The Delta Democrat-Times from Greenville, Mississippi on June 3, 1965 · Page 1
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NO RAIN IN AREA '/6tH Year United Press International /UPI7 Strikers Ask US Court Aid Striking farm laborers and civil rights workers listed in a Tuesday Washington County Chancery Court injunction limiting picketing at the Andrews Brothers Farm near Tribbelt have petitioned for removal to the U.S. District Court of Judge Claude F. Clayton. Following (lie Wednesday removal petition from (lie jurisdiction of Chancellor S. R. Thomas, Andrews' attorney moved t h e same federal c o u r I lo remand ihe case to the Chancery Court of Washington County. * * + THE LEGAL moves followed Chancellor Thomas' injunction limiting Andrews' striking tenant farmers from "using loud language incident to picketing, stationing more Uvm four pickets at any one lime, parking more than two cars on the side of the public road at any one time; carrying more than one sign per picket or carrying signs exceeding 30 inches square in size." Twelve tractor drivers walked, off the job Monday when Andrews refused their third request for a pay hike. Abmit 70 members of their families, employed as cotton choppers, also left the 1330 acre plantation. The 12 strikers, five Delta Ministry, COFO and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (Washington County chapter) were listed as petitioners (or removal. A BRIEF statement filed with the federal court clerk in Greenville, claimed they "are denied their federal rights of free speech and peaceful picketing," by this injunction. "This injunction has a chilling effect on free speech activities" ihe petition continued "and prevents the defendant-petitioners from enforcing their federal rights in the Mississippi S t a t e courts." Thfc group was represented by Carsie Hall. Jack Young and Henry M. Aronson, all of Jackson, and Anthony G. Amsterdam of Philadelphia, Pa. W. C. KEADY, Greenville attorney representing Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Andrews and his brother W. B. Andrews, said in his motion to remand that the U.S. District Court is "without jurisdiction over either the subject matter or the parties. A hearing date has not yet been announced by the court. All was quiet at the Andrews farm this morning. Four pickot- crs walked on the road in front of the Andrews* home, with sheriff's deputies nearby. Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, Ruleville civil rights leader, was scheduled to speak to a meeting at the Roosevelt Sanders Bogue Grocery at 9:30 to- right. The grocery, a mustering place for civil rights activity in the Tribhett area, is about t w o miles from the Andrews plantation. ille, Mississippi Thursday, June 3, 1965 RED STREAK FINAL Price 5c No. 233 Scouting For Books \\ Charles Shepard, left, and Vcrnon Fuquay, members of Boy Scout Troop 51, earned points toward an ·"''. "assistantship in Ihe community" merit badge this week by helping the slalf of the William Alexander .;- Percy Memorial Library move into temporary quarters in Ihe old Commercial Bank building on South Poplar. The library will reopen Monday. No fines will be charged for overdue books during the moving period. US Chamber Proposes Cotton Program Drop WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The U. S. Chamber of Commerce today advised Congress lo make a one-shot adjustment payment of up to $1.8 billion to cotton growers and then cancel permanently all federal programs for supporting cotton above open-market world price levels. 1 lie business group, in a statement to the House Agriculture Committee, charged that the cotton industry is suffering from a '"spreading malignancy" Unemployment At Seven-Year Low: President WASHINGTON (UPI)-Prcsi- dent Johnson announced today that the key unemployment rate in May fell sharply to 4.6 per cent -- the lowest figure in more than seven years. The Chief Executive said joblessness dropped by 220,000 last month, leaving approximately 3.3 million unemployed. The decline was about three times the normal drop for may. "As a result, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.9 per cent in April to 4.6 "per cent in May -- the lowest figure in 91 months," Johnson reported. The President warned that the nation faces an unemployment crisis "of the first order this summer" among young people between 16 and 21 years old. He said one out of every three jobless Americans is in that age group, although they represent only one out of eight in the total labor force. LBJ Asks Congress To De-Silver Coins WASHINGTON (UPI)--President Johnson asked Congress today to eliminate silver from dimes and quarters and to reduce the silver content of half dollars by more than one half. Nickels do not contain silver and would continue to be made of copper-nickel alloy. Pennies still would, be. made of copper. There would he no reduction in silver in the $1 coin. It would continue lo be made of New dimes and quarters would be three - layer "sandwich" of copper and nickel. Except for a dark ring around, ths edge, they would look very much like Ihe 5-cenl and 25- ccnt pieces currenlly in use. The new half dollars would also be three - layered -- but would be all but indistinguishable from present 50 - cent pieces. * * * . IN A special message to Congress, Ihe President made jio mention of any possible change in coin denominations. · The reason for cutting back en silver content o! coins is lhat the Treasury is running out of silver. Johnson warned Congress that unless the mint stops using so much silver for coins, the government will run out of the metal in about three years. If this happened, he said, the price of silver probably would rise to where it would pay industry lo melt down coins lo get silver. A reduction in silver content of coins was deemed necessary to keep billions of coins out of' the melting pot. Sudden loss o! so many coins could cripple the nation's commerce, administration officials said, nine parts silver and one part copper -- a formula that has been in use for silver coins for 173 years. Johnson proposed lhat the new coins be placed in circulation some time next year. "I want to make it absolutely clear lhat these changes in our coinage will have no effect on the purchasing power of our coins," the President told Congress. The nation's silver stock, most of which is stored at West Point, N.Y., is now down to about 1 billion ounces. Last year the Treasury used 350 million ounces and, at lhat rate, · the government could be expected lo run out of silver in three more years. The Treasury can't buy more silver to replenish its dwindling pile because there's none for sale. The world uses about twice as much silver every year as ils silver mines produce. caused by government efforts lo subsidize production of cotton at rates above the free market level. The practical answer, the chamber said, is "complete withdrawal of the government from the cotton production and marketing economy." A chamber plan lo cushion Ihe shock of withdrawal of government price supports and production controls would operate in two stages. + * * THE American Farm Bureau Federation, meanwhile, called on the committee to adopt programs aimed at gradually moving cotton supports toward competitive world levels. The bureau plan also would offer payments based on 2'1 cents per pound of normal yield to growers who want to permanently surrender their planting allotments. Unlike lEie Chamber of Commerce proposal, however, Ihe bureau plan would m a k e the surrendered allotment available to other growers after a three- year delay. The administration - backed plan endorsed by the exchanges would reduce federal support loans to below world market levels and prop farm income hy direct federal payments lo growers. A statement submitted by Alabama State Sen. Bill Nichols, Sylacauga, also endorsed support payments to growers. But Nichols urged the commiltce to reject plans under which growers would be paid to idle cotton acreage. WHOOPS! WRONG PII.I, COLOMBO, Ceylon (UPI) -Dock workers unloading a cargo vessel pilfered and consumed several cartons of what they thought were vitamin fab- lels. Authorities later revealed t h a t what Ihe men had swallowed were contraceptive pills shipped here from London. (Staff Photo) Slate Audifor Predicts (ash Balance JACKSON (UPI) - State Auditor Hamp King said today Ihe state may he able lo repay a S5 million loan this month and wind up the fiscal year with a $10 million cash balance. K i n g , in a monthly report, said ihe general fund showed a balance of SC.MT.SIQ at the end of May. He noted that during the month, the state paid the final installment of common school money for Ihe fiscal year and repaid $3 borrowed in February 19G4. King said disbursements from the general fund amounted to S5.5 million in June 1JG3 and S5.5 million in June J964. He said it "seems probable" lhat the May balance would be "ample lo meet normal requirements this June." King said receipts totaled more t h a n $13 million in June 1064. He said if Ihis month's intake continues lo show the same percentage increase over last year, the stale could close out the 1904-65 fiscal year June 30 with about $10 million on hand. Blaze Destroys Law Office ROLLING FORK -- Defective wiring is blamed for a Wednesday evening fire here which destroyed the law office of Herman C. Glazier, executive assistant to Governor P a u l Johnson and a former slate senator. Also lost in Ihe blaze were books, papers and mementos of the late Gov. Fielding L. Wright, longtime law partner of Glazier. The blaze, discovered about 9 p.m. in the second story office, also caused severe smoke and water damage lo the Rolling Fork branch of the Bank of Anguilla housed beneath, "Wouldn't you know that this would happen right before a bank holiday so we have to work rather than go fishing," said cashier Paul Anderson. Banks throughout Ihe stale closed today because of Jefferson Davis' Birthday. Rendezvous Try Fails After Astronauts Orbit State Won't 'Circumvent' Vote Measure JACKSON ( D P I ) -- C-ov. Paul Johnson said today a special legislative session, probably this month, would not be an effort to "circumvent" the effect of the President's voting rights bill on Mississippi. "A lot of laws need changed without a doubt," Hie governor said. "Seine need to be made more reasonable." Johnson said a meeting of legislative leaders tonight in his office was set for the purpose of giving "constitutional and judicial committees something In start with "prior to (he special session planned to deal with (he voting rights crisis. * * t JOHNSON said a date for the special session probably would be decided at tonight's closed meeting. "The probability is high that it will be this month," he said, indicating the session likely would be set before I h e voting rights legislation is enacted by Congress. The governor spoke to newsmen at an impromptu news conference after addressing a joint session o[ the 1965 Boys Stale's meek legislature. "A tremendous amount of study" has gone into the m a t t e r of revising Mississippi's voting laws in face of the pending voting rights bill." Johnson said, lie said "thousands of pages" of testimony had been heard by committees in recent weeks. He 'said the meeting tonight would be attended by heads of commilles which would be called upon to consider the proposals during the special session. ALTHOUGH he has not talked with a majority, of the legislators, Johnson said he felt the lawmakers would be "willing to do what is right, reasonable and what they believe in t h e i r hearts -- and in my heart -- to he in the best interest of the stale." Johnson said two groups of attorneys were preparing bills for consideration by the legislature -- one to draw up the bills and one to screen them before presentation. He said the a ttorneys would discuss the measures with Ihe legislative leaders tonight. "This is not an effort to circumvent the (voting rights) act," Johnson said of the special session. He also said there were no plans to "pull out by the roots some of those measures which have protected o u r people for years." THE GOVERNOR said even the voting rights bill if it wins passage, would not void literacy tests as a voting requirement, but would only "suspend" it until adequate numbers of all the people were registered. He said it would be senseless lo throw out any stale requirements where it was not necessary. Johnson said Ihe present situation does n o t change his feelings about election law changes which he backed last year and met defeat in the legislature. "In fact, I'm more disappointed every day that they did not pass," Johnson said. "A two- party system plays right into the hands of a minority of any type, whether it be black, white, labor or industrial." 2-ManTeam Hampered When Fuel Dwindles CAPE K E N N E D Y (UPI) -- Astronauts James Mc- Divilt and Edward White failed today in an attempt to achieve clo^e rendezvous with another satellite in space and ran into a delay on White's planned walk in space. hE'* ? -'VA.rJ-oy'A Blood Chairman Kirk Graham has been named chairman of the June Bloodmoblle Drive of (he Washington County Red Cross. The four day countywide drive will begin June 21. All-Out Effort Pledged In Negro Slaying BATON ROUGE, La. (UPI)Gov. John J. McKeithcn pledged today the "murderer or murderers" of a Negro deputy sheriff would he apprehended soon ami brought lo justice. The governor [old a special news conference the stale was "shocked by the dastardly, heinous, cowardly deed perpetuated last night in our state." The governor referred to the ambush slaying of deputy O'Neil Moore near Varnado last night. Moore and another Negrn deputy. Creed Rogers, were gunned down by an unknown assailant near Bogalusa, scene of recenl racial clashes. THE governor said a suspect was being held by authorities in Tylcrtown, Miss. He said t h e man had refused lo waive extradition and authorities would seek lo bring him back to Louisiana. Asked if Ihe Ku Klux Klan was tied in with the shooting, McKeithen said he had no information to link the white supremacy group to Ihe murder. McKeitlicn also disclosed he had flown (o Bogalusa Monday night to confer with a group of white conservatives. McKcilh- cn's sccrel mission came after a day of racial violence on Boga- lusn's main business arlcry. "f went lo Bogalusa Monday night in an effort to persuade s o m e of Ihe white citizens there that the course they were pursuing could lead only lo disaster." he said. McKeithcn noted that his trip had resulted in two days of calm in Ihe sirife-lorn cily. HOWF.VF.R, McKcithen said apparently a few "misguided souls who saw peace coming to Bogahisa didn't want it. We had hoped lo avoid this type of trouble in Louisiana. ONE "Man" SHOW LOS ANGELES (UPI) - The one-man show of 14 paintings hy Michael Hogg at the Western Avenue School has attracted considerable atlenlion. The show includes charcoal, water color and tempera depictions of still lifes, portraits, a mother and child and an Indian warrior. Hogg, 0, is a fourth grade student at the school. T h e two Air Force majors .soared into orbit aboard their Gemini -1 spacecraft alop a towering T i t a n 2 Ixwster rocket at 11:16 a.m. ED'I' in a highly successful launching. White Walks Astronaut Eulward White today hec.imo the first American to "walk" in space \shen he left his Gemini-l spacecraft during its third orbit of the earth. White, leaving fellow astronaut James nlcDivill behind in Ihe Gemini cabin, gave America a major first by becoming Ihe first spaceman in history to have his own means of propulsion. White was outside and working his jet gun by 5:30 p.m. EIT. McDivitt said, he "looks great." "He is quite exuberant,*' Gemini Control said. Soviet cosmonaut Alexe! Leonov was the first person to walk in space, achieving t h e feat on March 18. But he had no way to move himself about in space. But (heir luck failed to hold for the first two major feats on the schedule. THE first was history's initial attempt to achieve n close rendezvous between two orbiting satellites. When their jet fuel ran low, they gave up on efforts (o get within 20 feet, or so- called near miss distance, from the second stage of llicir booil- cr rocket. Jusl before Ihe end of their second orbit of earth, While was scheduled to take a walk in space, using a hand-held jet device to maneuver himself about. But shortly before 2 p.m., McDivilt radioed that the un- stowing of White's gear was taking more lime than antici- paled ami "we're running late on [lie flight plan." tie said While might not be ready to leave the spacecraft at the originally-scheduled time of 2 : J 7 p.m. EOT. Mission Director Christopher J. K r a f t promptly told Ihe astronauts to hold off the maneuver u n t i l Ihe next orbit if they felt rushed. Command pilot McDiviii cried to fly Gemini in formation with the orbiting rocket stage but ran so low on jet maneuvering fuel that he was warned by ground control to abandon attempts to make a close approach to the rocket. As Gemini-4 sped over New Mexico. McDiviii advised that he has used about 50 per cent of (he spaceship's maneuvering capability in attempting to close the gap between the capsule and its spent booster. Former IMC President Disappears In River MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI) The founder of a multi-million dollar industrial complex apparently died Wedneday as quickly and surprisingly as his business empire. William North (Billy) Wilkcr- son, 48, was tentatively identified by police as the man who walked inlo Ihe Mississippi River and disappeared in a swift current. Assl. Police Chief E. Lux said witnesses at (he plush Rivermont Club saw a late model car roar from the club parking lot over a bluff and down toward the river. Spectators said the car stopped about ten feet short of Ihe water and Ihe driver got out of his car and walked into Ihe water. Lifeguards at ihe Rivermonl Club's pool said they ran down the bluff and tried to talk the man into swimming back out but he was swept away by Ihe current. LUX said the car was registered to Wilgerson's John T. Everett Co., and lhat relatives identified a sport coat, personal papers, credit cards and eyeglasses as belonging to ihe apparent victim. Wilkerson's personal attorney, Charles M. Crump, said the f a m - ily could offer no reason for tlw industrialist's death. "There were no problems lhat we know of, and it had been several weeks since, for all practical purposes, everything in connection with the 1 bankruptcy of IMC Industries, Inc., was over," Crump said. Wilkerson graduated as a Phi Bella Kappa member at Ihe University of the South in Sewanee and made Ihe highest general classificaton test, or IQ lest score, at Ft. OgleuSorpe, Ga., when he entered the army. He served as a finance officer. He assumed Ihe reins of the Everett company wilh (he deaths of his father-in-law, John T. Everett, and his assistant within 21 hours of each other, Tne manufacturer's agency formed Ihe nucleus for Wilkerson's Industrial Management Corp., founded in 1952 and which later expanded into a complex of 29 subsidiaries. The name was changed to IMC Industries, Inc. "We're just about holding oue own wilh it," he advised Gemini Ground Conlrol. He said It was "taking quite a bit more fuel" Irian expected. "Do you want me to make a major effort to close or should we save the fuel?" he asked. Gemini Control advised him to "save the fuel" and not attempt such an effort at this time. The distance between the capsule and the booster rocket at that point was varying from 300 to 400 feet at perigee, or the closest point to earrh, to about a half mile at apogee, or the farthest distance. * * * PLANS had called for Gemini to approach within 20 feet of tha Titan second stage and for White, on his space walk, to maneuver even closer and photograph and perhaps touch his space neighbor. This part of White's venture was ruled out hy failure of Ihe two satellites to achieve a close approach. The booster, a huge object about the size of a house trailer, was tumbling end over end at a much more rapid rate than had been hoped. That would have complicated a rendezvous attempt in any case. Gemini conlrol reported Mo Divitt and White took two 16- mm movie cameras aloft. After White opens his hatch to begin his walk in space, he was to mount one of the cameras on the outside of the capsule. McDivitt will operate the other movie camera as he peers at White Ihrough the left-hand halch window. Early in the flight, the two astronauts flew into the first of the many "sunsets" they will view in space. City To Host Lions Convention Greenville will host about 900 Lions Club members and their wives at Ihe organization's 1957 convention. Meeting this week in Biloxi, the delegates voted to return to Greenville in 1S67 after a five year absence. The Lions 1962 convention in Greenville, the city's first Lions gathering, was the largest ever held by Mississippi Lions. Greenville was selected over Jackson and Biloxi for Ihe three day meeting. H will probably be held in late May or early June. F o u r t e e n Greenville dele- gales altended the 1365 convention in Biloxi. Robert H. May was unanimously elected Tuesday as governor of district 30C (northern Mississippi). The firm developed into a $25 million business with an a n n u a l payroll of $9 million. IMC creditors, however, filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition in U. S. district court here last Nov. 6 and Wilkerson gave up lo Memphis attorney Lewis R. Donelson as lxard chairman. * * + THE petitioners asked for a ic- organizalin of the IMC parent company and 19 subsidiaries, citing a balance sheet listing a.iseis of $14,402.071, liabilities of $11,933,821 and 1,042,435 shares of common slock valued at SI par value. Wilkerson was married to the former Jeanec Everelt of Memphis and they have three daughters, Joyce, 19, Sally, 15, and Katie, 11. Negro Astronaut Won't Talk On Charges Of Discrimination CHINA LAKE, Calif. (UPI) - Capt. Edward Dwight Jr., America's first Negro astronaut candidate, disputed an Air Force claim he got his current assignmem because of special qualifications. "I was assigned as a bomber test pilot with no bombing ex- -·, perience," JJwighi told United Press Internaiional in a telephone ·- interview Wednesday night. He repeatedly refused lo comment specifically on a magazine (Ebony) article which claimed he "has been shelved" from the space program because he protested againsl racial discrimination. * * * DWIGHT said he had not read ihe article and would not comment on it until he did. The 31-year-old piloi consenled lo a brief planeside news conference earlier in ihe day because of controversy surrounding the article. The flier was told lhal part of ihe article dealt with a conversation he asserledly had with an unidenlified Air Force officer who supposedly asked him: "Why in the hell would a colored guy want to go into space anyway?" \ Dwight denied (hat part of the quotation which assertedly had : the officer saying: "If it was left to me, you guys wouldn't even get a chance to wear an Air Force uniform." However, Dwight said he did have a conversation on the subject with an Air Force officer at the aerospace school at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where he was one of 15 candidates : in the fourth class of potential astronauts, i The Air Force noted that only two of Dwight's classmates were chosen as astronauts out of 25 originally nominated as candidates in 1063.

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