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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 232 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Dateline — December 16 — ROME (AP) - Greece military dictatorship offered King Constantine the chances today to return to the throne he abandoned Wednesday into a rebellion that never really got started. The condition of return, diplomatic sources said, was that he live "purely as a figurehead, with no .powers." The 27-year-old monarch was reported ready to refuse the terms, the Athens sources indicated, and was demanding instead that the government resign as a requirement for his coming back. LONDON (AP) — Some British doctors and clergymen are worried that the successful heart transplant case of Louis Washkansky in South Africa has given doctors new •• God-like powers to decide who lives and who dies. Granting the Dec. 3 surgery in South Africa was a medical triumph, the doctors and clergy fear a conflict may arise between a doctor's duty to do all he can to all he can to save a patient's life and the doctor's anxiousness to have another patient's life by transplanting a heart, liver or other vital organs from the first patient. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — John Patler, kicked out of the American Nazi Party last April, was convicted today of murdering party leader George Lincoln Rockwell. Patler, 29, faces a 20-year prison sentence. The prosecution had demanded he be sent to the electric chair. A jury of 10 men and 2 women brought in the verdict of first-degree murder as Patler watched ashen-faced. As deputies led him from the Arlington Circuit Court room he turned to his lawyers and said, "Thanks an awful lot." There was no immediate word on whether the conviction would be appealed. GRANTS, N.M. (AP) — Stranded motorists, from truck drivers to honeymooners, surveyed the 20-inch snow that trapped them at Grants and shared the sentiment of one of their number: "It look like an arctic wasteland out there," said Irving Rapaport of Albuquerque, N. M.- . Rapaport, uranium mining official, was among an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 persons stranded Friday at Grants after a storm halted traffic on U. S. 66 and Interstate 40. Gov. David F. Cargo declared an emergency and National Guardsmen rushed in supplies. The storm'held much of the Southwest in its grip. Forty- six inches of snow were reported at Flagstaff in northern Arizona. .: : • : ; By GEORGE F. BARTSCH Associated Press Writer MORRILTON, Ark. (AP) The trial of a taxpayers suit against Conway County Sheriff tfarlin Hawkins assumed statewide significance Friday as an expert witness attacked the sys- em by which county records are audited. Harry L. Frese, 61, of Little lock, a certified public accountant who once headed the state 3oard of Accountancy under former Gov. Orval Faubus, tes- City Truck Driver Called 'God Sent 7 To most folks Allen Smith of I ing aware that the occupants in 112 Ash, Blytheville, is a truck 'he h ° use mi S ht be as ' ee P> tne / sounded their air horns to driver. But to a family in Maquoketa, Iowa, Smith and a driving companion were "God sent," about a month ago. About 3 a.m. Oct. 27 Smith and D. James White of Memphis were wheeling their Watkins Motor Lines tractor-trailer rig through the little town about 30 miles south of Dubuque, Iowa, when they spotted a barn and garage on fire. According to the property's owner, Douglas D. Miller, "Be- Trial Scene of County Audit Attack tified that audits conducted by the County Audit Division of the state Comptroller's Office failed to provide a complete and accurate accounting of county funds. Frese's testimony brought to a close the first phase of the trial, which was recessed indefinitely pending a decision from Special Chancellor Bobby Steel of Nashville as to whether Hawkins will be required to account for some of the Conway County funds he handled between 1954 and 1966. The 13 plaintiffs in the suit allege that Hawkins may have misappropriated more than $180,000 by falsifying county records. Frese, a genera! partner in the accounting firm of Russell Brown and Co., of Little Rock since 1957, said an audit he conducted for the plaintiffs indicated that Hawkins had failed to account for that much. He was placed on the witness stand by Richard S. Arnold of Texarkana, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, who ques- Joned him about his findings for each of the years in question, starting with 1963. Asked whether the county audit for (hat year constituted a "full and complete account- ng," Frese said, "My opinion s that it does not ... " "An audit must be based on lie 'total amount received,'" he said. "I did not find any- vhere in the audit where it is hown." Former Assistant Atty. Gen. lack L. Lessenberry of Little Rock, one of the sheriff's attor- HANOI, HAIPHONG TARGETS FAIR WEATHER BECKONS JETS awaken them." He said Smith and White directed the fire fighting, "until everything was under control." Then, before Miller was even able to find out who the men, were, they were back in the ™nt ° f S UPP»<* southward ' J . . . . litrUiln fVirt -nlionnn Ifjpfp IMlSai* trucks and on the highway, he said. By GEORGE MCARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American warplanes bombed North Vietnam's heavily defended heartland for the third straight day today, taking advantage of an unseasonable break in the weather to pound the Hanoi and Haiphong bridges and rail centers vital to the movement ofj supplies southward. I The air war erupted in full fury Thursday after a month- long lull forced by bad weather, initial reports of today's raids were sketchy but headquarters said they Were again directed at the rail choke points on the routes running from Red China to ttie Hanoi-Haiphong area and thence south. Air Force, Navy and Marine pilots mounted 119 missions Friday, the highest total since late October. Today's raids were believed equally heavy. The U.S. Command said full scale bombing of North Vietnam will continue so long as the weather remains clear. It's an all-out effort to slow the move- | Hanoi and Haiphong bridges, above Hanoi. The U.S. Command said that raids Friday dropped the center span of Haiphong's main highway bridge and pilots put at least one 3,000-pound bomb di- These, along with Hanoi's big Doumer Bridge, bombed Thursday, are probably the four most important bridges in North Viet- rectly on the Kien An rail T t formidable enemy bridge on Haiphong's southern' iaircraft and surface -to-air outskirts. Also hit was the vital! Canal des Rapides Bridge just while the chance lasts. Clear spells in the monsoon season He sent a letter to Watkins' ar e normally infrequent, and Motor Lines, Inc., describing the event and Smith and White received letters of commendation from the firm. Pemiscot Man Killed by Gun A Pemiscot County man was 18:15 at the home of James Mon- killed last night when shot at the home of a Caruthersville farm worker. The deceased was identified by investigators as Tammy Harris, 46, also a farm worker, who lives about two miles south of Caruthersville. The incident occurred about roe, age 74, who is now in custody at the Pemiscot County jail. The weapon used was described by sheriff's office as a 16- guage shotgun. Harris was dead when officers arrived at the scene about 8:24. The case is still under investigation. the rainy season should prevail for another five months. Priority targets during the weather break have been the 90th Congress Controversial By JOE HAtL Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - —An omnibus Social Security bill raising by at least 13 per cent the cash benefits of 24 mil- 1 1 lion people and hiking the pay- long -967 congressional session | rol , Uxes of 75 million others to beset with controversy over the | finance the improvements; Vietnam war and rejection f many of President Johnson's major proposals, including a tax hike, has ended. The session ended at 6:50 p.m. Friday with adjournment of the Senate; the House had quit at 6:36. Congress will reconvene in a month, on Jan. 15, when the question of an income tax surcharge and other rejected proposals will be considered again. —A $1.77 billion appropriation for the antipoverty program- just about the amount cited as the minimum needed by Sargent Shriver, director of the Office of Economic Opportunity; —A $9.3 billion authorization to finance federal aid to education through June 30, 1970, with a prime aim of the legislation being improved educational opportunities for poor children; Goodfellows Contributions Are Lagging Nearly $950 has been contributed to the "Goodfellows Fund" of Dud Cason Post 24, but contributions are running behind last year's giving, according to Bill Steinsiek, chairman. As was done last year, Kie funds will be used to purchase food supplies for area families, he said. In 1966 more than 30 area families received the food, he said. Foodstuffs include canned goods, rice, flour, fruit, potatoes, milk, bread and chickens, Steinsiek said. Contributions may be sent to: "Goodfellows, c-o American Legion, P. 0. Box 474, Blytheville." Students Protest BALTIMORE, Md. (AP Several hundred University of Baltimore students burned parking tickets and blocked traffic on two of Baltimore's main streets to protest the lack of on-street parking near the school's campus Friday. l! C of C to Meet The Blytheville Chamber of Commerce will have its regular monthly luncheon meeting Monday noon at the Holiday Inn. Alex S. Hill, newly - elected Ernest Parker, Court Reporter, Dies Suddenly Ernest L. Parker, 64, for 20 years court reporter here, died suddenly at 3 a.m. today in Chickasawba Hospital. For the past 12 years, he has was circuit court reporter for the late Judge Zal B. Harrison. For the past!2 years, he has been .court reporter for Fifth Chancery District Judge J. Ford Smith of Augusta. Mr. Parker was the husband of Mississippi County Court Clerk Eliabeth Blythe Parker, who survives. He was a member of Lake Street Methodist Church, t !i e American Legion and past president of the Arkansas Court Reporters Association. A native of Corinth, Miss., Mr. Parker worked as a court reporter in Memphis prior to coming here in 1947. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Mrs. J. T. Woodard, Memphis; And two sisters, Mrs. S. 0. Gibbs of Corinth and Mrs. L. J. Blumenthal of Memphis. missile defense systems in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas, extra planes went along Friday to attack antiaircraft sites and duel MIG interceptors. No MIGs were reported downed Friday but one was claimed Thursday. The Communists claimed they shot down a total of seven American planes Thursday and Friday. The U.S. Command has acknowledged only the loss Thursday of an F105 Thunder- chief which went down in raids on Hanoi. On the ground in South Vietnam several sharp clashes were reported. U.S. air cavalrymen, who move to battle in helicopters, were in a continuing fight on the Bong Son coastal plains about 300 miles northeast of Saigon. They reported killing 11 Communist troops since Friday morning when the fighting broke out near the village of My An, scene of a fierce battle last week. U.S. casualties were put at 16 dead and 44 wounded. Three companies of air cavalrymen attacked the fortified village Friday but were repulsed by heavy Communist fire despite help from U.S. tactical fighter-bombers and helicopter gunships firing rockets. About 25 miles to the south other air cavalrymen and South Vietnamese infantrymen reported finding another 60 Communist bodies from a battle Thursday. This pushed the toll of reported enemy dead in that clash to 115. South Vietnamese losses Arrangements for services j were reported moderate while are incomplete. Howard Funer- j U.S. losss were put at three al Service is in charge. killed and 10 wounded. neys, cross-examined Frese later. "You have made a professional criticism — I'm sure it wasn't a personal criticism — but you have made a professional criticism of the county auditing system, haven't you?" Lessenberry said. "Yes, sir," Frese said. "I expect I have." Lessenberry and former Lt. Gov. Nathan Gordon of Morrilton, who also represents Hawkins, had attempted to bar testimony from Frese. They asked I that he be disqualified as an ex| pert witness after Frese testified during a portion of Hie cross-examination that he had never conducted a county audit before, that he wasn't familiar with county audits and that he hadn't been shown state statutes governing county audits. j Frese said he had audited the [records of Little Rock and sev- ieral smaller cities for many of the past 17 years, but Lessenberry contended that county audits were "substantially dif- Sec TRIAL on Page 2 TOP TOP-KICK—Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul W. Airey (center) was in Blytheville briefly yesterday to visit the base and meet with civic leaders such as Mayor Tom A. Little Jr., left, and Alex Hill, newly-elecled president of the Chamber of Commerce. Airey is the top-ranking of all non-commissioned military personnel in the Air Force. The sergeant has served eight months of his two-year appointment and was selected after a screening of all chief master sergeants from each major Air Force command. He is headquartered at Boiling AFB, Washington, and has an office in the Pentagon. (Courier News Photo) Ruling Confuses County Election A fresh discovery in Arkanas election law evidently abruptly ended the filing of candidates for a Mississippi County legislative position. Candidates were informed late yesterday afternoon that the state's laws on special elections of the type which will be held in the county on Jan. 30 required candidates to submit their names to the Secretary of State M. D. Hill Rites Set Marion Dee Hill, brother of Mrs. Paul Kirkindall of Blytheville, died Thursday morning in Flint, Mich. Services Will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. at McDaniel Funeral rlome in Kennett. 5 Dead, 28 Missing In Bridge Collapse POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) — At least five persons were known dead and 28 persons missing today from the collapse of a 40-year-old suspension bridge into the Ohio River near this western West Virginia community. An armada of skin divers, boats and tugs were probing the frigid stream for additional victims of the Friday disaster which struck during the late afternoon rush hour. West Virginia State police, who gave the count of dead and missing, said a temporary morgue had been set up to receive the expected additional victims. The scene early today showed two solitary piers sticking out of the river where the narrow West Virginia. derous roar. by midnight last night. At least one candidate couldn't meet that deadline. Charles Moore of Luxora said lie was notified of the deadline too late to allow sufficient lime to change clothes and make the trip to the capital. This morning, Moore said he will consider the matter over the weekend before announcing his plans. Ed Allison, the lone Republican in the race, field for the position in Little Rock yesterday. Mrs. L. H. Autry, widow of the man who held the post for years, reportedly motored to Little Rock late yesterday afternoon after being notified that the deadline was near. Earlier, there was an understanding that the filing deadline was Jan. 9. Moore had announced as a candidate, but had not filed. County Election Commission Chairman W. J. Wunderlich ad- mitted that the decision broke on him suddenly. "The attorney general's of- See COUNTY on Page 2 OEO Funds For 1968 In addition to a telegram yesterday from Sen. J. William Fulbright announcing a $291,419 [grant from the federal Office of Economic Opportunity, the county's poverty organization also received a wire from the regional OEO director. Walter Richter notified officials of the Mississippi County Economic Opportunity Commission by telegram that the money "assures the poverty operation in Mississippi County for program year 1963," Direc- Musicale Is Tomorrow at 5 "The Holy Child, Jesus," a Christmas musicale based on In^ryeaT'sludgerbefore'Jan.' portions of "The Child Jesus" |, J 5 Eyewitnesses to the collapse 1 Holzer Hospital at Gailipolis, j by Clokey-Kirk, Handel's "Mes-|" The funds wj|) be use(j ^ estimated as many as 75 vehi-'Ohio, four miles from Point siah," and holiday carols, will iatim j n j ster OEO pro g rarns f or cles may have been on the span Pleasant, received bodies of|be presented tomorrow, De ? in '! calendar year 1968 he said tor Gary Jumper said today. The money will be used for program administration, oper- lation of county Neighborhood 'Service Centers and the local OEO family planning program, Jumper said. Jumper said he will have more complete information on when it'keeled over with a thun-] four men and one unidentified i ning at 5 p.m., at the First Royer to Attend Pollution Meet Robert Royer, with A g r 1 c o Chemical Company's Blylhe- ville plant, will attend a Tuesday and Wednesday meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control Commission in Little Rock. Royer, on the hoard cf directors of Arkansas Federation of Water and Air Users, Inc., is one of nine men invited. For two days the group will meet to draft air pollution con- Ohio and West Virginia authorities agreed the death toll, once divers searched the river's depths, would go much higher. Officials said there was little chance of finding any more sur-ltion. vivors amid the tangle of con- In the final working hours! —A record-low foreign aid bill _. ._ _...„ .... ..... ....... . Congress approved these major i of $2.29 billion—nearly .$1 billion j Chamber president, will be the I two-lane 1,750-foot suspension : trol regulations for Arkansas, WllM .1 fe* CONGRESS ttPlft I Bit,wo-iane 1,/siKoot suspension • iroi rcgu [bride* «»• Mooieted Ohio *nd|h» Mid. Methodist Church. The program will feature 150 voices from the chancel (adult) and youth choirs combined, under the direction of Mrs. Byron E. Moore, who wrote the narra- crete and steel in the river. "Anyone who comes out of the river will not be breathing," said John Epling, Gallia County, Ohio, prosecutor. He was named by Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes to supervise operations on the Ohio side. "There is no question that the final figure will be much higher," said West Virginia State Set BRIDGE w Pag* t Musicians will be Mrs. John W. Caudill and Mrs. James L. Mulhern at the organs, and Mrs. W. J. Wunderlich on violin. Narration will be by Rev. Virgil D. Keeley, host pastor, and Mrs. J. K. Williams. The service will bo in the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. The public » invited, Fendler to Speak Oscar Fendler, Blytheville attorney, will be the speaker at an informal meeting of the Blytheville Jaycees Monday evening. Hamburgers and drinks , will be offered at no charge, and serving wil begin about 6:30, Weather Forecast Cloudy and not so colJ with occasional rain tonight and Sunday. Low tonight upper 30* north to 40s south.

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