The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 18, 1953 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 18, 1953
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/RrDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1953 BLTTHEVTLLB fARK.V COURIER NUWI PAGE FIVE Red Purge Trial Will Be Huge Spectacle By TOM WHITNEY NEW YORK (AP) — The world — Russians included — soon will be treated to the spectacle of one more Communist purge trial in which the defendants abjectly confess to treason. This time the accused are seven men, four of them Stalin's homeland of Georgia and all veteran police and intelligence executives. Heading them is Lavrenty Beria, who for 15 years ran the dread Soviet secret police and other security organs. The Soviet government gave them power of life and death over the millions of Soviet citizens and they used it — as every Russian knows—to send many to exile or death. How many the world may never know. Soon they themselves will Btand up in a Soviet court and declare that all along they wore taking their instructions from foreign Intelligence services and exercising their extraordinary powers to sabotage the Soviet Union. This is the meaning of the docur ment published in Moscow on Beria and his henchmen ycviterday. Already Guilty It is not clear whether this is the formal indictment against them. It is also not clear yet whether their trial will be held in secret or be attended by certain invited members of the Soviet public and also possibly foreign newsmen and diplomats in Moscow. These questions don't seem to matter a great deal, for in any case the main outlines of the charges are clear and a guilty verdict is a foregone conclusion. Most of Moscow's latest document is not new. It repeats the accusations already made last .July that Beria plotted to seize power, that he sabotaged government agricultural plans, that he attempted to undermine the Soviet policy of nationalities, that he was a foreign spy. New Names What is new is the list of men accused of plotting with Beria. On it is one new name of importance —Army Gen. Vsevolod Merkulov, former minister of state security and later minister of state control until Sept. 17, nearly three months after the Beria arrest. It was not previously known that Merkulov had been arrested. The list of the accused also lakes clear that the Beria trial apparently to be restricted in scope to police executives only, and mostly Georgians, and prob- ably will not Involve big namei in the U.S.s.R. other than Beria and Merkulov. Also new In the Beria document are the specific charges that he was an agent for 34 years with Transoaucasion anti-Soviet organizations, one of which allegedly a.> sociated with .British intelligence. No Involvement with Americans is yet charged., though it is certainly quite possible some such charges will be made at the trial. The Soviet government could, now that the Beria case has waited nearly six months, simply have announced without details Beria'c conviction and execution. It could even have said nothing more about Beria. Big Show Instead it has decided to make a fairly big thing of the trial. This seems to indicate that the Malen- kov government feels it can use this show to make good Its charges against Beria, and to gain popularity with the Russians. That the trial and subsequent execution of these hated policemen will be popular with Russians can be little doubt. Among other things it signalizes the expulsion of Stalin's Georgians from positions of power, and the return to Russian hands of all organs of high authority in Uie Through a Hole Fresh Meat for in the Wall- the Natives By FRED CHEVAL Congo I^PI—A native butcher stands beside a pile of fresh meat in a warehouse along the rallyards in the Katanga province mining cen- ALMOST HUMAN—Pretty Valerie Araence is in for a great disappointment if she ex pects her new boy friend, "Gustave," to have a heart. All she'll find is wire and electric equipment which make Gus almost human. The eight-foot monster, on exhibit at a Paris, France, library, astounds visitors by opening his mouth, walking and carrying a girl his arms. Correct Installation Provides 1. Maximum Reception. 2. The saving of costly damage to the structure on which it is mounted. 3. Safety frw.n the possibility of serious injury—or even death. For Safety's Sake . . . 1. Locate antenna so if it falls it will not come in contact with electric lines. Keep it iiu-ay from electric lines a distance of not less than the height of the mast, plus 8 feet. Strengthen all antenna masts over 10 feet high with guy wires. 2. Keep guy wires away from electric wires. 3. Install a lightning arrester approved by Underwriters' Laboratories. 4. Ground all metal masts or toivcrs with No. G or No. 8 wire- bonded to a water pipe, if possible. 5. If possible have the work done only by a competent technician equipped with the necessary tools and equipment. 6. An annual inspection of anchors, llttings, guys and connections by a qualified TV service man Hill assure safe and efficient service from your antenna. ter of Kipushi. In the wall next to him is a big slot. At intervals there is a knock on the wall and for each knock the butcher slips a chunk of the raw meat through the slot. Outside, hundreds of chatting na live housewives—wrapped in • loir cloths, their children hung on their back—are lined up with buckets One after the other they get the! family meat ration from the slot one for each knock by a "Kapita' (foreman). Workers get about ! pound and a half of meat and nearly two pounds of fish a week women and children over 10 slightly less. This is one of the many functions performed by the uranium ore pro ducing company, Union Miniere di Haul Katanga, for its native workers and their families. Fair and Square Why the slot in the wall? A com pany official explained; 'If the butcher could see his clients, he would give the best piece of meat to those of his fam- ' ily or to those from his tribe. With the slot system and the neutral kapito's knock on the wall, distribution is as fair as can be." Kipushi—also the site of rich underground copper and zinc ore pits —carries on an extensive welfare program for its native workers. Not far from the distributing lots, native mothers and their children stand under shady euca- hptus trees, to be processed through a dispensary. If necessary, they will be sent to tt nearby hospital where modern equipment md modern drugs are available. No one at the Union Miniere pretends this is charity. It's all part of the company policy towards better production of uranium, copper, cobalt and zinc. The dome is presumably an architectural adaptation of the shape of a tent, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. THEATRE Manila, Ark. (Wide Vision Screen) FRIDAY ONLY "Double Dynamite" With Jane Russell Groiu'ho Marx & Frank Sinatra Four Children Die in Fire PITTSBURGH Wl — Four small children perished yesterday in a fire which gutted the family's quarters in a three-story apartment house in suburban Bankin.' They were Barbara Jean Allen, 6; her sister, Carol Anne, 4, and her brothers, Dennis, 3, and Raymond, 17 months. The mother. Mrs. Pauline Allen, tripped and fell down the stairs while trying to carry the baby to safety. Dazed and badly bruised, she groped her way to the door and called for help. "There was smoke all around," she said. "I couldn't see the children." Several other families in tl building escaped unhurt. Fireme said an overheated stove may ha caused the fire. British research scientists hav produced what is said to be th brightest man-made photoflas lamp. For one-twentyfiith of a sec ond, It is as bright as the sun Demand, accept only— St.Joseph ASPIRINT WORLD'S LARGEST SSlltt AT 100 MOX - Theatre - On West Main St. In Blytheville Show Starts Weekdays 7:00 Sat. Sun. 1:OC On Our Wide-Vision Metallic Screen LAST TIMES TONIGHT Double Feature SATURDAY "STAMPEDE" With iiod Cameron & Johnny Mack Brown Sal, Midnight "FEUDING FOOLS" With ,eo Gorcey & The Bowery Boys Sunday & Monday Stalagt? tlerrmt DON 01JD mm-im-mmm Flying Leathernecks With John Wayne & Robert Ryan PLUS CARTOON SATURDAY Double Feature MMUD urrnn MMUCTON -AND— Popeye Cartoon & "Zombie" Serial Sat. Owl Show 11:30 LONG MEMORY PLUS CARTOON U.S.S.R,—Including now the police as well as the Communist party and the Soviet army. But some Russians are likely to be skeptical when It comes to giving full talth and credit to the specific charges that Beria and his men have been working for foreign spy agencies for 34 years. This, by implication, would make Stalin, Malenkov and everyone else around them very gullible and easily fooled men, which Russians are not likely to believe they were. For Die world outside the Beria trial is an ominous sign that Mal- enkov cannot get along without the purge trial technique any more than could Stalin before him and that there will be more such trials in the future. Stalin is to some extent being disavowed by the new rulers of Russia but not apparently his methods. Soviet Composer Openly Criticizes Music Policy NEW YORK Wl — The Now York Times says the noted Soviet composer Aram KhatchaUitian has publicly criticized Soviet policy on music. The Times quoted nn article by Khatchnturlan in last month's issue of the publication Soviet Music urging that Soviet composers be freed "{Tom (h« petty tutelage of *M staffs of musical Institutions." The article attacked much of ttw music which has been produced In Russia In recent years, saying It was "written without creative elan, with a glance over the shoulder, expressing the fenr that something untoward might happen." Before World War n, nearly nil lily bulbs in the United States came from abroad. About 27,000,000 were brought here In 1940 alone. Today, most of Hie lily bulbs in the country are produced here. Read Courier News Classified Ads CREDIT JEWELERS {•Z LOCAL CBf PIT I FOR LOCAL PfOPlC , 8Y LOCAL KOm I GIFTS 114 W- MAIN Save up to $5.00 a pair in our SAMPLE K.SALI SIZES 4B and VALUES to $10.00 Aren't you the lucky one ... if you wear size 4B or <lB'/ 2 ... just look at the savings we're offering on nationally advertised shoes . . . come early and see these (errific values! Colors and materials galore. High and medium heels. To Hold Yult Dinner The Rainbow Girls of the Negro chapter of the Order of Eastern Star here will hold a Christmas dinner at 8 p.m. Monday at the Ne?ro Center on South Second Street, It was announced today by Jlmmte Jjou Hughes, worthy matron. The United States gets about ona third of its copper from Chile. Where Happiness Costs So Little for the Entire Family! The panoramic wonder of the wild orgies of the Orient magnificently presented on our Giant Wide Screen December 20-21 HQS&iS RAVAGE A COHTIHEHT m FUMES! This Christmas give shoes, house shoes or hosiery from Westbrook's Family Shoe Store, Blytheville's headquarters for foot wear. The Family Shoe Store offers a complete line of house shoes and hosiery for all the family. $195 MEN'S TWO TONE OPERA TWO TONE BUOWN & TWO TONE WINE ' MEN'S, WOMEN'S & CHILDREN'S LOAFER SOX and up MEN'S TAN LEATHER 95 ACME COWBOY BOOTS Narrow & Meniium Widths $195 W5 $1 J <° I GIVE A GIFT CERTIFICATE AND BE SURE WINE or BROWN FELT With Hard Leather Sole BROWN LEATHER OPERA FLEECE LINING $695 GIVE GORDON HOSIERY 1 uUe5Wrook J™^ FAMILY SHOE STORE hu*>f '**&- ! *-- > *-^''--'*'^^ufik\>"~*^)^iM$"^»*^ -•>

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