The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 10, 1967 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 203 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1967 14 PAGES 10 CENTS TILE TOIL—Photo on the left shows a drainage-tile's-eya view of the work going on in Improvement District Seven, in the southwest section of the city. In right photo, a workman for Usrey Construction Company swings one of the large tile into position. Today's rain halted work on the $140,000 project. The district is bounded on the north by Rose, on the west by 21st and on the east by 16th. Concrete streets will be poured by Hughes and Company at "less than $16 a yard, one of the best prices the city has had in years," according to Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. The project probably won't be completed until next spring, Little said. (Courier News Photo) LBJ Trip Seen As Vote-Gathering Bid By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer FT. BENNING, Ga. (AP) President Johnson flew to this sprawling "home of the infantry" today and told Army men that the nation's hopes and dreams depend on bringing unity to the Vietnam battleground "where our beliefs and future are at test." The Georgia stop was Johnson's first in a two-day tour to greet men of all the armed forces both ashore and afloat, on this Veterans Day weekend. In remarks prepared for Army men and their families at Doughboy Stadium, Johnson emphasized the unity-in-war theme. Peace in Vietnam, he said, "will come more quickly when the enemy of freedom finds no crack in our courage—and no split in our resolve—and no encouragement to prolong this war in the shortness of our patience or the sharpness of our tongues." an effort to cofound pollsters and woo voters, was here to watch paratrooper and ranger training in Georgia, decorated Vietnam veterans and talked to troops and their kin. The commander-in-c h i e f stressed the fact that more than 1,200 families of men stationed in Vietnam live in the immediate area. Johnson concluded by saying that "your bravery will be rewarded" and that one day Ft. Benning will celebrate the end of the war. "God grant that we may share in the blessed day soon," he said. The coast-lo-coast tour was Johnson's first major barnstorming trip of 1967. Before nightfall today, he also will have greeted Vietnam combat pilots in California and observed operations aboard the nuclear- powered carrier Enterprise somewhere in the Pacific. The two-day jounrney will take | the commander-in-chief to bases iof all the armed services— City Man Is Charg With Assault One Blytheville man is in serious condition at Chickasawba Hospital and another is in custody of city police charged with assault with intent to kill following a stabbing about 4:15 p.m Wednesday. Del. Sgt. Robbie Cox of the city police identified the victim as Edward Lee Bullocks, 24, of 833 Shivers, who was stabbed in the back with a 10-inch bush knife, the blade entering the chest cavity and puncturing a lung, the diaphragm and the abdomen. In custody, to be transferred to the county jail today, is Johnny Nelson Jr., 20, of 1733 Harmon, who was arrested about 5 p.m Wednesday by Ptn. Carl Yeates. Bond for Nelson has been set at $2,500, according to Cox. Bullocks was stabbed at Nelson's residence, according to Cox. Johnson's fast-paced travels were eyed to the observance Saturday of Veterans Day. The President got scant rest before taking off. Without ad- Youth Admits Triple Slaying CHEYENNE, Okla. (AP) The son of the former police chief at Leachville, Felix Fesire Jr., 19, has pleaded guilty to murder in the deaths of his father, brother and a friend last February. District Judge Charles Wilson accepted the pleas Monday as Fesmire was about to go on trial for slaying his friend, Roy F. Thomas, 17. The bodies of the three men were found in the Fesmire home near Hammon, Okla. Police said they learned of the deaths after Fesmire went to a neighbor's house and reported them. Fesmire's father, who had been town marshal! at Dell, had been shot in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun. The brother, Bucky, had been bludgeoned and stabbed and Thomas had been beaten on the head and stabbed 28 tlmei. SATURN 5 GAMBLE PAYS OFF vance White House announcement, he flew Thursday night to New York City to speak before some 1,000 patrons of a dinner sponsored by an arm of the Jewish Labor Committee. AFL- CIO President George Meany was the honored guest. Johnson, long noted for his nonbelligerent "come let us reason together" phrases, tried out a new, fighting style—to the obvious delight of an audience that interrupted with such cries as, "Give 'em hell." It's been apparent for several weeks that Johnson has been deeply concerned about public opinion polls depicting him as the underdog in the 1968 election if he decides to seek another term. His tougher language seems a direct new bid to generate voter backing for his policies. Strengthening the language of his prepared text as he went along, the President asserted "it is just pure bunk" to claim progress in Vietnam must come at the sacrifice of progress at home. Decrying what he termed patters and nay-sayers," Johnson said: "They never wanted to do anything, but this year (hey say they can't do it because of Vietnam. "That is just pure bunk. They were against progress before Vietnam. They are against progress now. And they'll be against progress when the war in Vietnam is a dim memory." The President said "we can meet our commitments at home and abroad—and I believe we will." Arguing for his Vietnam policies, he said the nation "is being tested on the anvil of war," and continued: "If we fail, we may forfeit our hope for world stability. We may rise a far more terrible war in the future because we didn't see this one through." Despite the absence of fanfare in advance of his New York trip, Johnson was. greeted, in Manhattan by a vocal knot of antiwar demonstrators shouting, "Johnson, murderer!" Little of that sort -of protest seemed in prospect for his weekend visit to military installations. His first stop was Ft. Ben- See LBJ on Page t CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — America looked at a more accessible moon today with the nation's space prospects strengthened and brightened by Thursday's triumphant proving flight of the super-rocket, Saturn 5. Running low on time, money and public confidence, the space agency stacked moon-flight machinery atop an untested rocket and sent it up. The long shot worked like a dream, evaporating gloom haunting the space program since three astronauts burned to death in their craft at Cape Kennedy on Jan. 27. President Johnson and Vice President Humphrey sent congratulations, the President saying the flight showed America capable of sending.astronauts to the moon and bringing them home safely. Space officials hastened to say the moon is several flights away, but Dr. Robert C. Seamans, associate administrator of NASA, called the success "clear indication that our team is not found wanting." Thursday night, the television scout Surveyor 6 dropped gently to a spot in the middle of the moon's visible face and began sending the space agency snapshots of Sinus Medii, the cratered plain which is the last of four potential astronaut landing sites to be checked out. Seamans said it proved "we do have the capability in this country to be pre-eminent not only in space, but in all technol- Dr. Wernher Von Braun, who coddled the Saturn 5 from idea to steel in seven years of work, said, "It was undoubtedly the greatest moment of my life." His "bird," the biggest thing ever to fly, climbed to 117-miles Name Withheld STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Two cameras and photographic equipment valued at a total of $200 were stolen from an unnamed detective agency during office hours Wednesday. 'As a matter of professional courtesy," a police spokesman said, "the investigating agency's name is being withheld to protect the embarrassed." orbit with a world record satellite of 140 tons. From there, an Apollo spacecraft went out lonely 11,386 miles and sizzled home into a rainy Pacific in a tough test of its heat shield. From dream countdown on-the-button liftoff to splashdown only 10 miles off target, it took just eight hours and minutes to prove the United States owner of a clear, wide lead in the space race. ' The largest satellite orbited by the Soviet Union weighed only iyh .tons, and their well advertised automatic docking mission earlier this month symptom that their moon plans are based on a booster capability about half that of Saturn 5. The American rocket can loft the kind of moon craft that the Russians apparently must patch together in orbit. Despite Thursday's historic success, the American space planners are dictating a cautious course to the moon. They will take the Apollo spacecraft to the plant where it was built in California and check the performance of its heat shield and ttie basic design of the quick-exit hatch devised after the fatal fire. Von Braun said his coworkers will seek the cause of the rock- Moon Shots Show Sinus By RALPH DIGHTON AP Science Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Rough that failed to close in the third et's only problem, a fuel vent! Surveyor 6 televised pictures of a very rugged area of the moon today after a lucky soft-landing that climaxed a day of space successes for the United States. The three-legged spacecraft touched down at 8:01 p.m. EST Thursday just hours after a capsule , like the one expected to carry three Apollo astronauts to the moon splashed into the Pacific, ending a successful test of Next steps in the man- to-the-moon program go like this: In January, 1968, an uprated Saturn IB is to fly with a working version of the moon-landing lunar module, represented on Thursday's flight by a dummy ship. In February, a Saturn 5 now being assembled at the Cape is slated to take a new, fireproofed version of the Apollo ship on a virtual carbon-copy of the maiden launch. In July or August, three astronauts—Navy Capt. Walter M. Schirra Jr., civilian Walter R. Cunningham and Air Force Maj. Donn F. Eisele—will make I the first manned Apollo flight in a craft orbited by the Saturn IB, 5's muscular little brother. The first manned flight aboard a Saturn 5 may come before the end of next year, if the next missions go well as the shakedown flight. a 36-story-tall Saturn 5 rocket. | showed a cliff-like prominenc* Surveyor Program Manager Benjamin Milwitzky told newsmen the double success was "a on the horizon a mile away. Others pictured narrow depressions nearby which scientists said on the moon" in 1969. It .gives j plain, the United States wide flexibility in choosing a landing site, he major step toward landing men they could not immediately ex- Milwitzky said good fortune played a part in the successful landing—on a surface so rugged Surveyor 6 was given only a 50-50 chance prior to launch Tuesday from Cape Kennedy, Fla. said. Within an hour after landing, apparently on a slight slope, Surveyor 6 began sending excellent pictures of the roughest terrain yet photographed in the | The 650 - pound spacecraft moon-scouting program. Dateline ' — November 10 ~~ State Is Catching Up, But Progress Is Slow Arkansas is catching up with the rest of the nation, but the progress is slow, Art Smith, director of governmental affairs for Associated Industries of Arkansas, told Blytheville's Rotary Club yesterday. "Right now, if you figure our progress on the basis of what we've done in the past, we will catch up with some of the national averages (such as per capita income) around 2000," Smith said. The trick is, he said, to beat that time table. "I think we can do better than that and we will. Arkansas has been an inferior state. But it is gaining ground and I believe that Arkansas is going to be a superior state in the future." Generally, Smith spoke on the upswing of things in the state and the importance of political involvement to everyone. I don't mean politics ia the narrow sense," he said. : You as businessmen should and must take an interest in everything that goes on in all levels of government." Smith said that an effort may be made in the 1968 special legislative session 'tighter" law applying to the abuse of credit cords adopted. "Credit cards are a relatively new thing and we suddenly find ourselves wtih inadequate laws to handle offenses which occur when someone finds or steals a credit card and uses it without the owner's consent." Smith was introduced by Rotarian John WaUsa. LITTLE ROCK (AP)— Sen. J. William Fulbright denied Thursday an accusation made by former Gov. Sid McMath that America's involvement in the Vietnam War was a "direct result of policies which . . . Fulbright himself advanced and championed. McMath, a major general in the Marine Reserve and a supporter of the war, told the Little Rock University Foreign Relations Club Wednesday that Fulbright had supported the 1954 agreement that created Southeast Asia Treaty Organization and the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which called for the president to take whatever action was necessary to repel communist aggression. Most Americans have little confidence that President Johnson, or any other politician for that matter, has the ability to handle the war in Vietnam successfully. The Gallup Poll, in a survey conducted for the National Broadcasting Co., reported 48 per cent of the persons responding said they have "little or no" confidence in Johnson's ability to bring the war to a successful conclusion. Only 20 per cent said they had a "lot of confidence," and another 28 per cent said they have limited confidence. But none of the potential Republican candidates fared better than the. President: Only 10 per cent said they have a lot of confidence in the war-handling abilities of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York or former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, 9 per cent were fully confident of Gov. Ronald Reagan of California, 4 per cent of Sen. Charles Percy, R-H1., and 3 per cent of Gov. George Romney of Michigan. LITTLE ROCK (AP)— One of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's closest aides said Thursday that overcoming the one-party rule has been the governor's toughest problem, and indicated It would take Rockefeller two terms to secure a two-party system. G. Thomas Eisele, a legal adviser to Rockefeller, said if former Gov. Orval'Faubus were to be re-elected next year, he would not find "too much change" in state government from the way he left it, and that Faubus could easily revert the changes back to the old' ways. One | worked flawlessly as it ap- | preached the target area in Me- idii—Central Bay—almost dead center on the lunar disc. Braking rockets fired about 60 miles above the surface, slowed its 6,000-mile-an-hour speed to three miles per hour in three minutes and the craft dropped gently to the surface. As pictures started streaming in to flight controllers at the laboratory, Milwitzky said, "We have now satisfied all our obligations to explore beforehand Ithe four equatorial sites be- .ieved safest for manned landings." The Sinus Medii area had nev- See SPACE on Page 2 Hot Seat Burns GIBSONTON, Fla. (AP) The hot seat that Samuel Luther Clont kept in his auto parts shop as a conversation piece has fried. The real electric chair, functional when it sat in the Eddyville, Ky., state penitentiary many years ago, caught fire and all that is left are the buckles to the large leather straps. The chair sat in the shop and customers liked to come in and try it out—sort of. h y: Nobody knows what fired^tfie chair's own electrocution, j^ iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiHiai ,-'..~ Weather Forecasts. Mostly cloudy through Saturday with occasional rain and scattered showers, ending from the west Saturday. Warmer'to- night and not much change Saturday. Low tonight 56 to 64.;'"

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