The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 28, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 28, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 82—NO. 89 BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, JUNE 28,1966 TIN CINTS 13 PAGES LANDMARK FALLING - Hotel Noble, at the time of its Farmers Bank and Trust Co., officials, owns the property construction some 40 years ago one of the state's finest hotels, which adjoins the bank. (Courier News Photo) is being wrecked by workmen. A corporation, headed by j Luxorans Seek Clean-Up; Pastors Leading Effort Luxora's city council met in special session this morning to follow up last night's demand by two Luxora ministers that the city rid itself of illegal gambling, prostitution and illegal sale of alcohoic beverages. This morning's session was called by the city's recorder, Mrs. Kathryn Davis, who is acting mayor in the absence of Mayor Moses Sliman, who was said to be out of town attending the wedding of a relative. Last night speaking before the council and some 40 townsfolk, most of whom were vocal in their support of the proposed Police Tire Of Vandals Police Chief George Ford today vowed that his department will fully prosecute vandals caught defacing street signs and parking meters. "We've had a rash of this kind of thing lately," Ford said. "We're instituting still-watches to curtail it." Ford said vandals have sprayed the glass windows of parking meters, have altered the wording of city street signs, and have overturned kerosene smudge pots and barricades at construction projects. "The effect is not only to waste taxpayers money but to create potentially dangerous situations," Ford said. "In case of juveniles, were going to make sure that then- parents pay for the expense of restoration, and adults arc going to end up serving time.' Phillips Resigns LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State Welfare Commissioner Jim Phillips today submitted his resignation to Gov. Orval Faubus, The registration, effective Aug. 1, will follow a month's leave that begins after Phillips' last working day, Thursday. The reason Phillips gave for resigning was that he needed to take some leave, which he has never taken during bis m years as commissioner. Phillips told newsmen that today marks his 60th birthday. The political race has nothing to do with his action, Phillips Mid. Faubus said he had a successor in mind, but lit; declined to discuss it. "clean-up" drive, Rev. Jimmy Stevens of Luxora Baptist Church, where the meeting was held, delivered a three-point ultimatum : "Illegal gambling of all kinds and all degrees must go. Known prostitutes will be arrested for vagrancy if caught on the streets. Illegal sale of alcoholic beverages must go." Sharing the dais with Stevens was Rev. James Elam of Luxora Methodist Church. The two ministers and other Luxorans had earlier yesterday conferred with Sheriff William Berryman about gambling and other violations in Luxora. "He didn't seem much interested," Elam said last night. "We invited him to this town meeting and he refused to attend." Berryman this morning said it -is the policy of his department to allow local law enforcement agencies to make the first trict prosecutor) and his deputy, Henry Swift, to move in there if we're asked." The sheriff stressed that hard evidence would be necessary before arrests could be made. "We just can't go in on hearsay and start closing places down. That's vigilante law." * * * Luxora Councilman Grigory made much the same move in such cases. i operated by Clarence Gunn and "We've already made arrange I a similar establishment operated ments with Todd Harrison (dis by Negro Willie Brown as chief • offenders. "We all k n o w there are two or three other hangouts," he said. Asked about charges that he allowed gambling in his Main St. establishment, Gunn said, "Oh, we might play a little poker once in a while. Lots of folks do that, don't they?" He I added, "You can't fight these J o h n I preachers, though. They're a law unto themselves." point last night in requesting « » this morning's special council j Brown, unavailable for corn- session. "We need to talk with ment last night, is a member of our own officers, tell them what we want, and give them a chance to move," Grigory said. "We have to have proof," Grigory emphasized. "Now, I really don't believe that. I think the city council can go ahead and act," Stevens replied. Stevens singled out a pool hall Luxora's three - man police department. An unidentified man present at last night's meeting said, "How can a man break the law and enforce the law at the same time?" The man said Brown's club, in an alley off Main St., "is a See LUXORA on Page 7 Military Seizes Argentine Reins BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) The United States has suspended diplomatic relations with Argentina because of the ouster of that country's elected government, offic- als said today. By KENNETH L. DAVIS BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's military leaders overthrew elected President Arturo lllia during the night in a swift bloodless coup aimed at shutting the Peronists cut of the political picture. The usually mild-mannered president, who had served 32 months of his six-year term, holed up for the night in Casa Rosada, the pink stone seat of government, and defied the generals this morning to remove him by force. But within 2» minutes he was on his way to an undisclosed destination - perhaps under arrest. Military; sources said the army commander in chief who led the coup, U. Gea. Paicual A. Pistarini, and the commanders- of the navy and air force would form a governing junta and then would install Lt. Gen. Juan Carlos Ongania, the former army commander, in chief and the country's most prominent military man, as interim president. Vice President Carlos Perette fled across the Plate River to Uruguay during the night. The rest of the 65-year-old president's Cabinet stood with him as he defied Maj. Gen. Julio R. Alsogaray, commander of the 1st Army Corps who asked lllia to leave Casa Rosada. lllia told Alsogaray he was Argentina's constitutional president and would not surrender to force. A government source said the president left the building at 6:55 a.m. but did not disclose the circumstances. "Although troops of the presidential guard had mounted machine guns in the lulls and entrances of Casa Rosada, Also- garay's troops ringed the building and occupied it without (rou- ble. The military declared a bank holiday but said government offices and other activities would operate as usual. The smooth 5th graf 134. * . * * The smooth, swift coup was the latest in a long series of plots and revolutions that have been Argentina's fate since the military threw out Dictator Juan D. Peron in 1955. The armed forces chiefs had been threatening for more than a month to oust lllia, charging that his regime was too soft on the Peronists, who have won six of the last seven provincial elections. U.S. pressure failed to deter the military. The U.S. Embassy See ARGENTINE on Page 7 Alford Scalds Frank Holt LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Dale said he was informed that a I minute statewide television ad-1 solicited for you from state ic i i u^.j _..* A i ...u*.* hi* n _nmlnnnf otata nffi/iial **•! wall /1t*Acc nAr in hie 11.nut* A fir P. InlnuAc? Tin vnii H^nv that COTTON BLOOM IS REPORTED Elmer Elam of Tomato reported a cotton bloom to th« Courier Newt last week. Elam said the bloom cam* from the Hunderlich farm. It was Smooth Leaf Rex which wu planted on April 11. Altora lasnea out at wnai ne ernied serious violations of po- itical ethics Monday night and challenged "the machine candidate" to deny that state em- ployes had been asked to con- ribute to his campaign fund. Alford, one of seven Democratic candidates for governor, prominent siaie umuai, a VYCU known tool of the power bloc, had written letters to state em- ployes, soliciting their support for the machine puppet in complete violation of the Hatch Act." The Little Rock eye surgeon mentioned no names in his 30- Monk Fasts, _^^ i i • Depots Hit By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Buddhist extremist eader Thich Tri Quang defied an order today from South Viet tarn's supreme Buddhist pa- ;riarch to end his 21-day hunger strike. Under arrest in a Saigon clin- c, the antigovernment monk clung to his diet of sugary liquids, vowing to fast unto death unless Premier Nguyen Cao Jy's military regime resigned. He was reported growing increasingly weaker. The second consecutive day of icavy U.S. air attacks on North Viet Nam's fuel depots dominated military activities. On the ground, more than 6,000 U. S. troops hunted in the coastal hills 240 miles northeast of Saigon for 1,800 North Vietnamese but encountered only sniper fire. U.S. Air Force and Navy jets flew 84 multiplane missions against the Communist North Monday, returning for the first time in a month to the strategic Yen Bay rail yards on the Red River line to Red China 80 miles northwest of Hanoi. A spokesman said they destroyed a highway bridge, damaged a railroad bridge an wrecker two antiaircraft sites. A Navy A4 Skyhawk from the carrier Constellation became the 271st plane lost over North Viet Nam when it was hit near M Car WUI Driver Dies Af 1 • • MI InillMAC Ul III ml 1C} w Harl Prior, 24, a stock car driver from Benton, 111., died Mondsv rnorninc st 12i55 3.m. Prior was in Chickasawba Hospital, where he had been since he was injured in a race two weeks ago Sunday. Preliminary reports indicated that he had a broken leg and minor cuts and bruises. However, Sunday night Prior had an emergency operation, due to internal injuries. His wife, Shirley, who is expecting their first child, was brought here from Benton in an ambulance Sunday. She returned to Benton Monday. Funeral Services will be held in Benton tomorrow at i p.m. Thanh Hoa. The pilot was listed as missing. In a sidelight to the U.S. military effort, the big American construction combine handling the Defense Department's building program announced a tentative agreement with 13,000 Vietnamese workers to end a crippling eight-day strike in the Saigon area. A spokesman for the RMK-BRJ combine said it endorsed the workers' demands for higher wages in exchange for a pledge by their representatives, to urge them back to the job Wednesday. The continued hunger strike by the once-influential monk drew no comment .from- the gpv- crnmfint ' The ruling generals appeared unworried by Tri Quang's stubborn persistence. Having overcome the last pockets of militant Buddhist resistance in Saigon and the northern provinces, they were, confident the monk's defiant gesture would not rekindle the dying embers of Bud- dlils t rebellion The order to end the fast came from the patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church, Thich Tinh Khiet, 80, a scholarly, wizened figure whose seat is in the northern Buddhist center of Hue. The old monk — Thich means venerable — addressed the letter to Tri Quang's moderate rival and chairman of the Buddhist Institute, Thich Tarn Chau, in whom he invested all responsibility for reaching a political settlement with the government. The patriarch urged Buddhists to remain calm while the Buddhist Institute - the church's political arm — seeks a peaceful accommodation with the junta. There was no mention of a threatened Buddhist boycott of the Sept. 11 election for a constituent assembly to draft a See VIET NAM on Page 7 Bells to Ring The carrilon bells of First Methodist Church will participate in a nationwide "Bells of Peace" on the Fourth of July. The Bells for Peace program calls for all buildings having bells or carillons to ring them four minutes to coincide with the ringing of bells in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The National Fourth of July observance is scheduled for noon. Mrs. Joe Whisenbunt will play the church carillons here. Woman Credits Friend With Saving Her Life "She got me just in time," Mrs. Charles Henry said grate- fifllu luiiy. "She" is Mrs. Freddie Rounsavall, who saved Mrs. Henry from drowning Saturday. The Henrys and the Rounsa- valls were having a picnic on the Tennessee side of the Mississippi River. Mr. and Mri. Henry we-- wading In the water when the current pulled her and iier husband out. "I can't twin," explained foe mother of six. "My husband was holding himself up and caught the strap of my bathing suit. I yelled for help." Henry, could swim just enough to keep himself up. Mrs. Henry was under water, and Henry would pull her up for air from time to time. Mrs. RouMivall, who Is described aa a pretty good swimmer, ran .down to the river and swam out to the Henrys, "just in time," said Mrs. Henry- dress nor in his 11-page pre- jared text. Alford first mentioned the rlatch Act matter Sunday and said he would dwell on it in his elevision address. Winston Chandler, who left the gubernatorial race and announced his support of Alford, told newsmen Sunday that the candidate Alford referred to was "the machine canidate," label Chandler had pinned on Frank Holt. * * * At one point in the speech the camera focused on a newspaper headline that said: "Holt blocks erection of Alford signs in Chandler spots." At that time Alford said, "The machine candidate's highly laid advertising executive displayed rudeness and ungentlemanly conduct when young citizens of voting age politely requested the placing of a sign." The reference was to Young Alford trying to candidate's signs Citizens for place their over those of Chandler at a Little Rock hotel. The advertising firm handling Holt's campaign opposed it. . Alford said he would protect the official who he said solicited the contributions because "he is fearful of the loss of his job in a reprisal that would destroy the livelihood of his family." He said he learned of the matter at a time when "the controled candidate's workers were trying, to cover up his position through innuendoes :hat I was a part, or a candidate even, of the power bloc." Then, Alford said: "I challenge the controlled candidate to meet me on television and deny the charges which have been made. "Make no mistake about it, he has sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. "Mister puppet candidate, do you deny that funds have been em- ployes? Do you deny that the State Police radio was used the day you announced, passing the word down that you were tile king-makers front man?" ; Alford added, "I am shocked and disappointed in this candidate in being a party to the free-wheeling tactics we now see air too clearly." He said such tactics represent "the grossest kind of boss- rule and violate the sensitivitie of all who believe in jutice and fair play." * * * "I will not bow to any political master, nor bend to any threat," Alford said, directing it to "the controlled candidate and his machine masters." Gov. Orval Faubus told newsmen Monday that he intended to listen to Alford's speech to hear which agency had violated the Hatch Act. . •.. "It could be true but I rather doubt it," Faubus said of the charge, "I'm not going to accept something as a fact-because a candidate said it was so. I'm not going to discount it either." • Alford launched his attack on the "machine candidate" alter delving extensively into , : his campaign platform. ~ r ; He said he considered school consolidation a local matter mat should remain voluntary, He also expressed support for increased teacher .salaries and job security for teachers through a tenure program...... Alford said one of the state's greatest needs is 'to increase care for "those/unfortunate pe*- pie who are blind by liberalizing their care through the remedial eye service." He said he would push for extended welfare and health care benefits for elderly citizens, the expansion of the state park system and cooperation with the federal government in river development and conservation of natural resources. For July Primary Registration Hearing End If you are a potential voter, and if you haven't registered to vote, and if you want to vote in the July 26 Democratic (and Republican, for that matter) primary, then you must present yourself to either the Blytheville or Osceola court house before 6 p.m. Tuesday and register. It takes only a few minutes and it won't cost a cent. Today through Tuesday (with time out for Monday's Fourth of July holiday), the registration offices will be open until that late 6 o'clock hour, County Clerk Elizabeth BIythe Parker announced today. Registration offices open each day at 8:30 a.m. They are closed from noon until 1 p.m. * * * "People need to be reminded that they do not need to register again if they've registered in the past year. Under the new voter registration syste registration is permanent. The only way a n a m e can be dropped from the list of voters is for that person not to vote for a four-year period. "Any vote cast in any election each four years is sufficient to keep the name on t h e U Than* to Ru«ia UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP)-The United Nations said today Secretary • General U Thant will go to Moscow July 25 for a three-day visit. Thant is expected to hold private talks with high Soviet officials on Viet Nam, U.N, peace keeping problems and his future M secretary-general. rolls," Mrs. Parker said. * . * * Registration under the new Arkansas law began in July of last year. As of June I, 15,320 voters in Mississippi County had registered under the new law. This is a bit below the nearly 19,000 who were registered to vote in the Orval Faubus-Winthrop Rockefeller race for governor in November of 1964. FLUQRIDATION MEET TONIGHT A discussion of fluoridation is on tap for tonight's town meeting which is the second in a series being sponsored by the Mississippi County Young Republicans. Tonight's meeting begins at o'clock in the municipal courtroom (second floor City Hall) and is open to the public. Dr. Fred Wagner, Blytheville dentist, will be the speaker at tonight's meeting. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinin Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and hot through Wednesday with isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers. High today and tomorrow mostly in the upper 90's. Lows tonight: 64-74. Ten percent probability of showers, afternoon and evening, today and Wednesday. For Thursday; partly cloudy, continued hot with chance of isolated afternoon showers. ' '

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