The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 8, 1954 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 8, 1954
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Reports Implicate Chinese in Assault On Dien Bien Phu BLYTHEV1LL1 (AUK.) COURIER J4£WS Not*: The following disp»t«h. filed at 9 a. m. Hanoi time — * p. m. EST Friday — 1$ the first dispatch Atsociated Frew e*rrc*j>ondeat Larry Allen has been able to jret through French ceMorship with direct word of the fall of Dien Bien Phu! By LARRY ALLEN HANOI, Indochina (AP) — The French Union fortress of Dien Bien Phu fell last night under overwhelming tidal waves of attacking Vietminh rebels after 56 days of heroic resistance. Th« Communist-Jed enemy legions, outnumbering the defenders six to one, crushed the heart of ife« trench and barbed wire bation in northwest Indochina in savage hand-to-hand fighting. The defenders—Frenchmen, Foreign Legionaires, Moors and loyal Vietnamese—fought on even after they had run ,out of ammunition, until completely over run. The fate of the 12,000-man garrison and the lone woman air force nurse, Miss Genevieve de Galard Terraube, was not learned. .The nurse had been trapped inside the fortress for weeks after the encircling rebels made it impossible for planes to land at Dien Bien Phu. The French high command- released the first news of the fall of the fortress at 9 a.m. today, Hanoi time (7 .p.m. CST yesterday). The high command deliberately suppressed all news of one of the biggest stories of' the year for ttuu*y hours a fter it had been 70 More Bodies Sought in Navy Plane Crash NASSAU, Bahamas W>) — Diving crews were expected today to bring up the last of 10 bodies from a two-engined Navy Neptune bomber that crashed in tropic darkness during antisubmarine exercises in the Bahamas. The plane crashed yesterday, shortly after taking off from Windsor Field. It went into the water about 200 yards off shore from Clifton Pier on the southern coast of the island. Six bodies had been recovered last night and others were sighted trapped in the wreckage. All aboard were killed. The Navy said the plane came •ATURDA Y, MAT I, MM HONORED BY CHURCH — The F. L. McHaney family of Leachville was named as the "Christian Family of the Year" last night at the conclusion of a week-long- revival held by the 38 churches of the Mississippi County Baptist Association at the First Baptist Church here. They were chosen on the basis of church activities and Christian liv- mg. Shown above (left to right) are Mr. McHaney, Martha Jean, 3; Mrs. McHaney, shown shaking hands with Dr. Joe W. Burton of Nashville, Tenn., who conducted the revival; Margaret, 5; Grady Lee, 12; and Judy, 14. (Courier News Photo) world. No News Not a single line of news about victims will be announced after next of kin are notified. It was the second navy plane re- Dtea Bien Phu and its fall was'al- ported missing in similar training lowed to b« sent from Hanoi all exercises thjs week. A small a'ir- througfc Friday. Nothing had been craft carrying three men disap- »«ot up to 9 a.m. Saturday. When newsmen finally were permitted to send out their stories, they found the Vietnamese communications hopelessly jammed *itn tens of thousands of virords to b« moved by Morse telegraph op «ra4on. Some of the copy may be •everal days in clearing. TStR lates-t report the command pave oat here was the isolated atoongpoint Isabelle, three miles to peared in Atlantic Tuesdav INDOCHINA (Continued from Page 1) out OUt communication cut off. Chinese Victory . ^_ _ I **" •*• ^O WwJJu A French spokesman here said ph u defeat wants'the government to SRV who 'was responsible for the Dien Bien th* end of Dien Bien Phu after a magnificent resistance against a vastty outnumbering foe was a "R«d Chinese victory rather than A Vietminh victory because of the greatly increased war aid given to the Vietminh (from neighboring China to the north)." Reliable sources said the Vietminh used a new Russian weapon during tht last hours of the battle. They are called "Stalin Organs," eonsuting of a series of 25 to 30 rockets fired one after another. the ground-. A French officer who had seen their effect in Korea said they were very destructive. Iven «,t the start of the Dien Bien Phu battle, the French were surprised to find the Vietminh— normally poor on artillery in the past—heavily equipped with big cannon. 105mm. rifles and 120mm. mortars. The great surprise was curacy with which the rebels fired them. This led scsnfi sources to believe the Chinese Communists were participating directly. But official sources said there was no evidence that Red China troops actually were in Indochina. Lani el .speaking before the Na- 'rance would of. the fortress ,, ghtest effect on tne line she intends to follow" in bargaining with the Communists for .an Indochina cease-fire and peace settlement. Psychological Advantage Nobody at the East-West talks denied, however, that the Communist leaders of the Vietminh and their Chinese and Soviet allies were going into the negotiations with a psychological advantage due to their victory on the battlefield. In finally swarming through the innr defense ring at Dien Bien Phu, the Vietminh made good their bid to win a big victory before Ho Chi Minh's representatives faced the French across the conference Viking Equals Record Height Of 136 Miles BALTIMORE (&)—A Navy Viking rocket fired at White Sands Proving: Ground, New Mexico, shot 136 miles into the. atmosphere-yesterday to equal the single-stage altitude record reached by only two previous rockets, the "Glenn L. Martin Co. said. Martin designed and built the rocket, along with previous Vikings, for the Naval Research Laboratory to explore altitudes previously closed to scientific research. As in previous tests, telemeter- ing equipment in the Viking flashed pheric conditions back to ground stations where it Was recordec while the rocket was on its 4,000 Then tenth Viking to be fired at tained approvimately the sam distance as No. 7 in 1951 and No. 9 1952, spokesmen in December, said. table. Many Army's questioned the French judgment in making a Condition of Wreck Victims Improved Five persons injured this week in automobile accidents are still receiving treatment at the Chickasawba Hospital with four listed as improved while one remains fair with little change. Utah Brady, 19, of Blytheville, suffering from a brain injury resulting from an accident May 5 when his motorcycle skidded off the road into a ditch on the Number Nine road, is fair with little change, according to hospital officials. Four persons injured in a two- car collision last Tuesday night on Highway 61 near the railroad overpass north of Blytheville were reported by hospital officials to be stand in the remote saucer-shaped valley, but nobody blamed the greatly outnumbered garrison force for its defeat. For the first time the attackers used batteries of rockets mounted on trucks alongside their artillery and mortars. Ammunition within the fortress ran low after the Vietminh touched off an ammunition dump during the last stages of the fight. French Union losses at Dien Bien Phu were thought, to number over 10.000 killed, wounded and captured. Lige Rainey Services for Lige Rainey, 50, who died Monday at his home at Clear Lake, will be conducted at 2 p.m Sunday at St. Luke Baptist Church by Rev. Johnson, pastor. Burial will be in Burton Spur Cemetery with Caston Funeral Home in charge. Survivors include has wife, Louisa Rainey; a son, Melvin Rainey of Mounds, Ark.; a daughter, Sarah Thurman of West Memphis- and a sister. Ella Paul of Armorel CONFERENCE (Continued from Page 1) upon. Eden and Russia's Forei°7 Minister V, M. Molotov will * side on alternate days. It was understood that the open mg- session would be devoted pri manly to getting the Indochina phase of the parley organized. The initial procedure is expected to follow that of the Korean talks where the opening session lasted only a half hour. Procedural Issue Western delegates do not expect to get a clue to the Communist position ontil the second session. It was generally believed it would become apparent in the first major speech by the Communists whether there is any chance of an Indochina peace. The fall of Dien Bien Phu naturally eliminated what was to have been a preliminary for discussion —a cease-fire for the removal of sick and v/ounded. There is another procedural issue slated for discussion before the delegates get down to brass tacks on Indochina. It involves the theory question of who will take part in the parley. It was agreed that the opening I meeting would include nine delegations—the Big Four Powers. Red China. Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia and the Communist-led Vietminh. However, the Communists have served notice they would bring up the question of enlarging the con- erence to include India, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and the Communist "governments" of Laos and Cambodia. Gosnell Award Winners Named Winners of awards given at Gosnell High School for activities and scholastic work during the past year were announced today by Floyd E. Irby, principal. Winners Include: Earnest Allen, citizenship; Tommy Crawford, achievement; Kyle Lollar, best all-round boy; Carl Hester Warren Science and mathmatics: Jeannette Lee, commercial; Roy Lynn Via, English; James Bevill r history; Barbara Bevill. best girl athlete; and Harmon Cook, best boy Athlete. After Slow Start, Legislation It Movtd Along Rapidly WASHINGTON MV-The St Lawrence Seaway, «. notoriously slow legislative starter, wound up in a blaze of speed yesterday when the Senate completed congressional action and sent the measure to President Eisenhower. ' An Atlantic-to-the-Great Lakes passageway for ocean-going ships has been a project favored by every u. s. President since World War I, including President Eisenhower. But the project was always blocked in -Congress. SUrht Change* This year the Senate okayed the ul m January and the House otmg on it for the first time Thursday, approved .a version with ust minor differences. The legislation allows the United tates to join. Canada in building nd operating- the seaway so ocean essels can sail as far'inland as oledo, Ohio. A 27-foot-deep cana must be dug around a 46-mile stretch of the International Rapids where ships are now limited to H feet. This would allow the ocean travelers into Lakes Erie and Ontario. JUDGE HONORED—Duplicate plaques like tht. one above have been placed in the county court houses at Blytheville and Osoeola In memory of the late County Judge George Roland Green of Blytheville. The bronae plaques were purchased by the county to honor the aervices by Judga Green during his years in office, County Judge Philip Deer said. (Courier News Photo) Obituaries Truman Is 70 Today WASHINGTON ftp) — Harry S. Truman reached his 70th birthday today, chipper as ever and busy with preparations for building a ibrary to house his personal papers. He was the center of attraction ast night at a fund-raising reception sponsored by the Distric of Columbia Committee for the Harry S. Truman Library, Inc. Expansion? Even as seaway proponents were congratulating each other on their victory, some voices were heard talking about expanding the 105- milllon dollar project later. Sen. Douglas (D-H1) noted the measure does not provide for deepening the Detroit River so deep- draft boats can move into Lakes Huron, Michigan and Superior. Sen. .Humphrey (D-Minn) declared the next step would be to extend the seaway "way up to Superior and Duluth, the twin harbors of Wisconsin and Minnesota." The 105 million cost'to this country is to be met through sale of bonds to the U. S. Treasury, which are to b» repaid over an estimated 50-year period through tolls col- Tax Relief Plan 'asses Hurdle WASHINGTON (£>)—The Senate, Finance Committee reportedly has! decided tentatively to allow income taxpayers a bigger deduction for medical expenses. The provision, already okayed by the House, would permit deduction of medical. costs above 3 per cent of income, instead of the present 5 per cent. The committee, now working on a house-passed tax overhaul bill, also was said to j have agreed to double the ceiling j on medical deductions, raising I them to $2,500 for an individual and $10,000 for a family. An estimated S 1 ^ million taxpayers would benefit to the tune of about 80 million dollars a year, committee members said after a closed door session yesterday. John . H. Walker of Blythevill* died at Blytheville Hospital thi* morning after an ttlntti ef abotv a week. He Was 85. Born in Tipton County, Miss., he had resided there most of his life and moved to Blytheville about 18 months ago. He was a retired farmer. Funeral arrangements were Incomplete this morning. Cobb Fu. neral Home will be in charge. Survivors include two daughter!, Mrs, W. J. ROM and Mrs. B. V. Wilbanks, both of Blytheville; two sons. P. B. Walker of Nashville. Tenn., and T. S. Walker of New Albany, Miss-.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Hungry 9-Year-O/rf DETROIT (ft —A thief who broke into the Northeast Health Center in Detroit and ate four eggs and four doughnuts left this note: "I'm sorry for the way I messed up your kitchen. I was hungry and had no place to go. I hope you don't get mad at me. I am 9 years old." ected from the seaway'* users. Canada's cost is estimated at 200 Cotton Carpet LOOP or TUFT $£-50 J P*r Sq. Yd. 100% Rayon-Twist YARN DYED CARPET Only Ray's Floor Center 107 E. Main—Phone 3-8650 LITTLE L/Z— Read Courier- News Classified Ads. j V—L T *!%£• Y^^A iit 'w^X % ir^ 3? Women moy be smarter thon men, but they don't oH have the figures to prove it. improving. They are John W. Chalk of Kennett. Mo.. Rodney Adkisson ! of Blytheville. W. E. Rhoads and ' Mass Gwendolyn Rhoads, both of Blytheville, Route I. Co-tatf TaUM. Q«i*. ••tta from tn>MtU« KIRBT DRUG STORES 'God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." Jn. 3.17. PASTORS & SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKERS: The above verse from God's word presents a challenge to every church leader. As Christian leaders in our churches, our mission is threefold: 1. To Win Our Pupils To A Knowledge Of Christ. 2. Build Them Up In Lives Pleasing To Christ 3. Send Them Out To Work forChrist. This is why we are anxious to supply our Church & Sunday Schools with sound and Bible centered helps thai will help you do just the above. So we invite you to visit our store at 123 S- 1st Street, Blytheville. Ark., or call us. 3-8801, or write us. Box S94 and if we do not have what vou want, give us a chance to serve you in ordering it for you if possible. the COURIER NEWS in Osceola, call BILLY BEALL, 567-M How many hands has mother? A mother is a lot of things! She's cook, laundress, nurst, teacher, housekeeper end companion. She keeps the family fed, clothed and happy. It's a big job. And electric hands do much to make^it easier. 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