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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NOMTHXA »T AMCANKMI AMD »OOT«XA*r MiaMOCW VOL. XLVI—NO. 161 Blythevllle D«ily New» Mlailulppl Valley UwUr Blyth«vill« Courier Blylb«vill« Herald BIA'THKVILLB, ARKANSAS, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1950 KOURTEKN PAGES 8INGLK COPIES flYB CENT* SEOUL LIBERATED AS FIGHTING CONTINUES 10 Killed in British Goal Mine Trap as HopelsAbandoned CRESWELL, England, Sept. 26. (AT)—A raging underground fire trapped nnd killed al least 80 men today at the Creswell Coal Mine. Caught behind a wall of flame from burning rubber and timber roof supports, lliey were choked to death by gas and fumes. • 4 Another 120 men crept U> safety on their hands and knees, An official death lisl issued Oils afternoon contained 80 names. Earlier, estimates of the toll had ranged from 83 to 90. Smoke and Intense heat drove back rescuers and hope for the trapped men was: abandoned at 1 p.m. '? a.m. EST), when the fire had been burning for nine hours. The decision to give up rescue attempts nnd seal off the burning section of the mine was announced by Sir Hubert Houldsworlh. chairman of the East Midlands Division of the National coal Board. 80 Men Mlssinf He said a check showed that 80 men were missing. More thnn half of the approximately 200 men working in (he mine when the fire dared escaped, Soybean Festival To Begin Tonight Annual Portageville Event to Continue • Through Saturday Jffhe third annual National Soy- WMn Festival sponsored by the Portageville, Mo., Junior Chamber of - Commerce, gets underway tonight in Ponageville. The festival will run through Saturday. Opening the festival tonight wll' Queen. The Junior queen will be selected Irom girls between the ages of three and six with a total of 60 girU entered in the competition. Miss Carolyn Corlew of Sikeston, Mo.. 1949 National Soybean .Queen, »-lll reign over the activities during th« first three day* and nights mi- til her successor Ls'selected Friday night. The 1950 queen will be selected from » list of entrants from all •ections of Southeast Missouri and Norlhea.it Arkansas. Miss Virginia Paye Easley Is Bly- thevtlle'-i contestant for the honor. The Queen's float parade, one of the highlights of the festival, will be held Thursday night' -with, approximately 15 decorated floats .participating/ •:, Approximately *2,OQO In savings bonds will bet awarded to wimijrs of. tjf^rnuf ntnts during jfii feitttd §%\p- 1«M nnlinnal.'umllBmA mitS* »!«. *WSe . «500 SP^jar* Early School Voting Light; 35 G\> to Polls Fires Rage in Smoke-Filled City of Horror, AP Newsman Says in Eyewitness Account »» DON WWntHEAD SROUr/, Sept. 26. (AP)—Thin U « flaming, sm,>k«-filled ciky of" horror today. Great fires are raying and a black dome of smoke hangs in the sky as * fearsome signal ol di'slruclion. Street by street Ihe Marines are u>4 nekmurt at Ih* diy" and lib- • » • ncnring the heart of the city behind crated It "In nuch a manner u lo Yanks Set Red Trap in S. Korea KOKEANS WEI.COMi: MAKINGS' ON SEOUL ROAD—Natives wove greetings to U. S. Marines aboard an amphibious vehicle carrying United Nations banner as thoy lolled toward Seoul alter crossing tlie Han River. Gen. MncArtliur today reported that the South Korean capital city had been liberated after Communists had held it [or three months. <AP Wire-photo). flame-throwing tanks, heavy artillery and air bomtanlmcnl and the rnttle of machinegims and rifles. Seoul is not being spared. 11 Is a fight to the death, with the Reds defending from houses, ridges and rooftops iti a desperate stand. (This dispatch was sent from Seoul at 6 p.m.. Tuesday, 4 a.m., KST. General MacArlhur In Tokyo announced at 2:10 p.m. Tue*- ilay thul United Naflons (nrc« had completed "the envelopment rubber fumes to reach the main shaft, A long moan went up from waiting wives add children of the trapped men when the decision was announced. Virtually the whole community of 6,000 persons had been clustered around the pit head sine* early mo rning. The flames broke out soon after midnight In a conveyor belt-, The mine has an elaborate network of more than 15 miles of such belts— one of them 1.932 yards long—to curry coal Irom the coal (ace lo the main shaft-, Fire Intense, Air Foul About 90 men. were in the part of the mine affected by the fire, Sir Hubert said, adding, that the fire there was "Intense and the,air Very foul, U. S. Scrutinizes World Trends in Agriculture By OVII> A. MARTIN WASHINGTON. Sept. 26. (^'j—The International situation Is outside the scope of the Agriculture Department, but no other agency of the government Is keeping a closer tab on world developments'. The reason: the department soon must draw up a \951 farm production program that will fit next year's prospective demands. iHiiriir in recent . %J%*rt k%d :»<»*«-..Sirs I mr** Aitombe-irfaY /tM> *dfys~ before [they were rescued after a cave-In Sept. g near New Cumnock, Scotland. Food requirements would be one : thing under peace, but quite another under war. The depart men I has the responsibility of guessing right when It sets up a program. 11 Is too late to change, until another year rolls around, once plans have been' made and crops have been sown. , If it guesses wrong one way, it may tint! ttseH confronted with big surpluses requiring heavy government .price support outlays; If it guesses wrong the other way, prices will Jump and-there may be real shortages;-.^ ^ Some Time Left Fortunately the department has a little -time in th'e case* .of most crops, because the planting season ts six to eight months away. Nevertheless, the department Is Blytheville Youth Lost for 30 Hours in Woods Is Found Safe Voting Va,s exceptionally light' this mprninj in the annual school election unqer way 'here. By noon t<xi»y, only 35 voters had cast ballots at the city's Tour polling places. Of these, nine were cast In Ward One at the City Kail polling place, 11 in Ward Two at Phillips Motor Co,, five in Ward Three at Fire Station No. Two, and 10 In Ward Four at the Lost Boy Courts on West Highway IS./ Polls were scheduled to remain open until 6:30 p.m. Weyno Farmer Killed As Truck Hits Tractor POCAHONTAS, Ark,, 'Sept. 26. —A truck plowed into a tractor parked at a mail box along a high-1 way near here yesterday killing n, 1 10-yervT-otd farmer, The victim was Autin Fielder of nearby Reno. Ark. Randolph County Sheriff Carl Brown said Fielder was riding the tractor when a tnick driven by Jeff Woods, 46 t Nettleton. Ark., crashed into the machine. Fielder was knocked lo the ground and the truck overturned, crushing him. Woods was not hurt. Fielder's son Car). 12, was driving the tractor but escaped serious injuries. Weather forecast: Considerable this aiternoon, tonight Charlie Stalctip, of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. (Chnrtlc) Stnlcup of Blytheville. is back home today suffering no ill efects from his 30-hour harrowing experience in a dense Tennessee woods urea yesterday. Charlie, who was the object o( a widespread search through approximately 20,000 acres of woodlands on the Tennessee side of the Mississippi Rix'er yesterday, was found shortly after noon yesterday, tired and hungry but unharmed after spending a day *md a half and a night in the woods. Charlie became lost while squirrel hunting in the woods with Edward Dyer, nlso of Blythevllle. The two entered the woods around G R. m. Sunday, separated, and agreed to meet flt the spot where I they had docked their boat at II ajn. Mr .Dyer returned lo the boat two hours before, the designated hour but young Stnlcup failed to sho\v up. Dyer began (he search. combing the woods all Sunday afternoon before returning to Btythe.- ville lor help. Blythevtlle men returned to the woods yesterday to laky up the search ai\d lour airplanes from the Blythevtlle Municipal Airport joined them. They hunted all morning. Shortly before noon Charlie's tracks were found near a lake in the woods. He was trailed for cighl miles before he was found walking down a lane. Young Stalcup told hts recuers that he became lost when he tried to get back to the rendezvous point and spent hours trying lo find the right trail. After darkness ht stumbled on to an abandoned shuck and spent the night there, resuming his 17-year-old son trek yesterday morning. His bag for the 30-hour hunt— a good appetite but nn squirrels. Swedish Paper Says Baltic Sea Defense Pushec uder heavy pressure tvom farmers announce 1951 plans now. •umers want to get what materials iey'11 need, do the amount of fal lowing thai would be called foi nd the like. The department already has an lovvnced the 1951 wheat program. I nils for T2,500.000 acres compare! with about 69,000,000 this year. .The department must announce by Oct. 15 whether it will rnnlinue rigid production »nr) marketing controls on cotton. It IK being assumed that the marketing COR trols will hr. dropped because of i his . year's very small crop and th« possibility that limits,»;»! have to tre placerl on rxports to assure lliix ronntrv* of its needs. No Decision on Acreage But no decision has yet bee niuie on whether acrenge timitr ,lons will be maintained for col .on. The department Is under heavy iresaure from many growers—particularly in the area west of the Mississippi where cotton production has spurted In recent years—to drop planting allotments. Others are proposing a 1951 cotton allotment of 27.000.000 acres — a boost of about S,500,000 over this year. The only cropR for which rigid production controls are likely to be maintained next year are tobacco ami peanuts. 9-Year-Olds to Be Drafted before 7957, Hershey Soys WASHINGTON, Sept. 2(1. M';—Maj. Gen. Innis B. Hershey says he believes President Truman's goal of 3,000,000 men hi the armed services can bo reached without drafting men over 25 years old. The Selective Service director expressed this view in a copy-righted Interview tu. S. News nnd World Report) In which he also: 1. Snld the manpower pool of 1,400,000 classified a* 1-A "ought to give us 500,000 before next June 1." 3, Predicted that draft boards will be calling on 19-yem-olds before the end ol this year. 3. Forecast that the program to re-arm America "will last a generation." CIO Steel Union Seeks HigherPayfromALCOA PITTSBURGH, Sept. 26. Wi—The powerful OIO United Steelworkers talked wages with the world's biggest aluminum 'maVer today as Ihe union' braced ilseU lor an^ all-out light lor more money /and. •Increased benefiU from the steel industry. . . ,.', ' : Arkansas Press Official Dies STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 26 ft —A Swedish newspaper says Rus sia Is hurrying construction of an enormous Baltic coastal ricfens line Including a triangle of forti fied islands designed ns a noitheri "Gibraltar," An article In Hie new.spaer Stock hoims-Tidningcn retried t h n Moscow is forging its 'Baltic Wall" all the way from porkkfila. the Soviet-held base in Finland, to Ku- egcn island in the Southern Baltic lea. The article was signed with the j Russian name ot "dipt. A. Svcrtl- J ov, lr believed to be the pen-Maine >f a person the paper regards as n cliable informant, A series of ba.se.s for guided missiles on the Lslntui ol Ocjscl. outside the Bay of Riaa, mav he part of the bristling Baltic defenses the article said. THREATENING • nd Wednesday with scattered sho»trs. A IiUle warmer tonight. Missouri for«a'sl: Partly c!o«dy through Wednesday; with mattered light showers south portion of slate; a little warmer; low tonight 111 50's, high Wednesday upper Id's. Minimum this morning—60. Maximum yesterday—76. Sunset today—5:52. Sunrise tomorrow—5:51. Precipitation 2< hours to 1 a.m. today—none. ToUl since Jan. 1—52.86, Mean temperatxire (midway between high and low—68. Normal mean temperature for September—73.2. This T»l« |j»i Ye*r Minimum this morning—47. Minimum yesterday—SO. PrecipiUlkm J»n. 1 to this d»te New York Stocks 1:20 p.m. quotations: AT&T Amer Tobacco Anaconda Copper Belh Steel Chrysler Coca Cola .. Gen Electric Oen Motors Montgomery Ward 627-8 N Y Central 16 1-2 Int Harvester 303-4 150 1-8 62 1-4 ,15 .1-8 42 1-2 72 126 I- 47 1-4 95 3-8 LITTLE HOCK. Sept. 26. (/p, L. J. (Bill) Miner, secretary-manager of the Arkansas Press Association, died in n LitUe nock hospitnl today. He was SO. Miner had been granted a leave of absence from his post last Jan. 1 because of ill health. However, he continued lo transact duties of his office until hospilnllzcd last month. A native of Edinburg. Ind., Miner beRan his caretr as a reporter on a FranV-.Un. Intl.. vit^spflpcr. He later moved to Oklahoma. Soybeans Nov Jnn Mar Mav Hiah 2M'. 230'% 239'.= 241 TXVA- Close •m',-, 240 Arkansas Safety Group Asked To Endorse 5-Point Program The Aluminum. Company ol America bf\s offered its 45,000 workers a 10 per cent wage Increase. The USW 'represents 20.000 of tho.se employes. The union has not indicated whether It wtll accept, the oposnL Alcoa said tlie offer will not deler any ot the nme unions with which it has contro.cts from demanding further Increnses nt contract reopening time—Nov. |. For tiiat reason the USW may accept the offer ns a clown payment on a nevi r wage demand. A spokPimnn for the AFX, aluminum workers already has Indicated this will be the policy of hbs union. "Kvcrr Worker In Union" On another front, the huge CfO Steel Union started a campaign to make every worker tn the basic steel industry join—or give up hts Jab. The USW asked the National Labor Relation. 1 ; Board to hold union shop elections among 80.000 worker* iii n pliinls of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel corporation in four states. During World War II, the .steel \nUus\ry ^ri the union bega arrangement called maintenance of membership whereby union sin las Is frozen except, for .stated Intervals bctwen contracts. Thai system still is in effect.. In the fabricating industry, where basic stcrl i.s converted into finished products, the USW has won about 200 union shop elections. More petitions requesting union lop elections in basic steel com- anies other than Carnegie-Illinois re on the way. union otticials said. Murray Sets G»3l By th« fust of the ycar.slce^work- rs President Philip Murray wants union shop throughout the entire idufltry. Tnfit's his union's goal. But victory in the Nt>RB elections won't end the USWs flRhl. Such t victory only gives thr. union n go- ahead to negotiate with the company ou n union &hap. In unolher inove to win an early pay boost for 1U members, the US\V called mi 1,400 steel companies W talk wages on Oct. a—although the present contract provides for ix> reopening until Nov. 1. cause Ihe least po«^lhl« damage olvll lni(allallo»5." ) AL 4 p.ni, tlie Marines had pushed up Mapo Street nlmo5t to the French consulate only a Khort way fro*n the American embassy and they had captured the Sco\u railway station and yards. On their right flunk Seventh Infantry Division unlU were cleaning up Namsan Hill, the big South Moitidln Pflik heights that dominate all of Seoul. No Kqual In Two Win. Nob in two wars have i .seen anything to equal the battle for Sloul. This lighting throiiKh streets Is eerie and utu'enl, with flames leaping from buildings and licking o\tl at the Marines ns they dash down the debrls-Mlted streets and past buildings crnshliiK to the street a Her tha fires have guttec them. At dusk the sky was aglow will the fires of Seoul—a great ret) flare that sllhohictfeft the dark rnoun Lams for miles around. It Is a bon fire of all the bitterness und hiiU of war coucentrnted on one clly. The Reds chose to defend Seoul And 'he Americans nre not sparlni any building* where the Reds ha< established defenses, Seoul Is bein .scarred *nd battered terribly—bu the Allied high command Is no sacrificing lives to save the face of Seoul. ', Sfranfc ThinRM Happen And strange things happen In the battered streets. Such n* the Marine racing down a street Into battle with, two live ducXs strapped to hSs pKfks and quacking madly. . . B«ch a» th« Red platoon that marched out of the flumes and smoke squarely Into nuiZKlqA of American' gjins. . . . Tills was a brief and wild slaughter of the Communists. And such us the Red attack before dawn-which came Just as the Marines were preparing to attack. The Marines. could not have or- 25th Division Races Northwest of Chinjy • In Cleanup Drive —BUl.r.ETIN— SKOUt,, Sept. 26. (M— An Army »lK*eunan tonight M ld u. s. troop, Miilh of Seoul had mad* contact wllh First Cavalry Tanki •pmtlnr up from the old southeast beachhead. 3 C Penney ... Republic Steel ... Radio . ... Socony Vacuum SludebaVer Standard ot N 0 Texas Corp Sears U S Steel . .'.'•,. Southern Pacific 63 1-2 3ft 3-4 IS 74 32 5-8 «4 7-8 74 3-4 49 3-4 38 3-4 61 1-4 LITTLE ROCK. Sept. 26. MY—| The Arkansas Safety Conference was to vote today on six resolutions recommended by, its committee on law and ordinances. The committee presented the recommendations at the closing business session of the two-day conference. The conference was asked to: 1. Endorse Governor McMath's five point program for highway safety. 2. Recommend that proposed leg' islatlve acts be drafted before Nov. 15. 5. Approve the stock law act to be voted on In the November ele lion. Aulrt Inspfclion Proposed 4. Recommend Inspection of nil motor vehicles along with the proposed new driver license law. 5. Recommend that the act slat- Ing the required signaling devices lor heavy vehicles be clarified. 6. Extend nn appreciation vote to commercial truck drivers for being courteous and efficient drivers. Five essentials for »n effective afety program were pointed out by Tom A. Burke of the National Sales' Council. Chicago. He said leader; hip, administration, program, voluntary committees and finance W'ere musts to conduct a successful campaign for safety. McMaih's 5'1'nlnl Plan Governor McMath's suggested ive point plan to bring the state i better safety program: I) A study of the state's need for safely legislation In advance of the 1951 legislative session; A more effective patrol of the state's highways by -increasing numerical strength of the state police; 3) Establishment and operation of a drivers license division In th State Police Department; 4 Enactment of clear authorlt for the Highway Department t control access of the state's rights of-ways and to control commercf buildings adjacent to the highways 5) Legislative definilatlon of sc llvlttt of the Arkansas Safet Council and appropriation ol lund 'or Its operation. 22 Missing As Plane Falls Near Japan TOKYO. Sept/ 26. Wj—A Korea- bound c-51 transport plane plunged int-o the sea with 51 persons locl.iy. Twenty-eight were rescued, 22 are missing and one body re covered. Tlie big plane crashed on a takeoff from a southern Japan atrbase about a half-mile from the end of the runway. General McArthur'fi hpadmmrlers said it carried 43 pa3- seiiKcrs aw( n crew nf elRht. The circumstances were birnilnr lo tEic crash of an R-5-D—Ihe Navy (lcslf;nntion for the C-54— on a takeoff from Kwajoletn island a week nso. Twenty-six Navy personnel, also bound for Korea, perished—one of the Navy's worst air disasters in the Pacific. Details of today's cra.sh were meaner. Twenty-five passengers and three crew members got into life rafts and were picked up by Japanese fishing boat. 1 ;. A nurse was simmiK the survivors. A. S. Harrison Named Government Appeal tor Draft Board State Non-Agri Jobs Increase LITTLE ROCK,. Sept. 26. M"|— Non-agricultural employment last. nonth was at the highest level it! has bctn since 1918. Administrator Homer M. Adklns of Ihe Arkanias Employr.ient Security Division reported '*oday -1.400 non-farm workers were added to payrolls during August. Total non-agricultural employment last month was 291,100, an Increase of 3.400 over the number of workers drawing salaries during August, 1949. Arlhur S <Todd> Harri.wn, deputy prosecuting attorney for North Mlssisslpol County, has been appointed government, appeal agent lor the Mississippi County Draft Board, Miss Rosa Sallba. board clerk, said I h i s morning. Mr. Harrison will handle all aprieat cases for the board. Miss Saliba said. dered an attack by the enemy fit a better time. American guns blasted four Red tanks, destroyed an aiitf- l-nnk Kim, and routed thr. Fieri Infantry In it Ihree-hour battle. Tn that fight Irefore dawn U.S artillery poured 1,098 rounds ol explosives Into the Fled positions — one of the most concentrated artillery barrages In this war. And the Marines lines held fast. LI. Col. Robert W. Rlckert of La .lolia, Calif., said: "By Ihe grace of God and a lon« hr,:;:5Vcu afiOuii we were ready Tor them." At 9 a.m. the Marine* attacked They moved up Mann Street pas the Seoul prison and toward Liu heart or Seoul. Along Ihe battered street civilian: poured out of their homes to walcl the Marines even though bullet zipped overhead and occasionally Red shells whistled ^above them. •>±fTicade« Are Thick Every lev hundred feet were thld eailhern barricades across the slrce —thrown up by the Kcds in the pas few days for their defense of Scou One South Korean said the Red forced American prisoners of wa to help build the barricades. But could never confirm this story, Up ahead a few blocks, a. m.i chinegim chattered and rifles crack cd. Then the tanks moved up, Perth ing tanks with 88-mm. guns an some with flame-throwing nowlc JettiriK from their turrets. T» tanks were equipped with 'do?,ers t crn.sh thrni'Kri the street barricade and open paths /or the tool so! dlers. The Marines moved between Ih burning buildings like wraiths. The were f?rcy and tired This was the twelfth straight, day of combat wit littlfi rest. We took cover hchlnd a barricat in sharp sniper fire. Hif?h veloc shells whipped overhead vicious! There was an explosion A slab metal ripped through the air. lieutenant n few feel away grabbi h 1 s WT is t. Th e blood s pu r ted be iwcen his lingers. Oorp*man RlniU Wound Quickly a corpsman bound t wuund. The lieutenant climbed in See SKOUL on Page 5 Bj STAN SWINTON CIIINJU FRONT, Korea, Sept. M. U.S. 25lh Division column raced more than 30 miles northwest of recaptured Chlnju from dawn la dusk today In * drive to Imp lh« fieds In Korea's southwest comer. VronUtne officers predicted th« tanks nnd motorized Infantry might reach the west const of Korea around Ktinsan within 48 hours. . Kunsan Is about 110 air miles northwest of Unman, the 25th Division's klckoff point In the United Natlorn fenslve 11 days ago. Another armored column raced miles west of Chlnju, which In miles west, o( Haman. It overran nny small bands of retreating eds. The 2fith Division has been «s- ;ned the mission of mopping up 1 Southwest Korea. Once the west- >ast port of Kunsan Is : reached, .1 of this section of Korea below • nrnllel 36 will "be 'pinched olf by .N. force's. ;•••• • . . . . i. .,. ' Reft Stragglers Overrun The column swinging, northwest oward Kunsan Is commanded by t. Col. W. G. Dolvln of Greens- .>ro. On. It Is called "Task Pores Xilphln," n variation of the com- innder's name. The force overran cores of Red stragglers. A fighter-bomber ranging abov« e column blasted a Communist ruck loaded with dynamite Just »a Corean ncd engineers prepared to low up » bridge 111 front of the nsk force. Tlie truck blew up In a trcmen- okls explosion. Bodies were thrown uore than 100 feet. flji/asscil llnlU Cleaned Oul Behind the two armored columns,' white anil Negro infantrymen of !ic 25th Division arc cleaning up lypassed Hed units. One regiment aplurcd Uiryong, 12 miles northwest of Harnan, nnd wiped out A Communist rearguard unit. In Chinjii, American troops re- >ortcd finding evidence that tha Reds are killing American prisoners of war before retreating. In- antrymcn mopping up In the ruined city said they found bodies of 2 Americans who had been ma- chinegunncd. Three were still alive. Survivors said the group was shot down two days ago as their Red captors prepared to flee northward. Army officials would not let cor- rcspoi dents talk to survivors. Community Chest Board To Hold Meeting Tonight Tlie Community Chest Hoard of Directors will meet tonight at 7:30 at City Hall. L. G. Nash, chairman of the board, announced this morning. The group will review the activities of the different agencies during the past year and discuss the. establishing ot a budget for the 195051 year. N. 0. Cotton Open High Low 1:21} Oct 4080 41M 4C67 • 4082 Dec 4078 4087 4C60 4067 Mnr ,. 4015 4087 4053 406.1 May 4043 4W.1 4030 4031 July 3973 3930 3956 3962 New York Cotton Open High lav 1:20 p.m Quotatlns Oct. „ . 4075 4099 40«5 4090 Dec .... 4081 4073 4045 4C5J M»r .... 4056 40€5 4042 4048 M»J ... 4021 4033 4013 W16 July ... 39« 39M 3»43 J950 Moon's Eclipse Lacks Glamor of 1952 B.C. By ARTHUR I,. F.DSO.V Wj»..1HINGTON, Sept. 26. i,l>,— The eclipse of the moon too): place last nttfht as advertised. «ncl not one astronomer was shot. This shows (despite the outcries nf some cynics) how far mankind has advanced since the -year 1951 B.C. That's the ye»r of the first eclipse ever recorded. "The sun and the moon did not meet harmoniously," was the WAJT the ancient Chinese reporter put It. Accordh-ijT to Ifgend, the hereditary astronomers. Hsl and Ho, wee supposed to stir up » rackrt —to keep the monsttr from rt>- vourlni the sun. Instead, lhea< unfortunates look on another kind nf moonshine, and were dead dnink when the great moment came. Result: execution. According to the experts, last night's eclipse began at 8:20 p m. (EST) ind lasted until 2:13 am. In some parts of the nation- Detroit and Milwaukee for example—the sltlM were fine and clear »nd onlookers had a perlcct vie*. In other part?, however, great jmokt layers blown from Corest (ires \tv Canada blacked oul tht sky. TV »h»w n«p« tn New York, a television show ef the event wu a (lop. At Blue- field. W, Va.. a woman who had- r.'l been able to see through the smoke screen called a newspaper office to ask If the eclipse had been postponed. Bvit as I said, niost of our astronomers came through last night's eclipse unscathed. And so did the citizens. There was a time, though, when eclipses were considered dreadful porUnU, as you can learn by visiting the Library of Congress, >s I did. Homer, the Bible and early Greek and Roman writers all refer to eclipses. Usually a sense of dread overhangs the telling of th« Set MOON* on F»«* I

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