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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX—NO, 24 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New« THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1953 EIGHT PAGES One Dead, Several Injured as Wind Storms Hit State Woman Is Killed at Waldenburg; Damage Heavy in Poinsett County SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS ' NEWPORT (AP) — Heavy winds struck three north east Arkansas counties early today, leaving wide-spreai property damage, a number of injured and at least one dead •——* Mrs. Ann Lewis, who lived alon in a 2-room, frame house at Wai denburg, was killed when he home was destroyed by the winds The 83-year-old woman's house _ was picked up from its foundation UAH A I AH L •*«!.. and thrown 65 feet by the winds nfllSP inr rnliV described by residents of Walden IIV|JV IVI billlj burg as a tornado. Property damage was reported heavy at Waldenburg, and a Weiner, Algoa. Blackville Olyphan and other communities in Poinset and adjoining Jackson County. The wind also hit in White County, which bore the brunt o the March, 1952, tornadoes in Which more than 100 persons were killed. Damage was reported the vicinity of Bradford. Traffic on the main line of the Missouri Pacific railroad between Little Rock and St. Louis was delayed by telegraph poles blown across the track. Motor traffic on Highway 67 also was delayed by felled trees and utility poles. Ells Huff, Newport newspaper publisher, said that the storms apparently were not tornadoes. He described them as strong- direct winds, accompanied by hail and sleet, and without the twister motion of a tornado. Arkansas Red Cross Representative Palmer Simpson said that his information seemed to corroborate Huff's opinion. Negro Conunhnity Hit . Twenty dwellings were so severely damaged at Blackville. 20 miles south nf Newport, that the familes were without shelter, Huff reported. Blackville is an all Negro community. Huff said Pickens Black, who reported the damage to him by telephone and asked for tents or other emergency shelter, did not mention any injuries. The Blackville school and an airplane hangar also were damaged. Mrs. John in. Thompson, postmaster at Waldenburg, reported t? Radio Station KBTM of Jqnesboro U.N. Expresses for Early Peace in Korea Resolution Passed By Unanimous Vote In General Assembly UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. Iff!— In a rare unanimous vote, the U. L N. General Assembly today ex' pressed hope that the proposed talks at Panmunjom will result in an early armistice in Korea. The action had been foreshadowed when the assembly's 60-nation Political Committee took a similar unanimous decision two days ago. The resolution, originally offered by Brazil, provides that the assembly will hold off any Korean discussions here until the outcome of the Panmunjom talks is known. The assembly will remain in recess, ready for a quick meeting, if an armistice or other Korean developments require action. The harmonious action was made possible Thursday when Poland withdrew a Soviet bloc catch-all peace plan which had raised such controversial issues as an immediate cease-fire in Korea, a one- third reduction in the armaments of the big powers and an immediate ban on atomic weapons. Germ Inquiry Delayed At this morning's meeting, friction on another controversial issue was avoided when the assembly decided to postpone action on a measure cil'Jr.j for an impartial in- qutrey into Communist charges that the U. N. has used germ warfare in Korea. This proposal was referred back j for further committee action after Soviet Delegate Andrei Y. Vishin- ! sky raised procedural objections to j an immediate decision. | Although the vole on the Korean Timetable for ROW Swap Is Set Up; Four Communist Prisoners Are 4-11 FAT CALF WINNERS — Burdette walked off with top honors in the South Mississippi Coun- tp 4-H fat calf show at Osceola yesterday. First, second, and third places all were won by members from Burdette. Above is Sam Shearin with his first place angus calf and buyer John Enochs of Grain Store in Osceola. The calf weighed in at 910 pounds and brought 63 cents a pound. (See other Courier News photos on Page Eight) Resident Puts by telephone that six or eight houses at Waldenburg were destroyed. A rice drier at Waldenburg was badly damaged and three Cotton Belt freight cars were blown off the track, Mrs. Thompson said. - _„ , Five to eight persons were re- proposal was unanimous, it did not | P nr 'ed hurt at Algoa, and property get 60 votes as it did in the Po- ! dajnage there was heavy, litical Committee, Lebanon, Yemen and Ecuador were absent when the final vote was taken, making the decision 57 to 0. U. S. Delegate Ernest A. Gross hailed the action as an "impressive developments." "It is a response to the deep desire of the peoples of Ihe world for a lessening of tensions. Pleased Over Vote . Two of the Algoa injured were tentatively identified as Mrs. Ira McLeod and a Mrs. Powell. Huff said a man and a boy, injured at Olyphant, had been taken to a Newport hospital. Jim Hackney was injured when a chimney fell on him near the Cache River, 10 miles southeast of Newport, Huff said. Huff said another man, Ed Grady, was in- esm nea with the overwhelming majority of \ f, ' a the United Nations on a resolution ""' - - dealing with Korea. It remains to be seen whether this action warrants the hope and optimism that has been engendered by this vote and by some recent Communist statements." The germ warfare proposal will come up again next week after the assembly's budgetary committee authorizes the expenditure of any funds required by the proposed commission. The inquiry was originally demanded by the United States. , i Jured nt his home near Bradford. ! led 7 I - «P°?« "»* Hack- f two injured from Walden. Y ' f Hams H ° S " j pital at Newport. The Waldenburg See STORMS on Page 8 Tv/o Episcopal Bishops to Visit Area Sunday Two Episcopal bishops will visi churches in this area tomorrow. Bishop R. Bland Mitchell of the Diocese of Arkansas will visit St Stephen's Episcopal Church in Blytheville and Calvary Church in Osceola. He will conduct confirm ation services at each church. He will be present at 11 a.m services at Calvary Church and will be at services to be conducted at 7:45 p.m. at St. ste phen's. Following the service here, Bishop Mitchell will meet with members of the congregation at the Parish House to discuss procedures for advancing St. Stephen's from mission to parish status. In Caruthersville tomorrow, the Rt. Rev. Arthur A. Lichtenberger, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, will officiate at dedication of St. John's Church. Organized recently, St, John's Is the first Episcopal Church to be established In the "bootheel" area. At tomorrow's service, two Infants will be baptized and four men will be licensed as lay readers who will conduct services until ft priest can be obtained. They are C. E. Berry, Jr., Dr. j, B. Booker and Dr. William Pearson, <1I of Caruthersville, arid James i Morg«n ol Hiyti. ' Turrell Reports Property Domo^e TURRELL, Ark. IF) — strong winds and hail smashed through this community today, flattening several tenant houses and unroof ing some farm buildings. No one was reported injured although one tenant nouse collapsed in a heap on top of a Negro family. A roof WES blown off a warehouse adjoining Talbert's store here. The wind also ripped off the tin roof of a gin and several sheds and barns in the area were leveled. Turrell is about 20 miles northwest of Memphis. Mothball Fleet White House Says Presidential Yacht A 'Needless Luxury' By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH AUGUSTA, Ga. Wi — President Isenhower has ordered the presi- 'ntial yacht Williamsburg out of rvice and .into the "mothball eet" because. "fhA ^vhi 1 " T -£:VUST believes it is a symbol of needless luxury." Eisenhower's press secretary James C. Hagerty, used those words in announcing the decision today at the President's vacation headquarters. Between now and June 30—when the Williamsburg will be stored away by the Navy—the yacht will be used twice weekly for Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay cruises for wounded war veterans, Hagerty said. He added that the yacht, which was used frequently by former President Truman, will be taken out of presidential service May 31. The secretary estimated annual cost of operating the yacht at SBOO,- 000. A saving of that much won't be realized, however, because that figure includes the salaries of its crew of 123 officers and men who simply will be transferred to other duty. S75.000 A Year Actual cost of operating the ship itself is estimated at about $15.800 a year. The only time Eisenhower used the yacht,,was on March 26 when he met aboard with Premier Rene Mayer and other French government officials. Eisenhower reportedly decided before his inauguration—when he 2,200 Marines Watch Brilliant New A-Test LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Twenty-two hundred Marines crouched in trenches today witnessed the most spectacular atomic blast of the spring series — a shot that flashed blinding white then turned a beautiful rosy orange during an unusually long-lingering after glow. The predawn detonation, first to Payl Foster Rites Tentatively Set Pending Arrival Of Son in Korea Service for Paul David Foster, 68, who died last night at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, are tentatively scheduled for next week, contingent upon arrival of his only son, Lieut. P. D. Foster Jr., who is in Korea where he is serving with the Infantry. The Rev. Roy I. Bagley, pastor will conduct services at First Methodist Church. Burial will be at Memphis Memorial Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in charge. In ill health recently, he went to the St. Louis hospital March 31 for examination. Apparently much improved he was planning to return home in about two more weeks when stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage ear- was returning from Korea December—to lay up the Williamsburg. After he took office, however, there were reports that he had changed his mind and would keep the yncht. The Navy said March 12 the Williamsburg would con- •inue to be the presidential yacht because of its advantages for un- Sce IKE on Page 8 ly Friday afternoon. He died at 7 o'clock. With him was Mrs. Fosier who accompanied him to the hospital. A distributor of farm commodi- :ies, including seed and fertilizer, Mr. Foster was widely known in farming circles in the mid-south irea. His offices were in Blytheville. Came Here Seven rears Ago Coming here with his family from Greenville,, seven years ago, he also had identified himself with civic, religious and social activities. He was a member ol First Methodist Church, a Mason and Shrlner and member of Blytheville Country Club. He also was a past board member of Chickasawba District of American Red Cross. Born in Middletown, III., he was j See FOSTER Page 8 1 involve Marines maneuvering in helicopters, was set off from a 300-foot tower. After the explosion the ground troope, from Camp P e n d 1 e t o n, Calif., and Camp LeJeune, N. C., scrambled up and advanced in a tactical exercise toward a mock enemy. Their trenches were 4,000 yards from ground zero. •Leap-frogging over them came 200 more Marines in 40 Sikorsky helicopters applying vertical envelopment tactics, similar to those carried out in World War II by gliders and paratroops. Six Marines and six soldiers rode out the blast in trenches well in advance of the main body of troops. Authorities would not disclose their distance from the blast. Nine volunteers were stationed 2,500 yards from ground zero in a previous test. The exercise commander, Brig. Gen. William C. Bullock, said there were no casualties. The brilliant flash was seen in Los Angeles, 250 miles away, as an orange-yellow glow illuminating the entire sky. The dirty white cloud that shot skyward after the shot bore down on this resort community, 75 miles from the Atomic Energy Commission's Yucca Flat proving ground, at a fast clip. But as it nearcd the city the wind veered and it ippeared the cloud would pass well to the north. Observers here felt no shock wave and heard no sound from the blast, sixth of the spring test aeries. Ninety-five planes, including ;iant B-50 jet bombers, were i the air over the test site on variou missions. Rabbits were exposed to th blast for military effects test! Sheep were used, too, to show th Marines the effect of a bomb o living things. U.N. Guards Use Shotguns to due I Yoncho Uprising Exchange Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike At Pusan Hospital PUNP.AN, Korea (AP) — Allied guards armed witl shotguns killed four Commun ist prisoners and wounded 41 in putting down a bloody rio by chanting, rock throwing captives on Yoncho Islam Friday afternoon, the U. N Prisoner of War Comman announced. ' No U. N. security personnel wen seriously hurt. Yoncho is near Koje Island of the tip of South Korea. The POW Command said the incident began when prisoners lined up In a stockade .for a routine inspection refused to allow the compound commander to Inspec the barracks. Defiant prisoners barricaded themselves in their quarters. Allied guards threw concussion grenades to break down the barricades and non-toxic Irritants to force the prisoners out of doors At an apparently pre-arranged signal, the command said, prisoners in seven neighboring compounds poured out of their barracks to stage a shouting, chanting, rock-throwing demonstration. Mob Assault The mutineers In the original stockade soon charged out of their quarters in a mob assault backed by a shower of stones. The U. N. guards again tried to slop the rioters with non-toxic agents but failed. The guards then opened fire with shotguns "to break up the concerted attack and to prevent the prisoners from grabbing the weapons," the com : mnnd announced. This stopped the rioters and order was restored. Guards also used shotguns In four neighboring compounds when prisoners there kept burling stones at the security forces, the command said. The command said the rioters were "die-hard Communist prisoners of war." POWs Up for Exchange Go on Hunger Strike PUSAN, Korea (/n— Some of the disabled Chinese Red captives waiting in a hospital here for repatriation went on a hunger strike because they were not permitted See RIOTS on Page 8 Exchange Slated to Begin At 6 P.M. (CST) Tomorrow By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN MUNSAN, Korea (AP) — U.N. and Communist staff officers today agreed tentatively on a time schedule for Monday's historic exchange of disabled prisoners of the Korean War. And they completed arrangements for a meeting of liaison o fleers tomorrow to set a date fo resuming the suspended full seal Korean armistice talks. The tentative schedule calls fo the first exchange of sick an wounded prisoners at 9 a.m. Mon day (1 p.m., Sunday, EST). All five.delegates of the U. N,' main truce team were in Kore today. They could be in Panmun Air Force Ends Busiest Week Of Korean War 18 MlGs Downed In 7,790 Sorties Flown During Week By STAN CARTER SEOUL tin— Waves of Allied war )lanes, including swift Sabre jets lying as lighter-bombers, slashed »t Communist fortifications In Western Korea today as the Air Force rounded out Its busiest week f the Korean war. In the week ending Friday night ,700 sorties were flown againsi he Reds—an all-time high for the learly three-year-old Korean con- Hct—the Air Force said. U. S. Sabre jets bagged 18 Communist MIOs In sky battles high ver North Korea during the Week, ae biggest weekly kill since last October. Only one Sabre fell In ombat, but nine more Allied lanes went down to ground fire r mechanical troubles, the Air 'orce said. Troop Area Hit Air Force and Marine jets joined orces for Saturday's attacks on le Western Front where Commu- ist troops were regrouping after eing thrown off Pork Chop Hill nd other strategic outposts. About 200 Chinese Reds hit Pork hop Hill before dawn Saturday the second assault on U. S. 7th ivision infantrymen In 24 hours, oth attacks fizzled out In the face deadly fire from American ties and artillery. There was no immediate estl- ate of Red casualties in their test attack on Pork Chop. The ommunists swarmed up the opes shortly after midnight and e attack carried some Reds into I See WAR on Page 8 I Jom, the weathered truce talk village, in a matter of hours when the fast-breaking developments of the past couple weeks add up to a call to re-open the stalled talks. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison, Air Force Brig. Gen. Edgar Glenn, another member, flew here from Japan today. Harrison came to observe, the exchange of sick and wounded POWs, set to begin at Panmun- jom Monday, and to be briefed on latest developments. Harrison told newsmen he has no objection to talking truce with the Reds in Panmunjom even while an exchange of disabled prisoners goes on only a few yards from the conference hut. He would make no predictions. "I just play it from day to day," he said. Daniel On Hand Already at this advance truce truce headquarters of the U.N. Command is a third team member, Rear Adm.- John C. Daniel. He will head the liaison group that will meet the Communists at Pan- munjom tomorrow at 11 a.m. (9 p.m. Saturday, EST) and discuss re-opening the full scale talks. The two other truce delegates are at Army posts in Korea but only a few minutes by small plane from the armistice site. The exchange timetable for Monday offered by Red staff officers :oday would start Operation Littla Switch at 9 a.m. Monday (7 p.m. Sunday, EST). Col. Douglas M. Cairns, TJ. N. staff officer, said the proposed' .imes "appeared reasonable" but old the Reds, "We would like to nake a thorough study of \hern before definitely agreeing." The Reds proposed that they de- iver captured Allied troops to the Panmunjom exchange point In groups of 25 at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The Heds have said they will release 600 •Hied prisoners, including 150 Americans and other non-Korean ationals, at the rate of 100 a day. In Four Groups The Communists asked the Ales to deliver captured Reds in our groups of 25 each between and 9:30 a.m.; four groups be- ween 10 and 10:3 a.m.: four be- veen 11 and 11:3 a.m.; four ba- ween 2 and 2:30 p.m.. and four etwecn 3 and 3:30 p.m. The nited Nations Command is re- aasing 5,800 Communists, Includ- 'g 70 Chinese, at 50 a day. The main business for the liaison fficers meeting tomorrow will be etling a date for the formal .Iks. But there is a chance the Reds See POWs on Page 8 Opinion Poll Shows— * No Bonds or New Sewers Wanted Nearly half of those persons returning ballots in the Courier News' sewer plan opinion poll don't want anything done in the way of sewer improvements here. Of the 124 ballots returned by this morning, 53 were votes against not only a proposed Sl,300,000 revenue bond plan to finance new sewers but any type of sewer finance plan at all. And by opposing any type of sewer finance plan, these persons obviously don't want any sewer improvements made. Forty-nine persons to date have voted in favor of the bond issue, which would be retired by charging each user a fee based on his average wintertime water consumption. Twenty-two others voted against the revenue bond plan but expressed themselves In favor of some other finance plan. On only one day since the Cour- - ier News began publishing this ballot Monday has the bond plan held a lead in the voting. On every other day, opposition to any sewer Improvements whatsoever has led.. The Courier Newt will coutlnu* Mark and send this ballot to The Courier News Indicate your feelings in regard to solution of Blytheville's sewer problem by voting "for" or "against" — A proposal to issue $1,300,000 in revenue bonds to finance construction of a city-wide sewer system, with these bonds to be retired by assessing each user a sewer charge based on his average wintertime v^iter consumption: FOR rj AGAINST rj Any type of sewer finance plan — bearing in mind that all workable plans for the system Blytheville needs will cost you something: FOR rj AGAINST _ rj Gromyko Gets Top Deputy Minister Job LONDON (ffi — Andrei Gromyko Soviet ambassador to Britain since last July has been appointed first deputy minister of foreign affairs, Moscow radio announcec today. He will be replace/) in London by Jacob Malik, now a deputy foreign minister under V. M. Moi- otov, the announcement said. There was no official comment on the Malfk-Gromyko switch, the second major diplomatic changeover by the Kremlin since the death of Joseph Stalin. The other switch was the appointment of Vassily Kuznetsov to replace Alexander Fanyushkln as ambassador to Communist China. Both Malik and Gromyko have had long terms as representatives of the Soviet Union at the United Nations. Both are relatively young Soviet diplomats, A British Foreign Office spokesman said the British government had no Information on when Malik would arrive in London. publishing this sewer opinion ballot for another week. It Is hoped that via this ballot the City Council can get an Idea .of whether calling a special election nn the revenue bond plan would he worthwhile. Ai ol now, It appean that Ui» city would do well to save the expense of a special election. Not only does the prevailing opinion seem to be against sewer Improvements, but less than three per cent of the qualified voters have shown enough interest to ixprou themielVM, 67 Refugees in U.S. NEW YORK W) — Sixty-one re- 'ugees, mostly from Iron Curtain countries, arrived here by plane yeMrrday from Gormany. Most escaped from Communist-dominated Undi txfor* IMt. $6 Billion Cut in Arms and Atomic Spending Called for by Ferguson " n,, TAf'K" it rn I . ,.. _ . .. " Ky JACK BKI.L anil ERNEST B. VACCARO WASHINGTON 1.11—Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) called today for a six billion dollar cut in arms and atomic spending, amid signs the Eisenhower administration may support a slower buildup of Western defense. The proposal by Ferguson, chairman of the Senate armed Drivers Tests Set for Monday Tests for obtaining drivers 11 censes will be held at City Ha] icre at 2 p.m. Monday, State Troop >r Tom Smalley announced today The tests include both written and driving examinations, he sale The tests are given each Monda; alternating between Blytheville ana Dsceola. The schedule calls for test, o be given In Blytheville on the first and third Monday of each month and in Osceola on the second and fourth Mondays. Snow in St. Louis ST. LOUIS ifi — The first April now In St. Louis since 1038 spread one-inch coat over Busch Sta- lum today, postponing tonlght'B cheduled game between the Mil- vaukee Braves and St. Louis Car- inals. Inside Today's Courier Newt ...Phillips sets new 880 record Chicks plane sixth In 28-leam ASC track meet.. .Sports afre 5... ...Society news...Pajc 2... service appropriations subcommi tee, came in the face of an asse lion by Sen. Symington (D-Mo that U. a. military strength lagging further behind Russia every day. Attention centered on a speec Secretary of state Dulles make tonight at 10 p.m., EST, be fore the American Society c Newspaper Editors. The speec will be broadcast and telecast na tionally by the American Broac casting Company, and rebroadcas at 11 p.m., EST, by the Nationa Broadcasting Company. Will Discuss NATO Sen. H. Alexander Smith (R-NJ) acting chairman of the Senate For eign Relations Committee before which Dulles appeared yesterday quoted him as saying the speech will discuss the rate of the North Weather ARKANSAS—Showers and cooler this afternoon and tonight. Fair and cold tomorrow, MISSOURI —Generally fair tonight and Sunday; unseasonable cold tonight with freezing tempera- ures north and west and. frost outheast; warmer Sunday; low tonight 25-32 north and west- 30-35 outheast; high Sunday in 50s. Minimum this morning—33 Maximum yesterday—72. Sunrise tomorrow—5'24 Sunset today—6:34. Prcclp. u hours to 7 a.m —«5 Prcclp. since Jan. 1—18.70. Menu temperature (midway bclweea Kh nncl low)—55. Normal nml menn for April—«1 This Date Last Vt»r Minimum this morning—48 Minimum yesterday—74. tlKlf, Jin. 1 to d»t»—U,9», I Atlantic Treaty Organization buildup. Sen. Gillette (D-Iowa). who also heard Dulles' testimony, said he felt the secretary was considering a possible shift to "the long pull rather than a hurried, extraordinary buildup. After his closed-door meeting with the committee, Dulles told newsmen in effect that President Eisenhower's peace proposals before the editors' society Thursday had put Russia on the spot. If there is no prompt response from Russia, Dulles said, "in a great many respects it will be quite apparent it is necessary to move ahead on all fronts, East and West, to develop a strong position." The Eisenhower plan—end the cold war, disarm the world and Invest the savings in combating want—was handed directly to the Kremlin. The Slate Department said a text of the speech was submitted to the Soviet Foreign Of- : ice in Moscow Thursday night. American envoys in some 70 foreign capitals acted similarly. Symington told the editors' society yesterday that, even if the defense budget is not reduced, the U. S. will continue to grow "weak- :r ever day in relative military trength against Russia," No "Price Tag" Policy He said he hopes the Elsenhow- r administration does not Invite ossible military disaster by dopting a "price-tag policy" on rms spending; "Someday, and now by no means the distant futura,'.' Symington aid. "the Russians will have that umber of bombs they consider nough. They already have the air ft and submarine lift necessary i deliver them." But Ferguson, In an Interview, ild he is convinced the 46 & bil- Kf» AKMS an !>»§« I

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