The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 26, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, August 26, 1966
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BLYTHEVUXE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 1ST BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72816) FRIDAY. AUGUST 26,1966 TIN CENTS 14 PAGES Controls Hurt Cotton DALLAS (AP)-Cottoh could regain a better share of the market if the federal government would drop its control of prices and production of the crop, Farm Bureau spokesmen from Texas and Oklahoma said Thursday. They spoke at an Agriculture Department hearing on a proposed cotton promotion program which would be financed by a voluntary fl-a-bale charge to producers. Supporters of the proposal say such a program is needed for cotton producers to offset recent market encroachments by synthetic textiles. Congress has approved the proposal but producers must give their consent in a referendum before the program can begin. C. H. Devaney of Waco, president of the Texas Farm Bureau, said that "Synthetic fibers are free from production and price controls and they will continue to take cotton's markets as long as cotton's production and price is managed, as it has been managed in the past." Presbyterians Sign Contract On New Church Work is to begin "sometime next month on a new sanctuary and educational building for First Presbyterian Church. A construction contract was signed this week between the church and Ben White and Sons. After work begins, the construction period is to be about eight months. The new structure will be located at Highland and Tenth. Eighteen classrooms, a fellowship hall and a kitchen will be included in the educational department. The sanctuary will provide seating for 375. Off - street parking is included j in the project. The church built its present sanctuary at Main and Fifth in 1924. A committee is to be appointed soon to arrange for the sale of the Main Street property. By HOWARD BENEDICT AP Aerospace Writer CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (P) — "It was a great flight and we're looking forward to flying on the vehicle ourselves on Apollo 1." Speaking in a joint statement were the astronauts who may be circling the globe next Christmas in a three-man Apollo moonship. The three are Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, who traveled into space in both the Mercury and Gemini programs; Air Rev. Mayo Gosnell Gets New Pastor Rev. S. M. Mayo has been named new pastor of GosneU Baptist Church and will take over duties there on Sept. 25. He succeeds Rev. Bill Kries, who accepted a pastorate in Ll Rev. Mayo is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This summer, he is completing work on his doctor of theology degree at Southwestern Semi- college nary. During his years in and in the seminary, he has as pastor of churches In Illinois and However he has Error in Raid; Battle Raging LONG SPAN — Europe's longest bridge now spans the Tagus River at Lisbon, Portugal's capitol. The central span of the 7,472- foot bridge is 320 feet above the river and the twin towers rise 620 feet. The bridge begun in 1962, was completed six months ahead of schedule by some 3,000 Portuguese workers and 100 American engineers. By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force Su- persabre jet fighters dropped fiery napalm by error today on soldiers of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division fighting a savage jungle battle against 500 Viet Cong only 20 miles north of Saigon. The accidental strike took a heavy toll of infantrymen. Some reports said seven Americans were killed and more than 20 wounded. Maj. Gen. William E. De Puy, division commander, flew to Saigon to give newsmen an account of the bombing. De Puy absolved the Air Force called of blame for what "this unfortunate he palming of our own troops." He said the infantrymen called close" in air to their strikes "very own positions, but "we did not ask for napalm on our own troops." Dt Puy said, 'It was a rough battle in which we killed more of them than they killed of us, but o. as many as we would have liked to have killed. "As of now, we have 53 VC (Viet Cong) dead." De Puy said the enemy toll would mount as his men pushed through the jungle area and by repeated air assaults and, Viet Cong outfits in the field; artillery barrages. De Puy said the napalm was dropped only five minutes after a fight between men of the division — the Big Red One — and elements of the crack Viet Cong battalion. It occurred north of Lai Khe near north-south Highway 16 where three battalions of t he division pursued the Comu- nists who had engaged the American infantrymen in a bloody fight through the day Thursday. The enemy unit was identified as the "Phu Loi Battalion," re- found bodies of Viet Cong killed | puted to be one of the toughest Enraged Man Kills 5, Wounds 2 By THOMAS STEWART NEW HAVEN, Conn. (P) A jilted suitor shot five persons to death and wounded two others early today in the home of his girlfriend's mother. The goateed gunman entered the home of Mrs. Marcy McClease, firing a carbine, then walked unhurriedly out of the door and drove off, leaving dead and dying in almost every room of the six-room apartment, police said. New Haven detectives said the 26-year-old man sought used the names Arthur Davis and Willie. Davis, and was captured .by New Jersey State Police in the Trenton area after a 45-mile chase. The driver offered no resis- tance, and police said they found two loaded weapons in the car — a 30-caliber carbine and a 32-caliber automatic pistol. Davis was held as a fugitive ant 1 . New Haven detectives said they would send men to New Jersey to pick him up later in the day. He was taken to New Jersey turnpike patrol headquarters hi New Brunswick, N.J. A woman, who had watched from her window as the killer left the apartment, said he wore a cowboy hat and seemed in no hurry to get away. "He justjy.aljted.ajong,_.s\ving- ing that gun with one hand," said Mary Menchacha. Moments later, she said, a boy who had survived the blood- bath ran from the apartment screaming "Somebody please help me! Please help me! They're all dead!" The shootings occurred in a City-run housing project in the Negro section of New Haven. All of those involved were Negroes, police said. * * * Besides Mrs. McClease, 51, those slain were all friends of her family: Neil White, 55, of Dover, N.C.; Richard Leathers, 27, of New Haven; and Caroline Sykes, 24, and her son, Michael, 5 also .of New Haven. One., of. Mrs. McClease's daughters, Francynfe, 14, suffered a stomach wound and was reported in critical condition. Troy Sykes, 4, son of Mrs. Sykes, was wounded in Hie chin but was reported in satisfactory condition. The only persons in the apartment to come through the ordeal unscathed were one of Mrs. McClease's daughters, Leatrice McClure, 26, and Royal McClease, 12. The survivors said Davis had been demanding for days to know the whereabouts of his former girl friend, another of Mrs. McClease's daughters, Gloria Baskerville. After breaking up with Davis, they, said, Mrs. Basketville moved to Boston but this information was kept from Davis. Boston police, alerted to the slayings, put a force of officers into the neighborhood where Mrs. Baskerville has been staying. "He was angry because my older sister left him," said Loretta Henderson, another of Mrs. McClease's daughters. "He was very upset about it, and I think he just 'went off or something." • Mrs. Henderson said she had been at her mother's apartment until about an hour before the slayings. Davis had been there too, she said. Mrs. McClease's estranged husband, Leroy McClease, said he heard of the slaughter on the radio, when only the address at which the shootings had occurred was known. When he called his wife's apartment,'he said, a policeman answered. Astronauts Re For Next Force Lt. Col. Edward H. White II, America's first space walker, and Navy Lt. Rogert B. Chaffee. The trio watched Thursday as a mammoth Saturn 1 rocket blaze into the sky on the start of a flight that apparently passed a significant milestone in the U.S. Apollo man-to-the-moon program. The rocket, the nation's most powerful, hurled an unmanned Apollo moonship over a blistering suborbital course that carried it three- quarters of the AA Celebrates 20th Blytheville Birthday An important birthday will be | The spokesman called this observed this weekend, and, though the pleased as celebrants are as (unspiked) punch, they will observe a careful anonymity, as is their custom. ville's chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous. A.A. is 20 years old in Blytheville this week. A spokesman for the organization said yesterday that over 500 people in the area—men and women of all ages and social states—have been members during this period.. "Of these, 50 per cent have abstained from drinking ever since joining," the spokesman said. "That means in most cases total abstinence for a decade or more. "Another 25 per cent have from time to time wavered and slipped, but eventually they, too, came to live a life of abstinence. "The remaining 25 per cent were not helped. They didn't record "fantastic, when you consider that alcoholism is both an obsession of the mind and an allergy of the body." Recounting the history of the Name of the group? Blythe- organization here, he recalled that "a beaten man, whose hope was all gone" contacted members of the Memphis A. A. hi August, 1946, about forming a chapter of the group in Blytheville. Such a group was almost immediately chartered. "His efforts were rewarded This man is not only a fine example to other alcoholics, but he is holding a position of direct importance to the city and performing it soberly and well." Members of the local A.A. chapter will observe the anniversary soberly but with gaiety. They will eat catfish steaks tomorrow night at the A. A. clubroom on Second, turn on the "Beatle Box" for a dance, and play games. The group has planned slmi- IK acUviU* for Sunday way around the world to a safe parachute landing hi the Pacific Ocean. The flight was intended to qualify the spacecraft and the Saturn 1 for launching Grissom, White and Chaffee into earth orbit in December to start an all-out drive to land astronauts on the moon in 1968. Before they go into space, two more two-man Gemini flights, in September and October, will conclude that second-generation program. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported that preliminary evaluation of data indicated no problems with the Saturn 1 and only a few minor ones with the spacecraft. Dr. George E. Mueller, NASA associate administrator for manned space flight, reported all objectives apparently were met on the flight but that a detailed analysis would not be available for about three weeks He said all information must be studied before committing the next Apollo flight to a manned mission. He expects a decision in October or November. Meanwhile, the three astronauts will train with the expectation that they will be in orbit for up to 14 days in December. Sources report NASA is aiming for a mid-December launching. On that schedule, Grissom, White and Chaffee would be in orbit on Christmas. The spacecraft survived. a searing dive Thursday back through the earth's atmosphere from a peak altitude of 706 miles. Its heat shield protected it from temperatures that ranged up to 2,700 degrees. The spacecraft on launch weighed 28 toni, the heaviest ever sent into space by the United States, the Wt ton cabin section in which astronauts will §•• SPACE M Pap l__ GOOD MILEAGE — A unique power plant high on a Wyoming mountain gets it's first refueling in almost four years. The nuclear installation located at Sundance, Wyo., is the Air Force's only nuclear plant and provides power for radar equipment in the Air Defense Command's electronic warning and air de- fense services for the northern hemisphere. ' It has generated more than 16 million kilowatt-hours of electrical power from an initial fuel load of some 57 pounds of uranium 235 since it went into operation in October, 1962. Refueled, it will continue operating until 1971. Scientists May Slow Hurricane By BEN FUNK MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Hurricane Faith, smashing across the northern fringers of the Leeward Islands, edged closer today toward a target area where man may make the first sustained effort to tame the terror of the tropics. Scientists from Washington and California began converg- ng on Florida, ready to bombard Faith with silver iodide crystals if she thrashes into a selected target area sprawling across the Atlantic just north of the storm's present position. A northward swing already lad taken the lower Leeward Islands out of the area of greater danger, lessened the peril to Puerto Rico, and Increased the chance that Faith would become a historic guinea pig. "There's an outside chance that wt can teed her tomtr- row," said Dr. Cecil Gentry, alternate director of the U.S. government's Project Stormfu- ry. "The chances will be better Sunday. Our forces are being assembled in Florida, ready to go if we get the required cooperation from Faith." Past experiments in the 10- year old project have indicated that a silver iodide bombardment may rob a hurricane of some of the energy it draws from heat and moisture. Water forms around the particles, freezes and falls, releasing the heat fueling the hurricane's engine. At 8 a.m., the hurricane, was near the British island of An- gullla In the miles east of Leewards, San Juan, 220 the Puerto Rican capital, and about 1,300 miles east-southeast of the nearest U.S. mainland city, Miami' This track would take the hurricane's eye 50 to 75 miles to the north of San Juan. Since hurricane-force winds reached out only 25 miles in the weak southern side of the storm, it appeared that San Juan would escape a dangerous blow. The greater peril there and through the upper Leewards would come from 8-to 10-foot tides pounding over the coasls and heavy rain expected to drench the islands in the wake of the storm. If Faith goes into the Project Stormfury area, she will be hit time and again by seeding planes flying in relays from the U.S. Navy base at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. In the past, only one-shoot seeding efforts have been made against hurricanes. This time a sustained bombardment, is ox- See WEATHER on Page a Severe losses were repored on both sides as a result of the lighting but no official figures were disclosed. At one point on the battlefield, 45 Viet Cong bodies were counted. Lt. : Col. Seorge M. Wallace, of Char- tottesville, Va., comander of one of the battalions involved, said the Communists had BSe'n severely punished. • Among the American -dead were a battalion commander and two company commanders. The U.S. forces were backed up by artillery and heavy tanks in addition to air power. The heavy fighting tapered off at nightfall, but the Americans jressed a search for the enemy oday. •:. '"-• In the air war on Communist North Viet Nam, U.S. warplanes 'pllowed up their record strikes Vednesday at supply and trans- >ort facilities with renewed -at* acks Thursday, the U.S. Military Command reported. f ~;-.\A spokesman said Navy A4 Skyhawks from the carrier-USS Constellation hit oil facilities 30 miles northeast of Vinh. Pilots reported large secondary explosions and saw one fireball about 150 feet in diameter. On the political scene, South Viet Nam's two-week national election campaign opened .officially today, leading up to the crucial balloting Sept. 11 for a national assembly to write a national constitution. The Saigon government,-with American backing, is plumping for a large turnout of the 5 million eligible voters, and there were signs that interest among the electorate was picking up. In an" attack apparently connected with their pledge to disrupt the elections by terror and intimidation, the Viet Cong ma- chinegunned a police checkpoint today in a residential secton of Saigon. A police source said ;hree policemen were killed, and three Vietnamese marines and three Vietnamese civilians were wounded. The initial contact between he American infantrymen and he Viet Cong was made by a company of the 1st Division' patrolling Highway 16 north of the capital city. It came under murderous fire and reported moderate to heavy :asualties, indicating it was lard hit. U.S. artillery bombarded the Communist positions, and rein- orcemtnts moved up in armored personnel carriers — ome of which were reported hit iy enemy recoilless-rifle fire. Heavy tanks rumbled into the •attle, and Air Force fighter- See VIET NAM on Page 3 tailey Gets Stay 3f Execution LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Luther lailey of Woodson, who nas een on Tucker Prison Farm's eath row longer than anyone Ise, won a new stay of execu- on Thursday from the Arkanas Supreme Court. Bailey, a Negro, was con- icted of raping a ..white Little lock woman in 1955. He has een kept from the state's lectric chair several times be- ause of stays. He was sched- led to die Sept. 2. The court set no terminal ate for the stay. Bailey's latest effort is based n a U.S. Supreme Court deci- ion on proper police procedure making arrests and taking onfessions. The court said the elay would allow Bailey's «t- orneys time to attack the- !e- ality of Bailey's confession, or elve into any other defenses it ought to offer. .-••.?: Weof her Forecast Clear to partly cloudy-and warmer today and Saturday. High today: 8048; lowl tonight: 58-66; high Saturday: 8492. 'Sunday: increasing cloudiness and continued warm. ''!•"?

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