The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 11, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 11, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 22 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) MONDAY, APRIL 11,1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Faubus Declines Comment on Welchel Firing ROCK (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus refused today to discuss the Arkansas Highway Commission's declaration of independence from the governor's •ffice. The commission, spurred by news stones about unauthorized and illegal pay increases in the department, met , , Saturday, fired an assistant director, criticized the former, director and . said that no one, including the govenor, would dictate highway policy to the commission. Faubus said he was in Mississippi turkey hunting Saturday and did not learn about the commission's action until he heard the news Saturday night. Newsmen met with the gov- trnor for about 10 minutes to- day but he snapped, "No comment," to every question about his opinion of the affair. He did say that he talked Sunday night with the former director. Mack Sturgis, but he refused to say what they discussed. Sturgis also refused to comment on any phase of the developments. . ' •'•'..'':• . . * *..*'.. ;, Faubus refused even to confirm statements by members of the commission that they had not talked with the governor since the saalry story broke last Tuesday night. "They' said they don't intend to talk with you," Faubus was told. "What do you think of that?" ••'••' "No comment," he said, shrugging. * * * The man discharged was Y. W. Wheichel, an administrative assistant to Sturgis who was promoted to assistant director along with a $68 weekly pay increase by Sturgis shortly before he resigned April 1 to return to his old job as state purchasing agent. • Whelchel's salary increase and all of the others, affecting about 3,000 employes, have been rescinded. Wheichel said Sunday he has. been planning his future, but-he also declined further comment over'the'weekend. The commission fired Wheich- el on the spot at a meeting here Saturday and tabbed him as the prime mover behind illegal, unauthorized pay raises in the department. * * * Commission Chairman Wayne Hampton said the investigation of the salary matter would continue and more firings might come. "So many irresponsible statements have been made and the facts so distorted that the general public will never know the truth unless an unbiased and full-fledged investigation i* made," said Wheichel. "I heartily endorse and welcome any such move." Wheichel, who received his 20-year service pin in March, said everything he did in the affair was .intended for the best Interest of the Highway Department employes. He was an administrative assistant earning $950 a month before the salary increases went into effect, promoting Wheichel to assistant director at $1,225 a month. The commission pledged ta administer Highway Department affairs without interference from anyone. Hampton said this included the governor. The commissioners said they learned of the raises in the newspapers and that former Highway Director Mack Sturgis had threatened key highway employes with discharge if they told the commission about the salary increases. The commission said it did not know exactly what threats Sturgis made or to whom. Hampton said Wheichel admitted to the commission that he was in on the salary increases plan from start to finish. "Mr. Wheichel has many conflicting stories," the commission statement said. "His first thought was pay raises — the largest one for himself. The commission thinks his first thought should have been a highway program for the people carried out under strict guidelines of the Mack-Blackwell Amendment." Hampton said the commission had no criticism for Sturgis, who resigned April 1 and returned to his old job as state purchasing agent. Hampton said the commission would insist that 45 top echelon employes refund the money from the pay raises, which they. got in April 1 checks. About 3,000 other employes would "• have received pay increases in.- April 15 checks. -'The commission said the pay group authorized raises totaling $2.1 million a year and put $1.2 million into effect using authority of Act 18 of 1965 which au-. thorized additional Highway Department employes is needed to implement federal programs. Comptroller L. A. Mashburn held that use of Act 18 to authorize a blanket salary increase was illegal. The Republican Party has called for a full-scale investigation of the Highway Department. ' •. Foiled WASHINGTON (AP)-A col lege student doused himself with gasoline in front of the White House in what police said was an attempt to burn himself to death in protest against the Viet Nam war. He was seized as he tried to strike two matches. Police laid Arthur Zinner, a slender, bespectacled 20-year- old Boston University student, was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital for observation. Zinner arrived in Washington by bus early Sunday, police said, and telephoned two radio stations telling them of his plan. Radio station personnel notified police. Two detectives and a Secret Service agent grabbed Zinner when he poured gasoline from two plastic bottles on himself and tried to strike the matches. The youth offered no resistance. In New York,, the youth's father, Jack Zinner, said his son was not active in any peace group that he .knew, of, but said he must have been "carried away by what the students are doing." New Cancer Treatment NAMESAKE - Bearing little resemblance to its namesake, the famed ironclad of the Civil War, a modified landing craft dubbed, the Monitor is an ungainly but powerful weapon in the Vietnamese waK yiriually : ;a'fl6a1- ing tank it carries more fire power—cannons, mortars and machine guns—than siny other river assault ship in use arid can make eight knots; '..-". • - . 15,000 Coal Miners Strike In Six States Revealed DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University medical researchers say they may have discovered a way to treat cancer by vaccination. Results they claim for a four- year program so far include: —Two cancer patients, earlier given up as hopeless cases, completely freed of their tumors. — Eight others once considered beyond help still alive, their cancers either halted or growing more slowly. — Two patients with advanced tumors, their lives believed prolonged by the treatments. Others among the 20 patients treated showed no improvement, said Dr. Paul L. Wolf, Wayne State professor of pathology and director of experimental pathology at the Detroit Institute of Cancer Research. Failure in these cases, Dr. Wolf said, probably came because the disease was too far advanced and the patient's body no longer capable of .producing cancer-fighting antibodies. The Wayne .group's .vaccine, he explained, aids the victim's body in producing these antlbo- ifles. . ... ' . Many cancer patients are lost, Dr, Wolf said, because their bodies don't fight the .disease. The body recognizes the malignant cells as part of It, ind doesn't react hv nro*^" the ehcmicsis nee Jed to l,i'.l I'.iom.' ' The Wayne State group com |* {UNCEB M PITTSBURGH (AP) - Soft- coal miners in six states struck today in a dispute over a new contract. Miners failed to report at operations in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, Ken- rank-and-file movement for a strike. But "we don't have a contract and we can't work without one," said C.W. Moore, president of a local at the Bell and Zollar Mining Co. Oriole mine inbs Coal Corp. The agreement' provided for an initial hike of $1.32 per day retroactive to April 1, bringng top-rated miners to $30 per day. A second raise of $1.00 per day is scheduled to go into effect on tucky, Alabama and Ohio in near Madisonville, Ky. the contract dispute between the United Mine Workers and the mine owners. An estimated 15,000 miners were off the job. The number was expected to swell. In Washngton, a spokesman at UMW headquarters said "there wasn't any sanction" for the walkouts. The spokesman said the situation between the union and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association was unchanged from Friday. UMW President W.A. Boyle had said then the union "considered itself at liberty to strike at any time." As, late as Sunday afternoon, UMW Vice President George Tiller said he knew nothing of a The Washington UMW spokesman said Boyle and BCOA officials meet sometime today to reopen negotiations but the time was uncertain. The mineworkers' contract with the BCOA expired April 1, but miners had continued to work pending the outcome of negotiations which began on Feb. 21, - : The union reached agreement Friday with three coal producers employing 6,500 of the UMW's 100,000 members in the soft coal industry. The three were Peabody Coal Co. of St. Louis, Mo., the nation's largest soft coal producer; Ayrshire collieries of Indianapolis, Ind., and Southwest II- Ohio Woman Flies 4,550 Miles Nonstop for Record By AL GOLDBERG COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Thirty one hours, 4,550 miles and several bumps on the head after taking off from Honolulu, weary but jubilant Jerrie Mock arrived home late Sunday night with another world record under her wing. Mrs. Mock now claims records: speed around four the world in a plane under 3,850 pounds; speed over a 500-kilometer course in a plane under she would make it. Mrs. Mock, the mother of two grown boys and a young daughter and grandmother of one, said the roughest part of trip was "the winds over her the Pa'cific and turbulence over the Rockies." : "I bumped my head a few times," she said of the flight over the Rockies', adding that was "the only part of the trip that worried me." She said she also got "banged on the head by my flashlight and lost most of my personal effects" behind the special fuel 3,850 pounds and the latest distance record. the tiny 40-year-old aviatrix who nealy two years ago be-1 tanks that took most of the pas- came, the first woman every to scnger space in the six-seater fly solo around the world, touched down at Port Columbus Airport at 10:36 p.m. on the April 1, 1967. The contracts also included eight paid holidays and other fringe benefits. Unless Demands Are Met Buddhists Vow Continued Riots By ED WIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's military government braced today for more street violence -after the Buddhist leadership vowed to keep up demonstrations until the U.S.- backed junta quits; "Only when our aspirations are met and our demands satisfied will there be no more demonstrations," the country's most powerful monks declared in a joint statement Sunday. In militant tones echoing their declarations of political war on the government of the late President years Ngo ago, Dinh Diem three the Buddhists accused the regime of lying, irresponsibility and placing "too many obstacles" in the way of civilian rule. At a news conference in Saigon, the monks asked the nation to rally behind the "Viet Nam Buddhist Forces," a new anti- government political action organization created by them. They were:asked if a popular civilian government might seek peace with the Communists and order the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Thich Thien Minn, co- leader of the Viet Nam Buddhist Forces and chairman of the militant Buddhist Youth Movement, replied: ; If that is what the people want, then that is what they will get. We want to fulfill the aspirations of the people."" The Buddhist leaders denied they were anti-American or re- sponsibe for the attacks on individual Americans by rioting, Buddhist-led youths in Saigon last week. "The monks involved were just letting off steam," they said. "We abide by nonviolence." * * * They accused the Ky government of destroying "the democratic spirit in Viet Nam" by Courts Get ASC Move longest nonstop airplane ever made by a woman. night Mrs. Mock .bettered the old jmark of 3,671 miles, set in 1938 i by three Russian women, by nearly 900 miles. She couldn't have added another mile to the mark, landing nearly out of fuel and keeping a Cessan Super Skylane. Tired? someone asked. "Just a little," she answered, closing her eyes. She remarked that was the first time she had closed hjsr eyes since awakening at 5:30 a.m., Honolulu time, Saturday morning (10:30 -a.m., EST), more than 36 hours earlier. The 5-foot, 105-pound pilot took off from Honolulu, bolstered crowd of about 50u weil-wishers, by three ham-on-ryt sandwiches anxiously in doubt until juat fat-land a vtcuum bottle of watar, Sort ate arrival aa to whsttarJat fcM **, CIV, fated* Even though the functions of Blytheville's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation sub- office have already been transferred to the main county ASC office at Osceola, a suit has been filed here to prevent completion of the move. A petition filed in Chancery Court Friday by Jack Robinson, farmer and owner of a gin and impleemn tcompany here, asked the.court to forestall the move until its effects could be reevaluated. Robinson named as defendants Hildred Bunch, county ASC chairman; H. M. McDaniel, chief of the Osecpla office, and members of the Mississippi Couty ASC Committee. The suit claims that officials planned the move "without adequate and proper notice and without considering the economic feasibility of same." It further maintains that the Blytheyille office has had 1,739 farm contracts as compared to 900 on file in the Osceola office. Robinson complained that Tax Expert In Osceola Richard Conder, state income tax auditor, will be in the Osceola State Revenue office this week. He i* in the county to assist with state income tax tiling. Conder may be reachet (after «:30 p.m.) at Moultrie Courts here. He returns to tht Blythtvilla afflaa Mrt wMk, transfer of the Elytheville office's functions to Osceola would cause the loss of "thousands of dollars annually in travel and Robinson is represented by the firm, of Reid, Burge, and Prevallet. Weekend Wrecks Kill Six in State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Traffic accidents in Arkansas over the Easter weekend took six lives, an Associated Press count from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday shows. Four of the victims died in a head-on collision on Arkansas 22 about 21 mile* east of Fort Smith near the Bloomer community Saturday State Police said they were Verna Bailey, 62, Wenonah Health, 39, Lillie Heath, 13, all of Paris, and Robert Burnett, 65, of Van Buren. Eunice Brase Letterman, 43, of Fouke, was killed Saturday when her car was struck by • Cotton Belt freight train nine miles south of Genoa in Miller County. The sixth victim wu Guy Lewis Lee, 21, of Delight, whose car overturned, at Antoine, 12 miles east of Murfreesboro Friday night Ht died of injuries Sattirt«, IRONCLAD DUTY — Duty for the Viet Cong can be literally ironclad. Capt. Clay N. Mobley of Charlotte, N.C., a company commander with the 173rd Airborne Division, tries out an iron collar which had locked a guerrilla to his machine gun. Airborne troops found three Viet Cong bodies chained to their weapons during operation "Silver City" hi War Zone D. Quiet Election SPEARMAN, Tex. (AP) Hansford County School Boarc members are perplexed over how to fill a vacancy on the board—if one actually exists. A board election was held April 2. L. L. Edge, who has served on the board for 21 years was the only name on the ballo for Precinct 2. But no one went to the polls to vote, not even Edge. He said he was sick that day. The state attorney general's office was asked for a ruling, (t replied: "We have never heard of such a thing happening and can find no record of any decision mtde in such a situation in the past." Under state law Edge is the board representative from that precinct until a successor is sworn la, ( promising elections no earlier than next year. They said elections could be held right away. The Buddhists said the pacification and: reconstruction pr<>grams • warmly endorsed by 'resident : Johnson at his Horn* !ulu meeting with Ky in Febrii: ary could move ahead only 'with strong provincial and cen- ral governments." "We can get this with general elections, the elections we have demanded for three years," they said. "In this way we can make the whole country stable and prevent opportunists from making headway." The overwhelming majority of South Viet Nam's more than 14 million people are at least nominally Buddhists, athough Roman Catholics comprise about 10 per cent of the population. There are also important minority religious se 's. The government charged that the Viet Cong had been instructed by the National Liberation Front's Central Committee to take advantage of the unrest. A government intelligence source was quoted by the official Viet Nam Press as saying that on March 12 the committee ordered Viet Cong agents to emphasize political agitation "by instigating the population to topple the government." While an interlude of calm i prevailed in Saigon's streets Easter Sunday, there were signs of a lessening of tension in Da Nang, where anti-Ky military officers virtually declared their indpeendence of the government last week. Some of the 1,000 American civilians and military personnel evacuated Saturday from Da Nang because of the danger of fighting between antigovernment and loyalist troops began returning to the northern city today. The mayor of Da Nang, Dr. Nguyen Van Man, who had been threatened with execution by Premier Ky, said: "AH the people and the military want a civilian government as soon as possible. We will work to this end. We neec! the Americans to help us." Dr, Man said he still regarded himself as mayor, even though Ky has named a replacement. "No one has informed me I am fired," he said. He indicated that Ky's government had decided to back down on its threat to occupy the city, headquarters of the army's northernmost 1st Corps, with military force. It was Ky's dismissal of Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Tri as commander Of the 1st Corps and virtual overlord of the country's five northern provinces March 10 that pecipi- tated the nationwide unrest. The new lit Corps commander, Maj. Gen. Thon That Dinh, said earlier the troops vere not needed to restore order. Some barricades in the city started going down, The atmosphere also! was momentarily more relaxed.;: in Hue, another center of Buddhist-led unrest. Only a'.handful of American and other foreign newsmen circulated in the old Imperial capital, .which like Da Nang was placed' off limits to U: S. military personnel three weeks ago. Radio Hue, now in'the hands of an antigoverrment student "Struggle Committee," cautioned Americans in. an English language broadcast Sunday to remember they are guests and not hosts in South Viet Nam. The broadcast urged the United States not to use its "material might and terrible weapons" to support Ky's regime. Crisp, Sunny Dawn Greets Worshippers Upwards to 300 people gathered, on .a brilliant chilly Easter morning at Bytheville Air Force Base flightlaie yesterday for 6 a.m. interdenominational services. The service was held in a setting which was typically 1966: -A large B52 jet bomber stood silently nearby as the first rays of the morning's sun broka across the Strategic Air Command base's runways. Rev. Myron Dillow presented the Easter message at the event, which was sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance. Members of the Gosnell High School choir, with their director, Mrs. C. M. Smart, at an organ handily installed in the bed of a pick-up truck, provided special music for the service, which was under the overall direction of Rev. Virgil Keeley and James P. Garrdtt, secretary of the Alliance. Appearing on the program were Rev. John B. White, James B. Johnson, Rev. A. B. Carpenter, liev. John McDaniel, Rev. William Kreis; Rev. James Barton, Chaplain Roger Pearson, Rev. A. J. Frank and Rev. Martin Wilnik- son. iiiniininiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiiit Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy and mild through Tuesday with showers and scattered thundershowers through Tuesday. A few locally severe thunderstorms this afternoon and in east portions tonight. Highs this afternoon 70 to 75. Lows tonight 52 to 58, Highs Tuesday 66 to 72, Probability of precipitation 60 percent this afternoon and tonight, decreasing to 40 percent Tuesday. Outlook for Wednesday partly cloudy and mild. .

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