The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 10, 1952 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 10, 1952
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H KLW tnu A Y, SKPT. 10, 193J BI/miEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS MAL IOYLE COLUMN— Famed N Major of St. Lo' Most Likely to Achieve Immortality from WWII NEW YORK !*—Of the millions, in (he task force column. I looked Fraudulent Check Artist Put On FBI's Most-Wanted List of American combat men in the second world war the one most likely to win immortality is probably the famous young "major of St. Lo." His name was Thomas t>. Howie, and hometown friends in Abbeville, S. C., are today dedicating a granite marker to him. Hundreds of his scattered comrades will wish they could be there, too, to pay honor to a man who has become a symbol of valor to the American Army. His tale is a -strange one. He died in the green hedgerows of Normandy in 1944. But after the passing of eight years, I can recall no other wartime event •— neither in Europe nor Korea—so sad, and yet so eternally inspiring, as that young major's bittersweet victory-after-death. in and saw him. Amid the thunder of guns, the armored column — bearing the dead hero — fought toward St. Lo. Down pock-marked roads it rolled, past stricken trees whose limbs hung down like broken arms, past meadows where no birds sang, but bullets did. Churning clouds of yellow enveloped the vehicles, sweat grimed the faces of firing soldiers. As I remember it, a German fviiiiieiy bombardment cut the column as it passed a cemcicry oh the outskirts of the city. The ambulance was needed to rush back the wounded. Tom, lying on a stretcher, was transferred to a leading jeep. The WASHINGTON (/]>) — The FBI totjay put Theodore Richard Byrd Jr.. wanted for passing fraudulent checks throughout (he Midwest and Southwest, on its list of 10 most wanted fugitives. The FBI said Byrd, 26. with a criminal record dating back to 1014, has obtained more than $40.000 through large-scale chuck pacing. Byrd frequently poses as nn oil operator, lawyer, doctor, or printing concern operator, the FBI said. Byrd is described as suspected of being a narcotic addict. He is a tall, wanted In Texas, Arlonn, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. The FBI gave this description of Byrd. a native of Oklahoma City: six feet tall, weighs no pounds; dark brown wavy hair; blue eyes; medium complexion. Byrd has been charged with such climes of violence as attempted rape and nficravnted assault and battery, the FBI said. "At this stage of his criminal-career, Byrd is reportedly turned and should be considered dangerous," PAGE THREE Marshall in France To Inspect Cemeteries I.K HAVRE. Prance Ml — Gen George C. Marshall, former U. S. secretary of slate and wartime chief of staff, nrrlve<1 in France lod;iy for nn Inspection tour of American miltairy cemeteries. He Is chairman of the America Battle Monuments Commission. Marshall will Inspect cemeteries In Belgium, Holland. Italy and nos- slbly in Nortli Africa. . a, sou e consered d slender, glib-talking person who is I the announcement added. Group to Study Move to Cut Highway Laws from 400 to Three in Arkansas LITTLE ROCK (•!>) — A proposal that would reduce the laws governing Highway Department operations from 400 to three will he submitted to the Committee on Adequate Roads for study. t The four proposals were drafted by members of the rtcpnitmen column trundled on. u smashed professional staff of engineers and through the last ring of German ' ----•• I defenders and entered the fallen Maj. Howie was a tremendous j cU y, ft sea of fi am j n g ruins. soldier, and he must have been just as fine a man before he put! on a uniform. I visited his battalion the day St. Lo fell, imd T recall how his men, still mourning his death on the eve of the great attack, praised him for his kindness an'd called him "the best officer tlvat ever lived." It was his concern for the welfare of his troops that had cost him his life. Before hitting: the dicch during 1 a sudden German mortar barrage, he paused and turned to see that his men were safe—and death took him, stand- Ing. Shortly before he had attended a staff conference at which he had expressed his determination to lead his own battalion first into St. Lo, the bitter bastion of the Nazi defense line. His last words "on leaving the conference were a cheery, "See you in St. Lo!" That became the »"Ut1eciy of the 2EHh Infantry Divi- Eion—"See you in St. Lo!" and when the commanding general organized R tank and doughboy task force to smash into the city he remembered 1 Tom's last wish By the general's order, Tom's body, still clad in full combat Doughboys quickly lifted the dead young major, now silent on the stretcher in all that crash of sound, and ran through enemy sniping to a nearby shell - lorn church. And they placed him atop the rubble of the church wall, and left him there, ami went back into the battle. personnel and accounting experts. An Informal invitation to present Federation Plan Approved LUXEMBOURG CITY (iP) — Foreign ministers of the six Schuimm Plan notions last night endorsed a In death his comrades had won j French-Italian proposal to develop ... *i,~ —;— ii-_ ,__. —, _, ..,_ I the European steel aud coal community into a political federation. The ministers approved the general outline of the plan which calls for the common assembly of the pool powers to draft a basis for such a federation by next March 10 —six months from noxv. for the major the last goal of his the first life—he \vas with St. Lo." Entering the city the next morning with mop-up infantry squads, I had my last glimpse of Tom— his flag-draped body lying in state on nn altar of rubble. All the troops who went through St. Lo that day, and there were many, heard of the young major and paid him Iribute. Some doffed their helmets as they passed. Some knelt. Five years later, In 1949, I revisit-. ed St. I,o and the rebuilt church J before which now stands a monument telling of Major Howie's sacrifice—and his triumph. The French people still deck the monument with flowers, and remember him in prayer. 1 -. They feel his tragic story 'id many Americans to contribute In Ihe glassware business, "hand- blown" is an expression meaning blown by human lungs. UMJ, otiit i-inu in inn ^uiuuni, iea many Americans lo contribute gear, was placed in an Ambulance funds to help St. Lo rise again from its own rubble. The new marker lo his memory later generations the strange saga of Major Thomas D. Howie's heroism, selfless courage and fidelity to his men. \vho repaid him in the best way they could. Those who knew Tom, of course, need neither marker, monument, nor memorial to remember him. the proposals has been given lo the department employes by the committee, headed by Herbert Thomas of Fayettcvillc. vice chairman of the Hiyhway Audit Commission, The proposal includes a detailed purchasing system; proeed- or highway commissioners, commission chairman, highway director, chief engineer, purchasing iSTcnb and chief accountant. It iM be introduced to the 1553 legislature as a new organic Highway Department statute covering duties, authority and general and specific functions of the department and its employes. The second plan covering rules of road, weights and sizes and enforcement phases would be incorporated in a single law. Social security benefits would be extended to highway employes under the third proposal, and widows and orphans of employes would receive existing retirement benefits. Oldtime Entertainment Condemned by Historian CARBONDALE. III. (if, _ A historian has delved Into the entertainment in variety houses of the Old West and clntsn't blame rm- tookers for kicking up a ruckus now and then. pr. Harold E. Brlggs of Southern Illinois University searched oltl books, newspapers and memoirs for details in his study. He reporls: "One of the hlmlest problems of any manager was that of maintaining good order, it was inevitable that, the early variety Hunters where liquor was served so freely were subject to drunkenness nnd acts of violence. "In many places the nets presented were no doubt as good as many offered In burlesque or vaudeville. But. in general, th?sc variety theaters wciD found more worthy of condemnation than of praise." Election Officals Meet to Cancel Referendum on Horse Race Track MARION, Ark. «v- Election officials meet today to cancel a special county referendum on the bitterly fought plan tn set up horse race track at nearby West Memphis, Ark. The action was requested by Dixie Downs, Inc., backers, who propose to build the swank track. With n heated legal light in sight — which may go (o ihe Arkansas Supreme Court — track supporters decided to clarify ihe status of their election petitions. The petitions were rejected by County Court Clerk A. B. Carter of Marion last week. Then the Crltlenden County Election Commission overruled him and set the referendum date. Now, Dixie Downs forces say a writ of mandamus will be sought Curler to file the peti contended Dixie Downs lo force tions. Curler i had no right to ask for a new election on the ground that a Vote against the track in n referendum last January 'had decided the question. Pro-lrack forces say Arkansas law sels no limit on the racing. Edward SVallcr, secretary of the Commission, said the election pe\i- :ions were withdrawn from the Commission yesterday after Dixie Downs asked that the referendum be cancelled. The move by pro-track forces came shortly 'ntler an appeal for court Injunction to bar the referendum was filed by an antl. track group. The appeal contends the Commission lacked authority to set tna election, and that Arkansas/ racing law is inoperative in Criltenden County because of the voters' decision last January. AP&L Reports Net Income Is Up 34 Per Cent; Bonds Are Sold LITTLE ROCK M>,_Tlie Arkan-1 AP&L's tax outlay for the period )<; T>/Ml'rt|. 1,^ I i~\,l *-!„ I--. I ..„ ./.nn.. . . . HI*. fl.LluvL sas Power and Light Co., largest private utility in Arkansas, yesterday reported that its net income was up 34 per cent. And, In New York, the company sold 15 million dollars worth of first morlEage bonds lo underwriting syndicalc. 14-mcmber . R. E. Ritchie, vice president of AP&L. told a stockholders meeting here that the company's net income for the period ended July 31. 1952, was 54,803,943, an increase of Sl.- 413,408-or 34 per cent—over the last fiscal year. Ritchie said operating expenses, I including taxes, showed an II per — -— | ,»,.ti,u,i|£ i.i.\v.i. JMLUWUU un 11 per of special elections on cent increase, totaling $15.202,327. was 38,198.045, Ritchie said, The vice president said the company expects to invest some $30,350,000 , in new construction this , s year. This was the reason for the bond sale. The underwriting syndicate — headed by White. Weld & Co. — outbid five other investment banking groups for the AP&L bonrts. The high bid was 100.200 for V.ft per cent obligations. Pending approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the underwriters expect to rcoffer Ihe 30-year bonds to private investors tomorrow at 100.923 to yield 3.45 per cent . interest. DOLLAR-WISE? THEN IT'S MAYTAG FOR YODI 129.95. Adams Appliance Co. Inc. Come On In and Older One ...Today There are many people in this community who want a Cadillac frcrso badly—and who are almost persuaded to order one— —but who, for one reason or another, arc just holding back and waiting. To all these people we wish to say: "Come on in and order your Cadillac today!" livery day you wait is simply postponing, still further, the wonderful time when you can enjoy the many delightful things a Cadillac will bring you. There is, for instance, the deep Jetting of pride which comes from owning a car which is universally acknowledged to be the Standard of the World . . . . . . lite great satisfaction that comes from driving a car so quiet you can "whisper and be heard"; so easy to handle that driving is no conscious effort at all; so comfortable and restful that a day at its wheel is the essence of relaxation . . . ... the comforting confidence that comes from knowing your car is so soundly-engineered and so beautifully- built that you can keep it and enjoy it over almost any period you may care to designate . . . . . . and, finally, the happy him/edge that you probably paid less for your Cadillac than hundreds of thousands of people who are driving other makes of cars—for there arc numerous models produced by other manufacturers which actually cost more than the lowest-priced Cadillac! Isn't all this too much to miss for even one needless day ? Owners of Cadillacs will tell yon it is—out of their own experience. Time and again, people who have just moved up to Cadillac have said to us—"Why did I wait so long to enjoy all this?" 'I hat's why we urge you to come in today and start down the happy road to Cadillac ownership. You have already missed too much—too long! SULLIVAN-NELSON CHEVROLET CO. 301 West Walnut Phone 4578 3 DIAMOND RING Even Popular $1.00 Week 6 Stunning Diamonds IN PRECIOUS 14 KT. GOLD Both Rings 5 GORGEOUS DIAMONDS $62 50 A Sentimenfal Charm You Sure! Regal Setting $1.25 Week $1.50 Weekly 9 DIAMONDS SI.75 Week mond Pair T. SOLID GOLD Two Romantically Charming Rings 23 DIAMONDS Striking Set $] Easy Terms YEAR TO PAY 12 DIAMONDS $9950 Si/.e & Sparkle $2.00 Week 8 DIAMONDS $100 Miracle Setting 52.00 Week D R E IMS Meet Brcifus - . Wear Diamonds tm U(\ ifl kWii i^B^B^t sTILtTHEVUU Allo OtWSBUBO

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