BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 241 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1967 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Dateline — December 28"" VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) - Reliable military and diplomatic sources said today that North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao forces are more active than usual in Laos but no large- scale Communist invasion of the country is taking place. The sources, both American and Laotian, said the Communists have staged unusually large scale raids for rice on the agricultural communities of Nam Bac, near the royal capital of Luang Prabang, and Phalane, near Savannaket in 6 Military sources said both areas are still in government Sources in Vietiane, endeavoring to explain reports of a Communist invasion, said the Laotian government frequently claimed the situation is "tense" in order to protest the presence of North Vietnamese troops in the country. ' 'ft CAIRO (AP) - The Egyptian government has started surveying the bottom of the Suez Canal' to find out what sunken obstacles must be removed to free 15 foreign ships trapped in the Arab-Israeli war last June, the semiofficial newspaper Al Ahram reported today. No time limit has been set for the operation. A government spokesman said Wednesday although the trapped ships would be released, the canal will not be reopened to other ships until Israeli troops are withdrawn from the east bank of the canal and the rest of the Sinai peninsula. ft. ATHENS (AP)— The Revolutionary Council behind Greece's regime is reported beset by an internal conflict between moderates and extremists. The moderates, headed by Premier George Papadopoutos, favor a softer line against opponents of the army group that seized power April 21, informed sources said. ft . SAIGON (AP)— South Vietnamese soldiers today credited the M16 rifle, which U.S. troops had criticized, with the punch that enabled them to kill scores of Viet Cong in a lopsided battle earlier this week. South Vietnamese headquarters announced that the 1st Regiment of the South Vietnamese 1st Division was issued the weapon only two days before the battle Tuesday in Quang Tri Province. The commander of the regiment's 2nd Battalion, which saw the most action, reported that the M16 was "largely responsible" for the showing his men made. _ LBJ Signs Controversial Crime Bi By FRANCES LEWINE | Associated Press Writer j SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) President Johnson signed crime control and health bills he hopes will bring the nation's capital closer to becoming a model city and moved ahead today with 1969 budget conferences. He acted just before a midnight Wednesday deadline to approve a controversial bill that will give District, of Columbia police more power to fight crime in Washington. The chief executive coupled the signing with a statement from his Texas White House calling on Congress to look to the problem of crime in all cities. "No more serious problem faces America than the growing menace of crime in our streets," the President said, noting that "public order is the structure on which any society grows and prospers." Johnson said he hopes Congress on its return Jan. 15 will give "the most urgent attention" to his proposed safe streets and crime control act "to help local communities meet their local responsibilities in fighting the causes of crime," and he also plumped for passage of "strict gun control legislation to keep firearms out of the wrong hands." The most disputed provision of the District of Columbia Crime bill is one which permits police to question suspects for up to three hours before deciding whether to charge them a crime. Johnson expressed some mis- awaiting the Presidential signa- Development departments, the | none of these Washington advls- ers remained overnight at tbe ranch and no final decisions were made of any of the budgets discussed. More administrative and economic advisers were expected at the ranch in the days ahead as Johnson continues his yearend assessment of the state of the union and plots the course for tqhe fiscal year which starts next July 1. id "the effectiveness of this ovision will depend on the jality of its administration and e spirit of fairness with which is carried out." "In our system of govern- ent," he added, "statements ken from an accused can nev- substitute for careful and ainslaking work by law offi- :rs." With "special pride," the to a measure extending medi- care and medicaid benefits to 180,000 poor and elderly citizens of the District of Columbia. Heretofore, the nation's capital was not included under these Social Security health programs. Johnson was taking on a pileup of pending bills with slow precision— his tally now five out of more than 40 measures lure. Johnson has been occupied mainly with fiscal problems since his arrival two days ago at his hill country Texas ranch 75 miles from here. Budget Bureau Director Charles L. Shultze spent Wednesday afternoon with Johnson in the ranch office going over budget proposals for the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Atomic Energy Commission and a number of other undisclosed agencies. Schultze flew in from Washington with Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, Undersecretary of HUD Robert C. Wood, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Glenn T. Seaborg and presidential assistant Joseph A. Califano Jr. Tile Texas White House said Marines Engage 500 Reds Near Da Nang By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. Marines battled a powerful Communist force today 20 miles south of Da Nang. A helicopter airlift landed a detachment of the 5th Marine Regiment in a muddy rice paddy that later seemed ringed by a battalion of the enemy—perhaps 500 men. AP correspondent Kim Ki Sam reported in a dispatch from the area that virtually every helicopter landing the Leathernecks and removing the wounded drew sniper and machine gun fire. "The Marines built up their Ike Xlears' Gov. Romney JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Michigan Gov. George Romney said today he is pleased former President Eisenhower "has clarified the inaccurate statement attributed to him" concerning Romney's presidential qualifications. Romney, visiting Indonesia as part of a world tour, was commenting on an interview Eisenhower had Wednesday with the Columbia Broadcasting System in Palm Springs, Calif., and earlier criticism ot the governor attributed to Eisenhower by the New York Times. The former president emphasized to CBS that he was not throwing his support to any of the several possible Republican ! candidates. He stated: "I have not .said, nor do I believe, that Governor Romney is unfit to be president, that he has been on too many sides on too many issues, or that he would panic in emergency." The Times on Christmas Day said Eisenhower had made such criticisms of the Michigan governor in talking to close friends. The Times printed Eisenhow- er's statement to CBS without comment today. Eisenhower told CBS that during a .recent interview "I emphasized that Governor Romney had, in my opinion, taken forceful, logical and intelligent positions on. many vital domestic issues and could not be written off as a serious candidate. 'Though I am not indicating any preference among the several possible Republican candidates, I have mentioned half a dozen, and remarked that I could earnestly support any, including the governor, who has long been a good friend of mine along with the others." Romney said Eisenhower's "correction is in line with what he wrote me following my publ: ic announcement in a letter. He [congratulated me in announcing .and-.indicated he was pleased I that people would have opportunity to make a choice in pri- imaries among well qualified candidates:" | Romney arrived Wednesday 'night from Saigon and conferred ; today with acting President Su- harto and Foreign Minister Adam Malik. The governor leaves Friday for Singapore and (New Delhi. 'orce and consolidated their position behind the two and three- ioot-high dikes as sporadic firing continued into the night," Sam wrote. "There was no announced casualty report from either side." Heavy enemy machine gun and mortar fire spewed from a fortified hamlet about 400 yards from the landing zone. Marine jets and helicopter gunships worked over the Communist positions there and in tree lines around the paddy, their bonjis and rockets landing so close that in some cases splinters whizzed over the Marines. Other action in three battles in South Vietnam's coastal provinces had raised the Communist toll to 288 dead since the Christmas truce. American paratroopers .of the 173rd Airborne Brigade launched the third assault Wednesday as helicopters landed them in a jungle area 250 miles north of Saigon where a Communist force of battalion size was reported. The paratroops almost 3 U.S. Viet Hospitals Due By BARRY KRAMER Associated Press Writer SAIGON AP) — The United States is preparing three hospitals with a total of 800 beds and staffing them with American military doctors and nurses to help care for the thousands of civilian victims of the Vietnam I and 300 for civilians, war, high U.S. officials dis- 1 The first two hospitals are closed today. ! being converted from existing: "" military facilities, while 1 Faubus to Speak To Kiwanis Jen. 24 Former Gov. Orval Faubus will be guest speaker at the Jan. 24 noon meeting of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club, according to Joe Warren, president. Other city civic clubs will be invited to the meeting at the Holiday Inn and tickets will be sold for the event since seating there will be limited, Warren said. That night Faubus is scheduled to attend and address a Chamber of Commerce banquet in West Memphis, according to Warren. Civilian casualties are mounting—one American expert estimates them at 100,000 this year |—and Vietnamese hospitals are unable to care for many of them. The U.S. officials said American military hospitals since last March have been authorized to accept as many wounded civil' ians as they have room for, and about 300 a month have been treated. Some civilians had been treated even before that, they added. A 300-bed civilian hospital at Tuy Hoa, entirely staffed by U.S. the Can Tho facility is a new structure. The space-available j admissions at other U.S. hospi-' tals are to continue. The building of the Can Tho hospital indicates that U.S. officials expect increased fighting in the delta, and a consequent increase in both military and civilian casualties. Vietnamese government figures show an average of 4,000 civilians killed and wounded were reported each month during the past year, or at least 48,000 civilian casualties during the year. But Col. William W. Moncrief Jr., U.S. assistant director for public health, estimated that only half of the civilian casualties are reported and the war's loll of civilians this year will be 24,000 killedand 76,000 wounded. ing Red buildup efforts. However, American officers continue to believe new fighting is building up along the Cambodian border, in the Central Highlands and the jungled Communist War Zone C northwest of Saigon. The presence of increased enemy supplies in the border area was demonstrated Wednesday night by a heavy mortar barrage fired into an American base camp at Dau Tieng, in tha See VIETNAM on Page S 'Dog Ordinance' Is Proposed In what City Attorney Edsel Harber ruled to be a mere continuation of the regular December meeting, Mayor Tom A. Little Jr: and nine members of the city council met last night for the final general session of this year to consider several important items. Harber's opinion followed a finance the planned $300,000 ex^of Sections Three and Seven of pansion of the Blytheville Canning Company. (The election Ordinance 689. Essentially, the amendments will be Tuesday, Jan. .30, ac-| enc | s t| Ie policy of collecting cording to Dan Burge, company j the tax on a semi-annual basis representative); The introduction ot a comprehensive dog ordinance by Councilman Bob McHancy; And, finally, the scheduling of series of budget meetings, the question raised by Councilman I first set for 5 p.m. today to P. D. Foster regarding whether consider police and fire depart- or not an agenda of the meet- BSffrrr while artillery roared in and 31 jet planes in succession pounded them. The battered Communist Rice Acreage to Be Upped WASHINGTON (AP) - The Agriculture Department's 1968 production program in- U.S. military doctors, nurses. r j ce and orderlies, will open in a few Arkansas , a days, the officials said. A second hospital, with 200 beds, is expected to be completed at Chu Lai before the end of January. A third hospital, at Can Tho in the Mekong Delta, is expected to open in late spring with 500 beds for U.S. soldiers allotment from 482,734 to 579,518 it was announced here Wednesday. The boost is part of a 20 per cent increase over 1967 farm plaining allotments to meet growing world demands. The total 1968 allotment was set at 2,400,602 acres, compared to this year's 2,000,502 acres. The department also announced the continuance of federal marketing quotas on next year's crop, subject to approval by growers voting in a mail referendum Jan. 22-26. Quotas require approval from at least two-thirds of those voting. force pulled back along bloody jungle trails by nightfall, and 31 enemy bodies were found along with 18 abandoned submachine guns. Twelve paratroopers were killed and 34 wounded, the U.S. Command said. The battle took place about 25 miles inlo the jungled foothills west of the coastal city of Tuy Hoa. Simultaneously, South Vietnamese troops were engaged about 100 miles up the coast in the lowlands of Quang Ngai Province. A government battalion of regulars and militiamen ran into a Communist outfit of unknown size, drew back and called in 105mm howitzers. A government spokesman said 40 of the enemy were killed, almost all by the artillery, while government losses were light. Sporadic fighting also continued along the coast just below the demilitarized zone here the Viet Cong 416th battalion was cut to pieces in a battle Tuesday. South Vietnamese forces reported catching a few more enemy soldiers during mopping up operations, bringing the claimed Red loss in that battle to 217 dead. All the heavy fighting since the truce Monday has taken place along the central and $35 from Modern Pawn Shop. northern coast where American and South Vietnamese sweeps were launched to counter unend- and establish penalties for delinquency or non-payment. An emergency clause in the new ordinance makes it effective immediately, and the dua date for payment is Jan. 1, with a 45-day "grace" period. After the 45 days have been exceeded, Accomplished at the meeting were a major revision in the city's privilege tax ordinance; ! occupations and professions op- An ordinance calling for an! erating Within the corporate city Act 9 industrial bond issue to'limits, consists of amendments ment financing. the delinquent is subject to a ± * * 10-percent penalty. After 60 Technically, the revision in j days from the due date, non- thc privilege tax ordinance,! Payment of the tax will mem a which applies to all businesses, I fine °f * 25 P<* da y- Th = amcnd ' nrmnaHnU and nrofessions on- ments were approved unani- Charges Filed In Circuit Court fact of burglary and grand larceny. The charges claim that, on Dec. 2, knowing that a robbery had been committed, he "did shelter, relieve, comfort and as- i sist" Coleman. Two charges of assault with intent to kill have been filed against Albert Miller. On Dec. 2 he is accused of The following charges recently were filed in the criminal division of Circuit Court. Charges of forgery and uttering have been filed against L. M. McKee and Billy Gene Shadwick. Both are accused of trying to cash a fradulent $10 check — drawn on Farmers Bank and Trust Co. — at Moody's Grocery at Gosnell. Herbert Glenn Sherar has „,,„,, been charged with violating the i Weeks, Arkansas State Patrol- Peeping Tom Law (second of- j man - fense). I , • , , He is nliarwrf with commit-' Charges of burglary of vend- shooting at Buddy Nemo, night has marshall at Dell, and at Marvin mously. + * * It was the introduction of the dog ordinance which prompted Harber's ruling as to the nature of last night's meeting. Foster was opposed to the considering of the ordinance, maintaining it had not been scheduled. However, Harber said, tha resolution was on the agenda for the regular meeting, and therefore could legally be brought up last night. The council did not vole on the resolution, rather, McHaney merely introduced it so as to get the machinery in motion ordinance. The delay is intended by the councilmen to give their constituents ' "reasonable time" to express their feelings regarding the measure. It will be considered again at the reg- Sce COUNCIL on Page 3 Old Sheets Needed For Bandages Nine cancer patients in Hie He is charged with commit-1 Charges ot Durgiary 01 vena- Njnfi cancer patients jn ^ ting the crime Dec. 16 on the | '"B machines have been tiled '. county are depen(i j n g on t |, e Mis- Percy Wall property. a g ainst Pnilli ? R - Lewls a n d i sissippi County Cancer Society •* r Tlnnnlrl IT 1 Dftncl I . ... ... i i Burglary and grand larceny Bobby Ray Coleman in connection with the Dec. 1 tneft of property valued at more than Donald E. Priest. i to Sl|pp|y tnem with bandages. On Nov. 28 the pair is ac-1 -\ve are absolutely out of old are the charges filed against cused of breaking into a vend- j sheets — the material we use to ing machine at Hcnsley's Gro- ma |j e (he bandages,'.' Mrs. Le- cery and one owned by Leon Jordan; and on Nov. 29 break- roy Ross, bandage chairman, said this morning. In connection with the theft, Walter Ashby is charged with i Bond for Phillips has teen set being an accessory after the | at $2,000; for Priest, $3,000. ing into a vending machine i "if people will call me (PO 3- owned by James Kincaid. • -—• " " r.-•._.--. Wallace's Third-Party Bid Stirs Controversy WASHINGTON (AP) - The two top-ranking Senate Republicans are at odds over what effect a third-party candidacy by former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace would have on the 1968 presidential race. Meanwhile Wallace, an apparent victor in his drive to qualify for the California presidential ballot, reportedly has targeted Ohio for a similar campaign. And former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, indirectly quot- ed by the New York Times as saying' Michigan Gov. George Romney was too indecisive to be resident, denied ever making such a statement. These were Wednesday's political developments: —In Los Angeles, Sen. Thomas H. Kuchel, R-Calif., GOP Senate whip, predicted Democrats would lose far more votes than Republicans if Wallace qualifies *; a 196S presidential candidate. But Senati Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen, in Los Angeles to serve as grand marshal of the Tournament of Roses, told newsmen he feels a Wallace candidacy would cut equally into both parties' ranks. —In Columbus, Ohio, a Wallace spokesmen said the former governor plans to visit the Buckeye State Jan. 5-10 to plot strategy aimed at qualifying for the presidential ballot there. Two members of Wallace'* campaign sUff in Monlg»mery, Ala., said they knew nothing of such plans, however. Slate election officials said earlier this week Wallace apparently has succeeded in getting enough Californians to register with his American Independent party to qualify for the presidential ballot in the nation's most populous slate. —Eisenhower said in his opinion Romney had taken forceful, logical positions on many vital domestic issues. He denied ever saying the Michigan governor was unlit to be president. He was responding to a New York Times story on Christmas day which quoted an unnamed golfing partner as saying Eisenhower felt Romney "has been on so many sides of so many questions that one begins to wonder just where he does stand. He sounds like a man In a panic, and a man who panict Is not the best candidate for president." 'I have not said nor do I believe that Gov. Romney is unfit. to be president, lhat he has been on too many issues nor that he would panic in an emergency," Eisenhower said in a CBS television interview. In Concord, N.H., meanwhile, a spokesman for a stale organization supporting Pre?ident Johnson disclosed plans for a drive to get write-in votes for Johnson in the state's March 12 presidential primary. 3629) or Mrs. F. G. Reichel (PO 2-2590) we will pick up old sheets." Mrs. Ross hopes to have a bandage workshop (during which the sheets will be made into bandages) during the next two weeks. She described the need for the sheets as desperate. Weather Forecast Clouo'y to partly cloudy and continued cold through Friday with a chance of snow again late tonight and early Friday. Snow possibly mixed with rain ox- Ireme south portions Friday. Low tonight near 12 north to 26 south.
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