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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLVIII— NO. 186 Blythevlll* Courier Blythevllle Dally Hen Mississippi VaUey Leader Blythevllle Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Air Bate Report— No Answer Yet on Land ^Swap-Out' But Monthly Payroll Listed At $600,000 With still no answer on the swap-out deal regarding Blytheville's air base, Chamber of Commerce Manager Worth Holder and Mayor Dan Blortgej,t were off again yesterday. ' , .This time their destination was Little Rock where they conferred with Army engineers They hart just returned from 18th •Air Force Headquarters in' South . Carolina where they had an interesting, but rattier uneventful, session with CoL Harold K. Roberts. director of installations for the 18th. Colonel Roberts couJd ; give . no answer regarding trading 200 acres Jnbw In Air force possession at the base here for another 190 needed at the north end. Mr. Holder and Mayor Blddgett ^hope to have some ansuers on this '..proposition when they return from Little Rock today. The base payroll will amount to 'about $GOO,OCO per month, the Bly. theville men found out from Colonel Roberts. Here's a report as submitted by Mr. Holder on the quiz-program conference he and Mayor Blodgett had with Colonel Roberts and Maj or J. E.- Cohklin; Q. What number of housing units will be needed by the Air Force upon aclivalion-of Ihe Bl> theville field? A. According to the best estimate! available, the Air Force needs and should be aproxlmately 564 rental units for airmen, "enlisted men.' and 210 un!(s for officers ami their families, making a total of 774 rental units.for military personnel This f iff lire'Is estimated, lo be accurate with: a plus or minus-of 1C per cent in addition there would be a housing need for approximately 300 civilians who would be employed but some of these would'be secured from the local labor market if possible, Q. Why is the area needwT at the north side of the Held. Why 4^ this particular area'' , * * n Fir*,t of all the architect engineer dra\\s up a plin for a satifi*^u. too field usmg^to the ^ssfy possi ble degree the existing fieic 1 ficill- ties, and what expansion plans, are made for the efficiency of the op enhon of the field but without re gard to other facilities. : The mailer runways are set for mixiifmra .wind •uca^e ind irost fields *~nre coming to the one master runway, su'ch as is planned here. After the field has -been designed they again decide the additional land and other require- Q. Why is i he master runway •b'Inj located In a north-south direction? A. The main consideration is the maximum Usage of this runway and by laying, out a wind rose for the vflcld it was found that this particular runway could be used 94.2 per cent of .the time. At a later time, See AIR BASE on Page 13 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1952 TWENTY PAGES SINGLE copies Cotton Problem To Be Studied Congressmen Meet In Memphis Friday MEMPHIS Iff) '— A congressional • subcommittee meets here tomorrow to study a problem which cotton :mcn says is 'costing farmers about ,$25 a bale. Cotton men. contend good harvest weather plus an early crop has.prji' duccd a "rush-to-market" situation which has swamped dealers and cut the price of cotton nearly 5 cents . a pound. , ' The hearing by the House Agriculture Committee group was called to study means of developing a '•more orderly" program of putting the cotton up for sale. PEMISCOT COUNTY FfRE — A pall of smobe rising from burning underbrush in Pemiscot Coun'y, Mo., about five miles north and west fronrGosnell V- * * State's Forest Fire Situation 'ALifilrBefter' Fighters are 'Holding Own;' Thousands of Acres Still Burning Bj Thp Associated Press The states forest fire situation 'looks a. little better",asst. State Forester "Hanger Jim" Martin said last night, but thousands of acres of timberland continued to feed .the angry flames. Martin said the wind hart slackened nnd firefighters were beginnin' ing to hold their own in the round- the-clock battle to stem the inferno In South Arkansas.- .'.'••• But' fires. nenr Conway, DeValls Bluff and in North Arkansas began to attract the attention of the State Forestry Division. Curtis Coffman, Region 2 forester at Conway, said 20,000 acres of timber south of that city were burning. At DeValls Bluff, Deputy Sheriff Buster Clawson said yesterday that a fire was burning In the 17,000 acre Land Utilization Project between DeValls Bluff nnd Des Arc blotted out. the sun yesterday afternoon until it was visible only as a dull red ball. (Courier News Photo) Weather I Arkansas ToracMt. •— Pair and warmer this afternoon and tonight Friday fair and mild. Highest this afternoon In the 60's, lowest tonight in the Ws. , 'Missouri Forecast — Pair tonight, becoming partly cloudy north portion Friday; warmer southeast portion; low tonight generally In the 40s; high Friday in the 70s; winds this afternoon southwesterly 25-35 miles per hour. Minimum this morning—34. Maximum yesterday—60. I Sunset today—5:09. Sunrise. tomorrow—6:19. Precipitation 24 hours to T a.m. —nine. '-, . Total precipitation since Januarv 1—36.73. . Mean temperature (midway between high and low)—47. Normal mean temperature for October—«3.4. This Ttate Lut Tew Minimum this morning—49. Maximum yestcrday^-59. Precipitation January !• to date— SAM. . . -, this Still Critical at Stephens The situation at Stephens'; described by Martin as the worse spot in the thousands of acres of timberland ablaze in southern Arkansas, was still "very critical." Other danger areas are at Buena Vista, 12 miles southwest of Camden, and the southern part of Howard and Hempslead Counties. Martin said airplanes and Rangers directing firefighters from the ground have been slowed by a heavy layer of smoke. Tuesday, Martin said, was the worst day since the fires started. He said that 1800 fires have burned over- 65.000 acres of valued tlmberland during October causing an estimated half million dollars damage. He said 5.904 fires have been reported for the year with 155,840 acres burned. S In North Arkans« In North Arkansas eight fires burning 285 acres were reported yesterday. Twenty-nine fires were extinguished In South Arkansas yesterday while 38 more continued to burn over an estimated 8,00<4 to 10,000 acres of young virgin llm bcr. ifcanwhlle, Hugh Hackler chair man of the State Game and Pish Commission said the group will meet In Little Rock Friday to discuss "emergency hunting regula hazard problems." Paper Backs Stevenson LANCASTER, Pa. W— The Lan . ,:—• • "'^ ^a«- icrt LO nave me C C ^,^5 K ^L J< £™1 •«*•?. s*ool. on Monday. endorsed Gov. Adlai Stevenson in Pinpoint Hill in Rugged Battle Infantrymen Flash Cold Steel in Bloody Hand-to-Hand Fight By STAN CARTER SEOUL to-Allied Infantry won back Pinpoint Hill with clubbed rifles and cold steel today Earlier 2,000 Chinese Reds, bursting out of the mouth of a long, uphill tunnel, had gained control of the vital Central Korean Front peak. Thousands of rounds of artillery fire from both sides churned tho rocky summit inlo sand during the savage fighting n tid was continuing without letup. An Eighth Army staff officer said it probably wqiild rate as the most intense shelling " f the war. The Allied troops were dug In 50 yards down the slope from the summit of Pinpoint, taking cover from the; bait of shells which blistered the crest. They drove (he Chinese off lhat highest peak of Sniper Ridge at mid-afternoon under Red artillery nnd mortar shelling described by the officer as "very deadly." Inlo Assault Forces Then they split into three assault forces and tried to smash the Chinese all -the way hack to the Yoke, a maze of caves' and tunnels guard- Ing the northern end of 1%-milo long Sniper RIdgc. " But - Intense Communist shelling and small arms fire turned back the assault forces. . The Eighth Army said Its troops had Inflicted 5,189 casualties on the Herts In the week ended Tuesday, bringing the total for, the first four weeks of October to 32.885. .That made October the heaviest month of the year ant|^ (he. biggest since 'ast November. Earlier today, the Chinese burst iut of a long tunnel which 'opened near the summit of Pinpoint and forced the Allied defenders off the peak. They struck without warning in their first major daylight assault of the furious, seesaw,battle. The shell-proof tunnel 'protected tli Reds from Allied artillery sharpshooters. Mia! Praises Businessmen; ike Quotes Van Fleet Letter Genera/ Says T ROK forces mman Says in Good shape Stevenson Will Fight for Peace' FOREST F1UE VICTIM — A flattened tin roof was all that remained yesterday afternoon of a small house after it was razed by fires that dotted wooded area In Pemlscot County, Mo., near the state line; The house was decupled by Luke Prest6n, who was working in a cotton field when it burned. (Courier News Photo) * * : ' : • * : * • • * :'.'• * Fires Damage Wooded Areas ih S. E. Missouri Fires continued to eat through wooded areas in'Southeast Missouri late yesterday, burning out underbrush, killing trees and destroying a number of buildings. '..,;' The Southeast Missouri fires dif-, There was no accurate way to fer from the blazes sweeping check the number of acres burn- through pine forests In Southern ing. Several small houses and Arkansas. While, there was little buildings were reported destroyed burning of the trees themselves, • •- •many were being killed by the underbrush fires that destroyed leaves and damaged tree trunks at the base. • There was little wind yesterday, and the flames ate their way slowly through thickets and underbrush in a number of areas north of the state line about five or sis miles from Gosnell. Rural Schools' Re-Opening Set Split-Term Classes To Resume Monday Blytlievllle School District's schools on a split term will call their students back to classes Monday. / "This applies to both white and Negro schools," Superintendent W. B. Nicholson pointed out in making the announcement. "If, In any instance, children are o--—j **«.inti B i^jjum- still needed in the cotton fields, the lions in connection with the fire school will take these particular *• J -"" problems in account. . "HoTEver, we would like to ask the cooperation of ali parents and cotton growers In making every effort to have the children back In . "It U necessary for a student to „„ -Aif*,i i .i— ~ -«-•-..ou.i .11 iv M necessary tor a student to an editorial timed to coincide with get a certain number of RchtoVdays Stevenson's, •Khiatle-stop visit to in each year in order to art''credit .for t h!i work," Mr, Nicholson atAtsd. by the ' fires. One such house, a small tin- roofed affair, was occupied by Luke Preston. Neighbors said Mr. Preston was at work in a cotton field when fils house burned. In at least one area visited by Courier News reporters, no apparent effort was being made to extinguish the fires. A woman residing in a snull house almost In the heart of one of the burning areas seemed unconcerned about the fires. • Br.KKLMN MOKIN NEW YORK (AP) — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower cnra- pnigned today with A letter from the commander o£ the Eighth Army in Korea in an attempt to back up his argument that South Koreans are potentially capable of repining the American ; divisions now fighting there. He said the letter, dated Oct. 10. came from Lt. Gen. James A. Van Fleet and reported the South Korean Army was In "apple pie order." What Van Fleet wrote, Elsen- hower said in a television-radio appearance last night, ties ih with his own reason for wanting to go to Korea, If he Is e.lecled president. He said: .'•'•.•:• "I want to study on the spot Ihe conditions we will find- there. ... One cJ the things I want to find out is how much the Republic of Korea can contribute to Its own battle requirements." • Van Fleet's letter praised the fighting finalities .of (he South Koreans. He said one division, the ninth, had destroyed four regiments of ihn 38lh Chinese Army, "one of the best." The Eighth^Army commander ' " they will ^ 'led, "I am confiden ontinue to hold and de- Apartment Here Gutied by Blaze Second UmVHtf ' By Smoke and ' Water Damage One unit of an apartment ; hous< ot 404 South First burned las' night and a second unit, was dam aged by smoke and water. Tlic apartment, occupied by Qer aid Hancock, was almost completely gutted, said Fire chief Roy Head The Hancock's were not at hom< when the fire started and their furnishings were lost. The adjoining apartment, occupied by L. C. Marlowe, was damaged by smoke nnd water but was not burned as the Fire Department brought the blaze under control before It spread. Marlowe was able to remove most of his possession before they'were damaged ; Chief Head said the blaze started In a divan ;in the living room of Hancock's apartment, probably from a burning cigaret. The property is owned by Tom A. Little. Chief Head said today he wished to warn people again of the danger of grass fires. Current dry and windy weather, ne salt], makes even potential hazard to both lite and the smallest uncontrolled, blaze a property. He emphasized again that the Fire Department would co-operate as much as possible In burning off vacant lots If residents would call In and leave the address. He particularly urged that Industrial areas, storage and bulk plants where highly Inflammable material is kept, be careful about fires and that they burn safety strips around the area as a precautionary measure. - stroy the remaining reserve of tlmt army ' Elsenhower's headquarters said Van Fleet's letter was written to Mnj. Gen. Orlando C. Mood In Washington and was released to Eisenhower by Mrs. Van Fleet who ot a copy from her husljancl. Van Fleet Has No Comment In Seoul. Korea, Vnn Fleet refused to comment on tetter. He was asked by a newsn ,.n whether he recalled writing the letter nnd whether he had given Eisenhower permission to quote from It The "'letter reported that Van Fle'et.had received "very little en couragement and never an ap proval lor his o«n effovls to tram new Soujlh i-orean divisions Describing his efforts jb the South Korean arri" wrote ' f I have done this on my ____ responsibilitj with very little en rouriigemoilt and never an op- proVal for any Increases I am con fident that approval will be grantee post-haste Cor an Increased ccillnp in the ROK (Republic of Korea! Armv. "You know that I have felt al the time that we should- be preparing strenuously all , during .the past year for what may eventually be required, and that my plans Including doubling the size of the ROK Army— 20 divisions instead o See EISENHOWER on Pafe 13 '53 C/?rys/ers Are Placed on Display Here The 1953 Chrysler went on display in Blythevllle todfiy at T. J Scay Motor Co., 121 East Main. Featuring n redesigned bod} styling and new Interiors, the new Chryslers also Introduce a 12-vol electrical system designed to nice higher needs imposed by tncrcaset use of electrically-operated ncces series. The new Chryslers will be offers in six models with a tolnl of 21 body styles in )5 solid colors am seven two-tone combinations. Op hol.stery materials will be avallabi in 35 different fabric.! and leather Onc-piccs windshields also ai being introduced In the new model and the gas filler pipe has been relocated below the left hand coi ncr of the deck lid. Optional at extra cost will I, chrome-plated wire wheels, powe steering and torque converter rtri Power brakes will be offered „ all eight-cylinder and long-wheel base six-cylinder models. — Hopes for an Early End of Prison Riot Rise By LARRY KRAMP CHESTER, III. LB—Acting nil- nols Gov. Sherwood Dlxon expressed strong hope today that 322 muntlnous but hungry convicts would end their rebellion, now In Its fourth day, nt Menard Stale Prison and release their seven hostages without harm. \ Optimism among stale and prison authorities grew swiftly last night as hunger began to show its effect on the rebels. - The haggard inmates have been without food since seizing the east cell block of this Southern Illinois prison late Monday. Their hostages—a prison lieutenant and six guards—have been without food since noon Monday. Three Hostages Freed Three hostages already have been freed. That move came yes lerday when 38 psychiatric Inmates surrendered and gave up the hostages unharmed on Dixon's promise to hear their grievances. After that break in tension, Dlxon told the remaining convict holdouts: "As soon a.s you restore order and release the seven guards I will sit down with you and hear every grievance." Late last night two prison chaplains entered the cell block at'the Inmates' request. When they returned from the darkened building they came, with word that the seven hostages were apparently in good health. They also carried a list of 12 demands drafted by the prisoners. Prison officials would not reveal nil of the demands, but at a news conference attended by wives of the Imprisoned guards, Dijton said "They ask increased medical ser vice and a better food supply. A . . they all want to g of course out. Sees Quick End He added that he was conflden the hostages would be release unharmed and the trouble cnde perhaps sometime today. In Chicago yesterday a membi of the legislative committee whlc Invesllgatcd a September riot a the prison said the group had bee told ot "drunkenness" and "dlr food" at the Institution. Stale Sen. Peter J. Miller, se rclnry of the committee, said "partial report disclosed shockln conditions of Immorality, drunk ennoss, Inadequate and dirty foo that contained flies and cock roaches." President Warns Michigan Crowd of Republican Victory By ERNEST B. VACCARO ABOARD TRUMAN TRAIN W/— 'resident Truman, cnn-ylng his ightlng campaign Into Michigan, oelny declared that if the country ollows Republican' advice "we'll fcakcn our defenses" and permit tommunlsm to "take over." He told'a tralnslde audience at t'luskegon, first stop of his day- ong swing through the state, that Adlai Stevenson if elected will con- inu'p "fighting for a lasting peace." Mr. Truman wns Introduced by Sen. Blnlr Moody (D-Mlch) after a irlef tnlk'by <3av. G. Mention \vil- iams. The President called for the lection of both ot them. Mr. Truman's move into.rjMichl- an'.followed a two-speech ip'vaston )f Chicago where he poured ridicule m OOP nominee Dwight D. Eben- lower for his easj solution for everything." In a. plain reference to {-Eisenhower, he told an overflow dinner liowd ot the AH Cook County Pollllcal Education him an cai splitting 'Oague for vlilch gave 'Velcomc "No general order is going lo illmlnate our problems. No super- nan is going to solve our difficul- ies for us. And anybody who poses mil talks like a superman Is Just l plain fraud. ' The President scheduled whlstle- rtop talks at Muskegon. Grand Zapids, Lansing, Trowbridge, Flint, ontiao and :HamtramckV Mich. ;n route, to Detroit /or a major speech at 10:30 p.m.. EST. in the State . Pair Grounds Collsuem at Detroit. As In a number of oilier: Mld- vcstern -states, the President was .old that the Democrats are fac See Gov. Stevenson Pledges End to Business War Bf DON WHITEHEAD /' EN KOUTS WITH STEVENSON IN PENNSYLVANIA (AP) — Gov. Adlai Stev- onson pledged today if elected President he would strive to end the "noisy and unnecessary" war between government and business, f The Democratic presidential nominee, In (he second day of a whistle-stop tour through the farm, mining ami industrial areas of important Pennsylvania, told a cheer- Ing crowd at Reading there was no basis to claims that businessmen are reactionaries; "' .' AssertinK.that the nation's businessmen are too often neglected during political campaigns, Stevenson said flatly in this Democratic stronghold — the city went nearly two-to-oiie for. President Truman' in 1948— that "America cannot survive without prosperous business." . He denied there was any of "the creeping, .crawling socialism that shows up In Republican oratory." Police Lt. Warren H. Prince estimated (he Iralnslde crowd at 3^ 000 In Reading as Sle\ enson him ed fiom his attacks on Gen Dwight D B Isenhower to pralst. business Ho said there had ' been a de- Itbernte effort io mike some bust nessmen look upon the Democratic administration \ Hli something les- than loyc " But he added the Democrats had done more business in the last 20 years than had been done in any similar period. A hrind nev, \VIVP of optimism swept'through the'Stcverisoh camp us he ' poured It on ' the Republl cans. Again he struck at the "peddlers of smkc oil ' as he has referred to the Republican party. And then went on to say that government and business'must iearn to live in harmony without anjthmg btlng done to set class against class Earlier at Pottstown, Pa , his first stop today where Police Chief Laughhead estimated 3000 people . ishmsky UN Peace Commission By OSGOOD CARUTHEKS UNITED NATIONS N Y (AP) — Busiiab Andrei Y Vlshlnsky astcd UIB United Nitians Assembly last night to form an International comrrvilon to seek peace In Korea and unification of that *ar-torn country. American .sources at the 0. N.H generally viewed the proposal as the same old Soviet stuff. On the commission proposed by. Vtshinskyi would be "the parties directly concerned and other stales, Including states not participating In tho war In Korea." VIshlnksy's speech made no mention of Just which countries he would Include In these categories, but his 'resolution would open the door for the Soviet Onion to become directly Involved. The hew Soviet proposal came at the end of a fiery 1 speech in which Vlshlnsky, for three hours and 39 minutes, lashed back at Ihe American stand outlined last Friday by U. S. Secretary ot Stale Dean Acheson. - ; Sclwyn Lloyd of Great Britain wns scheduled as tho first Western big power spokesman scheduled to reply to Vlshlnsky in the Assembly's Political Committee today. But Acheson commented last night to reporters that the Soviet foreign minister said "nothing we have not heard a thousand times before, at Panmunjom and here." Another U.S. spokesman added that turning the Korean armistice problem over to the commission proposed by Vlshlnsky "would mean starting the negotiations all over again." Scorned Resolution Vishlnsky scorned the resolution Acheson Introduced asking the General Assembly to approve the U. N. Command's stand against forcibly repatriating prisoners of war and to urge Communist acceptance of a truce on those terms. He endorsed as the "only way See U. X. on Page II Christmas Seal Sale to Start November 17 Ralph Wilson of bsceola, countj chairman ; of the 1952 Christmas Seal drive to provide funds for fighting tuberculosis, , said today the campaign will get, under way Nov. 17. In Blytheyilie, a phase of the drive .Involving persona! solicitation of merchants will begin Nov. 10. Two meetings of seal sale drive chairmen In the county have been scheduled for next week, Mr. Wilson announced. Chairmen in Bouth Mississippi will meet Wednesday at Wilson Tavern in Wilson and chairmen In the north half of the county will meet next'Thursday at the Tuberculosis Association office In Blythevllle. Guest speakers provided by the Toaslmostcrs Club of BlytheviHe are scheduled to appear before civic clubs In Ihe county on behalf of the seal sale drive. 'Maiden Voter' Age Date Is April 10, J95J Persons who have become 21 years of age since April 10, 1951, may vote in the Nov. 4 general election without having a poll tax receipt, Jesse Taylor, chairman cf the Mississippi County Board of Election commissioners, said yesterday. • .. • In a digest of voting procedure compiled by the board and published in Tuesday's edition of the Courier News, this date appeared as April 10, 1952, Instead of 1951 due to a typing error, Mr. Taylor Said. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Btcs pliy Wilson here tonight. Paps at Jackson. . . Sports .. . . r.ijc 10 . .'. . . . ,lmcndment >To. 13 defined . . . Vage 6 . . . . . . California's' J2 electoral votes a question mark . . . Page . . . Society . . . pjje 4 ... L/TTLE LIZ— VV^en the tinv? comes for ttw meeK to inherit foe eoiihthe toxes will be so high they won't wont iJ.,

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