BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS —..—.......» ... Anmttaia MM«vv WUTTDCniV ATJCTT Ofl TIN CENTS 14 PAGES VOL. 88—NO. 87 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72815) THURSDAY, APRIL 28, War Tide Will Turn by 1967, Officials Predict ,._., L =,. u. t!i «„...!. ...... i, «» «. ™r. K,, «,. .„* nf (he through recruitment and perations. _ than 20,000 men. Government (Editor's Note- How may the war in Viet Nam develop in coming months? The following story is the result of an investigation among high level Washington officials by John M. Hightower, Pulitzer Prizewm- ning reporter who heads the AP's State Department staff.) By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials hope to turn the tide of war decisively against Communist forces in South Viet Nam by early next year. The hope is tentative and authorities concede it could be upset by adverse military or polit ical developments in the months ahead. Nevertheless, it defines an important purpose of present strategic planning. President Johnson's advisers believed it represents a reasonable projection of the recent course of the war in Viet Nam plus the probable results to be obtained from the planned massive buildup of U.S. forces. The critical point will be reached, strategists say, when manpower losses suffered by Communist forces under the pounding of American, South Vietnamese and allied troops and American planes begins to exceed the Communist capacity to replace manpower. The estimate that this point can be reached by early next year is expected to figure in the strategic review and planning session soon to be held by President Johnson in connection with a return here for consultation of Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. Lodge is due back May 9. It will be his first trip here in about nine months, though he conferred with Johnson and other administration leaders in Honolulu last February. U.S. military strength In South Viet Nam now stands at about 250,000 men, with South Vietnamese forces at about 700,000, including irregulars and police. The tentatively scheduled buildup of U.S. forces, subject to periodic decision by President Johnson as specific reinforcement requests arrive from Saigon, will put the total at 400,- 000 or more by the end of the year. One result of the buildup will be to increase the number of combat battalions as compared with supply and base-protection forces, greatly enlarging the search and destroy capacity of U.S. forces This is a principal reason why Johnson administration planners have now made the tentative assumption that around the turn of the year or early in 1967 Communist losses will exceed the ability of the Communists to maintain their manpower levels through recruitment ana through Infiltration of forces from North Viet Nam. Officials- say that achieving this point in turning the tide of the war depends on several other assumptions. One of these is that the developing political situation in South Viet Nam will not seriously impair military operations during the coming summer and fall. Not all Washington authorities agree that this is a reasonable assumption at this time, since recent demonstrations against the Saigon government slowed military Orval Faubus: End of an Era By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus flopped back in his swivel chair and grinned. "I guess they'll believe I'm out of it now," he said. The Democratic gubernatorial primary ticket had closed without Faubus' name on it for the first time since 1952, and Faubus may have been the most relaxed politician in Arkansas. Many doubted until the ticket closed that Faubus could keep his promise to stay out of the race. He had indicated until about three weeks ago that he might run again—for a seventh term—if the Democratic party failed to produce a candidate he considered capable of challenging Winthrop Rockefeller. "We've got a good field," Faubus said. "I hope we've got a man who can beat Rockefeller. I'll vote for and support the Democratic nominee whoever he may be." Eight men qualified in the Poster Contest To Promote King Cotton Cash prizes are being offered North Mississippi County youths for posters promoting the use or sale of cotton, announces Mrs. J. T. Stalcup, chairman of the poster contest for the North Mississippi County Cotton Promotion Committee. Prizes will be given in two divisions: Junior (9-12) and Sen lor (13-19). First, second and third prizes respectively will be $10, $7 and $5. Deadline is 5 p.m., Friday May 6. All posters must be turned tn at the County Agent's office in the Blytheville court house. Posters must be original am must include on the back th contestant's name, age, address telephone number and school. Judging will be Saturda morning, May 7, and winnin entries will be displayed at th Ark-Mo building during Na tional Cotton Week, May 9-14. Mrs. Stalcup said posters wi be judged on originality, com position, letering, color, an general impression. Dyess Gets FHA Loan Approval Senators J. William Fulbrigh and John McClellan yesterda announced that the Farmer Home Administration had bee given preliminary approval fo a loan of $80,000 and grant ( $30,000 for construction of water system by the Dyess com munity. Dyess thus became the second Missco community to be allocated funds by FHA. Last week Basselt received preliminary approval for a $49,000 loan and $40,000 grant, also for construction of a water system. According to Austin Chaplin, FHA asent in Osceola, at 'east eight more communities nave filed application for loans and grant* under tht FHA assist- •nce program. They are: Gosnell, Yarbrp, DogwooJ, JircUi.ia, Joiner, V/il•on, Luxora, and Heiier, , | Democratic primary. Rockefeller was opposed in the Republican primary by Gus McMillan of Sheridan. Many Republicans were saying that McMillan was put into the race by the Democrats to harass Rockefeller. * * * The Democratic candidates are Jim Johnson, 41, of Conway; Sam Boyce, 34, of Newport; Kenneth Sulcer, 42, of Osceola, and Brooks Hays, Frank Holt, Raymond Rebsa- en, Dale Alford and Winston handler, all of Little Rock. McMillan, a Democratic can- date for governor in 1954, witched parties last Saturday, e praised Faubus and at- jcked Rockefeller at a news onference when he filed Tues- ay. McMillan polled 18,000 votes n the 1954 primary and his otes forced Gov. Francis herry into a runoff with Fau- us. He threw his support to aubus in a runoff and Faubus on in his first statewide race. Voters have returned him to ffice each two years since, nee with 70 per cent of the rimary election vote, once ith only 52 per cent of it. Faubus collected 57 per cent f the vote against Rockefeller n 1964 in the only real general lection race of his career. Faubus, now 56, was a virtual nknown when he filed against -berry. He had been a county fficial in small, isolated Madion County. He had worked for he state as a governor's aide nd highway director during he administration of Gov. Sid McMath. Cherry's support for a 100 per ent property tax assessment _md for pruning welfare rolls lad made him unpopular and J'aubus attacked him on these grounds. No one gave Faubus See FABUS Page 7 Other important assumptions nderlying the forecast of a urning point in the war are: 1. That the Viet Cong will not adically alter their strategy nd seek to avoid combat in the nonths ahead in order to reduce leir loss rate. 2. That North Viet Nam and Red China will not radically Iter the major dimensions of le war by intervention which would expand it into a different tind of conflict. In summary, the projection of . turning point is based on the ssumption that the war will ontinue to develop along the nes which have characterized IB conflict in recent months. According to figures and ough estimates now available Jong suffered manpower losses n killed, captured, wounded, nd defections during the first our months of this year mounting to considerably more FUZZY THINKERS? — Bob Allen and Raymond .Miller yank proudly at the fuzz on their faces, grown for the city's 75th Anniversary celebration May 12-19, while Buddy Copeland sizes up the competition. The men are contestants in a Beard Growing contest to be held May 13 at Blytheville High School auditorium. Preliminary judging will take place May 12. Contestants may enter up until May 10, according to S. D. Bray, contest chairman. (Courier News Photo) Sen. Fulbright Says U.S. Air Policy Very Dangerous llliiiililiiilliliiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiii BULLETIN LIMA, Peru (AP) - A search party today found the wreckage of a Peruvian airliner that crashed in the Andes killing all 49 persons aboard. Five were Americans. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINI By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) -Sen. J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., hung a "very dangerous" label today on the administration's "no sanctuary" policy of hot pursuit of enemy fighters over Viet Nam. But Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen said in a separate interview this is a "recognized doctrine" of warfare which he does not believe invites the danger of Red Chi- na's intervention in the conflict. U.S. planes in dogfights, came Oto^^,^ ^VVhf Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D- Wash., amember of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it is "sound policy to let the Chinese know in advance what is in store for them if they attack our planes over North Viet Nam." Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, noted that there has been no official pronouncement telling where the advanced MIG21s, which have engaged igures show a total of about 15f 000 Communists killed in action and probably another 5,000 men counted as defectors. In the same four months, however, the Viet Cong replacements were estimated at about 32,00, consisting of an infiltration of troops from North Viet Nam at 4,500 a month and r« cruitment in the South of guerrilla fighters, porters and th« like at the rate of 3,500 per month. U. S. strategists agree that ; as these figures suggest, Viet Cong forces still are increasing in spite of the fact that U.S. troops with their heavy firepower have been building up rapidly in South Viet Nam for a year now. American government esti- officials here, the Viet mates put Viet Cong main forca strength at 47,750 in June 1965, 70,100 in December 1965, and 90,000 in April 1966. In addition, local guerrilla and supporting See VIET NAM Page 7 Presentation Tonight New Jaycees Get Charter $3,16,009 AND ALL FOOD-That amount in food coupons, the city's first shipment, went into the vaults of First National Bank yesterday for safekeeping until Governor Orval Faubus sells the first coupon in the USDA program M.^y 3. Supervising the operation wera (1 to r) Dan Blodjett, penal farm sup- erintendent; Sheriff William Berryman, > Hill of the state Welfare Office in Little Rock; A. C. Bull, local food stamp supervisor; Ted Wahl of First National; Mayor Jimmie Edwards; and County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks. (Pliolo by Ycalcs.) 'om "But if they come from China and we follow them into China to attack their air fields, I think we are pursuing a very danger- bus course," he said. "It could escalate the war." The issue was brought to the forefront when Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., told the Senate Wednesday that the devlop- ments must be viewed with Tavest concern "What will be the Chinese response if her territory is jombed or her airspace invaded?" he asked. "Will the bases — in Viet Nam or Thailand, or aboard our aircraft carriers? "And if they do, what then will our response be — further bombing? And if the scale of bombing increases, will China confine herself to air fighting — or will it send its troops to engage ours on the ground in South Viet Nam?" Dirksen noted that hot pursuit of the enemy by U.S. planes had not been permitted in the Korean war, a decision he said may have lengthened that con- lict. City Teachers Meet Today Some 240 teachers from the Ollie Sumerall, Mrs. Elizabeth Blytheville School District will participate today in an in-service training program at Blytheville High School. Announcing the one • day program, L. D. Harris, director of instruction for the school system, gave the program a general title, "Educating the Disadvantaged." Keynote speaker for the day's activities will be Dr. Archie Dykes, director of the Center for Advanced Graduate Study at Memphis State University. Th* program i§ in two sen- ton*. In the late afternoon session from 3 to 5, small group discussions will be led by Ely- thtvill* tMctwrs, including Mrs. Caffey, Mrs. Rowena Summerville, Mrs. Mary Crawford: Mrs Earlene Strickland, Mrs. Ila Blackwell, Dan Rains, Donald Haskew, Emmanuel Lofton Mrs. Martha Stout, Mollie Autry, Mrs. Helen Huckabee, and Ira Young. The evening session, from ' to 9, will feature special music by the Harrison High S c h o o Choir and group summary re ports by D. B. Meador. Schools superintendent J. K Williams will preside at the af •ernoon session, while H a r r i i will presida over th« eveninj session. All Blytheville schools will w dismissed today at 2:15 p.m. t( permit Madiera to taka part. "We're all squared away now," Chicfcasaw Jaycee president Marvin Lipford said, in announcing that his organization will be officially chartered tonight. The charter will be presented at a banquet beginning at 7 p.m. n the South Sea Room at the Noble Hotel. Lipford said future meetings of the club will b.e held at a newly leased building at 600 West Chickasawba. On hand to present the charter will be state Jaycee president Deloss Walker of West Memphis. Walker also will install officers of the new group. Lipford cited "moral support from a large number of businessmen and civic leaders" and expressed gratitude to national headquarters at Tulsa for extending the charter. * * * The Chickasaw club was sponsored for charter by the Marked Tree Jaycees. It was originally intended that the Jonesboro club serve as sponsor, but, after sponsorship became an issue in the Jonesboro Jaycee election, Chickasaw secretary Bob White withdrew his group's request. One more hurdle remains in the way of the Chickasaw club, which is largely composed of members of the Blytheville Jaycees who resigned from that club after an electoral dispute earlier this month. On May 15 the Arkansas State Jaycee Board will meet in Little Rock, at which time its members will be empowered to ap- jrove or reject the Chickasaw club's charter. After recommending last week that the two Jaycee organizations in Blytheville re-unite, the Chamber of Commerce forwarded copies of its resolution to state Jaycee headquarters. Lipford also announced that Chickasaw internal vice president Ed Allison had resigned his post because of involvement in a race for the state Legislature. . iiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiNiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy through Friday. Cooler this afternoon and tonight with little change Friday. Chance of showers Friday. Highs this afternoon 65 to 74. Lows tonight mostly in the 40s. Highs Friday after noon 65 to 70. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Music Students Score High Music students at BIythevilla High School scored well at last weekend's state Band Festival and Contest in Hot Springs. Garnering blue ribbon medals for superior musicianship were: Mitchell Saliba, alto saxophone; Charles Plunkett, trum- iett; Mike Davis snare drum; Jill Caudill, french horn; Chares Plunkett and Paul Goetz, rumpet duet; and Roger Oldham and David Fisher clarinet duet. Rated worthy of red ribbons were: Greg Ketchum, snare drum; Suann Saliba, Celia Waton, Joanne MeHaney, and Nelie Adams, clarinet quartette; Carolyn Stuart and Margaret junsford, saxophone duet; Chares Yarbro, Paul Goetz, BUI 2audill, James Haynes, Gary lobertson, and Steve Deen, brass sextette; and Mike Davis and Greg Ketchum, snare drum duet. ;;In piano contests, Jeff Gardner received a One rating for a piano solo, and Louis Kats and Barbara Cook received a One for a piano duet. Louis Katz received a Two rating for piano solo and he and Judy Halsell combined for a Two rating for a piano duet. Woman Fined $50 Lula Mae Baker, manager of Club Frolic on South 5th, was fined $50 and court costs yesterday in Municipal Court for unlawful sale of cigarettes. Chief George Ford said ,he, Sheriff William Berryman, and an agent of the Arkansas Tax Division confiscated some 177 packages of cigarettes that had been procured illegally from the PX at Blytheville Air Force Base. Czeschin, Berry Re-elected To Ark-Mo Power Posts Charles Czeschin of Blytheville yesterday was re-elected president and a director of Arkansas - Missouri Power Company. It is his sixthteenth consecutive term as chief executive officer of the electric and natural gas utility. At the annual meeting of stockholders held at the Company's borne office here, other directors re • elected were Kendall Berry, BlytheviUe; Edmund S. Cummings, Jr., Winnetka, 111.; August L. Griesedieck, St. Louis; George K. Reeves, Ca- ruthersville, Henry F. Trotter, Pine Bluff, and Gus B. Walton, Little Rock. At a directors meeting immediately following the stockholders meeting, other officers reelected were Charles R. Newcomb, Vice-President and Secretary; Gus B. Walton, Vice- Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, E. R. Mason and Ernest McKenzle, Assistant Treasurers. Approximately 84 percent of the common stock of the company was represented at the stockholders ousting.
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