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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 83 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) 1 TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Hearing June 27 To Decide On Ray's Extradition By LAWRENCE MALKIN Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) - A British magistrate today scheduled a hearing on June 27 on the U.S. government's application to return James Earl Ray to Tennessee for trial on a charge of murdering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ray's British, attorney, Roger Frisby, indicated in Bow Street Magistrate's Court that the 40- year-old escaped convict would fight extradition. The lawyer asked Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Frank Milton for as much time as possible to prepare his case. Milton said he wanted to hold the hearing as soon as possible, and they compromised on Thursday of next week. British extradition hearings usually last a day or two, and the magistrate generally gives bis decision as soon as he hears all the evidence. Ray was brought to Bow Street today for the second time since his arrest 10 days ago. The magistrate ordered him returned to Wandsworth Prison. Two attorneys from Birmingham, Ala., Arthur J. Hanes and his son, Arthur Jr., are expected in London Wednesday to assist Ray's British attorney. . The hearing today was the customary two-minute session when a court has decided on a Carrots MAKING SHORT WORK of a beet field at Tomato, a'$4,500 beet and carrot : harvester is harvesting the county's first crop of commercial, beets, Next spring Blytheville Canning Company also hopes to grow carrots . . . and perhaps process both crops here. Presently the beets are being trucked to Muskogee, Okla. (Courier News Photo) By Herb Wight Managing Editor Julian Walker, field representative for Blytheville Canning Company, looked at the red beets tumbling down the chute of the beet and carrot harvester and pronounced his company's experiment a success. Walker was standing atop a 20 - ton - capacity trailer with a hoe. raking the beets down the chute as eastern Arkansas' first mechanical beet harvester made short work of a beet field. "Saturday we harvested 18 tons in about five or six hours. I hope we'll get 20 tons today," he smiled. He had good reason to smile. The machine, which Blytheville Canning borrowed from a company in Michigan, does the work of 50 laborers ... laborers which Walker says cannot be hired. "I wish we could hire workers to top these beets, but you just can't get help," he said. It would take an army to keep up with the machine. In 10 minutes the harvester dumps 1,250 pounds of beets into the trailer that crawls along side it. In the same 10 minutes a man can g e t 50 pounds ... if he works hard, Walker said. * * * The harvest heralds a first for Mississippi County and Blytheville Canning Company. The 16 acres of beets are the first ever grown in the county See CANNING on Page 2 June 18 Five Suits Filed In Circuit Court In the civil division of Circuit Court the following suits have been filed: Cecil Crenshaw is suing Virginia Collins for possession of property said to belong to the plaintiff. The suit claims the defendant failed to heed an eviction notice and move from the house that the suit claims she is renting from Crenshaw. The plaintiff is also seeking back rent he claims is due him. Amelia L. Payne and James V. Payne are suing Terry W. Stradley. The suit results from an auto accident that occurred Jan. IS, 1968, on Highway 151 west of Blytheville. The tuit allege* that dug to neglect the de- fendant struck the car in which the plaintiff was riding, seriously injuring her. Amelia L. Payne seeks $10,000 for injuries and James V. Payne is suing for $5,000. Charges recently filed in the criminal division of Circuit Court include: George King Is appealing a municipal court conviction of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and driving without a license. • On the first count he . was fined $100, plus court costs of $27.75 and was sentenced to 24 hours in jail. On the second count he was fined $5, plus court costs *f See COURT on Page * postponement. Ray, wearing a blue checked suit and glasses, sat impassively in the dock while attorneys and the magistrate discussed details. Attorneys for the U.S. government told the magistrate that Ray is wanted on a charge ef murdering Dr. King in Memphis April 4 and also on a charge of escaping from Missouri State Prison while'serving an armed robbery sentence. Documentary evidence already has been produced in London, the American lawyers told the court, and a fingerprint expert will be flown over to testify at the extradition hearing. Ray was arrested at London airport June 8 and charged then with entering the country on a forged Canadian passport and carrying an unlicensed loaded gun. After a preliminary hearing before Milton June 10 on the passport and gun charges, he has been held under round-the- clock guard at Wandsworth Prison while Scotland Yard tried to reconstruct his movements and contacts during the three weeks he is believed to have spent in London before his arrest. The U.S. Embassy forwarded the request for his extradition to the British government last Wednesday. Under the 1931 extradition treaty between Britain and the United States, British courts can grant extradition only if U.S. auhorities present evidence sufficient to send Ray to trial under British law. Extradition of Ray was also asked because he is wanted by Missouri to complete a prison term for armed robbery. While extradition on this charge would be almost automatic, the U.S.- British treaty specifies that a suspect can only be tried on the charges for which he has been specifically extradited. There* fore unless he is extradited for the murder of the Negro civil rights leader, he cannot be pro : secuted on that charge in the United States. BILL ALEXANDER, candidate for the First Congressional District post, has stepped up his campaign pace and plans to work 15 hours a day six days a week until the Democratic primary, July 30, according to a campaign spokesman. So far this week, Alexander's itnerary has included tours of Hot Springs, Forrest City and Lepanto. He will be in West Memphis all day today. Wednesday he returns to Forrest City and Wednesday night will go to Paragould for a speaking engagement. Thursday he will be in Piggott,.Thursday night in Harrisburg. Friday morning it is Wynne and that afternoon he will attend a meeting of the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs. Other congressional candidates will appear on the program. July 11 Alexander will address the Manila Wildlife Club at a fish fry.. FORMAL REGISTRATION for evening classes to be conducted during the summer session at the Blytheville Air Force Base Resident Center will be held in building 604 on July 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and continuing through 7:30 p.m., according to R, L. Wilson, base education officer. Students will be registered in alphabetical order, starting:at the end of the alphabet, and information regarding .both the registration schedule and the schedule of the 16 college courses to be offered may be obtained by contacting the base education office, Wilson said. .-'•'• Classes will begin .July 15 and will be held each Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in building 250,-continuing through Sept. 5, Wilson added. WHEEL CHAIRS ARE needed by Mississippi County Union Mission. "We'll buy the chairs if we have to, We have; a woman who must be carried from her car to the doctor's office and we must have a chair for her," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall said. The Mission phone 'number is PO 34380. MRS. V. B. KEITH of Blytheville has been awarded the Rural Services award by the Office of Economte See A.M. ROUNDUP on Page I Surrender of 121 Reds Lar By ROBERT D. OHMAN ... Associated Press Writer ... SAIGON (AP) — The largest mass surrender of the war took place today when 121 enemy soldiers gave themselves up to South Vietnamese marines on the outskirts of Saigon. Pleading for the marines not to shoot, th Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regulars emerged from bunkers in Gia Dinh suburb and turned over 50 rifles and six larger weapons. There were these other developments in the war: —The U.S. Command said it had received reports of more North Vietnamese helicopters operating around the demilitarized zone Monday night. No additional information was given, but other sources said as many as 10 to 20 enemy choppers had been spotted on radar. —The U.S. Command still refused to confirm or deny reports that somewhere between two and 12 of the Russian-designed enemy helicopters had been downed by artillery and U.S. warplanes in and near the DMZ Saturday and Sunday nights. —A Communist MIG21 shot down a U.S. Navy Phantom jet on Sunday over the North Vietnamese panhandle, the U.S. Command said. The two fliers are missing. —The American Command changed its earlier statement that a U.S. Navy Swift boat was sunk by enemy artillery Sunday night off the coast near the DMZ. A spokesman said today the 50-foot boat "may have been sunk by unidentified aircraft," either American or North Vietnamese, and American officers are investigating. —The Australian Navy and the U.S. Command announced that Sparrow missile from a U.S. warplane apparently hit the Australian destroyer Hobart early Monday, killing two crewmen and injuring seven. Like the Swift boat that was sunk, the Hobart also was cruising off the DMZ at a tune when enemy helicopter activity was reported. The surrender in Gia Dinh came in response to loudspeaker broadcasts by South Vietnamese marines who had sur- rounded the holdouts near a pagoda three miles north of South Vietnam's presidential palace. The soldiers came out in groups over a period of about an hour. Most were North Vietnamese, most carried weapons and most were wounded. The new governor of Saigon, Maj. Gen. Nguyen Van Minh, said he expected new Viet Cong infantry attacks on the capital soon but doubted the enemy would carry out the 100-round- a-day rocket shelling it had threatened would start this week. • "Experience has shown us that the Communists never do what they say they will do," he told a news conference. "Expect them to do what they don't say." ' For the second straight day, no rockets hit Saigon. Minh, former commander of an infantry division in the Mekong Delta, said he believed the Viet Cong attack Saigon for two reasons. "The first is to establish their infrastructure, the second to create an anxiety state among the population," he said. Reports on enemy aerial ac- along the demilitarized zone last weekend differed, with Vietnamese reports saying anywhere from 2 to 12 helicopters were shot down. The U.S. Command said Monday that radar showed unidentified aircraft at the eastern end of the DMZ. "The low-flying aircraft were suspected to be enemy helicopters and were taken under firs by naval vessels and U.S. aircraft in the area," a command statement said. It said daylight reconnissance flights were made Monday but results were not yet available. In roughly the same time period as .the reported helicopter action, a 50-foot U.S. Navy Swift boat was shelled and sunk off the coast of the DMZ, the U.S. cruiser Boston was shot at three times in the same area, and the Australian destroyer Hobart was hit by an American missile, presumably from an American plane. In the missile attack on the Australian destroyer, the Aus- tralian navy said in Canberra: "On present indications tne weapon was a United States air-to-air .nissile called Sparrow fired by a friendly aircraft. Formal investigations are being conducted." The navy said the missile was believed to have misfired. A U.S. Command statement said "initial reports indicate that the weapon may have been a...Sparrow." In the air war, the MIG 21 and the American F4 Phantom from the carrier America clashed northwest of Vinh, the panhan- See VIETNAM on Page 2 16fh Transplant Fails LONDON (AP) — British heart transplant patient Frederick West- died Monday night, reducing the number of surviving transplant recipients to five. Doctors said' West's death was caused by an "overwhelming in. fection." The end came 45 days after the 45-year-old building contractor received the heart of an Irish laborer. West was up and walking around three days after receiving the new heart on May 3. Then he developed kidney and chest infections. He had been given drugs to suppress the body's natural tendency to reject the foreign heart and these reduced his ability to fight the infections, medical sources said. West was the world's 16th heart transplant patient to die. So far 21 human heart transplants have been performed—12 of them in the United States. -, South Africa's Philip Blaiberg, the world's longest surviving transplant patient, is improving steadily after being stricken with hepatitis at Groote Schuur Hospial, Cape Town. The conditions of Everett C. Thomas, 47, and Louis John Fierro, 54, the two surviving U.S. transplant patients hi Houston, Tex., were described as "stable." Thomas was operated on May 3 and Fierro received his heart May 21. Column The column, "Paul Harvey News," which begins today on Page Six of the Courier News is not just another column of political commentary. While it is based on the latest developments at home and abroad, the column will discuss a wide range of human interest, including economics, philosophy, art and literature. The author of three best-selling volumes, Harvey has received citations from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Freedom Foundation, the Disabled American Veterans and the Christophers. He has received seven honorary degrees: two Doctor of Letters degrees, two Doctor of Law degrees and three Doctor of Humanities degrees. All of these honors testify to Paul Harvey's continuing battle for "old - fashioned" Americanism. In the words of Freeman Magazine: "There is something of Walt Whitman and Patrick Henry combined in Paul Harvey." His column, "Paul Harvey News," will appear three times a week in the Courier. It begins today on Page Six. Eisenhower Doing Fine by FRANK CAREY Associated Press Writer ... WASHINGTON- (AP) - Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 77, was reported today to be making "very encouraging" progress following his most recent major heart attack. A medical bulletin from Walter Reed Army Hospital at 10 a.m. EDT said: "General Eisenhower spent a very comfortable night. There has been no recurrence of chest pain and his progress in the past 24 hours has been very encouraging. "His activities are being re- •tricted to brief visits with members of his immediate family." Another medical bulletin If planned for approximately the same time Wednesday. The five-star general was stricken around 9 p.m. EDT Saturday at Walter Reed Army Hospital with what his doctors termed "another major heart attack"-the latest of five cardiac assaults, both major and minor, he has suffered since September 1955. And it occurred while he was walking about in his ward, apparently on the road to complete recovery from a "mild" heart attack he suffered less than two months ago while va- ' eationing in California. The latest word on his condition came around 10 a.m. EDT Monday when his doctors said in answer to a series of written questions submitted by The Associated Press that: "The early period following any heart attack is the most critical. The general's response so far has been favorable." In a formal medical bulletin Issued just prior to the release of answers to the AP's queries, the doctors said Eisenhower had remained "comfortable during the past 24 hours" and that "there has been no further recurrence of pain since the initial episode the night of June 15. No signs of heart failure have appeared." Although the Walter Reed doctors did not immediately define the duration of the early period they said is "most critical" following any heart attack, doc- tors at March Air Force Base, Calif., where Eisenhower initially was treated for his April 29 attack, said at that time: "The most critical period for any patient with a heart attack is during he first three o four days. The danger progressively diminishes during the subsequent weeks, through the period of convalescence." Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy through Wednesday with little change' in temperature. Chance of a feW thundershowers mainly nortK- west portion and most during Wednesday afternoon. • Low tonight mainly hi th* 60s.

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