The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 24, 1953 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 24, 1953
Page 13
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DECEMBER ZK, MR*.) rmmnsit PAGE THIRTEEN Surrounded by the Enemy, He Felt The Hand of God on His Shoulder FOSTERS, Mich. (AP) — Eugene L. Inman, who felt the hand of God in the battlefields of Korea and through the cold, hungry horror of a Communist prisoner of war camp has decided to dedicate his life to the ministry. The 22-year-old ex-soldier returned here Sept. 21 after three years in. the hands of the Rads. He is living in a trailer next to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Inman, near Saginaw. Soon after Christmas he and his bride of two weeRn, Rosemary, will leave for Kankakee, 111., were he will begin a four-year pre-seminary course st Olivet Nazarene College. After graduation there, he will go to Kansas City for three more .-years at the Church of the Naza- ^rene Seminary, Although his decision to devote his life to religion came only recently, it was nurtured by the sight of death and the brainwashing of the Reds. If began Nov. 30, 1950, In the grim days of the war. Inman and »om« of hi* fellow soldiers of the 9th Infantry, 2nd Division—a battalion at men—were ambushed. Of 2SO men on that battleground says »m»n, he was the only turvtvor. Frayed Surrounded, he got down on his kneei and prayed. "I was afraid," he **ld, "but suddenly I felt something like a hand on my shoulder Mid I wMn't afraid any more." N* wa* coon nwgctttd as a "reactionary." waved pttols ki my fact Mid lhr««ten«d to ktll me. They said, 'Show a* your God—If he really exist* point him out to H« h»d a Bible, and the Reds knew It. Th«y tried to get It, by pertuattoo, by threats, finally they mad* Mm atand in the snow for *re« hours, but he wouldn't glv« up the Bible. H* began to preach. At first, the Red political officers censored bis Mrmon*. They asked him for IttutllnM of hi* prayers. ~ Then they told him they wouldn't revl«w hi* sermon* if he prom- Ued not to 'pr«»ch against them. For Inman that Idea was ab- •urd. "Th* mlnut* you open the Bible, you are preaching against them," he says. "Communism Is a religion of materialism." How could some resist the brainwashing, and others fail? Hoy could some live through the mpn- tal and physical privation? More Than Courage "Well," answers Inman, "if you were in a room with a dead friend next to you, and another who was soon to die, could you emnty yourself of all feeling for them? If you couldn't, you couldn't have taken it." You had to be able to look the benides the ability to purge yourself of all feeling to withstand the pressure, Inman says. You had to have courage, not simple battlefield courage, but the courage of conviction. You had to be azle to look the Reds in the face and tell them what you believe, over and over again. As when Inman told one Chinese the story of Christmas, over and over again. "I'm sure h« knowi It well," he says. Even with tha courage of conviction, the going was rough. On a diet of beans and a few greens, he went from 225 pounds at the tlm« of his capture to a low of 100 pounds. (Now he is back to 190.) On Aug. 30, nearly three years after his capture, he was released. Back home, he met Rosemary Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Miller, in church. The next day he proposed. They were married Nov. 28. Struggle of Conscience All this time, Inman was having struggle with his conscience. Before his Army days he had. he Cherry Signs Printing Pacts LITTLE ROCK MB — Oov. Francis Cherry yesterday signed the controversial state printing contracts for 1954 and 1955 despite his belief that "many of the prices are too high." He laid he signed the pacta because of "the time element." Current contracts for state printing expire Dec. 31. Under the new contracts, the state will spend nearly a million dollars for printing and supplies m the next two years. Two-Year-Old May Not See This Christmas PHILADELPHIA Iffl — Two-year- old Billy Baglivo looked forward today to a Christmas he may never see. Billy Is a victim of the dread blood disease — leukemia — and for the past several weeks, doctors say he has been living on little more than the prayers and faith of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Baglivo. A Christmas party has been planned for the little boy, his seven year old sister. Priscilla, and their pet dog, Cuddles. Baglivo and his wife have all the fixings ready for .Christmas day — or sooner if necessary. says, "never been sincerely religious." But now, he felt he "had experienced the touch of God." In Korea he had carried in his wallet a clipping from the New York Dally Worker. It was in the form of an advertisement, with a picture of Christ, and it said, "Reward—for Information leading to the apprehension of Jesus Christ. Wanted for sedition, criminal anarchy, vagrancy, and conspiracy to overthrow the established government. Dresses poorly, said to be carpenter by trade. Has visionary ideas . . , Alias: Prince of Peace, etc." "When I saw that," Inman says, "I got so mad I tore out address of the newspaper so J could blow it up when I got home." If he couldn't blow up the Dully Worker, he could demolish the Communist myth—with the bomb of Christianity. He also felt he owed God something. • "H It weren't for the help of God," he says, "I wouldn't be her* now." "SUN" SUIT—"Sun Goddess" Marika De Rivera, daughter of Mexican mural artist Oiega Rivera, performs for agents invited to view ner dancing talents in a London. England, music hall Until her husband rented the hall, she had troubl* landing a job. IILUXORA NEWS BT MRS a. 0. OftiVU Churches Hold Chrhlmaa Programs Against a background of the Nativity Scene, the First Baptist Church Training Union presented a Christmas program at Sunday eve- nine services. Special numbers were given by Misses Linda McMinn, Tommle Jo Olive and Wade McHenry. The Rev. J. B. Rlherd wns commentator. The church choir, with or^an accompanist, Mrs. B. L. Houck, presented the musical portion. The First Methodist Church observed Its program at Sunday evening vespers. The Christmas Story was depicted In music, supplemented by picture slides. The church choir presented the program, with Miss Martha N. Head as soloist and D. C. Powlston, choir director, who also acted as commentator. Senior Class Has Yule Party Mothers of the senior class members entertained Wednesday night with a dinner-party and danre for the class, held In the school cafeteria. Mrs. B. E. Thompson, class sponsor, and other faculty members were special guests for the dinner, and other guests Joined the group for dancing. Personals Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Worsley are jpe-y'i'ig Hie holidays with t'.ieir son, Edward, and family, In Phoenix, Ah-/., | Mrs. Uilly Boylcn of Charleston.' S. C., arrived over the weekend for a holiday visit with her mother, Mrs. Charley Watson, and family. Tommy Callls, Westminister, Missouri student, arrived over the weekend for the holiday vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Callls. U. T, L. Stanford, Jr. and Pvt. George Staniord are spending military leaves with their parents, Mr, and Mrs. Stanford. Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Clay Chrisco and family are spending the Christmas vacation with relatives in Arizona. Mrs. J. I. Mifflin and daughter, Betty, left Tuesday for a short visit with her sister, Mrs, W. D. Terry, and family, ,in Smackover. Mrs. Leroy Warren and son have recently arrived from Nntlona! City, Calif., for an extended visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Clark. Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Henry and son left Tuesday for the holiday period, which they will spent! with relatives in England and Pine Bluff. Ruler's Tomb Sought ALEXANDRIA. Egypt 1,11 — The tomb of Alexander the Great may be found near this city following discovery of a huge marble statue which Egyptian archaeological circles believe was buried near the Mrcnc'onrn conqueror. Alt'T"-!) Alexander died in Asia, trrc'i' : . F y lie wrs buried in the vicinity of Alexandria. our frl«ndt — X CHRISTMAS alight vrith our iinc«r«it withal for a ilar-ituddtd, happintlt-filled Yulttid* Matenl from Fine tr\CTTn 1? ^ Parf * Liquors JT L/3 J- -JC/iV 3 Food! 108 N. Broadway TROUBLE? la your car causing you undue trouble? What you and your car need is my expert mechanic's care. What ever the trouble or complaint, we guarantee to satisfy. Call me today—Tom Little. Jr.,—and let your ear troubles be over. Free estimates on all pairs. re- BLYTHEVILLE MOTOR CO. 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