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Br WALTER R. HEARS and Joseph E. MOHBAT Associated Press Writers LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, felled like his President brother by an assassin's billlet, died early today. His mourning family prepared to take his body home to New York, across the nation Kennedy had hoped to lead as president. And on Saturday, the senator is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, at the hillside plot which is the resting place of his brother, the late John F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy, 42, never regained consciousness, never, showed signs of recovery after a savage burst of revolver fire sent a bullet plunging into his brain—at the pinnacle of his own campaign for the White House. Kennedy, 'his pregnant wife, Ethel at his bedside, .died at 1:44 a.m. PDT, little more than 24 hours after the assault at the Ambassador Hotel. . Kennedy's body will be flown from Los Angeles to New York later today on a jet airplane provided by the White House. Pierre Salinger, former presidential press secretary, said the body would lie to state Friday at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. A Requiem Mass will be held there Saturday morning, Salin- ' ger said Kennedy would be buried late Saturday in Arlington, across the Potomac River from Washington, where ah eternal flame flickers in memory of John Kennedy, slain four years and seven months ago. In preparation for Kennedy's last journey, a-post mortem was under way at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. President Johnson, the man who succeeded President Ken- nedy, Issued a proclamation calling for a national day of mourning for the senator next Sunday; .:" Gov, .Ronald Reagan declared a state of mourning in California, for the period through the senator's funeral. As Kennedy died,' the man accused of shooting him was under heavy guard at a downtown prison hospital, held in $250,000 bail- for a court appearance which had been scheduled Monday. ' , . . Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was accused of wielding the .22-caliber revolver which cut down Kennedy and wounded five other peo- BE IN pie early Wednesday as the senator and his supporters celebrated victory in the California presidential primary. The Los Angeles sheriff's office refused to say whether Sirhan had been advised that Kennedy was .dead. Sirhan, a Jordanian who had been living in Pasadena, was described by those who knew him as a man inflamed over the hostilities between his native state and Israel. A former employer said he might have been enraged 'by Kennedy's past words of support for Israel. Kennedy's mother, Mrs. Rose Kennedy, was told of the death «f her son by a niece, Ann Gargan. She was at Hyannis Port, Mass. Mrs. Kennedy—who had campaigned for Robert in the presidential primaries—went to mass at St. Francis Xavier Church. Mrs. Kennedy had talked by telephone with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the family's lone surviving son, who was at Robert's bedside at the end. Kennedy was surrounded by members of his family when he died. Salinger said Ethel, the widow, "is bearing up very well." Mrs. John F. Kennedy, widow of the assassinated President, was in her brother-in-law's room when he died. Two of Kennedy's sisters, Mrs. Stephen Smith and Mrs. Patricia Lawford, were there, too. Salinger said three of Kennedy's 10 children were in an adjacent room and saw their father before he died. • Pale and haggard, Frank' Mankiewicz, Kennedy's press secretary, announced the death' to newsmen. "Sen. Robert Francis Kennedy oisd at 1:44 a.m. today," he began. Then lie answered questions." See KENNEDY on Page 3 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 73 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS US \V~yatt, School Board President By Herb Wight Managing Editor Desegrate. Desegregate completely by September^ 1969, or else. In 32 days — or by July 7 of this year — the Biytheville School Board must either adopt a plan to eliminate what a federal official last night called the district's "dual school system" or face the possibility of losing ail its federal aid. Even in the event federal aid is given up, the school district would still run the risk of facing a -bout with -the U. S. Department of Justice on charges of violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The ultimatum came during a 7:30 meeting last night be! .':i nieiriars of tie sc'ndol board and five representatives «f the education branch of the U. S. Office of Civil Rights. The 56 - minute meeting climaxed the federal team's two- day study of the school district's operation. After quickly and methodically listing what he many tunes termed "grossly inferior" conditions in the district's four Negro schools, the federal group's spokesman, Waite Madison of Washington, D. C., outlined suggestions to meet government standards. He emphasized that his were : merely "suggestions" and that the school board is in no way obligated to heed his advice. (They must devise a desegregation plan, but not necessarily his, he said.) Madison's suggested "responsible steps for devising a uni- tarian school system" included: 1) Closing Promised Land School and assigning the students and faculty to integrated city schools. 2) Pairing Franklin and Sudbury schools, having all first- through - third - grade students attend one school, and all fourth through - sixth - grade students attend the other. 3) Doing the same thing with Lange and Robinson schools. 4) Establishing geographic attendance zones, quartering the city with, Main and Sixth Streets as boundaries, and requiring those living in a section to attend a specific school. (This would kill the district's present "freedom of choice" plan, Madison.said.) 5) Discontinue grades seven 'through 12 at Harrison High, . sending students in grades 10. through 12 to BIytheville High and those in grades seven through nine to BIytheville Junior High. . (Harrison then could be used exclusively for all sixth - grade students in the city, Madison said, relieving crowding in other elementary schools.) * * * The deadline for having some acceptable program in effect — functional — is September of •the 1969-1970 school year, he said. Supt. J. K. Williams asked if it would be acceptable to close Promised Land School by September of 1968 (moving the faculty to integrated positions and. achieving total desegration by September of 1969. This,.if acceptable, would give.the district time to get on with planned building programs See U.S. on. Page 3 Mdfsorij."Civil-- fcghti; ADC Ointment For a Social Sore By Harry A. Haines Courier News Editor On May • 2, a delegation of some 400 troopers from the Poor People's Campaign on Washington went to the Longworth House Office Building ostensibly to register a protest with Congressman Wilbur Mills, who as head of the House Ways and Means Committee played a leading role in amending the Aid for Dependent CI h i 1 d r e n guidelines last year. The demonstration was ill- timed and obviously was. for the purpose'of squeezing another headline or two out of the Resurrection City business, but it served at least two other purposes: . ' 1. It stirred again the already-muddy waters of the Aid for Dependent Children program, which is characterized by its severest critics ;as being a manipulation whereby "all those cheap women get paid for having illegitimate children;" and •-.-"•• 2. It called attention again to a social sore which is not healing. * * * Wilbur Mills was quoted in one newspaper as saying that unwed mothers are "making a way of life" out of welfare liv- -ing. . If they are doing it, they are making one hell of a way of life for themselves and their bastard offspring. The living is not easy for mothers who must rely on ADC payments in Arkansas (it varies, from state to state). A mother with seven children, who qualifies for every, last bit of aid here, will collect a maximum of $125 a month, or $1,400 per year. She may not earn, any other money or collect money from any. other source of her income from welfare will de-escalate. Mills is not at all certain that he was quoted correctly when the "way of life" remark was attributed to him. "That's been a long time ago," he said. "I don't know if I said that or not.. But here's what I was driving at: We had a lot of evidence before our committee that there .were patterns of living emerging from our welfare programs.' We now have a. third generation on relief." And what was your answer to David Acres Work Planned Plans to begin work on the David Acres Code Enforcement Project sometime within ill* next two weeks were announced yesterday by Mayor Tom A. Little, ; Th« announcement followed BIytheville's notification earlier (his waefc by Sen. J. William Fulbright that the city's request for a federal grant for $315,542 wfatt trill ifcUBM the project - was approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). ''This is the first program; of this sort to be approved in the state of Arkansas and shows that BIytheville is taking advantage of the federal program* offered to the nation'* cities," Little said. "The David Acres area en- aempuiM apffot-imately »T acres of land and following completion of the improvements to this area, every unpaved street in this section will be concreted and blacktop will be put down over existing concrete, In addition to installing storm drains and curbing," LitOe said.; The mayor described the David Acres area as "being bounded on the north and northwest fceFtOMCTat fatal . June 6 this problem? "To amend the rules so that these women could begin training at the age of 25 or 30 years rather than wait until they were 50 or 60 when they probably couldn't be trained." But this makes you out as the man the Poor People's Campaigners said you were: one who is going to take-the mother away from her family. "Not quite. We, just put in the broad guidelines. It is up to the states as to how it is administered. We require the. states to have a work arid training program. Now >if there are little children in a home the states have to take care of these children. Generally, this change had the backing of the various social workers." Weil, what about the racism charge? "That makes good talk for people looking for publicity. There's more talk to that charge than anything else. .No one offered to prove racism." "But besides, there are more whites than Negroes involved in this program in Arkansas, I'd guess." Mills is a believer in the (See WELFARE on Page 2) A FATAL ACCIDENT occurred at 1:30 p.m. yesterday on Route b, five miles south of Caruthersville, Mo., the Missouri State Police reported today. Dear is Willie Smith, 66, of Caruthersville, who was the driver, of a 1957 Plymouth, police said. The Smith vehicle apparently ran a stop sign and was struck on the driver's side by a 1964 Cadiliac driven by Rev. James 0. Clayton, 51, of Braggadocio, Mo., authorities said., Clayton suffered lacerations and possible chest injuries; and his •passenger, Mabel Clayton, 53, also of Braggadocio, sustained lacerations and a broken right arm, according to investigating officers. The injured were taken to the Peraiscot Memorial Hospital in.Hayti, Mo., and Smith's body was removed to the Smith Funeral Home in Caruthersville, police officers said. BURGLARS ENTERED the McGIothon Trading Post, which is located at 1306 South 21st, sometime last night, taking a small amount of change, Police Chief George Ford said this morning. . The thieves gained entrance to the building by breaking a chain, off of the rear door, Ford added. EASTERN ARKANSAS Boy Scout Council dedicate* Its spanking new camp at Viola on June 27. The public Is invited (call PO $-3602 or PO 3-4424) to ride a special bus ($0.50) to the camp site at » aim. on dedication day: Lunch will be served there, First week of camp bJuMli. ...;':• •••„••. ';'•. .-.:i, • : ..':.. Suspected Assassin Cool Tight-Lipped AT A SPECIAL City Council meeting yesterday morning, Osceola decided to resurface several more streets, bringing the total streets to be asphalted to 25. A contract for $43,432.75 has been awarded Hughes and Company of BIyheville. Also considered was a petition from J. T. Parsons Cabinet Company for a building permit to allow construction of a permit plant to manufacture furniture legs. The plant will employ 15 persons initially, expanding to 25 or 30 at a later date, a company official said. The permit will be decided at next Monday night's regular Council meeting. After the meeting was adjourned the Council voted to pay a $74.50 claim a citizen brought against the city. FIVE MISSOURI MARINES WERE killed in action in Vietnam recently the Defense Department announced Monday. Among those killed Was Pfc. Otis L. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Allen of Caruthersville. By RICHARD E. MEYER Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - His name is Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. Police say he is a cool, closemouthed Jordanian who fired a bullet from close range into the brain of Sen. Robert Kennedy. Mayor Samuel W. Yorty says Sirhan apparently wrote in a 9- by-12 inch notebook about "the necessity to assassinate Sen. Kennedy before June 5,1968." Many — neighoors, former employers and the authorities — say he hates Jews. He hurt his head in a fall last year, says his mother. "All I know is he is a nice kid," says one Of his four broth' ers. Asst. Dist. Atty. William L. Ritzi said a grand jury would be asked to return an indictment charging Sirhan with Kennedy's murder. Pasadena officers said they had a "red flag" file on Sirhan, but they could not confirm if.he had been formally arrested. In Pasadena police watch officer Russell Stone had a "red flag" file on Sirhan, indicating he had an arrest record. But Stone said later, after rechecking, the file was that of a brother, Sharif Bishara Sirhan, 35. He was arrested in Decem- Nation Mourns By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Johnson led the nation in mourning today as Americans great and small reacted in grief and sorrow to the tragic assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The President, saying Kennedy had never abandoned faith in America although he knew far more than his share of personal tragedy, called for the nation to observe a .national day of mourning Sunday. ;.-.... In a proclamation issued upon learning of Kennedy's death to« day,.the President directed that American flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-staff until Kennedy's burial. . Vice President .Hubert H, Humphrey, expressed, : a "profound personal loss" at Kennedy's death and called on all Americans to recommit themselves to the principles of humanity and individual'justice. "May our nation find the strength, the faith, and the wisdom to dispel the forces of lira*': tlonal hate among wt and to replace them with the love of man and God," Humphrey' said. Former-Vice President Rich' «d M. Nfaran itld la • state- in New York that Kennedy's death "is a terrible tragedy both for a family and a nation which have known too many such tragedies in recent times." Nixon said, "Sen. Kennedy was a man of tremendous energy and vitality. He was one of the great popular leaders in •American history. Our deepest sympathies go put to :the family of Sen. Kennedy in this hour of grief." .;•;;./ :Gov. -Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York said the death of Kennedy was "an unspeakable tragedy and a terrible loss to the,nation." Rockefeller proclaimed "the day of burial as a day of mourning in this state." A state of mourning for California was declared by Gov. Ronald! Reagan. . "I have directed that the period extend through the senator's iiaieral and that all flags in California bo flown at half mast," he said. "My sympathies go out to Mrs/Kennedy and the senator's children as well as his parents and .other members of his family. Prayers of all Americans arc with them." . . '.-,. \- •. ~ her 1963 on an attempted muS der charge and later was putvOn a year's probation, Stone said..Stone said complaints of djs; turbing the peace had be'en lodged against Sirhan Sirhan, but he had "never been booked, jailed or arrested by Pasadena police." Watch Commander Russell Stone said the file was in possession of detectives and not immediately available for inspection. He said the red flag on the file was to indicate Sirhan had been book»d previously.-. Stone said the file dated from March 1961 when Sirhan reported a bicycle stolen. He complained in 1963 he was the victim of a disturbance. In 1962 and last March, Stons said,. Sirhan was a suspect in disturbance of the peace cases; The record says Sirhan is 24 years old, 5-feet-5, weighs about 120 pounds, has a swarthy complexion and wiry hair. He has been an exercise boy at a race track, wanted to be a jockey and worked in a 'health food store. He was under maximum security guard in a hospital ward at the Los Angeles County Central jail, charged with six counts of assault with intent to commit murder. ' He is to appear at 8:30 a.m. Monday for a preliminary hearing before Municipal Judge Joan Klein. . Sirhan's index finger was broken and his left ankle sprained in a tussle that ended in his capture, seconds after Kennedy was shot 1 early Wednesday. ': • Sirhan has talked to police, See ASSAILANT on Page S Fair, Warm Fair to partly cloudy and continued warm with isolated afternoon thundenhowcn through Friday. Low tonight mainly fc the Ma, ' . 1 , <*

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