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December 11, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE THREE No Holiday tor Heartbreak- Reds Still Hold 526 Gl's Captive By FRED SPARKS N£A Stall- Correipondent TOKYO — (NEA) — The Chinese Communists still keep several hundred American soldiers, sailors and aviators — captured during the Korean conflict.— in primitive, Oriental prisons. They are estimated to number 526. _ In the proven tradition of Marx, Malenkov and Mao, wardens are abusing the bodies of these young men — better to wash their brains. From time to time in the future, Peiping again may slap the United States in the face (what little face we have left in Asia) and announce the "trial" of more servicemen for "spying" and their sentences: further rotting years behind bamboo bars. These are the facts and calculat- "Operation Big Switch": ed opinions of bitter officers in the| "As we ^moye from^ military Reds are holding 1000 Yanks as t who were not returned to our side "hostages . . . perhaps to get seat for Red China in the UN. . .") (the 2840 — 526 Americans. 3264 ROKs, 50 others.)" A competent team of personnel The commie spokesman, addres- experts reached the 526 figure by slnr the allied officer as if he were these five methods: at i Red Square rally, shrieked: (1) Collaborating statements by "Thii openly fabricated roster . released GIs who said they saw an attempt to slander our side buddies alive and well at the time there are no captured personnel of of "Big Switch." If one soldier your side for who our side has to said: "I saw 'Joe Doe' In our do addition!) accounting ..." camps," that's not sufficient; there This lie was later nailed when must have been several witnesses, the Beds advertised the "trial" of (2) Letters written by missing the 11 airmen. Perhaps in future men to families from POW camps, "trials" they'll also deny anyone (3) Photographs of missing men involved was seized as a simple issued by Communist press agen- soldier — but as a super-spy. A cies — usually showing the POWs, scrabble game with human beings, healthy chests exposed, enjoying Allowing for occasional faulty the "delights" of their residence identity in the confusion of prison- United Nations commana wno nave followed, ,so far as humanly possible, every allied soldier captured The recent revelation that 11 fliers and two civilians were convicted of spying has established a pattern for tomorrow that w,ill allow no holiday for heartbreak in countless American homes. Having gone to captivity on routine military missions, with perhaps a capitalistic comic book In their jeans, the 11 airmen know as much about "spying" and "espionage" as Liibersce. This correspondent, who covered the Fanmunjom truce talks and interviewed misty-eyed GIs released from Red compounds, wrote during iruce to poiuiuai pancy wie suuaia of the missing .Americans will tap, tap, tap on the shoulders of UN diplomats." Eighteen months later they are still tapping. » » * Below I have written their story. It Is a story obtained from the United Nations command on Tokyo's "Pershing Heights," where the lights burn late these nights as Asia's peace flicker* like a candle on your Christmas tree: The Command insists 2S40 captured men — including 526 Americans — have never been properly a'ccounted for by the Communists. (General Mark Clark, former commander here, recently said the like Boy Scouts on summer encampment. (4) Red Radio broadcasts featuring identified voices of still missing men, often "commercials" (obtained under what pressure?) urging: the Free World to run out and buy a party line, (5) Missing men Whom the Communists once admitted holding, now say they never heard of. The last futile protest was made at a Panmunjom Armistice Commission meeting in late August by a UN spokesman who said: "We present to you a list of UNC personnel who were held by youi side preceding the end of hostilities. ship — and for some, deaths from disease, accident and maltreat ment — it is conservatively as sumed that many of the 526 are still alive, waiting to be used when it serves Peiping's fancy. In order to grant mothers, wives and other klnfolk the small compensation of survivor benefit, the Defense Department now lists all but 24 of the 526 POWs as "presumed dead." Once again the air-conditionec glass house on Manhattan's Easl River houses a UN debate on how to force Red China's hand. And the ghosts of the missing Americans tap, tap, tap on the shoulders of UN diplomats. Wisecracking Youngsters Admit Murder .REVERE, Mass. (AP) — "You pick up the paper and read about kids getting into trouble, and you pray it'll never happen to yours. The next day you pick up the paper, and it's yours." ThOK words spoke truck driver Sylvester d'Orbano's bewilderment today as his only child was summoned into Chelsea District Court with two other .teen-age boys to answer a charge of murder. No Money Joseph d'Urbano, 16, Salvatore Pizzurro Jr., 17. and Angelo Mer- curlo, 18, stood charged with killing Harry Abelovitz, a 72-year-old great grand-father, in a profitless attempted holdup of the man's Revere Beach boulevard gasoline station Wednesday night. Police said all admitted the slay- Ing. Aelovitz' widow, Mary, 60, called the crime "senseless"—for the slayers raced away after the shooting without touching any of the $87 in a cash register or the $16 in Abelovitz' pockets. Abelovitz and his wife would have celebrated on Jan. 8 the 50th wedding anniversary for which she had sent out Invitations only lest Tuesday. "No Idea" The boys gave no sign that they NEW STAMP-This new three-cent stamp, honoring the 150th anniversary of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, will go on sale in Philadelphia, Jan. 15. -The design is a reproduction of the painting, "Peale in His Museum," an original self-portrait by Charles Willson Peale, now owned by the Academy. understood their predicament. "They had no idea of the seriousness of their crime," said Detective Lt. William F. Gannon as the three, grinning and wisecracking, were led to separate cells. The three re-enacted the crime yesterday at the gasoline station, talking volubly and using extravagant gestures. "Hey, bud," Mercuro called to a policeman from his cell, "how about calling up my girl and having her picture sent over here so I can have pleasant dreams tonightV" PiEzurro'i father, n cook, spent Job in a Medford auto body shop his. life savings on a white house with a picket fence in suburban Medford to get his son out of Boston's teeming North End, "We Worked" "We worked to give him spending money and a good life," the boy's mother said. "I saw him yesterday afternoon In the station and I said 'What happened?' All he did was hang his head." Similarly puzzled was Nicholas Mercurio. His son had .a $50 a week and was hard working and quiet. "I saw him and I said, 'Why? You had everything; you wanted a car. I went in hock to get it.' He told me he couldn't explain it himself." ' DTJrbano's father said the boy "spends more than I do, and I never cared because he's my only son, he liked to go out with the girls and I let him; what can you do?" "God help us," sobbed Mrs. d'Urbano. A Husband's Love, a Want Ad and a Happy Wife ST ; LOUIS tfl — "I loved it — I've never enjoyed anything as much in my life," said Mrs. Charlotte Lucido about her birthday present. It wasn't a diamond, a fur coat or an expensive automobile. It was a want ad in the Post- Dispatch last Sunday, placed among a list of special notices telling of broken homes 'and shat- tered dreams. It told, Instead, a story of love. "I am responsible for all debts and obligations of my wife," the want ad read, "both present and future, and am more than happy to be the provider for a woman who has borne me six lovely children and, with an overabundance of love and care, has made the past 21 years of loving kindness the nicest years of my life. "On this, the eve of our 21st wedding anniversary, I wish to publicly express my gratitude, (signed) Philip C. Lucido." Lucido, 40, showed her the paper at her birthday dinner. "I Just cried right there," Mrs. Lucido, 39, said. Waitress Gets $100,000 Shock GLENDALE, Calif. Iffi — Only a week ago Mrs. Oeraldine Helde was a waitress. Today she says she has inherited $100,000. She has bought a new automobile and made reservations for a visit to Honolulu. Mrs. Helde said she had known for some time that she would receive part of the estate of her grandfather, William Kopes, a New York manufacturer, who died two years ago. "But I had no idea It would amount to so much," she said when informed yesterday that the estate had been settled. She came here from Cleveland after moving there from Allen-; town, Pa., where her husband Wyn and their two children were killed, in a traffic accident earlier this j year. She's going to take her landlord, C. C. Cooper, and his wife and son on the trip to Honolulu Jan. 3, drop of 6 per cent in Louisville, Ky. Little Rock, Ark., sales were unchanged from the same week of 1963. Memphis showed a 10 per cent gain while eight smaller cities combined has a gain of 1 per cent. Bower birds' of Australia and New Guinea, allied to birds of. paradise, are named from bowers or arbors built by the males. Shepperd King Is in Trouble HOUSTON epperd (Abdullah) King in, former husband of Egyptian dancer Samla Gamal, must sell hte Cadillac convertible. Dist. Judge John Snell yesterday ruled King liable for $3,900 in alteration costs at the Oasis, the oil end cotton heir's unsuccessful cafe ROCKET — Dr. Richard W. Porter is the new president of the American Kocket Society. He is general manager of the General Electric Company's guided missiles department in Schenectady, N. Y. Intercepted: One Blonde Or, How to Put Zip into Your Army Lectures LOUISVILLE, Ky. tfl — Third | Armored Division tankers would! like to Intercept more enemy planes like this one. She was a 17-year-old blonde wearing skin-tight leotards, opera hose and a French garter. Her appearance put a. lot of zip Into an air defense study given at Ft. Knox by A. I. C. Mike Jennings. He began by explaining the radar defense system to 300 men. then told his assistant to "wheel i In that real slick job." Out came Miss Dotty Lou Bartley, also known as Miss Ft. Knox of 1354. As she threaded a provocative path through trie delighted audience, soldiers playing the parts of observation posts, filter centers and radar stations relayed verbal reports to each other. Then Dotty was Intercepted by a jet fighter—Jennings—who scooped her off her feet and carried her away. The best part of the lecture was Jennings' introduction of Miss Ft. Knox. It went something like this: "Observation post to filter center. Have sighted bogey aircraft. Type, blonde, size, about 36-22-36. Altitude, 5 feet, 1 inch. Construction, terrific! Over and out." "Filter center to radar station. See anything on your scopes? Over." "Radar station to filter center. No. Over." "Filter center to radar station. Brother, what you're mlssingl" Radio broadcasting began In 1020, when stations In Detroit and Pittsburgh began their broadcasts. venture, A contractor had an attachment writ on the automobile, a 1853 model, and Jude Snell ordered it aold at sheriff's auction unless It Is sold for payment of the debt. Laughed King: "Know anybody who wants to buy a good Cadllteo?" Department Sales Same ST. LOUIS m—Department store sales last week in the Eighth Federal Reserve District were un> changed from the corresponding v.eek of 1953, despite gains in thr Memphis, Tenn., area and in the smaller cities. The Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis reported a decrease of 1 per cent in the St. Louis area and a for the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-J SIMPLIFY SHOPPING AND SAVING WITH What do you Need? - Get it fast with a low cost want ad! Thrifty women — and men, toe — read our classified ads every day for the best reason in the world: YOU SAVE!! 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