The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 29, 1951 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, December 29, 1951
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THB DOMtNAKT NKWSPAWSR Of NORTWTABT ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST K,VH—NO. 338 BlythevUle Courier Blytheville Dtily Newt Valley U»d*r WytheviUe Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1951 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS U.S. and Hungarian Relations Returned To 'April Status' By JOHN M. HIGHl'OWER WASHINGTON (AP>—Contacts between the United States and Hungary were down to a bare minimum today but a complete diplomatic break was ruled out, at least by this country. U. S. retaliation for treatment accorded four U. S. airmen by the Communist satellite nation came swiftly. The four spent 40 days in a Red jail. Haggard but jubilant, they win freedom yesterday after the U. S. paid their fine—$120,000. Retaliation Announced Retaliatory steps were announced by Secretary of State Acheson yesterday, coupled with a warning obviously aimed at the whole Communist bloc that reaction to similar incidents in the future may be much harsher. Aclieson announced the United States was banning American travel to Hungary and ordering immediate closing of Hungarian Consulates in this country. They are located in Cleveland and New York. The Hungarian Legation here remains open. > Return io April Status This puts things back to about where they were last April. To gain " the release then of Robert Vogeler American businessman imprisoned as a "spy" by Hungary, the V. S allowed re-opening of the two con' sulates and lifte a Ban on American travel to Hungary. The new restriction was announced as soon as word came that the •it-men were freed. Fine* Are Paid At the same time, Acheson said the U. S. had paid the fines imposed by a Hungarian military coin on the four Air Force men on the charge they violated Hungary's border when they flew over it on Nov 1«. From Capitol Hill came some de< rnands for stronger retaliation. "You can't have diplomatic rela tions with bandits" said Sen. Hick enlooper R-Iowa. He urged seriou consideration ol "a complete break Mission IG Gain Status of Church Baptist Services Set For Tomorrow at Chapel n diplomatic relations." Sen. Smith Concurs Sen. Margaret Chase Smith. R Me expressed the same thought. Sen. Monroney D-OkU and Sen Edwin Johnson D-Colo both said hey felt the state Department was ight in taking the action, although Monroney said hejiopes for "more drastic measures." The U. S. says the fliers went into Hungary because they were lost and not, as the Reds had said, to spy. Four Airmen Tell Of 40-Day Stay in Hungarian Jail News Account Held Until State Officials Arrive for Meeting By RICHARD O'MALIfy ERDING, Germany, (/pj — Four American airmen gave U. S. intelligence officers a full account today of their 40 days in the hands of Communist Hungary. But their scheduled news conference to-tell the world about it was delayed until a Washington Sate Department official could arrive from Frankfurt. Col. Park Holland. Erding Air Base commander, announced the public would have to wait a while for the story of how Russian planes forced the fliers down and how they .were tried and finally released UN Drops Air Check Demand In Move to End Talk Deadlock Reds to Divulge Fate Of 50,000 Prisoners MUNSAN, Korea (AP)—The United Nations negotiators miwle their "most important concession" today in a move to break the long Korean truce talks deadlock. And the Communists agreed to divulge the fate of some 50,000 unaccounted for war prisoners. The U. N. negotiators said they | lion was in the record. LEWIS AT MINE—John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers union, appears weary and dirty after emerging from Orient Mine No. 2 in West Frankfort. 111., following an eight-hour inspection ol scene ol explosion where 119 miners were killed. Management of Mine Blamed for Tragedy BENTON, III. OF)— John L. Lewis blames the mine management for the blast which killed 119 men near West Frankfort last week, saying it knew three to five days before the explosion the coal mine was not safe. The United Mine Workers President made his statement yesterday after the U. S. Bureau of Mines, In a preliminary report, said electricity or smoking set off the blast Dec. 21. The bureau also released inspection reports of last January and July which noted "serious hazards" at the ill-fated'mine. Serious Hazards Cited In capital letters they cited "ser- On Lilly Street Chapel Mission or First Baptist Church here will become Trinity Baptist Church in services at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon. Membership of the new church will consist of 142 worshippers who have been attending the Mission but officially have been members of First Baptist Church, the Rev. E. C..Brown, pastor of the parent church, announced. The Mission on Lilly Street has been' operated by First Baptist Church since 1938. Pastor of Trinity Baptist church will be the Rev. David McPeake I who has been pastor of the Mission The Rev. Mr. Brown. First Baptist Church deacons, and Mississippi County Baptist ministers will form a church council tomorrow afternoon and officially adopt resolution organizing the church. A declaration of faith and church covenant will be adopted and church officers will be elected the Rev. Mr. Brown said. Raymond Zach'ary, Franklin Atkinson, and Herbert Joiner hav been members of a Chapel Mission governing committee of First Bap tist -Church. Weath if Arkansas foWMsi: Partly cloudy warmer this afternoon and in nortl * * /JHi?~l...r. s a .* n fines > ^ •Mr KUus" Mention Col Holland Identified the 'high itate Department .official from Washington" as'a Mr...-Klaus,' who said had Just landed at Bhine- \ialn Airport at Frankfurt, 'Our hands are tied until he gets here." the commander .said, idding that Klaus was' the only nan with authority to authorize the lews conference. • • ' Legal Staff Member In Washington, the State Department Identified Klaus as Samuel Klaus, a member of the department's legal staff and an Intelligence expert. It said he left Washington by air yesterday on a mis- ,lon "to obtain information for the department." A. department press officer declared that Klaus "Ls not going as a censor and has no connection with any press conference plans." Afternoon Meet Expected Holland expressed confidence the airmen would be permitted to meet the press this evening. The four were handed over to U. S. authorities at the Austro- Hungarian border last night at dusk and then flown to their home base here. intelligence officers were believed chiefly concerned In finding out whether the Reds were able to extract any American military information from the men. None of the men were assigned to tactical operations. They spent the night resting behind sentry-guarded doors. It was learned State Department officials in Germany met Klaus at Rhine-Main and asked if they could telephone authorization for the news conference to go on avsctegf-:, nled. Klaus declined, saying!.;^* would attend to the matter,.(|ir) sonally. Wanted Here Held in St. Louis Teen-Age Escapees Arrested in Auto Of Blytheville Woman Two teen-aged escapees from the Boy's Industrial School at Pine Bluff, wanted here on suspicion of car theft, have been arrested in St. Louis. St: Louis police notified Blytheville .police this morning that the two b»ys, identified as Robert William Mabies of Blytheville and Eugene Louis Carmeron of Forrest City, were arrested there Thursday night and a 1951 Chevrolet reported stolen here Dec. 18 was recovered. . The car Is owned by Mrs. Raj Swiney. It was stolen from In front of her home in the 200 block 01 Chlckasawba Ave. St. Louis police said the two boys were driving the car at the time of their arrest. Two Wanted For Questioning Deputy Sheriff Charles Shor said that the two boys are also wanted for questioning in connec tion with theft of a 1S4B Ford in Pine Bluff on the night ot Dec. II which was abandoned near Blythe ville after it was involved in an accident. The Ford sideswiped a car driver by John Cowan of osceola two mile south of Blytheville and Mr. Cowa ous hazards similar to those that a've caused heavy loss of life or estruction of property in coal lines." The January-July reports said nspectors found in the mine clga- ette butts and match stems and mpropcfly shielded electrical gear vhere dangerous gas might acc'ir- iiulate. > / -<...-. tewis Heads TnvesTigaiicfi " "" Lewis, who he.ided a team of'un- on investigators at the disaster icene said "squeezing"—the shifting of earth around the tunnclways— released great quantities of methane gas from coal seams three to five days before the explosion. The Chicago,- Wilmongton Franklin Coal Company, operator of the mine, should have closed off those areas affected until «as was cleared out, Lewis said. President Wants "Time" In Chicago, George B. Harrington, president of the company said he hadn't had time to fully study any ot the reports and didn't want to enter a controversy with Lewis. "The blast was a horrible tiling." Harrington said. "The company has just as big a hea'rt as the 'miners. told boys officers jumped that from two teen-age' the Ford an r,.(|r RAIN AND COLDER ' portion tonight. Sunday mostly olde cloudy, occasional rain and colder extreme north. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy and mild today; increasing cloudiness tonight and turning colder north portion; Sunday, cloudy and much colder with occasional snow flurries north portion; high today 45 northeast to 55 southwest; low. ton!s ht 15-25 north to 3as south. Minimum this morning— 33. Maximum yesterday — 55. Sunset today — (:58. Sunrise tomorrow— 7:07. Precipitation 2< hours to 1 a.m today — none. Total since Jan. t — 46.07. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)— *4, Normal mean temperature for December— A1.9. Thb Itale last Vear Minimum (.his morning— 30. Maximum yesterday: — 40. Pm-ipltalion January 1 lo this Hughes, Buy Kirby's Store At Main, Division Henry Hughes and Charles Brogdon have purchased a drugstore at Aiain and Division formerly known as Kirby's Hi-Way Drug Company, it was announced this morning. They began operation of the store yesterday. The men own a drug store downtown, also. Mr. Hughes will manage the stores, to be known as Hughcs- Brogdon Drug Stores. Passing Airman Gives Stalled Motorist LHt From New York Snow CANTON, N. Y. f/D—A passing airman helped Walter J. Leonard when his car skidded Into » snow bank. Charles Darling saw that Leonard and Ills wife could not budge the automobile 90 he landed his ski-equipped Piper-cub in a field and helped push the car free, would abandon their demand tor Aerial reconnaissance and negotiate the question of troop rotation tf the Reds would accept without change a new compromise plan for policing a truce. "Reluctant" Decision Brig. Gen. William P. Nuckols, official U. N. spokesman, said the decision tu withdraw the demand for aerial observation during an armistice was made "with the greatest reluctance." "This Is by far the most important concession the U. N. Command has made." he said. The Communists indicated Saturday many of the 50,000 prisoners the U. N. says the Reds reported capturing but failed to list on their prisoner roster were released nl the front and their names were not recorded. Most of the 50,000 were South Koreans. "UN Not Too Hopeful" Libby said the U. N. is not too hopelul the Reds will supply much additional information "but nt least we got our foot in the door." Nuckols told correspondents the U. N. Command decided to take a "calculated risk" thai ground Inspection would detect whether the Reds were building up military air bases in North Korea. "It is now clearly and unequlvo- cably up to you. The future is in your hands," MaJ. Gen. Howard M. Turner told the Communists.. The Reds said they would study the U. N. proposal overnight and comment on it Sunday. Redi to Account for POW's In'an-adjoining Unt, the Cpnj- The U. N. negotiator declared em phRticully that the compromise on aerial observation was a "contingent basis"—that is. the Reds must accept all of the Allied proposal or none of It. munlitiVagTeed 'Ur -account for. SI least part of the 50,000 men the Allies claim were captured In Ko rea but were not listed on the Reds' prisoner roster. Rear Adm R. E. Libby, U. N. negotiator, said the Reds agreed to this "grudging' ly." Communist sub - committeemen said they would swap Information the Allies hnve requested repeatedly on the list of Red prisoners turne' over by the U. N. Dec. 18. U. N. negotiators have hinted.tha if the Reds lurnish a satisfactory accounting, they would consider an all-for-all prisoner exchange proposed by the Communists. This would clear the major hurdles they Inside Today's Courier News t , . Arkansas News Brlrfs. . . News of Men In Service. . . markets. . . Paie.S. . . . Society. . . Luxora New* . . . CMciii start fettln; read) 1 for Arkansas State tourney. . . sports. Page 5. STASSEN SAYS 'YES'—Harold Stnssen, 44-year-olrl president of the University of Pennsylvania, tells reporters that he will seek the 1952 Republican nomination for president. He outlined the program lie will pursue if elected, including insistence on "plain, old-fnshioned honesty in officials of the nation, from the highest to the lowest." (AP Wirephoto) Seven Vessels Radio SOS— Howling Seas Lash Ships in Atlantic LONDON W)—Howling hurricane winds washed mountainous sea over sinking ships along Europe's Atlantic Coast today and set off series of frantic distress 1 call At least seven threatened if sel including two American freighteis radioed SOS signals. One ship was drlvefi' "—-'-J —«-_!«_ ^--f- «?i- . : oe's Casualties Set at 1,515,688 5y Eighth Army UN Air Force Goes Over Korea as War Is Quiet on Ground SEOUL. Korea. IIP,— The Chinese and North Korean Communist Arnies have suffered 1,515,688 cas- mlttes In the Korean War. a U. S. Eighth Army briefing officer reported todny. He said the figure' for the 18- month-old conflict included battle casualties, estimated non-battle casualties, (frostbite, illness, etc.) and prisoners of war. The briefing officer listed 823,331 Chinese Communist casualties since they entered the war, Nov. 7 1950 The North Korean toll was given u "True" Casualties Listed The officer said United Nations troops Inflicted 216,721 battle casualties on the Reds since the truce talks started at Kacsong last July During the last month—the twilight war—Red casualties were 10,197. That represents a big drop from the preceding month, a 30- day provisional cease-fire line expired at midnight Thursday. Reds Capable of Offensive The briefing officer said the Beds have long been considered capable "of launching and supporting a general offensive." He said 'there was no noticeable buildup of Communist forces. There was'no report of any ma-' i 1 :.* -ground action Saturday morn- r.g, but Allied fighters and fighter- Ambers were out in force. 0 8 wa ter, ra pldly « riij - in • seriohs -danger lied after the accident. "he Ford, according to Deput Short. Is owned by a North Little Kock man. Letter Found in Clothing Deputy Short said that two days after the Ford was abandoned and the day following the theft of the Sv.-iney car, a bundle of clothing was found in an alley at the rear of T. I, Scay Motor Company on East Main Street and that a letter addressed'to Mabies was found In the clothing. Mabies was sentenced to the state reformatory several months ago on a burglary charge and a check with reformatory officials disclosed thai Mabies and Carmeron escaped from the institution a few days bclorc lh« clothing was found, Deputy- Short said . and ,we feel just ns bad do." Chapman Issues Report The bureau's report, issued in Washington by Secretary of the Interior Oscar Chapman who also visited the disaster site, said present evidence shows that electrical equipment ignited methane—a light ordorless gas produced in mines by decomposition of organic matter— which in turn ignited clouds of coal dust. Matches Founa at Scene Cigarettes and matches were found during rescue operations, the report continued, leading Investigators to believe "the possibility ol smoking as an ignition source cannot be entirely disregarded." The federal bureau declared accumulations of coal dust were present In the affected areas . . . and that "sufficient rock dust had not been applied to prevent the propagation of the explosion." Murder Charge Filed on Negro Information charging Suzie B. blocking agreement on the agenda, Item Four—exchange of prisoners. Subcommittees on both prisoner exchange and truce supervision scheduled meetings for 11 a.m. Sunday 9 p.m. F.ST Saturday in Pan- munjom. Gen. Turner told the Reds the new six-point plan for policing truce Ls the U. N. Command's final offer. The plan provides that "such rotation of military personnel as within the limits agreed upon by both sides shall be reported to the military armistice commission." It also proposes that "both sides undertake not to introduce into Korea any reinforcing military personnel, combat aircraft, armored vehicles, weapons and ammunition after the armistice Is signed." All previous United Nations proposals have said neither side should increase the numerical quantities of troops and equipment. And Chinese Maj. Gen. Hsieh Fang asked for an exact definition of the word "reinforcing." Turner replied that the deiinl- Carrier Boy's Bicycle Apparently Wasn'tStolen; Someone Was Just Tired "I didn't steal It. Judge, just borrowed it a little while." That, apparently, Is the excuse someone would use If questioned nbctii the disappearance of a bicycle belonging to Jimmy Hall, Courier News carrier boy. Jimmy's bicycle was stolen last week from where he parked It on Railroad Street near Walnut. It was found abandoned yesterday between two buildings on First Street between Main, and Walnut—only two blocks from where it was stolen. Jimmy's paper bag and raincoat were still In the bike basket. Russia Speeds Plans for War, Pole Declares WASHINGTON. f /p> — Stanislas Mlkolajczyk. Poland's exiled Prc mier says Russia is speeding wa preparations in her mld-Europ Truman Juggles Top-Priority Plans Including Arms Budget WASHINGTON (AP) — President Truman, back from a Christmas visit to his Missouri home, juggled a heavy load of top-priority problems today, one reportedly concerning next year's military budget. Military and mobilization officials showed him their recommendations for national defense spending at a 45-minute White House meeting yesterday. Tlicy came away looking a bit glum, A hastily called Pentagon meeting of Secretary of Defense Lovelt and hh budget experts followed immediately, rresirttnl Resists? This gave rise to speculation thai total estimates for the needs nf Ihe armed forces— and for related items like foreign aid—might have run satellites. He told a terday that news conference yes during the past -+ The i/ni-t<m*"tfs~ ng Enterprise, carrying 40- crew nen and lo passengers out or Ham- ulrg. said she was listing 45 degrees ind "taking water." She was wnl- owlng off the southwest tip of Eug- and. Help Stands By Help wn s standing by the Fly- iig Enterprise and was at hand or m the way to other threatened ihips. Winds as high as 80 miles an hour whipped up the worst Eastern Atlantic storm in many years. Ports and iiii';)orts closed in mans places. Coastal towns from Spain to Denmark were battered Many Small Bu.ils Sink Hundreds ->f small boats weie sunk at anchor on the French ati: English coasti. Tidal floods hit river mouths nil niorig the short;. Most transatlantic air f.rpvei halted after the Shannon river washcc over low-flying shannon .International Airport. Authorities sau! the field would be unusable mull tomorrow or Monday. Qllpen Mary Docks The Queen Mary finally docked at Southhampton 72 hours late. Ms captain, Harry Grattidge. said the trip was the worst he had made since 1014. The Holland - Amerika liner Noordam stood by the Flying Kn- began a counter-action early Saturday west of Korangjo to regain nn' advance position lost Friday to n Red battalion. An Eighth Army communique said some U. N; troops forced a platoon of the Red battalion to withdraw after a 15-minute action but that other U, N. ele-' menls In the action were still bat- See WAR on Fate 8 McMath Pays His Back Taxes Governor States $9,170 Claim Now 'Settled in Full' LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (API—Gov. Sid McMath has announced payment of $0.170 in back federal In- come^taxcs and Interest. The Governor said yesterday he had made full payment of a claim resulting from an investigation of his finnncinl affairs for the past 15 years by the Bureau oJ Internal Revenue. McMath said two major items were in dispute In the Investigation tcrprise part of the nieht." The New York Coasl Guard 'said the Enterprise "has plenty of help if —"traveling expenses which I" de- assistance can be carried out in ducted because these expenses wera heavy seas." j incurred in conjunction with my Flying Enterprise Gets .Mil j duties as Governor, and a loss I took The Southland, a freighter of [he on sale of my former home in Hot for the year -starting next July. Budget problems weren't the President's only concern. He is sill searching for a method to carry out a drastic crackdown on wrongdoers in Government. Newsmen raised that question as soon as Mr. Truman stepped from his plane on arriving at National Airport. : Truman Can't Answer Asked if he would comment on reports that an anti-corruption commission would be named soon, months he learned from the Iroi Curtain underground: 1. There Ls an unexplained food shortage in middle Europe, whereas all these nations except Czechoslovakia normally produce food surpluses. 2. Gasoline Is scarce In Romania, an oil producer. 3. Middle Europe's steel output has been Increased and new foundries opened in East Germany. Poland and Hungary. 4. Soviet Deputy Premier Molotov. at a Jully 22 meeting with mid-European leaders in Poland, demanded more military production. 5. "Unnecessary" people, that te. cool to Communism, are be- In? moved out of larger cities. iMikoIajczyk satd he suspects gasoline, meat and grain are being stored for use by the Red Army. the President said no, he couldn't answer that. More than two weeks ago he told bis news conference he Intended lo set up a house-cleaning agencyi to oust wrong-doers in the Government "no mailer who they arc or , South American steamship line and a British freighter the I "Fr, ton im's captain decided adequate li^lp was on hand and resumed his trip lo Rolerdatm. The Flying Enterprise is owned by the Isbrandtsen Line of New York. No M'ord of Passengers None of Its resc'icr.-, Indicated immediately whether they had been able to take off thr- crew and passengers. Off Land's End In Southwest Britain the 4,300 ton Hemy Stevenson from New York messaged for aid. The high winds sent floor! waters as high as four feet over some parts of England. Rail tr.-insport, loo. was slowed by flood waters in Southern England. Graves Resigns As Game Warden Richardson. Blytheville Negro, with j Into Presidential resistance. first degree murder was filed this! H a downward Tevi.sion is in or- ntomlng In the Circuit Court Clerk's dcr, Mr. Truman would need it office by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Arthur S. Harrison. The Negro woman is charged with shortly to get It Into the over-all national budget, due on Capitol Hill early next month. fatally shooting Kev. Louis Davenport, Negro, at her home here Dec 18. Mr. Harrison said that the Negro] lions Committee, said early this wnriian is scheduled for trial In the week he thought Ihe armed forces term of Circuit Court her«, I would need about 60 billion dollari S50 Billion Mentioned Rep. Mnhon (D-Tex), chairman of the Htmse Military appropria- Ceril Oravcs of Blylhevtlle an- Ihcy are." ' »°unced loday tht he has resigned A threatened steel strike was an- i nis P M ' litm as 8 ame warden for other matter of major importance confionting the Pieslueiit. The 650.000 man CIO United Steelworkers Union has deferred until Jan. 3 a decision on whether to nail work until it has a new contract 'Hie present contract runs out Dec. 31. The dispute has been turned over tile Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the United States Wildlife Service. His resignation became effective today, Mr. Graves said. He said he could not announce his plans for the future nl this lime. Mr. Graves served approximately five years as state and federal Stolen Cleaners' Truck Recovered A City Cleaners' delivery truck. 1 reported stolen here Thursday | night, found abandoned ycster-! rtay on a gravel road a milo west of j the Hall Moon Community. The truck was found yesterday by State Trooper Tom Smalley. Desk Sergeant Dick Burns of the nij'thcvillc Police Department said. Springs.' ruman, said he had paid S8.333.22 back taxes, and $836.78 In Interest. He said that, while the investigation covered a 15-month period, the taxes were collected for 1948, '49 and 'SO. The investigation of the governor's income tax returns first was disclosed last May. At that time both McMath and Internal Revenue spokesmen said the investigation was rouline. Later McMath declared that :he investigation was routine. Later McMath declared that the investigation was prompted by "political enemies who have reported to the federal government that I own companies in several Arkansas counties and that I have S300.- 000 buried In back of the Governor's mansion." LITTLE LIZ— U) Ihe Waee Stabilization Board lor | game* warden for th» Northeast fioUlemeut* Artansaj area. Firemen Go to Grass Fire Blytheville firemen answered nn alarm lo a grass lire at 1315 Willow yesterday afternoon. >fo properly wu repot Ud. Tde best job of face-lifting rs done by sudrfcn

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