The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 18, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, July 18, 1966
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BLYTHEVffiLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 105 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72816) MONDAY, JULY 18, 1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Seven Die In State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Frank Allen Gill, 26, of McGehee was killed Sunday in a flaming one-car crash about three miles northeast of Dermott on U.S. 165. State Police said Gill's car apparently went out of control, struck an embankment and burst into flames. .The victim was trapped in the burning car. Gill was one of seven persons killed in weekend highway accidents, an Associated Press count showed today. The 54-hour period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Sunday. E. A. Caraway, 80, of Walnut Eidge was killed Saturday when his car left Arkansas 91 and rammed into an embankment about four miles north of Egypt in Craighead County. Dewey Lerby Rice, about 44, of Little Rock was killed Saturday when he was struck by a car on U.S. 67 in Jackson County. State Police said the victim walked into the path of a car driven by Manuel E. Serna of Merose Park, 111. A two-car collision Saturday on U.S. 82 in the city limits of Stamps claimed the life of Losie Rogers, 52, of Lambertine. Two persons were killed in a two-car collision seven miles south of Waldron Friday night. They were Dale Junior:Wagner, 24, of Waldron and Evie Childers, 78, of Des Arc. Ricky Ledbetter, 7, of Oden in Montgomery County was killed Saturday in the head-on collision of two cars on U.S. 70 about 11 miles east of Hot Springs. He was the son of Clovis Ledbetter. Hanoi Seeks War Aid TOKYO (AP) — North Viet Nam made an unusual appeal today for more material and moral support from its Communist allies and other nations describing its war situation as "extremely serious." .But Red China indicated it is not ready to send its soldiers into the fight. The plea came from North Viet Nam's Fatherland Front and was addressed even to the American people in an effort to weaken the Johnson administration's political flank at home. It followed President Ho CM Minh's decree of partial mobilization of North Vietnamese reserves Sunday. The mobilization decree touched off speculation that North Viet Nam planned to send more regular troops into the South in reply to the intensified American air war, using the reserves to fill gaps at home. Military action in South Viet Nam suggested infiltration might be increasing already. Three thousand U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese troops swept an area just below the 17th Parallel frontier where a North Vietnamese division of 3,000 to 4,000 men had been reported. Fighting tapered off today but the allied force was reported to have killed 167 Reds since theaoperation began Fri- rfav " r But the senior American officer in South Viet Nam's 2nd Corps area, the central highlands sector, doubted that Ho's mobilization announcemenl would mean a massive influx of North Vietnamese reinforce"I think he means that the nation is just going on more of a war footing internally," said Maj Gen. Stanley R. Larsen. "They need more people to man the antiaircraft guns and for other defensive measures. Red China reacted to the mobilization decree by offering again "to take all necessary actions" in support of the Norta Vietnamese but imp.ed it thought they could win with their own forces. TO MISS ARKANSAS-Miss Blytheville, Janet Shoemate, and Miss Northeast Arkansas, Mary Rose, are shown as they prepared to leave yesterday for the Miss Arkansas Pageant at Hot Springs. The entries will appear on television Tuesday night, in a parade through downtown Hot Springs Wednesday afternoon and will model an evening gown, swim suit and render a talent number in the contest. Finals will be Saturday. (Courier News Photo) Four Candidates To Visit County Four gubernatorial candidates will visit Mississippi County this week. Raymond Rebsamen, Kenneth Sulcer, Dale Alford and Frank Holt will shake hands and talk here during the week. Rebsamen was to arrive in West Memphis today to begin a tour of Northeast Arkansas. He'll motor up through Mississippi County on a hand-shaking tour which is to include stops at Wilson, Osceola, Luxora, Driver and Blytheville. Tomorrow he moves on to Jonesboro and Paragould. Sulcer, the Oscela candidate, will be in a Memphis television studio Friday morning to tape a Drogram for later showing. His schedule calls for an address lere at 4,p.m. on Friday. Dale Alford will come to Blytheville on Wednesday stopping at Leachville and Manila en route. He'll meet voters at a reception at Holiday Inn at 5 p.m. Wednesday prior to making a talk on the court house lawn at 7:30 p.m. Frank Holt is due to arrive at Municipal Airport at 6 p.m. today. Tomorrow at 6:30 a.m., he'll meet voters at a breakfast session. Brooks Hays will spend most of the week in south and central Arkansas. Jim Johnson's head- state Holt. "This committee will serve as the nucleus of the overall state- w i d e women's organization which is contributing a great Arkansas Beauty To Be Named HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)Forty-nine beauties from throughout the state begin rehearsals tonight for the 1966 Miss Arkansas Pageant. The week of festivities will be highlighted Saturday night with the crowning of the new Miss Arkansas by Nita Kay Van Hook of Newport, who was named Miss Arkansas after last year's winner, Rhonda Oglesby of Pine Bluff, gave up her title. Preliminaries in the talent, swim suit and evening gown will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. Pageant officials said Miss America, Debora Bryant of Kansas, will arrive here in time for Wednesday's Miss Arkansas Parade. Judges this year will be Jacqueline Mercer Curran of Phoenix, Ariz., who was Miss America of 1949; Bill Weatherly, director of the Miss Georgia Pageant; Dr. James W. Van Blaricum III, executive director of the Miss Kansas Pageant; William G. Carter, former director of the Miss Missouri Pageant and his wife, Mr«. Jeri Carter, former chaperone for Miss Missouri. quarters is to release a schedule | deal of momentum to my cam ~ . , , , t • n TT_1i nn U in T itfla Rnn of his appearances late today or tomorrow. Mrs. Harry Kirby of Blytheville yesterday was named to a women's committee by GEMINI 10 AT-A-GLANCE CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP)—Here are the facts and figures about the Gemini 10 flight scheduled to start today: Astornauts: Navy Cmdr. John W. Young and Air Rorce Maj. Michael Collins, both 35. Launch tunes: Atlas to boost Agena target satellite at 4:40 p.m. EOT. Titan 2 to boost Gemini 10 at 6:21 p.m. EOT. Length of flight: 70 hours, 17 minutes. Goals: Rendezvous and dock with Agena, using its engine to maneuver for later rendezvous with an Agena left in space last March by the Gemini 8 flight; Two extravehicular sessions by Collins; 14 scientific and technological experiments. Osceola Move Told Osceola's month-old Operation Head Start program has been transfered from Rosenwald Elementary School to West Elementary School in order, Mayor Ben Butler said, to accommodate more white children. Rosenwald is a Negro neighborhood school and West has traditionally been a white school, said. The change is said to have resulted from a recent inspection trip by Frank Curtis, an Office of Economic Opportunity supervisor from the OEO regional office in Austin, Tex. Curtis, according to an Osceola source, hit the Osceola program because of alleged limited white participation and requested the move on grounds the Head Start program would thereby be enlarged from 130 mainly Negro enrollees to about 200, more evenly distributed by race. paign," Holt said in Little Roc yesterday when he announce the appointments. With Mrs. Kirby on the com mittee are Mrs. Kenneth The! of Pine Bluff, Mrs. Borden Bel of West Memphis, Mrs. Gene Mooney of Mountain Home, Mrs C. B. Wright of El Dorado, Mrs Wylie Cavin, Jr., of Little Rock and Mrs. Artie Adair, Harrison Injuries Fatal lo K.R.Dudley Kenneth Ray Dudley of 1031 W. Walnut, a foreman at Continental Oil Company, died Sat urday in Memphis from injuries received in a sudden fire at the Conoco ammonia plant's heater system Friday, July 8. Mr. Dudley was 45. He was born in Gracemont, Okla., anc had lived here for about a year He was a World War II veteran and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Julia Dudley; A son, Kenneth Dudley, Jr., of the home; Four daughters, Mrs. Karen Emberton of Scott City, Kansas, and Wilma, Norma, and Loretta Dudley, all of the home; His mother, Mrs. Nora Dudley of Anadarko, Okla.; A brother, Cecil Dudley of Garden City, Kansas; Six sisters, Mrs. Grace Moore of Elkhart, Kan., Mrs. Helen Seymore of Sublette, Kan., Mrs. Juanita Saathoff of Goodland, Kan., Mrs. Jean Hopper of Lake Tahoe, Nev., Mrs. Stella Blasingame of Granite, Okla., and Mrs. Joan Cpchran of Anadarko. Services will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the First Church of the Nazarene, with Rev. Henry Beyer and Rev. Glen Bounds officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in Anadarko. Gobb Funeral Home is in charge. Pallbearers will be Bill Rodgers, Robert Payne, Lester Emery, Larry Detwiler, Bobby Gee and Bobby Landers. RIGHTS LEADERS WARN Racial Violence Brewing In U.S. Storm Kills 60 HONG KONG (AP)-Tropical storm Lola killed at least 60 persons in Canton, South China's largest city, last week and injured many others, visitors from Communist China reported today. The sources said the storm hit Canton late Wednesday night and there had been no warning from Communist weather authorities. EDITOR'S NOTE — While Chicago seeks to prevent new riolence after last week's riot- ng by Negroes, the signs point o continuing racial unrest in many U.S. cities. What is the outlook? A report. By DON MCKEE CHICAGO (AP) - The crac- :le of flames and gunfire had subsided on Chicago's heavily tfegro West Side. But a somber Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was istening to rumblings of racial storms building elsewhere. "I hate to make this prediction," said King, rubbing his face, haggard from lack of ep. "But we have to be honest. Every major city is sitting on a powder keg." King was not alone in his assessment that violence mighl erupt in the hot summer nights in any one of a dozen or more cities. 'Because no matter what they tell you, everything is not okay in colored town," said a Negro attorney in another city. The remark was made by Alcee Hastings who doesn't live in Chicago or New York or Los Angeles. He lives in Pompano Beach, Fla., where rioting bands of Negroes- battled police less than one month ago. Similar fears were expressei by many Negroes in other ar eas, Associated Press interview ers found. Giving weight to such fears were recent outbreaks o violence in such widely sepa rated places as Omaha, Neb., Cleveland, Ohio, and Cordele, Ga. Hundreds of Negro teen-agers rioted the night of April 11 at a park in Glen Echo, Md., ony 10 miles from the White House, and left a trail of property dam age and terrified residents on a march home. Summer arrived officially June 21. The night of June 22, looting and vandalism broke out in an East Cleveland area where Negro and white neighborhoods meet. Bands of Negro youths stoned cars occupied by whites. A 10-year-old Negro boy was wounded when a white man opened fire with a pistol from a passing car. Whites and Negroes staged a gunbattle tbe night of June 28 in Cordele, Ga. The July 4 weekend brought violent disorders for three nights in Omaha's predominantly Negro near North Side; it ended wifii National Guardsmen clearing the streets. In Des Moines, Iowa, about 200 young Negroes hurled stones and bottles at policemen answering a call at a park July 4. Three days later, a hundred helmeted policemen in Paterson, N.J., quelled a missile-throwing outbreak that followed a "black power" speech by a Negro leader. Last Saturday a brief, fiery outburst resulted in San Francisco when an off-duty Negro poiceman shot and wounded a Negro suspected of attempting an armed robbery. Negroes set seven fires with gasoline bombs and a white ambulance driver was attacked but not hurt seriously. Why the violence? In a realm where answers are not easy, factors cited range from simple things like hot weather, vandalism, resentment of police, idleness and malicious mischief to more sophisticated explanations of frustration, repressed hopes, insecurity, racial discrimination and disillusionment. But even before Chicago's outbreak, civil rights figures warned of the unrest and tensions. 'We cannot ignore that we have new human tensions. A great deal of bitterness has developed," Dr. J. H. Jackson of Chicago, president of the predominantly Negro National Baptist Association, has said. A view widely held by civil government's antipoverty pro- ram offered hopes it has failed o deliver. This "aborted promise" tireatens the nation with un- est, said Dr. Robert W. Spike, a University of Chicago the- logian, in a speech at St. Louis. James Farmer, former na- ional director of the Congress jf Racial Euality, assessed it his way: "Another broken iromise to the millions outside he mainstream." Mayor A. V. Sorenson of Om- ights leaders is that the federal i gro youths after the disorders in his city. He blamed 'frustration, tension, discontent, a desire to be recognized, a desire to have all of the nice things all affluent Americans have. These trated." kids are sick, disgusted, frus- Solutions do not come easy, Negro spokesmen agree But most say any concrete, immediate action — new swimming pools for Chicago's West Side, or jobs for 200 Negro youths in Omaha — will significantly aid in soothing unrest. aha talked with a hundred Ne-i King has been grappling with the problem of how to channel Negro youth gangs into constructive, nonviolent work. "We've got to find someting they can do specifically," he said. William Booth, chairman o! the New York City Commission on Human Rights, warned that a "Watts syndrome" exists in the United States. He said federal, state and local authorities have not hit the reality of the problem. "...-' "They should go out into the community and find out what has to be done," he said. SOAP BOX WINNER—Tommy Waits, 12, of Magnolia, Ark., walked off with a first place and a $500 savings bond following yesterday's soap box derby here. Waits is shown with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace F. Waits, and L. W. Melton Jr. of Memphis, (kneeling) who made the presentations. Tommy's two older brothers, Wiley and Larry, are past state champions. Tommy came in fourth in last year's derby at El Dorado. Second place went to Benny Elder, 15, of Blytheville. Waits will go to Akron, Ohio for the national soap box derby on August 6. The event was co-sponsored by the Blytheville Jaycees and Bob Sullivan Chevrolet. (Courier News Photo) Expert Sleuthing Snares Killer By JULES LOH CHICAGO (AP) - Rarely has _ police investigation been conducted more expertly than the one that led to the arrest of Richard Speck. Detectives were dogging their jrime suspect even as the jodies of the eight murdered jtudnt nurses were being removed from the Chicago town- louse — even, indeed, before hey knew the man's name. But the police were cozy. They didn't let on. Not until they had Speck's fingerprints, background, name, description and an eyewitness dentification of a photograph enough to justify an arrest warrant - did they broadcast the news. When they did the whole nation was keyed to receive it, and the very publicity led to his recognition by the hospital doctor treating Speck's slash wounds. The trackdown began when Corazon Amurao, the only survivor of the massacre, gasped her first hysterical description of the killer to a patrolman at dawn Thursday, moments after he fled the blood-splattered house. Teams of detectives fanned out through the South Side neighborhood. One stop was a filling station. A stranger fitting the- description had been there, the attendant said. He had left two suitcases there Tuesday morning while he went to look for a room. He came back the next morning and picked them up. Next stop was the Maritime Union hall across the street from the nurses' townhouse. Yes, such a man had been there Monday morning looking for a job on a New Orleans- bound ship. The name on the application was Richard Speck, and a small, coin-machine photograph was attached. He also left the phone number of a sister, where he could be reached in case a job should turn up. Hadn't Miss Amurao said the killer had demanded money so he could get to New Orleans? Yes, she had. A detective dialed the number. Tell your brother, he'in- structed, to contact the union hall. At 3:10 p.m. Speck returned the call. Posing as a union official a detective told him to come to the hall immediately, there was a job waiting for him. Speck said he would be there. Meanwhile, investigators had Speck's activities well catalogued. Monday niaht he had stayed See MURDER on Page 3 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinniiiiiiiiiiiHnimiiiiiiiiin Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy with little change in temperatures through Tuesday. Widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers Tuesday. Low tonight in the 70s. High Tuesday in the 90s.

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