The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 19, 1953 · Page 1
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Friday, June 19, 1953
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHKABT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 77 BlythevUle Courier BlythevUle Daily Newi MJieissippl Valley Leadsr BlythevUle Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 1953 TEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS POW's Stage Bloody Breaks Nearly 26,000 Now Free from Prisons By ROBERT B. TUCKMAJT SEOUL (AP) — New and bloody mass breaks from Allied stockades today swelled to nearly 26,000 the legion of anti-Communist war prisoners liberated in South Korea's bold defiance of the U.N. Command. Reds Want 'Important' Session More than 1,800 bolted from five prison camps and a hospital last night and early today on the heels of those ordered released Wednesday by President Syngman Rhee of the Republic of Korea. U. N. Command headquarters in Tokyo placed at 25,952 the total Koreans escaping in the past two days, and 9,398 those anti-Red Koreans remaining in custody. The figures differed somewhat With I those released by the U. N. prissy oner of war command, which said its ottals were "rough." Those making the break early today included 494 who battled TJ. S. Marines at Ascom City camp, near Seoul's big port of Inchon on the west coast. - The U. N. Command said the leathernecks had replaced ROK guards at the camp before the South Koreans had opportunity "for collusion." What Effects Whether the mass releases and breaks for freedom would wreck the two year-old armistice negotiations—now in their llth hour— remained to be seen. At Communist request, a full- dress meeting of the armistice delegations was set for 11 a. m. Saturday (9 p. m., EST, Friday). There was no quick official Communist reaction to Rhee's defiant move. In Moscow, the Soviet press carried the story under the head- Ing "provocatory actions of the Syngman Rhee clique." The reports published there . Implied collusion Between some American authorities and the South Koreans. Additionally, Russian newspapers published TJ. S. Secretary of State Dulles' comment that Rhee violated "the authority of the United Nations Command;" and Prime Minister Churchill's statement deploring the prisoners' release. Rhee has voiced vigorous opposition to any armistice leaving Korea divided. Besides the mass break early Friday at Ascom City, hundreds of prisoners bolted at U. N. Camp 4 at Yongchon, in South-Central Korea; Camp No. 5 at Sang-Mudat and Pusan and a handful at Taegu. At Ascom City. 13 prisoners were killed by gunfire and 17 were trampled to ijeath as 494 other FOWs clawed through a barbed See POW's on Page Ifl Mercury Hits New Peak /or Season— 103 A new high and the year's highest low constituted the latest chapter of weather proceedings in Blytheville as the weatherman's thermometer scaled the mercury to 103 degrees and then couldn't fall lower than an estimated 82. Compared to this time last year, things could be worse. On the same date in 1952, a high of 104 pushed one degree higher than yesterday's top mark, but it wasn't a high for the^month — the mercury had hit 105 twice previously. Yesterday's estimated low of 82 also chalked up a sultry record for the young summer. Due to a changeover in weather bureau check periods yesterday, no actual low reading was made, but estimates here set the minimum at anywhere up to 90 degrees. The Courier News settled for 82. Weather ARKANSAS — Clear to partly cloudy and continued hot and humid this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. MISSOURI—Generally fair east and south; partly cloudy northwest tonight and Friday with chance of few widely scattered thundershowers extreme northwes't tonight or early Saturday morning; continued hot and humid tonight and Satur- Prisoner Problem May Be Topic By GEORGE A. McARTHUR MUNSAN (AP) — The Communists said late tonight they have "an important subject to discuss" when Red and Allied truce negotiators meet in a few hours in a full-dress crisis session that may determine the fate of an armistice. This was the only hint of the reason behind the Red request for meeting at li a. m. Saturday (8 p. m. Friday, CST) at Panmun- Jom. There has been speculation the negotiators might approve final truce details or that the Reds may protest President Syngman Rhee's defiant release of about 26,000 anti- Red Korean prisoners. The Red comment came in a Chinese language broadcast by the official Peiping Radio heard in Tokyo. It said Gen. Nam il, chief Red delegate, called the meeting because the Communists "have an important subject to dicuss." The Red radio earlier accused the U. S. and South Korea of col- aborating to free the prisoners. The armistice draft appears ready for signature as soon as Chinese. Engli: i and Korean trans-1 lations are approved. Observers predicted Rhee's arbitrary action probably would not block signing of the truce, but they feared trouble later when the Allies must account for and hand over Red prisoners. And there is the possibility Rhee could expand this first open revolt against the U. N., upsetting the whole agreement. The UNC has assured the Reds it is taking "every step" to recapture the 'escaped prisoners, but it has found only a handful. The task appeared almost hopeless as the prisoners hid in homes with the blessing of the South Korean government. Meanwhile, Rhee made public a letter he wrote President Eisenhower Wednesday in which he apparently rejected Eisenhower's offer of economic and military aid and a promise to negotiate a security pact if South Korea would accept a truce. Rhee pleaded with Eisenhower to find some other answer than a "death warrant" armistice. "The U. N. is now putting pressure on us . . ., "he said," and Is joining hands, it seems, with the enemy in this matter of armistice terms." He accused the O. S. and the U. N. of backing down on early war objectives of "a united, Independent and democratic Korea and the punishment of the aggressors." As the critical full-dress session approached, there were these other developments: 1. The Reds called off Friday's meeting of interpreters believed FEEL ANY BETTER? — Take a long look — it might help you forget the 103-degree high recorded in Blytheville yesterday. While Blytheville residents are literally stewing in their own juices these days, highway crews near Laramie, Wyo., have no such problem. Taken only a lew days ago, this photo shows them trying to clear 15 to 20-foot snow drifts to open a 10,000-foot high road in the Rockies near Laramie. (NBA Photo) German Rioters Are Quieted By Tough Soviet Martial Law By TOM REEDY BERLIN (AP) — Tough Soviet martial law apparently cracked workers' resistance n East Berlin today and men began returning to their jobs for the first time since Wednesday's bloody revolt against Knew If A!l Along -Joe McCarthy Says Red Death Threat Nothing Starting WASHINGTON f^r— Sen. Mc.Car- .hy (R-Wis) said toda- he has known "fuj ^.^ w..^' ^.r^ui^-' munists have him marked for assassination, and a colleague said ther senators' names may be on he same list. , McCarthy's Senate Investigations]^ 1 " shoc westein world. the Communist government. 1 A Soviet machinegun barrier -fr~ divided the tense Eastern sector of | Berlin from the West but a Kem- blance of normal traffic of workers could be seen from the frontier. West Berlin Lord Mayor Ernst Reuter appealed for top level Allied meetings With the Russians to rescue the Soviet sector fr-v-' the iron grip of Red army troops. The United States, Britain and France have already demanded the Russians end their blockade of the. Eastern sector.. The Western yesterday of a jobless West Berlin truck driver by a Soviet firing squad as "an act of brutality which the conscience of the ubcommittee dramatically brought he story to light at a hearing esterday. Joseph D. Mazzei, describing himself as a former FBI counter- py, swore he heard a Pittsburgh Communist brag last December hat the Communist party had j assigned him to kill McCarthy I "when the time comes." He named the man as Lou Bortz. Within minules the subcommit- New Developments Against a backdrop of frantic appeals by the puppet East German government for support from their people embittered by the years of dictatorial Red rule, there were these additional developments: The Americans turned back to the Soviet sector Otto Nuschk'e, tee called Bortz as a witness. He j East German deputy premier who refused to say whether Mazzei'siWas kicked into the Western zone testimony was true, pleading that bv rioters and held for two days, the answer might tend to incriminate him. Sen. Mundt (R-SD), presiding at the subcommittee's inquiry,, said the group has more evidence about the alleged assassination plot than it revealed in the hearing. Questioning of Mazzei behind closed doors, Mundt said, "indicated that the Communist command had prepared a list for liquidation, and that Bortz's specific job was handling the liquidation of McCarthy, others to handle the rest of the list." Mundt said he believes some senators were on the list. He declined to be more specific or to say how far he plans to explore that angle publicly. McCarthy would not discuss it at all. McCarthy said .the FBI has not provided him with a bodyguard and that he wants none. He declined Bishop Otto Dibelius, head of the Protestant church for all Germany, appealed to Soviet High Commissioner Vladimir Semyenov to listen to complaints of workers In the East. Their resentment against Communist pressure of more work without adequate pay was an immediate cause of Wednesday's rioting. In West Berlin all flags were lowered to half staff for the victims of the rioting—numbering more than a score. A full day of mourning was planned for next Monday. The American radio station RIAS advised the Soviet lone residents to avoid clashes with Soviet troops, saying violence would force the Rusians to back up the Communist (o say whether he carries a pistol. [government in the long run! The subcommittee announced it | One indication that the Russians plans to call more witnesses in ; planned no quick lilting of their the cafie next week, and said one : of them would be Steve Nelson, official Nelson working on the armistice, draft at Panmunjom. 2. The official Red Peiping radio accused Rhee of releasing the prisoners in order to Impress them Into the South Korean army and added the "Americans deliberately connived" by taking no measures to prevent the breakouts. It also said the sincerity of the U. S. Is "Indeed put to an acid test." 3. Communist army engineers abruptly stopped construction of building at Panmunjom which former Communist party in Western Pennsylvania, was convicted last year of violating Pennsylvania sedition laws. He was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison, but is currently free on bond pending outcome of an appeal. Nelson and four others are now on trial on a federal Indictment alleging a conspiracy to advocate forcible overthrow of Uie government. Mazzei described Bortz as a leader of Red "goon squads" who, he said, schooled fellow Communists in the use of bombs, guns and sabotage. Bortz declined to answer questions about Mazzei's testimony, or even to say whether he recognized Mazzei. day; low tonight lower 70s north- ! some ° bservers thou S ht rol B ht be . . _ _ ^ ll IIC-AS) fy\v »fca tvilrNa etrivii,**. -^-™ martial rule was seen In the action 'restoring ration cards to 40,000 i East Berliners who work in the ; West and now cannot pas through I Red army lines. The cards had ; been cancelled six weeks ago. D. H. Blackwood Dies in Osceola Heart Attack Fatal To Former Highway Commission Chairman OSCEOLA — Funeral arrange- j^?nts were incomplete today for bwight H. Blackwood, Sr., former chairman of the Arkansas Highway Commission, who died of a heart attack at his home here yesterday afternoon. He was 66. Services may be held Sunday and Ben Butler, Guy Butler, Eugene Still, Sam Richards, Ed Lewis and Bob Gillespie have been named pallbearers. Mr. Blackwood, who had been in retirement for the past several years, was an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1932 and also served as Mississippi County sheriff about 1920. As state highway commission chairman, he directed the spending of $100,000,000 in the road construction program launched under the Martineau Act of 1927. After retiring as a major league baseball player in 1914, Mr. Blackwood became a deputy sheriff in Osceola and later was elected sheriff. In 1925, wnen State Treasurer Sam Sloan died, he was appointed to that office. The next year, he defeated Herbert R. Wilson in a heated race for the highway commission chairmanship. . When the highway commission chairmanship was changed from an elective to an appointive office in 1929, Guy Parnell appointed Mr. ' Blackwood to that post for a four- year term. Mr. Blackwood was born here Dec. 24, 1886. His father, John C. Blackwood, had been a dominant polftcial figure in Eastern Arkansas politics for many years before his death in 1889. He started playing baseball In the public schools at Osceola, and then later at Ouachita College. Arkadelphia, and the University nf Arkansas. He continued as n professional with Newport, in the old Arkansas State League, and from there went to Dallas in the Texas League. The Cincinnati Reds drafl- See BLACKWOOD on Pafe 10 Atom Spies Apparently Doomed for Execution Work on Base Due by Aug. 10 Bid Taking to Start June 26; Report Says Fie!d Still TAG Invitations for bids on construction of two buildings at Blytheville's reactivated air base will start being issued June 26, and work is to start by Aug. 10, it was announced today by the Corps of Engineers in Little Rock. Meanwhile, an Arkansas Repub-, lican leader added conflicitng information to the apparently still- unsettled question of just what the Air Force plans to use the new base for. Osro Cobb of Little Rock, chairman of the State Republican Committee, told the Courier News today that he talked to Pentagon officials in Washington a few days ago and was told the base would be a Tactical Air Command facility. On May 26, a meeting of Air Force officers with city and Chamber of Commerce officials led to the announcement that the base had been shifted from the Tactical to the Strategic Air Command. This was tacitly confirmed by Air Force installations officials in Dallas. When Col. Thomas J. Hayes of Little Rick, district engineer, accepted the deed to the base land here June 11, he said -there was still some question as to the even- .ual use of this base. Plans announced thus far state :hat the main runway will be 10,000 feet long. This would be adequate for long take-offs required by heavily-loaded TAC planes, a termer Air Force pilot said here, but 12.000 feet would be more likely ! Proposed Wage Scale for Base Tops Pay Here Bui 1 Contractors Think Rates Due To Prevail Anyway BlylhevlUa contractors today Indicated that a wage scale presented by organized labor at a federal wage hearing here this week was higher than current wages but that, with exceptions, wages may have to be paid according to the recommended scale when federal construction In this area Is begun. The pay scale was presented by labor as "prevailing wages in this area" at the hearing, conducted ^ ^vu ^=0 ~v u ,u ^ ...... »^j . by . I tederal re;eree wi * the Unit- as runway length lor an SAC B36 i ea btates Department of Labor, bomber or its jet fighters. I The wages scales were recom- "Douglas' Stay Set Aside by Supreme Court Rosenberg Lawyers Send New Plea To Eisenhower WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court today set aside tht stay of execution issued by Justice Douglas to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. This presumably dooms them to death barring some last minute development. Announcement of the decision was made by Chief Justice Vinson shortly after the court met at 11 a. m. (EST). The court convened in extraordinary session yesterday to deal specifically with the stay, issued by Douglas only the day before. Execution Due Tonight NEW YORK W) — The execution of atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg is tentatively planned for 10 p.m. (EST) tonight, TJ. S. Marshal William A. Carroll said today. According to s release on bid | mended for use in connection with 1 reactivation of the air base and construction of Blytheville Housing Authority housing projects Contractors said while si 0 j ures are probably correct at this invitations, work on the first, buildings will start about Aug. 10. First two buildings to go up will _ . _ . be a wing headquarters building j Contractors said while some fig- and a guardhouse. Bid invitations for the headquarters building will be issued June 26, Col. Hayes said, and bids will be opened on or about July 29. All bids will be opened and contracts let in the Corps of Engineers' Little Rock office, The wing headquarters building The Rosenbergs, husband and wife, had been sentenced to die last night on conviction or stealing atomic secrete and passing them to Russia. With the court's action a plea for President Eisenhower to spare their lives will now go to the White House from the Justice Department. Attorneys for the Rosenbergs flled It with the department earlier this week. It has been held there pending the outcome of the court consideration of the case. on such-, clemency pleas always are made by the President's pardon attorney who works at the Justice Department. Eisenhower turned down an earlier plea for clemency in February. There was no immediate word lime, others — such as common i atter Vinson's announcement as to labor (set at $1.30 hourly in thi recommendation 1 than Is paid here. were higher "However," one contractor pointed out, "there isn't enough labor around to take care of these jobs, and we'll have to bring more be a two-story wood frame I In when the jobs start. Wages wi building containing approximately 12,288 square feet. It Will have n concrete foundation and first-floor slab and forced hot water heating. Construction time will be 136 calendar days. For the guardhouse, bid invitations will be issued June 29 with opening to be on or about July 3D. It will be a one-story masonry building containing about 2,200 square feet. Concrete will be used for the foundation, floor and roof, forced warm air heating is specified and construction time set at 90 calendar days. Col. Hayes said both contracts will include construction of drives, parking areas and sidewalks, and installation of exterior utilities. Work j probably run considerably higher when we get to work." Another contractor pointed out that "these things (wage scales) usually are worked out by labor and the government and settled on when things get rolling." Youth Is Shot y Lloyd Stanfill, Jr., Osceoia, Wounded OSCEOLA — Lloyd Stanfill Jr., Ifi-yesr-old ~ " Red Parachutist? SEOUL iff) — Soiith Korean police PMA State Committee Named;Spellings Listed £=r sw « Just a Scare CHICAGO </Ft— A telephone call to Appleton. Wis., cleared up ft six- hour kidnap scare Thursday after a the division of the nine justices on the issue. But Douglas spoke up strongly In dssent. "I know that I am right on the law." he declared. Justice Frankfurter stated In the court session that the questions raised by the issuance of the Douglas stay were "complicated and novel." Frankfurter added that he would dispose of the case only after opposing lawyers had been given full opportunity to study the questions. Then Justice Black announced from the high bench that he, too, dissented. Four Dissenters Douglas. Black, Frankfurter and j Justice Jackson made up the four- j man minority when the court turn- I ed down the Rosenbergs' appeal i last Monday — a rejection that touched off furious and unprecedented new legal maneuvering be! fore the high court. Douglas issued his stay Tuesday sub- the Ros- enbergs were properly sentenced pits] in Memphis today' followm* an accidental shooting near he-e " ncler *e espionage law of 1917. yesterday afternoon. ' i He sa 'd the courts should pass The youth was shot through the u P° n tlle issue °- f whether the case lower part of the back when a eun a 6ainst them should have been being handed him by Eda-ard Wil- Hsims, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Prank Williams of Osceola, discharged. j Mr Stanfill said his son, the Wil. brought under the atomic secrets act of 1946. The Atomic Secrets Act bars a death sentence unless (A) it is rec- . -, -- ...... , ommended by Ihe jury and (B) lams boy and Chester Dimahowpr, j there is a showing that the viola- 16. were in a boat on the Tennessee ! lion was with deliberate intent to Burlington, la., woman hoarded train nnd her husband missrd it while looking lor her. Dr. Carl Chirk nnd his wife, Har- I fi(lc ' ° r tlle fiver near Jacksonville ! injure the United States. rift. 75, had In dumge trains here' lnmll "S when Ihe .22 caliber target! The jury made no rerommenda- • pistol went off. ' Th boys thought, all the bullets in the gun had been fired, he said. Mrs. Stanfill said this morning east to near 80 southwest; high Saturday 95-105. Minimum this morning—82 (cstimat- ttlj. Maximum yesterday—103. Sunrlso tomorrow—4:47. Sunset today—7:18. Mcnn temperature (midway hetwpon hlsh and low)—06.5. Normal and mean for June—77.5. Prcclp. last 24 hours (7 a.m. to 7 ».m.)—none, Prcdp. Jan. 1 to date—30 42. This Dale Last Yrflr M'ntmum tli!:i nio:n,n<:—VS. Maximum yesterday—104. Frtctp. MB. 1 H tut—MM, i used for the truce signing cere- j c mony. There was no explanation. 4. Allied troops continued preparations for prisoner exchange and top Allied officers who will serve on a Joint Red-Allied military commission alter the armistice arrived In Munsan. The actual prisoner agreement makes no mention of numbers but says all prisoners opposing return to their homeland will be turned over to a repatriation commission See HEM 01 Pact It a fifth column agent into South Korea Tuesday night near In. chori during bombing attacks. A J s for 19 Years CHICAGO OT—JoHh C. Przypysz- ry, 25, a "straight A" average student through 19 years of schooling, received his University bf Illinois medical degree Thursday. Pnypysbny maintained his top scholastic record through fight years In grammar school, four In high school and seven at college. LITTLE ROCK (&>— The five-1 work with up to them. I'm sure they man Arkansas committee of the \ will select people they think high- | Production and Marketing Admin-1 ly qualified for the posts to ' istration has resigned, effective to-I filled." morrow, at the request of the Secretary of Agriculture. State Republican Chairman Osro Cobb said last night that a new three-man PMA committee would noon be announced this week-end by the j ton.) Department of Agriculture at Wash- In a Joint statement, the resigrT- Ington. Ing members — Charles C. Willey (Questioned by the Courier News 1 of Altheimer, J. L. Wright of Little this morning concerning the possi- I Rock, Ralph -Hudspeth ol St. Joe. bility of D. V. Maloch, County j Bryan E. Jessup of DeWItt, and Agent at Osceola, being named as I Henry Banks of Clarksdale—<;ald be Mr. Cobb said the appointment of new committee members, including A. C. Spellings of West Ridge, would probably he made this after- or Monday from Washing- en route to vi.slt their daughter, Mrs. Helen Hill, at Appleton. When Dr. Clark went to the information counter at the Chicago and Northwestern station, Mrs. Clark boarded the Appleton-bound train with some friends. Dr. Clark called police when other j persons in the station told him his j wife walked away with strangers.! After six hours, he called Appleton.' Mrs. Clark was there, I Mrs. Clark told her husband by telephone she hadn't worried until after the tr.-iin pulled out because she assumed the doctor was in another car. ^^r^«icr^H^SSSZr The boy's lower intestines were "iMl °'' * f.. P °f L" 0 ,";, .. tion in the New York 'rial of the Rosenbergs. At today's climactic court session. Douglas appeared to be read- ement punctured in 18 places by the bullet. Concrete Kimono At Buffalo BUFFALO. N. Y. IIP) — Vf.teran Buffalo policemen, remembering the gang-ruled days of prohibition when plain and fancy homicide was In to a West End to inspect what fashion, hurried house yesterday state PMA administrator, Mr. Cobb said any action concerning further PMA appointment* would be made by the new »tate- committee. "I don't know Mr. Maloch myself." Mr. Cobb said, "and now that we'll b.* having this new state committee I think w« should leave Ihe hiring of UH pcopto who few will their resignations h.iri been submitted April 3 and subsequently accepted. Cobb suld new committee members would he W. L. Jameson Jr. of Magnolia, A. C. Spellings of West Ridge, an "Elsenhower Democrat," and John Ellis of Fayetteville. somebody said was a "concrete kimono." To workmen remodeling the houses it was Just another concrete slab they found beneath the first floor of the cellar-less dwelling. It was 5 feet long, 2 1 ; feet wide, and about 30 Inches deep. KKiKll About the sue of a small He spoke loudly and with apparent conviction that he still felt that his position in granting a slay was the right one. Douglas emphasized that he felt no death penalty should have been pronounced in this case without a recommendation for capital punishment by the trial jury. "No man or woman should go to death under an unlawful sentence," Douglas declared. Jimmy, 3, Ends Driving Career DETROIT UP) — Three-year-old! Jimmy Ray Bennett today assessed the results of his first driving les- i sion and agreed to an indefinite! postponement on the second. I Jimmy climbed into the car of a ! neighbor yesterday and stepped on! the starter while trying out the! gadgets he found inside i The car which had been parked j backwards. Before halting after a collision with a stop sign, the car clipped a parked car Jimmy, excited by the sudden ride, grabbed at the gearshift lever. throwing the car into forward. The i here this morning, and was slated car leaped ahead and side.wiped two more cars before stalling. Jimmy Jumped from the car nnd ran into his house. "Me no hurt. Me no hurt." Jim- payment for Injuries received in my assured his father whrn be \vnsj an automobile Occident on High- pulled from under a bed where he; way .81 near the BlythevllU Coua- had M«i i*fu«*. I ^ Ctub la* Dee. N. Court Hears Boyd-Barrlerr Evidence Evidence in the case of Willis P. Boyd, et al, vs. Dr. Robert Bartlett was heard in Circuit Court to continue this afternoon at 1 p.m. with Judge Charles Light presiding. A damage suit, the case seeks

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