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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMEfArTT MgWTPAPS* CTf KOBITOJAgT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 42 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Dally Ntwt MlsslMlppl Valley Leader BlythevlU* Henid BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY,'MAY 9, 1953 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENT! Autry Resigns State Fair Post as Group Pushes Liquor Fight St. Rep. L. H. Autry of Burdette yesterday made goo his threat to resign as president of the Arkansas Pair Man agers Association after that group voted to continue its figh to put the state in the wholesale liquor business. / Rep. Autry had told the Kiwanls Club here Wednesday that if the association persisted in Its efforts End of Lengthy Indochina War Believed Near Viet Nam Premier Predicts Reds Will Ask Armistice -SAIGON, Indochina W> — The premier of Viet Nam, one of the i» three French Associated Indochi- nese States, declared Saturday he believes the Communist-led Vietminh rebels may soon propose an armistice in their seven-year-old war in Indochina. Speaking in an interview, the premier, Nguyen Van Tarn, described such a move as "very possible." He added, however, that he did not think any such offer by the Vietminh would be sincere. French sources say an armistice offer would be a smart move for the Vietminh because of its possible effect in slowing the French war effort and disrupting promised American military aid. Viet Nam officials frankly are frightened that rebel chief Ho Chi Minh will grab at the chance. Withdrawal Continues The Viet Nam premier made his statement as thousands of Viet- plinh troops continued their withdrawal from the litle mountain kingdom of Laos, after overrunning a third of the country in a lightning 26-day invasion. French bomber and fighter planes har- rassed the retreating rebels but French and Laotian land forces made-no attempt to pursue .them. French military sources in Hanoi were convinced the Soviet Union and Communist China were behind the Vietminh withdrawal. They be^ lieve the pull back order was is sued by Moscow and Peiping because the rebel invasion of Laos had created a storm of world protest that embarrassed the recent Communist peace campaign. French sources also speculated that the Vielminh had been ordered to withdraw possibly to regroup and prepare for a direct assault upon the vital Red River delta, the reservoir o( rice, salt, minerals and manpower which the enemy must take if he is ever to win the war in Indochina. ' for state control, he would resigr The Burdette school superintenden and legislator also is president the Mississippi County Fair Asso elation, which has not joined th state organization's move. Similar action was taken at meeting of the fair managers i Little Rock yesterday by William D. McKinney of El Dorado, treas urer of the Union County Fair As sociation, who also resigned his jo rather than support the stat group's efforts. Rep. Autry's resignation cam after the fair managers voted 2 to 5 to pursue efforts toward stat control of the wholesale ' liquo business — a retaliatory mov launched when the wholesalers i the state began petitioning for referendum on a law cutting tti legal mark-up on liquor. Act 285, passed by the recent leg islature, cut the mark-up permitte wholesalers from 13 to 10 per cen with the three per cent to be a ta providing funds for state, count and district fairs and Hvestoc shows. Two small liquor wholesale con cerns are going out of business be cause of this act, and the remain ing six firms are circulating petl tions to refer Act 285 to the voters In resigning, Rep. Autry said th fair managers association's move i contrary to his "personal thlnkin "I feel the organization is en titled to a president in sympathy with its purposes. Since it is evt dent that the efforts of this organ! zation would be directed for thi next few months toward initiating an act creating a liquor monopoly with which I personally am not In sympathy, I submitted my resig nation. "My reasons are personal. I bea no ill will," he said. Rep. Autry added that he would be glad to servi the association "in other capacities" if asked to do so. County Judge Milas Reynolds o: Ouachita County was elected to succeed Rep. Autry. Yes, Lushwell, What You Saw Was a Snake Any Blytheville citizen who took the oath yesterday afternoon might be interested in this: It really WAS a snake. L. T. Jones, Blytheville Negro, was walking on the south side of Main about a half-block west of the Frisco tracks when he spotted something crawling across the sidewalk. He stepped on it, picked it up and later found the small reptile was identified as a rattler. Peacetime Port Security Hard To Keep, Coast Guard Says By RUSSELL BRINES WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Coast Guard officials told Congress in testimony released today the security of America's ports probably cannot be made airtight in peacetime. • • • 4° But the officials said they made "significant Improvement" in tightening port security last year. The Coast Guard undertook a limited security program, worked out in ID50, after former President Truman declared America's ports screened "to keep subversive elements" off the \vaterfront. * Information Filed Against Ax-Slayer In 1950 to Stand No preliminary bearing was contemplated by county officials today in the murder charge against Eligah Gordon. A direct information charging Gordon with first degree murder in the ax killing of his wife was filed in the Circuit Court April 15, J950, shortly after the slaying and no further action is expected to be taken until the next term o! the criminal division of the court, Sheriff William Berryman said today. A written statement of confession has been given the sheriff's office and he is expected to sign it soon, the sheriff said. Gordon was returned here Thursday by county officers from Huntsville, Ala., where he had been arrested on an battery charge. assault and Traffic Injury Is Not Serious Mrs. M. C. Reynolds, 68.1709 Har.- mon Street, was Injured, but not seriously, yesterday when she was struck by a car at the intersection of Main and 16th Streets. Condition of the woman, who suffered bruises .and a knee Injury, was listed as "good and .improving" by Walls Hospital officials today. Mrs. Reynolds was hit by an automobile driven by Edward L. Sherrod of 519 Park Street at 3:50 p.m. yesterday as she was crossing the ?tr!=t aft-r gr.ttlivj off a city Vice Adm. Merlin O'Neill, the commandant, told a House appropriations subcommittee that progress was made last year In 10 major port areas where security hazards were checked. He said seamen and longshoremen were screened "to keep subversive 1- mnts" off the waterfront. Rear Adm. A. C. Richmond, assistant commandant, testified the security program "represents, quite frankly, a compromise of a number of ideas." "I do not think," he added, "that anybody can say that the present port security program is 100 per cent effective .... "I do not believe in times like these that the United States generally is prepared to accept either the expense or the Interference with normal life ol an all-out port security program." The two admirals testified the Coast Guard plans to continue about the same security activities next year. They requested appropriations for the program of $18.686,027, a reduction of l'/ 2 million from Truman's recommendations. The total Coast Guard budget was cut $11,750,000 by the Eisenhower administration to $188,250,000 for the year starting July 1. bus at the corner, City Officers Beit Field today., and all three Belgian Ross ind J. R. Chuiter reported, pilots perished. Three Jets Collide BRUSSELS. Belgium W) — Three Meteor jet planes flying In formation collided over Chlevrrs .Military STUCK WITH IT — Larry Allen McGinnis, 2LJ, got adventurous with a water pipe in Kansas City Wednesday and this was the result. His frantic cries were overheard by Arthur P. O'Neill, who finally ex_ tricated the howling youngster by sawing off the pipe. (AP Wirephoto) Allied Negotiators Quiz Reds About Compromise POW Plan Budget Won't Balance— GOP Concerned Over Humphrey's Statement By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Republicans expressed dismay today at Secretary of the Treasury Humphrey's statement that the budget can not be balanced next year and that the 275 billion dollar limit on the national debt may have to be raised. Pew wanted to discuss on the record what this did to hopes foi a tax reduction soon. But one GOP member of the tax-writing Senate 'inance Committee told reporters who sought comment:: "Gentlemen, that's a damned East Germany, Czechoslovakia Said Planning Joint Million-Man Army By TOM REEDY BERLIN (AP) — West German sources reported today that Red-ruled East Germany and Czechoslovakia have signed an agreement to organize a joint million-man army by this time next year. Details of the reported agreement were disclosed by the publication "Archiv," which extracts considerable nformation from anti-Communist sources in the Soviet-controlled East Zone of Germany. The West German government's * — Ministry for All-German Affairs egarded the report so important hat its Berlin bureau issued copies n its own name. Archiv said the agreement was cached March 14 in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, by Will! Stoph, East German interior minister, en. Vincent Mueller, a former azi who is now chief of staff of he East German Army, and three annamed representatives of the ?zech government. The publication aid a Soviet Marshal Goyorov also vas.preset, .:. -. ,n ... (; '" .--. , To Exchange Information The U. S. High Commission's newspaper in Berlin, Neue Zei-spee ung, reported March 22 that East Germany and Czechoslovakia had greed to a system of exchanging nilitary information and training lat had been worked out in Czechoslovakia by Soviet Marshal leonid A. Govorov, commander' of Russia's Leningrad front during Vorld War II. According" to Archiv, the gen- ral terms of the agreement re- ortedly provided for: 1. A goal of a million-man force y May, 1954. 2. Coordinated military training, ith the exchange of Czech and ..ast German officers in groups oJ 00 each. To Train In Moscow 3. Training of East German and zech officers at the Soviet Mili- ary Academy in Moscow. 4. Assignment of 100 Soviet offi- ers now on duty in the two coun- •ies to teach the courses at the caderny in Moscow. 5. Coordination of both forces in le use of Soviet weapons and mmunitlon. Interweaving of transport sys- :ms of both countries. Archiv quoted its informants as aying that the net result of the act may be the formation of a lutual alliance for defense. Argentina Papers Ban U. S. News Agencies By FRED L. STROZIER BUENOS AIRES, Argentina CAP) — Argentine newspapers cracked down further on U. S. news agencies today under pressure from the government of President Juan D. Peron. Hunt for County : arm Escapee s Discontinued The search for Lusko Waldo, still ee yesterday fpllowing his escape ear Manila Wednesday from mnty farm road crew, has been iscdntinued. according to county irm oflcials. Waldo, one of two prisoners who umped from the prison trueit Hornersville road about four liles south of the Missouri line /ednesday.afternoon, was believed i have succeeded in getting across le line into the neighboring state. Freedom of tha other escapee, J. . Leaboid, was short-lived, as he as apprehended at the state line y Deputy Sheriff Lee Baker with- an hour of the attempt. Waldo, who had only 15 days sent- nce remaining, had been sent to penal farm on a public drunk- ness charge. The captured prisoner, Leaboid, ho was sentenced to 10 months on e farm in Circuit Court, has nine onths to serve. Sen. Mickey o Get Medal TOKYO UP) — Lt. Gen. Doyle O. ickey, former chief of staff of the ar East Command, will become the rst foreign serviceman to receive Japanese medal after World War Prime Minister Shlgeru Yoshida s blnet today said the general will decorated with the Second Class rdcr of the Rising Sun In view of meritorious services rendered to pin whlla bi WM In otfloe." Dispaicai's" froiil the -AsMiciatrfi Press, United Press and International News Service all but disappeared from the pages of newspapers. At Peron's request, the Peronis- ta-dominated Congress yesterday ordered an investigation Into foreign lews agencies. Peron accused agencies of conducting an organized campaign abroad to defame him and of taking orders from the U. S. State Department. Pro- government newspapers, which represent the vast bulk of the Argentine press, immediately made U. S. agency dispatches conspicuous by their absence. The big independent newspaper La Nacion discontinued publication of AP news two days ago, the first such interruption in 35 years. La Nacion also stopped publishing special dispatches received nightly by radio from the New York Times. The Times and its Buenos Aires correspondent Edward A. Murrow have been under editorial attack. U.P. Suspended The first direct official action against a U. s. agency came last night when the ministry of communications ordered the United Press to suspend its distribution of dispatches to newspaper in Argentina outside Buenos Aires next Saturday, May 16. The agency has been distributing its dispatches in the interior through the radio facilities of the Argentine post office. Thomas R. Curran, UP vice- president for Latin America said this would cut off news distribution to 16 interior newspapers. Previously, two Buenos Aires ike Visiting Brother Milton STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (/FJ—President Eisenhower arrived here today to spend the week end with his youngest brother, Dr. Milton S. El- senhower, president of Pennsylvania State College. The seven car Presidential special train backed into the station at 6-18 a.m. (EST). The President was accompanied by Mrs. Eisenhower and her mother, Mrs. John S. Dqwd. The train left Washington last night at 10:59 p.m. and had an uneventful trip. afternoon newspaper and eight in the ulterior suspended publication of UP service after Peron's attack on U.S. agencies last week. Partee Speaks At Harrison School Announces Honor Students Cecil Partee, perhaps Harrison High School's most luminous graduate, will return to Blytheville May 21 to deliver the commencement address to 27 graduating Harrison seniors. Partee, a graduate of Northwestern School of Law, is an assistant slate's attorney in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. He is a son of Bessie Partee Ivy. Principal of Elm Street School. L. D. Jeffers, Harrison principal, this week announced that Cozetta Hirsch and Dorothy Lee Duncans have been named valedictorian and salutatorlan, respectively, with average of 3.9 and 3.7, the former Just .1 point off a perfect scholastic average. Commencement exercises will be held in the Harrison gymnasium and will start at 8 p.m. Rev. T. j. Brown, pastor of Bethel AME Church, will deliver the bac- cniareate sermon to the seniors one week from Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Northcutt Quits Council Post LITTLE ROCK (fP) • — Hernn Northcutt. Arkansas Legislative Council executive director since Sept. 1, 1949, leaves his post June 30, He will be succeeded by Assistant Director Marcus Halbrook. Northcutt submitted his reglsna- tlon yesterday at the Council's regular monthly meeting. He said he had been considering :,he move for about two months and will return to his former home at Salem. Ark., where he will re-enter private law practice. unpleasant subject." Another Republican senator Raid he had "heard rumors" Humphrey's Treasury Department was drafting a tax message to Congress, But he said he did not know what was in it. Rep. Taber (R-NY), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and long a leader in budget- cutting drives, said he still has hope the budget can be balanced in the year starting July 1. "I believe we can convince them (administration officials) it will be balanced," Taber said. "Will Appear Brighter" House Speaker Joseph Martin (R-Mass) said he does not believe the debt ceiling will have to be raised. He said the fiscal picture "will appear brighter" after Congress has passed on all appropriations. Chairman Bridges (R-NH) of the Senate Appropriations Committee said he has not given up hope of balanced, budget in the new fiscal year. Humphrey made his statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, considering the foreign aid bill for the new fiscal year. It followed by a few days President Eisenhower's remark that a review of the 1954 budget indicated income could not be balanced with outgo. But the Treasury secretary went further. He was quoted as saying at the closed hearing that the budget should not be balanced because that would mean cuts endangering the nation's security. He said more than two-thirds of the budget Is for security and about half of the rest is fixed and can not be cut. Then Humphrey raised the touchy issue of boosting the national debt limit of 275 billion dollars. The debt now stands at 2C5'/ 2 billion and was 258& billion a year ago. . Revenues Falling Some bleak prospects appeared 'or the administration in the wake of Humphrey's words. In the first place, the Treasury •evealed that revenues now. are nlling under previous forecasts. If .his trend continues the budget- balancing job—staked out by the GOP in last year's campaign would be even tougher. Former President Truman predicted a $9,900,000,000 deficit for 1S54. Eisenhower said cuts had ieen made in the spending budget )Ut he did not give anj new deficit estimate. Some lawmakers who had conferred with him placed it about 4y 2 billion dollars. Secondly, many Republicans feel t would be politically unwise to et the excess profits lax die June JO, as scheduled, and Jo nothing o relieve individual taxpayers at hat time. Under the 1951 tax Increase law, individual income tax •ates are due to drop 10 per cent m Dec. 31. But Rep. Reed (R-NY) and the nittee he heads are dead se igainst any extension of the exces; irofits levj'. This committee mus iriginate all tax legislation. Reed has backed a bill to ad r ance to June 30 the 10 per cen ;ut for individuals. But the House Republican leadership so far has ept this bill off the floor. Probing for Facts, Gen. Harrison Says PANMUNJOM (AP) — Allied truce negotiators today asked question after question aimed at forcing the Communists to spell out in detail heir compromise prisoner ex- Change plan and said '"we must know the answers" before the proposal could be considered further. Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison*—— , Jr. told newsmen after the 32-minute session that his barrage of questions did not mean the U. N. Command had accepted the Red plan as a basis for negotiations, "We have nothing fixed on this matter at all. I'm just for facts," the senior Alli< gate said. He said, "of course" there would be other questions to the Communists on their new plan. Harrison's detailed questioning was centered on the Reds' proposal to have a five-nation neutral repatriation commission take custody of the 48,500 Red prisoners who refuse to return to communism. "How would decisions be reached? Majority vote? Is there a veto?" Harrison asked the Communist negotiators. The Beds, in their sweeping, eight-point proposal to settle the prisoner deadlock—the last major block to a Korean armistice, proposed that the commission consist Poland, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, India and Switzerland. Harrison indicated the U. N. Command will not accept the Reds' proposal that eventual disposition of prisoners who refuse to home after "explanations" by heir own side in neutral camps be left to a postwar political con- "arence. He asked how the new Red pro- )osal overcomes Allied objections to the Communists' April 26 plan 'by which prisoners could be detained indefinitely if your side so desires." "We showed that, being denied Inside Today's Courier News ...Young Red Sox quite a stir In Boston . ...Paee 5... ...Elizabeth the queen creating . Sport* .Page ...Society news.. Page 2... , . . . What Is Ash Street? An Unloading Dock. . . . editorials Page 4 ... any alternative to repatriation or continued captivity, the prisoners could, under that proposal be coerced into accepting repatriation," Harrison said. "We showed that the proposal did not constitute a final solution of this problem, In that it did not provide for the disposition of those prisoners who do not avail themselves of their right to be repatriated." Harrison also asked how the commission would supervise POWs and which languages would be used by the commission. The meeting was adjourned until 11 a. m. Sunday 9 p. m. EST Saturday) after the Reds asked for a recess. Harrison cautioned newsmen they were "not to infer anything" by the fact that the questions had been advanced by him. "We are just trying to analyze the situation," Harrison remarked. "Before this thing is over, the questions have got to be answered See ALLIES QUIZ on Page I Sabre Jets Rip Red Targets; 2 MIGs Felled SEOUL (AP) — U. S. Sabre jets in their new role of fighter-bomber streaked across Western Korea In record numbers today, blasting two lv.sh Red supply targets, while other Sabres shot down two Communist MIGs. Seventy-two Sabres, flying in two ^ waves, destroyed 45 buildings in Congressmen Visit New York NEW YORK IIP} — Seventy-seven members of Congress, their staf; nembers and families are in New York for a week end visit. Yesterday the group which totals 38 persons was given the "key to he city" by Mayor Vincent E. Im- pellittcrl. 78 Killed In India's Second Air Crash in Week By HAROU) K. MILKS | week: after 43 persons, IncludiiiK NEW DELHI, India WV-An Air India C47 transport plane crashed in flames early today carrying 18 persons to their deaths. The victims included two Americans—one, a school teacher whose two companions died a week ago In another tragic air crash. The two American victims were identified as Miss Pauline,Lehman, 26, of Mountain Lake, Minn., and Ramchand Watumull, 40, of Hono- ulu, an Indian-born member of a v/ealthy Hawaiian family. Their two-engined plane went down shortly after it took off here nto a .summer mon.ioon storm on i routine five-hour flight to Bom- I bay. Tb» critb own* wlUUn » three Americans, died last Saturday in the crash of a British Jet Comet airliner near Calcutta. Miss Lehman and two of the Americans killed In last Saturday's tragedy had embarked on a pleasure-bound world tour after completing exchange teaching assignments in Rangoon, Burma. The young Minnesota school teacher, who had started the trip alone with a tour of India, had been scheduled to meet her two friends — Miss Jean S. Cohen of Baltimore, Md., nnd Miss Anita Whistler of Berkeley, Calif.—here last Saturday. She was awaiting them In a hotel lobby wb*a tb* bMrd of U>*ir I tragic deaths. Knrnutp, Home "She decided It was Just fate that they had died," other teacher companions said today. She booked passage herself for home via New Delhi's Palnm Airport. It hit the ground at the edge of a crowded Indian bamboo hut village. The plane was ,1 blazing heap of rubble by the time emergency crews from the airport could reach It. By dawn, nine bodies had been removed from the wreckage and covered with dressing gowns nnd blankets to keep off circling vul- tuvcs. Clothes anil some dismembered bodies wore strewn along n Sw CRASH on !'»(«> i a troop concentration area not from Panmunjom and dumped 1 tons of explosives on a supply cen tor and road at Sariwon, the ai force said. The new Sabre fighter-bombe: of the 18th Wing flew 108 sortie during the day, a record since th wing abandoned its slower Bhoot ing Star Jets. The bombing attacks followed b a few hours low-level sky battle deep in Northwest Korea which sent two Russian-built MIGs spin ning to earth. The Sabres were guarding F-8 Thunderjet fighter-bombers whict- attacked Communist oil and am munition dumps at Kuup. The two MIGs were shot down in a clash between four Sabres am 16 MIGs. Credit for the kills wen to Col. James K. Johnson of Phoe nix, Ariz., and Lt. Samuel J Reeder of Lyons Falls, N. Y. Three MIGs were damaged Fri day as the Red fighters venture* south of the Yalu for the first timi in eight days. In Its weekly summary issued today the Air Force said no Sabres were lost during the week ending Friday. Two Thunderjets were los to other causes, probably engine trouble, the Air Force said. Correcting an earlier figure, the Air Force said Sabres have sho down 635 MIGs since the war began, while 55 Sabres have been lost-almost a 12 to 1 margin. All told, 842 Red planes, including MIGs, have been destroyed while 929 planes of the Fifth Air Force and Marine shore-based wings have been lost, the Air Force said. The U. N. loss total does not include Navy carrier- based planes lost. Thirty U. S. B29 Superforts Frl- day night bombs on centers in dropped 130 tons of a trio of Red supply North Korea, leaving fires visible for nearly 50 miles n their wake. Two of the targets were near Slnanju on the West •oast. The other was near the northeast port of Hungnam. Only skirmishes were reported along the quiet ground front. Two Communist platoons hit a South Korean outpost on Triangle Hill In the biggest attack reported y the Eighth Army. The Chinese pulled back after losing about 0 men killed or wounded the Army ,ald. The Eighth Army said 1,775 Jommunlsts were killed or wound- id during the week ending Thurs- lay—one of, the lowest weekly tolls 1 U» 14-month-old Korean War. Dulles Beams . *^ Middle-East Check Today WASHINGTON M>>—Secretary of State Dulles today begins an on- the-spot check of conditions in the Middle East and South Asia aimed at developing a possible fresh U. S. policy toward that area. Mutual Security Director Stassen arranged to accompany Dulles on the 20-day tour — the first by an American secretary of state In office to this part of the world. Dulles scheduled a news conference in advance of the planned 6 p.m. (EST) take-off. The trip of the two foreign affairs off'-lals follows on the heels of their testimony before Congress seeking new foreign aid funds and extension of the reciprocal trade law. Casualties Identified WASHINGTON </P)—The Defense Department today identified eight Korean war casualties .In a new list, (No. 807) that reported five wounded, two missing in action and one captured. Wealk ver ARKANSAS — Increasing cloudiness tonight and Sunday. Scattered showers and local thunderstorms Sunday. No important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Considerable cloudiness, windy and mild tonight with showers west and north portions; Sunday partly cloudy, windy and mild with scattered thundershowerj ikely; low tonight 50s northwest to >0 to 65 southwest; high Sunday 70s lorth to 80 to 85 south. Increasing outherly winds this afternoon be- oming 30 to 40 miles an hour tc-i ight and continuing Sunday. Minimum this morning—53. Maximum yesterday_79. Sunrlso tomorrow—5:03. Sunset today—6:51. Predp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—none. Prcolp. since J»n. 1—23.11. Menn tcmperaturo (midway between Igh and low)—06. Normal and mean for May—70.1. This Date t*st Y*»r Minimum this mornlnR—67. Maximum yesterday—84. Prtclp. JM. 1 dtM-M.M.