The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1953 · Page 1
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December 24, 1953

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX— NO. 234 Blythevillc Courier BlythcviUe Daily News Mississippi Valley Lender Blythcvllle Herald THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BIA'THKVILLE, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER.24, 1953 SIXTKEN PAGES SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS W«*MweiMWWW Beria, Six Others, Shot In Russia Secret 5-Day Trial for High Treason Held By RICHARD KASISCHKE MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union closed the books today on Lavrenty P. Beria. The government announced that the longtime boss of the secret police (MVD) and six of his henchmen \vere shot by a firing squad yesterday atfer a secret five-clay trial. The Soviet Supreme Court found them guilty of high treason. Beria. 54, held the Soviet Union's highest honors and had been elevated to the No. 2 Kremlin post of first deputy premier and interior minister after Joseph Stalin died nine months ago. Three months later, in June, Premier Georgi Malenkov's gopernmcnt arrested him and denounced him as a traitor to the state and communism. The execution announcement today was the first disclosure that Beria's trial had been going on since Friday behind locked doors. Traitors Cremated The hearing opened two days after the Soviet press, published indictments against Beria and announced the names of the six other defendants. The papers at the same time started blasting the seven as the vilest kind of betrayers and reported that mass meetings throughout the country were unanimously calling for their deaths. (In past cases of executed traitors, the bodies have been cremated and disposed of without further announcement.) The eight-man tribunal, under Marshal Ivan S. Koniev. a World War n hero, passed sentence after "The guilt of all the accused was completely proved in court by the evidence and also by oral and written confessions," the government newspaper Izvestia said. Charge Goes Back to 1919 The official announcement said Beria and .those who had conspired with him tried "to put the Ministry of Internal Affairs above tile parly and the {Jovermnent for the purpose of seizing power" and aimed "for restoration of capitalism." As early as 1319 Beria "occupied the post of secret agent" in Azerbaijan, acting with groups "under the control of British intelligence See EKRIA on Page 2 CHRISTMAS CONTEMPLATION — Silhouetted by the light of a blazing; Yule log. this family group finds holiday gaiety tempered by quiet contemplation of tile spiritual meaning of Christmas. Thoughts of the Christmas hustle arid bustle, the impending arrival of Ssntn ana the inimitable Jan. 1 b;l!s fade in Ihi; ^!o\v oi the burning ioiJs and riei'per thoughts emerge. (Courier News Photo) ••& Christmas 1953 Is Most Since Beginning of the Cold War ••^ *j* I By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Christians the world around looked forward today to one of the most joyous observances in years of (lie birth of Jesus. They were buoyed by ihe greatest hope for peace — justified or not — since the start of the cold war. Although officials were skeptical, millions in Kurope fell Ihe threat of war had ebbed \viih the signing of the Korean truce and indications that the Soviet government was paying more attention to the welfare of its people at home than to spreading the Communist gospel aboard. The 1 end this yonr of the fishtins now quiet front, | on tourists aw.iy proved tmfound- ! in Korea ami thr- vrlDnse of thou- : In line with Ihe sencral prosper- ' cd. The Rrc.itest influx of visitors ity niui relaxation throughout the ; since the 1948 Palestine war was Red POWs Shun News Conference Miss Chance To Explain Choice By GEORGE A. McARTIIUR PANMUNJOM (AP) — Twenty-two Americans w h o disowned home for communism failed to show up today for a news conference they had requested to explain their choice. Instead, three Koreans — also converts to communism — appeared. They said the Americans had changed their minds about talking. • The Koreans denied reports that fear instead of belief in communism was holding some of the Americans. 'Look into the matter and see," they urged Indian custodian troops. The Americans packed for a Christmas Eve trip back to their main prison compound in the neutral zone, leaving the area where they spent the final days of Allied efforts to win them home. The explanation period ran out Wednesday midnight (10 a.m. Wednesday. ESTj. Special Menu At the mam barbed-wire compound, ail the former Allied soldiers who have chosen communism will be reunited—22 Americans, 1 Briton, 327 Koreans. They were separated when 250 Koreans attended Allied explanations and the others balked. : ^ ! "5jJ-i' isoners wi " observe Cij^fei^ffSs with a special menu of beef, cfiicken, pork, fruit, wine and beer furnished by the Cnmmu- Sce PRISONERS on Page 2 . f I f*»ft ef rood, Gifts Meal at Rarorback Folfov/ed by Jaycee And Kiwunis Party Issues Warning To French: Ratify EDC FOOD FOR CHRISTMAS — Three members of Blylheville Lodge 1507 of the Loyal Order of the Mno;;c load food boxes onto a truck for distribution to needy families here. They are (left to right) Paul Byrum. Ira Ray Gill and Neely Flowers. The Christmas packages c'ontain an assortment of food. (Courier News Pholnl Woman D^es In Wreck on Way to Dyess The grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Jones of Dyess was seriously hurt and his wife was killed in an auto accident, thai occurred near Newport yesterday as the couple and.,their children were en ri'He to Dyess for a Christmas visit. Three small children in the car escaped serious injury. State Police said. One suffered a broken leg Cpl. Carl L. Jones, 24, who is stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. Mo., apparently loa-t control of the car and it overturned afler leaving the highway, officers said. He was taken to Harris Hospital in Newport. i pro.-nrnms America. Here, as .... , , . _ , , , lothcr lands, traditional Christmas '. ' )lacc of chrifit - Fp!irs thal Arril> I i Israeli tension , the border di- | Eve feM.ivitif>.s nnri ceremonies ,.,... , r . . UTI-C (he order of the day. j vmmff the hol > r Land mi - nL fn S nt ' But some? (rouble spots still i _ _. _,.. blotched the world's face as the faithful prepared for the birthday , of the Prince of Ponce. French Union troops s tripled on in their I war against the Communist-led Viotimnh rebels in Indochina. Brit- "j'l': ish forces stood guard in Malaya against junkie forays by Red Chi- Sam Johns, proprietor of the i Razorback Drive-In, once again j threw open his doors to welcome I between 150 and 200 of the city's \ needy, mostly children, for a ChrisL- . mn.s dinner today. The annual Razorback dinner was one of the highlights nf the yearly Greater Pride in Community Here, Kiwanians Told President Says U. 5. May Have To Alter Policy By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER WASHINGTON (A P) — President Eisenhower gravely told France late yesterday the United Stales will reappraise its basic European policies unless the proposed European Defense Community providing for German rearmament is set up soon. The President expressed this view in a statement as the third move in an extraordinary campaign directed by Secretary of State Dulles to carry the EDC issue directly to the French people and win their support of it. Eisenhower acted little more than an hour after the French Parliament, on the 13th ballot, elected Sen. Rene Coty to be the new president of the French Republic. Thus the first Important foreign policy step of the American government following- Coty'vS emergence as a figure on the world stage was a sharp reminder that the United States is counting on EDC to provide peace and security for Western Europe. Fears Germany EDC is a proposed six-nation si nny, to include a united command and in one uniform troops from France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Originally proposed by France, it has been stymied by inaction of the French Parliament. The reason usually cited is French [ear of n rearmed Germany. At the time of his election, Coty'e position on EDC was not publicly known. The 71-year-old lawyer, at Independent Republican by party, See IKE on Page 2 Worth P. Holder, manager of the Weather Ex-Con Caught In Hayti Store HAYTI. Mo.—A man. one month out of Mute prison, was can:;ht in ARKANSAS — Fair this after- the act of breaking into a grocery noon, tonight and Friday. Slightly' store here Monday ni.qht. by the . warmer this aHenionn. Continued Proprietor. nc.se guerrillas and m Africa's j co id, tonight. Rising temperature Robert Mcivirans Is in city tail operation of every single.citizen. do ; Brickey Heeds South Missco Poiio Drive one 01 me mgru.'snis ni me yearly , ,„,. H , tn1 , in / im K f ,vc n f \\^ K\ ' \ Marcn Junior Chamber of Commrrcc-Ki- ., val ^J| ^hib that ''we, as citizens of| do '" Mr ' Holdcr addcd> " U WC cnn | M''- wanis Christmas party which was j Biytheville, must cultivate n'great-j R eL together and get the job done. | losing I In Korea, a special airlift flew | tons of last-minute Christmas mail j to the thousands of American 1 troops still stationed in that, wnr- ! torn country. Special services, in. cnirting more Hum a dozen Masses ; celebrated by visiting Francis Car- ! ciinal Spollmnn, Roman Catholic i archbishop of Now York, marked Christmas Kve observances on the ! 42.12. Minimum this inornlng--l2. Sunrise tomorrow—7:0.5. Sun.stt today —4:55. Precipitation East 24 hovirs si m. today—none. Mr. Burkley. Mr. Buckley railed the nifiht pa- Irnlniiin \vhn mack- the HiTeM. .Mo M"Hns v,-:is r."-]p:i>r-d from (lip Missouri .St.;; lo Pf-nit "-ijtinry aboil', a month afro v/hi-'iT lie served ;i r-n- t.fiiee for shoot in:' ;it police olfji.vr.s in KcnnoU. Chie! Brooks sukl. OSCEOLA —Arthur Brickey of Osceola has been named chairman nf the South Mississippi County March of Dimes campaign. Brickey announced the fol- j _ ___ _ n ] ( _ workers: .tagcd today. jer'prklc in'our community if wc are! The individual can try. but it is! Harry Minton and Mrs. Bill It culminated a month-long ef- ' to build our city." j going to take all of us to do the \ Thomas, Osceoln; Mrs. A. B. Roz- fort to provide, in addition to full ; speaking at the weekly meeting i J° b -" ' " " " " " ' tummies on Christmas Eve, toys O f th,e club in Hotel Noble, Mr.' Mr. Holder said lack of civic' which are to be enjoyed by the Holder used as his topic "The Big ; pride can be serious barrier to \ children long after Christmas Day. : They" and svressf'tl the full coop-i any city seeking to advjmi-e Many of the toys were put in eration of every Blythevillc citizen j dustrinlwi.se, and "we must culti- in builc-ing a better Blytheville. jvate a greater civic pride if we; "How often nave you heard thisjaro to build our city. question risked: 'Why don't THEY i "Recently." he 'said. "T have! (jnt an industry mr Blytncvllle? J beard a number of people remark '. When arr T'fEY t-oir.i, to do sorne-l 'ha 'Blythoville is going to the [ thinfi?' In my office, I hear ii;dngs.' Well, if BlytheviHe Is going! cv^ry day. j "Arcortling to (he 1050 census, there arc If).234 'THEYS 1 in BlytlK:- vilel and the welfare of our community is rtci)C'i\cU'!it .upon ovovy \ fine of thorn. Yes, v.chn are THEY' qointf to do somctbiny?" Mr. Holdfr .slntod Ibnt more pay- working order by Future Farmers of America and Future Hornem;;k'jrs of America chapters at the high school. They were collected by .layeees and Kiwanians, \vho al^o were helped by the Mox and Ritz theaters—both staged picture show par- lirs and took toys, candy and Jruit as admission. All was- inrncd over if* the party. Following their Christmas dinner, the children wore lakrm i.o ihe Jaycce club house where they re- l! " p dn^s. we, as citizens, infj it iio there." rolls and industry are Ihe io K dav ntih will 'cause of the ('hrisimas no Courier News wil islirrl l«inorr«\v. 1'nblir. br- resumed Saturday. li oli- be i lion elle. Usxora; Mrs. R. E. L. Wilson Ilf. Wilson: A. A. Adams, Reiser; Mrs, L. P. Bowden, Joiner; Mrs, W. B. Burkelt. Bassett; Tom Callis. Burdette; H. A. Segraves, Carson bake; F. O. Anders, Childord- Whit.ten; Dennie Mullen, Denwood- Bivdsoug; Mrs. D, L. Trannum, Driver; C. F. Floyd, Dyess; Mrs, J. B. Sharpe, Etowah; Mrs. Leslie Speck, Sr.. Frenchman's . Bavou: G. T. Lemons, Marie; Mrs. ; R. K. Tcttlecon. West Ridge; C. \V. 1 Hoover, Victoria; Mrs. Lawrence . Wondard, Crews Lateral; Bryan Bonds, Bondville. South Mississippi County last year collected 55,003 but Mr. Brickey poink-d out that due to the demand for gamma globulin, he has yf.l this year's goal at S10.000. Through the Holiday, They Remain at Jobs The average Blytheville citizen takes his Christmas holiday pretty much for granted. He expects to get the day off, and docs. Rut he also expects tho services wbich are a vail able to him the other 364 days of the year to be ready as his needs arise on Christmas. Thus, it won't be a holiday for everybody tomorrow. Photographs here represent a few of the ninny jobs which will be manned tonight, tomorrow and tomorrow night. Symboh/Jng those jobs which must b the city bus driver; the county and state police; active every day are (from the left) railroad's ticket agent-telegrapher; city, Arkansas-Missouri Power Co, employe, who keeps -an eye out for trouble. {Courier News Photo Feature)

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