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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, September 11, 1950
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLVI—NO.-148 lytheriU* Dally Nr Courier TUB DOMINANT NEWSPAPER C* NO«THKA«T ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI ppl Villejf BlytlmUl* Htrmld BIATHEVIIJ,E, ARKANSAS, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1950 DINING IN STYLE IN KORKA—A U. S. 25tll Division Infantry- mill adds a touch of humor to the war as he daintily shields himself from hot Korean sun while his mess kit is filled during lull in buttle near Masan on southern front.—(AP Wirepholo). Enemy Slugged At Close Range u By Allied Guns Occupy 32 Killed in Crash Of Troop Train ™ BULLETIN . COSHOCTOX, O., .Sept. 11. (.TV -Dr. William E. Phudl, rounty coroner, reported today "at least 32 and possibly more 1 'are dead in the Pennsylvania Railroad train wreck near West Lafayette. He said he knows of 40 to 50 who are Injiirrii, several critically, but moat of Ihem superficially. • COSHOCTON, 0., Sept. 11. (AP)—The Spirit of St. Louis, crack passenger train of Hie Pennsylvania railroad ploughed into a troop train stalled by mechanical trouble in thick fog early today. Twenty-five soldiers, all members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, were killed. stay put until we found out'what happened. Then within two minutes we all turned out to help the injured and remove them from the smashed car. Short's Men Art Unhurt Apparently none of Captain Short's men In the third car was hurt. ' ' . ' Col. prank Townsend of Dallas Pa., commander of the battalion; was in the ill-fated last/car, but-escaped 'injury by jumping. . ..:-,. i. ', : ''• .."^ad evervriiing under control" irt- short ;Ume'< Cap~- tain Short said; organizing,^ relief parties, putting a guard -aBout the scene and detailing soldiers "to cal for nurses and physicians.". Physicians, nurses and blood donors were called in-from Cambridge Coshocton, . Zanesville '--and -4ie» Philadelphia.- The" Ohio :Highwa! Patrol /sent whole blood-, to' • th< scene. Approxiinalely 60 other guardsmen, en route to Camp Atterbury, Ind., to enter federal service, were injured. Railroad officials said "we won't have anything on cause of the wreck until after an investigation Is made." Most cf the dead and injured were in an old fashioned coach on the^end of the 20-car troop Irain. Some :Were sleeping, others were be-Ing awakened .for breakfast .when "•"* crash • occ'.-,~2d--.nt E:!;-, .. ...----: rear coach looked like a pile of tin cans and rubbish after it had been 'rammed. Its roof, 70 feet long was compressed into 10 feet. [-Bodies'Are Removed Four; hours /.after the accident workiiien wllji acetylene torches still were;'. removing bodies from Ihe wreckage. 'Each was tenderly laid covered with an Army blanket, on the 1 ground as a heavy rain fell. The troop train had stopped, apparently due to mechanical trouble, at 5:10 a.m. (EST) a mile, east of West Lafayette. That town is 7 miles west of Coshocton. Red flares were put out. a train crew member said, but they apparently were not visible to the engineer of the approaching diesel- drawn Spirit of St. Louis. The worst casualties were amoiig members of Battery B or the 100th Field Artillery of Pennsylvania's 28lh .National Guard Division. And most of them were from Wilkes- Barree, Pa., and vicinity. ^^ Locomotive Toppled '^fsi reports indicated no one aboard the 17-car "Spirit" was killed .although its locomotive toppled over an embankment. "We cither were stopped or slowed down when the crash came," said Capt. Rcbert Short of Dallas. Pa. He is commander of the lOOth's Battery A, whose men slept in the third car from the rear. The crash occurred about 5 a.m.. (BSTI on a straight stretch of track Just west of West LaFayctte, which is 7 miles east of here, "Our men remained calm." Captain Short related. "I told them to The Spi. „.. „„.„ „„. from New York to St. Louis: Louis • bound Drivers Warned Of Speed Limit In School Zones Chier of Police John Poster today warned Blytheville motorists that speed limits in Blytheville are now being strictly enforced especially in school zones. New traffic signs have been erected in all school zones advising motorists of. the speed limits, Chief Foster said. The speed limit in school zones is 10 miles per hour. In residential BIylheville the speed limit Is 30 miles per hcnr and in the business 20 miles per hour. district it 'is Soybeans Weather Arkansas forecast: Partly cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Tucs- PARTI.V CLOUDY Scattered thundershowers in cmc cast and extreme south portions this afternoon. Cooler tonight and In cast and south portions Tuesday. Missouri forecast: Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday, cooler tonight and southeast portion Tuesday; scattered light frost likely extreme northeast portion tonight; i ow tonight 40 northwest to 55 southeast; high Tuesday middle 60s. Minimum this morning—68 Maximum yesterday—80. Minimum Sunday morning—64 Maximum Saturday—74. Sunset today—6:13. Sunrise tomorrow—5:40. Precipitation 18 hours to 1am today—.34. ' Total since Jan. 1—51.50. Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—74. Normal mean temperature for Sept.—-74.2. This D»te Last Year Minimum this morning—53. Maximum ' yesterday—87. Precipitation Jan. 1 to this d«te CHICAGO. Sept. n.' W-Closini Soybean Quotations: Hish Low Close 1V 2W«i 246'i 246?', 11 251 -2-18}; 249-4 "" 254« 251Ti 252',i ^ 25li 254 255-54 KOKKAN PACK TRAIN—South Korean volunteers carry ammunition and supplies to American infantry units engaging the enemy in the Masan sector of the southern Korean front. American troops and United Nations fighting forces Unlay were slugging it out at close range with the Communist invaders although Army officials expressed (heir belief that the North Koreans were preparing for a fresh all-out attack on the Tacgu area President Syngman Rhec of the South Korean Republic tcday paid a visit to the front lines. And in a statement said an all-out United Nations offensive seemed likely in" the near future. (—AP U'irephiXo) 10 More Missco Reserves Called Physical Exams Ordered for Possible Return to Army Duty Ten more Mississippi County enlisted Army reservists have been alerted for possible return to active duty, according to the Jonesboro office of Col. H. V. Longsden, com-j manding officer of the Organized Reserve .'Corps' Northeast Arkansas area. : •According'.sto'- the orders which moved' through Col. Longsden's office over the weekend, the reserv- ists.were to "report to the Army- Navy .Hospital In Hot Springs this week to take physical examinations in preparation for their possible return to. active duty. .The list of reservists. alerted included six Blytheville men. They are'William Davis, -108 South Sixth afreet; James E. Kellv, 24 Holland Street; : -Robert N. Biirhnm, Route Three, Box 205; Henderson Georpe Jr.,-Route Two, Box 331; Andrew Hill. 1616 .West Street; and Joe V Travis. 411 East Kentucky. , Other Mississippi County men Include Edward H. Scnter, Ronle Three, Osceola: James D. Darnell Route One, Wilson; Bcnnie O'Toolc of Etowah; and Robert D. Van Wey Linwood Drive, Osceola. Harrison Assumes Job As Head of New NPA By STERLING F. GREKN WASHINGTON, Sept. U. (/Tj-Presldenl Truman's new war mobilization machinery, geared to • *30,000,000.0ob-a-year arms program, began to roll today under a production bos. borrowed' from Industry. William H. Harrison, president of International Telephone and Telegraph Corp.. walked Inlo the hot spot as head of . new "National Production Authority" (NPA) in the Commerce Department. His first job, after today's-swear-*—— : : ing-in, was to face the steel industry— the presidents of 21 companies, invited here to discuss how to divide steel supplies between booming civilian factories ami mush-rooming war plants. ' Secretary of Commerce Sawyer administered tlie oath to the ruddy, white haired executive at 11:00 a. m. EoT. Harrison good naturedly told reporters he was no relation to one time u. s. President William Henry Harrison, that he was just, beginning his new Job and could not say more now than that he was seeking to get the work underway Green to Head Freedom Drive County Judge Named Chairman of Missco Part in 'Crusade' County Judge Roland Green ha: Owner of Purse Found Two Days Ago Sought - Chief of Police John Foster said this, morning that city officers are attempting to locate the owner of a small black woman's purse which was found by a small boy two days ago and turned over to the police • The purse contained $0.32, Chief Foster said, and the owner may have the purse by Identifying it. Otherwise, he said, the money will bo turned over to the boy that found the purse. N. O. Cotton Open High Low Close 4U6 4116 4070 4075 -till 4122 4071 4077 4125 4125 4073 -4074 •10D3 4057 4047 4051 4010 4047 3M7 4001 Mineral Rights Bill to Aid 38 Missco Buyers of U.S. Land Thirty-eight Mississippi County purchasers of land sold by the Department of Agriculture will benefit from passage of » bill directing the government to execute quitclaim deeds waiving mineral rights that It had retained. Signed recently by President Truman, this bill was sponsored by Hep. E. C. (Took) Gathlngs. West Memphis, of the First Arkansas Congressional District. "During the period from 19M to 1946, the Department of Agriculture sold lands in practically every state In the country and in such sales retained three-fourths of the mineral rights In the lands, Rep. Gainings said. "The farmers paid a fair market value for the property, although there existed a cloud on their titles. Ax i result of retention by the government of three- fourths of the mineral rights In these lands, these farmers in many cases were unable to give » clear title by deed or to borrow money from lending Institutions on these piopertlcs. "I introduced i bill >uthcrizlng and directing the United states gov- i rnmenl to execute qultclnim deeds to the landowners for i nominal mm of one dollar In Ihose areas where there were no ininerals known to exist. -f.•••; "Several other members of the Introduc- ed bills on this subject. A concerted effort by these members resulted in favorable action being taken by Congress. "Interested farmers should make application to the Department of Agriculture in order to avail themselves of the provisions of this new law. Rep. Gathlngs said. Eligible farmers In Mississippi County and the acreage purchased by them from the Federal Government follow: Dyess Cooperative Association, 26 "cr-s; Whilton Baptist Church. .5; T- A Owen, Jr.. 2.2: C. L. Demon, i«, W. J. Demon. -I.B: Ray r,. Mm- son 7. E. o Wood Jack Bl.ckard, .5; C. A. Miller. .5: W. L. Williams, .5; Frank N. Kinney, .5; wanin Thomas. A; E. J. Evilis. 1.5- Lerme L. Cox i; Carl E Cozwt. .4: tobcrt R Holland. .5; Jc.^ie B hinith, .5; Thurman Mancss, 38.S: oysi, School District 56. 3.8: Del- otrt K. Miller, ,5; Church of Christ N.5; Ronald R Peck. .5: J T Butler .5; Franklin HUH..I.S; Dyess Central Baptist Church. 1.7: Frank 8. 9 ean - Jr., .5; a. F. Hollingsworlh. .5; Dyess Health Association, 2.7; Assembly of God Church. 1.3; Vernon H. Humphries, .5; James Cox, .5 J. B. McCann, .5; Hush Bean, .*; E»rl w Wilson, .7; Dyess Co-Op. store Association, 1.4; Hotter J. Johnson,,4. Secretary Sawyer said he did not been appointed Mississippi County Ed" A^ZSl™ X'™ * ^" Cl """ n * n °' the Oru "" te '° r PrCe toda,. A meeting with copper -In- dom mmemeal whlch , s belng or fiantzed throughout the unitei Stales. The movement, started Labor Da: ihd will continue until Oct. 16. Its purpose is to get all Amcricai re-affirm their faith-, in the .... „.,.,,., nti.ii t-UJLIJJCf III" dustry leaders will be held tomorrow to discuss divisions of scarce supplies or that vital metal. Harrison said as he and Sawyer walked into the steel meeting. This was the first move in-a mobilization against Communist ..„„.„., i, En , 1Ial iximmunist ."> re-aiiinn their faith-, in thci £.m S i 10n ""^l 1 Mr ' Tr " man sa'td freedoms, and to" again personal!' S±*!^ '£ M ^y' .H»V.>.«»Y #>**>•• them^- to? u ,dee,^ be' y years and will require sacrifices of every American. ; ', A series of orders Ls expected -to follow. But actual "allocations"- - thai, is, assignment of steel and other materials to' particular users —may not begin for weeks. .And ci- Jilian good's— aulos. television sets Ireczcr.-i and others— may not be affected ror months. Action Slated for Week Immediately ahead, perhaps within tills week, are: 1. Issuance of a scarcity list, by Mr. Truman, naming materials in short supply, steel, copper, rubber and aluminum will be on it. 2. An inventory control, or anti- hoarding. order by NPA. This Kill make it illegal for business firms or others to amass supplies of the scarce goods beyond a normal working level. .1. A priority regulation, to compel mines and factories to put defense orders ahead of all other;. Spending to Bt Douhlrd 111 his Saturday night radio and television speech, and in executive orders, the President announced ''a mobilization program involving eight federal agencies. He salb de- Icnse -spending will be doubled— to MO,OOO.MX>,0<W a y ear-by next June. He demanded much higher luxes. He created an "Economic Stabili- sation Agency" (ESA) to hold down inflation. at the top of the mo ' . . Svmington, chairman of the National Security Resources Board Symington will coordinate the ef forts of nil the agcncie.'i and! policy disputes. Mr. Truman gave to the Com merce Department the power .of al , 'his Power Secretary Sawyer list Ihe National Production Authority and the appointment of Harrison to head it. There was no official word on who will head the Economic Staulli- z-ition Agency. New York Stocks Closing Quotations: AT&T .,., Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Beth Steel Chrysler ..,.'. Coca Cola Gen Electric Gen Motors Montgomery Ward N Y Central Int Harvester J C Pennev Republic Steel Radio Socony Vacuum""!"." Sludebaker- Standard of N J Texas Corp Sears U S Buiel Southern Pacific ', 154 363 1-8 34 5-3 40 1-2 68 3-4 123 46 1-8 90 56 I r 4 14 5-8 30 5-8 62 5-8 37 5-8 16 1-2 22 5-8 30 5-8 83 72 47 5-S 37 1-2 «0 5-8 lief in American .way of life Red Koreans Expected To Begin New Offense TOKYO, Sept. 11. (AP) — Allied mid Red big jrims and infantry slugged a i each other in bitter, close-range fighting today seven miles north of A fresh Hc.i Korean offensive was expected there at anv Itour. Allied avlilleiy and war- Be fore .the six-weeks'period Is up it Is believed that some 8,000.000 Americans.; including 80.000 Arkan sans, will sign a .Declaration d Freedom scroll signifying their be lief in the fundamental Ideals 01 freedom. Nearly 2.COO such scrolls will be circulated in Arkansas. Signers May Contribute • Each signature may be backed up with la voluntary contribution to Radio Free Europe, the American people's broadcasting station In Western Germany which daily pierces the Iron Curtain and answers Communist propaganda. Success of 'the Crusade will mean that more radio stations will be operated to stamp out the Communist propaganda machine. Each state and county in the United States has a chairman who carries out the functions ol the organization in his particular area. Judge Green has the Job of seeing that scrolls reach the schools, civic and religious organizations and citizens of Mississippi County. The program will get under way as soon as the scrolls arrive. Judge Green said this morning. '•!<.! .y mill VI HI - plnncs Inn-led showers of steel nt Red troops and artillery pieces throughout Monday. A U. s. Eighth Army spokesman said the American Imrmgo knocked out a great many" Red big B>ms Considerable action Is expected in this area again tonight," .. first cavalry division spokesman said. About 40,000 Communist troops were massed for attack against the Aliled northwest wall, East, of this sector allied South Korean forces fi round ahead In an allack which has secured the defcn- Tac8tt Y °" BCll0n ' C " SlCI '" Bnlcw «y K" Elements or the South Kon fc-lghth Division drove s ix miles north or the vital Yongchon-Kv- ongju highway at one point In the northeast sector. At the high tide or last week's breakthrough, Rci Korean artillery fire closed this road. On , third critical area, Allied a rcraft mangled a Communist re giment of a.oiw men In the Nalo long River bulge west of Chaiign- Red Atlack Repulsed The u. S. Second Division re pulsed a sharp Red attack In tin bulge. Slashing Allied fighter plane; caught the North, Koreans in tin. open -i!5-l.h=.v. reeled-back from the doughboys' blows. This setback, added to previoi Red losses, left the battlefie' strewn with communist dead nntl 1,500 to 3,000 wounded, recor nalssance pilots reported. Farter south, the U. S. 2. r .th Dlvl : fion beat off several light attack The 25th continued the day :.. quiet In comparison with the heavy blows of last week. Allied pilots reported some stgi or a Red Korean withdrawal 1 tins area west of Masan. The pilots said two Red battalions were moving northward toward Uiryong. nut ground observers could not substa See KOREA on I'a K e 5 Drunk Driving Costly for Four One person was fined, three others forfeited cnsh bonds and hear• - - Ing for a fifth was continued in °?™™*? S -- W ;u !'- lrt Munic 'P>» Court this morning on •— • Korean Units Islands All-Out UN OUentiy* Forecast by R/iee in Yitit to Front Line* SOUTH KOREAN NAVY HEADQUARTERS Sept Korea,, nllu . il!es >M[| nava , un|u ^ ^^ ^ ^ or them bjr commando strike, since the R<ld . u^ t(w ^ :oast and port of the southern shorelln.. All these Islands, a spokesman told the Associated Press today, »re still held by south Korean forces. They will contribute to the re- occupatton when the United Nations offensive begins, he said. Many of them serve as means of harassing Ihe enemy. In the Haeju Bay area of the west coast. Ihe occupation of Taeyonpyong was strategically planned to cut Red supply lines by sea and threaten seaborne shipments through the port of Haeju to the Red Korean capital, Pyongyang. The same purpose as advanced by occupation of Tokchok, Tongluing, Soijnk and Taebu Islands in the Induing nren, farther south. Recent reports confirm total abandonment of Inchon as a Red supply port Soijak and seven other small Islands In that area were taken wllhout opposition. Strategic islands likewise have been taken In the Kunsan area, belcw Incliong. Anmyuil and three smaller islands north of Kunsan were occupied, Marines also landed on Wi. SOUTH KOREAN FORCES ON THE EASTERN FRONT. Sept.. II. (^-President, Syngman Rhee of the Republic of Korea, said today the United Nations are "almost ready (a strike an all-out offensive." The 75-year-old President vii- H.'d South Korean troops at th« front. He talked with correspondents and, after his plane took off. they were informed he wished w add something to his jlate- ment. This message was dropped: "The situation has entirely changed. ... "For the first time In history the force of the Soviet- trained and Soviet-directed Com- tmmlsls lias already been crushed and the United Nations forces n\af almost ready to start an all-««i offensive." z^\ ~ r Out-Patient Polio Center Hek Moves into New Headquarters The Mississippi County Out-Patlent Polio Center moved into Ik, new home on the Court House lawn today. Voters Have 18 Days to Pay 7950 Poll Tax Mississippi County voters have but 18 days In which to purchase inso poll tax, William Berryman, sheriff and ex-oflico tax collector, sold this morning. The deadline tor the purchasing' of poll tax this year Is Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 1, Sheriff Flerry- man said, because Oct. 1 falls on Sunday. Poll [axes for 185(1 must be paid before persons are eligible to vote In the Nov. 7 general election. Yolande Betbeze as Miss America '51 Plans to Enjoy Bathing Suit Reign charges of driving while under the| Influence of liquor, j Hearing tot John Chew of Biy-1 theville was continued Wednesday with bond set at S150. He was arrested yesterday afternoon when the car he was driving was involved in • .•me ucnarimcni. tnc power .or al- car he was driving was involved in locating most materials, and under an accident with one driven by Mrs. this nowcr Sprrpiarv Kau'i'.>r t-ici O. S I>^U(cnn nt m,,it.n, r iit n . O. S. Roltlson of Blylhevlllc on niehl announced the creation of North Highway 61 near the Arkansas-Missouri fitate Line. forfeiting bonds were Ernie Smith and Frank Grigsby, 445.25 each, and Eugene Mays, {46.75. L. W. Hurt was fined $25 and costs on his plea of guilty to the charge. J. L. LaFcrncy, Dennis Atkins and Kenneth Long each forfeited $10 bonds on charges of speeding. ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.. Sept. 11. (/Pi—What's next for smiling, brunette Yolande Betbeze or Mobile. Ala., the girl who reigns in Ijalh- Ing-siill. crown and cape as Miss America 1051? First she's Just going to enjoy being Miss America. "I'm leaving my Immediate future In the hands of the Miss America pageant." she said. That -could mean a yenr of stage, modeling, and television con- Arkansas Beauties Place in Miss, Mrs. America Contests By The Associated I'rrss Arkansas' beauty queens did all *i[;ht for themselves over the weekciid, ' although they didn't win top honors. M'ss Arkansas. Mary Ixjis Jennings of Hot Springs, placed lorrl, • in tne Miss America beauty nigeanl at Atlantic City, N.J. She won a $2,000 scholarship. Mrs. Arkansas. Mrs. Emmn Fi antes Holt of Hope, won a houscclcanlnK trophy in the Mrs. America contest at Ashurv Park N.J. The title went to a blonde hazel-eyed mother of two, Mrs Hetty Eileen McAllister, who came to beaiily-and-homemaking contest as Mrs. Johnstown, Pa. iracts totaling about $50.000, And after that? Miss Bctbcze (she pronounces it bet-hero) minis a career In mmical comedy or opera, and the $5,000 scholarship that comes with the Miss America title may further it. A husband? Not yet. "I haven't had much time for going out." savs the beauty queen, who has been studying voice and dancing tor six years, in addition to language courses given at. night by the Unl- virslty of Alabama extension school. She says there Is no special boy friend, and that she doesn't plan In irarry for several years. The 5-foot. 5!i Inch southern belle who beat 53 competitors to the >>cauty-and-lalent title Saturday neither drinks nor smokes. And "I've never been kissed by Governor lilg Jim Folsom." the 21- >ear-ol<I winner told Interviewers, despite the fact that she Is the first \.lss Alabama tn become Miss America and has been n receptionist in political campaigns In Mobile. riiere arc no more at home like the poised Miss Betbczc. whose 119 t.ounds include a 35-Inch bust, a 34-Inch waist, and SSti-inch hips.. She In an only child, and lives with her widowed mother, Mrs. Ethcle Meyer Betbeze. Shf has dropped her southern accent Ix Improve her stage diction. See BEAUTY on r»Re 5 + Trealment of children lelt crippled by allacks of poliomyelitis started In the Center's new home adjoining the County Health Unit by Mrs. Annabel irili, county health nurse who Is pinch-hitting for : M|j« Mary Craig, physical therapist In charge of the center who Is on vacation. ., : Tile Center's new home WBJI constructed from an old Army barrackj building as'a Kiwanij Club project at an estimated cost of $3,000. The barracks building was donated to the Klwanis Club by the City at Blytheville and the plot on which the Center's new home Is located, wa« donated by the county. The Kiwanis Qlub spearheaded a drive for funds to finance the remodeling of the barracks building. The new polio center contain* five rooms, four for treatment and a large waiting room. Equipment from th« center's old home, which w:us located at Walker Park, !« being used In the new home. Construction of the new builciinsr is complete except tor the installation of electrical and plumbing fin- lures. Arkansas Income Drop Forecast LITTLE ROCK, Sept. 11. W)— Governor McMolh's state economy program Is under way, and—according to Revenue Commissioner Dean R. Morley—It's probably a a good thing. Gubernatorial Assistant Ed WiW Hams says more than 3SO,»«mio» were removed from the atat* p«y- ' roll last week in line with Mo»l»th'» order that expenses be 'enC And, Williams added, still more th<ii that «'!!! lia dismissed thl.yweclc. Simultaneously, Morley reported tlial if general revenues continue to decline at the present rate, the slate's Income will be short more than an estimated $2,500.000. New York Cotton Open Hiah Low Clo-,e t 4126 41M 4033 1005 c 4138 4141 4090 4097 'f. ; 4142 4145 WJl 4007 y 4112 4114 406fi (070 'y 4068 4070 4015 4018 Atlantic 'Big Three Ready for War Games II. </?V—The Atlantic "Big Three" powers put nearly 100,000 troops Into field here today to test their skill at repelling r mock Invasion from Ihe cast. High ranking military observers from all the Atlantic Pact nations Including Gen. Mark SV. Clark, commander of U. S. field forces, were on hand to s« how the U. S., British and French western troops would acquit themselves In the week-long maneuvers. The test will Involve tanks, planes and simulated pirairoop drops behind the front A U. S. Cavalry Regiment Is representing r. mythical enemy force of some six divl- slotu, ttrikirij into Western Oerm- any from the Hussion zone and Czechoslovakia. Officials said the maneuver was planned last winter "long before the Korean fighting began." They described It as routine. FitncM Report Due Gen. Clark told reporters he has been directed to report on the combat fitness of American troops when he returns to Washington. He said additional u. S. troops, appiovcd Saturday by President Truman, probably will begin arriving In western Germany soon. Some Washington sources have estimated that as many as five or 10 divisions will be sent to Europe Simulating the «clual comparative iroop strength of the Western powers and RussU» in Germany, Ihe Allies are outnumbered more than two to one by the "invading" torce. Manning the ground defenses during the mock Invasion are the crack U. S. First Infantry Division and the U. S. Constabulary's First and Second Hrlgadcs. They are being Joined by France's Seventh Algerian Regiment 'and Britain's First Royal Dragoons. Navy Furnishes Patrol One American infantry regiment from Trieste and another from Austria also are taxing part In the mantuvcrs. The U. S. Navy is furnishing river patrols. BrMain and France each are sending a fighter plane squadron to support the all-Jet 36th Fighter Wins and lh« 61st Troop Carrier \Ving of the American Air I' *. U.S. Army headquarters d£3il>,jrtf to reveal the exact number of troops Involved in the exercise, but one officer estimated that it would be close to 100,000. On Sept. 24, the British begin large scale maneuvers in Germany. U. s. Belgian and Danish troops will take part In the British maneuvers. Ccn. Thomas T. Handy, com- mandcr-ln-chief of all U. S. forcei In Europe, is director of the current maneuvers. From Ihe mock warfare here, CSen. Clark will go to Austria and Trieste to inspect American troops there, then to England to discus* training methods with British military leaders.

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