The Delta Democrat-Times from Greenville, Mississippi on May 31, 1965 · Page 1
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RED STREAM FINAL 76lh Year United Press International /DPI] Greenville, Mississippi Monday, May 31, 1965 Price 5c No. 232 Clock Still Running The clock was still running in this instrument panel held by Civil Defense volunteers Bob Hohbs (lefl) and Don Jones following the fatal crash early Sunday of this twin-engine Beechcraft. Fire had left the cockpit (foreground) a heap of ashes. Engines, tail section and propellers were scattered in a wide arc around the demolished fuselage of the plane. (Staff Photo) Air Crash Kills German Dickey Jr. of /Al K Q l l S a S D0111x61 Eleven Die In Accidents In Bert Earle, Ark., died in a plane crash near Greenville Sunday. A variety of accidents has claimed at least 12 lives in Mississippi during the long Memorial Day -weekend, including a prominent Arkansas businessman killed in a plane crash. The body of 15-year-old Jimmy I.catherwood of Memphis, was recovered early Sunday from tiSe waters of Saris Lake, a day after he drowned while on a skiing trip. Ceprus Murray Wilson, 18, a Negro, drowned Sunday afternoon while on an outing with companions seven miles west of Gallman in Copiah County. THREE persons died in a flaming, two-car crash in Tunica County Friday nighl. The victims were David Burt, 20, a Negro from Caruthersvillc, Mo., his brother, Eddie Burt, 36, of the Falcon community, and GHarles M. Tories", 58, operator of a pickup truck which collided with the Burl vehicle, Thomas R. Kraft, 32, of Laurel, was fatally injured in a two-car crash north of Laurel Friday night. John Elder of Prichard, Ala., died Saturday night in a crash on U.S. DO in Jackson County near Gulfport. Robert M. Walk, 53, a Columbus painter, was killed in a two-car crash inside the Columbus city l i m i l s Saturday. -JIMMY MOTE Jr., 3 weeks, was killed in a threo car accident on U.S. 51 a few miles north of Cnldwaler Saturday night. Three other persons were injured including the child's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Mote of Memphis, Tenn. --Jimmy Lee G r i f f i t h , 18, of Booneville, was killed Sunday on a farm road IS miles southeast of Ripley. The Highway Patrol said the youth apparently had been dragracing and lost control of his car. John Paul Fleet. 21. of Memphis, drowned Sunday while swimming in Walnut Lake near Walnut. He was a Junior at Memphis Slate University. By NOEL WORKMAN A 40-year-old Earle, Ark., banker and landowner was k i l l e d early Sunday morning when his twin engine plane crashed about ten miles north of Greenville. Bert German Dickey Jr.. director of two Criltenden County, Ark., banks and extensive land- Memorial Weekend Deaths Soar By United Press International The traffic death toll for the long Memorial Day weekend reached -100 today and headed toward a record. Traffic mishaps claimed lives at the rate of 5.5. an hour. The worst period of the weekend was yet to come when millions of persons begin homeward drives from holklay trips. A United Press International count at 1 p.m. F.DT showed at least -100 persons killed in traffic since the holiday began at 6 p.m. local t i m e Friday. The breakdown: Traffic 400 Drownings 72 Planes 11 Miscellaneous 5S Total 5-11 California led the nation with 50 dead in t r a f f i c . Texas and Ohio counted 25 each, New York and Michigan 21 each, Florida 10, Missouri 17 and Illinois 15. LAST year 431 persons died in a similar 78-hou'r Memorial Day weekend, a record number of victims for (he holiday. The National Safely Council had estimated that from 430 to 510 persons would die on the nation's streets and highways this weekend. Ideal driving wcalher and the desire lo honor America's war dead sent millions of families onto Ihc highways lo visit cemeteries, visit relatives and spend outings at resorts and creation spots. owner, was returning from a Wilmol, Ark., fishing Irip about 5:30 a.m. when his 1365 model Beechcrafl Queen Air plane craslied in a densely wooded area on the Carson Plantation of Delia and Pine Land Company. everything's Designed For Use By Day In Our 24 - Hour World Joint CM A friend of mine pointed out this week that most things are designed for daytime use with very few provisions for the other half of every 24 hours. For example, roadmaps are just f i n e unlil sunset. After that (hey might as well be diagrams for a digilal computer. Why not print them with luminous ink so that a quick glance in the dark would give motorists an idea of just where they're heading? Most people probably get lost at night anyway. There ought to be luminous keyholes and gadget switches too. The argument that all you have to do is turn on the inferior light isn't necessarily a good one. There's got to. be light from somewhere to find the light switch! * * * AND HIE WAY they are adding accessories and knobs, you just might find out too late t h a t you pulled Ihe seat ejeclor instead of turned up (he radio. Luminous cigarelle packs and lighters wouldn't be a bad idea cither. It's a liltle unnerving weaving across the rond while searching desperately wilh one hand for the cigarettes you are sure you put en the seat next to you. Flourescent l i c e n s e plates might also be a boon to policemen and patrolman trying to identify traffic offenders and to private citizens anxious to see where people in the car ahead of them are from. O N E SUGGESTION which law officials might not like (understandably) would be two high - powered arc - lamps placed on the rear of the car to be used in defense against the driver who revels in casting his brights into Ihe eyes of the driver ahead of him. There could even be several settings such as "gentle hint", "emphatic suggestion", a n d "downright blinding" for the denser drivers who fail to get the point on the first two sell- ings. Another accessory might be a sel of signs on lop of the car with admonitions ranging from "choose a lane" to "no passing when left - turn signal is blinking". If you think that one's not necessary, try turning left off Highway 82 West. FEDERAL Aviation Agency aircraft maintenance inspector Richard Aaron of Jackson arrived at Ihe Civil Defense Rescue Service - guarded site several hours later. He would make no immediate stalemcnt concerning the cause of the crash. Aaron said, 'however, that Dickey held a commercial, mulli- engine pilots rating. Civil Aviation Roard examiners from Miami were expected this morning at the crash site. According to Louis Mason, a Carson Plantation employee, the plane "came down spitting and sputtering." He also said that there were two explosions after the plane struck the ground but saw no flames as the aircraft fell about a half mile from him. The pilol, who was alone in the plane, was opparcnlly attempting to land in one of the nearby cotton fields when he crashed in the narrow, wooded strip. HIS LOCKED down landing gear indicated that he was conscious and attempting lo land the $140,000 air plane wilh "Continental Enterprises" p a i n t e d on Ihe fuselage. The snapped trees, plowed up carlh and scattered wreckage indicate the plane approached the ground with its right wing down. The aircraft tail seclion was found lodged in a tree and both propellers, both engines and portions of the wings were scattered within a hundred yards of the burned fuselage. A Civil Defense volunteer noted lhat one of the engines, thrown from the plane before it burned, showed evidence of a possibe engine fire. FAA spoke- men would neither confirm nor deny this. Aaron said the pilot was "apparently thrown clear from the cockpit upon impact and was partially burned." The burned metal framework of the pilots seat remained in t h e wreckage, about 50 feet from where the pilot was found. NATIONAL Funeral Home removed the pilot's body from the scene and late Sunday turned it over to a West Memphis funeral home, following an FAA - requested autopsy. Some 15 members of the Washington County Civil Defense Rescue Service, headed by Charles Davenport, and several members of the local Civil Air Patrol unit guarded the crash site. An estimated 40 carloads of curious motorists unsuccessfully attempted to view the wreckage. Light planes circled low over the crash site throughout the day but only FAA, county officials and newsmen were allowed at (lie site. A sheriff's office spokesman Monday had high praise for the Civil Defense workers. "They're always the first ones at something like (his and they arc the hardest workers. Most of us jusl don't realize the sacrifice lhat these volunteers are makir.$;." Fire Sweeps Two-Room ; City House A two room house at 410 Short Clay Street w;is a mass of charred ruins Icday after fire gulled the home and damaged homes at 40S and 414 Short Clay early Sunday. Tle blaze started, firemen reported, in Ihe home of Cleveland Webster from a cigarette Webster's wife was smoking while in bed. The Fire Department report .said Webster awakened to find the bed clothing on fire anil tossed i h c flaming bcdclothing against the wall. He and his wife escaped from the f l a m i n g house scantily clad. Headquarters F i r e F.ngine Company No. 4 and Engine Company No. 2 answered an alarm at 2:11) a.m. when an unidentified person saw the glare from the blaze. When they arrived Webster's hume was enveloped in flames. * * * TWO LINES of hose were played on the flame.s by firemen. The side of R u f u s Edmond's (wo joom house, 408 Short Clay just wesl of Webster's house, was damaged and (he home of Bertha Montgomery, just east of Webster's home, was also damaged. Webster, who neighbors said mows yards, was forced to find another place lo live. Occupants of the damaged homes continued to live in the houses. All three of the houses are owned by William Thomas. GAS Mediator Refuses To Resign SANTO DOMINGO (UPI) -Secretary General Jose A. Mora of the Organization of American States (OAS) today brushed aside demands t h a t he step down as inter - American peace mediator in the Dominican crisis. Mora was criticized by t h e junta of Gen. Antonio Imbert Barrera and (he rebels led by Col. Francisco Caamano Denn. Each side accused Mora of favoring the other in negotiations to bring about a government acceptable lo all factions here. * * * MORA said he planned to stay on as long as (he OAS felt necessary. An official U.S. military source denied reports lhat all American Marines will he pulled out within the next 48 hours. "I've just talked to Washington and they say they've got nothing on (hat for us yet," the source said. "We have no orders to move out the Marines. They nre all ready to go as soon as Ihe order comes, however." Six hundred Marines were pulled out last week and President Johnson said in a speech at Waco, Tex., thai more would be withdrawn as the situation warranled. There arc an estimated 28,500 American servicemen on the island. * * * NO casualties were reported although slray shots from the engagement struck positions oc- cupiccl by the 3rd Battalion of the 325th U. S. Infantry. T h e American paratroopers returned only one round of fire. Mora said no agreement was reached on extending the security zone. The palace is held by about 300 j u n l a troops and the rebels claim it lies in territory they control. yalists Are Mangled Viet Dunne Hails Plant Move Mayor Pat Dunne loday expressed satisfaction at the decision of A l l e n Manufacturing Company of Drew to move its operation to Greenville. "We arc extremely happy and fortunate to secure Ihis industry for Greenville," Dunne said. "Initially, the plant will employ about 40, but employment is expected to reach 75 during peak production." The company manufaclurcs farm implements such as harrows, cotton and peanut bodies, farm wagons, seed-bed pulveri- zers and seed-bed rollers. Thomas H. Allen, president of the company, announced Sal- turday that his firm would move lo Grenville. Space Shot Still On For Thursday CAPE KENNEDY (UPI) -The federal space agency salt! today lhat a "leak" in tire Gcmint-l spacecraft's wa- ler system turned exit lo be n human error (hat has been corrected in time lo keep Thursday the dale for the world's most daring manned space flight. The four-day. G2-orbit mission calls for astronaut Edward White lo become Ihe first man lo zip about in space with a "jet gun" and for command pilot J a m e s McDivilt lo maneuver the Cemini-4 ship to within 10 feet of another satellite. THE "leak," which allowed water (o drip into an oxygen filter unit, was reported early Sunday, Engineers spent most of (he day searching for its cause. The spnre agency said engineers discovered an error in procedures that kept a valve (urned one way wlien H shoulJ have been set differently. "When they filled the water tanks, they used the .same procedures as in "3," hut the system is different,' 1 a space ngency spokesman said. "They followed (he procedure, hut the procedure w a s wrong. Through an oversight, it wns not changed." "The (filter) canister luis been replaced and the launch remains scheduled for J une 3," [lie spokesman said. * * * ANOTHER problem t h a t cropped up, a break in an important undersea cable linking down range t racking slat ions with Cape Kennedy, still exists but officials sakl it should not affect the launch. Tlie cable break was discovered Friday in tlw Atlantic Ocean, about 9.2 miles south of the Bahamas Island of Sun Salvador. It cut off cable communications for a 600-mile stretch extend! tig LO (he Virgin Island tracking station of Antigua. Fast Escape, Big Damage I.eland police Saturday evening stopped Thomas Bagwell of Indianola for speeding. Between the time he was slopped am! Ihc time l)c was finally arrested, he sped away, missed a curve, lore up 30 feet of chain link fence and two posts, skinned up a Irec, and totally demolished his 1950 Oldsmobile. He was jailed for no drivers license, no tag and speeding. According to a I.eland police spokesman, Bagwell, 32, was fined less than a month ago for no lag and no license. * * * BAGWELL WAS stopped for speeding about 8 p.m. and (old to follow the police officer to the station. Instead, he sped east on Deer Creek Drive, missed a curve behind the Leland schools drove through the school's fence ami struck a Irec. He was taken lo I.eland Hos- pilal and laler to General Hospital by Boone Funeral Home ambulance but was examined and released from both institutions He was to be tried in I.eland City Court this afternoon. Weather f:_ .: ,: : -". -. - . ' · · . . ' . . ' . North Mississippi: Clear to partly cloudy with warm days and mild nights today and Tuesday. High today 85 to 00, low tonight 60 to 66. Outlook for Wednesday, little change. U.S. Observer Brodic Crump said today high temperalure for the 24-hour period preceding 7 a.m. loday SS degrees, low temperature 62. Temperature 66 at 7 a.m. Low Sunday was 57. CALL OUT FIREMEN BLACKPOOL, England (UPI) -- A local fire brigade was called out during the weekend lo cut a pair of handcuffs from the wrists of a 22-year-old man. He said he put them jfl for fun. Attack Mosquito Killers Discussing a new drip-type insecticide machine Iliat will decimate the summer rice field mosquito population arc Dr. Johnny Ouzts (left) of Delia Slale College and I.eroy Thomas, liolivnr County Agent. Ouzls is chairman of the .state-wide mosquilo ccntrnl program. The device under discussion will add nil inscclicide to field flood wafer during the June flooding. A similar program in Arkansas reduced the rice field mosquito population by 9S per cent. (Staff Photo) Farm Workers Strike At Tribbett Plantation By JOHN CHILDS Approximately 80 tractor drivers and field hands loday staged a walkout strike for higher pay at the A. I/, and W. B. Andrew^ plantation at Tribbell. Spokesmen for tractor drivers " " in the group said they were striking for ?1.25 an hour, or $!) a day. They said tractor drivers are currently making 55 a day from .sunrise lo sunset at the plantation. The twelve tractor drivers said their wives ami children, who formerly chopped coflon for $3 a day, were also on strike. Vietnamess attacking," spokesman THE DRIVERS, whose age ranges from 3f to about GO, have an average of six lo eight children each. T h e striking workers s a i d (heir walkout was (he result of meetings of the newly formed Mississippi F r e e d o m Labor Union (MFLU) meetings and threats by the plantation owner. Andrews, contacted at h i s home, confirmed (he strike, but Jimmy Clark Takes "500" INDIANAPOLIS, I n d . (UPI) - Jimmy Clark, a true flying Scot, scorched lo victory in the annual 500 mile race in record speed Monday, setting another flock of first in Ihc traditional classic test of aulo racing. declined comment pending cons u l t a t i o n with his attorney. Mr. nnd Airs. Andrews, who live in an unpretentious one-story f r a m e home, are bnlh former school teachers in Leland. The drivers walked off (he farm this morning a f t e r Iheir t h i r d request for a raise was denied. They said they asked for a raise two weeks ago, a week ago and today and were refused all three limes. One driver, wearing a Student N o n - V i o l e n t Coordinating Committee pin, said Andrews had told them to give him "his money and his house". "He can have his house, but we don't have any money," one driver said. THE WORKERS said the Andrews claims they owe him money for medical care for themselves and their families ami plantation expenses", (he workers said. T!e drivers said (hey built four of the ten houses currently occupied on Ihc plantation. When asked if Ihey would re- lurn lo the plantation tonight, t h e drivers replied that t h e y would but "might have lo leave out soon." The Negroes said they have no savings and indicated that (See -- Farm -- Page 2) QUANG NGAT, South Viet Nam (UPI) -- A large force of Communists inflicted one of the heaviest losses of the war on South Vietnamese troops in a massive weekend offensive near this provincial capital 340 miles northeast of Saigon. Government forces suffered from 600 to 700 casualties, according to preliminary estimates by military authorities Jiere loday. Two Americans, an Army officer and an enlisted man, were among those killed. A Vietnamese general said most of the Communists were regulars from North Viet Nam. THE Communists launched the fighting late Friday night in what appeared to be the start of their long-anticipated monsoon offensive to slice South Viet Nam in two. Brig. Gen. Nguyen Chanii Thi commander of the Vietnamese army's first corps, said the enemy force of seven battalions included at least four battalions of North Vietnamese army regulars. "It is the North troops which are the general said. A U.S. military in Saigon quoted Thi as saying that he wanted U.S. Marines thrown into battle against the Communist regulars. But he added t h a t n o formal r e quest for American forces had been received by the U.S. military asistance command headquarters. The Communist forces chopped up at least three government battalions in coordinated attacks. DOCTORS treating men of the 39th Vietnamese ranger battalion confirmed that at least 75 rangers were killed and 165 wounded. Two American advisers died with the rangers. Officials said the ranger battalion was decimated. They said the toTal casualties may run as high as 350 to 4CO. The third Vietnamese marine battalion had at least CO men killed or wounded. It was feared the toll may run even higher. A battalion of the Vietnamese 51st army regiment, which was the first lo be hit in the Communist offensive, lost about two of its four companies. Officials said casualties in the 51st were estimated at about 250 killed and wounded. MANY bodies have not yet been recovered from the battle areas, located only a few miles from this provincial capital. Jn air action Sunday, U. S. warplanes made their deepest penetration yet into North Viet Nam, d r o p p i n g -SO tons of bombs on a Communist ammunition depot only 45 miles south of Hanoi. A spokesman said the attacking force of 16 Air Force FI05 Tlr'iiderchiefs destroyed 61) per cent of the Hoai An ammunition dump. Governor Speaks From left, Ihe Hon. Paul B. Johnson with Speaker of the House Waller Sillers and Delta Slale College PrcsK dent J. M. Ewing. The governor was commencement speaker at ceremonies yesterday, while Sillers, who i chairman of Ihe DSC committee for Ihe State Building Commission, was a platform guest. Ewing presented diplomas to 2S6 graduates. !

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