BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLV—NO. 211 Blytheville Dally Ne»» Blytheville Courier Blythevill* Herald Mississippi valley Leader THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Tribunal Affirms Prison Sentence For E.R. McGaha High Court Holds Blytheville Man Must Serve 8 Years pCITTLE ROCK. Ark.. NOV. 28. (IT) —The Arkansas Supreme Court today affirmed a second degree murder conviction and eight-year prison sentence given E. R. McGaha In the Mississippi County Circuit Court's Chickasawba District in Blylheville. McGaha originally was charged W'ith first degree murder in the death of K. G. Blanchard after a fight between the two men June 19, 1948. The two men, both carpenters, were reported to have quarrelled at a lumber yard and later renewed their arguments. McGaha was said to have hit Blanchard, his employer, knocking him down. An injury suffered when his head hit the navcmenl was said to have resulted in his death. Convicted in June, 1949 McGaha was convicted in circuil court here during the hearing of criminal cases in June. McOaha is 42 and the man he is charged will killing was G6. Also affirmed was a decision of the Garland Chancery court awarding Dicrks Lumber and Coal Company judgment of $2,434 against E. H. Home for alleged cutting of timber from land owned by the company. Mississippi Chancery Court was upheld in awarding custody of a small son to his mother, Lena vene- gas, against the claim or the father, Maximillian Vcncgas. Judgments totaling S13.750 as a Sasult of a traffic accident near Tfiorrilton April 15, 1948, were affirmed. J. B. Wilson, then head of the English Department at Arkansas Slate Teachers College, Conway, obtained an award of 51,250 in Conway County Circuit Court against D. H. Hill, Little Rock contractor. Mrs. Wilson was awarded $500 and Mrs. Alice Smith, another passenger In the Wilson automobile, received «12,000. Morley Is Upheld The supreme court also said today the revenue commissioner may revoke or suspend retail beer permits. And, it added, unless it can be shown he acted arbitrarily or without sound discretion, this authority ,is not subject to control by the --'courts. ' T";K- yJiur: J£~os rnr.dCjin affirming R'evehuT?" Commissioner Dean ^lorley's action in suspending for BO 'da^'s the Deer permit of Cassihelli's Restaurant'in Little Rock. The opinion said.there was "ample evidence" that Victor Emaminl cass- inelli knowingly allowed sale of beer to minors a.t his downtown cafe. The high court ruling reversed Puiaski Chancellor Frank Dcdge. who had granted CassinelH an injunction to prevent Morley from carrying u ',it his co-day suspension order. The lower court was ordered -to reinstate the commissioner's or- Jfcr. 1 While the case was pending. Morley oiice said he would resign unless the courts upheld his right to suspend the permit. BLYTHEVILL-E, ARKANSAS. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 19-19 Big Three Chiefs of Staff Planning Line of Defense From Arctic to Aegean PARIS, Nov. 28—MV- The three top soldiers of the western world today started planning and Arctic- to-Aegean defense line against aggression. The projected line is intended to stoi> Russia from trampling Europe in the event of a third world war. Chiefs of staff of the United States France and Britain met in the first of a series of conferences to complete an Integrated defense plan for the u nations which signed the North Atlantic defense treaty. Negro Fined For Selling Home Brew PMA Committee Election Planned Missco Community Posts to Be Filled By Farmers Dee. 13 Annual elections for community farnier-committecmen for the Production nnd Marketing Administration have been slated for 26 communities In Mississippi County for December 13. To be elected in each community are chairman, vice-chairman, third member and two alternate members to the PMA committee, and a delegate and alternate to the county convention. Ballots will be distributed and the polling place for each community designated in the near future, and the voters will return ballots by mail to the county offices In Osceola and Blylheville. or leave them at the polling place. A. C. Spellings, county PMA committee chairman, said today that the mail votes were being made possible to Insure a near 100 per cent participalion in the election. He emphasized to the voters that the committeemen elected would be responsible for the local administration of national farm programs of great importance. Nominations Submitted The following farmers have been nominated to the various offices in the communities Indicated: Armorel—E. M. Regenold, chairman and delegate to convention; Jim Smothermon, vice-chairman; J. C. Ellis, Jr., member; E. L. Hale. firsl alternate member and alternate delegate and Ed Steward, second alternate member. Blytheville—Fielder Peery, chairman and delegate; Lloyd L Ward vice-chairman and alternate delegate; and Charles Brogdon, mem- '*?,<•_,?''•- '-- ••=•'- Moore and J. W. Fields, alternate members. Clear Lake—Vance Dlxon, chair- mar; J. A. Haynes. vice-chairman- James Middleton. member, H C Weathers and E. R. Kubanks. alternate members: Chester Caldwell delegate; nnd Charles Lutes, alternate delegate. Dell—E. A. Stacy, chairman, John Stevens, Jr., vice-chairman: Rex Warren, member; Merron J. Koehler and J. H. Brinn, alternate members; Merron Koehler. delegate and Rex Warren, alternate delegate forty and Eight—W. E. Hagan chairman and delegate: Rex Hughes, vice-chairman; R. L. Adklsson, member and alternate convention delegate; Ben B. White, and George Cassidy, alternate members. Half Moon — Claude Duncan See PMA on Page 12 L. C. Strong, Blytheville Negro, was fined $50 and costs in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of selling intoxicating liquors without a permit. . ' Strong was arrested by City Police yesterday at his home in Sawdust Bottoms, on a charge of selling home brew. i other action in court this morn- Union Leaders Ask 'Free World' Labor Federation LONDON, Nov. 28-</7V~Tradc union leaders of 55 lands outside the Russian sphere of influence started work today on the creation or n "free world" international labor cofederation. H. u Bullock, chairman or the General Council of the British Trade Union Conere.'is in a wpl- one man was lined S100 and coming address to '250 delegates bsts and sentenced to 15 days in j sounded a keynote with the Jate jail on a charge or driving while under the influence of liquor. Five more forfeited cash bonds and trial for another wns continued until Dec. 3 on similar charges. Izial Paump, Negro, was fined $100 and costs and sentenced 'o 15 days in jail on the driving while intoxicated charge after the" car he was driving was involved In two accidents in the 200 block on Broadway yesterday. He also was fined SaO and costs on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. Forfeiting cash bonds were V. B. Man.ird. Everett Glover. Cnrt's Frank nnd James Petty. S45.25 each: and Will Wheeler $35.25. Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy with n few light showers in the easi and south portions this afternoon - tonight. Cooler tonight. Thursday, partly cloudy and cooler. x£)Iissouri forecast: Partly cloudy TOfiight and Tuesday. Cooler west portion tonight and in west and .south portions Tuesday. Low to- nieht. 35-40; high Tuesday, middle 50's. Minimum this morning—45. Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum Sun. morning—31. Maximum Saturday—64. Snn.set today—4:51. Sunrise tomorrow—6:47. Precipitation 48 hours to 7 am today—trace. Total since Jan. 1—50.64. Mean temperature (midway be- Uren high and lowl—57.5. N.irmal mean for November—50 a Tills Dale Last Year Minimum this morning—37. Maximum yesterday—57. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this date mcnt: "Forced labor anywhere is a menace to free labor everywhere " The declaration was applauded by the large American delegation, and by representatives of trade union bodies in Europe. North and South America and Asia. Bullock recalled that in the same hall, the council room of the London County Council, the world federation of trade unions was formed in 1345, with Russian delegates cooperating in what promised to be world-wide organization of labor unions. The union fell under the domination of Communistic elements which, it was charged by Western lands, made it a Russian political instriunent. Soybeans Dec Mch May July Open High Low close 23H; 231?; 229*1 230 233 7 s 234 231W 232 230"i 231 229 227!i 227?; 226 229 22S N. O. Cotton Open Hiah Low 1:30 Dec 2987 2988 2983 2983 r 2938 2931 29,16 2989 y »88 2989 2085 2985 ly 2955 2955 2952 2952 Oct. . ... .. 2813 2815 2810 2812 New York Cotton Open Ilieh Low 1:30 Dec 2592 2!W2 2936 2987 M*r. 2395 29<!5 2989 2993 y 2094 2994 5966 2983 July 2064 2064 2959 2960 2820 28il 2818 2319 AEC Plans Experimental Device For 'Breeding Atomic Material TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS By Frank Carey (Associated Press Si'ieui'c Writer) WASHINGTON, Nov. 28. WV-The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) announced today it is beginning construction immediately on au experimental device with wliich it will try to "breed" precious atomic materials, ^ II this try succeeds, atomic development for both war and peace would he greatly strengthened. The commission did not state this In its announcement but it was Implicit. The AEC did tell a little of Its plans to speed work on harnessing atomic energy for inductrlal power and for propelling ships. And aircraft. "Eroding" would mean greatly expanded resources of atomic materials for use in bombs or as fuels In established or proposed peace-time applications or atomic energy. It would mean that In the production of these materials, full use could be made of Urnniuin- 238, the non-fissionable kind that is 140 times more plentiful In nature than scarce Uranimn- 235, the "fissionable" kind. It would also mean that full use could be made of the non- fissionable metal thorium which is even more plentiful than u- 238. A "fissionable material" Is one whose atoms can be "split," releasing atomic energy. The commission said It expected to complete by the end of next year, construction of a device it calls "an experimental breeder Traffic Fatality Is Investigated Mexican Killed Near Dell; Another Hurt, And Third Arrested A Mexican man Is dead, another seriously Injured and a third being held here on nn open charge today as the result of an automobile accident near Dell Saturday night which officers say grew out of theft of nn automobile. Dead is Nicholas Abila, about 30, farm laborer who lives near Dell. He died shortly after the car in which reaelor." llils means a "furnace" designed to create more atomic fuel than Is actually consumed in keeping the atomic fire burning The objective Is the same as putting a little good coal In your home furnace, together with a lot of coal that would not ordinarily burn—and then winding up with more good coal thnn you started with In the first place. The commission has made no secret of the fuel that It would like to perfect a "breeding" process. It has repeatedly said that the process is "theoretically possible" nnd previously announced plans to construct an experimental •breeder" lo test out tho concept to see if It Is feasible. But today's announcement was the first sign of actual construction. left a gravel road overturned several he was riding near Dell and times. In Walls Hospital reported in a serious condition is a fellow farm laborer, Raual Hernandez. He Is suffering from a head injury and possible internal innries. A third Mexican, Elins Rodriguez, who escaped serious injury in the accident, is being held in the county jail here pending further investigation of the accident and a report that the car in which the were traveling, was three men stolen. Be.ilb is mil for Year ' According to Deputy Sheriff Holland Aiken who assisted other sheriff's .deputies and State Police with' the investigation of the accident the car overturned after leaving a gravel road one nnd one-half miles southwest of Dell around 11:30 Saturday night. Deputy .Aiken stated u,at the driver of the car apparently lost control after crossing a rough bridge. It has not been determined which of the three men was driving, he said. Following the accident, another Mexican, David Delgado who lives near Dell, told officers that the 1036 Pontiac sedan was stolen from him earlier Saturday night. Officers are investigating the report Abila's death Is the n th traflic fatality on Mississippi County highways this year. His body is being held at tlv Home in Manila. le Howard Funeral New York Stocks 1:30 p.m. Quotations: A T <fc T Amer Tobacco ......... Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler '.'.'.'.'.'.'" Gen Electric '.'.'.'.'.'. Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central '.'.'/' Int Han-ester ... National Distillers"!!!!" Republic Steel Radio .. !!.'!"' Socony Vacuum ....... Studebaker Standard of N J .!!.!." Texas Corp J C Penney u s steel ...!!!!!!!!!! Sears Southern Pacific !.!.!. 146 7-8 73 7-8 28 5-8 29 5-8 60 40 86 3-8 53 1-4 10 1-8 27 1-2 22 3-8 24 12 1-8 16 5-8 25 1-2 67 02 53 1-2 24 3-4 42 5-8 45 1-4 Barkley Slated to Fire Opening Campaign Gun By Jack Bell WASHINGTON, Nov. 28. (/!>_V!ce President Barklcy stars this week in a 1050 campaign warm-up enlivened by Republican talk ol the Truman program as leading to a "poorhouse state." Newly-wed Barkley, accompanied* by his bride, is billed as the principal speaker and chief attraction at a Democratic fund-raising dinner In New York City Friday night. Barklcy is an old hand at keynol- ing party drives. He may come up with a Democratic answer to the charges of Guy O. Gnbrielson, the Republican national chairman, lhat the Truman administration is spending the country into the kind of doubtful security given poorhouse inmates. Gabrielson teed off on the opposition in a national broadcast last night, declaring: "If we continue under the present administration we are headed for a poorhouse state and. while the inmates of a poorhouse may have a certain amount of so-called security, their lot is not particularly enviable." Terms Switched It was a departure by the GOP leader from the ''welfare, state" phrase with which his'party members have been describing President Truman calls his Deal' 'program. In thus battle of catch-words, some Republicans were said to believe that if they kept on talking about the "welfare state" in derisive terms the voters might begin to believe they didn't have the pub- what •Fair He welfare in mind. Gabrielson laid down some broad charges against the Truman administration, among them that It Is fostering unemployment. During the week ending November 12, he quoted i.alxjr Department figures, 1,748.200 claims for unemployment compensation were pending. He said this compared with 865.121 such claims in the week ending NOV. 13. 1940, when a Republican Congress was in charge on Can- itol Hill. ' Sr/cmilm; "Future" Money "That Indicates the kind of security the Truman administration Is providing and, Ironically enough, the figures arc supplied by u bureau of employment security," he said. The Republican chairman pounded away at the point that the government Is spending money It doesn't have. "We are today picking the pockets of pur grandchildren and great- grandchildren to pay for the senseless extravagance and waste of the praseut administration," he declared. "Personally, I think we are pay- Ing a very high price to keep Pen- dergastlsm entrenched in deep- freezers In Washington." Gabrielson's talk was billed as an answer to President Truman's November 2 speech in st. Paul on the "Fair Deal" program. First Christmas Parade Float Entered in C. of C. Competition Although many Inquiries relative to entering floats n Blythcvillc's Christmas parade have been made, only one entry has been officially made, to date. Jimmie Edwards, chairman of the committee of the Merchants division of the Chamber of. Commerce announced. ^ Mr. Edwards emphasized the fact that no entries were to be received a_fter December 9 In the competition for the seven cash awards, ranging from S75 to 525 in the open division and including two special cash prizes Tor n Negro division of S25 and $15. The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. headed by Mrs. Prances Gammill, submitted the chapter's entry last Wednesday. In connection with obtaining entries. Mr. Edwards said lhat school officials throughout North Mississippi County had been contacted oy mail, asking that (hey Inform various school organization of the parade and the float competlon. More Decorations Provided Further expansion of the lighting for the holidays was also announced by Mr. Edwards. Last week It was stated that the lighting would be directing the parade, expanded to West End, and today Mr. Edwards said that plans had been worked out so that the lights could also be extended on East Main to Lilly Street. Due to staggered light posts In that area It at rirst seemed that the lights would have to be stopped at First Street, but a survey Indicated that the lighting fixtures could be attached from light posts America's 30-Year War Against Communism — to buildings In most Instances. The lights «re now scheduled to be strung across Main street nt all street Intersections from Fifth to Lilly, with the addition of rour or rive strands In West End. The Pet Division entries are also due to be submitted prior to December 6. Entries In either division can be made by contacting the Chamber of Commerce office or J. T. Sudbury, who Is to be parade master. Communist Troops Advance To Outskirts of Chungking; Ward's Full Staff Ordered Out that even so ail were ordered sentenced to deportation. Says Charge* False The rtcimrtalion order against the entire staff followed by less than a week the conviction of Ward and Tour aides. The State Department hud said that charges ngnlnsl the rive were "trumped up." It had appealed to 30 nations to Intervene with the Communists In their behalf after direct demands to Communist leaders to release them were ignored. When word was received that Ward nnd the other four had been released after being sentenced to be deported—and after one month's imprisonment, the State Department ordered the entire consulate personnel out of Mukden Immediately. This was Impossible, however, without the cooperation or Communist authorities In providing transportation and agreeing to let the whole group go. The spy hearing at which Hlokes was an enforced observer apparently was the Communist response to the American order. State Department officials said It had the effect of convicting the American staff or complicity In an espionage ring thereby putting the whole croup In t li e position o t being thrown out or Mukden Instead of leaving under American orders. The basic purpose of the Communist authorities in nil this is believed to be one of making Americans In China "lor* face." "None of the American consulate general .staff was named In the trial." the State Department said. '50 Model Mercury To Go on Display Here Tomorrow The 1950 version of the Mercury automobile will go on display tomorrow at Still and Young Motor Company, 101 West Walnut. Smooth operation, comfort, quietness and safety of the new cur arc listed as some or the features which were given primary consideration by designers. All dials — speedometer. gauges, clock anil even llic radio illal—nrc placed behind a single clear plexi- glass panel running the length of the control section. Engine improvements Include a quieter timing gear and a reduction In fan speed to nine-tenths of engine speed. Various parts of the car have been Insulated with fiber-glass, sound- nbsorblng pads to Insure quietness. The steering column has been Insulated with rubber to further accentuate quietness of operation. U.S. Finally Has American Reds 'on the Run Current Triols Pl us OlK,, Pe n din 9 Fed«,=l Action E.p.ctsJ to D,i,, Communi,* Underground (Editors Note: The United States has been at "wsr" for three decades with a movement dedicated to our nation's overthrow—Communism. The following story is the first In a series of twelve written by Peter Edson, NBA Washington correspondent whose column Is a daily feature on the Courier News editorial page. These stories, which will appear dally in the Courier News, turn the spotlight on that 30- year war to show how the Communist Party established Itself In the U.S.. what's behind the current trials and where the fight may lead.) By Peter Edsoa N'EA Washington Correspondent For the first time sJice World War I the Communist Party In America is on the run. Federal Judge Harold R. Medina, In his charge to the jury lhat convicted the 11 top Communists for conspiring to overthrow the government, made clear that the Communist Party Itself was not on trial But there Is every Indication other pending court cases, plus other Federal and civil action, will drive the Reds underground or force them to quit altogether. The significant, trials, and the charges: Alger Hiss, perjury. Judith Coplon, spying, Eugene Dennis, Communist secretary, contempt. The test case on two of the 10 Hollywood writers, contempt of Congress. Harry Bridges, perjury. On other fronts: The Immigration Service Is vigorously driving to depart alien Communists. Several test cases are pending, Awaiting Congressional action is legislation to detain alien subversives and the Mundt-Ferguson- Johnson bill, which would require registration of Communist front organizations and their members. The loyally check of 2,000000 government employes Is virtually completed and a purge of about ICO Is expected. The cro Is rearing complete success in its drive to rid itself of Red-dominated unions. State and local governments, churches, patriotic organizations and schools have been alerted to extend their best efforts to rid the nation of the Red menace. • • • All these factors make Communism one of the great news stories of the coming year. It is the intention of this and subsequent articles to bring Into sharper focus the murky history of the Communist Party In America. Until now, the war on Communism has been largely one of guerrilla tactics Hut sporadic sniping by loyal organizations and the government has not done the job. What Is now needed—and what the government appears determined to give—Is the knockout blow. But how do you tag such a shifty opponent? What is his fighting style? How did he develop hts present tactics? litre, briefly, Is an Introduction to Communism as It developed In this country: The movement grew on three main roots: The left wing of the World War I Socialist Party. The I.W.W., promoter of Ihc Wobbly Idea of "one big unlr.n for all." The many organizations of foreign-born Socialists. Mich as the Russian, Finnish and Ukranian Federation*. Perhaps the most important of these \j-as the Russian Federation. This outfit declared In I9!7 that U was the sole, rightful representative of Bolshevism In America. Over the years this inreign influence has been dominant In U.S. Communism. Three pioneers in the party's spade work 30 years ai>o were John need, the Harvard-educated newspaperman; Jim I.arktn. Irish patriot, and Benjamin Ciltlow. born here of Russian parents. Reed expatriated himself only to die a disillusioned man in Moscow, Larkln died In Ireland, similarly disillusioned. Gitlow broke with Communism In 1534 and became a famous and authoritative historian ot Its Innermost feuds. The first national Conference of Communists was called for June, 1915. Before the meeting could be held, New York State Senator Clayton R. Lusk's committee, set up by New Deportation Order Raises Hope of Envoy's Return Soon Ily John M. IlIfliloM-er WASHINGTON, Nov. 28. M>J-A new Communist deportation order for nn American group In China raised State Department hopes today that consul Gcncnil Angus Word and his entire staff may soon start home from Mukden. «._ Waul and four of his aides were ordered dc]»itcd Inst week nfter a Chinese Communist "Peoples" Court found (horn guilty oj beating a Chinese employe. A second deportation order—covering the other ten member.? ol (he consulate staff—wns announced yesterday. H came nt the end of a trial In which ten Asiatics were convicted on charges of being American spies. The trial's end also brought release of Ward's chief aide, Vice Consul William N. Stokes, who w/s seized by Communist police Saturday morning. The Slate Department said that Stokes linil been forced lo "observe" the trial for seven hours. The department had feared he might be Imprisoncd- A report from Ward said Hint none of the Americans on his stair was named In the spy trial' but Fire Chief Warns Of Fall Hazards Burning Grass Keeps Deportment Members Extremely Busy Vlre Chief Roy irend today warned niylhcvllle residents that Bly- (hcvllle has a city ordinance against (he burning of anything In the open »nd that If the burning or lawns and leaves continues, the ordinance will be strictly enforced. "We have been having entirely loo many grass fires." Chief Head said, "and the majority of them arc absolutely uncalled for. We arc not trying to tell home owners they cannot burn their lawns but we arc going to request they call the fire department for Instructions on how to burn lawns In a safe manner." "Grass can be burned safely," he said, "and If home owners will call us we will tell them how this can be done, ir they don't, nnd go ahead and burn grass on their own accord, then we will have lo lake steps." He also reminded residents the city ordinance prohibiting the burning of leaves on concrete streets or sidewalks. "Heat from these rires damages concrete and besides leaves should IKJ burned In an Incinerator." Nine Oniss Fires In Six Days Chief Head stated that.alarms to nine grass fires have been answered by Blythevllic's volunteer firemen In the past six dny.i. Five or these were answered Saturday Grass fires were reported at 23-4 Marguerite St., 107 East Davis Street, 1125 Harmon St.. 521 South Franklin fit.. 212 south Franklin St.. nnd a tr.lsh fire at the Delta Cnfe on South Division St. An ahirm was answered to the home of Claude Brilcy, 2220 West Kenwood Drive Saturday afternoon where a leak in a floor furnace caused oil lo become ignited. Considerable fire and smoke damnac resulted. The home of A. K. Newton, 1808 West Sycamore was heavily damaged by an exploding oil heater yesterday. Chief Head said. Hermondale Men on Trial For Peonage JONESBORO, Ark.. Nov. 28. (/P —Two brothers, Missouri plantation ov/ncrs, were to BO on trial today on charges tbcy kidnaped a Negro sharecropper for forced labor to pay out a debt. The trial will be In federal court here. The two. Chester nnd Prank Brown of near Hermondale, Mo., were in- dictee! by Little Rock were accused rederal grand jury nt last September. They of abducting Roberi 27, Negro plantation said the Brown pany I.ce Tnlley. worker. The Inriictmcnl „ ..„. „ brothers forced Tallcy to accompany them with his household belonging! to their rarm to work out a debt he owed them. They were accused or beating Tallcy Into unconsciousness to take him across the state line. Blytheville Girl Reaches Finals In Maid Contest Mi.is Joanne Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kussell camp- bell of Blytheville, was one of the live finalists In the Arkansas Maid of Cotton contest that ended Saturday night In Little Rock. She was sponsored as the Blythc- vlllc entry by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Judges selected the five finalists from a field of 19 entrants following interviews and appearances In bsthlng suits, street drev;os Miss and formals. Helen Hanks Stephens of Helena won the Arkansas Maid of Cotton title. She will represent Arkansas In the rinals to be held In Memphis, where the national Maid of Cotton will be chosen. Seven Blytheville Jaycces attended the contest, They were Charles Moore, state Jaycce secretary; Roland Bishop, president of the Blytheville club; Marshall Dlackard. state director; Elmer R. Smith, secretary of the Blytheville Jay- cccs; Jimmie Edwards, Jack Raw"«BS and wlllard French, The Blytheville Jaycces also at- lendcd a meeting of the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce Board of See U.S. RKOS on Page i Directors In Little Rock yesterday. Nationalist Capita! Reportedly Moved As Reds Approach CHUNGKING, Nov. 28. (/!>)—Most government officials lied this tottering Chinese Nationalist capital today ns Communist troops struck almost to Chungking's gates. (An Associated Press dispatch from Formosa soli! Communist troops broke Into a Chungking suburb 12 miles from (he city proper and were thrown out by <t counterattack. (The dispatch quoted authoritative sources as saying the government already had moved to Cheiiglu, HO miles northwest of Chungking. (With Chungking toppling, the Nationalists still kept up their blockade of Communist ports. Tlio State Department In Washington reported the u. s. ship Sir John Franklin; was hit 12 times by fire from n blockading Nationalist warship oft Shanghai. None wns Injured and the ship was proceeding' to Woosung near Shanghai.) Latest reports put the Communists 20 miles or closer to Chung- king. Confusion amounting to chaos followed the news. Roads leading out of the city were glutted with refugees. Hundreds Trapped Excitement in the city was like n wild fever. Hundred? upon hundreds realized to their tearful dismay that they were trapped. Events within the past 12 hours moved desperately for the Nationalists. First came the news the Beds' striking from the east had occupied Chlchlang, 40 miles to the south where the highways to Chung- king from Hunch and Kwclchow provinces meet. Then came the news of a quick Communist stnb north of here. Tush Ih, 25 miles away, was captured. . Ihls was followed by a quick advance of five miles which put the Heds within 20 or less miles Chungking. May Full Soon (The nearest the Japanese got to Chungking during the war wns was about 200 mites to the south Chungking has been the provisional capital of Nationalist China for a little over five weeks.) Another force sped up the highway from Kwelynng, capital of Kwclchow Province. Most people thought this far ia- 2 iiV^, 0 ' 1 ' 000 ' OM 'n»»bltRnte would fall tomorrow or the next clay A handful of top officials were still in Chungking nt nightfall Among them wna Generalissimo Gh nng Knl-shek. Most had planes waiting to whisk them lo snfctv All Chungking shops were closed Owners feared looters. Silks fura nnd cosmetics were hidden They feared Communist confiscation of these Items. Lights were out. Government buildings darkened. Troops moved In great surges through the city. Soldiers were In a wide variety of uniforms, green w "" khnkl. Some had shoes of blue and Some had none. Some wore summer uniforms the dreary cold. 'niounancls Watch Scramble Soldiers commandeered rickshas Sedan chair bearers lugged nnd ammunition. Traffic was guns . , - congested accidents were numerous. Vehicular and foot traffic wns almost stalled Throngs of spectators lined the sidewalks to watch the mad scram! ole. They gasped at the numbers ".ho piled their luggage and children on bus tops when Interiors became overcrowded. A rigid curfew wns proclaimed. Anyone caught disturbing the pcnco will be shot on the spot. Late in the day, Chiang dispatched two messengers to British Hong Kong to try to get acting President L, Tsung-jen back. LI is In a hospital with ulcers. Missco Churches Asked to Observe Seal Sales Sunday- churches In Mississippi county have been asked to observe December 4 as Christmas Seal Sunday In connection with the annual Christmas Seal Sales, conducted by the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association. Approximately 5.000 program backs, bearing educational information on tuberculosis, have been distributed and still others are to be made available to ministers contacting the Tuberculosis association office at the court house. The quota for the seal sale, which started with personal solicitation in Blytheville laat week, la JI5.COO for MUMssippi County. Mrs. C. a. Redman, executive secretary for the Mississippi County Tuberculosis Association, said today that seal sale letters had been put in tho mail for some communities on Friday, and that they would continue to be put In the malls in staggered groups this week. The seal sale Is to be concluded by Christinas Day.
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