The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 19, 1950 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 19, 1950
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FRTDAY, MAY 19. 1950 BLYTHITTLLE (ARK.)' COUWBR PASS Airmen Say Setter Than Captured Fliers ' Admitted 'Spying' To Get Freedom By ROV FSHOYAN* PEARL HARBOR. May 19, </!-,Two U.S. airmen indicated yestcr- lay tney hnd admitted R Red ;e of spying * n ^dcr to escape 1ft months of captivity In Communist North China. Marine Sgt. Elmer C. Bender. 27. Cincinnati, and Nnvy Chief Electrician's Mate William C, Smith 32, Long Bench, Calif., snid they were treated better "than we could possibly have expected," But they wouldn't, say yes nr no at a press conference when asked if they had signed confessions (hat they were American spies. The Communists in announcing their release May 3 said they confessed. "As frir as .statements \\~e made while we were up there." snid Render, "we were cut off entirely aiu the best way U> RPt out was through our own efforts." Asked what was meant by thai. Srniih said if was a long story and "I will explain it all Inter," When a reporter asked them, however, what means were used t-0 get '"confessions." Bender milled: K (a y Srrm cd Per rim n en t "There were no means, so called. But, it, was that they gave us the idea that we were to be thrre from now on. We were shut off from home. We hnri no news from home. The longer we stayed, the longer it looked ns if we were going to stay." The two were captured Oct. 19, 1943. when their light plane wns forced down by engine trouble near the North China port of Tsingtao. The city then wns n U.S. Navy anchorage and they were on a . fining'flight.. J^rhcy left Tsingtao May 3 on the British steamer Hiinaii, reachrrf Hong Konp Monday, and were flown lo Pearl Harbor, arriving Tuesday "night. They are due at Los Alamitos near Los Angeles at »:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 (EST). They left last night In a special Marine plane. No Dirrct Accusation Reporters wanted to know if they I were accused of spying. Bender said' the Communists didn't, want to accuse them directly so they worded the question "in such a way you ran answer it almost any \vny. H Bender said their little liaison plane got over Communist territory because the wind was blowing In the wrong direction. Engine [.rou- ble forced them to land on a beach about- 15 mile?, north of Tsingtao. Ho*v were they captured? "They just surrounded us.'' Smith said, "There were some fishermen around and they took us to a vil- lane." With a Communist army sunrd, f wprR marched to another vil- . Several times during their long h'ity they were moved from one village to another. Chinese Getting "Bftller I>r Bender said the Chinese people he saw "are getting a better deal under the Communists than they were under the Nationalist government." They saw no RusFinii equipment of any kind. Smith said "the only foreign equipment we .stivv was American." 'Hie Reds captured a lot of equipment from the Nationalists. When they were taken back to Tsingtao they saw European;; in Communist uniforms. They said these might have been Hiissinns. They never were tied up but had Chinese Reds Treated Them They 'Possibly Expected PENNY-A-MILE-CAR — This rltclric-powerpd delivery car, coslinir a lilllc mure (lian 1 penny 3 milt" to run, is demonstrated al Ihe Inlerualional Trade Fair in .Milan, Italy. Revolt'In UAW Likely to Reach Climax Tonight TOLEDO, O., May 19. CAP) — Strife-torn Local 12 of the CIO United Automobile Workers holds UK monthly genet nl membership meeting tonight. The meeting l.s expected to'bring 1 to a head R r a volt against the mini.strntion of the blR local which include. 1 ; 65 UN I Us and from 30,000 to 35.000 member*. The rebellion l.s againM alleged domination of the local by Richard T. dosser, UAW international vice president here. Lined up Gosser fire seven units rcprc-sentlng about 6.000 of the local's member*. Secretary-Treasurer Emit M'l^e and Edward Kote. West Detroit re- cional director of the UAW. came here yp.slerriiiy to try lo iron nut the- diffic-nltias. They held da hearing.* all day yesterday and were to hold more today, "We will .be here all day and will be available lo anyone who ieei.s he can throw llRht on the situation," Ma?.ey and Kote .said. Tliej ftiid they "hoped to nink,-! a report sooti" on their findings—an indication that such findings would not be announced locally. Dissension in the union flared into the open Tuesday when 12 women work ing in llw union's rtuw? collecting office went on strike. A committee of them announced they walked out ijt protest of "tbe domination of Richard Gasser" in union affnir.s and because they were uoi allowed to vole on strike assessments levied oil them. the freedom of whatever farm house they happened to be in. Near the end of their captivity they were allowed to walk around the villages under guard. "O*;r diet was mainly st.-uches. bread," Bender said. "Occasionally we got rice but rice is a luxury In North China. Vegetables, a little fish and hot water made up our daily menu." Stayed on Friendly Terms Bender kept up his weight. Smith dropped from 200 to 181 pounds. The only work they had to do was their own washing. Their only pus- time was whittling. They got medical attention when they needed t. Smith had (rouble with his tonsils and nurses gave him sulfa drugs. Throughout their captivity they i sairi they remained on friendly re- Jations with their captors. "They wouldn't ask us questions ve might refuse to answer,'" Smith said. "We lefl them last month the best oT friends." Bender added. 'There were no hard feelings on either side. "A? they kept winning tVihe war i China they would have celebrations. We kind of looked forward to those celebrations. The army got extra rations and so did we." Smith said "the Communists gave us quite a blow-out when we left. There was plenty of chow at that party." ' SH H' N'o " If n ct e rgr n u n cl " In the interior they heard criticism of President Truman and Chiang Kai-shek. They heard . no word against (he Russians or Communist lender Mao T^e-tvmg. NnitVi- er saw any sign of a Nationalist underground. Bender said i he anti-American propaganda was aimed solely at the U. S. government and "they had nothing against the American people." Smith added that everyone they FFIW seemed sold on Communism although only n few educated Chi- nese among them knew anything about Communist theory. A Chinese officer grwe them a little news from time to time, includ- ! ing_ President Truman's election. The officer came nnd told them on April no that they were being released. Both looked rested and happy, hut they admitted they were "hinda nervous" at the press conference. Smith snid that was the reason they hedged on .sonic questions. "I was taken aback by nil this fuss," Smith said. "For 18 months we thought we were forgotten men." Presbyterians Elect Ohio Pastor CINCINNTAI. May In. lift— A M- year-olrl Dfi.vtnti. o.. initii.ster look over his ditties today as moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian church of the U.S.A. Dr. Hugh Ivan Evans, pastor or I h e Wcslminister Presbyterian Church for the past 26 years, was clecled rnoriernlor yesterdiy over t«'o other nominees njici will preside over the assembly during the next year. As he took office. Dr. Evans said: "I summon your minds to a vital Christian faith; I summon your wills to an extension of Christianity nnto new and fertile fields ihrotich church extension in cro\yd- ed areas at home and abroad, through interdenominational cooperation." Expert Says Smokestack May Be the Safest Place To Hide It A-Bombs Fall MOBILE. Ala.. May 1!>. MV- Where's the safest place to hide if ynu are caught in an atomic attack? It niiKht be inside a .smokestack, says a U. S. Atomic Encr- sy Commission consultant, who studied e.'fccts of the Hiroshima and Na»i^saki explosions. Col. Elncrt DcCourscy said he bn.sed the conclusion on the fact that few smokestacks were knocked down in the two Japanese cities. Col. DeCoursoy addressed the Gulf Coast Pharmaceutical society here yesterday. He was a member of the joint commission which studied effects of the two 1S45 alornic homo explosions in .Japan. Later he was on the Navy staff at Bikini for the Ifllfi Operation Crossroads explosion. -*^*?^' - • ™ ' ' , , T %,V^Y£i9^* tj( I **. „ v ~'^.A5»<^, ^^'-o ^i^*"~'< *»«*«,-; VM»S»S* ^;; f *~^ •**«W «i» Most American coal IK produced in cieht states. 49-Year-Old Sophomore To See His Son Receive Diploma from College NEWARK. Del.. May 1!). </!>—A 49-year-old sophomore will see his son got a diploma at the University of Delewarc's anminl commencement exercises June fi. Receiving his sheepskin in business Administration \nll be Frank H. Horncr. Jr., 21, of Wilmington. Del,, a Navy veteran of World Wnr 2. Witnessing the ceremony will he li ts f a t her, FVa n k H. Home r, S r, a sophomore i n the school of education. The elder Horner also a veteran »[ the lost world war. Returui nil? from servicfc with Genei'n] pat Ion'js Third Army, thfi elder Horner sairi lie decided to enter c»llese berr\nse he was "fed itp with being nEce to people" in his ntr] job as a groecry clerk. He thinks teaching will be better beta use Vyoii don't lifive l-o worry nbnut pupils talcina their business (o tbe.crhooJ on the next-corner." Convention Topic As Rotary Meets Annual convention of Rotary Uis- tiicX 200 held in Hot Springs Monday was thp topic o( the program Tor BlyUierllle'x Rotary club ye«- lei'riay. Keith Bilbrey, chairman of Ins local convention committee, presided over the program. diving report* 'A'ore Noble Gtll, W. It. Ijiwshc. 11. A. Porter, Alvin Huffman, Jr., ami .1. W. Adams. Gue.sts at (he meeting included I/. L. RnlleriRe, Ultlc Rock; John Me.lj-.nii, Cotton plant, Ark.; Lloyd Oodloy and. Dean WhitMide. Dcmaln 1 Stone was j\mtor Rotarian nf the week. ^^ v -. •Ik. ^'^X'l^ ^•^••"•^afflL'-A"" FLOOD REFUGEE—After swininiiiiR innilly for his life, ll)i:. »^.v. rnbbil wns rescued from llic Uc'il River in IIic St. Vitjil men near Winnipeg, MnnUoba. At toil, llic rnbbil is :.een jus! before the rescue, .nut below, sniikorl itud scurcd. (lie ammiil sliivers on the wild se;U of iVic rescuing With the Courts (.'mum nn 1'lciis: Nr u r M el hod pn i n t Com puny vs. Waltpr Hipp and Lila B. Suurie- maycr, riolnp businr.-^ ajt Hipp'* iluildhtfr Supply, fi!nL to collect S3fi4 27 on account. USE T-4-L FOR ATHLETE'S FOOT BECAUSE— ft h.. r f r*t*r rENF.TRATING Pn«^. Wilh flOr, unrfiluud .kobnl h*i., K cjrrir* Ihe ittiv. n.*di(Afion DEEPLY, !«• kill lh* r*i/n nn cn/i| ar t. C»l Xuppy "He/ IN ONi-l HOUR or y,-ur 4flc buck *l *'>r rfn.j itoi«-. 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