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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS • THE DO Hf TWA NT Wt-'U/Go*nc'o xi-, *.****. . " * ^^^^ BlythevlU* Courts! Blytheville Daily New; VOL, XLVII—NO. 234 Mississippi Valley Leadei Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSA, SATURDAY. DECEMR SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS .Santa Claus was on duty in Blytheville today In various forms to provide a happier Christmas for the city's underprivileged. Two of 60 Feared Lost In Mine Blast . WEST FRANKFORT, 111., (AP)-Sixty or more coal miners, trapped in an underground explosion, were feared '" reSCUe dead today them. Only cials held Wast. State Mine Director Walter Eadie* and the mine superintendent, John R. Foster, said at least 63 men had been entombed 500 feet below the earth and some two miles back from the shaft. 100 Feared Trapped But grim-faced rescue workers, many of them miners of long experience, thought there were at least 100 caught in the blocked soft, coal pit. And Eadie and Foster agreed Jh^jf^ja-pi.^fisjiroflSe ,was "conservative. The explosion came' less/-than an hour after the night shift of"220 , e eare workers labored frantically to reach , bodic 'V Ve '' e recovered. Mine and state offi- a " y ° f the men had surviv «tl the ^ i^ui «m;i me nignt snut or 2^0 flk men had reported for work nt 1:30 "~ p.m. CST ye-rterday. ,.... ...... Rescue workers, some.wearing-.gas masks, were Impeded by foul air'as K.U4CUJ, vitii; iiiijiuiieu uy JOUi air as ' •' • -" — *">-*w vi nin- they timbered their way toward "the 5 ,? * m 8et °" cheaper if they trapped men. The Mast, believed to "° * h , olltia y shopping f or II- have been set off by methane, or 2" L - Cl 8 are "«s this side of the rr\a»-cVi rror 1-n^.^T^^.j —..i •__ oorocr. -_ -_ . ^^.a uii uj jiivLiitun., ui Jrnrrft marsh gas, knocked out cross ; sec- ""JJJ iiioioii £«.->, hitiATR-en Out, CrQSS 'SCC- . '~T > tlon air locks in the vast diggings of £fe h V «?" OU i g j he arrest lasl the .Chicago, Wilmington and ;W gh > °' li°"^,™ S^ ™«- the Chicago, Wilmingfcori° Franklin No. 2 mine. Fresh Air Throttled Because of the shattered concrete air locks fresh air frorri the outside was throttled at the point of explosion: This caused fear among old-time nnriers H .that the trapped men may have died from lack of oxygen. i -Telephone communications which [thread the 25-year-old mine's web iOf : tun'nels were knocked out In the ;bj*st area. There was no sign of ?lii« 'rom that section. '••:' "No Hop* at Air .i" "I'm of the opinion there's no ;•;' jbope at all for those that are down ^ jthere," said Eadie at mid-morning, \- feven as rescue workers appeared 'jto be some four to five hours away iffom reaching the men. if Foster, superintendent of the ;mine for 22 years, said that re- iports from the rescue teams indi- ' cate they have uncovered at least ' 14 dead. ^ Trie teams passed up bodies ol the .; dead men and centered their efforts • on reaching miners who might be '-' See BLAST on Paje g an nenr Leachville for bringing untaxed whiskey Into the slate from Missouri, James Parks of Blythe- I'llle member of the ABC commissions enforcement staff, also gave out this ' warning. He said that two ABC patrol on dul.v iwiu.pon "t»i..fr and cars on duty between Blythevilte th* Arkansas-Missouri state ; Weather nnd maxi- A Arkansas forecast: :'air •; jirtrmer, with an expected i&bfeafc/i^ye* ^T*/-v>" ^ i ~F AYR ,mum of near 45 decrees and a [minimum of near 26. ; -Missouri forecast: Pair today ^,.;w»rmer, west and north; high 20 io A... TP, ,»s southwest; increasing " cloudl tness windy and warmer tonight, Sunday, partly cloudy and windy but occasional snow or snow Ilur- Untaxed Liquor Warning Given Cigarettes Included Jn ^tatc^Line .Check |y Arkansas £gevicV ^ The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control - Commission said in effect todjsy Hiat residents of = Blytheville ond other state line areas of Ark line from now until ttie first of next ye-r to check on the importation Of liquor and cigarettes on which the Arkansas tax has not been paid. Last night, Mr. parks and Deputy Sheriff Floyd Burris of Leachville arrested Dene Dc*.mis. 2] Jor.esboro Negro woman, near the state line north of Leachville Mr Parks said she had 32 hair-pints of whiskey in her possession. She was taken to the Leachville jail and a hearing for her before a justice of the peace has been set for 2 p.m. fvfonday. In pointing that quantity has no bearing on the arrests. Mr. Parks cited a recent Supreme Court decision which upheld a $500 fine and 30-day jail term for a Negro who irought two half-pints of Louisiana wine into Arkansas. The fine for taxed cigarettes is $25 per pack- he said. A jingle half-pint or carton of cigarettes will subject a wson to prosecution, he said. Truman's Steel Move Expected WASHINGTON (AP)_ President Truman is expected today to reveal the steps he will take to try to avert a nation-wide steel strike involving nearly a million men Federal mediation efforts collapsed yesterday. After both sides had shown no disposition to "budge an -••... ...,,*,„ vl MIUW iiur- rles north portion; turning colder west and north; Increasing south to southeast winds tonight, becoming 20-30 mph and shitting to northwest over most of state Sunday; low tonight 20s. .-": Minimum this morniug—ig. Maximum yesterday—-33 Suaset today—1:52." Sunrise tomorrow 7-01 Precipitation 24 hours to 7 am today—none. Total since Jan. i_u -j 2 Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—27 Normal mean tempemt'ure tor December—41.9. , h This Date I.asl Yi-»r Minimum this morning-aa. Maximum yr-sterdav 45. inch. Mr. Tniman has at least three y courses open to him. Those close to! thc dispute said it was likely he' would turn the case over to the' Autos Killing More People Than Wars CHICAGO. (/F i— Motor vehicles are killing TJ. s. citizens at a more rapid rate than weapons of war. American traffic deaths reached the one million mark today. On Sept. 8, the Association of Casualty nnd Surety Companies said deaths among American fighting men had reached the one million mark that week— on Sept. 3 or Sept.. 4 in Korea. The count o! u. a. military deaths began with the Battle of Lexington April in, "1115. The count of automobile fatalities began with the death ol H. H. Bliss in New York City Sept. 13, 1899. No One Should See This CHICAGO. no civilized MV— "This is a country should day ever Ned H. Dearborn, president of 'the National Safety Council so commented today about the millionth U. s. traffic death. He said nothing can be done for the dead, but the use oi common sense still can "save those who are living." ; Dearborn's statement: : "This is a day no civilized country .should ever see. One million of its citizens killed in traffic ac- cidenls that could havo been pre vented by a little more civilized behavior. "These million traffic victims were from all walks of life of every age, of every tailh, creed Murphy May Refuse US. 'Cleanup Post Federal Judge Thomas F. Murphy reportedly to a5 f.*n!L ed aeal r St heariinB Prcawe nt Truman's three-man commission to expose wrongdoers in the Government. ' Reports appeared today In both the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune. The Times said Murphy, w h o agreed last week to head Hie federal cleanup commission, "was said to have changed his mind because ot protests from colleagues on the federal bench." Murphy could not'be reached here for comment. Short Mas No Comment In Washington. Presidential Press Secretary Joseph Short had no comment. Although Mr. Truman Two Trucking Firms Merged Highway Express Now Part -of Campbell "66" OrganiraHon The Inlci-slaie Commerce Commerce Commission lias authorized purchase ot the Highway Express. . (rucking firm, by the Express of- Spring- Memphis Campbell field, Mo., it was announced today by H. M. Wallace, manager of the Highway Express office here. Highway Express has been provlrt- ig trucking service in this nren since 1936. The firm has maintained an office here, with Mr. Wallace in charge, since 1939. Tile new firm will be known as the Campbell "66" Highway Express and service will continue in the Blytheville area. No personnel changes will be made here due to tile merger, Mr. Wallace said. Negotiations were completed several months ago. but the purchase has ju s t been approved by the ICC. Announce- the scandals Allies Ask Exchange Of Sick, Hurt POW's Inside Today's Courier News . .Osrcnla News...PHEe J. .. Sotiets-.. Songs of Christmas,. Pace 3. . .Arkansas News Briefs., martinis . .I'aee 8. ...Sports.. .Page 5. Hopes Dwindle for Armistice Before Deadline Next Week K ° VOa ^H-Unitcd Nation, negotiators an immediate exchange of sick and wounded war prisoners. The U. N. disclosed that 37,500 South Ko- The Communists said they, would said last week that nxnt dealing with .... „„ might be anticipated, none has been made to date. The Herald Tribune said Murphy rcpoi'teclly changed r :Ws mind- about j taking the J: ' commission post, because : 1. Of his failure to jel the men he wanted as his aides. 2. He would lack subpoena or contempt ponrrs as investigator. 3. He fears that he would bf- c«me mere "window dressing" in Washington. The mustachioed, six-loot four- inch Murphy won national Time as Government pi editor of Alger Hiss, Stale Department employe conviclcd ol lying about his connections with a pre-war Soviet spy ring. Hiss is now in prison. But Murphy, failing to gel the federal judgeship he wanted, resigned from the U.S. Attorney's office and took the jnb of New York City's reform police commissioner He resigned thai post after winning a federal judeeship last June. Second Meeting Is Scheduled for Burnett Creditors Creditors of E. C. Burnett recently declared an involuntary bankrupt after three finance companies filed suit charging him with irregularities in the financing ol automobiles, n:ct In Joncsboro Thursday nnd heard Frank Whllworth, federal receiver, report few assets were available from Mr. Burnett. A second meeting for creditors to examine the bankrupt Is to be set for the nenr future. Lee Cazort. federal referee in bankruptcy said Mr. Whitwwth was discharged as receiver and appointed trustee of Burnett ffudson Sales. Suits filed in civil wmrls h'crc are still pending agianst Mr. Burnett! Allied Planes Lash at SEOUL, Korea (AP)-Alltel planes and snips carried th the Retfs Friday In smashing attacks on Communist supply and com munitions lines. Aground, United Nations Infantrymen stormed out of their Central Front foxholes and raided a Communist position northwest of Choi won. Far behind u. N. lines, South* , Korean forces continued their drive against. Communist guerrillas and bandiU. O. S. .Eighth Army said 297 Reds were killed, and 2M captured Thursday and Friday. Spectacular Raid Pulleil The Air Force pulled Its most spectacular raid in months. O. 8. P-8-1 Thundcrjets swooped tlown on Reel supply dumps near Kunu and set an entire vnllcy ablaze. Far tost Air Force. 1 ! announced lhat 14 United Nations planes were shot down over Korea during the week ended Friday. One Lost in Air Battle Red ground fire accounted how HOW U. S. TRAFFIC DEATHS HAVE S ielcs in usc-with grand total now .wari.^ihrmlHr^m^TlriTrtM. Driver Fined for Leaving Scene ot an Accident Sam Williams. Blytheville Negro, of leaving the scene of an accident Williams wjis charged with failing to slop after the car he was driving crashed into a parked car on Ash Street last night. 13. One was lost in an air battle with Communist MIG-15 Jets. During the same period one MIO was .shot down and eight others damaged, Ihc Air Force said. The Fifth Air Force said the 13 United Nations command planes lost to ground fire in the week was the largest toll by Red onli-nir- cralt guns lor any seven-day period in the «vr. 185 Said Destroyed The F.lr' East Air Force scoreboard of Mto claims since thc Russian-built fighters first appeared in the Korean War now stands at 185 dr.stroyed. 51 probably destroyed and 301 damaged. It said the tolal of all types of Red planer no«- stands nt 320 destroyed. 100 probably destroyed and 360 damaged. U. S Fifth Air Force planes flew 477 sci tics Friday, mast or them directed at vital Red life lines from Manchuria to the front lines. Hungary to Try Four U.S. Fliers Arkansas Sergeant's Mother'More Scared' Than at His Capture By The Associated Tress The Iron Curtain shuttered the lignfs of Christmas joy In thc homes of four American airmen. Communist Hungary, obedient to the puMic hopes of Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Vishinsky, announced last night it is going- to try the four fliers on the "round j ""^ "K*<-'<-'m<-'fic expires they deliberately flew into llungnry • tlrty ~ 1 " J usl r ' ve d "ys. Uilnk over the exchange proposal, but a U.K. spokesman said he believed there was loss than a 50-50 chance they would agree. The announcement that 37.500 South .Korean . civilians are 'to'be camps ed ; :on e'xplanali6Ti' j: 6f"why 44,529 names reported by the Red Cross wore not included on the prisoner list turned over by the TJ.N. last Tuesday. Las Causes lUscreuaiicj Rear Adm. R. E. Libby said lh« discrepancy between the D N. list and that .submitted by the Red Cross was due to a time lag on Information reaching the Communists from Geneva. The Allies linve notified thc Red Cross that 37.500 names should tie removed from tlia list of prisoners. There was no immediate explanation of the difference between the U.N. and Red figures. Staff officers abandoned their attempt to rcncli agreement on how to supervise an armistice after a. brief session Saturday. They turned the. problem back to Ihc official subcommittee. The negotiators msde "absolutely no headway," said Brig Qen. William p. Nnckols, olticlai u.N. spokesman. Armlsllce Hopes, Dwindle Hopes dwindled for an armistice before the provisional cease-fire line agreement expires next Thtirs- with the criminal intention of dropping spies." The Sour [Hers are Capt, Dave Henderson of Shawncc. Okla Capl John J. Swift of Glens Falls'. N.Y.i Sgt. James A. Elam of Kinnsland' Ark., and Tech. Sgt. JCAS A. Diilf ol Spokane. Wi'.^h. Otficioh LONDON (AP) -A new reshuffle of Czechoslovakia's Communist gc v- einment today sent Planning Minister Jaromir Dotilansky into thc isl of Vice Premier. ..-.«, -».._ KiiJb UVLI 10 trie Wage Stabilization Board lor recommendations. Only nine days remain before the strike deadline. Fire in Automobile Blamed on Cigarette Fire, believed caused by a lighted cigarette, destroyed the front scat of an automobile owned by Earl Stone, 104 East Moultrie Drive, this morning. Fire Chief Roy Head said that the blaze was confined to the front seat ol the car. Yesterday afternoon, an overheated kerosene hot water heater was the cause of a fire 'alarm to the home of Mrs. Arch Lovetarc SCO- North Franklin, No damagp. was] reported. 1 f- ('-"'* -Jf 1 *l.G II VtUKl. Millionth Traffic Death Reported at 10:27a.m. "y THE ASSOCIATKB PKESS ,— ., ... KING.SLAND, Ark. 01', — "This scares tnc more than when yon told me they were laken urlsw- cr." That was the reaction nt Mrs. King IJT> Elam of Kinaslund yesterday when she was irifnrjncd by thc Associated Press lhat her sou and trm-p oilier American ainurn were to be tried by the Hungarian Communists on charges of beinc spies. reard reached the I,OuO.I)00 mark today Wl « nl of rr In the last two days, In ft nationwide spot check, the toll has aver r,nr«.M'r ^^ ™ S " 8UrC COn - MPOndS t0 thc "--I m,m "r iraffic tatahtics at this time of the season The loll tor 185 1 already b the second highest In the IMI w ais. ifore than 36,000 persons have lost their live., in motor mishaps. This compos with the record breaking 39.069 in 1941 and With 35.000 In 1950. Highway (ravel in wide area., of the country was h a ,a,dou's because of ice and snow. But thousands Hit the highways on Christmas trips. As the grim toll ncarcd the million mark, the council had csti- holWa "'ertod* PC '" SOnS WOUM b£ >:i " C<1 '" " a "' C accldc " |j5 ovcr 'he The one millionth victim will not be identified by the council because statistics up to 1932 were estimated, not actual f~-cs The nallon-wlrfe spot check was taken by the council with the cobperalion of The Assoclaled Press. The millionth name on the AP list »•»., reported on (hat basis, it i» carried as the death .hat the toll to the 1,000,000 nurk-not the aolientio millionth victim At Icn.st two ot the men—Swill and Duff—liad been cxncclcd home ror Christmas with their fnmllie.s; teiii until (heir twin-engined C-47 carsoipi'* pline was forced do\vn in Hungary by Soviet lighter planed Nov. 19. American officials said they uol IOM. over Hungary while en a '[lulu from Erdilis Alrbase. Germany, to Belgrade, Yugoslavia, with supplies for Ihc American Embassy in Delgrade. News they will be tried struck their (amilics like a blmv. The kln- (olk—anil the U. K. stale Depart- ment—h:ul hoped the men would he released scion. Josephine Baker Seeks $400,000 from Wincfiell NEW YORK <-T>,-Jo,scplunc Baker. Negro enlcrtaincr. h.is filed a 5400.000 damage suit against Columnist Waller Wtachell, the Hearst Corporation ami King Features Syndicate. The suit, filed ye.slcrday In Federal Court, charges that Winchcll "maliciously, wantonly and recklessly printed and publishrit Hems aturicin? her on Oct. 25 and other occasions. However, both the truce supervision delegates and the prisoner exchange subcommittee, which met Saturday after a three-day recess, scheduled meetings for n a in Sun,<i;iy 18 p.m. Blytheville time Sat- jurday) in Panmmijoin. j Adm. Ubby .i.*etl the Commu- < nists to answer his proposal for a prompt e'xchanee of sick and wounded prisoners Sunday if |!«OS5iblC. Answer Is Snuqhl lie also asked for an answer to pen Matthew B. Hldgway's appeal to Communist, military imnmundeis to open North Korean j,ri.;on camps to i'0[ii-<-.,cnlatlves of the Intcrnn- tlfinaj Heel Cross. Nurtli Korean ,\rnj, GCMI f^e S,in» Jo snid Ridi.way's Toque-it MS midni- stuily and would be answered. U.N. Command hcndr;n.i,tfrs in Tokyo said the 37.500 South Ko- .•ivili.-tn, w:-re in-.(iv;-rtcntly m,:fc..-d up ,,i the confix,,, w - w . 1r NO.V. houvvur. ihey «,i c b, n:1? hcl( , m^ separate cani|w. an.iy from tac prisrincts of w;tr. To f!r f!c!c.isol Gr.uliinlly Thr-.v will l,r i-rJcnscrt gr.uluaUv alin- a Ini.iiHifh .-crcenins Io m.i'tc certain no one possibly rtcHucraus t<> the j-cc'iirltv of Un.irrl .N';i!; O i-, forces is amoni thc fcroiip LITTLE LIZ— >*T' Wony o young man vho Iw5 told his giil obouf his r;ch u^cli? Kas wound up being Ker neph«v.