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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1950 Hanoi May Be Last French Beachhead In Indochina War By SEYMOUR TOPPING k HAIPHONG, Indochina, Dec. 8. ~Ufi— Should Hanoi fall be'fore the Impending Chinese Communist offensive, this Indochlnese seaport will become the final beachhead and possible evacuation point for the French army. In northern Indochina. ' The status of Hanoi and its perimeter defense has completed the,French high command quietly to ready Haiphong for any eventuality. The defenses are being strengthened and part of the main air force base (or north Indochina has been shifted here from Hanoi. Haiphong also would become the evacuation port In the event of a large' scale Chinese Communist invasion. The outnumbered French nortft Indochina garrison would fight a delaying action while falling back on lli4 coastal center. Haiphong • Treatened Like other French positions In north Indochina, Haiphong is seriously threatened by ft poised and Communist-led Vietmlnh army. Military and civilian leaders here say that Haiphong will be ready for any event If it can hold out until New Year's Day. The French ..re bulwarking Haip- hong defenses, taking advantage of the waterways that make the city area virtually an island. ,• Reinforcements are enroute for the garrison. Women a n d children o f the French community, which numbers about 1,000, are being evacuated with others from north Indochina. The bulk ol Hanoi's estimated 400 or more French women and children will come here to,-board vessels being diverted for.that purpose. *ed Cross Packages or Servicemen Arrive The 50 Clirlstmas packages tent by the Chickasawba District Chap- «r o* the American Red Cross to JaUfornla to be distributed among lospitallzed service men have arrived In San Francisco, Mrs, Floyd Hsralson, executive secretary of the Chapter, was Informed by letter this morning. Bach package contained six gifts each and were sent to Presidio of San Francisco for hospitalized servicemen en route home on Christmas Day or for servicemen en routs overseas on Clirlstmas Day. • • •. These packages, along with other Christmas gifts destined for Memphis service hospitals, were shipped by the local chapter last week, They were contributed by various churches and organizations within the county. ' " - Negro Church Conference to Have Educational Anniversary Tonight Observance of the educational anniversary of the annual conference of the Northeast Arkansas , AME Church Conference will begin at 7:30 tonight .in Enoch Chapel, 21st and Short' Rose. Bishop W. A. Fountain of Atlanta, Ga., prelate of the Arkansas-Oklahoma diocese, will 'preside. Also on the program will be Dr. R. H. Alexander, president of Shorter College, North Uttle Rock, and four speakers from Jackson Theological Seminary in North Little Rock. These include Dr. T. D. Alexander, dean; Dr. z. z. Driver, pro- lessor of E:»:etical Theology; Dr. C. M. May, professor of Historical Theology; and Dr. J. B. Shumphert, professor of Greek and Hebrew. Reports heard today Include those on the state of the country, by Z. E. Barr, principal of Birdeye High School in Cross County; the state of the church by Rev. A. B.- Woodley-of Batesville; on temperance .and Scouting, by Rev. P. M. Reid -of Newport; and on Sabbath observances, by Rev. R. E. Greene of Osceola.. The conference observed its missionary anniversary last night. Speakers on yesterday afternoon's program Included W. B. Banks, pre- .siding elder of: the North Little Rock district; D. J. Webster,, presiding elder of the Helena district; and Rev. E. O. Croft, pastor of Bethel • Church. Stuttgart. , ;Rev. Barr has been named chief secretary of the conference Rav. 'Greene, statistician; Rev. J. E. Till- ; man, secretary to the bishop; and <Rer. Thomas J. Brown, pastor of Bethel !AME Church here, reporter, ;>' Rev. V. M. Townsend of Little LH. Short, jr. Named Truman Press Officer WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. (/P) — President Truman today appointed Joseph Hi Short; Jr., Washington correspondent of the Baltimore Sun, as Presidential press secretary Announcement of , Short's selection was fnade by Stephen T. Early ^vho has been acting as press secretary since Charles G. Ross died suddenly Tuesday night.; Enrly said he was happy-'to say that Mr. Truman had chosen Short as his "personl selection." A former member of the Associated Press ' Bureaus'- at Richmond Va., and Washington, Short has been assigned to the ^Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau since 1943. -: COTTON Continued from Page 1. 318 and 1,100,000. Ginnings to Dec. 1 this year and last, respectively, included: Arkansas 930,238 and 1,516,158 running'bales; Missouri 188,091 and ' 428,896. -With the exception of 1945 and 1&46, this year's harvested acreage Is the smallest since 18%i, '- In Arkansas, Tennessee and Mis. Bouri, harvesting Is not as far along as at this time last year, as a result of late crops and some unfavorable .•weather. • Draff News to Continue, Gen. Hershey Announces ; WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. (API — .The government acted today to - clear up' widespread confusion over , its policy- concerning the release of draft news. -Ma], Gen. Lewis B. -Hershey, national Selective Service boss, said virtually all information and figures will continue to be made » public. His. statement came after most local draft officials interpreted a directive—sent out by Hershcy's office last week—to mean that henceforth little or no draft data would be released. . Contrary to this, Hershey made it clear, there is no ban on the making public—at national, state ot local levels—of draft quota figures or Inductees' names. Rock spoke Wednesday on Social Security for farmers, cotton allotments and seed conservation for 1951 planting. TRUMAN Continued from Page 1 brought under tighter control. 4. Ttiere will' be no voluntary withdrawal of American or British forces from Korea—meaning that if they do withdraw It will be under irresistible Communist military pressure. Tliis assumes'there will.be no negotiated agreement. 5.-There will be no appeasement of Communist agffrnslon in Korea, but (here has been no official explanation of what if meant by "appeasement." 6. The U.S. and Britain will back the move pending In the United Nations calling on Chinese Communists to end their intervention In Korea. Chest- Drive Gets An Added $258 . Advanced gifts totaling (ISO, contributions amounting- to $100 turned in by a team headed by OthoStan field and $8 In personal contributions increased the Community Chest i Drive fund by $258 this morning, "officials announced. This leaves Chest officials $10300.50 short of their'goal of $26 140 with' an overall total of 'contri buttons amounting to $15.839.50. None of the teams have completed their soliciting, officials stated this morning. No Censorship Seen • For Korean War News TOKYO, Dec. 8. C/P) - MHUarj censorship of Korean War news sttl appeared remote today despite i British recommendation for It. But American officers have indicated they will make new efforts to have' correspondents observe tighter secrecy on matters of military security. COPI.ON CONVICTroN REVErSED-Judith Cdplon SOcolov, former government employe convicted of attempting to pass justice depart ment secrete to Russia, leaves with her husband, Albert, from the tetter's Jaw office In New Vork city. A federal Court of Appeals reversed the conviction, ruling that her arrest by rat agents without a warrant w« illegal. The court ruled, however, th.t "the guut'ls plain" in r«- futlng to dismiss the indictment. (AP Wlrephoto), BLYTHEVTLLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Manufacturers Repeat Attack oh Tax Measure WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. W— The National Association of Manufacturers reiterated today Its contention that the proposed excess profits tax is "a bad law, inflationary and unsound." However, the Senate Finance Committee was generally believed about ready to approve the mea.- sure and press for Its swift enactment lo skim billions in revenue from the profits of business and industry. 500-MPH VISOR—The spherical, green glass visor on the flier's crash helmet, above, is designed to "filue" the helmet on tight in bailouts of more than 500 miles nn hour. Developed by the Air Materiel Command laboratory nl Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, O., the visor assures the jet pilot of life-giving oxygen in high-speed, high-altitude escapes. Previously, no protective helmet would remain in place in bailouts approaching the 400-mph mark. House Votes Uniformed Gl's Travel 'Break' WASHINGTON, Dfc. 8. OT—The House today voted to give Gl's a' financial break when they travel I on furlough while In uniform. It passed and sent to the Senate a bill exempting .such travel from tlie 15 per cent federal transportation tax. Tho exemption would be given to all uniformed personnel when traveling In coaches. ' Soap Prices Hiked ( CINCINNATI, Dec. ». «>)-Proctor and Gamble today announced price Increases of 314 per cent at the wholesale level for shortening (Crisco) and for soap powders. Camp Robinson Surveyed LITTLE ROCK, Dec. B. (ff>>—The Arkansas Democrat said today that possible reactivation of Camp Dobinson here Is under consideration by the Defense Department. Yak Planes Destroyed U.S. FIFTH AIR FORCE, Korea. Dec. 7. (AP)—Two Yak-tyiw planes were destroyed and two others dnniBEcd by-UjS. F-80 Jet plane pilots at the Sinulju Airport in North Korea today, the Fitfh Air Force announced in a special noon summary. McCarran Joins Acheson Ousters ^Democrat Claims : Secretary Hgs Lost People's Confidence WASHINGTON'. Dec. 8 «>)—Senator McCarran (D-ne'v)-joined Republicans today in demands for the replacement of Secretary of State Acheson. As Senate OOP leaders studied several possible methods of attack on Acheson, McCnrrnn told a reporter he believes the secretary of state ought to step out. He is one of the few Democrats who have expressed such a view publicly. "I am atrnld that Secretary'Ache- son has lost the confidence of the country," McCarran said, "whether what, has been said about lilm is either proper or correct doesn't matter now. He doesn't linve the country's confidence and no secretary can lie effective under such conditions." Senator Ivcs (U-NY), sponsor of a proposed OOP resolution which would enll on President Truman to replace Acheson, took almost the same slant. Previously Ives had been a strong supporter of the bipartisan foreign policy and hud backed many administration moves In the Iternallonol field. Confidence Is Lost 'Whether Acheson Is responsible for the dilemma we are in or whether ho isn't has nothing to do with the resolution I have offered," Ives said. "He has lost the confidence of the country and it Is up to the President to replace him." If the President had any such intention, there was no sign of it. Nevertheless, one member of the GOP Policy Committee offered to bet reporters that Acheson cither will have resigned—or have announced his intention to do so- by Tuesday. He didn't want to bo •named. Democrats denied firmly that any such development is In the offing. In the House Achcson's record was defended by (our Democratic members, tteps. Holifteld of California, Boiling of Missouri Celler of Now York and Iluber 01 Ohio. 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