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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 253 BLTTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Dateline — January 12 ~~ LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An influential member o£ the Young Democrats Clubs of Arkansas said Thursday night he feels positive that a resolution will be introduced at a state YDC meeting next month calling for an immediate meeting of the state Democratic Committee. The prominent YDC member said he felt that 75 per cent of the organization's members would be in favor of a resolution. "We've got to find out who's running the party and let someone carry the ball," he said. "I'd like to see the members of the committee locked into a room and fight it out." BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - U. S. Ambassador Chester Bowles has promised Cambodia the United States "will do. everything to avoid acts of aggression against Cambodia," according to a joint communique issued today at the end of Bowies' five-day mission to Phnom Penh. At the same time, the Soviet Union moved quickly to oppose any agreement Bowles and Prince Norodom Sihanouk might have reached to restrict the use of Cambodian territory by the Vietnamese Communists. LITTLE ROCK (AP)—The attorney general's office informed Mrs. L. W. Waters of Osceola Thursday that no one can legally reduce the penalty on any delinquent property taxes and added that a ten per cent penalty is mandatory. Mrs. Waters is Mississippi County delinquent personal property tax collector. ft MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP)—Gov. George Romney began today his New Hampshire primary campaign in a drive to defeat former Vice President Richard M. Nixon, his GOP presidential rival. "I'm used to below zero weather,"' said Romney who faced the numbing cold along with polls showing Nixon favored by New Hampshire Republicans. "It's great to be here and I'm looking forward to the contest," the Michigan governor said. Even his campaign manager admitted the odds are not good in that contest. The opponent, Nixon, has not yet announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the White House, and does not plan to begin his New Hampshire campaign until Feb. 3. ' JJ Rips Away At Faubus . LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Jim Johnson said Thursday he was "shocked at the audacity" of former Gov. Orval Faubus' "questioning Jim Johnson's method of making a living." Johnson said Faubus' take home pay as governor for 12 years was only slightly more than $600 a month but that he had a $250,000 to $300,000 home," newspaper facilities, a village of log cabins and a foundation for the Faubus library. Faubus said Wednesday night Johnson's only source of income, as far as he could see, was retainer fees - from the "Rockefeller organization." Johnson said the charges were "utterly ridiculous." "Truth is not one of Faubus' virtues," Johnson said. He recalled that it was Faubus who said that just because he said something didn't make it so. 'Faubus is a convincing liar, the people want to get on with the job .of "filling the vacancy that exists out there in the governor's office." He also said he thought it was foolish to continue answering Faubus. Johnson said he did not think Faubus would do anything politically in 1968. Johnson saic Faubus would not run for governor because "the statute ol limitations have not run on his official actions" as governor am because "I'm convinced he can't get enough votes for election in any race." Landowner Dies at 70 Darrol Whitcomb McDearman 70, prominent west of Blytheville landowner and farmer, Memphis yesterday morning. A native of Halls, Tenn., he moved to nearby Huffman at but of course he's had a lot of I the age of 6 experience at that," Johnson H e attended Blytheville High said. Johnson said Faubus began making charges during the 1966 Democratic primary and he continued to make them because he could not face the fact "that every candidate Orval Faubus touched last year fell by the wayside." "That includes Claude Carpenter, Bruce Bennett and Frank Holt," Johnson said. Carpenter was defeated for lieutenant governor, Bennett for attorney general and Holt for governor in the Democratic primary races. Johnson also said he thinks School where he was a member of the championship 1914 football team. During the 1920's he was in the automobile business and was in partnership with the Parkhurst Co. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Veatrice McDearman. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Alvis Carpenter and Rev. Martin Wilkinson officiating. Burial, Cobb Funeral Home In charge, will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Schools' Exams Are Next Week Blytheville public school semester examinations will be given next week, according to L. D. Harris, assistant superintendent for instruction. Blytheville High School will give exams Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Blytheville Junior High School exams will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; And Harrison High School will hold exams Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Harris said. Harrii laid n* schools will be •j dismissed next Friday as had been planned earlier in the year. "The school c a 1 e n d a r had scheduled this day as teachers' recording day with no students' attending, but since schools had to be dismissed three days this month due to icy weather, teachers will do their recording Friday after school or Saturday morning," Harris said. When asked about elementary schools giving mams,. Harrii said while they do not give formal exams some form of testing will be given next week. BEEFING FOR WAVE OF ATTACKS ON OUTPOSTS? RED INFILTRATION STEPPING UP By BOB HORTON AP Military Write' WASHINGTON (AP) - North Vietnam is sending troops around the western end of the Demilitarized Zone into Laos in bigger than usual numbers, military sources report. Officers say the development means Hanoi is making sure its embattled units in South Vietnam get adequate fighting replacements for action during the favored dry weather period. Officers said Thursday they also expect the Communists are beefing up for a wave of attacks on U.S. and allied outposts, especially in South Vietnam's northernmost provinces, in the next few weeks. The gathering of Communist forces in Laos—a heavily infiltrated area—also is being construed by some military men as evidence North Vietnam isn'l really sincere in what appeared to be a recent peace feeler by Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh. Best available figures at the Pentagon show four to five ene my divisions roaming within 50 miles of the DM and around its western end in Laos—a point of end-around infiltration. Most units have been there some time. This would range between 32,000 and 50,000 troops. In addition, sources report, there are indications additional units have been filtering into that area. The Pentagon, asked about-re sorts of a serious buildup, refused to comment on what intelligence reports show about enemy activity north and west of She DMZ. This is standard practice. But sources said implications that a massive invasion is imminent appear to be ill-founded at this point. Latest infiltration figures show the North Vietnamese moved 600 troops—by actual count, according to sources— nto South Vietnam in December. But in addition, prisoner information from other sources showed 3,500 to 5,000 troops probably infiltrated. It takes weeks for intelligence people to check out the "probable" figure. This number generally turns out to be accurate, if not conservative. "We can expect attacks in the next few weeks against such places as Khe San, Dak To and other areas" in the northern and 'central highlands of South Vietnam, ah officer stated. Similar: actions in the past lave come in what is loosely ermed file'spring offensive of he Communists. This officer felt the manpower Buildup beyond what is normal- y noted in Laos probably is re- See VIETNAM on Page 2 GRUMPY GEESE-K such" a thing is possible, the geese at Walker Park are probably are disgruntled with the weather. Not only is swimming in the park pond frigid . , jt is impossible in spots. According to weather forecasts, winter is not about to re- lease its icy grip on the section. Up to two inches of snow by tomorrow has been forecast. Needless to say, not only the geese, but also the humans are hoping the weather man is all wet. (Courier News Photo) A Generous Public Responds to is being left alone for a half hour each school day, said he will investigate having the eldest son's schedule arranged so he can be at home about the same time the father leaves for bis job (about 3 p:m.). A Courier. News .story .on:pov-1 successful. : ., erty has brought an immediate | A Blytheville educator, response from a generous ->• > reading that a bedfast lie. On Monday, the newspaper published a story on the ppor by Editor Harry A. H a i n e s. Since then, telephone calls have come to the office with offers of help. "Actually, many of these good people have been helping the poor on a continuing basis by giving to the Mississippi County Union Mission," H a i n e s explained. "However, some callers expressed the desire to become personally involved with assistance. They may call the Mission (PO 3-8380) for names and addresses of families who are in dirt need." A member of Blytheville's jons Club noted that the story jointed out that one small boy lad a crossed eye. "The Lions sight conserva- ;ion program will see to it that this boy has an operation," a spokesman for the club said, ie said the operation is almost routine and is virtually always Several offers have-been made to assist a Mexican family, which was mentioned in the article. A ton of coal,, plus food and clothing 'have been given the family, which is motherless and includes six children. (See related editorial on Page 16.) . WR Gets His Wish By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller will officially gain control of a major state board for the first time since taking office a year ago when the resignations of three state Penitentiary Board members become effective Sunday. The Republican governor has been embroiled in virtual constant controversy ever since he took office in a state.tradition- ally dominated by a Democratic party power structure. Although a state law labels the governor, it is almost a misnomer in this case since Rockefeller took office after the 12-year resign of. Orval Faubus who appointed a majority of the present state board and commission members. The. Senate's approval of more than 90 Faubus appointees the day before Rockefeller was inaugurated irked the .GOP chief. executive and set the stage, for some, .stormy verbal battles between the governor and the legislature.. The governor .charged at that time that it had been the policy turnovers for. members of the boards and commissions to resign and allow the new man to fill the slots with persons of his choosing. Rockefeller the Faubus said he thought appointees owed urn the courtesy to resign but a Democratic official said the governor was incorrect in assuming that such a policy of resignation had existed. Regardless of whether such a policy existed, the resignations by the Penitentiary Board fulfilled Rockefeller's earlier wishes. The governor would not classify the action as a victory the day the letters of resignation were submitted, but it did solve the impasse between him and the board over the appointment of Thomas 0. Murton.:as state prison superintendent..., • Tfie board members who submitted their resignations effective Jan. 14 were chairman Jeff Wood ef Cabot, Grady Woolley of El Dorado and L.M. Greene of Siloam Springs. The term of a fourth member, R. E. Jeter of Wabhaseka, expires the same, day, thus giving Rockefeller every position on the board. The fifth member is John •Haley, a young attorney frpin Little Rock, who is a Rockefeller appointee. . '.'• Erwin Barger, an aide to 1h« governor, says Rockefeller has about 40 appointments to make' to various boards and commissions during January as termi for some members 1 expire. . •'* llllllllllllllllllllllllllinillilllllllllllllllllllllllllljllllllllllllllllllll Weather Forecast 7 Intermittent light snow and snow flurries continuing over the state tonight arid Saturday. Occasional light rain east'chang- ing to intermittent light show tonight. Continued cloudy and cold through Saturday; Low tonight near 20 northwest to 38 southeast, i Local snow accumulations up to two inches. Nllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllillllllllllllllllllllllillllllllllllllllllllllllillllt •Nix to Commission. Hearings Judge Rules Against WR LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller has lost another court battle. Pulaski ruled Thursday that the governor's proposal to conduct hearings- into alleged wrongdoings by members of the state Game and Fish Commission was illegal. . • , Jernigan made the ruling in and Fish Commission members :o test the legality of Rockefeller's proposal. A temporary injunction, pre-! was not self-executing and flat venting Rockefeller and four; enabling legislation was needed persons named by him as a panel to conduct the hearings, to implement the section. He said "confusion and non- was issued the same day the commissioners' suit was filed. Jernigan indicated he would issue a permanent injunction against Rckefeller and the panel members, Rockefeller had intended to remove the commissioners under Section 5 of Amendment 35. Jernigan said, however, that the section of the amendment uniformity would or could exist" without enabling legislation to establish rules. Rockefeller appointed three former presidents of the Arkan- i Bar Association—Heartsill Ragon of Fort Smith, Courtney C. Crouch of Springdale and to hear his, as yet unnamed, charges against commissioners. The governor had appointed H. W. McMillan of Arkadelphia to prepare his case and present the evidence against the commissioners. "This court certainly recognizes-the eminent qualifications of the personnel of the hearing offceirs and the evidence officer selected by the governor," Jernigan said. "And that in the instant matter they would,, -no doubt, conduct a hearing based on accepted judicial standards; however, it is not a test to what would be done in the instant now or at any future time, regardless of whomever is seated in the governor's chair." Russian Pans Barnard By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The two survivors among the world's five heart transplant patients both were reported improved today, and Soviet scientists announced they had worked on their transplant techniques by creating a two-headed dog. Soviet Health Minister Boris V. Petrovsky said, however, he is not satisfied with the safety of Burglars Enter Four Businesses OFF AND RUNNING-Mrs. L. H. Autry, widow of former State Rep. L. H. Autry, drawn for her position on the ballot M Election Commission Chairman Bill Wunderiich looks on, Mrs. Autry drew position one on th* ballot for the Jan. 30 special election to'fill the seat vacated by the death of her husband. Her only opponent, Ed Allison, state Young Republicans president, was not present for the drawing. (Courier News Photo) The Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. garage on South Elm was forcibly entered the night of Jan. 9 when thieves broke open a door to gain access, according to Chief of Police George Ford. Although the storage areas were pilfered, nothing could be determined as missing, he said. The following night three more establishments, Grabers Department Store, and Cobb Funeral Home both located on West Main, and the Rolle Dome in Walker Park, were burglarized, Ford said. Graber's was entered through a skylight and an undetermined amount of men's, women's and children's clothing was tak- I en as well as several pieces of 1 luggage and some change from a soft drink machine. The funeral home burglars let, themselves in through an unlocked garage door, Ford said, and took an undetermined amount of cash from the office. At the Roller Dome, entrance was gained by breaking the glass in the front door, and approximately $120 mostly in change, was reported missing, he said. Detective Sgt. R. J. Cox and Det. C. S. Webb, Hie investi- have a suspect in the Walker Park break-in, but that no leads have been uncovered In the other burglaries. 1 human heart transplants and criticized South African heart I surgeon Christiaan Barnard. I Other medical news included three new kidney transplants and a teen-age girl rescued from critical condition by use of an artificial heart pump. Groote Schuur Hospital ^ in Cape Town, South Africa, said Dr. Barnard's second heart transplant patient, Dr. Philip Blaiberg, has improved after a brief setback in which fluid appeared around his new heart The fluid was drained and 'no more has appeared, the hospital bulletin said. . In bis llth day after the trahsr plant operation, Blaiberg, 58, a retired dentist, "is once more sitting up in bed, dangling his feet over the side, and the sore throat that has been troubling him has unproved considerably," the hospital added. i In Stanford, Calif., Mike Kasperak is in his seventh day with a transplanted heart and doctors appeared so pleased with his progress that a regular See HEART on Pag* I

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