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Thursday, June 23, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 85 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, JUNE 23,1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Will Orval Run? By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Orval 'Faubus said Wednesday night that there appeared to be three leaders in the Democratic gubernatorial race, one strong contender and three also-rans. But Faubus declined to attach names to his rating. Faubus, in an expansive television interview, discussed the governor" race and his own administration. When asked about a rumor that he might re-enter the governor's .race in September as an independent candidate, Faubus replied, "I've heard the rumor too." He continued: "I had thought that when I got out of it, I would be out of it and I wouldn't have to bear the burden of campaign charges." Some of this has come in the form of criticism of his legal •dviser, William J. Smith. Any Gubernatorial candidate who attacks Smith does so because he is running behind, Faubus said. Jim Johnson, one of the seven Democratic candiates, has led the way in attacking Smith, calling him, among other tilings, "the assistant governor in charge of influence." Johnson, meanwhile, in a speech at Osceola, continued to refer to what he calls the "three hired candidates for governor," Frank Holt, Brooks Hays and Dale Alford. These three, Johnson charged, are trying to sweep recent Faubus administration scandals under the rug in a vain effort to fool the people. They have, he said, "dismissed these scandals lightly by their mealy- mouthed and anemic comments about mistakes that have been made." Faubus had something to say about charges that Holt was the "machine candidate." "With almost anyone in the race, you can find people who were in my administration at one time or another." He said It was too early to tell who was most favored by members of his administration. The governor and Johnson, who like Holt left the state Supreme Court to make the governor's race, each talked about the state Insurance Department Wednesday night. Johnson said if he was elected governor, "I won't hesitate two minutes to fire every person responsible for the skullduggery that has been going on in your Insurance Department." Further, if he finds that the reports he said he has been receiving daily are true, he will See FAUBUS on Page 3 Missco Hams Schedule Drill Members of the Mississippi County Amateur Radio Club will participate in a giant emergency communications drill this weekend at the County penal farm, J. F. Johnson, president of the club, said. The drill, called Friday, is sponsored by the national amateur radio organization, the American Radio Relay League, and its announced object is to check out equipment and test procedures which will be used in actual emergencies, such as floods. All equipment for the drill will run with power from a gasoline - driven-electric generator, under conditions approximating those of an emergency. Ray Doyle, club Field Day chairman, points out that while the exercise-is basically serious ta nature, it is to be conducted as a contest, with the local group trying to outscore other U. S. and Canadian ham radio organizations undergoing simi- UK jfilltr _ ;r i > n * " t> t "«< f ( • t' BOOTHEEL PLANS PAGEANT - After the usual picnic at Hayti City Park on July 4 the annual Miss Missouri Bootheel Queen contest will be held at 2:15 p.m. Above, Hayti Jaycee President Hugh Barnes and Betty Mathis (right), chairman of the contest, are flanked fay three of the 18 contestants In the pageant, Susan Gill, (left) of Hayti, Mary Elizabeth Brown of Steele and Carole Iceman of Caruthersville. The event is being sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi. (Courier News Photo) In Mississippi White Man Shot, Bomb Exploded By HARRY ROSENTHAL BENTON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi march to promote legro voter registration fanned out on several fronts today fol- owing reports of another 3un- 'ire-explosive incident Wednesday night. At Canton, which is in the ine of march, Police chief Dan Thompson said a bomb went off near civil rights headquar- ers Wednesday night. A white man was shot, and a Negro leader, C. 0. Chinn, was arrested, Thompson said. The white man was not iden- ified, nor was the extent of his njury available. Canton is about 25 miles southeast of this march headquarters. Plans for a rally Friday in Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights workers were slain hree years ago, occupied the .ime and energies of most march leaders. * * * For the rank and file, headed down Miss. 16, Canton — site of several civil rights struggles in :he past — loomed just ahead. Lawyers sought swift court action on a petition for a federal njunction to forbid interference with the rally in Philadelphia, a Ku Klux Klan stronghold. The march will supply about 75 persons for the Phiadelphia rally. They will be handpicked for their devotion to the principle of nonviolence and driven to the town in autos. Philadelphia is about 70 miles east of Benton. Hosea Williams, a march leader, said federal court also was asked to order police pro- tection for the rally, to be led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Floyd B. McKissick. King heads the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, McKissick directs the Congress of Racial Equality. Both are considered "moderate" organizations. Williams said Stokely Carmi chael, chief of the militant Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which preaches "black power" and does not renounce violence, will be left behind with the marching column. * * * In Washington, a Justice Department spokesman declined to say Wednesday night whether Union Aids In Fund Drive Buddy Landrum, from Bakersfield, Calif., will be appearing Saturday night at Local 1249 Union Hall, 1000 Mitchel Street. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is $1. AH proceeds will go to the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Park fund. Landrum is originally from Blytheville. He got his start as an entertainer playing the guitar here. He was heard over KLCN radio station. Since moving from Blytheville Landrum lived in Illinois for 12 years, before moving to California. In Bakersfield, he plays at Freddie's Top 'o The Hill Club. Asthma Stalls, But Fails To Daunt Young Student Young Mark Gardner is a determined young man. The 12 - year • old son of Mr., and Mrs. R. L. Gardner, Jr., of 701 Broadmoore, has had asthma all his life. This condition would normally have precluded a musical career, and certainly blowing a saxophone is not the usual kind of thing a young man with weak lungs would undertake.' But Mark did. Next .year he'll be blowing sax for" the Blytheville Junior High School band. He's determined. He was also determined not to let his asthma exclude him from last night's First Methodist Church hayride for junior But hay and dust are not friendly to asthmatic lungs, and Mark ended up gasping for breath. Somebody called the Fire Department. Firemen arrived and administered oxygen to the young man, then took him home. * * « So, naturally he's at home today taking it easy, breathing asthmatic sighs of relief over his near thing? Nope, today Mark is back at practice blowing Mi taxopnoM with "all the other young bandsmen participating in the summer band program. Blowing it good, too. Young Mark Gardner is a the federal government planned to help protect the Philadelphia rally. "Decisions are being made day by day, hour by hour," he said. James H. Meredith, who started the march, was expected to join the column at Canton, next major stop on the route. Meredith, recovered from birdshot pellet wounds inflicted by two shotgun blasts the day after he left Memphis, Tenn., to Russell on Viet Nam: We're Not Out Of the Woods' By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Richard B. Russell said today the U.S. military situation in Viet Nam is improving and political stability in Saigon is "a great deal better than it was six weeks ago." Russell, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said "We are' not out of .the woods yet" but significant military progress is being made igainst the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. "This progress has been made despite the tragic handicap of political dissension behind the lines," the Georgia Democrat said. "But I believe that latter situation is a great deal better than it was six weeks ago." In other developments relating to Viet Nam: —The Army disclosed it is converting 11 World War II oil tankers into floating electrical generating plants. When docked in Viet Nam, the electricity the ships generate will be relayed to local power stations. The Army said each ship, drawing on its own 150,000-barrel oil capacity, can produce power around the clock, for about two years without, refueling. —Army medical researchers reported tests have disclosed a drag long used in treating leprosy also can be used to combat malaria, which afflicted 1,801 U.S. soldiers in Viet Nam last year. Officials said the drug, diamino-diphenylsuHone, reduces by half tbe number, of men stricken by malaria. —Maj. Gen. Roy Lassetter chief of told the House Appropriations Committee in testimony made public today that the only way to halt Communist ammunition Jr., deputy assistant staff for intelligence, the movement of troops, arms and march to Jackson, declined to | into South Viet Nam is to seize say whether he would be armed when he returned. "I believe in law and order," he said in Washington. "If government refuses to .provide adequate protection to Negroes, then there's not a choice but for the Negro to try to provide these services for himself." * * * The Negroes and whites in the column, who number about 250 persons, spent the night in the two big tents, one for women, the other for men, a short distance southeast of Benton. Small "task forces," moving by car, were scouting ahead, lining up support. In the rear, Negro leaders were trying to use the ferment created by the march to increase Negro voter registration. In Jackson, civil rights forces organized nightly rallies to help set the stage for the grand climax — a mass march on the state Capitol Sunday. Motor Bike Hits Window Joe Hansen, son of Lt. Col. Richard E. Hansen, Capenart Housing, received minor injuries yesterday when a motorcycle he was on hit a glass window in the Quick Clean Laundry at Shamrock Lanes. According to Henry Valero, who owns the motorcycle, Hansen wanted to ride the vehicle which was parked in the parking lot. Valero said Hansen lost control of the motorcycle and it shot toward the laundry, over the sidewalk and went parallel to the laundry front, which is all glass. Some part of the motorcycle hit part of the glass, broke it, and Hansen was cut on the leg and arm when he jumped off, Valero laid. Hansen was taken to Blytheville AFB Hospital, where he was treated for minor lacera- tfeot tod *bnA the ground over which it moves. * * * Perhaps significantly, Russell said in an interview tiiat be can't talk about a possible escalation of the U.S. military effort forecast in the Senate Wednesday by Sen. Jacob K. Javits, R- N.Y. Urging a reciprocal reduction in hostilities, Javits said President Johnson had provided "the rationale for the further escalation of the conflict." He alluded to Johnson's statement Saturday that the United States may have to step up operations in Sie south and raise the cost of aggression in the north. There is general belief among members of Congress that the war is going to get hotter. Some feel that escalation may come while members are scattered on an Independence Day vacation and critics lack a ready-made forum in Washington. Russell said he never has had much hope that the Communists will agree to unconditional negotiations. He said he continues to believe that the United States must push on to a miliatry vic- tory. "I don't see anything else but to win unless we intend to reverse our entire foreign policy and retreat to fortress America," he said. He said he is satisfied that President Johnson is holding firmly to the policy of punishing the aggressor until his will to fight is destroyed. "This involves some dangerous risks and some hard fighting," Russell said. "We know that there is a substantial contingent of well trained North Vietnamese Jroops in South Viet Nam. ; "But we are making inroads on tiieir supplies and equipment. It is easy for them to slip through our air blockade but not so easy to get heavy equipment through. We are making it difficult for the Viet Cong to get food and the number of defections of hungry men, both in the officer corps and the ranks, is increasing." • * * * Sen. Robert P. Griffin, 'R- Mich., called today for greater civilian efforts to rebuild SoutJi Viet Nam. . :'..'." In tbe text of his maiden Sen: ate Speech, Griffin said a recent visit to Viet Nam as a House member — before his appointment to the Senate — had convinced him "the war cannot, and will not, be won merely by dropping bombs or by taking over Viet Cong territory." He proposed establishing : an executive service corps to apply American business expertise" to Saigon's problems; expert auditing and investigation of the U.S. aid program there, greater incentives to attract government jersonnel. to Viet Nam service and expansion of programs for rural Vietnamese. TURNABOUT — Photogenic bears in Yellowstone National Park have so long been in front of the camera that there should be nothing surprising about one wanting a change of pace. This black bear cub at Mammoth Hot Springs seems to be checking his lens setting before giving a camera-pointing tourist tit for tat. Actually, thereshould be a third actor in the scene—the movie cameraman who beat a hasty retreat when the cub unexpectedly took a do-it-yourself approach to photography. Heat Feat ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Authorities are looking today for the unidentified pilot who neatly jockeyed his twin-engine private plane through the 630-foot- tall Gateway Memorial Arch near downtown St. Louis on the Mississippi River. The feat Wednesday was witnessed by guide John Kinworthy. MIG Belched Bullets, Vampatella Got Mad By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — When the cannon fire from the Communist MIG17 began sweeping past his wingtips, U.S. Navy pilot Philip V. Vam- natella got mad. He turned around and shot the | MIG down. "It was a Quit Burning Trash, City Asks Following Truck Fire Now that the city is picking up garbage twice each week, Mayor Jimmie Edwards is asking that home owners quit burning their trash. 'We nearly had a little catastrophe yesterday," Edwards reported. "Some smouldering trash was put in one of our new trucks and it ignited other trash. It could have done some real damage. "From now on, we've instructed our men to leave any burning trash. We're asking for cooperation of the people in this matter. With twice-a-week pickups of garbage, there really isn't the need to burn refuse that there was before." In addition to all that, Edwards said, "burning this stuff in the city limits Is against the law and besides it makes (Fire Chief) Roy Head jumpy as the devil." The twice weekly pickup service has resulted in happier i«orlc& "Some have phoned in with some real nice comments." TO OKLAHOMA-Rev. A. J. Frank, who has served Assembly of God Church here for seven years, leaves next week for Shawnee, Okla. He will be succeeded by Rev. Martin Hal- personal thing," said Vampatella, 26, a lieutenant junior grade from Islip Terrace, N.Y. "I had never before actually had a man mooting at me." The slender, dark-haired flier managed to make his first kill although his own Crusader jet had 70 shell holes in it and was "virtually uncontrollable at high speeds." He was also low on fuel and had only enough for two minutes when he finally made it to safety. The Navy, proud of his exploits over North Viet Nam Tuesday, flew him from the carrier Hancock to Saigon today for a news conference. With him was Lt. Eugene Chancy of Dotman, Ala., who probably downed a MIG in the same wild Named To Vo-Tech Fady Berry, who has been with the state vocational school at Pine Bluff, has been named j assistant director of Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School at Burdette. The Burdette school is to open in the fall. Berry has been welding instructor at Pine Bluff. He will be in charge of instruction at Cotton Boll. Berry has been on the staff of the Pine Bluff school for more sky battle. Vampatella, Chancy and two other Navy pilots were circling a downed Navy flier when Vam- patella's story began. They were below a cloud ceiling of 3,000 feet. "I felt a big thud and the aircraft shook violently and I realized I had been hit," Vampatel- la said. "However, the engine was performing all right and I had the aircraft under control so I decided to stay in the area." . A few minutes later, though, Vampatella noted he was "below bingo fuel," meaning less than the normal margin of safety to get back to the Hancock. He and a wingman also low on fuel turned toward the sea. ; Chancy then took up the account. 'The MIGs were under ground control intercept," he said. "When they saw two planes peel off they realized it could only be because they were low on fuel. They jumped us four on two." 'The call of MIGs sounded on the radio," Chancy said. "I See VIET NAM on Page J iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiw Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and warm through Friday with .a chance of a few thundershowera mainly west portion Friday afternoon. High today and Friday 87 to 97. tows tonight 51 to 68. Outlook Saturday little change.

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