The Delta Democrat-Times from Greenville, Mississippi on May 28, 1965 · Page 1
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Greenville, Mississippi
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Friday, May 28, 1965
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Ititft Forao* t-15% of Ana May Get Raia United Press International [[)P\J RED STREAK FINAL Greenville, Mississippi Friday, May 28, 1965 Price 5c Graduation Scenes At Greenville High School Wet Eyes, Dry Skies Mark GHS Graduation By NOEL WORKMAN Tears wore mixed with laughter last night as tlie 74th class to graduate from Greenville High School received its diplomas under starry skies. 9u P ie J n '( 22 Negro Children Register Quietly Viet Nam * * ' The weatherman granted 282 seniors a beautiful evening which school officials had hardly dared hope for after yesterday's downpour. But the weather was fine and so was the stadium graduation. Speaking for the class of 1965 were Sally Baskin, Claude Stuart III and Larry I.ooper Jr. Their respective topics were "Limited Worlds," "Social Conscience" and "Uncompromising Determination." Class president Jeffrey Nichols preserved the class gift of a concrete campus bench with magnolia Irtc to Ilie school. Dickie Elhoridge, student bcdy president - e l e e l , accepted the class gift. THE CLASS was presented by GHS principal J. T. Hall ami certified by superintendent ol schools B. Hal Buchanan, following recognition of guests and honor recipients by superintendent of s h o o l s - elect W. B. Thompson Seniors receiving honors and awards were: Mary Kalherine Morphis, Mrs. W. W. Richardson courtesy award, Hall of Fame medal, school s e r v i c e award; Robert Cunningham, Mrs. W. W. Richardson courtesy a w a r d ; Catherine Varce Noci, Waldauer memorial citizenship award, American Legion award, Hall of Fame me- dnl, National Merit finalist, school service award. Claude Lcroy Stuart I f f , C. L. Scholm creative writing award, William Alexander Percy memorial award, Rnitsch and L o m b science award, D e l t a Democrat - Times award, Hall ot Fame award, Debate team award, National Council of Tea- Sec -- Wet -- Page Z Two-Day Vote March To Brandon Begins BRANDON, Miss. (UPI) -- Negro log hauler Lee Hobson, who had tried three times unsuccessfully to register to vote, today led 120 persons in ji two-day march on the county courthouse. "I don't know whether we will accomplish anything or not," 6-foot, 217-pound Hobson said. "But we are going to march anyway." The marchers left a plowed field across from a Negro school at (he 1-annin community at 10:27 a. m. CST, under a patter of rain. Highway patrol, County and FBI officers in cars flanked the marchers and set up road blocks about half a mile ahead of the line to stop traffic on busy Mississippi 471. The officers looked inside each passing car and told the occupants the marchers were ahead. THE march, sponsored by the predominantly Negro Mississippi Freedom Democratic parly, was aimed at protesting alleged voter discrimination. George Raymond, 22, a Congress of Racial Equality field worker (old the marchers their leaders wanted no hint of scandal during the march. "There will be a tent for Ibe males and a tent for females," Raymond said. "There will be no visiting." The marchers were followed by a pulpwood (ruck will) three portable toilets and a small van with two physicians and a nurse aboard. About half the marchers were Rankin County residents, including a number of Negro women dressed in flopping straw sun hats and hright dresses. A few Negro children were in the ranks, some very young with Iheir parents. THE marchers were to stop for lunch on grounds of the Ross R. Barnett Reservoir, a favorite fishing spot built by (he stale. Ed Hollander, a CORF, worker from New Orleans, told the crowd that national CORE Director James Farmer would meet the march at the Brandon courthouse Saturday morning. A cheer rose from the crowd. Man Starves Himself To Protest Jailing CORTLANDT, N.Y. (UPI)--A Hungarian-born mink breeder who died Thursday in a prison hospital starved himself to death because he felt he had been unjustly jailed for refusing to pay a $5 traffic fine, his family said Friday. Mrs. Roxanne of Old Bridge, father, Henry Van De Beek N.J., said her Dresner, had been fasting since May 3 when Justice of the Peace Herbert M. Chase of Cortlandt found him guilty of having rear stop lights that did not work. She said Dresher had warned that he might "never eat again" because he "felt like resigning from the human race." Dr. W.R. Dalziel, assistant director of Grasslands Hospital where Dresher was taken from the Westchestcr County Penitentiary' on Wednesday, listed the cause of death as "natural causes." However, V/estchester Counly Disl. Ally. I-conard Rubenfield ordered an investigation of the circumstances surrounding Dresner's death. * * » ' A telephone call to Grasslands Friday morning was answered by an employe who wanted to know if the call was "about the man who starved." When Dalziel came to the phone all he would say was (hat "He died of natural causes. It would have happened to anyone with the same thing." He did not elaborate. Dresher's troubles started when he chose (o go to jail for one day instead of paying the $5 traffic fine. According to a leller of protest he w role to Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D- N.Y., while at Ihe penitentiary, he was told he could go home before his day was up. Dresher said be insisted on serving the full day and was then taken to the county home in Valhalla, N.Y., where he was held for seven days. His wife Gertrude, 64, was not informed, according to the family, and reported Dresher missing to police. SAIGON (UPI) -- Nine Americans were killed today when two U.S. Army helicopters collided and crashed in flames at the Bien Hoa base 20 miles north of Saigon. In combat near another air base a U.S. Marine was shot and killed. The helicopter accident happened 12 days after 27 Americans died in (he chain reaction bomb explosions on the (light line of the Rien Hoa base. A U.S. military spokesman said eight of (he II Americans aboard (he (wo helicopters were killed instantly when (he craft phmged to the ground from an altitude of about 100 feet at the southern end of the runway. The ninth man died while undergoing emergency surgery. * * * TWO survivors were reported in serious condition. The Marine was killed near Chu, site of a new air base being built by Navy Seabees 330 miles north of Saigon. Ten other Marines were wounded, two of them seriously, in the clnrfi with (lie Communist guerrillas. In the air war, U.S. and Vietnamese pianos batlercd rarlar installations, ground and sea transportation, bridges, roads military barracks and other targets in North Viet Nam today. The Bien Hoa base, 20 miles north of Saigon, is on the fringes of Communist-controlled territory bul there was no indication that today's collision involved anv Viet Cong action. * * * ON MAY 16-a Sunday-a series of Ihundernus explosions ripped (he big base, killing (he 27 Americans and destroying 10 B57 jet bomters worth $1.2 million each. The flighlllne Hast was blamed on an improperly set fuse in a bomb which had been loaded aboard one of (he supersonic planes just prior to a combat mission. The hard luck installation was the target of a murderous Viet Cong mortar nltack last Nov. I. That assault killed five Americans and wounded 76 otters. Five B57s were destroyed. Today's Leatherneck battle near Chu Lai involved troops of the 2nd Ballalion, 4lh Marines. A Marine spokesman said six guerrillas were killed. Another was wounded, and captured. Most of the Marine casualties were victims of Communist hand grenades. Gvnsum Gives Raise U.S. Gypsum Co. has given an eight cents an hour wage increase to all hourly employes in the Greenville plant. Local Gypsum Manager Sam Smith said the company had also m a d e "substanlial im- provemenls in our insurance, retirement and vacation plans." Smith said the "whole package will amount lo substantially above $100,000 a year in additional benefits." Trie last general pay raise at Gypsum here was in December, 1963. As School Segregation Barriers Fall NAACP Head Will File Law Suit The father of a third- grade Negro girl denied admission to Em Boyd school today termed the action an "affront" to her right to an education in a tax-supported school. He said he would bring suit to force the School Board to admit her. Jimmy Tliornlcn, president of the Washington C o u n t y chapter of the WAACP, said hia daughter Shela was turned away at the previously all-white grammar school. * * * THORNTON, in a p r e p a r e d slntcmenl, said "I shall proceed legally to change this pal- tern which denies my daughter this right to an education." His full statement follows: "I am disturbed to know that my daughter cannot register in the school of her choice because she is a third-grader, and the established pattern left her rejected and unregistered. "I consider this an affront to not only my dignity and all I stand for as a citizen but to her basic right to an education in a public, tax-supported school. I feel that such assaults and flagrant violations should be met with the dignity and principles on which this very nation was founded. "Therefore it is in this framework that I shall proceed legally to change this pattern which denies my daughter the right to an education, and robs me of my rights as a citi/.en and ignores the federal government and (he very principles on which this nation was founded. "I feel this is both my duly and responsibility to my family and this great society. I respect the plan worked out by the Greenville board hut cannot honor it in its entirety because it in effect leaves my daughter rejected and unregistered and deprives her of an education." Thomlon said he had talked to school officials following his daughter's rejection and they explained the board had set the two - grade policy. Thornton a n d h i s daughter sought registration at F.m Boyd at 8.31 a.m., he said. They were accompanied by John Frazier, a member of the NAACP's national board. Weather Weekend To Bring 510 Additional Funerals By United Press International Thousands of pcrsoas prepared today for Memorial Day weekend, (he season's first long holiday and tlie traditional kick-off for beach outings, btickyiiul barbecues am! shirt sleeve parudrjs. Tho National Safely Couitcil estimated ns many as 510 persons, a new record, could die in t r a f f i c accidents during the 78- hour holiday period which starts at 0 p.m. (local lime) today and ends at midnight Monday. Cities and towns throughout the nation scheduled observances to commemorate the nation's war dead. Brassy parades vied with prayer vigils for She public's attention. Officials issued picas for safe driving and simultaneously ordered highway police patrols beefed up in most slates, Nationnl Guardsmen were mobilized lo help the Wisconsin and Iowa slate police. The Safety Council predicted about 87 million cars would take to the highways during the long weekend and between 430 and 510 persons would be killed. During a comparable non-holiday three days, the council said, about 390 persons would die m traffic accidents. Police Are Present On School Campuses Twenty-two Negro children registered without incident for the second grade .next year at previously all- white schools this morning. The prc-rcgistralion ended nt ]1 a.m. with first grade registration scheduled tomorrow under the "freedom of choice" desegregation plan adopted by tho registered along with 110 children at Mallie Akin. whits Ss, ·f,.; Johnson Proposes New 'Machinery' WACO, Tex. (UPI) -- President Johnson, reporting the scheduled withdrawal of an additional 1,700 U.S. troops from the "Dominican Republic, called today for a new and much faster international system for snuffing out altempt- ej Communist takeovers in this hemisphere. The Chief Executive, speak- ~ ' ig at Baylor University commencement exercises, was grateful that a Dominican * * * DR Are OAS Rivals Cool To Efforts MISS ADMIRAL HULL, England (UPI)-Miss Annie Majors, who has never been a sailor, Thursday became a full admiral with her own flag and the right to he piped aboard ships. Miss Majors became lord mayor of (he city-which carries the additional title ol Admiral of the Humber. NORTH MISSISSIPPI - Partly cloudy with showers ond thunderstorms affecting up lo 40 per cent of area (oday and Saturday. High today 78-88, low lonighf 60-65. Out- Icok for Sunday partly cloudy and mild. U S. Wealhor Observer Brodie Crump reported a high of 86 degrees for Ihe 21-hour period ending at 7 a.m. (oday. The low was (7 and it was 70 degrees at 7 a.m. SANTO DOMINGO (UP!) -- The Organization o£ American States (OAS), entrusted with keeping the ponce here, today took over the role of banker to the s.lrife-torn Dominican Republic. An OAS spokesman disclosed that troops under OAS command and including U.S. military policemen occupied the central bank last night. The action took place before OAS mediator Jose A. Mora announced he had arranged to pay the salaries of all public employes regardless of their political affiliation. Checks have t«en prepared on Ihe basis of April payrolls and will be distributed lo all persons on (hose rolls at locations in Santo Domingo and throughout the country, the spokesman said. The United States meanwhile announced 19 cease-fire violations up to midnight Thursday night. There were unconfirmed reports one American soldier was wounded in the gunfire, but apparently American forces did not return any fire. Both sides in the Dominican conflict were reacting coolly to OAS efforts to reslorc normal conditions. Mora was trying to win support for a plan which would give the OAS temporary control of the Dominican government palace, official radio, communications facilities and the city's banks and power stations, lie was reported meeting considerable resistance from both factions. cease - fire had ended the threat of "wholesale bloodshed" sparked by "a well-trained, disciplined fond of Communists." He emphasized, however, the need for a faster system lo deal with new and similar t h r e a t s to the peace and slabil- ily of other nations. "It is clear [hat we need new intcmallonal machinery geared lo meet fast - moving events," he said in his address prepared fur delivery to a graduation audience assembled in the Heart of Texas Fairgrounds. " W h e n hours can decide the fate of generations, tlie momenl of decision must become the moment of action." t * * PLEDGING staunch United Stales support for the inter- American force now assigned to maintaining Dominican peace, Johnson announced issuance of orders today for removal of an additional 1,700 U. S. troops Saturday from the more than 22,000 armed forces personnel ashore at Ihe peak of the Dominican crisis. This brought to 3,300 the tot a l willidrawals ordered t h i s week as the inter - American force, commanded by Brazilian Gen. Hugo Pcnasco Alvim, was enlarged by contingents from other Latin nations. The President said he had ordered the U. S. commander, L(. (Jen. Bruce Palmer, lo discuss further withdrawals with Penasco. "SUCH action will be taken when Ihe military commanders believe it is safe and warranted by Ihe arrival ol further Latin American forces and by the continued stabilization of the military situation," he said. Johnson felt that f r o m the bloody disruption of Dominican life the 20 American nations "must now forge a stronger shield against disaster." Greenville School Board. * + * POLICE and school officials said the registration proceeded quietly with law enforcement officers on every elementary school campus. They allowed only children, their parents and teachers on the grounds. Police sairl (hey nskctl David Novick, a Cuuncil of Federated Organizations s l n f f worker, (o move off the Ella Darling campus where Ire was reported lalking (o children. He moved across (he street. Superintendent of Schools B. Ha! Buchanan said total registration ran considerably behind anticipated second grade enrollment. Only 735 of the city's approximately 1300 upcoming second graders registered. Of that number 500 registered at formerly nil while schools and 230 at Negro facilities. t + figures show alxut to enlcr the second fall and about 650 SCHOOL fxtO whites grade this Negroes. Buchanan said s i x N e g r o girls and four Negro boys registered along with 03 white pupils registered [his morning at Carrie Stern. One Negro girl and one Negro boy enrolled with 82 while students at Fulwilcr and one Negro boy and two Negro girls were THERE were three N e g r o boys and one Negrn girl registered at Ella Darling s c h o o l along with 48 white children. At Em Boyd three Negro boys were registered for nexi year's second grade and a Negro girl seeking enrollment in this fall's third grade at Em Boyd w a s turned away, Buchanan said. white parents commented on Ihe smoothness with which the registration procedure was being carried out. "They act like they've Iecn doing this forever," one parent said of the school officials. + * * TOMORROW'S registration of first graders will begin at 8 a.m. They must be accompanied by parents or guardians and will need a record of birth and nn immunization certificale. Those who do not have n birth certificate or other proof of age will be able to enroll nn a temporary basis for 30 d a y s until acceptable records have been presented to tha school principal. The Greenville schools are the f i r s t in the state lo desegregate voluntarily. U n d e r t h a School Board plan, the first two grades are to be integrated for the coming school year. Three grades n year for the next three years are to be integrated under the plan, with the t w e l f t h and final grade slated for integration in the f i f t h year. Telephone And Pigeons May Replace Mailman CMfa It may soon he cheaper to telephone or telegraph a message than it is to mail it, according to Carolyn DeCell of the Deer Creek Pilot. While telephone rates aren't going up that fast (some of them have even gone down), postal rates have been on an increase for a good many years. In fact il might be pos- ~ sible for the telephone company to sel up one way calls so that leller writers could jusl read their letters for the price of a postal stamp and a special delivery stamp. That possibility may explain why there is still an excise tax on long distance calls -- snrt of a controlled competition idea. MRS. DeCell also suggested raising "carrier pigeons to tend to Ihe task for you." Thai might not be such a bad idea for inlra- Dclla mail where the pigeon* could easily he orienled on roulcs from say Rolling Fork to Bcnoit via Hollandale, Lc- land and Greenville. After all, if 1 can find my way around the Delta, it's a cinch that some bird-brained pigeon ought to be able to do the same. Certain arrangements would liave lo be made o! course. A landing area would have (o be established. The Washington Counly Courthouse is a prime contender since it has a full complement of pigeons anyway. There might be some problem, however, with pigeons on popcorn welfare proving a bati influence on tho industrious carrier pigeons. It might even be a good idea to put the sheriff in charge of operating the carrier pigeon service to help justify his handsome salary. Col. Cilysidc noticed a pretty badly weeded lot a block from Highway 32 on Fairview. There are a few problems (hat might be encountered in ths plan, if the service were extended lo include (he nation at large. How, for example, would you explain to a c a r r i e r pigeon where Kennybunkport, Maine, is?

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