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YOL. XLVIli—NO. 3 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWKPAPRR. op xrruj'rwB'iorT- in v i».~. n .».~ . Courier Blytheville Daily News MkslKlppt Valley Leader Blythevllle Herald _THE DOMWANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSA8 AND. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ~ ~ ' • BIA'THKVILLK, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, MARCH 2-1, 1952 TEN PAGES SEASON OPENS AT I'ANMUNJOM - This North Korean farmer (left) appeared at Pan- munjom with a fishing rig (hat intrigued both UN and Red personnel in the area. His gear consists of a rod connected to a battery carried over the shoulder and a small net on a long pole. He pressed a button, shocks the fisli and scoops them up in the net. Judging by the string held by Korean at right, results are plentiful if not hefty. (AP Wirepholo) SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Survivors Bury 2,000 Left Homeless ' Dead, Rebuild' 235 Killed; 1,100 Are Hart In. Six Tornado-Torn States LITTLE KOCK, Ark. (Al>)—Tlie living worked grimly at biiryjiijr and rebuilding today in six tornado-torn flood- atfliclec! Southern states in which 235 died and 1 100 were hurt. In small partly w r e o k c d of trucks and the clumping of churches throughout the region boards being piled yesterday half-dazed people clus - tered for funeral services—sonic- times for whole families. The normal Sabbath quiet of small towns was broken often by 'die ga?.e of hundreds of .sightseers lhe raucous chiige'nK of bulldozers 11-l1 " '" "'" — : "'— laboring nt lhe debris, lhe ratlle T . -,Negotiators Small Woman 'Feels She's Lucky; Family Is Left Alive After Wind ^Talk of Way For Sfecrecy ROW Dispute May be Placed In 'Blackout' MUis'SAN, Korea (AP) — Allied and Communist truce negotiators huddled for three hours today discussing possible secret talks on lio\v to exchange prisoners of war, A V. N. spokesman - said "we almost came to agreement." "We decided lo (alk about it for only 20 minutes tomorrow" said Col. George W. Hickman. He reported most of today's scs- biision was spent debating "limila- ^ lions that might be placed on each side during an executive session. 1 Thb U. N. proposed secret gotialions Sunday ma: speed agreemenl on a icdfeaii armislice. As a preliminary 'step the Allies ordered e.n immediate partial news blackout on the pris- soner tnlks. > "Quasi—Confidential Status" An official Allied spokesman said U.N. negotiators felt preliminary discussions concerning off- the-record sessions should "be considered for the time being at least in a quasi-confidential status." He declined to tell newsmen what the U.N. proposed. The prisoners exchange talks were postponed for Ihree hours Monday at the request of the U K. Command., There was no explanation. The session adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 3:10 a.m. EST. POU' Compromise Sought Bolh sides have indicated unofficially lhat off-the-record nego- tiallons might lead to a comprom- . Ise agreement on the thorny Issue mol whether prisoners should be "given lhe right lo reject repatriation. This Is lhe only issue block- See CEASK-F1KE on Page 10 By MERCER BAILEY woman in the Avm - v fielri store. "I'm one of the lucky ones. I've got something left—all my family " She was Mrs. E. C. Meacham, wife of one of the partners in the Meacham and dayTtoS merchandise Stol ' e in this Northeast Arkansas torn, flattened by Fri- impact when all fovir brick walls gave way and ceiling plummeled down. Meacham and Mrs. Johnson crawled out unhurt. Mrs. Meacham could smile at her own troubles, but she couldn't keep the tears from her eyes as she told of working at the disaster center set up at the Methodist Church: "They brought in this little Like many others who escaped death, she \vas helping "dig out from under." Bulldozers, cranes and trucks from the highway department uxrre removing debris from msiin street. Mrs. Meacham was at home when the whirling winds wrecked Judsonin, a town of 1,200. "Mary — that's iny daughter — and I were at home when the storm hit." she recalled. "U seemed like It lasted half an hour, but it couldn't have been mare than four or five minutes, T guess. There Was No HaM "We were in the living 'room. I opened the door to go oub in the hall There wasn t any hall I bftck In the living room and !K^^^tteK and. . tSFKouse aSS d«except the In nig loom and part oT the kitchen.' One cT the volunteer salvage workers interrupted and handed her a. packet of invoices found in the ruins of the store, That reminded her of something else: Lonters Find Time "You know, sometime Friday night while we were out trying to help with the dead and Injured, somebody dug around in there nnd found the cash register. They got St50 or $200 out of one. of the drawers before the soldiers saw them and ran them off. There's all kinds of people in this old tforld." National Guardsmen still were patroling the disaster area today to guard against scavengers. Miraculously, no one was killed when the general store collapsed. "My husbajid and Mrs. Mary Ola Johnson were in the store when it hit." Mrs. Meacham said. " Th ey hu nkc red d own boh in d a counter first, then they got In the vauH." Vaull Withstands Impact The huge vault withstood the U. S. Pilots Down, Damage 14 Russian-Made Jefrs in Korea SEOUL, Korea <jl>>— U. S. jel pilots today destroyed or damaged 14 Russinii-rmde Communist MIG-]5s in four clashes over northwest Korea. Comparatively slow F-84 Thull- l Monday afternoon, dcrjets damaged two Sof_ ei»ht The U.S. Fifth Air Force said swept-wine MIGs that attacked i the Thunderjets escaped damage, them while they were cutting rait-j MIG damage credits went lo LI. road tracks in lhe Sonchon area Irvin H. Tindal. Seaford. Del., and Cant. Robert S. Knapp. Phoenix. Wp/lfh Ariz. TY earner rhm Rc(1 Jcls [)m(m r d Arkansas forecasl: Par tl y cloudy AirVorcTs^'u'l F^T ",? and warmer Ibis afternoon, to- ^t^Tro^^X^ destroyed two and damaged seven. Allied losses if any are reported weekly. Only small patrol actions were reported across the 155-mile ground front. The U.S. Eighth Army said three Communist plaloons fired en U.N. positions northwest of the Punch Bowl on the Eastern Front Sunday, fellow. He had the prettiest, blond curly hair. He couldn't have been any bigger than this." she said as she spread her hands about three and a half feet apart. "We thought maybe we could help him. r stretched him out on a table. But he was already dr/vd. His little shoes were almost lorn olf his feet. li just breaks your heart." Arkansas Appeals <r eral Aid t LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Storm-staggered, sorrowing 'Arkansas was holding out its hands today for help. And the appeal was directed to a familiar source — the federal government. Gov. Sid McMath sent'a telegram* directly to President Truman, asking for funds to help his state rehabilitate itself afler suffering lhe deadliest, single day's disaster in its long history .of/- misfortunes caused by the elemenls.' There was no accurate count on the dead, but il ranged between 134 and 158. The Red Cross lisled 711 persons injured — many of them in a critical condition in hospitals in a score of cities. Truman Is Thanked Tn his appeal to the President, McMath explained that the state has no funds to cope with an emergency of such magnitude. He also thanked Mr. Truman for having ordered federal agencies to conduct a quick survey of the situation In all .states hit 1,-ut Friday. The Red Cross listed 1,301 residences eilher deslroyed or damaged. And II said 1,452 families hn'd been affected by the winds. Many were homeless^ There was no estimate of the loss to large and small businesses, but the Red Cross was undertaking to find out. Previous . eslimales placed Arkansas' property loss at ten million dollars. In Judspnla. alone, worst hit of See STORM on I'age 10 W.AKMKR night and Tuesday. Hearings for 3 Hayti Murder Suspects Delayed CARUTHERSVILLE. Mo.—Preliminary hearings for three St. Louis ve.sidents charged with murder in connection with a fata! shooting of a St. Louis cab company employe at a Hayti tourist court March 9 were continued un- Inside Today's Courier News • • • New war between the slates—over Industry . . .editorials . . . Page 4. . . . National League gels tough with American League baseball teams . . . sporU . . . Page 6. Dierks tornado pictures . . . Arkansas News Briefs . . . MacArthur speaks of boyhood, avoids pnlitlcs at IJttle Rock . . . I'aje 5. . . . Society . . . Page 2. . . . Markets . . . rage 10. . Survivors of the disastrous week cud picked at what was left oi their homes searching for something salvageable, often under ihe who jammed the stricken areas. Death Toll Usteil At last count, nnd il was at best incomplete and often times inac- (See pictures (in curate, the death loll was: Arkansas, 131; Tennessee. 64; Mississippi, 11; Kentucky, 8; Missouri, 10, and Alabama, 5. Arkansas alone reporled 711 injured and 1,452 families, Ihous- ands homeless, affecled by lhe lerrible winds. In basements of churches, schools and armories Salvalion Army nnd Red Cross workers struggled lo feed, bouse und clolhe those left desolate. An accurate estimate of damage was impossible but 11 was expected to reach into lhe lens of millions of dollars. Hospitals Strained In , the hospitals doctors and nurses, eyes retl-rimtncd from lack of sleep, worked to near ex- hnustton to aid the injured. Hospital cnpncity was strained to the breaking point; Arkansas Gov. Sid McMath appealed direclly to President Tru- ninn for funds. Near Lexington, Tcnn., yesterday they burled a fnnilly of six, lifted from Iheir homes and hurled 300 yards to death. Bodies in Circle The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Genie Duke, their daughter, son-in- law and Iwo grandchildren were found In a neat circle in a, field. t At Cotton Plant, Ark./ lhe ; sfx cnildreirbf Anlonio Gala'ri, n Mexican farm worker, were buried. The day before all six members of lhe Albert Ingle family were buried. At Oierks, funeral,services were — — —> • —••*-• .«. . -n,i v*i.(^ wii; ui V-ULHJIIV.UUU t'oini died held for six persons—all related— son's borne nt Cotlonwood — yeslerday. 'And so it went. In Adolpbus. astride the Tonnes niolhcr's body. Mrs. Josie May O'Neal died wllh five of her children and a nephew when her home was swept away by Hood waters from n stream overburdened by the rniiis which swirled on lhe tornndoes perimel er- A Touch of Irony There was an ironic slory fron. Harselle, Ala., where one of the critically injured was little Bren da Kay Jones. As the storm approached, her grandmother plcl See TOIINADO on 1'age. 10 N lke' Outlines Partial View Of Way to Run Presidency WASHINGTON wy-Gc.1. Dwight D. Eisenhower believes the key to being a successful president lies in the ability to select and hand! 71iis view was disclosed in a 1950 "Off lhe record" Interview, published today by the weekly magazine U. s. News <if, World Report, With it was a letter from Eisenhower dated March 14, indicating he had rcvlcac'l the material re! ccntly and approved Its publication, | The letter was written aflcr El- senhower had swept the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary bill before the 106.000 write-in vole given him In last Tuesdays Minnesota primary. In It, the general said merely lhat he had permitted others (b publish "letters and statements In Two-County Area Red Cross Busy in Pemiscot and Missco;15Dead see-Kentucky stale lines, a family storm. a reae a clinic burial awaited (he recovery of a Friday night and sent to his son's Almost 2,0(10 persons in Mississippi and i'cmiscot Counties are homeless today as a result of n devastating windstorm which swept across this area Friday night. Fifteen people were killed by .storms in the two conn- ties. Red Cross relief stations have been set up at Manila in Mississippi County and nt Coltonwood Point, about 12 miles south of Cm-ulhersville, in Pemiscot County. The Red Cross Chapter Hoiise here is handling emergency relief work for the county. Most of [be damage in Ihis area was at Milligan Ridge. Shady Grove. Big Lake, nnd Dlylhcvlllc in Mississippi County nnd nt Number Eight, south of Cooler Cot- lonwood Point, nnd Kinfolks Ridge in Pemiscot County. Red Cross officials nre calling for beds, bedding, clothing and cooking utensils to be used by the homeless. Manila city Hall nnd the American Le B ion Hui here have been designated colleclion centers for donations. Ambulances wllh screaming sirens nnd private cars nnd Irucks Friday night rushed nearly 100 victims of lhe storm to hospitals in this area. Blinding rains followed the wind a/id mnde rescue work difficult. Three Olhers Die Twelve were reported dead Saturday morning, one body was found Saturday afternoon, nnd Uvo died Saturday night, and Sunday of' injuries 'received Uunng' the slorm. Dead reported Saturday ofter- ncion nnd yesterday were: fil20K«l-; C. DUCKWORTH, 85, of C'ottomvood Point, died nt his son's borne nt Cotlonwood • Point Saturday niglil. Mr. Duckworth's home was blown away in the He- was (rented nl a clinic — Tf/i Helping the Red Cross Help Us- The drama and excitement of the tornado has passed All that remains i s hard work ... to get homeless and injured persons cared for and in a position to take care of themselves Naturally, the people of Arkansas and the mid-south look to the Red Cross to do most of this work. And they can expect the Red Cros. to be ready. It has been on the job for several days already But it should be remembered that the Red Cross is no stronger Uian its membership, it is now conducting Its annual fund campaign Clncknsawlm Red Cross officials have been notified that the quota for North Mississippi County is being upped 25 per cent. National officials warn that the organization's disaster fund is dangerously low Tho.se who bare not given ta the Red Cross, and those who haven't given enough, lhollW con£idcr lhe facl (|lat but [w ft ™' ' * * Red Cross Ups County Fund Goal 25 Per Cent C ' m " ter " eeds home. JOYCE BASS, Negro, 9, daughter of Melissa Bass who died of storm injuries Friday night, died in n hospital Sunday morning of storm injuries. LKON S i: A K S, Negro body found near Number Eight Salur- (liiy afternoon. He was the son- in-law of Melissa Bass. Two dead children tcntalively identified as the chitdred of Ed Stages who was killed Friday night were identified us Edward Staggs, Jr., 9, and Patricia Ann Stnggs, 10. Miss Annie Metes, Red Cross disaster worker in charge of a relief station at Manila, said there were 57 major injuries, 23 minor 54,000 becau,. '• telegram from national headquarters tells us our Hayt i Hospital Passes First Disaster Test HAYTt. Mo. — Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital here, opened last summer, got Its "baptism of fjre" Friday night. Hospilal employes handled Iheir first major disaslcr with "everything under control all the way through." officials said. Friday evening, ten patients were in .the county hospital, in a fe.w short- hours; nurses and aides'" who were (supposed to be going off duly wero cariiiK for SB patients—four short of the hospital's capacity, according, to Mrs. Doris Slctllz. hospital oftirc manager. Tlio hospital never had more than 27 patient. 1 ! before. Off-duty personnel was called lo the ImsplUil nnd a number of registered nurses in the county came to assist. Mrs. Slcnlz said. Seven Red Cross nurses were sent inlo the area, but Pemiscot County Hospital personnel had the situation under control nnd the Red Cross nurses moved to another area Mrs. slenlz rcporled. Other Southeast Missouri hospl- lals volunlcered to send workers and supplies to Pemiscot County Hospital. George Gish Breaks Back in Fall from Roof George Gish, owner That means Chlcknsawba Chap- :er now is to raise $20,000 instead of 316,000. .Mr. cure said lhe total collected to dale was $9S71.96. "If you have given before, give again: if y oll haven't given yet, Bive now anti give generously " Mr Cure begged. In Pcmiscot County, the quo ta ha.s been raised 10 per cent, Leonard Linibaugh, chapter chairman It takes money to set up relief stations, provide bedding, clothing shelter, and medicnl care for storm' victims, Red cross officials pointed out. "When disaster strikes, we' set up relief stations and do" what we can. We don't have time to get tha.money then. We need to have it." Funds Campaign workers said. Republicans Hold Annual County Meeting Here Mississippi County Republicans were scheduled to hold their an- niml county convention in lha Circuit Courtroom at the Court House here this nfternoon D Fred Taylor of Osceola,' chairman of m e County Republican Central Committee, said members nnd officers of the cen- Iral committee will be elected and delegates named to slate and district GOP conventions. Seven delegates and seven alternate.-; were to be selected for the ciisirict convention in Jonesboro April 21. when a delegate and alternate will be named from (his district to altcnd the nation- •— ~ ^••w""i«ni,« mi- fJMvtinii iviitria Hun svaicnicnls til tomorrow In magistrate's court, from that period"—while he was ™ Sa i!" r . < l?;"- „ I sorving as President of Columbia I^^.l'A".. 1 ^? said thc i ""'verity _ and was giving the ..%.••_ ou*u me, uni* <.! t \.y — a-iiu was c l vine hearings were continued because of! magazine the same nrivtleee the tornado which struck surround-, adder! his thanks "for ««-•(.- ^r iNHjor injuries, ^3 minor ^uvn<t uusn, owner of Gish ini; injuries, and one death reporled Ci >bincl shop on Moultrie Drive, ai GOP convention in rhlrno-n in the Manila area. suffered a broken back Saturday i Delegates to lhe district convfn' The Red Cross report for Missis- "'^m™" when he fell from the I lion also will attend the state con" slpnl County lisled the following! ro ° r ° r the Dr - Fr «l Child residence i venlion properly damage: i at 63:) West Main. j In Blyihcville — Houses d-ima* in Mr OlSh * a5 rcmovi "B a tr™ i ed. 33; houses dj.slro.yed ' two-' nlTr. °'| tC r °°' by Frida S'1 ! outbuildings damaged. live; out- j He wa^iatn to Walls Hospital - ( -..*M..,,U.,,£» u,inirtm;u, 11VC It may well be that the presl- i buildings destroyed, three- dency is too big a job for one man. 1 munity buildings damaged' six' bin thecr again—as in any post of: business buildings da in deed' responsibility-all depends upon the ] eight: business buildings destroy^ kind of men he gathers around j erl. four. ' uL-uioy him." Eisenhower said. "It depends! Milligan Ridge. — Houses dam too upon the spirit in which contro- aged. 32; houTes d"?roved 33 versial questions are approached." '-—•--->••• • """"yea, jj. com-: where he was reported by a physl- six; ( cian as in "fair condition" ihis morning. Mr. Gish makes his home with Dr. Child, who is his brotlier-in- law. ^ ii ,..' ' ny Hours Spent Eisenhower said he had spent mlll)Ilildlll 8s damaged. 25; outbuildings destroyed seven Shady Grove — Houses damaK- good many trying hours" during i ed. 12: houses destroyed ' the war attempting lo reconcile ' barns damaged, four' barn's de' differences among the Allies. He i slroycd. H: tmibuilding.s damns- "ihr l l 'f,, cx!)cr ; racfc convince:,! him led. three; outbuildings destroyed. m settlement of controversy is j H ; business buildings damaged ' See ; ):o\v I'.ige 10 See KKD CKOKR <j'n l'a sc 10 ing communities Friday night ., ' S ' ----- -- G "" cr ' tcria1 -" this opportunity to go over the He me i " - . | ~" •• • "" ""V 1-aolT.lll llullh. OUIIUH^, Missouri forecast: Fair east,' in- i but the Reds, withdrew under heavy creasing cloudiness west, warmer | Allied artillery fire. Monday night; Tuesday increasing) 30 MIGs Encountered cloudiness, followed by rain in aft- . in the first air battle Monday 32 ernoon or evening; warmer ear,ti F -86 Sabre Jets encountered about 30 MIGs trying to break up a formation of Allied fighter-bombers on a rail-cutting mission. The Sabres shot down one Red Warplane. probably destroyed another and damaged two. Jvist before noon 18 Sabre jr.:s raced to the rescue of another Tuesday. Minimum this morning—34. Maximum yesterday—48. Minimum Sunday morning—31. Maximum Saturday—04. Sunset today—6:15. Sunrise tomorrow—5:57. Precipitation last 48 hours--noue. Total precipitation since Jan 1 —14.90. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)- 41. Normal mean tempera! le lor March—51.2, T his n,,l c ), ai t y car Minimum this morning-K, Maximum yesterday—fis Precipitation January i [ O date "~-13-3. Bell. George A. Harvill and William H. Saunders, are charged with fa- lally shooting Frank Vassallo In front of a cabin at the Hayt! Tourist Courts. A school for physically handi- i jram " Drive for Scrap Metal Postponed ry n ^o He Has Experience In the interview with Editor David Lawrence, Eisenhower said lhat "experience in handling men miy possibly be the key" k> White House , success. He Intimated he has thal, u P In Blytheville this fall. Announcement was made tod.iy by School Superintendent w. «. Nicholson of the project which, lie Handicapped Children's School To Be Set Up Here This Fall he flight of fighter-bombers on being attacker! by 44 MIG.s. A scries of l doeflgnts rased between 30.CXW and The thin) air battle uae a 35- minute melee that swirled south of Sinulju. J;ist sm;th of the Yahi Seo WAR on Page 10 The scrap metal drive originally scheduled to have been held Saturday by the Junior Chamber ol Commerce was postponed due lo Friday nighfs windstorm. The scrap drive has been rescheduled for Ihis Saturday, Blytheville polkc Ihis mornin e s ornn e reported the theft of a 1848 chev- I grey. , m from Lilly. The car was Hatfey, two-lone PARIS «v—Gen. Dwight n. Eisenhower will report by radio and television on April 2 lhe progress of lhe Western military buildup in the first year of his activated supreme allied command. It is possible thai aflrr the report, is presented—or in It—In- will ail; President Truman u> relieve him. thus paving lhe way for return to the U. s. late In May to campaign actively for i the Republican prcsldcnllsl I nomination. , stated, has received approval of the fichool Board. . "This school." Mr. Nicholson set: said, will provide classroom" space and will furnish a teacher. This instructor will be assisted by members of Blythevlllc's Junior Auxiliary which will al.-.o furnish special equipment for the class. Mrs. Monroe Crain is chairman . . said, "will be for all manner of physically handicapped children w-ho can't attend regular clashes. "This 'ermin will Include (hose suffering tronl M;<hl, hearing and speech impairments as well as muscular infirmities. "It is rinr Ix-lirf th-if we o\vr UK-.-I- children an opportunity |o deceive an education jttsl as much as normal children. "And the School Board and myself are certainly pleased with the gcnrrc'.is offer made by tho Junior Shriners Plan Spring Ceremony Here May 31 The BlyUinvJlle Shrine club will >>e host to a spring ceremony of I Hie Sarah Temple IHTC May 31. it was announced loday. The ceremony will be held in the American Legion's Memorial Auditorium, the Legion ffnt and Ihe Junior Chamber of Commerce's club room on North Second street Bclween 1,000 and 1.500 Shrincrs and novices from Easlern Arkan- sns are expcclcd to altend the ceremony. of lhe Auxiliary committee which will handle arranpemc-nts for the school. She said tills morning the eyact number of students which may hr> accepted Is unknown at this time. The Auxiliary Is currently cou- dur:tms the Kastrr Seal camnalsn for ihr Aik.iniins Associntion for tin- rjip;:!r(f. Officials of the l.itlcr organiz.1- tion bnve asMncd ihe group that amount raised last year will be | 5 Drunk Driving Cases Docketed Ouc person was fined, another forfeited a cash bond and hearings for three others were continued in Municipal Court this morning on charges of driving while under the influence of liquor. Otis Seagravrs was fined $100 and co.sls and sentenced to a day In Jail and Jacob noncrs forfeited a SI21.1S bond on the charuc. llcjrings for II. n. Hack, and w W. Brown <vere continued until Fii- Sherman \Vestbrook and Clarence HOl'SK PAGE—Noble Gill Jr., (abovei son of Mr, and Mrs. Noble Gill. Sr.. of Dell, has been appointed by Rep. E. C. <Too:o Ga!!ii!is.i to serve at, a page in the House of Representatives. The H-ycar-old Dell High School freshman will serve durine the month of April. jcnrrc'.is oiler made by the Junior' fprmirVrrl i": »hr c v l..u',rri rh i MI , V 1;!>lu ™ OK ar >« Clarence AuxUiu* » U.U with ibb pro^dr^^ficrr t "" l " ra *"' i?««% h «Sb« $l ° "^ "" A few women throw themselves osvoy, but most of them toke pretty careful oim. TMW

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