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Saturday, December 9, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 227 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9,1967 10 PAGES 10 CENTS S. VIETS WIN BIG MEKONG VICTORY IT'S BEEN GOOD TO KNOW YOU—James S. Williams (third from left) was guest of honor at a farewell luncheon yesterday sponsored by the Osceola Chamber of Commerce at Riverlawn Country Club. Williams, who has been plant manager of the American Greetings Corporation in Osceola since it began operations in 1961, has been promoted to a vice-presidency with the firm and will be moving to Cleveland. The dinner was attended by about 30 of the city's civic leaders who gathered to give Williams a sincere display of their esteem. From left are Mayor Charlie Wiygul, Chamber President Guy Newcomb, Williams and his wife, Ann. (Courier News Photo) It Beats Me: 'Everyone' Shuns Law: City Attorney Checking By HERB WIGHT Managing Editor "It beats me why the news- city sup- paper doesn't print the statements as they are in the newspaper and the newspaper publish at least during January and July the financial status of the city. Are all the council meetings secret the rea- posed to. The state law re-|son the newspaper isn't telling quires that each check be the city news? Why can't we Paralyzed Lad Can Only Watch TV... and Needs One read what is happening to our law), money?" — A Concerned Taxpayer, City. First, understand that the state law says "The council of Mississippi County Union Mis- • one who will give to it. sion, its staff and budget occu-j "This will be a Christmas pied as it is with caring for present for him. His mother is the spiritual and material needs b jng a special frame for him of thousands, this week took on ^ on He ^ ^ ^ irest of bis life on it. It costs $500. She has three children • n the home. "If we should raise more a lo-year-oid boy in Hie Manila,area who is paralyzed," .Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall reported today. He can't do anything ... not, ton we need we'll apply the even move a finger. He can't I balance to the $500 frame,' Kir- read. He can only watch tele- kmdall said. Any donation to this special vision. Since the Mission doesn't feel it can use funds collected for other purposes for this, it is making the need known to any- fund should be marked Television Fund, Kirkindall said. f By GEORGE MCARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - South Vietnamese soldiers fighting in the heat and mud of the Mekong Delta badly mauled a Viet Cong force of about 1,500 men and won the greatest one-day battle 01 the delta war, military headquarters said today. The battle against three Viet Cong battalions began Friday morning and cost the enemy 365 dead before the day was out. During the night, the Viet Cong slipped from the battlefield in small units but after sunrise today turned again to fight closely pursuing South Vietnamese rangers. Only sketchy details, and no casualty figures, were available on today's fighting. Initial battle reports said 60 government soldiers were killed and 102 wounded Friday before the enemy was encircled by armored columns and pinned down after being flushed from the sanctuary of the U-Minh forest 100 miles south of Saigon. Three American advisers with the Vietnamese troops were reported wounded. Normally about three Americans accompany a South Vietnamese battalion on field operations. The U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) was exultant over the showing of the frequently criticized South Vietnamese army. Today's ACVM communique said, "the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) had a smashing victory in the delta yesterday. It was the biggest single day in delta history." The communique said no American ground units were involved, although American pilots flew more than half the day's 50 air strikes that accounted for about one-quarter of the Viet Cong casualties. The South Vietnamese troops came from the 21st Division one of the army's best rated units, and a reserve striking force of rangers. At the peak of the fight there were about five South Vietnamese battalions in the battle—about 2,500 men. They were pitted against veteran Viet Cong units that evi- any questions they can come j dently had been flushed out re- namese troops reported some captured AD47 submachineguns were dated as recently as 1966. The South Vietnamese captured 64 weapons. Esper reported that in today's fresh fighting, about six miles from the narrow canal which was the center of Friday's battle, the Viet Cong was holding prepared bunkers hidden beneath banana trees. These were being pounded by bombs and rockets from American and South Vietnamese jets. The delta fighting climaxed a week of major battles across the country, almost all initiated by allied troops in which more than 1,000 Communists have been reported killed since Monday. The heaviest enemy losses outside the delta were inflicted by the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division, which routed a North Vietnamese regular unit along the coastal plains near Bong Son, killing an estimated 250. The heavier ground operations in the South and the slack- ening air war in North Vietnam followed the seasonal pattern— the coming of monsoon rains tt North Vietnam and the shift 19 dry weather in the South. : .. American and South VieU viamese staff officers feel Communist forces in the delta ar» hurtinp tor manpower for tha first time in the war. The finding of 13-year-olds on the battlefield Friday tended to bear this out. White House Aglow As Wedding Nears By FRANCES LEWINE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson walks his daughter, Lynda Bird, down the red- carpeted, marble halls of the /hite House today into the his- iry books as the 14th White "These records are open to I the public and if anybody has down here and look at them," published ... a detailed statement of all funds received, and .. of all money expended." Notice that the law does not say the newspaper should cause this to be published ... but .that the city council should cause it to be published. Now, has this city — at least during the last 20 years — ever caused such a semi - annual financial report to be published? No. Why? For the answer I called City Clerk Bill Malin, who has held the post under at least six mayors. "I asked the state auditors about that three years ago when they were checking our records The Mission box number is [and they said nobody does it 1161. alaic law 3aja itii- \,vuut-ii wi , . _ every municipal corporation in j Malm said. this state shall cause to be' However, simply because the law is disregarded doesn't mean it should not be binding. Some people disregard the city law about paying for garbage pickup, and the city threatens to prosecute those who take such a "the - law - be - hanged" attitude. See IT BEATS ME on Page 2 cently by young recruits. South Vietnamese headquarters reported that many of the Viet Cong bodies found on the battlefield appeared to be those of 13- to 15-year-old boys. Associated Press correspondent George Esper, touring the battlefield today, reported the enemy had the latest type of Red Chinese weapons. U.S. advisers with the South Viet- DAEOC Gets 97,000 Grant A $97,153 grant to the Delta rea Economic Opportunity Cor- oration (DAEOC) has been ap- roved by the federal Office of conomic Opportunity for con- nuation of present programs. Presently under the supervis- on of DAEOC are the Neigh- orhood Service Centers in the ix-county area which makes up organization, administration, fter-school tutoring in Dunklin County and home health aides n Stoddard county. A number of functions of )AEOC were not approved for innacing by the OEO this past year. Among these were adult ducation, youth development and family services. The NSCs were originally unded.only .through Nov. 30, by special arrangement vere financed and continued hrough Dec. 31. vhich DAEOC programs are to >e carried on. is not presently known | and that they disregard it (the 67 Persons Die In Airliner Crash By DEAN JOHNSOS Associated Press Writer HUANUCO, Peru (AP) Searchers pulled burned and I police through thick vegetation to the wreckage scattered near a forest highway. "Most of the bodies were burned and the others complete- OUt lieu anu uic UUJCIB vAiiiifjicw mud-smeared bodies today ]y destroye( ]," sa jd Col .Carlos from jungle underbrush on the F ar j e Allende, who led the first rim of the Andes Mountains where a Peruvian airliner crashed in flames Friday, killing everyone aboard. Sixty-seven persons, including four Americans, were believed on the flight. The Faucett Airlines four-engine DC6 plowed low into the side of Cerro Carpish mountain near midday, about 15 minutes after it took off from Huanuco with a load of holiday weekend passengers bound for the mountain resort of Tingo Maria. The flight had stopped briefly at Huanuco en route from Lima, 155 miles to the norlSi. Farmers *h* btwd tin wain Uttt tod party to the shattered liner. Identification was difficult, he reported. There was no explanation for the crash. A spokesman for Faucett said the plane was believed to have carried 67 persons—six crew members, 45 passengers from Lima and 16 who boarded in Huanuco. Although all were booked to Tingo Maria, the airline said it had not determined if anyone left the plane here. The aircraft was packed because of the Roman Catholic holiday of the Immaculate Conception. All stores and offices in UM «*untiy wen doted wd 2nd Assassination Plot Illogical' LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Slate Police Director Lynn A. Davis says "exacting, . far- many persons took advantage of the three-day weekend to travel. Included in the passenger list were 17 foreigners — the four Americans, an English diplomat and his wife, four French nationals, two Belgians and five Italians. The Americans included Joseph Newman, 60, Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert and Corrine Houck, both 54, of Barberton, Ohio. Mrs. and Mrs. Houck had been visiting their daughter, Joyce, 30, a missionary nurse at Huanuco. The fourth American killed was identified as Evelyn Craig, 47. Her address was not given. The British Embassy Identi- fled the diplomat as John White, 40, the embassy's first secretary and consul. His wife, Vivian, ww flvinj with him. • . reaching" interview with a person who supposedly got an offer to kill Gov. Winthrop Rockefe- feller had failed to turn up any evidence to .substantiate an alleged assassination threat, which was disclosed Friday. "We concluded it was illogical and probably not an actual threat . . . that it could have been the figment of the person's imagination," Davis said. Davis refused to say if the purported plot was tied in with an alleged assassination plot against Rockefeller which is currently being investigated by Arkansas and Texas .authorities. Conway County Sheriff Marlin Hawkins said Friday that a man told a Conway County resident $25,000 would be paid for Rocke- NAACP to Meet The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),' Mississippi County chapter, will have a called meeting Monday, 7:30 p.m., in the True Light Baptist Church, Lilly and Patterson, to elect officers. Special guest will be L. C. Bates of Little Rock, NAACP field director. All members are encouraged t» be present. Vlsi- ton IM wwlcoM, .- _^ .»•*• feller's death and $5,000 for the death of Gene Wirges, a Morrilton newsman and political al- y of Rockefeller. Hawkins said nothing substantial in the way of evidence was turned up during an in- ensive two-week investigation >y himself and .the State Poice. Davis confirmed that his department had conducted a borough search into the mater around Oct. 12. An alleged plot against Rock- eller Was disclosed earlier .his week in San Angelo, Tex Zakar Garoogian, 34, identi- 'ied as a drifter being held in connection with the robbery of soft drink bottling firm a San Angelo, has been tabbed as a central figure in the plot. Garoogian was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury a San Angelo on charges of burglarizing two west Texas banks and three post offices. San Angelo Police Chief Ml vin James has described the al leged plot as "authentic" ant liaving "substantial underwork backing." Davis said the Conway Coun ty man told of driving along an isolated road when he sighted a car following him. He quoted the informant as saying h thought it was the police be cause he had been drinking. The informant said lie wa told by a man, described a House bride. The great presidential mansion was aglow with red and white flowers, mistletoe and a Christmasy atmosphere for its first wedding of a president's daughter in 53 years. In the great gold and white last Room, 240 twinkling white candles sparkled amid an ever- jreen backdrop for a simple while altar that waited for Lynda, 23, and her bridegroom, Marine Capt. Charles S. Robb 28, to exchange vows of holy matrimony. It was as romantic a setting as any girl could want and hundreds of persons—from cooks to carpenters—had helped make it possible. The bride-to-be had said she wanted to sleep late this morning, but the White House had a predawn starting schedule for the big wedding day. State Tax Is Meeting Topic Changes and revisions in Arkansas income tax regulations will be discussed with all interested persons at a meeting here on Dec. 14. A representative of the Arkansas Revenue Department will be present for the 2 p.m. session in the meeting room of Mississippi County Electric Cooperative. Dateline December 9 CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)—Routine tests on Louis Washkansky have shown "some signs which may be interpreted as rejection" of the heart he received in an historic transplant operation, a doctor at Groote Schuur Hospital said today. At this stage it is no more than a suspicion and further tests are being carried out, said Dr. T. O.Donovan, a member of the transplant team of doctors led by Prof. Christian Barnard. Barnard has decided to intensify the treatment to counter Hie natural tendency of the body to reject he heart because it is a foreign tissue, he said. Doctors had warned this weekend would be a crucial time in the struggle against the rejection. ft LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The Queen Mary, a monarch of ocean-going luxury liners, ends her 30-year career on the high seas today and settles into the sedate life of a floating maritime museum and convention center. One million spectators were expected to crowd the southern California shoreline to witness the end of the final voyage of the 81,237-ton liner. Officials plotted a final course as near the coast as possible to allow the greatest number to view the entrance into Long Beach Harbor, the vessel's new permanent home. The City of Long Beach bought the lined for $3.4 million. The city plans to turn her into a restaurant, hotel, convention center and maritime museum. An Army of workmen will invade the liner at pier E to make the transformation. ft NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice Prseident Richard M. Nixon urges new initiatives in the war against racial injustice and says the struggle is more important than the war in Vietnam. "The war in Asia is a limited one with limited means and limited goals. The war at home is a war for survival of a free society," he says. Nixon, an unannounced candidate for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, told a dinner meeting of the National Association of Manufacturers Friday night, "the ultimate testing place of America is America itself." "If we are divided, if we default ori the promises we have made to ourselves, the foundation on which we are attempting to build a better Juture will crumble," he said. Nixon said the Negro was the chief victim of urban violence. He added that if the trend toward racial guerrilla warfare continues "the law-abiding Negro-the great quiet majority-will feel most cruelly and unfairly the weight of Everything about the 4 p.m. EST wedding had been re^ hearsed—even the kisses of the bridal couple. But there were scores of last-minute details toi be attended to. The week-long round of pre^ nuptial partying had left Lynda- and Chuck a bit exhausted. The windup wedding-eve dinner dance given by Robb's parents lasted until a bit past midnight. But it provided the bridal couple with a gay, musical version of a wedding and some of the pitfalls of married life. Broadway stars Carol Lawrence and Gordon MacRae, dressed in bridal attire, sang excerpts from the musical "I 3o, 1 Do" for Lynda's bridal_ iarty in the candle-lit atm'os-" ihere of a private Georgetown lub. When the stars finished their umbers, including some show- ng the typical kiss-and-make -iip- quabbles, Lynda laughingly sked Miss Lawrence: "Is that •hat it's really like?" President Johnson, who sail e was quite nervous, like any ather of the bride, provided a umorous and sentimental hampagne toast at the party iat brought teafi to Lynda's yes. He still had to attend to busi- Sce WEDDING on Page 2 H. M. McDaniel Of Osceola )ies Suddenly Harry M. McDaniel, manager if the Mississippi County Agricultural Stabilization and Con- ervation Service for the past 4 years, died early yesterday morning at the age of 50. He was a member of the Bap- ist Church, a veteran of World Var I and a Kiwanian. Services will be 3:30 p.m. today from the First Baptist Church of Osceola, Rev. H. G. lacobs officiating. Burial will be in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens, Swift Funeral Home in charge. He leaves his wife, Lola McDaniel of Osceola; One son, Kenneth A. McDau- el of Osceola. Two daughters, Lisa and Karen McDaniel, both of the home; Four brothers, W. T. McDanel of Bastrop, La., Pete Mc- Janiel of Little Rock, Bonnie McDaniel of Washington, and Damon McDaniel of Bossier City, La.; Five sisters, Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Ray McKinney, Mrs. Clay Mitchell and Mrs. Garvin Chatman, all of Monticello, Ark., and Mrs. Tom Collier of Little Rock. Pallbearers will be Tom Mc- Kinnion, Hildred Bunch, Lewis Wilbanks, S. W. Chun, Charles Lowrance III and Earl Wildy. Weather Forecast Cloudy through Sunday with showers and thunderstorms flyer the east half tonight and early Sunday. Turning much cooler west tonight and over tht state Sunday. Low tonight in th» upper 30s to low 40s northwest and in tha low SOt southeast

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