The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1953 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XLIX—NO. 285 Blythevllle Courier . Blytheville Daily Newi THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER Of NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI Mississippi Valley Leader Blytheville Herald BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1953 EIGHT PAGES Traffic Deaths In Nation: 255 Record Fatalities Expected Over Long Holiday Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's traffic death toll appeared headed for a new Christmas holiday record today. With less than half the long weekend holiday over, 255 persons have been killed in traffic acci dents. That is more than in the comparative period during last year's record toll of 556 in the four day Christmas holiday. Last year's total for the first 33 hours was 225. The nation's violent accidents •ince t p.m. Thursday have taken the lives of 285 persons. In addition to the 237 traffic fatalities, 25 persons perished in fires and 23 others were killed in miscellaneous accidents. The National Safety Council had estimated 510 persons would be killed in traffic accidents alone during the 78-hour period ending at midnight Sunday. But Ned H. Dearborn, council president, noting the rising toll during the first 24 hours of the holiday, said: . Pleasant Weather "Unless motorists put on the brakes, it's going to be the most the Northeast made driving conditions hazardous, resulting in hundreds of accidents. Traffic deaths this year have averaged about 102 every 24 hours. In a recent sample pre-holiday survey .for a 78-hour weekend period, there were 310 traffic deaths — 200 under the council's estimate for this weekend. The The Score deaths by states, traffic, fire and miscellaneous: Alabama 300; Arizona 200' Arkansas 100: California 23 0 2; Colorado 100; Connecticut 400- Delaware 200; Florida 507; Georgia 9 0 Illinois 10 1 tragic Christmas traffic accidents." in history for Fairly pleasant winter weather prevailed over most of the country yesterday and millions of motorists headed for the highways. Icy streets in some sections of the Midwest Rocky Mountain region and Indiana 502; Iowa 600; Kentucky 11 0 0; Louisiana 1 0 1; Maryland 630; Massachusetts 630; Michigan li 5 0; Minnesota 400; Mississipp 030; Missouri 10 0 0; Montana 1 0 0; Nebraska 1 0 0; New Jersey 12 2 0; New Mexico 201; New York 21 0 0; North Carolina 90 1 2; Oklahoma 221; Oregon 300; Pennsylvania 11 1 1; Rhode Island 010; South Carolina 200; Tennessee 601; Texas 11 3 2; Utah 100; Virginia 10 0 0; Washington 400; West Virginia 600; Wisconsin 201. State Deaths Reach! 6; 2 Killed on Christmas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Arkansas' fatality toll for the seven-day period ending next Sunday midnight stood today at 16, but only two violent deaths were reported on Christmas day. A three-year-old boy was the* - — -- .._, first victim of a holiday accident. Marion Lee Johnson perished when flames destroyed his home a Thornburg, a village in Peri- County, early Christmas Morning W H. Johnson, father of th dead child, suffered serious burns in an unsuccessful attempt to pul the boy from the flaming house The mother suffered minor burns but the couple's five other children fled to safety. One of them ran from the house clutching the rifle he had received as a Christmas present. A young sailor, Charles Chennault of Malvern, was killed neai Kot Spiings when the car in which he and two other Malvern men were riding overturned on a gravel road near Hot Springs. Chennault, 21, was home leave from the naval base at San Diego, Calif. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Chennault of Malvern. Injured in the accident were Billy Duke Knight and Robert Jones. West Memphian Killed Floyd Payne, 34-year-old circulation employe of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, was killed Thursday when his small' truck and a fveijht train collided at Simsboro, Ark. Payne, who lived in West Memphis, Ark., was trapped in the wreckage. It took rescue workers more than an hour to free his body from the twisted truck. The victim, who formerly lived at West Helena, Ark., was the father of three children. Another Christmas Eve traffic accident took the life of a 68-year- old visitor from Raleigh, Tenn. Ke was Willie Alexander Whitlock, who was visiting relatives in Eai'le. Whitiock was killed when he was hit by a car after alighting from a bus at Earle. Fireworks Help Mar Holiday for Firemen Here A custom borrowed from pagan peoples of the Far East and currently applied to Christmas helped spoil the holiday yesterday for Blytheville's volunteer firemen. Most of the eight grass fires they extinguished yesterday were caused by careless handling of fireworks, t member of the Fire Department said today. The only alarm not caused by a grass fire yesterday was an overheated stove at 1604 Cherry. No damage resulted. Hope Abandoned For Navy Crew LONDON MV-Hope was given up today for any survivors of an American Navy Bomber that crashed on «n Iceland glacier nine days igo. United States Air Force headquarters here said the search has been suspended because of bad weather. Earlier, > helicopter rescue team Unded beside the wreckage and reported nine crew n?m'o?r» of the Troops Cut yoeiro in Two Viefmmh Forces Inter Town Left By French Army SAIGON, Indochina WIThe vanguard of Communist-led Vietminh forces moved todav into the abandoned town of Thakhek, on the Mekong River border with Thailand, completing a rebel drive to cut Indochina in two. First reports from the area said the Vietminh units that drove boldly acroFs the country from the coastal areas of Annam sent light elements into Thakhek, previously evacuated by the French. The withdrawal of the French ad been announced earlier today | i a communique from the high command. It said the evacuation was ordered to pull as many troops as possible together in order to meet the Vietminh attack. Vietminh occupation of the town, 240 miles south of Hanoi, would ve the rebels a base from which o strike either north or south along he Mekong River. The Vietminh icgaii their lightning thrust across he country four days ago. Folio- ;d Offers The invasion of Laos from Annam followed repeated offers from Hetmfnh chief Ho Chi Minh for a icgotiated peace in the seven-year- Id Indochina war. The French ttitude toward the Vietminh pro- osais is that they have not been officially communicated and that Railway Disasters Mar Yule 362 May Be Dead in Four Train Wrecks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four countries around the world counted a death toll of possibly 362 persons today as a result of Christmastide train wrecks. Two of the rail disasters in New Zealand and Czechoslovakia—were among the worst in history. The other accidents were reported :rom Peru and Pakistan. In New Zealand, an estimated 66 lives were lost when a speed- ng Wellington-Auckland passenger train plunged into a river gorge Thursday night after a bridge had washed out 250 miles south of the capital. The catastrophe cast gloom over the little country at the time it was entertaining Queen Elizabeth on her commonwealth lour. The Bratislav-Prague express in Czechoslovakia smashed into another passenger train near Sak- vice, killing from 100 to 186 pei .Ohio 13 sons according to unofficial piecemeal reports from the Iron Curtain country. The wreck, also on Christmas Eve. may have been the third worst train crash in history. Six Crewmen Killed A heavily loaded ore train jumped the tracks on an Andes Mountain grade 12 miles from Lima, Peru, and six crev/men were killed. The seventh man aboard the train was seriously injured. Another freight train derailment in Pakistan took the lives of four crewmen. This accident occurred yesterday about 30 miles from Quetta in the western part of the country. In Auckland, Queen Elizabeth, broadcasting ?-*r annual Yuletide message to nations of Hie commonwealth around the world, paused !o express her sympathy to the lamilies of the New Zealand wreck victims. The young monarch's 'oice wavered as she spoke of the rrave disaster. New Zealand . Prime Minister Sydney H-;";./'^ yisbfid ^ L Jfcj. cene of the accident "on ,Mt7 luapehu as soon as he was 'notified early yesterday. Internal Affairs Minister W. A. Bodkin was appointed minister in attendance to the Queen, and it was announced that the schedule of her royal tour would not be altered. 135 Missing The engine and five cars of the train, which was traveling about 50 miles an hour, shot into the swollen Wangaehu River shortly SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS Soviet Union Rejects Proposed Jan. 4 Date for Meeting of Big 4 Ministers TOVS GALORE — Shown above are a few of the approximately 200 boys and girls of Blytheville treated to a Christmas dinner and party Thursday under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. The children were given a Christmas, dinner with all after floods had swept away a section of the railway bridge. Another car tottered on the brink a few moments and then toppled into the flood. A rescue organization was set up within a few minutes but 135 See DEATHS on Page 8 Mexican Church Tragedy Takes 23 Person Toll In Panic As Lights Go Out TOLUCA, Mexico lift— The little Mexican village of Temoya mourned today for 23 friends and neighbors killed in a panicky stampede after Christmas Mass in the local church Some 200 other worshipers were injured in the rush for the doors. The tragedy was touched off by i failure of the church's electric ights. Many of the 3.000 faithful jammed in for the midnight Mass ;ariy yesterday were country people unused to electric lights. The parish priest, the Rev. Jose Cruz, said he tried vainly to quell the panic-stricken crowd pushing toward the churches' two doors. Blue Flash "Mass was just finished," he said, "and the congregation was leaving the church. Somebody stepped on a wire laying on the floor. There was a blue flash and the lights went out. They rushed for the doors. "The loudspeaker system has its own batteries and was still turned on. I told them there was no danger Niece Saved By Blytheville Woman A Blytheville woman's quick ac- M^^^^K £ < Bl f ™< >""** T I d "T1"°™ ~ ^^^^^TT^^r^^ - !™HrU^±^ y JZ± " nhd , B!ttS ' this , y ° ulh he » ds Ior "«> ""or «t the Jaycee-Kiwanis inntsmas party to investigate his prize, intent on not losing a thing. The party was given for needy youth of the city, many of saving the year-o , , . ,i IIL-I . Jj ° ' S ' X taui ° n - W= couldn't see much by the light of the candles on the Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Willis, was grabbed by Mrs. White as she came running from the bathroom of the Willis' home with her clothing a- flar-e. Mrs. White ressed the girl £ to her and began beating out the flames. Mrs. Willis joined hr-r in beating out the flames, and both women suffered burns on both hands. altar and around the shrine. "Then when the lights came on again, there was nobody in the church but me and the victims. went around and administered the last sacraments to them. There was nothing else I could do." Bodies of the victims, who included a 2-months-old baby girl. •• -—'" "--- Glenda Mae was t?V:en to John i wcrc brought here from nearby eonsMiuently they will be ignored. | Gaston h o spltal uUn sccond d?grce | Tomoaya for burial. Most of them Gen. Henri Navarre, French commander in In'dochina, is expected to set up his main defense line along the Mekong south of Thakhek in order to defend Savan- nakhet, a provincial capital 80 See INDO-CHINA on Page 8 Fair and Milder Weather Slated For Week End and third degree burns over -10 per ; apparently died of asphyxiation but will be held. of this Mexico state Mrs. White said,, although it Is j capital. 40 miles west of Mexico believed to have been caused either [ City, went to the village yesterday by an open gas hea'er or fireworks. 'to make the official investigation. cent of her body. It is uncertain I autopsies wi how the girl's clothing caught fire. Authorities whom would have had little or no Christmas without it. (Couriei News Photo) By The Associated Press Fair skies and mild temperatures, bringing welcome relief from a cold wave, are forecast for Arkansas over the weekend. The mercury started its climb j ersvllle's from sub-freezing levels Christmas day, and the U. S. Weather Bi $100,000 Blaze Guts Caruthersville Firm CARUTHERSVILLE — Fire gutted the Popham Buick Co. building on West Highway 84 here yesterday, resulting in an unofficially estimated $100,000 in damage. President Turns To Speeches, Golf By MARVIN I.. ARItOWSMITII AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower, refreshed by a merry Christmas with his family, turns today to work on a sheaf of January messages to Congress — and he mav squeeze in a round of golf. at Little Rock said the temperature would hit a high o( 60 degrees today. The fire was reported to Caruth-| aged. Two new models on the dls- sville's fire department around j play room floor in the front of the stmaSjnoon. Firemen battled the blaze for | building were Icsr seriou-'y dari- iureau about an hour before bringing it aged. '' The fire department was fighting another fire at the time the alarm bomber apparently pm-^r.ert. Only mar "' c holiday In Arkansas. The - fr> >(he other j Wonth<*r Bureau says neither rain one body _ iiw „,,„, ., eight airmen were believed buried j nor snow if expected In the state jbefort Christmas yesterday and no one was n the bulling at the time of the Navy Plane However, severe cold still shows I blaze was unknown, up when the sun goes down. Low I The company was closed for' readings ranging from 20 to 25" ' degrees were recorded last night. Little Rock posted the Christmas day high reading of 54 degrees, with Texarkana's 53 running second. Other highs Included E) Dorado 52, Flippln and Pine Bluff 50, and Fort Smith, Fayettevilta and Walnut Ridge 48. There was no precipitation to under control. Most of the Interior of the building was burned out. Origin of the from the auto agency was received. Search Team Finds fire, It was reported. Firemen were slowed for a while by two large door which operated only by motors on the Inside. Some of the plate glass in the front of the building had to be broken to gain entrance. The roof of the concrete block building was destroyed and collapsed on one side. Several cars In the asmry's ro- ftit depiitaient were heavily dam- GUAM I/PI — A search team today found the V. '.ge of a big N» y plane that dlsapeared Sunday while looking for another lost Navy weather plane and said there were, no survivors of the 10 crewmen aboard. The wrpckjiRC of the R4D8 was found In the crntcr of an - -I volcano on tiny Agrihan Island 380 miles north of. hert. the Little White Augusta National The President and Mrs. Eisenhower arrived by plane from Washington yesterday afternoon after a brief stopover at Ft. Benning, Oa., to pick up their son, Maj. John Eisenhower, his wife Barbara, and the three young Elsenhower grandchildren. They and Mrs. Eisenhower's mother, Mrs. John S. Doud, assembled around the Christmas tree last night at House at the Golf Club. The President was in n happy mood and the first lady asked him to lei! newsmen what he had told her Christmas morning before leaving Washington. "I said," Eisenhower laughed, "that I was not going to be mad at anyone today. I was so happy to get away." Grucllnc Month The President remarked that the last month has been a particularly grueling one for him. In It were crowded such events as the Bermuda Big Three conference, his atomic pool speech to the United Nations, nnd a series of conferences with Republican connrps- slonal l«»deti on Uit tdmlnistr*. lion's 1954 legislativ 'e program. . On the President's work docket is the drafting of three messages to Congress. The first is the State of the Union message, which he will deliver In person Jan. 7, the day after the legislators convene. Budget and economic messages will go to the Capitol a few da later. ys k Reds Seek to Delay Talks Till Jan. 25 MOSCOW (AP) — Informed Western sources reported today the Soviet Union has rejected the proposed Jan. 4 date for a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in Berlin and proposed instead Jan. 25 or later. Western dipomatic sources said the Soviets stated there were "administrative difficuties" in the way of the Jan. 4 date proposed the trimmings at the Razorback by owner Sam Johns and then were taken to the Jaycee clubroom to receive toys and other gifts. The gifts were donated by civic groups and residents and repaired by FFA boys and FHA girls. (Courier News Photo) Also to be put together here Is the television and radio report he will make lo the nation Jan .4 on the administration program thus far. He also will outline future goals. Eisenhower was accompanied from Washington by only a small While House staff, but other aides and perhaps some members of his Cabinet will Join him in a few days. Typical Scene The scene last night at Elsen- nt the golf club was typical of the Christmas scene In thousands of other American homes. In the ccntsr of the spacious Reds Blast Korean PW Commission Charges Made By Communists Members By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PANMUNJOM (AP) — The two Communist members o: the Korean repatriation com mission have accused the other three members of a "very serious violation" of "international agreements" in ending efforts to win prisoners home, the official Peiping radio said today. The charge was in a statement issued by the Czech and Polish members which was broadcast by the Chinese Red radio. The Bed delegates were angered by the majority decision of India. Sweden and Switzerland to end the 00-day explanation period at midnight last Wednesday. The Czechs and Poles termed the decision "an arbitrary interpretation" of the armistice agreement. The Communists have insisted that there should be 90 days of actual explnnations. They had talked with anti-Red Chinese and North Koreans only nine days during the period which began in September, and accused the Allies of obstructing the explanations. Agreed With U.N. The repatriation commission's ruling agreed with the U.N. Command position—that the truce agreement set a 90-day period available for Interviews rather than specifying 90 days of actual interviews. The Czech-and Polish statement said: "Not only the entire spirit of the terms of reference prisoner agreement) but their explicit provisions grant both sides the right to conduct explanations for the whole period of 90 days . "The decision by the majority . . . amounts to a very serious violation of the terms of reference of the Korean armistice agree- mcnt . "The Czechoslovak and Polish delegations are strongly opposing such violation of international agreements and can never agree to an arbitrary interpretation as tf explanations to the prisoners of war . ... had been carried out. . ." No Change Indicated The Reds asked the commission again Saturday for more explanations, Peiping said. However, there was no indication the commission would change its stand. Of about 22.600 anti-Red Chinese and North Koreans who refused to return to their Communist homelands, the Reds interviewed See REDS cm Page 8 by the West on Dec. 8. The Soviet counterproposal was given in notes delivered to the U. S., British and French ambassadors in Moscow at noon. The notes were reported very brief. They have not yet been officially published. Object to Site The sources added the Soviets also appeared to object to the Western proposal that the Berlin- conference be held in |he former Allied Control Authority building, in the American sector of the divided city. It was reported the Russians proposed instead that the four high commissioners in Germany confer in advance on an alernative Bite. The Soviets, however, are still willing to meet in Berlin, which was originally their suggestion. They had previously agreed to the idea of a four-power conference but did not specify a date. The Soviet note, coming only today, gives the West short notice for altering the Jan. 4 plan. In their last note, the Western powers suggested that the questions of Germany and Austria be discussed at the parley but let the way open for the Soviets to bing up any other questions. Want Red China In The Russians want a bfjt fiv« meeting with Red China taking part. Western spokesmen have made it clear publicly they would like to limit the proposed conference to consideration of the long-delayed 3erman and Austrian treaty settlements. Allied sources have stressed that he West has no intention pfechang- ng its known position of the cen- ral issue of German reunification: That free nationwide elections nust come before formation of an 11-German govern m e n t. Russia ias demanded. just the opposite: m all-German government and hen elections. Paris Paper Says Atom Is 'Tamed' PARIS W— The newspaper Parls- Fresse says American atomic scientists have discovered a way to "denature" Plutonium and other atomic materials so they can be used for civilian purposes but never for aeapons. The newspaper, which gave no source for its report, declared yesterday this development was behind President Eisenhower's recent proposal that the United States, Russia and other nations contribute to an international pool of atomic material for peaceful In Washington, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Commission said he had no comment on the report. Paris-Presse, one of France's leading afternoon papers, said the United States was prepared to give other countries, including Russia, its secret for taking the lethal kick out of atomic bom'i materials. The process, it was claimed, would eliminate fears that contributions '.o the American-proposed world 'nuclear bank" could be used for war. Blytheville Boy's Letter to God Reaches Kentucky Via Balloon While other Blytheville children were pondering over letters to Santa Claus this week, Charles wrote to God. And he sent the message straight up into the heavens. Only It never quite reached God. Mrs. Bryan Bagby, Elkton, Ky., wrote Sullivan Nelson Chevrolet Co., lhat she found a balloon (used n promotion of the 1954 Chevro- et), back of their barn near Elkon. "ft had a note tied to It and two me cent stamps on it. Written by iomc little boy. It was addrc-sed lo 5od. We couldn't make out some f .the message, but it was signed Charles R. "I would like to know who he is. touched me to think that he •ould write to Qod at this time of ear when so many children arc /riling to Santa Clans. The Blytheville firm gave out as filled balloons on Dec. 18. Mrs. Bagby found the one near • home on the morning of Dec. 20 20. Brightwood is 30 miles northeast of Charlottesville. Weather ng o living room was a gaily decorated 1 150 miles south of Louisvill Chr'slmns tree. Beneath H W oro | However, n 13-vear old the family Rtfis, several of them , B.Kjhtwood, Va., found on gee IKE on PM» ( bov in , of the balloons on the afternoon at Dec, ARKANSAS — Fair today with Increasing cloudiness tonight and Sunday. Warmer Sunday afternoon. High today upper 50's, Low tonight near 30. MISSOURI — Fair with littls change in temperature tonight; Sunday increasing cloudiness, windy and warmer except turning colder extreme north by evening. Maximum Thursday— 42. Minimum Thursday— 19. Maximum yesterday— 50. Minimum this morning— J4. Sunrise tomorrow— 7:M. Sunsot tMny— 4:58. Precipitation 4t houra W 7:00 ft. m. today — norte. Mean temperature (midnr betWMU hlKh nnd low)— 37. Precipitation Jan. 1 to date— W.14. Tlil« n.Mf tin Year Mnxlmvim ycsterfiAy— 53. Minimum yesterday — .11, Prcctptutlon Jannu«rj 1 M

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