The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 27, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 27, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLI COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. M BLYTHfcVIIXE, ARKANSAS (72816) FRIDAY, MAY 27, 1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Wage BillTo Senate By JOE HALL WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has given overwhelming approval to a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $1.60 an hour by 1989 and cover another 7.2 million workers. The measure goes now to the Senate where supporters predict it may be expanded further. The 303-93 House vote Thurs day sending the bill to the Senate marked a substantial victory for President Johnson and the AFL-CIO, which hasn't fared too well this year with its other legislative proposals. In the Senate, the bill's supporters said today they hope to get Labor Committee approval next month. The committee completed its public hearings on the legislation last year. Supporters said they were confident the Senate would pass a bill fully as broad as the House version and perhaps even extend the coverage to a few more groups of employes. Senate action is complicated by a vacancy in the chairmanship of the Labor subcommittee which must handle the bill. The post was held by the late Sen. Patrick V. McNamara, D-Mich. Sen. Ralph W. Yarborough, D- Tex., is expected to be named soon to fill the vacancy. The bill's managers lost one round in the House Thursday but there were indications this helped consolidate support for the measure. In this skirmish, the House voted 205 to 193 to delay one year the second step increase taking the wage floor to $1.60. The new date will be Feb. 1, 1969. The provision boosting the present $1.25 an hour figure to $1.40 next Feb. 1 was left undisturbed. AFL-CIO leaders said they would try to get the Senate to return to the 1968 date for the $1.60 minimum. * * * The bill's backers said they Consider the coverage provisions of the measure to be more important in many respects than the wage boost since most workers now covered already receive more than $1.60. Coverage would be extended for the first time to employes of farms, laundries, hotels, motels, restaurants, hospitals, transit systems, canneries logging firms cotton ginning firms and the federal government. On Wednesday the House voted tentatively to eliminate proposed coverage of 1.6 million employes of small stores and businesses. But, on a 200-195 roll call vote Thursday, administration forces succeeded in restoring this provision. The 485,000 farm workers who would be brought under the act are employed in relatively large-scale operations. It is estimated a farm would have to use about seven full-time employes to be covered. The covered farm workers would start at $1 an hour next Feb. 1 and receive two annual 15-cent raises to $1.30 by 1969. Other employes covered for the first time also would begin at $1 in 1967, but would receive four annual 15-cent boosts to $1.60 by 1971. The measure would bring to 36.8 million the number of workers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. School Access Road Planned The Arkansas Highway Commission has programmed an entrance road to the new Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School •t Burdette. New driveways to the school •re to cost about $18,000. Construction of the school is progressing and it is scheduled to open for it* first classes in DEATH CAR - Shattered windshield indicate where John Hosier, Sr., and his companion, Harry Drew, were thrown against the glass of their car following a head-on collision near Wardel Wednesday. Hosier, former Pemiscot County sheriff, was killed. Drew was hospitalized. (Photo by Taylor) AP POLL SHOWS Race May Color Governors Race By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The eight Democratic candidates 'or governor are not of a common mind on whether segregation will be an issue in this summer's campaign. Some think it will. Some think it won't. Almost all think it shouldn't. The ..candidates, were asked in an Associated Press poll: iVill segregation be an issue in this campaign? Why? Why not? All replied except Dale Al- brd. He said he was not responding because answering would interfere with his plans 'or laying out his campaign ma- erial in an orderly fashion. Alford has said in the past hat segregation should not be Chandler and Ken- an issue. Winston neth Sulcer said definitely that segregation figure in the race. "Some of the candidates will nject it," said Chandler. "This cannot be helped because some if the candidates are tainted on one side or the other." Sulcer said, "We have three Gemini 9 Blasts Off Wednesday CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —The Gemini 9 redezvous and :pace walk flight today was lostponed one day, until next Wednesday, to give a launch earn more time to prepare an Atlas target rocket. The launching of the' Atlas and the Titan 2 carrying astronauts Thomas P. Stafford and lugene A. Cernan had ben set for Tuesday morning. But the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said oday that the Atlas launch crew was on a tight schedule and needed additional time to irepare the rocket. Reports were that the work on the pad was 24 hours behind schedule. The Atlas is to launch a tar- jet satellite for the astronauts o chase and dock with. The new schedule calls for he Atlas to be launched at 11 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, with Gemini 9 to follow at 12:39 p.m. The flight is to last three days, during which the astronauts will practice several techniques or future moon flights and Cernan is to take a space walk of 2 hours 25 minutes. Long Distance Call PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Signals from the Mariner 4 spacecraft that photographed Mars last July 14 indicate It may function until 1968. Power for Mariner's small radio transmitter, comes from a wlar fjiMl auMd at tb* wo, candidates in the governor's race who will have to clarify themselves many times on this subject. This makes it an issue, since it is part of their record." • Jim Johnson and Alford emerged from racial troubles of the 1950s as champions of segregationists. Hays was criticized for playing the role of a moderate in the Little Rock school integration crisis. ~ Johnson's'answer to the que's-. tion was, "That depends on what eventuates." Hays said he hoped segregation did not become an issue. 'We have suffered too much in the past over this issue for irresponsible people to raise it simply to get votes today. I hope we can focus on more constructive and more current issues." Raymond Rebsamen said he did not believe that the extent to which segregation would be discussed could be determined at this time. Holt expressed the strongest belief that the issue would not crop up. "I do not consider, and a think a majority of the people of Arkansas do not consider, segregation to be an issue," he said. Sam Boyce, an attorney, dismissed the issue as a legal question which has been settled. "If it becomes an issue, it will be political opportunism rather than the issue," Boyce said. Johnson is the only candidate who has flatly declared himself a segregationists. He has explained that this doesr not mean he would discriminate against anyone. He has challenged opponents to show discrimination in any of his decisions during eight years as a Supreme Court justice. Alford has claimed that his role in the Little Rock crisis was misinterpreted by news media and that his fight was to preserve constitutional government. Hays makes no apology for his effort to mediate differences between Gov. Orval Faubus and President Dwight D. Eisen- Miss'on Meads Into Final Lap Mississippi County Union Mission is turning the corner on its $7,500 fund drive, but it's not over yet, Supt. Paul Kirkindall warns. The Mission is attempting to pay off a $7,500 loan on a new warehouse. "When we collect commitments, we'll still need $2,000," Kirkindall reported today. — "I'd like for everyone who's interested in the Mission's work to write out a check for whatever they can afford right now. We simply must pay what we owe." The Mission mailing address ia Bos 1161, BlyUwvill*, hower during the Little Rock crisis. He said he considered it his duty to volunteer his services as a mediator. Only three of the seven candidates who responded answered questions about the present standing of the candidates, excluding themselves. They were asked who, in their opinion, is leading now and'who will be leading in the stretch run. Only Kenneth Sulcer answered these questions for the record. He said Hays is leading now and Johnson will be ahead in July. Two other candidates exercised an option to answer and have their names withheld. One said Holt is leading- now but Alford will be ahead in the stretch. The other saw Alford in front now with Holt surging ahead in July. Ky, Rebel Chief Meet Secretly By EDWIN Q. WHITE i members of Ky's ruling junta SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — The leader of rebellious Vietnamese Army forces in Hue, Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chanh Thi, was flown under a U.S. guarantee of safety today to a secret meeting with Premier Nguyen Cao Ky. Ky flew from Saigon to meet his bitter rival as U.S. planes evacuated 45 Americans and other foreign civilians from Hue arid the Buddhist stronghold's progoyernment mayor moved out of the city with 1,000 loyal troops to a fortified headquarters five miles southeast of Hue. Ky and Thi, whom the premier had fired as commander, the army's 1st Corps on March 10, met at the U.S. 1st Marine Division's headquarters at Chu Lai, about 85 miles south of Hue. Ky's dismissal of Thi, who controlled South Viet Nam's five northern provinces, precipitated the country's present political crisis. Politically .minded Buddhist leaders seized on the unrest the ouster generated in the north and converted it into a movement demanding the military government's replacement by a civilian regime. * * * U.S. officials had tried before without success to get Ky and Thi together in hopes some agreement could be reached which might lead to an easing of the political crisis. ~A U.S. plane brought Thf from Hue to Chu Lai to meet Ky, then flew him back to Hue after the meeting. There was no immediate indication of what transpired between the two generals. "All we know was it was a very solid session," an authoritative source said. "They met for some time." No Americans were present at the meeting although it was held at the Marine headquarters. There were reports other were present. : The evavuation of Americans from Hue, 400 miles north of Saigon, followed the burning of the U.S. Information Service library there Thursday by a mob of Buddhist youths. A U.S. spokesman in Saigon said the American consul in Hue, Thom- as Corcoran ,had apparently requested the evacuation because there was insufficient protection for American personnel and facilities. The spokesman said half a dozen "essential" Americans remained in Hue. Two U.S. planes flew the evacuees to Saigon. They in- On May 30 No Parades In Vietnam By GEORGE MACARTHUR SAIGON (AP)-For 98 years Americans have set aside May 30 as Memorial Day to recognize their fighting men struck down in battle. This coming Memorial Day the Communist Viet Cong — by bullet, grenade and booby trap —will add another dozen names to the list of more than 500,000 American war dead. The Vietnamese war has added 3,466 American dead to those honored each year on Memorial Day. ; Inexorably file toll goes higher, averaging 90 a week. • Within three months Viet Nam seems likely to hold dubious distinction as America's fifth most-costly war, ranking just behind Korea where 33,629 died. While Memorial Day will be noted with ceremonies and speeches across America, it will receive only hasty attention in Viet Nam where the men are falling. At all American installations —from the bomb-scarred embassy in Saigon to the sandbagged 1st Cavalry command post at An Khe-the U.S. flag will be flown at half staff until noon. From the battalion level up brief, noontime services will be held in tents, huts and open clearings. "They will have as many of the troops present as possible under combat conditions," said J. G. Gessell, of Rochester, N.Y., acting chief of.chaplains in Viet Nam. Few of these men in the jungles, elephant grass and rice paddies will have much time or inclination for the outward emotionalism of Memorial Day. "This is a hard-working army that doesn't go much for such things," said an Army spokesman whose experience dates back through World War II. "Parades and Viet Nam don't mix." eluded American aid personnel, construction employes, workers, teachers, and relief some Filipinos, Canadians, National;. ist Chinese and West Germans. * . •*• + Police in Saigon, meanwhile, clashed repeatedly with Buddhist demonstrators but "-dispersed them every time. One crowd of about 1,000 charged a jeepload of police but shots into the air, tear gas and reinforcements finally put the mob ~ to flight. . -"--About 12,000 persons reportedly demonstrated for Wi hours'-in Quang Tri, capital of South Viet Nam's northernmost province; The protest was' directed against the United States as well as the government. No monks were seen in the throng. The exodus of foreign civilians from Hue coincided wiffi-'a declaration by Lt. Col. Phan Van Khoa, Hue's mayor and chief of Thua Thien Province, that he had lost whatever control he held over the dissident northern city 400 miles north r east of Saigon. Buddhists and students demonstrated outside his headquarters this afternoon; He is regarded as pro-Ameri-. can. * * * :':;•:;;' On his arrival in Da Nang in a U.S. Air Force jet, Ky denounced the burning of the-U.S. Information Service library•>• fa Hue Thursday as the work.-of "minority fanatics" and pledged to protect Vietnamese and Americans in the Buddhist bastion 40 miles northwast of Da Nang. . .j^j.. Ky did not say what he would do. But Thursday, after a mob of youths burned out the U.S.I.S. building, he sent 500 troops into Hue to protect American installations, including a Voice of America station that beams broadcasts to North Viet Nam. The soldiers as yet did not seem ready for any open clashes with the Buddhists. They were part of the 1st Division. Elixir of Industry Lures Luxora By Jack Baker Staff Writer Luxora is a she. There's no doubt about that. The town was founded just before the Civil War, when a young man named Dempsey Thomas Waller started a mercantile business at a landing south of what was then the town of Elmot. When a community grew around his business; he named it Luxora, for his four-year-old daughter. Luxora, Miss Waller's namesake, has grown since (but not much in the last 20 years), and in 1966 a. lot of hairy-chested gentlemen are trying to coax the aging 100-year-old maiden into some new growth (even though a few like her just the way she is). Once again the key is business. On Tuesday Luxorans will vote on a $40,000 bond issue to determine whether the city will attempt to throw off the shackles of a moribund agriculture- bound tradition and forge the beginnings of an industrial era. Ark-Mo's John Grigory, a leading sponsor of the bond issue, underlines the importance of the vote. The issue is whether we're just going to let time tuck us under the Delta mud or whether we want to maintain our city's existence in these changing times." Grigory emphasizes that agriculture will continue to play an important role in the city's life. "But without industry we'll eventually fade from the map. The great lesson ot our times is that municipalities must have a •,>•'; AiltAffllttAlt ASIAnAVtttf " Til!. George, G. A. George, Jr., Jimmy Corkran, Hyman Kertz, Ben Oakley and J. H. Hughes, intends for Luxora to make a start in this direction Monday. Specifically what is at stake in Tuesday's vote is some 20 acres just north of the city on Highway 61 now owned by Clay Crisco. Crisco is willing to sell this land to the city for $1,000 an acre —admittedly a fair price for industrial land. That accounts for $20,000 of the bond issue. The other $20,000 will go toward improvements of the site and construction of a building for the prospective first tenant, National Bumper Exchange, a West Memphis firm which repairs and reconstructs automobile bumpera Grigory says he, Fardeecy, and the George brothers have looked over the West Memphis site of National Bumper Exchange and found the company to be a "thriving, well - organized operation — worth over $500,000 in capital assets." He adds that Jack Compton of. Delta Securities, which will be the city's bonding company, diversified economy. * * * • Grigory, along with such stalwarts of the industrial drive as Woodiow FardMcy, Fred has inspected the company'* books and a Dun and Bradstreet report and found the firm to be financially sound. National Bumper Exchange will employ at least 25 people ("both white and c o 1 o r e d"), Grigory says, and there is a good possibility that the company will try to attract on-the- job training funds from the government to expand the town's supply of skilled labor. * * * It is anticipated by the bond issue's sponsors that the remaining 18 acres of the 20-acre site will be an inducement for further industrial firms — who must be lured by the self • financing provisions of Act 9, since this $40,000 issue will exhaust the city's options under Amendment 49. What if the bumper manufacturer folds, leaving the city with vacant land and an unused building? "That's highly unlikely, given the solvency of the company," Grigory says, "but we actually can't lose. If they do fold, we have a mortgage on their property in West Memphis — worth some $150,000." Grigory also says it is doubtful that the city will required to levy the millage .tax necessary to finance the issued "Jack O'Neil (president o^f National Bumper Exchange) has worked into the lease-pur- See INDUSTRY on Page f, WATERING PLACE? - John Grigory and Hyman Kurtz ponder a glass of water as they itand on Luwra'i proposed industrial lite, which has been termed by opponents of Tuesday's industrial bond election as a "water hoi*,".(Courier New» Photo). . _ Weather Forecast -i-.~,. Clear to partly cloudy with little change in temperatures through Saturday. Highs today 10 to 86. Lows tonight in the 50s. High Saturday in the 80s. Outlook Sunday partly cloudy and mild.

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