The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 1, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 1, 1966
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7 BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. IS BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816) FRIDAY, APRIL 1,1968 TINCINTS 14 PAGES Cong Terrorist Explosion Kills Six, Wounds 143 By PETER ARNETT SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Viet Cong terrorists shattered a U.S. officers' billet today in a predawn attack with machine guns, grenades and a truckload of explosives, killing three Americans and at least three Vietnamese and wounding 143. The Americans died in gun battles with the small band of raiders during and after the attack on the 10-story Victoria Hotel. The injured included 113 Americans, at least 18 hurt seriously. The powerful blast also wounded a number of Vietnamese women and children in nearby homes. It was one of the most devastating terrorist attacks of the war. Vietnamese police said two men speeding from the scene on a motorbike were arrested after sources said one admitted taking part in the attack. The explosion ripped the hotel's three lower floors apart, smashed windows throughout the building, shattered outside walls as high as the fifth floor, unloosed a torrent of water from a 12,000-gaIlon rooftop tank and left a huge crater out front. The water probably prevented a brief electrical fire from turning the building into an inferno. Many of the Americans escaped injury by ducking into bathrooms or under their bunks when they heard the first firing outside the building shortly after 5 a.m. One officer said there had been reports the Viet Cong had slipped 250 pounds of explosive into the city and intelligence units had been looking for it. * '* * U. S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge denounced the attack as "typical Communist violence of the criminal kind" as he inspected the wreckage and conferred with officials at the scene. Authorities said repairs would be undertaken quickly. The building housed 200 officers. It is on Tran Hung Do Street, between downtown Saigon and the adjoining Chinese quarter of Cholon. About half a mile away is the Metropole Hotel, a U.S. enlisted men's billet where a similar attack on Dec. 4 killed two Americans and wounded 67. The terrorists followed the Usual pattern of attacking first with small arms, then exploding a vehicle laden with explosives. U.S. military authorities said a gray Citroen panel truck pulled up in front of the billet at 5:12 a.m., coming from the direction of downtown Saigon. Several men jumped out and opened fire on the American and the Vietnamese MP at the ntranc. Another terrorist was spotted planting an explosive device across the road. It was apparently a pellet-scattering Claymore mine, and it went off first. The guards fired at the terrorist and knocked him down but he got up and rah off. He was apparently taken away In ah accomplice's car. Then the major charge in the truck went off. The men who had parked the vehicle at the hotel entrance ran down the road toward Cholon. A block away from the billet, they were spotted by a U.S. military jeep patrol, and a furious exchange of fire erupted. The two Americans in the jeep — a lieutenant and his driver — were killed. So were the American and Vietnamese guards at the hotel. They were found, lying side by side, at the entrance with their weapons emptied. U.S. officials said one of the terrorists may have been killed in the truck when it exploded. A Soviet-made automatic rifle and two Soviet-made grenades were found hear the scene. The panel truck was blasted to pieces by its deadly cargo, an estimated 400-500.pounds of explosives. The Vietnamese killed apparently included a girl at a cash register on the ground floor of the billet. Several of the injured were Vietnamese kitchen workers preparing breakfast for the officrs. The impact crumbled walls and disintegrated furniture in the tall, narrow building. 2nd Lt. James R. McGoodwin of Houston, Tex., who moved from his first-floor room numbered 007 three days ago, explained: "I had a premonition about living on the ground floor . of any building." He was unscratched in his seventh-floor bunk. "It felt like I was in ah earthquake," said CWO William Reeve of Washington, D.C., whose ground floor room was - , practically blown to bits but:l who was unhurt. . '"-, Two days ago terrorists set off a bomb outside a villa used by U.S. servicemen hi." Saigon, . wounding four or five Americans slightly. That explosion came on the anniversary of the U.S. Embassy bombing a year ago which killed 22 persons, including two Americans, and injured 190. The worst terrorist blast in Saigon occurred last June 25 when a floating Chinese restaurant on the Saigon River war shattered, killing 43 persons and wounding more than 100. 'Monkey Trial' Starts LITTLE ROCK (AP) -A rourt test of Arkansas' SB-year- tld law against teaching the evolution theory in public ichools got under way here today. Trial of the lawsuit which ittacks one of the nation's three remaining state laws or teaching evolution has attracted considerable attention, around the nation. Defending the 1928 statute is Atty. Gen. Bruce Bennett. The suit was filed by.Mrs. Susan Epperson, £ biology teacher at Little Rock Central High School. Mrs. Epperson contends that the law is unconstitutional because it infringes upon her right to freedom of speech. Bennett says the law is a bulwark against atheistic religion. Bennett, who is required by law to defend the statute, has been urged by religious groups not to make the trial a sensational case like the famed "Monkey Trial" of Dayton, Term., in 1925. John T. Scopes, was charged with violating Tennessee's law against teaching that man evolved from some other order. Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi have the laws. Scopes has joined educators in denoucning Arkansas' antievolution law as a block to complete education. They said it inhibits intellectual freedom and insults an Instructor's ability and integrity. Thursday, the Little Rock Association of Free Ministers, issued a statement which questioned contentions that the law was an impediment to academic freedom. A spokesman for the association said it believed in the Biblical account of creation, adding "We do not believe a literal interpretation of the Word of God is deserving of being called backwardness." The association said its statement was issued to counter one by the Little Rock Ministerial Alliance, whioh asked Bennett not to give Arkansas a reputation for backwardness by making a circus of the trial. Cancer Drive Begins Monday Business division of the American Cancer Society fund drive will begin April 4, Mrs. J. L. Gurley, county chairman, announced today. Volunteer workers will solicit places of business during the : campaign. . The house-to-house effort has been scheduled for April 19. . Mrs. C. G. Redman and Mrs. T. H. Keith are chairmen of the business campaign. F»ffit Fira* Out i forest rangers battled 12S fires in Arkansas' woodlands Thursday, and tht *; flames •eared 7,87 acres, the state Forestry Commission said today. AH <ifcfhw!weT« reported STEP TOWARD THE MOON-Testing the Centaur launch vehicle's ability to put a spacecraft into a parking orbit around the earth marks a crucial point in the U.S. advance toward the moon. In artist's drawing, Centaur topped by model Surveyor spacecraft, designed for soft landing of instruments on the moon, is shown jettisoning side and nose panels (1) after blastoff from Cape Kennedy atop an Atlas rocket. Centaur separates from Atlas (2), engine ignites to reach parking orbit (3). After coasting for 25 minutes, engine again ignites and Surveryor, separating (4), moves off into simulated lunar trajectory (5). iiinmHiniiiiiH lUlllillilllllllllillillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllillllllllllllll It's Super LBJ! Book Pokes Fun at LBJ NEW YORK (AP)-Is it a bird? It is a plane? No, it's "Super LBJ," unveiled today in a comic book corny enough to make Batman blush. The book, called "The Great Society," caricatures President Johnson as Superman, with a supporting cast based largely on characters from old comic strips and radio programs. It has the same irreverent approach to presidential affairs as "The New Frontier Coloring Book" and "The JFK Coloring Book" which appeared during the administration of the late John F. Kennedy. The book's villains include Businessman, a U.S. metals tycoon; Gaullefinger, a big- nosed Frenchman; Fu Man Lai, a wily oriental; Dr. Nyet, a Khruschev-shaped Soviet, and the Sicko Kid, a bearded Cuban in military fatigues. The good guys are Defense Secretary Robert S. McNam- ara as Captain Marvelous, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey as the Shadower, Secretary of State Dean Rusk as the Phantasm and Everett M. Dirksen, the Senate minority leader, as the Disagreein' Hornet. Mrs. Johnson, in a scanty but fetching costume of red, white and blue, appears as "Wonderbird." Lurking in the wings throughout the action are a couple of oddballs dubbed Bob- •iiiiuiiiiiiiHiiiiaiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin man and Teddy who are plotting to take over the Great Society. They bear a great resemblance to Sens. Robert F. and Edward M. Kennedy. Best line in the book is uttered by Captain Marvelous while making a lone stand against what he calls "the poorly clad,'underfed, fanatical Chinese army." Says the indomitable captain: "I should have closed down their bases as an economy move long ago!" •iron County in Delta Plan? Mississippi County may soon be taking part in a vast Delta redevelopment program under the Economic Development Act of 1965, county leaders learned last night. Terming the prospect of an Ozarka-like program for eastern Arkansas "very likely," Lon Hardin, co-director of EDA programs in Arkansas, said planning for such development would include parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee as well. Hardin was one of three speakers who briefed officials of rural and municipal groups oh requirements for a proposed Asks Key Crackdown WASHINGTON (AP) -Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff, D-Conn., today legislation to regulate the sale of automobile master keys. He said would-be car thieves now can buy master-key sets for ess than ISO. Ribicoff ..said the keys — which fit any car - are used by uvenile joyriders and professional automobile thieve Sens, Robert P. Kennedy, D- N.Y., end Jacob K. Jwlts, R-; N.Y., joined Ribicoff tai sponsor^ ng the Mil which wo Jd bir the HhfM<tiMinMft iv nisi W notep teys "except to those with • g| for, them," County Development Council in last night's meeting at Osceola High School. Assisting Hardin on the dais were C. A. .Vines, director of the Arkansas Agricultural Extension Service, and J. B. Williams, Extension S e r v i c e resource development specialist The three pointed; out a thriving economic redevelopment program in Mississippi County would facilitate entry into the proposed Delta program. * * * Named chairman of the embryonic Missed Development Council was County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks, who chaired last night's meeting. Banks was elected by unanimous vote of the 50 people in attendance. '; Hardin pointed out that the Council is necessary to coordinate local needs with federal guidelines and to make official requests for financial and tech-; nical assistance, based on an overall economic development plan (OEDP). "You ought to have the mules who plow best on this Council," Hardin said. "It will have considerable status and influence with the government."' Banks said he will consult with other county leaden before making appointments: to t h t Mlssco Council. "Wi want to b» sure we get good, fcareMwrUnf men," b* said; •. . 'i : Briefing'thoM.pftssnt on in> mediate EDA programs, Hardta MM Arkansas could wptct at- now and June 30. "Any state, depending on heed, may legally claim up to 15 per cent of the total national appropriation," he said. *..' * * Hardin said EDA can provide: Grants and loans for public works redevelopment, including water and sewage systems, financing hew industries, their utilities, and industrial access roads: Loans for businesses and industries interested in expanding operations, or in building new plants; Technical assistance for resource development; Financial ana technical assistance for formation of Economic Development districts; . HELP NATURE IN SPRING SHOW Speaking for the City Beautiful Commission, Mrs. James Tully today called on Blytheville to assist Mother Nature in her spring "new look." Mrs. Tully, Clean-Up, Paint- Up-, Fix-Up Week chairman, said the dty's residents should 'get busy at borne or at work with a spring cleaiHip." > "Every citizen can share In the joy of this beautiful Mason," Mrs. Tuny said. "Each tf us can do our part to clean up, paint up and flx up." CU-PU-FU Wesk will probably to the last weak in April Ufe yaw, Mr*. Tidy laid. Economic assistance for interstate planning such as the proposed Delta program. Mississippi County qualifies for a matching fund arrangement on a 50 per cent basis, Hardir; said. Vines pointed out that the Mlssco Development Council will hot replace existing-county organizations but will supplement their activities and act as a .coordinating body. Williams listed several factors which he considered of importance in constructing an overall county plan. They included population potential; land and water sites for Industrial use; prior investments; of economic activity; and environmental factors, including health and educational facilities. The unanimously favorable response at last night's meeting seemed to indicate county solidarity on the matter of participation in the EDA program. Representatives of all c o u n t y townships spoke in favor of the proposed Mlssco Council. Formation of the C o u n e 11 comes on the heels of last month'! appointment by Judge Banksi 'Of. Rural Development Authority .conuhisslonan,. who will wort in collaboration with the Farmers' ; Home Admtois- tratton on FHA assistance programs.•;•.•• .-, • •. .>•••;•'" * ; Seven] conununltles hart ip* pUtd for loans and grants for buiMtng wrttr interns with •" "• • " Wilson Wins Britain To Back Viet By COLIN FROST LONDON (AP) -Prime Minister Harold Wilson returned triumphantly, to No. 10 Downing Street today, swept back into office by a smashing election victory over Edward Heath and the Conservatives. Computer analyses of returns from the general election Thursday predicted Wilson's Laborites would have a majority of at least 95 seats in the new House of Commons. Labor's majority in the last House was only three. Looking fresh and vigorous despite less than four hours sleep, Wilson, 50, said he would give priority to measures to maintain the strength of the pound sterling as an international currency. He indicated action to stabilize wages and prices and said, "We really mean business in keeping sterling strong." The first reaction on the international exchanges to Labor's victory was a sharp improvement in the pound. The London stock market opened quietly, indicating. that the result had been expected and caused little concern. 1 * * *. Wilson discounted suggestions from newsmen that his promise to nationalize the steel industry might frighten foreign holders of sterling. Wilson also hinted at tougher action against the rebel regime of Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith. "One Of the big uncertainties n his (Smith's) mind is now out of the way," said Wilson. "He now knows the government he has to deal with for the next five years." From Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart .came assurance that Wilson's government will continue supporting American action in Viet Nam. Wilson has been under pressure from his party's left whig to withdraw the support. Some commentators speculated that the left wing may press him harder now that the government is ho longer in danger of defeat in Parliament. ' But Stewart told a newsman: "We see no reason for change on this policy. The reasons for it have been set out. It has not been decisively challenged in the Commons and it has been approved by our party confer- With 464 of the 630 Commool seats decided, Labor had won I, a gain of 41; the Conservatives 153, down 43; Liberals 5, up 1; Irish Republican Labor, 1, up 1, and the nonparty, nonvoting speaker had bee- re-elected. Heath, after keeping silent all night though the outcome had long been clear, at last Issued a formal statement conceding his party had lost "The British people have given their verdict," he said. "It if now clear the Labor party will form the next government." LOOK AGAIN - Not wide open, but closed tight, A spare pair of eyes painted on closed lids is one New York; cosmetician's peek into the future of a lady's eye make-up. Seek Little Miss Entrants Applications for the Little rliss Brythevllle contest are now being accepted, Mrs. Bob White, event chairman said today. "Girls entering must be at least three years old and must not have reached 'their seventh birthday by May 12," Mrs. White said. Entries will be accepted through April N, Mrs. White said. Pageant dates are May Or ', ' ' ' ' Co-chairmen for the Little Miss BtyihcvHte contest an Mrs. Ernest Allen and Mrs. Bill Ward., " •' rarents wishing to inter their children may call Mrs. White at PO HOT tr Mrs. Altai at PO »• No Progress In Kidnaping Case Solution MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) There still apparently Is no word from the husky kidnaper of 18-year-old Daniel Goldman. The youth was taken from his plush surfside home early Monday by a middle-aged gunman who demanded $20,000 from the Goldmans. After learning the family had no money in the home, the gunman awoke Daniel, forced him to dress at gunpoint and left hi one of the family automobiles. He told the Goldmans ha wanted 125,000 in ransom and the amount would be doubled tht next night. The car was found later that morning. There was no sign of the kidnaper or Us victim. Police, Including FBI afsufc, bad no comment an tnt cat*, Preschoolers Blytbveille schools' pre-school roundup will be held in all elementary schools on Monday, Mrs. Julia Penn, elementary school supervisor, reported to* y- . ': ''."'.-. .: This round-up is for children who will • enter the first grade next fall. They must be six years of age prior to Oct. 1. Parents may register the child in the school they wish buri to attend, Mrs. Penn stated. Needed to complete registrar ion Monday are: Birth certificate. Record of TB skin test. Polio immunization certifi. caie. Successful smallpox vaccina- ion record. ..~ * * * Registration hours are from i a.m. until noon and from 1 o 3 p.m. at Central, Fairview, tanklln, Lange, Number Nine, 'remised Land, Robinson, Sud> bury and Yarbro schools. Necessary papers for freedom of choice will be distributed at the registration sessions, Supt. I: K. Williams announced. "We would like to encourage Barents to bring their children o this pre-school round-up if the children are eligible to start school next fall," Mrs. Penn stated. •'•••; "This early registration makes it easier on the parent, the child and the school." Ckar to partly cloudy, windy ind . coder thta .afternoon; Fair with .little change in temperature Saturday. Highs this aflcrhm fa tha upper Us. Lorn tonight * to 44. Highs Saturday M * 71 Outlook fcr

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