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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 76 Blythevllle Courier BlvtheviJle Daily Newt Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1953 SIXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS History's Worst Air Crash Kills 130 Inside Today's Courier News . . . Braves steal chapter from Yanks' book ... Lions swamp Jaycees in Little League . . . Blytheville Junior Legion plays tomorrow . . . Sports . . . Page 6. . . . Sagging commodity prices toughest problem faced by America ... Page 10. . . . Society news . . . Page 4. 55 C-124 Globemaster Slams To Earth with U.S. Soldiers ; By The Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A giant C-124 Globemaster pin wheeled out of the murky sky near Tokyo today and crashed in : flames carrying- at least 122 and possibly 130 Americans to ' their deaths in history's worst air disaster. The Air Force said 55 bodies had$> —— , ! been identified and the death toll ; could be 127 or 130. The huge i doubledeck transport was carry-] ing 120 to 123 army engineers and : airmen back to battle stations in ; Korea. The plane had a crew of seven. L: The Globemaster crashed sec• onds after taking off from the U. S. • air base at Tachikawa, 25 miles • west of Tokyo. ; An eyewitness said the giant ; plane "somersaulted like a bird : and plummeted to the ground," - A Japanese farmer, Masayasu • Kinoshita, said "The huge plane v- came skimming; over the trees by j*J the highway. Two of its four propel*: lers were not. turning. Then it circled and crashed and exploded." The plane was a special flight for soldiers, not one of the regular courier runs between Japan and Korea. The worst previous air disaster was the crash of another Globe- master near Larson Air Force Base at Moses Lake, Wash., which killed 88 last Dec. 20. Medics Sickened Associated Press Correspondent Stan , Carter, reporting from the scene, sa id sickened Air Force medics toiled under searchlights carrying broken bodies to ambulances across 100 yards of deep mud. "The scene was like someihing out of hell," Carter said. "There was the terrible smeil of burned oil and burned human flesh intermingled. "The bodies were terribly mangled. "One medic tried to pick up one body and put it on a stretcher. The head fell off. "The wreckage was all tangled \ into one concentrated spot — the. plane must have come straight down and exploded. There were balls of crumpled metal 30 feet high." Names Withheld Names of the dead will not be released until next of kin are notified. Associated Press Photographer Max Desfor also reported from the scene. "The plane crashed in a muddy rice field just in front of a bamboo grove. "There were large pieces of the wreck still intact, including one twisled wing. "One tangle of Wreckage with an engine was jammed into a crumpled heap about 30 feet high. I "An Air Force major from Tach- ikawa said his men had removed nearly 130 bodies. ' "An ambulance driver said 'It was a terrible sight. They were mangled horribly.' "We got right up to the scene and an air police demanded 'crash ' passes,' " Desfor said. "We explained we were accredited correspondents and were admitted. After I took pictures some guard said the film would be seized and turned over to the Tachikawa base commander. "However, the matter was st^ightened out and we retained j R esQ | uf j on The Air Force issued the following statement: "A D. S. Air Force C-124 Globe- master, returning for a landing, •crashed shortly after takeoff from Tachikawa Air Installation west of Tokyo at 4:34 this afternoon, with approximately 120 passengers and a crew of seven on board. Jap Reported Hurt "The four - engined transport crashed and burned in' a clearing . near the village of Kodaira, four miles east-northeast of the air Installation 25 miles west of Tokyo. "First reports said there was one Japanese injured by the crash. "Emergency medical teams and crash crews from nearby Air Force installations rushed to the scene, immediately. An Air Force helicopter circled the crash area immediately and reported there Se CKASH on Page 3 Missco's 1952 Cotton Yield: 225,300 Bales County Leads State, Produces Twice As Much as Next Highest Mississippi County's 1952 cotton yield was 225,300 bales of 500 pounds gross weight. Miles McPeek of Littie Rock, statistician for the Department of Agriculture, announced today. With this yield, Mississippi County led the state, turning out twice the number of bales produced by the second-ranking county, Crittenden. Other statistics from the USDA's Bureau of Agricultural Economics showed that 264,500 acres were ^n cultivation as of July 1 last year' and that of these 263,000 were harvested. tf ..;;,." Yield per acre was 410 pounds, the bureau said. Poinsett County was second in pounds-per-acre yield with 407. Other counties in the state producing more than 10,000 bales last year follow. (Bales are 500 pounds Rosenbergs May Die Tonight Supreme Court In Final Consideration WASHINGTON ( A P ) — The Supreme Court met at 11:12 a.m. (EST) today in an extraordinary session which will decide whether atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg must go to the electric chair tonight. All nine justices were present. .Chief Justice vinson called the court together to consider a petition by Atty. Gen. Brownell that they override the action yesterday of Justice William O. Douglas in granting a stay of execution to the husband and wife spy team. In all its history, the court never before had been convened in special session for such a purpose. If a majority agrees to overrule Douglas, the condemned atom spies could be put to death at Sing Sin? prison at 10 p. m. (EST) tonight had been scheduled before Douglas issued his stay order or at any time before S. turday midnight. Closed Conference The justices met in closed conference for 15 minutes before the start of the public session. The momentous gathering attracted the largest crowd in the court's history. Some 1,000 persons lined the corridors outride as the justices entered the ofiamber. The courtroom, whicttiseats only about 300. was packedJ-Si" capacity. Would-!:- !??=<- . ors jhoweo - •.. J,s ! early as 8 a. m. DOLLAR FOR DRAWING — Worth Holder, chamber of Commerce manager, presents $1 for drawing names of Blythevllle Value Days winners yesterday to Jimmy Caldwell of Steele, Rt. 1. First place winner of $50 was Jimmy Clark of BIytheville. Winning $10 each were O. P. Watkins, Louise Lucius and Mrs. L, L. Wells, all of BIytheville. Four winners of $5 each were John McDowell, Joe Keaton, Mrs. Edward Dean and Emily Pranks, all of BIytheville. (Courier News Photo) Highway Director Says: U.S. 61 Bypass Years Away' Re-Routing of Highway 18 3 *y I West of City to Come First Arkansas State Highway Director Herbert Eldrirlge yesterday afternoon told members of the Chamber of Commerce Highway and Traffic Committee that proposed re- rout inp of H'g-iiv.-p.y f>l to bypass BIytheville was still very rm?' !i h. ir.c -peculclive stage, <f-'*A that any actual construction is "a minimum of three to four years off, and possibly ArmisticeArrangements Reportedly Completed But 25,000 Prisoners Released By Rhee May Mean Delays By GEORGE A. McARTHTJR IIUNSAN (AP) — The draft of a Korean truce apparently was completed today but its fate might turn on President Syngman Rhee's open defiance of his allies in arbitrarily releasing 25,000 anti-Red prisoners of war. Rhee's order opening the gates of four POW camps in this morning's darkness was in direct opposition to the armistice terms. "~— ~~- —~—"—~- ' • * Even as the prisoners scattered, it appeared that all details of an armistice agreement had been wrapped up and the final text was being rushed to completion. Preparations for exchanging thousands of war prisoners were rushed by both sides. U, N. officials speculated on whether Rhee's W. German Citizen Executed by Reds BERLIN (AP) — A Etissian firing squad today executed a German accused by the Soviet army command of ol'- ganizing anti-communist riots in East Berlin. Major General P. T. Dibrova, now ruling East Berlin under a state of siege, announced the execution. The Soviet general described the*- gross weight) County Crittenden Poinsett .. Phillips ... Craighead . Jefferson . St. Francis Lee Desha Lonoke .., Cross Jackson ,., Clay Greene ... Woodruff . Monroe. ... Chicot .... Lincoln ... Ashley .... Lawrence . Lafayette . Pulaski ... White Drew Acres Lbs Harvested per A, Bales 136,000 118,000 116,000 108,000 100,000 94.000 80,000 62.500 75,000 51.500 58.000 52,000 49,500 57.500 53,000 46.000 45,500 • 33,000 25,000 21,000 22,700 26,500 20,500 394 407 373 368 349 320 356 385 271 365 300 323 335 274 293 330 313 382 326 313 307 235 294 112,000 100,200 90,300 1 82,900 72,700 62.700 59,400 50,200 42,400 39,200 36,350 35,600 34,650 32,900 32,450 31,100 29,750 26,300 17,000 16.350 14,570 Before the public session began, I as far away as 10 years." it was announced that each side I Much more timely, Eldridge told+would have an hour and a half j the group in a meeting held at the . , to present arguments. . I Rustic Inn here, is the proposed I Robert L. Stern, acting solicitor ] re-routing of Highway 18 immedi- I general, appeared for the gov-1 ately west of BIytheville. Eldridge i eminent. j lo icf the group he would present a | Stern began his argument two j plan for re-routing the highway's 1 minutes after the court convened, j entrance to the city to the highway commission next week. The Hi previously Highway BIytheville Man Gets Patent on Implement Hitch 12,600 Weather ARKANSAS—Continued hot and humid tonight and Friday; possibly higher temperatures Friday. MISSOURI—Fair, hot and humid tonight and Friday; warmer east tonight; low tonight around 80 west to the 70s east; high Friday 95-105. Minimum this morning—75, Mnxtmum yesterday—99. Sundae tomorrow—4:47. Sunset today—7:15. Munii temperature (midway between h: 'i unci low)—85, Normal find mean for June—77.5. Preclp. last 24 houra (7 a.m. to 7 n.- i.)—none. Prcclp. Jan. 1 to date—30.42. This Date. Last Year Minimum thl mornlnK—71. T" •:'nv.': 1 i vesterdiv--lf)2. I'icci|>. Jan. 1 to dale— 2S.«. Impeachment Resolution In Congress WASHINGTON (IP) — A resolution to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was headed on the path through Congress today, but on past records the odds were against much of anything happening. On only 12 occasions has a court of impeachment been convened by Congress, and in U. S. history only four federal judges have ever been removed from office via the impeachment route. Only one Supreme Court justice has ever been tried, and he was acquitted. This was Justice Samuel Chase, back in 1805. Burglars Enter Grocery Here, Get Only $2 Freeman's Market at 2016 West Main Street was entered by burglars some time last night for the fourth time in about two months. Joe Freeman, proprietor, said today the burglars apparently got only about $2 in pennies and nickles from the cash register. He could not determine whether any merchandise had been taken, though there was no indication that it had, he said. Entry was gained by removing the glass pane In a rear window and forcing apart bars covering • the opening with an iron bar, Deputy Sheriff Charley Short reported. This Is the fourth time In about two months that his establishment has brcn burglarized, Mr. Freeman said. Gerald Elza Wheeler of BIythe- ville has obtained a patent for an Implement hitch which is designed to make planters achieve the same depth over uneven fields. The non-rigid hitch is an attempt to make four-row planters operate as easily and flexibly as two-row planters, the inventor ex- ;hway 18 changeover, proposed by the State Department and approved bv the City Council, city , . . officials and the Chamber of Com- j ™ undercover agent testmed to- merce, would connect to the newly j Widened portion of the highway ' last December • that he had been . ., , , , picked by Communist leaders to about a mile and one half west of | fcm gen Mc(?arthy (R , WisJ . the city, where previous work j The testimony came f Joseph stoppcfj. and bring it into the city , a Mazzei ot Pittsburgh, who said , via a gently curving route to the north of the present highway and railroad track. Under the proposal, the highway would join Main Street at the intersection with 21st at the Rice- plained. Four rows can be planted I stix Clothing Factory. Avoided to the same depth regardless of \ would be several sharp curves now ! directly; "Were you assigned the the shape of the planter by use of j existing where the highway, head-j duty of killing Sen, McCarthy?" 13,000 the hitch, he said. " ' J ing away from the city, makes' Bortz refused to answer because ; dead man, Willi Goettling, resident of West Berlin, who worked on order of a foreign intelligence service, was one of the active organizers of provocations and disturbances in the Soviet sector of Berlin, and participated in the violent banditry against the or- ans of power and the population." "Goettling w a s sentenced to death by shooting. The sentence was carried out," the grim announcement concluded. The Russians extended martial [aw to areas bordering East Berlin and began a series of mass arrests in an effort to stamp out the unrest which exploded in the sector yesterday and resulted in at least 16 fatalities. The Russian military commander's announcement was distributed by the Soviet zone news agency. 100 Under Arrest More than 100 Germans were reported under arrest today in East Berlin and facing Soviet 'courts. Flying squads of people's police and Communist party officials raided workers' homes, hunting suspects. West Germany wondered if the Soviet army would stop its firing j squad after the one execution as a terror example. Most of the arrested Germans were, by Communist admission, residents of East Berlin and not the Allied sectors. But Red propaganda continued to harp on the charge that "Western provocateurs" instigated the anti-Communist rebellion. Some of the oldest employes of nationalized plants and factories were seized last night and this morning. They were pointed out by the man who made the' boast was ] Communist informers as men who j Lou Bortz of Pittsburgh. [had led the march of 50,000 work- Bortz, called to the witness stand;e^s against the government head- of Senate investigators, did not! quarters yesterday. deny the story. . i Unconfirmed reports said from After some preliminary question-!23 to 38 persons had been killed ing, Sen. Mundt <R-SD) asked him! in half a dozen cities and East Berlin yesterday. The Communist police radio an- McCarthy For Death WASHINGTON (ff*) — A former 31 undercover agent te day he heard a Communist boast Air Base Land Contribution Refunds Start Refunding of nearly $100,000 contributed by BIytheville ousi- nessmen for the purchase of 192 acres of additional air base land was begun today by the Chamber of Commerce. The refunds, authorized yesterday afternoon by the C. of .0. board of directors, was made possible by a bond issue approved by the voters last December and floated by the city earlier this year. i A total of $97,075 is bejng refunded, representing the ' cash portion of $104,760 in cash and pledges received during the air base land drive last year. A bond issue of $100,000 was authorized by the voters but the actual cost of acquiring the added land was only nbout 393,000 so just that amount of bonds were sold. A second issue of $25,000 was approved at the sa^ne election and used to refund that amount of bonds outstanding on Blythe- villc Hospital. The refunding was necessary to provide tax miUage to retire the total issue because the city's legal debt service nmit of five mills was committed. A levy of 1.8 mills will be assessed to retire the new issue. nounced the martial law edict for Mr. Wheeler expects to sell the I turns from the south to west and j he said, an answer might tend tolpolsdam, where the Soviet patent rights to & manufacturing | f r °<n west to southwest. [ incriminate him. irmy company for production of the hitch. Several companies have already evidenced interest in the hitch, he said, and some sought to buy production rights while the patent wns still pending, according to Mr. Wheeler. The possioimy of the state ask- I ing county or local funds be used | to obtain right of way for the pro- i posed re-routing, in the event it; Bortz was seated among the spec- j has its headquarters in East Ger- Students Win Scholarships Both the valedictorian and salutatorian of the 1953 Armorel High School graduating class have received regional scholarships to the University of Mississippi. action might delay the return of some 13,000 U. N. prisoners held by the Reds. Official U. N. sources in Tokyo said they did not expect Rhee's move to wreck the armistice, but a delay was anticipated. The Reds might demand delivery of the escaped prisoners before signing a, truce. Staff officers who have been putting the finishing touches on the armistice wound up their sessions at 12:30 p. m. and translators went U. S. Marines Fight with POW's SEOUL, Friday W^— North Korean anti-Red prisoners clashed today in a bloody battle with U. S. Marines and soldiers at an Allied prison camp near Inchon. First fragmentary reports said about 100 prisoners may have been killed in the pre-dawn fijht- Inf. Official confirmation was lacking-. The fiijht broke out after U. S. troops and a battalion of Marines relcivcd South Koreans who earlier had allowed some 25,000 ,anti-ReSs to flee liar oilier camps. should be approved next week, 1 Nothing New In Robbery FRANKLIN, Ark. Iff, — The tators when Mazzei gave his testi- Soviet military commander, Col. mony. Once he was sworn, he was j Gen. A. A. Gretchko, has his rcsi- asked whether he knew Mazzei. [ dence. A 10 p. m. to 6 a. m. cur- Bortz, who gave his address as j few was imposed on the two sub- was pointed out by Director Eld- Butle1 ^ >/>•; ™ fused to sa > - " n(th <: urbs. rlri™ , Around that his answer might tend i Truckers plying the tnternaatton- :to incriminate him. | al nighw(1 y between Berlin and On the .same ground, he refused : west Germany reported anti-Red ! to say whether he is or has been rioting had broken out yesterday in ia member of the Communist party. | Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Bortz said he now is unemployed,' ! put that since finishing junior high school in Brooklyn in 1925 he had aun- y, in a shoe factory and at gas service stations. many, and Babelsberg, where the ( R w Nichols, superintendent of rid The Highway 61 bypass Is, at best, still in the planning stage and nothing definite has been set corncerning the proposal, he told the group. When the actual planning stage vice i for the work has been reached, Armorel schools, said he received a to work immediately. They presumably were putting- the document into English, Korean and Chinese. Indefinite Recess The staff officers recessed Indefinitely. There was no announcement as to when the top-level negotiators would meet to approve the text. Some observers said it was possible the .armistice agreement would have to be sent to Washington and U. N. headquarters ia New York for approval. This would take several days. Meanwhile, both sides acted as though a truce were still no more than a few days away. Communist work crews tore down mud huts In Panmunjom and began construction of what appeared to be a large permanent building. This may be the site of the official signing and could serve as headquarters for the military armistice commission. U. N. officials stepped up tlio job of clearing sites for exchanging prisoners and top officers who will serve on the military armistice . ,.jou, i . ]d vnr iptv nf inhi _ in president and cashier of the Bank I'""I "Pinion will play a large part i " c ' a m » |hoe Ia^o-v am of Franklin estimated last night | in deciding the location and nature "" * that $8,000 was missing after two jo' the bypass, he said, bandits robbed the bank yesterday. The meeting also heard a brief j -••••- ' history of the highway department, along with information on Late last night State Police headquarters at Little Rock said alarm was still out for the bandits I future construction planned for the who were reported to have fled from here in an old model car. The FBI reported no new developments. Twe men, described by Wilma Foreman, assistant cashier, as being 25 and 35 years old, walked Into the bank yesterday about 10 a.m. pointed a pistol at Miss Foreman and ordered her to fill up a sack with the money. state, roads. including farm-to-market Murder Suspect In Stupor BALTIMORE lift— Sgt. 1-C Richard M. Elkins, one of two men charged with murder in the death of John Metzger oi Baltimore, roused from a stupor yesterday day blared thet a truce had been; and took nourishment voluntarily for the first time in more than a week. Reds Say War Over SEOUL (/P)~Front-iine Communist Loudspeakers, which are used extensively for Red propaganda, to- signed in over." Korea "and the war is Texans Dig for $35 Million in Gold ENNIS, Tex. (AP) — Thivty-fivo feet southwest of a gnarled old pecan tree, four men are digging- with picks and shovels on Ernest Raphael's pasture in hopes they will find an iron chest buried 12 feet down containing gold bars worth 35 million dollars. They have reached between 6',4 and 7 feet. As they dig in 100-degree hoat, a fifth man sits nearby in a car studying a map he won't s>ho« anyone. There Is a legend that 3,000 pounds of gold bars are burled on Raphael's farm. Legend says the gold was mined near a mission at Santa Fe, N. M., and, in 1820, was dispatched to Galveston, Tex., to b« shipped an a gift to the King of Spain, The gold was supposedly burled near this central Texas town when Indians pursued the caravan. Raphael has heard the legend since his childhood. When the men approached him earl ythls men approached him early this week, he. gave them permission to The four digging arc from En- nls. The man with the map Is a stranger. None was available for comment tonJeht. And nobody fiecms to know their names. > "They have an old map but they won't show It to me," Raphael said. "They say it was handed down from one of their ancestors." "I don't think they'll find anything," Raphael said. "My wife thinks I'm kind of goofy to let them tear up my pasture." But Raphael admitted he has signed an agreement^-wlth a red- lead pencil on a piece of scratch paper—by which he'll get half of any Lrcasura found. Leipzig, Gera and other cities multaneously with the cyclonic outburst here. Death Toil Mounts The truckers relayed one rumor that'seven or eight had been killed in Magdeburg and another that the death toll had reached 22. Another report said rioters stormed a concentration camp in the East zone and freed some of the 13,000 political prisoners before Russian troops got control. Russian steel sealed off East Berlin completely today. A full armored division deployed along the 27-mile frontier and let no one in or out except physicians. The Iron Curtain was more complete than ever in the bizarre history of this quartered city. The Soviet army was reported to have poured out from Its compounds in full combat strength from the Elbe to the Oder In order to put a firm lid on the strife- torn East zone. Underneath the mailed fist, the German population was in virtual hiding. There were hints some of 11 was deliberate, a kind of stay- at-home strike. The Berlin revolt filled the press of Western Germany with demands See RIOTS on Page 3 More Wives to U.S. MOSCOW W)— The Soviet Union has told U. S. Ambassador Charles B. Bohlen that It will let four more Russian wives of Americans llvin'/ In Moscow leave United States. Russia for the commission flew to Korea. Rehearsals At Freedom Village near here, here prisoners will get their first James Ashmore, son of Mr. and Mrs. [real taste of freedom, full-dress Louis Ashmore, who was valedicto- j rehearsals were held to Iron the rlan, and Jerry Dyer, son of Mr and j kinks out of procedures developed Mrs. Marion Dyer, the saltitatni ian. [ during the exchange of sick and letter from the university this morning informing him of the scholarship awards. Winners of the scholarships . are ! where prisoners win"get their'fTrsi They plan to enter Ole Miss in the Plaintiff Wins $4,000 Judgment In Injury Suit In a damage suit resulting from injuries sustained while employed in a garage here, Clyde Dooley ye.stcr- day received judgment for $4,000 against Elijah Swain, owner of an automobile involved, charging negligence. Following the decision in the civil session of Circuit Court here, another damage suit, Jewell Black vs. R. E. .Blaylock, was heard, with a jury not having reached a verdict at noon today. Slated to be taken up this afternoon following the Black vs. Blaylock decision was the case of Willie F. Boyd, et al, vs. Dr. Robert Bart-1 lett, a damage suit resulting from an auto collision on Highway 61 near the BIytheville Country Club Dec. 20. | wounded last April. The U. N. advance camp here also was being enlarged. The senior Allied member of the proposed armistice commission, Maj. Gen, Blackshear M. Bryan, landed in Munsan after a flight from Tokyo, where he was commander of the U. S. 16th Corps. Bryan went into an immediate briefing session with the top U. N. negotiator, Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison. Air Force Maj. Gen. George Q. Finch was expected later in the day to replace Brig. Gen. Edgar Glenn as a delegate on the U. N. truce team. Glenn is to retire next month. $32,500 per Weefc HOLLYWOOD W — Comedian Bed Skelton has signed for his 'Irst night club appearance — and ie'11 get $32,500 per week. H 1 s representative announced yesterday that Skelton would ap- )6ar for two weeks at the SMVAV;\ Hotel In Las Vegas, Nov., starting July 14. Postal Action Is Probable WASHINGTON (/P)—Sen. Knowland of California, the acting Republican leader, says a proposal to boost postal rates generally Is "a probability" for action this session. Postmaster General Stimmerlield working out final details of the administration bill, refused to divulge its contents. It has been reported the plan would raise the price on out-of-town letters from 3 to 4 cents an ounce, on domestic air mail from 6 to 7 cents, s\nd authorize substantial Increases In postage for most news- pnpn-s, magazines and packages. Opposition Is anticipated on bot» sides of. the Capitol.

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