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Tuesday, January 4, 1955
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L— NO. 238 Blythevlllo Courier Blythevilte Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, •TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1955 TWELVE PAGES Published Dally Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS McClellan Says Probe Will Go On May Inquire Further Into 'Death Sentence' WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) said today the Senate Investigations subcommittee may inquire further into a woman witness' story that a Communist threatened her life. Dark-hatred Mary Stella Beynon, 31, who said she is former FBI undercover Informant, told part of the story yesterday as a witness at the subcommittee's last scheduled public hearing before Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) hands 1U chairmanship over to McClellan In the new Congress. McClellan says he plans'some investigations of Communists, possibly Including some follow-through hearings based on Miss Beynon'g story. Miss Beynon told the subcommittee that Roy Hudson, whom she described as a former chairman of the Communist party in Western Pennsylvania, informed her on May 13, 1947, that, "I would not be killed that night, but I was under a death sentence." She said Communists had just learned she was reporting to the FBI. She did not indicate there ever had been an attempt on her life. Contempt Threats Yesterday's sessions brought contempt of Congress- threats against five persons, one of them a Pittsburgh Steelworker who swore he was not a Communist after 1:30 p.m., then refused to say If he had been one at 1 p.m. or previously. McCarthy said he would ask the subcommittee to cite the witness, Harold K. Briney, on grounds he was taking "frivolous" refuge In the Fifth Amendment. Briney had pleaded that to answer differently "may tend to incriminate me." McCarthy called the Government Operations Committee, the subcommittee's parent, to meet tomorrow to act on the contempt charge against Briney and others. A vote for contempt would ask the Senate to refer thec ases to the Justice Department for prosecution. Briney said he had worked for 37 years for the Westinghouse Air Brake Co., in Pittsburgh, and Is president (if,his independent United Electrical Workers local in Pittsburgh. Eight Persons Named Miss Beynon and Frank Nestler, of Jeanette, Pa., together named Sec MCCLELLAN on page 2 Harmony Predicted Between Ike, Demos On Foreign Policy **¥* * * # * No Basic Disagreements, Says Sen. George WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George (D-Ga) predicted today Democrats will have no "basic disagreements" with President Eisenhower over foreign, national defense and world trade policies in the Congress session opening tomorrow. George, in line to become the" chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke out after Republican legislative leaders predicted the President's State of the Union message will be "well received" by the country. Saying he doesn't believe it con- +- — • ~~ tains anything new or startling FOE MJDWEST DINNER TABLES — This crew of women workers is putting the final touches to a batch of brown and serve rolls that soon will grace dinner tables In all sections of the Mid- west. The rolls are the product of Meyer's Bakery which now ships its products to such tzl away places as Chicago, Kansas City, Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, Ind. (Courier News Photo) PaperSajsWyaft Blythev'dle Brown-n-Serve Cap/ta/|To Talk Over Vol Of Entire Area, Thanks to Meyers Job in New York new Sen. Knowland of California, the GOP floor leader, said he thinks the message "will be well received by the Congress and the people." Eisenhower gave GOP leaders a preview of the message at the White House yesterday. The President was said to be. stressing in the message a new defense concept in which proposed military manpower reductions would be offset by the employment of new weapons and clpser links with America's allies. Review Demanded In Lodejinsky Cose 'Anti-Semitic' Furor Shocking to Benson WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of Agriculture Benson, "shocked that anti-Semitic implications have been rais- The manpower cuts, already an- ed," invited Jewish leaders to confer with him today on issues raised by release of a letter commending the security ouster By GEORGE CLARK Courier News Staff Writer If you had hot rolls for lunch while visiting in Kansas City, St., Louis, Chicago, Louis- j ville, Mattoon, 111., or Ada, Okla., recently there is a possibility that you were eating a prod-! uct of your own home town. For these are but a few of the ( bakery supplied brown-and-serve Arkansas Coach At Meeting; Denies He Has Had Offer larger populated areas now being j ro i] S to one of the nation's largest served by Meyers Brown-N-Serve : bakeries _ the Conti nental Baking Plans Are Made For H. Highfill Rites Tomorrow Funeral services for Hezekial; Highfill will be conducted at Cobb Funeral Home chapel tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in Paragould. Active pallbearers will include Foy Etchieson, J. T. Sudbury, Ed Cummins, A. R. Wetenkamp, Jimmy Webb, John M. Leigh, Tom Baker and E- A. Stacy. Honorary pallbearers from Bly- thevllle and vicinity, include E. B. Gee, B. A. Lynch. Marcus Evrard. Alexander Leech, Harry W. Raines, Baker Wilson, W. J. Wunderllch, C. A. Cunningham, J. F. Lenti, Will Lane. Hatch Doan, J. C. Ellis, Charles Rose and George Ray. Other honorary pallbearers are S. Y. West, Sr., Tom Lee, Abe Lewis, Julius Lewis, Lee Rosenberg, S. W. Barton, David Barton, E. E. Jolly, P. M. Barton; Fred Copeland, Ronnie Greenwell. Neil Helm. Crews Reynolds, C. F. Bloker, Alvin Samuels, Morris Block. Bill Klrsch; And the following from Parma: Floyd Gale, L. W. Bolin, Walter Frailey L. C. Moore,. L. T. Moore, Cnrl Moore. R. H. Morgan. J. H. Mills, L. B. Ayers, Sidney Lindlcy, Boyd Lindley. C. B. Taylor, Alton Love, Arvil Callison, Evert Tuggle, Leon Starnes, J. R. Russum, Amer AsbiU, Lymon Asbtll. O. E. Harrison, W. M. Simmons, E. L. Goode, Grady Lowry, W. H. James, R. E. Aycock, E. E. Douglas, W. S. Aycock. Mrs. A. S. Rogers Dies; Services Are Tomorrow OSCEOLA Funeral services for Mrs. A. S. Rogers, 74, will be • conducted at Osceola's First Methodist Church at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning by th* Rer. William Scroggins. Burial will be in Violet Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Bdwing Thomas, Ted Woods, Dick Prewitt, Joe Rhoades. Ben Butler, Sr, ( and W. C. Beard. Honoray pallbearers will be members of the Osceola Eastern Star chapter. Mrs. Rogers died at 9:30 last night In Osceola Memorial Hospital She was a native of Troy, Tonn., and came to Osceola about .50 years ago. She was active in Eastern Star, the Methodist Church and taught the Nursery Class of the church tf.>r 30 years. Two nelccs and three nephews •urvive. Company — which were packaged the new roll. under the Wonder Bread label. | bread-making ovens and this Meyers' Blytheville operation made the switch to the production of brown-and-serve rolls exclusively in December 1953 after about ferred to Meyers Bakery at Jones- nnro. six months of experimenting with'See MEYERS BAKERY on Page 5 Bakery here through retail outlets. It all started about a year ago when the Meyers bakery chain of Arkansas began an ^expansion program that saw pra'ctically all of its t,tiUe-wide production program revamped to include the latest thing in do-it-yourself cooking — brown and serve products. Just in case there is someone not familiar with the brown-and- serve phase of modern cooking, it is an innovation which has hit the cooking public with a bang. ARTICLES OF bread- and pastries are now prepared practically ready cooked by the manufacturer. All the consumer has to do is to put it in an oven, let brown and then devour it. The. bakery here is involved only one phase of the brown-a^u-. • -,--,• serve game — roils, it makes no ernment payrolls by the Eisenhower, administration. other product but it ships its rolls! Mansfield's request came in a-j to ail sections of the mid-west and j letter to Sen. Olin D. Johnston (D-, roils prepared by Meyers Bakery SCi, prospective new chairman of i - - • ---..-- the senate Civil Service Committee. Mansfield made the letter public. Yesterday, the Civil Service reporting on opera- i lion of the security program during ' its first 16 months, said 8,008 federal employes had been dropped as LITTLE ROCK «Pj — The Ar| kansas Democrat said today that With the switch to brown-and-! Coach Bowden Wyatt of the Ar- serve. the production of bread at i kansas Razorbacks will talk over the plant here stopped, the brown-1 the head football coaching job at and-serve machinery replaced the ] the University of Tennessee with officials of that school- this week. plant's bread business was trans- In a story written by Sports Editor Jack Keady, the Democrat quot- • ed Wyatt as saying: Although prpbablj few realize, it.: "I am honest when I say I have 'Exact' Subversive Figures Demanded WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mansfield (D-Mont) called today for a Senate investigation to disclose publicly "the ex- rown-and- act number" and the names of subversives stripped from gov- of Blytheville may be found bearing imy one of 12 or 13 diffe/ent brand names. Of course in this area the rolls are sold under Meyers' own trade j Commission, mark but in Paducah, Ky., Owensboro, Ky., or Evansville, Ind., they are sold under the Honey Crust wrapper -of the Grocers Baking Co., of Louisville, Ky. In Springfield, 111., they're sold under the Holsum label of the Armheins Bakery, in Chicago under the label of Cain's Bakery, in the Mattooq, 111., area under the label of Sally Ann, owned by the O'Connor-Bills Bakery of Mattoon, or in Louisviile under the Aunt Hattie trade mark of the Nick Warisse Bakery. OTHER CHAIN and independent bakeries lor which Meyers bakes brown-and-serve rolls are Johnson's Bakery of Ada, Okla.; Noll's Bakery, Alton, III., Tellncr's Bakery, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Pankey's Bakery, Harrisburg, 111.; Lance Brothers Bakery. St. Louis; Sunbeam Bakery. Evansville, Ind.; and the North Side Baker. Cen- trnlia, 111. Meyers merely makes the rolls, packages them under the label of any one of their numerous custom- bakeries and delivers them twice a week to the other bakeries for resale. Will such an operation pay off? It's paying off to the tune of approximately $21,000 a week in gross sales at the present time, according to R. H. (Dick) Watson, manager of the local firm. And this time of year is considered their slack season. According to Mr. Watson the firm's gross sales have exceeded $27,000 weekly. Until recently the Blytheville security risks, 2,096 with "subversive data' their files. Besides varying kinds in indications of subversion, the security program lists as grounds for dismissal perversion, criminal convictions, alcoholism and inability to keep a secret. Mansffeld and a number of other Democrats have called the figures a "numbers game" and contend they fail to show how many government employes were actually fired for subversive associations or activities and how many resigned before their crises were finally decided. McCarthy Asks About CIA Sen. McCarthy (R-\Vis>, meanwhile, said in response to a question that he regards it as "unusual See SECURITY on Page 2 Sets Another Sales Mark BIytheville's Post Office again in 1954 set' a new record for itself in gross sales, Postmaster Ross Stevens reported today. Last year, he stated, showed a 2.5 percent increase over 1953. During '54, the office here crossed 5181,016, which put it J4.000 over '53. Largest Increase came in September quarter which grossed $5,000 over the corresponding quarter of '53. Other quarterly periods ran about even with previous years. Although receipts for Decembei were slightly down, the Christmas period in '54 showed a $1,500 increase. Difference came in meter settings, which were unusually heavy m 1953, Mr. Stevens stated. not- been offered the job. but 1 expect to know a lot more about the situation when I get to New York." Wyatt has left Arkansas to attend the annual meeting of the Football Coaches Association of • America in New York, and he said , he would talk to Tennessee offi- 1 be good. nounced, have brought Democratic demands for a review of over-all 'military policy. Eisenhower was represented as taking an optimistic view of the nation's long range economic prospects and was said to be emphasizing in the message plans to advance the health and economic : welfare of the country. i Some lawmakers said the mes-' sage was being redrafted into the final form before the President's scheduled delivery at a joint session of Congress Thursday. Radio and television networks will carry the speech. Senate and House Democrats and Republicans planned separate meetings today to settle on party floor leaders, with no upsets or contests in prospect. The new Congress convenes at noon tomorrow, with the Democrats taking over control-and then marks time until the President's message a day later. Good Relations Seen Without direct reference to the message, George said in an interview that unless something unforeseen develops, he believes relations between the Democrats in Congress and the White House will cials there. The Arkansas coach, whose team won the Southwest Conference "On the foreign affairs, international trade and national defense programs. I do not think there championship last year and lost 14- will be any basic disagreements 6 to Georgia Tech in the 1955 Cot- | with the President," he said. "Perton Bowl has been mentioned re- I haps there will be arguments over some details. But I do not anticipate sharp, fundamental differences over even most of the domestic program." George said he will not push in 1955 for tax-cutting increases in srstmal income exemptions of the of Wold Ladejinsky as U. S. agricultural attache in Japan. Edward Schultz, national chair- nist, is a, traitor not only to his peatedly as Tennessee's, choice to succeed Harvey Robinson as Vol coach. Robinson was fired after a poor 1954 season. Thiec Years to Go Wyatt refused to reveal what kind of offer it would take to liire him from Arkansas, man of the B'nai B'rith Anti-defamation League, announced yesier- day acceptance of an invitation from Benson. Joseph F. Barr na- : tional commander of the Jewish: War Veterans, also accepted. Barr and Schultz were among a number of American Jewish leaders who last week protested release of a letter to the department from George N. Vitt, a Russian emigre and now industrial editor of American Exporter Publications in New York. Refusal Applauded In that letter—shown to newsmen by Milan Smith, Benson's executive assistant—Vitt applauded Benson's refusal to allow Ladejinsky to continue as agricultural at- tache in Japan afier a new law transferred such officials from State to Agriculture Department control. Ladejinsky , born in Russia 55 years ago and naturalized as an American in 1928, was ousted on security and technical grounds. He had been in Japan for four years, during which he supervised a '.and reform program that won considerable acclaim. He had twice been cleared by the State Department. Vitt. who later charged he was "double-crossed" in the way the letter was released, wrote that a "goodly share" of Russian revolutionaries who came to this country country of allegiance but also to tils people in view of the merciless persecutions his brethern suffered in the U.S.S.R. . . ." Not Responsible Benson said yesterday he accepts "no responsibility for any of the statements or conclusions in the Vitt or any other letter receiv- See BENSON on Page 2 Narrow Bridge Leads to Wreck And Illinois Man Demolishes Cadillac, Escapes Serious Injury A 35-year-old East St. Louis man miraculously escaped serious injury early this morning when he demolished his 1954 Cadillac on one of Highway 61's notoriously narrow bridges. ' In Chickasawba Hospital this mornins is Boy Lynn Woods, descendant of one of Blythevllle's earliest settlers. Preliminary examination disclosed no serious injuries. However, due to shock, a more complete examination was being de- were "found among the Russian 3 a yed, his physician reported Jews." in New York yesterday, Vitt where he still | kind he sought unsuccessfully last has three years to go on a contract | year. He saio he believes exemp- ca! .lling for $15.000 a year. However. Keady said . tions shoul... /..c raised, but not until wouldn't take the job unless he could take his entire staff of assistants with him, and that he prob- .bly would want a five-year contract. Keady said that Wyatt had in- could offer certain advantages o^er Arkansas, including a lighter schedule and better, material. The Democrat sports editor also See WYATT on Page 2 Wyatt, | greater progress hn r - b~ made made public a second letter to Benson, repeating a denial that he was motivated by anti-Semitism. He stated: I fail to see that any question 01 See IKE on Page 2 anti-Semitism is involved in stating that any Jew or a member ol any other minority oppressed in the U.S.S.R. who becomes a Commu- Inside Today's Courier News , . . Blythevllle Plays Walnut Ridge in Northeast Arkansas Tournament at 7 o'clock Tonight . . . Kentucky Again Tops Weekly Basketball Poll . . . Sports . . . pages 8 and 9 ... . . . Blythevllle Air Base: it's Really Booming 1 Now . . . Courier News Photo Feature . , . page 3 ... ... A New Power . . . Editorials . . . page 6 ... Two Arrested For Burglary Lee Fulbright. 44, and Edward H. Hall, 29, both of Leachville, are being held in the county jail Mere today in connection with the theft of some automobile parts from a Lenchville garage Dec. 28. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Arthur S. Harrison said the two men are alleged to have entered Robert Stevens' Garage at Leachville and took an automobile transmission, motor block and transmission housing. They were arrested earlier this week in Leachville. Enraged Father Kicks Stove- 5 Die SAQINAW, Mich. I*) — An enraged father kicked over an oil heater during a family quarrel last night, touching off a flash fire that killed flvec hlldrcn — three of them his own — and critically burned his wife. Police said Eugene Pierce, 29, deliberately overturned the stove in a scuffle with his father-in- law. L. C. Valentine, 44. Pierce, unemployed father of five, was under police guard at St. Mary's Hospital, held for investigation of manslaughter. He suffered a burn on the arm and lacerations in escaping through a window of the flaming home. Two other adults nnd three children *l*o wer* injured. Valentine said Pierce, who was estranged from his wife, entered the house brandishing a knife. He said he subdued Pierce by smashing him on the head with the butt of a .shotgun. Pierce fled into another room, knocking over the oil heater, police said. Flames raced through the house, trapping the five victims, who were playing upstairs. They were Betty Jrtne Pierce, 8; Shcrlce Lavernc Pierce, 6; and Allen Pierce, 4; Juantta Johnson, 10, and Caroline Cralon, 2, Plercc's wife, Ada Lee, 26, was bin-rod n.'Mc^lly. Others Injured in the blaz« were Mrs. Pearlier Craion, 22; and Valentine's wife, Lueretha, 45. Mrs. Valentine carried three children to safety — Vickie Pierce, 2, and Leonard Pierce, 9 months, nnd Geraldine Craion, 9 months. Police were forced to handcuff Pierce to keep him from dashing bnck into the building in an attempt to rescueh Isc hildren. Valentine told police Pierce hnd been living away from his family since his release from the veterans hospital at Battle Creek, where he had boon under trn"i'"" t :H rs n ivnlal cusc. Officers saiU he had beca drluklng. Kiwanis Lays Plans for'55 Ladies Night The Accident But if that's all. he can count hims?lf lucky. Here's how state Trooper Gene Mabry, who investigated, described the accident. Mr. Woods was travelling south on 61 near the Sandy Ridge bridge, about five miies south of Blytheville when he came into the curve which approaches the bridge. As he did so. he saw an oncom- ins truck. Tt was driven by Eugene Csrter of Anna, III. Seeing it would be practically impossible for the two to pass on the bridge, Mr. Woods braked his car, „ T-,. • , f ^u • * ™- ;r-tn^^ skidded on the wet pavement and A three-day institute for all Disciples of Christ ministers« sHd across the State Christian Church Pastors to Meet Here It is thought he might have some chest injury, possibly a broken rib. The Rev. pastor of bridge sideways. As he did so, he collided with the track. „ . i Trooper Mabry described the James W. Rainwater, Idem of Betheny College, Betheny. i Cadil]ac as a total loss and said the W. Va.. ""' "" " " m1 in Arkansas will be held at First Christian Church here Jan. 24-26 it was announced today. the First- Christian Charlie Andrews, sales promotion manager of the Newspaper Printing Corp., of Nashville, Term., will be principal speaker at! the Kiwunis Club's annual Ladies i Night and installation banquet night, which will be held at Hotel Noble Church, said that between 25 and 35 Christian ministers and their wives are expected to attend the three-day institute. The institute begins with registration of visiting ministers and wives on the afternoon of Jan. 24 with the first session to be held that Friday night. Mr. Andrews is a Tennessee humorist who has spoken in all sections of the south and southwest. Wives of Kiwanians will be special guests at the affair which this year is being held jointly with the club's installation dinner. Ed Westbrook of Jonesboro, lieutenant governor of the 12th division of Kiwanis' Missouri-Arkansas District, will install club officers for 1955. Because of the Friday night banquet the club will not meet at its usual time Wednesday, club officials said. The Rev. Mr. Rainwater stated that the Institute will serve as a well-known ] refresher course for the ministers Local Women Are Injured Miss Virginia Nunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Nunn, and Miss Mary Jo Hall, daughter of Mrs. A. G. Hall, wore injured In an automobile accident at. Culpcpper, Vn., Sunday cnrouto to their home In Washington, D. C. The girls had spent the past two weeks here visiting their parents. The accident occurred when their car collided with another on a curve. Although occupants of neither o»r were seriously Injured, both automobiles were demolished. Mrs. T«in i-ft Sunday night to be with her daughter. and that night sessions during the three-day gathering will be open to the public. Speakers Principal speakers at the institute will be Dr. Perry E. Gresham, pres- and Dr. S. Marion Smith, professor of the New Testament at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. truck was damaged "considerably." The latter had to be towed to town, he stated. Mr. Woods was on his way to In addition to dp.ily and nighUj | M .-, mphis to visit his mother, he full program I.,,,,,, business sessions, of entertainment including a said. breakfast for the visiting ministers and a tea for their wives and women of the local church, is also being planned. Officers for the institute will be the Rev. Bernard E. Burry of Paris, Ark., president; the Rev. Mr Rainwater, vice president, and the Rev. James A. Frailey of North Little Rock, secretary. The ministers' institute is an annual event with the Christian Churches of the state. Professional Killers Sought For Panama Assassination PANAMA HP)—Authorities pressed a nationwide search today for a band of unidentified professional killers accused of assassinating President Jose Antonio Remon at the instigation of his political ei> emles. The "guns-for-hire" charge was made by Minister of Government Catalino Arrocha Graell In a funeral oration late yesterday over the body of the slain chief executive, who was mowed down by machine-gun fire at a race track Sunday night. "Mercenary hands armed by his enemies" fired the bullets, Arrochn declared. There was widespread speculation that the killers may have been imported. Arrocha spoke during burial services at the national cemetery. Thousands r< r-'TOP 1 : lined the capital's 1 streets to pay their dual tribute as the funeral cortege passed from the Roman Catholic cathedral to the cemetery. There was no clue to. the identity of the assassins. The National Assembly has decreed a 10-day stage modified form of martial law temporarily svippressing of siege a some constitutional jru.irantees— to aid secret police In their hunt. At least a score of persons, including ex-President Arnulfo Arias and two women, have been rounded up for questioning. Col. Saturnine Plores, deputy commander of Panama's national guard, has Indicated strongly that the weight of suspicion Is on followers of Arias, who was ousted from the presidency in 1951 by a bloody national ginvd coup. Remon then waa head of the guard, Panama's chief military iorco. Scour Leaders Will Convene North Mississippi County Boy Scout district committee will get together at Rustic Inn here on Jan. 20, it was announced today by Jim Gardner, district chairman. Plans for 1955 will be mapped at this supper meeting, which geta started at 7 o'clock. Weather ARKAXSAS — Mostly cloudy and warm this afternoon and tonight with few light showers mostly in northwest portions, Wednesday scattered showers or thundershowers, cooler northwest portion !at« Wednesday. MISSOURI — Cloudy this afternoon and tonight with rain or drizzle north and scattered showers south; Wednesday considerable cloudiness, with scattered showers; warmer extreme north; low tonight 30s extreme north to 50r> south. Minimum thin mronlng—47. Maximum yeiirrrtay— 50. Sunrise tomorrow—7:08. Sunset today—5;03. Mean temperature—S3, Precipitation iwt 24 hours w 7 i m. -.02. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—.M. ThU Date Lut Yt»r Maximum yesterday— 51. Minimum this morning—W, "reclplutlon Janunry l to d»u — uon«.

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