The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 16, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 16, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 128 BLYTHBVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1966 TIN CINTS U PACES Merald Dead . NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Herald Tribune, heir to the journalistic legaey of Horace Greeley and James Gordon Bennett, is dead. The end of the Herald Tribune, which has not published for 115 days, was announced Monday by the World Journal Tribune Inc., the new publishing firm incorporating the Herald Tribune, the World-Telegram & Sun and the Journal-American. Matt Meyer, president of the new company, said the publishers planned to go ahead with new afternoon and Sunday papers. Labor difficulties have kept all the planned new papers from being published since the merger was announced last April. Meyer said the long delay has caused a loss of "talent in all creative departments of the Herald Tribune. "It now has reached the point where we cannot bring the public the kind of morning newspaper hoped for. We are unwilling to settle for less," he said. "We are therefore consolidating our talent and resources into an afternoon and a Sunday newspaper, to be known as the World Journal Tribune in both instances," Meyer said. Originally the company had planned to publish the Herald Tribune in the morning, the World Journal in the afternoon and the World Journal Tribune on Sunday. The loss of the Herald Tribune .left Manhattan with four major Bailies, including the World Journal Tribune. The others are the morning New York Times and Daily News and the afternoon Post. Manhattan had six major dailies before the merger. Thirty-five years ago there were 12. -| Thus only the word Tribune on the new masthead remained of a journalistic history that began with the penny-a-copy Herald of James Gordon Bennett in 1835. Six years later Horace Greeley's Tribune was born. Separately, and later as the merged Herald Tribune, the papers were home to some of the greatest names of American journalism: Mark Twain, Richard Harding Davis, Henry J. Raymond and Charles A. Dana. In modern times, the Herald Tribune's columnists included Art Buchwald, John O'Hara, Walter Kerr, Walter Lippmann and Red Smith. The last of the liberal Republican Herald Tribune's owners was John Hay Whitney, who bought the paper in 1958. Whitney brought innovations in format and makeup which attracted the attention of the entire newspaper industry but circulation declined. In 1965, the paper's last full year, it was 303,179 daily and 360,876 Sunday. . John Hay Whitney, publisher of the Herald Tribune and former U.S. ambassador to England, said he would continue to publish the Paris edition of the paper. He recently sold a 45 per cent share in the overseas edition to the Washington Post. Meyer said the folding of the Tribune was the direct result of the breakdown Aug. 4 of negotiations between the publishers and the Pressmen's Union, the only-one of 10 unions which has not come to terms. Thomas M. Laura, Mailers Union president who acted as spokesmen for all the newspaper unions, said: "I think Meyer is wrong to accuse the unions. You have to look at the position of both sides in this dispute." Meyer said the Herald Tribune's end would mean a loss of 800 jobs. HAPPY ENDING - Blytheville's American Legion baseball team won the state championship at Monette last night, defeating Little Rock 14-7. Bobby George (right), a relief pitcher, was one of the heroes for the Dud Cason Post 24 club. Details on Page Eight. (Courier News Photo) County Leader Speaks Out Back Justice Jim, Demo Chief Says Two Charged In Burglary Bobby Neal Snellgrove and Henry Kerr have been charged with the July 8 burglary of M & J Insurance office west of Manila on Highway 18. Snellgrove is free on $1,000 bond and Kerr is being held in the Mississippi County jail. By JACK BAKER Staff Writer Whether one calls Mississippi County's political establishment 'the machine," as many do. or some such euphemism as the management team" — ivhich is what W. J. (Bill) Wun- lerlich calls it — it is hard to leny that the creature is realis- ic. Wunderlich, chairman of the ounty's Democratic Central Committee and Election Commission, spoke for his team yesterday. He preached a gospel of pragmatism, and his central message was succinct: "We've got to have a door open in the governor's office, and the only thing to do is vote for Justice Jim." Wunderlich's ex cathedra pronouncements were made at yesterday's executive luncheon o f the Chamber of Commerce at television reportage of race riots Holidav Inn. he undoubtedly had Establishment sanction and it thus indicated that county politicos have swallowed hard and are ready to talk Jim Johnson. * the 'We * are * ttird largest county in the state, and that means we're third in most of the taxes. We have to be on good terms with the winner in order to get share of benefits back," Wunderlich said. Wunderlich ascribed the failure of Frank Holt, the Establishment - backed candidate, to several factors. "Our man (Holt) was just no fire-eater, no dynamic speaker. Johnson, on the other hand, walked and talked and preached everywhere he could get 10 or 15 people togeter." Wunderlich also theorized that ASCS Office Hopes Dimmer Glen A. Cook, president o f the Mississippi County Farm Bureau, this week dampened hopes of seeing restored an Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office to Blytheville. In a letter .0 James Williams, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's Retail Merchants Division, Cook said the Farm Bureau has "accepted with some reluctance and possibly temporarily" last April's trans- ferral of all county ASCS functions to Osceola. At that time the county ASCS board concurred with a Department of Agriculture recommendation that all ASCS county offices be consolidated. Previously an ofice in Blytheville had served the north end of Mississippi County. Cook said the Bureau has accepted the move because of economy reasons and because a poll of Farm Bureau members in the county "has given us less than a mandate to accomplish ...a reversal." Of 2,500 questionnaires sent out recently, only 53 replies were received, Cook said, and of these only 30 recommended that the Farm Bureau attempt to relocate an ASCS office in Blytheville. Cook held out the hope that Farm Bureau contacts with state legislators might in the future accomplish such a move, if, he stressed, ''we can detect sufficient support for it." Williams said the Chamber will continue to seek means of restoring an ASCS office here. "Most farmers in the county live in this area," he said, "and they will be inconvenienced by having to conduct all their business with the office in Osceola.' Pat and Luci Have Evening Out By The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas (AP Where did honeymooning Pat and Luci Johnson Nugent go Saturday night? Plenty of newsmen parked outside their swank Bahamas honeymoon villa tried to find out. But Nicki Kelly, a reporter for the Nassau Tribune, succeeded. She was dining with a friend at the Amerald Beach Hotel when the matre d'hotel asked her to accept an alternative table as two important and unexpected guests had arrived. The reporter accepted the other table, then looked round and saw the newlyweds. Jin northern cities worked against the Holt candidacy and swung "free voters" to Johnson, an avowed segregationist. "Johnson used, his props well," Wunder.lich said. "When he stood out in front of a country store, he'd be holding the °ible. When he got up on television, he had a copy of the Arkansas Gazette. (Johnson made free use of religious imagery in the campaign and singled out the Gazette for attack several times.) Wunderlich cited Establishment "overconfidence" in t h e first primary as another campaign factor. "We were so sure that Holt was going to win in a landslide, and we were worrying about where (Dale) Alford and (Brooks) Hays were going to finish. We forgot about Johnson." * * * In the runoff primary voters were influenced by a vote-counting m i x u p that substituted James Pilkinton for Joe Baspre on the ballot five days before the vote. Wunderlich said. "People started hollering 'Fraud;' 'Faubus machine;' and the like. They were convinced the Faubus administration was trying to steal the election and so they voted against everybody Anti-War Hearings Proceed Court-Congress Clash Avoided By CARL P. LEUBSDORF WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bouse Committee on Un-Amer- can Activities opened its hearings on anti-Viet Nam: war ac- Jvities today in the midst of uproar in the chamber and a continuing threat of court action ;o bar the proceedings. Only seconds before the start of the session a special three- judge federal court'threw out'a emporary restraining order granted Monday by a U.S. district judge in an action brought )y the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two of the subpoenaed witnesses. But the three-judge panel offered to hold a hearing on the constitutional issues at any time and the plaintiffs promptly took up the offer. As the hearing at the Capitol ;ot under way it was announced he tribunal will hold a hearing at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the challenge to the mandate set- ing up the committee. Asst. US Atty. Joseph M. iannon said the issue will be a request for a temporary injunction, a step beyond the restraining order voided today. A restraining order is good for 10 days but is renewable. A tempo- ray injunction remains in force until further order of the court. At the start of the hearing two witnesses were dragged to seats by marshals when they tried to make speeches 'as they were being handed copies of the committee statement on the reason for the hearings. ( The statement from the acting chairman, Rep. Joe R. Pool, D- Tex, denied the inquiry represents any infringement on the A irst Amendment right of free speech or the right of dissent, 'ool said the aim is to develop egislation to cut off "overt acts" such as interference with roop and supply movements, md actions damaging to troop morale in a wartime situation. The acting chairman contend- d special legislation is needed] because the absence of a declared state of emergncy leaves inoperative wartime laws on such points as treason. Cheers, boos and applause broke out from a portion of the audience of more than 300 that packed the big committee room. Banging for order, Pool threatened to have demonstrators thrown out. Quiet was restored and Pool made his opening statement, insisting the committee was not proceeding against dissent. Then John Pemberton Jr., an AREA, AEA May Split LITTLE ROCK (AP)-A bit- .day that its teachers quit the ter rift over the school consoli- Arkansas Education Associa- dation proposal led directors of the Arkansas Rural Education Association to recommend Mon- SOME SHADES — A different view of the world is Argentine painter Julio Leparc's claim for the distorting spectacles he designed himself. He the weird eye- gear at the Venice, Italy, Biennale Art Show where he won the $3,200 first prize in the worldwide artists' competition. ON PAY RAISE Air Mechanics Vote on Friday identified with it." He added, to the laughter of the house, "Most of the administration people had lost their effectiveness, anyhow. They were tired and wore down and wanted to get out,..anyway.". * * * Wunderlich said he believes Johnson will tone down his "anti-federal" crusade in the general election campaign against Republican Winthrop Rockefeller and will strive for a more sedate image generally than that presented in the primaries. "I think Johnson will come over well on radio and television," Wunderlish said. "Further, he's taken the 'turn - the - rascals-out' theme away from Rockefeller. The odds are very definitely in his (Johnson's) fa- Wunderlich's remarks did not cause a general loosening of tongues on the part of other county poliiicos. Several afterward indicated they were not quite ready to commit themselves on the sub- ect of the governor's race. WASHINGTON (AP) - Strik- ng mechanics receive today etails of a tentative agreement imed at ending by Friday the shutdown of five major airlines. The idled airlines said they could resume some flights this weekend if the agreement is approved by the strikers at meetings across the nation Friday. The strike is now in its 40th day. P. L. (Roy) Siemiller, president of the AFL-CIO International Association of Machinists, called the settlement, reached about dawn Monday, "the best ever in one set of negotiations by any union." Details ol the contract were to remain secret until the 35,400 strikers received a letter from Siemiller in which he said he recommended ratification of the agreement reached with the airlines — Eastern, National, Northwest, Trans World and United. Informed sources said, however, the contract was a three- year package worth about $90 million — an estimated 8 per cent increase for'the machinists. This would mean a $1 per hour increase over three years for top mechanics now earning $3.52 per hour plus benefits that bring the total to $4 per hour. The agreement is believed also to contain a cost-of-Iiving wage escalator clause, a key union demand. Lack of such a clause reportedly was instrumental in union rejection of an agreement negotiated under White House auspices July 29. The White House had no comment on the new agreement. Officials believe another reason for the 3-1 vote against the first agreement was lack of understanding of its provisions. In an effort to.get a speedy ratification of the July 29 agreement only terse telegrams were sent to the locals and the vote was taken two days later. This time, however, Siemiller mailed personal letters to all striking union members for whom the headquarters had addresses — an estimated 28,000. After news of the new settlement reached Congress Monday, the House Rules Committee delayed action on a Senate- passed resolution to force the strikers to return to the jobs they left July 8. No further congressional action on the measure is expected pending the outcome o. the union vote scheduled to be held simultaneously across the country at 3 p.m. EOT Friday. Results of the vote are to be telephoned or telegraphed to union headquarters here by 6 p.m. EOT Friday. The strike — believed to be the longest, biggest and most costly in airline annals — technically would end if the union members ratify the settlement Friday. However, planes probably would not start moving before Saturday and full service would not be restnreu before early next week. The five struck airlines normally handle about 60 per cent See STRIKE on Page 3 proposal. tion. AREA, which was formed last February, is vigorously opposed to a proposed constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot which would dissolve school districts with fewer than 400 pupils. Forrest Rozzell, executive secretary of the AEA, has indicated support for the measure. • • Hershel Lee, Greenbrier school superintendent and president of the rural-group, said teachers at AREA schools Would not be required to quit the AEA, but AREA was suggesting that they not pay their $10 dues to AEA, giving the money to AREA instead." Lee estimated that there were about 7,000 teachers at AREA schools, with about 98 per cent of this number members of the AEA. Rep. Ode Maddox of Montgomery County, Oden school superintendent, told about 70 fellow AREA members at the organization's meeting Monday that proponents of the consolidation amendment would like to have it withdrawn. "It's probable that it will be withdrawn," Maddox said, but he warned that AREA should not become overconfident. The AEA proposed a school consolidation measure but it was killed at an AEA meeting in March when rural forces amended the proposal to increase the minimum number of pupils from 400 to 2,000. The 2,000 figure for consolidation purposes is considered by school authorities to be unattainable in Arkansas at present. Supporters of consolidation, :o/ever, managed to get the proposals i nthe general election ballot by obtaining more than the required number of .50,000 signatures. Jim Johnson, an announced opponent of the measure and the Democratic nominee for governor (based on unofficial returns), was the center of another AEA-AREA feud. The AEA leadership, Rozzell included, said it found Johnson unacceptable after reviewing the qualifications of he and Frank Holt, whom Johnson beat in the Democratic primary runoff. The AEA group did not, however, give its endorsement to Holt. AREA had endorsed Johnson for the nomination during the regular and runoff primaries. "You stood by Jim Johnson and now Jim Johnson is going to stand by you," Lee told the AREA meeting. AREA members had been called radicals jpposed to euu- cation in Arkansas, Lee said, 3Ut actually "we are for good education. We are for every child in the state." Lee said that 105 schools have made complete or partial payments of the $100-a-year AREA nembership. About 115 schools lave enrollments of fewer than 400 pupils. Lee said AREA has $6,247 in its treasury and needed about $20,000 for an effective campaign against' the consolidation attorney for the ACLTJ, moved that the proceedings be suspended at least until the three- judge court takes, further action. After a quick poll of the committee, Pool told him his motion was unanimously overruled. ,^ Setting the stage for a possible direct collision between-Congress and the courts over, the principle of separation of /powers among the branches of, government, Pool had said in advance the committee would proceed despite the temporary order. In a statement issued as--the committee started its session. Rep. Charles S Joelson, DJWi, criticized Pool for thatvau- nouncement .'" Joelson said the order was "ridiculous," but added: ''"," "How can the Congress.'jsx- pect members of the publiiTtb refrain from taking the law into their own hands when members of the Congress themselves thumb their noses at court orders?" . . ::. The special three-judge ,__. said it dssolyed the temporary restraining order which '-ft$9 been granted by a District court judge Monday, because th|rg was "no finding of irreparablfe damage as required by the statute." ££ . Rep. Joe R. Pool, D-Tex., aj?t ing chairman of the committee, said it would meet as scheduled despite Monday's, order by U.S; Cist. Judge Howard Corcoran. Extra police were ordered post ed around the House office building should -there be any demonstrations by peace groups. -Corcoran, acting on a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on'be- half of two of 13 persons subpoenaed by the committee, issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the hearing. He olocked the subpoenas and directed that a three-judge federal court be convened to consider constitutional questions raised by the suit. The Justice Department, acting on behalf of the committee, promptly asked a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out Judge Corcoran's order. The judges left it in force overnight and directed the ACLU and Justice Department to file written briefs today. . : Refusal to obey Judge Corcor- See VIET NAM on Page 3 Armorel Sets School Dates A half-day session Monday, August 29, will get the school year underway at Armorel, it was announced today. No lunch will be served Monday, but all buses will make their regular morning runs. Full - time classes will begin Tuesday, August 30.. Two Are Fined Sidney P. Johnson, an airman at Blytheville Air Force Base-, was fined $75 in the criminal division of Municipal Court Aug. 13 for leaving the scene o! an accident. ,T,"_ The collision at Main and 21st Street left no one injured'and" $40 of the fine was suspended; by Judge Graham Sudbury. "".'>. Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy with widely scattered thundershow* ers most likely during the aftej-. noon or evening and .again late tonight. High today and Wednesday 88 to M. Lows tonight 70 .to 76. Probability of rain 30 percent: 20 percent tonight arid Wednesday. Outlook Thursday widely scattered thundersho' ers with little change in eratures. •iiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiwiiiniiMiiiiiii

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