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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER or HORTHBA3T ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLVII—NO. 19 Blythev/lle Daily News Mississippi Valley Leader Blytlievllle Courier Blythevllle Herald BLITHE VJU,B, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 1051 SIXTEEN PAGES ACTION ON SEWER ISSUE DUE NEXT TUE SINGLE COPIES FIVE CEHTg President Tires' Gen. AAacArthur Drastic Act Is Climax of Policy Feud Gen. Ridgway Takes over as UN Commander Hi- JOHN M. IllCIITOWJiU WASHINGTON, April 11. (AP)—President Truman filed Gen. Douglas JMacArtluir today on grounds lie failed to support — and publicly sought to change—the grand strategy of the United Nations war against Red aggression in Korea. In a sensational statement released at the White House at i a.m. (E.S.T.) niter days of soul-searching and indecision, the president announced: "With deep regret I have concluded that General or the Army Douglas MacArthur is unable to givu his wholehearted support to the policies of the United States {.overn- ment and of the United Nations in matters pertaining to his official duties." Acting with lightning speed on that conclusion, once he had reached (t. the President: 1. Relieved the 71-year-old MacArthur of his four-fold duties as supreme allied occupation commander in chief for the Far East; and commanding general of the United States Army In the Far East. Ridgway Takes Over 2. Named Lieut..Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, field commander in Ko- rea.-4o succeed-. MncArlhur in all these commands. That meai;,s R'.og- way not only will direct i.he U. N. campaign in Korea but also wind hp the Japanese occupation, assuming peace treaty plans go through 3. N'amed Lieut. Gen. ,lames A. Van Fleet, commander ol the Second Army at Fort George G. Meade, Md., to take over the Eighth Army Command in Korea from ftidyway. •1. Issued a set of secret messages exchanged between MacArthur and the joint chiefs of .stuff here. The evident aim was to show that MacArthur had scorned successive Washington directives to clear anything he said on major political or military policy with either !;hs Statc- or Defense Departments. The order relieving MacArthur of command was Mr. Truman's answer to the general's persistent campaign of public statements to get the United States to follow a different policy in the Far East and especially, with its U. N. allies, in the Korean war. Essentially he has advocated expanding the war to include direct attacks on Red China. He has presented Asia rather than Europe the critical theater of conflict with aggressive Communism. Reaffirms War Tolicy His dismissal amounts to rcaffir- niation by Mr. Truman of United States policies for a strictly limited war in Korea, if possible, and for treating Kin-onr TS fhe ultimately See Mar.MlTHUn on Pace IS n'nr oilier stories on Ihc tlis- ni-'sal ol Gen. MaeArllmr, sre Paces 'i and 9.1 for.-cList: Clotuly with occasional r.iin, a little collier this JIOUK OF TilK SAME afternoon, ciondy, i>ccnsional rain nortbeast portion, a little colder tonight. Thursday cloudy, to partly cloudy, not so cold west portion. Missouri forecast: Showers this afternoon and central and north tonight; mixed with snow northwest tonight; colder tonight: Thursday cloudy, snow or rain extreme north in morning, becoming partly cloudy and warmer south In afternoon; low lonighl 34 west. 36-38 cast: high Thursday 45-48 north, 50-54 south. Minimum this morning—35. Maximum yesterday—62. Sunset today—6:29. Sunrise tomorrow—5:32. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a m. today—32. Total since Jan. 1—17.15. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—48.5. Normal mean temperature for April 61. This Dale Last Year Minimum this morning—M. Maximum yesterday—IS. Precipitation—January 1 to this date—27.15. *—. ' „ S-te> {.en Jl.itlbew |tidgna> Ridgway Built Winning Team Live Grenade Taped To Shoulder Now His 'Trademark' U. S. 8TH ARMY HEADQUARTERS, Korea. April n. (.JT>J—Lt. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, successor to General MacArthur as United Nations commander in Korea and occupation chief of Japan, is a lean hard-bitten soldier. The 50-year-old paratrooper veteran or Sicily and Normany garnishes his uniform with , a live gve - nade. Worn taped to his shoulder, it has become his trademark. But Ridgway has more than color. In than four months since he took command of allied ground forces in Korea DC. 27, he has whipped a defeat-ridden army into a winning team. Ridgway is no rear Echelon sjen- ernl. He has been bitten by the frontline flea. Moving back uncl forth across the front with a compact staff, he has directed his drive against the Reds from forward command posts. Regrouped Forces Allied forces were near their lowest ebb in Korea whc i Ridgway took command. And only a few days later, the Chinese launched their massive New Year's Eve offensive icross (he Imjin River north of Seoul. Ridgway ordered a fast retreat, deliberately withdrawing to regroup his disorganized divisions. The par.itroon general whipped new confidence into troops stunned by Chinese intervention in the Korean war as they were on the. threshold of victory. He generated fresh vigor and confidence' American and French soldiers in a bloody stand held Wonju mountain passes against a Chinese drive to cut allied supply lines. Thai turned the' tide. Theft, in late January. Ridoway launched his first drive, a limited offensive aimed to kill Reds, not win ground. His tactics paid off. nmler Riri:;way' s command, allied tn.ops proved to themselves they could win. Now they are a :rnfid- ent, experienced and fightinp army. Gas Official Questioned By Defense Counsel Seeks To Show Other Inlets to Funds Counsel for the defense in the embezzlement trial of JUrs. Willie Flo .McCormick in Circuit Court here ((uestioned today a Blytheville Propane Company official in an effort to establish that any of four or five persons eotdd have taken missing funds. Alexander Hill, executive vice president of the company, wa.s examined most of the morning b.v Claude F. Cooper, defense attorney. He also testified yesterday, when he ivas examined by K. G. Pnrtlow, prosecuting attorney. During this testimony yesterday, records were introduced to show that a shortage In funds occurred last year. Mrs. McCormick, 23, is charged with embezzling more than $4.100 of the gas company's funds. Mr. Hill testified that when a drivef brings in a gas delivery ticket, showing ihe sale of propane he leaves the ticket and any money tic may have collected with someone in the office, getting a receipt for the money he turns in. All the records eventually have to go through the bookkeeper's hand: Mr. Hill said. Prepared Trial Balance Checks that came through the mails, he explained, went to the bookeeper who was supposed to add them., to the daily cash collections repon. Another of Mrs. McCormick's duties as bookkeeper, Mr. Hill testified, was to prepare a monthly trial balance showing the deliveries, collections, charges and balance for each account. This trial balance was sent to the Little Rock office where it was "spot *, r \OITI M/-,nv\\, checked" to see if the fisures added » AaiUiMj lUiM, April 11. (AP)—Congressional Re- op as shown on the balance. Ac-1 publicans, angered by President Truman's firing of Gen cjfOftig to Mr. H.ii's testimony, the | Douglas MficArthur, talked of "possible impeachments" to Meyers Bakerv account often was',1,,,. .,,,,1 ,„» n ,, ' , , ""i"-"«-""".i'i:> to- listed on the" trial balance sheet i ™> »'«' »°t U'e general's agreement to address a joint'sts- but. the figures for ihc account were I s1 ?' 1 ot Donate and House. £-0^k Dougl is M ic \rlhnr >" Congress to Hear M'Arthur— oSlows Tiring' not included in the trial balance. This OTIS not noticed until Ihe auditor began to search for the missing funds. Shortage Mafclied Acenunl The aniounl of tho shortage was! exactly the same as the amount of I Senator wherry of Nebraska and 4, Hep. Martin of Massachusetts, the , GOP floor lenders, talked Io MacArthur by transpacific telephone. Martin announced to the House: ''I am authorized Io say that the Meyers Bakery account. Mr. | General MacArthur would be de- Hill said. j lighted to have an invitation to The prosecuting attorney asked If i speak" to 2 Joint session. He added A. R. Olson, general manager of the company and the man in direct charge of the company here, was authorized to draw from company funds, and Mr. Hill said he was. "He is authorized to use company funds for travel expenses, entertainment and public relations, including mem- I berships in certain clubs.'' Mr. Hilp that MncArthur "can be here in about three weeks." Martin introduced a resolution calling for an invitation to MacArthur to address Congress. Wherry prepared a similar one i toi the Senate. What the Democrats would do safd. j about this move was nol Immc- In cross examiantion. the defense i diately clear. Some would have to attorney asked if Mr. Olsen were in j -upport it in order for such an indirect charge of the office here. Mr ""ition to be voted. Hill said he was. and the defense j W; ,,, ( ,„ |Icar ( ; cn[ . r .,| attorney then said "If Mr. Olsen! >.encrai told an employe to do something, i Many of them would like to hear then' thai employe would be right | MacArthnr's version of bis contro- in rioinR It, wouldn't she?" jversy with the administration which ''She would be right unless it'led President Truman to fire him would be wrong (morally!." Mr. i summarily early this morning as the Hill replied. ! Far Eastern commander. In answer to the defense aUor- 1 Hut Inviting MacArthur to air hi.s ue-y's questioning, Mr. Hill said that j views al a joint Scnatc-Montc ses- thc company had a fash box and' ^ion is a different mallet thai 1 Sec COUKT on I'nge 13 behind closed committee doors. M'Arfhur Firing •+9 Britain and India Especially Satisfied; Russians Are Silent LONDON. April II. (API—Western Europe's first reaction today to dismissal of General Douglas MacArthur from his United Nations command in Korea was one of RCII- eral approval, Indian officials, who>:c Kf-vcrn- mcnt has been one of the loudest critics of MacArthur'.s political pronouncement.';, also expressed general satisfaction. New Delhi circles expected (he removal to result in new peace overtures to Ihc Chinese UN Drive Grinds Into Red Korea TOKYO, April 11. (Al')—The UN drive into Red Korea ground, ahead today in lliu wake of nllicd air mid artillery barrages thai wiped out the key Chinese base of Cliorwon on the western J'ront. As the fighting northward wore +> in, obscured in spots by military icnsorship, thn comuiaiui in the Korean war area changed from OMI. Douglas Mac-Arthur to U. (Sen. Matthew Uidsway. Many of the fighting men in the Korean (rout lines did not know al a Lille hour Wednesday that President Truman hnd relieved Gen. MncArthur ol all his commnnds in the I'nr Kasl. On the central lionl, meanwhile. American troops- drove nMiig the southern shores of Ilwachon Reservoir toward the: bier dam and power grid. Censorship obscured their progress. On the east coast where South Korean Iruop.s had thrust ulxntl 15 miles north of the bonier, there were no reports of ground action. Allied ships pounded rail lines and roads. South Korea was virtually free of Communist troops. The last major pocket or lieds was holding out west or the imjin River on the extreme western front. . RidKWny and Secretary of Army I-Yank Puce were reported loin-inn the from. They were not available, at Eighth Army Headquarters when news of MacArthur's dismissal and Kidgway's promotion arrived. Ifeadrtuartcrs sources said Lt. Gen. fi'iink E. Milburn. First Corps commander, probably would command (lie Ei«Mh Army until the arrival of [,L octr. James A. Van Meet, who succeeds Ftid^wny. Milburn commanded the army temporarily after the death last December of Ll.( Gen. Walton II. Walker. ' Chorv.611. western anchor 'of the Hod buildup nrea. v;as the head' (inartcrs of three Chinese .armj corps. Field dispatches said it wa.s destroyed. American artillery opened up on it for the first time three days ago. H\vrjoho:j. seven miles north of Parallel 38, was (lie eastern b;i<,e or the Communist buildup area. Intelligence reports placed nearly one- half million Communist cpmbai troops in the Chorwon-IIwitchon- Kumhua triangle. Military censorship (]i):-;cui'cd details ol the fighting in the Hwii- ehon sector. There were reports the Reels were pulling back across the liufte reservoir in boats and dlg- Rinf; in on the north bank. Wednesday's most juibst.nntia] gains were made in the. west. 2 Dunkiin Count-y Ministers Killed In Auto Accident RISCO. Mo.. April 18. OVr—Two napiist ministers were instantly killed today when tin automobile they occupied was involved in a highway accident with a truck driven by nave Or rick of The dead were identified by tin: : hiylr.vay patrol as the Kev. Hoy I Wfiikler, V\, pastor of Shady Grove \ Baptist Church five miles south of I Scnath, anil Ihe Rev. C. F:. Warren. I pastor of Friends!)!! liaplist Church fives juilns north of Kenjietl | The ministers were en route to ; Ulhourn to a church meeting at Second Suspect In Taxi Murder Arresfed Here Mississippi Negro Questioned in Death Of Homer Tucker The five-week old search for tlu-il second suspect in •the murder of Homer Tucker, driver Mar. 3, Illytheville believed Bond Agents To Present Propositions Both Proposals Involve Buying Wafer Utility The City Council last night .'igrecd to lake decisive action on the sower proposal at a special meeting in City Hall next Hicsday night after hearing iinnnciiifr propositions of two l-ittlo Rock IJOIH! companies uoth ol which entail purchase of Blythuville \Vater Company. P tllcr action included approval 1. A city crackdown on persons lulling to JKIJ- sanitation fees buy city automobile privilege and dog licenses. 3. Emplfij-nicnl of a dog catcher lor ii Unified time. A .special meeting for next Tuesday was Mile,! niter Jack Stephens ol W. n. Stephens Inve.slmc-nl Com- imny anil Lewis W. Cherry or Lewis W. Clicn-y company, a bond firm appeared before the' Council with driver Mar. 3. wa.s believed ended | ^acWc proposals for handlin K both toduy ivilh (he nniiauncciiient by I ''' 1C scwu1 ' and water company pur- Shcrirr William Derryman Ihnt n ! clulsc ns one '"lancia! proposition JiK'k.^mi Mk-e M.-..I..,. i_ i i.. - i ... tllrolir>}i rpvniin.1 h™..t.. Jackson, Miss.. Negro is being held for (pu'stionlnB. He Identified the Ncaro as Ollie Williams, -10. Williams wus arrested at the home of n Nc&jro woman •here at 6 p.m. yesterday b.v a posse of county and city police officers who had surrounded the woman's house. Williams was questioned Hits morning but denied any knowledge of the crime. Sheriff ncrryiiian said. However, he sold that Williams fits the description of the Negro seen gettinn Into the cab With Arthur NOX GI.I-, 23-year-old -Hlc!/,an Ifcnd a, few hours •^ eody wn-i throush revenue bonds. Both bond company representatives said they were not interested in handling sewer Improvement dislriU bonds and termed municipal ownership of (lie water company "as (he only feasible method for financing the sewer system." The Council'declined to act until all aldermen were present to hear the proposals. Alderman Leslie Mocre was absent and Alderman Uun Blodgett was called out of lasb night's meeting due to the death of his fathnr. - ' a 30-day sanity observa- be/ore Mr tolmd O "*" Siiid Another Did Killing Gray was arrested two days after the slaying and admitted being In the cab at Ihe time Mr. Tucker's throat was cut hut told officers Unit another Ncsfro name he did not know, wielded the knife. Giay Is now ut the Stale Hospital in Little Rock where he Is undergoing lion. Sheriff Herryrnun bun been seek- im; the second Negro since Gray's 1ml he said that, lends had been slim. The Negro was reported In St. Louis and then later he was reported to have gone to,s.sjppi. Williams has admitted that the day before the killing he was In Kt. Louis and thai, several days later he went to his home at Jackson, Miss., the sheriff said. Williams told officers that on the nlslil of the murder he was in Stcelc. Mo., and knew nothing about the killing. Suspect Described The description of the second suspect. furnished sheriff Berry- maii by a person that, saw he and Oray K ei into Mr. Tucker's rab described him as beln^ a "bii; Mci;ro" and having n two Im-Ji scar on "the side of Ills face. Willlrins stand.s well over six feet in height,'him: approximately 220 pount's and has a lona scar onl (he left side ol his head above and i Sec SLAVING on B'aiji- 13 ' nmv ' Vmjur __ . v ._ t __ J1T [copy of Ills l-ttcr to ny cwner Robert K. Johnston, Oi-!c- liig for an owner's valuation, and told the Council he had received no letter from or held conversation with Mr. Johnston in answer to the rcftiiesl. The mayor's letter follov.'.i: March 31* 1951 Mr. R. K. Johnston 1107 First National Building Oklahoma Oily. 2, Oklahoma. Hear Mr. .Johnston: 'The Rlythevllle City Council is considering municipal ownership ami operation of the water works system, and it was deemed advisable at a mcellnu of the City Council last jjiifht lo first ascertain -f it would be possible to a^ree with you upon a mutually satisfactory purchase price or the water works system servicing niytheville. A resolution was adopted by the council directing me as mayor, to write you asking for you to let me know the cash purchase price of Ihe water works system. Therefore, please let me know at your earliest convenience whnt you regard as a fair and reasonable purchase price of the system, or o! the common stock of the company, if In purchasing, it Is decided that tho utility should be acquired through purchase of the common stock rath- ci (hail (he phy?lral assets. With pers'inal regards. I am Very truly yours. Dr>yh> Henderson Mayor Mnvrr llemtir on then. tltc-r See COUNCIL on I'.isr 13 With the Arkansas Legislature — ome by Saturday Move Launched LITTLE ROCK. April 1. (AP) — A "home by Saturday" move opened with force today in the Arkansas legislature. This came as backers of a pro- prosal to raise rnonev for the schools by increasing the stale sales taxj whipped up support in the Senate j and House. The Senate was to take action r on a bill to increase the sales tax from two to three per cent later today. Adoption cf the tnea.sure virtually is assured. Consideration of the sales lax bill, introduced by four Senators who offered it during the regular session, wasn't expected to consume much time today. Supporters in that chamber said that have more than 18 votes, the majority needed, to adopt the bill. Whether they can line up 24 voles, the number needed to approve an emergency, was not known. There were a number of amend' mcnts being prepared (o the House sales lax bill. One was to limit ef- IcctivcncM unitl Dee. 31, 1352, In- stead of March 1, 1953. This Is the deadline established in Die Senate proposal. Suppcrters of the House plat) indicated they had enough votes to approve the measure. They need 51. Sen. EllLs Fajan of Little Rock, .set the stage for the "home by Saturday" movement. He has promised A report on an investigation of the Arkansas Education department and the proposed civil defense agency by Friday. Pagan said his report will be available in plenty of lime to end the special session this week. While discussion of proposed ICR- Isl.iUon hn,s been concerned mainly with the sales tax Increase, each chamber has authorized in investigation. The Senate yesterday approved an Investigation of civil defense and the State Military Department demanded by Ren. Ellis Kagaii ol Little Rock. A five-member committee headed by Fagan was set up to make the Investigation. Fagan said the group would start Its i work this afternoon and be finish- j cd b.v Friday noon. i Sajs Tads MisT'cpresriilril ; In calling for the investigation. ] Fagan said Maj. Carl C. Martin, ! who has been heading a temporary i civil defense set-up, had been inis- j representing the facts about civil and had criticized the Irg- I islature. which didn't authorize a permanent civil defense plan at its regular session. The Senate also received a bill for a commission to audit Ihe State Education Department from July 1. I!)4T. to June. 30. 1951. The House Investigation will be conducted by Us Journal Committee and will concern alleged tampering with the -ccorded vote on the emergency clause of the administration-sponsored act 242 of the regular Session. Act 242 Is 3 "libcral- i/?d" law regulating stale purchasing procedures. Committee Chairman Jack Clark of Miller County ssld public hearings would start at 2 p.m. tomorrow and that witnesses to he fmn- I moncd would include Governor McMath. inglan?uage t hahcapctl ortre five-star general's head ever since 1:30 p.m. Quotatio T * '"' Chrysler . Coca Cola Gen I Gen Electric Motors Y Cent ml the Korean war started. Moscow so far was silent. The Russian press this morning carried neither the announcement of the dismissal nor comment on it. \Vesl Germany "Relieved" In Paris. U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie declined to comment >\ spokesman said Ihc removal nf the , .,, U.N commander was an internal j .) c Penney matter of the unified command. j Republic KIT! "'cslcrn-rnindcrt Germans, mix-i Radio ; ious to see plan priority i Rocony "vacuum j given to Europe rather than Asia. ' Studcbnkri- were relieved al the dismissal. They ' Standard n! N J attributed Io MacArthur a contrary , Trxa-: Coip view. : scnrj A ranking British commonwealth ! - — diplomat .said "Good old I'.arry. He i always comes up whm nobody ,-x- ' peels him to." 153 1-2! OS 1-2 5! 1-4 18 US 1-2 51 :t-l 52 1-2 K!l S-S l!l 1-2 34 1-8 •12 :',-8 10 :l-4 SI 7-S 101 5-8 31 3-<l 51 3-8 on Q'l. COI//1C7/ A*l &&t I " " " i-w^»».» I British Commonwealth diplomat* ' M BV In London 'j-ere stunned by Tru-ljnlj Yor r - O:>f-n ma ,,. s unexpected action but vatelv hailert it i,,,i • f c \ '.., " l? t l' h . t .' C:1 ' < n ' s st^e we T t ' e ed 1 ' ^-^'M.Hd. on, - I nrc. Ihe United ; 11'iO 'MX I.J33 4419 3854 .1845 1:30 •1535 3950 3B70 i 3853 Twenty-live persons, excluding ulciermen and member; of -lie pr-ss Attended Ins;, nl 3 h!'s f'iu Council niueling with most cxpn•:•.••;im an opinion or asking cpicMiOiu about the sewer proposal. ^'•' F' McDaniel. maniuicr of the "kick" nmiin,' with Iliu Council, , ' Wo'vi: LIU, a problem of raw "icwasjc bubbling up near our plant,' Mr. McD.iniel said, "and we're gottiniT damn 1ired o! it, I vc railed it to the aucnt.on ol the alderman ;KK| today f shov.rd threi: of them jii,l- what I'm lalfems* about. "1 don't .see what you're v.,ii;ini; for In getting a ne;v ,v.-?e;n. We demand something be done about It. And I spr.ik lor a loi of people who arc not here. Wo elected you. Now do someihini;!" • cum, -i Lynn Itti-'tuv. contractor, said 'It is hi:jh Itnie the councilman ,\c- i cep'.ed the re.-;>on.siu!!i!y placed on i t.h.'Mi by the people and took .some "IV tal>:.';i to llnce bund cornpa- inie..." i." r. ciri. -:uirl ;,1] u:.-! lc atfd i they didn't want to lundlc lha I bonri> without the water ccmpany. ; Two were emphatic. "We've losl monc\ in the last six ; months rjfeaitso ol delay. Some' thin? ought to be clnne and ought : to be done now. otherwise it may be inlkcd to ne.ith." .' JcuailKin c. McSlancy .former alderman, expressed the opinion "It j doesn't make a lot ol difference I what we do, or lio\v we get the sewers, just, so we do." i Soybeans Utah xa N. 0. Cofton Onen Hljfh Clcv-.p .w.i ficp Nov •• Mny i Jlllv Or'l. Glenn O Lacitl. 1301 W,:.,t A-h.j W. L. Davidson, Konwra said he "believes we need tho sew - ' inqimcd if the Council er system." but as-:cd to know more ! should Impose such n lant about how much rates would run j cdnes.s on the oroule wit per house for the fewer system | fcrrim; It Io a vote, lie a!; ,^* !:," I ^™ e ' for Information on rate-fix "I don't believe Ihc charac would ers which would be held b.v be sufficient, without a clirm prop- commission under nitmicis nty lax.' he said, ! erihip and whether the Mr, I.add al.= o c\j,tesscii objec- t sioners would be elected 4447 44« j 3(116 31I-101 MS SBfil > 3(!38 3853 j ions U> Hie i:ity cmploj'ing a bond j pointed. ti Diive, lelt It uidobl- hoiit re- iso sjLi'd ing pow- A water inl own- commts- or ap-

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