The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 24, 1955 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 24, 1955
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, W9B BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.y COURIER NEWS PAGE THRE1 Aloskon Defense 111— Constant Eye Kept on Russia From Farthest Corner of U. S. Comprehensive Civil Defense Plan Is Urged By ELTON C. FAY AP Military Writer FT. RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — On the farthest corner of America, U. S. soldiers keep watch op what goes on in Russia. The men are members of a little known but highly valued organization — the Eskjmo scouts of the Alaskan National Guard. The place is the Diomede Island group astride the border between this country and the Soviet Union—Little Diomede in the United States, Biog D 1 o m e d e across a few miles of water in Siberia. Little Diomede Island is the closest point to Red territory. But the area in which the scouts live and work stretches for almost 5,000 miles along the bleak, rocky coastline and islands facing out over sullen seas and ice toward Siberia. The Eskimo scouts (actually some of them are Indians) are probably the on'.y members of a reserve type organization who are always on active duty without being called up or inducted into federal service. What they do in their daily work—hunting, fishing, trapping— fits perfectly the mission they would have if on constant government duty. They Spot Strangers If there is a stranger in their land, they are almost certain to know about it. Perhaps they see him. Or perhaps there are only tell-tale signs—footprints, marks on a beach where a boat has landed, or the attitude of nervous game, whose eyes and ears are even tnore sensitive than those of an Eskimo. For generations, the Eskimo has lived by his skill at stalking food and fur animals. He has a natural and amazing skill In the art of camouflage, of moving fast, shooting accurately. The U.S. Army has no illusions about using the Eskimo scout as a combat infantryman in a regular unit. He is neither armed nor temperamentally equipped for it. His great value to the Army is for patrol and. in some degree, guerrilla action. The scouts serve as a reconnaissance screen at the outermost perimeter of the defenses. Modern Equipment For years, the scouts were armed with obsolete Enfleld and Springfield rifles, hand-me-downs from World War I. Only now are they being equipped with modern M-l rifles. When the scout leaves his village for a hunting trip along the coast, he carries two guns— his own game rifle and his military weapon. The scout keeps sharp watch not only afield but at home. On Little Diomede. American Eskimos could give an almost hour-by-hour report on the movements of their neighbors on Big Diomede, whom they MAN, DIG WAT CRAZY SHAPE-Wally Wright, of Nottingham, England, flexes his muscles for the girls after winning the "Mr. Great Britain" title in London. Watching the 24-year-old "Hercules" are, left to right: Hazel Cleaver, chosen "Mi=s Great Britain" and runners-up Betty North and Colleen Quinn. watch by telescope. On St. Lawrence Island, 150 miles to the south, the same vigilance is maintained, 24 hours a day, toward the approaches over ice or by water. Scouts say there isn't much migration or travel between Soviet and American territory now. They do not say there is none. A few years ago fishing and hunting parties of Eskimos often crossed the boundary. Japs In IS-IO Alaska's Eskimos had other visitors from Asia 15 years ago. In 1940, they reported to the territorial government tha', a Japanese survey party had landed at one point, looked over the country and people and left. This was more than a year before Japan declared war and succeeded in gaining a foothold in the Aleutian chain. The Eskimo reconnaissance force is organized into two bat- WARDS BIG, NEW CATALOG IS NOW AVAILABLE GET A LIBRARY COPY TODAY For top quality at budget-wise prices, it's hard to b«ot Wards new Spring and Summer Catalog. Sw it now. You'll find fashions for your family, furnishing) for youf home, sporting goods, auto supplies, power tools and many other items. To get o Library copy of this book, visit Wards today. Shop it at home and then call Wards direct line phone number. Buy now and pay ou* of income, on Wards Monthly Payment Plan. SHOT IV L PHONf J talions, one with headquarters al Nome, the other at Bethel. Or ganically. they have two missions, territorial militia for home de fense: members of the nationa guard which is a civilian comport' ent of the Army. Although.the Eskimo knows far more aoout the science of scouting md patrol in the arc-lie and sub- irctic than white members of a WASHINGTON W— Sen. (D-Wash), claiming that Jackson a lot of -, valuable time has been lost," yesterday urged the Elsenhower administration to submit at once a comprehensive civil defense plan. I don't think we have any such plan now," he said in an interview "Yet It is a year and a half since the Russians first exploded a thermo-nuclear device, and a year ce our own big H-bomb test at Bikini. We know perfectly well n there is going to be total destruction at the center of any targe* area where such a bomb is exploded." Jackson Is a member of Armed services subcommittee which has opened a series of hearings on civilian defense problems. Get Away Assured CHICAGO I/PI—TWO robbers who left Dr. David Clark in his automobile after taking $30 wanted to forestall immediate pursuit last night. They took his left shoe and the 'key to his car and told him he'd have to hunt for them. Clark found the shoe with the key in- sicie in a nearby alley. Report Says U. S. Ranked 4th In Shipbuilding LONDON <fi — The United States ranked fourth In the world in merchant shipbuilding last year, trailing. Britain, Sweden. Germany and Lloyds Register of Shipping Tuesday night reported that U. S. shipyards launched 46 vessels, half of them tankers, totaling 476.984 tons. This was 51,323 tons under the 1953 figure. Britain's total of 253 ships displacing 1,404,874 tons was the largest merchant tonnage launched here since 1930. Although figures were not available on shipbuilding inside the Soviet Union. West European countries built a total of 54 vessels of 80,441 tons for the Soviet Union. Christie Named. By Gov. Faubus LITTLE ROCK '.fl — Ted Christie of Little Rock yesterday was appointed by Gov. Orval Faubus a« chairman of the State Board of Review. Christie, an attorney, will succeed James E. Sloan, a Cherry appointee, who resigned. Faubus" said Pacific Air Arm Increase Is Indicated HONOLULU aj. Gen, Sory Smith. Pacific Air Force commander. indicated Tuesday night the Pacific air arm is being strengthened to meet any Communist threat from Hawaii to Southeast Asia. Smiih told tbe Hawaii reserve officers: "For obvious reasons I am unable to detail for you the Air Force units that are now and will be transferred lo my command However, we will possess those forces necessary to maintain a military position against Communist aggression, including air defense forces for U. S. positions in the Pacific." Smith did say the 13th Air Force in the Philippines will shortly join! the Pacific Air Force. j He said, "The USAF will have a j network of facilities extending from \ Hawaii into Southeast Asia which j can, in an emergency, be expanded to a wartime structure." NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION, COSNELL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 6 Notice Is hereby given that the Annual School Election for the year 1955 will be held in Oosnell District No. 6 of Mississippi County, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 19th, for the purpose of electing school directors, voting on school taxes and on such other measures as may properly be submitted at said election. The polls will open at 8:00 A. M. and close at 6:30 P. M. at the following place: The Hughes Gin Office. GIVEN THIS 24th DAY OF February, 1955. C. A. MOODY, President, Board of Directors. G. R. LEDBETTER, Secretary, Board of Directors. . 2/24-3/3-10! NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION, SHAWNEE DISTRICT NO. 10 Notice Is hereby given that th« Annual School Election for the year 1955 will bo held In ,Shawne« District No. 10 of Mississippi CoUQr ty, Arkansas, on Saturday, March 19th, for the purpose of electing school directors, voting on school taxes and on such other, measure! as may properly be submitted at said election. The polls will open at 8:00 A. M. and close at fi;30 P. M. at the following places: Planters Lumber and Hardware Company. GIVEN THIS 2nd DAY of February, 1955. LESLIE E. SPECK, 8R.. President. H. C. WOODS, Secretary. . 2/24-3/3-3/10 FIRST "DARK HORSE" NOTICE OF ELECTJON Notice is hereby given that the Annual School Election for the year 1955 will be held in Mississippi County District No. 55 of Mis-; sissippi County, Arkansas, on Sat- j urday. March 19th, for the purpose! of electing school directors, voting j on school taxes and on such other [ measures as may properly be sub- '• milled at said election. ; The polls will open at 8:00 A. M. ' and close at 6:30 P. M. at the following place: Bonds Store. GIVEN THIS 23rd DAY OF February, 1955. ; H. T. BONDS, President LEWIS BONDS, Secretary. 2/24-3/3-10 James K. Polk was the first so- ca!l"-ii "cisrk horse" President, of Christie would take over the post ! the United States. He was a corn- on March 15. ! promise nominee when Van Buren Christie served as State Welfare 1 could not get the two-thirds major- Commissioner under former Gov. ity required by party rules at the Ben Laney. ' Baltimore convention of 1844. military organization, he,must be trained to adapt his knowledge to the requirements and operational techniques of a regular military force. Therefore, the Army operates at Ft. 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