The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 8, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 8, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 68—NO. T6 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS THE WORST IS OVER at the Mississippi River. This morning, the Memphis Weather Bureau reported, the river was due to reach its crest. It should begin falling very slowly tonight or tomorrow, sinking to below flood stage on Tuesday. The crest came too late to save thousands of acres of crops which are planted on the river side of the levee. (Courier News Photo) ; June 8 Reds Rain More on Saigon TWO YOUTH DROWNED yesterday about 11 a.m. In a bar pit east of- Portageville, the Missouri State Police reported today: The victims were identified as Jonas Thornton, 18, and his brother, Bobby Joe Thornton, 14, both of Portageville, authorities said. A younger brother witnessed the accident and told investigating officers that the older boys, neither of whom could swim, were wading in the bar pit which is seven feet deep in places, when they went under. Portageville Police were notified and they, with help from the New Madrid County Sheriff's office, recovered the bodies at 12:20 p.m., the state police said. The bodies were removed to the Richard's Funeral Home in New Madrid. EMMANUEL MISSIONARY Baptist Church will hold its first regular worship services this Sunday. Sunday School will begin at 11 a.m.; the sermon at noon. •Rev. R. W. Raines is pastor of the church which is located at 121 East Cleveland (former home of the First Baptist Church). HEAD START OFFICIALS are asking all parents who intend to enroll their children in this summer's, program to bring proof of the child's immunization with them when they report on June 10, Lynn H. Cox, director of the county program said today. The locations of the Head Start Centers are Lange . and Sudbury Schools, Promised Land, Birdsong, Burdette, Dell, Joiner, Reiser, Leachville, Luxora, Manila and Osceola, Cox added. . """"" Asosciated Press Writer SAIGON (AP).- Light, scattered fighting flared in two sections of Saigon today and a fifth day of enemy shelling sent the civilian toll to 196 killed and 672 wounded in the five weeks of the enemy "peace talks" offensive. A member of the South Vietnamese House of Representatives, Ngo Cong Due, called for a halt in the U.S.-North Viet- . riamese_negotiations in ...garis. if the Viet Cong continues shelling civilian areas. The civilian casualties have resulted both from shellings and street fighting, government officials said. In today's clashes, South Vietnamese army casualties were reported extremely light. The government troops reported killing 12 Viet Cong soldiers and capturing 13 in Cholon, the 'Conspiracy; Murton Cries LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Former State Prison Supt. Thomas 0. Murton charged Friday that there was a "total conspiracy in Arkansas to suppress the truth" about the prison system, who was fired as superintendent late in February, also labeled' as "a fraud" the State Police report that concluded that three skeletons exhumed at Cummins Prison Farm Jan. 29 came from an old prison cemetery and not. a secret graveyard for murdered inmates. Murton, now living in New -Mexico, said at a news conference that he had returned to Arkansas to attend to some personal business. "True reform is dead" in the prison system, Murton said. He said that "secrecy had been clamped on" the prisons and that conditions were the same now as they were before he came to Arkansas except for the alleged brutality and tor-' ture. "You can't put the lid on a prison to solve the problem," Murton said. "There can be no true reform until the prison is divorced from politics." "That prison will blow again," Murton said. "Reuben Johnson is telling the truth and so am I." Johnson is the inmate who led Murton to the spot where the three skeletons were exhumed. Asked if he believed murdered inmates were buried at C u mm ins, Murton said, "There's no question about it. A lot of people think this." Murton also charged that "people, including the recent legislature" had been "trying to See MURTON on Page 2 Chinese District in southwestern Saigon. Governmtnt spokesmen said five Viet Cong soldiers surrendered in the northeastern suburb of Gia Dinh and one told interrogators that government troops had wounded a regimental commander and a deputy battalion commander in the Cholon fighting. The deputy battalion commander had been reported killed in today's fighting. The enemy battalion commander was reported killed earlier in. the week and at one point, government military spokesmen said the enemy had been crushed in Cholon and apparently was withdrawing. But the guerrillas, holed up in buildings, popped up again and reports from Cholon today said about 30 Viet Cong were fighting police in a residential area two blocks from a Roman Catholic Church. Government tanks again were blasting guerrilla firing positions. The new fighting suggested that fresh Viet Cong troops may be surfacing. The Cholon area is reported infested with cells of Viet Cong being held in reserve. In central Saigon, two gunmen on a motorbike, believed to be Viet Cong assassins, killed a South Vietnamese army lieutenant today half a block from the house of U.S. Ambassador Ell- Foir, Warm Fair to. partly cloudy and continued warm through Sunday with isolated afternoon and early evening thuhdershowers. Low tonight in, the 60s to low 70s. BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP)-James Earl Ray, chief suspect in the slaying of Martin Luther King Jr., has been arrested In London, Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark announced today. Ray, object of an intensive manhunt for two months, was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives as.he passed through British immigration offices for a flight to Brussels, Clark said. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said Ray is being held under maximum security conditions on a passport violation. Legal An To OEO Ti In reply to a statement made yesterday by two office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) o f- ficials in Little Rock that Mississippi County Judge A. A. (Snug) Banks was withholding the release of poverty funds to aid the poor people in Poinsett and Craighead Counties, Gary Jumper, director of the Mississippi County OEO said that "this decision was not made by Judge Banks alone, but was the resit of the unanimous decision of the board members of the Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Agency (E 0 A) who passed a resolution to this effect. "The reason lor the resolution," Jumper continued, "was because of a legal entangle - ment which was brought to the attention of the board in May by Grahm Subdury, who is acting as the attorney for the EOA corporation." Jumper explained that Sudbury had advised the board and Banks that according to the corporation's by - laws, it would be illegal for the EOA staff t» See OEO on Page 2 Brain Shcrf Doomed \ Kennedy \ By HOWARD F. ANGIONE; Asosciated Press Writer BOSTON (AP) — Almost from the instant an assassin's bullet pierced his skull, Sen. Robert F. Kenendy was doomed to death, says the Boston neurp- surgeon summoned to Kennedy's side in Los Angeles by the family. •: "There has been no survival in any patient that had any injury like the one Sen. Kennedy fa- See BRAIN on Page 1 sworth Bunker. .They, escaped. The latest enemy shelling—25 rocket and mortar rounds—hit the 'dock area, central Saigon and a residential area just northwest of the capital. Initial reports listed -two Vienamese civilians and a policemen killed and 12 civilians wounded. One round today landed near Grail Hospital, 'Saigon's leading hospital, but caused no new casualties. Two senior Vietnamese officials, Maj. Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan, chief of the national police and Col. Van Van Cua, mayor of Saigon, are. in Grail Hospital recovering from wounds from street fighting in Saigon.. Meanwhile, the government radio announced that Loan and Cua have been replaced. Loan was replaced as head of the 70,000-rhan police force by Col. Tran Van Hai, commander of South Vietnam's ranger combat troops. No reason was announced, but it was . expected that Loan's wounds would keep him hospi- See VIETNAM on Page 2 New Kennedy Book Coming Once again the assassination of a Kennedy has shocked America and the world. But that is only one dark facet of a family saga that has few parallels in any country. To present the full, dramatic story we have arranged to obtain for you at a special price a new book now in production. It details the progress of the Kennedys from famine-stricken Ireland to estates in Hyannisport and Virginia, from lace curtain politics to the Senate and the Presidency, and from the American dream of self fulfillment and public service to a series of private and public disasters. The book, "Triumph'and Tragedy: The Story of the Kennedys", is now being put together for us by a team of the best wirters . in the world's largest news service, The Associated Press, of which this newspaper is a member. The team is headed by Sid Moody and includes others who, like him, helped author "The Torch is Passed," the classic account of the assassination of President Kennedy. The new volume will be one that no collector of Kennedy memorabilia or current history will dare miss. It will be a handsome hardbacked book bountifully illustrated in color and black and white. To reserve your copy send only $3 now to "Triumph and Tragedy, Blytheville, -Ark., Courier News, Box 66, Poughkeepsie, N. Y." The book will be mailed you just as soon as it is printed. Thousands Gather for Kennedy Rite By ARTHUR EVERETT Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The centuries-old grandeur of a Roman Catholic requiem and the solemnity of a great cathedral betoken today eternal rest for Robert F. Kennedy as he goes to a grave near his brother's in Arlington National Cemetery. President Johnson was expected to come from Washington for the funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The White House, however, would not confirm the report. Kennedy's body will be borne to Washington in a 21-car train carrying about 1,000 persons. Tbe mahogany casket will rest on a foot-high platform, draped in red velvet. Burial ( will reunite beneath the springtime green of Arlington the 42-year-old senator and President John F. Kennedy. Each died, less than five years apart, of an assassin's bullet. A family spokesman said the lenator's grave would be below and to the side of his brother's, in an open space near two Japanese magnolias. Among the 2,100 persons invited to the funeral were representatives of at least 50 foreign nations. Condolences poured in from all over the world, just as they did Nov. 22, 1963-but this time to a different widow, for a different brother. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey leads.' • ,an.'. official delegation of 69 senators and 40 representatives to the funeral. The House delegation is all 40 representatives from New York; Archbishop Terence J. Cooke of New York was sejected as chief celebrant of the Requiem Mass. Only two months ago the archbishop and Sen. Kennedy were together in Atlanta at the funeral of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King i Jr. t another whose life was forfeited to an assassin. "We are all together in our bewilderment and grief in these days,," Archbishop Cooke said In his eulogy. "Wordi art such inadequate messengers of consolation at this time." "Our sense of shame and discouragement tears alone will not wash away," he said. "Somehow, by the grace of God, arid with the strength that still lies deep within the soul of America, we must find the courage to take up again the laborious work to which Sen. Kennedy devoted all his energies: the building of a great and honorable nation. "Especially in this hour, we must keep faith with America and her destiny and we must not forsake our .trust in ore an, See KENNEDY * Page 1 , THE NATION'S SECOND highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross,,was presented last month to Army Lt. Rudolph L. Whitehead (right),; sorof Major and Mrs. Lewis J. Whitehead of Blytheville AFB. Whitehead was also promoted to the rank of captain during the ceremony which was held at Brooke General Hospital )n San Antonio, Tex,, T , :.;.'•• ..' ;• <'.:.:.. . iri'.'.'I.iA' ,»'•.».•''• ".i . • 'I. <M r .,< i..'l]'Ki.-WW.. ! .'i**' .'Vl.l..,.! . . where Whitehead Is Recovering froni wounds; sustained in combat. The citation accompanying the medal said Whitehead was decoratnd for "extraordinary heroism" during a firefight with hostile forces last July 15. Making the presentation is Brig. Gen. Robert L. Rhea^ Jr., the hospital commander. (U. S. Armr Photo) ; L .__ : ;•£• •,*-.-•.;,

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