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Tuesday, April 24, 1951
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER VOL. XLVII—NO. 30 Blyiheville Daily News Blytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevilte Hemld THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER or NORTHEAST ARKAKSA8 AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVtLLE, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1951 FOURTEEN PAGES HALF-MILLION REDS TEAR HOLE IN UN LINE Battle May Refugees Begin Third Weary Trek to South Be Decisive On Dust ? * oads ~~ w ' u They Eyer Come Back? -Ridgeway Heaviest Red Blow to Come, General Says TOKYO, April 2-1. (AP) — The current Heel offensive may prove lo lie the decisive battle of tlie Korean War, Lt. Gen. Matthew H. Ridgway said today after visiting front lines. „.,. The supreme commander « id the Red offensive ap- ars to be. the biggest they have yet made "to drive United Nations forces from Korea, or to destroy them. But the heaviest Red blow Is yet lo come, he warned. At the front with Lt. C7en. James A. Vnn Fleet, his successor as commander of the Eighth Army. Rldg- way said: ."We are fully confident in the ability and determination of the U.N. forces." Statement Issued On his return to Tokyo, he issued this statement: "It appears to me at this time that this attack is another major effort by our Communist enemy lo drive United Nations forces from Korea, or lo destroy them, regardless of the further destruction of his own troops, and the continued criminal devastation of Korea. "It appears also that this will be Ihe heaviest offensive effort yet made, though it has not yet attained its maximum strength. "The conduct of operations is in the competent hands of General Van Fleet, and I have complete f confidence that the.vJBighth Army under his leadership—wtth.the^un^ fining •£ijpor;fc-oT«'8uY""~- '—- '"-" force-^will fully acco signed missions, and dit. • .... "The battle is .joined. It-may w'ell prove decisive.". 97 Persons Die In Rail Blaze 7 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Flames Of Japanese Coach YOKOHAMA. Japan, April 24. Wl —Hearing flames killed at least 97 persons today when a dangling power line turned an old-style wooden rallroay coach into a blazing funeral jfeyyrc. " '• Seven of the dead were American soldiers. Police said the spectacular fire «... _, lt ...untuni nc ici-i-ivcd me staneci as the electric suburban message from the President. I think ram pulled into Sakuragicho sta- there is no precedent in American r . tllc "™-slar general. f," thC '. r X ™ r to Mr ' Truman said he acted because . the . car . s narrow Hon. Passengers screamed tn terror they tried to safety through windows. Only were injured. The flames quickly enveloped the train's first car after an electric power wire touched the roof. The second car was partially burned before police stopped the fire. The operator was killed before he could open the door for the horrified passengers. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy CLOUDY ANI1 MII.D tonight. Wednesday, partly cloudy and mild. A few scattered showers In north and west portions. Missouri forecast: Warmer east central and extreme south, colder northwest tonight; Wednesday's showers and thunderstorms and cooler; low tonight 50-55 southeast, high Wednesday 60-65 southeast. Minimum this morning—45. • Maximum yesterday—eg. Sunset today—6:40. Sunrise tomorrow—5.16. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. tcday—none. Mean iemperature (midway between high and low)—51. By JIM BECKER SOMEWHERE IN KOREA, April 24. <AP)~The tired and dispirited people of this war-ripped land began plodding south again loday. They struggled along dust, clogged roada with their meager belonging strapped to their backs and balanced on their heads, nut their heavier burdens were despair and futility. They know the road well. Many of them had been down it twice before. Each time they gathered their cooking pans and clothing and rice and children and old folks and plodded to the south in Taft to Demand Wide Expansion Of Korean War Action to Come As 'Independent' From M'Arthur Row WASHINGTON. April 24. W>)— The Senate inriuiry into the fir- Ing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and related foreign policies will begin a week from Thursday. May a formation of misery. Twice they returned to their deserted homes, each time believing—or maybe only hoping—that the northern invaders had been driven for good from the rice fields and mud huts and that they could till their fields and raise their families in peace. With each weary Journey to the south and return their" ranks thinned. The young men went WASHINGTON, April 24. M>) _ Amid fresh Democratic attacks on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's proposals. Republicans moved loriay to nresent independently their side of the row over President Truman'; Far Eastern policy. Senator Taft 'R-Ohio) told a reporter he expects Republican members of Ihe Senate Armed Services Committee to take the lead In organizing a case for broader prosecution of the Korean War. Senator Bridges (R-NH) and ,Wowliuid <R-Caiif) are Hke'ly lead—"•""•'- move. i be ! independent, of MacArthur has to say 7^'^"'" "*=-testifies before [he com- 'mitlee." Tall said. "We think there should be some organized answer to the case the administration will lay down." : < Taft, who heads the Senate Republican Policy Committee, has given .'general' support to the. deposed Pacific commander's proposals for blockading Red China, operating United Nations planes over : Manchuria and using Chinese Nationalist troops. In New York, meanwhile, a spokesman said MacArthur still does not know why he was stripped of his commands by the President. MacArthur's personal adviser, Maj. Gen. Courtney Whitney, told reporters: No Reasons Given "To this day, General MacArthur has never been informed as to the reasons for his summary dismissal and lie hasn't the faintest idea why the action was taken. General MacArthur had no opportunity even to transfer his command. He was dismissed the moment he received the history." In firing collcUldc( , M . lcArtlulr 39 succeeded. All longer was able to give his "wholehearted support" to administration and United Nations policy. Whitney talked with newsmen at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, where the MacArthurs are now staing. He said Mrs. MacArthur heard the news of her husband's dismissal on the radio in Tokyo 20 minutes before official word was received from Washington. McMahpn Launches Attack Senator McMahon (D-Conn), who heads Ihe Senate-House atomic committee, launched the newest attack warmer this afternoon at d mlltcc ' launcrie < 1 the " eBC5t •>««<* 11115 auernoon and on M!u . Arthul .. s Strat e 8 y w ith a declaration that It would risk the possibility of Worlct War til when the United States Is unprepared for it. In an address prepared for the Senate, McMahon said the capitol T iy be "blown to smithereens next v.«.ek" by atomic bombs if America follows the wrong policy In Asia. McMahon said if the MacArthur policies arc followed they might "set off a chain of Soviet aclion and American counter-action leading quickly to the third war. even though neither side desired full- scale hostilities." Truman Support Urged mean temperature for Normal April—61. This Dale I.isl Year Minimum this morning 61. Maximum yesterday—54. Precipitation January i to this date—27.15. CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY — PORT. JOINVILLE, ILE D'YEU, France, April 24. yt>,_Ex-Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, still hovering between, life and death in Ills prisoiiceV'; rallied slightly today to pay Iccble token to his 95th birthday. By noon, he was able to receive his wife and several members of his family who brought a huge cake with 95 candles to his flower- decorated cell and placed it on his bed. The old man murmured feebly "it's very pretty, but," and then lie pointed to one of the candles which had gone out. Into the army. Death and disease and the terrible Korean win- (er took heavy toll. But always they seemed to retain some hope of a better life to come. The filiful people who today began the southern Journey once again appeared lo have lost even that. The thing that dies last In a man—the hope ol a better tomorrow—seems to be gone In these people. Even the little children, many ol them garbed in their colorful Sunday best because, they explained, they had nothing" else left, are grim-faced. They shuf- ted along, heads down, eyes on the road like their elders. They are trudging away from Communist aggression, but they are trudging towards nothing. Their tragic path winds past rice paddies ruined by the awesome weapons of war. Huge holes have been torn in Ihe dikes that held the water in the fields. The blenched bones of tanks and trucks wrecked in the apparent ceaseless slruggle over their homeland littered the sides of their route. The cities they see are tinbc- lievnblv shattered and torn. The See REFIIGKKS on Page M GAS fin: AKKIVES— Workmen arc shown here as they unloaded yesterday the first Iwo carloads of pipe received by Arkansas-Missouri Power Company for the natural gas system it Is scheduled to Install in this area this summer. The pipe is two and three inches In diameter and will be used in the distribution system within Blythevllle. It Is being unloaded on a lot behind Home Service und storage Company where Stephens Brothers Construction or Little Rock, which will Install the system, has its local headquarters, w. H. Walker of Llllle Rock is In charge of llie company's operations here. Allied Right Flank Bent as ROK's Yield; Officers 'Confident' HP tp,' April ? 4> , (A , P >,- Ne ^y °nc-half million bat- t e- tested Reds smashed a hole in the center of the United MUiona line today in their third invasion of South Korea Communist troops streamed through the gap and bent back (lie riglil flank of the Allied lino. They were striking savagely with the aim or breaking up the intcrmitional Eighth Army into piecemeal units. K» *ii<*nmiiH me uii me eastern flany. npn Knr<*^n* center of the 100-mile line crumbled overran inJe.Thfe" truck w^thTur before Ihe f,,,A. nf ..,„ n^ spr i I1B |)rlslng strength. Defense of tha exposed town, four mites north of Ihe bor- Soulh Korean mills manning the ••'•' of the 100-in Ihe fury of .... .. offensive. Their retreat other Allied division. Frontline officers considered the situation serious, nut headquarters commanders were confident the rejuvenated Allied forces could stem the offensive. U. Gen. Matthew B. Rldgway, the grenade-packing paratrooper who shored up the morale of Allied wo sore up te morale of Allied e - ensorship withheld the pro- forces before he succeeded General else distance. Earlier In the day the Mac.Milnir us supreme commander. Chinese had pushed four miles Into visited the front. South Korea. And they were still Ridgvray said the great battle pressing forward over the dusty hills "well may prove™." lie called on - foot nnd by horseback it the greatest Red offensive yet "''' -.--.-. launched, but warned that the Allies probably have not met Its full strength. Sammie Carter Dies Of Accident Injuries Six-Year-Old Boy Is Struck by Pickup Truck After Alighting from Car at Central School Sammic Carter, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Herschcll Carter of South HiBhway 61, died this morning at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis cf head injuries received yesterday afternoon when lie tvns struck by a pickup truck on Chickasawba Avenue in front of Central Grade School, young Caller died at approximately 10:30 a.m. today. He was transferred to the Memphis Hospital from Blytheville Hospital immediately following the accident. Late this morning, Sheriff William Berryman said young Wortham has been released under a Sl.OOO bond pending the filing of a negligent homicide charge. He sail! the youth, along with his father, J. w. Wortham, came to the sheriff's office voluntarily to post the bond upon learning of the child's death.. Street-Widening Bids Opened; May Let Contract Tomorrow Pride and Usrey Construction Company of Blytheville was the apparent low bidder yesterday afternoon when bids for a contract to widen parts of seven streets were opened publicly in City Hall. A contract probably will be awarded tomorrow. Total bid submitted by Pride and Usrey was $55,334.«. A'contract for the work was not awarded yesterday, however, and the three lowest or the four bids submitted were taken luidcr consideration by members of the City Council present yesterday. A contract is scheduled to be let at a meeting of the City Council at 2 p.m. tomorrow in City Hall. Only half of the eight Council nran- bers were present yesterday, but Mayor Doyle Henderson pointed out that the meeting had been called only for opening or the bids and not for awarding a contract. The work will involve excavation, pavement, curbing, sidewalks and drop inlets necessary to widen nearly all of Walnut Street and parts of Sixth. Seventh, Eighth, Franklin, First and Sycamore Streets. Other bids submitted yesterday Included the following: S. J. Cohen Construction Company, Blytheville—$63,271.47. BucTon Construction Company Hazcn. Ark.—SC9.485.2.5. Shcrill and McMillian Construction Company, Batcsville — S62 173 (The Sherill and McMillian bid' however, did not include work on Walnut from Franklin to Laclcde Streets or on Laclcde from Main to Dougan.) Aldermen J. L. Nabers, Dan Blodgett, Jesse White and Louis o. Nash were present at the bid open- Bill to MOYC Employes Out of Washington Is She/red 'Indefinitely' WASHINGTON. April 24 fjJV- ... ., - *he administration's plan to mm.* Report Says Rldgway Would Use Chinese NEW YORK. April 24 W,-An adviser to Gen. Douglas MacArthur said today Lt. Gen. Matthew Ririgway had proposed to the Pentagon that Chinese troops on Formosa be sent into battle. Ridgway succeeded MacArthur In his Far East Commands when the latter was deposed by President Truman for expressing views contrary to administration policy concerning Korea. Mrs. Zal B. Harrison, maternal grandmother of the child .who was .in ^Memphis- at , the 'Mine-.of his death, suffered o heart attack when informed (bat her grandson had died. Baptists Hospital attendants however, said the attack was a "mild one" and that Mrs. Harrison was planning lo leave for Blytlie- villc early this afternoon, ohe WITS not admitted as a patient. According to Chief of Police John Foster and Deputy Sheriff Charles Short, who investigated the accident young Carter was struck by a truck driven by Bobby Worthnm. 19, of Le.icbville. as he attempted to cross the street, to the school ground, Chiel Poster said the child alighted from his father's car on the south side of the street and darted across the street. He quoted the Wortham youth as .saying that young Carter darted from behind the car directly into the path of his truck. Worthnm wa.s arrested on a charge of reckless driving following the accident. A dale for his hearing has not been set. Wortham was released on bond to his father yesterday. The accident occurred In a 10-mile-ncr-liour school 7/>nc. Chief Faster staled that Carter's skull was "Iwdly fractur ed" in the accident .The child's head struck the right front side of the truck's hood, the police chief said. In addition to his parents, young Carter Ls survived by a brother, Todd Harrison Carter. Funeral arrangements were In-, complete at noon today. The child's body w:is returned It Dlythcville today by Holt Funeral Home. H. L^Halsell, Jr., Named President of Jaycees II. L. Halscl], Jr.. was named president of the Blythevllle Junior Chamber of Commerce at a meeting of the club last night L. ll.llscll, ,]r. Red Police Here 30 Years Ago Russia Had-AgcrUs In U.S. in 1920's, Ex-Communist Says WASHINGTON, April 24 In;— Henjainin Gillow testified today young] "lilt agents of the Russian secret •-j Delegates from Junior chambers I of Commerce tn West Memphis, Os' ceola, nml Manila attended Ills meeting In the Ja.ycee Club here, where officers were elected and two honorary members namcci. Other officers elected were Billy Dooiie, who as defeated presidential candidate automatically becomes first vice-nresHlcnt; J. L. Westbrook, Jr., second vlce-preslrtcnt; Virgil Slianeyfcll, secretary; and Kdsel llarber, treasurer. Bob Warren, Louis .Lynch, Elmer R. Smith, and Jack Owen were named to the Board of Directors. The honorary members named last night were Kcltli Bilbrey, for his help during the soybean nnd colton picking contests, and P. D. Foster for his help during the cat- ion picking contest. Mr. Ilalscll has been a member of the Jaycccs since his discharge from the army in 194(3, He has been first vice-president of the organization and has been active In committee and project work. A resident of Arkansas since 1024. Mr llnlsell came lo work for the Arkansas Employment Office as tin -^Interviewer after serving three and one-half years in the army, lie was In a prisoner of war camp for aboiil two years. James Hill. Jr., president of the Arkansas-Missouri power Company was nomincd by the Ulythcvllle club for the slate C. E, Palmer Award. The O. E. palmer Awnrtl Is given by the Arkansas Jaycce organization to the man In the state v,'ho has done the most for the group In the lasfycar. It will be presented at the state convention to be held In Port Smith Mny f,. Two new members Inducted last nlghl were Joe Evans and Howard Blagg Attlee Forces Make Deal to Hold Power Laboril-es Seeking to Keep Party In Control, Prevent New Elections LONDON, April 24. Wv-prime Minister Altlee's forces and rebellious Laborite left wingers made a deal today aimed at keeping the Labor government In power as long as passible and preventing a general election at this lime The deal, with both sides making concessions, came after a third government leader. John Freeman, parliamentary secretary to the minister of supply, resigned in protest over the government's arms budget. He quit for broadly the same reasons as Labor Minister Aneurin Sevan and Board of Trade President Harold Wilson: Britain's financing of her rearmament at the expense of the national free medicine scheme. The labor members of parliament held a stormy two-hour secret emergency meeting. H resulted in a deal in which the rebels, headed by Bevan and Wilson, pledged police force bcyan operating in this country about 30 year,'-- ago. Gltlnw, who says he was oiiMcd from the Communist Parly In 1929 after a dispute v.ith Joseph Stalin, said he had personal knowledge of such activity while he was a top party leader In the United Slates. Gitlow lesctlficd before the subversive activities control board !t is holding hearings on whether'the American Communist Party must register with the attorney general as a foreign-controlled organization 'flie board tentatively ruled that Gitlow would have to confine his testimony to the period In which he was an active party member. The ruling followed objections of Communist Party attorneys to an observation by the witness that the pary, having ticrn established on a policy of compliance with Moscow directives, had not changed th.i; policy in recent years. Gitlow said ttie Russian secret police, then known as the OC1PU had agents rc?ubrly assigned lo (he United -State as early as the first part of Ihc 1920's. Oct. Dec. . themselves to put party unity In the House of Commons above Ihe policy split. Jn return, Alttec's force:; agreed ! lo permit Bcvan lo abslain If there j May L? a vote in the House of Commons j July tonight on the government bill to slap a 50 per cent charge on false teeth and spectacles. Bcvan's supporters In the Labor Party must toe the line and support the bill. Thus the Labor Parly could expect lo pull through should the Conservative.^ IcniRhl attempt to exploit the labor split by calling for a formal vote on a second read- Ing of the bill to charge for spcc- Sfe BRITAIN on Page 11 New York Cotton Open Hijh Low 1:30 4530 4539 4539 4539 4512 1514 4505 4503 3377 M8I 3973 3973 3923 3932 3922 3930 Soybeans Full Council To Meet on Sewer Costs A meeting to discuss x survey lhat would establish detailed costs of a new sewer system here will be held tomorrow with the lull City Council present and the session will be open lo the public. Mayor Uoyle Henderson sakl yesterday afternoon Scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom in City Hall, the meeting has been called ™ the Council can confer with Ed A. Farmer of Black and Vcatch engineering company on a cost survey. As opposed 10 the Initial survey conducted by niack and Vcatch here last summer to determine the over-all cost of ;:ew sewers, the survey to be discussed tomorrow will be concerned with establishing the costs to individual users under two financing plans. The Council ha; been told by bond company representatives that the detailed facts and [inures such a survey would bring arc needed before the city can proceed with plans lo finance and construct a sewer system. the eastern flank fled Koreans der, collapsed. KOK'S Give Way South Koreans gave way before a similar Chinese assault In ths center. The Korean retreat exposed the flanks of other U.N. units. Reds rammed through, deepening their wedge south of the 38th parallel. Censorship withheld the Ridgway declared: "U appears to me at this tlm« that this attack I 5 another major effort by our Communist enemy to drive united Nations force, Jrom Korea or to destroy them, regardless of- the further destruction of hla own troops." Red Casualties High An Eighth Army spokesman j«M ?r ?T ™ s " alUes «'"•= W Hm« trios. of UN. forces. On the eastern-front M M ICCr ^ nltl Red !osscs th "« ""« 20 times those of the Allies. Field commanders described th« situation on the central front „ critical. But Rldgway said, "I hav« complete confidence." n,£°r" offlcil "s were not «, confident. Great columns of rcftiEe™ mlT,' lh s " lgl r nys •«•«, £"82 central and western front. Af> Correspondent Jim Becker on the cenlral front ,-„,„ „ , on el rri i~d Pe ? 1 * 1 " dW "' t even "*• nrr.1 'I 5CC WhSt was h «Phe r °" ds tne - " D>m ment. '"reat- IniJIn River In the west. ' 6 UN Focccd Back Elements of two atlackinir rw nc« divisions force,! UN roop° t withdraw near Korangpo at the "' 1 C " [ ° f thC r ™' 1 K°" 'WO the 38th parallel and 3C ml] rean c U.N. troops hit back. AP Correspondent John Randolph, reported al'nU'-T, '"" " B " tin * «S at dusk" rucsday. The other arm of the plnccr threatened Ihe Chunchon -Semi highway. Tins road leads to the capital from the northeast. cnsi" 1 of "t'h""" 1 Hwaohon Reservoir, sJtaV«i\°)?3'S t °'' it ' i " nkl ^ rosc n rvo? n ^ "^ WC5tc ™ "> d ^the Eleven miles to the cast, at the other end. U.N. forces gave some Kroiind to hammering Reds but held Yanggu. The town remained In dan- Hwachon and yangjii are seven miles north of the border "This Is a real war now." a divisional officer said. "We are deal- Ing with nn enemy that has laree numbers, lots of artillery for Ihe "rst time nnd the obvious Intention of wiping us out. "We know that. And we are wait- "iB 'or him. He has taken some terrible losses already. And he Is going to take some more. Red losses Monday were estimated at nearly 12.000. About one-fourth of ihem were from round-the-clock air attacks. • But that's not much of an estimated -100.000 troops already committed to the attack An assault i force of that she would leave the I Reds some .'100.000 In reserve in I North Korea. New York Stocks N. O. Cotton May . July . Sept . Nov . 333 333 . M-P . 303 l High Closei 333 333 < May , 333 333 i July . i 323'i 324--i I Oct. . 301 '.i 303 I Dec. . Open llish Ixtw 1:30 4.539 4539 1539 1539 , 44!>3 1501 4496 4501 i Sears 3069 J3ffS9 33C4 3357 U S Steel i 1:30 p.m. Quotations: j A T ti T . | Amer Tobacco 1 Anaconda Copper Beth Steel .. Chrysler Coca Cola " . 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