The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 30, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, August 30, 1966
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VOL. 62—NO. 140 BLTTHEVILLE, ABIAN8A1 (TM15) TUESDAY, AUGUST 30,1968 TIN CINTS U PAGES Carmichael Raps U.S. Policies By AUSTIN SCOTT - NEW YORK AP) - The Negro left's most militant leaders hammered at the themes of black unity. arid white oppression Monday night from a speaker's platform guarded by uniformed members of Harlem's new Black Panther party. About 250 Negroes, attending what was billed as a fund-raising benefit for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, enthusiastically applauded William Epton, head of Harlem's Labor party and Max Stanford, a member of the Black Panthers, an offshoot of Ahbama's all-Negro political party. But they saved a standing ovation for Stokely Carmichael, chairman of SNCC. Carmichael, who has been warmly received by young Negroes on a toiir of the Northeast this week pounded at his customary themes of black unity, the need for 'black people" to take over and run their own communities, and the so-called treachery of the United States in dealing with Negroes and other nonwhites abroad. Carmichael spoke from a platform in the Mount Morris Presbyterian Church in Harlem guarded by six young members of the Black Panther party, each wearing black shirts, black pants and black panther emblems. The party, founded in Lowndes County, Ala., has counseled Negroes to vote by race rather than to seek concessions from predominantly white political organizations. Epton urged a united front against "U.S. imperialism" in front of a half-dozen white newsmen and television camera crews before sponsors of the rally asked "the white press and all our enemies" to leave the church. Negro reporters were allowed to remain. Then Stanford took the podium. Flanked by members of the Black Panther group, he said "black men" must unite in overthrowing their white "oppressors," but must do it "like panthers — smiling, cunning, scientifically — striking by night and sparing no one." Stanford said the United States could be brought down with "a rag and some gasoline and a bottle," — the ingredients of a fire bomb. His newly organized party is supporting a boycott of two Harlem schools Sept. 12 on the grounds that the two almost entirely Negro schools do not teach any subject well.and do not teach Negro history at all. "This fight is going to be won in the streets," he said, "so come into the streets with us Sent. 12." Carmichael criticized the war in Viet Nam, and urged "black people" to unite with nonwhites all over the world. "We're fighting the same enemy," he said, arguing that Negroes in this country are a colonial people and that the United States exploits them as he said it does South Africa, Viet Nam, Latin America, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and the Carribean. "We can't talk about freedom any longer," he said at one point, "we have to talk about liberation." "In Cleveland," he said, "they're building stores with no windows. All brick. I don't know what they think they'll accomplish. It just means we have to move from Molotov cocktails to dynamite." River Floods Laos Airport VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) All commercial flights in an out of Vientiane were canceled today as the swollen Mekong River flooded the airport. The U.S. Embassy put up sandbag dikes for protection, but mud levees held the water back from most of the downtown area. The river was 39 feet above flood level and still .'Ising, but Public Works Minister Ngon Sananikone was optimistic. SITE-SEEING — Principals of the Chamber of Commerce's Industrial Fund drive, gathered yesterday at the 151-acre site east of the city they hope to purchase for an industrial park. Chamber President Dan Burge, Chamber Executive ViCe-President Jada McGuire, and Max Logan and John Watson, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Chamber's Industrial Committee, met to discuss plans for utilities. The Chamber hopes shortly to conclude a public subscription drive in progress since March. (Courier News Photo) Senator Russell Says Reserves Plan A Poor Substitute WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Richard B. Russell said today a House committee's plan to authorize President Johnson to call up about 190,000 Reservists appears to be "a pale substitute for what is heeded." Russell's chilly reception greeted House Armed Services Comittee approval of a bill which would authorize the President to place on active duty some 56,000 nondrilling Reservists and about 133,000 other Reservists who have not completed training. .' The President has not asked for such atuhority and manf members of Congres have expressed doubt he would ever use it: Russell, D-Ga. who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, told a newsman he is going to await developments. "There is a question in my mind whether this House bill goes far enough," he said. "From press accounts of its terms — and I have had no opportunity to study the bill itself — it looks like a pale substitute for what is needed." The Senate adopted 66 to 21 last week a Russell amendment to allow the President to require 18 months service from all Reservists or Guardsmen with less than six months active duty — an estimated 500,000 men. But the House rejected the Russell amendment, tacked 50-Cent Water Rate Hike Asked Blytheville Water Company yesterday asked the Arkansas Public Service Commission for a rate increase. It will mean an extra 50 cents a month charge to Blytheville home own- FIRST COTTON - Isaac Ashby, Promised Land farmer, believes he picked the first cotton boll in the area last Saturday. Ashby calls the Sloneville specimen a "pretty good boll" and predicts a "fair" harvest by October 1. (Courier News Photo) A number of factors were Dointed to as being responsible 'or the increase. Mainly, Water Company Manager Clyde Kapp said, it is a matter of increasing costs, which have not been followed increased salr "Some of the types of development which we are having here actually have caused our sales to drop," Kapp said. He pointed to the commercial development in central Blytheville where, he said, many houses have been replaces by businesses with large parking lots. "This always results in a drop in water use," Kapp stated. "Many people who move from these small homes seem to ;nove pretty far out. . .such as to Gosnell or some nearby community like that. This means we've lost them as customers." Kapp said the company's water purification costs also have gone up fast. "We did everything we knew to do to whip that red water problem and it looks as if we've whipped it and I'm certainly glad of that." Rusty water which ocasional- !y showed up in Blytheville homes was Kapp's biggest headache for many months. >istruc- tion, including drainage and street work, also hat. led the company into added apital expenditures since it often must move or lower mains. . .or both. The increase will be effective Oct. 1, if granted. It will mark the company's first increase since 1950. Five More Years in Viet Nam? Rusk Predicts War Cost Rise By HARRY KELLY WASHINGTON (AP) - Sec- etary of State Dean Rusk de- ends today the scope and cost if U.S. military commitments amid Capitol Hill warnings the Viet Nam war may last another ive years and require up to $15 lillion more this year. Rusk goes before the Senate Preparedness subcomittee, whose members generally favor a strong U.S. policy in Viet Nam but are concerned that the United States is becoming overextended in its foreign policy aims. Rusk told the group in its first session last week that the United States was not overextended. But he is expected to be closely questioned about this — particu- larly dealing with the North ears, Atlantic Treaty Organizaion — at the closed par. of today's hearing. Sen. Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the parent body of the preparedness group, cautioned Monday that the war may go on for another five into the $58-billion defense money bill, largely on grounds its Armed Services Comittee was working on a separate measure When the House coniniitte approved its bill by a 31-1 vote Monday, Chairman L. Mende Rivers, D—S.C., called it a refinement of the language if the Russell proposal. Rivers said approval of the House measure would eliminate any notion that potential draftees could find a haven by joining the Reserves. Russell said that so far as he :s concerned there will be no consideration by his committee of the Reserves proposal until ;he House acts. Under the House bill, a Reservist who was called up would serve only until he had completed a total of active duty service or active duty for training equal to 24 months, a period comparable to that of the draft. Essay Contest Offers Prizes Blytheville area students are aeing invited to compete in an nternational essay contest which will offer $50,000 in awards. "Blytheville's Lions Club is cooperating with Lions International in sponsoring the contest," Lions Club President Paul Hughes stated. Essay subject will be "A Formula for World Peace." Contestants must be at least 14 but less than 22 years old as of Jan. 15, 1967. Deadline for entering the Blytheville contest is Dec. 10. Students wishing further information may write Hughes at Box 687, Blytheville. First prize in the international contest is a $25,000 educational or career assistance grant. Eight regional winners will receive $1,000 each and a trip to Chicago for the presentation of awards in July. Winner of the Blytheville contest will be given 'a plaque arid other awards. More than 20,000 Lions clubs in 130 nations are participating in the event. Another platoon in the war on raverty will be formed tomorrow light when Blytheville's Office of Economic Opportunity sponsors an organizational meeting of the Blytheville Community Action Agency. All residents — including those from low-income groups — are being invited to the meeting. This meeting will be for the purpose of setting up an organization which will participate in 338 Dead In Korean Disease Outbreak SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea's encephalitis epidemic took 28 more lives in 24 hours, raising the death toll since early this month to 338, the Health Ministry reported today. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiinii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini Farmers Unionized DELANO, Calif. (AP) Labor organizers for the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters Union predicted victory for their onions today as Di Giorgio Corp. farm workers voted on the issue of collective bargaining. Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. an estimated 1,800 Di Giorgio workers in Tulare and San Diego counties vote for either the Teamsters or the AFL-CIO to represent them—or for no union at all. The election is described as a landmark in the movement to organize California farm labor. Never before have farm workers had a chance to make such a decision in a similarly sponsored election. Its outcome is expected to have a direct effect on the state's $3.7-billion agricultural industry, as well as the rest of California's 80,000 farm workers. Both unions hope to use the election to launch a nationwide effort to unionize farm workers. When SPC. Jerald L. Dozier was killed in action at Lai Khe, South Viet Nam, on October 13, 1965, he died in such a way as o honor both himself and the Army Honors Fallen Hero Dozier Public Urged to Aid In War on Poverty the planning, developing and conduct of programs under the Economic Opportunity Act," a spokesman for OEO said today. Tomorrow night's meeting will begin at 7:30 and will be held in the municipal courtroom (second floor of. City Hall). "All persons who are interested in assisting the impoverished people living in our community and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend," the spokesman stated. ground where he fell. The Army feels strongly enough about this to have re- christened that spot of ground — which has since become an airfield — in the lame of the former Blytheville resident. "Dozier Army Airfield" is how the ground will be called from now on. Sergeant Dozier was serving with the 1st Infantry Division ("The Big Red One"-), 3rd Brigade, 2nd Battalion, and had been in action in Viet Nam for only six days when he died. He and his commanding officer, out on a risky volunteer mission, were cut off from their company during an intensely fought battle in the Lai Khe vi cinity, and they were caught in an open field in murderous crossfire when they attemptet to link up again. Sergeant Dozier never made it back. He was the first member of his brigade and his battalion to die in Viet Nam. Colonel Wlliam D. Brodbeck, former commander of the 3rd Brigade, said in a letter of Mrs. Dozier in March: "The designation of this airfield as Dozier Airmy Airfield is most approprate. Your husband valorously gave his life where the field is now being completed.... "When finally completed, (it) will be 3,300 feet in length with the capability of accommodating some of our 1 a r g e s t Air Force cargo aircraft .... The death of Sergeant Dozier greatly affected us all; the naming of the field in his memory will add another poignant chapter to the history of the United States effort to defend the freedom of the Vietnamese people." A memorial display in Sergeant Dozier's honor was re- See ARMY on Page 3 "Let us have no illusion about ," he told Naval Air Reservists n a speech at South Weymouth, rtass. "Before we are through in Viet Nam we will have to in- rease our troops and pur _targets there, just as our defense mdget will increase." /'< Rep. George H. Mahon.yD- 'ex., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, had ome grim predictions on -the cost. He told the House that at .the iresent rate of spending ^the 'entagon may need $5 billion to 15 billion more this fiscal year o fight the war. ' : If costs zoom toward the'up- per limit, he added, "it's a 50-50 chance" that a tax increase may be needed to pay for them; The White House and French curces had no immediate pubic comment meanwhile on Sen* ate Democratic Leader Mike ilansfield's proposal that Presi- lent Johnson and French President Charles de Gaulle get together to discuss ways to try; : .to end the war. .;:: ; Mansfield suggesed Monday n a Senate speech that his pro- msed summit meeting be held m the French island of Guade> ioupe in the Caribbean, after4he French president confers wittt' Prince Norodom Sihanouk,- Cambodian chief of state. - -De Gaulle is scheduled ;';to begin . talks with Sihanouk-^' Cambodia today and is to stop off at Guadeloupe toward - th«i end of hs world trip. GOP Delegates Are Named Mississippi County delegates to Saturday's state Republican convention at Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock are: Sam Larimore, Mrs. Bill Foster, Mrs. Lucille Watson, and Mrs. Ruth Smotherman, all of Blytheville, Guy Newcomb and D. Fred Taylor, both of Osceola, and Cleo Hanna of Luxora. Alternates will be Mrs. Earlene Skidmore and Mrs. Clifford Corneille of Blytheville, W. L. Hanna and Mrs. Lorraine McCain of Luxora, Jack Edwards of Manila, W. V. Brannum of Leachville, and Dr. Eldon Fairley of Osceola. An address by Winthrop Rockefeller, Republican nominee for governor, will highlight the convention. After-Effect High Interest? Federal Loan Due Housing By JOSEPH R. COYNE WASHINGTON (AP) - The iederal government is about to give the lagging housing indus- ;ry a multibillion-dollar shot in the arm. But the injection could well have a very panful aftereffect — still higher interest rates. The size of the injection is impressive — $4.76 billion — but even its backers say t's only a stopgap and a rescue operaton, not a cure for the basic problem. 'It will alleviate a very, very serious situation in the homebuilding industry but it's not the complete answer," one government source sad. He referred to legislation to channel the $4.76 billion into the industry through the Federal National Mortgage Association. The association, known as Fannie Mae, buys mortgages from private lenders who, in turn, use the funds supplied by the agency for new home loans. The House completed congressional action on the legislation last Friday and President Johnson is expected to sign it promptly. Mortgage bankers cautioned against exaggerating its effects. One economist estimated it would boost private housing starts by about 100,000 units, far less than the drop so far this year. The $4.76-billion injection represents only a small part of the total mortgage market. Mortgage debt last year increased about $31 billion, including about $16 billion on one-to-four family houses. Fannie Mae will have to borrow $3.76 billion of the total in the already tight money market where funds are relatively scarce and interest rates are a record of near-record levels. By issuing debentures and short-term notes, as it must to obtain the funds for its mortgage buying operations, Fannie Mae could well bid interest rates even higher than they are now. Yields on its last debenture offering in June went to 5.91 per cent. The Mortgage Bankers Association, noting this possibility, said the result would be that Fannie Mae would offer private idling funds, the agency fixed a lenders less money for the mortgages they hold. This could discourage bankers from offering some mortgages for sale to Fannie Mae. Another $1 billion of the rescue package would be borrowed from the Treasury and 'from special funds available to the President, but this would be used by the agency for special assistance programs, not for its secondary market operations. During the year which ended last June 30, Fannie Mae purchased a record $1.8 billion in mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration and guaranteed by the Veterans Administration. This record is certain to fall once the new measure becomes law. Although the agency can buy only FHA and VA mortgages, the money it provides to bankers also can be used for conventional home loans. One effect of the legislation will be to remove some of the restrictions Fannie Ma* recently placed on its mortgage purchases. To conserve its dwin- $15,000 ceiling on the' size mortgage it will purchase. It now plans to raise this, reportedly ;tp f25,000 for a new home mortgage and to something under that for existing home mortgages. . ;'•'. But the bill says nothing about the basic problem — the mover ment of funds away from the home mortgage market to more lucrative investments. And since it admittedly won't cure the basic problem, it pr.obr ably won't reduce interest rates on home loans which now approach 7 per cent in some areas tor conventional financing. '-,-><•; niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiW Weather Forecast;-*; Clear to partly cloudy .with little temperature change through Wednesday. Chance of isolated afternoon or evening showers. High today and tomorrow: 8KC; lows tonight: 80 ts 68. Probability of rain: 10 percent. Thursday: Partly cloudy and warm. .IIIIIHIIHIUMIIII

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