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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. «2—NO. 74 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72316) FRIDAY, JUNE 10,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES March Loses King By BOB GILBERT COMO, Miss. (AP) - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose presence has been a magnet to the Negroes marching through Mississippi, was gone from the head of the line today. But he promised to return immediately if the demonstration loses any impetus. James H. Meredith, who originated the ma'rch against fear" Sunday — and was wounded by birdshot and hospitalized the next day - said in New York he will be on the road again June 16 if his doctor permits. A civil rights group in Baltimore said it would join, too, after a rally Sunday. "It is my belief from the warm reception received along the road, both in Tennessee and Mississippi, that my walk may- have done something to alleviate the heavy burden of fear which rests upon Mississippi Negroes," Meredith said in a statement read to newsmen by a minia- te!. James Farmer, former director of the Congress of Racial Equality who walked with the group Thursday, told the 300 or more who participated : "If the blood of James Meredith is not to be wasted, every Negro that can put one foot in front of another and lift, a hand to a pen must register and vote. Meredith, 33, had covered 27 miles on the 225-mile walk from Memphis to Jackson, Miss., when he was shot near Hernando. He was trying to show that if a controversial Negro could walk unmolested down a Mississippi highway, other Negroes should not fear to register as voters. The man charged with shoot- Ing Meredith, Aubrey James Norvell, 40, of Memphis, still is jailed unable to make ?25,000 bond. King and the others who took up the hike Tuesday added 21 miles the first three days relatively undisturbed. King was an obvious attraction to many of the marchers who flocked around him whenever he stopped. Farmer and Floyd McKissick, director of CORE, flew to New York after speaking Thursday night at a church meeting in Memphis. King left earlier for Chicago. Joining Farmer and McKissick on the stage at the church were three Bronx, N.Y., political figures — Nathan Strauss, Democratic candidate for congress; Salvatore Almeida, assemblyman; and Dennis Coleman, a state senator. They said they will join the march. A Marks, Miss., sharecropper — Armstead Phipps, 58, - died of a heart attack in the noon heat shortly after the start of the march Thursday along U.S. 51. King led a memorial service on the spot. In Baltimore, CORE leader Walter Brooks announced a Sunday mass protest against the Meredith shooting and that a group would come to Mississippi because "the shot that ripped into the body of James Meredith hit us all." * * * The Memphis city commis sion, investigating charges that Meredith was threatened with eviction from William F. Bowld Hospital on Wednesday, con- See INTEGRATION on Page 3 BHS Gym Selected Blytheville High School's gymnasium has been selected for a study of outstanding gymnasiums from over the nation. U. S. Branson, architect for the BHS gym, was informed o! its selection for the study by Fay Bohannon, director of S c h o o 1 Plant Service, State Department ef Education. The study will be used by other school districts in planning new gymnasiums, Bohannon •lid. EUROPE BOUND — These students left yesterday for four weeks study in Vichy, France. They will study French under the direction of the University of Clermont. Making the trip are Paulette Robbins, Junie Walker, Steve Bright, Rodney King, Nicky Stutts, Bill Faulkner, all of Manila, Cathy Eoff of Dell and Mrs. Francys Faulkner, French instructor at Manila High School, and Mrs. Clina Braden of Monette High School. The group leaves New York this afternoon. Following completion of the course of study the students will visit Switzerland, Paris and Brussels. (Courier News Photo) Visitors Study City s Progress Action on the city's bid for commercial airline service was stepped up today when Dale Woodall, a Memphis attorney who has acted in a liaison capacity for Ozark Airlines and the city, met with local officials here. The luncheon meeting at Blytheville Air Base Officer's Club was attended by base executives and representatives of the city and local airport authorities, according to Jada McGuire, Chamber of Commerce executive vice-president. Purpose of the meeting was to work out a format for presentation of the city's case at a future hearing of the Civil Aeronautics Board, to be held in November, At this hearing CAB commissioner Merrit R u h 1 e n is expected to rule on a Blytheville application for i n c 1 u s i o n on Ozark's Memphis - St. Louis route.' : Mayor Jimmie Edwards said limited Ozark service will begin immediately if the CAB approves this application. "We'll start out with their smaller prop planes," Edwards said, "and when we get our 5,100 ft. runway in, we'll be able to schedule their newer jets." The proposed runway is one of a number of improvement included in the city's airport master plan. Edwards said the city will apply to the Housing and Urban Development Department this month for a $230,000 loan to implement the project. Meanwhile the city is buying adjacent land necessary to ex tend airport limits for the inr provements, Edwards said. Some 47 acres was purchased from E. M. Regenold this week, and another 20 will be bought later this month. The airport and a 151-acre tract the city will purchase for use as industrial park were the subjects of scrutiny today by a touring industrial team, McGuire said. "These people said they are very interested. That's the best reason for completing our current public subscription fund drive." McGuire said some $100,000 had either been donated or pledged by local businesses. "We need another $45,000 to go ahead with Phase Three of the acquisition program." Purchase price of the industrial park area is $226,000, McGuire said. Some $113,000 of this was accounted for in a recent bond issue, and the purpose of the public subscription is to raise the balance. McGuire noted that some $36,000 will be left over from subscription funds when the land is acquired. "We hope to get the federal government to match this sum for development purposes," he said. To Counter Inflation Premeir Ky Gets Big Stick By ANDREW BOROWIEC SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP )— U. S. paratroopers battled a stubborn, dug in North Vietnamese force for the fourth day in the central highlands to day, while Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's government sent 400 Vietnamese riot policemen into the northern Buddhist stronghold of Hue. An American military spokesman said 23 North Vietnamese had been killed in the fighting, which began before dawn Tuesday with a Communist attack on a small U.S. encampment. But the spokesman added: The count undoubtedly will go much higher. Those people up there are more interested than in counting bodies." U.S. losses were reported light over-all, but one platoon was badly mauled. U.S. planes had flown 167 sorties so far in the battle, which erupted anew Thursday night in the dense jungles of Kontum province 280 miles north of Saigon. Pitted against units of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade, as it prowled Communist Infiltration routes near the Laotian border, were an estimated 900 North Vietnamese. Fighting was reported heavy throughout the day and was still going on late this afternoon, the spokesman reported. The size and., determination of the enemy indicated the Communists might be moving to the offensive again after waiting futiley for the Buddhists to depose Ky. As the premier sent riot police ELECTED—Kenneth Mullins is new commander of Dud Cason American Legion's Post. John Blair and James Williams are first and second vice commanders. Crash Kills 18-year-Old GOSHEN, Ark. (AP)— Linda Sizemore, 18, of the Knob Hill Community near Springdale was killed Thursday and four others injured when a pickup truck plunged into a branch of Brush Creek three miles north of here. Deputy Sheriff Morris Southern of Washington County said four injured girls, all from Bald Knob, were taken to a Springdale hospital. He identified them as Betty Bwodery, 15, the driver; Rita Sizemore, 15; Peggy Whittle, 15, and Sue Whittle Sizemw*. Alma's Winds May Become Intensified SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP)-Gale warnings were raised along the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas today as the remnants of. Hurricane Alma headed for the Atlantic and the possibility of renewed force. The Weather Bureau in Miami warned of possible flooding, high winds and rains up to five inches as Alma — now being called a tropical storm — moves northeastward from Savannah. There was a possibility of tornadoes in southeastern South Carolina. The Weather Bureau's gale warnings extended from north of Savannah to Cape Fear, N.C. The storm, at 8 a.m. EOT, was centered near Claxton, Ga., west of Savannah and was moving about 15 miles per hour. It no longer resembled the early- season monster that left 47 dead in three nations. Alma was expected to move offshore today and some intensification was likely. In Campaign Kick-Off Johnson Boots Three Opponents into Hue, the failure of the Buddhist campaign was underlined by an announcement that Ky would fly to South Korea Monday to attend a conference of nine non-Communist nations. Ky's announcement coincided with a declaration by the junta that it had conferred broad new powers on the premier to deal with South Viet Nam's chronic economic and financial problems. Both announcements buttressed the general impression that the ruling generals considered themselves firmly entrenched despite weeks of agitation by the country's militant Buddhist minority to oust them. Ky's office said the premier would address the three - day foreign ministers' meeting in Seoul, which opens Tuesday. Known as the Asia • Pacific ministerial conference, it will discuss ways in which the participants can develop closer economic and cultural ties. * * * With politics once more taking a back seat, the official Vietnamese press agency published a communique announcing that Ky had been authorized 'to sign and promulate decrees on all measures relating to taxes, economic problems, foreign ex- chance and finance" in the next three months. The implication was that the government intended to take drastic measures to cope with the country's galloping inflation in an effort to win popular confidence before the election Sept. 11 of a constitutional convention. Under the impact of the war against the Viet Cong and the growing, free - spending U.S. military establishment, the cost of living has risen 55 per cent for working class Vietnamese in By JOHN R. STARR Associated Press Writer CROSSETT, Ark. (AP)-Jim Johnson staged his formal campaign opening before an enthusiastic hometown audience Thursday night with a familiar attack on the political power structure and a fresh discussion of industrialization. Only about 400 persons—less than half of capacity—turned out to hear the former state senator and Supreme Court justice who is one of eight Democratic candidates for governor.; But most of those present were vigorous Johnson supporters and they made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in numbers. Applause eruped sporadically throughout Johnson's 30-minute speech, which was taped for broadcast on television tonight. The main target of Johnson's attack was a gain William J. Smith, legal advisor to Gov. Or- vl Faubus and the man Johnson calls the mastermind of the power bloc which runs state politics. "This power structure controls those who govern you," Johnson said. "It has made a mockery of the state motto, 'The People Rule."' Johnson said the power bloc had put three candidates into the race—Frank Holt, Dale Al- Coach Company Signs Contract Colner-Bevington Coach Co., and Local 1249 of United Auto Workers reached agreement last night on a two-year contract, Joe Kirby, president of 1249, reported this morning. Kirby said the new contract includes insurance, seniority rights and wage increases. ford and Brooks Hays—in a frantic effort to assure victory. "You've got Alford on the right, Hays on the left .and Holt in the middle," Johnson said. "Jim Johnson is your only choice for a change." * * * Calling Smith a "parasite," Johnson said there are indications that even Faubus will "repudiate" him before the summer is over. He challenged Holt, Hays and Alford to deny that they are controlled by Smith's group and to prove it by joining in the criticism of Smith. "Do you dare refute your master?" Johnson asked them rhetorically. The federal government came in for its share of Johnson's venom. Referring to "high placed preachers who dance vulgar dances until 3 a.m. while our boys are dying in a not win war in Viet Nam," he declared, "If that's the Ireat Society, Jim Johnson is not for it." But, he added, "We can't say throw the rascals out in Washington until we throw the rascals out in Arkansas." Johnson poked fun at Faubus' claim that the Faubus administration had any virtue at all." He said that if South Arkansas had had its way, Faubus would have been turned out of office in 1958, when Johnson was the major candidate against him. Johnson said he believes in constitutional government which derives its power from the consent of the governed. "How long has it been," he asked, "since your consent was asked by those who govern you." Johnson turned in the second See RACE on Page I he past year. The figure is wsed on the cost of everyday jroducts required by m o s t of :he country, particularly rice. Wages have lagged far behind. * * * The recent Buddhist campaign against the government jlayed heavily on popular discontent resulting from spiraling srices. Blaming the Americans, Suddhist street orators contrasted the plight of the average Vietnamese with the well fed, monied GIs in Saigon's restaurants, bars and hotels. Even while the Buddhists kept up the political pressure with demonstrations, suicides and Sheppard To For Murder CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) Samuel H. Sheppard wil Ibe retried on a second-degree murder charge in the 1954 bludgeon- slaying of his first wife, Marilyn, Prosecutor John T. Corrigan said today. Sheppard already has served nine years in prison on a second-degree murder conviction by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas jury Dec. 21,1954. He has been free on $10,000 bond since July 16, 1964, while appealing on grounds he did not receive a fair trial. "I am of the opinion that society has been the victim of a heinous crime, and it demands redress," Corrigan said. The prosecutor explained that it would be about July 1 before the State of Ohio would get jurisdiction in the case from the U.S. Supreme Court which had held Monday that Sheppard must be retried or released from custody. Corrigan said he had no plan to rearrest Sheppard if he agrees to appear voluntarily for an arraignment on the second-degree charge. He explained Sheppard's bail would be refunded by the U.S. District Court in Dayton and then he would be brought here for arraignment. Corrigan said he would try the case himself. He was not prosecutor at Sheppard's first trial. "I am a believer in the great principle of American law, and that is when a crime is committed the state is entitled to redress," Corrigan said. He said he thought "this matter must again be submitted to a jury for consideration for the guilt or innocence »f the defendant." mob violence, a team of U:S. economic advisers worked quietly with government officials to bring the runaway inflation under control. To a large degree, the willingness of the people to stand with the government against the Viet Cong depends on how well it meets the =conomic crisis. Just what the American advisers propose for coping with the inflation has not been disclosed, but Ky has repeatedly promised tough measures against speculators and war profiteers. So far one businessman — a Chinese — has been, executed for profiteering. v ' GOING DOWN - Like an elevator, a doughnut parachute lowers an oval, unmanned instrument capsule to the surface of Mars. This is an artist's conception of a landing technique devised by. Ventura-Northrup. It, was revealed at a Baltimore, Md., conference on future exploration of Mars. Labor Situation In Brief By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO— The International Association of Machinists, AFL- CIO, has turned down recommendations by a presidential emergency board aimed at settling a wage and policy dispute with five major airlines. The union's action clears the way for a strike. WASHINGTON- Western Union announces a new contract agreement with the Commercial Telegraphers Union, AFL-CIO, ending a strike that crippled public telegraph service throughout the country. ATLANTA — Firemen returned to work today, ending a three-day strike by 500 members of the department represented by the independent Atlanta Fire Fighters Union. The strike was over wages and hours. The issues go to mediation. NEW YORK - The AFL-CIO Newspaper Guild of New York and the World Journal Tribune Corp. announce agreement on the key issue in the 47-day-old guild strike: selection of editorial personnel. Three craft unions are still without contracts. NEW YORK - No progress is reported in negotiations with 700 striking air conditioning engineers In Manhattan of flea buildings. Supervisors are running the equipment normally Set LABOR U Pig* * Coeds Riding^ Ole Muddy lo New Orleans PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) -Fit teen college coeds waited in Cairo, 111., today for calmer winds and water for the secprid leg of their 900-mile raft journey to New Orleans. They plill a stop at Helena, Ark. ,". ."," Their craft, the Rosebud Hop;. son, was escorted to port late last night in Cairo near the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers after a 50-mile trip Ohio. The girls decided against going into town for the night and instead built bonfires on the river bank to protect thenv selves from temperatures that dropped into the 50s. Their departure was uncertain, marking the second delay on the trip aboard the 15-by-39 foot wooden raft, supported by oil drums with a superstructure topside. Trouble with the steering mechanism brought a 2V4 hour delay in departure Thursday from Paducah. The crew includes 15 coeds and new graduates of Rollins College for girls at Roanoke, Va. The captain it Gordon W. Cooper, a river man retired after 35 years on the Mississippi Also on board are two cabin boys to aid in heavy chores and a cameraman for • Paducah television station. A calliope recording blaring out river songs escorted the raft on its maiden voyage. The catfr was christened with a cantankerous campagne bottle. A crew member swung mightily with the bottle. It didn't break. She swung again. It bounced off one of the empty oil drums. On the third try the bottle shattered, and the raft officially became the Rosebud Hopson, named for a Hollins alumna whose father was an early mayor of Paducah. The two 40-horsepower outboard engines powering the ?!,800 craft would not run pro* perly, resulting in more delay.. The problem was corrected. .' Then the girls discovered they had forgotten fresh water, kerosene for camp stoves and Army cots for sleeping. Finally the 900-mile, m week voyage began. About 200 persons were at the river to offer the girls a "bon voyage," including a small army of newsmen. The girls sang as they left, "Won't you come along wjtjj me, down the Mississippi.'"^ •'iiiiininiiiniiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHniiiniiiiNiiin. Weather Forecast Considerable cloudiness and cooler today. Clearing and cooler tonight. Saturday partly cloudy and mild. Highs today In the low 70s. Lows tonight 48 to M. Highi Saturday mostly in the upper 70s. Outlook Sunday partly cloudy and warnur with chance of ihower*.

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