The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 8, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 8, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 249 BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS (Courier News' Photo, Isabelle. . .a cold, but cheerful, child of poverty. Poverty's Children Have Many Faces (Editor's Note: American 1 fellow man and this makes him poverty is in the newspapers uncomfortable in the presence and on television and is ban- ol human distress, died about as a subject in the | (For a look at poverty in political polemics, but for most Blytheville, Courier News Edi- middle-class and above families tlr Harry A Haines made a it is invisible. : lnree . hour) supe rficial exam- fin truth, poverty is unlove- i:ation of it one afternoon last ly and better heard of than week. The homes he visited, seen. The American citizen is with one exception, are in the sensitive to the needs of his'city limits of Blytheville, but in Osceola, Luxora, Caruthers ville and Hayti the story is th same; only the geography names and faces change. In th following story, the reader ma learn, of how it is with' th 'poor.) Alexander Files For Congress By Harry A. Haines Courier News Editor Mr. and Mrs. A. lie side by in seperate beds. Thin blanket, cover their thin, aging bodies. Their son, about 40, stands nearby. The elderly couple jractieally .are comatose. They live in a small house which has a piece of twisted paper stuck in a knot hole as a. feeble defense against the icold. both of Paragould, and Jack i The son is cordial and pleas- Files of Woodruff County. | a nt. This is a white family and Alexander has taken a lead- they live on the uncertain edge Alexander Bill Alexander, 34 - year - old Osceola attorney, filed as a can didate for Congress in the First Congressional District today. Alexander was in Little Rock to file with Democratic Party Secretary J. P. Lybrand, Jr., and Secretary of State Kelly Bryant. Alexander will be seeking the seat which will be vacated by E. C, (Took) Gathings at the end of this year. Also seeking the seat are Lee' Ward and Dr. Ralph Ration, ing role in investigating the development of a Mississippi River port at Osceola. He is a director of the.Osceola Port Authority and is secretary of the Arkansas Waterways Commission. He's also president of the Osceola Rotary Club. He's a member of the Mississippi County Quorum Court and in 1964 and 1966 was a delegate to the State Democratic Convention. Alexander completed undergraduate work at Southwestern in Memphis and received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He has participated in a wide range of civic and church activities and is a board member of both the county and Osceola Offices of Economic Opportunity. of poverty, about three and one half blocks from downtown Blytheville. Rent is $15 a month. They draw about $75 in Social Security payments and $1,080 a year from some farmland they own. This is their entire income. The elderly couple are bedfast from strokes. Mrs. A. to lie untrained eye seems to be shaking hands with death. Mr. A. sometimes tries to talk, his ;rey head and grey eyes above ithe cover, his mouth under it. The son cares for them with consumate tenderness, washes their clothes, spoon feeds them. Does he work? "I can't. Take care of the folks here all day and some of the night." The temperature is 28 and is to drop. The coal stove glows dangerously hot. The couple have been in bed, After graduating from I a w nearly motionless it would seem school, Alexander worked as a tx several years. legal 'research assistant for Judge Marion S. Boyd, chief judge of the federal court in Memphis. He now is a partner hi the Their home includes one room which is about 10 by 12 and another room on the rear. But It is that front room that their world is limited to. There is Osceola law firm of Swift and nothing there, really - three Alexander. j Set POVERTY on P»g« a Suggests Bowles Spend Time Touring Ruins Sihanouk Dooms Talk PHNOM PENH, Cambodi (AP) — U.S. presidential envo Chester Bowles arrived today t seek Prince Norodom Sihan ouk's help in keeping Norl Vietnamese and Viet Con forces from using Cambodia a sanctuary. But the Cambodia chief of state in effect told news conference the .America ambassador's mission wa doomed. Sihanouk told newsmen Sun day he would see Bowles, th J.S. ambassador to India. Bu he suggested that the American envoy would do better to spend his time touring the famou temple ruins at Angkor. American sources in New Del hi said Bowles would concen trate on the question of Commu nist Vietnamese troops taking sanctuary in Cambodian border areas. He was expected to seek tacit agreement from Sihanouk to permit pursuit by U.S. forces of Communist troops who attack them in Vietnam and then re treat into Cambodia. In response to questions submitted by The Associated Press Sihanouk said Saturday that "we would not intervene militarily if a fight between Arneri' cans and infiltrated Vietnamese, therefore one as much at fault as the other, took place in the outlying and uninhabited regions of our territory." But the prince told the news conference Sunday he would not allow U.S. forces to pursue the Viet Cong into Cambodia; and would condemn both sides if they clashed on his soil. Sihanouk said he would tell Bowles there is "no possibility "If he wants to talk, he will come to my house," he said. Sihanouk described as "utterly fantastic" press reports that Johnson had told Bowles to ask the prince for "definite information" on Hanoi's desire for peace and reports the North Vietnamese had inquired about the availability of Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Rangoon as sites for preliminary peace talks. "If some day one or the other of them (North Vietnam or the United States) wishes to honor Phnom Penh with their confidences, and wishes to come here to discuss for example the evacuation of the Americans rorri Indochina, I will be absolutely ready to open up," he said. "But how could I encourage Hr. Bowles in this direction if he other side gives no encour- agement whatever and does not accept? He also said that he would not act as a go between to secure the exchange of American and Communist prisoners of war. Bowles flew from New Delhi to Bangkok by commercial airliner, then took a U.S. Air Force plane to Phnom Penh. He was welcomed by Mme. Chin Renne, the minister of information; the Foreign Ministry director of protocol, and Australian AnVas- sador Noel S. Deschamps. Australia has looked after U.S. interests in Cambodia since Prince Sihanouk broke diplomatic relations with Washington in May 1965. The prince said earlier he would see Bowles on Wednesday. Bowles was expected to ask See VIETNAM on Page 3 Prince Norodom Sihanouk Chester W. Bowles U.S. Heart Patient OK By WILLIAM C. HARRISON AP Science Writer STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - teelworker Mike Kasperak cat- apped .during the night, doctors aid, and was in satisfactory ondition today, living with the eart of Virginia White, house- ife and mother, in his breast. body temperature were in a rea sonable range, Dr. Donald C Harrison, a cardiologist, told a news conference at Stanfort Medical Center Sunday afternoon. Harrison said the hear! o u t p u t -a m o u n t of blooc pumped—was 5.3 liters per min" of negotiating the right of "pu"/- p su,f: of Communist forces into * al ° " iroat to help him breath, Kas- :rak could understand ques- ons and comments, and nurses ould lip-read his responses. Kasperak, 54, of nearby East ute, "almost normal for a man tail- h= o£ Kasperak's size" when though - SUred ab ° Ut ^ hours Cambodia i disease Saturday 4y 2 -hour operation. The patient weighs 144 pounds. "His cardiogram looked quite good," Dr. Harrison said. • Dr. Shumway said Kasperak expected to stay in Hie hos- amoia wen The prince also said he would P. r ' f orman E ' Ehum way's sur- tell Bowles the United States I glcal leam at stantord Unf ver- dying of heart was ex P ected to stay in Hie hos- iy "-night'"when 11 many months for observe-11 • . .- finn should follow France's example in Algeria and "rid yourself of the Saigon parasites." He said he would suggest that the Unit-, ed States withdraw its troops, adding: "This would be. pretty good for you on the international stage. It will give you immense prestige." Sihanouk then attacked Presi- tion. "This kind of followup is essential to the well being of the recipient," Dr. Shumway said. "We've reached first base perhaps, but the work is only beginning." — -, — ..„ r ™.^.. He stressed, "There is no way knew he had a donated heart, at & is time to term the episode beating in his chest. It was one- a success." But his and Harri- sity School of Medicine cut out his heart and implanted Mrs. White's. The 43-year-old Santa Clara woman had died two hours earlier after a stroke. Sumway said hi's patient ll»«ailllllllll!»lll!lllllllllllll!l]llil[|liill!l!l!llll!l[|llilll!M Blalberg Hears Danger Zone CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - Groote Schuur Hospital said in a medical bulletin today that Dr. Phillip Biai- 'berg, the world's third heart transplant patient, "is no longer in the oxygen tent and will be allow to sit up in bed today with his feet on a chair." The 58-year-old retired dentist neared what doctors con- ' sider to be the beginning of the critical postoperative period^•'•• seven days after surgery. However, the bulletin said there': were no signs yet that Blaiberg's body was trying to. reject' the heart of Clive Haupt, 24, who died of a brain hemorrhage. •Illllllllllllllllllllll!lllllllllllllllllllllllllillllinillllllin« third the size of the enlarged one that had been discarded, dent Johnson, saying he would j but it was performing "never lick the boots of that I Sfcumway said. Johnson." 1 Blood pressure, pulse Dateline — January 8 ~ 'iiiii Mi Miri ll!*W j/Vl^lll., — • — —• HAYTI, Mo. Jan. 7 — (AP) — A woman passenger shot a Greyhound bus driver while he was driving his bus near Hayti Saturday night, police said. Albert Caldwell, 31, of Paducah, Ky., had bullet wounds in the back and side. He was able to stop the vehicle without injury to the 26 passengers. Pemiscot County authorities arrested Beatrice Warren, 49, of Greenville, Miss. Passengers told authorities the woman pulled out a pistol about seven miles north of Hayti and fired three shots. Two hit Caldwell and one struck a seat. After stopping his vehicle Caldwell was able to walk to an ambulance which took him to the Pemiscot County Hospital at Hayti. His condition was reported satisfactory. WASHINGTON (AP) - Auto industry critic Ralph Nader has called for a congressional investigation into car manufacturers' price hikes and two senators charged the boosts are aimed at discrediting new safety requirements. The price rise was made necessary, the auto industry has said, by required installation of shoulder-harness safety belts in cars made after Jan. 1. Nader asked Sen. Philip A. Hart, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate subcommittee on anti-trust and monopoly, to open hearings, declaring the industry ignored warnings from President Johnson and members of Congress to keep prices from rising substantially. Of HAVANA (AP) — The Soviet Union sent a team of economic experts to Havana last November at Fidel Castro's request to try to help straighten out Cuba's enonomy, informed European Communists in Havana report. The sources said the Russian team's unannounced visit was to review Cuban economic plans for the next three years. They added that the Cuban-Soviet trade agreement for this year, which is part of the three-year plan, has not yet been signed, but this is expected later this month. son's elation were evident, rded, "The critical period lasts as well, long as tne patient lives," Dr Shumway said, explaining tha and 'he body could reject a foreign organ months or even years aft er it entered the body. Kasperak is being given drugs to suppress the rejection mecha nism. Chronic viral myocarditis, an infection that the steelworker contracted perhaps 10 years ago, had been arrested, the doctors explained. But his heart muscle continued to turn into fibrous tissue and enlarge. He had been suffering chronic leartfailure for the past two years and was forced to quit work 18 months ago. A severe episode put him in the hospital hree weeks ago. Dr. Harrison said the patient 'was in severe heart failure" at the time of the transplant, to which he had consented if a suitable donor could be found. Mrs. White, a camper and water skier, had no history of serious illness before she suffered t stroke on Friday, the day after her 22nd wedding anniversary, and lapsed into a coma. She was kept alive by artifi Jumper Raps OEO Revamp cers are "100 percent dissatisfied with Jermstad's plan. "The reason is that 'under the plan, local control of poverty programs would be extremely limited. 'Our firm belief is that the Jermstad plan is based on improper interpretation of the Green Amendment." * * * . Jumper said he personally is See OEO on Page 3 cial respiration and drugs but the family doctor and a specialist told her husband, there was no hope. Bill, VATICAN CITY (AP) - Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, the most powerful ultra-conservative in the Roman Catholic Church, has resigned from the church's central administration and Pope Paul VI has accepted the resignation, the Vatican announced today. The Pope named Franjo Cardinal Seper of Yugoslavia, 62, to replace the 77-year-old Cardinal Ottaviani as secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the former Holy Office and the most powerful single agency in the Vatican Curia, the church's central administration. Bill (Charles W.) White and his wife had talked about heart transplantations a week before. ''How marvelous," she said, "to See HEART on Page 3 Calling a plan to revamp Arkansas' Office of Economic Opportunity programs "extremely premature," Gary Jumper, director of Mississippi County OEO programs, today said poverty officials opposed to the plan soon hope to have a federal ruling on the amendment which has sparked the controversy. Friday, State OEO Director lien Jermstad announced a plan to place the state's 75 Bounties in 24 poverty regions. The state currently has 48 coun- :ies participating in the program through 24 agencies. Jermstad said a law — called :he Green Amendment — recently adopted by Congress requires reorganization of community action programs in the state "Generally we believe the amendment refers to county udges or mayors and we have a meeting set up Feb. 19 and ! Hospital. 0 at our regional office at Aus- j Born in Wardsville, Ontario, in at which time we hope to | Canada, she had lived here since et an interpretation from the' 1909. ; : Washingon office j She was a member of the "Actually we've got nothing j F ' r st Christian Church. Mrs. Brandon Rites Are 2 Tuesday Mrs. Effa Grindell Brandon, 92, the widow of H.R. Brandon, died last night in Chickasawba to discuss right now. When we I Sne 'eaves a daughter, ;;Mrs. get the interpretation, then wei AIbert Taylor of Blytheville; can get together to carry out f Two sisters, Mrs. George Hub- the directives of the national of-1 bar< * of Blytheville and Mrs. fice," Jumper said his morn- A - E - Hutle y of Memphis; ;-n ' Anrf fwn ffran^philHron Jumper said he and the four other Arkansas Association of Community Action Agency offi- mg Fire Destroys Old Manila School Building Sunday By Jack Tipton The old 10 room Manila high school building was destroyed by a fire of undetermined origin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Firemen from Leachville aided the Manila crew as both teams fought the blaze for more than two hours bringing it under control despite trouble with frozen water mains. Heal from the fire heavily buildings located 150 feet south of the burning high school. Fire chief Johnny Cullins said "We could not have saved the building but could have prevented as much damage to the primary buildings as was done had we not had near • zero damaged the primary grade sand dollars. weather." Leslie Speck, superintendent of Manila schools, said the loss amounted to several thou- And two grandchildren. Services will, be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Ira Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Elmwcod Cemetery. .'J .;•Pallbearers will be Dick Watson, John McDowell, Harmon Taylor, L.E. Old, B.F. Brogdon and Joe McHaney. iNiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuninniniiiiiiiiuiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiii) Weather Forecast j Cloudy and not so cold tqnight;! with a chance of sleet and snow;[ developing from west. Tuesday ' cloudy with slowly rising temperatures and occasional freezing rain, sleet and snow, but changing rain in south portion. Low tonight teens north to 20s south.

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