Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 17, 1969 · Page 1
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, April 17, 1969
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ortJjtoest The Public Interest It The First Concern Of This Newspaper tOCAl MMCAST- Unsettled with possible tfr s e v e r e thunderihowers dur- ir:f afternoon: clearing Friday: barometer 29.75 falling winds SE: precipitation past 24 hours .76: sunset today 6:51; iunris« Friday 5:43, High Low Expected today 6«-72 45 Wednesday 89 it 109th YIAR-NUMKR 260 FAYfTTCVtUE, AIKANSAS, THURSDAY, Arm 17, IMt PAGES-TIN CINTS Welcome Home For Airman Tears and gentle hands on Tech. Sgt. Donald Palmer tell the story of his arrival home in Denver after a year of duly in Vietnam with Colorado Air National Guard. Scene was repeated many limes as unit returned home for deactivation. (AP Wire- photo) House Backers Of Safeguard See Victory WASHINGTON (AP) - - President Nixon's Safeguard missile defense system, which is in considerable difficulty in the Senate, faces much easier going in the House where opponents concede they don't have the strength to stop the program. An informal count by one congressman found only about 100 representatives publicly opposed or leaning against deployment of the antiballistic missile --ABM--system. "You know that we ABM opponents will lose in the House," Benjamin S. Rosenthal "If Safeguard is to be Rep. said. stopped, the Senate will have to do it," according to the New York Democrat. "My guess is that we will wind up with about 75 to 100 votes against it," said Rosen- thai, an organizer of the anti- AFM Congressional Conference on the Military Budget and National Priorities." VICTORY FORECAST The prospect of an almost certain House victory has the administration pushing for the first congressional test of the Safeguard to come in that chamber, sources say. But even though a House victory would give Nixon a psychological boost, it would not necessarily guarantee similar approval in the Senate where Safeguard critics say they have the strength to either keep the program from coming to a vote or to kill it if it reaches the floor. Opponents of the $6 billion Safeguard say it could escalate the nuclear arms race, threaten progress in disarmament talks, siphon money from domestic programs, and prove to he obsolete or ineffective. Besides lacking numbers. The House opposition, mostly liberal Democrats, also admits being disorganized. They also lack backing from the Democratic leadership, notably Speaker John W. McCormnck and Majority Leader Carl Albert. The situation is the opposite in the Senate where the critics arc united and include Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and his assistant, Edward M. Kennedy. Michigan Coeds Frightened As Murderer Strikes Again YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -Frightened coeds at two universities have armed themselves with switchblade knives, tear gas sprays or other protective devices while authorities investigate the killings of five girls. The latest victim--who also was the youngest--was 13-year old Dawn Basom. a junior high school student in Ypsilanti. Her body, stripped to a blouse and brassiere, was found Wednesday on a rural road four miles north of Eastern Michigan University. An electric cord was wrapped around her throat and eight-inch-long gashes were carved on her chest and stomach. "It's creepy--it's frightening." said Mary Burke. 19, of Howell, an Eastern Michigan freshman who lives in a dormi tory at the 13,000-student school. Since August 1967, the bodies of two Eastern Michigan coeds, one University of Michigan coed, a 16-year-old girl and the Basom girl have been found within a radius of less than 10 miles. HITCH-HIKING ENDS Coed hitch-hiking to and from I the campus has virtually ended, said women students at both Two Sentenced In Bank Robbery HUNTSVILLE-Two suspects in the Feb. 27 robbery of the Valley Bank of H i n d s v i 11 e pleaded guilty in Madison Circuit Court this morning and were sentenced. Judge William Enfield fixed punishment for Elzie D. Clark, 31, of McCool. Miss., at 15 years in state prison and sentenced his woman companion. Miss Vergie Jewell Humphrey, 33, of Brady, Tex., to five years. Following their capture near Blue Springs Recreation Area on Beaver Lake by Fayetteville police, both C l a r k and Miss Humphrey entered pleas of not guilty. At this morning's hearing both changed their pleas lo guilty and were sentenced immediately. The $2,rrii taken in the armed robbery was recovered w h e n the pair was arrested. Eastern Michigan and the University of Michigan, which is in Ann Arbor, six miles west ol Ypsilanti. Most coeds said they have adopted, a "buddy system" of (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO) Sen. Mansfield Approves New Nixon Program WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen ate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield with a few exceptions, has given good marks to President Nixon's newly de tailed legislative program. "By and large T approve of what he has suggested," Mansfield said in an interview. "I am pleased to note that he has placed strong emphasis on peace as his first priority." The Montana senator also said the President's proposed budget changes and planned revisions of existing programs add up to "a cautious and careful" approach to domestic problems. Mansfield said he approves of Nixon's plan to increase funds for fighting crime and the proposal to extend tax credits lo encourage private business planl invetment in ghetto reas. URGES CUTS But. Mansfield said, he thinks Congress should slash spending by an additional $1 billion to add to the $4 billion cut proposed by the President. Nixon wants a budget for fiscal 1970 of $192.9 billion, $4 billion under former Presidenl Johnson's figure. Nixon sail the t r i m m i n g is necessary to fight inflation, which he has indicated is among the first orders of domestic business. Mansfield also snid he does not regard Nixon's proposal for a 7 per cent increase in social security benefits as sufficient. He said tiie increase should be around 10 per cent. North Dakota Town Braces For Second Flood By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Residents of Minol. N.I)., received a bit of good news today when the Weather Bureau revised downward a predicted crest on the Souris Diver which winds for M miles through the city of 33,000. The bureau predicted Ihc crest, due April 24, at 21 feet, one fool below an earlier estimate. The city wns hit Inst week by K relatively minor flood from a tributary tif Ihe Souris which crested fll 17 feet. II ha» spent frantic dayi preparing for the Souris water swirling down from Canada. "Now, all we have to do Is wait for the water," muttered Jerry Gnctx. 27, who spent $2,500 securing his ycnr-old ranch house three blocks from the river. "If this isn't a good investment," he added. "I'm not even going to clean it up. I'll just mall my key to the bnnk nnd 1ft them worry about it." Klscwhcrc in the city, engineers and volunteers rested after throwing more than S(X),(HK) sandbags and toni of tarth around the town's water treatment plant, Ihrce wells, a number of schools and other vital points. The Army Corps of Engineers snid thai, despite the preparations, there was no w a y to protect at least one-third of the town from being flooded lie- cause of the way the Souris twists through Minol. In Wisconsin, hcnvy mini threatened further flooding by streams which hnvr closed ronds in thr western pnrt of the state and prompted Coy. Wnr- rcn KnowlM In d»c!«ri n stntc of emergency in U ·entities. , Bodies Of 2 Navy Crewmen From Downed Plane Found Fire Department To Take Urgent Ambulance Calls began Fayetteville firemen providing emergency lance service at noon today. The Fire Department is filling the void created by J. J. Am bulance Service. Inc., Bates- vine, when it abandoned i t s private ambulance operation here at noon. The company had operated here for 5'/a months. Emergency ambulance service can be obtained by telephoning 442-2311. City Manager Wesley H o w e said the Fire Department would answer emergency calls only during an interim period, in which he hopes a permanent solution to the ambulance service problem can be found. Howe said he had placed the problem on the agenda for the 7:30 p.m. meeting Monday of the Fayetteville City Manager Board. The city's contract with J. J included an option to buy back the three ambulances sold to the company when the private service was established Nov. 1. However, the city doesn't intend to exercise the option. "We have no plans to exercise the option and buy the vehicles back," Howe said. Fire Chief Burl Skelton said lie doesn't believe the ambulances a r e worth repurchasing. VEHICLES AVAILABLE The Fire Department has rescue truck that can be used to answer emergency c a l l s plus other vehicles that couW be pressed into service if neces sary, Skelton said. The city would like to see a county ambulance operation established at Washington Gen eral Hospital, or something similar, so that the responsibility would not fall entirely upon the city. Springdale's Fire Department now provides ambulance service for the northern area of the county. Fayetteville fireman provided ihe service for 23 months after the local funeral h o m e s abandoned it because of n e w federal wage and hour legisla- :ion. Except for the area served by Luginbuel Funeral Home of Prairie Grove, the city h a s served the southern area of the county. J. J. abandoned the service Because it was losing money. The decision to quit the opera- Battle Deaths Again Decline SAIGON (AP) - Battle deaths on all sides dropped last week to their lowest level since .he Viet Cong's winter-spring ush began Feb. 23. The weekly casualty reports said 204 Americans. 244 South Vietnamese military personnel and 2,890 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed in action last week. Both the Americans and the South Vietnamese ·eported increases in the num- )er of tliir wounded, however, with the U.S. total rising sharp- y from 1,285 th previous week to 2.691. Most of the wounded apparently resulted from the nightly ·ocket and mortar attacks on U.S. military bases that have characterized the enemy offensive. Such attacks frequently cause large numbers of shrapnel wounds. But the drop in the lumber of dead reflected the slacking off of enemy ground attacks in recent weeks. Enemy gunners shelled f)a iing twice Wednesday night. Iling 12 South Vietnamese civilians and two mililary men md wounding 40 persons. The wounded included one American. 28 Vietnamese civilians md 11 government soldiers. It was the highest civilian toll in five attacks on South Viet nam's second largest city dur- ng the eight-week offensive. lut Vietnamese and American "ircmcn kept a blaze touched off iy one rocket from spreading to 0 big oil storage t a n k s close by. Pilots To M«et DUMAS. Ark. (AP)-A scml- inr (or Agricultural Aircraft 'ilots nnd Operators will b* icld here next Friday at the American Legion I lull. Tommy R. llmicprk, accident irevontion specialist from the 'cdcral Aviation Agency office at Lilllc Rock, said the seminar vould he held in cnnnrclion with he accident prevention program n progress in ihe southwest and central region of tht country, i tion here was made Tuesday. "We regret it as much as anybody, but as someone once said, 'that's the way the ball bounces.' " James Richardson, the company president, said this morning. House Panel Vote Reform WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressmen wanting to change the way America chooses its presidents are expected to win early endorsement of the principle of direct election. A solid bipartisan majority of the 35-member House Judiciary Committee favors junking the Electoral College and moved to put the committee on record today. But hammering out the language of a constitutional amendment to accomplish such a far-reaching change may prove a difficult task. However, Chairman Emanuel Celler's goal of quick endorse ment of direct election would eliminate a raft of alternative proposals from committee consideration. One of the options, backed by President Nixon, would divide a state's electoral votes among the presidential candidates in proportion to their popular vote. In a message to Congress, Nixon said he personally favored a popular election amendment but was convinced it was too controversial to win ratifica tion by the necessary 38 states PLEDGES HELP Nixon has told Republican leaders in the House that if both the House and Senate approve a direct election amendment he help in the fight to rally public support for ratification by the states. But until thai slage is reached, he is reported to have said he will slay out of the struggle. Despite the President's position, 10 of the 15 Republicans on the committee are reported lo be firmly in favor of direct elections. At least Ifi of the 20 Democrats are similarly inclined. The situation is more f l u i d when it conies to details of an amendment, w h i c h would h a v e i to specify provisions for run-off elections, the percentage of t h e ; popular vole that would he re quired to win. and voter q u a l i f i - cations. The committee is ex Meted to wrestle with such mat :ers for some time. the the ' of a series of increasingly brmidable barriers that would lave to be cleared before the nation f i n a l l y changed the way t chooses its presidents. (TlME9prioto by Ken Good) ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO . . . demonstrator Pollard climbs peace/wily /rom tree at direction of city police, who acted on court order obtained by UA Tree Sifter Ousted From Perch, Charged By U Of A Officials A 22-year-old p r o t e s t e r pleaded innocent in Fayetteville Municipal Court today to trespassing on the University of Arkansas campus by climbing into a lofty tree in front of the Student Union. Stephen U. Pollard Jr., whose Commillee approval of amendment would be onlv SHOWERS TO COVER AREA By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Scattered rain is forecasl for Arkansas through Friday, with temperalures expected lo be slighlly cooler at Ihe start of the weekend. the U.S. Weather Bureau forecast says rain can be es- pecled today, tonight and F r i day in most of Ihe stale in Ihe form of showers and thunderstorms, sume of them severe. Lows tonight were predicled in the upper 40's in the north west Nixon Remains Silent On U. S. Reactions WASHINGTON" ( A P ) -- The lodies of two crewmen from the U.S. Navy reconnaissance p l a n e shot down by North Korea have leen found in the Sea of J a p a n and there are grave doubts t h a t my of Ihe 20 other crew members survived, the Pentagon said loday. There was no immcdiale comment [rom either the Penlagon or the State Dcparlment. "We regret to report lliat tin destroyer USS Tucker has recovered the bodies of one officer ind one enlisted crew member 'rom the EC121 downed over the Sea of J a p a n . " a Pentagon stalemenl said. I n d i v i d u a l identifications are being withheld until notification of next of kin has been accomplished. "We are now gravely concerned about the chances of ' h i d i n g any s u r \ i\ors. The search is being continued." The Tucker recovered Ihe bodies about 17 miles north of Ihe site w h e r e ihc firsl signs of wreckage from Ihe plane, a our engine. propeller driven converted Super fnnslollalion. ,vore spotted about 120 miles southeast of the North Korean coasl. the Pentagon reported. W R E C K A G E FOUND In addition lo the bodies, Ihe destroyer recovered life .jackets and pieces of fuselage bearing shrapnel holes, Ihe statement stated. A wide M'ari.h for the plant and its 31 crewmen has been under way since the plane was reported missing Monday after N o r t h Korea said it had downed Ihe aircrall for allegedly violating its lorritory. The bodies w e r e dollied in f l y i n g suils but were not wearing l i f e j a c k e t s . J a p a n ' s Kyodrt News Sen ice reported. Kyodo, w h i c h did not g i v e its source, also said Ihc bodies w o r e picked up by the !,' S d i M r n y e r Tucker. The recovery of (he bodies came as Ihe w o r l d w a i t e d for President N i x n n In break the calculated public silence he instituted a f t e r N o r t h Korea declared it had destroyed the plane. O f f i c i a l s i m i i c a l c d Wednesday (he President was expected to issue smile s u i t of protest to N o r t h Korea, and there has been no e\ idcnee of a change. Mnt no decision bar! been reported about how this w o u l d ha done. OPTIONS OI'KX Among the choices Ihe administration was understood to hav« considered was n public state ment expressing Ihe United Stales' protest. The A m e r i c a n The a f f i d a v i t w a s t h e basis for J!"' s "'"" ;ll , s " !'""''' np mari(! local address was listed on the police blotter as .').)·! Ave.. N. West lo reap pear in Municipal Court al 1:.'((! p.m. May 1 for a bearing on the charge. He was free on $.100 bond. T h e a r r e s t represented a change of s i g n a l s from the UA executive suite, from which had come earlier in t h e day a state ment that Pollard would be allowed to remain perched in his tree. Pollard was arrested In Assistant Chief W a y n e Stout and P a t r o l m a n John Paul D a v i s about I) p m. Wednesday after W. K, Denimm. d e a n of slu denls. signed an a f f i d a v i charging Pollard w i i b trespass ing. vd agaa, lard in M u n i c i p a l Court b Attorney K i c h a r d Wells The U n i v e r s i t y said Pollard is not a s t u d e n t . SOUGHT KSCAI'K Pollard climbed i n t o the I r e e e a r l y Tuesday m o r n i n g for a I- riday were predicted gen generally in the 70's. NEWS BRIEFS Bill Becomes Law I.K ROCK ( A P ) A hill providing for the random selection of grand and petit jurors in Arkansas became law today withoul the signature of (lov. Winthrop Rockefeller. Chairman Named T U C K K t t PRISON F A R M . Ark. (AP) -- Johnny Cash has agreed to serve as c h a i r m a n of a fund-raising program lor a chapel at C u m m i n s Prison Farm. lion Hembree, assistant om- missioncr of correction for spe eial services, said ('ash donated $5,000 to (he f u n d w h e n he per formed nt C u m m i n s last Tours day. Drug Pact Signed UTTLK ROCK ( A I M - An agreement lo coordinali. 1 a u - i r colic and drug abuse control program was signed Wodno'-dav by the federal Bureau of N a r colics and Dangerous Drugs and the stale Hoard of 1'hnrmaoy. The agreement seeks lo make Assembly Head Dies G U A T E M A L A ( A P i I n E i m l i n Arenales. president uf m o r n i n g k n o w n at the Korean truce sita at P a n m u n j o m , if a meeting requested for l a t e t o i u g b t EST-by North Korea is heiil. A l t h o u g h North Korea gave no reason for seeking a P a n m u n - jom meeting, t h e proposal camp shortly a f t e r t h e broadcast c l a i m i n g destrui l i n n of the U.S. plane and i! was assumed Pyong yangn w o u l d pruti-M t h e alleged \ i o l a t i o n of i:; t e r r i t o r y lion of h u m a n i t y . He said he was In any even:. N I M M I 'is c e r t a i n l u i a l l y d i s g u s t e d " and w i s h e d , ( ,, discuss t h e i n c i d e n t at a F r i ; t n "es,.ipe h u m h u m a n i t y " j r i a y morning n e w s conlcronro. · H i ' u l f e r e i i nn r e s i s t . i m e w h e n ! (,,'b,. broadcast live by lelcvi- ; l a k e n i n i u e n - t o d y by the police I M o n .mil radio networks' men. hut t h r e e s i u d e n t s prompt i N i t o n ' s silem c was pictured Iy look his place, .li.e Saunders. j by o f f i c i a l s as r e f l e c t i n g the de. j i i n i n r from Hcr.lon. said he eisinn ho made a l t e r being noli- w i i i i l d complete ihc \ i g i l . unless i fied of t h e N o r t h Korean claim he w a s arrested, also. tn say n o t h i n g u n t i l all the f a c t s Sounders a p i i a r c n i l v susMved j were k n o w n about t h e - loss of a na'ht. of e l n I K rain and was the K C I 2 1 . t i l l i muched m the tree t i n s Before loday. the only Whit* . ''"I.'!;. 011 ? f "V stal ; ·"·''! fourd.,:, sl.n to protest t h e war in the n O s elsewhere^ Highs; i n V| ,.,,,.,,,, ,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ,, r ,,,,· nitrides, and Ihe general condi He saul he was th died today. He was -1(1. Arenales underuel.l lion in N'ew York last Oet .2' for removal of a brain l u n i o r . I'm sicians called Ihe operation a success. This was less t h a n a m o n i l i after I h e G u a t e m a l a n w a s elected president of the .is sembly under a rotation syMem t h a t made it in A m e r i c a ' s Assemhi;..' A n c.slimatcd H.S p e r s o n s. most of u h o m w e r e m e m h e r s of I he galhcred around Ihe have of ihc irnxTiNt.'Ku ox i'Ac;i-; TWO) House rcacliii!! came f r o m secretary Ronald I. Zicglcr. who described N'ixon as following the s i t u a t i o n \ c r y closely and discussing it w i t h his advi- (COSTINUKn ON PAGK TWO) Reorganization Told WASHINGTON (AIM - Post master General Wmlon M Mlount announced tod.iv a re organization of the Post Office 1 Paleslinian guerrill Department Mr, ,·-. merging,,,,,, s ,,,.,, ,, ,,, Ihc (unclioris of Ihiee bureaus and eslabbsliing one entirely new division. Signs Of Friction Between Iraq, Guerrillas Reported nF.HUIT, Lebanon ( A P ) - I g u n e slopped broadcasting com- The Ir.iqi ginernmcr.l has told I m u n i q u c s i.sMied by Al Fatah. i organiM ! s to i h e i r I pr scnce in Ir ' m s t newspaper Al Nid.i said t o l l b e largesi of Ihe igani/ations. i were i » p " i "a or- broadcast! Great Issues W A S H I N G T O N (AIM - Callin his Ihree "great is- President N'lvnn hns till! m a x i m u m use of all avail- promised lo m a k e real progress nblo stale and federal rcsoun e s l b y ne\l year Inward peace, (ind tn eliminate duplication o f i c u r b i n g i n f l a t i o n and restoring efforts in drug mvesluations 'l.iw and order. le C'ommu |sian Gulf emirates, whose day. the paper published (he ' IcM of a recent note Irom I r a q ' s ruling revolutionary council lo the mam guerrilla organizations. Guerrilla sources here indicated the published note was authen- In Signs of f r i c t i o n between Ihc Iraqi Rovornmenl anil Ihe glirr- r i l a s appeared earlier this month when the Baghdad re- people contribute large sumr, tn th» g u e r r i l l a s The parly regime in Iraq also formed its own gucr- rilln group, railed Ihc Arab Liberation Kronl. nnd said its activities will bp ideological ns well as m i l i t a r y . Despite 'ils refusal lo cooper- ale w i t h ihe guerrillas, the Iraqi regime of President Ahmrd llassnn Al B.ikr has rpjcrM a political jcltlcmcnt willi UrnL

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