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BLYTHEVBLLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 6&-NO 34 BLYTHEVTLLE. ARKANSAS (72815) MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES W.W.2 CMLT'W.W.I KOREA AM: REV. 1812 MEXICAN SPANISH VIET NAM'S TOLL — American combat fatalities in Viet Nam now exceed the lives lost in three of the nation's past conflicts. The Vietnamese toll from the start of 1965, when the major American buildup and direct combat role go under way, through the first quarter of 1966—a period of 15 months- is greater than for the War of 1812, the Mexican and Spanish- American wars and not far short of the Revolution. Hubert H. Humphrey: Peace in Asia Depends On Victory in Viet Nam NEW YORK (AP) - Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey said today peace .in Asia depends on victory against "poverty, disease and despair" as well as against "the classic power tactics of communism" in Viet Nam. "We must not lose the peace in either struggle," the vice president said in a speech prparcd for the annual meeting of The Associated Press. "That is why we have committed once more—as we have had to do before—men, money, and resources to help the nations of Asia hip themselves toward security and indepem ence," Humphrey added. Cautioning. that "it won't b easy, it willuij frustrating an at times hear.breaking," Hum phrey said: "We must stay-and see through. And the free nations the world need to know that w have the vision and the endui ance to do so. "Those who threaten the; neighbors in Asia should know: too. They should know that w will resist their aggression." Humphrey, who returned tw months ago from a nine-natio Asian tour, added, "They shoul Twisters, Kill 10 in Floods Texas KENEDY, Tex. (AP) — Tornadoes smashed into two small south Texas towns early today, leaving 250 homeless and causing heavy property damage, as new torrential downpours hit the water-soaked state. Three persons were injured when one twister demolished virtually all homes on the east side of Kenedy, pop. 4,235, at about 12:45 a.m. Another tornado hit Runge, pop. 1,055, 11 miles northeast of Kenedy, about the same time. Seven inches of rain were dumped on the Corpus Christi area when violent thunderstorms raked the southern part of the state early today. The new outbreak of turbulen weather followed in the wake o two-day rains of more than 18 inches that caused heavy flood ing in northeast Texas. At least 10 deaths were blamed on the rains and floods in and arounc Longview. Major flooding continued in the northeast Texas area where rains were still falling today. Rail and highway traffic was disrupted by the torrentia rains in northeast Texas. Numerous highway bridges Ben T. Eoff Dies at Age 47 Ben T. Eoff of Dell died yesterday at Chickasawba Hospital here. He was 47. Born in Morrilton, Mr. Eoff had been engaged in farming near Dell for 35 years. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion, and a member of the Dell Kiwanis Club. He was a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edith Jackson Eoff; A son, Benny Richard Eoff, of Dell; A daughter, Cathy Rae Eoff, of Dell; Two sisters, Mrs. J. D. Baker of Pottsville, and Mrs. R. C. Bishop of Wichila, Kansas; Two brothers, Wade Eoff of Pottsville and T. R. Eoff of Lubbock, Tex. Funeral arrangements arc incomplete and \vii: be announced by Cobb Funeral Horn*. were swept away or weakenee Rail traffic on at least one mai line was halted when a bridg collapsed, sending a diesel en gine into the swirling wter. Lowland areas near Long view, Gladewater, Kilgore ani Marshall have been evacuate and a major flood warning ha been issued for the Sabine am Cypress rivers in northeast Tex as. * * * Forecasts called for more heavy rainfall and thundershow ers today. The Sabine River was expected to rise 10 feet above flow stage today at Gladewater where 18.19 inches of rainfal fell in a 48-hour period. A railroad bridge on the main Texas & Pacific line west of Longview was knocked out Saturday and a diesel engine plunged into the creek. A dam at Devernia Lake, between Gladewater and Longview, washed away Sunday and rails from tracks atop the dam knocked off the control valves of an oil well. High waters forced the closing of four major highways and numerous farm-to-market roads in Gregg, Upshur, Harrison, Wood, Rusk and Marion counties. Many streets in Longview were impassable and water stood three feet deep in some areas. Over 7 inches of rainfall was recorded betwen midnight Saturday and noor. Sunday. An estimated $25,000 damage as caused Saturday night when a tornado whipped through the edge of Winnsbord, northwest of Longview. The twister damaged the city auditorium and 40 new automobiles on a dealer's lot. A roof crushed wo cars, but no injuries were reported. A wide area of San Antonio was blacked out Sunday night when heavy rains and a thunderstorm swept across the city. also know that we bear no con sumptive hate against their peo pie, that we have no design on their sovereignly." "We only look toward the da> when all nations may choose tc live in harmony with their neighbors—when they may turn together their energies to build ing a better life for their peoples," he said. "For this is after all our second great task before us: the desperate need to nar row the widening gap between to rich and poor nations of the world." * * * Humphrey said that it is no possible, to preserve las peace if glaring economic am social inequality among the peo pies of the world exist. Tying the hopes for peace t helping "the disinherited am left-out of this world," the vie president said: "Today there are familie spending their last day on eartl because they haven't th strength or health to keep going "But those who remain—am you can be sure of this—those who remain will take to the streets...they will turn to am master...they will tear the fabric of peace to shreds, unless they have some reason to believe there is home for life anc iope for justice." * ,*, « Humphrey then tied this idea :o President Johnson's foreign aid request now before Congress and said, "We hear the same doubts and complaints today ;hat we heard 20 years ago." "If someone has a substitute or foreign aid, I'd like to hear about it," he said. "The investment we make in foreign aid— n preventive medicine, if you will—is certainly less than that necessary to treat the symp- oms of massive economic crisis and disorder and, yes, of war." * * * But Humphrey said leader- hip in the world requires "far more than a large stock of gun- oats and a hard fist at the con- erence table" or the ability to o it alone, "although we must ot be afraid to do so when nee- ssary." "Leadership today requires nderstanding of the problems face—of the resources at and—and of the objectives we eek," Humphrey said. "It requires the ability, per- Reedy Quits LBJ WASHINGTON (AP)-George 3. Reedy, who has worked for President Johnson for 15 years, i leaving the White House staff. Reedy, a presidential assistant since he left the office of press secretary last July, will oin an engineering firm, it was eported Sunday. >r. Swartz )ies Sunday FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) —Dr. Delbert Swartz, a leader n education and athletics at the niversity of Arkansas, died of heart attack here Sunday, on s 66th birthday. Swartz, former president of le Southwest Conference, was lairman of the university fac- ty committee on athletics for lany years and he was the un- ersity's representative to the WC. Swartz served tw terms as ce president of the National ollegiate Athletic Association. In 1949, twenty years -.fter he ined the university faculty iff, Swartz was chosen to ead the school's combined detriments of botany and bac- riology. He relinquished that two years ago to devote ull time to ieacfainf, haps even more, to lead and inspire others—to lead and inspire in a sense of. common enterprise. "For as strong and rich as we may become, our goal of a just and peaceful world will never be achieved by America alone," Humphrey said. "It will be achieved only when the resources of strong and weak, rich and poor alike are allocated in the most efficient manner possible, to challenges that are far too great for any one nation or group of nations to overcome." Still Wants US Friendship NATO ANTIQUATED, SAYS DE MURVILLE PARIS (AP) -.Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville says France is quitting the Atlantic Treaty Organization's military comand because it is out of date, but it doesn't want its friendship with he United States to diminish. "In the nuclear era, this organization does not deal with :he essential element of defense which is nuclear defense," Couve .de Murville said. 'France does not seek a special advantage. She is adopting herself to a new situation and this can only have advantages for he equilibrium and peace in Surope." President Charles de Gaulle's pvernment contends that NATO's nuclear arsenal is almost entirely owned and con- rolled by the United States and that NATO has no effective hand in It. Replying in writing to ques- iohs submitted by The Associated Press, the foreign minister said France values American friendship highly. He denied that his government plans a non- aggression pact with the Soviet Union and reiterated that the French would like to "contrib ute to a peaceful settlement" in Viet Nam. Couve de Murville said that in withdrawing fror the military structure of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, "we are acting normally, as any govern ment, in the interests of our country, and we believe besides that what we are doing is in no manner contrary to the wel uderstood interests of our allies."' • He stressed that France in tends to remain part of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in 1949. He pointed out that the military organization was Developed after the treaty was. signec and "is in no way a condition ol it." The United States feels, however, that the military organization is an essential part of the alliance. Couve de Murville declared that France had no intention oi offending the United States by its stand on NATO or conversion of its excess balance of payments into gold. "American friendship is an ancient precious value to which we are all attached in France ALLIED COMMAND EUROPE FONTAINEBLEAU NATO TROOPS IN WEST GERMANY AMERICAN 240,000 • •«•• W. GERMANY 360,000 and which we do not wish to see* disappear or even diminish," h said. He noted that the conversio of dollar holdings into gold wa provided for by the Bretto Woods agreements and said th United States had always don this in the same circumstance France notified its NATO a lies last month that U.S. an Canadian forces on its soil mus leave within a year and tha NATO headquarters in Franc must withdraw by the sam time. The United States want to extend the time limit for a least another year. Asked what France propose to do about paying the costs fo relocating NATO, Couve d Murville said: "Settlement financial problems is a matte for negotiations, according the provisions of the NATO ac cords or the Franco-American accords." The foreign minister deniec that French policy was maneu vering the United States intc closer cooperation with Wes Germany in military matters. Map shows NATO network in France and a breakdown of troops in West Germany. American and German troop figures include air- men; only 23,000 of the French troops are front-line forces. Eight Compete For Gubernatorial Nod LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Justice 'rank Holt resigned from the Arkansas Supreme Court today nd said he would formally an- ounce as a candidate for gov- rnor at 10 a.m. today. Holt announced bis resigns on as the court met for •eekly session. He said wild not file for governor until uesday. His announcement swelled the Democratic field to eight. Sam Boyce of Newport and Dale Alford of Little Rock announced in Saturday news conferences that they would run for governor. Boyce, 34, prosecutor of the 3rd District, filed today. Holt revealed Sunday night that he would step off the court and file for governor. The 55-year-old former attorney general has been an associate justice for thi last four years. He nearly entered the governor's i'ace in 1962, when Gov. Orval Faubus said he would retire then entered the race. A veteran public official, Holt was completing hli first term it attorney general then. He will be the second member of the state's highest court to step out of the $20,000-a-year post, which pays just half that i tice here until 1948, when he he- amount. Jim Johnson resigned earlier as an associate justice, walked across the capitbl grounds and filed as a candidate. Four other Democrats have filed for the race, Winston Chandler of North Little Rock, Raymond Rebsamer. of Little Rock, state Rep. Kenneth Sulcer of Osceola and former Congressman Brooks Hays. Boyce served as Holt's deputy when the justice was prosecuting attorney in the Sixth Judicial District. * * + Holt is a native of near Harrison and a graduate of the University Of Arkansas Law School. He was in private law prac- came a deputy prosecuting attorney. Holt was elected prosecuting attorney in 1954 and was re-elected in 1956 and 1958. He won the attorney general's post in 1960 and in 1962 was elected to serve out the term of the late Supreme Court Justice J. Seaborn Holt. Holt was unopposed in 1964 for his first eight-year term on the Supreme Court. ' Alford, an eye surgeon, entered the race with showmanship as some 200 supporters cheered at a downtown hotel here. Boyce, the center of a recent bitter feud in the Arkansas Young Democrats Clubs, made his intentions known some three See RACE on Page 2 Heart Patient Continues To Improve HOUSTON, Tex. (AP)-Mar eel DeRudder's surgeons re ported some improvement tod lay in a kidney malfunction tha las caused new concern for the latient with a partial artificial leart. "Although the patient has not regained consciousness there are further signs of improvement in the central nervous system with additional return of certain reflexes," the day's first medical bulletin said. "There is also some Improvement of the decreased kidney function reported yesterday." Methodist Hospital's final bulletin Sunday had reported "some decrease of kidney function" but said laboratory tests indicated the condition was "potentially reversible." Neither bulletin elaborated on the condition. The first advisory today also said DeRudder, 65, of Westville, 111., continues to show general improvement, "particularly in the status of his heart function and circulation." School Census Is Logging Blytheville's school census ends April 30 (Saturday) and it isn't producing the head count it should, Director of Instruction L. D. Harris feels. "We should enumerate about 8,400 children, but we're not up to the 6,000 mark yet," Harris said. It Is important that the school job to try for UM governor,'! know of «very child between the ages of 5 and 17, inclusive. "Parents, especially those in the north and central areas of the city, who have not been visited by an enumerator should call the school office (PO 2-2053) this week," Harris said. Additional census taking still is going on in the southern portion of the city near Highway 61, _ "" Rain Tests Scout Skill "It was a real test of camping skill. Anyone can have a good camp if the weather's perfect," District Scout Field Executive Floyd White noted following a weekend spring cam- poree at Walcott State Park. Some 235 boys and adi.Its overcame the difficulties presented by four inches of rainfall in carrying out the Boy Scout exercise in outdoor living. Burdette's Scouts perhaps adjusted to the wet living better than anyone. At least, they took a first . place prize in overall camping skills. Wilson was second and Dell was third. Here's how the Scouts finished in other competition: Campfire — Wilson, Manila, Troop 133, Blythevil'e. Compass reading — Burdette, Wilson. Tug-o-war - Burdette, Manila, Lost Cane. Fire making — Troop 223, Gosnell; Frenchman's Bayou; Dell. Knot tying - Dell, Use Cane, Wilson. "All the boys did a good job of camping. We were real proud of them," Whit* cemented, , SIX CHILDREN DIE IN FIRE HOPE, Ark. (AP)-A house fire believed started by lightning took the lives of six children here late Saturday night. It appeared that lightning struck a television set in the house, said Fire Chief Jim Cobb. An explosion followed, Cobb said, but just what blew, up wasn't .known. :, The children were Alvin Ray Crockett, 14; Deborah Louise, Crockett, 13; Linda Crockett, 8; Veronica Crockett, 6; Sharon Giles, 5 and Vivian Giles, 3, said the Hope police department. Mary Crockett, 18, receiv- burns over 20 per cent of her body when fire struck the four room frame house, police said: Her condition was reported not critical. Officers said James Giles, father of two of. the children, escaped without injury. His wife and his' mother-in-law, Pearline Crockett, were at work when the fire struck, they said. WAITING - A Vietnamese woman anxiously awaits questioning by U.S. forces overrunning her village as her child toys with the tag identifying his mother as a possible Viet Cong supporter. BULLETIN LITTLE ROCK (AP)-ThB Democratic Party has decided to hold its special primary in the 4th Congressional District on July 26, the same date as the regular primary. Party Chairman Leon Catlett said the decision was reached Saturday at a meeting of a special committee appointed by the Democratic state committee to decide on a date for the primary. State Approves Blytheville Business College (Farmers Bank Building) has been approved by the State Department of Education. Approval was made earlier this month. aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiii Weather forecast: Partly cloudy to cloudy this afternoon becoming cloudy tonight and decreasing cloudiness Tuesday. Little change in temperatures through Tuesday. Scattered showers anJ thundershowers this afternoon and to- nigh I ending Tuesday morning. Highs this afternoon 68 10^74. Lows tonight 57 to 61. Highs Tuesday 68 to 76. Probability of showers 60 per cent this afternoon increasing to 90 percent tonight, decreasing to 60 percent Tuesday morning. Outlook Wednesday partly cloudy and cool. •'•••

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