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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ™ P ° >C " ANT ^ • •— ~ ^m-u.™*^,!-., KHKANOAS, MONDAY, FEBRUARY $1000,000 U.S. "Air Ace Downed Taft, 'Ike' TL* J Figure Cited In Korean Dog Fight Forces Meet f! ° A A • I P*. • TOKYO (#j-MaJ. George A. Davis, Jr.. America's <r,Pa lni . ,.,.., • A.I • • ll I I As AMD Loss Administration ChangesBlamed By Witnesses By LEON' HATCH LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Two witnesses today used the figure of one million dollars in estimating Arkansas Highway Department Josses due to changes in administration. Denniscn Yates. highway department personnel officer, said he believed there was that much loss as a result of personnel replacements and a resulting loss in efficiency each time came into office. new governor Later, J. c. Baker, former highway director, used a similar figure. But he said his estimate covered overall less in the department, including both personnel and machinery. ™ They testified at resumption of the State Highway Audit Commission inquiry. Baker said, for example, that one man might be operating certain machinery without trouble. Replaced by another man. the machinery, often' had to be overhauled before the second man could operate it properly, he said. Baker Cites Authority Bakw, who has made several appearances before the commission. ••Id he had little authority over hiring and firing of non-technical personnel. He testified such employment orders customarily came from *he governor's office. hi this connection, he mentioned Henry Woods, Oov. McMath's executive secretary, and Joe Martin, who w»s a McMath assistant early ta fa* present administration. Baker agreed that "political hir- fc« «od filing" had a bad effect en *he highway department. He added there wa» little interference *»» K-tect.ion of hard-to-get en- n . draftsmen. InartaMd Bfljjer^ Mid that his administrative - trouble! Increased in direct" proportion to the number of highway commissioners. During his many years with the department. Baker worked with commissions ranging from a membership of five to the present 13. . " O. A. Tlnsley, Paragould,-_&ilrict miantenance superintendent fV'iiilnct March, 1W9, and a veteran of (onu 11 years with the Highway Dew-*ui ment, said he had no auth.:^] over hiring except in cases of errier. gency. He said his employment orders came from (he director's office and added he didn't know from whom the director got his Instruc t-ions. Letters Identified Tinsley identified copies of ifine letters from Baker's office telling him the names of persons to be employed and in most Instances listing the names of persons they »ere to replace. The witness also expressed op in ton that in his 7-county district ^ficre were more foremen than were needed. He said he believed one to each county would be enough. Actually, he said, he has about 16. Tinsley said, however, he didn't believe the total number of laborers In the district could be reduced without a loss in efficiency. Yntcs had testified earlier that he believed the tolal highway department personnel could be reduced considerably without any loss in efficiency. Nfeanwhile, indications were that Gov. McMath would not make an appearance before the audit commission. TOKYO (#j_MaJ. George A. Davis, Jr., America's greatest jet ace shot down over Korea's M1G Alley and presumably killed Sunday liter .hooting down two mor. Communist M1Q l* in his last air battle Far East Air Forces announced today. The Air Force said Davis 1 plan* ias shot down yesterday and that no parachute was observed. The 31-year-old flier's wife. Doris ives at Lubbock, Texas. ' 21 Aircraft Dawned Davis had a tolal record of 21 planes shot down—11 Mro's and three Communist light bombers in ------- „ ---- _ .. B ii,, i^vnjiutria ill Korea— and seven Japanese planes se n World War II. He was 31 Additionally, the Air Force said Davis probably destroyed one MIG plus 15 and damaged one other damaging another TU2. Was Oft-Decorated The oft-decorated pilot apparently was shot down in the big air battle yesterday In which 100 MIO- 15s were involved. An Air Force spokesman said it is likely Davis' plane was hit by a Communist jet since he was flying a pge jet, and none of these has yet been destroyed by enemy ground fire Davis Hew for the 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing. Silver Star Winner He has been decorated with tin Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster v -'> and the Air Medal with seven oak " " :eaf clusters. During World v/nr II. Davis flew anese planes with the 348th Fighter Group in the The Davis'' have two children Pacific and took part in 266 combat, daughter. Mary Margaret and' missions. He shot down seven Jap- son George UN Questions Chinese 'Right' to Talk Peace By WILLIAM JOKDKN MUNSAN, Korea (^-The Chief United Nations truce negotiator today questioned Red China's light to take part in a Korea peace conference and suggested that the problem of which nations should negotiate the peace be solved after an armistice is signed. ; Weather Arkansa.i forecast: Partly cloudy litU« cooler this afternoon and tonight. Widely scattered showers ™l)uth portion. Tuesday partly _ioudy and warmer. Widely scattered showers Jn north portion Missouri forecast: Increasing cloudiness today and tonight with •ottered showeis extreme south Ut» this afternoon or tonight- partly cloudy Tuesday and continued mild; high today 58-62, low tonight Minimum this morning—39 Maximum yesterday— 13. Minimum Sunday morning—Ji. Maximum Saturday—61. Sunset today—5.39. Sunrise tomorrow—6:39. • Precipitation M hours to 7 a.m. today—none. Mean temperature (midway between high »nd low)—66. Norms 1 mean temper ntnre for .. This bate List Year Minimum this morning—30. Maximum yesterday—48 Precipitation January i Rear Adm. C. Turner Joy also told the Reds, In effect, to give;up any ideas of deciding the fate of Formosa or settling other Asian problems at a Korean peace ; conference/. ^ , ^,/-. v ' '*-"'If it is j-o-if view.tha.t,»'-r commanders must make Inappropriate recommendations, then the u. N. Command.delegation will be opposed to any recommendations being made," he said. Allies Make Stand Clear The Allies previously have made it clear that unless both sides agree on recommendations none can .h* ide. Negotiators have agreed to |ss withdrawn! of foreign troops ,Korea and peaceful settle- the Korean question. , statement came during a me * r 'iur'tthji3s minute session of delegations on tecommendations olved. China Not Eligible He declared that by the Communists' own standards Red China is not eligible to take part in post-armistice peace conference. Joy pointed out that Chinese troops fighting In Korea always . he fill > : «jmtstice gentia iteTri 5—R to governments involved. Shoot i have been labeled volunteers, both by Red China and North Korea. He said the Communists have argued that the appearance of volunteer units in Korea was "completely un' See CEASE-FIRE on Paje 2 Couple Hunted In Knife Killing Negro Girl Fatally Stabbed in Brawl LUXORA - South Mississippi County peace officers today continued their search for a Luxora Negro couple wanted for question- Ing in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old Negro girl during a fight here Saturday night. Catherine Scott died en route to a 'doctor's office In Osceola Saturday of knife wounds suffered during the fight. Officers said they are searching for Isiah and Irene Garner for questioning concerning th" girl's death. According to police the Scott girl was stabbed several times about the face and head with what is presumed to be a pocket knife. Officers said that the Scott girl and the Garner woman became involved In a brawl in a Negro cafe here about 10 p.m. Saturday night. The fight spread to an alley in the rear of the cafe, viu.-re the stabbing occurred. Garner and his wife "•" '-" th« fight, officer! City Marshal L« Long. Night Marsha! J. w. Wilcox, Constable W. A. Wood and Osceola sheriff's deputies are investigating. Four Are Damaged As Allies Boost Bag To 4-9 in Two r Days By STAN CARTER SEOUL, Korea (/p, _ American sabre Jets shot down a Communist MIG jet and damaged four today boosting their two-day bag lo four kills and nine I\iiGs damaged. Fifth Air Force'-'headquarters said one enemy jet was shot down in a dogfight between 18 Sabres and 60 Red jets high over North Korea. Lt. - James E. Arnold of Walla Walla. Wash., and Lt. Raymond E. . ., Steinbis ot Tulare, credit for the till. Capt. Freeland K. S. D.. shared . . Matthews Huntington Station, Long Island, N. Y., claimed two damaged MIGs and Capt. Iven C. Kincheloe, Cos- sopolis, Mich., and Lt. Robert H Moore, Houston, Texas, claimed one each. Three Reds Downed Snbres flying protective cover for Thunderjets blasting Communist supply lines ripned into Bed jets in five separate air battles Sunday downing three and damaging flvc. The North Korean communique broadcast from Pyongyang said one jet was shot down and two were damaged over Kangso, near Pyongyang. The communique added that anti-aircraft guns shot down four Allied reconnaissance planes on the east coast. 100 MIG's En-aged In all. the Sabres tangled wi See WAR on Pa 6e 2 ith In Oklahoma 'Compromise' Is Repotted By Delegates By The Associated Pre»« The political spotlight today fo- :ussed on Oklahoma, where Taft md Eisenhower forces meet in the lation's flrst republican state con- rentlon. But some of the edge was taken iff the outcome by a reported last- minute compromise made in an effort to avoid a showdown test of strength. Jack Brl), Associated Press political writer, said backers of Sen Taft of Ohio and Gen. D wight D Eisenhower got together in Oklahoma City hotel-room conferences yesterday and tentatively decided oil a slate of four at-large delegates including two for Tafl. one mitt H nnower an< * one uncom- Compromise Seen Bell said the best estimate of political observers on the 12 district delegates already chosen is that I ° Ur ," re '°r Taft. tout Elsenhower, one favorable to Taft, two lean to Gen 6 !}"™ 1 ' and ° ne committed t° to go to Taft. r Ur Ut lllcely raft gets two delegates today luld have a slight advantage,' and. ,! the MacArthur support goes his way, a majority. While the number of delegates involved is small, the advantage is viewed more from the psychological standpoint Taft 0«t of Minnesota other developments: Taft, in Minneapolis en route to Spokane, Wash., and a whirlwind prop-am that takes him on to Seattle and Portland, said he will not enter Minnesota and California primaries. He said it wouldn't be a fair test because he would be bucking "favorite sons" in both states-Harold E Stassen In Minnesota and Qov Earl Warren In California. But the possibility arose' that he may be forced into the Minnesota race. In which Stassen, Eisenhower and oen. MacArthur already are entered on the GOP ticket.'MacArthur may withdraw. Stale to Bt Flint A rural editors' 'committee" announced yesterday at Pierz. Mum., that all presidential candidates- including Taft. President Truman Warren and Sen. Kelauver, who have not filed—will be entered in the March 18 primary by a petition now being circulated. If they want to withdraw, they must sign an affidavit saying they are not candl- datces, and will not accept a nomination if it offered. Sen. Long (D-La) sa ifi jn an ln _ terview in St. Ixniis that he believed Eisenhower could carry Ihe South on either ticket, if nominated. Slassen, in Washington, said he wasn't reflecting on Indiana citizens when he said a. 'semi-isola- iionist Republican hierarchy" had lost that state and Ohio and Illinois » Democrats in recent elections. Republican Sen. Capehart of Indiana had criticized him for the remark. Actually. Sta-ssen said, he was ;iving voters credit for urging OOP leaders to get up to date In their platforms. Inside Today's Courier News . . . County Junior tournament pens »l Luxora tonight. . . Hay jets All-America mention. . , sports. . . Page 1. . . . Starr Gazinr . . . Arkansas News Briefs. . . Page 10. . . . Society . . . page 1. . . . Markets. . . Page Z. . . . Separation of church and stair. . . has it sapped moral strength of America?. . . Page 3. r II • Tails in iiiuu Minuter rails in lense Elizabeth, N.J.; 29 Are Killed T •»• 'We Were Helpless in a Fiery Nightmare' Stewardess Says Unhurt but emotionally shaken, Miss Taylor gave a "graphic account: "I'll never forget tiic first minute up in the sky when I knew something was wrong, it was just after we !eft Newark. I'd say we were up about 1.000 feet when one of the motors conked out and made a terrible rumbling noise." Sound Is Terrifying That sound, she said, "was as terrifying as anything I've ever heard." Then, Miss Taylor said "We started falling . . . . I think we dropped at least 250 feet. I don't think anyone breathed In that time." She said the pilot "must have pulled some emergency power from somewhere as we seemed to level off. But I swear my stomach kept dropping. "We Started Falling" "Then, about a minute later, we started falling toward the ground and I knew we were going to crash . . . "As the plnne fell I could hear screams and yells. All the passengers still had their straps around their waists. "I was In the stewardess 1 jump seat and oh how r prayed! "When we first struck the apartment building I dWn't know what It was until later—I was tilted slmost upside down. Fire Roars All Around "Fire was roaring all around the outside of the plane. "Then we struck something else — the ground, I guess — and I could feel the ship skimming along. Then we stopped suddenly. •"I didnt know whether I was alive, civnot or if I would get out ~.->-\ -of thai ship.,- , ...... . ; ^^ .... .^ lim,: .^J&****™&&*. : &- a een wisted lip- sitfe doifci: AS I struggled ito free myself from the strap'arqund rny wmst, someone opened the door of the plane. ;• ' •' "Nothing will .;. ever' happen again in r my life :lo match that moment.- ; , "Hand Felt Wonderful" "I don't know, now whose hands were around my wnist, but oh they felt so wonderful I "Then someone lifted me from the seat. "After a minute I turned to look at the plane. It was horrible "I could sec some of the passengers crawling out holes. Others seemed to be struggling. Flames were leaping B JI aixHinrf them. "Bodies and wreckage were strewn all over that field. "I wanted to help them but I couldn't do anything. Oh, It was awful. "God help them all as He helped me." Drunk Drivinq Costs Four $480 Pour persons forfeited 4120 bonds in Municipal Court this morning en charges of driving while under the influence of liquor. They are Virgil Hill. Spencer Moore, Charles Gray and Junior King. —Courier Ncivs Pholo Office here has been rci^cc'd"^?!, 'ore' loaned"iT " y ' nB ^^ ' postmaster. Washington has neglected to reulaTthe won/Tu'^b°an,' despite three requisitions from Post office officials here. New Flag Donated Postoffice King George Returns to Capital For Last lime; Crowd Mourns returned to his capital today for the last time. His mourning subjects Paid homage as his funeral cortege wound through crowded, silent streets. train, bearing Queen car which bore the coffin. Just before the royal party stepped from the train, a royal attend• ant in top hat placed the fmnerial I crown with its 3.094 Jewels U.-th Negroes Get $520 (n Polio Drive The Negro division of the March of Dimes raised $520.65 In Mississippi County. Division Chairman T. J. Green announced this morning. Green said he was preparing a list of amounts contributed in various communities and by churches In the county. The flag flying over Blytheville Postoffice this morning isn't tattered and torn—but the government didn't have anything to do with it. An anonymous frienrt of Ross Stevens, postmaster, loaned the flag to the Postoffice here until the government can send a new one. Mr. Stevens said he has requisitioned a new flag three times and finally got a letter from the Pcstoffice Department In Washington telling him not to requisition any more-n [lag w-onld be sent, when one was available The frayed flag which has been flying over the Postotricc was described as a "shame and a cits- grace by people complaining to Po.stcffice officials here. Mr. Stevens explained, however, the Pcsiofflce here cotild not buy a Mag. but hatl to requisition one from Washington. Johnson Pledges Fight On UMT in U.S. Senate -JEly into King's Crass station in a downpour of rain and sleet at 2-« p.m. (8:16 a.m. CST) after a private funeral service at the sand- Tlngnam estate where he died Wednesdays D !? lii i c a dr(1[lchi »B- thousands Ha man Leases 'Nickel Stand' The Nickel Sland. 103 West Main, reopened tills morning under new nsnagement. . hillip Raman |, u, e , MM c»fe r» £ i '-"i. 1MS *"^ MM c»fe niter having worked th*™ as nn , employe for the past 13 V ca r « The to daiepife was closed last neck' while rc- l decoraucn work w« undv way The Queen and women of het party did not wait to follow 'he pro«-M;on In its slow-cadences pro- STCSS lo Westminster but left at u ,,ce ny_ limousine for Buckingham Pal- guardsmen carried the Lonoke Banker Dies ... . " c - "b-'v iv vu lilc | a s t ditch, the husky Western senator told a reporter. "We can get all the men we need from selective service '?' '?'' ^'T measure. Ship Drops 1,000 Feet into Large Apartment House Airport Shut Down After New Tragedy Ifi Jittery City KLIZABETH, N. J.- (AP) —Another airliner, the third in less thai) two months, thundered down into this tense, Jittery city today, smashing into a big apartment house and Killin;; 29 persons. A National Airlines DC-6, crippled by engine trouble dropped from a thousand feet in a moon-lit sky, crashed into the 51-family dwelling and exploded into flying fragments and fire. Twenty-rive ot the 63 persons aboard the Miami-bound plane and four residents of the apartment house were killed. About 40 persons, most of them plane's survivor were injured, Air Traffic Shutdown The new tragedy forced a hasty shutdown of air traffic a t nearby Newark Airport, one of the busiest n the Bast. The field's operations, in the. words of rUzabeth's Mayor James-T. Kirk, had placed this city under an "umbrella of death " The airport's traffic was diverted lo Idlewild and La Ouardla airports In New York City and also to Philadelphia. A few moments before the 4- engincd airliner crashed - shortly after midnight-its pilot messaged that two engines had failed Told to return to the Held he radioed a last frantic "can't make It". Pilot Dies in Crash -The plioV capt.'w. Q. Foster, died. In.- the crash. .. i . . Fft-'UV') 10 big plane •-plunged, downward 'like a -mcteon-slreiihs-' mg gasoline behind . It. The- ominous roar of its descent kindled terror in residents below. Twice before since mid-December they had heard that sound and twice'before flaming death struck nniong them One hundred and fifteen have died in tlw three crashes. ' • The plunging National Airliner knifed through the top floor of the 4-story brick apartment house, wip- . mg out one whole family of three. Another resident died on the second floor, screaming behind a wall of flames. , Plane Hits Building The plane caromed off the building, slinging wreckage for hundreds of yards around. The front of the ground of a children's home. burn- Sec FIRKV CRASH on Pag« I Feb. 21 Report Hoped Kor Chairman Russell CD-Gal hopes' ln commihtr-rv n^»;^^ i i l without puuiniTr.nor^ oTthe ^T^lf ™'« «<'» ^ior^S' LOMOKE. Ark. ,«_„.„, PIetch . InU'''^ ^""^ *" ^ i *> ™ *" Blaze Dssfrofs 5in at Luxora A. B. Rozellc Gin Razed in $100,000 Fire; W ay Be Rebuilt LTJXOiM Fire of imdeternilned origin, starting in the dryer during einnm« operations, completely destroyed a cotton gin owned and incited by A. B. Hczclle two mi'-s northeast of here Saturday afternoon. The fire was discovered about •1:30 p.m. and it spread rspidiv Pumper trucks from Luxora and Osceola were called to the scene and were credited with saving an adjoining seed house containing eight tons of seed and the gin's cilesel power unit. There was no haled cotton on hand at the time of the fire Rozelle said that th- gin. a stand Oullett. would cost er, executix-e vice president and cashier of the First State'sank' here, died yesterday. ' Johnson spoke'Xut as the Senate Uclion" by" both' ^ ine ' ixcd (or Armed Services Committee ommed I rnmmitt V Scnatc »'id HOUSE a final week ot hearings o,?^ S"Z"l? "*!"„ "S!™» «PP~v- lincd the thrce^tte r^te tohta! c ..»«T^* U | i | rdSlnen , € * rTl « d thc tory - steeped Westminster Hal 1 Satfc J l ?* hn'" *?^ c » Wd ±1^1.^,0* the laic mo,L' S.T.^^&S.I™ e ^ brckcn only by escaping steam from the royal engine. Brittanla. and the an"™"^ ° f ° f ' iCC ' S "' Army ' NR "£ ^Ji*?.* P"ntairgh and Street Committee Considering Request for Track Crossing ....L.. ^uugruss a ed the principle of UMT last > The 1950 act extended the" s? arch will lie in stale until the bur ial at Windsor Friday Windows all a! ong the route, many engaged by entertaining rental az- encies, were crowded. Many spectators on the streets held umbrellas The black-veiled young Queen now t rc nesd of the royal family •,*.l°^ 1 J 1 s B rena *or guirds- «s as- men lifM thesW coffin torn its black teak hearse coach She was pale find drawn but hiding her grief. Queen Mother Kliza- ijelh 1'rinp.ess Margaret, thp duki- of «l,nb;,vgh, and the King's biHhur. Uu dut« of Glouce.t«-, rod. tio« 1 * caH "* rthi 1 ,"* o "8 Oack coau and high ,|lk hats. w> ) kc< j s]o *,,J across the pisiform and took up Po- suions just behind the green ind mahogany gun carriage «,,»rrt "ffi con ;! nand of the honor gun d oflicer. the cortege movtd out, had walled „ whom Clty Council's Street Committee --. to renl'.ce. He indicated about oiie-hnlt of the loss was covered by insurance. He said that he pl-mncd to rebuild the gin on the spot nnd hopes to have the new gin ready In time lor the fall season. Firemen were hampered in fight- Ing the fire because of the lack of water. Only one 250-gallon pumper was available and there was no water in nearby ditches. Blodgett The committee ans expected lo consider a request filed bv Blyihe- i ville school official; ' " ' Johnson said he and msnv ath-r Mr. Nicholson said box cars lined ! "'' mbo '' s of Consress "could not i on the rails force students and: I, 0 . 1 ' '*. " f " s ' lh « combined draft- liers either to stoop and go un-j , UN T bm , lsst «« because we had the cars or walk up around the! , e solccli( 'c service while we're llillB farfnrv <Lnmo .JL,.» T I in a war." ---.-._. ,.„. . ,, b .. u ,., vrl falu utj\ CrtTS lined was scheduled to meet at 3 p. m ' "P on the rails force students aiid ;VOlc "P"' 1 "' « today in the office or Mayor Dan' lcacllcrs cither to stoop and go un.' UMT bm lsst J' Blodgett. dcr the cars or walk up around th"! e solccliv < factory, some distance of a street, across the Frisco railroad In tiic south part of town I'hfre Mnlhls street dcadeads. W. B. • Nicholson, superintendent of schools, requested at the January Council meeting that the street be p.xlMided arrov Ihe Irncks lo rlhnlnatr n hazard lo Nrero clili- canning .way. j lie was requested to put Ihe pro extension position Ii> wriiing at that lime: gram ^^^^^^m^^'^^^^ ' "**-'* in*o uiurnm said the proposal has been reccir 6u. The Strrct Committee was expected to consider the request for presentation to City Council at Its monthly meeting M-hrdulcd for n nm Inm-iTov, in Cilv Hnll. 3tul Ward Alderman j. L. war, Bill Called "Hoax Appearing on Ihe CBS-TV nro- •"" "The Big Question" Inst . o "H-wx" that would put men "at the mercy of (lie Pentagon" »•»>, only a pretense at training Ma) Gen. Lewis B. Hcrshey. se. . .<.., , Jt; ,,. LCWIS B. Hcrshev <e- -n. •"».»-.- .-.-.- -., Icctive .service rtireclor defenddd * sriow rem °vol equipment ' nflendda of some towns consists oTnorhing more than a proyer for o heat , , eene </Mr mi the samp proitrnin He said I" 1 lhi,, (is h! "ti-jluinc M lul ild bp .ml- i V h""ili •""' ' ilK ' ""'""ve service I should be selective,"