The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 13, 1968 · Page 1
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 254 BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, JANUARY 13,1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS 41 Feared Dead Near DMZ Marine Copter Crashes By ROBERT D. OHMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - A big U.S. Marine helicopter crashed into a mountain south of the demilitarized zone five days ago and MAKING A TRAIL—The two-and-one-half inch snowfall last night brought out the city road grader this morning in an effort to clear city streets of the traffic-slowing white stuff. There is a possibility of one to two more inches of snow tonight, preceding a lowering of temperatures to the, teens once again. (Courier News Photo) Talks Buy Time NEW DELHI, India (AP) .This week's Phnbm Penh talks between U.S. Ambassador Chester Bowles and Prince Norodom Sihanouk appear to have bought time for efforts to solve the problem posed by Vietnamese Communists using Cambodia as a sanctuary. Both Sihanouk and the United States are concerned that the Vietnam war mgiht seep into neutral Cambodia and would like the International Control Commission given the means to patrol the border effectively. Use of Cambodian border territory by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese has led the United States to consider allowing U.S. troops to carry out hot pursuit into Cambodia. That would bring the risk that more and more fighting would occur on Cambodian soil. The Bowles-Sihanouk meeting will produce fresh diplomatic efforts to activate the ICC, which, has until now been ineffective. Established to supervise the 1954 political and territorial agreements that liquidated ttie French presence in Indochina, the ICC is composed of India, Poland and Canada. The U.S. view is that Communist Poland has prevented the commission from taking an active role in in- Penh relatively optimistic about | a possible improvement in the I Cambodian situation. He apparently feels the talks resulted in some slight improve ment in U.S.-Cambodian relations and that Sihanouk may now better understand ttie dangers of continued Communist presence in his country. A prime factor in what happens -next appears to be what India, ICC chairman, will do. Prime Minister Indira Gan- suring that Communist troops do not use Cambodian territory. Bowles returned from Phnom dhi, while calling reportedly for peace in Vietnam and a halt in U.S. bombing of the North, has said India could do little because of the stalemate on the commission. Now, however, Sihanouk has sent a note to the commission requesting it be activated in Cambodia. He is asking creation of mobile teams and establishment of fixed posts at various points in Cambodia to help keep out all foreign'forces. Foreign Office sources said that on receipt of the letter India would contact as soon as possible the Canadian and Polish governments concerning action to be taken. Authoritative American U.S. Excursions Info Cambodia Still Possible .WASHINGTON (AP) - The possibility that U.S. forces will make incursions into Cambodian territory still exists, a top U.S. foreign policy spokesman says. The necessity of self-defense will decide whether U.S. figbt- "ng men enter Cambodia to 'lush Communist troops, Asst. Secretary of State William P. Bundy said Friday. "When you have a situation where Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops are there, Bundy said at a State Department briefing, "there may arise I a situation where American forces are faced with the necessity of taking action in what is right of defending sources say the U.S. argument is thet Sihanouk's request can be granted by a majority vote of the commission, namely by India and Canada, and does not require that Poland go along. BAFB College Courses Varied The Blytheville Air Force Base branch of Southern Baptist College will conduct pre- registration for classes unti Jan. 17 and will hold forma' registration Jan. 18, according to Dean Joseph Chambers. Classes will be held four nights per week. Subjects to be offered and the night each class will be held are: Monday—with the first class Jan. 22—Western civilization, U. S. history, psychology of personal adjustment, masterworks of world literature and English composition; Tuesday—first clan Jan. 23- wettern civilization, principles of accounting, general psychology, general biology, analytical geometry and American government; Wednesday-first class Jan. 24 —music appreciation, introduo tftt to pUlw^, kiroductioo to business, introduction to education, fundamentals of college mathematics, general physical sciences and real estate principles; Thursday-first class Jan. 25 —principles of economics, analytical geometry and calculus, introduction to sociology, Bible history and interpretation, English composition, American government, intermediate accounting and business law. * *' * Tuition costs are $ 19 per credit hour. Ministerial students, wives and children of ministers and children of public school eachers will receive a t2-per- lour scholarship upon provis- on of required information, according to Chamber!. Additional information may be obtained by phoning the bast at PO 3-3931 and asking for ex- ensions 114, 840 or 841, accord- iof loChinbtn, called the yourself." In such instances, he said, 'we will have to weigh the situation very carefully." An outgrowth of the vis paid Prince Norodom Sihanou of Cambodia this week by U.S special envoy Chester Bowie the Asian ruler has asked th largely inactive Internationa Control Commission to strength en itself and do more ivestigai ing of complaints that Commu nist troops are using Cambodian border areas as a haven from the Vietnam War. 'Although the Bowles-Sihanouk talks were fruitful, making the commission effective will proba My require long-term effort Bundy said. The commission's members are Poland, Canada, and India In San Antonio, a spokesman for President Johnson said the President considers the Bowles mission "useful." The spokesman did not elaborate and said "We .are not in Southeast Asia to make war," he said in a speech. "We are in Southeast Asia to maintain peace—and peace sometimes comes at a high price. We can't afford to let little fires break into conflagrations." In Los Angeles Friday, Adm. Ulysses S. Grant Sharp, com mander of U.S. forces in the P cific, said the North Vietnames show no signs of weakening. all 41 Americans aboard are feared killed, the U.S. Command reported today. Rescue parties were waiting for the weather to improve before setting out for the rugged crash site. If they found all the men on the craft dead, it would be the worst helicopter disaster of the war. Pending further reports, the U.S. Command listed as missing the five-man Marine crew and 36 passengers—31 Marines, three Navy men, one Army man and a civilian employe of the Army's post exchange system. Viet Cong guerrillas are known to operate in the area and the command declined to give a detailed report on the crash because, it said, "additional information might endan- ?er the lives of the survivors, if ;here are any." The command said the hump- >acked CH53 helicopter, the largest troop-carrying type operating in South Vietnam, crashed Monday night on a trio from Dong Ha, 11 miles south of the DMZ, to Phu Bai, 49 miles arther south. One spokesman said poor weather was a factor n the crash. The wreckage was spotted 'riday morning by an observa- ion plane. An Air Force rescue lelicopter hovered over the site or a few minutes but had to eave because of worsening weather. The rescue crew re- Jorted no sign of life on the ground. A Marine spokesman in Da Yang said fighter-bombers have lasted a small landing zone in rie overhanging forest. But ef- orts to get rescuers in by round or air were thwarted by ain and fog. One officer said the CH53 heli- opter had slammed into the ide of a peak so steep that res- uers might have to lower thetn- perts in unconventional warfare, dropped in by helicopter bunker. One Seal was killed. The U.S. Command repoite only small skirmishes and a Vietnamese military spokesman said Friday "was a very quiet day." In the air offensive over North Vietnam, U.S. warplanes flew 91 missions. Targets included the Yen Bai airfield 78 miles northwest of Hanoi, a supply point on an island 45 miles east of Hai- phong, a railroad yard 35 miles south of Hanoi and a truck convoy near the Mu Gia pass. Marine pilots raided surface- to-air missile sites north of the demilitarized zone. Air Force B52 bombers twice raided enemy buildup areas near the Cambodian frontier today. One attack was 22 miles northwest of Saigon in Hau Nghia Province, where Cpmmu- nist attackers held ttie provincial capital for three hours Monday. For the second straight day, the eight-engine Stratofortresses avoided the demilitarized zone, where Soviet-built antiaircraft missiles were fired at them Thursday. U.S. Marine jets kept | up attacks on suspected missile ' sites. On Saigon's waterfront, U.S. troops were called to unload essential military cargo after South Vietnamese dockworkers struck in sympathy with the city's striking electrical workers. Dateline — January 13"~ SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Student leaders at the University of California at Los Angeles say Adam Clayton Powell has left a $500 motel bill unpaid and that they are going to. send it to his home in the Bahamas. Powell cancelled some scheduled speeches Friday and. . there was some controversy over that as well. The Associated Students at UCLA said they had paid Powell $1,250 that was to include expenses for a speech Thursday, the first speech of his 0. S. tour after he ended his self-imposed exile. For three days he stayed at a plush motel near the UCLA campus. "We hosted the man, wined and dined the man, more than I thought was necessary," said one spokesman for the students, "But he seemed to expect even more." . HEART PATIENTS (AP) - Doctors attending the world's two surviving heart transplant recipients today indicated qualified approval of their patients' progress although California steelworker Mike Kasperak was still on the critical list. Dr. Christian N. Barnard said today in Cape Town, South Africa, that retired dentist Phillip Blaiberg has complained of •tiredness and routine tests on him were being relaxed to allow him more rest. "We have been watching what we call the vital signs, like blood pressure and pulse rate, every 15 minutes," he said and these checks will be relaxed for two and four hours at " a time to allow Blaiberg more sleep. fr MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Gov. George Romney is avoiding any off-the-cuff remarks on the Vietnam war during his New Hampshire presidential primary campaign. After a 17-hour opening day of handshaking and speaking*- sometimes outside in the snow and cold, the Michigan governor seeks vote for the March 12 primary. l; •'"-"We must pursue peace with all the vigor and ingenuity at our command," Romney said Friday night, discussing Vietnam in a speech at Exeter. "And in working for peace. . ." "How?" came a shout from amid the audience of some 800, largely made up of teen-age students at Phillips Exeter Academy. "I'll tell you," Romney replied, "I'm going to make a talk here in New Hampshire in the next few days and I expect to spell out some of the alternatives. But in working for" peace a Republican president will not be manacled by the mistakes of the past." . • ' . further comment from Johnson was not. expected. The President's handling of. the war is likely to come under fire when Congress convenes Monday. Public hearings on war policy have been promised by the Senate Committee, Foreign which Relations includes some of the Senate's chief critic* of American involvement in the conflict. In Salt Lake City, vies Prosl- dent Hubert H. Humphrey argued Friday that U.S. security is bound up with that of other Mission Service Is Postponed Mississippi County Union Mis sion's I2th anniversary celebra tion has been called off due t the weather. "People from 30 miles distan and more were planning to al tend and we don't feel they can make it on the highways," Mis sion Supt. Paul Kirkindall ex plained. A new date wil! be set later Regular 2:15 p.m. Sunday services will be held tomorrow. George Blaylcok 18 JUMP George Blaylock, 62, died Friday morning Hospital. at Chickasawba Services will be 2 p.m. tomorrow at Howard Funeral Service chapel, Rev. Hildon Burlison officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery; Snow Makes Life Difficult for Birds Bird lovers have been calling he Courier News to remind everyone that snow cover works particular hardships on birds. It makes it impossible for hem to scratch for the small seeds on which they normally :ubsist during the winter. The solution is for concerned onservationists to put out a ew crumbs until (lie snow melts. elves to the wreckage on rope. In ground fighting Friday, a Communist mortar barrage killed six U.S. Marines and wounded 16 at a command post 16 miles southeast of Phu Bai, a U.S. spokesman said. The posi- tion'is held by Marines of the 5th Regiment, recently shifted from south of Da Nang to bolster allied defenses in South Vietnam's northernmost two provinces. At the opposite end of the country, guerrillas fired Thursday on two American river patrol boats on the Hau Giang River 96 miles southeast of Saigon. A team of Seals, the Navy's ex- Column Continues 'Anonymous' Policy "Action Line" is what the name implies. If you, as a private citizen, have been unable to get action on a city or county problem, you are invited to call this newspaper at PO 3-4461 and the Courier News will go to bat OSCEOLA MAYOR O SPEAK HERE Osceola Mayor Charley Wiygul will be the speaker at Blytheville Chamber of Commerce'! monthly luncheon meeting Monday. The dutch treat luncheon Is open to all Chamber members •nd it held «t Holiday Jno, liiiiinniiiniaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiinmininnniig Heed Help I t With Tax Form? t W you need help with I = your federal income tax • | and if you want to save = 1 as much of your time as 1 ! possible, then you will want | i to observe these words from I the Blytheville office of tiie | I Internal Revenue Service: 1 ! Taxpayers' assistance 1 hours are 8 a.m. until noon 1 on .Mondays only. a Most questions can be ans-Jj wered over the telephone 1 (the number is PO 2-2503 1 and call during the Mon-1 day hours). § The IRS is located in Room 104 of the Federal Building at Walnut and Broadway. During other hours of the week, IRS agents are occupied with other matters, _ many of which take them 1 out of the office and thus they are not available to assist taxpayers. * * * Also: The IRS office here has received special books which are available in the preparation of personal and corporate (all small business) income tax forms. They are 60 cents each and can not be mailed but must be purchased at the IRS office. They are 50 cents each. GOT TAG? YOU NEED DECAL State Revenue office here has received the 1968 decals which accompany the new auto tags. "These decals snould have been given to motorists when they purchased their license plates," Revenue Inspector Otis Austin explained. "But they did not come from the printers in time and so this was .impossible. "Now, those who have pur- for you. Naturally, phoning in a ques tion or a complaint does no necessarily mean one is correc in his or her complaint neither does it mean he is incorrect. Members of the news stafi will handle each question in the tradition of fairness this newspaper thinks has been established by'this column's predecessor, "It Beats Me." Before question, examining the Courier today's feels it chased tags should come back and pick up their decals. We'll just hand them out. There shouldn't be any waiting in line." The stickers are to go on the right side of the rear window. should state it is not necessary 'or those. phoning in to give their name. This policy has met with criticism from some city and county officials. One official commented recently he felt that whoever submits a question "should have the guts to sign their name." The .point he missed is simply this: If a citizen needs "gilts" to talk to any city or county official, then that official should ask himself, "Why?' Why should a citizen be afraid to talk, to any official? Have the officials shrouded their posts in an atmosphere of fear? Have they made those .who elected them feel that the official is running a private business and that what he or she does isn't anybody's business? Perhaps these officials feel that in the upcoming elections in '68 everybody should sign their name to the ballot before jutting it in the box. Most Americans attach much importance to the right of a se- See ACTION on Page 2 _ City Plans HUD Confab Monday, Mayor Tom Little and four other city officials will leave for Fort Worth to participate in a two-day stint of meetings with federal officials. Little will be accompanied by W.J. Cupples, head of the city's Urban Renewal agency; Bill Tomlinson, chairman of the Blytheville Housing Authority, and two Housing Authority commissioners, T.E. Geeslin and Donald Prevallet. Little said the talks will be with representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Items to be discussed, according to Little, include: 1) The city'i application for a grant to construct 100 low- rent housing units; 2) A $398,873 grant for the city's David Acres subdivision; 3) An application for a demolition grant; 4) And Wednesday the group meets with Hendon Crane, regional construction grant program director of the federal Water Pollution Control Administration. The meeting with Crane involves the city's application for a $342,000 grant to be used in a $1.5 million sewer Improvement project. The group returns to Blytheville Wednesday night, Little laid. Burglars Hit Six Businesses Six more local establishments were burglarized last night, according to Police Chief George Ford. Those businesses entered were the Missco Implement Co. and Burnett's Royal Tire Service, both on highway 61 south, Wright-Mix Concrete and Foster Chemical Co., both on Monroe, the E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. on West Ash, and the Blytheville Steam Laundry and Cleaners on South Second, Ford said. There was what was described jy Ford as an attmept made to enter the Hooper Sales Co., on Henderson, but it was unsuccessful. So far only vending machines within the establishments seem o have been tampered with by the thieves, Ford said. No leads have been established at this time, he concluded. iiniitiiiiiitiiiiuniiniiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiili Weothtr forecast Partly cloudy to cloudy and cold through Sunday. Low tonight 12-22.

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