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OLDEST NEWSPAPER IN ALASKA—MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS
VOL. LIII No. 138 NOME, ALASKA^WEDNESDAY,JTOVEMBEiyLy_1951__^_____ Per_Copy—15«_
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Moscow Radio
Uses Testimony
Of U.S. Prisoners
WASHINGTON, (/P) — Moscow
is using what it describes as
testimony of American war pri
, soners to reply to U.S. charges
of communist atrocities in Korea.
One such prisoner was quoted
in a broadcast recorded here, as
saying that he was better off in
a North Korean camp than he
was when unemployed in New
York.
A long series of such state
ments complete with names and
addresses, has been beamed to
* the United States and other west
ern countries since Col. James M.
Hanley of the Eighth Army made
his estimate that about 5,500
American prisoners have been
slain by the North Koreans and
the Chinese.
In an English language broad
cast reported today by U.S. gov
ernment monitors, one American
prisoner was quoted:
“I am treated courteously and
* live in good conditions, get plenty
to eat, and a daily supply of
tobacco. When I was captured,
my uniform was in shreds. Here
in the camp, I was provided with
new clothes.”
U.N. Headquarters
Places Atrocity
Killings at 6.000
TOKYO, (/P) — Allied head
quarters said Tuesday there is
“considerable evidence” that
/ about 6,000 American soldiers
died in Red atrocity killings, al
though bodies of only 365 have
been recovered.
The statement from Gen. Mat
thew B. Ridgway’s headquarters
made no mention on communist
countercharges of Allied atroci
ties.
Each side accused the other of
atrocities in Korea while the Pan
munjom circus-tent truce talks'
were in a one-day recess asked
by the communists. The Reds
wanted time to study a United
Nations proposal for a tentative
cease-fire.
General headquarters of the
U.N. command made it clear the
report of wholesale Red atrocities
issued last week by Col. James
M. Hanley did not involve an in
crease in the known American
dead in the Korean war.
There were two notable dif
ferences between the GHQ report
and Hanley’s. The headquarters’
figure of 6,000 was nearly 500
* above Hanley’s. The colonel
listed his total as definitely at
rocity victims. GHQ said “neither
the fact nor manner of death” of
all has been established.
“Of the 10,836 persons (Ameri
cans) still carried as missing in
action,” the report said, “there is
no conclusive proof as to the num
, ber of dead, though there is con
siderable evidence to justify pre
sumption of death by atrocity of
a large number which may ap
proximate 6,000.”
20-Year-Old WAC Sgt.
Imprisoned On Assault
And Battery Conviction
SAN LORENZO, Calif., (/P)—A
lather said today the army vio
lated “at least a moral obliga
tion” by failing to notify him his
daughter, a 20-year-old WAC,
was imprisoned and convicted in
a Camp Breckenridge, Ky., as
sault case.
“It’s a hell of a shock to have
a newspaper reporter call you six
weeks after it has happened and
tell you your daughter is on the
way to prison,” declared the
father, Maritime Service Lt. John
R. Morton, in a telephone call to
the Associated Press.
The army announced Saturday
Sgt. Grace L. Morton and five
other WAC sergeants were con
victed November 8 of assault and
battery and ordered dishonor
ably discharged, and later ordered
to the federal reformatory at Al
derson, W. Va.
The case involved the October
4 beating of another WAC, but
Morton said he knew nothing of
the case until a reporter called
him last Saturday.
Vandenberg Says
Red China Now A
Major Air Power
WASHINGTON, (/P) — Gen.
Hoyt Vandenberg said today the
Allies' “complete air superiority
over Korea is now being serious
ly challenged by the MIGs but so
far the situation is in hand.”
The Air Force chief of staff
told a long and grim news con
ference that possible “serious po
tentials” exist. Among these he
listed the fact that “overnight
China has become one of the
major air powers of the world.”
Vandenberg added that the Pei
ping regime obviously has at
tained that status “as the direct
beneficiary of another power
possessing the essential industrial
and technical resources that Com
munist China itself lacks.”
Vandenberg, just back from the
Korean war front, also said:
“Under the ground rules estab
lished at the outset of the Ko
rean war, it is impossible for us
to gain air supremacy” because
“for reasons that we all under
stand, we have followed a policy
erf not attacking the strongholds
of enemy air power directly ac
ross the Yalu” river in Manchuria.
50 Million To View
TV Thanksgiving Movie
On New Basic Theme
HOLLYWOOD, UP)—More than
50,000,000 people will see a
Thanksgiving television movie
that departs from the usual de
piction of the holiday.
There will be no Pilgrims, tur
keys or Indians in “That I May
See.” Instead the film will be
about the crucifixion and resur
rection, more commonly associ
ated with the Easter holidays.
The basic theme of the movie,
however, stresses man’s reasons
for “being thankful to God.”
Every television station and
network in the country has sched
uled at least one showing of the
film during the Thanksgiving sea
son.
Truman Makes
‘“Give ’em Hell”
Campaign Talk
WASHINGTON, (/P)—President
Truman, in a speech reminiscent
of his 1948 “give ’em hell” style,
declared last night that the Demo
crats won’t take lying down the
“lies and smears” he said he an
ticipates from Republicans and
“special interests” in the 1952
presidential campaign.
Mr. Truman told an audience of
party members here, he thinks
more money will be spent “in
trying to defeat the Democratic
party next year than has ever
before been spent in any election
in the history of the country.”
His declaration that “the truth
and the facts are on our side,”
brought a retort from Senator
Taft that “President Truman cer
tainly should get the prize for
political effrontery” for his
speech.
Guy C. Gabrielson, chairman of
the Republican National Commit
tee, said Mr. Truman had “a flash
of realism” when he said “a mis
take in a presidential election can
cause the country untold harm.”
Taft, an avowed candidate for
his party’s presidential nomina
tion, said in a statement in Cin
cinnati that “It is the Truman
party which is the beneficiary of
the money of special interests and
of millions of dollars erf 4he tax
payers’ money used for political
propaganda . . .”
“The head of an administration
which has cordoned communism,
immorality and corruption and
does not even bother to deny the
proven charges, talks of the great
moral position of his administra
tion in the world,” Taft con
tinued.
The President left up in the air
the question whether he will run
•again. But he seemed to indicate
that if he doesn’t, he fully ex
pects to have the determining
voice in naming the Democratic
nominee.
Tone Asserts Neal
Broke Up His Marriage
LOS ANGELES, (/P) — What
caused the ruin of his seven-week
marriage to Barbara Payton, says
Franchot Tone, was the re-entry
into her life of Tom Neal, her
beautiful-bodies ex-suitor.
“She wouldn’t forget him,”
Tone told newsmen yesterday.
They had several quarrels
about Neal, he said. When Bar
bara informed him she planned
to co-star in a movie with the
handsome young actor, he decided
he was through, Tone said.
He filed suit for divorce yes
terday, charging “extreme mental
cruelty.”
Arab-Israeli Differences
Remain Unresolved
PARIS, (JP) — The United
Nations Palestine conciliation
commission annuonced today its
failure to settle Arab-Israeli dif
ferences.
The commission said it had
called off the fruitless talks be
gun here Aug. 10 because neither
party showed willingness to make
concessions.
CHAMBER PROTESTS
CONTINUED DELAY IN
NOME APPOINTMENTS
Protest were send to Washing
ton yesterday by the Chamber of
Commerce concerning the con
tinued delay in announcing the
appointment of a district judge
for the Second Division. The pro
test called attention to the fact
4hat many important matters
were before the court, which
should be taken care of before the
first of the year, including the
granting of liquor licenses for all
local establishments, without
which these businesses cannot op
erate.
A sharp letter was also sent to
the he'ad of the Department of
Public Health concerning the con
tinued absence of a public health
nurse.
Due to the pending departure
of Miss Eileen Uttech of the De
partment of Public Welfare, a
communication was sent to the
head of that department urging
that a replacement be made avail
able immediately so that the work
in this division will not be in
terrupted and disrupted when it
has gotten so well organized un
der the leadership of Miss Ut
tech. \
U.S. Casualties
In Korean War
Top 100,000 Mark
WASHINGTON, (/P)—Announ
ced U.S. battle casualties in Ko
rea reached 100,176 today.
The Defense Department’s
weekly summary, reporting an in
crease of 950 since last week, sent
the total over the 100,000 mark.
By comparison, U.S. combat cas
ualties in the first year of this
country’s participation in World
War II were 59,000.
Of the 950 new battle casualties
reported today, 150 were killed
outright in action;- 762 were
wounded, and 38 are missing.
• On Nov. 9 the army estimated
total enemy casualties in Korea
through Oct. 31 at 1,442,844.
The summary said the latest
total of United Nations casualties
was 313,711.
Strike Threatens To Stop
Work At Laboratory
Processing Blood Plasma
WASHINGTON, (ff) — Media
tors early Tuesday, reached an
agreement which they hope will
halt a strike threatening to pinch
off the flow of life-giving blood
plasma to the armed forces.
Terms of the agreement still
must be approved by members of
the CIO-United Chemical Work
ers Union, who had threatened to
quit work at the Sharp and
Dohme blood processing plant in
West Point, Pa.
Terms were not announced by
exhausted mediators, who met for
16 straight hours trying to work
out a solution.
The threat to the already in
adequate supply of blood plasmn
alarmed officials. Some said here
if the strike developed, it would
shut off about one quarter of the
flow of blood plasma to the j
armed forces.
Red Cease-Fire
Plan Parallels
U.N. Proposal
MUNSAN, Korea, (/P) — Truce
hopes brightened today when
communist negotiators submitted
a cease-fire plan of their own
that could open the way for a
Korean armistice by Christmas.
It was similar to a United Na
tions plan for creating a buffer
zone along the present fighting
line, to take effect if an armistice
is signed within 30 days.
A. U.N. Command communique
referred to the resemblance as
superficial.
But the command’s official
spokesman, Brig. Gen. William P.
Nuchols, said if the Red plan
“means what we think it means
. . . 'ien I think we are very
close to solution” of the buffer
zone question.
The point in doubt was whether
the communist proposal means
“that troops will be withdrawn
from the buffer zone after an
armistice is signed” as the U.N.
has proposed.
U.S. C47 Lost
Over Hungary
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia, (P)—
Hungary and Romania complain
ed officially today that a United
States Army cargo plane — still
missing after being fired on by
the satellite border guards Mon
day—crossed over their territories
illegally.
Notes were presented to the
American missions in Budapest
and Bucharest, even as U. S.
planes prepared to search over
Yugoslavia for the missing C-47
transport, which disappeared
Monday with four crewmen and
diplomatic cargo aboard.
The notes were presented after
American inquiries were made
concerning the whereabouts of
the plane, whose pilot had radioed
his base at Munich Monday after
noon that he had been fired upon
by the border patrols of the two
countries and had turned back
westward.
The plane, carrying a general
cargo for the embassy here, was
last reported somewhere north of
Belgrade at dusk Monday, with
its gasoline running low.
Premier Marshal Tito’s govern
ment gave search planes permis
sion to fly over the northwest
part of Yugoslavia, an area pre
viously forbidden to foreign
planes.
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KOREAN SITUATION
SEOUL, Korea, (JP) — United
Nations forces today threw back
the Reds’ strongest attempt to halt
an Allied line-straightening drive
on the central Korean front. The
U.N. push has gained nearly five
miles since Saturday.
The Republic of Korea Sixth
Division stopped counterattacks
by elements of two Red battalions.
The South Koreans had the sup
port of a tremendous artillery
barrage.
On the eastern front United
Nations soldiers repulsed a Red
attack northwest of the punch
bowl after a five and a half hour
fight.'

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