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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1946 BLYTHEVILI.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Col. McCormack Denies Charges Defends Patriotism Of Intelligence Men In State Department WASHINGTON. Mar. 21. (UP) — A high ^tate Department official declared Wednesday that reports or "strong pro-Soveit" sympathizers within the department's intelligence service were a "tissue of lies, creat- Oklahoma Salt Plains Refuge Abounds In Fish, Birds, Fowl Col. Alfred McCormack, chief of the service and formerly of Army Intelligence, strongly defended t)ie patriotism',of army officers who joined : ; hlm at the State Department. But' he promised that if any employes 'were ever found to have "strong-pro-Soviet -leanings," they would b e eliminated promptly. "I can," he said, "conceive o! no American in his right mind who would want to live under xxx a system of government wliich maintains itself by police methods and BY CALVIN LONG , United frets staff Correspondent CHEROKEE, Okla. (UP)—There's going to be some good fishing on the once arid Great Salt Plains refuge this year. It will be opened to the public after use by the Army as a bombing range. But not only to fishermen will this be interesting news of a storied spot. Tho Great Snlt Plains national wildlife refuge, the Snlt Plains dam and lake, and surrounding terrain, will hold Interest for the student of ornithology," gcog nosy, Ichthyology, geography; hunter or fisherman; or maybe a mere landlubber who like to dig Into the oddities of the Southwcst's physical make-up. One of the stories about the region is that the ducks once mistook a wide area of just salt-sand for a large inland body of water, and that the small white desert that once marked the area was a great landing field for hordes of wild ducks and geese that use the ern, itallinule, snip kllldcer, plo ver, wlllet, yellowlegs. avocet, dove, l>halarope and many species have been noted In vast numbers, terrorism xxx and which In its in- continental central flywny each au- tcrnational relations employes fraud umn and spring. and duplicity as every-day methods." McCormack stated his position In letters to chairman Andrew J May, D., Ky., and other members of a House Military Affairs subcommittee that is investigating reports of Communist or other alien sympathizers in government positions. H. Ralph Burton, an investiga- tori for the committee, protested to Secretary of State James P. Byrnes recently that certain persons of "pro-soviet" sympathies, who formerly were employed by Army Intelligence, were ' now in State Department Intelligence. Byrnes said later that Burton mentioned, the name of only one person. McCormack's letter to May and other subcommittee members said: "In issuing the statement charging me, but not naming me, with 'strong pro-Soviet leanings.' and in blanketing under that charge the officers whom I have brought from Military Intelligence into the State Department, your committee Is not only doing a great injustice to them and to me, but it is making more difficult the already difficult job of getting trained and able intelligence officers to continue in the government service at this critical period." McCormack said it was apparent from questions asked' him at a subcommittee hearing last Jan. 21 'that the committee had been listening to a former lieutenant colonel of the Military Intelligence Service, who for six months has been conducting a personal campaign against me and has announced his intention to 'get 1 me." This officer, McCormack said, was incompetent, and by agreement between him and other officers -was transferred to a clerical position. McCormack referred r fhe'commit- tee'members to other military in. tclligerice officers for his record and also cited his citation for the Distinguished Service , /Medal. "These men," he said, "can testify that what you have been hearing about my activities is a tissue of lies, created by irresponsible and evil nien with e vil purposes." H e asked the committee to reopen hearings and call his references as witnesses. May later announced that the subcommittee would hold a meeting Friday. McCormack said in his letter that he took 15 officers for military intelligence to the State Department and that "every one 01 them Is a man of first rate ability." "Not on e of them has 'pro-Soviet leanings' or any bias except strictly American one." he added McCormack said that during the war he worked as many hours day as he could keep awake and had no use for Vlime-wasters." He said he did not enter military intelligence to "make friends or ad vancc my personal interests," and suggested that this may be the answer to some of the criticism leveled at him. "All that I ask of your committee is the ordinary right of any American to be Informed of the charges against him and to present the relevant evidence," he said. Only two ot every 1000 persons reported missing in England are never heard .of again. Russia produced the first commercial plywood in the 1880s. But anyway, the birds aren't hoaxed now, for there is a fine lake for them to rest upon—10,750 acres n extent. Made Refuge in 1930 Through the efforts of Joe Constant, Cherokee, okla., banker, who was a member of the Oklahoma Game and Fish commission nt the time, the areat Salt Plains was declared a national migratory rc- fuee by President Hoover in 1030. It was not until much later— April, 1941—that the U. S. Fish and Wiidltfc Service established residential headquarters and placed a refuge manager there to bring the great area to life factually as a sanctuary for wildlife. Construction of a dam of mammoth proportions across the Salt Fork of the Arkansas river began in 1938 to form the lake which covers an approximate one-third of the refuge proper. The dam, built under supervision of U. S. Army engineers, measure 6.930 feet in length, has a cres elevation 68.5 feet and, though built primarily for flood- control, has served also in backing up the waters of Walk Fork into its fill of 1,940,000 cubic yards, with a drainage area of 3,070 square miles. Built at a total cost of over three million dollars, the construction serves a triple punwsc because of its value as a wildlife feeding and resting area, and as one more source of good fishing for anglers in a once arid section of Oklahoma. Wide Species of Birds Tile wealth of bird life, visitant and resident, on the refuge runs into such great numbers that Seth H. Low, manager, has not yet listed his finding for study data in publicized form. He hopes soon to catalogue them, however, for public dissemination. Such species as loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, ; herons, bit•tern, -egrets^ geese-.and ' ducks of many varieties, cranes, raits, coot, Probably the most spectacular migration which uses the refuge are the gulls, which come to the refuge in untold thousands during cross-continental flights. Pcdaceous birds such as crows, ravens, magpies, and hawks and owls of sevc- rnl species, also have been noted. Bobwhltc quail arc welcome residents throughout the brushy and ;rassy pints of the great sanctuary. Of Oklahoma mammals, refuge observers have noted the coyote, op-ssum, badger (uncommon), muskrat, fox squirrel, Jackrabbit, cottontail rabbit, striped skunk, spotted skunk, nntl others. The primary object in establishing migratory waterfowl refuges I? not to deprive the hunter of his Inherent right to hunt, though such establishments do necessitate lh e closing of certain areas to ai: shooting. Haven for Ducks The wild ducks and geese whlcl annually concentrate there go out daily to feed within a 25-30-mile radius, and thus afford the hunters some of the finest wild-fowling, known to people of the Southwest, on the feed fields and waters out- Ide the refuge. Thus the gre*t salt plains con- inues as one of the nation's great duck-hunting havens, though the lunter iij referring to the area, does not mean the salt plains refuge itself, but the countryside surrounding the big sanctuary. Tlie salt plains near Cherokee, unlike others In various parts of th c nution, were never part of n river bed, say geologists and those versed In sliuilgrapliy, nor is there any Indication that the ureu once was nn ancient lake. Its shoreline presents a very low relief wllh n total absence of banks In places. An absence of timber is noted along the edge of the salt bed, though lhe barren plains began abruptly from verdant farn) lands Crops are cultivated to the if the snll plain. The dam caused he lake to form over a part of he original salt plain. The great suit plains of Alf«"'i rounly once wns a geographical lolnt among the plains Indians, from which murker dlMiuices were eckoned. Mexico To Receive Shipments Of Sugar Refrigerator Service OF ALL KINDS—CALL W. O. BLUE Phone 2918 or 2642 HAVANA, Mar. 19. (U.P.) Mexico will receive before March 31 the first shipment out of tho 100,000 tons of raw. sugar recently purchased from Cuba, it was learn- ccl today. 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