The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1949 · Page 20
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 20

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 23, 1949
Page 20
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1 PAGE TWENTY Reds Dominate Headlines in '49 Soviet Atom Blast Is Top Story Picked By American Editors Hy I'AUl, H. MICKF.I.SON Associated Tress Cciieral Xeivs Kdifor N E w YORK - The biggest headlines of 1940 were b!;irk but (he subjects were red. So predominant was the subject of Red Russia and her salellites that seven of the top 10 stories of the news-packed year, selected by newspaper editors in the annual Associated Press poll, dealt with the spectre of the mysterious colossus behind the iron curtain. Topping them all, by a margin as wide as the news was frightening to a war-tired world, was President Truman's announcement that Russia at long last has atomic energy. The poll this year was marked by unusual diversity of opinion fimong the men who edit the news. Many editors marked their ballots straight for specific sensations; others stressed grouped subjects of importance in the cold war. But there was no question when it came to the headliner of all headlines— the Red atomic bomb. On Sept. 23, President Truman called his cabinet into an hour- long session; then he gave out the historic news, comparable only in significance to the announcement of the Hiroshima blash or August 6, 1945. In calm tones, the President said: ''We have evidence that within recent weeks an atomic, explosion has occurred in the US.SR." He did not say it was an atom bomb but the announcement was a fateful portent, confirmed later by Russian leaders, that the Soviets had broken ihe American A-bomb monopoly on which the non-Communist world had depended so heavily, old it mean war was closer or more remote? The nation's editors mole millions of words on the subject and the nation, beset with sqimhoies within Its own military, stepped up the pace of military, defense and offense while Russian leaders shouted accusations that this country --- J HIYTHEVILLB (ARK.) COUUIER NEWS CAUGHT IN COUP - Gen Sami ol Hinnaoui, ahoco, head of tiie Syrian .irmy, was reported arrested in Die revolt of a Syrian army group that seized the gov- crnmeiit and the Oarn.nsTus radio, and banished koy leaders, in the third such coup in a year Geneial Ilinnaoui nimself was a colonel when lie seized control or (he government in a coup last August. In that revolt. President Husni Zayiin was killed Berliner: food, fuel and rmv materials. To America It gave ' even greater confimlcncc In Its might INTKIl-SEIIVICE I'-HJIM- Family quarrel.'! always arc the most Interesting and usually t|, e mast hrtrmli'sv. The armed services of Hie United Slates had one in I010 and it HIIS stx-h a donnybrook it won fourth place Jn the annual pull. K started through charges by top Navy officers that the whole concept of national defense planning — planning- with Russia in mind, of course, _ WILS keyed to the atomic-bomb carrying Ii 36 and that it, was (raglcailv wrong. The increasingly hitter battle. marked by a series of investigations. resulted in the removal of 1-oui.s Denfeld as Chief of Naval ojieral ions. The story picked fifth for headline production wus the conviction and sentencing of the nations 11 top Communist leaders, virtually thr '.vhole of the party's hitfh command, to prison terms and fines after n 39-week conspiracy trial in a Kciv York federal conn. And the nation's press made a hero our of Federal Judge Harold H. Medina who presided at the hectic trial with patience seldom seen in a courtroom. was an Imperialist war monger ATLANTIC TIIKATV But for the- fear ol Russia the number two story ol the year never would have happened it was the signing oi the Atlantic treaty. On October G, President Truman set in operation a $I,3H 010.000 anus program dr-siRiied to help provide 14 nations ol western Kuropi', signers of the hj.;- toric pact, with military assistance niiulmt attack. "We are nut arming ourselves and our friends to start a fight with anybody," said President Truman. "We are building up our defenses so that we won't have to fight." Soviet Hnn- sia, target of the pact, charged it with aggression directed against it. I1I2KUX HI.OCKADK HNIJS After 327 days, during which 11 grew from an infant into the most impressive giant In the cold war the Berlin airlift was lifted on Sept. 30 and the great glory or its achievement ranked It as the year's third largest story. The atrlifet cost 51 lives and more tlnin 5250 000.0(10 but it did more Mian hand Russia its mast decisive diplomatic setback in Europe since the end of the war. It gave 2,000,000 West The year was not without it.s share of tragedies — air crashes, and outbreak of sex attacks against small children and fires. The most real-some was the racing nighttime fire Hint swept flames and panic through the Canadian pleasure, cruiser. Moronic early on the morning of Sept. 17 :it "her Toronto, Canada, (lock. More than -100 .scrambled or jumped to safety through the flames but 118 mon women and children died. It was voli.-d the sixth biggest—and most mass tragic story -of the year. KATIIV i-'isotrs Seventh and mast pathetic of all was the storv of a cute, three- year-old kid—Knthy t-'isclis, who fell into and was wedged into a 14-inch pipe and never came out alive. The fight to save her, the prayers of the world that found print and the final, futile rescue held the nation's headlines for 52 hours. Kathy, running at play and the accounts of the fight to stumbled into a weed-covered well save her touched the hearts of millions everywhere. Many editors thought the story was far and away the of the year. cnii]tcir-iti:r) msi'irn: Some editors also voted a higlier j position than eighth for the story i of .Josef Cardinal Mindszcnty in Communist-controlled Hungary. His trial lor treason incited angry protests frob beyond the "Iron Curtain." President Trutnan denounced the Cardinal's conviction as an Infamous verdict of a kangaroo onork triali court, CO.M.MUNIST VICTOUV 'Die Hed Hordes all but pushed their hated Nationalist toe.s toward extinction in China ami the story uas ninth, as repercussions grew lounder in Washington where some congressmen blamed the loas to LJ, S...State Department blundering. Worker I-ensions Labor, involved in the usual assortment of strikes, made some of its greatest gains by winning company-paid pensions, including federal social security, which In most cases totaled $100 monthly. It was the 10th biggest story, editors voted. Other top stories Included (he Hrltlsh pound devaluation, the HLsi-Chambers trial, airline crashes, the suicide of Defense Secretary James 1-vjircstal, the (errihlc western winter, the Cinderella story of the New York Yankee baseball team, and the Tito-Stalin split, which may produce the biggest story of the new mid-century year The United Slates' present area of commercial forest land Is estimated at -161 million acres. • ^ ft Greetings Jor this ^ Season • . . and may lls spirit of love and of giving en- fold you throughout tha New Year. FOSTER'S LIQUOR STORE \Velcli Bill FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23. 1949 %! Wit "•at iM?4?'-,' •M' * v >/•:-• • I :•>//'• i -' \ * %• • •- .-Ai> . * r It is our fondest hope that this Christmas Day be filled with many warm and pleasant moments for you! And that the New Year brings you the fulfillment of all the sincere wishes that have been extended to you in the spirit of the Holiday Season! Huffman Bros. Lumber Co. ' ' *" ***** ^^^^'s^^^^ww-K^w^^^^^^^^^^^^-^^^^^ V \ ys & The stage is set! TIME: Christmas! PLACE: Everywhere! Santa, in the star role, portrays the merriest of well-wishers with skill and sincerity, We applaud his performance and endorse his message. Now we offer an encore; a Christmas wish to all: "May you enjoy an abundance of pleasures during this Holiday Season and throughout the Year to come!" -y ^*<y K K K K n x R n K a K S K a K I <*'^*<'™™^**«*^^

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