The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 18, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, November 18, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 210 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS viary TRIAL RUN—This week Frisco workmen finished put- trie and sewer services and streets are being laid. (Courier .ting down the last section of a spur line to serve the Chamber News Photo) iof Commerce industrial park. The park now has water, elec- Hill Fight Rages In Dak To Area SAIGON (AP) — Heavy new I South Vietnamese paratroopers | The 78 hill fighting broke out today;and rangers ware locked in probably killed would raise to Cong listed as. days came off the Pentagon's nine miles west of Dak To in South Vietnam's embattled central highlands where American forces drove North Vietnamese troops from two strategic peaks Friday. A battalion of the U.S. 1st Airmobile Cavalry Division reported fierce fighting with North Vietnamese troops on the flank of a mountain only a few miles from the border of Laos. Details were lacking as the fighting raged late in the day. Division officials could report only that there was heavy contact. Simultaneously, AP Correspondent John Lengel reported from the battle sector that east of Dak To. heavy fighting nine miles north- 133 the number of enemy soldiers claimed killed since the The new fighting came as delta sweep began Thursday. RFK Rakes Extremists LBJ Has New Speec/i Weapon By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson has found for his televised news conferences a not-so-secret weapon in a gadget called the lavalier microphone. Television professionals have been using them for years. They're . no&ing more than email mikes that hang around the neck by a cord. For all his TV exposure during four years in the White. House, however, Johnson had not tried one out until Friday at his live television-radio news conference. Johnson and his aides were elated with the results. Most Washington reporters who saw him either in person or on the TV screen agreed he had turned in an improved performance. And the President was delighted to receive a growing stack of congratulatory telegrams which hailed his new TV personality. By using the around-the-neck microphone, Johnson was able to desert the rather formidable rostrum behind which he normally has stood in rather wooden fashion. Wired for sound, he could roam about, discard his eyeglasses and wave his arms and fists for emphasis. For four years, Johnson has been searching for a way to hold televised news conferences in'a manner that would not invite invidious comparisons with his articulate and photogenic predecessor, John F. Kennedy. It seems likely He will henceforth adopt the lavalier microphone as his own personal contribution to the ever-changing format of presidential news conferences. "He'll never be tied to a rostrum again," one aide predicted.,. Because of his new freedom of movement, Johnson seemed to many observers to be much more relaxed and, in fact, to be bringing into the nation's living rooms the Johnson who, in the past, had been seen only by a few in private conversations. In one sense, the whole country got ,a tube's eye view of the "Johnson treatment." Many thought it likely that Johnson, in the 11-plus months remaining before the 1968 election, will be much more willing to hold television-radio news conferences. Until Friday, he had held only three such all year. * By JACK BELL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON-TAP — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., condemns "extremists on both sides" of the Vietnam issue, saying they make it difficult to carry on a responsible national dialogue on war policies. Kennedy, who has been restrained in his criticisms of President Johnson's course, said in an interview he agrees with the President that what Johnson called storm trooper tactics do not advance the case of dissenters. "I recognize that the dialogue on Vietnam has not been very helpful in this respect," Kennedy said. "Extremists on both sides have gone beyond the bounds." By "extremists" Kennedy said he meant those who violently demonstrate against the President's policies and supporters of those policies who indulge in name calling and question the patriotism of critics. He said he didn't care to name names. Kennedy's appeared to be a "typical reaction to Friday's White House news conference, at which Johnson defended his policies in lively fashion. The President, walking about with a microphone dangling from his neck, interspersed his report on military progress in Vietnam with bits of humor, smacking one fist into another and thumping the lectern. While his critics took issue with some of the claims Johnson made, no voice was raised against bis complaint against See LBJ on Page 2 U.S. artillerymen repelled a mass Viet Cong charge on their positions in the Mekong Delta. The U.S. Command announced four new plane losses over North Vietnam and the Viet Cong declared three cease- fires, totaling 13 days, for upcoming holidays. The truces would be three days at Christ- nas, three at New Year's and seven for the Vietnamese new year, Tet, in late January and early February. In the central highlands South Vietnamese troops said they believed they had killed the executive officer of the 24th North Vietnamese regiment, one of five Communist regiments believed operating in the area. The action followed a rocket and mortar barrage Friday night on a U.S. 4th Infantry Division artillery support base only five miles west of strategic Hill 1338, captured Friday by American troops after two days of bloody fighting. No casualties were reported in the 30-round mortar barrage. Total U.S. casualties were put at nine killed and 92 wounded. In the air war over North restricted list and headquarters announced three jets were lost in heavy raids around Hanoi and Haiphong Friday. Four fliers aboard an Air Force F105 Thunderchief, a Navy A4 Skyhawk and a Navy Vietnam, the third target in two | See VIETNAM on Page 2 By H. L. SCHWARTZ IE Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) - Gov. George Romney, standing on almost the exact spot where he launched his political career less than six years ago, announced today that he plans to "fight for and win the Republican nomination for President of the United States." In quiet, emphatic tones, the silver haired third-term Michigan governor told a jammed U.S. headquarters in Saigon, j news conference that he hoped updating casualty figures in the 'ojead the nation back to mor- Dak To fighting that began Nov. "''' J Manila Man Shot A Manila resident is in satisfactory condition at Baptist Hospital n Memphis this morning after sustaining a gunshot wound at Manila overnight. The man, identified by the sheriff's office as J. T. Harris, was given emergency treatment by Dr. E. A. Shaneyfelt, who said the bullet passed through Harris' lung. No further information was available at press time. Royer Is CC Speaker The regular executive luncheon of the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will be held Monday noon at the Holiday Inn. ' Featured speakers will be Bob Royer of Arico Chemical Company, who will speak on the general plant operation, and Percy Shook, newly - appointed plant manager. LAST SURVEY 1 IS TODAY | Today, for the last time, f the Courier News gives its § readers an opportunity to i express themselves on their J likes and dislikes of the f material found in this news-1 paper. | On Page 12 will be found | a survey form that has been I published on several differ-a ent occasions. 1 By filling out the form | \ and mailing it in, the | j reader not only can make i I his news preferences I i known, but can also tnjoy f i u> services of a free clas- i sified ad. Dateline — November IB"" DETROIT (AP) — Skilled tradesmen have ratified a labor contract with Chrysler Corp., ending fears they might black the agreement through their minority veto power in the United Auto Workers union. The 12,000 tradesmen Friday night accepted the .agreement by a slim margin of about 55 per cent, the' UAW said. Earlier, the union's 83,000 productionline workers at Chrysler approved the three-year pact by a reported 70 per cent vote. Balloting by the tradesmen was "nip and tuck," a UAW spokesman said. He said skilled workers at 24 UAW locals across the nation ratified the pact and eight locals rejected it, with votes still to be counted in two remaining units. "Outcome of the ratification cannot be changed by the two locals whose members have not yet voted," said Douglas A. Fraser, chief UAW negotiator at Chrysler, in a statement announcing the ratification. John D. Leary, Chrysler vice president for administration, said company officials were pleased with the ratification. The tradesmen's veto power, gained earlier this year, is expected to be a questionable element again in negotiations with the auto industry giant, General Motors Corp. CHICAGO (AP) — A manager of a bottling company, accused of trying to blow up a jet airliner with his wife and 79 persons aboard, was held today in lieu of $100,000 bond. Earle T. Cook, 37, arrested Friday by FBI agents, strode into the hearing room later with a checkered gray overcoat pulled over his face, and stood silently as a U.S. commissioner read government charges against him. A federal indictment charged that Cook placed a dynamite-bomb, triggered by a clock mechanism, aboard an American Airlines Boeing 727 that his wife was taking from O'Hare International Airport to San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 11. The bomb exploded as the plane flew over Colorado at about 34,500 feet— but all the dynamite did not ignite and the bomb damaged only the baggage compartment without piercing the aircraft's hull. UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) - U. N. Secretary- General U Tliant says Turkey warned the United Nations to stop the battle on Cyprus last Wednesday or else the crisis would "go beyond the borders of th« island." Thant reported the warning to the Security Council Friday night and appealed to all concerned to help restore calm between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and avoid any "repetition of luca MnseteM and deptorabU incidents." Attorneys File Brief for Davis LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Attorneys for State Police Director Lynn A. Davis said Friday they could find no peculiar circumstances for giving the term resident the "unusual meaning of physical presence." The attorneys, Robert Shults and Ed Lester, stressed the 1-55 Creeps Northward PORTAGEVILLE - Although a 15-mile stretch of Interstate 55 from two miles south of New Madrid to two miles south of Portageville was paved early this month, motorists will have to wait until late spring or early summer before they will be able to use the new section. The reason for the delay, according to Don Gregory, division project engineer at Sikeston, is that the onset of winter has stopped work on 90 percent of the soil cement shoulder, a 10-foot outside lane and a four- foot inside lane. When the new section is at last opened to traffic, 1-55 will be complete 75 miles north to a point four miles north of Jackson, Mo. Other work to be done on the 15-mile addition include grading of the medians, followed by the sowing of grass and rye seed. Chapter Meets American Red Cross Chickasawba District Chapter has its monthly board meeting Monday night. The meeting at the chapter office on North Second will begin «t 7:30, point in a legal brief filed in the state Supreme Court in answer to Atty. Gen. cell's brief asking Joe the Pur- high court to overturn a ruling that Davis is eligible for the job. Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller appointed Davis .to the post in July despite an opinion from Purcell that Davis was not eligible because he did not comply with the 1945 law setting up the department. The law requires the director to have been a resident of the state for 10 years next preceeding his appointment. Davis, a native of Texarkana, has not physically resided in Arkansas since February, 1960. He lived in a Texarkana, Tex., suburb for 16 months before spending more than six years with the FBI. All of his FBI assignments were outside Arkansas. Davis was declared eligible by Circuit Judg Warren Wood, i former FBI agent himelf. Wood wrote in his opinion hat the "evidence is clear that Mr. Davis has never exhibited he conduct of one who has abandoned his original domicile, lierefore it has continued." Wood said someone else would lave to tell him that Davis abandoned his domicile when ie became affiliated with theiyp Seek* Cards 3, said 764 North Vietnamese troops had been killed in the 15 days through midnight Friday. U.S. casualties were put at 136 dead and 600 Wounded for the same period. In addition,' headquarters said, American infantrymen have taken 12 prisoners and captured 153 individual weapons and 51 crew-served weapons. Other heavy fighting was reported far to the south in the Mekong Delta. American artillerymen lowered their howitzers to ground level and blasted point blank into 200 to 3(KJ guerrillas who twice stormed across a canal within 25 yards of the U.S. gun- pit and knocked out one 105mm howitzer. ality and out of an Asian land war "in which we have become mired." The announcement makes Romney, 60, the first major figure in either party to publicly declare as an aspirant. Calling for a "new America that requires leadership," he wasted no time attacking President Johnson and the present administration. "The present president who is experienced only in the tools of government will continue, no matter what his intentions, to" build greater and greater control over our lives," he said. Roniney's 11-minute state, ment was filled with declarations of moral duty which typify the devout Mormon's public pronouncements. He lashed out at what he called the "federal bureaucracy," and spoke of the need "to avoid a society that seems to of- Ifer no cause worth serving." Flanking him as he spoke were two daughters, a son, their families and his attractive, delicate wife, Lenore. Mrs. Romney was dressed in See ROMNEY on Page 2 Street District To be Organized A $210,000 street improve- ^ The city will then match this ment district is being organized money in accomplishing t h a First reports listed 102 Viet 17 O 'clock Cong killed but only five bodies were found on the battlefield after the Viet Cong withdrew. ''We're listing 78 probably dlled," a field officer said, after the American gunners, watching by flare- light, said :hey saw "groups and groups of enemy soldiers fall." U.S. C47s dropped the flares to pinpoint Viet Cong charges in the early morning darkness. "The rest of the bodies seen falling have been dragged away," a U.S. spokesman said. Initial reports listed five Americans killed and 38 wounded, after a U.S. security platoon of about 40 men was caught outside the gunpit perimeter and driven back. The guerrilla push in the delta, 60 miles south of Saigon, was against one of two artillery emplacements supporting several battalions of U.S. and South Vietnamese troops sweeping the area in a new operation called Kien Giang. The Communists mortared ,he other emplacement, seven miles away, wounding 12 Ameri- for a north Blytheville area. First meeting of property owners has been scheduled for night in the second floor courtroom of city hall. Generally, the district will cover an area north of Kentucky and east of the Frisco railroad. Petitions will be available for property in the district must the Tuesday meeting, Leon Burrow, attorney for the district, said this morning. Owners of 65 percent of the poperty in the district must sign the petitions in order to organize the district. When organized, bonds will be sold and taxes levied against the property. Revenue Office Closes State revenue offices in City Hall will be closed all next week. The staff must report to a school on new licensing procedures in Little Rock Sunday. They will be there until Wednesday. Closing for Thanksgiving will je Thursday and Friday, thus the office will not open next week. FBI. One of Purcell's key points 'or reversal is the fact that Davis registered to vote in Wyoming in 1966. He also reg- stered to vote in Arkansas in July, shortly after his appointment as State Police director. Purccll contends that the dou- lie registration makes Davis a Stt DAVIS oo Pap I A special plea went out today to persons who have received United Fund pledge cards by mail. "We need these back," UF Chairman Bill Williams stated. "November now is more than half over and we're working toward the conclusion of the campaign." u . paving. Here is a general description of the streets to be improved (a map of the district may be seen in Burrow's office): Pecan and Hardin from Second to Franklin. Moultrie, from the Frisco Railroad to Delmar. Missouri from Second to Franklin. Second from Missouri to Pecan. First from Missouri to Pecan. First from Kentucky to Moultrie. Franklin from 250 feet north of Scott to 260 feet north of Pecan. All of the four Crescent drives. Magnolia from Second to Franklin. It Beats Me —by herb wight— {Courier News Managing EcUtra) 'Why is it that with all the .certainly be more entertaining, new time and temperature signs that we have in Blytheville that each one has to have a different temperature? Some- :imes it's as much a 10 de- gress. We never know whether :o be hot or cold." R. B., City. The signs — and the temperature you get from dialing PO 3-7011 — are all electrically coupled to a thermometer or a thermostat. The readings vary according a where the thermometer or thermostat is located. The time you get via the telephone is the temperature in the shade The banks locate their heat- meauring devices directly in the sun. According to some scientists the most accurate way to tell the true temperature is to. listen to the chirping of crickets. Even if that's not true, a cage-full of the critters hung "Why don't we have stationary displays rather than floats for the Christmas parade? The displays could be viewed for several days and could be as elaborate or simple as desired. We could still have the parade with the bands and Santa Claus. So much work goes into making a float and then it is glimsped only briefly by the few who brave the elements' to see it. The displays could be in Founder' Park with the parade ending there and displays could See WIGHT on Page 2 Weather Forecast 'Fair tonight and mostly sunny Sunday. Colder tonight and Sunday. Lows tonight around 30 in front of a building, chirping i north to near 40 south, their little hearts out, would!

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