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VOI/. XLVII^-NO. 233 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS _ • • ..' ... , THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANn «r,,,^ t -. 0 ... „„„ ^"^ Blythevllle Courier Biytheville Daily New* Mississippi Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald THE DOMINANT NEWBPAPEBOT_HORTHEAaT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Osceola Man On Reds'List Sgt. Clifford L Neel Said Held At Pyok-Dong Prisoner Camp The name of a career soldier from Osceola, missiiur since November 1050, appeared on the Communist list of prisoners of war that has been checked by the Pentagon bgt. Clifford L. Noel, husband o£ Mrs. Jewell Lee Neel woh , 3 Iwmg with her mother at Etowah, is in Pyok-Don* prison camp, according to Communist reports He is the father of six children from ten to three years ol age. Mrs. N'cel had not heard from her husband since the Department of Defense notified her Nov. 14. 1950, that he was missing In action, according to Mrs. Madeline Campbell, executive secretary of the Red Crass chapter in Osceola Mrs. Neel could not be reached this morning. Sgt. Neel entered the service in 1943 and re-enlisted In 1948, according to Red Cross records, He left for Korea in August of 1950 and served with Hie'25th Division. The Defense Department cautions that it cannot guarantee trie men listed are alive and held as prisoners but that, they previously were listed as missing in action, 67 Arkansans Listed A Pentagon check ot the Red list, which gave only name, rank, serial number and division of the men, has turned up names of 67 Arkansas men. In addition to Sgt. Nee!, these are the latest additions to the confirmed list: First Lt. Wabie J. Roundtree, 24th Infantry Division, at Pyok- dong; husband of Mrs. Mary L. Roundtree, 1201 North 37th street Port Smith. Cpl. Lee A. Denton. 24th Inf. Div. «on of Mrs. Ltilie Denton, Center, Chiang-Song. Pfc. Thurman R. Jones, 7th Inf. Div.. son of Mr. and Mrs. William V. Jones, H1..3, Waldron, Chiang Bong. (By The Associated Press)—Few- rr than 200 glad tidings messages rtlll to aend out to families of American prisoners of war in Korea, but a glimmer of hope remains for those who will not get one. The Pentagon announced last night it had sent telegrams-to next of kin of 3,006 of the whose,,name5 were Communists in Korea Broadcast (irretinjf» ;S,p.. ., At the same time, howe'ver, trie radio in the Red Chinese capital »L Feiping continued to broadcast Csceolan Held In Check John Williams Nabb.ed In Albuquerque, N. M. John Landrujn Williams, 43, of Osceola was arrested In Albuquerque, N.M., yesterday for Investigation on a charge of forging checks An Associated Press dispatch said he has been convicted twice on forgery charges, and once of mail theft. He was arrested yesterday after » chase on foot through downtown streets crowded with ' Christmas shoppers. Two tellers from the Albuquerque National Bank chased Williams after he tried to cash a check there shortly before closing time. Teller Orville Roberts became sxtspicious and while he was checking the account, Williams fled. When Roberts hollered "get that mart" tellers Jim Tinslcy and R. B. Ragan promptly closed their cages and took off in pursuit. The man ivas finally cornered in a parking lot behind the City Hall and police station two blocks away. Patrolman Caleb Jolly, called by tellers, took him into custody. No charges have been filed yet. Weather Arkansas forecast: Fair and colder this afternoon and tonight with FAIR AND COLD lowest temperatures 3-10 north and 10-18 south portion. Saturday fair «nd not cntlte so cold. Missouri forecast: Fiiir and very cold today with northwesterly winds 15 to 35 miles per hour diminishing oday and tonight: high temperatures 5 to 10 northwest to near 25 extreme southeast; fair tonight, coder east; lows tonight 10 lo IS below northeast. 7£ ro to S above southwest; Saturday partly c i ou dy with slowly moderating tempera- Hires. Minimum this morning—19 Maximum yesterday—50 Sunset today—4:53 Sunrise tomorrow—7-03 Precipitation 24 hours to' 7am today—J73. ' ' Total since Jan. ]—44.72 Mean temperature .rnlriwav between high and low)-31.5. ' Normal mean temperature for U< cember—119. This Date IMI Vear Minimum this morning—26 Maximum yesterday—41 January i l ° tnis purported greetings ' from Allied prisoners lo their home folks. Some names in the broadcasts were not on the lists handed over at truce negotiations. It was lecallcd, too, that Russia's United Nations Delegate, Jacob Malik, several months ago produced a peace appeal he said was from Americans captured in the Korean fighting. There were 37 legible signatures and 27 of these names did not turn up on Tuesday's list. The 1S2 names out of 3,198 remaining to be tracked down at the Pentagon presented special problems, mostly some confusion of identity. Military officials were unable to say exactly how long it would take to complete checking on these. * * * Allies Demand of Reds — BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, DECBMBEB 21, J951 SFXTEEN PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Council 'Closes' Cafe, Delays Water Issue t attending the movie given at the Ritz Theater this morning lo obtain food, toys and fruit fur the city's underprivileged children. Helping the youngsters deposit their donations is J. B. Fisher of the Rita ident H. L. Halsell, Jr., deft) and Charles Moore, state vice president for Northeast Arkansas. The donations will be presented needy youngsters at the annual Jaycee-Klwants Christmas party at u a.m. tomorrow at Ihe Jaycee club. Where Are Other POW$?SSwSw 1,000 Soldiers ' — Duimmg nmsnco Still. Missing UN Offers to Yield Islands to Enemy MUNSAN, Korea (AP) Wright Is Named Commander Of Blythevitle CAP Squadron Percy A. Wright has been named commanding officer of the Blythe- Tl "Aii-~"T"'i "".--" '••™ i I —< ville civ " Alr Patrol flight .accord- Ille Allies today demanded the; in ? **> orders received here from Reds account fnr mr,v= «,.;„ Wing headquarters in Little Rock Ernest Halsell was chosen com- Reds account for more than 1,000 American and othei missing U. N. soldiers and "an unbelievable number" of South Koreans not listed as prisoners of,war. RIdgway chieftains to open the gates of North Korean prison camps to the International Red Cross. Would Yield Islandj These developments came 1 as'the Allies offered to give up all islands off the North Korean coast in a agreement on an movd to hr.^ten armistice. The Allied note .demanded a complete explanation'of "wide discrepancies" between the number of Allied prisoners Itsled by the Communists and the number the Allies assert the Reds may hold. List Is Accepted The note did not reject the Red list of n.559 prisoners. The Reds handed over that list Tuesday. Other new names have been used since then on Red China's Peiping radio. They were broadcast with purported Christmas greetings from Allied prisoners to the folks at home. Sub-Groop Meets Tomorrow The truce subcommittee on exchange of prisoners will meet Saturday for the first time since Tuesday. The question of what happened to the missing men undoubtedly will be the key to that session. The staff officers are working on :he problem of now to supervise an armistice .They were called in V the subcommittee late Thursday in an attempt to break a deadlock wfore Ihe provisional cease-fire line agreement expires next Thursday—only six days away. The staff officers scheduled another se-ssion in Panmunjom for 10 a.m. Saturday <7 p.m. Biylheville .ime Friday). Bolh the subcommittees on supervising the truce and exchanging prisoners meet at U a.m. Fighters Blast Red Rail Lines Small Battles Break Calm of Ground War SEOUL (AP) _ Allied fighter planes swept across Northwest" Korea in misty weather today and blasted out gaping cuts in Communist rail lines. U. S. Fifth Air Force Shooting Stars. Thunderjets and Mustangs, and Marine Corsairs scored cuts south of the big rail centers of Sin- anju and Kunu. American Sabre jets thundered northward to their MIG hunting grounds along the aYlu River but were not challenged. The quiet of the ground fronts was broken by two small, sharp fighu In the early morning hours near the Punch Boa-l on the Eastern Front. ItaiyCanRearm On Large Scale U.S. Cuts Away Treaty Limitations WASHINGTON. r/Pj-The United States and other Atlantic Allies today opened the way for Italy to re-arm on a large scale. In defiance of expected bitter'Soviet opposition they waived World War Two peace ••reaty limitations on Italian armed Britain Issues Threat LONDON (/Pi-Britain iss'ued » threat of legal action today against any firm which may .seek to buy oil from the nationalized Iranian fields rnanding officer or the ilight by officers here last fall, but Wing headquarters failed to act on the appointment. . / W. ,R._cmvford, who has ,been ;'for;«orae.' - comriiand- ant of cadets here. He will have the rank of captain in'his new no- ->HIon. • - . .. Mr. Crawford Is a major in the CAP, and auxiliary of the U.S Air Force. The changes are effective immediately, the orders said, and Mr Wright announced he would have an officer's meeting in the near future to make staff appointments. Percy A. Wright forces. A note handed by Secretary ol State Achcson lo Italian ambassador Alberto Tarchiani at the State Department stated thai, so far as the United States is concerned: 1. The peace treaty preamble creating Italy as a defeated enemy 'no longer exists;" 2. Political requirements of the treaty are "superfluous." 3. Italy "is released" from the treaty's limitation on armed forces. Man Fined $100, Jailed For Drunken Driving Robert V. McUsh was lined and cosls and sentenced to a In jail In Municipal court day this charge of driving llo- morning while under the influence of uor. In other action. Carmack Burns forfeited a S25.25 bond on a charge of operating a truck without a chauffeur's license. Steel, Labor Talks Collapse Ching Sends Dispute To White House WASHINGTON (AP)-SUel and labor negotiations collapsed today and the dispute was referred to President Truman as being in a complete deadlock. Cyrus S. Ching, federal mediation service director, ended his efforts to negotiate a settlement. He told reporters he was sending Hie case lo the White House as hopeless—leaving it up to the President to decide oir the next step Jo try to avert a threatened New- Years' day strike in the vital 5 ( cc l industry. Missco Couple Win Farm Award A Mississippi County couple won the sweepstakes prize in the tenant 1951 Llve-at-Homc division of the comc.st (or ^e. Alson Blackburn and his wife Annie Mac, won the SIOO prize for Ihe way they operate an 80-acre farm seven miles northwest ot here, contest officials announced yesterday. Negro farmers from Initial Services In New Structure To Be Held Sunday First services in the newly-completed Church of Christ at Main and Division Streets will be conducted Sunday, it was announced today by H. F.'Sharp, evangelist. Final work on the new building was i be completed today. Constructed of brick, tile and concrete the $50,000 structure replaces the old frame building adjacent to' it The new arid old buildings are joined by a passageway, nnd the frame structure will be divided into classrooms for 'Bible study . ;e of the new building, which wlll'scat about 600 persons, will enable the church to return to a single regular service each Sunday When the old building, which seated abont 225. was In use, Iwo services were conducted on Sunday. Sunday's services will begin at a.m.'with Bible study and the regular worslitp service will begin at 10 a.m. Evening service will begin at 6 o'clock. Mr. Sharp said. The new building includes a soundproof nursery with loudspeaker equipment In the cry room. The new baptistry is elevated so ner- tons in the cry room can see baptism services, Mr. Sharp said. The building committee tor. the lew church included w. T. Shelton Harold Slidbury, Everett Eubanks and w. H. Caldwell. Postoffice Here To Be Open All Day Tomorrow Blytlieville Postoffice will be open all day tomorrow and will make full deliveries Sunday and Monday In an effort lo "clean up all packages and cards mailed before noon Monday " Postmaster Ross S. Stevens said this morning. Christmas packages 'coming | O Biytheville in the !):30 am. mail Tuesday or before will be delivered Christmas day. Mr. Stevens smd Packages are being returned to the postofllce because no one was at Ihc address to accept them, Mr Stevens said, and asked people expecting packages to be sure and make arrangements for accentim- them. The postoffice docsi.'i have the facilities for delivering and redelivering packages, he said. Service Makes Appeal Arkansas , WASHINGT ON l/Pr-John S. Servi ?,n£V.' '<:?•, <"«'«1 State Department offl- . _ ~~...... •_,*.[,ui nut -m, olll- clal, appealed to the Loyalty Re- Are You Dfiying This Weekend? Mississippi. Missouri and Tcnnes see enter the contest. Grand sweep stakes were won by . Tennessee ^,,,^1 'Zre was' ' doubt" of his loyalty. Santa Opens 2-Day Stand To Aid Needy Santa opened a two-day pre- Clnistmas stand In Blythevllle today lo brighten the holiday for many of the city's underprivileged families. Beginning this afternoon St. Nick will be present—In spirit,, at least—at four different functions scheduled for today snrt tomorrow to bring gilts of toys and food to the less fortunate. Underprivileged Negro children were guests this afternoon at the fuiDwil Christmas party given for them by Alpha Alpha and Alpha Delia chapters of Beta Sigma Ph! sorority at the Legion Hut. Tonight, members of the Shrine Club will be hosts to crippled children at a Christmas party at the organization's air base clubhouse. / Beginning at 11 a.m. tomorrow will be the annual party for underprivileged children given by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanls Club at the Jaycee clubhouse. Following this party, Christmas dinner will be provided for the needy youngsters by Sam Johns at his Hazor- back Drive-Inn. Mr. Johns said dinners also will be provided needy children not attending the party earlier. for the older folks, Santa will arrive tomorrow via the Goodfel- lows. Acting as such, members of the American Legion will distribute some 200 baskets of food at War Memorial Auditorium from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Cards have •been mailed those families eligible to get the food baskets, Paul Mahon, legion commander, said. Although 200 baskets ol food are .on hand, Mr. Mahon said, the GoodJellows can still use any 1 damaged^ibut: usable focd that • grocers care to donate. Mrs, John Foster Dies from Injury Rites to Be Conducted At 2 p.m. Sunday for Police Chief's Wife Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy Foster, 57, wife of Police Chief John Poster, will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday in Cobb Piinera) Home Chape! by the Rev. rioy I. Bagley, pastor of the first Methodist Church, assisted by Die Hev. Jim Gossett, a theology student at Hcndrlx College. Burial will be In Elmwood Cemetery. Mrs. Poster died in Baptist Hospital, Memphis, yesterday follow- ng an eight-day Illness. Death was the result of an Injury received in a fall. Born in Henderson. Ky., Mrs. Foster had lived In Biytheville (or lie past 38 years, sha was a member of the First Methodist Church and was active In church and civic activities. She taught the church* ind was a member of the Woman's 1odE!y of Christian Service. Her husband Is a veteran law enforcement officer ant' has been chief of Blythevllle's Police Department for the past two years. In addition lo her husband. Mrs. Poster is survived by iwo daugh- .e™, Mrs. Jifelbs Dill and Mrs Dorothy Jean Waller, both of Bly- hevillt; one sister, Mrs. Pearl Lamb; and three granddaughters. Active pallbearers will be Paul Cooley, J. w. Adams, Jack Robin- Bill Wyatt. Pickard and to set aside Its son. Wilson Henry, "reasonable! Harvey Morris, Allen 'jack Owens. Toll of U.S. Traffic Deaths Is Nearing Million Mark By THE ASSOCUTKn T'lli^c By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The toll of traffic deaths in the u. S. since the artvent of the automobile climbed today toward the million mark. The count reached 98D.S50 at ».•« a.m. Blythevllie time Deaths In motor vehicle accident., were occurring , t , ratc ,„„, was somewhat slower than usual at this time of year io •traffic -fatality sine* Sept. 13, JS99. will occur about noon Saturday The identity of the millionth victim will not be known until 1932 are estimates not uncll MM forecast that the one millionth Traffic fatalities since Sept. u. actual figures. The traffic toil for 1951 is more lhan 30,000, an increase over Ihe 35,000 reported in 1950 and compares with the record 39,969 fatalities in 1941. The Associated Press is participating In ihe final count for the one million mark with the National Safety Council. The Ap figures are bcmg given to council statisticians In Chicago twice each day The council tabulates them and works in w |,»l it terms » corrective factor. This means the council will add a certain number of deaths based on statistical experience, to cover the deaths which normally .o untcportcd in any spot check. The council had adopted this method a« the only one by which the millionth death can be reported on the day It occurj. Action Also Deferred On Sale of Park Strip A special session of City Council last night passed a resolution instructing Hie city clerk not to issue a privilege license to, a Biytheville cafe next year while deferring action on the two issues for which the meeting was called p i liese were a proposal to raise Blytlieville Water Com To?rf A r r'm T ''^ f ''? m ?G5 ° to ?7 ' 500 flnd a move by lorn A. Uttlc to repurchase a 42-foot strip of Tom Little Park for use as a Kroger parking lot. A live-man Council declined 104. act on the water company proposal the entire membership was present, and the park issue was referred to a Joint Council-City Pork Commission committee for final action.. The five-man quorum was composed of Aldermen L G. Nash, Leslie R. Moore, Jesse White. Charles Llpforri and J. u Nahcrs. City Attorney Percy A. Wright wra present. Absent were Mayor-elect Dan Blcdgett, and Aldermen Jlmmie Sanders and W. C. Cntcj. Adjournment marked the end of scheduled meetings for this Council. Mayor Doyle Henderson, who presided at last, night's meeting, will leave oftice as will Aldermen Jlm- mie Sanders and W. C. Gates. New officers will lake over Jan. 1. Deny Privilege License The Council voted five to one. First Ward Alderman Jesse While dlssenling, against relssuance of a privilege license to Lonnle's Cafe, 2W South Broadway, on recommendation of city Attorney Wright, who assailed the management for "having never given law enforcement officers any co-operalicll since they have been in business" and termed it "a place where white whores have been encouraged to stay and entice Mexicans to drink beer." Then, when a fight occurs there," said Attorney Wright, "the police Investigate and we're never able to make a cose. The manage- nicnt will'.not co-operate." Alderman White said he was voting annlnst the measure because" he believed the Council wax'acting tco fast to yive the management "fnir warning." Mr. Wright said he had asked the ;ta(e Revenue Department to Investigate but so iar no action has been taken. "In the lost lour months, we've had a great deal of trouble and many flghls there." Mr. Wright ;aid, "and If any other simitar case comes to my attention. I'll make the same recommendation." To Noilly Slate Agency The city clerk was instructed to mall n copy of the resolution lo the Revenue Department. According to the city attorney, a 1 cafe cannot sell beer without a city privilege license even though It may hold a stale permit. On the proposal to raise the iran- chise rate of Biytheville Water Company, a move proposed at the regular December meeting by cily Clerk W. I. Malln. the aldermen declined to act until the full Council is present after Second Ward Alderman J. L. Nabers moved to postpone action and the remaining four approved the motion. If the $7.500 hike is voted, the water utility is' expected lo seek an added rate boost for Biythevtlle water consumers. Inside Today's Courier Hews (he . . . Arkansas Kevei Briefs Page 6. ... On Missco' Farms »1(h county >Een i . . . farm newj review . . . Pzgr, n-n. . . . Society . . . Pate, 4-5. . . Kenlucky and Illinois keep rolling . . . sports . . . Page 7. . . . At BlrliievMe churche. Sunday . . . Paje t». . - . Markets . time as it is aban- or until such doncd. "" lhal >» the case," retorted Mr. fcvrard. "I will advise my client to purchase the land and if that L, the law, Ihe City will have Mr Uttle's $800 and retain (he :parlc' " recorrU the bought a bad title. I will mend thnl he buy It " The Council, however, referred the matter to the Joint committee on Ihe motion of Alderman Nabers and second of Mr. Nnsh ™"« s The resolution provides lhat Mr nbers and Mr. Nash shall meet im the Park Commission and cither consummate or reject proposal. During the discussion between Attorneys Wright ami Evrard, it was IX) In Cd out lhat Dec. 31. the City will oe.in defaull on an 58 000 note Phi.! WO interest .unless the money Is .raised...before then.. . y , Mr.., ByrnVd.. explained 1 ? thai Mr" LltUa is willing as an alternative to buy and trade an area one" square lo°bu T r tha "" Ule arDn he: seeks of LHUe Park. •'-" " C snape Would Scllle'Pa.vmcnl My client also would 'make' .„ ».x,, u tj j rtl , way, Biytheville realtor) Mr. Little's attorney quoted See COUNCIL on rage 16 ' Cou- the Tavern Operator Here Is Accused Virgil Boyd Faces Hearing on Liquor Law Violations «•-?«, £..?&• o™™"" of the cause why his retail beer permit There has been some question nsl , ould noL ^ revoked on four charges of Honor " to whether or not the franchise has expired, according to City Hall but City Attorney Wright last nishl told a Courier News re uiuviuc*. one uiugni tnc church.v ""••"• ninni loin a courier News re- tidies' Bible Class for eight years Porter the franchise has expired in ind was a mpmhnr rvf tVin 111,*™.! >,v his oniiiion :iis opinion. "ft was granted for 25 years in 1916." Mr. Wright said, "and has expired. However, the utilily has been opcraling since that time under lh» Public Service Commission." (.'an Operate Under TSC Mr. Wrighl Indicaled lhat a utility can operate without a franchise under conlrol of the PSC. He also said the Council can raise the franchise rates for a portion of a year and lhat postponement of the issue docs not mean the raise cannot be made before 1053. The Liltle Park Issue was rcicrred to the Council-Park Commission -roup after Aldermen Nabers and ash. previously appointed as n committee lo work with Mr. Little and his attorney. Marcus Evrard, recommended lhat the Park Commission take up the issua. Mr. Evrard said he had (aiked to members of the commission and that they had unanimously opposed it. Commission members are Roscoe Crafton. chairman. Russell Hays, James Terry, n. A. Nelson and Al- vln Huffman, Jr. Mr. Little has Bskcd to repurchase a strip of land In the north- jwest corner of Tom Little Playground for approximately {800. [ Mr. Evrard said that in view of the allilude of the Park Commission (he felt Ihe question had been re- jmandcd to the Council and asked for action. Dispute Highl lo .Sell City Attorney Wright then said the Council has no legal authority lo sell any property it has acquired so long as U Is being used foi- the purpose for which it was acquired Ia\v violations An Associated Press dispatch today from Little Rock said Bovd • as been charged with allowing intonated persons to loiter i,, an d around the premises. allowing drunk and disorderly conducl in premises, allowing patrons and employes to use vulgar and ob- srsne language, allowing patrons nnd employes to consume (ntoxicat- «?„ L"" or ° n J he premises a " d p«gambling on the premi.-ei by making cash payments for games won on a plnball machine. 11 Still Missing In Ship Blaze ASTORIA. Ore. if,— The fate of 11 persons, missiiiR in a fire which swept a ship anchored in the mouth of Hie Columbia River, still was not determined today. ' A total of 103 others, including 3J passengers and 80 crew members, were rescued by the Coast Guard shortly after flames' whipped through the mid section of the Danish vessel. Erria. early yesterday. LITTLE LIZ You've leoched middle cge if 4 your nigiit mil hoi to b« follovcd. by a day in. -„„

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