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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62-NO. 10J BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, JULY 16,1S66 TIN CINTS 10 PAGES Puzzled Chicagoans Claim Riots Weren't Racial By AUSTIN SCOTT and HOLLIE WEST CHICAGO (AP) - "I don't get it," said the Negro cab driver as be threaded his hack among shards of glass littering streets in the West Side district torn by nights of rioting. That just about summed up the statements of residents there. Most seem puzzled by the violence. Tiie cabbie, speaking of youths who spearheaded the looting, burning and shooting, added: "If I'm mad at you I'm going to get you, even if I have to sleep on your doorstep to do it. But I'm not going to do something that will louse up every- body. And that's what these kids are doing." Dozens of interviews during hours of walking the streets Friday night, as heavily armed National Guardsmen restored order, produced no pattern beyond this: Most agree that the youngsters are angry. They disagree as to why. Virtually all feel that the appearance of the Guard prevented another night of vio- ence. Unlike the Los Angeles racial riots of 1965, cries of "Get whi- tey" or "Burn baby burn" were scarce during the Thursday-Friday peak outburst here. There was no indication that any one cause — alleged police brutality, hate of white merchants, for instance — was the spark. "You can't tell me it was racial," said Frank Banton, an aging white merchant who kept plate glass windows in two stores intact despite shattered glass in stores all around him. "This Negro guy I know helped me put up plywood to protect ray windows," he said. "I didn't ask him. He volunteered. Then later I saw him running down the street biistin' that window and the one over there." He pointed to plywood panels covering shattered displays two doors away and across the street. "Now how do you figure that?" "It wasn't racial," said a white store manager across the street, who had slept at his establishment to keep windows intact. "I've talked to a lot of the guys today I saw running around last night. They don't hate me." "They didn't have no purpose," said a Negro gasoline station attendant present throughout Thursday night's violence. "Nobody organized it. One group would go through and smash windows and not take anything, and other group would come along and loot. One group started up on Roosevelt Road. Then word spread and another group got started on 16th Street, and another near 18th Street. It was bo* kids and adults." Witnesses agreed that teenagers were involved. Many felt they started smashing windows and induced adults to join in later. Others believed adults goaded the youths into the spree of violence. In contrast to the pattern in other riots, some Negroes laughed and joked with police as officers cruised by, five to a car, rifles and shotguns pointing skyward out windows. But they showed great respect for National Guardsmen march- tag by, rifles at the ready. "Willie, c'mon back here," snouted a mother from her second-floor window. "You don't want to get shot." "Better quit that, man," said a Negro teen-ager to a friend who walked toward a patrolling guardsman. "They'll fill you full of holes." In a crowded cafe two Negro men got into an argument. "The kids are doing it just for the hell of it," said one. No, countered another. The whole thing was organized by people who want to see the black man go under. Something was funny about the whole thing, he said, but he didn't say what it was. "This Is awful," said OM woman as she stood outside her door looking at the broken glass stretching down the street. "You can't tell them (the rioters) anything. The ministers were out all night last night." She clenched her fist for emphasis. "All night, and look wbat happened." Several hours later, a lone youth swaggered down a street which guardsmen had at one time sealed off. "You ain't seen nothing yet," he told newsmen. "Wait till the Guard gets outa here." But for a Negro neighborhood torn by violence, just toe day before, his refrain was strangely alone. Cotton, Not YC Worries Marine By Jack Baker Staff Writer There must be several thousand farmers in Mississippi County worried about falling cotton prices, but only one ol them has a Viet Cong bullet in his foot. He is Marine Pvt. Billy Wayne Atkinson, a husky, pleasant 20-year-old Viet Nam war veteran who is currently sitting out a 15-day leave at the home ef his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Atkinson, of Number Nine Road. Young Atkinson says the Navy doctors tell him it will be four months or longer before he can throw away his crutches and wak again the way he used to. , His left foot — the one an anonymous sniper peppered near Chu Lai in May — is still heavily swaddled, and, when tie gets up to shake hands with a visitor, he does so with an obvious effort. But he makes the effort and smiles while doing it, because Marines are not only polite, ma'am — except to the enemy, of course — but they know how to bear pain and discomfort without showing it. To hear Atkinson tell it, he's not worried so much about file foot as he is about the farm he's planning to buy when he gets out sometime next year. "I figure cotton's out," he says, in a deceptively lazy home-boy voice, "and I guess I'll have to go with alfafa and soybeans." Which is more disappointing to the young man than a casual visitor might imagine, since Billy Wayne Atkinson has never wanted to be anything but a farmer, and he used to nurse big dreams of owning a wide- acre tract completely devoted to King Cotton. Once upon a time young Miss- co boys thought cotton and farming were the same thing. Hospital Official 'Bugs' Orval BENTON, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Orval Faubus has been sent some boxes of dried insects in protest of conditions at two State Hospital buildings, a hospital official said Friday. Lee F. Tucker of Benton, a member of the hospital Board of Control, said the boxes were also sent in an effort to draw attention to the ineffectiveness of the insect control program. Tucker noted that the buildings, which he said housed severely retarded patients, were not air condition and that the fans installed usually did not work. The heat, compounded by the "aroma," made it hard to understand how the patients could survive for 24 hours, he said. Dr. George W. Jackson, superintendent, said that a request for state funds to complete the air conditioning has been in- cuded in every budget submitted since 19S7. Five of the IS buildings at the hospital are air conditioned, he said, but "you can't have people sleeping on the floor in one building and In air conditioning in another." I Things had changed by the time Atkinson signed 1 up for two years with the Marines last October. But even if King Cotton (and the small cotton farmer, accordingly) had lost stature, a farm boy could still get to the center of history. Atkinson figured that the Marines would put him right in the middle of things. Or as he puts it, "When I joined up I had no reason not to expect to go to Viet Nam." * * » After boot camp at San Diego and advanced infantry training at Camp Pendleton, Cal., Atkinson ended up just where he thought he might — in Viet Nam. This was back in April. Atkinson recalls how he felt when his plane came down in Da Nang. "I thought, 'Well, here I am. So this is me war.' It didn't bother me. That's what I was trained for." By now an expertly trained machine - gunner (with the M-60), Atkinson was assigned to F Co., 1st Marines, 2nd Division, 5th Battalion. Like all Marine units, it was a good one. "I guess I was in Da Nang for three hours," Atkinson says. "The rioting was going on a 11 this time, but.I didn't see any of it. I got shipped out to tiie field mighty quick." Atkinson joined F Company near Chu Lai, a landing strip area where the Viet Cong had been exceedingly nasty and the local villagers were only a little more pleasant. "That's what really got me," Atkinson says. "Those villagers — the ones we were supposed to be protecting — were downright unfriendly." They lay down in roads in front of the outfit's vehicles, they threw rocks at Atkinson and his buddies, and they stole Marine food supplies. Furthermore, the villages seemed to ba populated ony by women and children when Atkinson's outfit passed through —a fact which indicated strongly that the men were out in the field with the enemy. Now, none of this pleased Billy Wayne Atkinson. Hard fighting man though he was, he remained essentially a good-natured farm youngster, and his natural sympathies lay with these impoverished, ill-fed rural folk. "At first I even felt kind of See COTTON on Page 3 /;• SS Office Open On Saturday Blytheville Social Security Office is now keeping regular Saturday office hours of 8 a.m. until 12 noon, according to Ralph Dugger, officer in charge. Dugger said the new hours are necessary to accommodate many persons unable to come to the office during the week-. Red Cross to Meet Chickasawba District Chapter of American Red Cross holds Its annual membership meeting Monday. The 7:30 p.m. meeting, at which time officers will be elected, will be held in chapter offices on Second Street. METAMORPHOSIS — Marine Pvt. Billy Wayne Atkinson was fit and eager for a fight when he left-Camp Pendleton for V.ietNam.. (insert photo). Now at the home of parents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Atkinson of Number Nine Road, on 15-day leave, Atkinson diverts himself with television while waiting for his .shattered foot to heel. He received a Purple Heart for his wounds, received near Chu Lai. (Courier News Photo) Runway Is Charged With Car Theft Dale Dwane Anderson, a 17 year - old reported missing two weeks ago, returned to Blytheville yesterday to find himself in custody at the County Jail. Charge: auto theft. The youth was reported missing on July 8 by his. mother, Mrs. Burley Anderson of 919 S. Blytheville Man Is Injured In Wreck Billy J. Lineham, 30, of 1533 No. 6th, took a spill yesterday when he lost control of his 1966 Oldsmobile while passing another car on a curve just north of Luxora. Deputies said Lineham swerved into a culvert while trying to pass a 1964 Plymouth driven by Sary Lee Shoemake of Osceola. He was thrown clear of his automobile. Lineham was taken to Chickasawba Hospital for treatment of Bruises and lacerations of the mouth and cheek and a possible fractured collarbone. Shoemake was not injured. No charges have been paced pending further investigation. Clark. He had left the house on July 4, "to attend a ball game," Mrs. Anderson said, and failed to return. Poice Chief George Ford, who conducted an investigation jointly with the Sheriff's Department said evidence indicates Anderson stole a 1956 Buick from Ronnie's Auto Sales on E. Main St. on the night of July 4. He then apparently drove to Thayer, Mo., where he picked up two friends, Clarence Kelly, 19, and June Collins, 20 and two girl friends of the Missouri youths. The five of them drove to St. Louis, Ford said. Ford said no evidence existed linking the Missouri youths as accomplices to the car theft. "They apparently didn't know the car was stolen." Kelly and Colins secured employment in St. Louis and sustained Anderson until Wednesday, Ford said, when the Blytheville youth called his mother and asked for busfare home. He returned Thursday and was placed in custody. The youth, according to both Ford and Mrs. Anderson, has a long history of mental retarda- Two Failures Don't Make A Success SEVENOAKS, England (AP) — Dennis Dolan was annoyed when he was told he had failed lis driving test. So he socked the examiner. The blow made the examiner's nose bleed, broke a tooth and injurd his tongue. Dolan, a laborer, was fined $70 in court at Sevenoaks Friday. "I didn't strike him because ic failed me, but because of the reason he did it," Dolan told the court. 'I thought it was just lies." tion and has been committed to several institutions for short periods of time. Deputy prosecutor Graham Partlow filed a charge of grand larceny against Anderson in Circuit Court here today and said he woud press for Anderson's transferral to "an appropriate mental home." wmmMmmammamuum Mini-Skirts In Mini-Pants Out BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) — Norman Creamer complains that as a man he is being discriminated against by his employer in this hot weather. The Armco Steel Corp. has forbidden him to wear shorts to work. Many of the women come attired in the latest short skirts. "One girl's skirt I saw must have been six inches shorter than my Bermudas," said Creamer indignantly. His union has filed a grievance for Creamer, who operates a crane and after arriving at work changes into dungarees, work shirt, and hard hat. Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Osceola Squabble Splits Council Ed Teaford, an Osceola councilman, yesterday disassociated himself from a City Council resolution which backed Mayor Ben Butler in his squabble with gubernatorial candidate Kenneth Sulcer. The statement, released by councilman Ray Morgan after special meeting of the City Council yesterday offered "100 per cent" support of Butler, who has been threatened by Sulcer with a suit because of .alleged Illegal sales of equipment to the city. ^ "All of us (coundlmen) do business with the city," Morgan's statement read. Teaford said, "I don't do business with .the city, and neither I nor Gardner Robbins, who is in a New Orleans hospital, were present at yesterday's meeting. "I do not support Mr. Butler in this case, and I believe Mr. Morgan exceeded his authority in issuing such a statement." Teaford is a supporter of Sulcer's campaign for governor. Sulcer has promised to run for mayor of Osceola in the event he loses his gubernatorial bid, Executions Would Spell Hanoi's End By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) - Roving Ambassador W. Averell Harriman publicly warned Hanoi today that mistreatment of U.S. captives "will change the whole feeling of the war" which, he said, up to now has not been aimed., against the people of North Viet Nam. In the strongest words ye1 issued by a Washington official concerning Red threats to try American prisoners as war criminals, Harriman said: 'North Viet Nam still indicates that they believe that the United States will give up, just as France did some years ago, if they hold out. "Now, if they think there is anything in this at all, one of the surest ways for it to assure that the American public will stick to this thing to the end, no matter how long it takes, would be their mistreatment of our airmen. "Even though I can't give them any encouragement that we will give up — the President has made it very plain that we will stick to it to the end — it will change the whole feeling of the war. "So far there has been no bitterness on the part of the American government or the American people against the people of North Viet Nam. But this barbaric act would heighten the temporal feeling and can only react against the interests of the North Vietnamese." Harriman, speaking in a Voice of America radio interview, noted that President Johnson had offered to let Hanoi participate in Southeast Asian economic development after peace comes to Viet Nam and promised the United States would contribute $1 billion or more. But mistreatment of U.S. prisoners, he said, "would have a great effect against any future relations between our two countries on the kind of live-and-let- [live basis we hope would come about." Harriman also reported that efforts to exchange a captured Viet Cong terrorist for a U.S. civilian prisoner held by the guerrillas in South Viet Nam had fallerr through. Viet Cong representatives in Algiers had at one point indicated they would undertake such an exchange, he said. The prisoner is AID official Gustav Hertz. On other points, Harriman said the North Vietnamese have refused to give any information about the number or names of the U.S. fliers imprisoned, believed to total 34 or more. Nor have they allowed the International Red Cross Committee access to the captives. He added that Hanoi has refused to accept the International Red Cross Committee, headquartered in Geneva, as a protecting power. Harriman's Voice of America interview was aired hours after Sen. George D. Aiken, R-Vt, warned that if Hanoi carried out its threat to execute U.S. air-i Soap Box Derby Is Tomorrow Blytheville Jaycees will conduct the second annual Blytheville Soap Box Derby, beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Number Nine overpass near Stuckey's, north of Blytheville. Chairman Dickie Nokes said winner of the competition will go to Akron, Ohio, later this year to participate in the All • American Soap Box Derby. Other prizes will include a $500 savings bond and a Chevrolet General Manager's trophy. Prizes will also be awarded to runners • up and for the best car design. Co • sponsors of the Derby are the Blytheville Jaycees and Bob Sullivan Chevrolet • Cftdlllac Co men "the American people will demand the complete destrue- tion of North Viet Nam." 'V,.' Aiken, who has criticized acceleration of the war, thus put into blunter words the carefully phrased warning of 18 self- styled Democratic "doves" Fri« day that such action by Hanoi "would provoke the greatest reprisals and further blacken the hope for peace." Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield who endorsed the statement by the 18, agreed generally with Aiken's appraisal of prospective public demands for retaliation. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, in a speech Friday at Fort Worth, Tex., also warned that the staging of trials would "set loose emotions very tiard to control in this country." "I can't think of anything that would be more dangerous than such a step," Humphrey told a news conference before making speech at Texas Christian University. "If the people in Hanoi have See VIET NAM on Page 3 U.S. Jets Hit Oil Depots By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam ;AP) — Wave after wave of J.S. planes pounded North Viet Nam Friday with a record 121 missions. They struck at hree oil depots to keep up the ntensified drive against the Hanoi government's fuel reserves and also attacked six missile sites. Navy planes from the aircraft carried Ranger evaded 10 Soviet-built surface-to-air missiles 'ired from a string of sites seven to 45 miles southeast of Hanoi. In an attack on one of the sites, a Navy A4 Skyhawk jet was shot down by antiaircraft ire, U.S. military headquarters said. The pilot bailed out but leavy flak prevented rescue lelicbpters from reaching him and he is listed as missing. Loss of the plane had been disclosed earlier. South Vietnamese hcadquar- ers reported heavy losses to a ,00-man company of govern-, ment troops when they were hit a "maneuvering ambush" of ive times as many Viet Cong main force soldiers. A Vietnamese spokesman said the company was hit Friday on highway 13 — a favorite Viet Song ambush route — at a point 16 miles northwest of Saigon. The company had been *«• ftjgned U provide security for. military supply convoy. After the last truck passed the company's area, the spokesman said, a Viet Cong force estimated at a reinforced battalion struck from both sides of the road. Unofficial reports said most of the company was killed or wounded. Elsewhere in South Viet Nam, both the U. S. and Vietnamese commands reported only small- scale fighting Friday. However, two Viet Cong hit- and-run attacks were reported within eight miles of Saigon. In one, the Viet Cong blew up a bridge with mines eight miles south of the capital. In the other, a Viet Cong force of unknown size attacked a national police station eight miles northeast of Saigon. They inflicted light casualties and damaged, several vehicles, a Vietnamese spokesman said. Weather forecast : Considerable cloudiness through tonight with scattered" thundershowers. Partly cloudy with isolated thundershowers Sunday. Cooler through tonight with little temperature change Suuday. High Sunday In th» 80s. Low tonight CS-71

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