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Office On Aon! 26 William C. Keady will be officially sworn in as judge for the Northern Federal District Court in the Greenville federal district courtroom in April 20 a t - 3 p.m. the oath of office wilt be administered by Judge Claude F. Clayton of the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Clayton was federal judge in the older of two posts in the northern district. The Washington County Bar Association is planning the program. The state's two senators, Circuit Judge J. P. Coleman, Chief Circuit Judge Jolin R. Brown and district judges Harold Cox and Dan Russell are also expected to be on hand. A reception at the Downtowner will follow the swearing in of Judge Keady. Others invited to the ceremony include the state's entire congressional delegation, members of the state board of bar commissioners and state bar association otlicers, the new judge's family and friends. Keady, who was confirmed this 'week by the U. S. Senate after his nomination by President Johnson, will attend a judicial conference of the F i f t h Circuit Court of Appeals in Dallas on April 15. Keady, a Greenville attorney, yesterday submitted his resignation as president-elect of t h e state bar association to the , board of bar commissioners. "In resigning, may I express my great sense of pride in having been elected. .'. to t h i s place of honor and bar leadership," Keady wrote. ."You may be assured that t, as Judge, shall continue to be keenly interested in the forward march of our bar association." Hainon Miller, president of the Washington County Bar Association, said today that a.commit- tee under the chairmanship of · Greenville attorney E, J. Bogen was to meet to complete p l a n s for the April 26 ceremony and reception. Keady said this morning he was In the process of winding up his affairs and resigning from his law firm, Keady, Campbell and DeLong. The official commission from President Johnson naming Keady to the federal bench was expected to.arrive next week, he said. Clark Thinks Dr. King's Killer Will Be Captured ATLANTA MAYOR IVAN ALLEN JR. HOLDS UMBRELLA FOR MRS. KING THURSDAY NIGHT Community Leaders Here Call For Restraint Prayer CLEVELAND -- Rudolph Griffin, about 37, of Cleveland, was arrested by Cleveland p o l i c e Wednesday in connection with! the shotgun wo-jnding of Thomas Camp, not Thomas A. Kemp as police records earlier showed and as was reported in Thursday's Delta Democrat-Times. Camp, the man who was shot, lives in Byrd and Kemp Trailer Court. Kemp, whose name was erroneously listed on police records as the man shot, lives at 123 Deering St. He is part owner of the trailer court where Camp was shot. Griffin is also charged with the shooting with intent to kill and murder in the shooting of Steve Stephens, 20. of' Cleveland, who was injured in the same incident. Camp and Stephens were both treated for birdshot wounds- at East Bolivar County Hospital and released. Neither man was slain as the headline in Thursday's Delta Democrat-Times implied. Greenville Man Reported Missing An 82-year-old grandfather who strolled from his home at 703 Hughes late Monday after- noo.i in South Greenville is being sought by police and his family. The man - Lewis Ratliff, 82, Negro -- was lasts' seen at 8:30 p. m. on South .Broadway n e a r Rode Ready Mix Concrete Co., reported a daughter, M r s . I s a b e l ! Smith. Mrs. Smith said her father w a s RATLIFF wearing a gray suit, brown shirt and black shoes when he l e f w home. She said he is five-foot- cight, weighs 160-165 pounds and^ "police Chief W. C. Burnley urged anyone seeing the man to ' call the police station or 334-3088, ' the home of another daughter, Mrs. Ricie Sanders. Mrs. Smith said the Washington County Sheriffs' 1 IXpartment has also been notified. She said her father didn't tell anyone where he was going. By BOB BOYD Dilla D«rneeral.tlr.»i SPefl B»por!*r Negro and white leaders i n Greenville, stunned by the as- sination Thursday of Dr. Martin Luther King, today called f o r restraint and prayer to lead the nation and this city through tlie crucial hours and days ahead. From all leaders of local civil rights efforts came pleas for continuation of Dr. King's nonviolent approach to solving America's racial crisis. Father Henry L. Parker, director of interpretation for t h e United Council of Churches' Delta Ministry project based i n Greenville, said he is "still a disciple -of non-violence," b u t King's death "must prompt white people in the North a n d South who say they mean well and want progress to come out from behind the curtain of silence and inaction." * « * C. S. TINDALL, a local attorney and co-chairman the Community Relations Committee created two years ago by t h e City Council to promote better racial understanding in the city, today called Dr. King's .murder "a senseless and deplorable act. Every person who has any feeling for his fellow man should be saddened by it." Tir.dali said that "such vio-' lence is calculated to cause increased bitterness and m a k e harder the task of solving o u r racial problems. Tn our city, we must redouble efforts to solve local problems. I hope that w e can do so with firmness and sincerity." Leading the Community Relations Committee, along with Tindall, is James Carter. C a r t e r this morning said King "had been a friend not only to Negroes, but a friend to all America." He said he hopes "no race, black or white, will react with violence. As Americans we must realize that violence will never win on either side." He said that he thinks wh'.ces "will f e e l shame for this sad event," and Carter called for "all people to pray for the strengthening ot American democracy." * * *. GREENVILLE Mayor P a t Dunne, reacting to the news of King's assassination, said that "violence is senseless and w i l l r.ot solve our problems." He appealed for calm and order i n Greenville. "1 sincerely hope and p r a y that we as a community can maintain peace and good w i l l and keep our respect for law and order," Dunne said. "Violent actions from any quarters can be of no value, and will serve no useful purpose." Police Chief William C. Bumley, Jr., who was up until 1 a. m. with city patrolmen wary of the reaction King's death m i g h t have in Negro section: of t h e town, appealed for law and order. There was only one minor incident reported in the city following news of Dr. King's death. Dr. Matthew Page, a leader in local civil rights and anti-poverty campaigns, said today he is "in a state of shock. I don't want to make any statements." Students in at least one local high school sent a message o f sympathy to Dr. King's widow. A telegram sent early t o d a y from T.-L. West on Junior-Senior High School to Mrs. King a n d her family, said: "We, the students and faculty . . . express our deepest sympathy in your moments of grief and despair. We take this method of letting you know that we are also devoted to the cause of non-violence for which your loved one and o u r leader died." · Jake Ayres, a Negro leader from Glen Allan who recently returned from a trip to Washington seeking additional funds for Mississippi Head Start pro- . grams, said he found King's death "almost unbelievable." Ayres, who was to lead Delta Negroes in participation in Dr. King's poor people's march o n Washington in late April, s a i d the civil rights movement "has eot to he kept non-violent." * t * "THIS WILL fake a Iremeri- dous effort on the part of Negro and white people, and ever,' level of government," said Ayrc-s, who walked through Mississippi last year with Dr. King on a Memphis to Jackson "march against fear." Delta Ministry's Father Parker said the poor peoples' march in Washington will not be cancelled, and he called for "every black and white man in the .Tudeo-Christian culture" to join the mnrch "for his own salvation's sake." "On the local level," Father Parker said, "the church must reassess its position. Here w e boast of one of the most enlightened communities in the state," he said, "and yet there are ministers here who do not pray to-- gether with tlieir fellows of another race." Jimmy Thornton, a state board member of NAACP and past president of the Washington County chapter, said he h a d marched "side by side" w i t h both Evers and Dr. King. "The two men had a dream for the black people in America," he said, "they died because of their belief in freedom for Americans. "BOTH came up the h a r d way" to positions of leadership among Negroes, Thornton said, "and both were cut down by snipers like worthless w e e d . We will carry on this fight until we too are cut down like weed," Thornton said, but he said h e thinks non-violence "will p i c k up momentum" from Dr. King's death. He called for "a new dedication among Negroes and Negro leadership" for non-violent approaches to race problems. James Edwards, state v i c e president of NAACP who was on Dr. King's historic march from Selma to Montgomery, said he has "never seen a more dedicated person for the cause i ri which he believed. We feel that Dr. King's spirit will live among the people," Edwards said, "and his works for non-violence w i l l continue to grow." Rev. E. D. Marshall, current county NAACP president, called for "renewed efforts at understanding" among Negroes and whites. ' Delta Ministry Director, Oven Brooks, this morning issued a statement saying that Delta Ministry "mourns not only the death' of Dr. King, but we moum the rascist and violent society that expects non-violence from those it oppresses." City police chief Bumtey said that one Negro youth was arrested last night following a disorderly gathering of about 20 high school age Negroes shortly after news of Dr. King's murder. Burnley said police c l o s e l y guarded the group who wandered along main street "and created disturbances" In three cafes and the Percy Memorial Library. One member of the group, which broke up around 11 p.m., was charged with creating a disturbance and using profane language. Angry Mobs Stage Riots Around Nation Uniltd Prtlt International Bands of Negroes, enraged over the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., burned.' looted and clashed with police in more than a dozen American cities Thursday night. Three persons were killed and dozens were injured. National Guard troops were summoned in Nashville and Memphis, Tcnn., and Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C. The outbursts were especially violent in Now York's Harlem ghetto, Washington, Tallahasse, Ha., and Nashville. A white youth was suffocated in a firebombing in Tallahassee, an elderly man died in a fire in Harlem 'and a white man died Friday of injuries suffered in the Washington violence. Scattered violence also was reported in Charlotte, Winston- Salem, New Bern and Wilmington, N.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Detroit; Ilia Bena and Jackson, Miss:; Tampa, Fla.; and Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala. In some areas, there was firebombing and looting. In others, young Negroes claslird with police, using rocks, guns, and, when ammunition gave out ' in Tallahassee, even bows and arrows. Tn the South, most of the violence broke out in towns with Negro colleges. Dozens were injured in the South alone, and in New York, police reported more than 100 arrests as young Negroes turned Lenox Avenue in the heart of Harlem into a wasteland of looted stores and burned out buildings. DESPITE statements from officials that Memphis was "under attack," the city where King was slain by a sniper appeared less hard hit fhan others. Shock rather than rage seemed the mood in the Mississippi. River city. Rights Leader Slain By Memphis Sniper MEMPHIS, Term. (UPI) -- Attorney Gen. Ramsay Clark said today he is "very hopeful" that the sniper-slayer of integration leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. will be apprehended soon. Shortly before Clark made his comments, a short, balding white man was arrested while emerging from the flophouse in which tho sniper hid, b;it the man did not fit the description of the assassin and authorities did not dis- (UPl DR. KING . in a recent speech close the reason for his arrest. The man was carrying a suitcase and a cardboard box. Clark made (ho statement at an impromptu press conference held or. the ramp of Memphis Airport as King's casket was being loaded aboard a chartered airliner to bo flown home to L8J Meets Negroes, Deplores 'Bullet Rule' WASHINGTON (UPI) -- President Johnson met with top Negro and government leaders today and urged the nation "to deny violence its victory in the sorrowful time of the death of Dr. Martin Liithe.. King. Johnson, who hastily arranged the top level meeting after a night of violence in more than a dozen of the nation's cities, said at the session ihat "American shall not be ruled by the bullet." His declaration served as an answer to black power militant Stokely Carmichael, who had told newsmen less than an hour earlier only a matter of blocks away, that Negroes "will have to get guns" and take to the streets to avenge King's assassination. Johnson called on men of "all races, all regions and all deny violence its victory in this sorrowful time and all time to come." "Men who are white--men ^' President '· Johnson today proclaimed Sunday a national day of mourning for Dr. Martin Luther ! King. . who arc black--must and will join together now, as never before in the past, to let all the forces of division know that Americans shall not be ruled by bullet but only by the ballot--free and just men." Johnson !?!d Negro leaders assembled in the cabinet room that "once again, the heart of 1 America is heavy--the spirit of America weeps--for a tragedy that denies the very meaning of our land. "It is tho fibre and fabric of the republic that is being tested," Johnson said. Two policemen were shot by snipers in Detroit a mile from the scene of last summer's riot. Tn New York City, Mayor John Lindsay wandered through the streets- of Harlem offering condolences to Negroes. Gangs ran wild in the big city, smashing windows and looting in Harlem and Brooklyn. Several fires erupted. - WHITES and Negroes alike chanted and sang as they marched through Times Square, along Fifth Avenue and else- whcrs in the heart of Manhattan. In Itta Bena, Miss., two Negro svuJ*ftt3 at Mississippi Valley Stale College were shot and wounded following a brick throwing demonstration. The highway patrol said two of its troopers tried to turn a crowd of about 300 Negroes armed with bricks, bottles and pieces of wood. All the 11,000 members of the Tennessee National Guard were alerted and 4,000 of that number were activated nnd sent into trouble spots throughout the state -- notably in Nashville which one guard official said is "worse than in Memphis." Mississippi National Guard units have also been put on alert. Downtown Decision Scheduled Thursday By PIC FIKM1N Delia Managing Edilar The first of two big decisions that v.-il! *o TO ."?r determine the fate of downtown Greenville will be made Thursday niRht by the hoard of directors of the Greenville Downtown Improvement Association. On that night, the board w i l l "" decide whether it should hire a New York architectural, engineering and planning firm to determine what changes need to be made and why in order to revitalize the central business district. * + * A SPECIAL committee for selection of a project planner announced Thursday night at a general membership m e e t i n g that it would recommend t h a t the board hire the firm of Victor Grucn Associates Inc., described by Committee Chairman Jay Stein as "the only firm to d o this work. . .the finest you can get." The second decision, a n d possibly the easiest, will b e whether t h e downtown g r o u p will actually implement whatever Grucn proposes. May 1 Deadline For Fixing Crossings Dunne Gets Tough With Railroads ,, . , t ,, i-- ,,,,,, TM.-,Hn thpse renairs spur, Belle Aire spur to Tex If Illinois Central and Columbus Greenville Railroads don't give assurances before April 15 that they will repair grade crossings in Greenville, Mayor Pat Dunne will ask City Council to have the work d o n e and have the railroad pay t h e bill. Dunne informed railroad executives of his intention in a letter dated April 4. He cited Greenville's charter and code, which he says gives the city the right to take such auion. In the letter, Dunne reminded railroad executives that both he and City Engineer John Teunis- son have written several limes calling attention to the "deplorable condition" of grade crossings in the city. ILLINOIS Central has not replied to any correspondence, Dunne said. Columbus Greenville has replied, but D u n n e said "the correspondence a n d conversations have been enjoyable, but not productive for tlie people of Greenville." "No crossings have been repaired and brought up to grade, and it is impossible for us to continue corresponding and conversing without producing," Dunne wrote. Dunne listed the crossings in need of repair, and said if t h e railroads do not inform him by April 15 that they will begin repairs by May 1, he will seek City Council action. Dunr.e said it seemed to h i m that the railroads "would have long ago made these repairs without having to be forced into this situation." * t « HE SAID "it is a mystery to me why a company as large as the Illinois Central Railroad, enjoying a good business in t h e City of Greenville, would permit their grade crossings to deteriorate to their present almost impossible condition." Similarly, he said "I do n o t and. neither do the people of Greenville understand why a company such as Columbus Greenville Railway neglect their crossings, thereby causing such hardships ami expense upon us." The I.C.R.R. crossings Dunne listed were Alexander main line, N. Poplar Belle A i r e spur, Belle Aire spur to Texaco Oil Co., Belle Air spur to Lake Front, N. Theobald spur to Wakotl's Warehouses, Union main line (fair condition), Glostcr main line, O'Hca main line, Main main line, S. Theobald spur to Chicago Mills, Percy main line, Clay main Sine, and St. Charles main line. The CG crossings listed were Washington Ave. main l i n e , Unioti main line, S. Hinds main line, Walthall fe spur to Republic Storage, S. Broadway main line, Percy main l i n e , S. Theobald main line, Edison spur at Edison, O'Hea main line, Nelson ft Harvey CG crossing, awl Glostcr Harvey and CG crossing. Grucn's three-stage survey and preparation of alternate solutions will cost the downtown group between $50,000 and 560, 000 Stein told more than 30 enthusiastic members. Tlie project will be paid entirely by downtown businesses who will tax themselves on a front-foot basis, he said. * t * THE SURVEY and preparation of solutions should t a k e about 10 months, Stein said. I f the downtown group decides to implement whatever recommendations Gruen makes for rennovating the downtown area, they will pay for that also, h e said. Tlie group hopes that C i t y Council would fkat a bond issue to be rcpayed by a special mill- age rate imposed only on t h e downtown businesses over a 20- year period. Charles H n f t e r, associatic-n president, said that the group is "striving for complete cooperation wilh the city government nnd businesses in downtown and all over the area, and so far we have had nothing but enthusiastic cooperation." Haftcr said that a meeting . Wednesday night between City Council and association leaders resulted in accord on the project. "I think we can get t h e backing of City Council," he added. Clyde E. Cook, an associate professor of city planning at O'.o Miss who was city planner a t Diibiique, Iowa, when Gruen did a similar joh there, explained the need for downtown planning and warned of some of the pitfalls. Robert May was elected vice president of the association, succeeding Jake Stein who w a s elected a director, and James Webb was elected treasurer, succeeding Bernard Goodman, also elected a director. Atlanta. Clark who rushed here from Washington had gor.e aboard the plane rariiri io t'AUi'C'Ss 1) King's widow "(he very deep regret of President Johnscn and all the cabinet at the tragic loss of this great American." Clark was asked whether any progress was being mado toward identifying and capturing the youthful white assnssiri who killed King Thursday night with a single rifle shot as tlie civil rights leader stood on the balcony of a motel. "Yes, real progress is being made. Substantial evidence has been discovered. I'm fully confident this crime will be solved," the attorney general said. Asked whether an arrest is imminent, Clark said, "We aro very hopeful." To a question whether the suspect lias been definitely identified, Clark responded: "We are getting very close." He said there is no indication of any conspiracy. "AH the evidence wo have Is , this is the work of a single person." Rioting erupted In Harlem. In Memphis, Nashville, Tallahassee, Fla., and Raleigh, N. C., despite President Johnson's televised p'.ea for. calmness. , Three persons died in th« outbursts. Nearly 200 persons filed past', King's copper and bronze casket in half an hour before It was carried to the airport for lha flight back to Atlanta. Tlie President summonecl Negro, lenders to an II a.m. conference nt the White House, postponing his trip to Hawaii for Vietnam talks. * * * MEMPHIS Police, chief Franlt Holloman announced early today that "certain evidence has been found which we believe will be helpful in apprehending tlie suspect." But the suspect, he said, had "simply faded." At the funeral home, an elderly woman stepped past the casket. looked nt the body of the martyred hero ond said: "I didn't know you, but I loved you." The killer blew a gaping hole in King's neck with a round from a ;30-06 Remington pump rifle with a telescopic sight. It was fired 205 feet and three inches from the window of a communal bathroom in a flophouse to ll'.e balcony of King's hntel across the street. King whirled and fell on his back in a pod of blood on the Lorraine Hotel balcony. Mrs. King, in a 7-1-seat jet chartered for her by presidential candidate Rnbert Kennedy, was flying from Atlanta to brin?, home her husbpnd's body. WHILE the casket was en route to the nirport. King's chiof aide, the Fev. Raich Abcrnathv, assumed leadership of Kins's Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He promised tc, co^'ft- the moss m.irrh Mnndav that King had come here for--"it will he a silent march in his memory." And he vowc-d that he -,vou!d c.irry throned King's planned "Poor People's campaign" on . Washington. He called for "silent memorial marches" around the nation on Sunday. Aberna'hy stood on the pavement beneath the balcony where his leader was shot and said, "no man can fill King's shoes." King was fhot at atout 7 p.m. EST. He died an hour later. "From evidence we have at this time, only one man was involved," said Holloman. The assassin was described as a white man. six feet tall. 155-175 pounds, between 26 and 31 years old. He fled from the flophouse, drocping the rifle and a suitcase in the doorway before he leaped into a late modal white car and sped away. Holloman refused to divulge 'the contents o! tha suitcase.

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  1. The Delta Democrat-Times,
  2. 05 Apr 1968, Fri,
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