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VOL. XLVII—NO. 242 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS i7 v(hevln , „.„.„- — , . OOMMMKT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST AWEAM6AB AHO SOVTHBftiST MfSSOURJ Blytheville Bail/ Ne»» Mississippi Valley leader BlythevJlie Herald BLYTHEVILT.E, ARKANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 1952 HEAD HOSWTA1, GOVERNOKS-C. P. Tompkins . —Courier New s Phot (right), chairman or the board of governors for Mis- the two-unit medical institution to be constructed rissippi county's ,,e w hospital, and Dr. J. E. Beasley, this summ,r. Judge Roland Green appointed the secretary-treasurer of the grorp. look at papers on seven-man board of governors today Ice Storm. Chills North Arkansas; Power Lines Snapped in Northwest LITTLE ROCK J (AP)—Ice, snow and -freezing rain peppered north Arkansas again early today, 'disrupting communications and power lines ovt>r a wide area. This was the second day the ice-storm weighted down the northern section of the state. Other areas had cool temperatures and plenty of rain but no ice At least two persons have died as a result of the weather. Mr. and Mrs. Sylvia Collins, both about 50, drowned early today when their truck missed a curve on a flooded country road mid slid into a water-filled ditch near cash in Rains Flood Koads Craighoad Counts'. Heavy Rains during the past few days in that area caused the drainage ditch to overflow onto the roads. The u. S. Weather Bureau here said that warmer weather was in store tor Arkansas tomorrow r*^ 1 :noon. However continued cold "with clearing weather is forecast for tonight. Snow was reported at Fsyette- Ville and Berryvyie early today. Other points in that area rcporte'd freezing rain and sleet. ^ Major Highways Open The Arkansas state police said none of the major highways is ' closed. The Arkansas Highway Maintenance Department said that numerous^ farm - to - market roads and country routes were impassable because of the ice and mud. The ice storm which hit its peak last night stretched from border to border, east to west. But a rain in northeast Arkansas early today started melting the ice and offered some relief in that area. 1'iggolt Hard Hit The hardest hit town in that section was Plggott where trees and power lines were down. Schools closed there for the second day yesterday. That city ,™s without telephone service tor several hours. A falling tree coupled with heavy Ice broke a line supplying electricity to Mountain Home, Cotter, Plippin and Yellvilc. Residents in that city were without power for several hours. The Arkansas Power and Light Co., said serivce was restored today. About 1,800 residents in 3r> com- munities in parts of four north Arkansas counties were without electrical services today for the second consecutive day. Heavy ice on the power lines and falling trees and limbs caused breaks in the AP&L transmission system. Industrial Plants Closed Several industrial plants in the area also are closed down because of the power failure. The counties are Izard, sharp, Stone and iri- tfenpendence. . . *?•;• *ihrp v commuaV • See 1CK BTOKM i£ Weather Arkansas forecast: Cloudy, occasional rain east and north portions FAIR and WARMER this afternoon, clearing and a little colder with lowest temperatures 20-30 in northwest and 26-36 east and south portions tonight. Saturday generally fair, rising temperatures. Missouri fort-cast: Snow north portion, rain or freezing rain south portion today, changing to snow southwest portion this afternoon; becoming mostly cloudy tonight with occasional snow northeast and extreme north; Saturday partly cloudy; little change in temperature; high today 25 to 32, low tonight 18-23. Minimum this mornlns—31. Maximum yesterday—39. v Sunset today—5:03. Sunrise tomorrow—1:08.' Precipitation 24 hours to 7 a m. today—1.29. Total since Jan. 1—2.80. Mean temperature (midway between high and lo\vl 35. Normal mean temperature tor January--39S. This I>a(e Last Year Minimum this morning—33. Maximum yesterday—53. Precipitation January 1 to tills date—133. ! Cfty's Money Hopes Raised By Turnbacks Turnbacks of state gasoline and sales ta.v collections to Arkansas Counties and cities offered Blytheville a glimmer' of hope for improving the status of its depleted coffers. In Little Rock today State Treasurer J. Vance Clayton announced distribution of $1,036,341 in tax turnbacks. These turn- backs go to counties and cities ol the first class. Mississippi County was listed as due $25,016 in gas tax refunds. There was no listing of sales tax turnbacks, yet. however, and Ely- theville was not specifically listed for any set amount. City Clerk W. I. Mnlin, however, said tlie distribution of the tax refunds offered the city a ray of hope. Then is no set percentage that a city gets, he said. Such refunds are generally pro-rated among first class cities and (he turnback totals are variable. Mr. Malin indicated that what ever is forthcoming will be welcomed, as the city has been scraping the bottom of its financial barrel for the past month. Ice Hits Power Lines in Missouri Hardest since'37 Ice damage to power lines in Southeast Missouri was described by Arkansas-Missouri Power Company today as the worst since 1937 Since the first damage was reported early this week, the number of emergency crews sent from here to the stricken area has risen to nine. Repairs to damaged lines Is expected to be completed by this weekend if Icing does not increase, Ark-Mo officials safd. Hardest hit area is that from Kennett, Mo and Rector, Ark., northward to Holcomb and Clarkton. Heavy damage to telephone lines In that area also has resulted Irom the Icing. Ark-Mo officials said the 110,000-volt main transmission lines which bring power to Blytheville from the Jim Hill Generating Plant at Campbell, Mo., are holding up. rife Damages Truck Fire, believed caused by a welding torch, resulted in slight damage to the motor of a truck at the Hughes Consirucifoii Company garage on South 10th street this morning. Fire Chiel Roy Head said mechanics were working on the motor ol the truck when it caught Ilr«. Board Named To Run County Hospital Units C. F. Tompkins Elected Chairman of Group; Terms Are Staggered County Judge Roland Green today appointed seven men to the Board of Governors for Mississippi County's new hospital units scheduled to be constructed this summer. C. P. Tompkins of Burdette was elected chairman of the board at its organizational meeting this mom- Ill 8 ,1 ncl Dr ' J ' E ' Busies- of Bly- tnevllte was chosen secretary-treasurer pf the group. Mr. '-ompkim' term expires in 1054 and Dr. Beasley's in 1957 The seven members were 'appointed to staggered terms and their successors will serve seven- year terms: Osceola, 1955; R.' c. Branch of Pecan point, 1936; and Earl Wildy of Etowah, 1958. • The governors arew lots to determine the lengths of their terms. ri," 8 , , W " h the n '»»agement alT,£ °H T™" 011 Ot tne ^s- H ^ bullt m two «»»*. the ard of Governors has nothing to do with construction, which is to begin this summer. They are to take charge of the Blytheville and Osceola umts after tney are completed. The federal government is to nay about two-thirds of the fi.5W.oao it will cost to' build the unite. A three-mill construction tax is to be collected beginning this year to pay the county's third of construction costs. A one-mill maintenance tax also has been levied. Industry Group Maps '52 Plans David Is Named Head Of C. of C. Committee Blytheville Chamber of Commerce's Industrial Committee met with an advisory group yesterday and organized for the coming year. E D. David was appointed chairman of the committee by Chamber President Max Logan, who told the group it would be the most important committee to function this year. Mr. David said, "We need the wholehearted support of every merchant, businessman and citizen In Blytheville to K et new payrolls to help balance our economy. Any information Ideas or suggestions an individual may have are invited. It should be lo the Interest of all citizens to assist in making this a better and more prosperous city." Members wore brought up to date on industrial activities of last year j including a discussion of rc-activa-1 tion of the air base here, Mr. Hold- i er said. The group considered three industrial prospects who made Initial contact with the Blylheville Chamber of Commerce last week and additional information wns sent to them, according to Mr. Holder. Bookkeeper Hired For City Airport Oscar Elliott. Jr., has been employed as bookkeeper at Municipal A-rport. W. A. Bickerstaff, manager, announced yesterday. Mr. Elliott, who lives at 209 Ash Street, has been a civilian employe of the United States Air Force sub- depot at Memphis for the past 19 months. Previously he attended Arkansas State College at Joncsboro and Arkansas Polytechnic College at Riisscllvlllc. SIXTEEN PAGES UN Recaptures Christmas Hill See-Saw Fight Lasts Through Night; Mortar Fire Is Heavy SEOUL <AP)—Allied infantrymen stormed through nrf?H rh tr and ^ a11 «"«» «« today and recaptured prized Christmas Hill on the East-Central Korean battle Communist troops had attacked and won the lull after dark. The assault touched off a see-saw fight tliat lasted throughout most of the night. The peak, west of Mundung Valley, had changed hands repeatedly since Chinese troops seized it on Christmas Day. Patrols Skirmish on Line Along the rest of the 145-mile battle front, patrols of both 'sides probed and fought minor skirmishes. The weather was milder after a week at bitter cold. The slight clearing skies brought out Allied airmen in a limited number of flights. The Fifth Air Force flew 79 sorties against Communist supply lines and front positions Thursday and Thursday night: Two UN Squads Cut Off The Christmas Hill assault began Thursday when about 40 Communists attacked and cut off the two AlHed'squads. Allied troops counter-attacked after midnight against intense mortar 'and small arms fire. The Reds who had built up their forces, drove them back. Just before dawn, the U. N. Command troops attacked again and won the hill. Reds Tike Two Islands The Communists said they captured two islands south of the 38th parallel. A North Korean commu- nique, broadcast by Pyongyang Radio Friday night, said South Ko- rean defenders of Yongwi and Sun- wi Islands, off the west coast of Korea "were annihilated" in Bed attacks Tuesday and Wednesday. Reds List Seven ObjectionstoPlan For ROW Trade Enemy Rejects Now UN Appeal for Swap Of Sick, Wounded MUNSAN. Korea. W)—The Communists made several objections today to the six-point Allied )>lan for exchanging prisoners of war niul rejected a new U.N. appeal for an Immediate trade of sick and wounded prisoners. In -a nearby tent at Pnnmunjom Allied truce negotiators risked for on explanation of reports that tlie Communists are shipping crated warplanes into North Korea. They also accused Red China of releasing soldiers of Korean origin from its armies in 1949 and 1950 to form the cadre of the North Korean Red Army. Chinese Maj. Gen. Hsieh Fang Se» REDS on Page I Administration Xlams Up' On Future of McGrath WASHINGTON W-There was a complete administration clam-up today on the future of Atty. Gen. J. Howard McGrath, a wheel-horse fn the'Truman Cabinet for the last (wo 'years. A fair assumption based on developments yesterday is that' nothing has been decided despite growing criticism that he has not been vigorous enough in cracking down on irregularities In his department. The attorney general refused to talk with news reporters.' Through a secretary, he ^senfc out a repeated "110 comment"' all day yesterday on a fresh flurry ot unconfirmed reports that he may shortly leave government service. Truman Declines Answer President Truman declined lo answer any quastion on McGrath's status at a news conference lale in the day, then abruptly cut off all further inquiries along that line. Both actions were in sharp contrast lo the prompt and emphatic dennials made by both Mr. Truman and McGrath HS recently as three weeks ago that the attorney general might resign. McGrath Too lenient? •The resignation reports, then and now, stem from Congressional Investigations Into alleged federal income tax frauds, reputed attempts to influence government officials in pending cases, and the criticism of the political opposition that McGrath has not been sufficiently firm iu dealing with the situation. It Is believed the President shortly will make a formal statement on McGrath, but has not de- cirfcd what that statement will say. Hard Choices Involved Some hard choices are involved: The President finds on one hand a group of strident Republicans clamoring at the start ot a Presidential campaign year for a scalp somewhat bigger than that of Assistant Atty. Gen. T. Lamar Caudle fired by the President Nov. 16 for "outside activities" while heading the Justice Department's Tax Division. On the other hand, McGrath Is the President's long-time trusted friend, not personally accused of any irregularity, and generally credited with doing as much as any one man In getting Mr. Truman elected in 19M. McGrath at the time was chairman ol the Democratic National Committee. Dismissal Believed Difficult In these circumstances, many find it difficult to believe a presidential dismissal possible. McGfath also Is confronted with hard choices: * His loyalty lo the president and See StcGRiVTH on Page Z Osceola C. of C. Head Named Burncll C. Stevens Is New Manager OSCEOLA.—Burnell c. Stevens, lorrner director ot public and trade relations with the Memphis Chamber of Commerce, has been named manager of the Osceola chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stevens assumed his dulies Ihis week. He succeeds Charles Bowers who resigned to accept a position with the Arkansas Resources and Development commission last summer. Mr. Slovens served the Memphis Chnmmer for approximately two years and prior to his appointment to the Osceola position he was cm- ployed by the Humko Company of Memphis as a- salesman. A native of Memphis. Mr. Stevens attended the University of Illinois. During World War n. he served as a captain in the Corps of Engineers. Americans Putting More Trust In Dollars than God, Rotary Told SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTg U.S. Fears Soviets' UN Move May Break Up Korean Talks Inside Today's Courier News . . .On Missco Farms with (he county agc/u. . . farm news, . . Pare 9. . . . Sporls. . , Page 8. . . . Society. . . Osccola News . . , I.uxora News. . . Pa^e 4. . . . Arkansas \e\vs Briefs . Page 3. . . . Marked. . . rage ^. American Wonders If Russia Would End War or Reopen It PARJS (AP>—The United States expressed grave concern today that a'new Russian move to bring up Korean armistice negotiations in the United Nations Security Council might break up the talks now going on at the front V. S. delegate Benjamin Cohen HEADS KKD CROSS DRIVE— E. J. Cure, Blytheville cotton buyer, has been named head of the 1952 Funds Campaign for the Chickasawba Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chapter Chairman J. L. Gunn announced this morning. Mr. Cure has been vice- chairman of the chapter and has been active in previous fund campaigns. He was in charge of the extra drive to raise money for relief of flood victims last year. (Courier News I'holo). Health Unit Files Report for 1951 712 Patients Checked And 10,194 'Shots' Given in Past Year Mississippi County Health Unit Workers in 1951 examined 112 patients, performed 2!10 InbonUory tests, inoculated or vaccinated 10,194 persons, and lectured to 2188. according to a report filed by Mrs. Annabel B. Fill, county health nurse. In addition, workers made 838 home visits, processed 207ii persons who handle food in public places, and conducted well-child conferences, maternity clinics and crippled children's clinics periodically. Tlie Malaria Control Service sprnyed 5,151 premises with DDT. the report continues. Mrs. Pill prat.scrt volunteer workers In her report—Blythoviltc Council ol Church Women, who sponsor Well Child Conferences and prepare lunch at Crippled Childrcns Clinics; Junior Red Cross members, who decorate the Health Unit building and assist In entertaining at the Crippled Children's Clinics' the Kiwnnis Club, which assists with care of underprivileged children; and the Arkansas Association for Crippled. American Red Cross. Tuberculosis Association, Polio Chanter, and Child welfare and Public Welfare groups. New workers assigned to [he Health Unit here during 1051 in- clurlc Mrs. .\fary Droke. case recorder; J. D. Hall, venereal disease invt'.sticrnlor; Mrs. Freeman Robinson, nutritionist; and Bill Summcr- ville. malaria control director. Mrs. Lucy B. Miller was granted an educational leave ol absence in September. Other Health Unit workers are Mrs. Clara W. Ambrose, clinic nurse; .Mrs. Dorothy D. Greb and Mrs. Mnggia Barblers. clerks. Blytheville and Osceola doctors co-operate with the Health unit program. Union Strategists Suggest 45-Day Steel Strike Delay USW Convention Asked To Give Government Chance to Settle Issue ATLANTIC CITY. N. J. M')— Top strategists of (he big steel union recommended n 45-day strike postponement today to give the gov- rnment a chance to work out a suggested settlement. The 35-man executive board of the CIO United steelworkers and President Philip Murray proposed to a special USW convention that the approximately 2.WO ik-lugates vote to set a new strike deadline 45 days from the first .hearing called by the Wnge Stabilization Board. Preliminary Scheduled The WSB has scheduled a preliminary, or procedural meeting. for Monday In Washington. If the first regular hearing follows promptly after that session, the new strike deadline would be mound Feb. 21. The recommendation was made the form of a resolution submitted to a special convention called to decide whether the million-man union would strike about 80 per cent of Hie .basic steel Industry to bake up its demands for The problems of the practical man in an impractical world were discussed by the Rev. Chalmers Henderson, pastor of Osceola's First Presbyterian Church, yesterday when he appeared before Bly- tbevillc's Rotary club. I "It sometimes becomes apparent"' he told the Rotarians, "That we put more irust In the dollar, which carries the inscription 'In God We Trust,' than we do In God "We are trying to fight an Ideol- cgy (Russia's) w ith money ... but when the money gives out, the ideology ol (.he enemy will live on sud maintain Its appeal. "In this nation, we must, strive to develop a strong Ideology of de- mccracy. With this we can meet Communism on an equal basis In the battle for men's minds," he said History bears out the fact, the Rev. Mr, Chalmers stated, that the military can offer no guarantee of peace. "Best It could ever do." he said, "was liie Pax Romana which lasted 400 years ... but during that time the yhad their 'Koreas' and plenty of them, too. "Our nation has Ukcn the attitude that It U easier to pay taxrs than to develop righteousness in our dealings with one another arid with other countries . . . and only on such righteousness will a lasting peace stand." The Rev. Mr. Chalmers was introduced by Rotary Program Chairman W. R. Lawshe. Guests at the meeting included V. S, Rep. Bcyd Tackett and Lloyd Godley of Osceola. Junior Rolaiians for January who attended their first meeting yesterday were Ben Young and Jimmy Culbertso*. PTA Organized At Holland, Mo. HOLLAND. Mo. — A Parent- Teachers Association was organized here at a meeting of parents and faculty members yesterday afternoon, Alur voting lo affiliate with Die national PTA organization and en- rnlling members, the Holland group elected tlie following officers: Mrs. Odle B. Smith, president; Mrs. Charles Cohocui, vice president; U. W. Braswell, secretary; and Otto Childers, trea-surcr. Superintendent of Schools u N Kinder, who presided at the meeting, said n survey of parents In Holland favorer) organisation of a I1TA. Mrs. N. !!. Funk of Caru- theravlllc. district PTA president, sopke on the advantages of a PTA to the school, community and children. and other contract pay Increases concessions. Murray Endorses Proposal Tlic proposal carried (he endorsement of President Murray and Hie 30-man policy making executive board. The resolution salrl: "We are authorizing postponement of our strike. "Tliis postponement shall be for n period of -45 days from the day on which the Wage Stabilization Board begins its licarings. We are not foregoing our right lo strike This we will not do in the absence of satisfactory agreements. "We further direct president Philip Murray to convene a meeting of the wage policy committee lit the cnfl can, action by the appropriate." State Highway Work South of Manila Planned Improvement work on 10 and one- half miles of state Highway it south of Manila Is included In the 14 construction projects on which the Arkr.nsas Highway Department has advertised for bids. The work, according to the High- -iiy Department, includes grading, drainage structures, gravel base course and construction of four concrete and timber bridges. The 14 projects will cost, an estimated 3.3 million dollars, the Highway Department said. Bids on the prelects will be received In the State Highway Department offices '•• Ultlc Rock Jan. 13. posal at told a news conference that 'the ln Korea U. B. could not understand why the Soviet Union had made such a pro- time when truce talks appeared to be making slow but sure progress. Cohen said the U. 3, was decid- idly and unqualifiedly opposed to i Russian resolution calling for a special high-level Security Council meeting to discuss how to aid the armistice talks. Bad Effect Expected The proposal, he declared could lot fail to have a bad effect on the !nlks at Panmunjom. He said he wondered whether the Russians wanted to settle the Korean War • reopen it. The effect of the resolution introduced by Soviet Foreign Minls- :er Andrei Y. VIshinsky, he de- ilared. might well be to delay or disrupt the talks now going on If the Soviet Union thinks it can help push them to a successful conclusion, he declared, they are no doubt in touch with the Chinese Communists and North Koreans and can work through them Vishlnsky Questioned At the afternoon session of the U. N. political committee France's Jean Chauvel put this question to Vishlnsky: "Are the negotiations at- Pan- munjom considered in Moscow to have come U> such a pass that it Is necessary to transport them to a different level." Chauvel also wanted to know it Vishlnsky would come to the proposed meeting "in a new spirit." Chauvel hoped for an answer from VIshinsky when the Russian takes the floor In debate 'again, probably next week. Other Developments Listed Other U. N. developments today included: 1. French sources .said they had received unofficial reports that the Chinese Reds have massed 200.000 soldiers with full battle gear in areas just north of the lYench Indochina border. These sources said the Reds present a threat of invas- See U.N. on Page Z Gas Firm Silent About Lawsuit Statement to Come Later, Manager Says Blytheville Propane Company has not yet answered Circuit and Chancery Court suits in which Mrs. Willie Floy McCormick and her husband, Nca), are asking a total of $1I1,OOD damages said to have been suffered because of an embezzle against Mrs. McCormick last winter. Legally, the company has 20 days from the date the summons was serrcd to answer the complaints, or •'same Is taken to be confessed." Tlie summons was served on Olen Grounds, manager of the firm, Dec. 30. fn practice, however, defendants lire often permitted to go past the 20-day limit with nothing being done about it. circuit Court Clerk Harvey Morris said. Propane officials have refused to comment on the cases and this morning declined to name their attorney. "We will have a statement later, but no comment today." Mr. Grounds said this morning. e li e ="'i«tu oecause 01 an embmle- this -IS-rtay period so that It "lent charge the firm had placed at that Sine, determine what flrr ' i '" r * *«-,. *r_*> ---- ...... union may then be Gosnell Youth Held for Entering Bottling Company Sheriff William Berryman said this morning that John William Carter, 20. of Gosnell has confessed to entering- the Grnpcttc Bottling Company here Aug. 20 and stealing approximately S175 in ";on<-y Shcriff Berryman said that Carter was arrested last weekend in Lcachville for queclionlng concerning the robbery of a service station in Clay County last week. However, the sheriff said that lie docs not believe Carter had anything 10 do will's that holdup. Rhciiff Berryman said Carter when questioned about the Orapette burglary, talked freely and said (.hit IK did the Job alone. He told (he sheriff he lelt Ely- thc.villc for California a few hours &fitr the burglary. Carter is being held In the county jail here. j Turkey 'Quake Kills 93 I ISTANBUL Turkey (API - An I earthquake killed at'least 93 persons in EaGtern Turkey yesterday. Olfici.ils said today the death toll undoubtedly would" go much higher. 1952 Plymouths Go on DispJay at 3 Agencies Here Plymouth's 1952 model cars went on display in Blytheville today in the showrooms ol three dealers. Showing the new models today were Motor Sales Co., 110 West Walnut: T. I. Seay Motor Co.. 121 East Main; and Blytheville Motor Co., 110 North First. No major exterior chanscs have been marie but 40 improvements arc claimed in the cncir.e. brakes, electrical system, chassis and body. A newly - designed combustion chamber, stronger brakes and improved oriflow shock absorbers are listed among the Improvements. Ten body types are included fn the 1952 line, available in eight regular and two special colors. The six-cylinder. 97-horsepowcr engina has a scven-to-ouc- compression ratio. nSn country nccdi mor« man o working majority is o mo-

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