The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 22, 1955 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 22, 1955
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, igso BLYTHEVfl.LE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE FIVE Should the Russians Come— Modern Alaskan Defense Will Cost U.S. $600 Million EDITOR'S NOTE — If U. S. military forcei are called upon to defend their homeland, « !• »lm«t certain that the first field of battle will be the frozen arctic waitei of Alaika. Thh, the flnt of a four- part lerlei, describes the over-all problems of learning to ffjfht under paralyzlnr weather condition! that are an old story to our most likely foe — Russia. By ELTON C. FAY AP Military Reporter BIG DELTA, Alaska, Feb. 22 (AP) — On some tomorrow the United States may have to fight a war in Alaska, a vast and empty land of blood-congealing cold and paralyzing winds. Russians have occupied the arctic and subarctic much longer than Americans. They know how to live — and fight — there. en- a 5 m.p.h. wind, the skin freezes The United States Is now gaged in a grim program to equip its military men with knowledge aud machines that will enable them to live and fight as well; or perhaps better. It's a tremendously costly undertaking. Modernizing Alaskan defenses alone will cost at least 600 million dollars by estimate of the Army Corps of Engineers. Brutal Proving Grounds The undertaking Is a brutal proving ground for both men and machines. Both are being tested at this big base in the flat valley of the Tanana River, where the winter can bring 60-below-xero cold and summer turns the land into water-soaked muskeg. Moving about or fighting in the subarctic in summer is bad. There are clouds of insects. The muskeg is a vast sponge, on a foundation of permanently frozen ground, called permafrost. Troops sink to their waists. Vehicles bog down hopelessly. It gets hot. Temperatures as high as 100 degrees have been recorded at Port Yukon, north of here. But it is the winter that saps strength, immobilizes and kills. Experts estimate that for each degree of temperature below zero the combat efficiency of a soldier decreases 2 per cent. Thus, .there is a point where the effort of the soldier must be devoted entirely to keeping alive. He has nothing left for fighting. Primary Attempt The Army is attempting, by training and by new equipment, to modify this impact of cold on the soldier's efficiency. The primary lesson taught the newly arrived student at the arctic indoctrination school is thai man can live in the worst weather the frigid zone can produce—il he has the right clothing, shelter, food and technique. No man ever is allowed to venture out alone. But In small groups students travel out from the warm barracks and classrooms of Big Delta by ski and snowshoes onto the barrens and into the woods. They learn that loose-fitting layers Of clothes, with air spaces between layers and within the cloth itself, keep in body warmth. The same goes for the 10-man tents used in the field; the outside layer is water-repellent, with an inside lining, loosely attached to the outside, to form insulation. They learn too that cold can be unbearable, even with the warmest clothing, when it is accompanied by wind. At GO below zero with In one minute. But at only 26 below zero with a 25 m.p.h. wind, exposed flesh freezes In the same time. At 18 below zero with 35 m.p.h. wind, travel on foot is Impossible. Vehicles Become Problemi Vehicles become problems in the extreme cold. Special lubricants must be used. Steel is made brittle by subzero temperature. Transmissions shatter. Currently, the Army has in use only two types of over-snow vehicles, the Weasel And George Found Trouble Cutting One COLUMBUS, Ohio OP) — Something over 200 years ago—tradition has it—George Washington got into a bit of a jam by cutting down a cherry tree. Today,' apparently, 33 and"the"oUer.'Bo7h"are track-lay- Ohio senators are going to authorize the destruction of dozens of trees in the State Capitol yard without a murmur. The State Senate votes today- Washington's Birthday—on a bill to create a commission with power to build a huge parking garage under coming temperamental and dan- Capitol Square, around the edges gerous to handle. i of the 10-acre plot In downtown Firing tables for artillery must Columbus in which U located the be changed in extreme cold to Ohio Statehouse. ing, like tanks, and both travel either on land or water. The difference is essentially in size. Some explosives become cranky and uncertain in bitter cold. Dynamite and other nitroglycerin explosives freeze about 20 below, be- compensate for a difference In pro- pellent charge effects. Blasts also cause ice log. which shrouds gun positions in mist, hampering sighting of positions. Few Landmarks ' Even the usually simple process | of finding your way- becomes a major undertaking in the arctic ™"™ t wastes. For there are vast areas, A Senate survey last night failed to turn up a single objector to the bill which will result in a "strip- muie" operation on the staUhouse . without terrain features for landmarks, and magnetic compasses are virtually useless in the shadow of the magnetic pole. Tests are now being made with portable gyrocompasses in which yard for the construction of a 1,300- car underground garage. The bill's sponsor Sen. Robert R. said the trees now in the Statehouse yard could be saved and replanted—"If anybody wants them." But, he added, '.'the joil isn't very good and the trees aren't in too good a shape. The plan ia to replace all of them." 1«1 i needles are held at true north by | All through committee hearings gyroscopes, and with a form of; on the bill designed to relieve the location indicator which informs parking congestion in downtown a driver how far he has to go ( ColumbuS, there has been no voice and in what direction he is head-: raised to question the need for the ing. | underground garage. Building and supply operations also run into monumental problems in the Far North. Labor and materials come high. Shipping costs reflect the necessity for long hauls through often dangerous waters. (Tomorrow: A visit to an airfield only a half-hour's flying time from Siberia—and an arctic pnlro! in a jet fighter), End advance Pins Feb. 22 Divorce Hearing Set C I U D A D, Trujlllo, Dominican Republic (n— The Federal Court has scheduled a hearing March 10 in the divorce suit filed by For- firlo Rublrosa against Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton. The court set the date yesterday Rublrosa brought the action on grounds of incompatibility. Jewelry Gets Actress in Court LOS ANGELES W~ Actress Linda Christian has a March 7 court date in connection with $132,000 worth of jewelry given her by Robert H. Schlealnger, wealthy Mll- waukcean. The estranged wife of Tyrone Power was ordered yesterday to show cause then why she should not turn over the valuables to the sheriff, pending determination of legal ownership, and why she should not be restrained from disposing ol them.. A New York jewelry firm. Van Cleef and Arpels, brought a recovery suit against her, claiming that it sold the Jewelry to Schleslnger EIECTWCRLW Running a house may not ba a bed of roses. But with electricity at your fingor tips 24 hours a day, it's easier than it used to be. Electricity savet you time—saves you work—lets you enjoy spare time for relaxing, hobblet, outside activities. Just go through your house, upstairs and downstair*, look at all the electrical appliances that are ready to serve you at the flick of a switch. Then, take a look at the family budget. Amazing, isn't It, that so much convenience, so much service can be youn for 10 little money. No doubt about it, electricity Is still the biggest bargain In your family't budget today I "You Aro Thoro"— CBS television—witness history'« great event* Ark-Mo Power Co. Determined Boy, Age 77 /Drives Car 50 Miles Into Police Trap AUSTIN, Tex. Wl"Oh, no, not ny boy!" exclaimed Pedro Ta- nayo when state highway patrol- nen telephoned that his son had ieen Intercepted at Hunter, Tex. n the lather's automobile. Hunter Is 60 miles on a back •oad to San Antonio. "My boy is only U and not old enough to drive," Papa Pedro explained to the police. "Why, he could barely -,ee over the dashboard." Whereupon Papa Pedro hung up. The police called right back. 'We do have your boy," they insisted. "Look around and see If you can find him at home." Carhop to Give Up House and Her Pistols CHICAGO (ft— Miss Lelena Da- vts, a former ballet dancer and now a carhop, has agreed to move by May 15 from the dwelling she has defended with pistol and shotgun. Miss Davis. 32, signed an agreement in Superior Court yesterday to get out of the seven-room dwelling on the property of the Chicago Sanitary District on the. bank of the Dea plalnes River, southwest of Chicago. The district wants to run a railroad spur through the property but Miss Davis had driven off workmen with pistol and shotgun. She claimed her lease runs until 1957 but yesterday withdrew her suit appealing the eviction order against her. A district attorney said Miss Davis had only a month to month lease on the property. but his $100,000 check in part payment was not honored by a Milwaukee bank. Papa Pedro found the boy and his car—both gone. He Was Determined The boy, Robert, wanted to attend a play at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, where a brother Is In school, but his parents had decided the weather was too cold for the trip, Papa Pedro said later. Robert couldn't back the automobile oui of the family garage so he pushed it out, he told officers. Then he loaded Into the car a shotgun and shells for protection against perils of the road, two apples, a loaf of bread and a jug of water. Uke A Veteran At Hunter, Highway Patrolman Don Breslln wasn't sure, he said, that the car, stopped in a radar trap, had a driver. But officers said Robert came to a smooth stop, turned off the Ignition and set the emergency brake with the aplomb of a veteran when they signaled a stop. Robert said he had never driven before but had known how a long time. "I just watch my father," he told officers oelore his father arrived to take him and the car home. And Papa Pedro admitted he was still perplexed. "What do I do now?" he asked a reporter last night. Baby Bittt Dog PORTSMOUTH, N. H. M>)-WhIle in a downtown store, Michael Bauer, 2, bit a dog's tall, police said. Then the dog bit Michael. The youngster was treated for a minor facial cut. Sweet Record TAYLOR, Tex. W>) — "Candy" Jim Athas has retired after 5S years of selling candy, soda water and popcorn. He enjoyed local fame for his "sauerkraut candy," a form of caramel and coconut. WILDLIFE There are more than 900 species of birds, 15 species of fur-bearing uiiimals, and 30 species of game In the state of New Mexico. Th« state has six of the seven lift zones found on the American continent. Strip Teaser Wed LAS VEGAS, Nev. <1P> — Strip- teaser Lili St. Cyr, 33, and actor Ted Jordan, 28, nephew of showman Ted Lewis, were married last night. Their honeymoon will be brief. She's under contract to ap- year in her strip-tease act at El Rancho Vegas Hotel March 2. There's a HEATMASTER Styled for your kitchen When you buy a Hcatmastei water healer you select an automatic unit made by the world's largest manufacturer of water heating equipment. Superbly finished, handsomely designed, (he Heafmasfer fits in perfectly in the modern kitchen or utility room. Table Top Heatmaster Round Heatmaster Buy From Your Plumber or Plumbing & Heating Dealer MID50UTH PLUMBING SUPPLY COMPANY (Wholesale Distributors) Rear 213-215 W. Walnut BLYTHEVILLE Ph.3-8353 388 E.Johnson JONESBORO Ph.2-3562 WE MUST MAKE ROOM For The Smart New 1955 Mode! PHILCO REFRIGERATORS & ELECTRIC RANGES ONE WEEK ONLY We Will Give You Up To 150,00 For Your Old Refrigerator (If Running) On'Any 1954 Model Philco Refrigerator IGWEEK A Wonderful Opportunity to Save — But only A Limited Number Available- Call us at once to come out and make a price on your old Refrigerator. We have a complete stock to select From Now But They Won't Last Long. WE NEED USED REFRIGERATORS. EASY TERMS-2 YEARS TO PAY! HUBBARD & SON Furniture Blytheville 'Cash Talks At HubbardY Phone 3-4409

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