The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 1, 1950 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS TITB DOMINANT HEWSPAPBR Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND •ODTHCAST MISSOURI VOL. XLVI—NO. 88 Blythevllle D»Uy Bljthevlli* Courier Taller BlytbevlU* Hn*14 BLYTHEVH^E, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JULY 1, 1950 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 1 South Korean Forces Stiffen As Invaders at Suwon Repulsed WORK PROCESSING ON NEW BRIDGE—Work on the new bridge spanning Big. Lake on Highway 18 Is progressing rapidly. Driving of the concrete piling Is nearly half completed and the span is beginning to take form. The new bridge, which is being constructed 'ourier News Photo immediately south of the present one, will be approximately three feet higher than the old one to prevent water from covering it during flood seasons at the lake. The S. J. Cohen Company of Blythevllle is in charge' of construction work Blytheville Polio Unit Ready To Treat AAissco Victims '-- Blytheville now is prepared for its polio cases with new facilities that are expandable to meet the needs of another polio epidemic. : This is the information provided by the hospital committee of the Community Service Council at a meeting last •night at which it was announced that for the first time in Mississippi County, a hospital isolation unit has been pro:vided to care for the community's polio victims. ... Armed Troops ' Stand on Alert At Alaska Base Helmet*d Soldiers Promise "Hell of a Fight" if Heed Be By MURLIN B. SPENCER ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 1. (&P) — Steel helmeled troops, carrying rifles, pl.slo)5 and gas masks, are on the alert at Alaska's air nnd nillUary bases. They are lEvkins no chance.? of a possible surprise attack. Tanks and additional combat troops are expected to augment Air Force and Infantry soldiers at the big Elmendorf Air Force Base here. Given even a llllle warning ''we i It also was announced that res-' pirators, trained nurses, hospital beds' and necessary funds will be available from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in event of such emergency, ' *, These services, however, are avnil- fble only in time . of emergency. Therefore the community , still is responsible for the care of its indi- !polio cases: fesMian sifd today that a portion of the second floor of W Hospital has been designated as^ a polio treatment unit and that dlag iiosls\-and'. isolation facilities are available lor^M-or more cases in emergency. In -extreme emergency Dr. Rainwater- said; these faculties could be expanded. That hospital-section recently has beert redecorated and renovated Into an ideal-place for ah isolation unit: 61 thills type, Dr. Rainwater Mid. Summer Potto Center hroughout" the summer-lor ssx>rad- c cases of polio and specialty branch reatments will be provided by the medalists through the state division Until now. Ihe Service Council Committee reported, county polio suspects were sent to Little Rock for diagnosis due to inadeQuate of the National Foundation, Dr. [ties here. However, with the new Rainwater explained. "Until we have an emergency, 1 Dr. Rainwater stated, our facilities ore adequate to rrieet heeds or the community and will encompass all of Mississippi County. 1 Th^control wowlc* ljv e t^n nuKe It cfeir"«ial we'do not expect *n epidemic within Ihe next year or so because polio outbreaks rarely follow themselves—usually a siege of this type *tll burn itself out in, one prolonged Attack such as we had last summer. 1 ' 150 Victims Last This center will be available I and crutches. rhere were 150 polio victims In last year's county epidemic/ 110 of which were handled through; the north Mississippi County- Health Unit. Of these -110,'- Mrs. Annabel Fill, county htalth nurse, said today that 67 still are wearing braces could put xip R pt a fight rS%ht center activated at V/rOls Hospital ' he community now can give its vlc- ims the needed therapy and spinal tap diagnosis. Emergency. Services Emergency services which would be supplied' by. Eric national foun'da^ lion would'include trr.-inlng of local nurses by foundation nurses, Dr. Rainwater explained. All aid of this type would be rushed here by plane, he added, . The committee also announced that" all plans for caring for county polio victims are being made on a local basis and that help from the national foundation is to be only will determine if the patient needs to enter the polio center. Physical Therapy Available Physical therapy also is available to the community through the serv ices of Miss Mary Craig, physical therapist who Is here on grant from the National Foundat|on, A Miss. Craig came here" in March to handle the first out-patient polio center tp-be established in Blylhe- vllle, Shd"'is trcalinK polio-case:?who now," said Lt. Gen. Nathan Twin- ng, silver-haired commander-in- chief of the Alnskan command. This wartime preparedness expends on a long line running generally south svestsvn rd fvom Lrtdtl Air Force base at Fairbanks in Ihe northern Interior to Kodink at the western entrance to the Gull of Alaska. This will be Alaska's line of defense In the event of nn attack. • ' • Since Americans started shoot- Ing in Korea, all troops in (he Alaskan area, oven service troops, arc being trained in the use of ground weapons. All have been assigned positions to take In case of emergency. Security Measures All precautions are being taken against the possibility of sabotage or tilth column activity from with- JOINS STAFF — Everett Edsol ITiU'ber, son of Mr, and Mrs. Everett liartier, of Blythevllle has been ntuned to the advertising stuff of the Courier News. Mr. Harbor, who was n 194G Blylhevflle htgli school graduate, was a member 1 of the 1950 gradual- ing class o( the University of Arkansas, Faycttevillc. Mi'. Harbor served as advertising manager for two years on the Arkansas Traveler, the University- student newspaper. He was associate business mcm- uger of the Guild Ticker, College of Business Administration mnya- ine and a member of the Arki lisas Press Club- A inejnbcr of lie Arkansas Marketing Club, Mr. larbcr holds the rank of 2nd Lieutenant In the Air Force Reserve. He was a four-year membr of the Air Force ROTO, and is a member of Scabbard and Blade, National Military Society. He was Krndimled with n major in marketing and advertising. Earlier Reports Telling Of Collapsing Southern ForcesProveUnfounded TOKYO, Sunday, July 2. (Al') — A North Korean Communist column lias been hurled back form Suwon by stiffening soulh Korean and apparently never actually took that strategic town or its important airstrip, General MacArlhur'a headquarters indicated today. The Red forces are concentrated now 10 miles north of Suwon and have thrown at least three makeshift wooden bridges across the broad Han River, 23 miles north of Suwon, •imli(. < aliii{r imminence of a heavier thrust. A U. S. Air Force communique said B-29 Superfort- resses bombed the bridges nnd railroad yards and antiaircraft batteries inside the Red-held capital city of Seoul Saturday, This sudden reversal of previous accounts of the fast- shifting Korean war situation came as American foot soldiers were being poured into far south Korea in a historic airlift. They started moving by rail more than 200 miles north to the front, but latest word was that none had yet suffered residual paralysis in last summer's epidemic. "She is doilig H there." Dr. Rainwater said. It is'oDVlou.'. that primary precnu- :ttpiis are being taken against^th wonderful job chance of attack by paratroops. I is for this'that Twining await. in emergency. Polio suspects should not Ro directly to the isolation section, Dr. Rainwater said, but should report to any doctor in the county who This treatment unit is part of an overall Mississippi County polio preparedness program spearheaded by the Blytheville Community Service Council. Committees are still working, it was reported at last night's meeting, on the overall project for the caring of county polio victims through local aid and local facilities. Jonesboro arid Faragould are conducting similar programs. No Swift Calls for Vets Not in Reserve . WASHINGTON, July 1. (AP)—Army and Air Force veterans who were discharged after the last war—and who didn't sign up for the reserves then—cannot be recalled to service on the ground that the war emergency has never ended officially. tombing Runs Veor Han Are Termed OK ' In general, tha.t was the reply ofi Army and Air Force spokesmen to- : day to these .two ,questions being raised by veterans: 1, In case of a prcsicSential call lip of reservists, what would be the. status of former officers who did not sign tip for the reserve commissions after their war service? 2. Could ft discharged GI be called back to service on the grounds that the draft law which v,'ft.s in effect d uri ng th e wa r oblig n ted hi m to & erve for the d ura t ion a nd six months? ^ Would Offer Commissions P The Air Force said any air offi- '" cer who was separated from the service, without signing \ip for a new reserve" commission, could nol he recalled. In case the country | should liud ttseH In a new emer- goncy, a spokesman said, the Air Force would review the rolls of former officers and offer new commissions to those it wanted. Those offered new commissions would not iave to accept them, however. , The spokesman added that discharge certificates protect enlistftd' ilr veterans of the war against being recalled. An Army "representative said former Army officers, \vho were "discharged from their commission" and who did not sign up for new reserve commissions, could not be called back. However, some who were placed on inactive duty, rather than being discharged, could be. Wartime GI's who were dischnrg- ed couldn't be called back under the wartime draft taw. In the Navy, reserve officers' commissions are for an indefinite period. Most naval reserve officers were placed on inactive duty after the war. They are still in the reserve and subject to being recalled to duty. A few have been dischargee or have resigned, however: Former Navy enlisted men, if they did not enlist again following discharge during mobilization, have the same status as any other civ ilians. Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy tills .afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Rustic Inn Leased By E. B. David E. B. David, Blythevllle realtor nd owner of the Rustic Inn. an- :ounced today that he had teased iis restaurant to Bob Robinelte of Newport. Mr. nnd Mrs. Robinette took over management of the drive-in cafe his morning. They will continue tc >perate the cafe under H.s prcscnl name and no immediate change In personnel is anticipated, Mr. Rob- nctte said. Mr. and Mrs. Robinette also op- crate Bob's Grill In Newport. MUGGY Not much change in temperature. Miwonrl forecast: Generally tair tonight and Sunday except partly cloudy with a few scattered thunder ihovcrt In extreme north portion tonight or Sunday 1 morning; llttit 'change in temperature: low lonigh 60; high Sunday 85-90. Minimum this morning—62, Maximum yesterday—90. Sunset today—7:17. Sunrise tomorrow—4:50. Precipitation 24 hours lo T a.n: today—none. Total since Jan. 1—33.41. Mean temperature (midway be EjtfVcen high and low)—76. W Normal mean temperature for July • 1.5. v TMi Date Ijut YMF Minimum this morning—76. Maximum ycstciaay— if Precipitation Jan. 1 to this da McMath Quiet On Rowland Case HOT SPRINGS, Ark., July I. (/I ay Rowland's nttorncy wants I know why apparently no action ha been taken on requests that Cover nor McMath pardon the Imprisone former Hot Springs city official. Rowland, who was Hot Spring city attorney when Leo p. McUuigh Hn was mayor, was convicted I 1047 of accepting bribes from gamb lers. He was fined $150 and sen tenced to a year In prison. Last month he surrendered at Ih slate penitentiary lo begin scrvin the sentence. tanks, which are highly cffcctiv aganlst troops dropped from th air. With even a brief warning. Twin Ing believes a real light could be put up against such an attack, .le fighters would slash at troop-car rying planes in the air and groun troops would battle the Invader who reached the ground. At Nome, near the Bering Stra where Alaskans can look across tl water toward Russian territory barely 100 miles awny. tnactivation of. Ihe Air Force's Marks Field Is continuing. TOKYO, Sunday. July 2 RW bombing attacks adong the an River and on bridges and rall- 'ay yards at Red-held Seoul with good results" were announced oday by the US. Air Force. A communique announced that total of 12 American planes had iccn lost since the Korean fighting xgan. These Included fighters. ight homers and transports. One plane lost was a big C-54 ransport that crashed Friday at s usan with loss of 2?, lives. Ack-Ac:k Ready There, where Russians took delivery ol American planes In World War II and flew them to Siberia, I drove past long lines of nearly deserted barracks and there were no defenses of any kind. It Is apparent that the American ommantl considers this area In- efensiblc and Its airfield, too small or heavy bombers, of little more The transport was not carrying said. an Air Force spokesman Twentieth Air Fircc B-29 Super- forts did the bombing at Seoul and along the Han. All returned safely lo base. Low ceilings and heavy rain cu down operations of the Fifth Ai Force's fighters and light bombers Soybeans CHICAGO. July I. (it; — Closin soybean quolalions: High Low Clos Jly ,3.15 Nov 2.28 Jan . 2.30',4-V Mar 2.32% 3.22 3.14' 2.28 2.30 McMath Points lo Missco Road Lartey Says Governor Spoke to Mere 90 People at Marianna By The Associated Prrss Who built how mnny roads where has become quite a topic of conversation in the governor's race. The major candidates for the Democratic nomination, Gov. Sid McMnth and former Gov. Ben Laney, did quite a bit of talking along that line In their campaign st>eechcs Friday night. Laney, who kept up a running attack on McMath's highv^ny program, said at DcQucea that he has traveled 1,500 miles over the state nnd Icund only two little pieces of new road that McMath has built, At Bate.svllle, where he made his first major addrc-ss since his campaign opener last week, McMnth mounted a counter-offensive on thiit Issue. Laney built a "road or two", he sntd, but added thai, one of them, a 14.4 mile, $465,370 concrete road Small Chance For Dec. 7II Military Leaders Say Pearl Harbor Adequately Defended JVv STANLKV CARTER PEARL HARBOR, .July 1. (AD — American mlliu-iry authorities bc- llcvc Hiiwall's defenses are adequate .to fight off another -Fearl Harbor attack. U.S. officer* concede ground sea and air forces arc low In number. But they feel that, "under the nan nuisance value to any enemy hat might take it. It's different, however, at Ladd and Elmendort here. At both, men stand beside antiaircraft guns. Passes are required list lo get through the gates. At Elmendorf. where on a previous trip to the territory I saw jets incd up almost wing to wing along the tending strips, it is difficult now to find them. They have been dispersed and concealed so cleverly t'5 difficult Lo spot them from the air unless, you know where they arc. They would be hard to knock out. At Fort Richardson, near Elmendorf. another step has been taken due to the tenseness of the. Inter- nation situation. Wartime Instructions to military dependents nnd civilian employes have been rcpub- lishcd. Officials said it was mainly for the benefit of newcomers. -The Instructions Include evacuation procedures. Dependents and civilians would be flown out of the danger area In the event of attack. 238'i 2.30 with hospital patients and women 2.4011 2.32 with children receiving top priority Number of Job Holders Is Up By CHARLES MOLONY WASHINGTON,' «uly 1. (API — Government experts predicted today that employment this month will break all records. The stage was set when June employment. as reported by the Census Bureau yesterday, rolled up to 61,482,000, second highest Ift history and only 133,000 short of the July, 1948, record. The experts .said this means a new record Is practically certain for this month, since July always opens up a host of seasonal jobs- providing services to vacationers, among other things. The 61.482,000 June total reflected a 1,751,000 gain In Jobs over May and a 4,535,000 advance since January, when there was much conic tern over unemployment. 1 Only civilian Jobs were counted In that tolali Ignored were 1,311,000 armed forces prcsonncl, who actually lifted the total of Americans working for pay or profit to 62,793,000. Credit Bujrlnj Up Despite the mounting Income assured by live consecuUve months of rising employment, it appeared that the American people were buying on credit as never belore. The Fedeal Reserve Board reported that consumer credit outstanding reached $13,091,000,000 at the start of June, marking the first time It had ever gone above the tl9,000,000,000-mark. During May alone, buyers went *48!,000,000 deeper into debt for re- tall purchases—and $352.000,000 o! that plunge was on the Instalhricnl plan. Although job oppoitunltie* *ere rising steadily, the Census Bureau said unemployment gained 327.000' irom May to June to reach a 3,384,000 total last month. The main cause, U said, was * swarm of youngsters hunting summer Jobs. These accounted mostly for a 2.078,000 Jump In the number of job seekers In June. Farming, near its seasonal peak, provided 984,000 of the 1,751,000 nc» Job openings In June, while non- farming provided 767,000. However, total farm employment, at 9,046,000, was down 650,000 from a year ago. Non-farm employment, at 62,436,000, was 2,512,000 higher than a year ago. War Shows So Effect . Except for the- erratic ups and. downs of daily stock market quotations, the Korean situation^jjs.yct ha& had no notlceabtt eltect oh the domestic economy. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in reporting a slight decline in wholesale prices, noted that Lhe far eastern tension has caused Increases In the prices of some Imported commodities. It cited rubber, coco, collee, tin and burlap. Overall wholesale prices, the Bureau said, declined 0,1 per cent in the week ended June 27. At the week's end its index stood at 157 per cent of the 1926 average. That was 0.1 per cent above four weeks ago and 25 per cent above the comparable week of 1949. The Agriculture Department reported that the spring upturn In farm prices leveled olf In June at 2*7 per cent ot the 1910-14 average, unchanged from a month earlier. Prices for things farmers have to buy »dvanct<J illlhUy, however. west from Osccola "runs right past thvcc farms belons',ing to people named 'Laney'." The governor cited 11 major roail projects he said his administration has underway in the six-county area around Batesvillc, and declared that in this critical period "we canoL afford to entrust pur . . . road program to the small men of liltle vision who, in Ihe, have been conspicuously indifforcnl lo Ihe state's trying nec-'d for more and belter highways." I.ancy 1'oints to Schools The two candidates also discussed education. Laney, who saiil he once taught school for S50 a month, declared that all schools received doubled appropriations in his administration. He nlso'repeatcd his charge that If school money had not been tampered with by McMath .school funds would not be facing a deficit. McMnlh, saying Laney had lately emerged "In the disguise of a friend of education," charged a pamphlet purporting to show progress at state institutions during the Laney administration, picture three stale college buildings which were com pletcd from six to 13 years before Laney look office. There also was some talk again about crowds hearing Die two candidates. Laney said that McMath recently talked in Marianna to 00 people and added that "I've never talked to so few." Their crowds yes pre-sent situation," tiie forces are sufficient. ..They said magic-eye radar* co«.r pletely screens Hnwnil oil all siileV —although indar would not necessarily give enough ndvaiice warning lo prevent, nil air atlack such as the Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese raid. Anny, Air Force aml;Navy officers described military strength in Hawaii like this: Small A-Bomh Chanift Land forces — Total strength about 7,000, principally Ihe Army's Fifth Regimental Combat Team at Sciiolicld Barracks. The Fifth has about 4,000 fujly trained find equipped troops, both Infantry and artillery. The RCT was the last to leave Korea when the U.S. occupation ended last year. Sea forces—Except, for "a few patrol frontier has only those forces which are in transit. Included In that calegroy at present are: a heavy cruiser, an escort carrier and four destroyers. A new task force to back iip the Seventh Fleet—assigned to General MacArthur—Is expeclcd to be based here shortly. Air—A variable number of fighter planes and patrol craft. The Air Force itself hns no combat ptancs completed Ihe trip. No Tankl Earlier reports said » Communls* column of tanks followed by many trucks crossed the river. South Korean defensive officials later said there were no tanks!' American military authorities .In raejon mid Korean defense niin- .stry sources said the .south Koreans were holding elsewhere along ths 75-mile strategic Han River line, This spiked earlier reports . last night that the whole south Korean defense had collapsed. American bombers and hghteri were bridging l»d weather to attack the Communists In both north and south 'Korea — wherever they could find them. The Communist radin in Pyongyang, north Korean capital, said four Superiorly had been shot down In the north. But Air Force officials made no mention of American air, losses. : , . • , ;.An>Alr ' announcement yw- here. The Navy has two patrol squadrons and a training group which can put fighters into the air. The Air National Guard hns about 30'fighters. There are no Jets. Col. Robert N. Young, chief of staff of the Army's Pacific forces, and Col. Kervdnll J. Fielder, who will relieve Young July 20. told an tervicwer defenses are considered at the present time. . • 'teWaV-s«id~U.S: plaits had de- ' slroyed 15 'tanks and heavily bombed other Communist armor along the Hnn River east of SeouL . New Hope For • :'-"•'• ; " The report ol the arrival ol American O.I.'s apparently gave weary south Koreans new hope and spirit. Official sources said 400 southerners had Infiltrated Into Red- held Seoul to harass the enemy with guerrilla raids and street fighting. At least two south Korean divisions are still fighting far north of the Han River line — one In thft Chunchon area and the other on the northeast coast Just south of the 38th parallel. But the south Korean situation still appeared grave, with American military sources declaring that southern -divisions that have met the Communists in combat are now at only 75 per cent of strength. Indicating the extent of .the pounding they have taken In the week of * war. Far East Air Force headquarters announced that a C-54 transport plane carrying 23 persons, Including a crew of five, crashed on & hilltop near Pusan, soulh Korea, and all were killed. Soviet Press dispalches in Moscow claimed that north Korean orccs had destroyed at least seven American planes, three of them bombers, since U.S. forces entered the fighting in Korea. They made no mention of the north Korean claim to four bombers yesterday, Star Mail Route 4as New Carrier The star mall route between Jlythevtllc anil Joncsboro hns ew mail carrier effective this lorning. Wilson Bcckham of Walnut Ridge ho in April was awarded the new ontract for delivery on the new oute, began his duties today. He eplaces Henry Westbrook of Bly- heville who has held the contract tcrday wcm about even. Laney spoki to about 600 In Mena and about 3, 000 In DcQueen. The crowd at Me Math's six-county rally in Batesvtlli was estimated by Sheriff Burton Ar nold at between-3.500 and 4,000. Saturday Laney goes to Horatli and Ashdown anil lo Texarkana fo another major speech Saturdn night. McMath was to talk at Sprlngdal at 11 a.m., ride In a rodeo parad In the aftcrrroon and attend a rode performance there Saturday nigh Negro Hous« Burns The Blylhovllle Fiie Departmcn answered an alarm at 10:25 th morning at the rear of 112D ! Clark Street. A negro rent hous reportedly was dtslroyed. the past year. The new contract. which runs hrough June 30. 1950. calls lor the ransporting of mal between Ulythe- •ihe and Jone-sboro over Highway 8 via Dell, tloseland. Big Lake. Manila. Leachvlllc. Monctte. Black Dak and Lake City. The star route was set up tn 1949 when the Frisco Railroad dlFcon- inucd train service over Its trunk connecting Blythevllle and Jones- NaHonal Guards' Status Frozen LlTl'LE ROCK. July 1 —IT)— Resignations and discharges from the Arkansas National Guard have been frozen tcmporily on order of the suite's adjutant general. Brig. Gen. Earl Ricks announced this today. He added: "I have adopted this policy so that if the guard io called out WB can go as close to full strength as possible." Ricks refered to the Korean situation. The Arkansas National Guard presently Is about 300 under full strength of 5.700 officers and enlisted men. Ricks added that there had nol been an unusual number of requests for resignation from the guard since the Korean outbreak. "They are- good old Arkansas boys," he added. Wilson Has 'Sweet' Highway A do7ing truck driver, a trailer of 1 freight headed (or Korea and a load. of sugar teamed up yesterday to give Wilson the sweetest section ol highway In Arkansas and hang a 412.000 to S15.000 damage sign on two truck owners. This came about when a truck, loaded with sugar, and a tractor- trailer of "freight for Korea" collided on Highway 61 In Wilson yesterday morning. After the Impact, State Trooper Don Walker who Investigated the accident, said about 40 feet of the highway was strewn with sugar and freight, According to Trooper Walker, William Kerly of Blytheville, was driving north on Highway 61 In th« sugar truck which belonged to T. O. Huey, also ot BlythevLUe, when he "dozed off at the wheel" and collided with a Plaza Express Co. trac' tor-trailer. Richard Leorch, of Arnold, Mo., was the driver of thl» truck. Deputy Sheriff Herman Oden, of Bassctt, aided In the Investigation. No charges have been filed, Trooper Walker said.

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