BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 82—NO. 212 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Dateline — November 21"" SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, Tex. (AP)-Six astronauts, including two who never have ridden a rocket, today held key roles in two forthcoming space rehearsals for America's flight to the moon. The space agency Monday named three-man crews for the first manned flights atop ths Saturn 5 rocket, whose triumphal test journey Nov. 9 gave the moon program the impetus it needed. Air Force Lt. Col. James A. McDivitt, 38, commander of the 1965 Gemini 5 flight, is in charge, of the first manned Saturn 5 flight planned for late next year. ft WASHINGTON (AP)—Pentagon sources say the Soviet Union apparently is building a second helicopter carrier and suggest the Soviets may be bent on developing a significant amphibious warfare force. The sources interpreted the development as a sign the Soviets may be belatedly taking a leaf out of the American book and building a force that could intervene with Marine-like troops in overseas crises. The construction of the new vessel reportedly is in its early stages, but Pentagon experts said it appears to be a helicopter carrier like the first such Soviet ship whose existence was disclosed publicly only about a month ago. & TUCKER PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP)r-Thomas 0. Murton has applied for the job as Arkansas' prison superintendent and suggested that one of his assistants was the man to replace him as assistant superintendent in charge of Tucker Prison Farm. Murton said-Monday he had mailed his application to the state Penitentiary Board to "more or less throw my hat into the ring" as a successor to Supt. 0. E. Bishop, who has resigned his post at Cummins Prison Farm as of Dec. 31. Robert Van Winkle, 41, associate superintendent here since Nov. 1, apparently is the man Murton would like to see promoted to his present job. ft HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP)—The owner of a plane which was hijacked at gunpoint and flown to Havana says, "The Cubans can have the plane ... as long as I get my two boys back." The pilot, J.V. Raymond, 35, of Pompano Beach radioed that a passenger pulled a gun on him Monday over South Florida. "There is a man aboard with a gun and he intends to take this plane to Havana ... and that's exactly what he's going to do," Raymond told the Federal Aviation Agency in Miami. 40 Sentenced In Circuit Court The following sentences have been handed down by Circuit Judge John Mosby during the fall session of criminal court: vior; Coleman, Jackie — burglar and grand larceny (larceny reduced to petit larceny) 10 years DAK TO SECOND COSTLIEST BATTLE YET SHELLS; BOMBS RAKE N. VIETS By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP - U.S. artillery and planes today pounded dug-in North Vietnamese gunners delaying the evacuation of scores of wounded U.S. paratroopers trapped on a hillside near Dak To. U.S. casualties mounted to at least 239 dead and 822 wounded in the 19th day of fighting around the Dak To valley, the second most costly battle of the j Vietnam war for the Americans. It rivaled in intensity the 1965 fighting in the la Drang valley —also just before Thanksgiving in the central highlands—in which 247 Americans, were killed and 570 wounded. An estimated 1,200 North Vietnamese were killed then in a week of bloody fighting. Brig. Gen. L. H. Schweiter, commander of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, said the North Vietnamese were dug in so well on Hill 875 the U.S. guns and bombs couldn't hit their bunkers. "We're going to have to dig them out man by man," he said. Although the North Vietnamese repeatedly drove off medical helicopters, a few got through and lifted out five wounded men Monday night and 20 more today. But at least 61 Wounded were still with the beleaguered battalions on the hill late Tuesday, AP Correspondent John Lengel reported from the Da To command post. Over North Vietnam, U.S. warplanes hit targets in the Ha- noi-Haiphong area Monday for the sixth consecutive day and the U.S. Command announced two.more U.S..planes were lost, one to a Communist MIG21. One flier was missing. This brought the total of U.S. combat planes announced lost over the North to 751, including 13 planes and 16 pilots since last Thursday. The wounded trapped on Hill 875 near Dak To were part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade's 2nd battalion that had been bat- Adams, Timmy — burglary I suspended sentence on burglary I tling Red troops on the hill since and grand larceny, five years ]six months on county farm for Su y morning. in the state penitentiary, sus-| petit larceny; pended; Baldridge, Steve — burglar and grand larceny, five years in penitentiary, suspended; Bogan, Charles — violation of hot check law, five years in penitentiary, suspended; Brichner, Will — rape, 18 years in penitentiary; Brown, Robert Louis — possession of marijuan?., iwo years in penitentiary; Bryeans, Roger D. — no driver's license (appealed from municipal court), 525 and 30 days in jail, suspended; Clowers, James — assault with intent to kill, seven years in penitentiary, with four years suspended pending good beha- Crosby, Michael Alvin — burglary and grand larceny (reduced to petit larceny), five years for burglary and one year for petit larceny, both suspended pending good behavior; Davidson, Leslie Everett — burglary (two counts), grand larceny and petit larceny, three years in penitentiary; Dixon, Larry Dale — grand larceny, five years on probation; Douglas, Carroll — larceny of cattle, five year's tiary, suspended; Drummond, Joe in peniten- L. — burglary • and petit larceny, five years suspended sentence for See COURT on Page 2 U.S. spokesmen reported 71 Americans killed so far in the battle for the hill, at least 20 of them when a bomb from a U.S. plane mistakenly dropped onto their position. Three companies of the 173rd's 4th battalion joined the 2nd battalion on the hill Monday night, but an assault to try to knock out the enemy guns driving off the evacuation helicopters was postponed for the time being while U.S. artillery and planes kept up their attacks. Attempts to reach the wounded men 300 yards from the crest of the hill by helicopter met with murderous volleys of North Vietnamese fire. At least 10 See VIETNAM on Page 2 A REGULAR GUY-Guy Newcomb,'a member of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's State Penitentiary Study Commission and regarded as the outstanding Republican in South Mississippi County, was guest speaker at last night's regular meeting of the Blytheville Jaycees, whom he addressed informally on the commission'! findings and recommenda- tions concerning penal reform. The Osceola businessman, planter and civic leader is generally regarded as a serious contender for the post of U. S. representative from the first congressional district which will be vacated by the retirement of Rep. E. C. (Took) Gain- ings. (Courier News Photo) THREE DEAD, ONE CRITICAL — Three women died within minutes after this collision on Interstate 55 just north of the Arkansas state line early yesterday afternoon, and one man was listed in critical condition in Memphis this morning. The accident was caused by one of the automobiles being in the wrong lane. The victims were first taken to Blytheville by ambulances from local funeral homes, and subsequently transferred to other points. (Courier News Photo) Chicago Man in Critical Condition Head-On Crash Kills Three bor, about 55, of Chicago, 111. |was the passenger in the car Still in critical condition this morning, but expected to recover, is Clarence Tabor, about 55, also of Chicago. He suffered multiple fractures of both legs, day. Dead are Mrs. Lula Patterson, 71, and Mrs. Sarah Harrigan, about 70, both of Hayti, driven by .Mrs. Patterson, and the Tabors were the only occupants of their vehicle. State police say the accident occurred while Tabor, going how the Patterson vehicle got J be held Friday. Three women died and a Chi- land Mrs. Clarence (Betty) _Ta-|State__ Patrol, Mrs. Harrigan lane. It is^not definitely known jtrahX «[;-_.where services will cago man is in critical condi- ' ..— -«. ™ - "-- — *-- --- lion this morning as a result of an automobile collision on Interstate 55 about one mile north of the Arkansas state line at approximately 3:15 p.m. yesler- facial bones and ribs. He was j south, was passing another au- transferred to Campbell's Clinic jtoniobile and smashed head-on in Memphis this morning. [into the Patterson vehicle, According to the Missouri | headed north in the southbound 64 Die in Jet Crash; Many Critically Hurt By JAAN KANGILASKI Associated Press Writer CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) - A team of federal investigators went to work today trying to determine why a TWA jet passen- seven crew members," said ] rushed to St. Elizabeth Hospital TWA District Manager A. B. in Covington, Ky. Two-thirds of Krueger "There are 18 survi-|the nurses at the hospital re- vors » ' I signed last week in a dispute That leaves 64 persons not' with the management—but most 'of them reported back to work accounted for. I don't want to ger plane crashed while ap- ] say they are all dead, but I preaching the Greater Cincinnati Airport Monday night, apparently killing 64 of 82 persons ger added. aboard. "We counted up all our passengers again, and now find there were 75 passengers and don't have much hope for finding any more survivors," Krue- Six of the survivors were reported in serious or critical condition in various area hospitals. Most of the injured were Pound Cat Portends... Crises Ahead By JHON CUNNIFF NEW YORK (AP - The "All If the pound fails again, the pressure on the dollar to prove is well" statements of American! its relative Value would be ex- financial and government offi-itreme. This country now guar- cials following the devaluation j antees that value by permitting of the British pound are neces- j foreign governments to redeem sary but strictly for show. The trouble is serious; more crises their dollars in gold. trouble is serious; more crises However, these foreigners may be ahead. now have claims on more gold Immediately following the I than we possess. We, too, have 14.3 per cent devaluation, in fact, the suspicions began to develop that this was not enough and that six to nine months from now a larger devaluation may be needed. If such a second crisis does develop it will not be assimilated as easily as the first. The British knew that a minor devaluation was acceptable to much of the world; a larger one would cause other nations to de value in self defense. This frightening picture is not extreme. It could very well occur if Britain is not successful in proving to the world that her pound will buy just as much as 2.4 dollars or 12 French francs or 9.6 German marks. been running up big bills overseas, putting dollars in the hands of those who can test our contention that our money is worth its weight in gold. That is why analysts now insist that foreign bills must be paid, that the United States must stop the outflow of gold and dollars, and that it must bring dollars home by correcting its trade imbalance, It is why, also, that critics of fiscal policy insist that the domestic economy must be put in order. If inflation is permitted to run away, then U. S. goods could be priced out of world markets. To correct such problems is See FOUND oa Page I Monday night to care for the injured. The debris-strewn crash scene is in an orchard about 1.5 miles north of the airport and not far from the spot where an American Airlines passenger plane crashed in 1965 killing 58 of 62 persons aboard. Greater Cincinnati Airport is built south Of the edge of a plateau above the Ohio River. The American Airlines plane smashed against the hillside 5 feet below the edge of the plateau. The TWA plane that crashed Monday night came down a few hundred yards past the edge, in plain sight of the runway lights. Members of Hie National Transport Safety Board team arrived during the night. Several of them visited the crash site in the dark, but one of them, Oscar Laurel, said nothing significant was found. He said the team would be fully organized today. Woodrow McKay, chief lower controller at the airport, said "a pretty good fire broke out" after the plane hit. More than a score of persons were waiting inside the airport restaurant for the arrival of friends and relatives. Mrs. Maude Cuneo of Hebron, Ky., said she saw a "great ball of fire," that it looked to her as though the plane had "exploded in the air." The airplane was Trans World Air lines Convair 880 Flight 128 bound from Los Angeles to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Boston. It was about two hours late, See CRASH on Pag« a into the wrong lane, the Patrol said. Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Harrigan were taken into Blythe-1 se( ian. yille by ambulances from Cobb | The Funeral Homes, and Mrs. Tabor was carried to Blylheville by Howard Funeral Service. All three women were reported dead-on-arrival in the city. Mrs. Patterson's body was later removed to Osburn Funeral Home in Hayti, and Mrs. Harrigan was transferred to Smith Funeral Home in CaruthersVille The body of Mrs. Tabor will Mrs. Patterson was driving a 1967 Plymouth coach, and the Tabors were in a 1966 Mercury , was investigated by Missouri State Troppers Clifford Cummings of Hayti and Roy Jones. Whitney Is Osceola Chamber President- has been elected president of the Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Guy Newcomb. be transferred tomorrow to Cen-1 Whitney was elected yester- I day and will take office the first of next year. He is office manager and Merchants to Meet Downtown parking lot facili-| v j ce . president of the Osceola ties and the election of 1968 of- Broadcasting Corporation, ficers will highlight tomorrow's | Whitney has been president meeting of the Downtown Mer- land vice-president of Rotary In- chants Association, according to 'ternational. James Martin, chairman. Other officers named in Mon- The group will meet in the!day's election were W. 0. Fra- Community Room of the First jzier, vice - president; and Mrs. National Bank at 9:30 Martin said. a.m., j Lavelle K i n a r d, treasurer. secretary- To Let Parking Lot Contract Friday morning bids will be opened and a contract let for paving the city parking lot at the northwest corner of Walnut and 3rd, Major Tom A. Little said this morning. Cost of the project will include taking down existing fences, blacktopping the lot and curbing and grading it for drain age, Little said. Little said if a contract is let Friday, work will begin Monday and paving will be completed within a week, weather permitting. The lot - which will hold about 125 cars — will be more than twice the size of the city lot on the southwest corner of Walnut and 3rd, according to Little. Crews were at work this morning on the southwest lot, painting parking spaces, Little said, "and if the weather permits, they'll have it done today and people can park on the lot immediately." Within three weeks toll gates for the lots should be received Spectacular Eruption HILO, Hawaii (AP - Four fountains in the main central vent of Halemaumau firepit played to heights of 100 feet Friday and as many smaller ones appeared and disappeared on lie fringes. and "the price for both lots will be 10 cents a day," according to I'ne mayor. He said parking meters will be installed on Walnut adjacent to the lots. Mission Fund Report Sought Group captains and workers in the Mississippi County Union Mission financial campaign were urged to make reports as soon as possible. "I know they have not completed their work," Campaign Chairman Ted Brown said, "but I would like to have a partian report right away. They should not wait until they have completed their work." Brown expressed the hope that the Mission campaign will be concluded within a week:' Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy tonight 'with widely scattered showers and a few thund.ershowers mainly east half ending tonight. .Wednesday partly cloudy. Turning colder northwest tonight and over'the state Wednesday. Low tonight 30s northwest to upper 40s southeast.
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