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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI YOL. XLIX—NO. 49 Blythevllle Courier BlythevIHe Dally Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILtB, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MAY 18, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS 12 MIGs Downed As Korean Air War Continues Hot Copt. Joe McConnell Bags Three | To Become Leading Ace with 16 By WILLIAM J. WAUGH SEOUL (AP) — American Sabre jet pilots blasted 1 Red MIG jets to earth today, three of the kills'going to a slender Californian to make him the world's leading jet ace with 16 MIGs destroyed. —— * The Air Force reported the figures and said another MIG probably was destroyed. Capt. Joe McConnell, a soft- spoken 140-pounder, slid easily by the triple ace requirement of 15 victories in the sixth straight day of furous air battles that has counted 35. MIGs destroyed, two probably downed and 17 darnage. And the Fifth Air Force removed McConnell's hottest compe- itor from combat by turning down Capt. Manuel Fernandez' request to fly 25 more missions. Fernandez, of Miami, Fla., had U. N. Leaders Confer During Truce Talk Delay Peiping Radio Accuses U. S. Of Bad Faith MXJNSAN UK—United Nations Command leaders conferred in Tokyo today as the Korean truce talks hung suspended in the second day of a three-day recess. Communist and Allied negotiators meet again Wednesday at nearby Panmunjom on the deadlocked prisoner exchange issue. The chief Allied delegate, Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr., arrived in Tokyo Sunday for a meeting with Gen. Mark Clark, U. N. Far East commander. The U. N. Command said only that it demanded the recess for administrative purposes. However, observers noted it could allow time lor consultations with Allied nations on the stymied prisoner exchange discussion. Split on POW Issue Allied and Communist negotiators are split widely on plans for releasing some .48,500 Communist prisoners who refuse to return to communism. (The Beds' Peiping redio today charged the U. S. with bad faith "in the open overthrowing of the basis of negotiations just as an armistice seemed imminent." (The broadcast, heard by TherJ! Associated Press in San Francisco,.F said: "Apparently the American government thought it could flout world opinion as it did last year when it broke off the negotiations. India, Britain and Canada have criticized the U. N. Command position in the prisoner exchange issue.) 14 MIG kills, just one short of triple ace-dom. He will leave for home in a few days with 125 missions behind him—25 more than the 100 required for rotation. Biggest Day Since September Monday's dogfights also produced the 31st jet ace of the war as Lt. Col. George Ruddell of Eugene, Ore., shot down his fifth jet. The day's mark was the biggest since September, 1952. when 13 MIGs were destroyed and four damaged. The record was set July 4, 1952, with 13 destroyed, one probably downed and seven damaged. The Air Force said Allied planes have destroyed 39 MIGs this month —only five short of the record of 44 downed in April, 1952. The Fifth Air Force, which rnakes weekly reports on U. N. plane losses, said that for the period May 2-15— which includes the first three days of the stepped-up war.— no allied fighters were lost in combat. Sabre pilots have sighted more than 800 MIGs in the past six days, said Col. Edward Szaniawski, Scars- See WAR on Page 3 Fourth BVD Promotion Coming Up Blytheville's merchants began readying their low-priced items today as the fourth In the summer series of Blytheville Value Days drew near. Wednesday, nearly 60 of the city's merchants will have their best prices forward for the day. Also in the offing for Blytheville shoppers will be $100 in free merchandise. Persons may register at any BVD store Wednesday in order to be eligible for the prizes. Although winners need not be present to claim their prizes, drawing of lucky tickets will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the 100 block of East Main Street. Inside Today's Courier News ...Walcott's protest hinges on 3-D films.. Sports...Page 6... ...Elizabeth the queen...Page 12... ...Society news...Page 4... ...Markets...Page 3... ...Now, getting back to industry again...editorials.. Page 8. .. Wax words... The Record Shop..,Page 5. 'Like to Do H^aln; * * Top Ace Soys By MILO FARNETI A TJ. S. SABEE JET BASE IN KOREA (if) — A slight Sabre jet pilot blasted three Red MIGs to earth Monday, became the world's leading jet ace with a total of 16 kills, and said afterward: "I'd like to do this again tomorrow, too." Capt. Joseph McConnell Jr., a 31-year-old veteran from Apple fighter's swept wing, pulled deeply Valley, Calif., slumped against his on a cigarette, and commented: "I think I've used up all my supply of adrenalin today." He was just back from shooting down his 16th Russian-made jet on his 16th R on a late afternoon sweep. He got the other two Monday morning. The three victories put McConnell two ahead of Capt. Manuel Fernandez Jr., who ended his tour in Korea Sunday with a total of 14 kills. Airmen of the 51st Fighter Wing miller around McConnell's plane, men who had eagerly followed the Fernandez - McConnell com petition. Fernandez was with the Fourth Fighter Wing. "Well, he's undisputed now," called M.Sgt. Alphonso Dicindio of Dunmore, Pa. But Lt. Gen. Glenn Barcus, (Fifth Air Force commander, indicated McConnell's days are numbered in Korea. McConnell put In Sunday for another 25 missions beyond the 125 he's been authorized to fly He has flown 106. "His chances of flying those extra missions are awful slim." Barcus said. The general flew down to See IMcCONNELL on Page 3 Smiling Wife, Throng of Newsmen Greet Oatis on Arrival in U. S. By JAMES DEVLIN NEW YORK CAP) — William N. Oatis, freed after more than two years Imprisonment In Communls Czechoslovakia, was dramatically reunited with his wife here today. She was waiting at Idlewild Airport when the Associated Press correspondent flew in aboard a Pan American World Airways plane and was permitted t o go aboard for a few first private minutes with him. REUNION PREVIEW FOB OATIS — William Oatis, Associated Press reporter freed from Czech imprisonment, studies a radiophotoed picture of his wife after she heard the news of his release. Showing Oatis the photo is Alan Gould (left), executive news editor of the Associated Press, who was in Europe when the reporter was freed. (AF WirePhoto via radio from London) * * ' ¥ * * * Mrs. Oatis Ad Talent Paid Off NEW YORK iVP)—"It was to be an Important piece of copy. It wasn't just selling a refrigerator. After four drafts, I decided against making any more revisions." ' In this way Mrs. Laura belle Oatis described yesterday how she put her talents as an advertising copywriter into the letter which the Communists say was responsible for the'release of her husband, Associated Press Correspondent William Oatis. Mrs. Oatis arrived here yesterday from St. Paul, Minn., to greet her husbiind, who is due in New York today. Mrs. Oatis told newsmen she "batted out" the letter on her portable typewriter last Novem- See MRS. OATIS on Page 3 P icking Contest Wins 7th State Award Blytheville Jaycees won their seventh consecutive H. Grady Maning award at the state Junior Chamber of Commerce convention in Hot Springs Saturday and also took second place honors in two other divisions. Last year's National Cotton Pick-,j. ing Contest won the trophy which is given each year for the Jaycee project which publicizes Arkansas most. The local club won second place honors in the agriculture and conservation division and in public relations. Attending the three-day convention in the resort city from Blytheville were B.illy Boone, Nick Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Dick White, Wayne Burnham, Charles Roy Lutes Charles Moore, state president during the past year. Elected to succeed Mr. Moore as state president was Lee Zachaiy of El Dorado. Other state officers elected were Charles Proetz, national director; and vice presidents, Bob Wimberly of Little Rock, Roy Jolly of Jonesboro, Don Peterson of Springdale, Jimmy Jones of Magnolia and Alton Walker of Pine Bluff. Lewis Goltz of Hot Springs won the C. E. Palmer Award, given to the man making the most outstanding contribution to his community, for his work in the Hot Springs Boys Club development. The convention also adopted resolution calling for a study of the state's tax structure. JThe Jaycee's auxiliary named Mrs. Bob Wimberly of Little Rock as president. The Pine Bl'ff Junior .Chamber was chosen for the best record in the state in "all phases of accomplishment." Freed Conway Missionary Comes Home Bringing News of 70 More Arkansas POWs LITTLE ROCK W) — Miss Nellie Dyer brought a present to her native state yesterday when she returned home after two years and 10 months in a Communist .prisoner of war camp. The 51-year-old Methodist missionary waited until she reached Arkansas to reveal the names of 10 Arkansas soldiers, imprisoned by the Communists, whom she be-' lleves are still alive. She wrote the names fronrmejri- ory on a slip of paper while en route here from Cincinnati, where she stopped off for a brief visit with » brother, Ben. Her arrival in Arkansas ended a .trip from Korea. Miss Dyer and six other Americans were released from the Chinese Communist prison,, last week. Mlsi Dyer said she met the soldiers while In a camp near Chun- IB tot MBUSMC at mi. liw! said they "have received good treatment from all I have heard," and added, "Therefore, I think it Is highly probable that these men are still alive." The men are: Wayman Simpson, Mena, Ark. Billy Holland, Ft. Smith. Lloyd Hardwich, Ft. Smith. James Thompson, Horatio. Ray Thompson, Winchester. Leed Denton, Center. 1 Haskel Mulone, Paragould. Samuel Cosby, Hampton. William Wood, Biitesvllle. And a Brinkley, Ark., soldier whose first name is Floyd and who lived on Route 1. She also remembered a Lt. Herbert Marlatt, who has friends at Ft..Smith and a Lt. Roundtree of Georgia, whose wife was a resident of Ft. Smith. Some 250 persons applauded as Uiu Dyer, who WM upturcd ty the Reds in June, 1950, stepped from a plane here yesterday. Among the crowd was her 71-year- old mother, Mrs. Elisha Dyer, who had not seen 'her daughter In six years, and a sister, Mrs. S. L. Robinson of Joplin, Mo. Mrs. Dyer sobbed as she and her daughter embraced. The missionary declined to discuss her future plans In her brief stop here before going to Conway. However, she said at Cincinnati that she wanted a rest and after that, "I'm ready to go again." She also was imprisoned, by the Japanese in the Philippines during World War n. • ' Miss Dyer has said that 'treatment In the Korean camps improved after the first year, when the Chinese took over the compounds. She also has contended that the only thing needed to end the Kor' Blytheville Boy Struck by Car Injuries Are Slight; 2 Collisions Reported A 12-year-old Blytheville youth suffered minor injuries shortly after noon Saturday when he was "j struck at Highway 18 and Howard Street by a car driven by J. C. Hawkins of Dell. Joe Howard. 816 Howard, was taken to Walls Hospital for treatment of hip and ankle abrasions and cuts and bruises after being struck by the car as he crossed Highway 18. He was released from the hospital at noon yesterday. Officer Willie Hopper said the boy had just got off a city bus and went around behind the vehicle to cross the street when he was struck by the eastbound car. The bus was traveling west, he reported. A rear-end collision at Fourth and WaInut»Stree.ts this morning occurred when C. A. Hindman, 1026 Hearn, backed from a parking place on Walnut and collided with an eastbound car driven by Odis Cole, 2321 Carolyn. Both vehicles received fender damage, Officers Fred Hodge and Max Koonce reported. An accident at Hearn and Division Streets Saturday involved Carl Penny, 1600 West Vine, and Edward Eakes, 520 Locust. The cars collided at the intersection when Mr. Eakes failed to stop at a stop sign, Officers Hopper and Hodge reported, Mr. Eakes pleaded guilty in Municipal Court today to a charge of running a stop sign and was fined $25 and costs. The case was continued to May 25 with the defendant released on his own recognizance. c«n war 'was n "face laving viw" for both tldet dc- Even customs formalities wer held in abeyance so there woul be no delay in their first meetin in almost three years. The newsmen's wife—Laurabell —hurried up the ramp after othe passengers had left the plane. The reunited couple spent abou 12 minutes together aboard, thei stepped out onto the ramp holdin; hands. Oatis looked serious when h first emerged but soon broke into a big grin when he saw the throng of newsmen and photographer awaiting him. "Kiss her, kiss her," shouted tin photographers. "Nope, I already did," he said shaking his head. But they posed smiling, with thei: arms around one another. To continued pleas that he kis: her, he laughed and said: "Later." They paused several times they walked down the ramp to al low cameramen to shoot pictures Physically in Good Shape Oatis, imprisoned on spy charges ana suddenly released Saturday appeared physically in good shape but somewhat taken aback at the size of the reception. His hanc shook as he waved repeatedly to the several hundred newsmen ant onlookers. Greeting Oatis at the airport was Fiank J. Starzel, general managei of the Associated Press, who hai escorted Mrs. Oatis to Idlewild. Oatis was accompanied on his flight from Frankfurt, Germany by Alan J. Could, executive editor of the Associated Press, who hat been visiting AP bureaus in EU- rope. A brilliant sun shown down on the airport and the silvery plane during the welcoming ceremonies Two small birds landed on the craft and perched aboard it while Oatis and his wife were embracing inside. Before leaving Frankfurt last night, Oatis said the Czechs gave him "psychological" treatment before his trial, in which he confessed guilt. He was not terrorized or mishandled, and the Czechs did not try to indoctrinate him with communism;- he said. However, he said: "They were very efficient their methods and preparation foi my trial. It would be very difficult for me to describe what happened so that I could be understood by any one not familiar with such proceedings or with what is done individually. More Psychological "I think you could call it more psychological than anything else. "If what I was heard to say or reported to have said during the trial sounded like I was reciting something, why that's the way it was." The newsman from Marion, Ind., was thin, pale, a bit bewildered by his sudden freedom, but in seeming good health. He said his treatment by the Czechs was "generally good." He explained his accusation by the Czechs this way:: "As a newspaperman, I have always acted or tried to act best I could on the proposition that a news story, to be fair, should present all essential sides. During the time I was in Prague, I found there were quite different • ideas about what constituted objectivity in news reporting. "Many people, especially people In charge of the (Czech) government, do not see things as we do in the United States or other coun- See OATIS on Page 3 Mississippian Is Held Here As Forgery Suspect Forgery charges are expected to be filed tomorrow against pcorge William Carter of New Albany, Miss., who was arrested at Caruthersville and returned to the County Jail here Friday. Carter, who officers say has a number of aliases, was picked up in Caruthersville shortly after passing through here on a bus Friday afternoon. County officers, while try- Drunk Driving Costly to Three Penalties of driving while intoxicated were levied against three persons in Municipal Court this morning. S. B. Patton forfeited bond $111.25 for drunken driving and In i c addition forfeited $61.25 for carry-' ing a concealed weapon. A drunken driving charge combined with a charge of leaving the scene of an accident brought fines of $100 plus one'day In jail and *15 respectively against Thomas Boiln. Orval Wallace forfeited bind of $111.25 on a drunken driving count. Two other traffic charges brought bond forfeitures: Wllburn Palmer, $10 for speeding; nnd Herman Wallace, $6 for running a r«d light. ' ing to find some information about Carter, learned of his passage through Blytheville. " Deputy Sheriff Holland Alken followed the bus to Caruthersville, where Carter was arrested. He waived extradition. Deputy Aiken said Carter admitted forging several checks. He didn't know the exact number. Checks to Hubbard Hardware Company, Robinson Lumber Company and Dr. N. O. Jerome have come to the attention of the sheriff's I office. °' I Deputy Prosecuting Attorney A. Harrison said today that an information charging Carter with forgery and uttering would be filed, probably tomorrow. RidgwayTellsCongressNATO Forces too Weak to Prevent Reverses in Event of Attack WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Matthew Ridgway told Congress today that even if free Europe's forces are built up to planned strength this year they still will be too weak "to prevent serious reverses in event of attack" by the Communists. And he declared he has seen no evidence that Soviet peace talk is sincere, adding!. "The military threat based on capabilities has remained unchanged, in my opinion." The European defense com j- - — mander, who is soon to become U. S. Army chief of staff, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in support of the administration's request for $5,800,000,000 of continued foreign aid in the 12 months beginning July 1. Ridgway gave the committee a sober review of the European military situation, and said continuation of American aid "is essential to the security of the United States as well as to all the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) nations." The European buildup has progressed steadily from the "exposed and almost defenseless condition" of 1950, he said, but added:: "Our available land, air and naval forces are still very inadequate. There are not in existence or in sight mobile land forces in general reserve for inter-rgional use"—that is, for example, to back up a thrust against the Middle East. Ridgway said that "Today, as a year ago, air power is still the weakest link in our defense. . . . There are still major deficiencies, 'or example, in support units, logistical establishments and stocks of ammunitions." Morale Improved On the brighter side Ridgway -id "Both morale and our forces and the quality of leadership have mproved," He said too that the development of new weapons is "another source of future strength," adding: "We can be sure that new weapons will have a powerful effect on combat operations." Ridgway was called from his 3 aris headquarters to testify on .he need for foreign aid. Some legislators said his appearance might be the administration's last lope of forestalling heavy cuts in '.he requested appropriations. The general read" a . long pre- wred statement to a public session. He reserved secret details for a closed door afternoon meeting with he committee. Later this week, lidgway is to met with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "70-Odd Division" Detailing the forces which could i thrown into a Communist at- ack on Western Europe, Ridgway aid the nations satellite to Russia mve "70-odd divisions" while Eus- ian forces total 175 army riivi- Sce RIDGEWAY on I'a K e .1 Air Base Wor/c Awaits Washington Directive A directive from Washington, either unlaunched as yet or still filtering through Pentagon channels, is all that's needed to get reactivation of the Blytheville air base under way. Actually, because of the second* _______ "freeze" to halt action on the bas work, the reactivation project is to day at the same stage it was April 1. Then and now, these steps mus •be taken before the project is at vanced to the actual constructio stage: 1( Completion of acquiring tit to remaining 41 acres of a 192-acr plot to be added to the presen base property for runway exten sion. 2) Deeding of the entire air bas area to the federal government b the city. 3) Advertising for bids awarding of construction contract Also to be completed is sale of $1^5,000 bond issue to provide fund for refunding contributions mad by businessmen to a $100,000 base fund used to acquire the add ed 192 acres. Construction work itself is sched uled to proceed, however, when directive authorizing the Corps c Engineers to advertise for bids o rehabilitation work is received i Little Rock. To Give Deed Later A deed to the remaining 41 acre of the 193-acre parcel is schedule to be given the city by the owneri Mrs. Neta Bunch and Mrs. J. I Ramej/-.. as soon as the city.r.opr'fe for signature a' deed giving the"'on tire base area to the govcrnmeni Sale of the bond issue is not pressing matter affecting reactiva tlon and is expected to take plac after the other steps have bee] taken. The Corps of Engineers has hai its eyes on June 2 as date for let ting the first contracts. However bids must be advertised for 30 day "unless special conditions exist. These may be found to exist a some of the base appropriatioi See BASE on Page 3 John Brown University to Give Rev. Bagley Honorary Degree The Rev. Roy I. Bagley, pastor of Blytheville's First Methodist Church, will be the recipient of an honorary doctor of divinity degree at John Brown University, s'iloam Springs, Ark., one week from today, board of trustees of the The chool made the award "on the bass of achievements as a minister in he church druing the time he has een in the North Arkansas Con- erence." The Rev. Mr. Bagley graduated rom John Brown, then a junior ollcge, in 1933 and subsequently ecelved an A.B. degree from Henrix. In 1944 he received a B. D. from 'erkins School of Theology, South- rn Methodist University. He has served as conference sec- ctary for evangelism for seven ears and currently Is a member f John Brown's Board of Regents nd the Board of Ownership. The Board of Ownership, consist- ng of 18 regents, Is controlling ody of the school's three radio tatiqns and two schools in Call. ornia. Presentation of the degree will e made by Storm Whaley, a class- nate of the Rev. Mr. Bagley and ow vice president of the univer- ty. Presentation will be made dur- ng regular commencement exer- ses. Also due for honorary degrees at hese exercises are the Rev. Poe 'illiams, also classmate of the Rev. r. Bagley and currently a Meth- dist pastor at Stillwater, Okla., nd the Rev. J. Whitcomb Brough- r, Sr., nationally-known Baptist astor who has held three of the argest Baptist pastorates in the ation. The Rev. Mr. Brougher will be warded an LL. D. Rev. Roy I. Bagley Court Recesses WASHINGTON tf) — The Supreme Court today recessed for a week without ruling on any of the racial segregation cases or the appeal of Atom Spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Tidelands Bill Signing Delayed WASHINGTON «l — The White ouse will make a ceremony of President Elsenhower's signing of a controversial bill to give coastal states title to submerged lands off their shores. The signing, scheduled for today, was put off until an Indefinite (late, probably later this week. Plans were changed, the White House disclosed, so that arrangements could be made for a number of interested persons to gt- tead. Foes of Yoshida Get Top Posts TOKYO, (VP) — Japan's newly- elected house threw a sharp curve at Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida today by electing two of his opponents as speaker and vice speaker. Without members of his own liberal party in those key job: Yoshida. would stand little chance of controlling the powerful House If he Is re-elected prime minister. Yoshida, controlling only 43 per cent of the House seats, has been struggling to line up enough outside strength to swing his party back into power. Voting forf the prime minister's post is expected tomorrow. 20 Killed in Rioting LAGOS, Nigeria (/P)—Twenty people were reported killed and more than 150 Injured In bloody weekend rioting In Kano, largest city In Northern Nigeria. British authorities today declared a state ol emergency th« entlri am. i West Germany Plans to Resume Trade with USSR No' Strategic Goods Are To Be Traded, Officials Claim BONN, Germany W—West Germany plans to resume trade relations with the Soviet Union and Communist Romania. Government officials said today that a list of goods which these two countries would like to buy in West Germany Is now being studied by German exporters. They added that no strategic goods would be shipped to the Keds. Soviet and Romanian representatives handed their list to West German officials who attended the 2S-nation trade conference in Geneva last month, these officials said. ^. Sponsored by UNEC The conference was sponsored by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as a first step toward reviving Europe's East- West trade. Both West Germany and Soviet-occupied East Germany sent delegations. Dr. Victor von Zcihn-stranik of the Federal Ministry of Economic headed the Bonn delegation. Officials here said the West German group at this conference also ive the Russians and Romanians Us; of commodities the Germans would like to have from these Iron 'urtain countries. Allied officials said they have no objections to the West Germans establishing trade relations with Russia and Romania. They said it las always been allied policy to lermit the Germans to trade with Communist countries so long as they do not sell strategic goods. Chemical Firni Inspects Weed Killer Results Officials of Niagara Chemical Co , Middleport, N. Y., flew into Blythc- ville's municipal airport Saturday and set about inspecting farm land which has been treated by their chemical weed-killing product, :hloro-IPC. A. A. (Prog) Hardy, local distributor, said today that the group in- pected farms in Cooler, Mo. and n the Osceola vicinity and 'were highly pleased with the results." He said the men were anxio\is to :et a look at results of the chemical inder very wet conditions. The group included Jack Vcrnon, resident of the chemical company; itewart Bear, sales manager; and wo representatives of the compa- ly's research department. They left Blytheville Saturday light for Memphis where they will >egin a one-week tour of other cat- on-growing states. Weather, ARKANSAS — Scattered showers nd local thunderstorms mostly In outh portion this afternoon and to- ight; Tuesday partly cloudy with caltered thundershowers; no ini- ortant temperature changes. MISSOURI —Partly cloudy to- ight and Tuesday; thundershow- southe:»st, widely scattered howers elsewhere; little change in imperature; low tonight 45-50 orthwest, 55 southwest; high Tues- ay 65-75. Maximum Saturday—82. Minimum yesterday—64. Minimum this morning—65. Maximum yesterday—82. Sunrise tomorrow—4:58. Sunset today—fl:56. Preclp. 43 hours to 7 a.m.—.82. Mean temperature (midway between Bh nnd low)—73.5. formal and mean for May—70.1. Preclp. Jan. date—27.72. This Date List Year Minimum this mornlns—65. Maximum yesterday—02. rnolp. Jin. 1 r •

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