The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 30, 1947 · Page 6
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PAGE SIX BLY'fUEVILLE (ARK.y COURIER NEWS Smuggled Jewels Seized by Army Americans Bare Details After Two Yean of Mystery B.r MENN'O DUFRKSEN (Unlt*d Press Staff Correspondent) (Copyriphl 1947 By United press) ESGHWEGE, Germany, May 30. (UP) — The treasure hoard of a German grand duchess, valued nt $1.000,000 to $6,000,000, was held todav by American occupation nu- thoritles who seized it as It was being smuggled from the Russian ^to the American zone. • Army officials permitted the disclosure today that the treasure Itnard—jewels, silver and priceless heirlooms—was In American custody. It belonged to the royal German family of Sachscn-Wcimar Eisenach, and.was smuggled across the Soviet-American zonal boundary In August, 1946. The United press learned of the smuggling attempt six months ago. but was unable to release the story ilntfl additional details became a- va liable. • In its entirety, (lie Incident was one of the top mystery yarns of the war. The fact that It involved fabulous jewels, a grand duchess, and a young German smuggler ri- valled even the theft of the Hesse crown jewels, which \Cere vnlcii »t $1,500,000. ! Army appraisers said Die seize;] treasure could be valued conserv- tlvely at $1,000.000. Unofficial sources said the value might be as high »s $6,000,000. Duchess Makes a "Deal" • The story, as pieced together from privnte investigation and Army sources, began at Heinrichaii, Silesia, more than two ycnrs ago An allied advance had just broken the back of Nazi resistance. Russian trooiK were nearing the Sach- sen-Weimnr, Eisenach estates nt Hclnrichan. The Grand Duchess Feodora. who was 57 yeavs old yesterday, became apprehensive. She {fathered up the family treasure and Jled to her estates at Zlllbach ta Thurlngia. • When the American army arrived at zillbnch, the grand duchess .. already had the treasury buried in snndpiles and cellars. The grand duchess then moved to the family esttitc at Detmolria now In the British occupation zone. It was there that she liea:c) of n young man—just out of the German army—who operated smoothly back a nrt forth across the American-Soviet zonal border. Army authorities will identify him om y as "Helnrlch Mueller" for the pur- Pose of this .story, they admitted the name was fictitious. Mueller lived in a luxuriously- furnished new house which was Proff of .his smuggling activities. Pther prominent Germans who emigrated" from the Soviet zone had told the grand duchess of Mueller's achievements in the hush- hush transportation business Deal Backfires Mueller and the grand ducheis made a deal. He was to bring her treasure into the American zon- rpiv two per cent O f lt, s value in Je el/ nd nnothcr fivc l >er ccnl '" • ,£?? shipment crossed the border J"h° ut incident. The jewels were hidden under bales of propaganda otrman border police stopped the second truck. They found the treasure after digging through slacks of Mueller's "literature." Army intelligence agents were called, and Mueller (old.them his story. liter an American armored co!- »mn went to Esclywege, got the remainder of the treasure and look « to Bad Nauheim. There it was inventoried and taken to n depository for safekeeping. News of the smuggling alt^npt reached high level officers after a receipt for the treasure was forwarded to theater intelligence headquarters. Hide in Bushes Because .alligators make the water an unsafe refuge, startled frogs in Florida seldom dive into water out jump back into the bushes Britain's New Plan for India ?HK)NT7H RAJPUT MM STATfS INDIA" C "J BAYOFBINGAL Plan would provide that predominantly Hindu areas within Pakistan would be split off. In N. W. Provinces, where Moslem majority lives under All-India MYSO«J> ^MADRAS Congress government, referendum would be held CD HINDUSTAN Nfap shows essence of new British plan (or settlement o( Moslem-Hindu problem in India. .Lor;] Mount- jattcn Is expected to submit it lo Indian leaders on June 2. The separate sub-states, Pakistan (Moslem) ind Hindustan (Hindu), would set up their own legislatures and government under tho viceroy awl a ,oint council charged with national tieleti'.v and foreign policy (NEA Tclephoto.) FHA Prepares To Reduce Its Payrolls TATTLE ROCK, Ark., May 30. (UP)--The threat by a House com- •,'iiittec of reduced appropriations promised today to curtail operations in Arkansas of (lie Farmers Home Administration. Slate Director J. V. Higlifill said lliae 163 of tlie 370 persons work- ins for the iidinlni.slraljon In the .state htul been given notice of <lM:h:in>c effective June 284 lhat i() supervisory Jobs would DC eliminated and 20 county offices would be combined. The PHA Is a consolidation of the former Farm Security Administration and the Peed and Seed Loan Credit Association. FRIDAY, MAY HO, 1!M7 Commissions Asked for Two Blytheville Men Two •Blythcvlilt men. Maj. D-in- icl P. McLean, son of Dr. and Mr*. 1). C. McLcnn of 2C9 Douijan, and c:aj)t. Gaoi-Bc K. Uross, Jr., SOD of Mr.and Mrs. Ocori'n Cross Sr., of 300 Lake Street, have been recommended for permanent commissions as first lieutenants in the lei'.ular army. Tlic names of Major McLean anti Capt. Cross were anioni; those of 101 'Arkansas service men that President. Truman forwarded to the Senate for confirmation of permanent commissions. , 'Mfijor McLean, xvho is now stationed with the Army Air Forces In Japan, entered the service in August 1941. «e served in the Car- ribcan and in England 'with the Eighth Air Force during the war and flew 23 missions over Germa- Detour Traffic Near Truman Home To keep away curious sightseers, the mayor and town marshal of Gr&cdvievv. Mo., roped off the street before (lie home of ('resident Truman's motlicr and dcloured the trafiic. Above, newsmen and -spccl.-ilors gather a I Die detour sicn to watch the frame Mouse (background) where the Truman (amily keeps a constant vigil at the bedside of (he ailiny 94-year-old woman. ny. He was sent to Japan in July of hist year. Captain Cross is stationed at Barksdale Field, Shrcvei>orl. L-i.. where he is .serving ns staiisticnl officer. He entered tlic servjcc in 1942 and served in the European Theatre. Hindus Clash With Moslems Near A/ew Delhi NEW DELHI, May 30. (IIP! — Hindus and Moslems were fighting ,i smull-scA:i! tvminnnal war today within 30 miles of this capital. Morlars and rifles have been banging away .since insl Sunday, when group of Hindus attacked n Moslem village. Twenty Mljpi'CS h ivo gone up In smoke sii.dwThcu. There has been no official estimates of the casualties. Rival armed mobs roamed the countryside. The fighting area Is in Southern Gui'snon. It is about 40 miles long and 25 miles wide. The Hindus and Moslems who live there arc agra- ' Man people. They live in mucl- thnlched houses in villages scattered over the hot, arid section. The area is within 30-odd miles of New Delhi where Viceroy Viscount Mountbatten will meet witli Indian leaders Monday to present Britain's plan for transferring po- ver to an Indian government, next June. New President Finds No Trace Of Reds at U of A PAYETTEV1LLE, Ark., Mi\y 30. (UP)—The mutter of four University of Arkansas economies teachers quitting their jobs nnd charges of Communism nnd academic Irce- riom \verc at an end today. Alter a conference yesterday, President Lewis Webster Jones snid be was convinced that Dr. R. D. Melton had not taught Communism and that the matter of academic freedom had not entered into bis resignation. "As far as I can see, there is no Issue of Communism involved," Dr. Jones said. 'Tin completely sure lhat they are not tainted wilh Communism. Thcv arc men of intelligence and ability." > The new university president said the men quit for "complex reasons." among: them being to nc- cet>t better paying Jobs. . . The row started last week nt a public meeting when Dr. Mellon criticized the administrative poll- qlc s of the university and said ncademic freedom was being stifled Students bcpan circulating a petition asking the sovernor to investigate "peculiar circumstances' 1 under which the University was losing its instructors. Navy Reserves Eligible For Cruise in Caribbean Veterans and non-veterans between the ages of 17 and 40 may enlist 11 the Inactive Naval Ilc- serve a id apply lor a Jwo-wc-eks Carrlbea i cruise next month at the Jo esboro Recruiting Station, it was nnounccd from the Eighth Naval District at New Orleans today. Three destroyers will leave New- Orleans June 15 with 30 officers and 300 enlisted muu aboard. WANTED ' BOY OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL ' FOR WORK AT COURIER NEWS Apply In Person GRAND OPENING! SATURDAY, MAY 31 JOE HESTER'S Grocery and Market New Location So. Highway 61 Below Swift Oil M'ill Open Sunday and Wednesday for Your Convenience Complete Line of Groceries . . . Meats . , . Fresh Frua'ts & Vegetables Free Delivery PSionc 2632 Shriners Hospital Fund Gets Large Donation ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.. May 30. 'UP' — The fund for maintenance of 15 Shriners Hospitals lor crippled children was swelled today by contributions tolalim; S8H.7M from seven Shrine. Icniplrs. nil but one 01 them in the South. The Inrpast was n joint donation of $50,000 from temples In Charleston and Greenville, s. c . and New Bern nnci Charlotte. N c. The Norfolk. Vn., temple contributed ?20,00fl. The contributions were nnnnunc n 'l shortly before Iti elusta!U'.ion of Knrl R, Hmmn«ri;. iMtUyuvgli, os Imperial Potentate. * Mud balls in soup arc consid- t t-rcd n tasty tidbit, by natives of , the Orinco river region in South America. „'•' Ah-Perfection! Our chef takes pride in the perfection of his art. You'll take pleasure in it. Fresh River Catfish Steaks & Chops Seafoods - Specialties DELTA CAFE So. Highway 61 Phone 3685 IMPORTED PANAMAS by STETSON For that cool-headed, nonchalant outlook on Summer . . . our liitc-up is complete from Let/horns to Bakus . . . from pinch fronts to new styles, old favorites . . . WE HAVE YOUR STKTSON! That's Right! Stetson Prices start at (L m. $ 5 lo 12™ I* It's For A Man—Mead's Will Have It! MEAD'S ,f i-;~ 322 MAIN STRffT * WE BUY * WE SELL USED FURNITURE JIMMIE EDWARDS FURNITURE CO. 313 E. Maid Phone 2487 New Theat&i Manila's Finest Shows KVF.RY Vir;m Matinee Saturday & Sundaj Bo* Opcna Week Days 1:0fl p.m. Bat-Sim. 1 p.m. Cont. Showlnj Friday 'King of Wild Horses" , with I'rcs(on Foster, CJnil Fa trick Selected Khorts SATURDAY "Lightning Raiders" a I'HC Ticturo with • Selected Short Subjects SATUI11JAY OWL SHOW 'Roger Toughy Gf«gster' H'ith I'rc.s'ton r»s(ci- Selec(ed Slants Open nt 7:00 p.m.; S(ar(s 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sat "Gunning for Vengeance" Charles Starrctt as the I >ur;ingn Kid i Also b'milcy Buf^bKc ' yerial: "DauRhicr ol^Jon <i." Also Shorts Sithinlay Midnifc Show S(;irts at 10:13 p.m. "THE TRAP" Sidney Toler as Ch:u-li» Chun Also Shorts RITZ THEATRE Manila, Ark. : Friday and SaUirday "Northwest with Hob Stcclc and RJU Ji.hnson 1st Chapter "Manhunt on Mystery Isle" Also Cartoon SATURDAY OWI- SHOW "Criminal Court" with Tom Conn-ay ami Marlhn O'Driscol | Alsn Cartoi>ti

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