The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 20, 1954 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

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TUESDAY, JUL1 10, 1954 BLYTHEVILL1 (AB1.) WCTMBU JTEW1 Army's Crime Busters Case of the Missing Major Here's the first look anybody's ever had inside the confidential files of the Army's hush-hush criminal Investigators — the first of a. four-part series on world-wide sleuthing, intrigue and mystery. * * * * By DOUGLAS LARSEN NBA Staff Correspondent CAMP GORDON, Ga. — (NEA) — A few weeks ago a terse message from the office of The Provost Marshal General in Washington was received at this camp, where the Army's voluminous criminal investigation records are kept. It said simply: disappearance. Before his active duty in the Army, Clark was employed as a reporter and copy desk man for the Bergen Evening Record in Hackensack, N. J. Friends there described him as intelligent and conscientious. He drank infrequently. His hobby was hunting. He was an officer in the N. J. National Guard, which led to his active duty when war came. "Need Clark file." Lt. Jervie P. Fox, the able young man in charge of the CI files, knew exactly what was wanted. Thick and dog-eared, the "Major Robert Roy Clark Case" is the oldest one he has on the "alive" docket. As it turned out, this particular request was in connection with a lead which proved to be just another blind alley, as they have all been for the past 10 years. The disappearance of Maj. Clark on March 17, 1944, is one of the most intriguing mysteries MPs have ever tackled.' • » » The file reveals that among the scores of state and local police, FBI agents and insurance investigators who have since worked on it, many conclude that Maj. Clark is probably alive today, living quietly in some community under an assumed name. This is his story: At the time of his disappearance, Clark was stationed at Raleigh, N. C., an intelligence officer for the Eastern Defense Command. He drove off in his cream-colored 1941 Dodge coupe, saying he was going to Ft. Bragg, N. C., on business and would be back that night or possibly the next day. That was the last the Army ever heard of him. Seven months later his car was found in the woods near Camp Mackall at Raeford, N. C., by hunters. It had been expertly camouflaged with branches and pieces of his Army gear. Unimportant personal papers and his pistol were found hidden nearby. Other personal belongings were found in the car. A check revealed that two pieces of good luggage and a quantity of shirts which he had taken with him were missing. There were no. fingerprints, bloodstains or evidence of a struggle on the car. The worth of items left in the car indicated that robbery was not a motive. MPs made an exhaustive search of the woods and found no other clues. In going through his records and past life, MP criminal investigators discovered he had been, cheerful, well adjusted, and completely happy in his Army career, although he had expressed a slight irritation at not having been sent overseas. His mother had died before he went on active duty. He was unmarried and left only a few distant relatives in Chicago who hadn't seen him 'for years prior to Ms He was born Nov. 15, 1910, and lived most of his life in -Hackensack. He was a short man and at the time of his disappearance was slender, had a sallow complexion and kept his hair cropped short. In the past 10 years the investigation has run up scores of blind alleys. A woman he had dated in New York moved to Laramie, Wyo., a few years later and began seeing a truck driver who matched Clark's description. An elaborate undercover probe of their association and a check of the man's mysterious background proved that he was not Clark. A man in. a Rhode Island asylum admitted murdering Clark, but a check proved that he couldn't have done it. The inmate had gotten a fixation on the case from reading about it in the newspapers. * * * A report that Clark had gone AWOL from the Army to join the merchant marine set off a fantastic check of maritime records, with no results. Reports that he was in the Canadian Army also checked out negatively. A picture of a clergyman attending the opera which appeared in the now defunct New York newspaper, PM, more than a year after his disappearance, bore a striking resemblance to Clark and inspired a, major search which turned out to be another false lead. There are statements in the file from friends contending that the Army sent him on a super secret security mission and. used this elaborate ruse to cover it up. The Army officially denies this. * * • His superior officers also Said he .MAJ. ROBERTR. CLARK: This is one of few photos of officer who disappeared 10 years ago. had no secret papers or information worth making him a victim of foul play by enemy agents. Nor is there any motive for suicide. His health was good. He owed no large debts. He appeared to be in no trouble. A veteran MP here, who has worked on the case from time to time, concludes: "Who knows? He could be anybody's neighbor anywhere today. Police Seek Motive For Dallas Slaying DALLAS GP — Police today still sought a motive for the murder of a father and the attempted murder of his wife and daughter as they slept outdoors to escape searing Dallas heat. A 22-year-old suspect was held but not charged immediately. He was picked up hours later from, descriptions of his wife and daughter. Killed was Durward G. Bursby, 36, a city bus driver. His wife, Annie, 31, was shot twice in the chest. The slayer attempted to shoot Patricia Ann, 11, but the pistol misfired twice. The Bursbys had moved a mattress on to the back lawn Sunday night and Patricia Ann was sleeping on a pallet near her parents. About 1:10 a.m., the girl was awakened by a man stooping over her. He seized her by the throat. Her screams awakened her father. The slayer shot him twice in the chest. The mother then was shot twice and some bullets apparently went wild. The man attempted to shoot the girl, but fled when his pistol failed to fire. Bursby's wallet, containing between 3 or 4 dollars, was missing. He had left it inside the house. About the earliest animal on earth which left any traces was the crablike trilobite, which lived on the bottoms of shallow waters at the start of the Cambrian geological period—approximately 500,000,000 years ago. DIG THIS CRAZY CONTEST—A group of U. S. to keep up with a Jeep trench digger in a contest at Scarsdale, N. Marines gave up and watched the vehicle claw its way through a trench leet long in less than an hour. Experts say it -would take-over 200 men to do the military could use the machine lor. communication installation at front line* or vx. •belter against atomic attacks. Civilians will find it useful in excavating tor pipe line* for irrigation. Home of NAACP Official Attacked SULPHUR SPRINGS, Tex. \S— Shotgun and pistol blasts have ripped through the home of the Sulphur Springs chairman of the National Assn. for tne Advancement of Colored People. The shooting occurred early yes'. ' | terday morning or late Monday keeping his true identity a secret I night while H, W. Ridge and his for reasons known only to himself." (Tomorrow: The Red counterfeiters of the Far East.) wife were away from home. Ridge has been active in demanding better school facilities for Negroes in the city. VftfffC So W I«rf TOKyo (J5 _ Actress Beatrice said the Ridges reported the shoot- Ing yesterday morning. "We have! a description and license number of an out-of-town car that might j have been involved, but we have-1 Lillie will visit the U. S. Army's n't been able to trace the owner j ma j n hospital here tomorrow to yet," Deaton said. talk ^th'soKjier patient*. Reds Sway Fishermen Do FALSE TEETH TOKYO L?)—Japanese fishermen R0CK, Slide OT 5ltp7 returning from captivity in Red China last night carried placards and streamers opposing the government of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida and urging Japan-Red China friendship, Kyodo news Chief of Police Vaughn Deaton agency reports. , an Unproved powder to be sprinkled on upper or lower plate*. holds false teeth more firmly m place. Do not slid*, slip or rbcfc. No gummy. cooey pasty 'taote or feellag. PA5- TKETH i» alkaline (non-acid). Doe» not sour. Checks "pl»te odor" (den- rure oreata). O« FASTJSETH THE CLUE THAT FAILED: When this photo appeared in a now- defunct New York newspaper, resemblance of cyergyman (center) to missing Major Clark stirred a wide — but futile — search. Husbands! Wives! Get Pep, Vim; Fed Younger Thousands of couples are weak, worn-out, ei- hausted just because body lacks iron. For new younger feeling after 40, try Osttex Tonic Tablets. Contain iron for pep; supplement doses Vitamins Bj and B«. Costs little. "Get- acquainted" size only 50<i. At all druggists. WHEN YOU LIVE BY ELECTRICITY DINNER'S RfADY-m the freezer. Just heat ant enjoy FORfiET THE DISHES-your electric di*K- washer is ready to do the work BREAKFAST EASILY— electric appliance* do most of the work, coffee makes itself, toast pops up WASHOAH EASIf R-ioim your electric washing machine and dryer { LMNT m FfttCfiOM NWM FM nouns Ark-Mo Power Co. How much horsepower in your ad program? If you wont your product fo move faster, take a cue from the automobile people. They stepped up their newspaper advertising by 47.1^ last year. BlG NATIONAL ADVERTISERS of aU types of product* increased their newspaper advertising heavily in 1953. But in the giant automotive field —where manufacturers had to sell as never before — they turned to newspapers with even more dramatic force. Certainly these big advertisers use other media to help move their mountainous production — but they rely on newspapers as the basic medium in their sales effort. They know that almost aU the people in every town read a newspaper just about every day. It's one thing people won't do without! They know that people read the newspaper for the ads as well as for the news — and that sales action follows newspaper reading! If YOU SILL WODUCTS IN THtS ARfA - don't settle for advertising that covers part of your market part of the time. For fast movement of your products, you need a steady, high-power ad program that hits on all cylindert! /f youVe nof cjeffing newspoper advertising on all your products, don't delay. Tell your wholesalers and manufacturers' men you want full support HI your local ne-ttispapef. Cor M<mvfaeturers* Newspaper Adverti«n0* 1953 vt. 1952 Mote* Ford Motor Co ......... Chry^pr Corp Kaiser Motors Corp. — Kash-Kelvinator Corp. Hudson Motor Car Co. Packard Motor Car Co.. TOTAL WSJ 530,792,655 17,938,0*7 13,753,719 3,155,533 3,120,859 2,863,918 2.639.-S95 2,515,845 1951 10,797,502 11,421,333 3.Q5W 1,509,010 1,904.828 2,104,610 2.800,214 JtCltMME 4- «S4 + MA •f 20.S -t 3.4 50.4 25.4 10.1 f?«,WU« $52,203,521 4TJ ToWrl ftoticmsl advertising hi newipopert in«r«a*«d from $526.0i 3,000 in If ft to J601.32-<,000 in 1953 - o fain of M.3'/i. Ttie fiyam or« bowd on r«eord« from newipoptn MprrttnfinJ S9.J% of lolol U. S. wtriday circulation o«( 93.7.% of Sunday eif<i;latio«. ' Inctud« tfr ood true* odvvi«'"S ont y- '">« ''ndhiduol eompony «xp«ndltwm ihcwn or* at o«wfol» at pOitiblt. ihort of A« monufocWrtr*' am* rceordi. • ln«Iud« individual «xp«ndituw« ol Katitr-Frour Corp. and Wi!tyi-Ov*ftanrf Moton, If*, who combined Iheir operotioni in 19J3 o» Koi»«f Motor* Qety. Thw (MM** prepared bj BUREAU OF ADVERTISING, American Ne*»f«|*r Publishers AwocinHoii BtYTHSXIUJ

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