The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 14, 1950 · Page 21
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 21

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 14, 1950
Page 21
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^THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1950 Watching Korean Refugees Brings Pity from Airborne Correspondent Bt'ITHEVIM-E, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS »7 WILLIAM J. WAUGH (For Hal Bo>U) U.8. npTH AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, Korea. (AP)—You're flying low over the windswept, snow-crested ridges of northwest "SB*. Below Is t winding moun- ter Irtll jammed with human be- In i.way it looks from above like • football crowd that might be wending its way up strawberry C»nyon to the University of California Memorial Stadium. It Isn't. It Is a column of cold men. women and children driven by fear—crossing back and forth between warring armies like driftwood on waves lapping at the seashore. ' i . This particular column 200 feet below has been officially estimated to contain between 300.000 and 500,000 people stretched along 25 miles of muddy ,ro«d and mountain trail between Haeju and Chaeryong to the north. Haeju Is about 75 miles riorthewst of S«oul, the ' Korean Republic capitol. ' • These are only a portion of the people trying to flee before the advancing Chinese armies. Frightened, bewildered families are swarm- Ing southward over trails, roads and open country in small and large groups. ^ffhis huge mass of people had rjwi flowing relentlessly toward United Nations lines which had been '(ailing 'back before the Chinese. However some have been turned-baclc by airdropped pamphlets and'warning bullets. Watching Brings pity The mass migrations are to United Nations forces > deadly -fifth column.' Skimming over the plodding, unhappy people from the safety of a plane you can't feel anything but pity for their misery as they move slowly over the icy windwhipped hills. Infantrymen on the ground have that same impulse. What if this were America and it were your mother,- wife or young brother or sister flwing helplessly with a few pitiful belongings? But the Infantryman also sees the migration through'the eyes of fear. The vicious enemy mixes among these people to slip behind allied lines and kill at night. One combat officer told how he stopped 40 refugees on the Chong- chon river line where United Nations forces began 1 their ' present retreat. "We found three grenades, one, American poncho, three American raincoats and'16 clips of enemy ammunition. Some of the ammo was found on women carrying babies. They all told us the same old story —they had been "forced to do it." Ammo to Kill Americans vEbat ammunition was intended fflP. one thing: to kill Americans, tots of It got through. ' Maj. Wendell Hutchison of Anderson, la., whose wife Betty is staying at Panama City, Fla.. was at the controls of our observation plane as it sped northward 40 miles to Ksesong and then westward to Haeju. A short distance outside of.Seoul a train chugged southward toward the South Korean capital. There were locomotives at each end. The open train' cars were literally blanketed with men, women and children. On both sides of the railroad track were Ice-coated rice paddies. At each train stop bodies were removed from the cars—the people had frozen to death. ^ Convoji Rumble South TJ.N. convoys were rumbling southward along a road parallel to the railroad. Four Mustangs passed above us on their way back NEW BERLIN POLICE IN ANTI-RIOT PRACTICE—Advancing in wedge formation are members of the new West Berlin industrial police. They arc equipped and trained by Allied occupation authorities for emergency duties in the Red-encircled Berlin capital. <NEA-Acme photo by Stall Photographer AHyti Baum.) Christmas Tree Lights Moved from Vandals . HIGHLANDS. N. J., Dec. 14. Iff —Who said adults never learn? Last year kids stripped the Borough's three Christmas trees of all their bulbs wilhin two days. This year there'll be one tree —on top of the two-story Borough from Red territory. Except for those on the trains there weren't many refugees along the road south of Kaesong. This large city is Just a few miles from the 38th Parallel. It seemed partly deserted of civilians. The reason was apparent. The rail station was crowded with people trying to find transportation south. • A few miles west of Kaesong the first group of refugees was sighted. There were about a hundred."You could see toddlers, in the group working its way over a trail running across a railroad track. The plane flashed up the canyon. The trail was filled with people. It reminded you of a column ol ants working Its way up the side of a kitchen sink. Turning southeast our . plane headed homeward. Looking more closely at the people who had made it across the parallel, we could see them heading south over open land. They were mostly young men. Hutchison remarked: "See that one group? They are soldiers turned civilian." They looked like soldiers. Entirely out ol keeping with this desoltiU; picture were some Korean youngsters playing on the rice paddy ice ponds. They ran out and waved vigorously as, our low flying plane approached. Hutchison, the father of two boys, saw them and waggled the wings and zoomed clown clcse to the earth. As the plane sped on we looked back and saw the little fellows still waving. The pilot's impulse to recognize the Korean youngsters was really a salute to his own who were safely back home. Hollywood Continued from'page 20 was a great script n-e had. Then it was torn in hair and thrown out of the window by a genius no longer at MOM. They would hand me a piece of paper on the set and every day it was a different girl I wa.s playing. "Hand a piece of paper like that to Ingrid Bergman, Lynn Fontanne, Gertrude Lawrence or Bette Davis ai.d they'd spit in your eye. I danced with Gene Kelly but the camera was so far away from me that my fans thought I was my own double. I worke.' for months on a Russian ballet number and It ended up on Hie cutting room floor. I got fan mail from mice." Marie muttered something about her luck and ask'cd if I knew why the ballet number had been scis- sored. I put on my best "Tell me ill" expression. "A certain star." growled Marie. "The certain star wasn't in the scene, that's why." A Christmas Carol PAGE TWENTY-ONE '' ' _^ by Charles Dickens Finally rhey began to ploy nU\K, and Fred pur this MM t» Kn guctts: What was a ditagretable, savage, frovling and gruntmg anima> rtwt lived in London ••d »w allowed ro run 'loow? But the arrival of units wu fully covered »nd the build-up of United Nations force* has been reported to the Communist countries In detail, enabling them to move their forces '• must to meet In the final m»n. In the last war, Ihe Olfice of the military to follow. Also, (here was censorship-of mall ami tele-communications. ••"" *v«- t-fiiniMiuiuiiLioiLs. 1'rejimi- Censorship under Byron Price was nary 'planning lor re-c.slnbllshing •set up just five 'days after Pearl I Iliis type of censorship Ims begun. n»"x». It provided for voluntary There has been rcluclance to Impose » r «" » nd r «<"o censorship, too. but .thwc controls. Realization hat ' „ HI , . any dlrec- . there were much stricter rules tor this is a war,' and not a simple EDSON Continued from Page 20 eral from west German newspapers were cleared through the U. s. State Department. But there have been two representatives of Tass, the official Soviet Russian newspaper, in Tokyo. They do not file their reports through commercial cables, but through Russian embassy radio. Dear Joe: Here's How They're Going ... Perhaps the bigacst security break, aside from those contained In official communiques, was in a •Hong Kong dispatch on departure of British troops for Korea. While the dispatch admitted that departure and arrival times were restricted it gave the name of the ship and its speed, and told how long it would take to go from Hong Kong to Korea. 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