The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 31, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 31, 1966
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S BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. «5 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, MAY 31,1966 TIN CINTS 18 PAGES To Land Late Wednesday Surveyor Streaks for Moon TELEVISION EYE — A technician at Hughes Aircraft Co., Culver City, Calif., marks off area Surveyor's camera (center top) will focus on first. After examining texture of sur- face encountered by crushable aluminum footpad (foreground), camera will swivel around 360 degrees of moonscape taking photographs for transmission to earth. By RALPH DIGHTON PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Surveyor 1 cruised today toward a new and hopefully smoother landing site on the moon after a tricky steering maneuver 97,000 miles out in space. Jet Propulsion Laboratory officials, who are guiding the 2,200-pound camera-carrying craft toward a soft landing in the dry Sea of Storms late Wednesday, said Surveyor responded properly to all commands during the intricate change of course. They said it would take several hours of tracking to be sure Surveyor's new course will bring it down, as now planned, about 20 miles north of the point picked prior to Monday's launch. The new site was chosen to give the spacecraft the smoothest possible landing area in the 62-mile diameter target circle — at the western edge of the 1,700- mile long equatorial strip selected for future. Apollo astronaut touchdowns. Like the Soviet Luna 9, which soft-landed and televised pictures from the lunar surface February 3, Surveyor is pioneering a technique planned to deposit manned craft gently on the moon. This technique — descending slowly while balancing on the thrust of downward firing rockets — is believed the only safe way to land on the airless moon. In the maneuver at 2:45 a.m. EOT, the spacecraft was ordered to roll and yaw slowly to the left, aiming it in the desired direction. A 20-second burst from three small rockets drove it forward along the new flight path. Officials said there was no indication so far that the steering maneuver was disturbed by any shift in the craft's center of gravity, a possibility that arose when radioed data indicated an antenna boom may not have extended fully after launch. There was still a chance that a shift in the center of gravity might cause the craft to tumble and crash when the descent- breaking rockets are ignited on the final approach to the moon. If all goes well, however, Surveyor will radio across 230,000 miles of space pictures almost as sharp as those seen on home television screens, showing terrain details as small as a pencil lead. These pictures should give scientists a better idea of whether the lunar surface is strong enough to support the weight of large manned landing iraft. PORTRAIT OF SURVEYOR—The Surveyor spacecraft designed for the first U. S. lunar soft-landing attempt is an essential preliminary to the Apollo man-on-the-moon program. Details shown in model include white turret (left of wast) housing television camera to photograph moon's surface. Crushable honeycomb aluminum footpads legs help soften landing. Omnidirectional antennas protrude at left- and right. Flaps atop mast contain solar cellsV Espionage In Navy Under Investiagtion By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A Navy serviceman assigned to routine duties in a "top secret" area methodically collected highly sensitive informalion and tried to sell it to the Soviets, it was learned today. As a result, the Navy is tightening its security system around the world. The Navy turned aside all questions about the case by say- ing that it is "under active investigation" and that "other details are classified." Since the man involved held a secret clearance, it 'can be assumed that'he had undergone a fairly stringent security check beforehand. There was no indication of the specific nature of the material he tried to sell or whether the Soviets bought . it. On these points, too, the Navy refused to talk. Gemini Team Set to Go By RONALD THOMPSON AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — The "go" light flashed brightly to tracking stations around the world today for the Gemini 9 spacemen to embark Attempt to Kill Castro Foiled, Officials Say By MORRIS W. ROSENBERG -HAVANA, Cuba (AP) - The Cuban government declared today that two men who tried to slip undetected into Havana Sunday night were on a mission to kill Prime Minister Fidel Castro. The two were killed after landing on the outskirts of Havana. They were identified as Sandalio Herminio Diaz and Armando Romero. The launch which brought the two men was sunk by a Cuban torpedo boat. The two gravely wounded survivors were taken prisoner. They were identified as Antonio de la Cuesta Valle, leader of the group, and Eugento Saldivar Xiques. Two other crewmen were missing and presumed drownt-. ; (Exile sources in Miami identified Cuesta, 39, as a commando leader with a re;o:';' of more than a dozen anti-Castro nissions to Cuba.) on a three-day exploration of some unknowns of space travel. "We're ready to go," said Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas P. Staf- »„ — - — - — ford. His rookie pilot, Navy Lt.! duties as a "watch stander," The previously undisclosed case came to light in a notice to all ships and stations signed by Rear Adm. Rufus L. Taylor, director of the Office of Naval Intelligence. * ¥ * The notice was intended, it said, to advise commanders "of the danger inherent in our present security system whereby an individual who has access to secret information may, through the peculiar nature of his duties, gain access to top secret information without an appropriate clearance." It went on to say that "as a result of a recent case involving the compromise of classified material, a weakness in our security system was brought to the attention of the chief of naval operations." Then it told the story, without giving any names or indication of where the espionage incident occurred. It said a serviceman who had Cmdr. Eugene A. Cernan, soon to become the world's champion cosmic stroller, agreed. They'll ride a mighty Titan rocket into the hostile void of space at 12:38 p.m. (EOT) Wednesday to search the skies for a stubby target satellite, then boldy latch Gemini 9's nose to it. Their target, known as an Augmented Target Docking Adapter — ATDA, will be powered into a 185-mile high circular course around the globe by an Atlas booster one hour and 38 minutes before the Titan cranks its engines. Healthy and trained to razor sharpness, the Gemini twins planned a final review of their vital, action-packed mission with top space agency officials during the day. They also hoped to crowd in a few more hours of practice sessions in a mockup version of the tiny Gemii spaceship. Technicians, sailing along without a hitch on preparations Atlas rockets, scheduled a five- hour check of all systems aboard the 11-story tall Titan before beginning the final countdown leading to launch. The weather forecast, sometimes a troublemaker to the nation's space efforts, called for satisfactory conditions at blastoff time, both at Cane Kennedy and lh« ocean rtcovwy, antK officer supply clerk, and repairman was placed on a list permitting access to spaces where top secret information was discussed. * * * As a result of his frequent appearances in the sensitive spaces, the notice said, "authorized personnel assumed that he held a top secret clearance." Further, the commanders were told, the authorized personnel "failed to challenge his need-to-know." "Through observation and pertinent questions, the serviceman managed to collect and collate information classified top secret," it added. In this case he contacted the Soviets with the intent 01 engaging in espionage for a monetary gain." innniiiiipiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiffl MANILA BOY DIES IN TRUCK WRECK Jerry Wayne Wilbanks, 17, of the Carroll Corner community near Manila, was killed about midnight last night when his pickup truck failed to make it around a curve on Highway 125 just south of Lepanto. Bob Cooper of the Highway Department said the truck traveled 124 feet off the highway, hit a culvert, flipped through the air 77 feet and landed in a ditch. Young Wilbanks leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Wilbanks of Carroll Corner; Six brothers, Clarence Wilbanks of Mascot, Fla., H. E. and Clyde Wilbanks of Flint, Mich., Alvin Wilbanks of Clearmont, Fla., and Paul and Charles Wilbanks of Memphis; Four sisters, Mrs. Irene Jean Brumley of Osceola, Mrs. Thelma Brumley of Marked Tree, Mrs. Darnell Guthrie of Flint, Mich., and Mrs. Geraldine Barkley of Wynne. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Swift Funeral Home of Osceola. ainiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniDHiiii 1,000 Shriners To Be Here Saturday Mills Granted Award CHICAGO (AP)-Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., has been given for launching both the Titan and the 12th annual distinguished service award by the National Conference on Social Welfare at its 93rd annual forum. Jim Phillips, commissioner of the Department of Public Welfare in Arkansas, accepted the award Monday night for Mills. The award was presented by Dr. Ellen Winston, U.S. Commissioner of welfare and president at (fat oocf tract, Mississippi County Shrine Club will play host to a thousand brother Shriners plus their wives from throughout Arkansas at the 1966 Sahara Temple spring ceremonial here Saturday. Beginning with registration of visiting nobles and novices at Blytheville High School at 8:30 a.m., ceremonial activities will continue until 9.p.m. that night. A highlight of the day will be a parade at 11 a.m. consisting of mounted Shriners, a clown patrol, resplendently uniformed Oriental bandsmen, a foot patrol, a Shrine marching band, and the Temple's motor patrol. Visiting detachments from Memphis, Evanston, Ind., and Pine Bluff will march as units in the parade. * * * While in Blytheville, the Shrin- ers will be escorted on a tour of Blytheville Air Force Base, and, after business sessions in the afternoon, will be guests at a dance at Walker Park skating rink, beginning at 9 p.m. Entertainment will also be provided for the wives of Shrin- ers. The Sahara Shrine Temple was formed in 1889 in Pine Bluff. Current potentate is Morlan F. Prickett of Poplar Bluff, Mo. The host Mississippi County temple was formed in 1962 from the parent Blytheville Shrine Club. H. D. Burns is president. The first Shrine organization was founded in 1871 in New York. ._ i Prickett Camel Turns Chicken PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Sultan, a Dromedary camel, is henpecked. The camel of the one-hump variety led an unobtrusive life in his bachelor quarters at the Philadelphia Children's Zoo until three weeks ago when his pad was taken over by a three- pound Bantam hen. The hen decided it was just the place she needed to hatch her family. Zoo officials said she squawked and attacked Sultan, wl. stands five and one-half feet tall, every time he tried to movt back in. Viet Chiefs Compromise By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON (AP) - . Buddhist leaders held a surprise meeting with leaders of the military junta today, apparently the first round of talks to end the antigovernment campaign by com' promise. The monks met with Premier Nguyen Cao Ky and Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu, a Roman Catholic and a target in the Buddhist campaign to force the military junta to resign in favor of a provisional civilian regime. The meeting came after another Buddhist, a 17-year-old girl, had burned herself to death in Hue, center of government opposition in the North. She was the fifth and possibly the sixth suicide in the wave of antigovernment protests. Thich (venerable) Tarn Chau, head of the powerful Buddhist Institute, headed the delgation of four that called at heavily guarded Gia Long Palace. Thieu's residence. An institute spokesman said no statement will be made for he time being. The influential Monk Thich Tri Quang, leader of the Budd- list struggle movement in the north provinces, issued an appeal earlier in the day for a lalt to protest suicides. Quang said he spoke for the supreme patriarch of South Vet- namese Buddhims, Tich Tinh Khiet, when he urged "all Budd- lists to cease acts of self-sacri- ice in the name of Dharma the Buddhist gospel)." Tri Quang's followers in Hue distributed the edict two hours after Nguyen Thi Van died in a hospital. She doused herself with gasoline and struck a match outside of Hue's Thanh Hoi pagoda at 3 a.m. Monks and nuns from the pagoda took the girl to a hospital after extinguishing the flames, lut she died in convulsions three hours later, according to reports from Hue, 400 miles northeast of Saigon. The reports indicated the girl acted on her own and that h«r [death had not been arranged by the Buddhist leadership. Nuns at the pagoda said she left behind three letters protesting U.S. support of Prmier Nguyen Cao Ky's military regime. Two more Buddhists—a monk in Dalat and a nun in the Bud- dist Institute in Saigon—burned themselves to death Monday. A Buddhist girl was said to have slashed her wrists and bled to death Monday in Dalat, 140 miles northeast of Saigon, but Holiday Claims 16 Lives Sixteen persons met violent death in Arkansas during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, nine on the state's highways, three in boating mishaps and 'our by drowning. The traffic death toll was a sharp contrast to the 1965 holiday when only two persons were killed. Five persons were killed in a head-on collision near Clarendon early Saturday. The other 'our died in single accidents. Dnly one occurred Memorial Day. Jimmy Huggins, 13, of near Ualvern, was killed when the motor scooter he was riding col- iced with a car at an intersection of county roads near Malvern. Tony Wayne Head, 15, of near Malvern, driver of the scooter, was seriously injured, said State Trooper Jim Bray. The other traffic fatalities were at Hazen, near Pine Bluff, and at England. The only other violent death reported Memorial Day was that of Richard Garett, 14, of Hoxie, who drowned while swimming in Late CharlN, this could not be confirmed. *'•>*' The self-immolations began Sunday with the deaths of a nun in Hue and a Buddhist woman in Saigon after troops flown by Premier Ky to Da Nang smashed the Buddhist rebellion there and police and troops blocked repeated attempts to dmonstrate against the government in Saigon. It was apparent that with the government gaining the upper hand, the Buddhist leaders hoped the suicides by fire would set off a wave of sympathy in the United States and in Viet Nam that would force withdrawal of support from Ky. The military junta has promised election of a constitutional convention by September, but unless the turmoil ends it may decided no voting is possible. 55 Teachers Get Schooling East Carolina College In Greenville, N. C. is host this week to 55 Mississippi County teachers who are undergoing a week's course in Operation Head Start procedures. The group left Blythevilel Sunday morning by bus and will return Tuesday. They were accompanied by R. W. Raines, Office of Economic Opportunity field director here. Raines said the group will receive 40 hours of instruction In operation of a Head Start child development center, and a model class of 30 pre-sciiool age children will furnish "living examples." iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiiwiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiwiiiiiaiaiiiiai 1 Weather f oncost Fair and mild through Wednesday. Highs today 75 to £0. Overnight lows 48 to 52. High Wednesday 78 to 84. Outlook Thursday partly cloudy -and warmer.

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