The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 5, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 5, 1967
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BLYTHEVULE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 223 BLYTHEVULE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5,1967 14 PAGES 10 CENTS rcDorts Seated thaabout 20 bonillflni striking at Norlh Viet ' reports indicated mat aooui M , . , .... ... TALL ONE—Arkansas-Missouri Power Company's home offices here festooned its flag pole with 1,246 blue lights to bring off (at night) a Christmas tree effect. FBI Agent Says Convict Not In County The search in Mississippi County for 21-year-old Robert Pope, described by police as "extremely dangerous with a long record of kidnaping and armed robbery" has been called off. Blytheville's FBI resident agent, Edward Cunningham, said this morning, "There is no indication the suspect ever got further into Arkansas than West Memphis." The search is continuing in that area, he said. Friday night, according to Cunningham, Pope overpowered a Shelby County, Tenn. deputy near John Gaston Hospital and forced the officer to drive him to south of Hernando, Miss. There, according to police reports, Pope slugged the deputy, R. E. Wall, forced him from the cruiser and drove off with the officer's .38 caliber service revolver and a box of ammunition. The cruiser later was found on an auto dealer's car lot at Olive Branch, Miss. Pope then hired Benny Rook, an Olive Branch service station attendant to drive him to West Memphis. "We heard that Pope got on an interstate truck heading north. The state police stopped all the trucks heading this way and a truck driver said he had CC Elects Hew Officers The Blytiieville Chamber of Commerce has announced the election of officers and executive committee and board of directors for the year 1968-69. Officers and executive committee are Alex Hill, president; Bill Stovall Jr., first vice-president; Graham Partlow, second vice - president; Eric Whitley, treasurer; Dr. John Hard, past president; and James Vannoy, executive vice - president. Elected to the board of directors were Allen Bush, Barney Crook, Lee Crowe, Jim Hill Max Logan, F. E. Scott, Jim Sellers, Bill Stovall Jr., Bill Tomlinson, S. E. Tune, John Watson and Eric WMtley. . Outgoing members of the board of directors are Roland Bishop, Toler Buchanan, Waldo Coiner, Dr. Hard, Alvin Huffman, Clarence Johnson, C. R. Newcomb, W. J. Pollard, Percy Shook, King Tetley and J.L. Wcstbrook. given a ride to a fellow but it turned out it wasn't Pope," Cunningham said. STAR DASH Pope was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of running up bills of more than $4,000 on credit cards taken from his former boss, Frank P. Phillips, owner of a Memphis produce company. He was returned to Memphis. The FBI said Pope also was wanted for escaping from the Georgia prison system, where he was serving time for kidnap- ing and robbery. 400 VC MURDER VILLAGERS By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer today with flamethrowers and grenades, inflicting death and destruction, U.S. officials reported. The U.S. Mission said latest raid villages to show that the South Vietnamese government SAIGON (AP) - Hundreds of Cannot provide complete protec- Viet Cong rampaged through a South Vietnamese village early tion. Dak Song is a "new life" hamlet, which supposedly is sufficiently protected to be free of Viet Cong terrorism. In the air war, the U.S. Navy strengthened its arsenal of persons were killed and 30 were wounded in Dak Song, about 130 miles northeast of Saigon. First reports had said 300 persons were killed, which would have been the worst terrorist attack reported in the war. But Wilbur Wilson, the assistant director of U.S. civil operations in the area, said later reports indicate this figure "is much reduced." Wilson said the latest report was about 20 wounded. He dead and said 30 or homes were burned down by the attackers, who were estimated fo number about 400 guerrillas. Wilson said he assumed the hamlet was inhabited by Mon- tagnards, the mountain tribes people who often fight under U.S. direction against the Viet Cong. Dak Song is located in an area along the Cambodian border where there has been a large buildup of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in the past few months. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces have had two big battles this month with Communist troops at Loc Ninh and Bu Dop, southwest of Dale Song and also near the Cambodian border. Wilson said it had not been determined yet from intelligence nam and sent a new light attack jet into action Monday for the first time. The craft is the A7 Corsair II, which can carry 15,000 pounds of explosives while maintaining speeds of nearly 600 miles an hour. U.S. headquarters said the jets made -their first combat runs against a bridge near Vinh, about 150 miles south of Hanoi. The Corsairs' 5-inch rockets heavily damaged the span, pilots returning to the carrier Ranger reported. One squadron of about 20 of the $1.4 million jets is aboard the carrier. The U.S. 7th Air Force will soon add the plane to its strike force also. The Corsair was first ordered in 1964 as a replacement for the A4 Skyhawk to provide a subsonic plane which could carry a heavier load of weapons than the Skyhawk. Overcast weather from the northeast monsoons again limited most of the no U.S. missions Monday to areas south of Hanoi, but radar guided Air Force F105 Thunderciiiefs to at least three targets above Norlh Vietnam's capital city. Their targets were the Thai Nguyen railroad yards 35 miles north of Hanoi, the Yen Bai airfield and storage area 78 miles northwest of Hanoi, and surface-to-air missile sites 24 and 37 miles to the north. There was no damage assessment because of the overcast. The same overcast conditions! prevented damage reports from i U.S. Marine all-weather A-6 In-1 truders after they raided th» Kien An airfield six miles southwest of Haiphong. Pilots reported touching off a secondary explosion in Intruder stries at f,ie Nam Dinh railroad yard 50 miles south of Hanoi. In the ground war, U.S. and South Vietnamese troopers mopped up along a Mekong Delta canal where they wiped out almost half a Viet Cong battalion Monday in the biggest battle See VIETNAM on Page 2 264 Anti-War Protestors Jailed NEW YORK (AP) - More The protest was sponsored by , struck than 1,000 antiwar demonstrators chanting "Peace now! Peace no*!" marched on the Whitehall induction center in Lower Manhattan today seeking to close the center. Police said 264 demonstrators were arrested in the first three hours, including Dr. Benjamin Spock. By 9 a.m., the demonstrations had quieted considerably and the protesters moved quietly in the- streets between police barricade. Inside, the center's commander, Lt. Col. James J. McPoland, said operations were normal and he expected them to continue that way. The center processes about 25 enlistees and draftees daily, he said. Among the first to be seized was Spock, baby doctor, pacifist and a leader of the demon- : stration. Poet Allen Ginsberg "The Stop the Draft Week Com- when mittee" which described itself as a coalition of some 50 antiwar and civil rights groups. Leaders said they expected 5,000 demonstrators by midmorning, They began gathering in Battery Park at the tip of Manahat- tan as early as 5:30 a.m. and strted the trek to 39 Whitehall St. shortly after 6 a.m. Police had cordoned off the area. Barricades lined the streets and all civilian traffic was barred. The marching column broke down into two main groups—one at the intersection of Bridge Pearl and Broad streets and the other about Wafer and Bridge streets. Arrests started when some of the demonstrators began to sit in the street and in front of the center doors. Those seized were hauled away, many of them being bodily carried by police. by police nightsticks | jeopardizing their freedom and i rests, the demonstrators police charged their! future careers," said he was lat- j seemed to subside and set up horses to break up the street group. At least one man emerged with a bloody head. He was taken to a hospital. The center opened officially at 6 a.m. and enlistees began trickling through police lines and going inside. Pickets chanted "Don't go! Don't go!" Spock, who earlier told reporters he came "to be with these courageous young men who are er "cheerfully straight-armed by a patrolman." picket lines that marched uniformly to and fro chanting Ginsberg said he offered the P eace slogans, following poetic comment prior j The protest marked the second day of a week-long effort by antiwar groups aimed at disrupting local induction centers. Monday more than a score of to his arrest: "Pentagon, Pentagon, "Reverse consciousness, "Apokatastasis." He explained the last word meant "a transformation of sa- lanic forces into celestial." Following the rusii of mass ar- cities around the nation saw demonstrations attended by as many as 200 and as few as 40 protestors. Distraught Father Caught by Police Dateline — December 5 diets "the people are ultir of a U. S. Supreme Court segregation in Alabama's The court affirmed Mi 22 decree. Mrs. Wallace made a Capitol, calling the ruling pushed and sponsored by the enemies to nationalize our schools." The court affirmed the rulii ernor and other state officials disestablish all state-enforced segregation and to eliminate I crimination," WASHINGTON (AP) -The nearly 3,000 U.S. planes and 1 of enemy guns, sabotage, acci The dollar loss amounts mounts higher daily in air oper levels. Already the amount of South Vietnam exceeds all the World War II. HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., Monday joined with the other members of the Arkansas Congressional delegation In opposing President Johnson's proposed ten per .cent surcharge tax. Fulbright told delegates to the 20th annual meeting of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative that he wouldn't vote for the proposed tax unless there is a reduction in domestic spending. During a question and answer session, Fulbright said "The Bay of Tonkin Resolution was a great mistake, as far as I'm concerned." "I made a mistake in voting for the measure and apologize," Fulbright said. ft FREDERICTON, N.B. (APJ-Residents of much of New Brunswick began shoveling out today from a record snowfall that spilled 25 inches in 18 hours Monday on the capital city of Fredericton. The storm caused cancellation of all flights to and from the city and bright automobile traffic to a near halt. One train was derailed, but no injuries were reported. One death was attributed to the snow. A car struck a five-year-old boy on a storm-swept highway in the Gloucester County community of Losier Settlement. suuiuea wuai> waa ucmuu me attack. But the Viet Cong often also was arrested. Some claimed they had been New Peace Move Seen in Meeting By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - The irospect of an early conference jetween President Johnson ane Prime Minister Harold Wilson jfffi 4^^fev """"• fflalraaHl^R """" •CtSffi^fPfr™ ~ \i/vffiru5\y "~~ V TSlr^ Gov. Lurleen Wallace pre- j going to change the effect" ; upholding court-ordered de- ic schools. a three-judge panel's March statement to newsmen at the art of the master plan being enemies of our constitution ng of the panel that the gov- "take affirmative action to or encouraged public school he effects of past . . . dis- Vietnam war has now claimed elicopters-mechanical victims ents or wear and tear. o more than $3 billion. It tions reaching unprecedented jombs dropped in North and \merican tonnage dropped in of Britain points to new moves | Council to move into the situa- toward opening Vietnam peace 'tion and see if it cannot get talks. Wilson may discuss with Johnson the possibility of using an open-end truce in the fighting, including the bombing of North Vietnam, during the forthcoming holiday period to try to create a more favorable opportunity for starting talks. In Vietnam the most important of the winter holidays is talks under way. One interest of the United States, officials agree, would be to get the Security Council to invite North Vietnam and the Na- cal arm of the Viet Cong in the South— to send representatives to the United Nations to sit in on a debate on peace proposals. State Department spokesmen Tet, the Lunar New Year anni-j still refuge to confirm officially versary, which comes a few weeks after the new year in the Western calendar. A year ago that a Viet Cong-NLF representative recently expressed interest in coming to U.N. headquar- Tet was the focus of major Iters and the United States peace probing involving Johnson, Wilson and Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin. Johnson told a Monday news conference, 'Mr. Wilson will be welcome blocked his move. He would have needed a U.S. entry visa. State Department spokesmen would say only that U.S. policy calls for supporting an invita- any time he chooses to come," ; tion issued by the Security jut added no arrangements for such a visit had been completed. London reports also said the conference is still under consideration and that Wilson was in- erested in visiting Washington n January. Diplomats here iredicted plans for a meeting vould be announced soon. U.S.' officials privately pro- 'essed great skepticism about he success of any peace probes at this time. They say they see no evidence Communist leaders n Vietnam arc reconsidering heir position— although some Vashington authorities also be- Council. That meant, officials agreed privately, the United States is opposed to allowing informal Viet Cong representation at the U.N. General assembly. Since Vietnamese Communist leaders have denied for years that the united nations had any right to intervene in the conflict even as peacemaker, U.S. officials said it was impossible to believe an emissary would wish to go to the General Assembly for any purpose other than to build up support for his cause. But these officials said a formal Security Council invitation issued for the specific purpose of ieve Hanoi may soon be compelled to do so because of mili- ary reverses in the South and he bombing toll in the North. peace would present very dfferent opportunities. The appeal to the Security The Johnson administration is Council was urged on President >reparing—probably in a few Johnson Nov. 30 by an 82-0 vote days-to ask the U.N. Security See PEACE on Page 2 County SBA Disaster Area Mississippi County is one of 24 Arkansas counties which have been designated as disaster areas by the Small Business Administration. The designation was made due to the small 1967 corp. These are the same counties which were declared disaster areas by the Farmers Home Administration, In order for a businessman to qualify for an SBA loan under the program he must prove that he suffered economic losses due to a drop in business volume or an increase in accounts receivable. SBA disaster loans carry an interest rale of three percent (as opposed to the five and one- half percent normally collected by the SBA). Last year, SBA designated 23 counties as agricultural disaster areas and made 18 loans — all to cotton gins. DETROUT (AP)-Two detectives seized the distraught father of a Detroit riot victim today as he emerged briefly from his fortress home where he had held scores of police at bay for 16 hours while locked inside with as many as nine people, some hostages. Eugene Eclor, 62, came Uirough the front door of the West Side house and stood on the porch where he was immediately seized by the two detectives, like Eclor and the people locked in the house, both Negroes. Ector was taken to a hospital in a squad car. A police spokesman said "We want him examined." Police said no one was injured in the seige that strated at 3:30 p.m. Monday when Ector, de- spondenl over the death of a son in the July riot, ended an hours long drinking spree by firing a volley of shots and locking himself in with two women and three children. It was not immediately clear through the brief tussle on the porch whether Ector had emerged with the two guns he had used during the night to hold scores of police at bay or whether relatives and friends had talked him into giving up. The people in the house, apparently hostages at first, had been free to come and go as dawn came. Seven left and two later returned. Armed with a Luger pistol and an Ml rifle Ector had spent ;he night firing sporadically into the floor or walls of the house. A -wliceman said he "meant to show he meant business." Police said an argument with ictor's 37-year-old girl friend, who v/as in the house throughout, but unharmed, apparently j contributed to the outburst. Ector triple-padlocked himself, two women and three children in the house at 3:30 p.m. Monday after firing several shots that drew scores of police. The shots apparently followed a drunken spree, fueled by an argument with the girl friend and grief over the riot death of his son, police said. Armed with a Luger pistol and Ml rifle he fired several more wild shots during the night apparently into the walls and ceiling of the house, but opened the door briefly at midnight to admit four relatives who tried to talk him outside. Gentry said one of the relatives told him Ector was dozing fitfully with the guns in his hands and the keys to the doors in his pocket. woman who would not identify herself told The Associated Press, on the telephone that "everybody" in the house was asleep, including Ector. "That's rigSit. We know he's sleeping," said Inspector Eugene Zilkowski. "But how can we get inside. He's got th» doors locked." Of the women with Ector, whose son was one of 43 persons killed during the July racial riot, one was pregnant. One of the children was » deaf mute, neighbors said. Heart Patient Feeling Better By KENNETH L. WHITING Associated Press Writer TOWN, South CAPE saying, "I am feeling much better." Africa i Heart specialists say the next 1 L \ r The transplanted heart j crucial^ challenge to ^Washkan- "'"' " t — IJ ' of a dead girl beating steadily inside him, Louis Washkansky was put on a diet of soup and a soft-boiled egg today, and one of sky should come from his body's defense mechanism against foreign objects toward the week's end. To suppress the bodily mechanism that naturally tries to de- Al'f'is going as well as anyjstroy foreign objects-such as heart operation can be-1 Miss arvall's heart- doctors said Dr. S. C. W. Bos- were giving Washkansky a number of drugs. One danger is that his doctors said he is gaining ground. open lave, man, heart surgery registrar at Groote Shuur Hospital, where the 55-year-old businessman received the heart of Denise Ann these drugs reduce a patient's ability to combat other harmful foreign objects, such as germs. Darvall 25, in a five-hour oper- "If the heart is rejected by ation Sunday The girl was ' he patient," said one specialist, oiled in a nauto accident. j "we are at the point of no re- The respirator pump that turn." Prof. Jan. H. Louw, who supervised what is so far the first successful human heart trans- •He's breathing under his j plant in history, said the most own steam now," said Dr. Jaco-1 serious chance of the body's re_,- ._, : ipptinp Ihp hparl "will pnmf al pump ielped Washansky breathe after the landmark surgery has jeen removed. ius Burger, medical supervisor at Groote Shuur. Washkansky, who doctors said probably would have died today )r Wednesday of a deteriorating leart without the transplant, drank water, orange drink and milk Monday. He also spoke his 'irst words since the surgery, jccting the heart "will come at the end of the week." Dr. Burger commented: "The longer Washkansky goes on, the better; although that does not mean the iieart will not he rejected later. The body could decide in 5 or 1 years' time that it I doesn't want this heart." I Washkansky could be kept I alive by a heart-lung machine if his body rejects the girl's heart, said one specialist, but only for 24 hours at the most. "I wish Mr. Washkansky lots of luck and hope that he will Fulbrighr's Views Denounced by Thai BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Foreign Minister Thanat Kho- man of Thailand said Monday pu i| through," said Miss~Dar- that the U. S. government right- y believes that if the United States does not check aggres- :ion in Vietnam a "more devastating war" will follow and counted Sen. J. William Ful- iright, D-Ark., among those who think otherwise. "The opponents, like Sen. Fulbright who supports segrega- ;ion and who never votes for ,he rights of the colored peo- >le in the United States, think ilhcrwise," Thanat said. The foreign minister termed 'ulbright a leader of "pseudo- democratic politicians who Earlier, a youthful sounding preach Little Rock democracy," vall's father. He gave permission for the transplant and said he knew his daughter herself would have done so had she been conscious before she died. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiiiiia Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy with slowly rising temperatures trough tonight. A few light rain showers northeast tonight. Partly sloudy and mild Wednesday. Low tonight mostly in Hit 40s. High Wednesday in the 60s.

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