April 15, 2016
Oroville Mercury Register
January 8, 1951
Gear Nation For War, Truman Asks, President Presents Costly 10-point
Plan To Meet Russ Threat
By Merman Smith
Washington-(UP)- President Truman submitted to Congress today a
10 point program for building U. S. defenses against the possibility
of a “full-scale war.” In his annual state of the union message,
the President told a joint session of the House and Senate that
it would be necessary to build up plant capacity which could produce
on short notice arms and supplies “that may be needed for a full-scale
war.” “We are preparing for full wartime mobilization, if that should
become necessary,” the President said. “And we are continuing to
build a strong and growing economy, able to maintain whatever effort
may be required for as long as necessary.” Mr. Truman charged Russia,
by name, with being the free world’s enemy. He said “the aggression
in Korea is part of the attempt of the Russian Communist dictatorship
to take over the world, step by step.” “The threat of world conquest
by Soviet Russia,” he asserted “endangers our liberty and endangers
the kind of world in which the free spirit of man can survive.”
The President then outlined legislation he considered necessary
to put across “ A big program and a costly one” to meet the threat
of Soviet-inspired aggression.
1. Appropriations for military expansion.
2. Extension and revision of the Selective Service law.
3. “Military and economic aid to help build up the strength of the
4. Revision and extension of authority to expand production and
to stabilize prices, wages and rents.
5. Improvement of the agricultural laws “to help obtain the kinds
of farm products we need for the defense effort.”
6. “Improvement of our labor laws to help provide stable labor management
relations and to make sure that we have steady production in this
7. Legislation to provide for housing and training of defense workers
and encouraging full use of all man power resources. 8. Increasing
the supply of doctors, nurses and other trained medical personnel.
9. Aid to the states to meet “the most urgent needs” of elementary
and secondary schools.
10. “A major increase in taxes to meet the cost of the defense effort.”
Oroville Mercury Register
Monday, January 8, 1951
Two More Cities Given Up To Reds Allies Step Up Pace of Withdrawal
By Earnest Hoberecht
Tokyo-(Tuesday)- (UP) United Nations forces abandoned the key Korean
strongholds of Osan and Wonju to the Chinese Communists Monday and
continued their retreat south toward the Pusan perimeter. Red forces
took complete control of Wonju, highway hub 45 miles south of the
38th parallel, after an all-night battle in the streets. But at
Osan, 27 miles south of Seoul, the main U. S. 8th Army force moved
back out of contact with the Reds. The retreat from Seoul picked
up speed over the week end under pressure of a 200,000-man drive
down the center of the peninsula which threatened to overrun the
8th Army’s line of withdrawal. Less than an hour after the fall
of Wonju, a United Nations battalion surprised an enemy regiment
two miles south of the city and killed 200 Red troops, after catching
them asleep. When the surprised Reds rallied and tried to out flank
the UN battalion, allied artillery and planes chased them off. United
Nations forces retreating along the Korean east coast t toward Pusan
also had outdistanced their Communist pursuers.
In 1951 my brother Larry and I, often went to the State Theater
on Saturday afternoon, that is if we weren’t fishing or hunting,
duck and geese, October through January. I liked to snipe hunt.
Don’t laugh, they lived in the marshes, I think, I remember. Their
beaks were as long as their legs and they never flew straight. A
very noisy bird. Its been said some hunted them at night with a
net and flash light. Well this is what a hunter would tell an unknowing
friend, he would leave him out there till he felt sorry for him,
walking through the marsh calling here snipe, snipe. Is this true?
Well maybe, well I don’t know. Maybe Alligators were there too.
I never saw one but maybe watch out.