The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 30, 1950 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANT) SOUTHEAST MISSOORf VOL. XLVI—NO. 87 Blythevllle Dally New* Blythevllto Courier Mississippi Valley Lnuler BlytbevUIe Herald BLYTIIKV1LLK, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JUNK 30, 1950 FOURTKEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS '\ PRESIDENT ORDERS U. S. GROUND TROOPS INTO KOREAN BATTLE Field Headquarters Set Up in DustySuwon By KUSSELl, BRINKS ', AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS, SUWON, South Korea, June 29. (Delayed)—</!>>—It's a little prlm- "tlvc yet but a field headquarters Is being whipped into shape on the edge of dusty, bewildered Suwon. When General MacArthur walked Into it today he might have been back to some of the temporary headquarters he used In the Philippines. This one is an abandoned school with dirty windows. More than 200 Americans of • all ranks are here now. Sonic came from Japan but a majority were assigned to the Korean Military Advisory Group. The last of tlie KMAG personnel, about 45 officers and men, got out of Seoul ycserdny before It fell. They crossed the Han River in n. leaky boat and hiked most of the '22 miles to Suwon. "We weren't in shape for that sort of tiling but we made it," said Corp. George E. Miller of Bartlcs- ville, Okla. Brunch Headquarters Brig. (Jen. John H. Church, Moo Arthur's field commander, 13 other officers and two enlisted men are here from Tokyo. They have sel tip a branch of MacArthur's headquarters. Working ..with them are Major Gen. Choi Byung Dllk commander oilier top Korean officers. The Job of the Americans I* to coordinate military actions, advtse the South Koreans nndj In practice anyway, give them added battle spirit. KMAG officers are stationed with principal Korean outfits and do their best to maintain liaison with headquarters, Itail Cmnimjiiicallons Communications arc bad, the roads arc poor and technical equipment, almost noti-existent. The fooc at headquarters still consists mninlj of rice, cruel and coffee. Accomo- dations would hardly be called adequate. Associated Press correspondents Tom Lambert and O. H. p. Kinfc, are sleeping out under the trees They like ninny others arc stll wearing civilian sports clothes now so thickly covered with the fim dust of the region they rcscmbll coal miners, "It Tiikes Time" But these things will be straight cried out in time. The kind of wni MacArtlmr Intends to direct wil deiientl upon airtight coordinalioi and modern organisation. This headquarters is connected ti Tokyo now by only skimpy com municatlons. But. a complete plan nlng board already is function! In Tokyo to handle a multitude c details ranging from aerial coor of the South Korean army, and dinalion to .supply. AAcMath Flails Laney ; I Stated Rights Charge — Courier News Fhotoi AT ARKANSAS BEAUTY FAGEANT-The 28 most beautiful girls of Arkansas were in Helena yesterday, competing for the title of Miss Arkansas, won by Mary Jennings of Hot Springs. Peggy Brinkley. Miss Osceola; k third from right, first row, in the top picture, Jimmie Frances demons, Miss Blythc- ville, is lourth from right, top row, in the same picture. Directly above is Miss Jennings and at the right Is Miss demons as she prepared to appear before judges. Hot Springs Beauty Named 'Miss Arkansas of 1950' New'York Stocks HELENA, Ark., June 30. (AP)— A is Miss Arkansas 19aO. She is Mary Lois Jennings of Hot Springs, who won 27 other Arkansas beauties. Blonde Tomile Abboud of Searcy* was second, and Mary Frances Adams of Little Rock was third. Miss Jennings sang solos In Italian and English as her talent de- monstruction, which combined with her physical charms, poise intelligence rating and other considerations, will give her a $1,000 scholarship, a $250 cash award and a chance at the Miss America title. Statistics Miss Jennings is five feet, six inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, has a 36- Inch bust and a 24'i inch waist Her eyes arc hazel. Besides singing, she likes horseback riding. And she won't be 18 until Aug. 13. The new Miss Arkansas was crowned—and bussed on the check —by Governor McMath as successor to Miss Barbara Brothers of Little Rock, who won the honor last year. At last night's closing session of the contest, the group of 10 girls who'd been selected as semi-finalists hi the two preliminary jurtgings were reduced to five. Prom these five finalists, Miss Arkansas and the two runners-up were named. Also In the final five were Nancy > Murray of Wynne and Wanda ay Miles of Camdcn. The finalists were asked three questions In testing their poise, in- July telllgence and quick-thinking, Oct On* was what each looked for Dec. ,most ,ln the man she intended to Mar. S«c BEAUTV on rage 5 'Ma/ curvadotis brunette singer and piano player llic title here last night over Manila High School Holds Graduation Fulbright May Attend Cotton Picking Contest Closing Quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper ... Beth Steel Chrysler Coca Cola Gen Electric Ocn Motors Montgomery Ward .. N Y Central nt Harvester 152 64 3--I 29 3-8 35 1-4 71 1-2 139 1-4 45 3-8 87 1-8 54 11 7-8 26 5-S J C Penney 55 Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum Studcbakor ....'. N. O. Cotton 34 1-8 18 3-4 19 5-8 29 3-4 Open High Low Close 3335 3343 3329 3332 3281 3306 3271 3286 3Z78 3301 3273 3290 3275 3299 3275 3285V i3$7 32M 3264 3280 Senator J. W. Fulbright, junior Senate member from Arkansas, has notified BIytheville Jaycecs that he hopes to accept their invitation to be guest of honor at the National Cotton ricking Contest here Sept. 29. This Information was given today In a letter from Sen. Fulbright to co-chairmen William S. Radcr, Jr. and James Gardner. "I believe it will be possible for me to attend the eleventh annual National Cotton Picking Contest,' Sen. Fulbright's letter stated, "but 1 can not be certain until I know when the Senate will recess. "There Is one other tentative com- mittment that I have the first of September regarding the Interpar liamentary Union and as a member of tho Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I may have to attenc this meeting. "1 will let you know definitely as soon as possible." The Junior Chamber of Commerce June 21 'Invited Senator Fulbright who Is from Faycttcvlllc, to the na tlonal affair. Graduation services for 32 members of Manila Higli School were hedr last night at the school. Miss Lucille Buck was named valedictorian and Miss Ida Jo Pal- mertrce snlutorian. Miss Palmertrcc ilso received a scholarship to Arkansas State College, at Jonesboro. given by E. c. Fleeman and the college. She was place winner In wo state essay contests on tuberculosis and employment of the handicapped. Talks on explorers of the future ind unity of purpose were given by Miss Lena Giles and Miss Naomi Morris, members of the senior class. W. W. Fowler, superintendent, presented the class for diplomas. Diplomas were given by c. W. Tipton, school board president. The invocation was given by Miss Margaret Griffin. Music was furnished by lha school chorus, Mrs. Hallic Mac Grimes and Billy Smith. LITTLE ROCK. June' 30. (*)—+ Sid McMath will hav^you kiiow fie's just: as .strong.for states 'rightVsis Ben' Laney la. ' . The Governor said so at Mariuri- na '-yesterday in his gradually-accelerating campaign for a second term.' VFormer governor Laney, bent on getting McMnttl out of the chief executive's office and putting himself bnck in, was on .the opposite side of the state, telling crowds lit Nashville nmi other west Arkansas points what he'd done for the farmers. McMath told his listeners—tlie occasion was n gathering of some 100 businessmen—that he'd l>ecn challenged to tell them "in person" what he thought of the proposed Pair Employment Practices ' Commission, "socialized medicine,"- and "other kinds of federal encroachment on the rights of the individual." "I suppose T have said 500 times I am against FEPC, socialized medicine and federal encroachment. . . I am n Democrat, yes, a stater, rights democrat—because I am fighting for the rights of states^ and individual citizens." Not What — How? McMath said he and Laney agree on their opposition to FEPC, etc., and agree they arc not an Issue in the governor's race. McMath satd what they disagreed on wns how the opposition should be carried out McMath said he'd carry his out within the ranks of the Democratic party. Lnney Is a leader In the slates rights movement. At Nashville Laney listed nine achievements of his administration which, he said, was undertaken ir behalf of the farmers. He said he approved spending o! tax funds to improve living conditions In the rural areas. "McMath's only claim for farm ers' support. Laney declared, "Is i $100,000 relund of gasoline taxes." "And he surrendered his claim when he approved a law that adtlci $2.500,000 to their annual true taxes." Idlcsvillc Tonight Laney said he'd reduce farmers' taxes by repealing taws which hnve increased taxes some $7,000,000 a year. McMath spc.iks tonight at Batesville. Laney continues his Intensive stumping tour in the southern and southwestern part of the state. Truman Acts Swiftly Following Red Tank Thrusts at Han River By Tlie Associated Press President Truman today authorized the use of Amer- ican'infantry iij/aiust the Communist invaders in the Korean war. lie did this as Tokyo military sources reported Red tanks lancing at least 15 miles south of the vital Han River defense lino. • The American headquarters position at Suwon was threatened in the new Communist thrust against the thinly defended line. Gen. Mac Arthur's headquarters confirmed that the invaders made a breakthrough southwest of Seoul. + President Ohio Police Hold Negro in Missco Robbery Case BlythcviMe Officers Leave for Canton To Return Man -.' of G, Group '•fears Bus/ness Weas Report Alvln Huffman, Jr., today ehal- engcd local merchants to make an lonest effort to pull for the food of the community and its merchants nt the Merchant's Division of the hambcr of Commerce Breakfast this morning at Noble Hotel. Mr. Huffman concluded his speech by reminding of the standard four way of test any business Idea. They vcrc— "1. Is It the truth? "2. Is it fair to all? "3. Will It build good will and better friendship? "4. Will it be beneficial to all?" O. E. Knudsen discussed a "hctlor justness commission" to encourage ligher ethics and principles. He said ocal businessmen should work together to safeguard the city from swindles. A report on the fall season trade program was given by R. L. Wade Jr Barney Cockrcll, chairman for the Christmas promotion program, suggested the white-way be decorated with silver or white Christmas trees with blue lights and that another annual Christmas parade be held. • Jinimlc Edwards, chairman of tin Merchants' Division, presided. Fie stressed that merchants who have program Ideas should first discuss it. then present it to block captains Decisions on these matters wil be made July 6 at a board meeting of the Merchant's Division at City Hall. Worth Holder, manager, said The meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Sheriff William Berryman sold this morning that John Henry Wilson.'20-year-old Negro, wanted on a charge of armed robbery in connection with the thcft.'.of several hundred dollars from an'elderly Negro woman at Forty';'and Eight Tuesday, has been arrested In Oan ton, O. . . • ! Wilson Tchula, Mi ton author! another _ Blytljeyjilcfaftei laborMruck' liea'ded' for 'Michigan. Sheriff Berryman said -that ap' proximately $750 of the approximately $1,000'believed taken In the robbery.- was recovered from the two Negroes. It Is not known whether or not Farmer was connected with the actual robbery, the sheriff suit). Officers Left Today .Deputy Sheriff Charles Short and 'om Smalley, criminal Investigator or the Arkansas State Police, left or Canton this morning to return he two men to BIytheville. Wilson Is alleged to hnve slugged Ora Russell; 75-year-old Negro woman, at her borne near Forty ind Eight and took the money which ibe had hidden In her home. Wilson eluded officers Tuesday mtl Wednesday morning. He and Farmer boarded a truck along with ionic 40 other Negroes, that was .aking farm laborers to Bcnton larbor, Mich. Relatives In Canion Sheriff Hcrryman stated that Banner has relatives in Canton and the two men evidently decided to get off the truck at Canton Instead of going on to Michigan. Bcnton Harbor authorities, however, had been alerted and were waiting for the truck. Sheriff Berryman stated that ihrce other Negroes are being held n jail here pending questioning of Wilson and Farmer. The three Negroes being held here arc not believed to have been connected with the robbery, he said, but one of them \vas satd to have had In his possession $55 of the money taken hy Wilson. Post Office Lets Repairs Contract The Leath Painting Company of Memphis has been awarded the contract for re-modeling work at the BIytheville Post Office, Postmaster Ross Stevens said today. The Memphis company was low bidder {or the contract to paint cuU side portions of the building, rebuild the smokestack and make minor Interior repairs. ' Bids for the'contract were operi- Trie two may meet next Tuesday, July the Fourth, when both arc scheduled to be at the same rallies at Coming and Portia. CHICAGO. June .10. (/TV—Closing soybean quotations: High Low do.* •»y 3.12»i 3.01 3.12-1 Nov 2.28 22P/4 2.25'A Jan 2.30 2.23v-i 228»i Mir 2.32 2.25 2.31 New York Cotton Open High Low C!.» July 3357 3374 3355 3Mi Oct 3290 3316 3288 3303 Dec 3287 3312 3281 330 Mar 3200 3310 3280 328f May 3283 3301 3283 3293 Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Scattered showers In southwest portion Saturday. Not much change in temperature. Missouri forecast: Generally fair tonight and Saturday; warmer south portion tonight; low tonight 55 cxtrvcme north to GO-65 south; high Saturday near 80. Minimum this morning—56. Maximum yesterday—88. Sunset today—7:11. Sunrise tomorrow—4 L50. Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—33.41. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—71. Normal mean temperature for June—78. Triunan, apparently acting on the recommendation of Ocn. Mp.-Arthnr, authorized him "to use certain supporting ground unlls" in efforts to stop the 1 Communist. 1 ;. M?cArthur has an army strength ol 123,500 .men in his Pacfllc command. Under the President's authorization, the U.S. Air Force may : fly. on specific missions Into Communist north Korea if necessary, and the U.S. Navy will blockade . the entire peninsular coast line of Korea. U.S. warships already have been shelling Communist positions, and Air Force planes have been on * forays against north Korean air fovce _ bases wherever they could find" them. , : Setback I'rorniilcd Move The President announced lib grave decisions to his cabinet, joint chiefs of stn ff and ranking members of Congress, shortly after the Defense Department, received advicea' oh the breakthrough. -' Han 'River line - south of •:thinly, .defended by the arrival In .crican heavy rs lack artil- p .neh in the line .n*rc!«t.»n* the coynrnte airstrip nt Suwon, the only' field In the area which can handle the Ijg planes ferrying In supplies and ammunition. ' J Earlier reports said south Korean defenders aided by American warplanes, had rcentered the suburbs of south Korea's capital. Seoul, and had driven out Communist tank forces. The reports came from Clarence Ryce, south Korea's Information director. President Truman's decision won Immediate and general backing in Congress. Rep. Eaton (R-NJ) commented that "we've got a rattlesnake by the tail and the sooner -• we pound its damn head in the better." Sen. Wiley (R-Wis) said he supported the move but added that "it's a load of dynamite." The President gave the congressional leaders a full review of U.S. military activities. Johnson Silent on FS-3G Defense Secretary Johnson told reporters that actions already have been taken under the President's authorization. He would not sny what units were moving to Korea. He also refused to say whether the big B-36 bombers would be used. Authoiltative Informants in Tokyo said the Reds were no more distant than eight miles from Suwon this morning and probably were Closer. There was no information whether American field headquarters left Suwon. American planes, Including fleets of B-2Q Superfortresses, were under orders of Ocn. MacArthur U> seek out Communist air bases wherever they are, either north or south of the 30th parallel dividing Korea. Pyongyang, the Red capital In the north, apparently had its first taste of bombing, but whether this was. by B-29s, as reported by the communists, could not be confirmed. A mighty armnda of allied warships was at Gen. MacArthur's comjnand to help him repel the Communist invasion. American. British, Austrailian and New Zealand ships were at his call. The Netherlands offered services of warships based at Indonesia. Australian war planes waited word from Sydney to fly into action beside the Americans. B-29s and other U. S warplanes pounded at nortli Korean position around Seoul again today. They made 183 flights yesterday—one of them a flight of 18 Supcrforls—and shot'down five enemy planes. rip- Sec TRUMAN on Page 5 Man Confesses to Mass Fire Destruction COLUMBUS, O., Juno 30. W>~The state today named a 21-year-old Ohio man—driven to apply the torch by visions of a flaming red Indlnn horseman—as the firebug who touched off the Ringling Bros. Circus fire that killed 168 persons In Hartford, Conn., six years ago. Ohio Fire Marshal Harry J. Callan also said Robert Dale Scgee of — ...... Circleville, Ohio, also confessed four ed at the office of the district en- slaylngs and setting more than a glncer in Dallas, Tex., last week. Iscorc of mijor flies In Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio. Callan said "the record speaks for Itself" In deciding whether the husky Ohloan Is a pyromanlac, a person who gels a sexual thrill from setting fires, And, he Indicated full belief a signed statement by Scgrce despite the extreme youth of the Ohloan at the lime many of the crimes were alleged to have been committed. Segce's signed statement was withheld from tho public, but Pro- secutor Guy B. Clinc of Pickaway County, Ohio, said It contained a wlerd story of the red Indian, who comes to Segec at night. The Indian, Cline quoted Segce, orders the youth to set fires. Then, after a spell of mental blankness, Cline said, Segec comes to with fires already blazing. Callan said all of Segee's statements have been carefully checked by his investigators since Scgrce was lakcn Into custody last May n on the farm of a relative near East St. Louis, III. A Pickaway County, Ohio, grand jury today Indicted Segee on two charges of Arson, stemming from fires in Circleville, Ohio. Callan's prepared statement about the Hartford fire said: "It has been definitely established that Segee was employed by the Hlngllng Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from June 30 to July See ARSON on Tajc S

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