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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 8, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 20 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72816) FRIDAY, APRIL 8,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES 469 Rescued Blaze Hits Cruise Ship MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - The Coast Guard said 469 passengers and crew members were rescued today from the cruise ship Vikinv Princess after it was swept by fire off the eastern tip of Cuba. The ship carried a total of 485 persons. One person was reported dead, 16 unaccounted for. The Coast Guard said the German freighter Cap Nort had picked up 376 survivors and one body. The Liberian tanker Navigator had 80 survivors and the Chunking Victory, a Nationalist Chinese freighter, 13. Among the survivors were the cruise ship's captain, chief navigator and chief officer, the Coast Guard said. The captain of the Cap Nort radioed that he was taking those rescued to the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cub, and expected to arrive around 11:30 a.m. (EST). * * * Most of the passengers were U.S. citizens. It was under the command of Capt. Otto Thoresen, a veteran of 3D years at sea. Two U.S. Navy destroyers, the Wilkenson and Owens, were reported on the scene by Atlantic Fleet Headquarters at Norfolk, Va. Three other ships were en route. Fire struck the 536-foot motor ehip as it was sailing north through the Windward Passage, about midway between Cuba and Haiti. "The only ship we have talked to is the Cap Nort," a Coast Guard spokesman said in Miami. "The only message we received Was 'Fire in the engine room. All stations stand by'." * * * .The Viking Princess boasted 100 per cent air conditioning, two outdoor tiled swimming pools, a 275-seat theater, and plush dining facilities. It has a total of 228 cabins of five decks providing accommodations for a possible 627 pas- sengers. Each cabin has a private bath. The 16-year-old ship has a displacement of 17,600 tons, a length of 536 feet and a 64-foot beam. Its twin screws -re driven by diesel engins. It was less than five months ago—on Nov. 13, 1965—that the 38-year-old cruise ship Yarmouth Castle burned and sank between Miami and Nassau with a loss of 90 lives, mostly passengers. Rescue ships saved 370 persons from that disaster, which set off a lengthy Coast Guard probe and congressional hearings on the safety of cruise ships sailing from U.S. ports. The Coast Guard investigation conclude!' that the captain of the Yarmouth Castle, which flew the Panamaniai flag, was negligent and failed to cope with the fire. The Viking Princess is of Nor- wegin registry and manned by a predominately Norwegian crew. It is operated by the Flagship Line Agency, Inc., sales agent for Berge Sigval Bergesen of Oslo, Norway. Th Viking Princess left Miami last Saturday and apparently was headed back to Florida. SOMETHING FOR THE CITY — This year's Miss City Beautiful is Judy Lynn Porter, 18, senior at Blytheville High School. Judy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Porter of 120 North 10th, will participate in Clean-Up, Paint- Up, Fix-Up Week, April 2430, and in other City Beautiful Commission activities throughout the year. (Courier News Photo) MONK-LED MOBS BEAT AMERICANS AS RIOTS FLAR By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON (AP) - Buddhist monks led 2,000 demonstrators into the heart of Saigon tonight in the worst day of anti-American violence in seven days oi rioting. A dozen Americans were beaten, manhandled or chased by the mob. As the column of jeering, banner waving youths surged downtown from the Buddhist Institute in the southwestern part of the capital, fully armed government paratroopers backed away.. But riot police eventually waded into the mob, lobbing :ear gas grenades and scatter- ng the demonstrations into side streets. There, the angry youths 'ormed knots again, and there was every indication of another night-long rampage to force the overthrow of military government. Gathings to be Here Thursday To Open Social Security Office Kidnaper Silent MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-The kidnaper of Daniel Goldman could now collect $45,000 for the boy's safe return. The youth's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Goldman, say they have the $25,000 ransom money ready, friends have raised $15,000 and the Miami Herald has offered $5,000 for his safe return. Goldman, 18, was kidnaped from his parents' home in the exclusive suburb of Surfside March 28. Police say the kidnaper has failed to make contact with the family. Blylheville branch office of the Social Security administration will formally open Thursday jat 2 p.m., with the Hon. E. C. (Took) Gathings, U.S. Congressman from the First District, making a dedicatory address. Dedication ceremonies will be held at the Phillips Ford used car lot across the street from the Social Security office, which is located at 211 North Broadway. Mayor Jimmie Edwards will cut a ribbon during the ceremonies to signify formal opening of the office. Officer in charge here is Ralph Dugger. Holiday Renamed BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed a bill renaming George Washington's Birthday "President's Day." The measure also calls for celebrating the holiday on the third Monday in February rather than on Feb. 22. There was no immediate explanation for the action Thursday. Other Social Security officials on hand will be Eugene J. Riegler and 1. E. Avery of Dallas, regional representative and assistant regional representative, respectively, and Clarence M. Vaden, Jr., district manager at Jonesboro. After dedication ceremonies are completed, the office will hold Open House for the public, Dugger said. Refreshments will be served from 2 to 4 p. m. At the present time the office has a staff of eight people.. According to Dugger, more than 6,000 people in Mississippi Coun ty receive social security benefits totaling some $4 million a year. Personnel have been in operation at the Blytheville office for a little more than a month, mainly for the purpose of completing Medicare registration Dugger said. Motorist Kills Policemen VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A motorist shot and killed two policemen Thursday night after they trapped him on a dead-end street and tried to give him a traffic citation. Dead are Patrolmen Calvin Thacker, 36, and William Sasson, 31. Most of Vallejo's 70-man police force, reinforced by sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol, blocked all exits from this an Francisco Bay area city as well as two bridges. Hunted was a restaurant worker at nearby El Cerrito, traced through a partly completed citation found beside a patrolman's body. Police said their quarry has police records in Napa and Oakland and that he was once arrested in this county on an assault with a deadly weapon charge. His fingerprints and spent cartridges were found in an abandoned car, also traced through Hie citation. An unnamed witness, attracted by the gunfire, sai4 there were four persons in the car Hydrogen-Powered Rocket Fails Centaur Stumps Scientists The demonstrators looted a home occupied by several American servicemen opposite the Buddhist Institute. They tore up furniture and drove six U.S. servicemen into the streets where they were manhandled. Vietnamese paratroopers who arrived at the scene laughed and joked with the demonstrators as She U.S. soldiers made their way through the crowd carrying a few personal belongings. U.S. military police jeeps stationed nearby drove them to safety. A short time before, a mob of iOO youths assaulted two Amer- cans, one of them a service- nan, and chased a U.S. sailor nto a house near the Buddhist nstitute. There was no word of any injuries to the Americans. The mob also overturned and set fire to a police jeep and ossed two dud grenades. Some club-wielding youths pulled an unidentified American civilian from a taxi in front of the institute earlier in the day, and beat him. He fled with unknown injuries. • It was the second day of personal violence against Americans. The demonstrators hurled insults at foreign newsmen. Monks restrained them from kicking and hitting newsmen with sticks. Reporters also were confronted by American military police who said they were under orders from the U.S. Embassy to move all Ameican newsmen from the streets. In one case, MPs drew pistols on newsmen to keep them from the scenes of violence. While the demonstrators defied riot police, a report circulated that Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Airport, nerve center for U.S. and Vietnamese airpower, had been placed on a red alert, the highest state of combat readiness. U.S. officials in Saigon were unable to confirm the report immediately. The demonstrators were in a menacing and dangerous mood, more so than the youngsters and street urchins who have formed some of the mobs that have brought the capital to a point of high tension in the past week. Some waved banners declaring, "We want freedom." Then riot police stormed in, throwing the crowd back and recovering the jeep before it was completely destroyed. The youths replied with a barrage of rocks. The grenades were tossed at police at two different intersections. Neither exploded. But it was the first time the demonstrators have resorted to explosives. Unlike By JIM STRQTHMAN CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Space agency officials combed through bundles of data today in search of why a Centaur rocket failed to properly ignite a second time Thursday night, causing a possible setback in the U.S. man-in-space program. The failure showed that U.S. Scientists have not yet proved they can tame liquid hydrogen fuel in space — a concept which this nation must realize before it can commit astronauts to go to the moon, send heavy payloads to the planets or spf land instruments on the moon the year around. * * * After a flawless countdown the problem-plagued Centaur already more than three years behind schedule -thundered aloft from Ca\x Kennedy Thursday night. An ,Atlas booster successfully propelled the hydrogen-fueled Centaur upper stage 88 miles above the earth, where the Centaur's two engines burned for 325 seconds and placed it and a dummy surveyor soft-lander moonship into a planned 100- mile-high parking orbit around the earth. * * * After a 25-minute coasting period in this orbit, Centaur was to have ignited a second time, burn 107 seconds and hurl the dummy spacecraft to a make- believe moon 236,000 miles from earth. Instead, NASA said, apparently only one of Centaur'; two 15,- OQO-pound-thrust engines ignited. It only burned 17 seconds and kicked both the surveyor model and the Centaur into an oval-shaped orbit of 101 to 186 miles. Officials intend first to look at data concerning the start of the second burn — such as whether or not engine pressure was adequate or the fuel was properly settled. When U.S. astronauts fly to the moon, a much larger liquid- hydrogen rocket stage must coast from one to three orbits around the earth as the third stage of the Saturn 5 moon rocket. This booster will have to restart — as Centaur was scheduled to do — and hurl the astronauts toward the moon. Scientists must master the quirks of liquid hydrogen, however, before officials will send men on the moon mission. * * * The next unmanned launch of a Saturn IB rocket from Cape Kennedy will carry a liquid-hydrogen stage into orbit about July 18 in another test of the concept. A 1,730-pound Surveyor is scheduled to rocket aloft May 29 in an attempt to soft-land on the moon and relay pictures of the lunar surface to earth with only one burn of a Centaur rocket. Since the first Centaur ignition was apparently successful Thursday night, NASA officials said they have no plans to delay the first Surveyor attempt. With only a single-burn capability, however, missilemen could not launch a Surveyor to the moon during the winter months and probes toward certain planets would be ruled oui because of the position of thai planet ii. relation to launch pads on earth. The next two-burn Centaur shot is scheduled for November Jonash said there was little chance the schedule would be altered. A major problem is keeping liquid hydrogen settled in the combustion chamber for proper reignition during the weightless coast period. Project officials planned to achieve this Thursday by periodic firings of tiny rockets attached to the 46-foot-long Cen taur. RIOT POLICE—Tear gas grenades and night sticks are used by Saigon riot police to break up Buddhist rioters in South Viet Nam's capital city. Last night in the worst wave of violence in seven days, a dozen Amer> . icans were beaten, chased or manhandled by the mobs. past demonstrators who wanted their photographs taken, the mob threatened Western photographers and newsmen. Government riot Days of May be Missing Bus Hearing Enc From all indications, it's going to be an interesting City Council meeting Tuesday night. First of all, Mayor Jimmie Edwards will introduce longtime Blytheville resident Murray Smart to councilman in the latter's new role as administrator of federal projects for the city. Smart's appointment was effective as of April 1, Edwards said. He will be the city's official liaison man with government offices and programs, and, as such, is responsible directly to the mayor and Council. Next, Edwards and Smart will report to councilmen on plans for a new city transportation system, which the mayor hopes "will get Blytheville moving again." The proposed transit system will be city-owned and city-operated, Edwards said. Smart has prepared an application to the ; government for financial assistance, which will pay for two-thirds of all costs of implementing the system. He will present the plan to councilmen in the form of a resolution to actively seek this aid. Edwards said he has received assurances of assistance from W. B. Kurd, director of the Transportation Division of the Department of Urban Affairs, during a fact-finding mission in Washington last week. On that trip, he was accompanied by City Attorney Edsel Harber and Councilman Robert McHaney. "What we need to do, if the Council approves the plan, is to consult with the City Planning Division of the University of Arkansas on details of the system's operation," Edwards said. School Letters Are Explained Blytheville School Supt. J. K. Williams today tackled the job of simplifying and amplifying the facts concerning the letters recently mailed by the schools to parents. These letters deal with choice of schools and the revised rules which apply to free choice. "Many parents have become confused and concerned about the desegregation letters we mailed Monday," Williams said. There were two types of squads also took a tough atti- letters sent out. I'll attempt to tude toward the Western press, explain them in simple terms. The political crisis also continued at a boil in the dissident northern cities of Da Nang and Hue, where the Buddhist-fomented unrest began a month ago. A group of officers issued a statement in Da Nang declaring Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's government no longer had the support of the people and would collapse, but the officers pledged to stand by the country's allies, "especially the United States," in the fight against the Communists. Bids Sought Bids will be taken until'noon of April IS for operation of a branch post office at Blytheville Air Force Base. Bidders may receive Information at Blythevillt Post Office. Cotton Acreage Cut Forecast WASHINGTON (AP) culture Department - Agri- officials predicted today that this year's cotton acreage will be cut to the lowest level since the 1870s under a program designed to reduce a record large surplus. The department said indica tions are that planting for this year's crop will be no more than 10.8 million acres, compared with 14.2 million last year. 'One was called the school choice letter and was mailed to parents of children now enrolled in grades 5, 6 and 7. These letters also were given to parents at the pre-school round-up for children who'll enter the first grade next September. "These parents must complete this form and make a choice of school for next year and return it to the school. The student may carry it to his principal's office or the parent may bring it or mail it to the administration office." The other letter, Wiliams explained, was a school transfer letter. This one was mailed to parents of children enrolled in grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. "If the parent is satisfied with the school his child is attending now and does not want to transfer to another school, this letter does not have to be returned. It may be discarded. However, if the parent wants to transfer to another school, the form must be completed and returned to the school or the administration office," he said. The parent has until May 3 to complete and return this, Williams said. "Parents who have further questions may contact the school principals or the administrative offices. This process will take about eight weeks, he said. "Then we'll be ready to go ahead and get some buses, as many as we need." ' Edwards promised compiet* coverage for school children, employees in city businesses, domestic servants, "anyone who might use the buses." "We'll run it-north to south, east to west, throughout the city, and we'll keep fares as low as possible," he promised. Edwards did not specify tha kind of buses the city would purchase. "This will be determined by the study," he Edwards said the Washington delegation had a "healthy discussion" with Robert Weaver, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Mrs. Elnora Vaughn, Public Housing director, during the Washington visit One result of the talks is a proposal Edwards will make to the Council that Blytheville apply for status as a "demonstration" city. "This would mean the government would step in and maks us a model city for development. They would redevelop the entire city on a matching funds basis. This includes streets, housing, drainage, — in fact, every cotton-picking thing." Edwards said Weaver was "encouraged" about the possibility that Blytheville might qualify for this program. Burdette Seeks Bids Burdette school board will accept bids on a new cafeteria building. Bids will be received until the bid opening time of 2 p.m. 'on. April 19. Bids will be opened in the office of Burdette Superintendent L. H. Autry. Weather forecast- Cloudy to partly cloudy and turning cooler this afternoon. Clear to partly cloudy and cooler tonight. Fair and cool Saturday. Highs this afternoon 54'to 64, Lows tonight 32 to 38. Highs Saturday mostly in the 60s. Outlook Sunday fair and cool during the morning, becoming fair and warmer during the afternoon. ••Ill

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