The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 12, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 12, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 23 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, APRIL 12,1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Philippine President Seeks Asian Talks (EDITOR'S NOTE: Stanley M. Swinton, an assistant general manager of The Associated Press and director of AP World Services, served for many years as an AP correspondent in Asia. He has interviewed leaders of eight Asian countries on a current tour. Here is Swinton's report of his interview with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.) By STANLEY M. SWINTON • MANILA, Philippines (AP)President Ferdinand Marcos called today for a foreign ministers' meeting to seek a way to end Asia's other war in the Indonesian - Malaysian "confrontation." Marcos proposed a meeting of the foreign ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines "and other Asian countries if they are interested." He said it would be fruitless for himself, President Sukarno of Indonesia and Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman of Ma- laysia to hold a summit session unless the foreign ministers could find a basis for agreement. Marcos said Philippine recognition of Malaysia is imminent as soon as procedural matters are resolved. A decades-old Philippine claim to Sabah — North Borneo — now part of the Malaysian federation, led to the rupture in relations. In the exclusive interview, Marcos also: 1. Said the first elements of a 2,000-man force of Phillippine combat engineers will arrive in South Viet Nam by the end of May if Senate approval is received this month as expected. The House of Representatives approved the force Monday night by a vote of 81-7. "I'm assured by Senate leaders the bill will pass by a pretty good margin," the president said. 2. Predicted that the continuing negotiations between the Phillipines and the United States on American bases here would be completed by the end of 1966. 3. Declared that the Philippines, which has outlawed communism, will not modify its present ban on trade with Red China. Some Filipino legislators have urged a change in this economic policy. Marcos, 48, a guerrilla hero of World War II, completed his first 100 days in office April 9. He pointed with pride to the fact that the Philippine peso is firmer on the international monetary market than at any time since the nation got its independence from the United States July 4, 1946. On U.S.-Philippine relations, Marcos expressed delight that on April 15 the United States will turn back to the Philippines 61,750 acres of the big U.S. Clark Air Base wihch American defense authorities say are no longer needed. Jaycees Exit; Form New Club Twenty Blytheville Jaycees walked from a Jaycee meeting last night and immediately convened for the purpose of forming a second Jaycee club in the city. Jaycee President, Jerry Hollingsworth, in a prepared statement, commented, "The apparent leaders of the splinter group were those who had lost in their bids for higher offices of the organization. "They must have decided they did not want to abide by the vote of the majority." Hollingsworth said there are approximately 45 remaining members. These members, he said, will continue to handle the usual Jaycee projects. "Those projects now planned and in operation will come off as scheduled," Hollingsworth said. "We are sorry that these few have taken this action but the Blytheville Jaycees are going to continue to be active in the two primary functions of Jayceeism — community development and leadership training. "The nucleus of the club has chosen to remain in the active participation of Jaycee work and will continue to serve this community as the past years have." Jaycees of Although some of those who split with the parent group last night lost in recent Jaycee elections, others were elected to office. Marvin Lipford was named second vice president, Adam Taylor was elected treasurer and Ernest Allen and Gene Lipford were elected to the board JOHNSON CITY, Tex. (AP) —The 11-year-old daughter of a Secret Service agent assigned to the LBJ ranch •tetail was killed by a horse in a pen behind the family's Johnson City home Monday. Nancy Knelsch, daughter ef Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Knetsch, was dragged to death when the horse apparently became frightened. He said the girl had tied a rope around her horse's neck and to her 'waist. The horse dragged the girl around the pen several times and then jumped a fence, he said. Tie horse was not wearing a saddle when caught, the sheriff said, adding he did not Know why the girl lied the rope to her 'waisU of directors. Lawrence Morse, was an incumbent board member with one more year to serve. All quit the meeting last night. It was Marvin Lipford who made a brief statement to the Jaycees prior to the walkout. At a later meeting, he was elected president of the Chickasaw Jaycee Club. In his statement last night, Lipford said: "At last a fully united club is within your reach. The day that the members can all pull together is today." This evidently was alluding to some intra-club friction which apparently has been brewing for some time. At a second meeting, a new constitution and bylaws were prepared and State Jaycee President Deloss Walker of West Memphis was contacted by telephone in preparation to submitting an application for a new charter. Walker is to be in Blytheville tonight. Evidently, he'll be seeking reconcilliation between the two groups. There is some speculation that the Blytheville Jaycees may try to block the chartering of the Chickasaw Jaycees. The new charter will have to be approved by'the state executive committee, which meets Sunday in Little Rock. Don Morris of the Blytheville Jaycees is a state vice-president. The Chickasaws say they merely want to get organized and get to work. "We just want to be left alone," a spokesman said. "There's enough work in Blytheville for several organizations like the throwing Jaycees. We're not rocks at the other Lipford capabilities are not the qualifications for success in this organization." KIDS DEFEND 'OLE DIAMOND' By GERALD SEGROVES KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —Diamond, the Knoxville Zoo's portly pachyderm, is one of the biggest elephants in North America and he has an appetite to match. City officials here are fed up with his eating habits, his motor-oil baths and his surly disposition. They are ready to ship him off—to anywhere. But a move is under way to "Save ole Diamond," who was a gift from a circus. If it were up to the city's children, Diamond, who stands 10 feet tall and weighs almost four tons, would remain here at any cost. Some older heads share their view and are willing to foot the bill for Diamond's room and hoard. The controversy began Feb. 21 when city officials heard it was costing $10,000 a year to feed and care for the elephant. Mayor Leonard Rogers said also that Diamond was dangerous. "That elephant's mean because somebody's been messing with him," countered a third-grader. "And you know how elephants are —they never forget." * * * Several children offered suggestions to solve the problem. "Why don't they paint his house with pictures of trees and stuff like in the jungle?" asked one youngster. "Then he would feel more at home and wouldn't try to get out." T1-* Knoxville Journal has contributed $1,000 toward the $35,000 goal of the "Save ole Diamond" movement. "The only thing he won't eat is lemons," said keeper Frank Huskey, after dumping a bale or two of hay, a crate or two of lettuce, yams, grapefruit and broccoli, along with .some food, in front of Diamond. Diamond needs a warm, soapy bath every three weeks and, during hot weather, needs to be splashed with cold water twice daily. Then, after his bath, Diamond gets an oil rubdown. "That's when he is hap^ piest—when thin motor oil is soaking his dry, inch- thick, wrinkled hide," said Huskey. Buddhists Veto Election Pledge By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — South Viet Nam's military government pledged today to hold elections as soon as a constitution is drafted and the electio nmachinery set up. But the Buddhist opposition cold- shouldered the preparatory congress at which the offer was made. Addressing an assemblage of 10-man ruling directorate attending, Thieu suggested a possible formula for a National Assembly: half of the members could be elected, the others appointed from the provinces. The Buddhist leadership underscored its boycott of the congress by demanding that "the U.S. government at once end its support for the Thieu-Ky mili- Grocers Need FS Briefing Grocers wishing to participate in the new food stamp program must be authorized by the Consumer and Marketing Service to accept the coupons, to A. C. Bull, Jr., according officer-in- charge of the C&MS offie here. Bull said two additional meetings have been scheduled by the Consumer and Marketing Service to brief grocers on the plan's operation. Mississippi County grocers may meet with Bull on Monday night in the courthouse here at 7:30 p.m. A meeting has also been scheduled for Crittenden County grocers in the county office building in Marion on Tuesday night at 7:30. "This is largely a routine matter," Bull said, "but the rules of the program require that we fellows. We wish them all the luck in the world." Last night, Marvin Lipford was named chairman of the Chickasaw Club. Other officers are Ed Allison, first vice president; Lawrence Morse, second vice president; Adam Taylor, treasurer; Bob White, secretary, and Cletis I NEW YORK (AP) -Arthur Suicide Try Was Hoax Barlow, stale director. Board members are Earnest Allen, Forest Crawford and Gene Lipford, In his statement last night, Lipford told the assembled Jaycees (prior to the walk out), "There are several hard-working, civic-minded, trouble makers that have chosen to give up." Reportedly in the recent Jaycee elections, some candidates had been tagged with the "trouble maker" label. Lipford told the Jaycees that those who were walking out were "convinced that hard wort I sincerity, past activities and Zimmer, 20, says a gasoline dousing was as far as he planned to go when he appeared in front of the White House with fuel and matches after threatening to set himself on fire. "I had no inention of burning myself," he said Monday "It was a publicity stunt." He planned the hoax, he said, to dramatize his opposition to U.S. policy in Viet Nam. Zimmer, a Boston University student, was grabbed in front of the White House Sunday by detectives as he poured gasoline on himself from a plastic bottle. He was taken to a hospital for mental observation and released instruct interested grocers on how it works." Applications for participation in the food stamp program may be secured at both meetings, Bull said. Preliminary meetings were held last month hi Blytheville and Osceola. "Response was pretty good, but we'd like to improve it," Bull said. throughout the nation to start progress toward civilian rule, the chief of state, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu, declared the ruling generals want to turn over power to civilians "in the shortest time possible." Informed Vietnamese sources said thjs could be within a month or two depending on how long it takes to write a constitution and create the election machinery. "The military does not want to cling to power," said Thieu. With Premier Nguyen Cao Ky and four other members of the theunta had tarist dit l ue -" A Communique the junta naa -• BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP) Atty. Bruce Bennett said today he has received numerous letters in response to his "draft Faubns" call and that all are urging Gov. Orvall Faubus to run for a seventh term. Bennett said he believes there is a distinct possibility that Faubus will change his mind about retirement and run even though Faubus apparently has moved In the last few days to convince everyone that he will not be a candidate. "He hasn't slammed the door," Bennett said. •UllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllinilllllllllNIIIIIIIIIIIIINIIIIIIINU the largest B52 raids of the war. The eight-engine bombers went north after more than 200 raids on Viet Cong targets below the 17th Parallel. 'They hammered at the Mu Gia Pass, a funnel for men and arms to the south. A U.S. spokesman did not give an assessment of damage or the number of planes involved, but 'they probably dropped a half million pounds of bombs or Boys Charged With Train Derailment BOSTON (AP)-Six juveniles have been arrested for causing the derailment of a New Haven Railroad commuter train and port any program which would Took Files For 15th Term LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Rep. E. C. Gathings, D-Ark., filed Monday as a candidate for a 15th two-year term saying he supports "everything President Johnson is doing" in Viet Nam and more. "A recent, thorough physical examination revealed that I am in top form," the 62-year-old legislator said. "I feel ready to go for another 28 years if the people are willing." Gathings called for 100 per cent support of the administration's policy in Viet Nam. He said he felt that criticism of that policy by Sen. J. Wiliam Fulbright, D-Ark., had encouraged demonstrations opposing the national policy. "It's time to support our ef- brt in Viet Nam and Southeast Asia 100 per cent and anything that wouldl deviate from that source is detrimental to our na- ;lon," he said. "I do not sup> injuries to 62 persons. The youths were arrested Monday night after one boy admitted he and the others broke a lock and turned a switch that shunted the two-car self-powered train onto a siding. The accident occurred Monday during the first morning run over the Needham to Boston line. The train derailed as it hit the siding and overturned. What'* Pornography? WASHINGTON (AP) - The staff of Sen. Wallace F. Bennett, R-Utah, is wondering how to answer the letter of a 12-year- old boy from Provo, Utah, where an obscenity ordinance is being challenged in court. The boy's query: "Would you please send me some pornogr* phy so I can see what everyone ii talking about?" make it harder on our boys." Gathings said he would toughen the nation's position by providing more bombs for conventional aircraft, if he were running things, and by shutting off shipments of war material and other products to North Viet Nam. He said he is conducting a poll of his constituents on the Viet Nam war but his staff has not had time to assess what he termed the overwhelming number of replies. Gathings declined any discussion of his Democratic opponent in the 1st Congressional District, Lee Ward of Jonesboro. "I have no comment in regards to m opponent," he said. "I have no comment on Ward whatsoever." He said he had no reason to believe that he would draw opposition other than bom Ward, by the Unified Buddhist Church in the name of Buddhists in the army's northernmost 1st Corps area charged that the junta intended to wage "a civil war with U.S. backing" to hang onto power. The government, however, completed the withdrawal of 1,500 Vietnamese marines it had sent to Da Nang last week in U.S. Air Force transports to take over the northern city from dissident troops. Two battalions —1,078 men — and 10 tanks were airlifted back to Saigon in Vietnamese planes from their tent city at the U.S. Vietnamese Da Nang air base, a Vietnamese army spokesman said. A third battalion left earlier for what the government said was an assignment against the Communists elsewhere in the 1st Corps. Despite the departure of the marines, 5,000 persons, including 500 Vietnamese soldiers and more than 100 armed students, marched in a new antigovernment demonstration in th« streets of Da Nang. The students were members of a "struggle committee" formed in Hue, another center of Buddhist unrest. The students carried U.S. carbines, grenades and pistols issued to them by Vietnamese officers. They displayed banners reading: "The United States has violated out autonomy by supporting the Ky government which is not chosen by the Vietnamese people" and "America stays here because it wants to, not at the bidding of our people." First B52s Raid North Viet Nam SAIGON, South (AP) - U.S. Air Viet Nam Force B52s struck North Viet Nam for the first time today, raining hundreds of tons of explosives on a strategic mountain pass. A spokesman said it was one of planes flew a total of 36 mil- sions against the Communist north Monday, hitting storage areas, railroad facilities, bridges and shipping. Navy pilots reported destroying 13 junks and damaging 13 more, wrecking 13 boxcars and smashing 6 warehouses and 8 trucks within a 36-mile radius of Vinh. Air Force jets roared over the Nazi Leader Has Jewish Attorney NEW YORK (AP) — American Nazi party leader George Lincoln Rockwell has been ordered to stand trial May 16 on a charge of disorderly conduct. Rockwell, who appeared in court Monday with a Jewish attorney, Martin Berger, is accused of a threat to cremate a Jewish war veterans leader in a speech June 23, 1960. Criminal Court Judge Neal P. Bottiglieri denied a motion to dismiss the charge and set the trial date. Youth Project Fails GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The Youth Opportunity Center here didn't expect a wealth of applicants for an antipoverty project aimed at providing jobs to the jobless. But not a single applicant has signed up for the $221,650 project designed to make part- lime city employes of school dropouts. PUZZLER-Not whatsit, but whoslt? And movie fini should have the answer. It's a topside view of actor Yul Brynner, famous for his unadorned pate on camera and his avid amateur (bQtogctf by eff, more on their target. Other Air Force and Dien Bien Phu area, in north- Navy western North Viet Nam, .as well as Vinh. Pilots reported destroying three storage buildings near Son La, 54 miles east of Dien Bien Phu, four'more in la staging zone 45 miles to.the east, and. setting four more, aflame nearby. They also said they destroyed 20 buildings arid damaged five at Bung Cha, 74 miles southwest of Vinh, and damaged three roads and a pontoon bridge. Headstart v Quick Start Parties interested in Operation Headstart are apparently getting a head start on a full year's program for the next school year. Representatives of this group, including Office of Economic Opportunity Field Director R. W. Raines, have been canvassing the city fairly actively, looking for a site large enough to house a full program of activities. This program would be in addition to this summer's Head- start program, to be sponsored by the Blytheville school system. John E. Bearden, OEO director here, acknowledged that "a private organization" is investigating the possibility of a program for next year. "It would be a good thing." he said. He did not comment further .on the sponsorship of th« plan. Speculation arose that the Blytheville Voters League was the organization behind these attempts. Rev. T. J. Green, the group's president, said he is unaware of any such planning. * * * A dissident group led by Mrs. T. H. Keith, president of the Franklin School PTA, last month challenged Franklin Principal Robert Wiley on the issua of Headstart sponsorship. At that time Mrs. Keith's group claimed they had been disenfranchised as a PTA because of their request to sponsor a Headstart program. Gathings Speaks Here Tomorrow Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings will have the honors at tomorrow's formal opening of the Blytheville branch office of the Social Security administration at 211 North Broadway. Gathings will make a dedicatory address during ceremonies at the Phillips Ford used car lot across the street from the new office at 2 p.m. Also on hand will be Mayor Jimmie Edwards, who will cut a ribbon signifying the formal opening of the office. Local officer - in • charge is Ralph Duggcr, Social Security officials who will attend tomorrow's dedication are Eugene J. Reigler and Z. E. Avery of Dallas, regional representatives, and Clarence M. Vaden, Jr., of Jonesboro, district manager. The office it holding house tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. at the new location. Refreshments will be served. NIIIIDIIIIIIIinilllinOIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIplin Weather forecast Mostly cloudy with showers and scattered thunderstorms through Wednesday. Turning cooler this afternoon and tonight. Risk of a few locally severe thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. Highs this afternoon in the 50s north to near 70 extreme south. Lows tonight 44 north to 54 south. Highs Wednesday 58 north to 68 south. Near 80 percent probability of precipitation this afternoon and tonight decreasing to 30 percent Wednesday. Outlook for Thursday cloudy with little change in temperatures likely. and showers

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