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· fW nilUC MTHIST · IHI HMT CONCIRN Of THIS NIWSPAPfR Aitociottd Prtst Uottd Win AP. King and NEA Features IOCAI POHCAST--» "'Fi/«t!«vlllc, imd vlcl rlpudy with hard tnn» U»ljljt . Temper«ture from 22 \a,tt Mm »r»«. Tomorrow; ftrtertlly- «*? with «!ow)y rlilnf Umjwraturtt Trace of milt »nd mow. HJjjtJ temperature yeattridy, 72; ,Jw» 31; 11 "a.m. today, 11 Sunnsf fi:lJ; sunset 8:30. . · ...'. "i'-'i' VCHOMI 90, NUMBER JOS fAVETTEVIUI. ARKANSAS, SATURDAY IVENINO, MARCH 22, 1*52 RKI CSNTS Tornadoes Kill 174 In Four Southern States; Arkansas Is J he Hardest Hit Brush Off In Presence Of General This small Korean boy seems more interested in keeping his new shoes clean than' he is in the presence of Gen. James Van. Fleet (center) at the Columbia Orphanage- in Seoul, Korea General Van Fleet visited the home to help distribute part of the 511,000 worth of goods given by the Third Army stationed in the Southeastern U. S. With the general are Col. Charles R. Munske, San Antonio Texas and Father Lawrence Yuan, director of the home. Steet Industry Rejects WSB Wage Boost Proposal New york-(#)-The steel industry, formally turning down Wage ' Stabilization Board wage boost recommendations, plans to negotiate separately next week with various CIO company unions. In its hot denunciation- yesterday of the board's proposal 1 for a basic 17ii .cents-an-hour wage rise plus a'union shop, the industry said such a wage increase would raise prices as much as $12 a ton. Fericral Economic Stabilizer Roger' L. Putnam, who conferred with top steel executives here, put in a call to Mobilization Director Charles E. Wilson in Washington, and Wilson flew to New York, met briefly with the steel executives, and returned to the na- · tion's capital. There was no immediate comment on his conference with industry loaders. But the executives released a statement. They attacked the wage proposals which, besides the 17M: cent hourly figure, includes other improvements estimated to be worth an additional five cents an hour.. The proposed .wage rates, the statement, "said,, would "increase the direct employment costs of the steel companies by about 30 cents per employe hour"--and would cost the .industry a billion dollars a year. .-. . · Claim Step Backward Terming the union shop recommendation "a long step backward in the struggle for individual freedom," the statement added: "It is inconceivable how the board could have made recommendations . . . which would be less in the public interest or more disruptive of the economy . . . "The recommendations go far beyond the board's existing regulations and would, if complied with, completely wreck 'the gov r ernment's stabilization program." · The four WSB members In Washington last night . filed a formal dissent to the .WSB recommendations. The industry members' said the proposed -wage increases go beyond ambunts per mitted by board regulations and policies "and would have a major Inflationary Impact on the ec- · onomy."' American Grenades Kil) Four Japanese Farmers 1 Scndai, Japan-(/T)-Four Japanese farmers .were killed and Ihree wounded Friday by grenades totted by American soldiers on u drill ground near here, the "!.S. Army said. The nrea hnd been put off limits by the Army, but Apparently farmers w»ri not *w*n ef Wit restriction. Storm Warning Right On Nose Oklahoma City-W)-The Tinker Air Force base tornado warning system forecast t h e ' Arkansas storms right on the nose yesterday. Tinker forecasts called for tornadoes in an area .50 miles north of a line between Monticello, Ark., and Greenville, Texas. Dierks, first Arkansas town hit, was in the center of the belt. College Of Education Announces Changes A new program of study in the field of education above the master's level, leading to a "Diploma of Advanced Sludy," was announced today by Dr. Virgil Adkisson, dean of the University Graduate School, and Dr. Henry Kronenberg, dean of the College of Education. The program, which will require one year of study beyond the master's degree, has been'ffp- proved by the University's Graduate Council. The University will change the designation dt the master's degree granted for work done in the field of education from master of science to master of education. Both these.steps ; in graduate work in education are in line with changes being made in a - n u m b e r of the graduate schools of the country, it was said. Hard Freeze Predicted For Northwest Area Frank J. Prince, local weather observer, reported that a hard freeze Is expected tonipht with tcmperalurcs ranging from 22 to 26 degrees. This, however, ic not. unusual for the month of March, he said, recalling the thermometer dropped to 11 degrees below zero, March 12, 1048, and March 21, 11)51, the low was 2.1. Tomorrow will be generally fair with slowly rising temperatures. Back Alimony Sought Santa Monica, Cnllf.-(/P)-Aclnr John Ireland Is being sued for $30,2S back.alimony by his former wife, Elaine Huth Ireland. Ireland, now wed tn Joanne Dru. was ordered yesterday tn tppeir In court April 4 to show eiUK why h« shouldn't pay up. Blizzard Tapers Off In West Rescue 'Operations Are Under Way Denver-tr -The year's worst blizzard in the Central Hocky Mountains tapered off today but rescue operations continued for a group of some 12 persons snowbound at Massadona. In the group were Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Woods of Jensen, Utah, who were injured in an automobile collision during the blizzard. Colorado Highway Department snowplow crews tackled waist-high drifts of snow blocking.U;S. Highway 40 in the northwestern part of the state. Three deaths have been attributed to the storm. Regional Contest Won By Fayetteville Student Eugene Henderson, 16, Fayetteville High School student, yesterday won first place in the regional American Legion oratorical contest in Russellville. He will enter the state contest Tuesday in Conway. Henderson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Henderson of North Walnut Street. With -him yesterday at the competition at Arkansas Tech was his coach, Francis I. 3waltney, English and dramatics nstructor a the high school. Henderson won over students 'roni Van Buren and Harrison. Suit Over Sidewalk Continues In Court Hearing- continued Inday before :hanceilor Thomas Butt In the city of Fnyettcville's suit to collect $480.25 from Mrs. C. B. Paddock. The city seeks to collect the money It spent laying a new sldc- valk along the south side of the 'nddnck Building on the southeast corner of the Square. Mrs. Pad- riock has asked the court to dismiss he city's suit, nnd charKes In nn answer that part of the walk Is built on her property rather than street right-ot-wny, YMlerday the clly'i witness were heard. Tht defendant win to be heard today. Injured Total Over 1,000 In Stricken Area Little Rock, Ark.-(AP)-The black fury of spring tor- iiadoes laced with rain ancTlightning left 174 dead in four Southern atates on the Mississippi River yesterday and n;ore than 1,000 injured. , · ·. .;, '·· . ' ; · · · · It was as if some vast artillery barrage had been laid on the stricken area in Arkansas; West Tennessee, Missouri and North Mississippi. Damage to homes, factories, utilities and farms was expected to run mto the millions of dollars. Worst hit was Arkansas where the winds killed 115 persons. Forty died in .West Tennessee, eight in North Mississippi and 11 in the Caruthersville area of Missouri. Throughout the night rescue workers hunted through the muck and debris seekhig victims, Arkansas called 440 National Guardsmen to active duty, keeping 100 in reserve at Camp Robinson, and putting the others to work' in the tortured areas. The Red Cross sent disaster workers into the region. A Little iiock-bound plane was loaded with 250 pints of .blood plasma ip St. Loufs to replenish'the supply distributed by blood centers here. Taft And Kefouver Meet Arkansas Struck The storms blitzed Arkansas 'rom the southwest section to the northeast tip. White County in the strawberry country of Arkansas had 73 dead The towns of Judsonia and Bald Knob, about 50 miles northeast of here, were leveled. Only the Methodist Church in Judsonia escaped unscathed. ' : . - · · ng is terrific,"' said .Marvin Critenden, director of relief -services :or the Arkansas Welfare. Department. "The whole highway south 'rom Searcy looks like picture ihow scenes uf battlefields. It is awful." School houses, churches . a n d armories in many places were wamped with the injured! Hosp i t a l s were jammed. State's Worst Storm This was by far the worst storm ever to hit Arkansas. The'dead- iest, previous storm was June 5, 916, when 86 persons were killed. The tales of death were many. There were escapes, too. None vas more miraculous than that of a blind man. Henry Wilkins, 77, Marked Tree. He sat helplessly vhile the wind shattered his home round him. His wife was critical- y hurt. The' dead, by states: Arkansas-- White County, 73; Cotton Plant, 10; England, nine; )ierks, seven; Center Point, five; l a z e n , three; Carlisle, Marked ^ree and Hickory Ridge, two each; r u m an and Wa.tter.saw, one ach. Mississippi-- Byhalia, seven, and Manila, one.' Tennessee -- Dyersburg, '14; lien- erson, nine; Moscow, six; and nc each in Medina, Leach and :host«rfield. Missouri -- Caruthersville, area, 1. quad Car Snatched Up At Dyersburg, Tenn., a black mnel of wind dipped oui of the ky, snatched 'up, the squad car f Tennessee Stale Patrol Sgt. oc Williamson, and hurled it 300 arris. At Judsonia,. Ark., Glenda Fern adie, 15, went into town with cr parents and two brothers to ell strawberry plants. They saw storm bearing down on them nd ran into a cafe for Fhclter. The sturdy brici building was aliened. Glenda'!; mother, Mrs. /. F,. Eadlc, and her brother, Ed, ·ere killed. Her father i. id hroth- r Bobbie wore pulled from the uins critically hurt. After five hours of digging in ic wreckage, rescuers dlscovcrtd lenda Fern-- dead. At England, \rk., Nathan Davis ccounlcd for his escape from cath (his wny: "The Lord held the wind back." he tall, middle aged Negro said c saw the twister coming and an outside and fell beside his ar. "The wind twisted me over nd over, but the storm went over e car like NIC Lord was holding back, and then It started tearing p the hmiscs." ·In RaM "Terrific" Gov. Sid McMMh, who arrived t Senrcy tarly last nlclit, *»!d he ruin and suffering In that ir«i In terrible, terrible." The American Red Crou report- ed it had ordered disaster workers "from all over the country" into the, stricken areas; At some points, hail, rain and fire added to the. misery and hampered rescue operations. Power lines and communications were knocked out. Funeral homes were cwampcd! The dead were stacker] like cordwood at Searcy while attention .was given first to the Injured. Aid Stations were set up in :Schopli, churchts, National, Guard * ing building s in the disaster areas, 1 The .first' of- the death-dealing twisters : hit , Dierks, a lumber town about 110 air miles southwest of Little Rock about 2:45 p. m. Perfect Funnel · Omcr Hcnloy, a Little Rock truck driver, was in England when the storm hit there. He said ft sounded like "hundred B-36s flying low" and was "the most perfectly shaped funnel you've ever seen." t. C..Phipps of Little Rock was driving a transport truck .near Judsonia when the winds came. Suddenly a 'house came 'flying across the highway. and smashed into the truck. Fhipps suffered only scratches and hitch-hiked into nearby Beebe with one of the' first reports of the disaster. National Guardsmen and other aid was summoned to Searcy personally by Governor McMath. He was at Heber Springs-- about 28 miles from Searcy -- to deliver a speech when he heard of the tornadoes. He hurried to Searcy and managed to get word through to Little Rock.' Amateur radio operators helped relay emergency messages. Damage Heavy At most storm-wrecked communities, the residents were too busy handling the dead 'and inured to think about surveying property damage. However, Merchant Robert Sakon estimated the oss at England alone at $150.000 to $200,000. That will be only a drop in the bucket as far as the 1 overall damage Is concerned. Tt irobably will be days before anything close to an accurate pilation is made. As. Sen. Estes Kefauvcr (left) of Tennessee stood examining ;i Wisconsin map in the Eau Claire hotel In Eau,Claire, Wls., his Republican opponent, Robert Taft of Ohio, strode by. They exchanged greetings and shook hands. Their paths crossed as Taft headed for Mcnomcnic, Wis., and Kefauvcr went through the rubber company plant in Eap Claire.. Pace Takes Against Engineers Washington - (/P) · Congresslonalt- charges of fraud, waste and inefficiency in building multi-million- dollar alrbases in North Africa brought a drastic shakeup today of Army engineers who handled the job. · · · . ' ' Secretary of the Army. Pace itirted:thr..»ctl6n latt ytiterday. ' fae a^.w-.nofiffrt private ebn'trac- tors working on the hu overseas project; that he will suspend -or terminate their cost-pjug-fixed-fee. contracts unless they take prompt remedial action.- . - · ·· Chairman Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex) of the Senate preparedness subcommittee, which has been investigating the African project, announced the Pentagon orders after receiving a letter from Pace outlining them. Johnson said his watchdog com- Twisters May Hit In South Tonight Washington - (/P)-The Weather Bureau said today tornadoes may hit new areas In Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama this after- loon, reaching western parts of Virginia and West Virginia to- mlttee will continue Its investigation and public hearing on the bases. Pace promised that the Army will take energetic action "to recover all money" shown by congressional hearings "to have'been improperly spent." " Conferanc* Cilltd He also announced a conference ncre next : week for all the contractors involved In the African ascs. ' . '"They will be Informed frankly of the unsatisfactory features of the work to date, and they will be ut on notice that these features "nust be corrected unless action :o terminate or suspend the con- .racts is to follow," Pace said. The. rush order on the top-secret air bases was decided upon shortly after the Communists' invaded South Korea in June, 1950. The Army Engineers, in charge of the irojcct, asked five. large, contract- ng firms to form a combine to rush completion of five bases. '-r--· · Mrs. Bertha Denny Hurt When Tractor Overturns Mrs. Bertha Denny, 56, Hinds- ille f a r m - wife, suffered critical chest injuries yesterday when the com- i tractor she was driving overturned and pinned her to the ground at her farm home. She was admitted to City Hospital here about 5 p. m., and attendants said this morning her condition is critical. Mrs. Denny's husband, Clyde Denny, discovered her predicament but was unable, to move the tractor by himself. He obtained assistance, and she was Drought to Fayettcville in a private vehicle. night. A. E. Stone Dies After He Is Found Unconscous Amos ,E. Stone, about 65, of North Walnut Street, was pronounced cVead on arrival at County Hospital this morning after he wan found unconscious on East Spring Street near the College Avenue Intersection, Death apparently resulted from a stroke. Found by · pedestrian at 9:40 this morning, Stone wan taken to the hotpltnl In · Nelson'i Ambulance. Hospital Authorities iild he wat d««(J on tnlTil. Batista Plain In Attitude 'Dferks First town Struck By High Winds Destruction Worst ; Ever Seen, Soys School Supervisor Dlcrks, .Ark.-f/p)-ThIj'.w«. ths first of a reore or more towns 7 tn Arkansas, Tennessee and Mlitoiiri to -'no Isiihed by t tornado' yes-^ tcrday. The storm hit this South-' west Arkansas lumber -, town of. about 1(200 residents, at 2:4J,,H' Silled seven person* and, narrowly missed the, schnbtboiue, whirs classes were In session'. "'" "",Howard County School Supervisor Cecil 1 E. ShuffMd of. Naih- ville visited Dierks shortly ifter the tragedy .struck.. : . . . ·-.·,,·-, "I've seen several storms ".ind tornadoes that may have covered a wider, path," he said, ."but rve' never .seen anything like the destruction in . - t h e ' patji where thh one hit. Houses were tumbled oil, their foundations and demolished' find household goods were. Kit-- tcred for hundreds of yards. Every tree In the path was twisted, iplln- : tered.nnd laid flat. : , : "I didn't get to talk to many. 'of the Injured Mostly they weri huddled together ind'Kared. The State Police bad everythrai pretty much -under- control They did a swell, job.". ,, · . , ' ,. , :';,··?*:. . Little Hock-(*)-Eleven Arkansas communities were without (·!·-' phone service aa .300 circuit* ·«. SouthwMtem.: B t l l jTekphoBf Company wer*knoest*d\o" Havana, rt«w strdng-mari.;ijoVernmentj,.bounced two Russians -back, to, Mexico last night vyithoUt ;icltlni( them' . ; leni/is Havana Airport. 'The- rnen, Fedor Zarkov and Alex Fllitov, were reported to be- Soviet diplomatic couriers. . .. ' · · : A Mexican Airlines plane took them back to Mexico City. The , incident offered evidence that Cuba's new.- dictator, ' Ful- genclo Batista, will get tough with Reds. They have made Cuba a center, for distributing-secret documents from Moscow and Mexico to all Latin America.- . The Russians maintain a full embassy In Havana although Cuba has no diplomatic mission in Moscow, Couriers and. large quantities of printed matter have come, and gone frequently. · .Red Cross To Gel Information The local Hcd Cross chapter Is able to get in touch with the Red Cross disaster headquarters In the tornado area, and will contact the office for any' information.- on casualties people In this section may want,,Mrs. Mable Braden, executive secretary, said this morning. She may be contacted by telephone at No. 2436. ·Y THI OISIKVU ' Some Fayettcville folks, after reading and hearing about the disastrous tornado in .South and Northeast Arkansas, were of the opinion Viday that Northwest Arkansas ought to ''turn out In mass" tomorrow and "pay the preacher," because "it looks as If somebody's looking out for us.' 1 Air Force Cargo Planes Start Operation Hayllft In Effort To Save Starving Cattle San r'runcljco - (/P) - Air Force cargo planes flew to Nevada today to team with snow-biittllng Army bulldozers In effort! to ;ave 600,000 starving cattle nnd sheep. Hamilton field, north of San Fianclsco, o r d e r e d the cargo plftncs to rendezvous at the Elko, Nev., airport. There they were to pick up bales of hay and ;-..nch- ownerj .who are to g u i d e the pilots to drop areas. Aground, Iron I, 25 U.S. Sixth Army build. :er« cleared lanes toward Isolated herdi. Behind (hem came hiyliden trucks. But "Operation Hayllft" was decided upon after aerial surveys showed that "Operation Breakthrough" would be too l»te .for some herds. * Newton Crumley, an emergency director, called for the hxyllft nCor ho flew over Northern F.lko County In Nevada nnd spotted crttle so weak they couldn't shake off (locks of mafples. The .Northetitern Nevada "disaster area," to declared by President Truman In allotting f IftO.fKK) In relief funds, hai been covered by inowt for two months, were,, ? also- rtported' plete disruption -of ' travrt K - Ulil.'.'.pUiV; 1 ^.-.'-:*^-.". 1 "'-:^" -.·· -;;«-'·' '- Major rullroads^ept their main lines open, but their communication tines were hard bit in soffie places. ' : . ' - , ' ' . ' . ' " ", '. ;·.·;'. . Little hours aftrr tornadoes had ripped across Arkansas, a Little ' RocJi banker, J. V. SMterfleld, pr«id«nt of ihetU-oples Katlbtill.'hid started a fund to aid the victlmi, ivlth a $1,000 contribution. The/LitUt Hock newspapers, Arkansas Democrat and 'Arkansas Gazette, '.will receive contributions;. ChecM i'it*' to be made payable to Tornado Relief Fund.' /.:, . . ?-'- - Little Rock-(ff)-The ' Amerl'ii«n Red Crosi here said a flight of ,th« Chicago and Southern Airlines from St. Louis was : delayed l»it night to allow shipment' of 250! pints of blood'plasma ' t p Little Rock. An additional 200 : pinti" of ths plasma was dispatched from Little Tlock to the storm areas l»jt night. The Red Cross (ugfested that authorities spckinj blind plasma for their localities contact the Red Cross blood bank here.' Carlisle. Ark. - (/P) -The Ray Jones family was packed up ready to move when a iornadq' utruck. their home here- yesterday. Two sons, Derald, 15, and Doyne, h(ne,." had returned home from' s'chobl shortly befor-. The twister killed both. boys. Little Hock-WPl-Offlcials of Arkansas' largest Red Cross chapter didn't have to be .called together v.'hen .first word of yesterday's tornadoes was received. They already were in session here--holding a progress meeting in the current drive for funds. Hazen, Ark.-(/P)-A Haien woman said the twister which snuffr cd out five lives in the nearby Center Point late yesterday »a ·"« slow moving' black cloud that just tumbled along.'.' Mrs. Qpal Roach reported today that she watched the tornado for about 15 mlnutei and saw It pick up a church nhd about a dozen houses.. One family outran the storm. Buraie Martin saw the black cloud coming, called his wife and children, loaded Ihcm Into a truck and sped'out.ot the storm's path.

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