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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. L—NO. 23 Blytheville Courier Blytheville Daily New» Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS. FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1054 Published Daily Except Sunday SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Vietminh Gets Fresh Troops HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The Vietminh shoved tens of thousands of fresh troops into attack positions around Dien Bien Phu today. The third round of the savage battle for the French Union stronghold appeared to be days or even hours away. Reliable sources said rebel Gen. f>— _ Vo Nguyen Giap had rushed up at least- 40.000 unboodied reguars to bolster his badly battered force in the low hills encircling the fortified plain and along its fringes. With these reinforcements and replacements for the thousands killed by murderous French fire in the past five weeks came 5,000 or more youthful rebels, just out of training camps. It appeared certain here the Vietminh in their next all-out assault j would outnumber the defenders at least 6 or 8 to 1. The Communist-led reinforcements went into forward trenches to relieve units of the four divisions which have spearheaded the hard fighting around the fortress since the first Vitminh push March 13. Veterans Fall Back The veterans fell back a short distance, presumably to rest up for the next anticipated massive charge. Mundt Seeks to Follow Schedule The stoutly defended French fortifications faced more critical moments today as the garrison force tried to drive out Vietminh troop: entrenched on the northern section of the main Dien Bien Phu air strip. The French, lunging at the infiltrated units with bayonets, grenades and machine guns, routed them yesterday from about half the trenches they had dug and blasted with high explosives on the pocked field. But the rebels still clung to dugouts only 2,400 feet from the heart of the French bastion. These split the east-to-west network of defense communications on the north and posed the most serious threat to the fortified plain since the Vit- minh first struck. The foothold on the airstrip was won this week after Vietminh night raiders blasted craters with nitroglycerine. Rebel troops then rushed in and furiously hacked out a system of connecting trenches. Digging; Continues The Vietminh also kept up their steady digging around the outskirts of the Dien Bien Phu plain today, relentlessly pushing their web of trenches and foxholes closer to the French barbed wire barricades. Giap was believed to have roun- ed up his reinforcements by beating the jungles throughout northern Indochina, Apparently he even drew on the regulars who have been fanning out in repeated scattered attacks against the French .and their Vietnamese allies in the vital Red River delta, about 15Q miles to the east. The French gave no information on the numbers of defenders they still have at Dien Bien Phu after the five weeks of pounding. The high command here said only that none of the fortress' six main defense positions had suffered any food or ammunition shortages. All supplies and reinforcements for the garrison of several thousand men must be parachuted in. The remote fortress is completely surrounded by the enemy, and constant artillery bombardment makes its two airstrips unusable, even for removal of wounded. Reports Denied (In Washington yesterday the Defense Department acknowledged that the U. S. carriers Boxer and Essex have been operating in the South China Sea between the Philippines and Iniochina, but there was no indication the car- r.:rs' planes would be thrown into the critical Indochina fight.. Officials said the ships had moved into the area for training a month ago to take advantage of good weather, • (Adm. Arthur W. Radford. chair mzn of the U. S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, in an appearance at a closed session of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reportedly denied reports • the United States was considering sending combat air and naval forces to aid the French.) Shoulders Convicted Of Perjury Jury Declares Ex-Officer Lied About Ransom KANSAS CITY (AP) — A federal court jury has convicted Louis Shoulders, the veteran police officer who broke the Greenlease kidnaping case, of lying about the handling of the ransom -money. A half year ago Shoulders, who spent more than a quarter of a century on the St. Louis police force, was hailed as a hero after he arrested Carl Austin Hall. Hall and his partner, Mrs. Bonnie Brown Heady, were executed for kidnaping and killing 6-year-old Bobby Greenlease. Yesterday the federal jury found Shoulders guilty of lying about his handling of two money-stuffed suitcases found in Hall's room. Shoulders was charged with committing perjury in testimony early this year before a federal grand jury. He maintained the suitcases weren't brought in until more than 15 to 20 minutes after Hall was booked. The government said they were brought into the police station an hour later. Of the $600,000 ransom money paid to Hall by Robert C. Greenlease, wealthy Kansas City automobile dealer, $303,720 still is missing-. The former police lieutenant was ;ranted 15 days in which to file a motion for a new trial. Sentence A-as deferred pending possible fil- ng of the motion. The maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and S2.000 fine. . Shoulders was the second person convicted as the result of a grand ury investigation into the missing j ransom money. Elmer Dolan, patrolman who aided in the arrest of Hall, also was convicted on a perjury charge. Dolan, suspended by the St. Louis police force, has filed a motion for a new trial. While waiting for the verdict, Shoulders remarked: '"If this jury is out more than an hour I'm fried. It wouldn't take them that long to give me an acquittal." When the jury returned its verdict after 2^ hours of deliberation, Shoulders displayed no emotion. "See, I'predicted it right, didn't I," he said. "That's what I thought would happen. What else can I say?" Shoulders resigned in anger from the St. Louis force last year after the police board began an inquiry into Hall's arrest. WASHINGTON (AP> — Sen. Mundt (R-SDj pushed ahead today with scheduled plans for a televised probe of the McCarthy-Army row in the face of demands from the McCarthy camp for another investigation before the public hearings get under way. Mundt, acting chairman of the Senate investigations subcommittee during the inquiry, professed hope the public hearings would start next Thursday as planned despite those demands and reports the Army would be asked to rework its case. Th call for a pre-investigation came from Chairman McCarthy (R-Wls> and Roy M. Cohn, the subcommittee's regular counsel, following the release yesterday of the Army's 29-point "bill of particulars" against the senator and his aides. Seeks Leak Source Cohn telegraphed from New York for *'an immediate investigation" to find out who violated an earlier subcommittee decision not to make public the Army charges until McCarthy's accusations against the Army also had been submitted and could be made public. Cohn made clear he was not referring to Sen. Symington (D-Mo), the subcommittee member who gave out the Army list of charges. Symington said he did so because of previous "piecemeal leaks" to newsmen about the Army document. But in his cal for an investigation of the matter, McCarthy said in Houston. Tex., that he was "very surprised that Symington violated the Senate rule." And he said any Pentagon officials who "leaked" parts of the report earlier should be cited for contempt. * Similar Report The Army report, sent to the subcommittee as a basis for its case in the public inquiry, alleged that McCarthy and his aides "sought by improper means'" and PLAN McCARTHY-ARMY ROW HEARING — Plans for the public hearings next week before the Senate Investigations Subcommittee of the McCarthy-Army row nre discussed in Washington by acting chairman Carl Mundt iR-SD> (right*, and (left to right.) chief counsel Ray Jenkins, assistant counsel Solis Horwitz of Pittsburgh, and Robert Collier, a chief investigator of the American Bar Association. (AP Wirephoto) by "threats" against Army people suit some subcommittee members to win favored treatment of a and staff lawvers. draftee, Pvt. G. David Schine, formerly an unpaid subcommittee investigator. Except for pointing up McCarthy's reported role in the affair, the new bill of particulars was generally similar to the charges contained in the lengthier document made pubic in mid- March. A further barrier to getting the probe under way on schedule came to light today with reports the ne\v Army document itself is "too general" in some of its language to One informed committee source said the group will discuss whether to bounce the document back to the Pentagon for a fast rewrite job. or to demand a supplemental statement to clear up some points. There was also a question as to whether McCarthy's bill of par- ticuars woud be soon forthcoming. Cohn in his telegram threatened to withhold "any further information"' until the matter of "leaks" on the Army document is settled. President Pledges U.S. Won't Abandon Europe Western Pilgrims Fill- Holy City for Easter JERUSALEM, Jordan Section (AP) — Pilgrims from western countries packed every hotel and hostel of Arab Jerusalem today to join in a Jerusalem EasLer devotion no| inhabitants of the Holy City observe. The special devotion is called the way of the cross—a procession following huge wooden crosses from the point of Jesus' trail inside the old walled city along the path he followed to calvary and the tomb. Introduced a few hundred years ago by the Franciscan monks coming from the West, the service is always observed on Good Friday by pilgrims from abroad. Conservative Oriental Christians living here regard the procession as too modern a tradition. 14 Sermons The pilgrims assembled at Pre- torium, where Pilate condemned Christ, with each national group following a cross carried by young men. At 14 stations of the cross along the way a sermon is preached in the language of each group. Most of the procession route passes over medievall streets which have scarcely changed since the days of the Crusaders. In many places the streets are covered with stone-vaulted ceilings and lighted only by small skylights admitting the sun at intervals. Automobiles or other wheeled vehicles have never invaded them. Human porters and overloaded donkeys are the only means of transport in the semi-darkness. Franciscan fathers say the present way of the cross is almost identical with the route Christ followed the first Good Friday, although changes in the city make some detours necessary. Original Objects Remain The streets and buildings have changed and even the city walls have been moved, so that the sites of Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre are now inside the city instead of outside the walls, as in Biblical times. The Franciscans point out, however, that the pilgrims still see some original objects which existed on the day Christ was executed. Among these are the pavement on which he walked into prctorium to be condemned by Pilate, a portion of the rock of Calvary where he was buried. Most other stations of the cross are marked only by plaques on the walls of the convents and churches, on on simple shops where the Arabs of Jerusalem carry on business as usual while the forei-nsrs pray in the streets. Industry Fund Total Hears $95,000 Blytheville's industrial fund stood just short of the $95.000 mark today as Chamber of Commerce reports showed, some $93,485 already in the till. Finance Committee Chairman Russell Phillips expressed satisfaction with the campaign to get $150,000 for an industrial building to house a metal processing and fabricating company. Progress, Mr. Phillips pointed out, has been slow, due to the magnitude of the drive. "There is still much Work to be done, but committee chairmen seem to be working steadily," he stated. It is hoped the drive can be ended within one week from today, but Chamber officials \\iis mornine were not sure the initial phase" and cleanup work both can be completed in that time. •4 Special Easter Services Planned Here Are Emergency Phone Number Revisions With the change in Blytheville telephone numbers slated to become effective at midnight tonight, Fire Chief Roy Head reminded residents not to forget that, extra digit if it become necessary to call the Fire Department. After midnight, this number will be 3-6844. Other emergency numbers you might want to clip and post in a convient spot include: Police Department, 3-4411, Ambulances, 3-4431 rCobb Funeral Home) and 3-4571 (Hold Funeral Home. Stevenson Recovering CHICAGO (A*) — Adlai Stevenson was reported "progressing satisfactorily" today after a kidney operation four days ago. An aide.> Mid the 1952 Democratic presidential nominee sat up in a chair for a ihort time yesterday but will not leave the hospital until sometime next week. , As Holy Week nears it Easter climax Elytheville churches are preparing special services in which the word that "Christ Is Risen" will spell a joyous conclusion of the solemn Lenten period. Many of teh churches have held daily services and prayer groups through Holy Week, and several programs were given on Palm Sunday. Dr. G. Ray Jordan has spent the past week conducting two services each day at the First Methodist Church. Dr. Jordan is from Emery University, Atlanta, Ga. On Sunday morning identical services will be conduced at 8 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. The Rev Roy I. Bagley, pastor, will use as his sermon subject "A New Life in Christ", at both services. The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Wilson Henry, will present the anthem, "Lift Up Your Heads, 0 Ye Gates." There will be no evening service. • • * A PROGRAM of Easter music is to be presented at the First Baptist Church Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. C. M. Smart is organist and Mrs. Harold A. Davis is choir director. Soloists for the program, which will feature several selections from "Handel's Messiah," including the "Hallelujah Chorus," will be Miss Jo Ann Trieschmann, Miss Martha Ann Foster, Mrs. Worth D. Holder, Mrs, Russell C. Farr and Walter Marble. The three choirs, junior, intermediate and chancel, will participate. The regular service on Easter morning will be conducted by the Rev. E. C. Brown. Members of the First Lutheran Church observed their Easter services at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning. A program of music which will include selections from the Messiah will be presented at the First Christian Church, with the junior, intermediate and chancel choirs participating. Soloists Sunday will include Joan Keith, Boyce Freeman Moore, David Burnett, Mrs. W. D. Cobb and Danny Cobb. Mrs. Dalton Fowlston is organist and director. A candlelight communion service was held at 7:30 last night. • * * MEMBERS OF St. Stephens' Episcopal Church also attended last night a candlelight communion service in t commemoration of the last supper. From noon until 3 p.m. today, a service commemorating "The Three Hours" was held. On Sunday, a service of Holy Communion will be conducted at 6 a.m. and the Easter Eucharist at 10:45 a.m. when the choir will present the anthem, "Christ Is Risen." A church school service will be conducted at 4 'p.m. Good Friday services at the First Presbyterian Church will be held tonight at 7:30. The seven parts will be presented by Herman Carlton, James Roy, B. C. Bailey, Fred Sandefur. Roy Walton. A. S. Harrison and Ernest McKenzie. Music will be furnished by the junior choir under the direction of Mrs. B. C. Bailey and Mrs. Jess Homer. Mrs. F. B. Joyner is organist. Jimmy Buff ing ton will present a solo, "Were You There?" and a girls quartette will sing "O Jesus, I Have Promised," and "When I Survey The Wonderous Cross." Boys in the choir will sing "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." . Easter Sunday, the Rev. Harvey T. Kidd will conduct services at the usual times. * * * THE CHURCH of the Immaculate Conception will observe Easter with services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Today's services will include the mass of the pre-santified at 8 p.m., the Holy Hour from 2 until 3 p.m. and a novena service in honor of the sorrowful mother at 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow morning, the bless' ing of the fire and baptismal water will be held at 7 a.m. with mass following at 8 a.m. On Sunday morning, masses will be said at 7:30 and 10 o'clock. The Rev. J. C. Dickinson will present the Easter message and communion at the Assembly of God Church on Easter morning, beginning a two weeks revival with M'?-? l/nh F.iye Wa':^icld of See EASIER on 1'agc 14 Industry £?* You The campaign now/ being conducted to raise S150.000 actually involves no donation. Stock certificates, in amounts as low as 525, will be issued to all donors. These will represent shares in the non-profit corporation (Blytheville Investment Corporation) which will o\vn the building. Central States Metal Co.. will amortize the cost of 'the building at the rate of five per cent of the total cost per year. Chances for getting: at least a portion of the investment back are excellent. Several persons have purchased stock for members of their families and for their churches. Seeks to Allay French Fears About EDC AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower pledged today that, a "fair share"' of American troops will be maintained in Europe as long as a threat to the security of the Western nations exists. In a six-point message to the prime ministers of six Western European countries, the President sought to assure French ratification of the European Defense Community (EDC) project by promising in effect that rearmament of West Germany would not be, permitted to endanger France. France long has sought such formal assurances before joining- in the creation of a six-nation army designed as a bulwark against any Russian aggression. The proposed EDC has been ratified by Belgium, West. Germany; Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Only Italy and France have yet to act. Share Plan Pledged The President also pledged continuation of efforts to provide for sharing with U. S. allies more in- 'ormation about the use nnd the effects of the hydrogen bomb and atomic weapons or. military and civilian personnel. In an administration statement of policy, he messaged all six nations from his vacation headquarters here that: 1. The United States will continue to maintain in Europe, including West Germany, such American troops "as may be necessary to provide its appropriate share of the forces needed for the joint defense of the North Atlantic area while danger to that area exists . . . " 2. The United States will consult with fellow signatories to the North Atlantic Treaty and with the EDC nations "on questions of mutual concern," including the armed forces strength to be planed at the disposal of the supreme commander in Europe, Gen. Alfred M. ,Gruenther. 3. The United States will encourage the closest possible integration between EDC forces on the one hand, and U .S. and North Atlantic Treaty forces on the other. 4. The United States will continue, "in conformity with my recommendations to Congress, to seek means of extending to the Atlantic community increased security by sharing in greater measure information with respect to the military utilization of new weapons and techniques for the improvement of the collective defense." French Fears Allayed James C. Hagerty, Eisenhower's press secretary, told newsmen that that pledge means sharing of information regarding the use and effects of hydrogen bombs and atomic weapons on both military and civilian personnel. The pledge does not apply, Kagerty added, to production secrets. 5. In line with its policy of "full and continuing support for maintenance and the integrity and unity of EDC, the United States will "regard any action from whatever quarter which threatens that integ- See EISENHOWER, on Page 14 r* es to Report To Ike on Asian Plan AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower will get a personal report from Secretary of State Dulles here Monday on United States efforts to forge a Pacific defense alliance to stem the spread of communism. The President's vacation headquarters announced late yesterday tlu», Dulles, just back from London and Paris conferences on Indochina nnd Southeast A.sin, will fly from Washington to meet Eisenhower. The announcement came a few hours after Dulles had returned to the United States after winning British and French agreement to work toward a Pacific pact. James C. Hngerty, White House press secretary, said that Dulles— in addition to reporting on the London-Paris negotiations—will "ob- tnin the President's guidance on the upcoming NATO conference and the Geneva conference." To Paris Tuesday He will spend two or three hours with Eisenhower at the Little White House at the Augusta National Golf Cub, then return to Washington. He will fly Tuesday nig'ht to Paris for a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty nations, then go on to Geneva, Switzerland, for a Big Four foreign ministers conference starting April 26. Representatives of Commnuist China will sit in at the Geneva sessions, but not as participants, together with U. S., British, French nnd Russian officials. Dulles said on his return to this country yesterday that he was well satisfied with the outcome of his London and Paris talks aimed at creation of a 10-nation Pacific alliance similar to the North Atlantic collective security agreement. He termed the situation in Indochina and the rest of Southeast Asia disastrous, and added that the "disaster would be compounded" if Indochina were lost eventuay to thle Reds . Laos Praised Yesterday Eisenhower dispatched a message praising th« kingdom of Laos In Indochina for its "inspiring defense against for- aggression." The presidential message was on the occasion of Laos King Sisavang Vong's 50th anniversary as monarch. Elsenhower congratulated the, King and added: "I wish at the same time to express my hope that the people of Laos will continue for many years to benefit from your wise and courageous leadership which has been so vital a factor in the inspiring defense of your kingdom against foreign aggression." The President and Mrs. Eisenhower were joined at his Sister holiday headquarters last night by their son John, an Army major stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., his wife Barbara and their three children—David, 6, Barbara Anne, 4, nnd Susan, 2. OppenheimerFacts Were Known in '52 WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Republican and Democratic members of the Senate internal security subcommittee have joined in saying their group uncovered "voluminous information" in 1952 on atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer. * But Subcommittee Chairman , Jenner (R-Ind) and Sen. McCarran (D-Nevi. former chairman, said they took no action at the time because of the highly sensitive nature of Oppenheimer's work and the "many ramifications involved the situation," Oppeniielmer. famed for his work in helping develop the first atomic bomb, has been barred access to government atomic secrets pending Soviets Claim Tractor Use Bankrupting Us Scoutmasters, their assistants, troop committeemen and all adult Scoaters from North Mississippi County Boy Scout District are to be on hand in the Municipal Courtroom in Blytheville City Hall tonight for the first in a six-part training course. Kenneth Richardson, district leadership and training chairman, has planned the meetings, which will begin each Friday night at 7:30 unless otherwise announced. Tonight's session will deal with patrol organization and the train- ng schedule. Mr. Richardson and Scout Field will be in meeting. Inside Today's Courier News . . . Me Carthy Could Win Re- Election on Basis of His Strength Today . . . The McCarthy Story — 10 ... Last of a Series . . • Page 5 ... . . . Chickasaws Looking to District Track Meet Now . . . Major League Stars Tell How to Play Position — First of a Scries: Today, Joe DiMaggio Tells About Outfield . . . Sports . . . Page 8 and 9 ... . . . Farm News . . . Pages 10 and 11 ... WASHINGTON (/Pi — Radio Moscow has told the Russian people American fanners are going bankrupt at the rate of 100,000 a year all because too many tradtors are being used. If that, sounds paradoxical from its own tractor production, the explanation given by commentator Valentie Zorin on a broadcast picked up by government monitors here is this: ' In the United States, only large terms can afford tractors. Two thirds of American farms have no tractors at all. Therefore small farmers find it impossible to compete against the big captailistic farmers. Mechanization of agriculture "has brought veritible disaster to millions of farmers." Zorin said, and added: "Every new tractor in ag- rjrnknrpi means the ruin of one farm family or five tenants." Zorin's broadcast to Russian listeners, carried Monday, was entitled '•The Truth About American Farm ers." He said the Eisenhower admin istration had done nothing to combat what he called an agricultura disaster. Fined $100 for DWI Harold Farrow was fined $100 and costs and sentenced to 24 hours in jail in Municipal Court this morning on a charge of driving while intoxicated, while Floyd Kinbrow forfeited $122.25 bond on a simliar charge. Executive Bill Clare charge of tonight's Nebraska Woman Named U.S. Senator LINCOLN, Neb. (If) — Mrs. Eve Sowring, Nebraska ranch woman and vice-chairman of the Repub- ican party in Nebraska, was named xxlay to flll the vacancy in the S. Senat? n--at?d bv the death Tito Gives Tentative Approval To an Alliance with Turkey By FRED ZUSY ANKARA, Turkey UP)—Yugoslavia's visiting President Tito has agreed tentatively to form an outright military alliance with Turkey. NATO's easternmost member. He plans to press Greece, another NATO neighbor in the Balkans, to join in the plan. The decision was announced last night by Yugoslav Foreign Minister Koca Popovic as a climax to the state visit here by the Commu- ist leader who has defied Moscow and leagued his country with the West. Popovic said Greece's approval is necessary for the alliance since the three Balkan neighbors, in their •-':t si^p-^i Feb. 28, 1953, agreed matters. In Athens, a foreign ministry spokesman confirmed that military representatives are exploring the possibility of expanding the three- nation agreement into a full-fledged military pact. The spokesman added that his nation would view such a, change in "a favorable light." The Athens Foreign Office ^said Tito is expected to visit Greece in June. The proposed alliance would go much further than the mere consultation stage in bringing together a total of about a million men un- guarding the eastern Mediterranean. All three receive American a probe of security charges by a special three-man panel. He denies being a security risk. The Jenner-McCarran statement came yesterday in the wake of two letters attributed to another high- ranking scientist, Dr. Edward U. Condon, which concerned Oppenheimer. Letter Revealed. The New York Journal American and the Daily News said Condon wrote Oppenheimer in 1949: "One is tempted to feel that you are foolish as to think you can buy immunity for yourself by turning informer." t This was after Oppenheimer had testified behind the closed doors of the House Un-American Activities Committee and the Rochester, (N.Y.) Times-Union reported he had named another scientist as a onetime Communist. Another "letter attributed to Condon about this time represented him as being worried over Oppenheimer's state of mind. The Washington Star said Condon wrote his wife about Oppenheimer: "If he cracks up it will certainly be a great tragedy. I only hope that he does not drag down too many others with* him." Condon, now research director for the Corning Glass Co.. said in Corning, N. Y., he did write Oppenheimer about his congressional testimony. He refused to discuss it further. Weather of Sen. DwightP. Griswold tR-Neb;.jto consult each other on military ' military aid. ARKANSAS—Clearing this afternoon and tonight, cooler tonight, lowest 34-44 north with scattered frost in Ozarks tonight; Saturday fair and mild. MISSOURI—Generally fair west and north, clearing southeast this afternoon; fair tonight and Saturday; colder this afternoon and tonight. Maximum yesterday—75. Minimum this morning—50. Sunset today—«:33. Sunrise tomorrow—5:26. Mean temperature (midway between ilRh and low—62,3. Precipitation last 24 hours kto 7:0t .m. today—.71. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—UJt. This Date L*it Y«*r Maximum yesterday—70. Minimum yesterday—50. Precipitation January 1 to

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