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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THiS DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. XLIX—NO. 30 Blytheyille Courier Blythevill* Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 1953 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS NATO Ministers Vote to Strengthen Air, Ground Units Three-Day Paris Meeting Ends; Rearming Program to Continue PARIS (AP) — Ministers from the 14 North Atlanta Treaty nations ended their spring meeting today by voting to boost NATO's air strength by 2,700 war planes and its ground forces by 10 divisions, an aide reported. —— • + The foreign, defense and financi -. ministers wound up their three •J_ n _«*jlM U^»MJ\« day meeting, at which they ep PldlldQcr RdlllCl proved a costly militar y equipmen I IMIIM«|WI iiwinww program and pledged to remain on guard despite Soviet peace hints For Missco's Two Hospitals Thad Connally, 17-year Veteran, To Report May 1 Thad P. Connally, with more tha 17 years in hospital administratvv work, has been retained as admin istrator of Mississippi County's tw hospitals, County Judge Phill Deer said today. Mr. Connally, who will draw salary of 56,000 per year, is due t assume his duties May 1. This does not mean, Judge Dee pointed out, that the Osceola hos pital will be open by that time. It is hoped, he said, it will b ready In three months or less. Mr. Connally will supervise ad minlstrative detail in both hospl tals, Judge Deer stated. From Virginia He comes here from Fredricks burg, Va., where he has been maiv ager of the 122-bed Mary Washing ton Hospital. Other positions he has held include managerships of Hubbart (168-bed) and Nashville Genera (305-bed) hospitals in Nashville Tenn., and Gordon Hospital In LeW- isburg, Tenn. Hospital Income, Judge Deer said is expected to pay the administrator's salary as well as meet all other expenses in the operaUop.. of the two units. "" -*« .,'". Blytheville's 80-bed -'unit can' open until the State Health Depart, mcnt gives an okay, which it i: withholding, pending action on t new city sewer system. Osceola's hospital is to contain 40 beds. Morse Sets Record for Filibustering WASHINGTON. H) — Sen. Wayne Morse (Ind-Ore) set a new Senate record today for marathon speeches but when asked how it felt to be- the new champ, he replied, "Oh, there's nothing to that." He told reporters who crowded around him after his speech of 22 hours and 26 minutes that his primary purpose was "to focus public attention" on a bill to establish state ownership of oil-rich submerged coastal lands. He opposes the bill. Morse took the stand that the i oil resources of these offshore lands belongs to all the states — not just the few involved. He did not spend all the time on that subject, however, and dwelled too on such subjects as conservation and fillibusters.. The wiry, 51-year-old senator took the floor at 11:40 a.m., EST., yesterday and kept on going until 10:06 this morning in an iron-man performance dramatizing the fight he and 20-odd other senators are waging against the bill, endorsed by President Eisenhower. Morse smashed all previous records for length of Senate speeches, eclipsing the marks set years ago by the late Robert M. LaFollette Sr., and Huey P. Long. by arranging to meet again in Octo her. The new plane program wil boost NATO's air strength to a tote; of 5,600 planes by the end of 1954, The additional aircraft will include trainers as well as jet and all - weather fighters. The 10 new divisions, four them intended to be ready to fight and six of them in reserve, will increase . NATO's land forces to 60 divisions. However, among the six reserve divisions may be a number of regimental combat teams which would be attached to existing first line divisions. Joseph Been, Luxembourg foreign minister, said he and the other five ministers who have signed the European Army Treaty will meet here May 12 to begin their study of the proposed six nation political authority. The windup of the conference coincided with the publication in Pravda this morning of an ex- iensive Russian comment on President Eisenhower's recent speech jn D. S. wor.ld policy. Had No Influence Although ministers who emerged :rom the meeting denied that the Pravda editorial had had any nfluence on their discussions here, t was obvious that they were at east mindful of it as they wrote he final statement. American, British and French o : e i g n ministers meanwhile ic'ieduled' a "big three" session n the French foreign ministry aler today. When all world prob- erns confronting the West will jpme. up for review, these include lie> siH'iHion in Indocliins aria'IsaiP o handle , a possible Russian 'call or a four-power meeting on Ger- nany. The council filled in the re- laining gap in the NATO "an- il review" with an agreement I West Germany's contribution Allied defense should be 960 •rllion marks a month, (about 225 lillion dollars) according to one inister who left the meeting arly. S2 Billion Budgets This would make West Ger- lany's annual "defense budget" bout $2,700,000,000 a year. The rench defense budget is currently mr billion dollars a year. The ministers agreed to put up solid front of watchful waiting iwards the current Russian peace utilization. The NATO chiefs do ot want to discourage any fur- er gestures but they still do not el *that. Russian moves up to )w warrant any relation of the ATO posture of defense. They agreed to give all possible ncouragement to the European rmy Treaty nations to get that •ganization finally approved and to operation as soon as possible, le ministers declared in a for- resolution that the pact must e ratified by its six member ates as the best means of bring- key German troops into West: defense. D. S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Secretary of Defense Charles' E. Wilson and Sec- vetary of the Treasury George Humphrey have played a leading roic in the meeting. At the same time they have tried to turn over leadership to the European nations. Dulles explained he thought it was up to '.he European nations to set the pace because they were cloest to the peril and could better evaluate the danger. OPERATION BIRDHOUSE — Scoutmaster Raymond Pate is pictured with a group of his Luxora Scouts and their birdhouses which netted the troop $354 in a county-wide sale. Money will be used to send the 23-boy troop to the Scout camp at Cedar Valley near Hardy. (Courier News Photo) .uxora Scouts Earn $354 Operation Birdhouse has paid iff handsomely for boys of Boy Scout Troop 35 of Luxora. They have made $354 through- the project, which started in Jaau- iry." Led by Scoutmasters Raymond 'ate ' and Wayne Mackey, the tnibp set up an assembly-line production method of cutting, nail- ing and painting the small birdhouses. Materials (old crates, etc.) were obtained from merchants and the facilities of the high school's manual training shop were used in producing the houses. Then the bo^s began their. house-to-liouse sale all over the county, selling the houses at gl each. Thus they accomplished two purposes; they raised enough money to send the entire troop (23 boys) to Boy Scout camp at Cedar Valley, Ark., and the houses served as a wildlife conservation project. The boys are due to enuark for one week of camp on June H. Congressmen Watch. As 7th A-Test Set Off LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — One of the spring series most brilliant and powerful atomic bombs exploded with golden brilliance before dawn today as 16 congressmen and 2,650 troops from all over the nation look- 3d on. Shortly after the blast, touched off from a 300 - foot tower at 4:30 a. m. (PST) troops climbed from their 300 - foot tower at -1:30 a. m. (PST), troops climbed from their trenches 4,000 yards from ground zero and advanced in a tactical maneuver. The shot, at the Atomic Energy Commission's Yucca Plat test site 75 miles away was a beauty as seen from here it flared a skyful of fleecy clouds, invisible in the darkness an instant before, were momentarily printed with gold. An observer located where the congressmen were stationed, 10 miles from ground zero, said the shock wave at their vantage point was the strongest of the series. It broke light bulbs and window panes in outbuildings. The flash was seen as far awaz Inside Today's Courier News . . . Winning seems easy for Stengel's Yanks . . . TV viewers aroused over beating of Tommy Collins . . . Sports , . . Page 5 ... . . . Society news . . . Page 2 ... Poll on Sewers Shows: Balance of Opinion Little Changed A two-week Inlormal opinion poll by the Courier News on the sewer situation here was to end today with latest results showing little change over the past three days. Nearly 300 persons had expres- red their feelings on the sewer situation by this morning, and approval of some kind of sewer Improvements continued to hold a slight lead. Of 283 ballots returned by this morning, a total of 154 Indicated approval of sewer Improvements. A proposed $1,300,000 bond issue for a new city wide system wns favored by 120, while 34 preferred some other financing method. These ballots amounted to 54.4 per cent of the total returned. The remaining 45.6 per sent— • 129 ballots — opposed, sever Improvement* of any kind. The ballot accompanying this story will be the last published In connection with this pull. find reauiu will IM publKMd la 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 ....... ..................................................... n AGAINST : _______________ .............................. n Any type of sewer finance plan — bearing in mind that all workable plans for the system Blytheville nefctls will cost you something: FOR ....... ______ ..n AGAINST n . | _ j Monday's edition. Letter* to th« ffdltor on th* Mwer situation — or any other civic issue — fire still tn co or aged, however. as San Francisco — 600 miles distant. A Navy AD-2 Skyraider drone plane, flown into the churcning atomic cloud, crashed. Such craft carry instruments to obtain scientific rinf.a, which is relayed to the ground by radio. 52 Planes In Air Fifty - two aircraft, including BIX B - 47 stratojets and six B-50s, were in the air on various missions. The Army maneuver was conducted by two combat teams of 1,200 men each. With them in the trenches were 250 military observers. And in trenches an undisclosed distance closer to ground zero were eight officer volunteer observers: The Army said there were no casualties. The shock wave rattled windows here but was not as strong as thai of a previous air - drop shot, which broke a downtown store window. , Besides the spectacular flash, which rivaled last week's beauty, observers were treated to an unusual cloud formation. As the cloud shot upward a succession of da ling white icecaps formed on its top. Two of these spread outward around .he soaring mushroom Btem forming a double collar effect. The troop maneuver in this, the seventh explosion of the series, was one of the largest ever held at the proving ground. Daylight Saving To Affect Market Trading Hours Trading hours on cotton, stocks and grains will be changed one nour Monday when metropolitan areas go on daylight savings time. Trading hours at the Blytheville Board of Trade will be from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for cotton and stocks. The grain market will open at ;he same time and will close at 12:15. Wounded in Korea Pfc. John H. Penrod, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Penrod of Rt, 2, 'ortngevllle, Mo., has been wounded in action In Korea, according to a Defense Department casualty list received here today. No details were given. Penrod li a Marln«. Negro Is Held For Bank Enfrf John Henry Parison Turns Himself in For Wilson Burglary WILSON — A 20-year-old Negro construction worker of Wilson was arrested here yesterday in connection with Wednesday night's fruitless burglary of the Bank of Wilson. John Henry Parison, cement mixer for Ben Hogan Construction Company, is in ii.e Osceola jail following his arrest at 1 p.m. yesterday by Mississippi County Officers and FBI agents, who were called in to investigate by Sheriff Wi!!iam Berryman. Parison will be charged in Federal Court with burglary. A detailed statement admitting the break-in was signed by Parison following his arrest, Sheriff Berryman said. The arrest was made yesterday as officers were making a routine interrogation and finger-print check of about 30 men who were Vnown to be in the area of the bank Wednesday night. Parison was on the list to be investigated, Sheriff Berryman said, but he came to the location of the check on his own before he was picked up. Admits Break-In Jailer Herman Oden, working on the investigation, said Parison came to the door and told him, "You can turn them all loose." When questioned as to his identity, Jailer Oden quoted Parison as saying, "I'm the one who went in the bank, but two white men with guns made me do it." Shortly afterward, upon further questioning, Parison admitted his original story was false and that he broke into the bank by himself. The signed statement given officers described in detail how he entered the building by breaking a window in the rear door and crawled around the bank seeking to find some money. He also re-enacted the burglary for the officers, Sheriff Berryman said. Parison said he came to Mississippi County from Louisiana about one year ago. Also taking part In the investigation were Sheriff's Deputies J. T. Wigley and Lester Ayres. Soviet Agrees to Peace Discussions with West Another 100 Allied POWs Freed Today By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN PANMUNJOM (AP> — Another 100 Allied prisoners — Including bonus number of Americans, British and Turks — were.freed today as the Communists kept their promise to continue the exchange of sick and wounded captives beyond the original limit. The Reds said they would free 13 more Americans and 71 dis- ed South Koreans tomorrow as truce negotiators return to this neutral zone for the first full dress u-mistice talks since last Oct. Seventeen Americans, four Brl ,sh, four Turks and 75 South Ko •cans came back today, bringin he tola! to the 800 the Reds Ga: they would exchange in six days But of the total: 130 were Americans—16 mor ,han promised. 32 were British—12 more tha >romised. 15 were Turks—equal to th lumber of non-Koreans the Red iaid they would exchange asid roin British and Americans. 17 others included men from Colombia, Australia, Canada Soutl Africa, Greece, The Philippine tncl The Netherlands. 400 were South Koreans. Both sides have said they woulc :ontinue the exchange beyond tin 00 originally pledged by the Red: nd the 5,800 promised by thi J. N. Command. No Numbers Given Neither side has said how manj lore it will trade, but some ob ervers have speculated the e liange could go on indefinitely. The U. N. Command proposet 'riday that sick and wounded be ^changed continuously while hos lilies continue. The Reds have ot replied. A South Korean lieutenant freed aim-day said the Communists old "more than a thousand se- ously sick and wounded South orcan prisoners" near Manpo in orlh Korea. There were no litter cases mong the Americans, British and urks exchanged Saturday. Some nped slightly, but otherwise all ipenred to be in fairly good phy- cal condition. The Americans included a Navy ghter pilot, an Air Force enlisted an, four Marines and 11 soldiers. Everything wa« in readiness for e return of the top-level truce 'golialors at 1) a.m. Sunday (0 Saturday, EST). Originally heduled for Saturday, the meet- was postponed one day at the ommunlsts' request. Force Refused Only one major issue stands in e way of an armistice. The U. N. immand refuses to return Borne ,000, Chinese and North Korean isoners who have said they do t want to go home. The Com- unists hove insisted on the re- rn of all prisoners of war. Red China's Premier Chou En- propose4 last month that pris- ers who refuse repatriation be Sec PRISONERS on Page 8 Tidelands Bypassed WASHINGTON f/P) — The Senate temporarily set aside the submerged lands bill today to take up the House-passed bill (or the temporary extension of rent controls. Says Controls Okay If Parity Kept WASHINGTON HP) - An Osceola, Ark., planter and Production Credit Association manager told a congressional hearing yesterday that cotton farmers "would vote tomorrow" for acreage controls If it would assure continuation of the price support program. "We would rather be restricted and solvent than free and broke, Lloyd Godley told the House Agriculture Committee. Godley said that cotton farmers need the price support program and are not opposed to acreage controls. Operator of a 710-acre farm in Mississippi County, Ark., and manager of the Osceola Production Credit Association, Godley told the Committee that "falling prices give us all concern.' ' The Committee is studying the adequacy of the present farm credit structure. Here's List Of Freed US. Prisoners MUNSAN, Korea I/P1—The official list of American prisoners of war returned by the Communists today: Ens. Martin S. Broomhead, USN; mother, Mrs. Pay H. Barnard, 544 S. 3rd Bast, Salt Lake City. Airman 30 William R. Hilycord; father, David A. Hilycord, 1714 Cottage Ave., Columbus, Ind. Cpl. Wendell H. Treffery; mother, Mrs. C. A. Hawuskley, Terryville, Conn. Pfc. Theodore A. Juern, DSMC; mother, A. Juern. 108 Belvedere Ave.. Forest Park, 111. Pfc. David P. Lang,' DSMC; mother, Martha Lang, 1075 Bergen, Brooklyn, N. Y. Pfc. Thomas C. Fetty; motlfer. Ruby Hack, Rte. 4, Box 269, Fairmont, W Va. M. Sgt. Gilbert Christie; wife, Mrs. Dorothy R. Christie, Box 102, Monteaume, Ind. Cpl. John King; aunt, Mrs. Louise King,. 1414 South Osceola St., Orlando, Fla. Pvt. Melvin J. Woodbouse; aunt, Ollie Millie, 406 Reily St., Norfolk, Va. Pvt. Seferino Rodriguez; sister, Miss • Angle Rodriguez, 1369'/ 2 , See:POW LIST on Page 8' Pravuc Editorial Answers Ike's Call for Talks But Some Conditions Of President's Speech Are Fiatly Rejected By EDDY GILMORE MOSCOW (AP) — The official newspaper of the Communist party declared today that Russia is ready to enter into "business like" discussions with, the West to end great world controversies but made it clear the Soviet Union is not retreating anywhere along the line of f o r e i g a policy. Tlie Russian reply to President Eisenhower's April 16 foreign policy speech was spread across ths entire front page of Pravda in an editorial. At the same time the te> t of the President's speech was Hinted on an Inside page. The whole tone of the Pravda reply was sharp and argumentative. But it was not vituperative or belligerent. It took issue with the President on several points and vigorously criticised Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. It definitely reaf- iimed previous Soviet positions on nany issues that have created ten- bion with the West, and it took exception to certain principles of American policy. But it declared: "The Soviet government will welcome any step of the American government or any other government if it is directed at the friendly etllement of difficult questions," ,nd added: This is evidence of the readi- less of the Soviet side for serious See PRAVDA on Page 8 New Jersey in Action — North Korean Port City Pounded by Battleship liy FORREST EDWARDS SEOUL (AP) — The battleship New Jersey pounded Songjin with he most destructive naval bombardment of the war Friday, burying part )f the east coast port with landslides touched off by concusion of its 16- ich shells. On the ground, U. 8. infantry- uen Saturday hurled back an on- lauqfct by up to 750 men on the Central Front with heavy losses. For eight flours the 45.000-ton lattleship steamed offshore hurl- ng everything from five to 16-inch hells into Songjin, some 125 miles outh of the Siberian frontier, the avy said. Explosions shook the reeling I'y, three railway bridges across lich supplies are funneled to the int went up in debris, and about 00 yards of track was ripped up y the battleship's shells. When the New Jersey pulled way, part of the port was ob- erved io be buried under land- ides, xvhich had come roaring own from the nearby hills. In the Central Front fighting, U. Infantry with bayonets, rifle utts and hand grenades cut down bout one-third of a Chinese force hat swarmed up to mainline posi- ons near Jackson Heights. Fifty Chinese attackers who mped into the American trenches ere wiped out. In all, nearly 200 Reds were killed or Wounded in three hours of bloody fighting, the Eighth Army said. The rest of the Red attack force scurried for cover under withering fire from the 3rd U. S. Infantry Division. The Reds hit an American outpost and nearby main line position just east of Jackson Heights about midnight. The besieged American troops weathered a hail of 4,000 rounds of Red artiliery and mortar fire during the battle. Th-i Chinese tried twice to reinforce but a curtain of Allied artil- lery fire blocked each attempt. In the air, Allied warplanes Frl- Sce WAR on Page 8 Bandit Gets $1,000 at Ft. Smith Store FT. SMITH Wi — A lone bandit held up a Kroger Food Market at gunpoint last night and escaped with about $1,000. Night Police Chief V. H. Loopcr said the store manager, Paul Martin, estimated the loss and told him the definite amount won't be estab- ifihed until after a check of the books. Looper said produce clerk Alton Wade gave this account of the robbery; At about 9 p.m.. Just after the blinds were drawn, a. man, about 40 and wearing shabby clothing, walked Into the store. He selected tome tobacco and soup, paid lor hlsj purchases and headed for the door. One of the three clerks shouted to another If that was all — meaning customers. Then the man whipped out an ancient revolver and said, "No, by God, that ain't all." He ordered two of the clerks into the back of the store, threw a sark at Wade and told him to till it up from, a cash drawer in the olfice. While Wade was filling the sack, the bandit reached into Wade's hip pocket, took out his wallet and IH't- ed $45 of the clerk's money. The man then ordered Wads to lie on the floor for three minutes and lied. , Legion Scout Troop to Get 30th Charter American Legion Dud Cason Post's Boy Scout Troop 31 will receive its charter Monday night for the 30th consecutive year— at the Legion Hut on North Second street. Older Scouts of Troop 31, those who were with the original group in 1923, have .been invited to attend the ceremonies. H. H. Haley, former Blytheville school superintendent, was an early Scoutmaster of the troop. Post Commander A. S. Harrison will present the chart and registration cards to committeemen. Committeemen due to be on hand include Institutional Representative F. A. White, a veteran of 28 years in Scouting; committee Chairman J. V. Oates, who has been active in Boy Scout work for nearly a quarter century; Worth Holder, James Terry, R. A. Porter and Ross Stevens. A court of honor for boys of Troop 31 will follow the charter presentation. Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Sunday. Cooler north tonight. MISSOURI — Clearing and colder with northerly winds 20-30 mph, diminishing tonight; scattered frost or freozing temperatures extreme northwest tonight; Sunday, fair and not so cold in northwest; low tonight 32-35 northwest to about 40 southeast; high Sunday 50-55 north to 65 in south. Minimum this morning—60, Maximum yesterday—70. Sunriso tomorrow—5:16. Sunset today—6:40. Preclp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—.34. Proclp. since Jan. 1—19.46. Mean temperature (midway bfttwaen hlnh and low)—65, Normal and mean for April—41, This Date' Last Year Minimum Illls morning—H. Maximum ypsterdiiy—63. Ficclp. Jan. 1 to

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