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Monday, May 25, 1953
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 65 Blythevllle .Courier Blytheville Daily Newi Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MAY 25, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Nation's First Atomic Shell Test-Fired by Army Today 'New Louisiana Area Threafenec By Floodwaters Three Rivers Aim, Crests at Coastal City, Oil Fields By JAMES MCLEAN LAKE CHARLES, La. Iff)—Thn flooding rivers aimed their mudd crests at the Southwest Louisian Coast today, threatening a town 2,000 and oil fields 40 miles sout of here. This city of 50,000 was i choked with floodwaters of the ceding Calcasieu River, which le 15,000 homeless and $15,000,00 damage here. Health officials wer (. vaccinating for typhoid, but n cases were reported. While Lake Charles and its sub merged Air Force base got reac to mop up, .the little town of Cam eron, on the coast, braced for water assault at the mouth of th Calcasieu. The U. S. Weather Bureau here in a bulletin warning late yester day, predicted water up to thre feet in Cameron's streets withi 48 hours. Dangerous waters were forecas within 36 hours and residents wer told to protect their cattle. Within a radius of 10 miles Cameron are some 25 oil we each protected by its own littl levee in the marshes. Historical Town Cameron, once a coastal er trance for Louisiana pirate Jea Lafitte, is a French Cajun com munity atop a coastline ridge iso lated behind miles of marshlands Its only road, four feet above th marsh, leads east to neighborinj Creole and then north to Lake Chavles. For 40 miles along the coastline the marshes are filling up with hiqh waters from three rivers. The weather bureau said the Calcasieu crest was rolling south ward from Lake Charles through Calcasieu Lake and on towarc Cameron. The Sablne River, forming the Tejas-Louisiana border 30 miles westward, is shoving up high water in the extreme southwestern tip o See FLOODS on Page 3 Negro Saves 2 Swimmers Near Gosnell Willie Coleman, Negro employe o Besharse Boat Dock west of Gosnell can't swim but saved the lives 01 two swimmers in distress this week Homer Besharse reported to that Willie pulled a boy, identified only as Sweat, from high water near the boat dock Saturday. On Thursday, Willie pulled out a teen-age Negro boy. Mr. Besharse said the white boy also believed to be in his teens, was swimming with two companions. They tried to rescue him, Mr. Besharse stated, but failed. Then Willie effected his second rescue by boat and gave the lad a "homemade" artificial respiration treatment which consisted of bouncing the boy on his shoulder. Poppy Day Sales Here Net $300 'Nearly $260 in poppies were sold by BlytheviUe Junior High School students Saturday. The sale was sponsored locally by the asxiiiary of Dud Cason Post 24 of American Legion. The money goes for disabled veterans. Nearly $4,0 was obtained Saturday through poppy sales by the auxiliary of Amerilan Legion Wadford White Negro Post 438 of BlytheviUe. School girls who sold the most poppies included Shally Burton, Geneva Collins, Ernestine ribune and Eula Walker. When final reports have been made, the girl which outsold all other will get a prize. Bonds Forfeited In Two DWI Cases B^nds were forfeited in Municipal Court today In two cases of driving .while Intoxicated. Preston Smith forfeited $111.25 and Charley Talley forfeited $121.75 on drunken driving charges. John Robertson entered a plea of not guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon. The case was continued till tomorrow with bond set at $100. In other court action this morning, Robert, King, convicted on a petit larceny charge, was fined $25 and costs and sentenced to one day in jalL i Huge 'Atomic Annie' Belches Brilliant Glow Over Desert LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The Army fired the nation's first atomic shell today from a huge cannon dubbed "Atomic Annie." It burst with a brilliant flash over a simulated enemy target. The shot from the 280 M.M. cannon came at 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. CST). Within five minutes the customary atomic cloud formed, visible in this resort-gambling town 75 miles away. It developed a lazy S-form and appeared to have an ice cap'. Sunlight glinted on the white top of the cloud. Its wispy stem led down to a purple base. . The cloud rose swiftly and seemed to be traveling fast. It did not have the true mushroom shape so familiar in previous nuclear ''tests. Fired by Remote Control An intensely trained crew of nine men of the 52nd Field Artillery Group, Ft. Sill, Okla., loaded the atomic gun, then retired to a safe distance for the firing, by remote control from the control point 10 miles away. The Atomic Energy Commission, confirming in its usual announcement of a test that it was an atomic shell, said the distance from gun to target was between six and seven miles. Approximately 50 aircraft participated in the test, including 12 B36s from the Strategic Air Command's Carswell Base, Ft. Worth, Tex. These were for crew indoctrination purposes. National leaders witnessing the test included Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson, Adm. Arthur W. Radford, nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. J. Lawton Collins, Army chief of staff. Thomas E. Murray, member of the AEC, was present. There was no apparent shock wave felt in Las Vegas. Police Chief Sherman Lamb of St. George, Utah, said he saw and felt nothing. St. George last week got a substantial dose of atomic radiation from a test, requiring virtual closing down of the town for three hours. The target area represented a typical enemy back-of-the-lines installation. In a grove of 50 trees, which survived the May 7 atomic See ATOMIC on Page 3 . QUEEN-TO-BE AND TUTOR — Britain's future queen, then Princess Elizabeth, sat at the feet of her grandfather. King George V, in this section of a formal wedding portrait following the marriage of the Duke of Kent and Princess Marina in 1934. The old king was "Grand- papa England" to the future Queen Elizabeth II, who would sit on his knee while he spun tales about the empire and the faraway places he had visited. This was an introductory education course to the queen, who will be enthroned on June 2. (AP Wirephoto) Choke Seats For Crowning Sell at $165 LONDON W—Choice seats along the coronation route sold for U] to $165 apiece today—with many still on the auction block—even as holiday crowds converged on this metropolis for a preview of the royal pageant only eight days away. ; Seat prices looked steady after a slight decline about two weeks ago. Seats still offered were main ly in the top price bracket and in eluded champagne, television and in some cases overnight accommo datlon as well as a view of the procession. Carnival gaiety held away in old London this Whitmonday, a na tional holiday in Britain that thousands of foreign visitors turnec into an international festival. Strange Sight It was a strange sight strolling along the Mall—gabardined, camera-carrying Americans; turbanec Indians; many strange accents and strange faces. All—as much as the little Cockney—seemed to have caught "cor- ornation fever." Queen Elizabeth II, whose big day is June 2 when she- will be formally crowned, was out of the city, resting with her family at Windsor. ' But even with the royal family away, Buckingham Palace was mecca. Many came in family groups, carrying picnic baskets and camping for hours in the golden sun- See CORONATION on Page 3 Over $3,000 Taken From Bassett Store BASSETT — Burglars entered the Idaho Grocery Co. here early yesterday morning and, after ripping open the safe with tools found in he store's stock of hardware, made off with an estimated 53,000 to $4#00. However, the burglars overlooked $600 in new one-dollar bills which was laying on a shelf under a compartment near the top of the safe. Laying on the shelf wit{i the ends 'acing outward, the clean bills apparently looked like a pile of paper i the burglars. Sheriff William Berryman saiii ;he burglars entered the store hrough a window. They used axes and picks taken from the store's hardware stock to rip open the safe, he said. It is believed that there was more ;han one burglar involved because if the work necessary to open the arge safe. The burglary took place some- ,ime between midnight Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Sheriff Berryman said it was istimated that between -3.000 and 14.000 was stolen. Roy Stobaugh. manager of the tore, said "we are still checking" determine the exact amount aken. Deputies J. T. 'rBuster) Wigley nd Herman Oden are assisting sheriff Berryman with the inves- igation. Dulles in Turkey ISTANBUL. Turkey (If) —, 0. S. ecretary of State Dulles and the fficials with him on a Middle East our arrived here by air from Paki- tan today for a one-day rest. Final Week of School Graduation week for 92 BlytheviUe High School seniors and the last week of school for other schools in the BlytheviUe School District was under way today. Baccalaureate services for the graduating class, which will receive diplomas Friday night, were conducted last night in the high school auditorium. The bacclaureate sermon was delivered by the Rev. Jamer. W. Rainwater, pastor of the First Christian Church here. Included on the baccalaureate program were the Rev. E. C. Brown of the First Baptist Church, who gave the invocation; and Rabbi Alfred Vise, who pronounced the benediction; and Miss Frances Slayton, pianist, who played Debussy's "Reverie;" and the High School Choir. Friday was the last day of school for the seniors. Other students are taking filial examinations this week. Grade school students in the city will hold promotion exercises tomorrow for sixth graders and a total of 194 ninth graders will move from Junior High School to Senior High in promotion exercises this Jaycees Set Date For Beauty Pageant BlytheviUe will choose its representative to the Miss Arkansas beauty pageant June 11 and 12, J. L. Westbrook, chairman of the Junior Chamber of Commerce-sponsored "Miss Blytheville" contest, announced today. + The contest will be held on two nights this year at the High School auditorium, with the finals on Friday night, June 12, Mr. Westorook said. In conjunction with the Miss Bly- theviUe.contest, the Jaycees also will sS3!'*>or contests for boys and girls in this three to six-year ace groups to choose Miss Junior BlytheviUe and Mr. Jaycee President of 1978. Contestants in the Miss Blythe- viUe contest will be Judged on modeling of bathing suits and evening gowns and on personality and intelligence. Talent will not be a standard of judgment this year, Mr. West'r.rook said. Girls entering the contest must be at least 18 years old by Sept. 1, not over 28 years old and must not have been married. Winner of the Miss Blythevllle contest will receive nn all-expense PILFERED SAFE — Above Is how the safe at Idaho Grocery Co. Bnssett looked after, burglars got through It this weekend. Ports t Bassett looked after burglars got through with it this weekend. Parts a nick used in ripping the safe open can be seen at the bottom of e photo. A stack of 600 one-dollar bills overlooked by the burglars visible under a compartment at top center of the sate. (Photo by A. E. Clark of Wilton) Arch W. Ford week. Commencement exercises for the seniors will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in the high school auditorium. Arch W. Ford. Arkansas commissioner of education, will give the commencement address. Max B. Reid, president of the BlytheviUe School Board, will present diplomas, and Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson will give a resume of the 1352-53 school year. paid trip to the Miss Arkansas Pageant at Forrest City, June 24, 25 and 26. AIL entrys in the contests must be sponsored, though anyone interested in entering either the Miss Bly- thevllle contest or the children's contest should contact him at 2342, Mr. Westbrook said. Korean Truce Talks Are Recessed Again ROK$ Fight Off Red Attack on Korean Outpost 60 Chinese Raiders Reported Killed or Wounded in Assault Wheat to Pakistan WASHINGTON UP) — President Eisenhower and GOP congressional leaders agreed today to back legislation for a loan of one million tons of wheat to Pakistan. Manila Woman Is Facing Trial For Mail Theft MANILA — A 27-year-old substitute clerk in the Manila Post Office is free on $500 bond on a charge of stealing from the mails. She is Mrs. Dora Gaye Matthews, was was arrested late last week by a postal inspector from Jonesboro. She is accused of taking from the mails last Friday two letters addressed to a Monette funeral home. The letters contained small amounts of money. Mrs. Matthews waived preliminary hearing before U.S. Commissioner Homer McEwen In Federal Court in Jonesboro, who ordered her i pearance in court next fall. By FORREST EDWARDS SEOUL,.. I* — Sturdy South Ko rean infantrymen fought off a bit ter three-hour attack early today by almost 200 Chinese who stormed to the crest of an Allied outpost on :he Eastern Front. Standing off the raiders with hand grenades and close range rifle and machinegun fire, the HOKs reported killing or wounding some GO Bed raiders in the battle just southeast of Outpost Texas Other Allied troopers cut down a dozen smaller Communist probes. U.N. raiding and reconnaissance patrols hit Red lines at 25 points across the 155-mile Front. An Eighth Army spokesman saic the Red line is manned by 263,000 roops. 1,000,000 Red Troops He said Intelligence reports showed there are slightly more ,han one million Red troops spread >ver North Korea with seven Chl- lese armies (about 29,000 fighting roops each) and two North Ko- •ean corps (about 30,000 each) on he baltleline. In the air, Allied fighter-bombers destroyed 10 buildings in a troop oncentration near Sunchon in West Central Koren nnd hit Red front- ine positions in morning stabs, the "'ifth Air Force reported. Fifth Air Force fighter-bombers tpped two supply and troop concentrations In Northwest Korea, rombed scattered targets on Haeju Peninsula on the West Coast and lit Red frontline positions in morn- "ng stabs. Striking in three waves, Marine ighter-bombers poured more than 32 tons of high explosives roop buildup at Sinmak, destroy- ng 57 buildings, the Fifth Air Force reported. Air Force Thunderjets demol- shed 18 buildings In a strike at jersonnel and supply area and rail iridge south of Sukclion In West Central Korea. Night flying B2G bombers also ounded Communist forward areas nd slammed tons of bombs on •forth Korean roads, destroying 45 upply trucks, a locomotive and 18 oxcars. No MIG's Found American Sabre Jets went MIG hunting deep in North Korea's MIG Alley, but found none to fight. Navy planes from the American carriers Boxer and Phllllpine Sea also were busy, bombing Red post- t'or.s from Chongjin south to the frontlines. At sea. the U. S. battleship New Jersey steamed far up the Yellow Sea on Korea's west coast and blasted Red coastal defenses at the river approaches to the key port of Chlnnampo. The Eighth Army staff offcer said Chinese were manning the fighting front from the Far West to aSne-ohird of the Eastern por- one-third of the Eastern porcion of the Eastern Front. 'Now or Never' Offer Believed Made by UN By GEORGE McARTHUR PANMUNJOM (AP) — Korean truce parleys resumed today amid tight secrecy and then recessed until June 1 — apparently because top-level decision on the critical prisoner exchange issue is needed. Presumably the United Nations*— Command presented a new proposal at the outset of today's session, which ended an eight-day, Allied-requested recess. The South Korean truce delegate, Maj. Gen. Choi Duk Shin, did not attend the session. A reliable South Korean source said Choi refused to go because he could not accept part of the new proposal, but an Allied spokesman said Choi was on the telephone and missed the helicopter from Allied headquarters at Munsan, It was the first time a South Korean truce delegate has missed a session. The South Korean government has skopen out sharply against any agreement that doesn't unify North and South Korea and against letting a neutral commission take charge of North Korean prisoners who refuse to, return to Communism. Clark Metis With Rhee The last Allied proposal made public would have freed the Korean prisoners immediately after an armistice, but. the Reds objected. There has been speculation the Allies would concede this point in the new proposal. As the negotiations were in session, Gen. Mark Clark, U. N. Far East commander, met with Soutli Korean President Syngman''Rhee Inside Today's Courier News ... Staley cuffs Reds... Browns lose again...Sports...Page 6... ...Arkansas news briefs..-Page 5... ...Society news...Page 4... Markets.. .Page 3... in Seoul. There was no announcement from their two-hour meeting. The truce meeting itself was a secrecy-veiled affair. U. N. interpreters could be seen through the windows of the crude conference hut apparently reading long statement. Washington sources had said a possible new approach would be offered on the last major barrier to an armistice—what to do about 48,500 Communist prisoners refusing to return to Red rule. There was no inkling as to whether such a plan had been offered but—if so—the Communist would have to refer the matter to higher authority. Communist correspondents, after talking to members of their dele- See TRUCE on Page 3 delegation probably asked a long recess Kremlin Makes it Plain It Favors Big 4 Parley By EDDY GILMORE MOSCOW CAP) — The Soviet Union's latest major statement on foreign policy has made It plain the Kremlin strongly believes in a Big Four conference but just as strongly opposes Big Three talks which don't include the Russians. The Soviet expression came In ull-page Pravda editorial yester day. The Communist party organ' 1. Condemned President Eisen lower's plan to meet with Prim Minister Churchill and a nevi French Premier. Such a meeting aid Pravda, means a continuanc if Western "collusion" against th' ioviet Union and "can bring abou he further heightening of the ten iion in International relations.' 2. Generally approved Churchill's iropoaal for talks by the top East West government leaders and par Iculary that "Churchill, unllk ther statesmen of the West, does not tie up his proposal . . . with ny preliminary obligations for >ne or the other side." Depend on U.S.A. 3. Blasted American demands for urther Soviet action as a prelimi- ry to any East-West meeting legarding Korea and Austria which Elsenhower and Secetrary f State Dulles had cited as areas 'here the Russians could back up lelr peace talk with peace action), Pravda said, "in both these cases things depend not on the Soviel Union but on the U. S. A. and Byllet Passes Through Brain But Holland Man Recovering Clovls H. Fowler, 38, of near Holland, was still alive today following an apparent suicide attempt with a .22 caliber pistol at his home early yesterday morning. An operation performed at Baptist Hospital in Memphis yesterday apparently saved the life of Mr. Fowler, who was critically wounded when the bullet, fired from close range into the right temple, passed entirely through his head, damaging the front part of the brain. "Barring complications, he Is expected to live, though he is still critically 111," hospital officials said. The wounded man was brought first to BlytheviUe Hospital and then transferred to Memphis following examination here. Baptist Hospital officials said the operation Included cleaning out the wound, removing a blood clot from the brain and removing damaged portions of the brain. He had shown excellent Improvement this morn- Ing considering the nature of the wound, had regained consciousness and appeared rational, they re- ported. The hospital doctor said there were powder burns on the head, indicating the shot had been fired at close range. Pemiscot County Deputy Sheriff Albert Walker said the apparent suicide attempt was made about 5:30 a.m. yesterday at the Fowler home about one,mile north of the stat«llne. Mr. Fowler, a farmer, was alone In the hoasc at the time, his wife hnvlng gone to his brother's house nearby, according to Deputy Walker. She was gone only about 10 minutes, and upon returning found her husband lying on the floor, he said. Pemiscot County officers were still Investigating the Incident today and had not definitely determined that the wound was self-inflicted, Deputy Walker said. Baptist Hospital officials quoted Mr. Fowler's wife and brother as saying that he had been depressed recently about the farm situation In this arc» resulting from recent weather aondlUoiu, • Japanese Women, Waving Red Banners, Mob Mrs. Roosevelt TOKYO (AP) — Twenty Japanese women waving Communist banners today manhandled Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt In downtown Tokyo whe: she refused them an interview, the newspaper Yomiuri reported. The newspaper said the widow of the late President was rescuec by Japanese guards and was uninjured. Mrs. Roosevelt was not immediately available for comment. Mrs. Roosevelt, now on a tour of Japan, was dragged from an automobile outside the Labor Ministry building. The newspaper said that when Mrs. Roosevelt's automobile pulled up in front of the building, the women, led by an American-born wife of a Japanese, clamored for an interview. When Mrs. Roosevelt refused, the women pulled her from the car, the newspaper reported, but guards stopped them before they could harm Mrs. Roosevelt. One guard was slapped in the face, Yomiuri said. The ringleader of the group was identified by the newspaper as a Mrs. Fujikawa. 41, born in the United States, who came to Japan before the war. The newspaper Identified Mrs. FuJJlkawa as a member of the Communist party. - It said that when Mrs. Roosevelt •efused an interview, the women shouted "Go buck home." Several women then pulled Mrs, Roosevelt from the car. The group carried tanners bear- Ing Communist parly slogans. Yomiuri said Mrs. Fujikawa was active in last year's anti-American riots on Mny Day. Mrs. Roosevelt is in Japan for a series of lectures. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy and warmer this afternoon and tonight; Tuesday partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershowers in the afternoon; not so warm in the northwest portion' MISSOURI _ Generally fair tonight with diminishing winds; cooler west and north central portions; partly cloudy with scattered thundershowers west; cooler except In extreme southeast Tuesday; low tonight 60s northwest, 70-75 southeast; high Tuesday 70s nortiiwest, 90-95 extreme southeast. Maximum Saturda;—M Minimum yesterday—75 Minimum this morning—73. Maximum yesterday—93 Sunrlne tomorrow—4:51. Sunset today—7:03. Procfp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—none. Mean temperature (nuaway brtwasn high »nd low)— 83. Normal and mean for May—70.2. Preclp. Jan. 1 date—39.04. This n«te Last Year Minimum this mornlnK—W. Maximum yesterday—at. Pnclp. Jan. 1 aat«—W.jl. England, which have not yet given their Just share' either case." 4. Called for settlement of the See RUSSIA on Page 3 Red Cross Now Has $12,855 More Than $5,000 Still Needed to Hit $18,000 District Goal With a report of S515 from John Stevens, Jr., Dell community chairman, Chickasawba District Red Cross found its 1953 fund drive still only at 312,855 today. Other reports have been received from BlytheviUe Chairman Toler Buchanan and Negro Division head L. D. Jeffers. Goal of the district is S18.000. Dell $60 — Dell Compress Company. $50 — J. M. Stevens. $25 — Dell Gin Company, E. M. Woodard, M. J. Koehler, Stevens n Company, Farmer's Gin Company, Planter's Gin Company. $15 — M. F. Brownlee, Noble Gill, John M. Stevens, Jr. $10 — Charles Armstrong, Martn-Trenkle, Inc., Glen Cook, A. B. Smith, Ulysses Blankenship, Russell Greenway, Etirl Magers, J. H. Brinn. $5 — Ed Hardin, Roy Walton, tfetcalf's Store, Mrs. E. VV. No- and, Billy D. Keener, Rev. E. H. Hall. Dr. J. W. Cotner, C. A. Smith, 6. E. Hunnicutt, Floyd Tate, A. E. Jaldwell, Mrs. J. R. GUI, Mrs. B. G. Gill, D. W. McDearman, Dave Cranford, Brinkley Mencantile Co., Mrs. T. .F. Martin, R. B. Craword, H. R. Crawford, Sr., H. R. Crawford, Jr. $3 — Waiter Dyre, Mrs. J. E. ohnston. $2:50—J. B. Brown, Farley's Place. $2.00 — E. W. N o 1 a n d, Dallas Brownlee, Tyner Ladner, Austin's Service Station, Mrs. I. D. McDer- See RED CROSS on Page 3 £0,914 in Gas Tax Refunds Paid Viissco Farmers A total of $20,914.76 in farm-uss •asollne tax refunds was paid to 00 Mississippi County fanners for uel used for agricultural purposes urlng the first three months of his year. Largest refund was $1,111.50. paid o M. J. Koehler of Dell. Mississippi County was second In he totnl of refunds made. First was rlttenden County. With a total of 25,«59 » pafa to 19* claimant*,

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