The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 23, 1953 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, July 23, 1953
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THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1988 Report from Moscow— BLYTHBTTLLB (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS PAGE Parties, Friends Grew Cooler As Cold War Tension Increased EDITOR'S VOTE — Eddy Gilriiore, for 11 years an AP correspondent In Moscow, is back on "the right side of the Iron uurtaln," as he expresses it. In this story, third of a series to appear here this week, Gilmore gives a glimpse Into Moscow life as foreigners used to live it, and as they have lived it since the cold war developed. By EDDY GILMORE PARIS (AP) — The cold war started, and a frigid wind began to blow from Joseph Stalin's Kremlin, cooling off any faint hope of American-Soviet cooperation and growing friendship. The air from Washington wasn't 'exactly warm, either. It would be incorrect to say that Americans in Moscow, even during the greatest moments of wartime pal talk, were ever howlingly popular with the Communist government. But we were with the people and compared to what happened later, we led a charmed life. I left an official party at 2:20 one morning, arm in arm with a man who is now a marshal in the Soviet army. With other Russians and foreigners from some of the embassies, \ve journeyed to my apartment. This high military man, once inside my modest place, lit the candles, turned down the lights and , sat down at the piano and played until dawn. It all seemed not very unusual then Another time I found myself at a big Russian dinner. More than 60 persons at one long table. I seemed to be the only foreigner present. "Eddy Eddyovich," said my host, "I've found something for 5'ou." He proudly whipped out a bottle of Scotch. A little dark man near me, who looked like a party type, shuddered. He locked around him with what I thought was considerable suspicion, and turned to a major general in the Soviet army. No Vodka "Comrade General," said the party type, "Scotch whisky (Shet- landsky viskey was the way he said it in Russian) may be all right for some people, but I prefer our Russian vodka, don't you?" The general, who had a stout hooker of shetlandsky viskey in his right hand, gave him a cold eye. "No," he said, "I'm not that chauvinistic.' You invited Russians to your apartment and some of them came. Some of them invited you to their places. You found yourself at real Russian parties ihat must not have c!'nn?ed ovnr the years. And there were lots of Russians about. i'ou liked the people and they sc?mcd to like you. I'm not referring to the small group of Russians who had been approved for contact with foreigners. They weie always about, polite, often charming-, good conversationalists, hut nevertheless, people we felt were unduly interested in what we were saying and commenting on. I'm referring to just plain Russians, anrt some who were anything but plain. But not approved people. Foreigners could travel Into the countryside in all directions from . Moscow, and while it isn't exactly j the French Riviera, it offered j some good swimming spots which I 'vere especially nice after parties , in summer. j The Gypsies | And there were the Gypsies, i The best Russian parties, I be- i lieve. must have Gypsies. At the end of the evening. Like chain- ; pa;;ne at the end of the dinner ; Well, we had them back in those days. Then one morning, after a very fine party, there was a "veliki scandal." A bad show. An incident. A junior member of the American embassy (not on the diplomatic 1st) was taking a Gypsy girl home in a taxi, I believe, he reported she resented his attention. She reported, and in the public press that she resented his advances. The paper talamea American boorish- NOTICF Orl-nflTION TO ANNEX TERRITORY Notice is hereby given that a petition has been filed in the County Court for the Chickasnwba District i of Mississippi County, Arkansas, by j E. B. David and Rovene C. David, j his wife, who are the owners of the j property mentioned herein, for the nnnexation of ihe following properly to the City of Blytheville, Arkansas: That part of the northeast quarter of section 17, township 15 north, range 11 east, belonging to E. B. David and Rovene C. David, his wife .that lies south of Main Street of Biy- theville; west of Twenty-first Street of Blytheville and north of the right-of-way of the St. Louis — San Francisco Railway Company, being the property that is being platted by the said E. B. David and wife as the Elmwood Gardens Addition to the City of Blytheville, Arkansas. Dated at Blytheville, Arkansas, on this 6th day of July, 1953. Marcus Evrard, Attorney for Petitioners 719-16-23 ness and a lack of respect for women. Now I admire Gypsies almost as much as any people In the world and I've been around a few in my day. I think the American must have handled his case badly. Or that he was framed, because I've never heard of gypsies writing in the paper about such private things. H Got Worse Then there was the case of another young American whose auto- j mobile was rammed from -behind i by a Russian car. He got out and there was a large argument anc when the Russian started to drive off, the American smashed In one of his side windows. These were signs of the times The cold wind blew colder. No Gypsies at parties. Very few Russians at parties. Then no Eussians at all at parties. Then no Russian friends. Travel restrictions Were clamped on all foreigners. The diplomatic rate of 12 rubles to a dollar was reduced to 8 to a dollar and then came the money reform and It was 4 to a dollar. This wasn't, and isn't today, c.n exchange rate. It borders on confiscation. As the wife of a former American ambassador, Adrniral Alan G. Kirk, so aptly put it^all the foreigners were thrown up on a raft together. Some couldn't stand it. One day a young attache at the embassy told the ambassador: "They almost got me last night. They tried to push me out of the vindow." In a few days he was on his way home. A Norwegian shot himself one night. A young man from the British embassy ran amok in the Met- ropole Hotel's dining room. Two embassies found microphones on their premises. They didn't appear to be new ones, but they were rigged up with wires. We talked in even softer whispers to one another. And people complained bitterly about life in Mosco«'. That's just a sampling of the cold war. IT'S EASIER THAN EVER TO AFFORD GOOD FURNITURE at WADE'S TOMORROW: Who's running Russia now? For a Smooth Shave— SAN DIEGO, Calif. (/Pj—Harold Ramm said it worked fine when the •dtchen ready-whipped cream (rib- aon squeeze kind) got mixed with is bathroom ready-shave kind. Never had a,smoother shave, said Ramm. But, Mrs. Ramm rejected the idea of trying the ready-shave cream on the strawberries. Bedroom Suite Values! 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