The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 9, 1966 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 9, 1966
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Blythevllle (Ark.i Courtar News - Tuesday, Aufuit 1,'llM- 'ff at oLara NOTES FROM A LITTLE BOCK WEEKEND: Remember the tour nameless men who sat on Dale Alford's election eve platform, scratching themselves and looking vacantly at the teevee camera while Brother Dale sang "Sammy Boy?" It was theorized at the time that the four gentlemen in question were either: a) insignificant state officials; b) local dignitaries from somewhere or other; c) unemployed television character actors; ir d) mission habitues who were shaved and dressed specially for the occasion. .They just sat and looked dopey while Alford sang and the Mu- zak played "America the Beautiful." Even though Alford fared poorly in the primary, Frank Holt must have discovered something in the approach that he liked, for, mirabile dictu!, Holt held a press conference at the Marion Hotel in Little Rock Saturday which featured 15 or so men who favored very strongly — or perhaps weakly is the right word — Alford's four bores. Holt's men were different In two respects. They had names (which few people can remember now, though) and they talked. The talking was not very helpful, since what they said was, if possible, more inane than the way they looked. What it amounted to was that this ostentatious gaggle, most of whom represented interests that have profited under F a u b u s rule, were for Holt for governor. In most cases, this was no surprise to anyone. It is conceivable that some of these people were men of parts but whose dignity was inevitably sacrificed by gathering a roomful of them to read foolish, repetitious prepared statements. Somehow Individual the foolishness of statements was squared exponentially according to the number of those present. Whoever thought up this facsimile of a high school student council program (which was widely shown on Little Rock television) was no friend of Frank Holt's. It would have been better for Holt to have used some of the crew-cutted student body presidents who have been moon-dog- They seem to demand eome- ming more than Good Old Boy sweetness and Good Old Boy light. They have tolerated the Faubus state machine all these years partly because of Faubus's unquestionable personal popularity, but now that Faubus is not an issue, neither is his charisma a factor. Holt's position is in some ways analagous to that of Richard Nixon in 196.0, who faced a relentless attack upon the "Administration" that would not have been dared upon the name of Eisenhower. Nixon found himself saddled with all the liabilities of Eisenhower's record and unable to claim credit for its assets. He lost, as is well known. What has happened in Pulaski County this year does not augur well for the Establishment that Holt represents. Pulaski Countians have responded well enough to a "Turn the Rascals Out" campaign to have defeated several of the chief rascals and to force several others into run-offs. The case of Paul Van Oalsem is typical. Nobody else personified the machine so much as did this leathery old Perry County legislator, who was felled this year by a young, urban, unEstab- Park of Irrelevant Issue and has shown himself ready to reduce an impoverished state to dependence on its own meagre resources for self-development. The .worst thing about it is that Justice Jim seems to be sincere; and because the Holt candidacy is tainted with cynicism Johnson actually stands a chance of being nominated. Johnson was in Little Rock Saturday, too, husbanding his wife around protectively before she taped an apologia of her husband's godliness for television. "Mama," he kept calling her. It was all very down-homey, and the Johnson team doubtless appeals greatly to the down- home vote. That, plus whatever segregationist or secessionist feeling is still Virulent and a genera! voter disenchantment with the Establishment, may be enough to put Johnson over.. The awful paradox that was so oppressively on the minds of so many Pulaski Countians this past weekend was this: the ma- :hine may be in so much trouble with the voters because of its past "and present offenses that the electorate may decide lo have done with it once and for all — and give us Jim Johnson, who is not the lesser of the two evils. One Little Rock independent Democrat ventured to look beyond the run-off. "In November," he said, 'we'll have a chance to vote for Winthrop Rockefeller and that will be the end of both Holt and Johnson." Perhaps, but this is dubious reasoning. It reminds one of the lishmented Yale graduate. German left-wing parties who said, "Forget .Hitler. He'll never Van Dalsem won't be in the legislature next year, but other Van Dalsems will remain, and the reasoning of reform-minded people is that Frank Holt is the one gubernatorial candidate who will be in no position to hold tiis own with an Establishment assembly. The reasoning proceeds: spots. Nothing beats the real thing. Most startling apparition, though, was the candidate himself. Holt sat quietly, nursing what a newsman later called a "half-moon" smile and looking more or less like a distinguished, middle-aged . "What-Me- Worry?" kid. This static image of Holt was bad enough, but his facial improvisations were worse. Once, for example, he caught the eye of a friend standing in the doorway and tilted an eyebrow (painted for teevee)rogu- Frank Holt can hardly be anything but a lame duck governor and would have that status even jefore he took office. Since Holt victories in the runoff and a g a i n s t Rockefeller would eliminate the Republican challenge (it's two strikes and you're out in this game), the ;hesis holds that the Establishment would need Frank Holt only as long as he 'cooperated." The precedent of Governor ? rancis Cherry, kicked out af- :er two years of failing to cooperate, is still fresh in many minds, and certainly in those of the Establishmentarians. The same thing, it is argued, could lappen to Holt. This argument may hold water, and it may not, but it's what a striking number of independent Pulaski County Democrats were saying this weekend. An equally striking number of Mississippi Countians have expressed anti • Establishment sentiments in recent weeks. Many have had difficulty in understanding the local Establishment rationale for dropping home - county Ralph Wilson in favor of Jonesboro's Gerald Pearson in the race for prose cuting attorney. They sense, and with justice, that Wilson has been the victim of a cynical out-of-county deal , . come to power. What we need to do is hit the bourgeois rightist power structure." Tom Dearmore of the Mountain Home Baxter Bulletin was dead right when he suggested in print recently that voters should operate on the traditional belief that the Democratic nominee is going to be the next governor. Rockefeller is a Santa Claus who may never come down the chimney; he is running strong, but he is after all a Republican, and party loyalty is stronger in Arkansas than anywhere else, in the country. Besides, Winthrop Rockefeller, however enlightened personally is a member of the party of Richard M. Nixon, Barry Goldwater and Strom Thurmond. The special interests who comprise this party are ultimately not progressive influences. Like it or not, Arkansas Democrats must choose between perpetrating an oligarchy and propagating a Frankenstein. It is not sweet Frank Holt's fault; it is the fault of an apathy that allowed a state apparatus to grow so many roots over 12 years that if it now is uprooted it may take the rest of us with it. ishly by way of greeting. It added an effete twist to Holt'sjmade"sever'aryears"ago, Tn"d happy wholesome look. j th dte such cases as answer Frank Holt is no fop, nor is to the theory of Estab ii shmen . he an Alfred E.Neuman. The fact that he looked like both Saturday goes a good deal of the way toward explaining what is wrong witti the Holt campaign. That something was wrong was evident just as soon as the first primary returns showed that Holt would not lead the ticket. Any candidate with as much substantial support from politicians throughout the state and from the state Establishment as Holt carried into that first vote should with justice be ashamed not to have outpolled all of six other candidates — especially when votes for the other six were relatively unorganized and split all along the spectrum. Most observers thought Holt would lead Hie ticketon the would lead the ticket on the basis of his Establishment- controlled vote plus whatever additional vote his personality and his blameless, is unspectacular record might attract. This latter attraction seems to have been almost nil. Basically, Holt got the Establishment vote, period. One reason for Holt's limited personal appeal this year seems to be the very pleasantness which many thought would serve him well. It is apparent from a sampling of opinion in such divergent areas as Mississippi County and Little Rock that the natives are restive this year. tarian benevolence. The general feeling is: this would be the year for general revolt — except that Jim Johnson is the Democratic Party alternative. Whatever the extent of Holt's pliability or his obligations, he is obviously a better package than Justice Jim. . . Johnson's active backers — those who are not protesting the Establishment but who are aware of the meaning of his candidacy — do not have innocent faces. There is character — although of a rather perverse sort — in these faces. Johnson men tend to look like snake - cultists who have been insulted by Episcopalians. The Johnson candidacy is dangerous; more than that, it is absurd. Justice Jim and his wife Virginia have certain things in common with Mr. and Mrs. George Wallace — among them being a disaffection with the American federal system and a fanatic spirit of go-it- alone-ism. What makes the Johnsons different is that George and Lurleen have a certain amount of head-smartness. Justice Jim has campaigned on his alleged piety; on the evil of L.B.J.; on the supposed horrors of the War on Poverty; on the iniquities of Civil Rights and the Supreme Court. He has created a vast Luna OBITUARY Mrs. Gion Mrs. Jerry Whittinghill Gion, a former resident of Manila, died Sunday in St. Louis. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Howard Funeral Service is in charge. Daily Record Weathtr U. S. Weather Bnrcw Agricultural servtc* Keiser. Ark., Parts of southwest and south central Arkansas were drenched with over an inch of a rain and thundershowers yesterday afternoon. Thundershowers are continuing in scattered areas of east and extreme northeast Arkansas this morning but they will die out and reappear in scattered fashion again this afternoon. A weak frontal system lies west southeast through the state. It will tend to sag a little further southward at the east while returning northward as a warm front in the west. Some scattered thundershower activity is likely again this afternoon and evening with probabilities in the 10 to 20 per cent range. Yesterday's highs were gen erally in the 90s except the 80s in the northwestern hills. Overnight lows were in the 60s. Showers yesterday were concentrated in the west and southwest areas and they will help pasture conditions there. No rain of consequence fell in the Delta. Many areas need rain to help the fruiting process in cotton and sustain soybean growth. The same'scattered variety of afternoon thundershower activity is anticipated today and Wednesday but the areas benefited will be much less than yesterday. Although bollweevil and bollworm populations are not high they are on the increase and fields should be scouted regularly in susceptible areas. Your county agent is the one to contact for the latest recommendations on insect control. Yesterday's high—94 Overnight low—74 Precipitation previous 24 hours (to 7 a.m. today)—.01 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date—30.90 Sunset today—6:55 Sunrise tomorrow—5:17 This Date A Year Ago Yesterday's high—86 Overnight low—63 Precipitation Jan. 1 to data—30.32 World Deaths NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) Sir Sydney Oakes, 39, son of murdered millionaire Sir Harry Oakes, was killed Monday in an auto accident. The 1943 bludgeon slaying of his father, which was never solved, was one of the Bahamas' most famous crimes. LONDON (AP) - Bernard Ricktason Halt, former chief correspondent for the British news service Reuters, died Sunday night. Service* By FUNERAL HOME Integrity MRS. CORA JANE CAMP- View, Ark. Markets Opee High Low Last Chicago Whrat Sept. Dec. Mar. 184*4 191V4 195V4 188 194V4 198% 184V4 191% 195 187% 194 198 321% 325% Chicago Soybeans Nov. 320% 322Vi 319 Jan. 324% 326% 323 Mar. 328% 329% 326% New York Stocks Texas GS 99V 8 Chrysler ;.* 37% RCA AT&T Dow ., Xerox GM 80% Pan Amer 68 ] /4 48% 53% 69% Ford 45>/4 Westinghouse ; 47 U. S. Steel 42y 8 Curtis Pub 9 Comsat 49% Amer. Motors 9% Sears 54V4 Parke Davis 27% Gen. Elect 96% Beth. Steel , 33 Reynolds Tob 36% Standard NJ 67% Holiday Inn 38y 8 Ark-La 40 Ark-Mo 13V4 Divco-Wayne 28% MURDER (CouUnaed town Pap One) immediately determined, although the district attorney's office quoted Green as saying Miss Sullivan had been raped three times then srangled with a broomstick. Green told authorities, in the presence of newsmen, that he and McDuff had discussed a sexual escapade with a parked couple as their intended victims. "We drove around for a while till we saw these people in a car," he recalled, after arriving Saturday night in the Port Worth area. "I think it was around a ball park." Green said the Brand and Dunnam boys were ordered into the trunk of their car and the Sullivan girl was forced into the trunk of the car he was in. The Brand auto was driven to the deserted field, he said, and the youths were shot there. In a signed statement witnessed by newsmen, Green said the Sullivan girl was .taken to a lonely field, stripped of her blue jeans and blouse and raped three times. Sheriff Lon Evans said he had been told the girl subsequently was dressed before a broomstick was forced against her windpipe, choking her to death. Seventy-five per cent of San Francisco Bay is no more than 18 feet deep, according to En- cyclopaedia Britannica. (AP) - The United States and the Soviet Union will reach an agreement soon on a treaty pledging peaceful use of outer space, U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg predicts. Goldberg, who has been negotiating the treaty in Geneva, told a news conference Monday about 80 per cent of the treaty has been settled and he hopes a complete text will be wdrked out in time for approval by the U.N. Genera] Assembly at its session beginning Sept. 20. The negotiations are being conducted in the legal subcommittee of the U.N. Special Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Goldberg said that despite the adverse effect of the Viet Nam war on U.S.-Soviet relations, the two countries are in accord on "very significant arms control measures." He sadi these include provisions that no country will place any nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction in outer space or on a celestial body and that the moon and other celestial bodies shall be used exclusively for peaceful purposes. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's military government has accused Secre- tary of State Dean Rusk and a top aide of interfering in Argentine affairs by criticizing police brutality during the seizure of the University of Buenos Aires. A protest note said President Juan Carlos Ongania's' regime objected particularly to comments by Lincoln Gordon, undersecretary for inter-American affairs. It added without elaboration that the government was displeased bv Rusk's comments. Gordon issued a statement in Washington last week in which he said abuses of freedom on L a t i n-American campuses "should be corrected through civilized and lawful means, not through violent police raids.'! Rusk told a Washington news conference Friday that On- gania's regime is aware of the difficulties it created by strong- arm treatment of the universities on July 29 and "I think we might let them work this out for a bit." 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