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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 18 Blythcville Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 11 U. S. Warns Free Nations Against Abandoning Unity Gross Tells UN that West's Might Brought Out Soviet Peace Gestures UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (AP) — The U. S. warned Hie free world today against abandoning its policy of strength and unity because of conciliatory gestures from the Kremlin. -f U. S. Delegate Ernest A. Gross told the U. N.'s co-nation Polilica Committee that it was the Weft's very policy of strength and unity which had brought about such gestures and that eventually it would oblige the Soviet government to change its policies completely. "Most of us feel the time will come when the Soviet government will find it necessary to modify its policy. If so it will be because of our policy of strength and unity. We must not abandon thi strength," he declared. Gross deplored reintroduction of Inside: Today's Courier News . . . Plans for 1953 Little League season made ... Mosley announces eight game football schedule for Chirks . . . Sports . . . Page 8. . . . . . Arkansas news briefs . . Page 14 ... ... On Missco farms . . . Page 11 ... ROKs Recapture "Texas Hill Again; Troop Area Hit Memphis Flier Kits Red MIG in Duel Near Panmunjom By STAN CAKTER SEOUL Wi—South Korean infantrymen stormed back to the top of Texas Hill on the Central Front today after Chinese Communists hurled three attacks against the key outpost and overran it. The Reds threw an estimated 250 men into their latest assault against the strategic knob which has changed hands more than a half dozen times in the past days A ROK spokesman said the first Chinese force which hit the outpost was wiped out. In the West, not far from the truce talks village of Panminjom, the Reds continued their shelling of Carson Hill, which the Leathernecks re-won in a bloody battle after losing it Thursday. U. N. warplanes skirted the Pan- munjom area Friday on their way (north where they bombed Communist supply and troop areas and battled briefly with Red jets. American and South African Sabre jets tangled with Communist MIGs over North Korea Friday and the Fifth Air Force reported two MIGs damaged. Second Lt. Harry A. Jones of Memphis, Tenn., and Maj. Roy L. Reed of Santa Ana. Calif., each hit a MIG in dogfights east of Sinuiju deep in North Korea. The Eighth Army's evaluated enemy casualty estimates for the week ending Tuesday totaled only 1,982, the lowest since mid-February. The figure included 1,140 Chinese and North Koreans killed, 820 wounded and 22 captured. an omnibus Polish peace package and said that U. N. has already rejected all major points in it. He specifically regretted the bring, ing up of the Korean problem here at this time. "No resolution on, Korea is necessary or desirable at this time," he declared. "We must avoid any action which might jeopardize the talks at Panmunjom." Gross said a speech by Russia's Andrei Y. Vishinsky yesterday— which caused considerable confusion—proved how futile and unhelpful it was to debate these is- :ues now. Taking note of the Polish proposal's demand for an immediate Korean cease-fire, Gross repeated the Western stand that there can be no cease-fire in that war torn land if it is based on the forcible repatriation of unwilling prisoners of war. He said that there was hope that an exchange of sick and wounded would soon take place and urged hat nothing be allowed to inter 'ere with the progress of the Pan nunjom talks. Gross pointed out that there had been considerable hope in some quarters recently that the Soviei Union was now prepared to ne. gotiate seriously on arrns reduc- ion. He said Vishinsky's speech lad showed the Kremlin had erted to its old ideas "which vould scuttle talks." As for Vishinsky's demand that he West abandon the North Atlant- c Treaty Organization, Gross said his was not a serious proposa mid need not be taken seriou.*-:'" Gross declared "everything we ;/? doing in NATO is aimed at me preservation of peace." He said the NATO countries were merely building the "minimum forces required for protection against attack." Gross said this was a duty and we "reaffirm that duty today in this solemn assenv bly." Gross said the U. S. felt Russia's demand for a new peace pact among the big five powers — France, Britain, Russia, the U. S. and China—was unnecessary since the charter of the U. N. itself represented such a pact. READY TO GO — The 32 members of Mrs. Lillian Frank's Central School sixth-grade class line up in front of the ticket window at the Frisco depot to purchase tickets to Memphis with money they earned doing odd jobs during the past two months. They left at 5:30 a.m. today to attend the Mid-South Book Festival and will return at midnight tonight. (Courier News Photo). In Missco This Year: 120 Cases . . . Deer Urges Parole Set-Up to Stem High Tide of Juvenile Delinquency Nearly 120 juvenile delinquents have been hauled into juvenile court before Judge hilip Deer in the past three months, the county judge told members of Rotary Club yester- ay. And with no parole system in t h e county, the court is faced with sending these young- ters to an industrial school or turning them loose on society without any particular super- Dulles Is Named as Source Of Debated Far East Stories WASHINGTON (API — Two Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) commentators named Secretary of State Dulles last night as the point of origin of a number of recent newspaper stories on Far Eastern policy. A story on Korea and Formosa * . . published by the New York Times I » . i j », r\r-** was denied by the White House i ArfC-MO ASKS PSC yesterday, leading Sen. Knowland | (R-Calif) to call for an investiga SfQCK IsSUG Ok CIV tion as to where it originated. On separate CBS broadcasts lasl night, commentators Eric Seva^ reid and Bill Costello said the stories had their origin in a background session which Dulles heir with a number of correspondents. Each said he was not present at the session. "There must be by now many hundreds of persons in Washington who know the source of the stories," Sevareid said. "It was the secretary of state, himself. . . . "Mr. Dulles discussed the whole problem of post-armistice Korea and Formosa; he specifically authorized that State Department thinking on these matters could be printed, conditioned only by the familiar restriction against naming the source." Dulles could not be reached for comment on Sevareid's broadcast. The New York Times said in a Washington dispatch yesterday that the Eisenhower administration is willing to accept a boundary at the waist of the Korean Peninsula, some 80 miles north of the present battle lines. The same dispatch — said the administration was con- |l«iderlng the possibility of a United ' Nations trusteeship for Formosa with a Formosan republic as its ultmate goal. "No Decision Reached" Some hours after this was published, White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty Issued a statement saying the administration (1) has never reached any conclusion that a permanent division of Korea is desirable or consistent with decisions of the U. N., and (2) has given no consideration See DULLES on Fife t , JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. t/P) — Arkansas-Missouri Power Company of Blytheville, Ark., asked the Missouri Public Service Commission today to approve a stock issue to help pay for its $3,383,500 construction program for 1953. The company asked authority to issue and sell 40,000 shares of preferred stock for a total of 51,000,000 plus 47,413 shares of common at S5 a share. The common would be offered to present stockholders. Weather ARKANSAS—Generally fair this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; cooler in east and south portions tonight. Lowest temperatures in the 30s in the northeast and extreme north portions with scattered frost tonight. MISSOURI — Increasing cloudiness tonight, mostly cloudy Saturday; with few scattered showers north and showers or thunderstorms south; continued cool tonight, little warmer Saturday; low tonight 30s north to around 40 south; high Saturday 50s north, 60s south. Minimum this morning—46. Maximum yesterday—86. Sunrise tomorrow—5:34. Sunset today—6:28. Proclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—.1. Preclp. since Jfln. 1—17.48. Mcfin temperature (midway between iif?n and low)—08. Normal mean for April—61. This Date Last Year Minimum this morning—41. M?.xlmtim yesterday—78. Preclp. Jau. J to dutc—18.35. ision. "I make efforts to have them report to me, but haven't the time necessary to follow through on a real parole system," he stated. Juvenile delinquency, Judge Deer said, constitutes a serious problem in the county. "Almost without exception, these youngsters come from broken or troubled homes, do not attend school, church or Sunday School and more often than not are under the influence of some petty or potential criminal," he stated. "The county must have a parole officer," he said, but pointed ' out that a sound program for ,super" ;nc,-^i ; ei«uk.i'.d!5r. .v.'J jc worked out only when the people demand it. As of now, the county is in no financial position to maintain a supervisory program for delinquents. Turning to other phases of county government, Judge Deer said the county has spent S25.- 000 on roads and bridges in the past three months. This figure includes 5.250 miles of road grading, 25 new bridges and repairs to 24 others. Without county farm latjor, he said, the cost of keeping up bridges would be near-prohibitive. No Tax, No Roads Loss of the three-mill county road tax cancels any hopes for new county roads, the judge stated. "We feel we mil be doing very well to maintain our present sys- Commenting on his decision last year to forsake school administration work for politics, Judge Deer said he is "confident the people of this county want their county administered on a business-like basis ... at least I'm going to try it for two years and then they can decide when they go to the polls." Commenting on his predecessor, Faber White, Judge Deer said "we are indebted for many things to him. "I want to report that his system of competitive buying for the county is still being used." Mississippi County, he said, has been blessed with competent men in public office. "This is a tribute to the voters . . . anytime dishonest men fall heir to public office, it is due to default on the part of the people." Judge Deer ., was introduced by Rotarian B. A. Lynch, who has charge of programs for April. Guest.s at the meeting included C. H. Buchanan, Bruce Ivy and R. C. Bryan, all of Osceola, and Howell Boyd. Oliver Coppedge and Pat Smotherman were Junior Rotarians. Ammunition Situation Sound, Stevens Says WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of the Army Stevens told senators today the ammunition situation in Korea now is very sound. Supplies are "well up all along the line," he said. : ;— * He testified that on a recent trip to the fighting front he found virtually all supplies were at or above a 90-day level, which the Term Sospended April 21 Set as Starting Date for POW Trade Army considers safe for anything thatjrnhzht happen in that part of Woman Gets Seven Years for Slaying Her Husband Here Mrs. Mildred Sheppard was given a seven-year suspended sentence by Judge Charles Light in Circuit Cmirt this morning on her plen of guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of her husband, Roy Sheppard. Four year sentences were given Charles Julian and Richard Hodge, charged with burglary of Hayes Hodge Store here in February. was convicted by a jury earlier and Julian pleaded guilty to the charge. Hodge was granted appeal from the judgment. The spring term of the Circuit Court's criminal division adjourned following judgment of the Sheppard case. Next criminal division term is scheduled for Nov. 3. Mrs. Sheppard's original plea of not guilty to charges of murder n the first degree was withdrawn ! ply level short.y earlier in the session and a pica I MacArthur's name figured in Stevens' was called to report on current supplies in a Senate investigation aimed primarily at silting charges that shortages had hampered Korenn operations in the past. The names of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and George C. Marshall had been brought into the hearings yesterday. Stevens' testimony was virtually a repetition of statements he had made while he was in the Far East, and upon his return to this country. "Problem Sol VIM!" The secretary said it appeared to him that the "problem is solved" to the point that the Far Eastern j Command now is cutting down on its orders for certain types of ammunition. He added that the only two types of shells not yet up to the 90-day level were for 81 millimeter mortars and 105 millimeter howitzers. But he went on to Gay there was a 78-day supply of 81 mm mortar shells and n 72 day supply of 105 mm howitzer shells—and he expected both to reach the 90-day sup- Exchange Terms May Be Signed Sometime Today Reds Give No Sign Of Yielding on Forced Repatriation By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN MUNSAN, Korea, Saturday (AP) — The Communists agreed Friday to trade sick and wounded prisoners beginning about April 21, then n-oposed resumption of the ong-stalled armistice negotiations. Both sides were expected to sign today the agreement calling for -he exchange of 5,800 ailing Reds or 600 Allied prisoners, of which 120 are Americans. But in calling for a return to he armistice table, the Communist offices gave no sign of yield- ng on the principle of forced repatriation of some 50,000 prisoners vho balk at returning to Red rule. "t was Allied refusal to return such prisoners that ruptured the nego- aiations last October 8. Communist liaison officers at ^anmunjom, in proposing the re- umption, declared "the principle T repatriation of all prisoners of var" after an armistice "is un- ihakenble." The Communists' proposal, which hey called "very important," was n reply to a letter April 5 from GEN. Mark Clark, the United Na- "ons Far East commander. Clark had asked for more de- ails of the compromise plan for n armistice which was proposed larch 30 by Premier Chou En- ai of Communist China. Mainly A Restatement Actually, the Commui..3t reply was mainly a restatement of Chou's proposal except to make even clearer that the Reds by- persuasion, or other means, expect to bring back all balky Chinese and North Koreans. The letter to Clark, from Gen, Nam II, senior Communist negotiator, restate Chou's three mai points: 1. Let all prisonez'S go home win chose to return. 2. Turn over to a neutral coun try — yet unnamed — all prison ers who are listed as not wanting t< return to their homelands. 3. Let the Communists give "ex plnnnttons" to prisoners "afraid" t return home. The Communists went into a lit tie more explanation of Chou's third point this way: "Our side maintains that these captured personnel of our side who are filled with apprehension am are afraid to return home B result of having been subjected to intimidation and oppression shoulc be handed over to a neutral state, and through explanations given by our side gradually freed from apprehension, thereby attaining jusl solution to the question of repa- Sce POWs on Page 2 SPELLING CHAMPS — Ilene Weathers fright), WiUon, was crowned Mississippi County spelling champion this morning when the-contest was run off at City'Half. Brenda Noblin (center), Dyess, was.sec- ond and Joyce Meadows, Dell, was third. Ileno goes to the Mid-South contest in Memphis on April 24. Judges of today's contest were Keith Bilbrey, T. R. ivy and Harvey Morris. Worth Holder was pronouncer and Mayor Dan Blodgett welcomed the youngsters. (Courier News Photo) of guilty to voluntary m,an.slaugh- '.er entered. Opposes Clemency In a statement made prior to he passing of sentence, Prosecuting Attorney H. G, Partlow 1 his office could not conscientiously refrain from opposing clemency. Ho said the "state of Arkansas Ttust "set standards of conduct" in such cases as a deterrent measure for other similar circumstances, oncl for that reason some prison .sentence should be imposed. He did not recommend a specific term. Counsel for Mrs. Sheppard, Bruce Ivy of Osccola, in a plea for clemency, contended that Mrs. Sheppard committed the slaying In a moment of irresi.stable passion without realizing what she was doinq;. He maintained that she had al- Snc COURT on Page 2 Senate armed services subcommittee investigation with testimony that the onetime Far East commander and other top military and political leaders felt ni 1950 the Korean War would be won with only six months more of fighting. And Marshall, then secretary of defense, was said to have figured in a decision to slash ammunition funds sharply about the same time. Witnesses said that of a feeling the war would soon end there was no real effort to get ammunition production rolling until December, 1950—six month?, after the war begun—after the Chines Reds flict. had entered the con- Funds Slashed Yesterday, Sen. Symington (D- Mot told the subcommittee the civilian chiefs of the Defense Department slashed ammunition River Search Continues for Missing Girl OSCEOLA—Continuing patrol activities on the Mississippi River in the vicinity of Jacksonville landing near hrre in search of the body of Miss Earlcne Tetter have netted nothing, Deputy Sheriff ClifF Cannon .said today. No new information has been found concerning her disappearance, he said. Miss Tetter, a former Blytheville girl who had brai working ns a waitress IIP re in recent months, has been missing since last Saturday and is believed to have committed suicide by jumping into the river. A suicide note teft to her boy friend and clothes belonging to her found on the river bank are major factors in the belief that the girl funds just before the Chinese Reds met her death in the high, swirlin See AMMUNITION on Page 2 waters of the Mississippi. Eldridge Is Named Highway Director LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Herbert Eldridge, a veteran-'Texas Highway Department engineer, today was named Arkansas' new highway director. ~~~~ —* The appointment was announced ft I n. g , b J' the Arkansas Highway Com- Calvary Baptist Gets few Rev. J. H. Melton Accepts Pastorate Of Church Here The Rev. J. II. Melton The Rev. J. H. Melton, who has >ecn conducting revival crusades hroughout the United States and abroad for the past four yenrs, las accepted the pastorate of Cal- •ary Baptist Church here, It, was nnounced today. He will deliver his first sermon s pastor at services Sunday. As International evangelist, j e " K ," 11 -" ing , ,, .... ... such has I: by the mission at a meeting here. Selection of the 57-year-old Eldridge ended a three-months search, during which the Commission interviewed more than 25 prospects. Commission Chairman Raymond Orr said Eldridge would be paid the fuU $15,COO a year maximum annual salary provided for the job. Orr said the appointment was effective immediately and that Eld- ridriu probably would assume ac- Ine charge around May 1. Orr said Eldridge did not apply for the directorship but that "The Commission sought him out/' BIdrldge Inspected highway projects in Arkansas between March 15 and March 21 at the Commission's request, Orr said. Not Restricted To Arkansas Even before the present Commission officially took took in January, it announced that it would t ike its time in choosing a director "so we can gel the type man v e want." The Commission said linn that tile choice, would not be i< stricter! to Arkansans. Chief Highway Engineer Alf E. Johnson has been acting director since Orval E. Pnubus. an appointee of former Gov. Sid'McMath resigned in January. Johnson was not an applicant for the director's job. New Type Commission Eldridge will be chief adminis- alor for Arkansas' new type ighway Commission, which was I up under a constitutional imemlment adopted last Novem- r. The amendment provides for iivc-momber Commission ap— )oin!,t?d from the state at large or long terms and specifies that lie Commission, and not the governor, shall select the director. Eldridce lias been with the Texas iighwny Commission for 33 years. In recent years he has been chief City Air port Question Is ' Wait, and-See Matter A question arising from reactivation of the air base here concerns the matter of a municipal airport for Blythcville, but indications today were that the problem is not a critical one. The question wns brought up by Blytheville men Interested In fly- Ing and has been discussed with city officials. While there are two approaches to the mailer, there is no actual conflict between holders of these views ns this aspect of reactivation currently requires a "wait-and-see" attitude on the part of both. The ease with which a municipal airport could be re-established for Blytheville depends on settlement o£ this question: Can Blythcville use money in its airport fund to reduce the amount of bonds that must be issued to finance purchase of added air base land required by the Air Force? The Civil Aeronautics Administration says It maintains a supervisory control over the field here 'as of today, the base Is still the municipal airport) and that according to the grant giving the city the base property, money In the airport fund can be spent only for airport purposes. After more or less accepting this provision since taking over the base as an airport, the city now frankly challenges It as legally binding. This question li now being studied, but It wasn't clear today as to whether a legal ruling ol any sort will be necessary. As In the case of the lawsuit testing the city's authority to Issue bonds to buy the added base land, this matter hns no effect on reactivation or purchase of the land It will only help determine the amount of bonds to be sold. With thn exception of some 50 acres, the land has been purchased, and Kale of the bonds will only mean that contributors to the special $100.000 base land fund will be repaid. Should It develop that the city can't use the airport fund—which stood at about $40,000 early thi» month but which will decline as operating expenses continue to eat into It—the money could be used to build a small municipal airport. And flying Interests here want this done should this be the case. Some of them want this done if the city were allowed to use the money to reduce the bond issue. They .say it would be better for the city to build a municipal airport while such funds are available and let the full bond issue amount—$125.000—be paid off by the,1.8-mlll levy scheduled to retire whatever bonds are ultimately sold. There Is Illtle actual argument See AIKI'OKT nil Pagi! 2 nf planning and as i ,-, ... ,, ,. i .>u> ji na.-> been second only to lie Ilev. Mr. Melton in the past | chief Engineer and Director DeWitt Oreer. Eldridge was captain of an engineer company which served in our years has conducted revival crusades in 44 states and two foreign countries. He also has served as a Bible teacher for 11 years was an associational missionary. A graduate of Baylor University at Waco, Texas, the Rev. Mr. Melton holds a master of theology degree from Southwestern Seminary In Ft. Worth, Texas, and has completed four years of graduate study beyond that decree. Calvary Baptist Church is preparing a official welcome for Its new pastor lo be held April 26. The Rev. Mr. Melton succeeds the Rev. P. H. Jernlgan, who resigned because of 111 health last month after serving eight years us pastor. The wife of Calvary's new pastor Is a native of Blythcville. She Is the former Miss Mary Glcnna Rowland, daughter of Mr. and See BAl'TIST on Page 2 Prance in World War One. He is a graduate of Texas A and 1VI. - Late Bulletin - WASH IXGTON W 1 )—The Republican National Committee today unanimously elected former Rep. Leonard W. Hall of New York as Us national chairman. Pieck Back at Work BERLIN (/n— President Wllhelm Pieek of East Germany has resumed his official duties after two months of illness. Underground sources said the 17-year-old Communist chfel executive haii plcural pneumonln.

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