The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 3, 1952 · Page 7
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 7

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 3, 1952
Page 7
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1952 BLYTHEVTLLT; (AKX.) COURWR KEVTS PAGE 8EVEH Editors Vote MacArthur Story 'Tops' for Year By PAUL MICKELSON - (AP General News Editor) 1 NEW YORK, — Early on the morning of last April 11, this message began moving on the Army network to General Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo: "I deeply regret that it has become my duty as President and Commander In Chief of the United Jjatcs military forces to replace 5Jou as Supreme Commander, Allied powers', Commander In Chief united Nations Command; Commander in Chief, Far Bast; Com- mandin General, U. S. Army. Far East. You will turn over your commands, effective at once, to IA. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway. That order from President Truman caused a furore seldom equal- led for political fury and debat* in American history. It was the big gest story of 1951. Bigger even, hundreds of newspaper editors of the United States voted in the annual Associated press poll of the ten top stories of the year, than the Korean war and its truce talks, bigger than the scandals 'in the government and sports world, bigger than the rapid development oj fantastic new weapons that President Truman himself said would threaten civilization's destruction should another world war come. General MacArthur's return. Ws dramatic appearance before Congress where he gave his now famous "Old Soldiers Never Die' speech, and the Create Debate on American foreign policy in the kSenate hearings won counties! Tse ad lines. Second top story was the war In Korea and the »uoe talks Total U. 8. casualties passed the 100,000 mark just before Thanks giving Day and the honored deac began coming home again as true talks brought hope, despair am hope, bringing an almos^ complete halt to ground fighting late 1n No vember after many tragic battles among them the famous death struggle on "Heartbreak Ridge, comparatively unknown TJ. S. Arm' colonel gave the world its greates shock, releasing » report that ac cused the Reds of murdering a least S.790 war prisoners, includin about 6,500 Americans, plus 450,00 Korean civilians. -The figure* eotnpOed by United Nation* command," Bald Col. JalDM M. Hauler <* Seattle, thief of the Army's ftdge advocate swtkm, "are far from complete b»t (they) dhow a record of killings and barbarism nnlqne to the Communist world. 1 * Big name mobsters came right Into the living rooms of thousands of American homes hi 1951 via tele- /i ! slon as the United States Senate ••rime Investigating Committee conducted » full scale Inquiry of organized crime. Those -hearings, together with the probes of loans made by the Reconstruction finance Corporation (RFC) and the tax frauds that resulted kn wholesale resignations and firings in the Federal Department of/ Revenue, were voted Big Story Number Three by the editors. The Senate Crime committee, given great appeal y the TV showings, resulted In an aroused citizenry that turned on so much heat the big mobsters began ^o sizzle. The magic rt»me of Winston Churchill returned to headline the fourth biggest story of the year. Though depicted by his socialistic I litlcal enemies as a "warmonger" 1.1 a nation that dreaded another war, the Old Warrior pleaded for "the last prize I hope to win" and got it. At 77 he became the oldest prime minister Britain has had since William Gladstone resigned In 1891 at the age of 85, carry- rig his Conservative party to vlc- . Though his party polled one per cent less than the Laborites In the popular vote and the Conservative party margin of contro was slight, Churchill set about im- stronger and more effective in the world. The nation's biggest sports even 1 inevitably ranks among the BI& TeS news events bat in 1051 I landed on the list, ranked numbe five, in reverse. On Jan. 17 came the first break in a gambling scan dat tbat eventually implicated more than 30 star players nn past and present college basketball teams. The players, among them All America selections, were accuse? cf accepting- bribes to hold down scores so the point spread or dl fcrcnce between tbe final result of games would be less than e? peeled. Mnnj- confessed. Gamblel enriched by Ibe surefire fined bets also went to jail and the collegiate sports world was shocked. Th shock was even -greater In Augus when 00 cadets were dismissed from West Point Military Academy fo "cribbing" on examinations. Th ials wrecked Army's rrea team which ended a COTIT agcous but dismal season by losln 7 to 42 to Navy In the final fal classic. The sixth place story was th costliest except for the Korean wa In July, the swelled waters gushe for hundreds of miles along th Kansas and Missouri rivers, takin 41 lives and causing property dam age estimated to exceed $2 billion Kansas City. Kns., and Kansas Citj Mo., where the rivers meet, sulfere greatly. That great industrial are was turned into a sea of destructio and fire. In Oclober. the government's cos of living index clibmed to a high, reaching a point of 10.1 pe rent above the prices prevailing jus before the Korean war. The genera estimate was that the dollar wa about 54 cents of what It was wort just prior to the second world wa Taxes were hiked on personal an corporate incomes and excise levie (higher taxes on gasoline, automo biles, cigarettes, liquors, and man household appliances) and contro on production and wages wer strengthened. It »»s voted th LADY OF LIGHT—Wearing the traditional crown of candles is Margit Sjodin, ^18, Sweden's "Lucia," or Queen of Light. The Swedish beauty is en route to the United Slates after reigning 1 over her country's Lucia Day, harbinger of the Swedish Christinas season. seventh biggest story. Editors voted the tension In the Middle East as the eighth top story. In Iran, a bedridden but determined leader, Premier Mohanned Mossa- degh, ordered his government to take full authority of the Anglo-Iranian i oil operations. Nationalist youths battered down Anglo-Iranian company signs and shouted "Down with the British!" and British oil technicians departed. More troubles for j the British piled up In Egypt. As if getting the spark from Iran, the Egyptian government announced 3 cancellation of it.s treaties with Bri- j tain in an effort to drive them out's of the vital Suez canal area and: the Sudan. "Death to the British! Long live King Farouk!" was the Egyptian chant as riots, bringing' eaths to scores, flared, in the land '. the Nile. ^ | VS. S. scientists went to work on! Urge scale in development of the' readed hydrogen bomb, and Pre.s-1 dent Truman in an off-the-cuff talk t m Democrat political rally ipoke [ new weapons being developed In bis land that could destroy civill- ution in another world war. He idn't explain but there was open peculation he bad in mind highly secret inventions In the field of elec- ronlc controls able to deliver atomic nd hydrogen bombs to any spot n the world; and liquid fire that ari't be brushed off and that floats! it destroys even on water. The lectnnnie war field u'.-^oubtcv"Y was 1 ising out of imagination ami Us in- ancy. Editors, voting it the ninth iggest story, might have placed il n a separate field. Atlantic pact command-rs hag- led over command appointment nd many • of their nations were oo slow to suit General Dwight Eisenhower in building up their forces but progress was made in the fight against time". The activi- ies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ranked enth in headlines. Soys Property Taxes Not High Enough OMAHA (flV-They coviM hardly believe their eyes In the county attorney's office. The letter received rom a woman said her personal property taxes' were too low. She asked an Increase, explaining she was ill when assessments were marie and her lawyer, who tilled out her tax schedule, overlooked iome Items.Chief Deputy County Attorney Robert C. McGowan, in recommending to the county board -hat the request for an increase in :BXCS be granted, said. "Never in our memory has such a request been made". Just Arrived! the NEW LIGHTWEIGHT 9 HP DISSTON INTERMEDIATE CHAIN SAW CALL NOW TOUK nil Keichman-Crosby Company Hudson Slashes Men's Suit Prices To A New Low! Fine Wool Worsteds... Gabardines... Tweeds...Twills... Flannels... Priced to Clear at Once! All Fine Quality, Nationally-Known Makes that Assure Smart Style and Wearability. We Must Move to Make Room for Spring Stock! Regular 28.50 Gabardines and Sharkskins Now Regular $45 Fine Wool Worsteds Regular 27.50 Students All Wool Suits ALL TOPCOATS ARE REDUCED ONE HALF! No Exchanges No Refunds All Sales Final HUDSON CLEANER - CLOTHIER - TAILOR Blytheville, Arkansas Steele, Missouri Small Charge for ! 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