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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS XLVH— NO. 240 Biytheville Courier Mississippi Valley Leider Blythevllle Dally X<» Blythevllle Herald TOE DOMINAHT NEWSPAPER OT NORTHEAST ARKAN6A8 AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1952 EIGHT PAGES SINGI* COPIES FIVE Cf»fTS New Mayor Takes Over Office- Municipal Judge Graham Sudbury (left) administers the oath of office to Blythevilte's new mayor, Dan Bladgclt, who this morning moved in as the City's first full-time chief executive (I). Afterwards, (2) Mayor Blodgett unlocks Ills new office and 3) moves in to his Stalled Truce Talks 'Greet New Year MUNSAN, Korea (AP)—The New Year opened with truce negotiators "in a dear) stalemate" on how to supervise a Korean armistice. Communist negotiators did agree to supply more information on 50,000 missing Allies, mostly South Koreans and agreed in principle on repatriating civilians. The repatriation agreement open-, «d a potential new dispute. South Koreans have charged the Reds "kidnaped" 130,000 civilians. Today, for the first time, the Communists charged the Allies "took away" 500,000 North Korean civilians. Simultaneously, Vice Adm. p Turner Joy, chief TJ.N. negotiator said in a New Year's statement that it will take time, and lots of It, to negotiate "an honorable, equitable and stable armistice." "Time is the price you pay for progress," Joy said in the tape recorded statement, broadcast to the U.S. "Unless you come prepared to ', jpend time, you only, shortchange yourself and ' cheifi^Lr^-^^nS ipend on you." ' " • Time Important Joy said the armistice, talks have been "painfully slow" but • that progress has been made. "Our main .strength at the con ference table lies in the time that you at home are wise enough to give us. "You have been very generous m the past. We are counting on your support in the future. "For approximately one half of the past year, the hope of the world has been suspended between war •rid peace in Korea. "''We sincerely want to-end the fighting and bloodshed as soon as possible. At the same time, and equally important, we wnnt to establish conditions which will discourage it not prevent, a resumption o! hostilities. "We want to make certain that the enemy does not use the period of the armistice to prepare for new attacks." It was that point which brought »bout Maj. Gen. Howard M. Turnier called a "dead stalemate" In Tuesday's subcommittee meeting at Panmunpom on armistice supervision. B«Is Reject Offer A U. N. C6mand communique said "the Communists once again flatly rejected" Saturday's "final offer" by the Allies on policing the truce. -The Reds "refused to make any concessions" on the Allied demand that thcy_would ndt rebuild their military air fields. Turner nsked for an adjomn- Se« CEASE-FIHE on Page 8 new office as his son, Robert, nnd Mrs. Blodgetl look on. Two aldermen (4) also took the oath of office. They are First Ward Alderman Homer Wilson and L. G. Nash, beginning a second term from Ward Three. —A Ctmrlor News Pho(o-Fe»lur« Mrs. McCormick Sues Propane Firm— $105,000 Suit Follows Embezzlement Trial Mrs. Willie Floy McCormick, recently acquitted of an embezzlement charge in a five-day trial that played to a standing room only" audience here, filed a ?105,000 damage suit yesterday against the firm which pressed the criminal charges against her. Weather Arkansas forecast: Mostly cloudy and much colder today and to- CLOUDY AND COLDER night; few showers east portion: (^Wednesday partly cloudy and cold; r/Iow temperature 12 to 20 north, 20 ' to 28 south. Missouri forecast: Cold wave today and in southeast portion tonight; clearing west and north, cloudy southeast portion with slowly diminishing winds; Wednesday generally fair, warmer west portion; high today 10 to 15 northwest to 30s southeast; low tonight zero to 5 below north, 5 'to U) above south. Minimum this morning—63. Maximum yesterday—79. Sunset today—5:00. Sunrise tomorrow—7:07. Precipitation 24 hours to 1am. today—none. Total since Jan. 1—none. Mean temperature (midway between high and lowt—71. Normal mean tcninernlure for January—39.8. ThU Dale L»st Tear Minimum this morning—32. Maximum yesterday—79. Precipitation January 1 to date—none. thin —Courier News Photo BltAND NEW FOR '5Z-Mrs. J. s. Whitt of Steele, Mo, holds her six-pound, five-ounce daughter and a calendar with a circle around the first day of the year, a red letter day sure enough for the WHItts The young lady was born at 12:10 a.m. today-Blytheville's "New Year's baby." The event took place at Blythevllle Hospital. Biytheville Boy Is House Page ,--_™~C— ^^ ^ Charles Robert Perm, -Jr., 14- year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robert Penn of 1328 West Hearn, will leave Sunday for Washington, D.C., where he will be a page in the House of Representatives. The 30-day appointment was made by Rep. E. C. (Took) oath- ings of the Tenth Congressional District. Charles, a ninth-grader. Is a first class Boy Scout and a Courier News carrier boy. He plans to do some sight-seeing on his week-ends and vaca-' tions. His room will be one block from the House Office Building and two blocks from the Caoitol. Charles will hear President Truman's State i>f the Union address nnd may hear Winston. Churchill address Congress. Mr. Penn is a broker. Charles Penn, Jr. White House Is Silent on Health Charge WASHINGTON W>, — The White House declines comment on a charge that President Truman's appointment of a commission on health needs Is "a brazen misuse of emergency funds" for propaganda curposej. Joseph Short, Presidential press secretary, was asked about > statement made nt Chicago by Dr. John ^y. Cllne, president of the American Medical Association. Short said he lad no comment. Short also was told that Dr. Gunar Gundcrsen at La Crosse, Wis., said he declined appointment to the commission because he regarded It as "an instrument of practical polite-" As"(o that. Short said (lie White foUbe bad bleu advised once that iitfHerscn'was willing to take the osv-snd had received no further from him. ,_ndersen said he telegraphed Attvs lo Dr. paul B M.gnuson Radiomen Listen In Vain for Signal From Listing Ship LONDON Mv-Racllo amateurs^ Britain tuned In vain today for a signal frcm sea captain Kurt Carlsen, drifting alone with the damaged freighter Flying Enterprise. The indomitable skipper, who refused to give up his ship, spent his .third night aboard the heavily listing freishter 300 miles out in the stormy. Atlantic. The radio with which he had tapped out messages ol love to his family at Woodbridge, N. J., went silent. Salvage experts said the captain, who is a keen radio ham, may be trying a different wave length lo communicate with the U.S military transport Gen. A. W. Grcelcy. The Gen. Grceley is standing by the Plying Enterprise, which was damaged in a fierce gale three dayj ago and is reported with a 60-ne- grer- list. orthopedic surgeon th« commission. ir.d In a complaint filed in Circuit Court, Mrs. McCormick accuses Biytheville Propane Company officials of an "unlawful, false and malicious act. . . in procuring her arrest. . .", and charges the company with "knowing at the time that if any money had been taken, that it had been done by agents if the defendant (Biytheville Pro- jane Company). . ." , The document on file in the Circuit Court Clerk's office further iccuses company officials of hav- ng Mrs. McCormick arrested '.'to ; cover up their own violations of the in hopes they would inliim- . . through the prosecuting attorney. . . this plaintiff (Mrs McCoimicJr) until she would pay back the money embezzled. . ." "1X0 Statement" A. R. Olsen, general manager of the firm during Mrs. McCormicfc's emnioyment there and at the time of her arrest In April, said "we have no statement to make" when called yesterday afternoon. Mr. Olsen, a reserve officer in the Army, was involuntarily called back into the service and left for active duty this morning. He is succeeded as genera] manager by Olen Grounds, who was not connected with the Propane company at the time of the embezzlement trial. Mrs. McCormick asks $55,000 actual damages because, the complaint states, she has not been able to get a job due to the accusation, trial, and resulting publicity. Without income, the complaint continues, she has lost her equity In a house and furnishings she was purchasing with her. salary. An additional 850,000 is asked for punitive damages. Mrs. McCormick states she was •extremely embarrassed -and humiliated and suffered great mental anguish because of the wrongful and malicious act. . . of procuring her arrest. . . and because of broad publicity the trial received in a local newspaper. . ." In April, a five-foot long bill of particulars was filed in .Circuit Court charging Mrs. McCormick with 15 acts of embezzlement. The sum she was said to have taken exceeded 54,100. Lower Court Action Clltd A jury heard testimony in the case for five days and then spent an hour and seven minutes deciding she was innocent. On the witness stand. Mrs. McCormick admitted altering and falsifying company records but insisted she was only doing what her superiors told her to do. In the complaint filed yesterday Mrs, McCormick and her attorneys' say they appeared before Municipal Court three limes to report ready for preliminary hearings on the embezzlement charge and that the prosecuting attorney first asked for a continuance because "he didn't have sufficient evidence at the time," and then dismissed the case for lack of evidence. The charges were filed direct In Circuit Court Immediately after being dismissed In Municipal Court. Mrs. McCormick is represented in the damage suit by Gene Bradley of Biytheville, John Bradley of Kcnnctt, Mo., and Claude p. Cooper of Biytheville. Mr. Cooper defended Mrs. McCormick at the embezzlement trial. 'No War', Says Pravda MOSCOW f/P,-Russian Comma nlrai's paper Pravda thinks the world months. war in the Blytheyille Soldier Returns from Korea Sgt. First Class Robert J..Boldlng ; returning home lo Blylheville after more than a year's service In Korea, hte mother, Mrs. Fred Proctor of 229 Dougan, was told this morning. •"Robert called from Camp Chat- prefect* for peace in the New Y^r fee ^ moVn ng at!3, ,Sf P ,.M h" ut better and predicts there will be would be homesomeVL™, " SJ* sa e would be home sometime tonight" next few Mrs. Proctor said. Sgt. Holding w-'n wounded while in Kore>. '" Mayor Blodgett Reveals Plan To Reorganize Police Force Swearing-ln Ceremonies Give * Foster Relieved City Its First Fall-Time Mayor TT11 t|_ -ii i ...._.... . L. G. »-— Nash and First Ward Alderman Homer Wilson also took the oath of office. Second Ward Alderman John Caudlll was sworn in yesterday by Municipal Court Clerk W 1,'Malln. Leslie Moore, Fourth " Ward councilman, remains to take the oath of office for his second term, and a successor to Mayor Blodgett, who moved up from a Third Ward atdermanic scat, must be chosen br the City Council. After the brief ceremonies. Mayor Blodgett was presented keys to his office by the city clerk and moved Into the chief executive's seat^the first time Biy- theville has had a full-time mayor. Full-time status was voted by the Council in December with Die salary being fixed at $4,800 per year. Mayor Bioagett succeeds former Mayor Doyle Henderson. Other changes in the city's political subdivisions will include Alderman Wilson who succeeds retiring Councilman Jimmie Sanders in the First Ward; and John Caudill, taking the Second Ward post formerly held by W. C. Cates, who has mated from BlytheviHe. An alderman to succeed Mayor Blodgett In the Third Ward is expected to be chosen by City Council at Its regular January meeting, scheduled for Jan. 8. Hungary Closes Two Consulates Red Satellite Acts In Compliance with Orders from U.S. NEW YORK W)—The Hungarian Consulates in New York and Cleveland have acted In compliance with the State Department order that they close up shop. An attache here said personnel at the New York Consulate wer- to finish moving before last night's midnight deadline set by the State Department. Early today, a newsman went to t!ie Consulate and found the building deserted, its lower floor apparently emptied of furniture. In Cleveland, the Hungarians served newsmen sherry last night as movers carted away furniture and equipment. Files and papers from the Consulates will be shipped to the Hungarian Legation In Washington, it was Raid. The Consulates were ordered closed after Hungary held four American airmen until the United States paid a (otal of 4120,000 "fines" assessed against the quartet. Greeting to 755,800,000 From Census Bureau WASHINGTON (AP> — The Crn- suj Bureau today said. "Happy Nc\v Year" to 155.800.0CO Americans—by Its own count. Director Roy V. Pell announcci) the bureau's Jan. I estimate of United tSates population Is 155,800,000. expected lo hit 158 million " U month. Possible Military Fund Reduction in '52 S60ri- WASHINGTON (AP)-Chai, man Cannon (D-Mo) of the House Appropriations Committee said today "an easing of the tension" might make it possible to reduce military spending in the new year. : ' Cannon, in an interview, would give no estimate of how much Congress should appropriate for the armed services during the fiscal year starting July 1, but said he believes It may be lew than was provided this year—$56,937,808,030. "In any event," he said, "we are going to more thoroughly scrutinize the requests for money for national defense. Last year it was a case ol taking no chances and (Jiving them everything they asked lor. There was the possibility then that Russia might strike at any moment, and we just couldn't afford to take a chance." "Time in Our Favor" Claiming that "time now is in our favcr," Cannon said Congress can at least proceed a little more slowly this year in making military money allotments. Right now, the military budget is a hot subject between the White House and the Pentagon, President Truman Is reported as balking at figures presented by his joint Chiefs of Staff and Is asking for economies. As Jcseph Short, white House press secretary put it, there has been "considerable discussion" o f the military budget. How much the military wants is a closely guarded •secret. Complicating the whole picture is the fact that this Is a Presidential campaign year. Camiozi predicted that Mr. Truman's overall budget to be sent to Congress In mid-January will be "tight." Morris Enters Insurance Firm Circuit Court Clerk- Becomes Partner In Biytheville Agency For the third time, Harvey Morris s setting up a desk at'one of Blytheville's oldest insurance agencies. Mr. Morris is now a partner In the firm for which he was a clerk when he came to Biytheville 27 years ago. Effective today, the Morris-Wilson Insurance Agency is formed as successor to First National Insurance Agency. Mr. Morris and Mrs Clarence H. Wilson are partners In the compiiiiy. Mr. Morris, who has been Mississippi County's circuit court clerk for 14 years, made no announcement as to his future political plans Mr. Morris will be general manager m active charge of the business, but will be assisted by Mrs Charles Dinner In the operation of the agency. William M. (Bill) Wll son will no longer be connected with the business. Before his appointment to the circuit court clerk's ollice. Mr Morris was manager of First National insurance Agency owned by the late Clarence H. Wilson. Biytheville Insurance Agency, predecessor of the First National company, to become deputy circuit co:irt clerk, returned to the agency as manager, and then left again lo become circuit clerk. Now, as partner In the Insurance firm, he announces the agency will handle a general line of fire tornado, windstorm and automobile insu, B ;:cc, fidelity ni; d surety bonds, and make farm and citv loans. Creeping Cold Wave Drops Mercury Here 26 Degrees in 2 Hours Many Biytheville residents were chased out ol shirt sleeves and back into their coats this morning when the temperature dropped 26 degrees In less than two hours, according to R, E. Blaylock. official weather observer. The high temperature of the spring-like morning was 74 degrees, recorded 'about 10 a.m.. but this balmy weather was short- lived as the mercury plummeted to 48 degrees by noon. This was 15 degrees below the minimum temperature recorded before 7 a.m. today which was 63 degrees. The high tempera- hire yesterday was 79 degrees. And the forecast? Cloudy and much colder. OfJobiNewChief Due in 30 Days Robbery Suspect Escapes from Leachville Jail LEACHVILLE—Police today were continuing their search for Herman Eli Weldon, 26. of Torrencc, Calif., one of the four men arrested near here last weekend for questioning in connection with the robbery of a service station in Clay County Deputy Sheriff Floyd Burris said that Welrlon escaped by prying bars of his cell apart. Deputy Burris identified the other men arrested for questioning as James William Carter. 20, of Biy- theville; Buford Kincade. 37, and his brother Wiliford Ktncade, 23, both of Maiden, Mo. The Kincade brothers have been, turned over to Clay county authorities for questioning. Deputv Burrl- said. Homer Gilbert's service sta- tlon at Pollard, in Clay County, was held up and robbed of $200 last Thursday night, Missions to Spain MADRID, Spain m — American officials announced last night that missions to negotiate economic and military agreements with General- Lvtltno Francisco Franco's government will arrive soon. Police Chief John Foster was relieved of his job today as Mayor Dan Blortgett, in his first official action, announced that the Police Department will Jbe.; reorganized and sup: Sr~viiea /: -temporarily, :$$\ th«, mayor, city cleric"' arid fire chief. * A police chief is to be named in about 30 clays. The mayor also: ' 1. Named W. A. Bickerstaff former employe of Peerless Dry Cleaners and volunteer fireman, manager of Municipal Airport to succeed E. R. Dickinson, acting manager. 2. Announced that the polics motorcycle patrol will be eliminated as an economy measure and due to winter weather. Motorcycle Patrolman Cecil Southard and Officer James R. Guutcr will leave Ilia force. Cecil Graves, who recently resigned as game warden, has joined th« Police eDpartment. There will be no changes in Street (nnd sewer) Department personnel at this time, Mayor Blodgett said. In announcing the police shakeup, Mayor Blodgctt stated that "the city is retrenching due to Its financial difficulties and for that reason, new police records are being put into service and the motorcycle patrol eliminated. This patroling will be done by squad car." New police Department records will bring about the Issuance of numbered receipts for parking meter fines received and each desk sergeant will file a daily report to See POUCE on Page 8 Word Is Due On Ike's Plans 'Major' Development Scheduled for Sunday By JWARV1.V 1. ARKOWSMITK WASHINGTON (API— Republicans backing Gen. Eisenhower for President appeared confident today there will be a major development shortly to support their contention he Is available for the GOP Presidential nomination. They indicated announcement of such a development could be expected at a news conference to be held here Sunday by sen. Lodge of Massachusetts, campaign manager of the Ike-for-PresIdent Republican croup. Lodge himself responded "indeed yes" when nsked wheiher what he plans to disclose at the conference could be classified as good news for those who would like to see Eisenhower nominated. LITTLf LIZ—

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