The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 16, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 16, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 87 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72S15) SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 1966 TEN CENTS 10 PAGES Crippled Ship Is In N.Y. By JOHN VINOCUR NEW YORK (AP) - The Italian superliner Michelangelo, •truck by a killer wave at sea, docked in New York today. A 33-foot-high wave smashed Into the sleek, white ship Tuesday, killing 3 persons, injuring 12 and twisting her superstru- cutre. "It felt lika an explosion," laid Dr. Jay Blaskovich of San Pedro, Calif. "It wai rough, can tell you that." The 49,900-ton ship, put Into transatlantic service only last May, was tossed about in a great storm that delayed her arrival In New York by two days. Her flag at half mast, she gleamed into New York Harbor In the early morning mist with a giant tarpaulin struck across her damaged superstructure like a bandage. The ship's 775 passengers praised the Italian crew and her captain, Giuseppe Soletti. "They were perfect, really a great crew," said Walter Weiland of Munich, Germany. Some passengers said they had slept through the storm, blissfully unaware of any impending danger. Others said they had been struck by fear and haunted by the roar of the storm's fury. The first of the injured passengers taken off was Fritz Glauner, the modern artist, who is in critical condition from a fractured skull. Glauner, 67, viles at Huntington, N.Y. Hundreds waited at Hudson River Pier 90 as the ship was nudged into her berth by the tugs. At dockside were seven ambulances to take ( 'ie injured to hospitals. A spokesman for the Italian Lines said 50 men from the Bethlehem Steel Co.'s South Hoboken, N.J., yard were to begin temporary repairs today. She will be repaired later at the Ansaldo Shipyard in Genoa, Italy, where she was built. Dr. Blaskovich said he helped the ship's two doctors. "I did a little minor surgery, a couple of broken legs, broken arms," he said. German novelist Guenter Grass said he had played cards in a companionway with his wife until water started to come through. "Then I knew it was serious," •aid Grass. "I went to one of the salons and started waiting like everyone else." Half of the ship's bow-spray shield, a three-inch thick steel sheet, was torn away by the huge wave.-Her quarter deck, 75 feet above the water line, was twisted and damaged. Nine windows were boarded up, and inside was the debris left by the storm. Broken chairs an tables lay on water-stained carpets, and whole sections of ceiling had been ripped loose. In the first class dining hall 30 men and women at breakfast were thrown violently across the room. None was seriously hurt, but broken chairs, tables and dishes were strewn everywhere. "It was quite an ordeal," said Nathan Klein of New York. "You couldn't call what we heard noise but a continuous roar. I've crossed many times, but I've seen nothing like this." A 12-year-old boy, John Eg- berf, returning from Saudi Arabia to New York with his family, said, "Everybody was SOME COTTON PICKER, SHE — Margo Dunaway of Conway, National Cotton Picking Queen, was honored yesterday with a special Cotton Picker certificate from the City of Blytheville. Making the award were cotton pick- ers Sheriff William Berryman and Mayor Jimmie Edwards. Looking on were Buell Carter, Don Morris, Dink White and Bo Hollingsworth, of the Blytheville Jaycees. (Courier News Photo) NATO Working Body Established In Da Nang By CARL HARTMAN BONN, Germany (AP. — The United States, Britain and West Germany today set up a new body to deal with the French withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It will consist of the No. 2 man in the West German Foreign Ministry, Karl Carstens, and the U.S. and Br' ish Ambassadors in Bonn, George C. McGhee and Sir Frank Roberts. The agreement was an- nounced after two days of talks in the Bonn Foreign Ministry on the future of French forces in West Germany. The new body's purpose, the announcement said, will be to continue the exchange of opinions. "Recommendations of the working group," the three nations announced, "will b.- the object of further consultations among the NATO powers which received the French memoran- Chemicals to Be C of C Meet Topic Chemicals and how they are Monday's luncheon meeting at affecting farming will be the topic which will be presented to Blytheville Chamber of Commerce members who attend by Edward G. Fox, president of the Bitiminous Coal Operators Association, during a weekend recess of contract talks in Washington between the association and the United Mineworkers Union. One report, unconfirmed, said Hie coal executives are expected to decide whether to give a "yes" or "no" answer to u nion contract demands. About 550 of the estimated 1,800 miners on strike in Illinois returned to work Friday. In Ohio, a union official reported that 725 of4,000strikers in that state went back to work this week. One source said the only thing blocking an agreement in Washington is language clarifying so- called non-economic issues, including mine seniority, helpers on coal-cutting machines and the contracting out o f work. making jokes, but you sure The strike erupted last Mon- knew they were scared." I day and spread t o eight states. Weiland, coming from Ger- \ The union has been urging min- Coal Strike Now in Us Sixth Day PITTSBURGH (AP) - Coal executives huddle in Pittsburgh today to review labor contract talks as a strike of 50,000 miners went into its s ixth day. Today's meeting was called the Holiday Inn. "This is a program everyone should be interested in. Use of chemicals in agriculture will ef- i feet the labor market as well as 'agricultural efficiency," Luncheon Chairman John Burnett pointed out. The speaker will be P. D. Foster, immediate past president of the Arkansas Pesticide Association. The luncheon meeting is open to all Chamber members. many to work 'or an engineer- Ing firm in Stamford, Conn., «aid, "We had the feeling when the big wave hit that this was the end." Mrs. Kennedy to Spain NEW YORK (AP) - Mrs. John F. Kennedy, widow of t!i e President, flies to Spain today for what is described as "a private and informal visit." She also will slon al the So- | villc Fair as the guest of the | Duclicss of Alba. ers to return to work. Three days earlier, the union reached contract arguement with three independent producers, including Peabody Coal Co., a large St. Louis producer. That agreement granted miners an immediate pay hike of $1.32 a day, another $1,00 a day next April and eight paid holidays. Sources close to the talks say the association liad refused to make the same concessions. Union miners have been earn| ing a daily base pay of $26,25. Roundup At Gosnell Pre-Schoo! registration for Gosnell kindergarten and elementary school will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 21-22, in the office of the principal, Mrs. J. W. Rea. Mrs. Rea requests parents enrolling children in kindergarten or the first grade to present a certified birth certificate. Children who are under six years old on or before October 1 may enroll in the first grade. Those five years old on or be- for Oct. 1 are eligible for kinde- garten. Health blanks may be obtained from the principal's office to be completed by a family doctor and returned no later than August 19, with proof of smallpox vaccination, tuberculosis skin test and polio immunization. Ford Raps LBJ Rep. Gerald R. Ford, House Republican Leader, says President Johnson's Honolulu meet- ng with South Viet Nam Premier Nguyen Cao Ky was "the cause of the current political and civil unrest in Viet Nam." "Mr. Jolmson stirred u p sharp jolitical rivalries in Viet Nam iort for one individual," Ford >y demonstrating all-out support for o ne individual," Ford said at a Republican Associates meeting Friday. The Michigan Republican said •hat the present turmoil in Viet Nam could result in a government that would demand U. S. withdrawal and negotiate peace with the Viet Cong. dum." The joint statement said the discussion over the past two days had been on "the political, military and legal questions arising out of the announcement of the French government that French troops in the Federal Republic (of West Germany) are to be withdrawn from NATO command." Other member states had been informed of the talks, it added, and the participants were convinced that they had made a useful contribution to further consultations among NATO members. The statement did not say anything about the conditions under which France should be allowed to keep its troops in this country. The U.S., British and West German governments are known to want a clear definition of what their task should be and how they should cooperate with NATO troops. By order of President Charles de Gaulle of France, the two French divisions and two air squadrons in southwest Germany will be withdawn from joint allied command July 1. They will no longer have even limited access to American or British nuclear weapons. Havana Has Red Radio MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Cuban underground sources report a powerful radio station has begun broadcasting from a three-story subterranean Cuban military command post. The reports, made public by the Citizens Committee for a Free Cuba, said the installation, at Bejucal, near Havana, was constructed by the Soviet Union and h as reinforced conrcete and a s teel frame as air a ttack protection. 3,000 Demand Ky's Overthrow By BOB POOS SAIGON, South Viet Nam !AP) — About 3,000 demonstra- ors took to the streets of Da s today and demanded that D remier Nguyen Cao Ky's mili- .ary government give way to civilian rule. One speaker burned a copy of :he government's decree prom- sing general elections in three :o five months. Many of the marchers were civilian government employes. The noisy rally and march followed by a day a statement by Buddhist leaders in Saigon reaffirming support "f the government's election promise The Buddhists warned demonstrations would follow if the regime did not keep its promises. The Saigon Buddhist statement made no reference to demands, voiced in the north, that Ky resign immediately and a transitional government take over until elections are held. The demands were made by two persistent critics of the Ky junta, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Thi, and Mayor Nguyen Van Man of Da Nang. A spokesman for the Saigon I in Students' Union announced the °' union's members would go in a 48-hour hunger strike to protest a Buddhist monk's accusation In Hanoi, the North Vietnam-1 clear that to be ai.ti-government ese Communist newspaper Nhan Dan today denounced one of the moderate Buddhist leaders as "a U. S. agent under a monk's cowl." He is Thich Tarn Chau, who has called for a nonviolent struggle against Ky's government but has made it does not mean being anti-American. The paper charged Tarn Chau was playing a double game in the current politica' crisis by using the Buddhist movement to put pressure on the government while also helping the govern- ment suppress the mass mow- ment against it. A terrorist hurled a gregnade at a U.S. military intelligence Jeep near Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport today. Two U. S. soldiers in the vehicle escaped injury, but a Vietnamese civilian was slightly hurt. Sold for $12,726 Bombs To Cost US $114,500 that student leaders had accepted a huge bribe in return for government support. The union usually has 200 to 300 active members. By BOB HORTON WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States sold a German firm 7,562 bombs as junk for $12,736 two years ago and now, in wartime, is buying back 5,570 them for $114,500, it was learned today. The Defense Department provided this information in response to questions about the transactions which Secretary Robert S. McNamara said Thursday indicate no shortage McNamara disclosed the re-1 was buying back 750-pound purchase during a press conference to answer charges by House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford that the war has been shockingly mismanaged and hampered by a bomb shortage. McNamara denied this, pointing to increasing tonnages of explosives being dropped against the Communists in the Southeast Asian country. bombs from a German firm that bought them In 1964 for fertilizer purposes. The nitrates of bombs are plant nutrients. In response to a question about the bomb repurchase, McNamara said with a laugh: "Well, I would certainly hope we aren't paying more for them than we sold them for." The figures provided today show that the United States sold of bombs for the Viet Nam war. THREE S-P-E-L-L-E-R-S — Gerry Donnar (center) is Mississippi County's 1966 Spelling Bee champion. The Manila seventh grader will go to the Mid-South Spelling Bee in Memphis next month. Gerry is flanked by Char- Then the defense chief men- tn e b °mbs for $1.70 each and now is paying $21 apiece to get them back. The United States halted production of 750-pound bombs, favored for most missions in South Viet Nam, in the mid- 1950s after the Korean war. Only recently did orders go out for renewed production. Due to the time required to tool up for production, fresh supplies of the 750-pounders aren't scheduled to be available before July, although the secretary said he believed the timetable can be accelerated. The repurchased bombs originally cost $330 each, the Pentagon said. A similar size today costs $440. Here is what the Pentagon said in response to questions about the deal: "In March 1963 authorization was given to dispose of some excess 750-pound general purpose bombs stored in Europe. "In January 1964 and April 1964 7,562 of these excess 750- pound bombs were sold to Kaus and Steinhausen Co. of Schweinge, Germany. At that time this represented about 2 per cent of the U.S. supply of 750-pound bombs. It was determined that the storage space for See U. S. on Page 10 lei Crigger, sixth grader of Blytheville, second place winner, and Phyliss Manning, eighth grader of Lost Cane. Young Donner's winning word was "zoology." Traffic Snarled in Washington Tax Procrastinators Jam Mail; By GAYLORD SHAW KBO WASHINGT80N (AP) - Rodolfo Rodriguez licked a stamp, placed it on the envelope and took his place in the line at the letter drop. "Nine minutes to spare, 1 ' he smiled as his 1965 income tax return disappeared into the slot. Rodriguez and his wife, Delita, drove 12 miles from their suburban Greenbelt, Md., home to the main Washington post office Friday night, joining millions of other Americans in the annual April '5 dash to post offices to beat the midnight deadline for filing their federal tax returns. Rodriguez filled out his return In the post office lobby. About 100 other persons were working feverishly, doing 'he same as midnight neared. They leaned against walls or queued up for Her signature v/'--i ncddc'i* on writing space at counters. "Don't bother me. Don't you know what time it is?" one man said with a look of exasperation when a reporter asked why he had waited until the last minute to complete his return. Rodriguez shrugged when asked the same question. "I'm a professional procrastinator," he said. This was the first time he had waited so late, and he said it would be the last. "I don't want to go through this again," he said as he stuffed his checkbook in his pocket and headed for his car — parked blocks away in one of the worst traffic jams o.' the year in Washington. A woman, wearing house shoes and her hair in curlers, followed her husband up the post office steps at 11:55 p.m. the tax return that would never bent the deadline. Twenty-five postal employers, leather bags slung over their shoulders bearing 'igns "income tax returns," took up positions along the curbs arid in the middle of the streets near the post office 'our hours before midnight, grabbing envelopes thrust from windows of passing cars. This procedure saved harried motorists the nerve-fraying task of trying to find a parking place. One postal employe, Benjamin Licodo, estimated he gathered in 500 returns an hour from his spot in the street. Police Lt. Patrick Sochocky, heading a detachment of officers trying to unsnarl the traffic jam, wiggled his flashlight at a motorist who had pulled into a no parking zone. "They're doing them in their cars as they drive up," he said, "and then they don't even have addresses on the envelopes." The Internal Revenue Servica estimated more than 20 million of the 66 million Americans who file individual returns waited until the final week to figure their tax. About 350,000 returns were mailed Friday ana Friday night in Washington and Maryland alone, officials said. In some cases — if a taxpayer is ill, involved in an accident or out of the country — the IRS says an exemption can be granted permitting the late filing of a return. This would exempt the taxpayer from the 5 per cent per month penalty for a He return, but 6 per cent interest would still be chaged on unpaid tax. miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and mild through Sunday. High today 68 to 78, Low tonight mostly in the 40s. lUllllllllllllllinillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllttlllllllUIIIIIIII

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