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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 65 Blythevllle Courier Blytheville Dally New* Mississippi VaUey Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1953 TWELVE PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENT1 USAF Cut Would Endanger Global Power-Vandenberg Lemay Cable Says Risk Is Unacceptable WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg told senators today the proposed Air Force cutback would reduce the Strategic Air Command — intended to deliver global atomic attacks — below the limits of an acceptable "calculated risk." The four-star Air Force chief read from a "top secret" cable by Gen. Curtis B. Lemay, commander of the Strategic Air Command, saying a proposed reduction below 57 wings would be "an extension of the calculated risk to a point where it made it no longer acceptable to the security of the £ United states and its allies." The Senate Appropriations subcommittee, before which Vandenberg began his third day of testimony, had been told the cutting of the long range Air Force goal from 143 to 120 wings would hold the SAC to 52 wings. Critical Of Cuts Vandenberg, who is retiring at the end of this month, has been outspoken in criticism of the Eisenhower administration plan to aim at a 120-wing force, with from 30 to 75 planes in a wing, by December 1955. He'contends the 143-wing goal set up under the Truman administration is the absolute minimum for safety, despite assurances from the President the nation's actual air power will be maintained as needed. Vandenberg said today he had received the secret cable from LeMay May 22 and that be was down-grading the secrecy classifi- fication so far as the part he read to the senators was concerned. Sen. Hill (D-Ala) said today he and some other senators will move to restore about four of the five billions cut from Air Force funds when the Eisenhower budget put Its share at $11,100,000,000, On the other hand, Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) said he expects Congress to follow the President, because "Eisenhower knows this pic- See USAF on Page 1Z Osceola Legion Election Set Candidates Picked On Two Tickets W, N. Thomas and D. E. Young will vie for post commander of Caceola's Mack Grider Post 150 of the American Legion at a special election and open house to be conducted in Osceola next Wednesday. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Young were nominated on "blue" and ''white" tickets respectively and each will lead a full slate of candidates for the election. Commander Joe Hughes said the open house, to be held in conjunction with the election, will be from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dixie Club. Other candidates for post offices for the coming year include: first vice commander. Joe Martin and A. C. Duclos; second vice commander, Herman Ford and W. N. Thomas: adjutant. Paul Chambers and Harry Levenstein; finance, s. W. Bowker and M. C. Stiles; sergeant at arms, Bradford Cobb and Herman Ford; Chaplain, Allan Segraves. and Emmett McCutchen; surgeon, Dr. C. W. SUverblatt and Dr .Eldon Fairley; service officer, Ed Weiss and Paul Chambers. Election officials will be W. E. MoMath, Corky Harrison, Pat Kinard, W, A. Sullivan and C. B. Driver. Nominations were made by a committee composed of Ted Woods, Fred Smith. Joe Martin, Dick Prewitt, Bradford Cobb and Mr. Hughes. NEW BARBECUE PITS — Inspecting one of the new barbecue pits recently installed in Walker Park by the Mississippi County Fair Association are Phil and Joe smith, 8 and 11-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lee Smith, 1301 West Walnut. The new waist-high pits have several advantages over the old ground models that have been in use in the park for a number of years. According to Fair Association Secretary R. E. Blaylock, the new pits feature a revolving grill stand which can be adjusted for best draft, have removable cinder boxes, and can hold a large range of skillet sizes. (Courier News Photo) Korea G/'s Skeptical About Truce By FORREST EDWARDS SEOUL (JB—American fighting men in Korea today greeted talk of a quick armistice with skepticism, suspicion, and a little lukewarm optimism. Most felt the way T-Sgt. Emeile L. Jarrard, a 30-year-old Marine from Vernon, 111., did: "I don't believe peace is here. It's just another stall. They said they were close before and nothing happened." Many of the men considered the possibility of peace in a personal way, how it would affect them, how soon they might get home, the happiness It would bring their families. But there were those who looked deeper — and not all were pleased with the prospect. Sgt. David L. Hewitt, 21, of Festus, Mo., 10 months in Korea, said: "I don't believe in any treaty which would still mean a divided Korea. It would not accomplish the purpose for which we came here and the ideals for which many men have died." Marine Sgt. Henry L. Waters, 37 Jessup, Ga., said: "As long as I don't have to come back to Korea, nor do my children, who are only five and six years away from draft age, any type of an honorable agiee- ment is ok with me." Many were mindful of the fact that an armistice would not necessarily mean they would go home soon. A truce dteelf would involve only a laying down of arms and would leave the armies facing each other separated by a narrow buffer zone. President Eisenhower warned soon after he took office that a truce would not mean the GTs would return home at once. Truce Conference Tomorrow Could End Fighting in Korea iff- ecf How Wi// Trace Business? Views Vary Long Distance Dialing System To Affect Numbers Hhifk A new "intertoll" system by which operators can place long distance calls directly by dialing will go into operation here July 18 and will result in addition to an exchange prefix digit to Blytheville telephone numbers. Firemen Check Oil Tank Blaze What might have turned into a dangerous fire at, Magnolia Petroleum Company, Railroad and Cherry Streets, this morning was checked oy the Blytheville Fire Department before It could spread and cause any damage. The blaze, whose orgin was undetermined, occurred on the oil company grounds when coal oil leaking from a storage tank became ignited, Fire Chief Roy Head reported. The fire blazed up under the tank but was extinguished before it got out of control, the chief said. This toll dialing system — the first in the state — will connect Blytheville, Jonesboro and Paragould. The system will speed long j distance calls since operators in any of these three cities will be able to dial numbers in the other two without assistance of an operator in the city called. Although this intertoll dialing system will go in effect here July 18, Kelso Brooks, manager of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. office here, stressed that the number changes will not be njade until the new phone directory is printed next spring. Use of the inter-city dialing system requires the changes in phone numbers, Mr. Brooks explained. When the change is made in the spring, all Blytheville numbers in the 2COO group will be given the prefix "POplar 2". All other numbers here will assume a "POplar 3" prefix. Numbers in the stateline community and the area north of Blytheville will be assigned a "ROckwell 3" prefix. "The basic number will not change, Mr. Brooks said. "That is, your present number will be retained as is, and will merely have the prefix placed in front of it," For example, a 20QO-group number such as 2299 will become POplar 2-2299. A number such as 6699 will become POplar 3-6699. Won't Dial It All Subscribers, however, will not have to dial the entire prefix — only the extra 2- or 3-. Tha exchange names of POplar and ROck- well are for the benefit of operators in other cities dialing numbers here. When a long distance operator in another city dials these exchange initials and the prefix digit, she is automatically connected with Blytheville. Dialing the remainder of the number (or your present Inside Today's Courier News . . . Legion Little Leaguers top Shrine Club . , . Cards and Browns lose . . . Sports .. . Pages 6 and 7 ... ... On Mlvico Farms . . Taut 9 ... . . . Srrlet.v . . . Pas* 4 . , . . . Markets . . . raft 12 ... number) rings the subscriber's telephone. Phone company officials reminded subscribers, however, that when they give their phone number to out of town persons or firms, they should include the full prefix so the intertoll system can be used. The intertoll system is being in- troduced to speed up lon^ distance calls. The actual speed-up will be enhanced, Mr. Brooks said, by subscribers placing calls by number rather than simply by party. Although the numbers will not change until the new directory comes out in the spring, the inter- See PHONE on Page 12 Osceola Jet Pilot Killed In Accident in Korea OSCEOLA — A 24-year-old Osceola jet pilot, Second Lt. Elliott B. (Jack) Sartain, Jr., was kill';d Wednesday in an accident at a Korean Air Force Base. By SAM DAWSON NEW YORK (AP) — A truce in Korea — so devouted- ]y desired by everyone in America — seems closer today, despite all the false starts in the past. What will it do to business? To * ff> % the cost of living? To taxes? To employment? To the stock market? Many industrial leaders have been pointing out that—for the long pull—the American economy would gain by real peace. War and the defense effort have put a heavy burden of debt, high taxes and dollar - cheapening inflation upon the American people and their economy. For the short haul, however, the truce is likely to have a psychological Impact on consumers, on ausiness executives and on investors. The peace talk comes when the U. S. is at the top of one of its greatest booms. Many businessmen think the peak has already seen reached, that the next turn —when it comes—will be downward. May Start Readjustment A Korean truce night well be ;he factor that starts the expected •eadjustment. Many stock market traders apparently feel that way.! Whenever the truce rumors get hot, price weakness spreads through the stock and commodity markets. They reason that a truce wilj bring 3n a period of confusion, uncer- ;ainty and readjustment in business and government. Farm surpluses might look bigger then, and the price structure all along the line might look vulnerable. ...; Consumers flight decide to post- 'JfoX5S^^y|to(iSpp6l' they see where prices are gtifftg—or see if there will be plant layoffs that would cut incomes. . Industrialists may decide to live on inventories and slow down on purchases. Another psychological effect that seems likely is a big build-up of public pressure to stretch out further the government's spending jfor defense, so that taxes ctin be cut. Pressure would mount to jet the government to relax its tight credit policy and to cut taxes to offset any drop in defense spending. How long would this psychological reaction to a truce affect business? Many economists feel the adjustment period might not be very long, or go very deep. Agreement on POW Exchange Expected By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN SEOUL (AP) — The end of the Korean fighting appeared close today. A fateful truce meeting tomorrow could almost write an end to three years of war and death. The Communists were reported to have submitted terms so close to those of the U. N. Command * Word of the flier's death was received via Air Force telegram at Luxora yesterday by his wife, the former Miss Sarah Langston. No detail of the accident were given In the message. Lt. Sartain, in Korea since last July, had previously flown .combat missions as wing man to top jet aces, Capt. Manuel Fernandez. Jr., of Miami, and Capt. Joseph McConnell, Jr. of Apple Valley, Calif. Recently he had been transferred from flying the F-86 Sabre jets with the Fourth Fighter Interceptor Wing to a photo reconnassance unit in Korea. Born in Memphis Sept. 1, 1928, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elliott B. Sartain of Qsceola graduated from Osceola High School in 1946. where he played football for four years, and attended the University of Arkansas. He received his wings and commission in the Air Force June 22, 1952, at Webb Air Force Base, Big Springs? Tex., married July 1, and Elliott Sartain, Jr. was sent to Korea shortly afterward. Blytheville Youth Now 'Legal' Soldier— At 19, Twice a Veteran of Korea A two-time Korean veteran at 19, Carlos Pearson, who first entered the Army at the age of 15 and served eitfht months on the Far Eastern battle front before being legally old enough to don an Army uniform, was back In Blytheville this week following his return to the U.S. from his second tour In Korea of nine months. It was all legal this time, since Sgt. Pearson re-enlisted for a two-year stint shdrtly after his 18th birthday In Jan., 1952. But now at the age of 19, he has had 17 months on the Korean battle fronts. Sgt. Pearson, who makes lit* home .with his sister, Mr«. Hol- 11.1 Ashmore, of the air base road, described his latest Korean experience afi "regular routine." Compared 10 his first battle servici when be went Into Korea among the first American troops, "this tour was like a. vacation," he said. Most of the action he took part in was of a defensive nature, largely on the central and western fronts, he said. Serving as a mortarman with Company D of the Second Infantry Division's 38th Regiment — and since March, when he got his sergeant's stripes, as a station leader in charge of two mortar squads — Carloss took part in the mountain battles of Old Baldy, Porkchop arid T-Bone. Toughest and largest action was on Porkchop Hill last September, the young veteran sold. That was when Sgt. Pearson got his purple heart medal. Pass- Ing the Incident off as of little Importance, he said he was wounded in the leg by mortar thrapnel, but Didn't even bother to go to the hospital. Enlisting in the Army in Sept., 1949, when he was only 15, Carloss was on occupation duty in Japan when.the Korean war broke out. He was discharged In April. 1951, after his sister, Mrs. Ashmore reported his age to Army officials. He re-enlisted as a private In Jan., 1952, and in June was sent to Japan, going on to Korea In August. During his first period of battle action, Carloss won the Bronze Star Medal while serving with the 24th Infantry Division. Home on leave until June 24, Sgt. Pearson, who has until next January to go on his present tour of duty, doesn't know where he will be sent next, but «ald probably It will be to Port Leonard Wopd, Mo., or Port Rlley, Knn^. He'Vill report to Camp Clmffet on tbi 24th lor temlgnment. Legion Luxora Post Chartered Officers for New Group Installed The newly-organized Joiner American Legion Post, Speck- Hughes Post No. 319, received its charter last night in presentation ceremonies conducted by members of Blytheville Dud Cason Post No. 24. Forty-six charter members were on hand for the official chartering program administered by Ed Hice. executive committeeman for the Fifth District of Arkansas; Flcyd A. White, member of th2 State Policy Committee of the American Legion and the only holder of a life membership in the Blytheville post: Dud Cason Commander A. S. See LUXORA on Page 12 War Goes On-U.S. Jets Bag 8 MIGs By FORREST EDWARDS SEOUL (AP) — American Sabre jet pilots bagged eight Communist MIG Jets, probably destroyed one and damaged five In air battles high over North Korea today. Mai. Vermont Garrison of Tulsa, became the war's 32nd jet ace by downing his fifth MIG, the Air Force said. It was the second time this month that Sabres and MIGs have tangled. One MIG was shot down and one damaged Tuesday. On the ground, South Korean Infantrymen fought with bayonets and grenades to win back Allied outposts which the Reds may claim if an early armistice halts the bloody three-year-old war. The tough ROKs were fighting hand-to-hand with. Chinese , and North Koreans at some points along the muddy East-Central and Eastern Fronts where bitter battles have raged all week. Truce negotiators agreed In November. 1951 that the cease-fire demarcation line would be along line of contact across Korea. Since then the main battle line has changed little, but In recent weeks the Reds have grabbed important outposts in the west and a number of advance Allied positions in the center and on the eastern end of. the line. 6 Attacks Repelled Observers said the Reds could Report Is Due Today on Dog Believed Rabid The State Health Department in Little Rock this afternoon was scheduled to wire a report on the outcome of an examination being conducted on the head of a dog believed to be rabid. The dog, a black cocker spaniel owned by Mr. nnd Mrs. Leonard Cooper, 515 Chickasawbfl. died yesterday morning after having been reported as acting strangely carll«r in the week. According to Mrs. Cooper, the dog, when turned loose Monday afternoon a. 1 ! customary, disappeared and did not return until the next day. It is believed the animal may have been the same one reported to have bitten four dogs in the 700, 800 and 900 blocks on Ash Street sometime Monday night. Veterinarians said the dog may have been rabid, or possibly could have enten rat poison or other poisonous matter. No report* of persons having been bitten ty a dog this week have been received, but the Coopers' 9-ycar-old daughter has been taking shots after having been scratched by the dog recently, Mrs. Cooper Hid, Hospifalizafion insurance Cited Removes Cost 1 Barrier Between Medical Skill, Public, Rotarians Told Standing between the new medical skills and the public were high cost which presaged the need of comprehensive hospitalization in- lUrance for large segments of the population, Rick Campbell, director of public relations for Blue Cross— Blue Shield in Arkansas, told Blytheville Rotarians yesterday. Mr. Campbell appeared in connection with a country-wide Farm Bureau-sponsored drive to net more hospitalization insurance holders. The drive is being conducted during the first two necks of June in connection with opening of the county hospital In Osceola and prepatory to opening of the one In Blytheville. Beginnings of Blue Cross groups were traced by Mr. Campbell prior to explaining functions of the plan. "Its strength," he said, "lies In its localized character." He pointed out that the program is now in all 48 slates (Arkansas being the 48th) and that members' policies are honored in participating hospitals in all states. Hays Sullivan, Blythevflle Rotarian and Farm Bureau official who Is heading the hospltallzation insurance campaign. Introduced Mr. Campbell and Thad Connally, Mississippi County hospital administrator. Guests at the meeting Included Jack Chestnutt, Vero Beach, Fla.; Eldon Chapman. Jonesboro; C. H. Buchanan, Osceola; and "F. B. Joy- be expected to claim the line of contact was south of Allied outposts they have seized—outposts which in many cases guard the main D. N. line. Chinese and North Koreans Thursday hurled back six of seven South Korean counterattacks in Central and Eastern Korea and in at least two sectors grabbed additional territory. North and South Koreans were reported locked in combat again today near the crest of Anchor Hill on the extreme eastern end of the line. Incomplete reports to Eighth Army headqua'rters said soldiers of the 15lh RQK Division clawed their way back to the crest of the key hill. There was no claim that the peak was again in allied hands. Troops of two South Korean divisions beat off two Cinese Red probing attacks on' the battered East-Central Front. The Army said the ROKs hurled back a 300-man thrust against one of two outposts still held by South Koreans on the Finger Ridge complex — scene of bitter fighting Thursday when more than 2.00J Reds smashed ROK counterattacks. Bloody Ridge Hit On Bloody Kidgc, a smaller Chinese force twice hit an outpost which Fifth Division ROs recaptured Thursday. The Army said the South Koreans pulled back while artillery and mortars raked the attacking Reds. Then the ROKs drove to the crest again and reoccupied the outpost. The Air Force said fighter- bombers, light and medium bombers dropped more than 500 tons of explosives on Reds Thursday and during the night. Nineteen B29 Superforts dropped 190 tons of bombs along the Central Front. Three waves of Sabre jets modified to carry bombs blasted a group of personnel and supply shelters 15 miles northeast of Kae- song, the Reds advance truce headquarters, destroying 15 buildings, six shelters and damaging four bunkers, the Air Force said. Australian Meteor jets destroyed 25 buildings in a troop billeting area five miles northeast of Chin- nampo on the West Coast. that an armistice might be signed by June 25, third anniversary of this war that has already taken an. awesome toll. Minor details must be Ironed out, but "peace fever" was in the air here as well as other Allied capitals. Even the Reds were feeling it— Communist frontline loudspeakers broadcast warnings to Allied troops: "Don't stick your heads out. There will be a truce In a few days." A high U. s. official in Tokyo said an agreement to exchange) prisoners likely will be Eigned Saturday. However, a trues could not be signed before next week, he added. Allied and Red negotiators meet in the tiny hut in Panmunjom Saturday at 11 ». m. (9 p. m. Friday EST). However, there was one jarring and bitter dissent to th« optimism. President Syngman Rhee'l South Korean government stubbornly opposed the truce terms allhough Rhee has said he would co-operate "at any cost" with the U. S. Gen. Mark Clark, TJ. N. Fat East commander, flew to Seoul from his Tokyo headquarters and conferred with Rhee, possibly in an eleventh- hour attempt to overcome tha opposition of the aging, but fiery, president. They talked for an hour but there was no announcement after the meeting. Pyun Yung Tai, South Korea's acting foreign minister, and I). S. Ambassador Ellis O. Briggs were also present. Clark flew back to Tokyo after the conference. He refused to comment, saying onjy: "All I can tell you is that I am going home." However, a source close to the South Korean government said the meeting was not satisfactory to Rhee. Meanwhile, the South Korean government said it will make public Saturday its counter-plan for a Korean truce. It said the plan was presented to President Elsenhower several days ago. Government sources said it was connected with an earlier four-point Rhee demand which asked: A mutual security pact between the U. S, and South Korea, an increase of U. S. economic and military aid, withdrawal of Chinese and U. N. forces after a truce, and a pledge the U. S. or U. N. would not attempt to stop South Korea in any attempt to unify the country. Hou'ever, (NBC) Correspondent Jim Robinson said in a broadcast from Korea today that Rhee told him South Korea would sign the present truce proposal "only because the U. S. forces us to. H South Korea's bitter opposition to the U. N. proposal was pointed up by Pyun in a heated attack. "Cowardly Plans" Pyun said angrily in an interview: "I have never come across more See TRUCE on Page 12 Sheriff Will Take Specialized Course at FBI Police Academy Other Meetings Set The Farm Bureau and Burdette's Agriculture Club will combine, forces at 7:30 tonight for another in a series of educational programs on the Blue Cross — Blue Shield hos- pltallzation insurance program. During the first half of this month, the county's Farm Bureau chapter is spearheading a drive to build up the amount of hospitalization insurance policyholders In the county. The drive Is being conducted In connection with the opening of the county hospital In Osceola, Other meetings next week are scheduled for Victoria and Luxora. Rotary Clubs In Blytheville. Osceola and joiner already have heard the program presented by representatives of Blur Cross - Blue Shield who also h.ivo appeared before Le»chvillc'i Chamber oi Commetci,' Mississippi County Sheriff William Berryman was to leave this evening for Washington, D. C., for a week of specialized training in investigative methods and techniques at the Federal Bureau oi Investigation's National Police Academy Sheriff Berryman announced yesterday that he had accepted an invitation from the bureau for the one-week retraining course offered only to law enforcement officers who have graduated from the National Academy's regular H.wtek course. He is due to report to the. Justice Department in Washington Monday. Sheriff Berryman first attended the academy in 1944 during his ten-' ure as Blythevllle's chief of police. He was graduated from the school I In July, 1944. in a class of .1!) men I invited to attend from all over the i nation. He Is one of IS Arkansas j peace officers who have attended | the academy since its establishment In 1935. There are several courses of study available at these retraining programs, but he chose the .special course in methods, and techniques of Investigation because it most closely fitted the needs of his duties here, the sheriff said. Speaking of the academy and his past experience with it. Sheriff Berryman felt that cooperation among graduates of the school and the FBI through contacts and associations made, ranked equally In Importance with the schooling obtained. While the school Itself is free, each person attendlnR must pay his own expenses, the sheriiJ laid. , Sheriff Berryman, who was first elected in 1946, began his career in police work here in 1939, when he was appointed to the Blytheville See SHERIFF on Page 12 Weather ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Saturday; widely scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms northwest portion; no important temperature changes. MISSOURI — Pair southeast, elsewhere partly cloudly today with a few scattered showers or thundershowers this morning extreme northwest and extreme west central, partly cloudly tonight and Saturday with scattered thunderstorms likely west central and extreme north tonight or Saturday morning; cooler extreme north tonight: high today 85-90 along north border, to 90s south; low tonight 60 extreme northwest to 70s southeast. Minimum this morning — 89. Maxlm'im yesterday — 92. Sunrise tomorrow — 4:47. Sunset today — 7:10. Moan temperature (mfdway ftetweea hlfth and low) — 80.5. Normal and mean lor June — 11 3. Prcclp. last 24 hours (7a. to 7a.) -« tone. Proclp. Jan. 1 to flute — «.S«. This Date Lut Year Minimum this morning — 71. Maximum yesterday — W. froclp. Jafl. 1 to dan — U.K. ./s*

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