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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO- 80 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Security Men Give Stumping Grim Look Virginia Opens Her Campaign By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia .Johnson opened her campaign for governor Thursday by telling televiewing voters that every housewife knows how to manage a budget prudently and she would do the same if elected. "I propose to run your business on the money we have available," said the first housewife, and first woman, to seek the governorship of Arkansas. She also lambasted Gov. W5n- throp Rockefeller for "the futile fumbling" of the past 18 months, and, dealing with the question of a woman being governor, she said, "What do you have to lose?" Mrs. Johnson's husband, Jim, was the Democratic nominee for governor in 1966 when Rockefeller was elected. Johnson now seeks the party's nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by J. William Fulbright. She said she had been asked if it would be a difficult adjustment for her to live in Little Rock, if she is elected governor, while her husband lives in Washington, D.C., if he is elected senator. Her answer, she said, was that she could make the adjustment because of a sense of duty. Arkansas' No. 1 problem, she said, is to increase per capita income, a development she said could be achieved through a cooperative effort between private and public agencies. She also said the minimum grant for welfare recipients .should be raised to $100 "as soon as that goal can be reached." "The state can't stand two more years of the administration that set us back 20 years," Mrs. Johnson said of Rockefeller. She pledged to, "clean up the mess," set the moral tones, put the budget in order, begin "restoring confidence by the people in the ballot," and enforce the law. impartially. The Rockefeller administration, Mrs. Johnson said, has plus funds. "This could be a minus $80 million at the end of the second biennium," she said, decrying the "long shadow of gloom cast over the state" since Rockefeller took office. In other developments Thursday, state Rep. Marion Crank of Foreman, who, like Mrs. Johnson, seeks the Democratic nomination for governor, said he would open a slate campaign See JOHNSON on Page 2 CHARRED BANANAS was the result of an accident yesterday morning involving two tractor-trailer trucks carrying produce. The accident happened at 1:20 a.m. when Williard Christian of Sioux City, Iowa, attempted to pass the second vehicle, driven by Billy E. Watson of Pensacola, Fla., authorities said. Christian's truck blew the right front tire, causing him to lose control, striking the other vehicle in the left rear. Both trucks caught fire from a ruptured gas tank; The accident happened just south of Blythevffle on Interstate 55 and neither driver received serious injury. (Courier News Photo) By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hovering conspicuously wherever the candidates appear, security men have given a new, grimmer look to the chase for the presidential nominations. Country music was part of the come-on in Atlanta Thursday at a George Wallace rally, but no one got into the auditorium without passing Secret Service agents and other security men at the doors. And anyone carrying anything larger than an ordinary-sized purse was searched, i In other parts of the country • there were these other touches of the new look: —A 27-man securiy detail blanketed Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, D-Minn., as he left a New York hotel. —Secret Service men were on each floor of the Tulsa, Okla., hotel for a gathering of most of the nation's Republican governors. State troopers by the dozen also were on hand, as were Tulsa policemen. —Gov. Ronald Reagan of California was heavily shielded by police as he left a $100-a-plate dinner in Indianapolis. All of the auditorium's doors were locked during his address. McCarthy, campaigning for the first time since the Kennedy slaying, urged the nation to look deep for the ills that need healing. "Americans in these days are concerned with the wave of violence, of which the assassinations of political leaders is the most striking symptom," he said in a speech before the Fellowship of Reconciliation in New York. With the death of Kennedy, McCarthy's only rival for the Democratic nomination is Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who has not yet resumed campaigning. In the Republican race, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York was at the Tulsa governors' meeting today, looking for support. His. aides said they would not press for public commitments. Twenty of the nation's 26 GOP governors were at the gathering but many were playing it close to the chest when it came to speaking for either Rockefeller or his principal opponent, former Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Some governors said they wanted to promote the idea of a ticket headed by Rockefeller with Reagan as the vice-presidential candidate. Reagan is also present at the conference. In Indianapolis Thursday night the Californian, a hardliner on the war, said: "It is time to tell friend and foe alike we are in Vietnam because it is in our national interest to be friend or foe we are going to do what has to be done, beginning now." Nixon planned to be the commencement speaker today for daughter Tricia's graduating class at Finch College in New York City. Tricia has a job waiting as soon as she gets her degree. She'll join her father's campaign team. Moving to Tennessee today, Wallace continues a fund-raising tour of the South. The candidate promised victory to an enthusiastic audience Thursday night in Atlanta. :.;, GIs Scour Saigon for Rockets June 14 Icarus to Miss NEW YORK (AP) - Scientists say the asteroid Icarus will pass within about 3.98 million miles of the earth today. Icarus is a hunk of celestial debris about a half-mile in diameter which orbits the sun every 409 days. Once every 19 years it passes near the earth. Several observatories have photographed the asteroid as it approached on the current pass but at its closest point of approach today it is not expected to be Visible without a telescope. Icarus is named for the Greek mythological figure who flew too close to the sun, melted his wings of wax and feathers and fell into the seas and drowned. $ 6 Million Mill Planned Construction of a $6 million wire and rod mill that will employ about 100 people will begin in a few weeks in the 4,000- acre St. Jude Industrial Park seven miles 'south of New Madrid, Mo. Npranda Mines, Ltd. of Toronto, Canada, recently announced plans to have a ground breaking ceremony, June 26, at 1:30 or 2 p.m. at the construction site. Expected to attend the ceremony will be top officials of Noranda and state officials including Gov. Warren E. Hesrnes, Larry Host, vice- president of the Bank of New Madrid: said today. The mill is part of a complex which will cost about $140 milling, Kott Mid. Thii iocludM $70 million' for an aluminum reduction plant, for which plans were announced in December, and $70 million for a steam- driven electric generator to run the plant, he said. Permanent offices have been set up at Main and Mott Street in New Madrid and Dale Proctor is the project manager, according to Rost. Rdst said severs! items must be cared for before construction can begin on the reduction plant, such as p a s s i n 3 bond issues. He said construe-, tion might begin by fall. Noranda hasn't, announced which construction company will build the complex, Rost commented, even though '-t may hava been tlmdy decided, • J. K. WILLIAMS, superintendent .of City Schools, will:be a consultant next week at a National Defense Education Act training session for high school teachers at the University of Arkansas. Williams will spend several days on the campus in his advisory capacity. DENNIS CARMON was elected commander of Dud Cason American Legion Post recently. Others elected: J. D. Nelson and James Williams, vice commanders; Bill Steinsiek, judge advocate; Bill Meharg, historian; E. B. Spaeth Jr., finance officer, and Dick Ramey, who was elected to the board of trustees. BLYTHEVILLE AIR FORCE BASE again will become the home of a late model AGM-28B Hound Dog Missile, Congressman E. C. Gainings announced today. Gathings said the missile will be relocated from Travis AFB to Blytheville next summer. This will restore a drop of 88 men at the base, Gathings said. BILL HRABOVSKY o£ Blytheville was reelected to another term as president ofthe Arkansas State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers recently. Charles Leggett of Blytheville was named a member of the executive board. Mrs. Betty Baker of here was named treasurer of the Ladies State Auxiliary. MARIE, A COMMUNITY in south Mississippi County, filed in county court yesterday to incorporate. The area is owned by Lee Wilson Co., and includes about 200 people. Election of city officers will be in the early fall. Hudson Wren, vice president and general manager of Lee Wilson, filed the petition to incorporate. TONIGHT AT 8 O'CLOCK a rally will be held for First Congressional District candidate Henry D. Akins, at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Coleridge Street. The meet will be sponsored by the Mississippi County "Akins for Congress" committee. Akins will be present and will discuss his platform and qualifications, a rally spokesman said. A FATAL ACCIDENT occurred yesterday on Interstate 55, just west of New Madrid, Mo., the Missouri State Police reported this morning. Killed in the one-car mishap was Harold Parker Wolfe Jr., 43, of Memphis, authorities said. Apparently Wolfe went to sleep at the wheel of the 1965 Chevrolet he was driving and ran off the road at 11:50 a.m. striking a bridge, investigating officers said. ... He was taken to the hospital in Sikeston, Mo., where he was pronounced dead on arrival, the state police said. BLYTHEVILLE RESIDENTS who are eligible to vote in this summer's elections 'and who have not yet registered have until July 9 to do so, according to Elizabeth Parker, Mississippi County clerk. , To be eligible, a person must be 21 years old prior to July 30 and must have lived in the state for at least one year, six months in the county, and 30 days in tha precinct in which he intends to vote, the clerk'i offlc* said. If a person will reach his 21st birthday between the July 9 deadline date and July 30, he will be per- Sc» A.M. ROUNDUP «t PH«* By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON 1 (AP) — U.S. soldiers scouring Saigon's rocket belt Thursday found 32 enemy missiles and killed 26 guerrillas. But despite the 12,000 allied troops combing the area, the Viet Cong fired four rockets into Tan Son Nhut airbase, killing one American and damaging a plane. Saigon itself escaped attack for the third straight day. The biggest, cache of rockets was found by men.of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division six miles northeast of the capital. They uncovered and destroyed 22 rounds of 107mm Chinese rockets, which made their first appearance in the Vietnam war last February. Troops of the U.S. 25lh Infantry Division accounted for 10 of' the .big 122mm Soviet rockets with which the Viet Cong has been blasting at 'Saigon since' May 5. Nine were found in four sampans submerged in a canal nine miles northwest of Saigon, and the 10th was located at a firing site five miles northwest of the capital. The 26 guerrillas were killed in two clashes, and six U.S. soldiers were wounded. In addition to the thousands of allied troops searching in a radius of seven miles around the capital, the distance from which the big enemy rockets can hit the city, more radar equipment reportedly has been installed to pinpoint the enemy launching sites for countorfire. While U.S. military officials believe they can reduce the rocket attacks on Saigon, they say there is no way to eliminate them. The Viet Cong always will be able to sneak a few men and rockets through the allied patrols, they say. Although Saigon has now gone three days without being hit by either mortars or rockets, the Viet Cong has threatened to launch a new attack Monday. 'Broadcasts from the Viet Cong's Liberation Radio have said Saigon will be hit with 100-round barrages for 100 straight days. Captured Viet Cong also have reported that the ground attack on the city will be renewed Saturday. Elsewhere in South Vietnam, a lull in ground fighting continued. •• In the air war against North Vietnam, U.S. pilots flew 136 missions Thursday against targets in the southern panhandle. Air Force pilots said they destroyed or damaged 13 sampans, nine trucks, seven antiaircraft batteries, a locomotive and four rail cars. Navy fliers claimed they knocked out or damaged three bridges, three storage areas, four barges and a radar site. B52 bombers returned Thursday to targets they had hit the day before, with five strikes against suspected enemy roop concenrations in the central highlands north of Kontum and the southern section of the demilitarized zone near Gio Linh. Viet Peace Talks Linger On Casualties Could Top 250,000 by Year's End By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Total U.S. Vietnam casualties, mounting relentlessly during the Paris talks, could top a quarter of a million by year's end unless there is a truce or peace. American combat deaths and wounds serious enough to require hospital treament could surge beyond the Korean War toll. These trends are indicated by an analysis of statistics which underscore the .impact of the Viet Cong-North Vietnamese offensives, and Hanoi's, fight-and- talk strategy.' U.S. and South Vietnamese battle casualties so far this year are running at about double last year's rate. The latest figures show, too, that the United States sustained 13,371 battle casualties in the first four weeks after U.S.-North' Vienatnese negotiations. opened in Paris on May 10. /According to an updated eount, U.S. combat casualties .reached 177,716 as of June 8. Thii covers a n«trlf period that started Jan. 1, 1961, when the United States had only a few hundred advisers in South Vietnam.-Now here are about 533,000 Americans there. This cumulative total breaks down into 24,744 killed, 80,541 wounded who needed hospital care, and 72,431 who suffered lesser wounds and didn't have to be hospitalized. The number of U.S. dead and wounded averaged out to 2,692 a week over the first 23 weeks this year—twice the 1,372 weekly average in 1967. Assuming the 2,692 weekly average, or something close to it, prevails over the rest of the year, the over-all war total could hit 255,769 casualties by the end of 1968. The count of Americans killed in combat has averaged 379 a week this year, dropping as low as 184 at the start and soaring as high as 502 in early May. Projecting the 378 a week av- «rage over the entire year would boost battle deaths in the Vietnam war to 35,730 — more Ilian 2,000 above the Korean War'i M,»» toH«d fa oombtt. The cost in hospitalized wounded has averaged out to 1,198 U.S. servicemen a week so far this year. Extending this over the full year, as in the case of the combat dead, would bring the war total of such wounded to 115,284. That would be 12,000 more than the 103,284 in the Ko- misleading to try to compare total Vietnam casualties wih hose repored in other wars. . This, .officials say, is because the Vietnam reports include figures for wounded not requiring hospital care. No such statistics were kept in earlier wars, the Pentagon says. The 72,431 total of nonhospital wounds in the Vietnam war as of June 8 represents a significant portion of the 177,716 over-all U. S. casualties recorded to that date. Such lesser wounds, the Pentagon says, include cuts, bruises, abrasions and the like. Treatment involves application of antiseptics or antibiotics and bandaging, if necessary. Often, officials say, men go back to their duties immediately after being treated, and thus cannot be counted as losses. However, some comparisons are possible by limiting them to certain statistics kept in all wars — battle deaths and hospital wounds. By this standard, 1968 almost certainly will eclipse the most costly full year of the Korean War, 1951, when 11,358 Americans were killed and 43,576 wounded. The toll this year already is 8,722 killed in combat and 27,553 sent to hospitals - with 1968 not even half finished. ;. Cloudy, Warmer Increasing cloudiness and/; a little warmer most sections:ic- night with widely scattered thundershowers spreading over much of the state and becoming more numerous tonight. Chance of a few locally severe thunderstorms chiefly north portion early tonight. Mostly cloudy tnd not so warm Saturday with scattered showers and thunder storms. Low tonight 80s to tow 70s.

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