BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 28 BLYTHEVILLE, ABKAKSAS (72815) FRIDAY, APRIL 15,1963 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES MAKING THE CUT — Mayor Jimmie Edwards cut a ribbon yesterday, signifying opening of Blytheville's new. Social Security office at 211 N. Broadway. Looking on are (1 to r) Mrs. Marcia Snyder, office staffer; Congressman E. C. (Took) Gainings and Eugene Riegler, regional representative from Dallas. (Courier News Photo) Gathings Holds Steady To Middle of the Road Congressman E. C. (Took) Gathings is neither liberal nor conservative, but somewhere in between. That much came out in an Interview yesterday after the Congressman had officially dedicated Blytheville's new Social Security office. "I would like to see Great Society spending considerably reduced," Gathings said categorically. Does that make him a conservative? No, because he goes right on to say that he deplores the government's cuts in the free lunch and school milk programs threatened for next year. "I will fight to restore these cuts," the Congressman said. In other words, Took is a bread - and - butter politician, basing his views mainly on what he considers to be the interests of his constituents. In at least one area, Gathings can be considered liberal. He favors increased trade with such Eastern European Communist nations as PolantKand Rumania, and he would like to see trade with the Soviet Union developed. "As long as we are dealing in non-strategic items, it can't hurt us to trade with these countries," Gathings said. "It helps us with our dangerous balance - of - payments problem. We need the cash." He adds, "Besides, they can't shoot wheat at us." Gathings is very much in favor of aid to—and trade with— fliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiniiiiiiiiiMiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniii 1 BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP) Winston Chandler, declar- . ing that he was tired of the same tired faces in politics, filed today as a Democrat candidate for governor. The 48-year-old owner of a Little Rock trucking firm became the fourth candidate in the Democratic field. He joined former U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, former Justice Jim Johnson and state Rep. Kenneth Sulcer. LITTLE ROCK (AP) Gov. Orval Faubus said today that budgetary problems in Washington and the fight against inflation has stymied the Ozarka program. Faubus said that no ap- priatlon for the program hu been submitted to Congress. He blamed the Viet Nam war for Inflationary pressure, which in turn is responsible for a federal hold on spending projects. Fauhm said he was notified of the federal position •bout two days ago by Farris Bryant of the Office of, Emergency planning. India. "The Indians this year have a shortage of 10 to H million tons of grain. As the only really thriving democracy in Asia, they need our rescue." Gathings can be considered a 'hawk" on the thorny Vietnam issue. "We should mine Hai- phong harbor," he believes. 'We should hit harder, step up the war in every area. "We just can't pull out without achieving our goal. Isolation in these times is unthinkable. These so-called 'peace marchers' are decidedly in the minority." Asked if his opponent, Lee Ward of Jonesboro, could accomplish anything by his proposed "inspection tour" of yiet- nam, Gathings smiled and said, "I'm for anything that will help our boys in Vietnam against the enemy." Will Ward help pur boys in Vietnam against the enemy? "I am in favor of anything that McNAMARA FACES GOP "^ra .' ' GRILLING ON WAR STATUS By FRED S, HOFFMAN WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, who has spent more than 80 hours before congressional committees this year, faces more congressional questioning about bomb shortage charges and his readiness policies. Republican House Leader Gerald R. Ford said Thursday McNamara "will be asked many questions" after the House returns from its Easter recess. Ford showed every sign of boring ahead with his charge that the Johnson administration is guilty of "shocking mismanagement" of the war effort. He was unconvinced by Me- Namara's assertion that "there isn't any" shortage of bombs f or the Viet Nam war and that there is no truth to the mismanagement allegation. While Democrats, too, have challenged McNamara's readiness policies, t he Republican House leader's volley had the sound of an official GOP position for the coming congressional election campaigns. Ford kicked off the latest skirmish over readiness when iie called a news conference, made his "shocking mismanagement" charge, and: Spoke of reports that "we are running short of bombs despite all the billions we have voted for defense." Declared "me backup of shipping in Saigon harbor is almost Gathings said response to his recent poll of constituents has been good. "I haven't had time to make any conclusions, though.' Buffalo River to be Preserved LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Army Engineers have changed their mind and withdrawn a recommendation that the Buffalo River be dammed at Gilbert, Gov. Orval Faubus said today. Faubus recently issued a statement saying he favored keeping the North Arkansas river in its natural state. He said today the engineers were acceding to his request. William Cassidy, chief of engineers, told Faubus by letter that the Corps had noted plans of the National Park Service to preserve the Buffalo as a national river. Cassidy said engineers were also recommending that the authorized Lone Rock project on the river not be completed. Faubus said it was possible for Congress to override the recommendation of Army Engineers and vote to construct the dam, but this usually was not done. "Judging from past action in cases such as this, the matter is probably concluded," he said. . The GOP leader said: "The evidence that is coming to light about things in the Pentagon that are not as they should be certainly raises questions as to whether we are prepared to do what our troops were ordered to do in Viet Nam." Several hours later McNamara held a news conference of his own at the Pentagon. He replied: "I don't Brink there is any basis whatever" for charges of mismanagement or bomb shortages. "It just isn't true," he said. * * * The United States has 331,000 <IIIIIlBlllllllllll!!llllll!lllllllllllllll!lll!lllll]|]llll]|llllllllll[l!llll]llllli^ LBJ Approves A.F.P. Confab By FRANK CORMIER MEXICO CITY (AP) - President Johnson endorsed today a proposal for him to meet with Latin-American chiefs of state to speed up the work of the Alliance for Progress. Johnson gave a broad review of U.S. policy toward Latin America in a speech prepared for delivery at the unveiling of a statue of Abraham Lincoln in a park in Mexico City's Polanco residential section. Referring to the summit meeting proposed by Argentine President Arturo Illia, he said: "I will in the months ahead join with Latin-American leaders in exploring the proposal for a new meeting at the very highest level to examine our common problems and to give the Alliance for Progress increased momentum'." ' Although warning that "any. such conference should be prepared with utmost care,". Johnson added that "careful preparation need not be the enemy of imaginative acliuii." Then ba recently that the U.S: President may visit South America before the end of the summer, and a summit meeting could provide the occasion for his visit. * * * The unveiling of the $150,000 bronze statue, which the U.S. Congress authorized as a gift to the Mexican people, was a high point of the President's hastily arranged 24-hour visit to Mexico's capital. Today is the 101st anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. The visit began with a thundering welcome Thursday night which left Johnson a bit weary but exhilarated. Today he mixed more public appearances and private talks with Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz at Los Pirios, the Mexican White House. Johnson in his speech declared, "We are engaged in a vast social revolution touching (lie lives of millions of peoples on two continents.' "Like Lincoln^ this is a test of whether freedom can work. tons of bombs in its around the world with stocks 102,000 tons of this in reserve supplies in this country. Bomb production is rising so that by June the output will equal the 50,000-ton-a-month air assault on communist targets in both north Viet Nam and south Viet Nam. Current plans call for dumping more than 600,000 tons of bombs on the enemy flu's year. 'There is j ust no shipping problem out there on military cargoes." McNamara s aid he could not vouch for economic aid or commercial cargoes. Backing up McNamara was his deputy secretary, Cyrus R. Vance, newly returned from an inspection of logistics, shipping and other aspects of the U.S. military buildup in Viet Nam. Vance said that while he w as ,, , in Viet Nam only 34 ships with j c f^ HITTING A BIG LICK - Mayor Jimmie Edwards and Clerk Judy Parks yesterday affixed labels to $1.7 million in Continental Oil Co., bonds which were shipped to Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., in New York. Detective Carl Yeates and Police Chief George Ford (left) handled details of transporting the bonds to Memphis Municipal Airport. (Courier News Photo) New Paving District To Glamorize Tenth Unanimity of a sort prevailed yesterday as Mayor Jimmie Edwards revealed plans for a new paving Improvement District before a group of interested citizens. "We're ready to kick off," said Charles Moseley, chairman of a study committee, and this was the consensus. Edwards attached a price tag of $250,000 to the alan, which calls for a city share of slightly more than half. "Since tenth is a mam traffic artery," Edwards said, "the city will contribute $17,000 of the citizens' share to get it paved and have drainage installed." This would leave property owners liable for $65,000 on a 20-year bond issue. Property involved is bounded on the north Rollison, Adams, and Edwards said. "This will abutt Urban Renewal work on contiguous areas. In fact, Urban Renewal makes it possible for us to do this." Residents west of Tenth were assessed at $5 a front foot, since most already had pavement, Edwards said. Those east of 10th were asessed at $7 a front foot. Hardin, made by City Engineer W. D. Cobb make the project very reasonable from a financial hasn't been subscribed yet," the Mayor said, "but the estimates by Highland, on the east by Highway 61, on the west by Rogers, and on the south by an alley north of Moultrie. * * » Since the county owns Chickasawba Hospital property in the district, Edwards applied a §20,000 assessment as the county's share. Judge A. this A. (Shug) 'Banks "reasonable," but said the formality of clearing the arrangement with hospital commissioners remains. The plan calls for drainage and pavement on 10th, 9th, 7th, military cargoes were waiting to be unloaded or in the process of being unloaded. This was a "wholly satisfactory situation" in the view of logistics officers; Hie Pentagon's second ranking official said. McNamara contended that 40 to 44 ships being unloaded or standing by to be unloaded is considered normal, so "we actually were a little below nor- tnal *' At the same time, the defense i h e w a t" the Drummer Boy Res- chief acknowledged that, when taurant at 12 noon Monday. Cotton Group Meets Monday Kick-off meeting of the 1966 North Mississippi County cotton promotion campaign will be he was in Viet Nam last November, he found 122 ships backed up. Some, be said; were being held as far away as Subic Bay in the Philippines^ Drown During Escape MACAO (AP) - Fifteen young Chinese trying to escape from Red China drowned when their boati capsized in a storm 20 miles northeast of this Portuguese colony on the China coast, Set UJ M Pip 1 fiibermra reported today, The, meeting, sponsored by the Mississippi County Farm Bureau, will be concerned with methods of promoting cot'on. Curtis Duncan is chairman of the cotton promotion ommittee. Meet in Accra ACCRA, Ghana (AP)-Rep. reseritatives of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo,and Upper Volta are meeting in Accra to improve /Ghana's relations with the three neighboring natinoi. "The * * * improvement district point of view. We should have no trouble." Edwards said the state's increased automobile license and gasoline taxes resulted in a turn- back that makes this project possible. The only expression of doubt came from realtor Max Logan. Logan implied that his support of the improvement district is contingent upon the county's contributing its share. Monks Debating Ky's Fate By ROBERT POOS SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - Buddhist lead:rs in Saigon today reaffirmed their support of the military w o-enfc ment's. plans to hold -lecttons.-in three to five months and called, off future demonstrations. But they threatened to send ' .•-•:•;supporters in to the streets again if the elections are not held as promised. ;x.h- The all-day policy session did not discuss one of the major political issues still undecided;.—:, whether to demand the immediate resignation of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's regime or allow it to stay in office and prepare the voting. Presumably this will be discussed later. --_:. In the North, however, a demand was made for the government to step down. It was coupled with a threat of new demonstrations. .,'..,. The war against the Viet Cong remained at a near standstill with the U.S. 101st Airborne and the Marines carrying the brunt of the ground effort. However," U. S. Air Force and Navy jets smashed deep into North Viet Nam on 55 missions Thursday, hitting troop barracks, oil and munition dumps, bridges and roads. The planes also caught several trucks hear the Mvi-Gia Pass, an infiltration route to the South where B52s created huge landslides earlier this week. V • Two U.S. B57 jet bombers collided over water near Da Nang, but the crewmen ejected si " v 'y. The U.S. military announced that 306 planes had been lost over North and South Viet Nam up to last Tuesday, an increase of seven since the last report 18 days ago. * * * A call for an immediate change of leadership came from Ky's military rival, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Thi, whose oust- See MONKS on Page 3 College Isn't for All, But Took Certainly Is College isn't for ev-ry , but Too'- Gathings is! Those were the n e s s'a g e s brought to members o f Blytheville's Rotary Club yesterday by Charles Abel, '31ythevii:2 High School director of distributive education. "I had no idea Mr. Gathings would be in the audience today and certainly did not come here to comment on him, but seeing him sitting there, I couldn't resist. ? 'Mr. Gathings doesn't know me, but some years ago I was trying to get a Usability approved as service connected and I wrote him. I was amazed that a single voter down here Coggin to Remain With Chiekasaw Mrs. Paul Coggin will be manager of the Goff Hotel. Her husband will remain in his position with Chiekasaw Pdiitiac Co. "I will continue to serve as sales manager for Chiekasaw," Coggin said, "and my wife will actively manage the hotel." Yesterday, it was reported that Coggin would team with his wife in active management of the hotel. -" — in Arkansas could get so much attention. I just have to thank you, Mr. Gathings," Abel said. Gathings, First District congressman, smiled broadly. * * * Returning to his subject, Abel suggested that A , • e r i n s should face the fact that all children need not -'.tend college. "Sixty percent of those who go are dropping out anyway," he said. He went on to point out that "college is a world of books. If your child :' Jsn't like this sort of world, you liad Set', er do some thinking about sending him to college. Maybe he shouldn't go." "Recently,' Abel told the Rotarians, "I purchase*" the Memphis and St. Louis papers and looked at the want ads. People who have technical ''ills — not those acquired at college are earning far more than the aver- ager BIytheville teacher, who has a college legrr- and their time ol preparation tor their job is much shorter. "There is a future and • good one lor people who do not (o to college. That is one reason why I am enthusiastic about 'he Cotton Boll Vocational - Technical School at Burdett*. 'BIytheville may lend more emphasis to technical education in the future, too. . "Of course, the new "overn- ment programs mean that rnany perfectly capable youngsters who otherwise couldn't afford to attend college now may go. This is one of the most welcome changes we've ever seen in education." Commenting that the average BIytheville teacher earns only $4,400 per year, Abel said simply that they need more ^oiiey. ''We need more money. Wa deserve more and we work hard enough to earn more. "To have an Arkansas teacher get up and speak and not talk about money would be like listening to a-Baptist preacher and failing to hear him mention salvation," Abel commented. Abel was introduced by Rotarian D. B. Meador. :: : ,, NKiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiniA Weather Forecast:Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday. A little warmer this afternoon with little change in temperatures tonight and Saturday. Highs this afternoon 88 to 75. Lows tonight 38 to 44. Highs Saturday 70 to 78. Outlook Sunday fair and mild.
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