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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 206 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS After Four-Hour Duel Council to Battle Next Week ALL FOR'NAUGHT—The first part of last night's City Council meeting at Osceola was devoted to a chart talk by Col. Marvin Jacobs, representing Ellers & Reaves of Memphis. Jacobs attempted to explain why his firm says the city's present power contract with Southwest Power Administration would save Osceola more than $2 million over a 20-year period. It was the third presentation in about three months the firm has made to the Council. The charts and Colonel Jacobs failed to disohe the Council's deadlock. (Courier News Photo) By Herb Wight Managing Editor OSCEOLA — The Osceola City Council room has a new fixture. It's a little candlelight lamp usually found in fancy restaurants. On its base is written "Emergency Power Supply." While the Council passed a resolution last night averting the necessity to switch to candle lights — the city's contract with Arkansas Power & Light expires Nov. 22 — it's a matter of conjecture as to w h e t h e r they came any closer to settling their electric power problems. After a grueling four - hour session that broke up at 11:30 p.m., they agreed to attend a special, called meeting of the Council within a week to hammer out an agreement on what consulting engineer they should employ to analyze the city's power contract with Southwest Power Administration and one proposed by AP&L. At their Oct. 23 meeting the six Counciimen agreed they would hire an engineering firm to scrutinize both the SPA and the AP&L contracts and then abide by whatever verdict was rendered ... provided that the firm would not be located within a 400-mile radius of either Osceola, or any territory served by either SPA, AP&L or the Tennessee Valley Authority. By the lime the meeting plodded around to considering hir- Vote Set for January OSCEOLA — Regardless ofhvil! take the city clerk "four what the City Council does about hiring a consulting engineer to examine two electric power contracts offered Osceola, the voters ot that city will have their say "sometime between the 10th and 15th of January," according to Mayor Charlie Wiygul. Petitions calling for a referendum on the power problem have been circulated and now contain about 600 signatures — nearly twice the number needed for a vote to be called, the mayor said. This morning Wiygul said it or five more days to certify the signatures and then a special election will be called." Asked if there was any chance an election would not be held, Wiygul said, "It has to go to a vote of the people. It's their right." In other action last night: 1) Wiygul was presented a distinguished service award from the Arkansas Municipal League; 2) Dec. 6 was established as a special all-day meeting of city officials, Chamber of Com merce personnel, Urban Re- newal representatives, City Planning Commission members, directors ot the city's Port Authority and Hirce consulting en- 'gineers. Purpose: To get Os- jceola re-certified for 19G8 UR programs; 3) Dec. 5 was set for Osceo- lans to hold an election to decide if they want a S3 city license tax and a $1 lax on motor bikes and scooters. 4) And the mayor appointed a committee to meet with American Greetings officials and determine the giant plant's , expected electric needs for the next five years. ing an engineer, Osceola rest- dents must have been waiting with bated breath. The aldermen had set some kind of record in unanimity;. In quick succession they had unanimously agreed on six different actions that come before them. Even they were delighted . but their delight was short- lived. Every piece of conceivable business was worked out by the group and only the power problem remained. Councilman It. E. P r e w i 11 — a stalwai t AP&L'er - gingerly stepped out on the thin ice. "Gentlemen we heed to advise AP&L what we're going to do and what our peak power requirements will be for next year", he said. A lon» silence followed. Gloom settled on the room. A self - conscious laugh from one of the city fathers broke the stillness. After a brief con- See COUNCIL on Page 5 U.S. LOSES 2ND GENERAL IN VIET By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — The United States lost its second general in the Vietnam War today. Maj. Gen.. Bruno A. Hochmuth, 56, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, was killed in a helicopter explosion and crash north! of Hue. Four men died with him. The crash came little more than four months after Maj. Gen. William J. Crumm of the U.S. Air Force died in a collision of two-B52 bombers over the South China Sea while en route to a Communist target in South Vietnam. Five men were lost with Crurhm, 48, in that accident July 6. He headed the Strategic Air Command's 3rd Air Division on Guam. The U.S. Command also announced that Communist gunners shot down two American helicopters and damaged five more Monday in fighting along the coastal lowlands 365 wiles northeast of Saigon. But it was not known whether Hochmuth's death was due to enemy action. The general, a lantern-jawed Texan who took command of the 3rd Division last March, was on an inspection trip. The pilot of another helicopter accompanying him said .the general's c'-att was flying 4" a^ut 1 ' 0flo feet when it appeared to explode in the air, broke in two and crashed on. its back in a lake. There were no survivors. Two American pilots, the American, crew chief and a Vietnamese interpreter also died in the crash. U.S military headquarters in Saigon said it was not believed there was any enemy fire in the area at the time, but officers at Marine headquarters in Da Nang said they did not rule out that possibility. The flareup of fighting along the coastal lowlands coincided with a lull around Dak To, in the central highlands, after two weeks of hard battling there. Only occasional sniper and mortar fire were reported this morning after a fierce battle late Monday in which 10 para- 1 troopers of the U.S 173rd Airi borne Brigade were reported killed and another 33 wounded. Eight-engine B52 bombers pounded suspected Red positions 16 miles southwest of Dak To, dropping 150,000 pounds of bombs on a suspected base carnp and staging area. The U.S helicopters came under heavy machine-gun and small arms fire Monday while lifting 450 men of the 1st Air Cavalry Division into a battle area 15 miles west of the provincial capital of Tarn Ky. The US Command said' fighting tapered • off after six hours with four 1968-9 Licenses Ready This Month LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Ar-1 with license renewal in revenue kansas' 950,000 drivers will re-1 offics each January, ceive their 1966 and, in in- The Revenue Department said stances, their 1969 licenses within the next two weeksundera in the next two weeks under a new renewal system being implemented by the Revenue Department. The licenses will be mailed from the Little Rock Post Office on Nov. 29. Since Nov. 2, the Revenue Department has been delivering-letters carrying the | licenses to the post office for presorting. Drivers will have to carry the licenses to local revenue offices for validation and payment of the license tee—$2 i; the license is for one year and $4 if it is for two. The system will end the long lines that have been traditional that about half of .the licenses being mailed are for one year and half for two years so that renewal will be staggered in future years. After this year, each driver will renew his license on his birthday each two years. A Revenue Department spokesman said today that over 800,000 license mailings already are in the hands of postal clerks and the remaining 150,000 will be in the post office by the end of this week, and the remaining 150,000 wilt Presorting was necessary, the spokesman said, because the volume of mail was too much to dump on the post office all at once. Dateline November 14 FT. BRAGG, N.C. (AP)—Fellow Special Forces soldiers shouted "Welcome home" and embraced S. Sgt. James E. Jackson Monday night as he and two other U.S. Army sergeants returned to the United States after years of captivity by the Viet Cong. The cheer for Jackson came from a trio of his comrades as he stepped off a military plane that returned him and M. Sgt. Daniel Lee Pitzer of Spring Lake, N.C., to Ft. Bragg. Pitzer walked unsteadily and laid down on an ambulance stretcher. An Army official said he had a serious vitamin deficiency. The third prisoner of war released in Cambodia Saturday M. Sgt. Edward R. Johnson of Seaside, Calif., was removed from the plane in a stretcher at Washington, D.C., and taken to Walter Reed Army Hospital. He was reported suffering from dysentery and malnutrition. # SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—A general court martial has sentenced Army Pvt. Ronald Lockman to 30 months at hard labor for refusing orders to go to Vietnam. The court convicted and sentenced Lockman Monday after a trial punctuated by clashes between military police and anti-war demonstrators at the Presidio, 6th Army headquarters. Seven demonstrators were arrested outside the courtroom. MPs carried six others from the court. "I would do it again," declared Lockman, 23, a Philadelphia Negro, after hearing the sentence. "My father had doubts about this, but I know for a fact that I was right.'" # WASHINGTON (AP)—Economists in the government, and many outside it, predict today's consumer dollar may be worth about 95 cents this time next year if taxes are not raised soon. The forecasts of most college and corporation economists show solid agreement that inflation is a serious threat. They sound, in fact, much like the speeches being given by President Johnson's aides in behalf of his 10 per cent income tax surcharge proposal. But there is far less unanimity among industry economists that the surtax is the only answer. Sharp spending cuts or vigorous credit restraint are favored by many. 'Hitting Below the Belt' Treason' Label Criticized By JACK BELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. George D. Aiken says President Johnson and administration officials imply Vietnam war policy criticism borders on treason. The Vermont Republican calls it "hitting below the belt." Aiken, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took issue with a Monday statement by Ellsworth Bunker, U.S Ambassador to South Viet- Min, tint domestic dissent act* to'"encourage the North Vietnamese to hold on." A sharp critic of Johnson's escalation of the U.S war effort, Aiken said in an interview he detects a pattern in weekend speeches by the President, a New York talk Monday by Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and in Bunker's remarks, a pattern of blaming critics for what he called lack of success in Eoutheast Asia. "Congress has given the Pres- IdMt •vwythini to bu Mked for to carry on the war in Vietnam," Aiken said. "If the results have not been successful, it would appear to be the judgment of the administration that is at fault, "To imply that those who question the judgment of the President may not be wholly loyal to their country would seem to me to be hitting below the belt." Humphrey said the greatest need at this point in the war is "nippwt by tbt American Reo- Americans killed and 19 wounded. Communist casualties were not known. Less than 25 miles to the south in the coastal lowlands, U.S paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division reported killing 20 Communist troops in a series of scattered clashes while suffering no casualties. The US Army said 10 of the enemy dead were North Vietnamese Army regulars wearing new green uniforms, indicating they might have recently come south. No major ground fighting was reported elsewhere. The northeast monsoon weath- See VIETNAM on Page 5 Optimists Aim for Club In City Shelby County Sheriff William Morris is president of his Op- speakers Monday night when the Frayser, Tenn., Optimist Club holds an organizational meeting for a Blytheville club. "We hope to have about 50 people at our meeting Monday night," Jack Cain, president o£ the Frayser club, stated concerning the Holiday Inn session. It takes 35 charter members to organize a club, he said. "And we hope to get this Blytheville club started with one meeting," Cain added. orris is president of his Optimist club in Memphis. The Optimists are dedicated primarily to work with male youth. The club's international motto is "Friend of the Boy." It also is active in urging support of police departments. Membership is based on a career classification system. Martin Edwards, lieutenant governor of the Tennessee zone will be present at the Monday meeting, as will other prominent area Optimists. pie" which "can give a clear, unmistakable signal to our adversary and thereby shorten the war." "I can tell him (Johnson) how to get unity," Aiken said. "Just let somebody drop bombs on Silver Spring, Md., and Falls Church, Va., and he will get unity. The American people then would feel just about as I imagine the people of Hanoi and Hai- phong feel," Silver Spring and Falls SM'TREASON'on Pace i CITY COUNCIL SET AGENDA In addition to the regular monthly reports of committees and departments, other matters scheduled for tonight's Cit.y Council meeting are the following: 1) Approval of a revised bud' 2) An ordinance for closing Carter Street; 3) An ordinance for changing Belmoor Lane to 10th Street, et al; ALL CHOKED UP—Old cooMng stoves, dicarded tires, broken drainage tile and junk in general make up some of the debris work crews are hauling out of the city's drainage ditches, according to D. E. Wimberly, head of the city's department of public works. Some residents use the item as stepping- stones to cross the channels, he said. Wimberly said he will suggest to the city council that the city build foot bridges across the ditches to eliminate enterprising citizens building their own crossing. (Courier News Photo) Prisoner Release Propaganda Push An AP News Analysis By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent Vietnamese Communist gestures with regard to their American captives illustrate a shift in propaganda emphasis over the past 16 months and suggest that both Hanoi and the Viet Cong are investing hopes in the antiwar movement in the United States. In July 1968, after more than a year of air attacks on North tie success so far from attempts to make propaganda capital of statements attributed to captive U.S. airmen. The statements at- Vietnam and American air heavy power use of in the South, Henoi and Viet Cong propaganda threatened vengeance against captured U.S crews, even hinting broadly at public war crimes trials. 4) An ordinance for closing | Now the stress is on humane- - - ness . T he Viet Cong, for example, has just released three prisoners who, according to Com- a portion of north 9th Street; 5) A resolution for filing a survey and planning application for the Urban Renewal project in the Robinson School area; and 6; An ordinance for dedicating Willow Street irom Madison to 10th, munist sources in Cambodia, will represent the beginning of a "trickle" if the Communists are satisfied with news stories about the three. The Communists bav« had lit-18421. MELODRAMA STARTS THURSDAY An old - fashioned melodrama "Dirty Work at the Crossroads" will be seen in a new setting I when Blylheville's Very Little Theater presents its current production this week. The play will he slaged at the Women's Exhibit Building in Walker Park. Table reservations will be made in advance ($1.25 per person) and to heighten the 19th century atmosphere, popcorn and soft drinks will be sold in the audience during the show. The play will be seen a' 8 o'clock on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations may be made by calling PO 3-1826 or PO 3- tributed to them have been, for the most part, read by others in the prisoners' names, in English-language broadcasts. This eaves the authenticity of the statements open to question. Sixteen months ago the North Vienamese and the Viet Cong insisted that all captured airmen, as Hanoi put it, "are.not prisoners of war and cannot enjoy the provisions of the Geneva Convention of. 1949 on the treatment of prisoners of war." This hinted that captives might b» publicly tried and executed. Citing the trials of Nazi leaders at Nuernberg, Germany, Hanoi said captive Americans Sec PRISONER on Page 5 Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy through Wednesday. Cooler over the south tonight and continued cool Wednesday. Low tonight mostly in the 30s. I1IIIIIHI1II1

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