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( The Weather Increasing cloudiness tonight. Chance of showers tomorrow. (Wtathtr M ind Dttillt en Pag j) Evening Journal Today's Chuckle Anyone who doesn't worry about the world situation these days ought to have his television set examined. WILMINGTON DELAWARE Vol. 36 , No. 95 TTome Delivered 50 Cent Per Week Ten Cents Saturday, April 20, 1968 , . -,,, "' ..S.V.-.-.j.X- yY.'AtWWW wen v f ' s ' ' ' r " ' A ' " ' ' ' ' ' 1 14 Die, 20 Missing Arko Tornado Leaves Town ass of Ruins M GREENWOOD Ark. (UPI) -rescue workers today searched the rubble of what had been downtown Greenwood for victims of a killer tornado that chewed a 400-foot path through . the tiny Ozark foothills community. Arkansas state police said at least 14 persons died in the devastating twister, but police from neighboring Oklahoma, in radio contact with officers at the scene, said 17 were confirmed dead and "still too many injured to try to report." THERE were about 20 persons missing. At least 400 were reported hurt by the vicious funnel cloud which dropped from a line of thunderstorms and churned full blast through the communi ty. "It's the roughest thing we ever had," said Mayor Ed Hall, who estimated that two thirds of the town of 2,000 was destroyed. The Rev. Lonnie Lasater, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood, watched the tornado from about half a mile away. "It got very dark and it . sounded as if hail was striking," he said. "Then all of a sudden the black, ugly cloud seemed to loom up out of a mountain in the southwest. "IT tiptoed across the tops of trees and then stomped on the center of town. It rolled cars and other vehicles around like toys. Men and women were underneath the rubble when I got into town." The tornado plowed into town from the west, toppling power Kennett Pike t Crash Is Fatal Photo on Page 2 A Chadds Ford, Pa., man was fatally injured early today when his auto slammed head-on into a tree on the Kennett Pike near Snuff Mill Road. Morton P. Darlington, Z9, aiea m Delaware Division ai t uv a.m. He was admitted at 5:40 a.m. with multiple head and internal injuries. State police said that Darlington, northbound on Kennett Pike, apparently fell asleep and his Volvo sedan went off the left side of the highway just north of Snuff Mill Road, about a half mile south of the Pennsylvania line. Police said the accident occurred about 4:20 a.m. Troopers and members of the Talleyville Fire Company ambulance crew worked for more than 30 minutes to extricate Darlington from the twisted wreckage of the car. A family spokesman said he lived on Pennsylvania 52 at Men-denhall. He was not married and was a certified public accountant with Sanville, Fischer & Boyd in West Chester. He was a 1956 graduate of the George School in Bucks County and a 1960 graduate of Miami University, Delaware, Ohio. He served three years in the Army. line towers and snapping telephone lines. It leveled every structure around Greenwood's old-fashioned town square. A three-story building that once served as a courthouse was reduced to rubble. Part of the roof was ripped from a nearby elementary school. Charles Emore, a student at Greenwood High School, was in a school bus parked in a shed when the tornado ripped the shed apart, picked up the bus and slammed it into another vehicle. He was not injured. DR. Charles Bailey, 47, treating patients at a rest home on the outskirts of town, said he "could feel the tornado come over the top of the rest home." He looked out and saw a friend, grocer Paul Joyce, lying bleeding on the porch of his store. Joyce survived. Sebastian County Attorney Wayland Parker set up a search and rescue headquarters in the ruined library. The room was littered with books and smashed interior furniture. Three hours after the Greenwood storm, high winds smashed into the Heber Springs, Ark., area, about 200 miles away, tearing up boat docks, heavily damaging at least one .business , building and flipping over light planes at the town's airport. Telephone communications were later partially restored. Electricity and gas were disrupted. The town's water system was out of commission and Water was being hauled in trucks. Portable generators were moved in to light the scene. National Guard troops stood guard to prevent looting and to help with rescue operations. A disaster shelter was set up in the First Baptist Church. Talented and Gifted-Are They Neglected? C5 !0 lJ Of every 100 Delaware school-age children, 14 are exceptional. This last of a series of six articles looks at who these special children are and how the schools are meeting their needs. By BETTY BURROUGHS With the great efforts on behalf of the exceptionally handicapped, are the public schools neglecting their exceptionally bright students? This is a controversial question among teachers everywhere and Delaware has its opposite camps. With educators, however, it's not so much a question of "Are we?" as it is, "Should we?" These are the kids called "brains" by their classmates. Educators usually call them "gifted and talented children," making a distinction between gifted and talented but not in degree of intelligence. THE gifted child is defined by some authorities as one whose Intelligence Quotient (I.Q.) score is 130 or above. Some settle for 120 I.Q. The gifted will score high in all academic areas. The term "talented" generally See NO SPECIAL-P. 17, C. 1 TWISTER'S AFTERMATH Businesses ami houses lay in ruins after yesterday's tornado in Greenwood, Ark. Stunned eckage. At Central Y I 10 Arrested After Dance residents mill through the wre State Gets Offer for UPI Teleohoto S?4 2 Sputniks Returned To Earth By WALTER R. BISHOFF Ten persons were charged with violating the emergency statute covering riots when, 11 were arrested early today as police tried to control a crowd' leaving a dance. , ; The dance, at the Central YMCA, 11th and Washington St., sponsored by Blackies Blacks, broke up about 12:30 a.m. According to police some became disorderly and refused to heed police warnings to "break it up and go home." ABOUT 20 city police were joined by two members of the Delaware National Guard in rounding up those arrested. Police said some of the 200 tried to excite the crowd. There was a general melee. Rocks, bottles and bricks were tossed at police. Windows at three business places were broken. One policeman was hurt slightly when hit toy a missile. AN assistant city solicitor today explained that under the CAB Brooding Over Drinks WASHINGTON (UPD - The Civil Aeronautics Board has postponed implementation of its rule ordering the nation's domestic airlines to charge passengers for both drinks and in-flight movies. The board said yesterday it was staying the order pending "further consideration." Most airlines have filed with the CAB for a $l-a-drink tariff, excluding beer and wine, and a $2 movie charge since the original order March 8. Emergency. Riot Act persons who are 16 years and older are classified as adults, not juveniles. The five teen-agers arrested are being held for hearing in Municipal Court. . Conviction undejr the statute,, which lists , the crime as a felony, carries a minimum three-year jail sentence and a fine. Police said rocks and bottles broke windows at the Kozy Kor-ner, Town & Campus, Milett, Inc., a liquor store; Wachter's Liquor Store, and the dwelling of Mildred White, all in the 11th and Washington Sts. and Delaware Avenue area. ARRESTED on charges of violating the state's emergency ' statute included: Noye E. Miller, 19, 300 block E. 13th St.; Richard D. White, 21, 500 block N. Franklin St.; Elbert R. Butler, 16, 400 block Bethune Drive, Dunleith; Willie L. Davis Jr., 16, 900 block E. 23d St.; Calvin Melvin, 19, unit block Ryan Ave., Rose Hill Gardens; Mitchell Cooper, 17, of the 500 block New Castle Ave.; Phillip A. Martin, 17, of See DISORDER-Page 2, Col. 8 Today's Index Amusements 12-13 Area Date Book 15 Church News 4 Classified 28-35 Comics 24 Daily Record 20 Editorials ,14 Obituaries 28 Sports 25-26 Television and Radio 22-23 Women's World 10-11 MOSCOW (UPD Two Soviet satellites which docked in orbit last Monday have been brought to earth, it was announced today. At the same time the Russians announced they had launched their third unmanned Sputnik - in three days today. . Cosmos 212, launched last Sunday, and Cosmos 213, launched Monday, docked in orbit over the Pacific Ocean Monday and flew in tandem for 3V4 hours tefore they separated. "The Soviet news agency Tass said the two Sputniks were 'returned to the ground ... to a . pre-set area of the Soviet Union yesterday and today. Although many Soviet Sputniks are returned to earth, such reentry had been publicly announced here only once before. That was last October when Cosmos 186 and Cosmos 188 the first satellites to make an automatic docking in orbit were brought back. The docking last Monday was the second such feat between unmanned Sputniks. U.S. scientists have yet to match it. However manned U.S. satellite have linked up in space. 2 Meteorites Stolen At Calif. Observatory MOUNT WILSON, Calif. Uto A thief made off with two meteorites from the Mt. Wilson observatory, officials said today. The rocks, each weighing between 75 and 100 pounds, are valued at $1,800. The glossy black meteorites were discovered in a Southern California desert and bought in 1909 for the observatory. Day Care By CHARLES P. WILSON I A private corporation will offer to sell the State Department of Public Welfare a state day-care service for 800 children to help meet a serious need. It could cost about $400,000. John R. Cleveland III, president of Prep Day Caters, Inc., which now operates a daycare center in Newark, said he will meet with state welfare officials Monday to officially present the plan. RONALD E. Miller, state welfare department director, said he and other department officials are anxious to get the details, of the plan since the lack of day-care facilities in Delaware is a serious problem for them. Cleveland's plan has the support of State Rep. George R. Quillen, R-Harrington, who has been a critic of welfare programs in the past, especially those dealing with aid to mothers of illegitimate children. . , ' Quillen said yesterday he not only, supports the idea but would sponsor a supplemental appropriation bill to get the welfare department any additional funds it might need to put the program into operation. r Cleveland, who lives at 101D, Village of Prest-bury, near Newark, explained that his cooperation would initially operate four day-care centers, each with a capacity of 200. ONE of the centers might be in Compton Village in Wilmington if the proper agreements can be reached with officials there, he said. Another would be in New Castle County and ''the other two in Kent and Sussex Counties, Cleveland said. Another tentative site selected for a center is 2 miles north of Harrington on U.S. 13 in Kent County, Cleveland said. If the plan gets the immediate approval of the welfare department and other appropriate state officials, Cleveland said, his firm could have the centers in operation by September. Cleveland said the cost to the state would not exceed $400,000 a year in light of the savings the state could realize because of the particular features of the program. Although the state might have to pay as high as $13.50 a week per student on the average, See $400,000-Page 2, Col. 5 Gait, Escapee James May Same, Says d .i n bir JFJtM WASHINGTON ffl - The FBI has pinpointed an ex-convict, high school dropout and Army reject as the phantom fugitive Eric Starvo Gait, target of a massive manhunt in the slaying of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The FBI said yesterday a "systematic and exhaustive search" through its fingerprint files revealed Gait and a 40-year-old James Earl Ray drifter, loner, avid dancer, and prison escapee as the same man. . In its first positive identification of the man sought by the FBI since the April 4 assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Tenn., the bureau further pic tured Ray as a 40-year-old white man in trouble with the law since his youth and one who "should be considered armed and extremely dangerous." Ray was placed on the FBI's "most wanted" list today. The suspect is actually the 11th man placed on the tradU tional list of "10 most wanted fugitives," but the search for Ray obviously overshadows all others. THERE was no indication the FBI was any closer to catching Ray than it was Wednesday when it put the name Gait on a fugitive warrant charging him "and an individual whom he alleged to be his brother" with conspiring to deprive Dr. King of his civil right to travel from state to state. In addition a warrant charging Gait with first-degree murder has been issued by state authorities in Memphis. Ray fled the Missouri Penitentiary where he was serving the seventh year of a 20-year sentence for a 1959 market holdup and auto theft in St. Louis , on April 23, 19G7. Prison officials, who said a 1966 escape try by Ray was thwarted when he was discovered in a ventilator shaft, indicated he succeeded the next year by hiding in a truck carrying bread from the penitentiary bakery to its honor farms. THE earlier escape attempt landed Ray in a Fulton, Mo., prison hospital facility for a mental checkup. "We gave him our Grade A, Class 1 workup," recalled Dr. Donald B. Peterson, hospital superintendent. "We found no mental disease or defect within the law." Prison and police records showed Ray was born in Alton, 111., son of a laborer of the same name. Records at the Fulton facility indicated both parents were dead, but the penitentiary records listed his mother as Mrs. Lucille Ryan of St. Louis. The FBI said Eric Starvo Gait was one of a string of aliases favored by Ray in frequent brushes with the law beginning when he was 21 years old several years after he dropped out of high school in the 10th grade. IN addition to the aliases John Willard and Harvey Lowmyer listed on the FBI fugitive warrant, the bureau said Ray has also called himself James McBride, James Walton, W. C. Herron and James O'Connor. ) John Willard was the name used by the man who checked into a shoddy Memphis rooming house overlooking the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was fatally shot as he stood on a balcony and talked with friends. The FBI has said Eric Starvo Gait purchased a .30.06-caliber rifle in Birmingham five days before the assassination. That rifle, with a telescopic sight intact, was recovered outside the rooming house just after the assassination. The FBI did not make clear where it got the fingerprints which it matched against its files to show Gait is actually Ray. BUT speculation was the prints may have been left in the rooming house, on the rifle or on a 1966 white Mustang since impounded in Atlanta that witnesses reported seeing leaving the vicinity of the shooting. But while some details remained fuzzy, the portrait sketched by the FBI showed Ray as a rather average-looking ne'er-do-well of conflicting personality traits. He was described as 5-foot-10, and 163 to 174 pounds, with brown hair, blue eyes and small scars on his forehead and right palm. He's said to have a habit of tugging on an ear when nervous. His left ear protrudes slightly further than his right ear. Ray was said by authorities to See FBI TRINTS-P. 2, C. S

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