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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX—NO. 57 Blythevllle Courier Blythevllle D»lly Newt MlKiitlppi Valley Leader BlythevUt Herald THE DOMINANT MBWBPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 1953 FOURTEEN 'PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Ike, Taft in Opposite Views On UN's Role in Truce Talks * WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower laid new stress on American and Allied support of United Nations principles'in the Korean truce talks at almost the same time Sen. Taft was saying last night: "We might as well forget the United Nations as far as the Korean War is concerned." How much — if any — of a'split this indicated between the views of the two top Republicans was not immediately clear today. ——^ 4 The White House would not talk about any subject related to that question. "I am not going to elaborate on the President's statement," Press Secretary James C. Hagerty replied to questioners at his news conference. Hagerty added there would be no White House comment on the Taft remarks which were in a speech read for the senator in Cincinnati. Taft himselt is in a Cincinnati hos- 'Bootheel'. Tornado Does No Damage Weather-weary residents of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas got another scare late yestei'day as a violent.appearing tornado cloud swooped across the Missouri bootheel, but a thorough check of the area within an hour after the "funnel" had disappeared failed to uncover any damage. The twister which blew in from the west about 6:45 p. m. yesterday, dipped down on at least two Southeast Missouri communities, Holland and Cottonwood Point, but there were reorts of little or no damage , at. both places. At Holland, the twister struck in an open field, traveled a few hundred yards and then disintgrated as it struck a drainage ditch bank, there was no damage from wind at Holland. The Pemiscot County sheriff's office in Caruthersville reported light damage from the tornado at Cottonwood Point, but a check there failed to uncover any visible damage. The sheriff's office said this morning that its report was based on reports of residents of that area who advised it of the high \vinds last night. Missouri state Troopers were dispatched to the cottonwood New Execution Stay Is Asked For Rosenbergs Application to Vacate Deai-h Sentences Filed by Attorney NEW YORK «V-An application to vacate the death sentences of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted atom spies, was filed in federal court today by Defense Point area immediately, the sher-1 Counsel Emanuel H. Bloch IFf'f. r.fffr,n^ V,,,*- fann^l-r,^ •Fln^Inir iff's office said, but reported finding no visible damage. The tornado's funnel was clearly visible in BIytheville and a number of BIytheville residents reported watching the twister as it rumbled out of the west and dipped to earth. The cloud caused a mild scare here and a telephone operator reported receiving a number of calls inquiring about the tornado shortly after it struck. A heavy shower and some hail accompanied the tornado cloud. A total of .34 of was recorded some areas in Southeast Missouri and North Mississippi County reported hail. Bloch contended that the death sentences imposed by Federal Judge Irving R. Kaufman in April, 1951, were illegal and that the maximum penalty under the law should have been not more than 20 years in prison. The attorney asked for a stay of execution pending a decision by the court of appeals after arguments on a hearing, scheduled for Monday. There was no indication how inclT'of"ralnfali' soon * ne fe deral court would act Jn BIytheville and} Bassett Theft Set at $4,000 Officers Still Seek Safe-Crackers BASSETT — The exact amount of money taken in the robbery Into Saturday night of Idaho Grocery Comany here is still undetermined, but the figure will rench about $4,000. Roy stobaugh, manager of the store said today. "The loss will hover right at $4,000," Mr. Stobnugh said. Burglars made off with the money after entering the store through a window sometime after midnight Saturday night and ripping open the safe with tools found in the building. Investigation by the Sheriff's office' is continuing though there were no new developements today. tis Blast Fatal to Woman Memphis (#)—An explosion Jolted the National Fireworks Ordinace plant at nearby Cordova today killing one person and injuring five. Plant Manager Frank Laurence said Mrs. Edna Nickolson, 26, was killed. Seriously injured was Mrs. Marie Lemons, 29. Cause of the explosion haa not been determined. Slight damage was done to the plant which employs about 150 persons. on the application. Slay Denied Bloch's latest move to save the couple accused of giving atom bomb secrets to Russia came after the U. S. Supreme Court refused Monday for the third time to intervene. Further, Chief Justice Vinson yesterday denied a Bloch petition for a stay of execution for the Rosenbergs. The Justice Department has indicated the Rosenbergs would have a chance to escape the Sing Sing prison electric chair if they told all they knew about espionage in the United States. They have con tended they are innocent of spying 4,000 Refugees Flee to Berlin BERLIN (f>— Four thousand refugees, the highest number eve counted on' one day, streamed into West Berlin today from the Russian zone. The influx proved too much even for the expanded facilities of refugee headquarters in the British sector to handle. Only about 3,200 coult be registered. pital for a checkup. Eisenhower's comments were in a statement which the White House said was issued to clear up unspecified misunderstandings. They were a quick followup, whether intentionally or not to a semiformal complaint from South Korea that the latest Western proposal for peace terms in that country are "completely unsatisfactory." Eisenhower aimed especially at the issue of forced repatriation of prisoners, as demanded by the Communists. Taft said; "I think we should do our best now to negotiate.. this ^ truce, and if we. fail, then let England and our other Allies know that we are withdrawing from all further peace negotiations in Korea." Still Believes In U. N. Taft said he still believes in the U. N., but not as an effective means to prevent aggression. He said it is mainly a means of deterring and preventing war through peaceful persuasion. Going: beyond Korea,.Taft said: "I believe we might as well abandon any.idea of working with the United Nations in the East and reserve lo ourselves a completely free hand." Hagerty said the White House did not know what Taft was going to y when it issued the President's statement last night. In that declaration Eisenhower referred repeatedly to the U. N. Command—as distinct from America's own command—and the principles it {,? backing in, r-\°. triK-C'. talks at Panmunjom.' ' "* And he said those principles are See IKE on Page 9 Irate ROKs Demand UN Withdraw POW Plan By BILL SHWN SEOUL (AP) — Irate South Korean assemblymen today called for withdrawal of the United Nations' latest plan to break the Korean War prisoner deadlock. They called it a **Hiclirtnn>*nhlo anH onvrnnrlavirm- f IMHI&. *' MIG PILOT ESCAPES — This unusual sequence of pictures was made by the gun camera of Sabre Jet plane piloted by Lt. Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., of Montclair, N. J. It shows MIG-15 pilot being ejected from his plane after it was hit by bullets from the Sabre over North Korea. At left top the MIG has just been hit; right, top: the pilot has set off his ejection charge. At left, bottom, the Bed pilot has just left his plane, and at right, bottom, he is floating into space. (U. S. Air Force Photo via AP Wlrenhoto) Base Directive Due In Little Rock Soon A Pentagon directive authorizing letting of contracts for reactivation construction work on BIytheville's air base was expected to arrive soon — maybe today — at the Little Rock District Corps of Engineers office. * Yesterday, Col. Robert Conner Air Force installations officer a Dallas, said the directive had reached his office and had Ueei forwarded to Little Bock. However, it-had not been received in Little Hock by mid-morning, according to Col. Thomas J. Hayes district engineer. He said that sinci Inside Today's Courier News ...Second Little League may lift f ormcd... Braves surprise even Manager Grimm . . . : Sports ...Viigc 10... :.,"!. .Gst£c.ia news ..Page 6: ; it Society ..Page 4... Markets.. .Page 5... Collins Is Named To NATO Post WASHINGTON f/P) — President Eisenhower today appointed • Gen J. Lawton Collins to serve on the military com; tee and the standing group of the North Alantic Treaty Organization. The appointment-becomes effective Aug. 15 Then Collins completes his term as army chief of staff and Gen. Omar N. Bradley retires as chairman of the Jofn' Chiefs of Staff. Commonwealth Leaders Pledge To Go Forward with Elizabeth LONDON m — Young Queen Elizabeth II met today with the elder statesmen of the far-reaching British Commonwealth and received their pledge to KO forward with her "in a spirit of adventure." It was the first time in history that representatives of the commonwealth parliaments feted a British sovereign about to be crowned. The occasion was a luncheon at Westminster Hall. Standing in the hall where King Charles I was condemned to death for treason three centuries ago, the 27-year-old queen was reverently received by the 750 representatives of 52 parliaments. A diminutive but dominant figure among her counsellors, she appeared completely at ease as she promised to carry on the traditions of her father, King Oeorge VI. "It is a stirring thought that al! these legislatures arc descended from the assembly which first met under this roof nearly seven centuries ago," she said In a brief. response to the homage of the delegates. "We stand here in the palace of Westminster which is the home of the mother of parliaments. Of the many ties linking this family of nations not the least is that system of parliamentary government which is common to us all." Elizabeth, dressed in a blue ensemble, sat with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen's address was broadcast to all the dominions and colonies. It was her first overseas broadcast since Christmas. The birth of a new "Elizabethan jre" was the theme of the luncheon, and Harold E. Holt, the chairman and Australia's minister of labor and immigration,, gave this pledge: 'Your commonwealth Is responding, as you have counselled us, to the spirit of adventure. We feel the urge to develop our great resources and as the'young countries of our commonwealth grow In strength, so we strengthen the whole," Reds Report Execution Of Four U. S. 'Spies' By THOMAS P. WHITNEY MOSCOW (AP) — The soviet government charged the United States today with parachuting four spies — all apparently of Ukrainian or Russian origin — into the Ukraine a month ago. A communique said the four had been arrested, tried and executed. The announcement from the Ministry of Internal Affairs said the West Germany. It said they were ordered to murder Soviet citizens, four admitted at their trial that I if necesary, in order to obtain the directive had left Dallas, it could t b^-'jx l -te'!ted to reach his office a any time.. The directive, which probably also will authorize formal deeding by thi. city to the government ot the air base area, is the shortening fuse that will touch off long-awaited beginning of reactivation work. Col. Hayes said "we are ready to go" on receipt of the directive. He explained that notifications oi Bid invitations will be sent out within a day or two after receipt of tne directive and that advertising for bids will begin then. Bids must be advertised for 30 days before contracts nre let. Col. Hayes said bids will be opened and contracts awarded in his office in Little Rock. 'dishonorable and surrendering trucfc. : An Assembly delegation asked for a meeting with Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison, chief Allied truce delegate, to demand that the proposal be scrapped. Harrison said he would try to arrange the meeting tomorrow. In many capitals of the free world, the TJ. N. proposal drew favorable comment. Both Britain and India warmly endorsed it. Indian Prime Minister Nehru said he would be surprised if a cease- fire were delayed much longer The U. N. plan reportedly follows closely one sponsored by India which the U. N. adopted last December. After a meeting with South Korean President Syngman Rhee and other top ROK officials, Assembly vice chairman Soon Chi Yung Implied that pressure from Britain was partly responsible for the proposal which he denounced as a "dishonorable and surrendering truce." "British troops in Korea should .pack and go home," he said. British Prime Minister Churchill said his government and other United Nations were consulted In preparing the proposal. The plan was handed to the Reds Monday In a secret session at Panmunjom. The talks were recessed until June 1, Irate Over Commission Reliable South Korean officials disclosed general provisions of the plan Tuesday. • The ROK government was reported particularly irate at the U. N. decision to hand balky North Korean prisoners to a five nation neutral commission for disposition. Soon and other South Korean assemblymen in an interview today said the new plan "ignored the sovereignty of Korea." They objected to the provision allowing the Reds to make "explanations" to FOWs for BO days in an effort to convince them to returh to Red rule. The assemblymen confirmed that the Allied' plan provides that a post-armistice conference would attempt to settle the future of prisoners who refuse repatriation after the 80-day period. POWs who continue to balk would be turned over lo the U. N. Assembly, No time limit was set for the political conference, but the Indian plan set it ,t 30 days. The five nations are India, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland and 'zechoslovakia, the latter two Soviet satellites. The assemblymen said the Reds would have a majority on the com- they jumped into the Ukraine, one of the republics of the Soviet Union, on April 26 from an unmarked four-motored American plane. It said they confessed they were sent in on diversionist, terrorist and espionage assignments. The communique said the men claimed the American Intelligence Service had ordered them to settle in Kiev and Odessa and had equipped them with radios for contact with American spy centers in 'Too Fantastic For Comment/ U. S. Says WASHINGTON </P> — The State Department brushed aside today as "too fantastic to deserve comment" Russia's charge that, the United States parachuted four spies into the Ukraine. Moscow said four bad been tried and executed. Press officer Lincoln White told a news conference the Soviet accusation s "but another dismal example of the phony charges issued from time to time -by the Communists in an effort to delude their own people." identification certificates to replace forged papers they carried when they jumped. The men, executed by a firing squad, were identified as Alexander Vasilevich Nikolaevich Gorbunov and Dmitri Nikolaevich Remigi. Vasil Vasilievich. Fled to W. Germany The communique charged they had collaborated German Methodist Bishop To Visit Churches In S.E. Missouri Bishop Ivan Lee Holt of St. Louis, presiding bishop of the Missouri Area of the Methodist Church, will visit four churches in Pemiscot and Dunklin Counties this weekend. He will take part in dedication of » new church at Cooler at 4:15 p.m. tomorrow. The new church replaces one destroyed by a tornado last ear. Bishop Holt will attend at dinner at Hayti at 6:16 p.m. tomorrow This will be a meeting of all churches n the Pemiscot County Larger Parsh. At 6:15 p.m. Saturday, he will attend a dinner meeting nt Hornersville and will visit the Maiden church at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, i invaders during World War II and had fled to Western Germany before advancing Red armies. Arriving there, It said, the four were enrolled at a "special espionage- diversionist school of the American Intelligence" at Bad Wiessee, near Munich. On April 23, the report, continued, an American Intelligence officer took them to Athens, Greece, and they were flown into Soviet territory. It said they were outfitted with false Soviet passports, forged military papers, firearms, poisons, American-made radio sets, codes, ciphers and other equipment. There was no immediate comment from U. S. officials in Washington, West Germany or Greece. The Soviet Union made a similar announcement Dec. 18, 1951, saying two American spies with Russian names had been executed after having been dropped by parachute from a plane over Moldavia, formerly a part of Romania. The then secretary of state, Dean Acheson, denounced the charge as a complete fabrication. Post Office, Treasury Funds Okayed WASHINGTON W)—A Senate appropriations subcommittee accepted without change today the funds voted by the House for the Treasury and Post Office departments in the fiscal year starting July 1. The measure carried a total of 3,444,145,000 or about 3.5 per cent less than recommended by former President Truman and one-seventh of one per cent less than the revised budget estimates jof President Eisenhower, it also is about four million dollars less than the appropriation for the current fiscal year. Of the total, 82,832,250,000 K for the Post Office Department and S611,895,000 for the Treasury Department. The cuts of $122,983,000 in the amounts asked by Truman are accounted for largely by a reduction of $34.350,000 in coast guard funds of 560,100,000 for transportation of mail. Bonnie McCormtck Marilyn Dougherty i • BHS Honor Students Selected Top-ranking students of the 92- member BIytheville High School Class of 1953 were announced today by Superintendent of Schools W. B. Nicholson, They are Bonnie Nell McCormick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McConnick of 419 Lilly, who is valedictorian, and Marilyn Jean Dougherty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Dougherty of 200 Walter, salutatorian. These scholastic honors will be presented at the annual • Class Night program to be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Senior High School auditorium. A number of other awards won by students during the past school year also will be presented during the Class Night program. mission because India was "pro- Communist." In Washington, President Elsen- hower said the U. S., with the backing of its allies, will hold fast lo the principle that prisoners will not be forced to return to Communism. Unity Demanded Eisenhower made the.statement after South Korean Ambassador You Chan Yang denounced the plan to the U. S. State Department. You said South Korea Insists it will agree to no peace plan that livides the country, possibly leav- ng Chinese Communists in the North Indefinitely. State Department sources said You was assured the U. S. will press for a unified Korea at a peace conference, set to follow a cease-fire along the present battle inc. U. S. Sen. Robert A. Toft, Republican Senate leader, was an- 'ther sharp dissenter from the U. N. plan. He said "even the best 'ruce under present conditions will ie extremely unsatisfactory." Communist and Allied liaison officers met today at Panmunjom, ut the session was not connected with the truce negotiations. The U. N. Command said it concerned lleged violations of the truce zone )y two armed South Korean soldiers. UN Planes> Battleship Plaster Red Targets By GEORGE A. McARTHUR SEOUL, Thursday (AP) — Allied bombers pounded vital Red targets Wednesday unhindered, by a battered'Red air force"thaT refused battle, and the battleship New Jersey dealt Wonsan a surprise blow. * . The battleship dashed from the Yellow Sea, where it had hammered the West Coast port of Chin- nampo only Monday, and lashed Wonsan on the East Coast with its mighty 16-inch rifles. The navy reported the battleship destroyed four of Wonsan's coastal guns ana damaged two more. Scores of Allied fighter-bombers worked over the Red communica- Five Registered For Road-E-0 Enrollment Slow To Date for Jaycee Contest Saturday Registration for the Ropd-e-o safe driving contest, to be held here Saturday under the sponsorship of the BIytheville Junior Chamber of Commerce, had made little progress todny, with only five boys entered so far in the test to determine the community's best teen-age driver. (See layout of the driving course on paee 14.) Five judges have been named to choose the best driver as contestants demonstrate their skill in maneuvering a vehicle through a series of intricate tests. They are Mayor Dan Blodgett, Chief of Police Cecil Graves, City Engineer Claude Alexander, State Trooper Tom Smalley and T. F. (Doc) Dean. The test are designed to check the drivers ability in normal driving problems rather than in trick maneuvering. The contest will begin at 12:30 p. m. Saturday, at the Jaycee Clubroom with written examinations. The contestants will then be taken to the air base for the driving exhibitions. All teen-agers, boys or girls, lions across North Korea. Sabre jets dared the Red MIOs to interfere, but the few Communist jets that appeared avoided combat in the overcast skies. The Sabres had knocked down 12 MIGs Tuesday without losing a plane and they had hoped to fatten their bag of 51 MIGs shot down this month. Only scattered patrol skirmishes were reported along the 155-mile battlefront. Jet fighter-bombers headed north at dawn to hit an important railroad line running from Sinuiju in Northwest Korea through the Red capital of Pyongyang and south to the battlefront. Sabre fighter-bombers knocked out one bridge north of Sinanju and another to the south, the Air Force Eight B29 Superforts dropped 80 tons of bombs on a Red airfield, i troop and supply area and a small, railroad yard near Ongjin n Western Korea before dawn. The Reds sent three to five light )lanes on a nuisance raid over the Seoul area Tuesday night. They dropped seven 100-pound bombs, who have drivers license, are eligible | C " usm 6 some minor damage, the to enter. Jaycee chairman, T. H. Alr Force said - Move to Organize Permanent USO Committee Here Begins Reds Charge Two ROKs Invaded Neutral Zone PANMUNJOM W) - Communist liaison officers charged today that! horn two armed South Koreans disguised as Red soldiers were picked up in- „ „..„ „ „ „„,_, side the Panmunjom neutral zone i center here In case Tdditlon'a]"re" early today. j creatlonal facilities are needed here The Reds said the Koreans wercs as a result of reactivation of the in the area "to. engage in sabo- Blythevllle air base, tagc." but did not elaborate. They The committee will be organized said both were armed with Riis- at first from representatives of «ev- slonrtype submachine guns, ernl civic and other groups In the The Communists charged a vlo- city. lation of the neutrality /one and An organizational meeting of per- lodged a protest. Allied liaison of- mnncnt members Is scheduled for (leers said the U. N. Command : 7:30 p. m., June- 0. at the City Hall, would make III own luveitlgaUon, I The group will choose iU oven Representatives of six BIytheville organizations met at City Hall yesterday with Miss Ella Turner of Memphis, regional supervisor for United Service Organization, for the purpose of setting In motion a plan to organize a permanent USO committee here. The local committee would be established to carry out a year- round program for servicemen and women from this area stationed away from e and for the purpose of work- Ing with the national organization toward the establishment of a USO officers at the meeting and will have a free hand in further organizational matters relating to establishment of sub-committees and to the eventual slw of the committee. Attending yesterday's meeting were the Rev. Harvey Kldd, representing the Ministerial Alliance; Mrs. Speck MqOrcgor. of the American Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. Llovd Whitlnker. of the Women's Club; Dr. J. c. Guard, of the Community Chest Board, Jim Stovall, of the American Legion; J. P. Garrottt of the YMCA: and George Anderson, Caraway said. Winner and runnerup of the local contest will receive expense Canter-based Navy planes attacked Red supply lines in the woiisan area on the east coast of paid trips to the state Road-e-o at I Kcu ' ea Tuesday, the Navy said. Pine Bluff, June 15 and 16, The win-! Tne battleship New Jersey bom- ner also will receive a trophy, and barded the Wonsan area Wednes- the top three drivers will get cert- day. Ificates, Mr. Caraway said. The driver driving contest al the air base is free of charge and open to the public. of the Junior merce. Chamber of Com- Red POW Killed PUSAN, Korea W) — The U. N. Prisoner of Wnr Command said today a Communist POW was shot and killed Sunday while trying to Capitol Employes Get 3 Days Off LitrTLE ROCK(/P)—State Cap Itol employes will get a 3-day holiday this weekend. Gov. Cherry today authorized closing of the Capitol on Friday In observance of Memorial day. That holiday actually falls on Saturday but since the Capitol is cosed on Saturday anyway, Cherry ordered the additional day. The capitol offices will re-open Monday, Food Prices Still High NEW YORK (*) — Wholesale food prices as measured by the Dun Cc Brndstrcet Index remained this week nt |.h« year's high of $6.47 escape from n stockade noar Pusan. reached last week. Weather ARKANSAS—Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Thursday with scattered thunderstorms extreme north portion; cooler east tonight. MISSOURI - Considerable cloudiness tonight and Thursday with scattered showers and thunderstorms mostly west; cooler southeast tonight; low tonight 55-65; high Thursday 75-85. Minimum this morntnK—72. Maximum ycstordny—96. Sunrise tomorrow—1:50. Sunset today—7;04. Prcrlp. 24 hours to 7 a.m.—,3'I. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—84. Normal find mean for May—70.8, Preclp. Jan. I date—2038. This Dale Ust Ye»r Minimum this mornlne—60. Maximum yesterday—86. Preclp, Jan. 1 doto—23.3T.

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