police announced today they had arrested former President Arnulfo Arias in connection with the slaying last night of President Jose Antonio Remon, strong man of this strategic Central American republic for 10 turbulent years. Secret police officials said they had arrested more than 20 persons In predawn raids aimed at catching the assassins who machine-gunned the 46-year-old Remon as he chatted with a party of friends at Juan Franco race track. Two other persons died In the gun battle between the President's bodyguard and his assassins. Three of Remon's companions were wounded. \ Police said they nabbed Arias, Claude Rankin, Commissioner Of Lands, Dies Was Scheduled To Start Seventh Term in Few Days LITTLE ROCK (/P) — Claude Rnnkin died yesterday—a few day before he was scheduled to star his seventh term afi Arkansas Ian commissioner. Hospital attendants as St. Vii 70-year-old veteran politician die from complications arising from tumor. He was admitted to the hos pital in November. Rankin had served as land com missloner since 1943. He had oppo sition In only three of the seve Democratic primaries in which h ran. He was an easy victor last sum mer. Rankin was born in Cleveland Co unty. He had been mayor of Murf reesbro and had served in both thi House and Senate of the Arkansa. Legislature. He was chief appraiser in the State Land Department—having ri- . sen in nine years from field noti clerk-when he ran for commisstoA- er in 1942. He taught school for five years in Pike and Howard counties, and he puMisheti ine * J il:e County Courie; at Murfressboro in 1907-08. Rnnkln wa« president of the Arkansas Historical Association at one time and was vice president at the time of his death. Rankin was state grand master of the Masons In 1932-33 and state grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias in 1948-49. He studied law privately and was a member of the state bar. Caruthersville Youth Admits Ticket Theft By SONNY SANDERS CARUTHERSVILLE — A 16- year-old Caruthersville boy is being held in Pemiscot County Jail here today on a larceny charge pending preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court here Thursda morning. Caruthersville City Policema Euless Stanfill said yesterday' th boy has confessed robbing the Ge: Theatre of about 1,000 tickets, : boxes of chewing gum, and an ui known amount of candy bars. Following the robbery Tuesda night, an investigation was coi ducted by policemen Finis Speigl and Stanfill. It was learned tha the tickets were numbered and list of the numbers of the missin tickets was obtained. When a teenage girl tried to ac quire admittance to the theate with one of the stolen tickets lat Saturday afternoon, Billy Watkins a IG-year-old high school studen who takes up tickets at the sho.w noticed It was one of the stole: tickets. Police headquarters were tele phoned and the officers on dm went by Stanfill's house to let hirr In on the conclusion of the case a, he had the day off. Stanfill questioned the girl whose name is being withheld by the police as they believe she Was not aware the ticket had been stolen. She told them the boy gave it to who was thrown out of qffice in 1951 by Remon's police forces after a bloody palace battle, at Boquette, 300 miles west of the capital. Arias has a large coffee plantation near there. Gulzado Sworn In In a 3 a.m. session, the National Assembly swore In Foreign Minis- ,er Jose Ramon Guizado as president. Guizado was elected first vice president on the ticket with Remon 1952. Their terms had until October 1956 to run. The Cabinet announced tha calm prevailed in the country he "government Is maintainini rigorous order throughout all national territory." The Cabinet statement gave clue, however, to the identity he President's killers or the mo ivation for the plot. There was no. official confirma ion of a report in Is'ew York from 'anama's delegate to the United rations. Ernesto de la Ossa, tha' 'anama police were holding a voman who had joined Remon's tarty at the race course and "ex- >osed him deliberately to the as- assins. De la Ossa said he got lils in- ormation in a telephone conversa- ion with the Foreign Ministry. He id not name the woman but said he belongs to the "Communal Ae- on headed by Airas." News of the death of Remon atcd by many Western leaders as ablest President Panama has ad in Its 52 years as n republic— rought expressions of grief fixm hocked leaders in the United ;ates and Panama's neighbors. Secretary of State Dulles, in New ork for the New year holiday, xpressed profound grief. Tranfusion Fail Rernon died in Santo Tomas Hostal two hours after he had been t in the groin and liver by ma- ine-guu bullels. Five blood trans- .sions failed to save him. The other dead were identified Jose PeraJta of Panama's sect police, who was with the Pres- Legislators Prepare for 84th Congress Opening Wednesday Demos Take WINNER'OF STORK RACE — She wasn't the first of 1DW !>ut Jamie Yolanda Parrish, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Parrish is the winner of the Courier News' annual First Baby Contest. Jamie Yolanda was born at 5:42 a. m., yesterday at the Chicfcasawba H6s- pital and she weighed in at 7 Ibs. 8'/ 2 ounces. The first baby of 1855 was a daughter born to Delia and J. P. Jones, Negroes, at their home at 1119 South Clark at 2:30 a. m., Jan. 1. However, under the rules of the contest, only babies born" in a BlytheviUe Hospital are eligible. {Courier News Photo) .otest Report Shows: Security Firings Now Total 8,008 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Eisenhower administration reported today the number of persons it has dropped from the federal payroll and classed as security risks has reached 8,008, of whom 2,096 had "subversive data" in their files. H. Highfill Dies At Parma Home HeWosOna- ...-,._... Of This Area's Most Successful Hezekiah Highfill, who came oul of Greene County, Arkansas more han 50 years ago to become one if this area's most succe^ful men lied ai 1:15 this morning at his 'arma, Mo ; , home where he retired o a farm about lu years ago. He was 76. Born near Paragoilld, Mr. High- iJJ was a Horm;r.sviJle. Mo., ;ner- hant before moving to Caruthers- ille as head of East St. Louis Coton Oil Co. Prom there, he moved to BIythe ilfe around 1920. He represented ester-Goldman Cotton Co., of St. ent, and Dnnilo Sousa, former 011 i s }, erc before becoming an inde- her. He was questioned and signed t confession which contained the fol lowing information: He stayed In the theater until after It was closed Tuesday night - After the picture had ended, he lay down behind the last row of seats in the balcony. The youth went downstairs, got a screwdriver from the office and broke Into the concession stand. With the screwdriver he managed to smash two locks and break into the storage bin. There he found the tickets, gum and candy. He also got a small hammer there and with it he was unsuccessful In an attempt to crack the safe. (Although he did not get Into the safe, he messed up the combination to the extent that it took an expert locksmith from Memphis four hours to unlock It. The boy said he irmde his exit through an unlocked door. After making his confession, ho was taken to his home where he showed officers a locked box In which the stolen things were hidden. I lamming star. Sousa was beiiev led by police bullets but it w t immediately known whether r was among the assailants or caught in the cross fire. The wounded were Alberto Obarrion, manager of the i Sec SLAVING on Pagre 5 Traffic Counts In Court Here Traffic and trucking cases dorr inated Municipal Court this mor ing: as the court started the ne year with a heavy docket. Five persons forfeited bonds c charges of speeding and foi trucking concerns forfeited bond on charges of violation of Arkan sas hauling laws. Forfeiting speeding bonds S19 75 each were August L, Chilese H. C. Miller, Marvin L. Woodard Ed Stanford, Jr., and Clates Love ace. The Brundridge Trucking Com pany forfeited a bond of $125 on charge of hauling without a per mil, E. G. Stokes of the Adel Can ning Company forfeited a bond o 125 on fl charge of hauling fo lire without a permit with im >roper lease; Hubert Woodard for elled a *75 bond on a charge o muling for hire without a per nit and .the McCormick Whole ;ale Co., forfeited a bond of $15C m a charge of using flctfcious bll L f Jading to evade rules of the Ar ansas Public Service Commission In other action Joe Shen for cited a bond of $123.75 on a charge f driving while under the Influ nee of liquor, Larry Jo Murdnugn orfclted a bond of $19.75 or harge of failure to yield the right f way and John Barnes forfeited bond of $61.75 on a charge 01 nrrying a concealed weapon. vtissing Lawn louse Number? Someone, evidently of t juvenile turn of mind, rot hln holiday kick* coltontlnjr, lawn utreet nimbers. If your* |R mlMlnir, here Are the mhflm turned In to the police Ifpnrlmrnl: H04, 717, 900, 7J2, 1017, 110*, V, 411. pendent cotton merchant in Memphis in 1926. He returned here to operate gins for the National Cottonseed Products, Co., and later went into the cotton brokerage business and founded Highfill-Doane Mule Co., here. Other Dudes He was a representative for St. Louts Union Trust Co.. supervising their loan program in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. He also operated an implement business here .and was Instrumental n re-organizing First National Bank becoming its first president under re-organization. In 1944, he bought considerable acreage of some of Missouri's best farmland and retired to Parma. During his stay in Arkansas, he served as chairman of the Arkan_- sas Racing Commission and was a member of the Arkansas Hospital Board. He was a Methodist and a Mason and was preceded in death by his vlfe, the former Josephine Hayes of Trenton, Tenn., In 1934. He leaves one sister, Mrs. J. A. Sdwards, Paragould; and two brothers, B. Frank Highfill, Parma and Herbert H. Highfill, Memphis. Funeral services will be conduced Wednesday morning at 10 o'- ilock In Cobb Funeral Home Chap- Burial will be In Paragould. 4 or the total, 3,002 were listed as fired outright and 5,006 as.having resigned before final determination of their cases. The total represented about one third of one per cent of the approximately 2,317,000 federal workers. This new report on operations of its controversial security program was issued by the administration; just_ two days .befprejhe. convening of the new Democratic-controlled Congress, which promises to give the operation close scrutiny. Figures Challenged Many Democrats have challenged the figures, calling them a "hoax," and a "numbers game." Sen. OUn D. Johnston (D-SC), In line to head the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee in the new Congress, has said that group will conduct a full inquiry. He has already asked for a full report on the program from the vil Service Commission, which ceeps an eye on the operation for the White House and submits periodic reports such as the one t issued today. The program is aimed at weed- ng out drunks, gossips and people with records as law violators as ivell as Communists, fellow travelers and persons of questionable oyalty. Unlike the program of the Truman administration, it makes no distinction between the disloyal ,nd the security risk. No Breakdown Today's report, the third to be made public by the Civil Service Comitiission, covered the period rom May 3B, 3953, through last Sept. 30, or slightly more than 16 Caution Voiced Against Red 'Peace' Theme WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional committee to day cautioned the world no to be deceived by Communis "peaceful coexistence" propa ganda but to be prepared for "armed aggression" when Russia "is convinced the prop er time has arrived." The K/emlin's "peaceful coexistence" line, the committee said, is propaganda designed to gain time lo divide and destroy free world alliances and pave the way for World War HI. To counteract the Communis' menace, the committee urged that the United States "immediately aunch a positive, bipartisan, political offensive against the international Communist conspiracy and in behalf of the enslaved nations." The committee, a special nine- man House group created to study Communist aggression, based its report on 50 public hearings in the United States and abroad. Many of its 335 witnesses were eyewitnesses and actual victims of Communist crimes. The committee was headed by Rep, Kersten (R-Wis), who was defeated in the November election. Opportune Time "The time was never more opportune for the free world to initiate a bold, positive political offensive as the only course which ives reasonable hope for avoid- ig all-out war," the committee said. As part of this offeasive, the committee urged wider support for See COEXISTENCE on Page 5 months. The Eisenhower security program took effect on the former date. The first official report was made last March, the second Iri October. Today's figure of 2,096 persons listed as having "subversive data" iii their files compared with 383 so classed in the 'March report and 1,743 so described in October. The Jatter report covered figures as of "last Ju',' 1. In noi,-i of the three reports was there a breakdown to indicate how many of the "subversive data" cases were outright firings and how many were resignations while under Investigation. The 8,008 total of those who were fired and those who resigned while still under investigation compared with totals of 2,486 and 6.926, re- See SECURITY on Pafe 5 • Salk Polio Vaccine In Vital Tests SUN VALLEY, Idaho 1.71—Scientists today will take a crucial siep that will soon tell them whether the long-heralded vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk has conquered infantile paralysis. Basil O'Connor, chairman of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, told a radio audience last night that a research team in Ann Arbor, Mich., will make its first use of a code that will show which of 1,830,000 second-grade youngsters were given the serum last summer and which received a harmless substitute. The code will determine the effectiveness of the serum, O'Connor said, by enabling scientists to compare the list of those who receivec the vaccine with those who havt since been strucfc down by polio, "The riddle of the polio crippler may soon be unlocked," O'Connor said. He djd not say when the results of the evaluation would be announced. His address came at the kictoff of the 1955 March of Dimes campaign, In which the foundation hopes to raise 64 million dollars. O'Connor said the foundation has purchased nine million dollars worth of the vaccine, "to be ready for instant use If it proves effective." The three-day kickoff continued today with the raising of s March NEW JUDGE — H. G. (Charley) Partlow took'his oath of office Saturday from Circuit CourfCIerk Geraldine Liston. Judge Partlow takes over the vacancy created on the resignation of Circuit Judge Zal B. Harrison. Judge Partlow is the former district prosecutor and ran unopposed for the post of circuit judge. (Courier News Photo) US Confident Reds Will Free Prisoners WASHINGTON (AP) — U. S. officials appeared confi- lent today that Russia soon will keep its promise to release wo long-missing Americans without insisting on the return if 11 Russian children now in the West. Although the U.S. Embassy in* Moscow hadn't been told when the Russians planned to release the Americans, officials recalled that n a similar case a year ago the ioviets waited several days. The Americans are William T, Hammarskjold Meets Nehru On Way to Peiping Secretory-General's •; Quest for Airmen Is Discussed .NEW DELHI IjR—Prime Minister Nehru and Dag Hammarskjold met for the first time today almost 19 'lii~\foscow, an embassy spokes-j hours af(ter tne U ' N - secretary gen- /tarchuk, 38-year-old AWOL sol-1 iier, of Brackenridge, Pa., and! 'ohn Noble, 31, a Detroit civilian, j T hey are believed to have been ed behind the Iron Curtain longer lan any other Americans. Linked in Note Their cases -and thdse'oTthe Rlis- ian children were linked in a note elivered Friday to the U.S. Em- assy in Moscow. The Soviets romised to return the Americans nd repeated a request for the re- urn of the children, now living in Vest Germany and the United tales. of Dimes banner on Baldy near the Sun Valley resort, a fireworks display and a figure skat- Ing exhibition by U.S. champion Tenley Albright, a former polio victim. Five-year-old Mary Kosloskl, of Colliervllle, Tenn,, March of Dimes Poster Girl for 1955, is taking part in the festivities. man emphasized that the note did not make release of the two Americans conditional on the return of the children. It appeared certain the Unite States would reject Russia's quest, on "humanitarian" ground for the return of the children. The contents of the Soviet note- but not its text—were mqrie pubfi by the State Department late Sa urday night. Eight of the Russian children ar in West Germany, living in foste homes or being cared for by we fare agencies. Three others, th children of a Russian Armenia who returned to the Soviet Unio in 1947, are in the New York Cit area. Scout-Leaders: Act Now For Unit Pictures All Cub Scout den mothers. pack leaders and Boy Scouts, as well as Explorer Post officials, may call the Courier News for picture appointments now for the annual Scout Week edition of the newspaper. All pictures will be made at the Courier News office by appointment and ft is the desire of North Mississippi County District and the newspaper to use the pictures of every Scouting unit in the district. However, those leaders who fail to make picture appointments for their units between now and Jan. 25 will find their Scouts omitted from the edition. Pope Criticizes Military Pacts by East, West VATICAN CITY W) — Pope Pius II today criticized recent accords —presumably the rival military acUs reached at Paris and Mos- ow—as having no basis for "more xlenslve European unification. le called for construction of ".. ridge of pence" between Bast and f est. No Ideal These words were contained In lie pontiff's delayed Christmas icssage to the world, in which e urged the divided world camps seek . peaceful coexistence. The message of the 78-yenr-oId cad of the Roman Catholic Church as one of his longest and most nportant recently made. It was ntributcd by the Vatican Press '(Ice and published In the Vatican cwspnper L'Ossorvntore Romano. The Pope made apparent refer-1 ence to the Paris accords for bringing a rearmed West Germany Into NATO' and the countering Moscow conference project for a unified Communist command in Europe, including East German troops. He said: "Recent accords which have opened the way to a cold peace no longer have for a basis the Ideal of a more extensive European unification. Many, In fact, believe that the governing policy Is for t return to a kind of nationalistic stale, closed within Itself, centralizing therein lt« forces, unsettled In its choice of alliances and, consequently, no less perilous than that which had Its time of highest development during the last century." "Too soon,' 'the Pope warned, 'have been forgotten the •normoui mass of lives sacrificed and goods exorted by this type of state, and the crushing economic and spiritual burdens Imposed by It." The Pope said the error in the accords, which he did not specifically Identify, is in confusing national life with nationalistic politics. The first, he said, Is "the right and prized possession of a people." The second, he said, is "a germ infinitely harmful" containing "the seed of rivalries and the fomentor of discord." ExpreMCc Sorrow "It Is clear that, If the European community were to move forward on this (second) road," the Pope said, "Its cohesion would become, as a renult, quite weakened In comparison with that of the opposing froup." H» expressed sorrow >t the pr«- sent "cold peace" rupture in the human race. "Still," he said, "there appears to us to be a well-founded hope that, In His name too, a bridge of peace may yet be built between the opposing shores and the common bond, so sadly broken, be reestablished. "There is, in fact, some hope that today's coexistence may bring mankind closer to peace. In order, however, that this expectation be Justified, such coexistence must in some way be a coexistence In truth." A bridge of peace cannot be built In truth between these two separate worlds, he said, "unless ills founded on the human beings living one and the other of these worlds, «nd not on their government* or social systems. arrived here en route to Peip- ing. They discussed Hammarskjold's trip seeking release of 11 U.S. airmen and other U.N. personnel held by the Chinese Reds. Later today Hammarskjold was scheduled to leave by Indian plane for China. Neither Nehru nor V. K. Krishna Menon, head of India's delegation to the last U.N. Assembly, was on hand to meet Hammarskjold when he and his party arrived yesterday by British plane f rom London. Coolness Voiced This apparent coolness by India's leader to the U.N. mission underlined Nehru's sharp criticism in Calcutta Saturday of Ham- marskjold's trip. The Prime Minister told newsmen there that the U.N. decision to send the secretary general to Peiping was "unfortunate" and was made in a one-sided manner. He also said he had not asked .he Chinese Communists to reconsider their impi isonment as spies of the American airmen and "I don't know whether or not they will." Among those on hand to greet the U.N. diplomat on his arrival vere Shen Chien, charge d'affaires at the Red Chinese Embassy here, snd Russian, American and Scandinavian diplomats. £ity Ceremony 'robobly Jan. 11 City officials taking office in Blytheville probably won't be .sworn n until the next regular meeting f City Council which comes off n Jan. 11. City Cleric W. I. Malln said this lorning that no swearing-in plans ,ave been scheduled. He assumed ny ceremony will take place one reek from tomorrow night. Control of Both Houses WASHINGTON (AP) — Filled with hope and mindful of the elections two years away, senators and representatives headed for the capital today for the opening of the 34th Congress Wednesday. Technically, they should be convening at noon today, since the Constitution sets Jan. 3 as the opening date. However, it permits a change for the convenience of the legislators, and the outgoing 83rd Congress decided it would be more convenient to meet Jan. 5. Thursday, President Eisenhower will deliver before a Joint session his annual message on the state of the union. The President, who returned to Washington last night from Augusta, Ga., where he had spent the holidays, arranged to confer this afternoon with members of his Cabinet and Republican congressional leaders. Presumably he planned to give them a preview of his Thursday message, traditional vehicle for outlining legislative recommendations. Transfer First The first order of business In the new Congress will be formal transfer of control of the Senate and the House from Republicans to Democrats. The last time th^t Capitol Hill •was controlled by one political party and the White House by another was in 1947-48, under Harry S. Truman. Eisenhower is not expected to fare as badly -as Truman. A coalition drawn from Democratic and Republican ranks seems likely to approve the main portions of what Elsenhower calls a "progressive moderate" program. Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas, will replace.. Joseph W, Martin Jr. of . Massachusetts as speaker of the House. Lyndon B. Johnson of Tex as will become majority leader of the Senate, replacing Sen. William Knowland of California. Martin and Knowland assume minority leadership posts. Democrats control the House by 231 to 203 seats and the Senate by 48 to 47. There is one vacancy in the House, last held by a Democrat, and one independent seat in the Senate. Rayburn and Johnson will be designated for the top spots at party caucuses tomorrow. Officers lo Be Named The same caucuses will name major officers of the two branches for the next two years, with Sen. Walter George (D-Ga) slated to become presidnnt pro-tern of the Senate, replacing Sen. Styles Bridges (R-NH). Although actual legislating will not get under way for a month or so—it will take that lont? for Congress to set up its committees- hundreds of bills will be tossed into the Senate and House hoppers on opening day. Presidential recommendations will set the stage of actual legislating. Besides the three major messages called for by the Constitution or by law—the State of the Union, budget and economic T- El- senhower hes announced plans for five special messages. Two of these were announced at Augusta yesterday. One of them, on Jan. 24, will deal with health. The other, on Jan. 27, will deal with a contemplated new federal- state highway program. James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, said the health message would recommend again that Congress appropriate 25 million dollars to underwrite expanded health insurance by private companies. Congress rejected the idea last year. Highway Program Studied The highway program is being Sec CONGRESS on Page 5 Insid* Today's Courier Mews . . Five MiMco School* Entered In NEA Basketball Turnt- ment . . . Howl Result* Left Ut- Room for Argument* . . . SporU . , . p»f*« S and 9 . . • . No Easy Tusk . .. EdfU>ri«li page «... . Fulfcrfirht Sought Union for Europe Hack In 1947: Ark anna* In ton . , . pftffft 2 ... Co-Existent*" Isn't Kven Word to Turk* . . . part 1 . . Weather ARKANSAS — Cloudy and warm this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday, with occassional rain mostly In north and west portions. MISSOURI - Mostly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tuesday with occassional rain or drizzle spreading over most of state this afternoon and tonight; turning colder extreme north tonight with rain changing to freezing rain or drl»- zle. Minimum Sunday—40. Maximum Saturdfty—«.1. Minimum this mornlnK—W, Moxtmum yesterday—6fi, Sunrise tomorrow—7:08. SiinKst today—5:03. Meitn temperature—57, Pr*eJpitatJon lut 48 hour! to 7 *,m, •none. Precipitation .Tun. 1 to dutfl—.M, Thl* I>Kl« I'Xit Year Maximum .vcHtflrrtfty—53, Minimum thin rnornlng—32. Procipititlon January 1 to dit* — non*.

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