The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 12, 1955 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, January 12, 1955
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1955 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE SEVEN Soviet Has Agreed to Return Third Prisoner, Pvt. Verdine WASHINGTON (AP) — Pvt. William Verdine, a prisoner of the Russians for five years, may soon be back in Starks, La., with the "happiest mother there ever was." The State Department announced late yesterday that the Soviet government had agreed to turn over the 28-year-old soldier to U. S. authorities in Berlin. The date for Vordine's repatriation will be set later. Less than two weeks ago, the Russians said blandly Verdino's whereabouts were not known. But since that time, two other Americans freed by the Soviets after years In captivity have reported seing Verdine at the notorious Vorkuta slave labor camp In arctic Russia. One of these newly freed Americans, John H. Noble, 31, ot Detroit, told a Berlin news conference yesterday he bejleves eight American Navy airmen shot down over the Baltic Sea nearly five years ago may be alive in Soviet prison camps. The Navy has listed them as dead. Noble, who spent 9>/ 2 years as a Red prisoner, and Pvt. William C. Marchuk, 3D of Non-blown, Pa., who like Verdine was held for five years, were freed by the Russians last Saturday. A four-engine Navy Privateer vanished April 8, 1950, while on a training mission over the Baltic. Hopes Dim for 9 Eskimos Adrift On Ice Flow OTTAWA Wl — Mounted police and the Royal Canadian Air Force are searching for nine Eskimos adrift on an Ice floe in Hudson Bay since Jan. 4. A police spokesman said last night the prospect of find- Ing them "doesn't look so good." The Eskimos were marooned when a chunk of ice on which they apparently were hunting seals broke away from the northeast shore of the Bay. Their dog teams, kayaks, and ice boats were found on the shore, Mountte Supt. H. A. Larsen said here the Eskimos likely could survive on seal or walrus meat if they had matches to ignite the blubber which is their customary fuel. Otherwise, he explained, they would be threatened by exposure to the subzero temperature. The,United States charged Russian fighters had shot down the unarmed craft. A year later, the Navy announced that it considered the 10 missing crewmen legally dead. Big: Party Planned But Noble said it was common knowledge at Vorkuta that some Americans who came down 1n the Baltic were In a Soviet prison. When news of Army Pvt. Verdine's impending release reached his home town, Mrs. Willie Verdine, a 55-year-old widow, exclaimed she was the "happiest mother there ever was." She promised a "big party . . . when he comes home." Mrs. Verdine, mother, of six, said she had given up hope of ever seeing her soldier son again until eight months ago when she said she received a card from him, She said she got another card about six weeks ago and that Verdine told her then he was "well and hoped to be home soon." Marchuk and Verdine were picked up by the Russians in Soviet-occupied East Germany in 1949. Marchuk now is in Army detention, facing a possible court martial for being absent without leave. Noble said Marchuk "told me he got picked up in the Soviet sector {of Berlin) while drunk." Police Quell Revolt of 300 Inmates of Leper Colony PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad Wr— Police have quelled a revolt by 300 inmates of the Chacachacare Island leper colony, but the patients are on a sltdown strike protesting the removal of the doctor who gave them a Christmas holiday in Trinidad. The police took over the 151-acre islet, 13 miles west of here, yesterday after the Inmates seized control in an effort to prevent the removal of Dr. Michael Coi«cos, superintendent of the settlement. Corcos w mainland la launch and as returned to the st night by a police Dr. Young Lao was put in charge. Trinidad officials said Corcos is on "compulsory leave" pending an answer from the British government to their request that he be fired. The Trinidad government wants Corcos ousted because he let the patients come to the mainland during Christmas despite a protest from the governor of the British colony. The colony's inmates issued an ultimatum, "Dr. Corcos or nobody," ana toon over. The Sisters of Mercy, Jrom Baltimore, Md., who care for the patients, appealed for police help. Senators Renew Call for Security Program Probe NEW STAMP-"Towered Italia" is the theme of this stamp just issued by the Italian government- H has the head of a young woman wearing'a towered-wall crown The crpwn is symbolic of the many towers in Italy, such as the one at Pisa. Sens. field (D-Mont) and Monroney (D- Okla) renewed yesterday calls for a Senate inquiry into the Eisen- Presbyterians To Name New Head on Church NEW YORK tffi — A movement was developing today to name Dr. John Sutherland Bonnell, widely known radio minister as the head of the Presbyterian Church in (he U.S.A. Many leading ministers across the country joined in backing the 62-year-old clergyman for the office. Members of trie big presbyteries (districts) of New York and Los Angeles met early this week and named Dr. Bonnell as their choice as the next moderator of the 2 l / z million-member denomination. The election will not oe held un[(II the church's General Assembly meets this spring, but.Dr. Millard G. Roberts, a New York pastor Mrs. Prancys Faulkner, faculty sponsor of the Echo, Manila High School yearbook, announces winners of the Who's Who contest as follows: Clifford Hicks, senior, Mr. Manila High; Bonnie Hodges, junior. Miss Manila High; Kenny Isaacs, Junior class president, most Intellectual boy; Inelda Tlpton, senior, most intellectual girl for the second consecutive year; Dean Wagner, junior, uest boy athlete; Mavis Shelton, best girl athlete; B. L. Hicks, freshman, most handsome boy; Reba Brinkley, Junior, most beautiful girl; Vance Waddell, senior, boy most likely to succeed; Nancy White, sophomore, girl most likely to succeed; Freddie Veach, Junior, most versatile boy; Dorothy Roach, sophomore, most versatile girl. Robert Hamilton, junior high basketball star, suffered a Irac- tured collar bone as he played football after school last week. Prankie Byrd. son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Byrd of Manila, who Is stationed at Fort Jackson, S. C., made quite a record for himself when he made 202 out of a possible 210 in rifle practice recently. He has been appointed squad leader of his company. Sunday night to help conclude the youth evangelistic campaign. Rep. Gene Fletman of Manila is chairman of the Legislature's Banking Committee again this session. Revival services at Manila Methodist Church will begin Jan. 16 at 7:00 with the Rev. Floyd Vlllines, pastor of the Plggott Methodist Church, in charge, assisted by the pastor, N. Lee Cate. Week night prayer services begin at 7:30. Worship services will be at 7:45. Neighborhood prayer services will be held in the following homes Thursday night at 7:30: Mrs. Lou " shabranner, Ed McMasters, A. . McCulley, Bill Davidson, V. B. sbornc and Mrs. Myrtle. Brown. support for a bipartisan, commission to study the question. Sen. Humphrey (D-Minn) . has said he will offer within the next 10 days a proposal to set up a special commfssion with members to be named by President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon and House Speaker Rayburn (D-Tex). A companion resolution, it was understood, is being prepared for possible introduction in the House. / Humphrey said his proposal, which is reported to have substantial backing from Senate Demo- "In view of the broad sentiment already expressed, it would appear Dr. Bonnell will have the nationwide support of the denomination." Dr. Bonnell, whose weekly sermon, "Pilgrimage," over the American Broadcasting Co. network is heard by millions, is pastor of New York's historic Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. cratic leaders, is not intended to interfere with any investigation by a congressional committee. Milton Towles has been- installed as worshipful master of the Manila Masonic Order. Other officers include Ernest Webb, senior warden; Mannering Towles, junior warden; William Borowsky, treasurer; Ferrell Harris, secretary; W. H. Hill, chaplain; Walter Davis, senior deacon; Perry Ballard, junior deacon; Edd Crabtree, and Marcus Meacham, masters of ceremonies; Joe Clark, tyler. Mr. Clark has been a member of the Manila chapter for 30 years and has been installed as tyler for the past 28 years. The Rev. Guy McGee, pastor of the Manila Baptist Church, was guest speaker at the Gaine Street Baptist Church in Little Rock Sunday. 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