The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 12, 1950 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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THUT«DAY, OCTOBER 12, 1950 HAL •OYLTS COLUMN 'Heroes OfiCeme in Odd Packages/ Yank Says Of South Korean Benefactor in Red Escape •» BAL BOTH KOREA, Oct. 11. <AP)—Th« tall r»un* American had been • day« whtnd enemy lines after hi« aquad had been destroyed \in a machine- tun saibuth at Kochanj. ^ 'or two day« and nights he had hiking acrosi the mountain! ng to reach Taegu. ' "I wa* hopelessly lc*t," laid Lt. Joseph Hicks.of Cobdeh, 111,, "and <ny strength was about gone," He met two South Korean peasant* and by gestures let them know he was starving. He had eaten nothing but a bowl of rice and two ! rice balls in nine days. The two men led him into a small home. A third man entered the room and th« first two disappeared. Hicks never saw them again. But the third nun saved his life. He wasnt an Impressive looking figure—slender and mild of face. But heroes come in strange packages, ror tlie' next 60 days the young South kjrean risked hls'own life, the Jives of his family and the ; life of his village to .hide the. lost lieutenant from red Ircops. And all his own life Hicks will '. wonder why. he did it. , "He had nothing to gain by it," said the lieutenant. "He was well to do. He had six children. He knew that if the enemy• found- that:he was hiding an American they' would kill him and his family and burn . down the'village as an object les. son. And it would have been the easiest thing in the world''.for him to have turned me in quietly. No one'would have known." • ' An OtMcnre Patriot Or this obscure pa triot—his name ^ can't'yet be; disclosed-^-could, have "given Hicks some'rice and sent htm • on' to make-a foolish break for safety 'through North : r-jcore*n lines roasted along the Naktong' River. Instead he told him by sign language It was 'impossible . to get through.. ' '•, "He hid me in a hole near the ;'ancient Temple' of ; Heinsa," said ^ 'Hi'cks.."The 'next day he explained I couldn't .stay thert:' It was 'too dangerous.' ': '-' v "The Reds, figuring the Ameri>'; can* i wouldn't bomb the temple, ''.Were keeping four to six hundred 3 'troopi'there every night, then mov- 'inc them on toward tk» front the neirt day." .'. .• '';•'.' '.. "- ,'. ' So'hi*-new Jriend'toot Hicks .„ miie«' into th« hills and .helped him _ 'camouflage . a hideaway -under a rock .'Although he had been hired by ' r 'the Beds aa a civilian detective to , ;' guard the Heinsa ; Temple,. the '' South. Korean • managed once' a week to bring rice'to the lieutenant and tell him how the war was gc- -, ing. '-'- .-'••..-.. ' "Safe aJ Night" "I was safe at night," said Hicks, •4"but I had to.keep a,sharp lookout "lor Red .patrols durin g the .day.". He, stayed there more than a month. Then on a dark and.'rainy day lite friend came and explained by signs the Reds' were searching the 'area : for American stragglers. "Bang-bang," he said using .'.' the standard South Korean description of the enemy'.'He helped Hicks find a new hideout three, miles higher in the mountains. "I had no blankets and.. It was too risky to bui!d a fire at night to , keep warm,",Hicks said? ... "I cooked the rice he brought me during the day over a charcoal fire. That'was safe enough' because the charcoal did not smoke." : On Sept. SS—Hicks then had been behind the enemy lines since July 29—his benefactor came and . said ; the Americans had made a great 1 break-through.' But he warned it r. was still unsafe for Hicks .to : try to escape through the chaotic Red Mines. '. . "So I gave him a note to take to the nearest .American outfit," said . Kicks. "I gave my position and asked them to send a patrol there as soon as they could. I put one of -^my dogtags in the note to identify Winyself." ' ' South Korean Returned Eight days later the South Ko^ rean returned after an AO-mlle round trip on foot. He had delivered the note but curie" back" with bad news." ' "The Americans were afraid itj was a trick by the Reds to lure' them into another ambush," recalled Hicks. . But by then the crumbling enemj' line had almost disintegrated. The young South . Korean disguised Kicks as a peasant. Arid on. Oct. 4 he led the Jleutenant for several miles along a road cluttered with dlsoraginzed, fleeing Red soldiers •* Into the American lilies. Now Hicks would like to, do something to repay the loyalty of his benefactor. But he it strangely helpless. "I can't offer him money because he Is well off already," said the lieutenant. "I guess I will never be able to understand why he did what he did for me. All I can do the rest of my life Is be grateful to him. And It makes me feel a little funny to realize we will probably never even see each other again." _ LINES 69 DAYS—Lt. Joseph Ellwrt Hicks (above), 25- year-old platoon leader from Cobden, 111., has returned safely after spending 69 incredible clays .behind Red lines In Korea. With no weapon but his courage, Lt. Hicks endured every hardship rather than surrender. tAP Wife- photo). Negro W«» Child Clinic HeW at Health Unit Dr. Myron D. Nichols of Little Rock, pedlatric consultant with the State Health Department, assisted Dr. J. E. Beasley with the Well Child's Conference which wu conducted yesterday at the County Health Unit, This conference, for Negroes, was sponsored by the women's organization of the 'First Christian Church. Mrs. Annabel Fill, county health nurse, announced that the Immunization clinic scheduled to be conducted tomorrow morning at Dell had been postponed because cotton picking will prevent many school children from attending. The clinic will be re-scheduled later. However, a similar clinic scheduled for Burdette Friday morning will be held, Mrs. Pill stated. U.S. Steel Okays Pay Negotiations '-PITTSBURGH, 'Oct: ']2; OP) — United ••.States ; Steel" .Corporation. producer;.of one-third 'of America's steel,' agreed yesterday to open.wage negotiations wlllu the' CIO United Steelworkers Monday, ; oct' 16 ' to Pjt'tsKufgnT"' •..."'.''' : ' ' ,' r '-':•:•;' 'V. w ,??e .talks already are underway between the million-member -.union andlabout '35 .big 'and, small companies.. But those'.sessioris'- are not expected, to settle, any issues until after ;|'big. steel" and the union reaph; some 'agreement. ..,"'•• TAXI DRIVER NOW TURNS Smoother Bro*. Beer! T^T~~~^ Ml / -xii^ cab driver ,. How tkat I'n lurned liom »U the m Ijghl It's De-BitterLzed! , Seems ae though everyIxxly's Food Prices Jumped Before Korean WOT " WASHINGTON,.Oct. IS. (*)—The government reported yesterday a jpot check thows that retail food prices went up another 1.4 per cent June 15, Just before the Korean War suited. Prices for 1» of the M main foods Included in a special survey by the' Bureau of Labor Statistic* were' hither on Ort, a than on 8«Pt. !».. •: ,- ' ; .::':•' • . bicre&Ms wen recorded for milk, «t»i, butter, coffee," round itesk, veal cutlets, buoo and j*r«ral fresh fnilU and vef*t«bles. These more then off«et drops in prices for pork chop*, NCW aad *im» Irah m- -., a new, .... - -._ method that removes, naturally, a!! trace of the harsh, bitter substances present in al) beer during fermentation. And Griesedieck Bros.'Beer is brewed from the finest grain, hops pure yeast and water — nothing else—.aheolutely no sujjar.artiticial ingredients or substitutes added.' FASTEST-CROWING FAVORITE! - ^'/J? Vt)ur3 «lf a good turn, tonight! Step up and enjoy a golden glass of Griesedieck Bros. I remium Light l,ager Beer. Remember, it's St. Louis' fastest-growing f»Yorit«I The earth has passed through the taJJ of a comet numerous times, passing through that of Haley's comet on May 18, 1910. (AKK.V COURIER NEWS KENTUCKY'S FAVORITE STRAIGHT BOURBON tt.ni TIMES DISmiEtY COMPANY. lOUISVlUE 1. KENTUCKY . THIS WHISKY 15 4 HARS CHO 16 PDOO* Why should your customers pay for telephone expansion? We don't must use your money for new .Davis.That money come from investors. A GRMTEft ARKANSAS NKDS THt GKCATH ARKANSAS TElCPHONf HtOGKAM Question: But you jay you can't go ahead with the $38 million Greater Arkansas Telephone Program unless youget higher rates. Answer: That's true, Mrs. Davis. We need two kinds of dollars . . . one to make our business GO ... the other to make it GROW. You supply the GO dollars—which pay wages, taxes, interest and all the day-to-day costs of giving you good telephone service. But the GROW dollars must come from investors— .hundreds of thousands of people who are willing to put their savings in telephone securities. Their dollars pay for the new or enlarged buildings, more telephone lines, more switchboards and all the equipment it takes to improve and expand your service. Question: Then why do you need higher rates? Answer: Present earnings are too low—less than 2 cents on the dollar. And before we can get investors to put more of their savings into the business, they want some assurance that the GO dollars paid by customers will cover expenses—plus a fair "rent" on the GROW dollars they contribute. SOUTHWESTERN BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

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