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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, August 6, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL, 62—NO. 120 BLYTHEVILLE, AB&ANSAS (72815) SATURDAY, AUGUST 6,1966 TIN CENTS 12 PAGES DEMOS SORT THROUGH ELECTION TANGLI Absentee Vote Big Problem By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Democratic Party's discovery Friday that the wrong man had been certified for the lieutenant governor runoff created a thorny problem—the absentee votes already cast and what to do with them. There was no single answer to that question. Jack T. Lynn, secretary of the state party, said the absentee ballots are valid, but there is "some question about the counting of absentee ballots in the lieutenant governor's race." Joe Basore was certified for the runoff by the party on the basis, if incomplete and unofficial tabulations from the July 26 primary. The final, official tally showed James Pilkinton should have been in the race, rather than Basore. Claude Carpenter led the ticket in the first primary and was unquestionably in the runoff. * * *. At Jonesboro, the Craighead County Democratic Committee decided to throw the absentee ballots out and offer a revised ballot for lieutenant governor- listing Pilkinton and Carpenter, instead of Basore and Carpenter. The Craigheau Committee said the absentee ballots already cast would remain valid on all other races. The Pulaski County Committee chairman, Carl McDaniel, said those who had already cast ballots in Pulaski would not get to do so again in this runoff for lieutenant governor. There is no way to remove By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Democratic Party strove today to clear away confusion that I blossomed Friday when it i learned that James Pilkinton— not Joe Basore—belonged in the lieutenant governor runoff primary. The party came upon the startling news just four days before the runoff election, which is set for Tuesday. The switch developed when the party completed its official tabulation of the first primary ballot—at 2 a.m. Friday, nine HORNERSVILLE WINNERS — Jo Ann Green, 20, of Cardwell, (left) and Carolyn Jean Long, 16, of Holland (right), flank the the Watermelon Festival Queen, Marilyn Sellers, 17, of Piggott, who was crowned last night at Hornersville. (Courier News Photo) Dem Committee Results Told • Mississippi County's Democratic Central Committee this week released the names of committeemen who were elected during the July 26 primary. In almost a person's first ballot to let him, every case, there was no opposi- vote again because of the problems of tracing each ballot to the person who cast it, he said. Besides, McDaniel said, not every one who voted absentee the first time would be able to take advantage of the second chance. tion for seats on the governing body of the county's Democratic party. Also announced this week were the justices of the peace who were elected July 26. Primary function of the JP's is to serve on the quorum court, Luci and Pat Marry Today By FRANCES LEWINE I dent to marry while her father WASHINGTON (AP) Luci I was in office. Johnson, the President's younger daughter, marries Patrick J. Nugent today amid a blending of triumphal music and sentimental and religious traditions. The historic wedding, months in the planning, but taking a little more than an hour, has attracted nationwide attention. Weather for the wedding day was expected to be partly cloudy with a high temperature in the lower 80s. The combined efforts of the White House and the Roman Catholic Church provided prominence and pagentry for the ceremony. It all comes to a climax at high noon, after an hour-long carillon concert, as President Johnson escorts his vivacious 19-year-old daughter to the great marble altar in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — the nation's largest Catholic church. There, Luci exchanges gold rings and the ancient vows "to have and to hold. . .until death do us part" with tall, 23-year-old Nugent, whom her father calls a "an ail-American." The huge church - rivaling imposim* eatlipdrals of Europe - filled with white flowers and greenery, provided a dramatic letting for the Nuptial Mass. Seven hundred family friends — some of th::n hr;h level officials — and relatives were invited to view the marriage. Luci is thi eighth daughter of a Presi- Luci tried to keep her dramatic and elegant long white bridal gown a secret until the last moment. And, she sentimentally was provided with a sixpence and other mementos to carry on her wedding day. She preferred the formal wedding and picked a pink and white theme. Her 12 bridesmaids, including her sister, Lynda, the maid of honor, lead •the slow-paced procession in their stately floor-length pink dresses down the 352-foot-long aisle of polished marble. A 150-voice male choir provides choral music, accompanied by a twin pipe organ with 9,138 pipes. The president, bridegroom Nugent and his 12 groomsmen had cutaways —striped trousers and morning coats — for the occasion. All but Hie President's were rented. Archbishop Patrick A. 0'- Boyle of Washington joins in the celebration of the Nuptial Mass along with two priests who had been religious advisers of the bride and groom. The marriage ceremony itself begins a few minutes after the Mass starts. Most of the wedding guests, as well as the President and Mrs. Johnson who have front row seats, will have trouble seeing the wedding ceremony itself. It takes place in the vast sanctuary of the church — more than 100 feet from the first row of pews. which meets to approve the dy, Dyess; Wiley Tate, Fletch- gan the work of a re-vote for lieutenant governor for those who voted absentee. Election officials were instructed to disregard the incorrect Carpenter-Basore pairing. While the party was patching up ballot problems, critics were having a field day. Basore and Pilkinton were no different. Each lambasted the the tardiness of the official tally—which came about only after special runners pulled in the vote totals from Clay and Miller counties on opposite corners of the state. Only a day earlier Pilkinton days after the vote was cast. I had endorsed Basore in the run The official tally showed that i off. Basore said Friday he county judge's annual budget. Democratic committeemen (and the township from which elected) are Ira Koonce, Clear Lake; W. A. Metheny, Bill Dewey May, Leonard Jones, Davis, Bryan Heard, Little River; E. B. Crutcher, McGavock; Norman Bailey, Robert L. Pierce, Joe R. Wheeler, John Bearden, Sr., V. S. Johnson, Neal; Tom H. Callis, Hollis Jumper, Burdette; Hudson Wren, D. W. Anderson, Golden Lake; C. A. Moody, Bowen; J. R. Forrester, R. A. Jackson, Whitton; J. L. Tranum, J. R. Cullom, Jr., Richard Cromer, Carson; Calvin Williams, Blythe Clark, Scott; Bruce Ivy, Joe Edrington, W. F. Fletcher, Bruce Wilson, Tim E. Bowie, Henry J. Swift, Monroe; E. M. Regenold, Harvey Tillman, Canadian; 0. E. Hunnieutt, John M. Stevens, Hector; Wayne McCullough, Roy (Bill) Samples, A. A. Tipton, A. T. Brewer, Amos Decker, Big Lake; R. A. Porter, Harvey Morris, Oscar Fendler, James C. Guard, Raleigh Sylvester, W. J. Wunderlich, Riley B. Jones, J. W. Adams, W. J. Pollard, Russell Phillips, Jr., Chichasawba; Paul Jackson, Charles Permenter, Swayne; Leonard Williams, Elvin Woo- Police Wound Beserk Father TREVOSE, Pa. (AP)-"Sure there was a chance of hitting the baby, but they had to take it," said Police Chief William F. Riempp after a policeman wounded a 26-year-old father who was threatening to kill the 9-month-old son he held in his arms. Two slugs from the 38-caliber service revolver jf Patrolman John Robinson hit Charles Roeschen in the shoulder and groin Friday night. Other policemen grabbed the child as the wounded man dropped him. Roeschen, the father of five, had terrorized the neighborhood for mora thin half an hour Joe Seibert, George Cassidy, Hickman; Claude Duncan, R. V. Gaines, Half Moon; Here are the justices of the peace elected July 26: Vance R. Dixon, Bryan M. Bonds, W. M. Taylor, Jr., C. B. Gauf, Fred Boyd, Tom H. Callis, Jerry Edwards, Hays Sullivan, Cauncey Denton II; H. A. Segraves, Charles W. Bowles, H. A. Nicholson, Charles R. Coleman, Ernest Booth, George Rains, Bill Alexander; A. A. Tipton, 0. B. Wagner, E. M. Holt, Bill Noblin, W. F. Permenter, Jr. Wallace Says He Doesn't Fear for Life MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — "There've been things like this before, the governor's not worried," is one aide's reaction to still unverified reports that six youths are on their way to Alabama bent on killing Gov. George C. Wallace. The governor's press secretary, Jack House, said Friday night that Wallace had changed no plans for public appearances this weekend as a result of the reported threat. However, two more state troopers were assigned to the governor's usual three-man security staff, and highway patrol cars were alerted to be on the lookout for cars with six occupants. The FBI notified state police Thursday night that six unidentified youths had reportedly left Washington, D.C. for Montgomery in a car bearing an Alabama license tag. An V BI spokesman said the bureau had been tipped regarding the threat by a Washington television station, which it later declined to identify. The FBI source said an employ of the station was told by an anonymous telephone caller: "I will not repeat this, so listen carefully. Six youths have just left Washington 20 minutes ago to kill Gov. Wallace. This is not a prank. I know what I'm talking about. 1 shine shoes with then boys." Pilkinton finished second n the July 26 primary, 393 votes ahead of Basore. The party had already certified Basore and Claude Carpenter, who led the ticket, as the runoff candidates. It acted on the basis of incomplete and unofficial tabulations made by The Associated Press. The final, official tally and the AP's last unofficial tabulation differed widely in the vote breakdown assigned to Clark County. A re-check showed that a newsman's error in reporting the unofficial total from Clark County had gone uncorrected until the official tally revealed the error in the AP figures. At Arkadelphia, James Gooch, Clark County Democratic Committee chairman, pointed out that election officials had read the correct totals while counting the ballots from the first primary. The AP's last unofficial tabulation for the county gave Pilkinton 2,356 votes and Basore 361. The AP's statewide tabulation indicated Basore had a lead of about 800 votes, But the final, official total certified by the Democratic Party Friday gave Pilkinton 3,327 votes to Clark County, with Basore getting 371. The disparity between the official figures and the unofficial tabulation changed Pilkinton's statewide total enough to push him about 400 votes ahead of Basore. The discovery came to light with a storm of confusion, controversy and criticism. The party had already given Basore the go-ahead for the runoff on the basis of the unof- would work to help Pilkinton's reborn campaign. Each pledged himself to defeating Carpenter. Basore, in a stinging statement, attacked Carpenter as one of Gov. Orval Faubus' "lackey-boys," and said: "The fusion, sole blame for misunderstanding and clumsy mechanics of election machinery must be placed directly on the shoulders of Faubus and his lackey-boys." He charged that for 12 years Faubus has resisted every attempt at election reform, including efforts to re-codify election laws, obtain voting machines and enact voter registration. Faubus called the turn of events a regrettable incident. The governor also leveled a blast at Basore and Pilkinton, pointing out that 'it was not necessary for either of them to rely on the unofficial reutrns." Faubus said the candidates should have insisted on a speedy tally of the official returns. He added that "someone in authority" should have pressed county election officials for the finals totals that were not reported by last Saturday, three days after the election. "I do not intend to condemn anyone," Faubus said. "This is merely an effort to clear the air because of some of the intemperate and unfounded charges that have been made toward me and the state administration." Since the July 26 primary, Pilkinton had retired to his County Demos Wait and See ficial been tabulation. Ballots had printed and distributed with Basore's name where Pilkinton's should have been. In most, if not all, counties those ballots had already been cast by some persons who were voting absentee, further complicating the problem for the elec- W. J. (Bill) Wunderlich, chairman of the Mississippi County Democratic Central Committee said this morning that corrected ballots for next Tuesday's runoff may not be issued pending disposition of an alleged suit by James Pilkinton to postpone balloting for the position of lieutenant - governor. Pilkinton was belatedly certified by the state Central Committee yesterday as Claude Carpenter's opponent to the Democratic run - off when final tabulations from Clark and Miller Counties showed Pilkinton's state total slightly in excess of that of Joe Basore, who had already campaigned extensively for a week against Carpenter. Wunderlich said 15,000 ballots listing Pilkinton as Carpenter's opponent are ready for printing by the Osceola Times Company, also printers of the existing 15,000 ballots. which list Basore. Wunderlich said no official action would be taken to change the ballot until after a conference today with Henry Swift of Osceola, county Democratic Central Committee secretary. Meanwhile, a check with the county clerk's office showed that tion only days away. 183 absentee ballots have been State Insurance Commission-, released and 60 of these have er Harvey Combs, a member of the Democratic Central Committee, said the reversal on a statewide basis was unprecedented. Leon B. Catlett, state Democratic chairman, when first asked what the party would do, said: "I just can't say what type of action we'll be taking." But the party got in gear. It ordered new ballots printed for the lieutenant governor runoff alrady been voted. Wunderlich said those who have already voted by absentee ballot will be given an opportunity to vote on a special runoff ballot listing only the lieutenant - governor's position, with Pilkinton and Carpenter as opponents. He said that unless an injunction is granted to postpone balloting for the lieutenant governor's position, these revis- voted no later than Tuesday. Mrs. Elizabeth Blythe Parker county clerk, said she will continue to release the absentee ballots listing Basore until she receives official word otherwise from the Central Committee. Word from Leon Catlett, state Democratic Committee chairman, 'yesterday had apparently indicated that county Democratic Comittees were authorized to make all necessary arrangements to correct the run - off ballots. According to Wunderlich, how ever, the Committee here will wait until official word is re ceived from Catlett about Pilkinton's legal action before issuing revised ballots. "We have to he very careful," Wunderlich said, "If we issue new ballots that will later be questioned legally, then all our results, including those for governor and prosecuting attorney, may be voided." tome town, Hope, and stayed n the background except", for endorsing Basore, who tt&l campaigned aggressively under the impression that he was in. he runoff. S'55. Carpenter, of Little Rock.'toliJ i news conference that he^as truly sorry" for what Had mppened to Basore and PUkin- on. He said he planned no legal action, but added, "I'll ceriafi- y protect my rights." ~'*' He said he had a 28,000 vota margin in the first primary, 'and I am confident I can do it again." As for the charge by Basore, Carpenter said, TllHjust gnore the charge. I don't see low it could have one iota of significance." ^Vi Pilkinton also was eager 'to irotect his rights. -'~He said he would 'to the limit permissible"-"°in he time remaining before : the runoff. . "'':"• Pilkinton also said he had lired a lawyer who would'file suit in an effort to void? : th'e runoff if his name was not on every ballot in the lieutenant governor's race.. "This just illustrates that Arcansas needs a complete pye]£ mul of its election laws /and machinery," he said. ;,-:.' Frank Holt, a candidate far ;overnor, called it an "incredible development" and a "tragic turn of events." He pledged that, if elected, he would seek legislation to prevent it happen? in5 again. Holt also said he would launch a study of party rules to short-stop such a development in the future. •'— primary. And most counties be-1 ed absentee ballots must be ARKIE ENTRANT — Tommy Marlar Waits, the Magnolia, Ark., boy who won the Blytheville Soap Box Derby (only one in Arkansas), was greeted by E. E. Buckler, derby executive, after completing a trial run in Akron yesterday. Jaycees sponsored Blythcvillt event. A-Bomb •Still Kills In Hiroshima HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) People are still dying from the after effects of an atomic bomb dropped on this city 21 years ago, the mayor said during solemn anniversary ceremonies todays Sirens, church, bells and tem- jle gongs echoed through the reconstructed city at 8:15 a.m. as residents bowed their heads in one minute of silent prayer. At that moment on Aug. 6, 1945 an American B29 Superfor- tress dropped a 20-kiloton atomic bomb — equal to 20,000 tons For the lov|| Of Loot f HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Two go go dancers have testified each would lose $8 a night by covering up. Nevertheless, a police court jury found the women' guilty Friday of public indecency and unbecoming behavior and fined them $50 apiece. The jury deliberated IVt hours before returning the verdicts against Mary Ann Chapman, 21, Henderson, and Barbara Warner, 28, Evansville, Ind: Fred Thomas, owner of the Silver Dollar discotheque, said he will appeal to the Court of Appeals , Kentucky's highest court, if necessary. Thomas, testifying in the dancers behalf, said they have danced in flesh-colored tops since summonses were served by Police Chief Charles West. This, said Miss Chapman, costs the girls $8 a night, since their nightly covered wage is $12 compared with $20 for .topless. . . •. Prosecutor Ned King told, tha jury the girls performed at-the club "naked above the waist ixcept for gimmicks at the ends of their bosoms." ',•"«! of TNT — from the summer sky. It exploded 2,460 feet over the center of the city, killing between 80,000 and 200,000 persons. The Japanese believe the higher total. The Americans say the lower figure is more accurate. As the sirens wailed today hundreds of pigeons were re-j Blast Kills yf Three Children LIVINGSTON, N.Y. (AP),-i- Three children were killed and four others of the family injured, including the parents, when an explosion demolished their home Friday night, a day after they moved to this resi* i dential community south of Hud- 'son. .. ^ The dead tentatively were identified as Fayne, 4, Kiki,- 8, and Jimmie Sinclair, 7. ;„,'. Chaplain Change - -•• Col. Bernard Schumacher- ha| been appointed chaplain of Sec- the city's Peace ™« Air Force J Barksdale ABB, Park and some 3\000 citizens watched as Mayor Shinzo Hamai placed a new list of 550 additional bomb victims in the stone receptable under the saddle-shaped concrete cenotaph. The list included 482 who died under the blast, but whose identities became only recently known, and 68 who died during the past 12 months of what is known in Japan as "atomic diseases." The new list brings the number of confirmed, identified dead to 61,993 from the bomb .and its effects. La. He replaces Chanlain (Colonel) Paul Tomasovic. 'Ju'I. Earlier it was announceif Chanlain Tomasovic was Ely' theville lain. Air Force Base Weather forecast Clear to partly cloudy ; ;yrtih little change in temperatures through Sunday with isolated afternoon or evening thundershowers both days Low tonight tb-s 60s. High Sunday In the

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