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Today's News Today A P. LEASED WIRE AND FEATURES NI5A FEATURS SERVICE Weather Forecast Partly cloudy tonight: low about 40. Tuesday partly cloudy and mild; chance of a few showers. VOL. LXIX.--NO. 42 Press Run Today Post --9.050 } Total--16,925 FREDERICK. MI)., MONDAY, DKCBMBBH 3, 1951 TWELVE PAGES PRICE--THREE CENTS eds Propose Behind - Lines Inspection By Neutrals ;.P.Gives lontraet For few Building Baltimore Firm To Erect Structure To House Dial Equipment To Be Installed Here Cummins Hart Construction Com- Ipany of Baltimore was the successful .bidder on a building to house |chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company dial equipment in Fredrick, it was announced today by j-ank Simmons, local C. P. manger. The amount of the bid was ot made public. One of seven, bidders, the Cum- Imins Hart Company under its con- Itract will be responsible for erection of the three-story structure _of reinforced concrete frame with ·masonry walls. Equipment to trans- Iform the community to dial service Iwill be installed by the Western ·Electric Company and telephone [employes will make necessary hanges in home instruments. .The dial center will occupy the ..fiajor part of the lot to the rear lof the East Patrick street telephone I exchange and office building. J Construction is expected to be- ligin in the very near future, Mr. ISimmons said, probably during this I month since the completion date is I early summer of 1952. The spring lof 1953 will see Frederick convert- led to dial service, he said. B Total C. P. budget for the [Frederick project is $1.5 million 3ut cost breakdowns will not be" [tiade public, the local manager ,jaid. Bids were received for con- Istruction in the Baltimore office I November 29 and were opened I there in private by company ex- Jecutives. Three local builders sub- Jmitted bids: Lloyd C. Culler, Fred- lerick Construction Company, and JR. Patrick Turner. New Section Of Rt. 15 Open A new section of U. S. Route 15, main route to the north through Frederick, has been virtually completed between Harmony Grove and Hansonville and has been opened to traffic, it was learned today. The relocation covers about half a mile and includes a new bridge over Tuscarora creek, eliminating a so-called "temporary" bridge which had been in use for more 1|ian ten years. It makes a "straight cut" through the land, eliminating a tortuous section of highway replete with curves and dips, along with the old bridge on which two large vehicles could scarcely pass. Contractor L. R. Waesche, it is understood, has some minor touching up work to be done but the project is practically finished. It has been under way for more than a year The contract called for an Expenditure of $143.333 for the relocation and new single span steel bridge. Resurfacing of Route 40 between Frederick and New Market is nearing completion, it was reported. The T. Edgie Russell Company, which holds the contract, has made excellent progress on this job. Two Taxicab Drivers Are Found Murdered - N E W P O R T NEWS, Va., Dec. 3 (/pi--Two taxicab drivers--one a 1 double amputee--were slain brutally over the weekend in this tidewater Virginia area. Officers said the slayings were "the work of a maniac." An intensive manhunt is in progress. Police today officially listed robbery as the motive in both killings --one sometime Friday night and fftie other during the night Satur- Nlay. The body of Luther M. Callis. 55--stabbed four times with an ice pick and the head crushed by a blow irom an auto jack--was discovered early yesterday in nearby Warwick county. Exactly 24 hours before, the body of Anthony Michael, 28--stabbed nine times around the abdomen and wa ist--was found about five miles from the spot .where Callis' corpse was located. J) Callis, who lost, both legs years ago in a railway accident, was lying face down beside his empty cab. Beside his body lay the bloodstained ice pick and auto jack. Money, a ring and a watch had been taken from the body of the Seaford widower, father of one son. The body of Michael, World War II veteran who was married and the father of two children, was located early Saturday in a ditch. His cab was gone, and police finally t mnd it four hours later near Fort ustis. Also missing were all of Michael's personal possessions. DWELLING SOLD At a public sale held on the premises, the eight-room frame dwelling of the late Henry C. Remsberg, located on Broad street, Middletown, was sold to Mr. and Mrs. F. Ross Foltz for 88,000 Saturday. Personal property was also sold and some of it brought good prices, an /·Id secretary desk going for $307. TOaurice F. Remsberg conducted the sale as administr?«.or d.b.n.c.t.n. with Emmert H. Bowlus, auctioneer, and H. Kieffer DeLaiM«r, attorney. State Grange Meet To Open Here Tuesday 200 Delegates Are Expected; McKeldin To Speak Wednesday Nignt The Maryland State Grange opens its 77th annual meeting at 10 a. m. Tuesday in the Francis Scott Key Hotel. Some 200 delegates are expected to register this afternoon and evening for the sessions which will continue through Thursday. Edward F. Holter, Middletown dairy farmer, is state master. ·,, Preliminary resolutions to be presented to delegates for balloting will be prepared in meetings this afternoon of the resolutions and agriculture committees. Pomona Masters will hold a meeting at 7.30 p. m. today to plan a work program for the year. This will be submitted to delegates at sessions during the conference. Frederick countians will be hosts to delegates at an informal reception from 8 to 10 o'clock this evening on the mezzanine floor at the Francis Scott Key Hotel. Ten o'clock Tuesday morning is the hour for official opening of the meeting. Exemplifying the American ideal of family life, each delegate and his subordinate officially representing a local Grange must be man and wife. The same ruling applies to alternates. In office holding women are given special consideration. They are barred from no office and election to four positions is restricted to female candidates. Wednesday afternoon the 13 State Grange offices will be filled for the ensuing two-year term during a general election. Governor Theodore R. McKeldin will be "principal speaker Wednesday evening at the banquet in Calvary Methodist church. Henry R. Shoemaker, Frederick county agent, will be toaslmaster and the program will include a talk by John Thompson, Charles county, winner in the state essay competition of FFA, and by Betty Rhoderick, Mt. Pleasant, whose highway safety essay. "What Kind of Driver Do I Want to Be?" won her an award. The Hood Choir will give musical selections. National Master Hershel Newsom will speak at the Tuesday afternoon session after he addresses the noonday meeting of the KiwaAis Club. Russell H. McCain, chairman of the State Roads Commission, will explain roads programs and problems the same afternoon and the meeting will be attended by Dr. Gordon Cairnes. Dean of Agriculture at the University of Maryland. Thursday will conclude the conference with routine reports and a panel discussion on building better Granges. V. S. Wants, Crew Freed WASHINGTON. Dec. 3 (/P)--The State Department said today the United States will take "immediate action" to free the four-man crew and an American Army plane reported forced down in Communist Hungary. The department at the same time rejected a Moscow charge that the plane was carrying equipment to help anti-Communist "spies and saboteurs" behind the iron curtain. The blankets, parachutes, maps and portable radio on the plane were described' as standard emergency equipment. The C-47 cargo plane with its crew of four disappeared Nov. 19 on a flight from Munich to Belgrade. Yugoslavia. A Tass agency dispatch said yesterday Soviet fighter planes forced the U. S. craft to land at a Hungarian air field several days ago. Injunction Is Asked By Bill A mandatory injunction to compel two defendants to remove barriers ?nd keep open an alleged public road in Johnsville district which leads to property where mining operations are to be conducted is sought in a bill of complaint entered in Equity Court here. The complainants are Mrs. Fannie I- Six, of near Johnsville: her son, Joseph D. Six; Luther A. Baumgardner, of Frederick, and the Frederick Lead and Zinc Company. The defendants are Mr. and Mrs. Ervin I. Eisenhower, also of near Johnsville. Mrs. Six and her son. according to the bill of complaint, filed through D. Princeton Bucky, M. Holmes Fout and T. West Claggett, Jr., leased to Baumgardner the rights to mine certain minerals on her land and tlje lease was assigned by Baumgardner to the Frederick Lead and Zinc Company. Along the north side of the leased land, it is said, there is a county road in use for over 50 years and never closed by legal action. The complainants say they have used the road for the past ten or twelve years and as recently as the spring of 1951. Some time within the past three weti'cs, they say, the defendants obstructed the road by placing metal stakes and stretching wire across it. The complainants further allege signs forbidding trespass were posted and an oral warning was given that no one should pass along the road. They say the value and use of the leased land will be permanently injured by deprivation of use and there is no other means of ingress and egress to the property. In addition to the mandatory injunction, they seek a restraining order preventing the defendants from putting up any barriers to prevent free use of the road, posting signs, making threats, etc. Associate Judge Patrick M. Schnauffer signed an order directing the defendants to show cause by December ' 18 why the injunction should not be granted. CHARGE FILED Charged with disturbing the peace at'Winchester Hall Saturday night, Harry M. Jenkins, Germantown. Route 2, was taken into custody by Officer King. He was summoned to a hearing in magistrate's court next Saturday. Egypt Ousts Correspondent CAIRO, Dec. 3 W)--The Interior Ministry today cancelled the Egyptian residence visa of Fred Zusy, Associated Press Chief of Bureau in Cairo. Cairo press reports charged him with "bad faith"' in his news reports. An official of the ministry's passport division told Zusy that he must leave Egypt on or before Friday. Abdel Basit Al Haggagi. director of the press department of the Interior Ministry, said Zusy's expulsion was ordered because of "bad faith" in his reporting. He said Zusy had be r i warned "several "times" that his work was "aimed at harming the interests of Egypt." Zusy denied receiving any such warning.. (This dispatch, sent through Egyptian censorship, did not specify what Zusy had done or written to be charged with "bad faith." The Associated Press headquarters in New York has received no indication or complaint from any official or non-official source that Zusy had been doing any more than discharging his obligation to cover trie news.) The pro-government newspaper Al Misri printed a dispatch today saying Zusy was being expelled in a week for "bad faith and dishonesty" and "activities against Egypt's interests." Zusy first heard of the decisions last night through a report prepared for publication in today's issue of Al Misri. The Al Misri story said El Din had "asked the director of the Press Department to cable the general manager of the Associated Press in America to inform him that the Cairo office will be left open with all its employes in it and to indicate in his cable the bad faith of this correspondent, Mr. Zusy, and that the Egyptian government is ready to accept any other correspondent as a replacement, provided he will have the two qualities of truthfulness and good faith." (No cable from Al Haggagi has been received at the general offices of the Associated Press in New York.) The Al Misri story said the press director "warned Mr. Zusy in two private meetings of the consequences of his activities against Egypt's interests." "The correspondent answered that he is free to do his press duties as his conscience dictates." the story said. Sabre Jets Score Victory SEOUL, Korea. Dec. 3 MP) -American Sabre jets, outnumbered four to one. scored a sweeping victory Sunday in the mounting battle for aerial supremacy over Korea. The Far East Air Forces reported five Red MIG jets were shot down and three damaged without loss of any Sabres. Allied and Communist jets tangled in two brief air scraps high over northern Korea today. The Filth Air Force said two Communist MIGs were damaged and all Allied planes returned safely. It was the eighth day of jet-to- jet combat. U. N. pilots said the Red flyers were far less eager to fight than on previous days. The Air Force said 684 sorties had been flown up to 6 p. m. The calm alon£ the Korean ground front remained unbroken. The Eighth Army reported no significant action up to noon. There were a few light contacts on the central and eastern fronts. Two Autos Stolen Here Are Recovered Two automobiles which were stolen from city streets in approximately the past week have been recovered, State Police have been informed. The Oldsmobile sedan of Donald Shoemaker, B. and O. avenue, which disappeared from its parking place in the 200 block Of West Patrick street Wednesday morning, has been reported found in Wolfordsbur.g, Pa., which is near JMcConnellsburg, police said t h i s morning. Shoemaker is being notified. Earlier the Dodge sedan of Charles Brusl, stolen Sunday a week ago from its parking place on West Church street, was found in North Carolina and returned 1 to the owner. Apparently both cars were abandoned and no arrests were Eight Deer Slain First DayOfSeason Number Reported Until Noon Under Recent Openings; Largest 130 Pounds Hunters were out' in force but kills were comparatively few in Frederick county this morning as the annual six-day open season on deer got under way in mild temperatures. Eight kills had been reported by noon at the official checking station at Lewistown. with the largest approximately 130 pounds. Around a dozen deer had been slain at the same time on the first day of the h u n t i n g season last year and 22 kills had been reported by noon on the first day of the record year of 1949, when the first day shooting accounted for 57 animals. There were 38 in all killed on the first day last year. The largest deer this morning was an eight-point buck shot by Chester L. Grove, of East Eighth street. Mr. Grove bagscd tHe deer with his first and last shot of the season about 10 d'clock between Thurmont and Emmitsburg. Clifford Clabauch, Thurmont, checked in the first deer of the morning. He shot the five-point, 124-pound buck about a mile north of Lewistown in the mountains about 8.30 a. m. Deputy Game Warden Marvin Myers, who is in charge of the checking station this year, reported these other kills during the morning: W. E. Gundlesperger, Dundalk, eight points. 117 pounds. Daniel S. Cool, Emmitsburg, four points. 99 pounds. W. D. Bowman, Smithsburg. four points. 92 pounds. Alfred N. Myers, Wesl minster, eight points, approximately 125 pounds. Dr. Charles E Pruitt, Brunswick, five points, 93 pounds. Ray Nogle, Thurmont, six points, 125 pounds. The weights as given are all estimated dressed weights. The oldest deer shot this morning, the deputy game warden reported, was about three and a half years old several others were about two and a half years old. The warden said the checking station would be open until about 7 p. m. each evening this week for the convenience of hunters, who are required by law to check t h e i r kills there. Deer hunting--for buck with two or more points to one antler--is legal through Saturday from sunrise to sunset. The limit is one buck per season. There had been no reports of accidents involving hospitalization up to noon, which was considered fortunate in view of the large number of hunters who were in the mountains. $57,192 Welfare Budget Total Asked Is $3,653 Below This Year's Requirements, Figures Show The Board of County Commissioners this morning was asked to allot $57.192.11 as Frederick's share for 1952 in the Board of Public Welfare budget. The figure, $3,653 under the current year's local expenditures, is the total for the county's estimated need, as shown in the relief budget filed by Board members in the Court House today. Largest single item in the schedule is S25.709.44 for Old Age Assistance. Representing one cent per $100 of assessable property. S9.24S.-10 is shown in the category for Aid to Dependent Children. Public Assistance to the Needy Blind accounts for $1.120.73 and aid to Permanently and Totally Disabled, under General Public Assistance. S3.721.80. GPA funds total $9,147.(0. A d m i n i s t r a t i v e and Auxiliary Services are set up for $8.244.14. Last year's total county budget for welfare work was $60,845. The I local contribution is matched by Federal and state funds on schedules specified by law. Recent changes in expenditures at the national level have cut the county's share of financial need, said Francis J. Connolly, Welfare director. In recent years strict,enforcement of regulations locally also has served to reduce materially the case load of the relief office. Need and eligibility for assistance must be proven by the applicant and frequent case checks are made to determine current status. Despite l i b e r a l i z a t i o n of grants to meet rising cost, of living indices, the local Boa) d of P u b l i c W e l f a r e shows reduction in expenditures for the year 1951 and in the case load in several categories. Here h Oi\der Read To Troops Which About Hailed Shooting More Local GIs Return SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 3 VP-Two ships are due to dock today with 103 Marylandcrs among veterans being returned for rotation leave. The Army listed those from Maryland as including: Frederick--Pvt. Charles D. Riggles. 33 East Fifth street; Cpl. Marshall F. Thomas, 313 West South si reet. Emmitsburg -- Cpl. Walter E. Muench. Eisenhower Tlafttered' By Results Of Poll WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 7P--Gen. Dwjght D. Eisenhower says he is "flattered" to learn he is regarded by many House members as presidential timber. But, in a letter to Rep. Cole ( R - N Y ) , he gave no indication whether he will be available. The New York Congressman recently took a poll of House Republicans which gave Senator Taft (R- Ohio) 71 votes and Eisenhower 54 in first choices for the presidential nomination. He sent the results to Eisenhower. 'Silent Night, Holy Night' (Editor's N*)lc: In a dispatch cleared yesterday t h r o u g h sencral heiul- quarlers censorship of General RidK- wuv's U n i t e d N a t i o n s command. Kob- rrt Eunson. chief of the Associated Press stafl' in Japan, and Korea, reported f u r t h e r details concerning mil- i t a r y directives which led to n temporary halt in Rronnd fifthtlriK along the Korean f r o n t lines. I Tin- l u l l In Krouncl action was reported by Associated Press war cor- rct-poudeiits, and all others In Korea. last Wednesday. These reports led to oflle'al denials that any "cease-fire" order had been Issued and to statements by the White House press secretary that AP dispatches xaylnK there had been a "complete. If temporary halt" to ground action were "not true " The W h i t e )iou-;e also disclosed the text ol a m i l i t a r y directive to confirm no "cense tire" had been ordered. This did nut explain the origin or detail of instructions which a c t u a l l y reached the f r o n t lines and which .specified, in effect. V. "N. troops were not lo shoot unless shot at, (Kunson's dispatch recapitulates the sequence of a b a t t l e f i e l d directive on the basis of (he f u l l e s t information thus t a r obtainable. Efforts by the Associated Press to obtain additional details Ihiit would bo passed today by the censor and lurther c l a r i f y the situation were unsuccessful.) By KOBKUT KUNSON TOKYO, Dec. 3 (fl~"i--tPassed by censorl--A source considered extremely reliable told this correspondent that the following order was rend to n battalion in the U. S. First Corps on Nov. 2R. 1951. and was signed by JV1aj. Gen. John W. O'Danicl, corps commander: "Preamble--it w i l l he impressed on all troops t h a t hostilities will c o n t i n u e u n t i l a cease-fire agreement is reached. During Ihe remainder of armistice negotiations, every effort will be made to avoid casualties and to demonstrate our willingness to honor a cease lire. "The policy w i l l be: 1. Avoid all casualties. 2. Demonslratr willingness to honor a cense fire. 3. M a i n t a i n present defensive positions. 4. Reconnaissance patrols only will be sent out. 5. Avoid engaging the enemy unless he threatens our positions by (ire or movement. 6. No olTensive operation, including raids. 7. Artillery and mortar lire will be limited lo counter-battery only. 8. Defensive flre will be only against enemy attacks including concentrations of enemy troops threatening our positions or against fire in support of a counler-atlack. 9. No exposure of our own troops on features thai would draw enemy I fire." This correspondent has reason to believe these same orders were handed down to all front line troops in Korea. The above presumed orders were followed by new directives issued November 29. This correspondent was informed the following is a paraphrase of the new directive issued to the same battalion: To avoid misunderstanding, the policy will be: 1. Method--Present forward defense localities will be maintained. olTensive and defensive action as necessary to maintain them will be continued. 2. Patrolling--Patrolling will be confined to aggressive reconnaissance patrols. 3. Artillery--Enemy fire will be retaliated in 'he ratio of five to one. Harassing and counter-battery fire will be on known gun positions and enemy locations. Enemy in the open w i l l be engaged but suspected enemy movements will not be engaged'. 4. Our own positions xvill fon- ( i n u e to be improved. 5. All normal precaution* will .still apply. 'Freeze' Of Troops And Arms Asked Move Appears To Be Major Concession But Allies Wonder Who Are Neutrals Reply Evade*! By Vishinsky PARIS, Dec. 3 (/Pi--The "Western powers tried to pin down Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Y. Vishin- sky today on whether Russia would agree that the prohibition of atomic weapons and the start of international atomic control could be come effective simultaneously. They got no answer. Following a secret two and a half hour disarmament discussion among the Big Four--Russia, Britain, France and the United States --A western spokesman said U. S. Delegate Philip C. Jessup asked Vishinsky: "Would the Soviet Union a d m i t inspectors I h e very day after the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on prohibition?" Vishinsky did not reply, he said. The west, has always m a i n t a i n e d t h a t there can be no unconditional prohibition of the atomic weapon without a fool-proof international inspection system to guarantee obedience. Russia demands immediate prohibition of the bomb and then a discu.ssion of controls. Church Members Riol , Over Pastor's Ouster FORT WORTH. Tex., Dec. 3 W) --Dozens of church-goers were carted off to the police station yesterday when a riot over ouster of the pastor broke out in Ihe street in front of the Ross Avenue Baptist church. Several church members swapped blows. Not content, the churchgoers broke into heated argument, at the police station, Police Lt. Wilford Matlock said. He threatened to place all of them in jail. Matters quieted and all were released. Officers said that technically none of the Baptists had been placed under arrest. Six policemen were required to stop the riot. j The trouble began when church ' members voted to oust Rev. W. W. Baker as pastor. Baptist congregations, under church practice, elect and oust ministers by congregational vote. When Rev. Mr. Baker arrived. Rev. L. T. Adams Sr. and several other persons refused to allow "him to enter the church. That started the fight. Rev. Mr. Adams is a retired pastor of the church. The church, which has a white congregation, is not affiliated with the Baptist General Convention (Association), to which the majority of Baptist churches belong. It was in 1818 that Joseph Mohr, young parish priest, wrote the words, and Franz Grubcr, church organist, (he music to "Silent Niffht, Holy Night." What inspired this lovely carol--and the stories behind other familiar Christmas songs--is told in our Yiileti'le strip. "THE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS" Now Appearing in NEWS Two Killed In Crash In Fog On Boulevard LAUREL, Dec. 3 ()--Two men were killed today when their autos collided in a heavy fog on the Baltimore-Washington boulevard. State Police identified the victims as Raymond E. King, 44, of Washington, and Lloyd Scwell Quynn, Jr., (11 Baltimore st.) Savage, Md. State Trooper William D. Thomas said King worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and Quyr.n for tho or' 1 and Ohio. Testimony By Clark, McGrath To Be Invited Supreme Court Justice, Attorney General To Be Heard W A S H I N G T O N , Dec. 3 (/TV- C h a i r m a n K i n g ( D - C a l i O said today Supreme Court J u s t i c e Tom Clark and A t t o r n e y G e n e r a l Howard M c G r a t h will be i n v i t e d In test i f y at House s u b c o m m i t t e e hearings on tax law enforcement. K i n g told newsmen l h a t the two will be heard l a t e t h i s week, in a l l probability, if they w a n t to testify. He said Clark would he given an o p p o r t u n i t y to "clr-ar t h e record on his p a r t i c i p a t i o n " in plane trips to Florida f i s h i n g spots with T. Lamar Caudle and others. Caudle, ousted former Assistant A t t o r n e y General, has t e s t i f i e d lo m a k i n g several t r i p s in Ihe private p l a n e of Troy W h i t e h c a r i , Charlotte, N. C., businessman who was having tax troubles. Clark acknowledged over the weekend t h a t he took perhaps as many as three trips in Whitehead's plane. Both Clark and Caudle said they did not know, when they took the trips, t h a t Whitehead was in any tax troubles. Clark's trip;: were w h i l e ' h e was Attorney General prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court bench in 1940. King said McGrath would be asked to comment on Caudle's testimony t h a t McGrath approved acceptance by Caudle of a $5,000 commission on an airplane deal, and also approved a trip Caudle made to Europe to help two wine merchants get dollar credits out of Italian banks. King indicaled that neither Clark nor McGrath would be subpoenaed --that is that they would simply be invited to testify and not served with papers requiring them to appear before the House group, a Ways and Moans subcommittee which is m a k i n g a general inquiry into irregularities and questionable practices in connection with tax collections. Caudle's job as Assistant Attorney General embraced the duty of prosecuting tax frauds. King voiced indignation at "demands" of Republican committee members that McGrath be called, telling newsmen "it was obvious to a n y o n e , that Mr. McGrath would be called without the need for such public demands." Republicans have been making such "demands" for several days in discussing the committee's work with reporters. Wholesale Egg Prices Record Sharp Decline CHICAGO, Dec. 3 (/TV-Wholesale egg prices dropped sharply today on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, U. S. extras, the top grade, sold at 51 cents a dozen. This was down 7 cents from Friday, down 14 cents from a week ago, and off 20 cents from the high of 71 cents posted Nov. 15. Current prices are 10 to 15 cent. 1 ! lower than a year ago.- Traders said the sharp slump could be attributed to the favorable producing weather and the heavy receipts in the Chicago market. Weekend receipts were 21,465 cases, compared with 15,9i3 a week aco and 15.009 a rear aco. e- Reds Can Have A Cease-Fire If They Want Only Four Conditions Necessary To Bring End To Shootinff SEOUL. Korea, Dec. 3 (/TV--H looks as if t h o Communists can have an unofficial but very real ccaxf-firp on the Korean ground front any t i m e they want 11. According to i n f o r m a t i o n now available to the Associated Press, all they have to do is follow four conditions: 1. Stop all attacks on allied positions. 2. Keep their artillery and mortars quiet and out of sight. 3. Send out n o t h i n g more t h a n small scouting patrols and keep a tight, leash "on theso. 4. Keep their heads down. If the Reds fall in with these four points, the front line shooting war in Korea will come to an almost complete, if informal and possibly temporary stop. It is necessary to insert the word "almost" for two reasons: 1. Since it is not a formal agreement reached by both sides, it can be changed or reversed on a moment's notice. Z. Since it is not an ironclad agreement enforced by strict orders, there is nothing to prevent an occasional lapse into a shooting scrape. Such a slip might come on either side from a misunderstanding of the enemy's movements. Or it might come as a reflex action lo sudden surprise, as when two nervous and trigger- conscious patrols bump into each other on a dark night. But aside from an occasional accident, Communist understanding and acceptance of the four points would bring about a de facto cease- fire in the precise sense of the word. As far as anyone knows, the allied high command has not told the Communists that in so many words --either at Panmunjom or anywhere else. But for the last five days the allies have been demonstrating that policy across a 145-mile front, and it has often been said that actions speak louder than words. BUY CAR The County Commissioners today purchased a new Chevrolet sedan from Key Chevrolet Sales, Inc., ot this city, for the use of the county assessors in their travels from district to district placing valuations on property. The contract price to the county was $745 after considering a substantial trade-in allowance on the old car used by the assessors, which had been garaged because of needed repairs. The bid was the most advantageous of three received for a new car, the commissioners said. Delivery is expected in the next few days. DEED RECORDED A deed was recorded in the clerk's office for the sale of a property on the east side of Franklin street from Mrs. Blanche Lowell to Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Brown, consideration being around $6,000, according to revenue stamps. CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK NEW YORK, Dec. 3 «P)--The Christmas season arrived "officially" in New York today with the setting up of the traditional tree in -Rockefeller Pla?a. $·. MUNSAN, KOREA. Dec. 3 Communist truce negotiators to'day proposed behind-thc-lines inspection by neutral observers and a "complcle freeze" on troops and arms in Korea, possibly pax'ing the way for agreement on another step toward an armistice. The move appeared to be a major concession on the part of the Reds. In the past they have refused adamantly to allow observers behind their lines and have insisted on the right to build up their armed strength while an armistice is in force, The .surprise compromise plan immediately drew from allied envoys more than a score of searching questions. The big one was: What neutral nations do the Communists have in mind to police the truce? The Communists said they would answer 21 questions posed by the U. N. command when the negotiators meet in Panmunjom at 11 a. m. Tuesday (9 p. m. est Monday). The offer to permit inspection learns behind Communist lines was the Reds' biggest concession, even though they stipulated that any such inspection should be limited to "mutually agreed upon ports of entry." The Reds sprang their surprise proposal at an afternoon session today. The big question -- Which nations the Communists consider neutral -- m i g h t prove a major stumbling block. A m o n g countries officially neutral in the Korean war are such Russian satellites as Czechoslovakia, Poland and the Balkan nations -- not to mention the Soviet Union itself. On the other hand, there are relatively few western, countries which hnx'e not participated directly in the war or supported the allies through voles in the United Natjons. Specifically, the Communist plan for breaking the deadlock over supervising the armistica provides: 1. Neither side would Introduce into Korea "any military forces, weapons and a m m u n i t i o n under any pretext d u r i n g an armistice." 2. Both .sides agree to ask representatives of nations neutral in the Korean war to form an organization responsible for inspecting such "ports of entry in the rear as m u t u a l l y agreed upon" and to report to a j o i n t armistice commission. The United Nations command interpreted ports of entry to mean seaports, airports and rail and highway centers. Aflor handing Communist' negotiators the list of 21 questions, Vice Adm. C. Trunor Joy, chief U. N. delegate, suggested that the entire m a t t e r of supervising the armistice be turned over to two- man subcommittees which would meet Tuesday at 2 p. m. (midnight Monday, est.) North Korean Lt. Gen. Nam 11 replied that he would answer the questions Tuesday and that subcommittees could be named if the allies accept the prposal. Joy said he could not even consider the Red plan until he had the answers to the 21 questions. Joy's Questions Joy's questions concerning the proposal to freeze troops and weapons during an armistice included: Would the proposal prohibit the replacement of soldiers evacuated for illness or injury or sent home on rotation? Would it bar the replacement of one military unit with another of the same strength? Would it prevent replacement of ammunition used in training or an exchange of weapons of the same type? Would it permit unlimited construction of airfields? And what did the Communists mean specifically by "military forces" and "weapons?" If the negotiators could agree on inspections behind the lines and a ban on either side building up its armed strength presumably the way would be cleared for settlement of agenda item three -- supervision of the truce. Then the delegates, could move on to the next big problem -- reaching agreement on how to exchange prisoners of war. They would have one more hurdle to cross -- formulating recommendations to belligerent governments, including a plan for future withdrawal of troops from Korea. The negotiators have met seven times since they formally adopted a provisional cease-fire line -agenda item two -- which will become the center of a buffer zone 2% miles wide if an armistice is signed within 30 days -- by Dec. 27. If no agreement is reached during the 30-day period, then the cease-fire line will be redrawn just before an armistice is reached to take care of changes resulting from battle action. MARKET CAUTIOUS NEW YORK, Dec. J (#)---The stock market advanced cautiously today with mo$ «t *h* gain* in small fractions. 'SPAPERI NEWSPAPER I

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