The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 10, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, June 10, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 76 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (W31W 1 MONDAY, JUNE M, 1968 M PAflM WMNTI Extradition Fight Planned by Ray A $4-MILLION-DOLLAR wheat harvest is in full swing in Mississippi County, according to Keith Bilbrey, county agent for North Mississipp County. About 100,000 acres of : wheat have been planted and should yield about 3^200,000 bushels,.Bil- brey said. The harvest began June 7, and should end by about.June 17 (par- ring rain), he said. "For the next few days it will look like the world is on fire as the farmers burn their fields off," Bilbrey said: (Extension Service Photo) By FRED COLEMAN Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) — James Earl Ray made a two-minute appearance in Bow Street Court today and indicated he would fight the U. S. government's attempt to seek his extradition in connection with the charge that he killed Dr. Martin Luther -King Jr. London's chief'magistrate ordered Ray held without bail for another court appearance on June 18. There was no mention during the brief preliminary hearing of extradition. But Ray asked the court to appoint an attorney for him, and this was taken as an indication that he would fight being returned to America. American legal officials said they were going ahead with the extradition process and hoped to return Ray to the United States "very soon". Tht 40-year-old escaped convict, who had been on the run since the Negro civil rights leader was killed April 4 in Memphis, Tenn., was arraigned under the alias of Ramon George Sneyd and was charged with carrying a false .passport and a loaded revolver without a license. A heavy police escort: brought 1 Ray secretly to the.court three hours before the preliminary hearing was to begin- A crowd of about 300 laid siege to the courtroom later, and everyone entering it was searched for weapons. Ray had been under heavy guard since his arrest Saturday. Ray's dark hair was flecked with gray at the temples, and his face was tanned. A government prosecutor asked that Ray be held in custody, and the judge granted Ray's application request that the court appoint a lawyer for him. Then he was taken away by a large force of plainsclothesmtn and uniformed police. Ray had been in Canada, For. tugal and Britain before tha two-month hunt ended with his arrest at London airport. Informed sources gave credence to reports that he had been hiding out in London since mid- May. One report was that when picked up he was bound for Brussels, hoping to contact recruiters for mercenary forces in Africa. Few.leads on people who might have had contact with Ray or helped him were turning up, but the police in Toroto, where he spent a month, were checking a lead from the owner of a boarding house where he stayed. Mrs. Sun Loo said she saw a Tufn-Jh-Ybur~Guns Move By LOUISE COOK Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - A turn- in-your-guns movement has started in the nation in the Wake of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. . . And there have been calls—, from public officials,- groups and individuals — for stronger gun-control legislation at feder-. al, state and city levels. • "I don't feel like killing any-, thing any more," said Alan E. Schoening as he turned in two hunting guns to police in Lancaster, Pa. "Enough people have been shot now," he said. "I want to give you these guns so you can destroy them. I hope, this gesture will encourage others to do the same." A chain of discount stores in Columbus, Ohio,.said it would stop selling guns and turned over its stock of small arms, . hand guns, ammunition and related items to the police department. J-Mart president Marty Rosen said he took the action "to remove the possibility of supplying anyone with the means to cause bodily harm, inadvertently or intentionally, not only to our dedicated public 'leaders, but to. anyone ..." An Indiana-based chain, Wonderland stores, discontinued the , sale of ammunition. It stopped the sale of guns two years ago. The store president, Sanford Friedman, said the ammunition sale was being stopped "to help preserve public safety and sanity." . In Dallas, store owner E. 0. Crawford -discontinued the sala , See TURN on Page 2 Governors Race Gets Going 10 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The candidates .for governor are off and running this week after- delays caused by the special legislative session last month and the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy. The only campaigner at a casual gait is Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, who plans to attend two governor's conferences in the next 10 days. Few political observers give Sidney Roberts of North, Little Rock, a traveling salesman who was fired from, his job after he filed for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, a running chance. Frank Wnitback, a Little Rock insurance executive, and Rep. Marion Crank of Foreman, put their campaigns for the Democratic nomination into full gear tonight. Whitback plans to outline his platform in a 30-minute speech on five television stations, including one in Tennessee. Circuit Court Suits Filed In the criminal division of Circuit Court, James W. Garner is appealing two municipal court convictions. The first is driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, for which he 'was fined $100, plus court costs ot $27.75 and sentenced to 24 hours in jail, /Garner posted a $200 bond. The second conviction was for driving an cutomobiie without the owner's consent. G a r n e r was fined.|M, plus court costs ef $17.75 and was sentenced to 10 days In jalL ; Us is frM on $200 bond, Linda Joyce Houseright has been charged with assault with intent to kill. She is accused «f assaulting Jerry Troup with a knife. A warrant for her arrest has been issued. In the civil division of Circuit Court D. M. Moore has filed suit against Dean Cherry. The plaintiff claims., that furniture and equipment has, been unlawfully detained by the defendant/ •• : ' ••„• .'-•• • "'•'', :• Moore is seeking $50 for compensation aad eosti. Crank opens his campaign with a speech in his homttown of 1,001 in the southwest Arkansas county of Little River. But the first at full gallop appears to be Virginia Johnson, the first woman in the state's history to seek the governorship. Mrs. Johnson, wife of the party's 1966 gubernatorial nominee, Jim Johnson, made her first public appearance Saturday, selling the first lug of pink .tomatoes at Hermitage and announcing a statewide telecast for next Thursday and Friday. Mrs. Johnson did not mention her'proposed program at the .sale but said she would spell it out in the telecasts this week "where I officially open 1 my campaign." She said many persons had asked her why she—a woman — was. running and she answered them by asking, "Why not? We talk about equality of men and women, but whoever heard of a retired housewife.?" Mrs. Johnson sold the first lug, produced by Mrs. v Ocie Burns of Hampton, for $450 to 0. S. Cash and Sons. Auctioning- ing the first lug officially opens the state's tomato stason. One of the early campaign posts in Arkansas every two years is the. Pink Tomato Festival at warren arid most of the candidates, including Rockefeller, plan to attend it Saturday. Former Ally. Gen. Bruce Bennett said Saturday he would See GOVERNOR'S OB Page I BLYTHEVILLE FIREMEN were summoned last night to Presnell's Grocery and Market located on 953 South Division, according to authorities-this morning. The blaze was reported at 9:24 p.m. and was extinguished quickly, but the interior of the building was damaged extensively by smoke, Fire Chief Roy Head said. Firemen remained at the scene for an hour after the fire was out in an attempt to clear the building of the smoke to prevent further damage to merchandise inside the store, authorities said. . BLYTHEVILLE'S UNITED FUND is short of funds. It has only $5,000 with which to pay third-quarter payments of $13,000. However, Fund Chairman Harold Anderson reported, the payments can be made if those who . have pledged contributions come through promptly. "The money is needed right now The box number is 625." A YARBRO WOMAN, May Long, 38, died of unknown causes early Sunday morning, according to Coroner Jim Stovall. v .. • The woman, who moved to Yarbrc from Oklahoma about a month ago, became ill at 11:30 Saturday night and a physician advised that she be taken to Doctor's Hospital, Stovall said. • An ambulance was called and Miss Long was pronounced dead on arrival at the .hospital, authorities said. Ah autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death before a coroner's ruling is made, Stovall said. THE PEMISCOT COUNTY SHERIFF'S office reported that a Hayti woman, Ruth Brimhalj, 21, shot and seriously wounded herself it 7:13 Saturday night at her home at.614 South Sixth.' .:••;.,' , Her brother, Billy Brimhall, notified authorities and she was taken to the Pemlseot County Memorial Hospital in Haytl, the sheriff's office said. It has not been determined whether the shooting was intentional or accidental and the Investigation it continuing, officers said. "fat man" pass a small envelope to Ray about four days before he flew to London May 6. She said she could not give a detailed description of the man and did hot know what was in the envelope. Ray got the envelope on the day his rent was due and the day he paid ?345 for an excursion flight ticket to London. Ray arrived in Portugal May 8 where he stayed in the Hotel Portugal until May 17 paying just over $2 a day for his room on the first floor. Staff at the hotel recall that he was generally out of his room 15 or 16 hours a day. Ray is wanted on a Tennessee charge of murder, a federal charge of conspiring to deny King his civil rights, and Missouri charge that he escaped from prison there on April 2, 1967. U.S. Asst. Atty. Gen. FredW. Vinson Jr. flew to London and spoke with Ray in his cell Sunday, but in Washington Atty. Gen Ramsey Clark said Ray had made no statement. Clark said he could not estimate how soon Ray might be re^ turned to the United States. It is possible, he said, that Ray might waive extradition or that he might be deported. ;-, If extradition is necessary, legal sources in London said, the Bow Street Court would require, material evidence showing a case against Ray. The procedure normally would take two, or three weeks, but if Ray fought the ease, it could take See RAY on Page 2 Reds Keep Up Saigon Pounding 1 By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The civilian casualty toll from 22 days of Viet Cong rocket and mortar attacks on Saigon soared past the 500 mark today with another shelling on the densely popula- ed central districts of the capital. Gen' William C. Westmoreland, outgoing commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, told a farewell news conference; "it's virtually impossible to stop this; indiscriminate firing of, rockets." Westmoreland leaves Tuesday for Washington to become Army chief of staff. At least 15 of the 100-pound, Russian-made rockets tore into the city early today in the Viet Cong's terror campaign, setting several houses afire. .Ten Vietnamese civilians were killed and 33 wounded. Since the start of the Viet Cong's May 5 "peace talks" of- fensive against Saigon, 109 civilians have been killed and 413 wounded from enemy shellings alone, based on an unofficial tabulation of reports of the South Vietnamese military headquarters and the U.S. mission. South Vietnamese military headquarters announced that over-all, 433 civilians have been killed and 3,660 wounded in the last 37 days from both enemy rocket and mortar attacks and street fighting in the capital military -districts that includes Saigon 'arid ' surrounding Oia Dinh Province. Headquarters said 16,269 houses were set afire and destroyed or damaged. It was considered reasonable assumption that most of the property destruction was caused by the massive fire power of allied troops. They used bombers, artillery, tanks and helicopter gunships to root out Viet Cong guerillas in abandoned houses. The U.S. mission reported that street fighting and shellings in the capital military. district since May 5.have left 161,000 persons homeless. On the military side, government headquarters reported that allied troops have killtd 5,316 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in and around- Saigon since the enemy command launched its May 5 attacks. Another 433 enemy and 1,750 weapons were reported captured. ' '•• .' ;; South Vietnamese;losses wers put at 261 killed, 1,032 wounded and 40 missing for the same period. A breakdown on U.S. and other allied casualties was not immediately available. Westmoreland said that "t« stop the indiscriminate firing of a few mortar rounds, a fevf rocket rounds, in consideration of the wide open and very chapped up and difficult country See VIETNAM on Page 2 HH May Inherit Chunk of RFK Vote By The Associated Press Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey stands to inherit such a large share of the national convention delegates left unattached by the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy that his nomination for the presidency seems assured, The New'York Times said today. This, the Washington story said, was the major conclusion of a survey of the effect of the Kennedy assassination on the Democratic party's choice of a nominee conducted by correspondents of the Times over the weekend. The story also said in part: The state-by-state inquiry indicated that more than 400 delegates who had been pledged or were leaning toward the New York senator or available to his cause are now expected to support Humphrey at the Chicago convention, which starts Aug. 26. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy of Minnesota, the only remaining contender in the field, has the. allegiance of only about 75 dele-. gates who had previously been considered in the Kennedy camp. The addition of mor« man 400 delegates to his existing convention strength would give Humphrey more than 1,600 delegates, by a generally conservative count. The majority needed far nomination is 1,312. Comparable estimates of McCarthy's delegate strength, hot Including my •.tsulti from New York, were less than 450. This left about 600 delegate* listed as undecided. On the Republican side, New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller praised Kennedy today in the first public speech by a presidential candidate since the senator's death last Thursday. Rockefeller, under . Secret Service guard, said in prepared remarks at an Allegheny College commencement in Meadville, Pa., that Kennedy was "someone special to young people" who seek new leadership. Political activity, its fanfare muted by Kennedy's assassination, resumes Tuesday with these developments: —Interest in the Illinois primary centers on a fourway race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination between Cook County chairman Richard B. Ogilvie, Peoria industrialist John Henry Altorfer, former Gov. William G. Stratton and S. Thomas Sutton of Elmhurst. Democrats elect 48 of their 118 convention delegates and Republicans 48 of their 58 delegates. —In Texas state conventions 1 , Gov. John Connally—considered a Humphrey backer—is expected to take command of the 104- member Democratic delegation and Sen. John G. Tower is expected to control 56 GOP delegate votes at least for the first national convention ballot. Former Alabama Gov. George Wallace resumes his third party presidential campaign with a 12-day fund-raising awing through eight southern states. —In a South Carolina Democratic primary, Sen. Ernest Rollings, seeking the nomination for re-election, is challenged by John Bolt Culbertson, a Greenville lawyer. A spokesman said GOP candidate Richard M. Nixon has not decided when to resume his campaign. McCarthy has announced he will begin campaigning Thursday for support among New York's 190 Democratic delegates, the bulk of whom will be elected in a June 18 primary. A Catholic archbishop who presided at graveside services for Kennedy said close friends of the family are urging Edward M. Kennedy to withdraw from active political life. Archbishop Philip M. Kantian of New Orleans noted the Massachusetts senator is the only surviving son in a large famjly in which many • children have been left fatherless by- the assassinations of Robert and John F. Kennedy. >,' But Archbishop Hannan sa'jd he could not predict the decision of Edward .Kennedy, who now has a -"sense of- mission that h» could not have had before the tragedies". Worm, Humid Clear to partly cloudy, warm and -humid through Tuesday with'widely ••scattered mainly afternoon and evening thunder* showers becoming more numerous from me northwest tonifht and Tuesdty. Chance of a fw thunderstorms mainly north tat* lion tonight Low tonight M-71

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