The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 15, 1953 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 15, 1953
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PAOBMX (ASK.)' COURIER NEWg ttTESDAT, DECEMBER 18, tt* Inside the Bamboo Curtain 15 Million Troops Man Red China's 'Sea of Bayonets' EDITOR'S NOTE: From th« Hone Kanf listening post comes thin exclusive series of dispatches, telllnr how thlnes are going in- llde the Bamboo Curtain, N'GA'i Pulitzer PriK-winninj correspondent, Fred Sparks, spent a • month In Honf Kong, talking to people fr«h from the land of M»o. Thl« l» the wcond of three mrtlclw. By FRED SPARKS NEA Staff Correspondent HONG KONG — (NBA) — Take the entire population of New York City. Double it. Give everyone modern infantry weapons and military training. You'd have an army of 15,000,000, the largest in the world — except for the Chinese Communist Army and auxiliary units, which is now exactly that size. Instead of letting the Chinese generals take a siesta, the Korean truce needled recruiting. The end of the shooting freed the trainloads of material being destroyed in Korea lor fresh troops. They're not creating this sea of bayonets to march In a Communist "peace" demonstration. Peiping's propaganda says frankly it is to (1) repel "imperialistic" invasion and (2) "encourage" communism elsewhere in Asia. Few Korean veterans are being released, and a OI bill of rights is as unknown as a free election. Some aging sergeants who fought revolutionary battles for years before Korea are being "retired" to their villages to direct the r./- Jitla, or home guard, 9,000,000 strong.' The militia, which carbon copies the Soviets, is fast signing on every man from 18 to 55 with enough strength to shout "Long Live General Mao!" The Chinese will now keep step from the cradle to the grave. In cities, the home guard titled "Workers' Militia" and or. ganized in factories like bowling teams back home. For example there's the "Canton Steel Tubing Syndicate Rifle Battalion." Besides doing squads right, the militiamen have. their brains soaped thrice weekly with the latest party shampoo, guaranteed to wash out any pleasant thoughts about Washington, D. C. BRAIN-WASHING, scheduled three times a week, guarantee that the Chinese Communist Army has no pleasant thoughts abou the U.S. Naturally, the militia is available to swat locals who doubt that Mao & Malenkov are the greatest po- )ttlcal dance team since Lenin & Ssalin. The regular ranks. (6,000.QOQ to date) are filled with volunteers, easy to get. Before Communism, the average Chinese doughfoot en- Joyed the same public respect as the baggage coolies who sleep in the streets- When a new outfit came to town, daughter w a s locked in the closet and the family gold buried in the yard. Today soldiering is a profession with much face. Just like our GIs ealute "the uniform, not the man," 60 Chinese girls are urged to "love the uniform, not the man." For the pleased boy inside, the defini- RECRUITING INI) UCEMENT the fact that the Red Chim Army Is fed twice the easy to get volunteers. civilian fare. Other attractions make it tion is unimportant. Army chow is twice the civilian fare; the soldier can buy rationed items denied others; the government provides free labor for the family rice paddy during his absence; he'll get a double share of land In the promised reform split when released; and there might be some overseas travel, perhaps to Indo-China or San Francisco, Crack Korean regiments, replaced by green troops, have been split into training cadres to tench the best ways to kill Americans. A gentleman, who recently slipped Red China, attended a veteran-run questlon-and- answer session at fin urmy camp and it went like this: 3—"What is the best lime lo nt- tack?" t—"At nisht. Americans are afraid of the dark and we have eyes like cats." Q—"Were the Americans better fitted than \ve? A—"Yes. We were naked but for our spirit. Americans wore armored vests like ancient warriors Our bayonets would not pierce these vests " This public admission of U.S. supply mastery is encouraged; it helps propel the drive to build war industries able to give Chinese soldiers everything but pocket A-bombs. During the Korean conflict, only the lightest weapons antl ammo were made in China, the rest donated by Russian and Balkan Chums. China's first automobile plant Just opened In Harbin. It will produce Russian style jeeps. The first tractor plant will produce light tanks. Communist, c a in p a I g n pledges of two shoes in every closi't, and nyp.tea kettles on every stove must wait. Chinese soldiers are now conscious of security—with h best buddy a possible part private-eye—they don't even te mom their unit or where statlone But to travelers one thing is ob (Wliftmeis! Now you can re-power your FORD Car or Truck with an RECONDITIONED FORD ENGINE! OM.Y AN AUTHORIZED RECONDITIONED FORD ENGINE GIVES YOU ALL THIS: • Genuine Ford Parts—new or completely reconditioned • Bu» to Ford-factory standards in Ford- airthorized, Ford-inspecfed plants ™ Material and workmanship fully guaran* •wd by au*orrzed reconditioner Mate Suns. It's an Avthomed Reconditioned FbrdEngii 6 8.8 ' - ONE DAY SERVICE PHILLIPS MOTOR CO. Broadway & Chickasawba Phone 4453 vlous: vast flatlands have been reserved for para trooping—and Formosa Is an excellent DZ (Drop Zone)Colleges are being drained for pilot-candidates as the air force fattens on Soviet MIG,s and anybody who can tell a clutch from a carburetor is popped into a "motor" school. But for all these cries of a brave new world, the Chinese still see dragons in the night. A spanking fine Russian armored motor launch was recently turned over to a Chinese crew at Vladivostok. After toasts were swapped in vodka and rice wine, the Russians were startled to hear what sounded like a short bursi of automatic gunfire. The new ere w, taking no chances, had set off a long sirimj of firecrackers to drive away the devils. (Tomorrow: The new Great \Vall.J FAKE OFF - The photographer got this straight from the camel's mouth as he moved in for this picture at the London, England, zoo. Although too close for comfort as tar as the photographer was concerned, George is a favorite of children who visit the 200, Peron Frees Opponents BUENOS AIRES, Argentina f/pj— President Juan D. Peron's government offered for congressional debate today a bill to grant amnesty to scores of imprisoned opponents Salon Wants New Joint Committee WASHINGTON OP) —Rep. Frel- inghuysen <R-NJ> says he will Introduce a bill in Congress to sat up a new joint committee that would conduct the investigations of communism now carried on by three existing congressional groups- Frclinghuysen said on a TV broadcast that .some of the investigations have caused international complications and were conducted under ' - no real code of fair play." and to thousands in exile. As a prelude, Peron over the week end freed 75 political prisoners. Swede Says Reds Tried Mt. Everest Russians Reportedly Sought to Beat British to Peak STOCKHOLM, Sweden <JH — A Swedish mountain climber and explorer says the Russians tried to beat the British to the top of 29.002- foot Mt. Everest but that six of the Soviet climbers died in the unsuc- ce.ssful try. Anders Bolinder. 29-year-old lead• of a Swedish-Italian expedition to the South American Andes last year, told the Stockholm newspa- ;er Svenska Dagbladet yesterday of the reported Soviet assault on :he world's highest peak. He said :he account came from two Tibetan guides who fled to Nepal. The Russians tried to reach Mt. Everest's summit from headquar- ers in Communist-controlled Lhasa, Tibet, in the autumn of 1952, Bolinder said. They gave up after six members ofthe 32-man party risappeared on the mountain's icy! northern slopes and never admitted hey had tried, he said. The following May, two members if ,1 rrit'sh expedition — Edmund lilirry of New Zealand and Tiger Tensing, a Nepalese guide — became the first men to scale Everest. treat yowsttf likeagumt? Retains Flavor Salt never loses its flavor. It is a definite chemical combination of two elements, sodium and chlorine, and cannot lose any of its properties, but can be rendered useless by mixing with foreign matter. The Straight Kentucky Bourbon SIRtlBST KdHIICKV 8M80N • 6 VU1S OU) 86 PROOF • ©1953, ANCIfNT Ki DBDUJS CO., fMTOT, XT. rent-Top Car! Now really sec the scenery—and high (radio lighls—without bending your head. The permanently fixed transparent section is made of super-tough plexiglas. 1954 Mercury's revolutionary new Sun Valley lets you see through the roof! Yet that green-tinted plexiglas section gives hard-top protection against wind and weather. No, this isn't one of these somcday-maync "dream cars." The new Mercury Sun Valley is already in quantity production. It's on display right non; at our showroom. And it cos/s much Irxs than you would expect. You have a wonderful sensation of driving with no top at all—except that you enjoy llie wind and weather protection of a standard sedan or hard-lop. The soft light that filters through llie sea-tinted plexiglas top is cool, rcstlul—like swimming under water. Even the interior trim is specially designed to match the spirit of this new kind of car. Entirely new 161-horsepower engine — The new Sun Valley, like the 7 other stunning, nevfly styled Mercury models, features a completely new overhead valve V-8. 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