BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 68 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) FRIDAY, JUNE 3,1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Chinese Purging Party By EUGENE LEVIN TOKYO (AP) - Peng Chen, mayor of Peking and one of the Chinese Communist party's top members, was apparently stripped of his party post today as part of the current widespread purge of dissident els ments. Without mentioning the may or's name, Peking radio in a Chinese-language broadcast announced the appointment of Li Hsueh-feng as first secretary of the party's Peking central committee. This was tie post Peng Chen held before some of his close associates were accured of "antiparty, antisocialist" activities. Peng Chen has not been reported seen in public for morej than two months, and there had been rumors that he was marked for the purge. The purge apparently has entered a new phase, with the party leadership intensifying its crackdown and admitting the opposition is "still very powerful." Editorials in the official Peking People's Daily and other published statements this week show that (he cleanup is not having smooth sailing. * * * Peng Chen, now 67, reporledly ranked ninth among Red China's leaders and once was regarded as a possible successor to Mao Tze-tung. He has not been openly accused, but there have been hints that he was involved with three men chargd with wanting "to overthrow the leadership of the Chinese Communist party." These three, whom Peking repeatedly has accused of being traitors, are Wu Han, the vice mayor of Peking; Liao Mo-sha, a member of the Peking party central committee, and Teng To, former editor of the Peking People's Daily. The campaign against dissidents started last November as a crackdown on intellectuals. It has broadened, with Peking's official publications calling it a life and death struggle. They also note that the Hungarian uprising almost 10 years ago started with an intellectual revolt. The People's Daily acknowledged Wednesday that the campaign was of purge proportions, saying it had swept away "a horde of monsters" entrenched in ideological and cultural positions. * . * * Another People's Daily editorial Thursday struck a note of concern and urgency and admitted that "bourgeois ideology is still very powerful and exerts an immense influence in our country." It urged Chinese Communists to "rally under the great banner of Mao Tze-Umg's thought and wage resolute and relentless struggles against the antiparty and antisocialist bourgeois rep resentatives." The editorial said that victory in the struggle could not be taken for granted. Simultaneously Peking radio and the official New Oiina News Agency stepped up their reports of victories for "Mao's thinking." Clearly they were trying to convince someone. Dogwood Plon Is Approved Farmers Home Administration has approved an $88,000 loan and an $82,500 grant for construction tf a water system for the Dogwood Community, Announcement .1.°. approval came yesterday from Sen. J. VV. Fulbright in Washington. CONVENIENT, ANYHOW — An accident at 9 this morning at the corner of 2nd and Walnut brought Carl Yeates (center, with notes) out of police headquarters in nearby City Hall to investigate. Automobiles belonged to Dale Riley of 2305 Kenwood and Claredbn A. Emmons of Leachville. Riley's young daughter Vickie suffered superficial lacerations of her face. Emmons was charged with failure to yield right-of-way. (Courier News Photo) ake her life by fire since Sun- ay in a wave «f antigovernment fanaticism. The suicides ontinued despite appeals by Viet Crisis Erupts SAIGON (AP)—A 26-year-old | Buddhist leaders to stop euch juddhist nun burned herself to eath today in the courtyard of small pagoda in Da Nang. he was the sixth buddhist to self-sacrifice. Monks said the nun,. Tirich Nu Dieu Dinh, left behind a letter for President Johnson charging that "Vietnamese Buddhists were annihilated by your policies in Viet Nam." The suicide indicated the inHHHnM Air Service Study Begins A seven-man Blytheville delegation will meet today in Memphis with officials ot Ozark Airlines, the city of Memphis, and Memphis Municipal Airport to discuss possible Ozark commercial service to Blytheville. . Heading the delegation will be Harold Sudbury, Airport Commission chairman, and Whitney Morgan, Jr., Chamber of Commerce airport committee chairman. A representative of Blytheville Air Force Base will accompany the group. While in Memphis, the Blytheville group will talk with Mayor William Ingram, Commissioner James Moore, Robert Crump, Jr., of Cruinp Enterprises, and representatives of Memphis airline interests. Lincoln for Jefferson LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) City school officials chose Thursday, the eve of Confederate Memorial Day, to announce the closing of Abraham Lincoln School. Students will attend Jefferson Pivii School instead. FOB DEER LIFE — Blytheville Jaycees Gary Telford and Dink White supervise construction of a fcnced-in area at Walker Park, which will house two deer sometime next week. Since one of the deer is an expectant doe, White said, the Walker Park deer population should multiply immediately. Project Is being carried out with the cooperation of the Jaycees, who have contributed $500 for the deer pen, and the city, wliicb supplied construction labor. (Couriw New* Photo) strong opposition among extremist Buddhists to a truce negotiated by Buddhist moderates with Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's military regime. * * * Another development ttiat imperiled that agreement was the resignation today of the moderate head of the Buddhist Institute, Thick (venerable) Tarn Chau, the chief Buddhist negotiator with the government. Apparently acting under pres sure from the militants in the unified Buddhist church, Tarn Chau said in his letter of resig nation: "I have tried to solve the present situation but I have failed." A special council will be convoked to decide whether to accept the resignation, but Buddhist sources said this might take two or three days. The Buddhist Institute is the secular arm of the church. Tarn Chau's announcemen: came as the nation's Buddhist; observed the 2,510th birthday o the founder of their faith, Bud dha. Calm settled over Saigon after the Buddhist Institute urged its followers to commem orate the anniversary at home with prayers for the dead in the weeks of Buddhist agitation for civilian rule. Troops haulec down roadblocks outside thi institute compound. » * * The nun committed suicide on the grounds of the Hsi Lac pa goda, a small Buddhist center two blocks from Da Nang's cen tral market. Paratroopers am marines kept an orderly crowe of about 300 persons back, and small groups of boys and girls draped the charred remain: vith a Buddhist flag. The locale of the self-immola ion indicated the act probably iad the approval of monks a he pagoda. The Buddhist strug *Ie movement remains strong in )a Nang, 380 miles northeast o" Saigon, although Ky's troop crushed the Buddhist-led upris ,ng there last month. There was no word of any dis orders in Hue, the Buddhis stronghold 400 miles northeas of Saigon which Ky's soldier took control of Thursday with out bloodshed. Buddhist leaders appealei earlier this week for a halt t 'self-sacrifice" — they do no use the word suicide. But evei after the agreement with th government was announce Wednesday 20 nuns and monk threatened to set themselve aflame on the grounds of th Buddhist Institute. The military junta meanwhil seemed to be running into diff cullies on its request to th United Nations for observers fo the Sept. 11 election of a const tutional convention in South Vie Nam's permanent observer a U.N. headquarters in New Yor made the request of Secretary General U Thant Thursday. The proposal got immediat endorsement from Presiden Johnson. Arthur J. Goldberg the U.S. ambassador to th United Nations, said after meeting with the president tha the United States "wholehear KM VIET NAM <m Pag* t Gemini 9 Jinx Is Shattered By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) —The Gemini 9 astronauts — battering a 17-day jinx — rode mighty Titan 2 rocket into or- it today and sped at 17,500 miles an hour toward a rendez- ous with a target satellite. After two heartbreaking jrubs, astronauts Thomas P. (afford and Eugene A. Cernan nally got going on a vital iree-day flight that could bring he U.S. its sceond space tri- mph of a busy week. "For the third time, go!" tafforr' quipped as he sat in the pacecraft poised for the launch. Just 31 hours after the Survey- r moonship landed softly on the unar surface and sent back ramatic pictures of possible manned landing sites, the Titan ropslled Gemini 9 aloft on a /ital, three-day rendezvous and space walk mission. The big Titan, with the rays f a bright sun glistening on its sides, rose slowly from its aunch paid and sped out over he Atlantic Ocean, followed by big white tail of vapor. "We're right down the mid- lie," flight director Eugene Cranz shouted. "Everything," he told Staford, "is greer and go." "We're on our way!" Staford yelled exhultantly. "It's fantastic." To make today's launch possible, Stafford faced and overcame tiie same communica- ions problem" that 'fo'rcec Wednesday's shutdown 100 seconds before firing. A radio guidance commanc that would have given the spacecraft precise steering directions failed to get through to its computer. This time, the decision was made to go ahead Shortly after the Gemini separated from its booster rocket Stafford fired his jet thrusters :o make necessary corrections in Kie orbit and plane of the space ship and put it on the desired path of pursuit. Before returning to 6c.rth, the astronauts were to perform many of the maneuvers Apollo space men will make on round- Tip journeys to the moon. A year and a day after Edward H. White II became the Jirst American to wal" in space, Cernan was to climb out of the space ship Saturday and for Vk hours hurtle through the skies as a human satellite. A barrel-shaped target satel- ite — fired into orbit Wednesday beforee a communications 'allure forced the second scrub across the Cape as the Titan roared to life. The 11-foot-long target satel- ite, a tiny dot in the vastness of space, was entering its 30th revoluion of the earth as Staf- ! ord and Cernan began their hot jursuit. They planned to close in on the quarry after a four-hour chase covering 75,000 miles. With Cernan calculating the maneuver on a computer and Stafford firing the thrusters, the astronauts made a major shift 49 minutes after launching as Gemini 9 whipped high above Australia. The move lifted the low point of their orbital course from 99 to 144 miles. When the spacecraft started the chase, the target was 640 miles ahead. After the maneuver, the distance between the two vehicles was reduced to about 460 miles. The Australian station also passed word that Gemini 9 was good for at least 15 orbits. This was one of three such decisions to be made during the flight after all aspects of the mission are evaluated. Not until they were within eyesight of the satellite would the astronauts know whether a shroud protecting it Jrom the heat and pressures of plastoff fell away when the target separated from its Atlas booster. If it had not, they would have HOWDY!—Mississippi County .Shrine Club President Dick Burns waves from the new convertible he'll be seen in during tomorrow's Shrine parade. Parade, which will be first_of its kind held here, rolls through downtown at 11 a.m. (Courier News Photo) Shrine Ready For Visit Here Traffic will be cleared at 10 a.m. tomorrow on Main from Laclede and 5th, the parade route for to: narrow's Sahara Shrine Temple parade, Chief George Ford said. Beginning at 11 a.m., the parade will feature marching units luiiuic ««..<». ...= =«.— ..-...., from Shrine temples of Sikcs- of the Gemini launch — flashed I ton, Evanstown, Ind., Ilemphis, iniininiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiifliiuiiiiiiiin^ NEWS BULLETINS McARTHUR, Ohio (AP)-An explosion killed five employes at a powder plant near here today. One building, isolated behind a hill, was reported demolished. Tight security immediately was thrown up around the plant operated by the Austin Powder Co. The blast was heard in McArthur, a southeastern Ohio town of 1,500, but the townspeople have become so used to frequent sonic booms of military planes in the area that at first they paid no attention to the thundering sound of the explosion. It was the fourth explosion at the plant since it was opened in 1931. It manufactures dynamite and powder. Five persons were killed in previous blasts. Bodies of the victims, all residents of the McArthur area, were badly mangled. Sheriff Harold Steel quoted company officials as saying the blast came at 7:45 a.m. EST, IS minutes alter the plant had started the day's work. The blut centered In • wooden structure known u tht "jelly mix" building. Sheriff Steele said he understood the explosion originated in a wooden mixing kettle holding ingredients for TNT. WASHINGTON (AP)-President Johnson proposed today a blanket increase in Social Security benefits for all those on the rolls now and those who will be in the future. He mentioned no specific figures. Johnson said he has directed Secretary of Welfare John Gartner to have a program for increased benefits ready for the next session of Congress. And the President promised the increases would have "a high and major priority." Johnson's pledge to strive for higher Social Security benefits was made in a White House speech to delegates to a convention of the National Council of Senior Citizens. Johnson told the delegates that while he has signed into law increases of more than $1.5 billion a year In Social Security beneiits, "too many of our older citizens are still struggling along on shoestring incomes, suffering real hardship and real need." and Pine Bluff, as well as those of the participating Northeast Arkansas Shrine Clubs. Units will include motor squads, mounted horsemen, clown squads »'-d marching jands. Upon completion of the parade shortly before noon, traffic on Main will be restored. * » * Tomorrow's Sahara Shrine Temple begins with registration of nobles and wives at Blythe ville High School at 8 a.m. After afternoon business sessions, the Shriners and wives will be guests at a dance al Walker Park skating rink at 9 p.m. During the day they will be escorted on a tour of Blytheville Air Force Base. President of the local Shrine temple is Dick Burns. Potentate of the Sahara Shi.a» Temple is Morlen F. Prickett of Poplar Bluff, Mo. cancel plans for a linkup of ie two orbiting vehicles, for the iroud covers the docking collar the satellite. They would, owever, be able to practice a eries of rendezvous maneu- ers. Stafford made his first move . the chase just seconds after ie Gemini went in'j orbit. He ie high point of the space Mp's orbial path to about 172 ired his jet thrusters to adjust miles. As the rocket rose, capsule ommunicator Neil A. Armtrong, who commanded the ; emini 8 flight, told the astro- auts they were "go for staging." "Roger, understand we're o," Stafford replied. When the second stage sepa; ated, Stafford saw a fireball jehind them. "It's fantastic, e said. When the 138-foot ga.itry was ulled away from the space: raft this morning, and light roke into t'r.j capsule, Cernan murmured: "Oh, boy!" Staford added, "It's a great day." And it was. Proving that third ime is charm, the Titan vault- id off its pad at 9:39 a.m. DDT, riding its blaang trail of lot gases to more than .100 miles out into space. * * * By the time the space ship iettled into orbit, the target latellite had sped 428 miles ahead of them—and the chase was an. It was to terminate high over the western Pacific about 2:30 p.m. This would be two hours less nan the time the Gemini 8 as- ronauts took in March when hey executed history's first pace union with an Agena satellite. During today's chase, command pilot Stafford was to maneuver Gemini 8 in much he same manner that Apollo astronauts will guide space ships leaving the moon for re- urn journeys to earth. All three days of the Gemini flight plan were packed with mportant, action-filled tests. The plan was to be altered in flight, depending on whether or not the satellite remained locked in its shroud. Still patiently optimistic despite past disappointments, Stafford, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, and Cernan, a Navy lieutenant commander, were reported "intent and ready" as they rode back today to Pad 19. Robbery Suspect Caught-Again TURRELL, Ark. (AP) - A prisoner charged in a $49,64* armed robbery at Hot Spring: was captured Thursday at hi home here just hours after hi escaped from jail at Ho Springs. Pete Garcia, 38, and two met from Memphis were jaile< Tuesday in the armed robbery of Mrs. W. G. Miller at he Lake Hamilton home. Deputy Sheriff Billy William said two sheriffs deputies an' two state troopers arrestei Garcia. At Hot Springs, Police Sg! Joe Dod.d said Garcia escape after breaking through a heavy wire screen which formed th Schedule Set James L. Beard and Don Car- .er, counselors for the Arkansas Rehabilitation Servic. in Mississippi County, have announced he following schedule of visits n the county during June. Beard — Luxora: June 6, 27 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at City Hall; Manila: June 9, 30 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at City Hall; Leachville: Jus 9, 30 from L:30 to 4 _i.m. Carter — Osceola: June 9 : rom 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and Mississippi County at large in the afternoon. Atomic Tab WASHINGTON (AP) - The Navy will bill the Air Force for about $6 million to cover its costs of recovering the Air Force's hydrogen bomb from deep waters off Spain. The Defense Department said today the exact amount has not been determined yet. Th Navy used 18 ships and 3,200 men in an 80-day search for the H-bomb after the weapon was lost in the collision of a B52 bomber and a tanker plane Jan. 17. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiii'ii'ii'iiiiiiBiiiirii' Weather Forecast Fair and a little warmer today through Saturday. Highs today 84 to 88. Lows tonight 58 to 84 Highs Saturday 85 to 89. Outlook Sunday clear to partly cloudy and warm. t.
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