BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 238 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1967 14 PAGES 10 CENTS LBJ Rome-Bound; To Talk with Pope ROME (AP), — President ] Johnson paused in Karachi for Johnson flew on from Pakistan i a two-hour talk with President today for Rome and an audience i Mohammed ,Ayub Kiian. The with Pope Paul VI, informed ! subject of their secret talks was sources said, after telling U.S. | not disclosed. An ally of the fighting men in Vietnam: (United States, Pakistan has "What you have done will not < been moving closer to Red Chi- have been in vain." j na. Johnson.flew to Karachi, Pak-i Johnson's plane later flew istan, from the big Cam Ranfi; over Tehran, the capital of Iran, Bay base where he told U.S. troops: "The enemy cannot win, now in Vietnam, you have seen to that." without stopping. Reports in Rome and Washington said Johnson wants to explain personally to the Pope Dateline — December 23 — WASHINGTON (AP) — Rebuffed by the major networks, Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy is asking the government to insure he gets radio and telveision time to answer statements by President Johnson. The Minnesota Democrat, who says he'll challenge Johnson in several Democratic presidential primaries next year, asked Friday that the Federal Communications Commission order NBC, CBS and ABC to provide him air time. His FCC appeal came shortly after ABC and NBC, following an earlier stand by BS, repected McCarthy's request for equal time to answer President Johnson's televised assertion Tuesday that the Minnesotan was working with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., in a quest for the nomination. .Both McCarthy and Kennedy, have repeatedly denied they're allied in an effort to oust Johnson. The networks said McCarthy isn't entitled to equal time under laws governing broadcasting because Johnson is not SL declared candidate for re-election. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six inmates of Nashville Metro Jail stood around unobtrusively, with a bound guard hidden under a bunk, while Salvation Army workers handed out Christmas gifts. Then the daring team completed their escape from a third- floor cell block with a rope made of bed sheets Friday night. Three of them were captured a short time later. ft WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Rescue forces move out again today across the snow-bogged Navajo reservation with Christmas day as their target for completing a relief operation network across amost 16 million acres. "If we don't get any more bad weather, we'll be able to make it a little brighter Christmas for some of the people," a Navajo tribal police official said. Air and ground teams braved sub-zero temperatures and deep snow drifts to reach Navajos believed still trapped, and possibly hungry and sick, after eight days of winter storms which have claimed at least six lives. Frank Chambers, assistant Navajo tribal police superintendent, said 20 helicopters would operate today out of bases in Arizona and from Gallup, N.M., to carry food, medicine, coal, hay, clothing and wood for fires. why the United States is pursuing its policy in Vietnam. The pontiff issued a new call Friday for the United States to suspend the bombing of North Vietnam and for the Communists "to give a sign of serious will to peace." Italian Communists prepared to stage anti-American demonstrations in Rome and police braced for possible widescale violence. Anti-Johnson banners were already up in the streets. It was speculated that to save time and avoid contact with demonstrators, Johnson might take a helicopter from one of the two Rome airports to the Vatican. Leaflets scattered in the streets by the Communist party read: "Johnson we don't want you. Babies are being killed in Vietnam, hospitals, schools, churches, cities, .villages are being bombed. Men and women are being burned with napalm. "Tortures like those done by the Nazis are being committed. They want to exterminate an entire people. From this is born the threat of world peace. Johnson, Christmas is not your day and '68 will not be your year." The Vatican daily newspaper L'Osservatore Romano deplored a Communist party statement calling a stop by Johnson in Rome an "intolerable provocation." The newspaper assailed Communist plans for demonstrations. An informed source in Madrid said Johnson's plane would refuel and he would spend tonight there on his .way home. What began as a trip to memorial rites -in -Australia for Prime Minster Harold E. Holt, who has been given up for drowned, was turning into an around the world flight. Washington GOODFELLOWS DELIVER THE GOODS-Dud Cason American Legion Post Goodfellows were loading their sacks of food for the needy for delivery this morning. One sack, by the way, will contain a pair of bifocal glasses belonging to Goodfellow Elton Foster (PO 3-6024). Foster is sure the glasses slipped from his pocked last night as he worked over the sacks of groceries. "I'm lost without them," Foster said this morning, "and certainly will appreciate their return." (Courier News Photo) sources believe this would be the first continuous around the world flight made by a President while in office. They said several, including Ulysses S. Grant, have traveled around the world but not while in office. Leaving Australia, Johnson winged into the sprawling U.S. Air Force base at Khorat, Thailand, Friday, to visit airmen, snatched, four hours sleep, touched down at Cam Ranh for See LBJ on Page 2 By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — With holiday truce periods only hours away, ground fighting in the Vietnam war sputtered almost to a halt today and U.S. fighting men received a surprise Christmas Flying up from Australia, where he attended memorial services for Prime Minster Harold E. Holt, the President nUrUlU Cf. HUU, LUC ilcolu^llt. e.lnrlo.. Id Ivn visited American pilots in Thai- at P ; n • Sund y 5 m. land and then spent nearly two Column. 'Bagged' A Peek Inside 'If Beats Me ' By Herb Wight 30 or 40 feet so that people Managing Editor have to get out in the street to So you've heard of that fluikeep from wading the Water? "bug" sweeping the country? Hearing about it is much more enjoyable than meeting it and wrestling with it for nearly a week ... which is what this reporter has been doing since Monday. Naturally, when a reporter is "bugged," his "It Beats Me" file is apt to grow fat and his readers perplexed as to why their questions aren't being answered. Therefore, I thought you might find it interesting to get a peek into what's coming in this column in the near future. (This also might give city and county officials time to meditate on answers.) Here, then, are some of the questions now on file: "Why go to the expense of pouring a sidewalk and leaving it three or four inches low for No Publication Until Tuesday The Courier News will not be published Monday in oh* servanc* of the religious holiday. Publication will resume Tuesday. Such is the case of 400 North Fifth Street." Pedestrian. Wet-Footed "What is the oldest house in Blytheville? In the county? How about the oldest building and school?" — Mrs. J. C. If any reader has some nominations for the'oldest building, home and school why not drop clinic comes under the first wage law and the rate of pay is higher than for hospitals." — Anonymous. LBJ Visits Viet Troops WAR SPUTTERS 1 Informed sources in Rome | said Johnson was flying there for an audience with Pope Paul I. Reports said he wanted to explain personally why the United States is pursuing its present course in Vietnam. The guerrillas declared they visitor—President John- would stop fighting at 1 a.m. Sunday (noon today EST). The South Vietnamese government's announced 24-hour truce, to be began pulling back toward their home bases today, anticipating the one-day Christmas pause announced by the South Vietnamese government. Some fighting continued Friday, however. A UH1 helicopter flying U.S. infantrymen into a landing zone was ripped by guerrilla rifle nen Friday, and crashed and turned. Troops of the 1st Infan- observed by the 475,000 or so,cry Division fought their way U.S. troops in Vietnam, begins Air raids kept up, meanwhile. wS tr p a e7 e ..Aiming at suspected Red artil- combined fees base at **?**<»? ™ d TS " PP 'l !"!! Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam. He visited wounded men, conferred some medals and told the GIs, "the enemy cannot win., .you have seen to that." Johnson, who conferred in Australia with Asian allies in the war, told the troops: "I can bring you., .news of a victory that is being won, not on a battlefield, but in cities and villages all over Asia. It is a victory of confidence. Because of what you and our allies are doing here, men throughout Asia are beginning to feel confident that the future belongs to ;hem—to those who love eace." Then the President took off 'or an undisclosed destination— 14'/2 hours before the hour the Viet Cong said it would begin a "Your column quoted Mr. (D. three-day truce. E.) Wimberly (head of the city's department of public works) as saying, 'It's a damn lie, I didn't sell any grader.' Well, was a grader sold? If so who sold it? Who bought it? For how much? Did the council authorize the sale and did the me a line? To get the answer to mayor sell it according to the this question will require rely- wa y sta 'e laws prescribe for ing on some folks who have P"Wic property be sold?" been here longer than I. • "It beats me why the city doesn't clean up around and in front of the old First National Bank Building where all the pigeons and other birds roost. The mess is piled up inches high and it looks terrible." — R. S. • "Beats me why we can't have an audit of the two county hospitals printed in the Courier once in awhile. I think the taxpayer would like to know what is going on once in awhile." —Inquirer. • "It beats ms why some of the doctor clinics are not paying their assistants according to f: federal minimum wag* law. A (Then, in what must have been a touch of poetic inspiration, this inquirer says:) "Where there is smoke, fire sometimes breaks out. Find the smoke, put out the fire before somebody gets burned." — A Tommy Little Booster. • "Southside streets need badly some attention before they fail in. Why did the mayor sell our grader? Why did the mayor lay off our grader man? Are we to believe that our street will not be graded all winter?" — A Taxpayer Puzzled. "It beats me why there are vapor lights on all intersections on 10th Street except Hardin. It is an 'old timer' on that cor- AF Safety Record Set The best private vehicle fatality record in the Air Force's 20 year hi'story may be achieved this year, according to Gen. John P. MeConnell, Air Force Chief of Staff. The Strategic Air Command, parent command of Blytheville AFB, as of Dec. 20, has suffered only 71 deaths, a 27-percent decrease over last year's toll of 97. Locally, only four major vehicle accidents have occurred involving base personnel, and no fatalities resulted. This year, the death toll for the entire Air Force from private vehicle accidents was 338, down from the 443 of 1966. Air Force officials credit the improvement to the conscientious driving habits of its personnel and to a command-wide program, "Holidays from Dan- out of the zone and reported killing 10 enemy soldiers in the 10-minute battle 54 miles northwest of Saigon. American casualties were put at three helicopter crewmen and five soldiers wounded. Two U.S. sailors were killed and 15 wounded when Viet Cong! guerrillas were killed as they sappers blew up a Navy patrol j tried to flee the area. station with satchel charges on the central coastline south of Qui Nhon. A Korean civilian also died in the attack.. Three Just One Mistake A green force of U.S. 101st Airborne Division troops—on a training mission—exchanged tnacmne-gun and small arms fire with Viet Cong in the Red's Iron Triangle stronghold 30 miles northeast of Saigon, and COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — ki n et j 14 guerrillas. The para- Ohio's Bureau of Unemploy- j t roope rs, who wear the Scream- ment Compensation made just j n g Eagles of Bastogne patch, one mistake Friday when it reminded people about its new :ame. As of Jan. 1, the name will be Bureau of Employment Serv- took no casualties. Sixty-live miles southwest of Saigon, South Vietnamese troops reported killing 24 guerrillas and capturing two others ment Security. JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — i plant and New Madrid consum-i the mammoth industrialization Tiie New Madrid area is goinglers. Surplus power will go to J Ohio River_Valley would not be to get a $140 million Christmas present — described as "the REA co-ops. Gov. Warren E. Hearncs and sition souri. 'out of line." Tiie announcement comes at time because in the history of Mis-1 a t Wednesday's announcement. | the Bootheel is suffering from construction of these'»* worst cotton crop in many a hard blow to the ____ ________ _. ____ ...... . largest single industrial acqui- i ar ea civic leaders were jubilant I an auspicious Involved is an aluminum pro- two plants at a ver.> large fi- vea ™ ~ cessing plant to be built by nancial investment," the gover- ' --- -- Set WIGHT on Pag* it |«er," instituted in November. northeast of the U.S. Marine outpost at Con Thien, the high- altitude, eight-engine B52s returned to the demilitarized zone for the second straight day despite the threat of SAM missiles. The North Vietnamese fired three SAMs at B52s Wednesday night but the big bombers escaped, the U.S. Command said. The command reported two Navy fighter-bombers were shot down by ground fire Friday while flying missions over North Vietnam and both pilots are missing. The locations were not revealed but among Navy pilot's targets Friday were the north- of the demilitarized zone and a cargo transfer point near Thanh Hoa, about 80 miles south of Hanoi, One of the planes was an A7 Corsair II,—the first new attack bomber to be shot down since, , - • . ,,, . „ • • the model went into combat ear-! Nora , nda Mines, Ltd., o^Toron- nor said in a statement," her this month. The two .fighter-bombers brought to 769 the announced number of U.S. plane losses | over North Vietnam. The northeast monsoon restricted American air strikes over North Vietnam Friday, but Air Force pilots guided by radar hit the Kep air base, 37 miles northeast of Hanoi, and a railroad yard 43 miles northwest of the North Vietnamese capital. Marine pilots flying all-weather A6 intruders attacked the Yen Bai storage area 64 miles northwest of Hanoi and another supply point 15 miles northwest of Haiphong while Navy planes bombed military installations in the North Vietnamese panhandle. American air power was expected to be grounded during the truce period, the first time it has been held back from action since the cease-fire on Buddha's birthday last May. Although allied ground troops are not committed to observe the three-day truce declared by Ui« VietCung, most field untts ices, officials said—shortly after i in a running battle around the issuing a news release giving town of Sadec. A spokesman the name as Bureau of Employ-, said the government troops suf- i bdiu Lilt; guvcinuii-iii. u liered light casualties. to, Canada, at an estimated cost of ?60-70 million plus a $70 million steam power plant to generate the vast amounts of electricity needed. The power plant will be built by the city of New Madrid through issuance of revenue bonds and will be operated by Associated Electric Cooperative serving both the aluminum Blythevil Appointe Blytheville Police Chief George Ford has been named a member of the Governor's Commission on Crime and Law Enforcement. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller notified Ford of the ap- wintment today. governor said in a statement, "will provide an immediate economic boost for Southeast Missouri and will open up untold job opportunities both in that region and throughout the state. "I view today's announcement as one which holds staggering potential for the industrial development of Missouri. To compare this potential with lie Chief idbyWR Ford also is first vice president of the Arkansas Police Chiefs Association. He has been chief here for four years. A graduate of the FBI Ocad- emy, Ford has been connected with, the Blytheville police department for almost 13 years. area ' s economy. L. G. Lumbers, president of the parent Noranda Mfg. Ltd., made the joint announcement with the governor. He said the plant starts production of 60-70,000 aluminum ingots from one pot line with the likelihood that other pot lines will be added later. Henry Maddox, head of the State Division of Commerce and Industrial Development, said the new plants will create 600 to 800 new jobs, plus an estimated 500 to 600 other jobs through service connected industries. Sam L. Hunter, president of the Bank of New Madrid and of the chamber of commerce there, headed the team which has been working more than a year on acquisition of the plant. Weather forecast Fair and not so cold most sections through tonight. Sunday partly cloudy and warmer.
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