The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1953 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 22, 1953
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1953 BT/VTHEVTU.E (ARK.V COFRrER NEWS PAGE NINE Many Americans Miss Yuletide Joy By WARREN ROGERS JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — Iron bars and the click of Communist rifle bolts are taking the place of holly wreaths and Christmas carols for some Americans aboard this Christmas. They are the scores—exact figures art 1 hard to come by—of Americans who are behind the Iron Curtain and can't set out. Repatriated Austrian prisoners of war reported this fall seeing many Americans in prison camps near Moscow. They gave two names: Lehind Towers of San Mossadegh Gefs 3-Year Sentence Former Premier May Appeal Ruling Of Military Court TEHRAN, IRAN WPI— A solitary coll today awaited weepy, talkative old Mohammed Mossadegh following his conviction on treason charges. It was not known yet whether he would appeal the sentence given him by a military court. The five ir.fin tribunal convicted the former Iranian dictator yesterday on 13 counts of trying to upset Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi last summer and sentenced him to three years in solitary confinement. Mossadegh has five days to file an appeal. His co-defendant and former army chief of staff, Brig. Paghi Biadi, was sentenced to two years and ordered dismissed from the army. The emotional nationalist leader ',>iptood gripping the edge of a bench 1 Curing the 65-mlnute reading of the verdict and only mocked the court when It finished. "I thank you Very much for sentencing me," he said my historic glory." Mossadegh was convicted on charges growing out of his defiance of the Shah's decree dismissing him last August. An uprising led by the present Premier, Gen. Faollah Zah- edi, toppled the old man from office soon after and put him behind bars. He could not have been sentenced to death on the charges, which included Illegally dissolving Parliament's lower house, the Majais, and numerous actions against the Shah and the royal dynasty. The court said however, that it had reduced the sentence because of a mercy appeal last weekend by the Shah. , Francisco and Homer H. Cox of i Oklahoma City. i In the State Department, offi- i cials who handle such matters I said today about 100 Americans I are in Communist China. Precise {numbers are elusive. For one I reason, officials believe that some 'who claim to be Americans actu- | ally are not. Of the 100 or so. it is understood that 31 are imprisoned and one is under house arrest. The others I arc free to pursue their lives but | not to leave Red China. | Most of those in Red China , prisoners are reported to be mis- j sionaries. A few are businessmen who did not leave China before the Communists took over and can't gain the necessary clearance to leave now. Three Seized Last March 21 three Americans were seized by Red Chinese while I sailing aboard the yacht Kert off i Hong Kong. Behind the Iron Cur- j tain they went: Donald Dixon of I International News Service, Richard Applegate of the National Broadcasting Co. and Capt. Ben Krasner of the American merchant marine. Several Americans have disappeared behind the Iron Curtain in central Europe. U. S. Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen has taken up the cases of Towers and Cox with the Kremlin. But the State Department said today he has received no reply—which could mean the Soviets are puzzled over just how to handle his Inquiries, made last Nov. 2 and Nov. 25. Moscow has also been asked to intercede with Communist China in the cases of Americans detained there- But the Russians shrug off such requests, saying it's an affair strictly between China and the United States. The United States cannot deal directly with Peiping since it has never recognized the Communist regime. That is why Russia, other countries and the United Nations are sought as intermediaries. No One Wants on Council TOMBSTONE. Ariz. <7P) — Two seats on the City Council have been vacant for some time now. They haven't been filed, says Mayor Wally Foster, because "nobody wants the job." POLE CLIMBER—Believe it or not, Charles Weaver, of Syracuse* N Y.. only suffered' bruises when his car slid up/this light-pole gray wire. Only the rear bumper rests on the.-ground' after tlie freak accident. Witnesses said Weaver bounccclUhrke. times, when he fell from- the car. Formosa, Like The Sun, Shines Over Red China PANMUNJOM UPl — A smiling Chinese prisoner strolled into an explanation tent today, eyed the Communist Chinese explainers and i bowed politely. He took his seat and listened quietly. Communist interviewers talked on for more than 20 minutes. Then the prisoner broke in. "Gentlemen, I understand what you said, but i can tell you I have already lost confidence in the Red regime'," he told the. "I don't like to blame you. I know that you are employes. I Just want to go to Taiwan (Formosa)." "You know how large Taiwan is?" a Red asked. "It Is only a tiny island." "Yes," the prisoner replied. "I know that. It is tiny. But have you ever seen the sun? It is also tiny as we look at it from here, but the sun, anyhow, shines all around the world and that is Taiwan today. It shines also all over the mainland—China." No Opinion Sought On 'Gift' of Plant LEfTLE ROCK liPi — Atty. Gen. Tom Gentry said yesterday'he had not been asked for an official opinion in connection with the gift last week of a ne wplant near Hot Springs to the state of Arkansas. Gentry declined to speculate on the legal phases which might be involved, and said he would have no comment unless he should be asked for an official opinion. Lifetime Investment! ^.Lasting Beauty! THOMPSON JEWELERS 114 W. Main — Blytheville, Ark. Methodist Bishop Goes to Korea PUSAN if — Methodist Bishop William C. Martin, president of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.. has arrived in fire-blackened Pusan with Gen. John E. Hull. Allied Par East commander. During s 14-day tour. Bishop Martin, from Dallas, Tex., will hold religious services at the front and in rear areas. Rainbow Girls 7 Founder Dies McALESTER. Okla. IJI - W. Marx Sexsin. 76. founder of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls, tiled here shortly before midnight Sunday after an extended illness. Sexson organized tl first girls chapter here,in 1922 arid has been supreme recorder since its founding. How Progressive Can Education Get. AMERICUS, On. W — Mrs. Elizabeth Worthy was painstakingly attempting to teach her school pupils in an early grade the complete alphabet. "Now, jimmy," she asked, "can you tell me what letter comes after T?" "Yes, ma'am." Jimmy Williams replied. "The letter after T is V." .Wlllidfljnnq,., If you plan lo drivR this New- Year's Eve, pasle this thought in your parly hat: In I out of 5 fatal traffic arc!dents a drinking driver or pedestrian is involved. If you drink, don't drive. If you're driving, don't drink. Wre Safety, ^ t th« lift you save may bt your own! Published as a public service in cooperation with The Advertising Council, Orphan Thanks Admiral for U. S. Aid NAPLES. Italy w — A 10-year- old orphan stood bofore a U.S. admiral yrstordny ami thanked America for sending Christmas food to the hungry people of Europe. "We pray God to give you lonp life and happiness; we cannot thank you in any other \vi\y," said dark-eyed Rita Vito/.zi In haHinc English to Adm. William Fechteler, senior U.S. officer in Italy. The sirl was one of 50 orphans brouphi lo the Naples town hall for the ceremony symbolizing the distribution of food parcels from the United States. Two million pounds of staple food items, such as dried beans, vegetable oil. milk and sugar, arrived here Dec. 15. The food, taken from U.S. government reserve food slocks, is beinc distributed throughouf'southern Italy as part, of the armed forces program of Christmas help for the needy. Similar food packages are beinM distributed In north Italy, Germany, Austria and Greece. Before an audience of children, old men and women and priests and nuns, Pochtelor said: "We Americans are ever conscious of the Rrace of Almighty God in making our land one of bounteous plenty ... It is only appmpnalr. therefore, that in this season we should share tht bounties of our Innri." The bluebottle fly completes life cycle in a little more than o U'eek, -wifh the NEW G-E Automatic Blanket Deluxe / Jimmie Edwards FURNITURE CO. 301 E. Main Phone 2487 ENERALOP ELECTRIC learn good grooming Teach your first-grader t^e importance of maintaining a first-rate appearance al all times . . . neat, trim, well-groomed. Washables, laundered crisp and sparkling clean, do wonders for his sense of pride and self respect ... at trifling cost to you (when we do the laundering, that is). LAUNDRY - CLEANERS HAVE A CHRISTMAS HARVEST May your Christmas feast be bountiful . . . your Christmas tree the brightest . . . your holiday, the gayest, and your hearts filied with the rich benevolence of the CHRISTMAS DAY! This —our wish — for your harvest of happiness! RICHARDSON'S CASH GROCERY

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