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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. XLIX—NO. 27 Blytheville Courier BlythevWo Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1953 FOURTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Taft to Move for Showdown Test Vote onTidelands Today Today's Courier Newt . . . State liquor control Is bad In principle . . . editorials . . . . . raiders' views on Mwer sit- aatkm . . . Fafe 8 . . . . . . Baseball results . . . sports news . . . Pate 6 ... . . . Arkansas news briefs . . • pat. 14... ... Oseeola news ... pace 5 . • ... Society news 4 . .. Cost of Living Up a Fraction, BLS Index Shows .2 Per Cent Rise Registered Since Middle of February WASHINGTON Wl — The government reported today that living costs edged up fractionally between mid-February and mid-March. This reversed a three-month downward trend. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said its consumers price index rose two-tenths of one per cent over the month. This brought the index to U3.6. The index uses average prices of 1947-49 as a base of 100. The living cost level is presently only about one-half of one per cent off the record established last November when the index was 114.3. Very Little Change Actually living costs have remained stable and changed very little since last fall. Moreover, the bureau reported today that removal of government price and wage controls has had "little effect on retail prices into April." Summing up the price situation, the bureau said: "There were sizable increases (after controls were ended) in the retail prices of cigarettes, coff|3, gasoline and fuel oil, but no other important cost of living items were aflected at that lime. The groups which are predominently service groups have continued to edge upward, but food, apparel and house furnishings are generally lower than a year ago." GOP Floor Leader Will Propose Tabling of Anderson Amendment _ WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Taft (R- Ohio) told the Senate today he will move to force a test vote at 6:30 p.m. GST on state-vs-federal ownership of offshore submerged lands. Taft said he will make a motion not subject to debate, to "lay o the table" the Anderson (D-NM substitute providing for federal ai ministration of off - shore c leases. Earlier, Taft had told newsms he would postpone his motion un til noon tomorrow. The Republican Senate leade predicted a 20 - vote margin in fa vor of sidetracking the federal con trol proposal. Opponents did dispute this, but said their debat will continue on the bill to giv states ownership of off - shor lands within their boundaries. The Senate has been debating fo three weeks a bill backed by th Eisenhower administration to d clare the states have clear titl to the lands involved. White House Press Secretar James C. Hagerty said today Pres ident Eisenhower's position on th issue has been "so clearly state there is nothing further to say. Not Subject To Debate Hagerty's statement was in re ply to queries about a letter sen the President by 25 senators wh oppose state ownership. The lette asked whether Eisenhower ap proves of state ownership -beyoyi three miles offshore. Taft's motion to table the oppo sition proposals would not be Bub ject to debate and would force a immediate vote, unless sponsors o federal administration Withdra\ their amendment. Taft said he "sort of dared their D run away" from a test o strength on the issue. Opponents .of the GOP-backei state ownership bill continued t deny the majority leader's filibust er charge. They say they wan ,o educate the public on. a pro posed "giveaway" of oil land worth billions. Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn), pre paring to lead off on the fourth week of debate today, said the op position come to a vote when all senators lave had a chance to make thei speeches. He estimated that migh " e sometime next week. Taft's announcement of his in tention to force a test of strength on a motion to table a federa control amendment by Sen, An derson (D-NM) followed a seven permit the bill tc Dog Pound Operation To Be Resumed by City Dog owners were warned today by Blytheville's Police Department to see to it that their pets are tagged and kept at home. The city dog pound goes back into operation next week, and at that time all strays will be picked up and held for about 36 hours, Mayor Dan Blodgett stated. -— — * At the end of that time the dogs will be disposed of. Mayor Blfldgett said this morning he is investigating methods of erecting a gas chamber for quick and painless disposal of the animals. Reports from the David Acres area concerning packs of evidently stray dogs have been made to this newspaper and the Police Department in recent days. One person living in David Acres reported four children and at least one adult have been bitten by dogs within the past few weeks. House Refuses Civil Service Appropriation WASHINGTON (« — The House refused today to appropriate money for the government's normal 1954 payment to the civil service retirement fund. By standing vote of 143 to 34 it beat an amendment to the independent offices appropriation oil! to rc::'_ire 268,154,000 cut from the civil service bucket by the House Ap- pr~ -nations Committee. Another controversial -item belore the House was a Republican recommendation that no new public housing proj-cts be started after July 1. Rep. M^Cormack ID-Mass) suggested yesterday that President El- senhower's position on this be ascertained. However, White House Secretary James C. Hagerty said today he hadn't seen such a request and wouldn't comment on it. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy, a little warmer this afternoon and tonight. Thursday partly cloudy and mild; widely scattered thundershowers. MISSOURI — Increasing cloudiness tonight and Thursday with scattered showers southwest and extreme west central Thursday; cooler, north Thursday; low tonight Ms north to near 60 south; high Thursday 70-75 north to 75-80 south. Minimum this morning—-50. Maximum yesterday—«0. Sunrise tomorrow—S:19. Sunnet today—fl:3fl. Preclp. 34 hc,ur« to T a.m.—Nom Preolp. «lnce Jan. 1—18.76. Mean temperature (midway b High und low)—58.3. Normal and menn for April—t)l Thli Date r,«it Ye»r Minimum this morning—83. , Maximum yesterday—73. rrtclp, Ju. 1 to daw-U.M. More Truckers Face Carrier ?.u!e Charges Six charges of motor carrier violations and one case of driving while intoxicated were called in Municipal Court today. Roy Pifer was found guilty of drunken driving and fined S100 and costs and sentenced to one day in jail. Harrison Loneland forfeited bonds on three counts of motor carrier violations. The charges were failure to have proper cab card $50; failure to have truck properly identified, $50; and having a fictitious license, $45.25. . Charges of failure to have cab card and failure to have truck properly Identified against Wesley McGee were continued to May 1, with $50 bonds on each count J. C. Foshee forfeited $75 for a second offense of failure to have truck properly identified. Charges of obtaining money by false pretense and overdraftlng were entered on the docket against W. S. Long. He Is accused of misrepresentation with Intent to defraud Martin's Men's Store of money and property valued at. $70.64. No action was taken in the case. (/.N. Gets U.S. Check UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (/Pt — Chief U. S, Delegate Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., was to give U. N, Secretary C5er.eral Dag Hammarsejold a check for six million dollars today. It Is the Initial U. B. contribution to the U. N.'s technical assistance program for 1053. hour speech by Sen. Fulbright (D-Ark). And Sen. Gore (D-Tenn) called Taft's announcement "an unjustified, unilateral, arbitrary decision." Sen. Lehman (D. Lib-NY) said it was an "unusual and unjustifiable position to try to choke off See TAFT on Page 3 U.S. Sabres Turn Bombers in Blast At Supply Area Y/ar Front Remains Relatively Quiet for Third Straight Day By FORREST EDWAKDS SEOUL W—U. S. Sabre jets flew double duty as fighters and bombers today as the 155-mile battle line remained relatively quiet for the third straight day. The U. S. Fifth Air Force said one group of Sabres swept north to the Yalu River hunting for Communist MIG jets while modi, fied Sabres smashed a Red supply center on the Haeju Peninsula in fighter-bomber strikes. The fighter Sabres fought three j munists in Asia, high-altitude duels with MIGs but made no claims of destruction or damage, the Air Force said. STEPS TOWARD REPATRIATION — An unidentified UN prisoner of war uses a cane as he walks into a receiving tent at Panmun- jom as UN and Communists exchange sick and wounded POWs. Two of the repatriated men said that Red jailers had tried to talk them out of going home. (AT Wlrcphoto via radio from Tokyo) Former UN Delegate Says — Concess/ons in. Asia Necessary for Peace By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Cooper CR-Ky.) said today the Eisen lower administration must be prepared to risk adverse public opinio and make limited concessions in exchange for real peace with the Com Marine Panther jets destroyed 20 buildings and a heavy weapon position northwest of Suan. 77 Trucks Destroyed Before dawn, B26 bombers reported destruction of 77 trucks and a supply buildup area five mjles south of Wonsan, on Korea's east coast. Pilots said gasoline tanks went up in a chain reaction of Cooper, a member of the Senate *f Armed Services Committee and former delegate to.the United Nations, said the Chinese Reds are likely to "call on us for a lot of things we can't do" in negotiations for a settlement in Korea. But he insisted in an interview 'that if the n. v ad:"'nlstration adopts a "straight-jacket attitude" and does not yield on some points, there can be little .hope for any explosions that lit the sky permanent settlement. orange -flames. ... j " We ca^ot escape the fact that On $•*.... 4 j:ound t Sou j KoKan SDrae D ' : pe along tho '^ w ? WlI L raider *4re«rtf'light raid at cS have ^ make somt concessions,' Reds Sound New Peace Theme Peaceful Settlement Of World Problems Is May Day Slogan nese Reds north of Choi-won on the Central Front just before midnight. The ROKs killed and wounded W of the Reds in a flash firefight .hat lasted less than five minutes, ,he Armt said. Nineteen Chinese Reds were killed by other ROK defenders in close-range four-hour fight on the slopes of an Allied outpost less han a mile and a half south of 'anmunjom. Rainwater Heads .ions Club Here New Officers Slated to Take Over on July 1 Dr. W. T. Rainwater was elected iresident of the Lions Club at the /eekly luncheon meeting of- the n~oup at Hotel Noble yesterday. The newly-elected officers will ake office July 1. Also chosen were j. E. Old, first vice president: To- er Buchanan, second vice presi- ent; Joe B. McHaney, lion tamer; oe G. Trieschmann, secretary- •easurer; J. Wilson Henry and E. ". Terry, directors. Elections'are held at this time n order to permit the new oflicers ) attend the state convention at ;urea Sprinkgs May 3 and 4. The program at yesterday's meet- ng was a ""reedom." film, "The Price of asualties Identified WASHINGTON (/P)—The Defense epartment today identified 119 orean War casualties in ,1 new st (No. 796) that included 27 dead, wounded, 6 missing, 4 captured nd 4 injured. Cooper said. "In my opinion thai is Where hope lies in the new Eisenhower administration. "The old Truman administration had reached the point where it could make no concession of any kind to the Communists without being charged with appeasement. I hope that if the new administration becomes convinced there is a chance for a real peace it will have the courage—even against adverse public opinion—to do what is necessary to be done." Hopes Dimmed Cooper and Sen. Mansfield CD- Monti, a foreign relations committee member, said hopes for the kind of unified Korea settlement President Eisenhower has called for had been dimmed by reported failure of the Chinese Communists to return all ill American prisoners. "I think in any dealings with the Communists we must hope for the best but expect the worst and the latter seems to be what we are getting," Mansfield commented. Some of the exchanged prisoners said buddies who were more 111 than they had been left behind by the Reds. Tills led Chairman Short (R-Mo) of the House Armed Services Committee to demand that the Communists be required to open up the prison camps to international inspection. He said that should be a prelude to resumption of truce talks. Will Demand Formosa On the question of a permenent settlement in Korea, Cooper said his experience with the U. N. and as a State Department adviser indicates to him the Chinese Communists will demand'.control of Foimosa, held by the Chinese Nationalists, and seek entry to the T; N. as minimum demands. He said he did not believe the U. S. ever could agree to "put tiie people of Formosa under Communist domination." But he See CONCESSIONS on Page 3 M 1 )—The Central Com m'lttee of the Soviet Union's Com munist Party emphasized today the thesis that the controversial issues now troubling the world can be settled by peaceful means. This was brought out in slogan^ for May Day which occupied th entire front pages of Prayda and other Moscow morning papers. In the list of 47 slogans, the pronouncement on settling trouble some issues by peaceful means came second. It said: "Long live peace between the people. There no dispute or unresolved issue which cannot be solved peacefully on a basis of mutual understanding by the countries concerned." Premier Georgi Malenkov expressed the same sentiment in his inaugural speech March 15. The slogans, serious party pronouncements that go down to every party organization in the country, are the first party calls issued since the Malenkov government took office. Foreign diplomats here regard the annual May Day slogans as the most up-to-date statements of the party line in the Soviet Union. The third slogan on the list, taken from a Stalin statement, said: "Working people of all countries: Peace can be preserved and consolidated if the people take the cause of maintaining peace in :heir own hands and defend it to .he end. Strengthen the unity of the people in the struggle for seace, increase and rally the ranks of the peace partisans." Among the slogans this year were two praising constitutional ;uarantees to Soviet citizens. One said: "The ifehts of Soviet, citizens, as guaranteed by our Consti- .ution, are unshakeable and guarded as sacred by the government." Other slogans on the list included one hailing the "friendship of the people of ngland, the United States of America and the Soviet Union in their struggle to prevent war and secure a lasting world peace." Slight Majority Want New Sewers Slightly more than half the per- ions who have expressed them;elves in the Courier News' o- plnion poll want something done, about sewer conditions here. Slightly less than half want nothing-done. Of the 207 ballots returned >y noon today, 115 showed some tind of sewer plan was favored. Of this group, 88 voted for the iroposed $1,300.000 revenue bond Issue to finance a new city-wide lystem. Twenty-seven others oppose the he bond issue idea but would avor some other sewer finan- Ing plan. These groups compromise 55.5 per cent of the total returns to date. The other 44.5 per cent — 92 lersons—are flatly opposed to any •ewer improvements whatsoever. Mark and send this ballot to The Courier News Indicate your feelings in regard to solution of Blythe- villc'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 bas'ed on his average wintertime vuter consumption: FOR ....j Q AGAINST D 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 D <i: U. N. Requests New Meeting On Prisoner Trade; More POWs Tell of Red Atrocities Captives Bayoneted, Clubbed, One Soys By WILLIAM C. BARNARD and SAM SUMMERLIN TOKYO (AP) — A slow-talking sergeant from Oklahoma said tonight American soldiers were "punched with bayonets, clubbed with rifle butts and left to die" by their Communist captors on a bitter 13-day march through North Korea in subzero cold. "I saw men that looked Ilk they couldn't go any farther shove over embankments and left to die. said Sgt. Odie Lawley of Medlcin Park, Okla. "Lots of men ju dropped while they were walking The Communists shoved them o the road and left them to die. Associated Pi-ess Corresponder Robert Eunson reported from Mun san that a preliminary check atrocity stories indicates more tha 1,500 prisoners perished on brut death marches and in Red prlso camps. Another young American re leased from Communist activit Monday at Panmunjom said Ch nese Red guards hauled away < a labor camp, beat up and one bayoneted American prisoners wh defied Red rule. But, said Cpl. Donald K. LeGa of Leominister, Mass., prisonei who went along with the Commu nist line "got a little better trea ment." "We called them the No. boys, lie added wryly at a news confer ence at Tokyo Army hospital. H said about "25 to 30 men" in hi company of 220 men got spec! treatment. Caught In Escape Try Odie, who is suffering from ma nutrition and other ailments, tol newsmen, "So many men died o sickness at the camps I was i ,hat I don't have any idea hoi many died. There was so man Died I lost all track of it. "We had five or six men trie escape but they caught 'era They never got very far. The n-rught 'em back and kept 'em i what we called Turnip Dugout— uvay from the rest of us. They ha. o oo extra duty—extra work. The; wouldn't allow us to see 'em," Lawley, formerly of the U. S. 7t Division, wn.i captured six mile wuth of Cliosln Reservoir Nov. 30 .950. He is 45—hut tonight lookei ar older—and very weary. LeGay, 23, a prisoner for 2 months at Pyoktong camp, said 'One time we hud a little riot. He did not recall what started il said the prisoners occasional!. 'decided to refuse to work vouldn't eat or' fall out for rol all." That night, he said, "the; doubled the guards on us." Thi risoners attended a motion pic ure. As it ended, the captive: tarted to file out. "The first three or four were ayoneted" by Chinese guards, Le Gay said. "They didn't kill them— ust put them In the hospital." HI aid the rest of the prisoners topped and refused to go ntil an English-speaking guard ed the way. Sent To Labor Camps After such aisturoances, LeGay aid, the Chinese usually "picked ut an instigator." He said these nen and others who "were agains hem (the Communists) all the vay" were sent to a labor camp "We didn't see them again," he aid. LeGay said "a lot tried to es- ape. But they didn't get any- fhere. They were brought back he camp did not have barbec lire around it. "One American was taken away o confinement for a month or so. Vhen they brought him back to all he just about couldn't make it. e was all bandaged up. They had ) have beat him the way he DOkcd." The stories told here were an- her chapter in the series of .rocity stories told earlier at rcedom Village, where the prls- icrs were taken from Panmun- m. r One American said that of 700 icn who started a forced march orth only 287 arrived at their estination. robe of Train Wreck Begins DtLLON S. C. UP)— What knocked len a switch anil sent an Atlantic oast Line Steamerlincr hurtling off ic rails near here Monday night? The Interstate Commerce Com- isslon will try to dig out the ocky. Mount N. C. The death toll from the spectac- ar smashup settled at four ns scue workers and railroad wreck- g crews unscrambled the Miatnl- cw York Champion's 12 coaches, '0 lounge cars, two diners and iggage car. At least 125 were Jured. Some remained in critical indltlon in various hospitals. Bridges Orders Investigation of Red Atrocities Senate Committee Called into Secret Session Today WASHINGTON Iff) — Chairman Bridges (R-NH) summoned top state and defense officials to the capitol today for a full fledged Senate Appropriations Committee investigation of atrocities against U. S. prisoners in Korea. Bridges asked Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, undersecretary of state, to appear with top advisers at 1:30 p. m. CST, and top ranking defense officials to come in an hour later. Bridges said the officials would be questioned at a closed session. "We want to get all.the information they have about the Red atrocities .against U. S. and U. N. prisoners, all the background we can get on such treatment and what they are doing about it now," Bridges told reporters. "We have to find out the truth about reports that the Reds are releasing only o small part of the sick and wounded prisoners they are holding and see what ca/i be done about getting more of our people out of Korea if this is to mean anything." Bridges, acting on the basis of atrocity accounts given by returned war prisoners in Korea, demanded .sharp protests to the Communists. The reports from the Par East also prompted calls in Congress for renewed efforts to obtain inspection of enemy stockades. "This nation cannot tolerate such carryings-on and I trust that we will not do so," Bridges said of the reports brought back by exchanged Americans. These include stories of "death marches" over frozen North Korea in which hundreds of captured men died, bayonetings and beatings, food shortages and poor medical treatment, and of seriously ill men left behind. Conference Is Set For 7 p.m. Today By ROBERT B. TDCKMAN and MILO FARNETI PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — The U. N. Command tonight called for a meeting with Communist liaison officers tomorrow, touching off speculation that the Allies might again ask the Reds to return more disabled captives. The U. . prisoners already freed have told of many sick and injured Americans and other prisoners still in Communist prison stockades. The official announcement said only that the meeting was called "to discuss matters in connection with the current repatriation operations." The session is set for 10 a. m. (7 p. m. Wednesday CST), an hour after the Reds start turning over H more Americans and 86 other U. N. and South Korean prisoners. The exchange began Monday. American and U. N. captives in Japan on their way home Wednesday added hitter new accounts to the stories of death in Communist stockades and on brutal marches. Associated Press Correspondent Robert Eunson said the figures add up to 1,500 dead. Mistreatment Claimed The Reds meanwhile made propaganda capital of the sick and wounded exchange, describing prisoners returning from Allied camps as "mutilated, emaciated wrecks." The request for Thursday's special liaison session was unexpected full-scale negotiations on overall prisoner exchange the last barrier to a Korean armistice are to resume Saturday. Observers here pointed out that when the Communists said they would return 605 U. N. prisoners, including about 120 Americans, the U. N. Command called the figure "Incredibly small." Since then there .have been-Jncreasing indications that the Reds are not honoring their agreement to exchange all sick and wounded. The U. N. Command was believed to have about 200 additional Chinese sick and wounded at ruin. The return of 14 Americans tomorrow will bring 'to 79 the number of U. S. soldiers freed in the exchange. Sixty-five were returned Sunday and Monday. All now are in Tokyo hospitals. Wednesday's exchange involved 100 Republic of Korea soldiers for 500 Communists, including 150 Chinese. It brought to 700 the Chinese returned to Red rule— all that the U. N. Command said would be included In the return of 5,800 Reds for 605 Allied sick and wounded. Wednesday's groups of Chinese went up the dusty road toward the "Bamboo Curtain figuratively beat- propaganda cymballs of happiness. A U. N. interpreter said See U. N. REQUESTS on Page 3 Tractor Driver Killed In Leachville Wreck Jack Wiser, 55-year-old farm laborer, was killed instantly near Leachville last night when a trailer he was towing with a tractor waa struck from behind by a car driven by Jack Freeman of Lake City. Deputy Sheriff Floyd Burris off— Leachville said the accident occurred | about one mile south of Leachvilli on Highway 18. Mr. Freeman, operator of a Lake City theater, suf- "ered minor cuts and bruises, Mr Jurris said. Impact of the collision knocked .he tractor 30 yards into the fronl yard of a nearby house where it lit a tree. Mr. Burris said Wiser's head was rammed through he steering wheel, which had to be awed before the body could be emoved. Mr. Ireeman's car was iverturned. The four-wheel trailer Mr. Wiser J/as towing was not lighted, Mr. Burris said, but the tractor was. No charges have been filed, the fflcer said. Mr. Wiser, a day laborer on the Jallas Smith farm near Leachville, s survived by a wife and several hildren. Funeral arrangements rere Incomplete today pending the rrival of relatives. Gregg Funeral iome of Monette Is in charge. ienate Rules Change Okayed WASHINGTON (IP) — The Senate .ules Committee today approved a lange In the Senate rules which ould make it easier to shut off ebate. The change would make It possl- ie to put on cloture — limitation I talk — by a two-thirds vote of ie senators present and votlr.g. The requirement now is fc: lh « otes of two-thirds of nil the Senate members—or 64 senators. 3,000 Troops To Take Part in Next Atomic Test LAS VEGAS, Nev. (IF] — one of the Army's biggest maneuevers in connection with an atomic explosion will be held Saturday with 3,000 troops from all over the nation participating. Two provisional battalion combat teams will be formed, the first from Second and Sixth Army areas, the second from Fourth and Fifth Army Installations. The teams will include men from Ft. Meade. Md., Camp Pickett, Va., Ft. Ord.. Ft. MacArthur and the Presido, Calif.; Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood, Tex.; Camp Carson, Colo.; Camp Polk, La.; Ft. Sill, Okla,; Camp Chaffee, Ark.; Ft. Riley, Kan.; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Camp Atterbury, Ind. War Casualties Reach 133,787 WASHINGTON (If) — Announced U. S. battle casualties In Kore» reached 133,787 today, an increase of 324 since last week. The Defense Department's weekly summary based on notifications to families through last Friday showed: Inc. Total Killed In action 61 21,264 Wounded 249 99,384 I Missing 14 13,139 Total J34 133,787

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