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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 30, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 114 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1966 TIN CENTS 10 PAGES Thant Fears Crisis By JOHN WEYLAND MOSCOW (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General U Thant said today after his talks with Soviet leaders that he is "increasingly convinced that the Viet Nam war will develop into a major war if the present trend continues." ' The war could "spill over the frontiers," Thant told a news conference at Moscow Airport as he wound up his visit and headed back to New York. Thant declined to say whether he meant it would involve the United States and the Soviet Union in direct conflict. Thant Indicated that the Soviet attitude toward the Viet Nam conflict did not change during his visit, which began last Monday. He talked wth General Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev of the Soviet Communist pa'rty, Premier Alexei N. Kosygin and other officials. "The Soviet attitude toward Viet Nam is well known," Thant said. "I don't think I should try to interpret this." The Soviet Union has repeatedly demanded complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Viet Nam and has supported the demands of Hanoi, Thant told reporters: "As you know, given the way the United Nations is constituted at present, I am not in a position to play a significant role in the Viet Nam conflict." Asked about his own Viet Nam peace proposals, the secretary-general indicated that they were no closer to adoption as a result of his trip here. "I presented my proposals eight or nine months ago," he said. "The reaction from some parties concerned was not very positive." The proposals involved halting U.S. air raids on North Viet Nam, a stop of'other military APES GO APE—The apes have it made at Swope Park Zoo in Kansas City, Mo. They've moved into this ultramodern, climate-controlled Great Ape House just in tune to beat the sweltering heat of summertime. The $340,000 structure of glass, stona and concrete, already up for national architectural awards, houses four species of apes separated from spectators only by a moat. The central glass tower is to be filled with palms and tropical birds. Political Pot Boils But Briefly in Pemiscot activity and peace talks.'' Thant called his talks here "very useful, very helpful." The secretary-general had taken up with Soviet leaders the possibility of a financial contribution to the United Natons by the Sovet Union which has refused to pay its peacekeeping dues. Thant said the Russians have not yet decided whether to contribute. Asked about a second term as secretary-general, Thant said he would make his decision known around the end of gust. Au- Hays, Alford Join with Holt LITTLE ROCK (AP) - For the second straight day Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Frank Holt got a boost in his runoff election against Jim Johnson on Aug. 9. Brooks Hays, who ran third In Tuesday's primary, told a news conference Friday: 'Holt definitely is my choice. It was not difficult for me to make the decision." Dale Alford, who finished fourth in the primary, joined the Holt team Thursday night. Johnson led the ticket with more than 106,000 votes while Holt was second with more than 96,000 votes. "Arkansas faces a decision that I think is historic," Hays said. "The state must choose a man who demonstrates ability and Integrity. Tm satisfied that Frank Holt will be in charge of his administration" and that he will move the state in the direction it should move. Referring to Johnson, Hays laid, 'No man ought to be governor who makes no honest attempt to study the needs of all the people in every group. Holt here Is outstanding, especially as you contrast him with the ptber candidate." I CARUTHERSVILLE - As sure as it gets hot in July, the Democratic Central Committee will have a squabble if it's ilection year, according to seasoned Pemiscot County politica )bservers. This year's rhubarb startec uly 14 in Caruthersville when tie Committee met to name udges for the Aug. 2 Demo- iratic primary. The committeeman and committeewoman for the Caruthers- •ille area, Eugene E. Reeves and Thelma Hosier presented a list of judges they wanted ap proved for the precincts in their township. All did not go well, however because their list was rejectee by a split of the 24 member Central Committee. The opposition was spearheaded by Attorney John R. Fowlkes and Byars Orton. Neither are members of the committee. They appeared, according to Fowlkes, "by proxy. I was there at the invitation of a member of the committee. Mr. Orton also appeared for his wife but he had several other votes too. I just had one ticket." According to Fowlkes the list was rejected because, "there were some extremely prejudiced people named on the first list Mr. Reeves presented." Fowlkes said by prejudiced he did not mean any of the persons were dishonest, but that he and others felt they were too interested in certain candidates winning the August primary. He also emphasized that he was not referring to any of the persons whose names were published last week by Reeves and Mrs. Hosier in several Bootheel newspapers. Fowlkes claims the list pub- Used by his "political enemies" was not the list read to the Democratic Central Committee July 14. "Those were the kind of people we tried to get him (Reeves) to recommend the first place. Insurance Suit Filed After we saw his first list we compiled a list of our own," he said. This list was published this week in several Bootheel newspapers and, as Fowlkes is quick to point put, 'you'll find several names on both published lists. The list Mr. Reeves had published was definitely not the list he read at the meeting.' Reeves, when asked about the allegation, said, "I'm not surprised at anything he (Fowlkes) does anymore, but surely he wouldn't say that. Why, everybody there would know it wasn't true." When Fowlkes was told that Reeves contended the first published list was the same as the one read to the committee, he retorted, "He does? I don't think he'll claim that Why, he knows everybody at the meeting would know it wasn't true." And so goes the political scene in Pemiscot County. Apparently the matter stands settled, the second or third list— whichever you please — seems to have been accepted by all concerned. Next election year another political hassle may enliven the Pemiscot political arena. "It happens .every tune we have a local election," a Pemiscot observer noted, "but when we have a national election everyone around here will be as close as brothers." May be Here, FBI Warns Neat, Conservative, Penchant for Exotica By the way, that moustachio- ed, bearded character somebody might have seen wearing a dark red Hawaiian ceremonial cloth and driving a 1965 red Cadillac convertible with a white top is no kook. He's one of the FBI's ten most wanted criminals. According to an FBI bulletin received today by the Blytheville Police Department, the man, 47 - year • old Edward Owen Wadkins, is thought to be in the Blytheville area. The bulletin does not specify the exact nature of Wadkins crime, but it is quite explicit ;hat Wadkins was last seen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 20, wearing a dark red apa. Webster's defines a tapa as a coarse cloth made in the 'acific Islands from the pounded bark of the paper mulberry, ireadfruit, and other plants, usually decorated with geometric patterns, and still used as covering and clothing in isolated islands, but elsewhere worn only on festive occasions, exchanged ceremonially, used as Cohen R. suit against Brooks has filed Bankers Life and Casualty Company of Illinois for alleged non - payment of a hospital claim. Brooks is seeking $336 plus 12 percent statutory penalty. Harold Douglas Dowdy of Blytheville was tried in municipal court yesterday on a charge jf carrying a concealed weapon, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. It was Dowdy's second DWI offense and he was fined $?.50, sentenced to 10 days in jail and lad his license revoked for a year. Fifty dollars of his fine was suspended. A fine of $15 and costs for reckess driving was suspended nit he was still fined $50 and costs on a charge of having a 38 caliber revolver in his automobile at the time of his arrest Thursday night. house ornament, or sold to oreigners." But, according to the FBI, it's no joking matter. The man is said to be armed and considered extremely dangerous. He is 5 -10, has a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black greying hair. His weight is in the range of 160 -185. The bulletin incredibly enough calls Wadkins a neat, conservative dresser and says he likes Thief Gets More Than a Cold Snack PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) Missing: $700 in cold cash. Kenneth Collins told police Friday seven frost-covered $100 bills were missing from the freezer compartment of his refrigerator when he returned home. A 16-year-old babysitter also was missing. Police said they were taking for her, good restaurants and night clubs. Wadkins Is possibly accompanied by a 23 - year - old woman named Patricia Mae O'Sea. The woman is described as 5' 6" or 5' 7" tall, weighing 118 pounds. She has dark brown hair, and is said to have worn numerous wigs in the past. Police Chief George Ford said anyone seeing a man answering Wadkins' description should immediately telephone file police department at PO 3-4411, after first taking caution not to arouse Wadkins' suspicion. Airline Strike Ended —Maybe By NEIL GILBRIDE WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson quickly wooed negotiators to a tentative airline strike settlement, but there are signs of deep concern today whether the 35,000 striking mechanics will approve it. Negotiators worked feverishly ;o wrap up the proposed con- Tact for a vote by the strikers Sunday tiiat will determine bow fast the five strikebound airlines get their planes back in the air. ."This settlement will not be inflationary," Johnson said in announcing the agreement in a nationwide television-r a d i o broadcast barely 12 hours after calling negotiators in the 23-day strike to the White House. His comment reflected the touchy question of the agreement's economic impact, but the government's biggest worry at the moment was to win the ratification vote. Details of the agreement were tightly guarded secret and iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiniiimiiiiniimiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii BULLETIN PANAMA, C.Z. (AP) The wreckage of a plane and human remains found by farmers in ^lanqucra, Bolivia, have been positively identified as those of a U.S. Air Force UZ and its pilot, Capt. Robert D. Hickman, 32, of Alexandria, La., a U.S. spokesman here announced today. iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiuiiiiiiiinnniiiiiiiiniinninro comments from both union and management appeared directed primarily at ending the strike. 'We feel sure it will be rati- fid by our membership," said President P.L. (Roy) Siemiler of the striking AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists. Chief negotiator William J. 2urtin for. United, Eastern, Northwest, National and Trans fforld Airlines expressed pleasure at the settlement of thej 'difficult and prolonged" strike But no planes can fly until the iroposal is accepted by the un on members who have thrown ontract agreements back in the eeth of their leaders in the Johnson's yardstick limiting i a fatter share of airlines profits Qimi*arfA \-nirte* irinnao^cn' 4« Q 0 "TWe oaf flo-mont mill nni nnn average wage increases to 3.2 per cent a year, the President noted his guideline policy left room for bigger hikes in special circumstances. "The fact that productivity has advanced so rapidly in the airline industry means, according to all participants in the settlement, that this settlement will not be inflationary," Johnson said. Some observers saw this as a hedge against later claims that the union had won its economic "This settlement will not contribute to any increase in prcies," Johnson said. Before the settlement, the union had demanded wage increases up to 53 cents an hour over 36 months for top mechanics who now earn $3.52 per hour. The airlines' last reported money offer was roughly 50 cents an hour over 42 months. The stalemate before Johnson's intervention stemmed in large part from the airlines' insistence in hewing to the argument that workers deserve I White House guidelines. LUNAR LUGGAGE — American astronauts may arrive on'the'moon with this barbell-like package, shown being demonstrated at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. The device is known as the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package and it embodies equipment an astronaut will need to conduct four different types of experiments on the moon's surface. Curtin's settlement announce ment was notabe for skipping any mention of economic impact. Siemiller's endorsement of the announced pact appeared soberly thoughtful. He had earlier told the Senate Labor Committee, considering emergency legislation to halt the strike, that his highly democratic union would "tell me where I could go" if he recommended a contract containing less than they demanded. He reminded the senators, who suspended consideration of legislation after Johnson stepped into the dispute, that the final decision was not in .his hands, but in the hands of,the strikers. This is what causes the concern of government, union and airlines representatives today. A vote to reject the proposed settlement would be a slap, in Siemiller's face, a defeat for Johnson's so-far-perfect record in settling big labor squabbles and would mean millions of dollars more in losses. And, Congress almost certainly would step in with stiff legislation to break the strike. : The five struck airlines agreed last August to bargain jointly with the machinists union. Braniff, Continental and Northeast Airlines, with em- ployes represented by the same union, did not enter into the agreement and were not stnitK A threatened strike against American Airlines by members of the AFL-CIO Transport Workers Union was postponed for 60 days when the Whita House announced Wednesday that President Johnson was setting up an emergency board ta study issues between the airlina and the union. past. Based on the last reported union demand and airlines' offer, the contract seemed almost certain to provide wage increases of about 4 per cent annually over a three-year period. While this is in excess of Negligence Is Villain In Pulaski Vote Count LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Pulaski County was the main villain and a long ballot the secondary offender in the slow count of votes in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. No official or unofficial tally from the state's largest county was available until 9:15 p.m. Thursday, more than 50 hours after the polls closed. Even then, members of the Pulaski County Democratic committee, as they were getting ready to go home, discovered an error in the count in one box which would adjust the final count slightly. Much of the county's problem centered on dereliction of election officials. Judges and clerks in some precincts simply quit without counting their ballots. And the committee, checking some boxes, discovered that the vote totals bore no relation to the number of persons shown voting on the tally sheet. Carl McDaniel, committee chairman, grimly ordered a recount of these boxes, summon Ing volunteers to the courthouse to handle the job. Committee members came close to giving up in disgust when they got word of the suit. As the volunteers worked, Joe Buore, a candidate for lieuten- ant governor, filed a lawsuit challenging the manner in which the count was being handled. Other counties had minor problems. One box in Pope County did not reach the courthouse until Friday, shortly before the county committee met to certify the vote. "I think someone had it locked up somewhere," said a deputy in the county clerk's office. Election officials at one box in Cross County locked up their (ally sheet in the ballot box and the vote was not counted until the committee met Friday because the county clerk could not unlock the box. In many precincts, election officials worked through the night Tuesday to complete the count. In others, officials went home for some sleep and finished the job Wednesday. Around-the-clock counting in some boxes larger lasted Pulaski County through noon Wednesday. This meant election officials had been working straight through since 8 a.m. Tuesday. Suggested one judge: "They ought to have one team to handle the voting, then bring in a fresh group la work tht count." Legal Action Stalls Baltimore Rioters BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) Legal action has stalled racist rallies in Baltimore, but a white supremacist warns, "You'll be seeing more and hearing more of us." Negro and white youths threw j Dottles, rocks and metal pipes at each other in a 20-minute bat;Ie Friday night on North Cas:le Street, a predominantly Ne- [ro section of East Baltimore. What apparently started as a small fracas among four youths ;urned into a larger skirmish ton, Maryland coordinator of i race and constitutional govern- the group and one of those in-1 ment, and everyone who doesn't dieted for rioting. "The proceedings fills wien about 20 white youtJis charged into the area. A 33-year-old man and a 41- 'ear-old woman received minor cuts and were treated at a hos- lital. Police reported one arrest. Meanwhile, city police turned out in force to insure that an in- unction against the National itates Rights Party forbidding rallies would be obeyed. There was no rally. Officials of the organization :iad indicated earlier they would abide by toe injunction, issued Friday. Five persons were charged with rioting after white youths oamed through Negro neigh- lorhoods Thursday night fol- owing an anti-Negro rally by he party — the third such rally n four nights. The warning that more would e beard from the party came rom Connie Lynch, an itinerant ireacher who was one of the ive persons charged wiRi riot- ng in presentments returned by he Baltimore grand jury. Shortly after Judge William J. O'Donnell of the Baltimore Cir- iuit Court issued an injunction igainst further rallies, officials if the States Rights parly said hey would abide by the decision, at least until Monday. "We haven't got a damn choice," said Richard B. Nor noon were most jackass-ean and ridiculous." Norton, Lynch of San Bernardino, Calif., and Joseph Carroll of Baltimore — both speakers at Thursday night's rally — and Edwin F. Hendle and Paul Cordle, also of Baltimore, were charged with inciting a riot. "How the hell could I cause a riot that's been going on for years?" Lynch asked at a news conference after he, Carrol and Norton were freed on bond. Lynch, described in a handbill as "America's most exciting racist speaker," told Thursday night's rally, "I'm not inciting you to riot, I'm inciting you to victory. "I represent God, Sie white I like that can go to hell. after- 1 "The nine stooges on the Su- Jap White Service Today Jasper (Jap) White, Osceola cotton planter, died yesterday in Memphis after a long illness. He was 61. Services will be held this afternoon at the Christian Church here, with burial in Ermen Cemetery. National Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge. Mr. White was vice president of the Farmers' Co-op Gin at Osceola. He attended Western Military Academy of Alton, 111., Kentucky Military Institute of Lyndon, Ky. and the University of Arkansas. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He leaves his wife, me former Virginia Smith of Osceola; And a sister, Mrs. George C. Sny_der of Charlotte, N,, C s preme Court will have to be taken, tried and hanged for treason and don't think this won't happen," he shouted. Negroes held a rally of their own Friday night on Pennsylvania Avenue, main thoroughfare of Baltimore's principal Negro district, but it was sparsley attended and broke up quickly. Militant Negro leaders told the crowd of about 100 to buy arms for defense. 60 Year Old Still In the Corps CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP)'.The phrase about old soldiers fading away wasn't written for Sgt. Steven M. Nugent, 60, of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, fie is ready for action. Nugent, one of the Leathernecks' oldest sergeants leaves Sunday for a two-week amphibious training exercise at Little Creek, Va. He will be the oldest man there, but that doesn't bother him. "I can do anything those young kids can do," Sgt. Nugent said. Once Nugent a professional boxer, says he runs a mile each morning before breakfast ''so I can always pass the Marine physical." : 'I don't drink, either," said Nugent, who will be. 61 in September. imiiiiiiiniiiiiiittniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiNiniiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Weather Forecast r Clear to partly cloudy through Sunday with warm temperatures. Lows tonight 64-70. Hlg'ni Sunday 90-96.

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