The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 26, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 26, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 233 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1067 14 PAGES 10 CENTS TAKE-A-CHANCE REDS LOSE CHRISTMAS OVER; BACK TO WAR By GEORGE MCARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American warplanes swept over North Vietnam immediately after the allied Christmas truce ended and wreaked havoc on Communist convoys trying to complete a massive movement of supplies started under the umbrella of the cease-fire. U.S. headuarlers reported about 100 trucks destroyed or damaged inthe heavy strikes which began Christmas night and continued unabated today. Headquarters reported that Air Force, Navy and Marii jets spotted more than 300 of the biggest trans- port targets of the war. Planes from two Navy carriers in the Tonkin Gulf reported one convoy of 150 trucks and another of almost 100. In another strike a ferry carrying eight trucks was blown up and sunk. The ground war also resumed after the truce ended at p.m. Christmas night but only scattered actions were reported. The Viet Cong had announced that it would observe a 72-hour Christmas truce, until I a.m. Wednesday (noon today EST). "I guess they thought we were ine going to give them a night off," said an air officer at U.S. headquarters, telling of the raids on Constantine Will Return' By GERALD MILLER Associated Press Writer ATHENS (AP) - A close friend of King Constantine, serving as mediator between him and the Greek military junta, says he is "100 per cent certain" the 27-year-old monarch will return to his throne, perhaps "in the next few days." This report from Haralambos Potamianos, a retired air vice marshal, was bolstered by a remark by Queen Frederika, the king's mother, who told photographers in Rome taking Christmas pictures of the royal family: "We hope lo return to Greece soon." The king fled to Home after his .attempt Dec. 13 to over throw the military dictatorship negotiators have been trying to arrange his return to Athens Monday after his second trip to Rome in a week. days." He disclosed that the king and Premier George Papadopoulos, the leader of the junta, exchanged Christmas greetings by cable over the weekend. In Athens, one celebrated prisoner of the regime was free but a second was still in prison after the junta suddenly reversed a promise by Papadopoulos to free 2,600 political prisoners for Christmas. Andres Papandreau, son of ex-Premier George Papan- dreou, was reunited with his family, but Theodorakis, score for the film "Zorba the Greek," was still in Averoff Prison in Athens. The about-face on the amnes- composer Mikis who wrote the collapsed in hours. A series of ty meant that only about 300 persons would be freed, the secretary-general of the Ministry of Public Order, Col. John Ladas, said. He told newsmen the clem- Asked by newsmen in Rome If 1 ency did not extend to "hard he would be returning for more talks, Potamianos said: "I hope not. I am one hundred per cent certain the king will return. It core Communists," and he included in this category the 2,000 persons arrested after the April 21 coup and held since then on might happen in the next few. the islands of Leros and Yioura. Dateline December 26 CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) - Christmas dinner at the county jail was followed by a riot that brought out 100 policemen to battle 47 prisoners. . "A group of the prisoners said they were going to spend Christmas night at home," said jailer Elijah Hilton after police restored order with the help of tear gas Monday night. Inmates smashed furniture, tore up bedding and set a fire in a trash can during the three-hour disturbance outside their cells. . . , , No one escaped and there were no injuries reported Police armed with shotguns surrounded the Hamilton County courthouse, which houses the jail, while others entered to force the prisoners back into their cells. The trouble was in an area of the cellblock outside individual cells. PARIS (AP) — South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran Van Do said today that if necessary for "self defense" South Vietnam would pursue Communist forces into Cambodia. Speaking with newsmen on his arrival from Saigon, Do was asked if "the right of pursuit into Cambodia would be exercised by South Vietnam." "If it is necessary, yes," he replied. "Our war is a war of self-defense. We would be obliged to do so if the enemy troops use Cambodian territory as a sanctuary and cross the frontier to attack our troops. "But we have no intention of invading Cambodia, and on the contrary even, we hope very much to have friendly relations with this country. But for our defense we are obliged to follow the enemy if he crosses the frontier. We have responsibilities toward our troops and toward allied troops." NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Eisenhower urges that "all elected public officials, particularly members of Congress, be required to make an annual certified accounting of their financial affairs—all income and all holdings." Eisenhower, writing in the January issue of Reader's Digest, said such disclosures "should be part o£ the price of public office; if a man has nothing to conceal, why should he object?" In the article, Eisenhower also urged that U. S. income tax laws be revised "to permit the taxpayer to treat a modest political gift u * deduction." Uie convoys. "They found out;quarters were termed serious, different." | meaning they involved casual- Acting on intelligence from j ' es reconnaissance planes Which maintained the vigil over the north during the truce, the U.S. jets were airborne on strike missions almost immediately after the stand- down ended. "The recon guys had done their jobs well," a spokesman said. The fighter-bombers were directed to targets as soon as they reached the major supply routes stretching down the North Vietnamese coast. Although scattered clouds blanketed the area and the ceiling dropped to about 3,000 feet, the U.S. airmen kept Doring in. Only a few minutes of light remained when the first planes reached the target area. Long strings of flares were dropped, and the bombing continued throughout Christmas night. The 150-truck convoy Was scattered along seven miles of highway below Thanh Hoa. Navy Skyhawk jets rained 500- pound bombs along the route, dotting it with billowing fires that lighted the night sky. Farther south, near Vinh, a 100-truck convoy was blasted! The ferry south of Vinh was :iit just before sundown. Pilots said as it went to the river bottom with eight trucks, a massive explosion sent smoke shooting 3 000 feet in to the air. There was no mention of any planes lost in the war commu- niques, but a Marine F9J Cougar observation plane was shot down in South Vietnam and a Marine photo - reconnaissance Pliantom plane crashed due to a landing accident as it returned to Da Nang Monday, killing the copilot and critically injuring the pilot. U.S. headquarters expected reconnaissance photos would show Communist truck losses iiigher liian the initial pilot reports. "It was a very unusual day," the spokesman said. It was believed that the North Vietnamese had started a massive supply effort at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, when the allied truce began. In the next 24 hours they were able to move supplies unmolested, but the U.S. recon planes were overhead keeping a close watch. When the truce ended, the Reds were still on the move and evidently decided to take the chance that full-scale U S raids would not resume until dawn today. The U.S. air response was almost immediate, however. U.S. B52 bombers also went back to war shortly after the truce ended. They attacked areas south of Da Nang where tne Viet Cong and Worth Vietnamese were suspected of assembling, and suspected bivouac areas, gun posts and infiltration routes in the demilitarized zone northwest of the Marine outpost at Con Thien Tiie U.S. and South Vietnamese commands reported a total of 118 shooting incidents during their 24-hour cease-fire and blamed all of them on the enemy. Twenty of the 79 incidents reported by U.S. head- A compilation of the casualties indicated that two Americans were killed and 24 wounded, three South Vietnamese soldiers were killed and six wounded, 16 civilians were wounded and one kidnaped, one South Korean soldier was wounded, and 33 Communist soldiers were killed and two taken captive. But no major battles were reported, and for most American troops it was a Christmas Day of religious services, the traditional turkey dinner, presents from home and thoughts of loved ones far away. Planes and helicopters took hot turkey dinners to the men in the field, and only a few GIs in [he most remote areas were left out. The soldiers gave Christmas parties for young and old Vietnamese in many parts of the country, and some 40,000 soldiers cheered, whistled and laughed at two shows given by comedian Bob Hope and his troupe. Gov. George Romney of Michigan spent the day hopping by plane and helicopter from unit lo unit. He ate one Christmas dinner at an officers' mess near Saigon, then had another one with the Marines at Da Nang. North Vietnam kept up its propaganda war with a rejection of the five-point peace plan President Johnsbn"proposed on Dec. 19. Nhan Dan, the North Vietnamese Communist party's r J ^^^^^^^^SmMim^i^i^^^^^^^K«M^^^^^^^^ RED BIRD— Downward and upward might apply to this Russian plane in speaking of its size and directions, respectively. The mini-plane displayed in Moscow at the National Details Masl< ^•k I BRI Two Blasts P By JOHN WEYLAND Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Two explosions rent the clam of Moscow Monday night, shattering a six- story apartment building and 10 minutes earlier on the opposite side of the Moscow River. The apartment house blew up about 9:20 p.m., bystanders said. About 100 persons were believed living in the building's 24 damaging the empty car of an ; apartments two miles southeast American correspondent. .of the Kremlin. Soviet officials refused to dis- Rescue workers with search- close the number of casualties in the apartment house. One by- lights hunted in a heavy snow fall for victims while dozens of stander at the scene said a po- ambulances, fire engines and liceman told him the blast killed more than 20 persons. Another bystander said 10 or 12 bodies were removed from the wreckage. Police blamed a faulty gas main for the apartment house blast but said a powerful bomb wrecked the auto of Henry S. Bradsher, Associated Press'bu- reau chief in Moscow. No one was injured in the car explo- newspaper, said the proposals [sion, and it had no apparent See VIETNAM on Page 2 j connection with the other blast police cars gathered at the wreckage. Most of the residents were believed at home because it was an ordinary weekday night. Russians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar. Gas explosions are not rare in the : Soviet 'capital,' although they are not publicly reported and officials refuse to disclose information on their frequency. The same general area was hit by ACLU Says Clay's Draft Status Wrong ATLANTA, Ga. AP) — An | board in Louisville failed lo attorney for the American Civil grant him the status of con- J oiionfinnc nhiprtnr nn the basis Liberties Union says the Justice Department overruled a recommendation by its federal hearing officer that former heavyweight champion Cassius Clay be granted a draft status of conscientious objector. The charge came Monday as attorney Charles Morgan Jr. announced he will head a five-man ACLU team which has taken over the case of the flamboyant boxer. Clay was convicted last June of refusing to be inducted into the armed forces. The case is being appealed primarily on the grounds that Clay's draft boards— first in Louisville, Ky., and later in Houston, Tex.— systematically exclude Negroes from ' their memberships and thus cannot legally draft Negroes. Morgan, in announcing ACLU's entry into the case, said his contention that the Justice Department overruled its federal hearing officer was made in a brief filed last week before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The attorney said the incident occurred when Clay's draft of his being a Black Muslim minister. Morgan said Clay appealed that decision and a Selective Service board hearing was held last August before former Kentucky State Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Grauman, appointed by the Justice Department. According to Morgan's brief, Graviman concluded that Clay "is sincere in his objection on religious grounds to participation in war in any form, and he recommended that the conscientious objector claim of the registrant (Clay) be sustained." Morgan said the decision was overruled by the Department of Justice which said, in effect, that the beliefs of the Nation of Islam (the Black Muslim) sect were primarily political and racial rather than religious. "Thus a man who gave up millions of dollars, popularity and his married life for his religious beliefs was denied conscientious objector status," Morgan said in an interview in his Atlanta home. Grauman was not immediately available for comment. Last June 20 Clay was sentenced in Houston lo five years imprisonment and fined $10,000 for refusing induction. Two Killed in Sunday Crash CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. Two persons were killed early Sunday morning in a one-car accident one-half mile south of Wardell, Mo. Dead is James Lytle, 25, of St. Louis, driver of a 1955 Oldsmobile. Also killed was 28-year- old Ramona Keigley of Aimes, Iowa, the only other person in the car. The wreck occurred, accord- ing to the Missouri Highway Patrol, when the auto — traveling at a high rate of speed — failed to make a curve on Route B and overturned several times. The accident apparently occurred about 1 a.m. Sunday, the Patrol said, but the wreckage was not found until about 5:30 that morning. The bodies were taken to Osborne Funeral Home in Wardell. Economics Achievements Exhibition, is said to be capable of verticle takeoff using a 210-horsepower engine. phone communications for days. This was never publicly reported. flying 15 f«et, and extensively damaged the under side oi the The Soviet press and radio] The blast was of such fores maintained a blackout on the that it smashed the windows of disaster Monday night also, and! apartments for at least four police, troops and barriers floors above the car. I Hundreds of Russians gathered this morning to stare as a huge crane worked behind a men to enter. Police investigating the bomb- Lester Gill Rites Today Services for Lester B. Gill of Dell will be conducted at 3 o'clock this afternoon in First Methodist Church of Dell. ing "of" Brads7°er's'°automobie I Mr. Gill died yesterday morn- seemed perplexed, and veteran j ing at Baptist Hospital in Mem| foreign correspondents could, phis. 'not recall an attack like it in. R<=v. Cecil Harrison will of- 'Moscow (ficiate at today's services and Bradsher said he did not be-j will be assisted by Rev. Jessa Move the bombing was directed Brunei', against him or his family. He I A native of Potts Camp, Miss, said he assumed someone had [ Mr. Gill came to this area 47 picked out a handy foreign car;years ago. He was a member of the Dell First Methodist Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Na- as a target. The explosion occurred about 25 minutes after Bradsher, his wife, Monica, and their two sons, Keith, 3, and Neal, 2, returned home from a Christmas dinner. They live in a building for non-Communist foreigners. Finding the apartment build- omi Magers Gill, Dell; Two sons, Lester B. Gill, Jr., Memphis, and Robert Earl Gill, Dell; Two sisters, Mrs. John Stevens, Dell, and Mrs. B. F. Scott ing's small parking lot full, Memphis. Bradsher parked the car in an Pallbearers will be T o 1 e f alley just around the corner Buchanan, Rupert Crafton, H. from the sentry box of a police-1R. Crawford, Jimmie Seitz, man assigned to the building. 'Tom Ball and A. E. McCulley. By THE ASSOCIATED PERSS| Authorities said Johnson and A one-car crash Monday'two other passengers, 20-year- afternoon inside the North Little'old Harry Orr and 18-year-old Rock city limits claimed the Johnny Braden, both of Sher- lile of James Aycock, 19, of wood, were in good condition at North Little Rock hospital, sas' holiday Weekend death toll' to 12. Mrs. McCain, Wild and his wife were killed Sunday morn- Thc Associated Press' 78-hour '"8 >" a ™l lision on u - s - 67 holiday death count began at 0 about l'/2 miles north of Brad- n Friday and ended at mid-| ford - Authorities said Ms. Mc, Cain's vehicle swerved off the > identified the I2' ni g' lwa y '» an attenl Pt lo avoid State Police \/j r _ an oncoming car, came back China Mum on A-Blast ginia Billie McCain/54, of Little •. <"V the highway and careened l off anotner vehicle before striking the Wild vehicle. Harris and Turney were killed Sunday morning when a vehicle Wild, 52, of Berline, Wis., and Mrs. Lester Wild, 49, also of Berline; Mai- vern P. Harris, 24, of Kansas City, Mo.; J. C. Turney, 22, of driven by Leroy Goodman of St. Joe (Searcy County); - By AKIO OGAWA Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) — Peking kept silent again today about a report from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission that the Chinese Reds had set off their seventh nuclear tes-t explosion Sunday. The silence heightened speculation that something went wrong: Official boasting and reports of celebrations in the streets fol mention of the reported Christmas Eve explosion in the Lop Nor testing area of central Asia. Instead it reviewed the first six blasts and touted the thought of Mao Tse-tung. The AEC declined to comment on the Chinese silence and said it would stand by its original statement, which reported the location of the blast and said the explosion equalled roughly 01 ceieDrations in me sueeia »"i- .cApwaiun t^uanw i~« 6 ...j lowed each of Red China's six 20,000 tons of TNT. That would previous blasts. But a Radio Peking broadcast Monday made be similar to the first atomic bomb, dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Japanese air force planes detected unusual radioactive fallout over Japan Tuesday, but the government said it was not great enough to endanger hu- lans. Peking announced its previous nuclear tests within 10 hours after detonation. But Japanese correspondents in Peking reported that there was no official word there Monday of the lest. A Japanese military writer Tadao Kusuml, said the latest nccted with experiments with low-yield nuclear weapons. The low yield of the explosion could indicate the bomb was carried by a medium-range missile, experts in Washington said. . Kusumi said it was also possible the timing was political, as Mao's 74th birthday is today. Kusumi recalled that Communist China set off its fifth nuclear device last Dec. 29, or just after Mao's birthday. The sixth test was carried out last June 17. It was Red China's Chinese test was believed con-1 first hydrogen bomb explosion. Charles Edward Pennington, 23, of Tulsa, Okla.; Everett Morse, 56, of Lake Village; Lee Willie "fy was a passi iwaitor iu nf Maiwm- P P ITV Goodman vehicle. hide on U.S. 65 about three miles, north of Marshall. Turney was a passenger in the Walker, 64, of Malvern; Perry Foster, 29, of Elm Springs (Washington County); Larry Glenn Hatch, 20, of Pine Bluff, and Chester Ray Morgan, 37, of Waldron. Aycock, son of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Aycock of Little. Rock, was a passenger in a car driven by 18-year-old Van Winton Johnson of North Little Rock. Authorities said Johnson apparently lost control of the car on a curve on Arkansas 5 and that the vehicle struck two trees. Pennington was killed Saturday night when his vehicle drifted across the center line See DEATH on Page 2 Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy i,nd rather cold tonight. Increasing cloudiness and cold Wednesday with a chance of a few snow flurries chiefly extreme north. Low tonight 18 to 28.

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