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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XLIX—NO. 147 Blytlieville Courier • Blytheville Daily News' Mississippi Valley Lead* Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1953 EIGHT PAGES SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTS Desk Officer To Succeed Gen. Clark Gen. J.E.Hull Named to Far East Command By FRED HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. John E. Hull, a desk officer for much Of his 36-year military career, leaves the Pentagon soon to command troops along the uneasy truce line in Korea. The tall, strapping Ohioan was named by President Eisenhower yesterday to succeed Gen. Mark Clark as supreme United Nations commander in the Far. East. Clark retires Oct. 30, Hull, now 58, has not seen combat since World War I when, as a junior infantry officer, he won the Silver Star for gallantry during the Aisne-Marne offensive. His World War n years were spent in the less dramatic but vital jobs of handling operations for all the far flung overseas theaters. He worked closely in this work with Gen. George C. Marshall, then Army chief of staff. |£. Hull became something of an 'expert on atomic weapons five years ago when he had charge of STREET BLOWS UP — A chunk of paving concrete and a car pile into the side of a city bus in Cleveland during a mile-long explosion in West mth Street. AI right are pavement slabs tilted by the blast which stunned rush hour mo- torists and pedestrians. One person was killed and 58 injured, two critically. Cause of the mighty underground explosion was not immediately determined. (AP Wirepholo) atom bomb tests conducted at Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. He also is given credit for playing an important role in the development of the Army's giant atomic cannon, one of the world's newest and most potent weapons. Not West Pointer For the past two years, Hull has been vice chief of staff of the Army. Unlike many of his fellow general officers, Hull is not a West Pointer . He entered the Army through the reserve in 1917 shortly after graduating from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. After garrison duty and time spent in both attending and instructing at Army, schools during peace time, Just before Pearl Harbor Hull came to Washington to work with the war plans division of the General Staff. He held top administrative posts n Washinjjton.^until J.uly, 1946, .wi'.Bli ifii'-tSok -cfemmancr**of Army forces in, the Middle Pacific, including Hawaii. He returned to Washington early in 1949 to set up weapons evaluation for the secretary of defense. Hull got his fourth star in August 1951, when he was elevated to vice Demo Move to Kill T-H Law Planned By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Murray (D-Mont) said today a new drive for outright repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act may be the Democrats' answer to Eisenhower administration dis- chief from deputy for administration. chief of staff McClellan Hits GOP Defense iscrepancies D BENTON (£>) — Sen. John McClellan (D-Ark.) last night criticized the Republican Administration for what he called a policy of rearming European nations individually while slashing Air Force spending at home. McClellan told the Benton-Bauxite Chamber of Commerce he would favor military aid to European na- if it were used for collective cord over labor policies. Murray, top Democrat on the Senate Labor Committee, said in an interview he intends to sponsor a repealer in the next session of Congress and to make the matter an issue in next year's congressional campaign. "Secretary of Labor Durkin's resignation indicates very clearly that any Taft-Hartley amendments the Republicans offer are not going man McConnell (R-Pa) of the House Labor Committee said he knew of no basis for Durkin's assertion that the White House had promised support for 19 changes in the Taft-Hartley law. . McConnell also asserted the proposed draft was "not final." He said all but two of the 19 points had been discussed with White House representatives Gerald Morto be the kind promised by Presi- ! gan and Bernard Shanley, Secre- dent Eisenhower in last year's f tary of Commerce Weeks, the late campaign which would be sympathetic wth the workers' program,' Murray sad. "The entire act ought to be repealed and I intend to move in that direction.' Chairman H. Alexander Smith defense programs. The Arkansas senator said the administration had penalized some projects too severely in its budget 'cutting. He said billion dollars could have been cut from foreign aid appropriations and 50 million dollars applied to flood control, hospital construction and roads. McClellan said the United States is in the position of continuing deficit spending at home -while parceling out billions to stabilize foreign economies. Ray Price Named Board of Trade President Ray Price, cotton buyer representing Anderson-Clayton here, this morning was named president of Blytheville's Board of Trade. Mr. Price succeeds Charles C. Langston, who has held that position for the past year. Other officers elected include E. B. Gee, vice president, and J. P. f 'Lenit, who w is named secretary- treasurer for the 18th year. Child Raped As Parents Dance LEPANTO (K*} - Sheriff J. L. Wright says a 3-year-old girt left asleep in a car parked at a roadside night club was raped by a 19-year-old farm youth while the parents were Inside dancing. Wright said a charge of rape was filed against J. E. Poster of near Lepanto, arrested early yesterday. Foster was jailed at Harrlsburg. Wright said a farm couple living near Hftrrlsburg Corner stopped at the nl»ht club on Highway 40 west of hers to dmce nnd left their daughters, ased 3 and t, asleep In the rear Mat. (R-NJ) of the Senate Labor Committee expressed regrat and surprise over: Durkin's resignation Thursday. Smith said in a telephoned statement he had "understood that conversations would continue to the end that a labor program might be developed and legislation prepared for introduction in Congress early in January." Sen. Hill (D-Ala), another Labor Committee member, said he regards Durkin's resignation as indicating that the Eisenhower administration is "not going to come up with any modification of the Taft-Hartley Act that will satisfy labor." Says Agreement Broken Durkin, a Democrat, quit the Cabinet to return to his post as president of the'AFL plumbers and steamfitters union, saying White House aides had broken an agreement with him to put the administration's support behind 19 proposed Taft-Hartley law changes. Durkin declined to detail the changes on which he said agreement had been reached. However, 19 points also were contained in a proposed message to Congress never actually sent to the lawmakers but leaked to newsmen during this year's session. Among them were several embodying concessions demanded by labor, such as lifting the present ban on many secondary boycott practices, greater leeway for employers and unions in the construction field to establish pre-hiring labor contracts and union shop agreements. Claim Union Favored Management spokesmen complained the suggested changes unduly favored the unions. The White House 'said the document was a "preliminary draft" of matters still under consideration. In Philadelphia yesterday Chair- Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio, Sen. Smith and Durkin. . Hill said Democrats on the Senate Labor Committee'had not been consulted about the proposed changes. He predicted that, if the administration did nothing-, about revision, ."its inaction^mdoi will uZr-fcsc' ' campaign." Former Chief Of Police Dies Samuel T. Hardin Rites Tomorrow Samuel T. Hardin. a former Blytheville chief of police, died yesterday at Brookland, Ark. He 78. Services for Mr. Hardin will be conducted at 2 p. m. tomorrow in Cobb Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Roy I. Bagley, pastor of First Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Mr. Hardin served as police chief here in 1927 and 1928. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Hardin of Brookland; three daughters, Mrs. H. S. Crossfield of Popular Bluff, Mrs. Elliott Sartain of Osceola and Mrs. Charles S. Murphy of Memphis; a son, Samuel T. Hardin. Jr., of Brookland; a sister, Mrs. C. C. Rogers of Memphis; five grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Pallbearers will be Charles S. Murphy, Fred Cathcart, H. S, Crossfield, Jess Taylor, W. I- Malin and Elliott Sartain. 'Miss A/ Conies Goes Into Finals 52 Entrants Poised As Nervously As 52 Bridesmaids ATLANTIC CITY. N.J. Wl—Tfo Miss America hopefuls went tati the last day of the week-long con test today, as nervous as 5 bridesmaids waiting for someone to throw them a bouquet. With the preliminaries over the girls will wait out the day unti the final judging tonight, when ten finalists will be named and thi elimination progresses until thi winner of the $50,000 title is chos en. Six of the contestants have a big jump on the field—their vie lories in talent and bathing suii preliminaries in the past three nights. Last night 21-year-old Mi^ Del aware, Lois Ann Alava of Wilmiig- ton, won in the talent division-by playing the cadenza from. Grieg's piano;concerto uvA.minor, Egyptian Officers Visit US CAIRO, Egypt W) — Fifty-five Egyptian army officers left today for the United States where they will visit military Installations on invitation of the U. S. government. Nixon Falls Golf Victim to Ike But Is Happy about His Score DENVER W> — President Eisenhower had just defeated Vice Pres- dent Nixon on the golf course, but Nixon was as happy as a school boy about his score. "I did manage to break 100 for the 18 holes," said Nixon, who took up the game for the first time only about eight months ago. The vice president declined to disclose his precise score or that of the President, who is a veteran golfer. "I am going to tell you only this—the President had 8 lower score than 1 did," Nixon said after their round yesterday at Denver's Cherry Hills Country Club. Nixon is here for a round of conferences with the vacationing President. The vice president will leave the United States Oct. 5 on a 70-day tour of the Far East, , yesterday's match started out as a contest between Eisenhower and Nixon on the one hand and — on Ihe other—Ed Dudley, the pro Colorado Springs' Broadmoor Club, nnd L.. B. (Bud) Mfiytag ST. ot UM wishing micfcia* May- But Nixon said match play within the foursome was abandoned early tn the round in favor of pitting the .party against a foursome behind which Included Oov. Dan Thornton of Colorado and Ralph (Rip) Arnold, the Cherry Hills pro. The President's foursome won, Nixon repgrted. Before the switch, Eisenhower and Nixon were two up over Dudley and Maytag for the first two holes—the only two reporters were permitted to observe. For a novice, Nixon showed surprisingly good form on those two holes. Midway during Johns," an linear-old beauty from Fresno, wore a white bathing suit (one-piece as required by contest rules) well enough to ,-wln in that division last night. The other bathing suit winners on earlier nights were Miss Wyoming (Elaine Lois Holkenbrlnfc of Torrington) and Miss Pennsylvania (Evelyn Margaret Ay of Ephrata). The other two girls with firsts in talent are Miss Virginia (Anne Lee Ceglis of Norfolk) and Miss South Dakota (Delores Jerde of Spearfishj. But the girls also are judged on how well they look in an evening gown and on their personalities. Results of these preliminaries are not announced and add a large amount of uncertainty to any forecasts. None of the girls won more than one preliminary and any one of the 52 entrants has a chance to be among the 10 finalists chosen tonight. The number will be whittled to five and then Miss Amef*. of 1954 will be named to reign for a year. New Violence Flares in French Africa CASABLANCA, Morrocco (fl>) New violence flared today In troubled French Africa. Persons Identified as nationalists shot and seriously wounded Gen. Salah Toumi, a police inspector In Tunisia. It was the latest of a series of assassinations and attempted assassinations of pro-French Tunisian officials. Several have been killed. French colonials called on the French resident general in Tunisia to take strong action to wipe out what they called nationalist terrorism. Meanwhile, Joseph Satterthwalte, U. S. diplomatic representative at Tangier, left by plarte today for Washington to report to the State Department on French North Africa. Weather the round, the President and the vice president were Joined by a couple of noted observers—Mrs. .Elsenhower and Maj. John Elsenhower, only son of- the chief executive and the first lady. The major, who came to Denver Thursday night from H months of active duty In Korea, drove his mother . around the course In a motorlnd toooUr ear. , ARKANSAS — Partly cloudy today, tonight and Sunday; widely scattered showers north portion today; not quite so warm northeast portion this afternoon and tonight. MISSOURI — Fair and continued cool tonight and Sunday; low tonight around 50 extreme north to near 80 south. Maximum yesterday—100. Minimum yesterday—87, Sunrise tomorrow—5:41, Sunset today—8:12. . ,., r. Precipitation last M 'U>u?« to 6:31) p. m. yesterday—none. Mean temperature (midway between hlRtl and low)-83.3. . Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—32.79. Thli Date Last Vear Minimum yesterday—M. Maximum yesterday—93. Precipitation Janusrj 1 lo ttlt- I7.M, M cCarthyPlansPublic Hearing on Charges By G. MILTON KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) said today he plans public hearings designed to show whether he was justified m releasing an intelligence report which the Army had labeled a "restricted" document. The senator told newsmen the hearing will be held before the Senate investigations subcommittee, which he heads, but he did not say when. McCarthy contends he made the report public Wednesday because it contained "clearcut Communist propaganda." But the Army said in a .statement yesterday that McCarthy had withheld sections of the report which made it obvious the document was not Communist propaganda. Besides, the Army said, releasing any of the report disclosed information affecting national defense "within the meaning of the espionage laws." The Army statement did not mention McCarthy by name or any plans to try to prosecute him—an action that seemed unlikely these circumstances. But it said of the document: "The transmission or revelation of its contents In any manner to any unauthorized person is prohibited by law." Unauthorized disclosure of material bearing such classifications "restricted", "secret" and so on is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. The criticized report was declassified yesterday by the Army because of its prior disclosure. "I have no choice but to go ahead and expose it publicly," McCarthy said in telling reporters he expects to hold public hearings on the issue before his subcommittee. "Of their intimation that there was something wrong with exposing this propaganda," he said, 'they are not going to hide any Communist propaganda or Cpm- munist behind a label of 'restricted'." "95 Per Cent Propaganda" McCarthy said the document, ealing with conditions behind the ron Curtain, was "95 per cent Communist propaganda" and wa ent last year to 37 Army com nands, mostly in the Far East. The Army said it was designei o give Intelligence officers ai 'understanding of the Soviet peo le which will be militarily usefu ~ -' of war." It said only a lev wereT printed for limited istrlbution. McCarthy said he will report tc is subcommittee on what he sail re "a sizeable number of pam hlets and things, put out undei 'ommunist party discipline" am sed as indoctrination texts fo: ntelligence personnel. The subcommittee received tes rnony yesterday from a formci top Communist, now working for the Justice Department, who said he doubts the United Nations is used by U.S. Communists for espionage, but that they do use it to help keep track of planning and activities behind the Iron Curtain. The witness, John Lautner, rejected a suggestion advanced by McCarthy that the Reds use the U.N. as an espionage base. Church Probe Files Opened Denials Flow in From Accused Clergymen WASHINGTON (AP) — Denials stacked up today to testimony before a House committee that a number of U. S. clergymen sought to advance Communism through their work as ministers. World Bank Seeks To Suspend Czechs WASHINGTON (AP) — The governors of the World Bank voted today to suspend Red Czechoslovakia from mem bership at the end of this year unless she' pays the $625,000 she still owes in capital subscription funds. City Starting 'Round-Up of Overdue Fees A move by the City of Blythe- llle to collect delinquent license and fee payments is being launched. City Clerk W. I. Malin said a 1st of delinquent accounts is be- ng prepared and will be turned iver to Special Collector Raymond Jomar for collection. These delinquencies include auto and truck licenses, privilege 11- ense fees and sanitation fees, he aid, which are due Jan. 1 and July 1 of each year. 'heatre Kissing Banned MANILA (fP> — The Angeles City ouncll has banned ktsslng in the- res — in the audience that Is. Violators face the prospect of ne, imprisonment or both. OVERBOARD FOR HOME- Overjoyed at nearin: I 1 S. soil, his exuberant O.I. is retrained rom taking a watery shortcut o th« dock ai the USNS Marine Adder prepare! to anchor at San Francisco, inbound from Korea, with American solrlirrs recently released from Com- «tmj*. Reds Claim Interpreter 'Kidnapped' Pole's Return Demanded by Truce Official By ROBERT B. TtlCKMAN PANMUNJOM (AP) — The Polish member of a four-nation commission policing the Korean truce charged today that a Polish interpreter who fled to freedom was kidnaped by American Army officers and demanded his immediate return. Jan Hajdukiewicz, a 28-year-old civilian Interpreter, broke from truce Inspection team at a South Korean air base Wednesday and was given political asylum by U.S. officers, The Army won't say where Jaj- duklewicz Is now. There has been speculation that he was flown either to Tokyo or Okinawa. Maj. Gen. M. Wagrowski, senior Polish officer In Korea, Saturday read a letter of protest at a meeting of the armistice euper- visory commission. The letter charged that Hajdu- kiewicz was kidnaped by American officers and demanded his Immediate return. The letter was addressed to Gen. Mark W. Clark, U.N. commander, and was not submitted to the commission. The commission took no action on the letter, said Maj. Gen. Sven Jrafstrom, Swedish delegate and commission chairman. Grafstrom said the commission would not intervene. He said the incident was a matter between the Polish dele- ration and the U. N. Command. The Red Peiplng radio said a written copy of the letter was given to an Allied liaison officer at Panmunjom Friday for delivery to Clark. The U. N. Command con- irmcd a letter had been received, jut would not immediately divulge its contents. Peiping said Wagrowski "pro- ,ested against this violation of the rights guaranteed to the neutral nations inspection teams by the armistice agreement and demand- id that Jan Hajdukiewicz be re- urned to the inspection team." The commission met for two hours and 35 minutes, took up only •outlne matters after the protest, hen scheduled another session for Monday. In Washington, the Pentagon re- eased more names of 944 Amerlan military personnel believed to lave been captured In Korea but till unaccounted for. -* The governors, representing the 55 member nations, accepted in closed session the recommendation of the bank's committee on finance and organization that the suspension take effect Dec. 31. Expulsion would follow suspension in a year's time, if Czechoslovakia still fails to meet the bank's requirements. Czechoslovakia is the last of the Soviet Bloc nations still belonging to the bank and the Internationa Monetary Fund (IMF). Poland withdrew in 1950. Suspension from the bank would not affect Czechoslovakia's membership In the related fund. She was in trouble with the fund too, but straightened this matter out during the week. Czechoslovakia has refused to pay the remaining $625,000 of her sbuscription, contending she should be given until she gets back all her gold reserves seized by the Nazis during the war. The bank governors, on the other hand, have ruled that Czechoslovakia was entitled to an exemption only up to 1951. because she was occupied nation during World War II. According to this position, Chechoslovakia Is long overdue in her payment. .The bank governors also voted to give Indonesia until next March 16 to accept membership in the bank and fund. Meeting Ends The 55-nation World Bank and Monetary Fund came U) the end of an annual meeting, but Reginald Maudling, United Kingdom representative, Is staying here until Wednesday. Officials would not comment on Maudling's extended stay, but it aroused speculation that he hoped to learn In private talks with U.S. Treasury officials what help Britain can count on from the United States if she drops restrictions on free exchange of the pound sterling. Another bank-fund governor remaining after the close of the meeting was Hassen Polatkan, Turkish minister of finance. Polat- kan's aims also were undisclosed, but were thought to center about his country's new program to attract private investment, particularly dollar investment. The governors of the bank and fund—for the most part the same men—were also scheduled to vote during the day on a chairman for j the coming year. j An International panel of busi- j nessmen and bankers yesterday discussed the extent to which private investment, especially dollar investment, might replace foreign aid. There was a generally optimistic 1 The testimony, taken in New York last July at secret hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee, was put on the public record last night. It came from three men who said they were former Communists and had seen successful examples of Red infiltration of the clergy. One witness was Manning Johnson of New York, a member of the National Negro Commission of the Communist Party National Committee for about five years ending in 1940. Johnson described Harry P. Ward, former professor of Union, Theological Seminary, as "the Red dean of the Communist Party in the religious field." Ward, at New York, called the testimony completely false. "I am not and never have been a member of any political party," he added, saying the committee has aroused resentment by its actions "from all persons concerned with maintaining the freedom of speech, press, assembly and the exercise of religion set down In the Bill of Rights." Another committee witness, Benjamin Gitlow, swore that "in the infiltration of the Methodist Church, the Communists were highly successful." Charges Termed Silly Gitlow named, among others he said were involved In a plot "to subvert the Methodist Church for communist purposes," the Rev. Jack R. McMichael, the Rev., Charles C. Webler, the Rev. Olson J. Smith, Dr. WUlard Uphaus, Margaret Porsyth, the Rev. Lee H. Ball and Prof. Walter Rautenstrauch. Not all were reached for com-: ment, but McMichael had prevl- ' ously denied under oath in-'a Washington hearing that he was a Communist. Dr. Uphaus said In Conway. N. H., today that the charge against him was ".silly, unfounded; it isn't true." Dr. Ball, at Irvlngton, N. Y., said he wan not a Communist or a party-liner but a Christian minister trying to advance peace and civil rights. Others named Included the Rev. Irwin St. John Tucker who commented at Chicago that he was a enemy of Communism. Still another, Dr. William B. Spofford, Sr., declared at Tunkhannock, Pa., that ic has never been a Communist Party member, but a minister "try- ,ng to carry on the Christian re- Another named, the Rev. Claude Williams, replied at Helana, Ark., said he Is a Democrat, rather than a Communist, working with others 'ior the organization of labor unions, for civil rights, for racial brotherhoods, to repeal the poll tax ind similar objectives." Williams name was brought up by the third main committee witness, Joseph Jack Kornfeder. Kornfeder estimated there are 500 clergymen in the United States who are "secret 1 members of the Communist party. He said between three and four thousand others are "among the fellow-traveling category." Many more, he said, were duped into aiding Communist fronts, but "the temporary sympathizers will fade out." The boring from within was not aimed at any particular church group, the witnesses said, and was spearheaded by unofficial movements which sought to identify tone that measures taken abroad ; themselves with churches, to reassure investors would in- ! crease the pace of private investments. But Maudling said the resources of the monetary fund would not be big enough to meet the calls for dollars which would result from any concerted move toward currency convertibility. This was regarded as an all but open suggestion that the United States step forward with a sizeable dollar stabilization fund. Oatis Story to Begin Monday NEW YORK l/l't ~ William N. Oatis. the AP correspondent who spent two years In a. Czech prison, has written his own story. The byline "By William N, Oatls" will appear In the Courier News Monday over the first of a series of five articles Oatis has written, giving a vivid des- crlpton of his ordeal. Oatls, a native of Indiana, went to Prague In June, 1950, to become chief of The Associated Press bureau reporting the news of Czechoslovakia. His efforts to get the i news would be considered normal In any country with a free press but they were not to the liking of Communist officials In Prague. The secret police arrested Oatls In April, 1M1, and built up t charge of espionage against him. The U. S. State Department denounced the charges and his trial as a travesty of justice. Oatis spent more than two years In prison cells near Prague before he was released last May. On his return to the United States, he had to undergo extensive medical treatment. He was eager to write his own story in his own words, but doctors for a time permitted him to work only an hour a day. The AP said today that Oatls will relate In the articles the methods the secret police used tn obtaining his "confession" to chnrccs of spying, and disclose various aspects of his imprisonment. In the Catholic church. Kornfeder said, the infiltration "is mainly among laymen." He commented that Communists "had some experience trying to line up the Catholic priests and, well, something usually happened pretty quickly ..." Testimony Cited Chairman Jenner (R-Ind) of the Senate internal security subcommittee revealed yesterday that his group had information of "an effort to establish a Communist cell in Catholic organizations." Jenner cited testimony given here in June by two witnesses de- j scribed as "active participants" in such an attempt. Senate sources indicated the try at Catholic subversion was made some 10 or 15 Venn; ago and failed. i The two witnesses before Jen- 1 ner's group were named as Harold King and Thomas Davin, both of New York City. King was listed as a high school teacher and Davin, both of New York City. King was listed as a high school teacher and Davin said he resigned as a magazine editor because "I considered that It gave scandal for me to be called before this committee." Both men, asked whether they tried to penetrate Catholic groups In a Communist conspiracy, refused to answer, rt n grounds Uic Constl- set cnuRCii on r»s« *

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