The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on July 28, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, July 28, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. (33-NO. 112 BLYTBBVILLB, ABKAN8A8 (72815) THURSDAY,, JULY 28,19M TIN CINTS 14 PAGES Wilson Visits U. S. By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister Harold Wilson flies to Washington today, and high political authorities said he would seek ironclad American support for the wobbling pound sterling during the next six to nine months. Wilson was reported confident such a breathing space would provide the time his Labor, government needs for its crash program of deflation to pull Britain «mt of the red. The economic crisis, its implications on Britain's roe in the world and the Viet Nam war will dominate Wilson's conference with President Johnson Friday. Wilson will give the .President a detailed account of his recent Moscow talks with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin. The prime minister has claimed privately that these discussions produced a new understanding of the motivations, strains and stresses within the divided Communist world. This suggests he feels he can mrow new light on the Mos- eow-Peking-Hanoi relationship. A variety of other issues, ranging from the Rhodesian probem to Red Chinese intentions, also will be examined. There is no question, informants said, of Wilson's asking for an American loan beyond the existing standby credit system in which other friendly nations participate. Instead Wilson's aim is to convince the President, if he needs convincing, that Britain's battle for fte pound also is partly a battle for the dollar. The prime minister said as much Wednesday when he told the House of Commons that sterling in recent weeks has taken a beating which basically had been directed at th edollar. Wison did not identify those he said were attacking the dollar, but he and some his advisers are known to suspect thai President Charles de Gaulle ol France wants both the pounc and dollar to shed some of their value and status as reserve currencies financing two-thirds 01 world trade. The British leader also thinks urgent action is needed to promote international liquidity — the easier flow of me world's main currencies and credit fa cilities. He fears that otherwise there wil be danger of a breakdown in world trade leading to a major depression. The U. S. government, ac cording to information here seems resigned that Britain wil probably pull about 25,000 troops out of West Germany and perhaps an equal number from the Far East within a year or so. This withdrawal program, designed to save about $300 million a year in foreign exchange, is something Wilson feels is not negotiable. The Labor government's austerity program won reluctant support Wednesday from Britain's big labor unions and from the House of Commons. ^-•L. ,,cW&Mg&^>-,. '" rV* r w*^4*ai^->*< M_« jfV^ a™ ^ VT -a-p^JWJvi .' — ••• - . j — T^fi iFf-«£*iwlfc*5M^^* 'Jfci'K- " • °l<i* E^CSlf^^jS "'&*•*,'*?*- "•' ,^C% ^||fP$*r ,ft ~, k^f 5? <* ^ v^£& ATTRACTS CROWD — The city engineering department and others interested in concrete paving were present yesterday when Hughes Construction Co., put this concrete finisher into use on the Tenth Street paving project. "We're interested in this.thing," Mayor Jimmie Edwards said. "It's supposed to finish seven feet of concrete a minute and this might be the answer to our problem of how to get all our paving done before winter." (Courier News Photo) Air Assault Blasts V.C.; 826 Sorties By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — U.S. and Vietnamese pilots struck Communist positions in South Viet Nam Wednesday with new fury, flying a record total of 826 combat sorties, a military spokesman reported. American fliers also ham- Johnson Still Leads Holt Demo Election Results Trickle In LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Jim Johnson continued to hold his lead over Frank Holt as tabulation of votes in Tuesday's Demcratic primary elections slowly neared its conclusion Wednesday night. Johnson and Holt meet Aug. 9 in the runoff to determine which carries the Democratic Party banner against Republican Winthrop Rockefeller in the governor's race. Gov. Orval Faubus said a heated runoff in the Democratic race is certain to alienate some voters and help the GOP this fall. He said he would continue to maintain a "hands- off" attitude in the runoff. Wth 2,608 of 2,693 precincts reported, this was the vote: Johnson 104,456, Holt 90,494, Brooks Hays 65,239, Dale AI- ford 52,866, Sam Boyce 48,408, Raymond Rebsamen 34,837 and Kenneth Sulcer 17,790. In other statewide races— except for attorney general- Wednesday's tabulations produced Uttle effect on the outcome. Atty. Gen. Bruce Bennett apparently faces a runoff with Joe Purcell of Benton. Purcell and Kenneth Coffelt of Little Rock produced enough votes to force the runoff, after early returns indicated Bennett would outpoll both his opponents. With 2,607. of 2,693 precincts In, Bennett had 196,330, Purcell 149,908 and Coffelt 51,455. Bennett said Wednesday night that he had no particular apprehension about a runoff. Purcell got his largest vote in Pulaski County, where he outpolled Bennett 2-1. Bennett said he appreciated all his friends in Pulaski County, but "I just wish I had more of them." In the lieutenant governor's race, Claude Carpenter of Little Rock held the lead while two othrs stayed in contention for a runoff spot. Joe Basore of Cherokee Village led James Pilkinton of Hope by a little less than a thousand votes with 85 boxes still out. The total in the lieutenant governor's race, with 2,608 of 2,693 precincts reported: Carpenter 103,604, Basore 78,804, Pilkinton 77,861, T. E. Tyler of Little Rock 35,615, Corbett Mask of Benton 31,596, Julian James of Jonesboro 24,271, Ralph Johnson of Hardy 23,179, and Glen Thompson of Paragould 12,962. LITTLE ROCK (AP)- Here are the latest tabulations available Wednesday night on the U.S. Senate and four U.S. rep- resentative races. Senate: Sen. John L. Mo clellan 276,078, Foster Johnson of Little Rock 96,738. 1st District: Rep. E. C. Gainings 45,786, Lee Ward of Jonesboro 29,792. 2nd District: Rep. Wilbur Mills 75,935, Jack Eardley of Little Rock 15,971, Arthur Mills o! Little Rock 10,631. 3rd District: Rep. James Trimble 54,113, David Burleson of Fayetteville 23,914, Jim Evans of Hot Springs 18,883. 4th District Special: David ..Pryor of Camden 36,870, Richard Arnold of Texarkana 21,147, Charles Honey of Prescott 16,240, Dean Murphy of Texarkana 17,386, John Harris Jones of Pine Bluff 9,405. 4th District Regular: Pryor 40,570, Arnold 24,596, Honey 18,845, Murphy 19;927, Jones 11,439. OEO Centers Due Review Rule Ousts Van Dalsem LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Herbert Rule, a young Little Rock attorney, has ousted a 26-year veteran of the Arkansas House with the help of reapportionment. Rule defeated Paul Van Dai- gem, who represented Perry County, the smallest in the state, until legislative reapportionment forced Van Dalsem to run in both Perry and in Pulaski, the largest. Rule was leading Van Dalsem 28,251-14,842 with Perry County's 18 boxes counted and 183 of Pulasld's 245 precints tallied. Van Dalsem carried his home county 1,352-622 but the Incomplete count in Pulaski favored Rule 27,6*9, 13,490. Amid persistent rumours of dissension in the local OEO ranks, a public meeting to review proposed county neighborhood service centers has been called by the Office of Economic Opportunity here and regional OEO officers for next Tuesday night. The meeting will be held at 7:30 in the City Hall courtroom. Among those on hand will be Dr. Earl Evans of the Arkansas OEO office in Little Rock and Thomas Mata of the OEO regional office in Austin, Texas. Local OEO Director John E. Bearden referred to the fact that creation of a Southeast BIytheville Neighborhood Center has been delayed in recent weeks. Opening date was to have been July 15. "This project has by no means been stopped completely," Bearden said. "It's just being held up for purposes of re-appraisal by Austin." According to County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks, original specifications drawn up locally for the Southeast Blythevffle project failed to meet requirements of the Austin office. Twelve neighborhood centers had been proposed by OEO Field Director R. W. Raines, and one at Manila was opened! two weeks ago. The Manila center now employs Fred Davis as a co-ordinator aide. Bearden said two other employees will be hired next week. Banks said the operation of all 12 proposed centers will be determined by Tuesday night's meeting and subject to approval by the Austin office. Raines said three weeks ago that centers would be located in BIytheville, Osceola, Leachville, Dyess, Reiser, Birdsonjj, Joiner, Wilson and Luxora. Stated purpose of the neighborhood service centers is to provide liaison between government War on Poverty programs and local communities, with emphasis on vocational rehabilitation and provision of jobs for the unemployed. Persistent rumors in the last few weeks have encouraged speculation that Raines has encountered opposition to the plans in the Office of Economic Opportunity here and that some factional dispute exists in the South BIytheville neighborhoods to be affected by the two centers proposed for that area. The Austin OEO office is said to have stated displeasure recently at an alleged lack of cooperation locally in implementing War on Poverty programs, Frenchman Ends Death Valley Trek DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Jean Pierre Marquani trudged the final six miles to Stovepipe Wells today, ending a 100-mile circuitous hike fiirough Death Valley, tired but in good physical condition. "I'm happy it's over," said the bearded, dirty French ex- paratrooper. He was driven to Death Valey National Monument Headquarters at Furnace Creek and left shortly thereafter for Los Angeles. Chief ranger Homer Leach said the 28-year-old adventurer slept most of Wednesday night on the desert south of Stovepipe Wells, too tired to go on. "He got up about 5 a.m. and finished the hike in about two hours," Leach said. Marquant started the trek over mountains and desert lev- See FRENCHMAN oo Page U NAREB Against Open Housing Law By JOHN BECKLER WASHINGTON .AP) - Local real estate boards have been urged by their national association to "help generate an immediate wave of indignation" against a proposed open housing law. The proposal is a key part of a civil rights bill on which the House hopes to complete formal debate today, setting the stage for the start of voting on dozens of expected amendments. Action on the housing section is not expected to come before early next week. Sections dealing with jury selection and protection of Negroes' rights will be taken up first. The housing provision would prohibit discrimination by real estate agents or others in the business of selling or renting housing, but would exempt individual owners selling their own homes. It is a Republican-sponsored substitute for a stricter ban proposed by the administra tion. The . National Association of Real Estate Boards, which has taken the lead in opposing an open housing law, recently sent a letter to its members calling the substitute proposal "more onerous and more oppressive than the original version." "You must help generate an immediate wave of indignation by all citizens against Title IV,' the letter said in reference to the housing section. A spokesman for the association confirmed circulation of the letter after a copy was made available by Clarence Mitchell See CIVIL RIGHTS on Page 10 NEW BIRD — Most helicopters have blades hinged to the rotor hub, but this one ii different. Lockheed's new rigid-rotor helicopter, the world's first, shown being tested near Lot Angelei, hai bladei that are at- tached rigidly to the hub. This process allows the craft to fly with the ease of a fixed wing plane. The rigid-rotor'copter It the only FAA-certified helicopter under 5,000 pound* with a retractable landing gear. mered at North Viet Nam de- pite bad weamer limiting most f their 103 missions Wednesday o the southern panhandle. The heavy air blows in the south accompanied a rise in mall-scale Communist attacks is the Viet Cong stepped up hit- ind-run attacks in the wake of their defeats in larger battles with U.S. troops. The most significant of these assaults took place 18 miles rom Saigon where guerrilas overran a vilage a few hours lefore dawn and drove off the 40 militiamen defenders. While no major fighting has state, seen reported since Sunday, a Thieu, U.S. spokesman said American :ombat dead more than doubled ast week, presumably as a result of U.S. Marine losses as the .eathernecks launched Opera- ion Hastings against a North Vietnamese division near the northern border July 15. The spokesman said 136 Americans were killed,. 578 wounded and 14 missing compared with 65 killed, 368 vounded and no missing in the previous seven days. Total allied dead for the week.of July 10-16 climbed to 334, compared with 279 the previous week Communist dead rose to 1,272 an increase of 72, the spokesman said. The casualties brought the unofficial total of U.S. combat dead to 2,728 since Jan. 1 and to 4,440 for the war. U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine fliers flew 542 single- plane strikes in the record day n the South Wednesday. Vietnamese fliers added 284 more. The Strategci Air Command's B52s made three raids today. Two were aimed at the Communist-held D Zone north of Saigon, the other at the hills just below the 17th Paralle demii- tarized zone where the Marines are continuing the hunt for North Viet Nam's 324B Division. A Navy A4 Skyhawk from the carrier Oriskany and its pilot was reported missing over North Viet Nam on a strike against a missile site near Vinh. It was the 311th plane reported lost over the North. Although limited by typhoon weather, the U.S. fliers blasted 11 fuel dumps, including a big complex near Vinh and another at the nearby former army camp of Badon, a spokesman said. He said the pilots did not encounter any antiaircraft missiles or Communist MIGs. The fliers on the Badon raid said the Reds were using craters from previous bombings to hide their oil drums. The pilots said they started, five new fires. A South Vietnamese military spokesman said the Viet Cong hit the vilage of Cau Lon a few hours before daylight and the militia platoon abandoned its military spokesman said. A U.S. spokesman said Amer- can and other allied troops tilled 21 Communists in other scattered engagements in cen- ral and northern provinces Wednesday. Viet Cong terrorism also continued. A guerrilla lobbed a grenade into a U.S. rniitary jeep in he Saigon suburbs of Gia Dirih, njuring an American and three Vietnamese. A mine exploded in classroom in a girls' high school in Hue Wednesday night jut no one was in the school." The SouSi Vietnamese chief ol Lt. Gen. released Nguyen Van letter from President Johnson thanking .flw Vietnamese government lor congratulations on the July 4th ndependence. anniversary. Johnson wrote Thieu tfiat Americans "share with you the confidence that you and th« brave people : of Viet Nam will See VIET NAM on Page 10 VOTE TABLE ON PAGE 10 A precinct by precinct ;rS- port on voting in Mississippi; County will be found on Page 10 of today's Courier News! R. H. Wilmofh Service Held Funeral services were held today at 1 p.m. at Etowah Bap- ist Church, for Robert Henry Wilmoth, Sr., with Rev. Jimmy Stevens and Rev. Carl Appling n charge. Burial was to Garden Point Cemetery. Mr. Wilmoth, 88, was an Etowah merchant and planter. He was a member of the Lepanto Masonic Lodge and a Baptist. He was president of the Etowah in Company. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Wilmoth of Etowah; Two sons, R. H. Wilmoth, Jr., and Andy Wilmoth, both of Etowah; Seven daughters, Mrs. Jane Anderson of Lepanto, Mrs. Sue Brothers of Osceola, Mrs. Dirk Kerpfe of Lepanto, Mrs. Jean Martin of Huntington Beach, al., Mrs. Betty Webb of Valley Park, Mo., Sally Wilmoth of ?ort Rucker, Ala., and Carolyn Wilmoth of Etowah; And 13 grandchildren. post after casualties. suffering moderate Radio contact with the post was lost, the spokesman said, and a relief column was sent out shortly after dawn. There was no report on contact from the relief force. A few miles away, the Viet Cong mortared another post briefly in what evidently was a diversionary attack. Similar harassing attacks have been hitting the villages south of Saigon for the past several nights. In brief, bitter fighting on the coastal plains' near Thanh Blnh, a force of Vietnamese infantry and militia troops killed 27 Viet Cong and captured many weapons Wednesday, a government Library to Clot* BIytheville Public Library will be closed the first week in August while the stiff takes a summer holiday. The Library will reopen on Aug. 8, Librarian Laura Gray announced. Abuse Case In Court A Chicago Cockrell, 23, Negro, Girtis was charged in Circuit Court today with carnal abuse of a 13-year-old Negro girl. Bond was set at $3,500. According to police, Cockrell was with the girl all day Monday arid ended up with her 'that night in a deserted house -at 2110 Simmons where his advances caused her to cry out. When arrested, Cockrell admitted having relations with the girl but claimed she had given her age to him as 18... -,-. Cockrell is a migrant worker who is temporarily living at 1221 South 19th. . : , iimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiininiiinvninPP Weather Foreeortf Partly cloudy with widely scattered mostly afternoon and evening thundershowers Friday with little change in temptr* tureg. Highs today and Friday in the 90s. Lows tonight « to 76. Probability of rain, 20 P«r- cent today, tonight and Friday. Outlook Saturday little chang*

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