The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 5, 1950 · Page 15
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 15

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER (5, 1950 •BI.YTHEVrtLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS Red Retreat Trail North Strewn with Bodies of 25,000 Murdered Persons By KELMAN MORIN TOKYO, Oct. 5. W—The Red retreat trail back to North Korea Is strewn with burled and unburled bodies :of an officially estimated J2/M) murdered men, women and fpildren In South Korea. '- Where they could, the Reds cov- «re<l the evidence of horrible brutalities with earthen, entrenchments.. In haste of retreat, they left many bodies In exposed mounds M'sonie places. Some of the victims were Atner- Jcan soldiers taken prisoner by the Communist. »rmy but the total Is not known. American officers said the over•11 25,000 figure Is only a minimum estimate ... the tragic total may rim much higher. South Koreans said most of the the victims were bludgeoned, speared, burned or hacked with hatchets for opposing communism. Graves Turn up Everywhere Mass graves, large and small, are being turned up In city, town, village and Immlet along the bloody retreat route. Many graves have not yet been opened by American officers probing the mass murders. U. S. olticen fear that "several hundred" Americans whom the Reds took into North Korea may be massacred before the onrushlng United Nations forces can read them. Partial figures complied lo dalf from official sources showed the following murder toll: Seoul area Sepl. 16.-Sept. 25' 10.0CO and possibly more. Taejon, Sept'. 21: between S.OOC and 6.000, Including some Amerl cans. Wonju, Oct. 1: between 1,000 an 2,000, Including some Americans. Chlnju, Sept. 22: twelve Amerlcr soldiers. Yosu, Sept. 27: 200. Chongju, no date, 2.400. Suchon, Sept. 29: 280. Yangpyong, SepL. 23 to Sepl. 29: 100. N'okpo, Sept. 28: 500. These are the large seal slaughters already known. How .many more will be uncovered as the Inquiry proceeds can only be estimated, officers said. But If the gruesome ratio holds elsewhere they expect to rind "450 to 500 In every fair size town." Truman Wouldn't Take John L. Lewis Even for Dog Catcher DENVER. Oct. 5. W)—"I wouldn't appoint John L. Lewis dog catcher," President Truman wrote Colorado State Senator Neal Bishop a year and a half ago. ^ Bishop disclosed yesterday the Dean Memorial Is Considered FORT MEADE. Md.. Oct. $. tlF>— A.Memorial for MaJ. Gen. William P.. Dean, missing in Korea, will be the top item of business Saturday at the second annual reunion of the United States Armed Forces In Korea Association. The association I* composed of soldiers and civilians who occupied Korea .between World War II and the Korean war. Coming here for the reunion will be Dr. John M. Ch,»rig. Korean ambassador to the United States. He Is the speaker for the banquet. ' Stampede Filmed BILLINGS. Mont. (!?)— A buffalo stampede, awesome but familiar sight to Indians and pioneers of another' day, his been caught for the movies. Jeeps, aided by Indians on horseback, recently stampeded the Crow Indian tribe's herd for » scene in £» motion picture "War path," PPalingr with the life of Gen. George Glister. President's reply to his joking suggestion that the United Hflne Workers chief be appointed ambassador to Russia. Bishop said he didn't make the letter public in May, 1949, when he received it because of a threatened coal strike. ' He wrote that Lewis would make a good ambassador because he "has a more formidable appearance than Stalin; roars 'no' louder than Gromyko; hurls more" choice Invectives and quotations from classics in his oratory than Vlshinsky; out-iiegn- tlates Molotov at. the conference table—as any mine operator will testify—and Lewis would be in Moscow." Mr. Truman replied that he 'already had appointed a "good man" to the post, but appreciated the "good humor" of the suggestion. "For your Information. I wouldn't appoint John L. Lewis dog catcher" the President added. 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