BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 110 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1963 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Split Demos Worry By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Seven-candidates bid today for a Democratic gubernatorial nomination that may no longer be equivalent to election in this once "safe" Democratic state. Party unity has been one of the prime issues because the winner expects to face Republican Winthrop Rockefeller in November and Rockefeller polled 43 per cent of the vote two years ago against Gov. Orval Faubus, the all-time champion of Arkansas politics. Faubus is not seeking re-election, but his administration and the political organization he built during 12 years in office have been the main topics of debate in a two-month campaign. Six candidates contend that the Faubus "machine" has swung behind Frank Holt, a 55- year-old former prosecutor, attorney general and Supreme Court justice who has denied that he has any Faubus ties. * * * Lined up against Holt. were Jim Johnson, 41, of Conway, a former segregationist spokesman and Supreme Court justice; Brooks Hays, 67, of Little Rock a former congressman and adviser to presidents; Dale Alford, 50, of Little Rock, another former congressman; Sam Boyce, 34, of Newport, a prosecutor and former president of the Arkansas Young Democrats; Raymond Rebsamen, 68, of Little Rock, a businessman and civic leader, and Kenneth Sulcer, 41, of Osceola, a 14-year veteran of the state legislature. Holt claimed on .election eve to be leading the ticket and other candidates conceded that he stands a good chance of being in the Aug. 9 runoff between the top two finishers in today's voting. But each of the others was predicting that he would be the man in the runoff with Holt. To avoid a runoff, one candidate must get more than 50 per cent of the vote cast. But polls showed that no candidate had more than 25 per cent. Each of the Democrats claimed that he could best carry the party's fight against Rocke- See ELECTION on Page 7 AP) stepped around Saigon again tonight, iring mortars at the command lost of the U.S. 25th Infantry )ivision 18 miles northwest of he capital. Elsewhere' in. the South, EARLY VOTERS - Mrs. E. H. Ball of 101 N. Crescent and George W. Nichols of 108 E. Dougan (foreground) were among the first to vote this morning at Ward 2-A in the Jaycee Building. Behind them clerks Mrs. Maurice Sale and,Mrs. Ann Husband scan the rolls, and election judges Bryant F. Stewart, Ivy W.. Crawford and Carson Alley welcome Jack Henderson of 215 E. Kentucky. (Courier News Photo) For Each Murder Speck Could Be Tried Eight Times CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state's attorney expects a decision today by the grand jury on the evidence submitted against Richard Speck, 24, in the mass murder of eight urses. State's Atty. Daniel P. Ward said Monday: "I have presented the case to the grand jury and I cannot say what the grand jury is going to do." Ward has said he Would seek murder indictment against Speck for each slaying. Speck is presently charged with murdering Gloria Jean Davy, 22, of Dyer, Ind., who police believe was the first nurse slain in the methodical July 14 massacre. A murder indictment on each slaying would permit the state to try Speck eight times, if necessary, to get a conviction. Ward added that he expected grand jury decision "through some court." today Miss Corazon Amurao, 23, a Filipino exchange student who escaped death by hiding under a bed, was reported by two physicians to be suffering from extreme exhaustion and did not appear before the grand jury. "Due to legal ethical reasons," Ward told newsmen, "I cannot comment on the South Chicago Community Hospital statement that the nurse is suffering from extreme exhaustion and for that reason could not testify before the grand jury." Miss Josephine Chan, director of nursing at the hospital where Miss Amurao is confined and where the victims trained, was the jury's first witness. Two pathologists from the coroner's office, Dr. Eugene Tapia and Dr. James Henry, also entered the grand jury room. * * + Speck's counsel, Gerald Getty, head of the Public Defender's office, met with Speck Monday and said Speck was cooperative and able to answer questions. He did not elaborate on the discussion. White Seaman Flirts with Fame Wilson White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Akers of Gosnell, was aboard the USS Guadalcanal, which was the pick-up ship for astronauts Michael Collins and John Young Thursday afternoon. White entered the navy three years ago. This is his third brush with fame. He was stationed in Washington and was a member of the late President Kennedy's ceremonial guard. He also was a member of the President's military funeral party. Since being assigned to the Guadalcanal, he participated in moving troops to the Dominican Republic during the 1965 political crisis. White reported thai the Guadalcanal was three years old on Wednesday, one day before the astronauts came aboard. White plans to begin pilot training as a civilian early next year, following his discharge. Racer Runs Wild, Kills 2 OTTAWA, Ohio (AP) - The C. William Ruddell, superintendent of the House of Correction where Speck is confined at City Jail Hospital, said Speck's condition will be reported every 24 hours unless complications develop. Speck.,has...been, .hospitalized since he was arrested July 17 at Cook County Hospital. He is being treated for slash wounds inflicted in a suicide attempt and for an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart that developed July 19 when it was first believed he suffered a heart attack. Guerrillas Shell US Saigon Base By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON. South Viet Nam Viet Cong up their guerrillas activities ighting slackened during the lay, but U.S. airmen flew over yphoon winds and through monsoon rains to pound Communist targets north and south if the border. The mortar shells started fall- ng on the 25th Division base at Chi shortly after sunset. ftere was no report of any casualties. First reports indicated that it was not a major attack but followed the pattern >f other Viet Cong harassments in the doorsteps of Saigon in the last few days. A division spokesman at Cu Chi, reached by telephone, said he shelling lasted about 10 minutes. "We are in countermortar ihase now," he said, indicating 5th Division gunners were helling Viet Cong mortar posi- ions which had been located by electronic devices. The spokesman said he had no report of casualties. Heavy U.S. and allied artillery firing close to Saigon rat- led windows in the capital. The "harrassing and interdie- ion" barrages against Viet Cong positions have been stepped up in the past few nights as guerrillas have become more active. The guerrillas struck nine imes in the Saigon area Mon!ay, shelling and machine-gunning government militia posts and a refugee relocation center. More than 400 miles north of I Saigon, U.S. Marines pursued the hunt for the battered survivors of the first full North Vietnamese division sent south, but made no contact with the slippery foe. Backtracking across the nearby 17th Parallel border or westward toward Laos, the Communists left behind 73C dead, the Marines reported. The battle debris and scarred terrain indicated the enemy toll may be far higher, officers said. With most of the Hanoi regulars of Division 324B apparenty back across the border or in flight toward Laos, Air Force B52s flew over Typhoon Ora early today to bomb suspected Viet Cong jungle hideouts in the Courier's Election Service Starts 7:30 If you want to play "Election Party" tonight, please be our guest, but please play by the rules. • The Courier News will have four telephone lines in service from 7:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Four people will man these lines during those hours. They will have before them a large blackboard on which election information from Associated Press in Little Rock will be chalked. • Here's how you play: 1. Dial PO 3-4461. 2. When the election reporter answers, simply say, "Election results, please." 3. Have paper and pencil handy because here's what you'll get: A. The number of pi^ecincts, statewide, which have reported at the time. B. The top three gubernatorial candidates and their vote totals. C. The top two candidates for lieutenant . governor and.their vote totals. D. The leading two candidates in the races for attorney general, supreme court, Congress, district prosecutor, circuit judge and secretary of state. (If incumbent Secretary of State Kelly Bryant and judicial candidate A. S. (Todd) Harrison build "runaway" leads during the evening, the report on these races will be dropped.) The key to a fast report is to have pencil and paper ready and to listen carefully. Ohio Riot Hearings To Start CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - A grand jury opens an investigation today of the riots and fire bombing that caused widespread damage and left four oersons dead in Negro slums on Cleveland's East Side last week. Mayor Ralph S. Lodier and Maj. Gen. Erwin Hosteller, Ohio National Guard commander, set another meeting to review the situation and decide whether to reduce the force of 1,750 guardsmen who, with police, continue fence, killing two teen-age spec-j to patrol the Hough area and annual ended Putnam Monday County night Fair with screams and near-panic when a midget racing car crashed a Buckle Up, Buddy WASHINTON (AP) - The government stressed today the I youths killed had been silting iHnnnntnnnn f\C ^r•ntn\nrt tvtrit/M'^ if/\n /mtiitvufu cn^lncincf a mtm'e tators and injuring at least seven other persons. Thousands were at Hie fairgrounds race track when the accident occurred as the final night of the six-day fair drew toward a close. The racer driven by Jan Heely of Batte Creek, Mich., attempting to avoid another car that had skidded, rammed the fence. Charles Horstman, 19, was killed . He suffered a skull fracture. Gary D. Burden, 18, was dead on arrival at a Lima hospital. Another seven persons were taken to St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, 20 miles away. Five were admitted, one in serious condition. Heely was among them, with head and facial injuries. Witnesses said one of the importance of training motorists to buckle their seat belts. The Public Health Service said of 1,850 Oakland, Calif., drivers interviewed during a survedy, 28 per cent owned vehicles equipped with seat belts. Two-thirds of those having seat belts used them in highway driving but only one-third used them in city driving. The service said use of seat belts could save 5,000 lives a year nation- widt. atop concrete enclosing a men's rest room but jumped down into the car's path as it slammed into a section where spectators were standing about 250 feet south of the filled grandstand. The other victim was rolled up in the woven-wire fence as the runaway car tore down some 100 feet of it before going on through and hitting a power pole. Heely's car, the only one that wai wrecked, did ntt overturn, adjacent districts. In calling the special grand jury session Monday, Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas J. Parrino said: "The seeds of these riotous acts are found in grave social injustice. Poverty produces enormous frustration. Violence, however, does not remedy any problem. It cannot be condoned." He said the grand jury, whose foreman is Louis B. Seltzer, former editor of the Cleveland Press, will seek to find the immediate cause of the violence, suggest remedies to community problems and take "appropriate action where evidence of unlawful acts is discovered." The jurors are expected to turn their attention to the shootings which killed four Negroes. Police said two white men charged in one shooting were members of a Murray Hil vigilante group formed because of fear that rioters might invade the area. Murray Hill is an Italian-American neighborhood several blocks southeast of Hough. University Circle lies between the two districts. Charged with second-degree murder were Patsy Sabetta, 21, and Warren La Riche, 28, both residents of the district. They were charged in the fatal shot- Set RIOT Ml P«I» 7 D Zone stronghold 80 miles northeast of Saigon. Flying through low clouds and occasional thunderstorms, Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots racked up 71 missions Monday over North Viet Nam. They hit nine fuel dumps and assorted bridge, rail and supply targets that took them within 20 miles of Hanoi. Pilots reported half a dozen surface-to-air missiles were sent up against tiiem around Hanoi, but no American losses were reported. Marine pilots hit a suspected ammunition dump just north'of the 17th Parallel on the Red supply route to the South. They reported 50 secondary explosions. • ,'"''.". The typhoon, Whipping across the Gulf of Tonkin toward North' Viet Nam and Communist China, sharply curtailed plane launchings from 7th Fleet carriers. Instead of its usual 40 to 50 missions, the Navy was able ;o send off only nine against the Communist North. In South Viet Nam, U.S. and South Vietnamese pilots flew-a total of 487 single-plane strikes despite bad weather over much of the area. In the Mekong Delta 78 miles west of Saigon a South Vietnamese militia force of 30 men fought off three times that number of Viet Cong early today: : The Viet Cong called off ..ttiji attack when a flare plane lif;up the predawn darkness. The platoon defending the hamlet of Kien Phong sustained only a few casuaties, a spokesman said. The sound of heavy artillery and air strikes .also echoed across. Saigon in an effort to forestall a further rise in Communist activity. An early morn- ng allied barrage took aim at he jungles around Mia Be, the )ig oil dump 10 miles south of iaigon, and other likely guerril- a targets in the Saigon area. A I.S. military spokesman said he attacks were part of the continuing alied campaign to keep the enemy oi.' balance. . Reverting to the hit-and-run methods they used before the massive U.S.. military sweeps, he Viet Cong have been raking imall government outposts near laigon with mortar and ma- :hine-gun fire. A U.S. Air Force FIDO Super Sabre jet fighter was shot down .y the guerrillas 20 miles out- ide of Saigon, raising to 118 tha umber of American planes lost combat in the South, exclu- ive of helicopters. The pilot r as rescued. The Nba Be fuel depot, larg- st in South Viet Nam,, is re- arded as specially. vulnerable. \llied military men have been xpecting a reprisal guerrilla rike at the big tanks since .S. planes began hitting North See VIET NAM on Page 7 SCENE OF ELECTROCUTION - The television antenna which caused the death of Robert Whipple when it touched a power line at Eubank Trailer Courts, Gosnell, lies near Whipple's trailer, where the disaster occurred. (Courier News Photo) Gosnell Resident Dies Installing TV Antenna Robert Laverne Whipple, 32. died yesterday when a television antenna he was attaching to his railer at Eubank Trailer Courts Gosnell, made contact with a power line. Whipple was electrocuted instantly. The former Poplar Bluff, Mo., resident had moved into the courts only yesterday morning with his expectant wife, Esther, and a son, Bobby. He operated a septic tank cleaning service. According to a bystander, T-Sgt. Daniel Munoz, also a resident of the courts, the accident occurred around noon. Munoz, who was also setting up an antenna on his trailer at the time, said he experienced slight shock through the ground and looked around to see Whippie struggling with a sparkling, hissing antenna. Munoz said Whipple's wife attempted to free her husband and was herself shocked. The two of them fell to the ground, gasping. Artificial respiration failed to revive Whipple, while Mrs. Whipple, who was suffering convulsions, was taken to Blytheville Air Base Hospital. She was dismissed today in «ati- factory condition. Mr. Whipple was a native of Florence. Inn. Besides his wife and son, he leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Whipple of Poplar Bluff; Five brothers, Eddie, Kenny, Oscar, George and Ricky Whippie, all of Blytheville; Four sisters, Mrs. Pearl Koesterer of Freeburg, 111., Joyce Whipple of Blytheville, Mrs. Patricia Moss of Redbud, 111., and Sharon Whipple of Poplar Bluff. Funeral arrangements are Incomplete and will be announced by Cobb Funeral Home. Key. Bounds s Call Rev. Glenn W. Bounds, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, First and Sycamore, in Blytheville, for the past .two years has resigned to accept a call to pastor the First Nazarene Church of Poplar Bluff, Mo. He and his family will ba moving to Poplar Bluff about Aug. 15. The Rev. Boyd C. Hancock,' district superintendent of the North Arkansas district will meet with the local church, board and congregation Wednes day to make pastoral arranger ments. Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and warm through Wednesday. Chance of afternoon or evening thundershowers Wednesday. High today in the Ms. Lows'to- night 70 to 75. High Wednesday in the 90s. Probability of rain Wednesday 10 percent. Outlook Thursday little changes.
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