The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 11, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 11, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 252 BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS D. BOONE SPECIAL—V. R. Russell, teacher at Sudbury around their house. Stark has been using them to build his School, had a good laugh with C, L. Stark, school custodian, own muzzle-loading shotgun. . ."just like ole Dan'l Boone's." when Stark realized that Mrs. Stark finally will discover (Courier News Photo) what has become of all the odds and ends disappearing from CL Stark Makes ... What Dan'l Didn't Have By Herb Wight Managing Editor When C.L. Stark talks, he comes on like a delightful mixture of Gunsmoke's "Chester" and "Festus." The custodian at Sudbury School, Stark has a slow drawl that sparkles with witticisms, and—like Festus—he's good with a gun. In fact, not only was he an Army pistol expert during World War Two, he is so good with a gun that not too long ago he decided to make his own ... a muzzle-loading shotgun. And make jt he did. It took about two months of his spare time, a great deal of skill and a passle of parts nobody would dream would ever end up on a gun. A study of the list of parts Manes Addresses Kiwanis Club Donald S. Manes, consultant to the city planning commission, told ' the local Kiwanis Club yesterday that upon termination of the Central Urban Renewal (UR) Project now nearing completion, Blytheville will have benefited from direct improvements totaling approximately $1.4 million. Indirectly, he said, Urban Renewal has stimulated private investment of about $9 million to correct and restore substandard areas. Looking to the future, Manes said that two more programs, jthe Downtown and the Southside UR projects, were still in the survey and planing stage but that work could begin on them as soon as final approval is given by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Final UR goals in Blytheville will take some 15 years to .reach completion, Manes continued, but once reached, the city will not only be able to better serve the population of 45,000 anticipated to be living here by 1980, but also attract more industry vital to any city's continued growth. reveals that no one piece of the muzzle-loader originally came from another gun. For example: The pad for the butt of the gun is a worn-out blackboard eraser. The stock was made from two pieces of two-by-six, lumber. Why two pieces?" Stark grinned and drawled, "Well, the wood was supposed to be a header for the kitchen door. It was either two pieces for the door or the gun. And the ole lady was a watchm* so I got another piece for the gun." The trigger guard is a used screen door handle. The plunger mechanism—that strikes the firing cap—came from a Model-T Ford clutch and a spring Erom a clock. The trigger is a little plastic clip such as is used to fasten a TV antenna wire to the back of a TV set. It is mounted on top of the stock. To cock the gun, you pull back the plunger mechanism and fasten it in the jaws of the clip. To fire, you simply press down on the clip with your thumb, releasing the plunger. The clock spring drives the plunger forward toward the powder chamber. The powder chamber? It's a bronze king-pin bushing from a Bowles Says. Cambodian Invasion Not Planned by US PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian officials said today Ambassador Chester Bowles has assured Prince No- rodom Sihanouk the United States intends to respect the neutrality and territorial integrity of Cambodia and has no intention of launching any attacks agaist his country. The officials said Bowles, the U.S. ambassador to India, and Prince Sihanouk, the Cambodian chief of state, also agreed their governments would do everything possible to foster good relations with each other. Bowles, sent by President Johnson to discuss the problem of Vietnamese Communist forces taking refuge on Cambodian territory, was to lunch today with the prince. . Tht American envoy is scheduled to leave Friday. Cambodian officials said the first meeting between Bowles and Sihanouk Wednesday was The Cambodian foreign office already has announced that it approves a U.S. offer of two helicopters for use by the International Control Commission set up by the 1954 Geneva conference to supervise the Indochina armistice agreements. A Cambodian note to the Australian Embassy said, however, that the three-nation comniis- White Gets School Job Gosnell School has awarded a contract to build a four classroom addition to the present 63-room complex to Ben White Construction Co. of Blytheville. The local company was awarded the contract yesterday after submitting the low bid of $59,000, winning over only other company to offer a bid, Anderson, Spcnce and Son Construction Co. of Osceola, who asked sion as well as Britain and Russia, cochairmen of the Geneva conference, must decide whether to accept the helicopters, which the United States offered so the commission could patrol Cambodia's border with South Vietnam. The United States would like to see the commission keep an eye out for Communist forces crossing into Cambodia, but there is considerable doubt that the Polish 'member of the commission or the Russians will permit this. In Washington, Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield told s reporter conversations with President Johnson have convinced him that the United States will not permit U.S. and South Vietnamese forces to pursue Communist forces from Vietnam into Cambodia "It would be tragedy compounded on tragedy," said the Montana senator."! corr.mend the President for his unyielding attitude to lb*t respect." car. (Stark didn't remember what vintage.) The plunger has to strike something to ignite the powder in the chamber and Stark uses a device that would have turned Buffalo Bill green .with envy . . . a cap . . . such as little boys shoot in cap pistols. • The barrel of the gun used to be an old gas pipe. "It got tod hot when I fired it very much," Stark drawler, "so one day I was lookin' in a catalogue and*' saw a gun that had an air-cooled barrel. "I said to myself, That's what I'm agonna put on my gun.'. "I started lookin' around and I found this piece of trim stand- See STARK on Page 3 95-ltem Special Session Planned Ira Gray Rites Set Ira Gray, 80, of 403 North Broadway, died yesterday at Doctor's Hospital. He was a native of Tennessee, moving to Blytheville 50 years ago, and was a member of the First Methodist Church. In addition to his wife, Lura H. Gray of Blytheville, he leaves two sons, Thomas Ira Gray Jr. of Washington D.C. and Hardy Gray of Blytheville; Two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Kelly of San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Moody of Memphis; Two grandsons, Bill Crowderj of Blytheville and Bob Crowder of Memphis, Tenn.; One sister, Mrs. Ethie Boston of Cooler, Mo.; Eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Virgil D. Keeley officiating, with burial in Maple Grove cemetary. Pallbearers will be Bill Crowder, Bob Crowder, B.F. Stewart, Harvey Morris, Harry Brooks and W.A. Lewis. Members of the Blytheville Library Board are honorary pallbearers. First National Elects Alex Hill Alex D. Hill, Blytheville businessman, was elected to the toard of directors of the First National Bank at their annual stockholders meeting last night, filling the vacancy created by the death of Riley B. Jones. Other directors reflected are E. M. Regenold, bank president, Charles Rose, David M. Barton, B. R. Hay's, H. H. Houchins and E. F. Still. In other business, two employees, Mrs. Shirley Underwood and Miss Christine Flanigan, were promoted to assist- tttimUert, LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller listed 95 items Wednesday that he may want considered in a "brief and constructive" special session that he is expected to call Feb. 5. The governor said he had re jected about 80 additional pro posals because the state lacke( funds needed to implement them or because he regarde< them as "not appropriate" for a special session. The proposals were broken down into three categories: Definite, Probably and Sitll Un der Consideration. He said many of the "probable" items would end up in the call, but that he wasn't sure how many of "Those Under Consideration' would, if any. The list was mailed to the state legislators in a memoran dum that said, "Although the length of the list may not in dicate it, the administration is making every effort to pare down the call to a bare minimum." The memorandum included 1! 'definites," 33 "probables" and 43 items that still are under consideration. The list of "definites" in eluded measures covering con- Lack of Wage Proposal Hit By PETE YOUNG Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - J. Bill Becker, president of the state AFL-CIO, expressed little surprise but much disappointment Wednesday when told that Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller mdn't included a minumum wage bill in his agenda for a special session planned for Feb. Not only did the governor delete the minimum wage law from the proposals, he included a local option sales tax in the list of "probable" proposals. Becker said that would take another penny from the working man's dollar. Becker said in an interview that he had talked with Rockefeller several months ago aboul the minimum wage bill, which passed in the state House during the last session, but died in the Senate. "The governor was to let us know if the bill would be included in a special session," Becker said. "He said he would let us know as soon as possible. We hsver did hear anything from him." But Becker also pointed out that the governor had never made any commitments to labor on the wage bill, although it had been included last year as an administration measure. "He made it an administration bill last time, and when the legislature adjourned, he said one of the disappointments was that the wage bill didn't pass," Becker said. Becker said the bill, which would raise hourly wages for laborers to |1.20 an hour over a three-year period, could be considered controversial, but that "it wouldn't be as controversial as some of the issues on the proposed agenda." "If we are interested, in really doing something for the poverty stricken person, this type of legislation would be a great way to combat poverty. Such a bill wouldn't help the union member," he said. Becker said he was totally op- See BILL on Page 3 Dogwood Water Assn. Will Monday W. W. Austin, secretary-treasurer of the Dogwood Community Water Association, Inc. 1 , said today the group's annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the general office of Ite Ark-Mo fount Co, stitutional reform, the state Pentitentiary, governmental efficiency, the state training schools for juveniles, the state Bank Department and reimbursements for the governor's emergency fund for monies advanced to the state Cosmetology Board, the state Governmental Efficiency Study Commission and Arkansas' Hemis Fair '68 pavilion in San Antonio, Tex. Second on that list was a bill to change the statute that knocked Lynn Davis out of the job of State Police director be cause of a residency require ment. Major proposals among the "probable" items cover repeal of a 1967 tax relief bill for industry (Act 113), a one per cent local option sales tax and toll road construction by first class cities. Still under consideration are proposals covering a merger between the University of Ar kansas and Little Rock Univer sity, a highway classification program, the jury wheel method of selecting jurors, local option sale of mixed drinks and a comprehensive state employe merit system. Eliminated from the gover^ nor's call were proposals con cerning a minimum wage law, teacher tenure, special 'elections, privileged information, modification of election laws, competitive bond binds and audits of the state Highway Commission and the Game and Fish Commission. Chain of Battles Shows VCs By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers clashed with Viet Cong arid North Vietnamese in a chain of battles Wednesday that stretched from the northern provinces to the Mekong Delta Three major engagements were reported. —U.S. infantrymen, landing Erom river assault boats on the slippery banks of a Mekong Del' ta canal, ran headon into a veteran Viet Cong battalion and killed at least 47. guerrillas in a 10-hour fight that ended early today. American losses were 18 killed and 50.wounded. —Viet Gong infantrymen charged from behind a mortar iarrage 'and. struck hard at the hilltop bivouac of a South Vietnamese battalion, in Binh Dinh Province 270 miles above Saigon, killing 14 soldiers and 10 ammunition bearers and wounding 30 soldiers. A government spokesman -said 23 guerrillas were Wiled and two were captured. U.S. air cavalrymen, fighting under the banner of the Americal Division, reported killing 28 North Vietnamese regulars and i i said 14 of their own fen were wounded in a four-hour fight in theQue Son Valley 370 miles northeast of Saigon. Only thr& of the wounded Americans hai to be evacuated The continuing Intense fighting that erupted after the New Year's truce and the aggressive tactics of the Communist forces were reflected in the U.S. Command's weekly report of casualties. An American spokesman confirmed the South Vietnamese Command's report the day before that 2,868 of the enemy were killed last week, a recon for the war. Allied losses were about average: 184 Americans killed and 1,132 wounded; South Vietnamese killed, 657 wounded and 83 missing, 19 soldiers of other allied froces killed and 36 wounded. In the Mekong Delta battle Wednesday, a company of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division's Riverine force landed from their armored landing craft and found themselves in the middle of the crack 261st Viet Cong Battalion. White the 150 infantrymen leld off more than three times as many of the enemy, the 9th Division rushed reinforcements Dateline — January 11."" CAPE TOWN (AP) - Fluid which developed around Dr. Phillip Blaiberg's transplanted heart has been removed, but "his doctors do not take a serious view of this complication," Groote Schuur Hospital announced today. "The patient's condition is not as good as yesterday," the bulletin said. "He developed some fluid around the heart. This had to be tapped. After this procedure, he feels better. His doctors do not take a serious view of this complication." Blaiberg, who underwent the world's third human heart transplant nine days ago, also has developed a slight throat infection, but it also is not considered serious, Dr. Marthinus C. Botha reported today. Botha, the immunologist on the heart surgery team at Groote Schuur, said the infection is being treated with a gargle. NEW YORK (AP) — Black Power Militant H. Rap Brown took reiuge for nearly six hours in the Cuban mission to the United Nations after he and.a .rookie.patrolman were involved in a shoving incident outside the building. The episode Wednesday evening escalated into something of a minor diplomatic incident. The mission sent a sharp note to U. N. Secretary General U Thant protesting police "mistreatment and abusive behavior." Police said the patrolman involved would go into criminal court today seeking a summons charging Brown with "harassment." BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. (AP) - A four-engine military transport plane, which last radioed it was icing and losing altitude in a blinding snowstorm, was feared down today in rugged terrain in northern Nevada. Accounts of the number of persons aboard varied. Buckley Air Field in Denver, Colo., said the plane had 18 men aboard when it took off Wednesday but the Pentagon in Washington •aid the craft carried 19. LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Black Power will be the saving pace of the United States," shouted Adam Clayton Powell. Pacing as he spoke, Powell challenged some 6,000 students it University of California at Los Angeles Wednesday to "move out and try to create a new society." The new Negro leaders "don't mind white followers but they don't want white leadership," h* declared. in by helicopter. : Gunboats, helicopter gun. ships.fighter-bombers and.artik lery hammered the Viet Cong positions in the canal-laced rice paddies 54 miles southwest of Saigon. Shortly after midnight the enemy battalion broke contact and slipped away. -: The U.S. infantrymen found 28 enemy bodies and then in a sweep beyond the battlefield- today found 21 more bodies in new graves.. ,, :::- :••In the attack on the South Vietnamese battalion in Birih Dinh Province •, enemy gunners lashed, the goverment troops with mortars and rockets. Then the Communist infantrymen attacked. Winter Hits Mission Stores Mississippi'County'Union Mission is girding: for another on« slaught of winter weather today. "This recent spell of ice and freezing weather has meant; that we've had to go deep into our supply of staple grocgries, and canned goods, clothing 'and shoes, as well as cash," Mission Supt. Paul Kirk'ndall said this morning. "The need seems W be get? ting greater and greater." Another by-product of the icy weather has been the increase in broken hones. "We've had people take so many bad falls that our stock of wheel chairs, crutches and walkers is just about nil," Kirkindall said. "We'd like to have any article or donation which can help us through this difficult time." . The Mission truck will pick up. donations. The phone number is PO 3-8380. . . Mrs. Bailey's Mother Dies 4 Mrs. Ines Spencer Rickardj J6, mother of Mrs. T. J. Bai-.. ley, Sr,, of ; Blytheville, -'djea" yesterday at Os'ceola Memorial Hospital. "" /' ."' ',. A native' of Grayville, -IB., Mrs. Rickard had been a resident of Blytheville since 1950 : She also leaves a son* Carroll E. Rickard, Memphis; a sister; Mrs, Maude Stafford, Carmi, III., four grandchildren and-ten great grandchildren. Services will be in Howard ?uneral Service chapel at 7:30 this evening, Lowell Blasingame,,; officiating. ' ' Graveside services will be at I p.m. Friday in Grayville. Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllpllllll* , Weather Forecast, Mostly cloudy tonight and Friday. Not quite so cold tonight,^, and little temperature change V.- Friday. A chance of rain- tonight, becoming more likely. Friday, Low tonight 20s and low ;o mid 30s. IIIIIIIIHIIIIIWIIMMIIIIIIWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIMIIIHii

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