The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 1, 1955 · Page 8
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 1, 1955
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WU» EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS. BATURDAT, JANUARY 1, 19M Editor Charges Double-Cross By USDA in Ladejinsky Case WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York editor contends the Agriculture Department "doti ble-crossed" him in the way i released a letter he wrote Sec rotary Benson approving the security firing of Wolf Lade jinsky. ; The letter by George N. Vitt Bucsian-born editor of an expor, trade magazine published by American Exporter Publications of New York, was termed anti-Semi' Mo "tripe" by Ladejinsky. After the letter's release yesterday, Sen. Humphrey <D-Minn) saic the uproar' over the ouster 01 Iiadejlittky as U. S. agriculture attache in Japan has "now reached the point where there needs to be action taken at the White House level." Cites Aide Vitt's letter, cited t>y an aide to Secretary Benson to back up the ouster, said at one point that many Russian Jews became Communist revolutionaries and that "Jews who turned into Reds or fellow travelers after 1919 were the worst kind of traitors." The Agriculture Department followed up release of the letter with a statement that anti-Semitism played no part in the firing of Ladejinsk-y, a Russian-born Jew Who came to this country 32 years Vitt had written Benson that he if not "a Jew-baiter" and that ''some of my best friends are among Jews." in Wilton, Conn., yitt last night contended Milan D. Smith, executive assistant to Benson, "double- crossed" him by identifying him for newsmen as a New York editor. Vitt said Smith telephoned him Monday from Washington asking permission to quote the letter. Gave Permission Although he termed release of ttie letter "rash" and "improper," VHt acknowledged he gave Smith written persmission to quote it, on condition it was done "circum- •peotty" and that he be identified only M "George Vitt, anti-Communist and private citizen." . Vitt's letter was shown to newsmen after excerpts had been published. An agriculture spokesman •afd it does "not necessarily" re-, ' Aect the views of the department., Ladejinsky was ousted from his; $ll,000-a-year post on security and j technical grounds after • control of i the job was shifted from the State j to the Agriculture Department. ! Vitt wrote Benson that while Ladejinsk-y might be completely innocent, "facts from his past - speak against him." He referred to Ladejinsky's employment In 1930-31 by Amtorg, Russian trading . agency, and a trip the ousted official made to Russia i n 1939. ' Ladejinsky has said he worked for Amtorg only as an interpreter and that he went to Russia with Agriculture Department approval. Vitt wrote that "from my experience with Amtorg . . .their own interpreters Were among the key important people." Letter Termed "Vicious" The letter also termed it "lamentable" that Humphrey and Rep. Judd CR-Minn), critics of the firing, could be "so naive nnd uneducated in Commie matters as . to defend" Ladejinsky. Humphrey said there was "no Justification" for release of the letter and added it was "inconceivable a Cabinet officer would permit" its use "as a justification for an unjustifiable act." Judd said he hoped Benson would publicly disavow use of the letter. Ladejinsky said the letter "hardly calls for comment." He termed it a "vicious, anti-Semitic, Fascist brand of writing usually associated with crackpots." ' \ Benson's assistant Smith said he , first showed the letter to two news-! men earlier this week because Vitt j "had personal experience in con-' nection with Amtorg which wns one factor previously mentioned as relation to Mr. Ladejinsky as a security risk." HIGH LEVEL TALKS—This lofty conversation of circus performers' in London, England, is aided by stilts and a ladder. Left to right are: Juliet Foster, Jacqueline Revat, a trapeze artist, and "Bepo," Juliet's stilt-walking partner. 0/eo Heir, Mickey Jelke, to Get New Trial on Vice Charges ALBANY, N. Y. to—Minot P. [Mickey) Jelke, 24-year-old heir o a three-million-dollar margar- ne fortune, must be tried again m charges of compulsory prostl- ution. ' Jelke did not have a fair trial n 1953, New York state's highest court held yesterday, because the )ress and public were barred from part of the proceedings. By, a 4-2 vote, the Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Jelke. In another decision and by the same vote, tfie court held that the press could not insist, on its own initiative, that the trial be open to the press and public. Jelke was found guilty in New York City's General Sessions Court on charges of compulsory prostitution and attempted compulsory prostitution. Justice Francis L. Valente admitted the public and press to the defense proceedings but .barred them—"to protect public morals" —while the prosecution presented its case. Jelke was convicted of compelling 18-year-old Pat Ward to engage in prostitution. The prosecution contended that Jelke solicited customers for her from cafe society and took a big cm of her fees, which allegedly ran from S50 to $200. The margarine heir also was Negro Deaths Oscar Evans Funeral services for Oscar Evans. 74, who died Wednesday at his home east of Luxora, will be conducted Sunday at 11 a. m. at New Salem Baptist Church by Rev. W. J. Johnson. Burial will be in Fisher Ctmetary. He leaves his wife, Aiosie Evans: two sons, Oscar. Jr., Chicago, and Cervell of Chicago; three daughters, Laverne Bonds, Luxora. and Bertha Mae Handy, .Waukeegan. 111., and Pearl Lewis, Dermott, Ark. Caston Funeral Home is in charge, 'Peace Traps' Warning Given TAIPEH, Formosa i.?< — Vice I President Chen Cheng of. Nation-; alist China today warned the Western world to "beware of Communist peace traps" and declared: "The Communist aggressors are like a man riding a bicycle — they cannot stop midway without falling! off." In a New Year's mes^n^e. Chen ruled out any possibility of peaceful co-existence between the Nationalists and the Comnnmisis. ' 'The security of free China on the restoration of the mainland," he said. "We free Chi-, ncse cannot share the same roof; with the Communist traitors." convicted of trying to Induce an other girl, Marguerite Cordova, ti enter a similar arrangement. Jelke, sentenced to serve threi to six years concurrently on each conviction, is free in $50,000 bai and living in Miami, Fla. Shortly after yesterday's dec: siou. Miss Ward, now 21. and Miss Cordova, 26, were arrested in New York City and arraigned with i an other girl as material witnesses. Miss Wttrd was released in Sl.OOC bail. Peggy Sands, 25, describee as a new state's witness, and Miss Cordova, 26, were held in $2,500 bail. In the court's majority opinion Associate Judge Stanley H. Fuld worte: "Due regard for defendant's right to a public trial demanded at the very least—certainly, lacking valid legislative sanction—thai he be not deprived of the possible benefits of attendance by the press "Its widespread reporting ol what goes on in the courts maj- well prove a potent force in restraining possible abuse of judicial power.' ' Fuld. in the majority opinion in the second case, said that it was for Jelke himself to "determine whether, and to what extent, he shall avail himself" of his rights. The newspapers and press sociations involved in the appeal on press intervention were: Um'tei Press Assns., New York Herald Tribune, Hearst Consolidated Publications. Inc.. Hearst Corps., News York Post Corp. OFFICE SUPPLIES "1001 Items You, Need" Call 2-2513 We Deliver Figure With Us on PRINTING NORRIS Across From City Hall Will Meadows Funeral services for Will Meadows, who died while visiting friends Christmas day in Alabama, will be conducted Monday at 1 o'clock at St. Paul Baptist Church by Rev, H. Boykin. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Ceme- tary. He leaves his wife, Ruth Meadows, and one son, Verda Meadows, Chicago. Caston Funeral Home is in charge. Bennie Seaborn . Funeral arrangements for Bennie Seaborn, 50, who was killed In nn automobile accident Thursday, are incomplete, pending arrival of relatives. Caston "Tunera! Home Is In char- RECORDS Witty-tight ot the' 90 World Wnr I divisions of the U. S. Army were committed to action, and their troobs took more than 3,•00,000 pricoMn during eomtat. THEATRE "Osceo/o's Finest" STARTING TODAY FOR 7 BIG DAYS -AT REGULAR PRICES- •*»i B1NG Color V 1 .TECHNICOLOR. OAN'NY ROSEMARY VERA- CROSBY- KfflfE-CLOONEY- ELLEN - OEM IttR • tKf MM HfttH • News Briefs LONDON, (ffl—Red China dangled promises of foregivenes;s and reward today before Chinese Nationalist soldiers on Formosa if they desert Chiang Kai-shek. Peiping radio, quoting from proclamation issued by Penfc Teh Huai, Communist defense minister, said officers and men from Chiang's forces who "cross over" will be "heartily welcomed, treated leniently, forgiven of past crimes and rewarded for good conduct." PARIS (.?!—U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold talked for an hour at Orly Airfield today with Premier Pierre Mendes - France, then left for New Delhi en route to talks in Red China. Hammarskjold will confer in Peiping with Premier Chou En-Lai on the release of 11 U. S. airmen held as spies. He will seek also the liberation of other U. N. personnel held by the Reds since the end of the Korean War. VIENNA, Austria UPV- Chancellor Julius Raab today protested the west's intention to postpone Austrian treaty negotiations until the ratification of the Paris agreement on West Germany. In a New Year's address to the Austrian people, Raab recalled his government's repeated efforts foi new treaty talks during the past year and declared that Austria's "patience has now come to an end." ; We .must emphatically protest that now the Paris agreements are being introduced as a new obstacle for the conclusion of the state treaty," Raab declared. CAIRO, Egypt W — The Suez canal may be open again in two or three days, a canal company spokesman said today. The waterway was blocked Friday when an oil tanker smashed into a swing bridge. Workmen began operations to lift the steel span which jammed against the tanker's superstructure. The spokesman warned however, that if the span cannot be raised immediately the canal will be blocked for at least 10 more days. NAPLES. Italy to—Snow fell on ML Vesuvius and the hills arour Naples today for the first time in 15 years. Harriman Takes Over in New York ALBANY, N. Y. (/P)—Averell Harriman was inaugurated as governor of New York today and he promised "a bold, 'adventurous administration." The 63-year-old railroad heir, the r/ RISING NEED—Engineer C. R. Parmenter, of San Francisco, Calif., shows how a 42-foot aluminum telescopic crank-up tower looks nested. A television antenna, mounted on such a tower, could be lowered in case of a storm or for inspection. Four Persons Die in Crash Of Private Plane RAMEB, Ala. (/P)—Pour persons died In the crash of a private plane while returning from the GnUjr Bowl football game In Jacksonville, Pla., last night, including Hoke L. Vandigrlff, wealthy Montgomery contractor and sportsman. The plane was owned by Vandi- griff, who was president of the construction company'which bears his name as well as -president of the Montgomery Rebels in the South Atlantic League. ' The state patrol tentatively identified the other victims as Charles Womack, Montgomery, Vandlgriff's pilot; Dorothy Scott, an employee of Vandigriff's; and Mrs. W. M. Hurst, wife of a Montgomery Fire Department captain. Highway Patrolman Bennie Higgins said the four-place craft fell in a fle'ld during a heavy rain. Vandigriff, about 60, was prominent in civic clubs, and was known for heavy contributions to charities. WORLD'S STRONGEST Strongest creature on earth, in proportion to size, according to entomologists, is the beetle, which could easily lift a weight of 60 tons if it were as large as a man. Youngsters Die Following Wreck I BATAVIA, ft. Y. Wl — A westbound New York Central passenger trnln slrupk on automobile, last, night, killing three teen-ager» on their way to a skating party. The crack Knickerbocker Express hit the car head on at a crossing near this western New York village and drove it several hundred yards up the track, police said. A coroner, Dr. Irvin A. Cole, identified the victims as Donald L. Faulkner .and Gary Schneider, of nearby Wyoming, and David Gerould, of Gainsville. Dr. Cola said they all Were in their teens. He identified Faulkner as the driT- er. A fourth passenger, 15-year-old James Seyfrled, also of Wyoming, was pulled from the car by a passing motorist. The youth Was in fair condition at St. Jerome'i Hospital. ' Paint Closeout Many Types and Colon \ Price Hubbard Hardware At The End of Your Rope? When Aches & Pains and winter Colds make you feel at the end of your rope . „. Try Bob's Gypsy Rub Liniment AFL Teamsters' Strike Hits NY Food Supplies NEW YORK U?l— A strike by AFL ,eamsters- went into effect early today, posing the threat of a 60 serpent shortage in the metropolitan area's fruit and vegetable supplies. Some 1,200 members of Local 202, AFL International Brotherhood of Teamsters, walked out shortly after midnight over a contract dispute with the big wholesale rnar- cets in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens. The only glimmer of hope came ast night from Charles Ulrich, Local 202 president, who said nego- ;iators for the Brooklyn Terminal Assn., one of the employers, had made new wage offers. He said i.e hoped to reach full accord with the Brooklyn group by tomorrow afternoon. first Democratic governor here in 12 years, succeeded Republican Thomas E. Dewey, who is entering private law practice in New York :ity. YOUR FRIENDLY THEATRE: THEATRE On W. 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