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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 108 Blytheviiie Courier Blytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, JULY 27, 1953 TEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS House Group To Talk With Farmers Seeks to Devise Gross Roots Policies WASHINGTON (AP) — The House staked out a "grass roots" out-of-Washington approach to critical and mounting farm problems and posed politically explosive questions it hopes to answer. "Our agriculture program should be formulated at the grass roots end not in Washington," said Rep. Hoeven CR-Towa), who heads a group which is mapping a nationwide tour the 33-member committee will take after Congress adjourns. In the face of falling farm prices, increasing: surpluses and the prospects of more government crop restrictions, the questions may be crucial issues in next year's congressional elections. The committee's plans showed litt'e willingness to sit by and wait for recommendations from the Eisenhower a dministration, which also has called for a basic change in the governments' farm program. Chairman Hope (E-Kas) of the Agriculture Committee said: ''The job before us now is to adjust the furm program to the changed times, with farmers themselves taking a larger part in preparing and running this program of the future." Affects Everybody.. Hope said city people should follow the committee's tour with interest because they should realize that "hard times in the country ultimately mean breadlines in the cities." Hope cited these among questions for study during the committee's hearings: 1. Is there a way to support storable commodities at 90 per cent of the parity price without inviting excessive production? 2. Would a flexible price support program, ranging between 75 per cent and 90 per cent of parity, adjust production and require fewer controls over farmers? 3. Would producers of storable commodities, such as wheat and c&L'.v -pixiei .!• vwo'tJiii-c j'ystem, unfit/ which products consumed in this country would get high price supports but crops would be sold abroad at the freer and lower world market prices? 4. Should the government attempt price support programs in the perishable- field—such as fruits, vegetables and animal products? Would government - insured •£);' loans, at reasonable interest and running up to 10 years' repayment, speed up soil conservation work? The committee will hold hearings in New England and (he Pennsylvania-New Jersey vegetable producing area in August. Then in early October it strikes out from Washington: a six-week study that will take it to the West from the Canadian to the Mexican borders. Bypa: Highway 18 ssHit By Big 'If State Will Do It —If City Buys Right-of-Way Efforts to get State Highway 18 rerouted to avoid sharp curves in the present route along 21st Street today ran headlong into a roadblock that threatened to stall the whole proceedings. The State Highway Commission told Mayor Dan Blodgett it would proceed with the new bypass route and then appended a big "if" that is also raising objections in other Arkansas counties. If, said the Highway Commission, the City of Blytheville will acquire the right-of-way for the two-mile project and present it cost-free to the state, the work would be authorized to proceed in the "most feasible and economic manner." Bringing Highway 18 — after widening and improving it to match the remainder of the route westward — into Blytheville by running it in a northeastward curve from the end of the improved portion to Main Street at 21st has been a hoped-for project for several years. But it is now snagged on a ruling of the new Cherry-appointed [ Highway Commission that counties | H Manila Farmers Aid Family of Boat Victim MANILA — Out at 5 a.m. today and still working hard at mid-morning were a group of iarmers of Manila and vicinity who worked three fields totaling 50 acres for the survivors of AI- ford Bacon, who died Thursday of injuries received in a boat accident on Big Lake June 19. At left above, some of the farmers in on planning of the work talk over progress during a brief time-out. Harold (Trigger) Wall, (center, in tee shirt), who was up at 4:30 to start the ball rolling, confers with others on what's still to be done. More than 100 choppers were in the fields at work's peak in early morning, and eight tractors were on hand with others in readiness should they be needed. At right, "Uncle Tom" Gibson, 87, was one of the first to take up a hoe. "I wouldn't take a million dollars for my chance to help out," he told others who joined the group. The project, which "just caught fire" according to farm- ers, had nearly the whole town involved when it got around that folks were "out to do something" for Bacon's wife and daughters. "This is real spirit we have out here this morning," one worker told the Courier News, "the most around here in a long time," Meanwhile, a pm - se of some $875 had been raised, and townspeople had pledged not to stop "until we have a $1,000" to give to the Bacons. (See additional picture on Page 10.) (Courier News Photo) Nervous Truce, No Peace for Korea Reds Boast of Victory; Troops Will Not Pull OUT PANMUNJOM (AP) — Generals of the U. Nf. Command and the Red armies signed today at long last a compromise armistice in the bitter, three-year Korean War. It means not peace but a nervous truce. They signed in 10 minutes a document that took 2 years and 17 days to write. It calls, for the fighting to stop at 10 p. m. tonight 8 a. m. EST, Monday. Congress: Truce Wonderful But What of the Future? By WARREN ROGERS JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — Practically to a man, members of Congress who commented on the signing of the Korean armistice said, in effect: Wonderful, but what of the future? "We have only opened a new chapter in a long book — the fight for peace," was the reaction of Sen. Wiley (R-Wis), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Wiley and many of Republicans applauded his fellow the truce .greement, but generally in terms highly tempered with caution. Others, like Chairman Short (H- Mu) of the House Armed Services Committee, were ?v,e.n more pessimistic. Short said he was "anything but pleased." Democrats, like Senate Minority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas and assistant House Leader Mc- Cormack of Massachusetts, called for vigilance against any Communist ruse during the post-truce period. And Sen. , Douglas (D-I11) questioned whether admission of Red China to the United Nations "may well be . ."'. the informal uAler- standing that lies behind the whole armistice." However, Rep. Vorys (R-Ohio), appearing on the same CBS tele- Blytheville Woman, in River Three Accidents, 2 Traffic Cases Over Week End Two traffic violations and three accidents occurred over the weekend with no injuries to the persons involved. Willie Blackman, Blytheville Negro, pleaded guilty this morning in Municipal Court to the charge of reckless driving in connection with an accident at 16th and Ash Streets. Blackman stated that he was entering 16lh when his brakes failed and his car careened across the street and over the curb, just missing the home of Mrs. Tom Burns, and crashing into the side of a house on the back of Mrs. Burns' lot. The wall of the house •was broken in, but only slight damage was caused to the car. The case against Blackman was continued until Aug. l. Herschel Patterson was charged In court this morning with overloading a vehicle and forfeited bond of $30.25. Willie R. Hall was charged with driving while intoxicated and forfeited bond of $111.25. Two minor traffic accidents happened 15 minutes apart Saturday afternoon. William L. Cash was going east on Vine at 6:15 when his car was struck by that of Mrs. J. O. Boone who was traveling south on 17th. Minor damage was done to both cars. The second accident occurred on Highway 61 at 6:30 when T. W. Neil, Steele, Mo., attempting to cross back into the right lane struck the front of a car driven by Miss Hazel Holt, from Michigan, with his rear fender. Mrs. J- F. Babb of Blytheville and l>er nine-year-olrl son, James which furnish the right-of-way for: Calvin Babb, drowned yesterday while swimming in the Black River road projects will be served first. _, ^ Sportsmnn - s Camp nea *. Po rUa f Ark., after the 28-year-old mother i went to the rescue of her son and husband, whom she thought were drowning. Mr. Babb,. 61-year-old sign.com-* — pany employe, told State troopers Mayor Blodgett today receive from the Highway Commission a photostatic copy of "minute order" rtating that work would begin when three conditions were met: furnishing of right-of-way, approval of Bureau of Puulic Roads and passage by the City Council of an ordinance accepting the provisions. Ordinance Enclosed Enclosed was a sample ordinance, acceptance of which would mean the city "agrees to furnish all right-of-way as may be required by condemnation, purchase or otherwise and will assume all costs of such additional right of 1 way expressly including, but not limited to, compensation for land taken and damages to remaining land located outside the right of and sheriff's deputies from Walnut way. This ordinance also calls for the city to agre to clear the right-of- way of all obstructions, including buildings, and to reset existing fences and install new fences if required '!a no cost to the state or federal government." The city also would have to make or finance all necessary utility adjur'.hents (moving of) power line poles, etc.) caused by the road-building. A minimum width of 80 feet would be required for the right-of- way. Even if this were agreeable with Ridge that the youth had gone out in the water too far and he had gone after him. He said his wife, thinking both were drowning, started to their re- j scue. The boy grasped her and pulled ' both under. Mrs. Babb's body was recovered about six hours later and James' body was found by officers and volunteers in another 30 minutes. The Babbs, including their six- year-old twins, Minnie Faye and Minnie Kay, and William David, 3 had spent Saturday night at the camp. Double services for Mrs. Babb and Former Luxora Woman Killed Mrs. Walter Jones Fatally Injured in Wreck Near Eyadale LUXORA — Mrs. Walter T. Jones of Memphis, former Luxora resident, died yesterday of Injuries received when the car she was James will be conducted at 3 p. m. j drivi } ft Hi hw 6I near Eva , tomorrow at Armorel Baptist Church I & & J by the Rev. Bill Edmonson. Burial dale several hours earlier, will be in Elmwood Cemetary with I Mrs. Jones, who was 31, told her Cobb Funeral Home in charge. (brother, Joe K. Gallop of Luxora, Mrs. Babb was born at Huffman before she died in Campbell's and the boy at Mobile, Ala., Both Clinic, that she fell asleep while had resided here most of thir lives, driving. Other survivors of Mrs. Babb in- j She was en route to Luxora to eluded three stop-sons, Paul Joe visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Babb of Dallas, J. F. Babb, Jr., of K. E. Gallop. After the car left Tulsa, Okla., and Otha Babb of the highway, it struck a house. *v«» » „.» ««« - B .«-M« «,.« Muskogee, Okla.. five step daugh-1 Funeral arrangements were in- the city - and opposition already! ters - Mrs - Osia Rainbow of Dallas, complete today pending arrival of Mrs. Flossie Rader and Mrs. Shirley her husband, who Is working in Campbell, all of Dallas, Mrs. Billie Chicago. National Funeral Home 01 Memphis will be in charge. Born In Mississippi, Mrs. Jones, . the former Miss Lucille Gallop, Armorel; and a brother Thomas,had resided in Memphis for the -r,,.i _, ,,-.._,_ ., . , j past 10 years. She was a member is crystalizing — the city would be hard put to obtain sufficient money to buy the needed right-of-way. With the exception of about 300 feet of gravel road in front of Rice-Stix factory, all land that would be involved in rerouting Highway 18 lies outside the city limits. Three M/ssco Men Return from Far East Three Mississippi County ms-.n were aboard the Navy Transport Marine Phoenix when It docked at Seattle yesterday with 2,451 passengers from the Far East. They are Cpl. Raymond L. Meadows of Osceola and Cpl. Logan H. Kline and Pfc. Herbert M. Robert«on, both of BlytnevHla. First Osceola Customer Gets Natural Gas Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's first natural gas customer in Osceola began receiving service Friday. First to be connected to the city's distribution system, which Is 85 pf.r cent complete, was the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ress Carwlie Chest Group to Meet There will be a meeting of the advisory committee of the Community Chest board tomorrow at 2 p. m. In the Chamber of Commerce offices in the City Hall to discuss the U54 fund drive, it was announced today by Toler Buchanan, campaign chairman. Gene McDonald of Muskogee, and Mrs. Helen Night of Tulsa; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kirk of Richard Kirk of Armorel. Wilson to Buy 3 School Buses The Wilson School Board has an- plied to the State Board of Education for a loan of $9.000 from the. state agency's revolving loan fund. To be retired In five years from revenues accruing to the .-.ehool''; operating fund, the money is scheduled to be used to purchase three school buses. LaMarr Gets Legion Post LITTLE ROCK I/PI — O. M. Le- Marr of Faycttcvllle, yesterday defeated R. B. Stout of Little Rock, formerly of Blytheville, and DuVal Purkln.", of Warren for the post of commander of the Arkansas Department of the American Legion, again until next Monday. of the Baptist Church. Other survivors include a daughter, Dorothy. Holland Case Still Pending CARUTHERSVILLE— No decision was forthcoming this morning on the Holland incorporation case. Holland Is attempting to annex a strip on Highway 61, and owners of the land involved are resisting annexation. They have challenged Holland's legal existence as an incorporated town. The County Court Clerk's office said here this morning thar, attorneys for both the town and landowners failed to appear In court. County Court will not Hardly had they completed the signing when these ominous, clashing warnings were sounded: The Chinese Red Peiping radio boasted that the Communists had wun "a glorious victory" and cautioned Red soldiers to remain alert and guard against any disrupted actions from the other side." U. N. Commander Gen. Mark Chirk told hss troops flatly there will be no "immediate or even early withdrawal" from Korea and declared that the U. N. is staying on — ''a reminder to the enemy and his emissaries that our inifeht and power stand behind the pledges of the United Nations to defend the Republic of Korea against anv aggressor." "More War" South Korean President Syng- man Rhee declared again his conviction that the armistice "will piove to be (be prelude to more \v:ir . . . move sulfering and r.nn . . . further Comrnunist advances by war and subversion." He said South Korea would not disturb the truce of "a limited Umc" while, a. political conference tries to unify the country and work out plans for withdrawal of Chinese Communist forces from the North. Tne 8lh Army commander. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, said the arml- was "just a suspension of hostilities, which may or may not be preparatory to permanent peace." And in Washington, President Eisenhower welcomed the armistice with thanksgiving but warned that "WR mav npf, now relax our sruarv. no)' erase our quest. 1 ' On the battle line only an occa- sional machine gun burst or of artillery brol't the silence. Only in the air did the war really continue, but in a decreased intensity. nmg their names one minute after the appointed hour of 10 a. m. and were through signing the 18 documents involved at 10:11. Each looked at the other for a long moment after they were through. Nam II arose from the table and walked, out the north cioor. Harrison went out the south door. Commanding officers of troops from .16 Uniied Nations members in the war witnessed the ceremony. No representative was present from South Korea. Gen. Clark signed nine copies of the truce document at Allied advance headquarters In Munsan. three hours later. About 400 guests and 100 newsmen watched him. sign in an Army theater building. The nine other copies were seat to North Korea for signing by the Allied planes bombed Red troop j Communist commanders, North concentrations and Sabre jets I Korean Marshal Kim II Sung and T/ianfcsgiving Prayers For Armistice Asked Prayers of thanksgiving for the end of three years and one month of war in Korea were urged today by the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance. The Rev- William J. Fltzhugh, vice president of the Alliance, today asked on the behalf of the Alliance that Blytheville churches devote a portion of their nexc .services to prayers of thanksgiving for the armistice signed yesterday. prowled the North Korean skies for MIGs, but found none to fight. WHhln 72 hnurs from the official enu of the fighting, troops of each side must pull back l'/ 4 miles leaving between them a buffer z..ine 2',2 miles wide running the entire length of the 150-mile front. Signing Smooth The brief signing ceremony at Panrnunjom ran smoothly in sharp contrast to Ihe months of sharp words, demands, counterdemands and walkouts that marked the long-drawn negotiations, Without a word to each other, Lt. Gen. William ,K. Harrison Jr. Myned for the Allies and Gen. Nam II for the Communists in a bare, one-room, Orients 1-type building hastily constructed by the Communists lor the occasion. The chief negotiators began pen- vision program with Douglas, said he would be "very much surprised" if that was the case. Quiet Greeting: Washington greeted last night'E news of the Korean truce signing quietly. ....... .A "crippled'--"newsbcy, shiAlling through a small crowd of soldiers and young men waiting at a bus stop, kept shouting, "War's over." He got a few looks but sold no papers. Just before the truce hour, a reporter called at the Russian Embassy. An ii Me poked his head around '-he naor and, to nil questions, said, "Embassy closed—no- boay here—tomorrow please." A South ICovcan emlssnn f erppt.pd the truce with harsh wurus. "Noin- n;y but a crumble of trash," said Col. Ben. C. Limb South Korea's represent* ve to the United Na-lions, in a filmed appearance on a CBS television program. He cnlled on nations friendly to South Korea to survive this evil of Communist to "work tojrrther if we are going imperialism ' Truman Comments Elsewhere, lormer President Truman issued B two-sentence state-,— --•-> --- — -- -, - &— i* »<•—•- ment at his Independence Mo [started to yell, his voice breaking around as the news is relayed to " with excitement. He's Got H! "He's got it! He's got the bottle! Chinese Gen Peng TehAhuai. Tuesday morning the Red£ will bfi handed the copies signed by Clark, and the TJ. N. Command will receive the copies signed tor Kim and Peng. No Ceremony Clark will sign the nine Communist-signed copies in Seoul Tuesday. There will be no ceremony. After the signing is over each si:ie will have three copies of-the document in English, three in Chinese and three In Korean. Present when Clark signed the armistice Wai Maj. Gen. Choi Duk Chin, South Korean truce delegate, who began boycotting the armistice talks late in May In protest against a cease-fire that leaves his country divided. Choi said he attended .15 an ob- See TRUCE on Page 10 one Weary Boys of ItemCompany Amid Tragedy, Suffering By JOHN RANDOM 1 !! CENTRAL FRONT, Korea (AP) — I had promised Item Company I would bring them a bottle of whiskey the minute that agreement was reached on the armistice. They didn't see me coming until the last 20 yards on the steep and muddy hill northeast of Kumhwa. Under my. arm, like a football, I was carrying the fifth of 100- proof bond, wrapped .safely dirty CI khaki towel. in stained battle map. "Thank you very much," he Sgt. Ippofitn spotted me flounder-j said. ing and gasping up the final slope. I am invited into the tiny bunker He looked a long moment—then he _ and the small group gathers old Eimmunition box underneath his Army slang: the way Ipolito uses field telephone and the home, saying: "I am certainly glad that th« truce is signed. I sincerely hope—and I want to underline 'hope' — that it means peace." Speaker of the House Joseph Martin (B-Mass) also voiced a strong hope for peace. Calling the truce "most welcome news for people everywhere," Martin nevertheless counseled: "We must continue to be constantly on guard." McCormack said he would have preferred "much stronger terms on It's an armistice, by God— they've got an armistice!" Helmet. t;d heads craned out of bunkers and foxholes and dirty I bearded faces turned my way and mud -|k ft always did mean "tidy up" but, here it means gathering up the possessions of a dead or Bounded comrade- A pile of those possessions is lyin£ on the ammunition box beside the field telephone. other company positions and out-1 There is a fountain pen, a New posts on the field telephone. Testament, oug tag, a watch, and I have corne back to Item Company at a terrible moment. Only two hours before, in most beyond bearing tragedy al- in the last hours of the war, two rounds of American artillery have landed by our part." U Truman had made them, he said, the Republicans would have been critical. Ippolito ran down the slopes to meet me. j A horrible suspicion of doubt crossed his face and he stopped short „,,.,., * A Just the n '£ ht before, this com"You wouldnt kid us, would and Kj Company, its you? It's true, am t it? [neighbor, fought back a savage Chinese attack that was launched s. lew old letiers from home, We'll Catch It Cpl. Walter W. Turner, a Negro £quud leader from Baltimore, shook - jliis head in deepest skepticism. accident in the middle of tne com- Wc , n catch u tonighfc . for sure , pany in two seconds a sergeant We can ]oo): for a lot of blank v/as dead and 10 other men werej,. wounded, some very seriously. Met Attack ' "I wouldn't kid you," I said.. [ "It's true. It's official. The U.N , ' C o m m a n d this afternoon an- j shellfire. chort said: "I hope for the best. i nouncecl nn armls uce had been I arn fearful ifs only a temporary j af , reed upon . They sign " — -'" *- " ^^y fl j. JQ ^ j^ ,J. ne CCaSe .fj rg J S 12 hours later — 10 p. m, tomorrow." Another and deeper shadow crossed Ippolito's face. with 5,000 rounds of Communist . tnmg. It is something we'll have to accept and make the best of." here. I ke Midnight Friday Is Deadline for Truck Licenses Truck owners here were reminded today by North Mississippi County Revenue Inspector U. W. Mullins that midnight Friday Is the deadline for purchasing new license plates. Penalties of $3 for each lf)-day period after the deadline will be assessed, he said. On the basis of the number sold last year, Mr. Mullins said, about one-half of the truck owners in North Mississippi County still have not purchased new license plates. . These men are bone weary . . . tomor -1 filthy . . . dirty . . . soaked to the They have been living in holes like j sergeant who rotated home rats since the U. S. 3rd Division said all he wanted was his was jerked from only three hours I blank blank hlanking hell tonight. It's all in the trust of the Lord — j it'll be a lone, night till daybreak: comes." Lt Patton. who comes from Dalas. shook his head slowly: "If I ever get back to Texas I'l! never bitch again. All I ever want to do is to forget 1 was ever eep thinking of the old ' and ' dog of reserve and flung into the Kum"Tonight . . . You mean we got- j song front to plug the g , tp , cft ta sweat out tonight . Jesus BlytheYille Man Wounded in Korea Pfc. Charles S. Hopper of Blytheville, has been wounded In acUor in Korea, members of his family reported Saturday. Pfc. Hopper, assigned to ;vn iirlii- Icry unit, was wounded In tnc arm. leg and shoulder and rcceivd burns July 13 when the 'ruck he convene was driving was struck by enemy Un. Christ.,. I hope we make it." Then he shoved the awful fear out of his mind, brightened again and shouted: ''The lieutenantl Lieutenant! They got an armistice—he brought the bottle just like he said." A Muddy Hole The others were crowding around now, maybe a dozen of them, and I was escorted to the muddy hole covered with logs that was the company command post. Lt. Don C. Patton, the company executive, leaned out from under the sandbagged logs. Patton is a bronzed young man with a. big brown moustache and a sweaty, mud-stained face. We shake hands. Ippolito explains our bargain. I hand over the bottle. "Whenever you think best." I tell him. Patton considers. It is 5 p. m. now, Sunday evening. For 2!) hours slill thc.se men will be at war while all Hie world relaxes and rejoices. Twenty-nine hours, 2!) eternities, on a hill In North Korea, where death counts out the seconds, one by one. "We'll drink It tomorrow night 10 o'clock." P.ilion decides, and the collapse of the BOK Capitol ' tags for medals and his backside for a souvenir." Sgl. Cobert Mitchell of New York D i v j s | on ' , ci| J' talked about the Chinese Now these men are told that the : ' c! ° ss the hl!: ' war is over—except that they must I ' You know I don't think they go through one more night of feari w ' inL to figh: any more than we ' terror on this hill position, i do. I hope they stay in their holes than a mile from Chinese I tonight, just like we will, A lot See WEARY GI'S on Page 10 and less lines. The "krrrgump!" of a Chinese shell resounds from the hill where Love Company is waiting across the valley to our left. These men, With their angers, their bitterness, their hope, their fears, their terrible physical ex- haustions, are at a peak of emotional strain that is rare Weather the Infantry, where fatalism Is cultivated. "An armistice—It makes a man want to Rot down on his knees and thank God," said Sgt. Sail Ippolito of Brooklyn. N. Y., who has served for nine montns in Korea. "We'll stay In our holes tonight nrit; pray to God we make it. It makes a man want to pray—m.'Ke-- him want to cry and It was one cl our own goddnninied rounds that Wt the guys today. We hud to police up II men today—all at the last moment I don't think it was tile gunners' fault. Maybe It was Ju-t some hnd ammunition. ARKANSAS — clear to partly among | cloudy Uiis afternoon, tonight and | he puts the botlle carefully In an I The phrase "police up" is New Tuesday. Not much change in temperature. MISSOURI — Generally fair and hot tonight and Tuesday: low t> night 68-78; high Tuesday 95-103. Maximum Snuminy—94. Minimum Saturday—72. Maximum yostertliiy—95. Minimum yesterday morning—TO. Sun.sct today—7:06. Huiirlse tomorrow—5:07. Prerlp. last U hours la 6:30 p.m yM- u-fday—none. ( Mean temperature (mldwtly bctwe«4 higli and low)—80, Prcclp. Jfcn 1 to data—32.21. Thli Dntf l.ut Year Minimum this morning—78. Maximum yesterday—108. Pteclp. Jau. 1 to dale—-26.41.