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Tuesday, December 19, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 234 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1967 12 PAGES 10 CENTS No Other Job with Administration, Davis Says LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Lynn A. Davis prepared Monday to move out of his office at State Police headquarters while several officials congratulated him tor the job he did during his 4Vz months as State Police director. The state Supreme Court said Monday in a 6-1 decision that Davis did not qualify to serve as State Police director because of a requirement that the di- rector be a resident of Arknsas for the ten years preceeding his appointment. Davis said he would not accept another job with the administration of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller but that he would welcome a chance to return as director of the State Police if a special legislative session in February amends the law to make him legally eligible. Davis said he would not re- main as a consultant to the State Police Department. "I think if I were here I would be acting as director," Davis said. "I am a policeman and I guess I'll die a policeman." Davis said the court had rule that he was "unqualified" to serve and, although the court said he was ineligible for the job, Davis seemed to prefer the word "unqualified." Rockefeller said he was greatly disappointed at the court's ruling. "All of us who respect the law must accept this final decision," Rockefeller said. Atty. Gen. Joe Purcell said the department had "certainly done a commendable job in law enforcement" under Davis. Purcell wrote the original opinion contending that Davis was ineligible. Lt. Gov. Maurice Britt said Davis had "regained a great deal of respect and prestige for his police department" and had brought "professionalism" to the department. Britt also said Rockefeller would meet with the State Police Commission this afternoon at 4:30 to discuss the situation created by the court's decision. One of Rockefeller's legal advisers, G. Thomas Eisele, said the administration "dad to look lonj and hard to find a man of Lynn Davis' qualifications and would have to look long and hard again." Davis did a "wonderful job" and was "well accepted by the men who worked under him," according to Clark Ralston of Little Rock, chairman of the State Police Commission. "I feel that the loss would be to tile entire stale." Reps. Sherman Blake Williams and B. D. "Doug" Brandon, both of Pulaski County, asked the Arkansas Legislative Council to prepare legislation which would remove residency requirements for administrative appointments. Davis has received no pay from the state since taking the position. He said he had been living off his savings and borrowed money but that Rockefeller had indicated he would "take care"of him. Davis said his back salary would amount to about ?4,500. LBJTo Attend Funeral WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson will journey 10,000 miles to attend memorial services for Prime Minister Harold Hctt of Australia, whose disappearance while swimming he mourned as a personal loss and a cruel tragedy. Johnson is to leave Andrews Air Force Base at noon today by presidential jet on the 30-hour trip to Melbourne. Mrs. Johnson will not make the trip. Johnson will arrive in Melbourne on Thursday, Australian time. He will pick up a day by crossing the International Date Line. * * * Holt, 59, a close personal friend of Johnson and a staunch backer of firm U.S.-Australian ties, vanished Sunday while swimming and skindiving in the ocean south of Melbourne. Although Holt's body has not been recovered, the government has announced memorial services will be held Friday in Melbourne and that Deputy Prime Minister John McEwen will be sworn in Tuesday as interim prime minster. Johnson is expected to meet for talks with McEwen, who will serve in the interim capacity until the Liberal government, dominant force in Australia's coalition government, elects a new leader. McEwen is leader of the Country party. He is expected to serve a few weeks at most. * * * It is presumed in Washington Johnson will discuss with Liberal party leaders their feelings toward Australia's support for U.S. policy in Vietnam, which includes to date supplying some 6,000 Australian troops. The policy has generated stiff domestic opposition in Australia. Before announcing he would attend the services Johnson issued a statement saying Americans mourned Holt "with all the grief that Australians feel." And he added: "My personal loss is heavy. Harold Holt was generous with the gift of a warm and wise heart. I found comfort in his friendship and strength in his partnership." PUTTING ON THE RITZ—In conjunction with their annual Christmas campaign for impoverished families, the Ritz Theater is again sponsoring a children's cartoon feature at the Ritz with admission being a can of food or fruit. The feature will begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and the Goodfellows will use the items In baskets they deliver to families Friday and Saturday. Legion- aire Wilburn (Buck) Van Cleve puts the finishing touches on the Christmas tree which decorated the theatre lobby. (Courier News Photo) Dr. Wilh'oms Is Speaker The president of Southern Baptist College at Walnut Ridge, Dr. H. E. Williams, will deliver the Christmas message at to- morrowJs regular noon meeting of the BIytheville Kiwanis Club at the Holiday Inn. He will be introduced by Robert Wilson, director of the college's extension at BIytheville Air Force Base. NewCC President Big Picture Monsoon Pu Shades on SAIGON (AP) — Thick mon-1 four main bridges were hit. .Year's and Tet, the Vietnamese i killed and 12 wounded in the soon clouds began to settle over North Vietnam again today, curtailing the brief resurgence of heavy attacks on the North Vietnamese heartland during The U.S. air spokesman re-1 Lunar New Year. plied don't know" when asked why more strikes <were not made in the Haiphong area during the weather break. which U.S. pilots reported dam-| Such breaks in the weather age to four major bridges, more I are infrequent and unpredicta- than 30 SAM missile sites and | ble at this time of the year. It more than 100 railroad cars and 1 may be weeks or months before another comes along. Mean- locomotives. The raids cost the United While the air war over the North abated, fresh ground fighting broke out in South Vietnam. South Vietnamese troops sweeping the Mekong Delta rice paddies about 70 miles southwest of Saigon ran into a heavy force of hard-core guerrillas States at least five planes in as many days. Radio Hanoi declared five more were shot down today, three by the North Vietnamese air force. Independent confirmation was lacking. There was j no comment from American authorities. A flurry of strikes went into the Hanoi area late Monday, and some missions again probed deep this morning before the cloud blanket began to close in about noon. U.S. headquarters reported heavy damage Monday .to Hanoi's mile-long Paul Doumer while, the Hanoi regime will (Monday and reported killing 105 also benefit from three brief I and capturing at least 32 weap- bombing pauses during the ar- ons of all sorts. Three govern- mistices at Christmas, New ment Iroops were reported series of running fights that raged from early morning until dusk. South Korean forces sweeping coastal scrubland 240 miles northeast of Saigon reported 74 Viet Cong killed in an operation that has been going on for the past week. The U.S. Navy reported North Vietnamese shore gunners hit the destroyer Lynde McCormlck Monday while it was shelling a road junction near Thanh Hoa. Misscos Election Figures Speak Out of two over which , " r wouldn't want to do any- all rail traffic from Red China tm "g to kee P charlle Moore all rail traffic from Red China to the capital must pass. The U.S. Command said a rain of 3,000-pound bombs knocked out three of the bridge's 19 spans. It was the fifth raid on the out of this race," Mrs. L. H. Autry said from her Burdette home this morning. lison, but I don't see how that can be called official." Allison is Mrs. Autry's only opponent (so far) in the Jan. 30 While underscoring the im- Tacitly admitting that a yeariturally - oriented, and he feels is a very short time in which the local economy will ever be to carry out the comparatively | dependent on crops, massive projects of the BIythe- ville Chamber of Commerce, newly - elected President Alex Hill, in his first address as chief executive of the group yesterday noon at the Holiday Inn, for the most part kept his remarks geared to overall.ob- jectives, rather than the specific. Doumer bridge since Thursday. U.S. headquarters also made delayed announcement of the loss of a Navy F4 Phantom jet j in raids last Saturday and said the two crewmen were picked up by a helicopter after parachuting into the Tonkin Gulf. It was the 766th U.S. combat plane the American command has admitted losing over, the North. North Vietnam claimed at least 27 American planes were brought down since the break in :he weather last Thursday allowed U.S. Army, Navy and Marine jets to return in force to the Sanoi-Haiphong area. The U.S. Command so far has reported five planes lost, with one flier killed, five missing and three rescued. Despite the losses, American officers were satisfied with the results since Thursday. They said the raids caused extensive damage to Hanoi's two major bridges, with two more knocked out in Haiphong, a series of lesser bridges knocked down around ply of workers to meet the both cities, and more than 30 short-range needs of local in- antiaircraft missile sites were However, Mrs. Autry pointed' special election which is being out that she has not yet been I called to fill the legislative post "the second told officially just what she left vacant by the death of Mrs. might be .able to do to help Moore's cause. Autry's husband. "It sometimes seems to me dustry. But, as industrialization ex- portance of bringing in more pands, as he assumes it will, industry and encouraging the outside labor will have to be expansion of that now established in the city, Hill stressed that the Chamber must strive for an equilibrium between ag- criulture and industry, rather brought in, and housing and other services provided for these people. Blythevi'le must develope educational, cultural and recrea- '. bombed and rocketed. In addition, Air Force and Navy pilots reported rich strikes on a dozen or more trains caught in the open and said they destroyed or damaged more than 100 rail cars and half a dozen locomotives. There was one unanswered of one over the other. In Hill's viewpoint, the county j Presently, he continued, the will likely always be agricul-1 county now has an ample sup- than encourage the dominance tional facilities sufficient to at-' question. The bridges in Hai- ~r — —„ ti.« -41— u—*. —i —<„:„ ;^,j,,r,t-.. —i previously a top priority tract and retain industry and workers if it is not to stagnate, See CHAMBER on Page 2 target, were hit on only one day and then only two of the city's in Serious Trouble By DAVID J. PAYNE Associated Press Writer CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP — Louis Washkansky, the heart transplant patient, was in "very serious condition" today but doctors said they had not given up hope he will recover. Dr. M.C. Botha reported a "very dramatic decrease" in Washkansky's white blood count In Hit past few hours. This aroused fears that his body is acting against its own tissue— the lungs and white blood cells —more than against the heart grafted into him Dec. 3. Doctors planned a transfusion of normal white blood cells to combat this. The transfusion decision was taken on the recommendation of a French blood cancer specialist. This treatment has on occasion had "quite remarkable results," Bo- ttia said. Four donors gave blood for this purpose this morning and the treatment will probably be repeated in the afternoon, Botha eaid. Earlier, it had been assumed that signs of a lung infection discovered Saturday indicated pneumonia. Tht doctors had strained faces, but said there was still reason for optimism that Hie 53-year-old Washkansky would survive. Botha, one of the key figures in the heart operation, said a U.S. transplant surgeon, Dr. T.E. Staral had encountered similar rejection circumstances in kidney transplants. Staral, of the Veterans Ad- See PATIENT on Page I Dateline — December 19 ~~ POINT PLEASANT, W. Va., (AP) — A flotilla of small craft begins a 14-mile dragging operation on the Ohio River today in an attempt to find the bodies of those missing in the suspension bridge collapse. Searchers have recovered 19, bodies since the Friday disaster. Civil Defense officials estimate there are still 42 missing. Army officers in charge of the recovery estimate the dragging operation will take several days. They said small craft will drag "every inch" of the river bottom from the mangled wreckage of the collapsed Silver Bridge to the Gallipolis dam 14 miles downstream. ft OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least 30 demonstrators, including folksinger Joan Baez, her mother and author Kay Boyle, were arrested today as crowds attempted to block entrance of the Oakland Armed Forces Induction Center. It was the second straight day of outbreaks in the wake of bloody violence during Slop The Draft Week in mid-October. U also was the second arrest for Miss Baez, who was taken into custody Oct. 16 as five days of demonstrations began at the center. Police said atlempts were made today to slop buses carrying young men bound for armed service, bul all the inductees were delivered inside the building. ft ROME (AP) — An envoy from Athens ended his talks with King Constantine today and left for Grecee with the monarch's answers on when and how he would return to the throne. The king almost certainly rejected the terms posed by the military regime, which wants him to return as a figurehead. The king has been forceful in Greek politics. The envoy, Air Vice Marshal Haralambos Potamianos, declined to disclose what the king told him. At Rome's Fiumicino Airport he said: "I am by nature optimistic." He is a close friend of the royal family. CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's minister of education and science, Sen. John Grey Gorton, emerged today as a likely compromise successor to Prime Minister Harold Holt. Holt, who disappeared while swimming in the surf off the southeast coast Sunday, is to be memorialized at a service in Melbourne Friday attended by President Johnson. The President's decision to make the 10,173-milc flight was an unusual gesture of respect for his staunch ally in the Vietnam war. "I've had word from Mr. Al-[that there is so little sense in the county gelling disurbed for jusl a special session of Ihe Legislature which will last only a few days," Mrs. Autry commented. Last night, Allison called Mrs. Autry and explained that t h e filing deadline for the election could be reopened if both she and he withdraw their formal filing pledges. Mrs. Autry said today that "if the attorney general or secretary of state send such word to me, I'll be willing to do this." Allison, a Republican, and Mrs. Autry were the only two candidates to qualify when it turned out that the previously- announced filing deadline of Jan. 9 was wrong. The deadline was midnight Friday, the attorney genera'l's office finally notified County Election Commission Chairman W. J. Wunderlich. This notification came at mid- afternoon on Friday. Mrs. Autry immediately motored to Little Rock to file. Allison already was there. Moore could not be found until after dark. He judged the hour too late to make the trip to Litlle Rock where he said, he had been told some of the vital offices would be closed. This left Allison and Mrs. Autry as the only candidates. Allison yesterday huddled with legal advisors of Gov. Rockefeller and came up with iwhat he says could be a solu- See ELECTION on Page 2 EAGLES FLY UP Eight Boy Scouts from Osceola Troop 222 will be promoted to the rank of Eagle at a courl of honor scheduled for 8 p.m. loday at Calvary Baptist Church, Osceola. The Scouls to be promoted are Terry Jones, Donny Whitney, Michael Taylor, Allen Richardson, Tommy Kendrick, Clark Chitwood, Jimmy Crockett and Harvey Bridges. Weather Forecast Fair tonight, becoming partly cloudy to cloudy Wednesday. Widely scattered showers Wednesday mainly west half. Warmer tonight and Wednesdaj. Low tonight in the 40s. '

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