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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, January 15, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 255 BLTTTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72-315) MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 1968 It PAGES 10 CENTS Mansfield: Hanoi Indicator Enough for Bomb Halt WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield urges halting U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, saying Hanoi may have given the "one small indication" President Johnson has publicly sought that peace talks might result. The Montanan referred Sunday to a New Year's weekend statement by Nguyen Duy Trinh, North Vietnam foreign minister, that Hanoi "will hold peace talks with the United States" if U.S. bombing and other "acts of war" against the North are stopped. Mansfield said both President Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk had specified a number of times that if. North Vietnam "would just give us one sign, one small indication" that it wanted to talk peace then U.S. bombing might be 'halted. He said he believes Trinh's statement "could be considered in that light," although adding ' it's hard to say" whether the Hanoi offer was sincere or a propaganda ploy. Mansfield's statement came on the eve of today's opening of the second session of the 90th Congress, in which Vietnam policy is again expected to generate much friction. Jeannette Rankin, 87, the nation's first congresswoman, pledged to carry an antiwar protest she said might involve up to 10,000 women to the steps of the Capitol today. iss Rankin, a Montana ranch owner who as a congresswoman voted against U.S. entry into both World War I and World War II, said she'd risk a jail term if necessary by ignoring a police order that the demonstration halt at a square near the Capitol. "They told us we couldn't demonstrate on' the Capitol grounds," she said. "But I am going to the Capitol and expect many Women—all dressed in black—to go with me." The women protesters were to present a petition to House Speaker John McCormack. In other war-related weekend developments: —Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen said in an interview he isn't altering his stand on Vietnam. "I support the President's basic policy of fighting in Vietnam against Communist aggression. I reserve the right to criticize the methods the President may use, but I support the objective," said Dirksen. -Sen. Abraham A. Ribicoff, D-Conn., said in a Hartford Courant interview the United States should take the initiative in calling for a Geneva Conference on ending the war. Ribicoff said the Soviet Union and Red China should take part in such a conference. Mansfield said be has opposed temporary bombing halts previously for fear a pause could lead to intensified U.S. air attacks should negotiations fail t» materialize. "I advocate a permanent stop in the bombing," the Senate leader said, "because I think that militarily it has not accomplished its objective, politically I think it's very risky, and morally I think it's quite calamitous." Dateline — January 15 ~ LITTLE ROCK (AP) - State Rep. Lacy Landers says the feuding between former Gov. Orval E. Faubus and Jim Johnson has created deep concern among loyal Democrats and that Faubus and Johnson should step aside and "have the courtesy to support new leadership" in the state party. "I am interested in the Democratic party becoming a party of all the party members and people of Arkansas and not dominated by just a few people," said Landers, who is serving his third term in the legislature. Landers said Saturday that there were numerous persons who could put new blood in the party and listed the names of House Speaker Sterling R. Cockrill Jr. of Little Rock, Atty. Gen. Joe Purcell, Rep. Marion Crank of Foreman and state Auditer Jimmie Jones. SAIGON (AP) — A MIG21 flashed up through monsoon clouds to shoot down a U.S. Air Force Thunderchief Sunday during a strike against an airfield deep in North Vietnam, the U.S. Command announced today. The pilot is missing. The F105 Thunderchief was taking part in a radar attack on the Yen Bai airfield and storage area 78 miles northwest of Hanoi. It was the 786th Amercian warplane reported lost in combat over North Vietnam. This includes 36 downed by MIGsi while American pilots claim to have shot down 103 of the Communist jets. # SAIGON (AP) — President Nguyen Van Thieu declared today that "the Communists started this war" and if they want peace, the burden of de-escalation is on them. Thieu added that Hanoi has not indicated any softening of its long established four points for ending the Vietnam war which, he said, constitute "nothing less than a demand for our surrender to the Communists." All possibilities for peace in Vietnam should be "thoroughly explored," the South Vietnamese president said. But "after a reasonable time, if the Communist aggressors remain ada- ment, heavier pressure against them will become necessary." ,'ft LONDON (AP) —• Foul weather laid siege from North Ireland across Europe to Syria today. More than 100 were injured as gale winds smashed through Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Gales hit Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Heavy snows and the threat of avalanches trapped thousands in the Swiss Alps. HOSPITAL COLLAPSES, KILLS 200; HUNDREDS HOMELESS KILLER QUAKES HIT SICILY PALERMO, Sicily (AP) - A catastrophic wave of killer earthquakes smashed across the western tip of Sicily today and police said more than 250 persons were killed. The quake was the worst natural disaster to hit Sicily—the largest and most populous island in the Mediterranean sea ^-since an earthquake destroyed Messina in 1908 with a loss of 75,000 lives. The quakes ripped across a mountainous farming region of Sicily considered to be the stronghold of the Mafia. At least half a dozen towns and villages were wrecked. The .shocks also reached into the cities of Palermo, Trapani and Marsala, on the edge of the disaster area, causing some damage and widespread panic. Hundreds were injured as the shocks came in a series of death-dealing waves. Five tremors had rocked the region Sunday and at least five more came today, starting at 2:34 a.m. and continuing through midday. The disaster plunged western Sicily into winter .misery. The Kalian government mounted a massive relief and rescue operation of planes, ships, trucks and cars to get medicine, blankets food and tents into the disaster zone. Hundreds of homeless huddled without shelter in bone-chilling cold, many in fields where snow lay four inches deep. The full fury of the quakes struck in a mountainous triangle roughly halfway between the north and south coasts of Sicily's western end. Gibellina, a town of 7,000 inhabitants, was destroyed. So was Montevago a town of 3,000 where a late shock razed the hospital. First rescue teams into Gibellina said they saw nothing but ruins. Refugees from Gibellina truged along the icy road away from their ruined town, seeking shelter. From cracks in the mountainside on which Gibellina was built came the odor of sulphur, so strong it could be smelled several miles away. The geological structure of Sicily is volcanic. Police at Trapani, at the wes- ternmost tip of Sicily, said they i earthquakes of the day before had received word from police ' " at Montevago that the hospital collapse had killed 200 persons. It might be days before the exact number of deaths becomes known. Emergency teams fought over blocked and icy roads to reach piles of debris that only the night before were living communities. Officials said the disaster could have been worse, but the population had warning before the worst of the day's quakes struck. Already nervous from the thousands fled their homes itri- mediately after the tremorg started. The second quake was the worst. Seismograph stations said it hit at Gibellina with the force of 9 points on the 10-point mer- callie scale. This is strong enough to cause total destruction of buildings.. The first quake of the day was 8 points — sufficient to cause partial ruin. When residents fled their homes they huddled out in the See QUAKE on Page J HH's Party Unity Hopes Dashed Probe Burglaries Police Press Investigation Two Blytheville men are being held by police authorities in Tampa, Fla., and will be returned here for questioning in connection with the Wednesday night (Jan. 10) burglary of Graber's Department Store, according to Police Chief George Ford. Police in Tampa, continued Fora has recovered about $1,200 worth of clothing reportedly taken from Graber's, and the two suspects in custody, Donald Wayne Trucks, 18, and Thomas Allen Moody, 18, have been charged in Florida with burglary and larceny.' After answering the charges there, Ford said, they will be returned here for further questioning. Yon, 21, of 127 Dugan, is being held here on charges of burglary and largeny in connection with the break-in last Friday night at the Blytheville Steam Laundry and Cleaners, Ford said. In still another case, according to Ford, two Gosnell men, are being held in Arcadia, Fla., for police'here as suspects in a case involving forgery and uttering of two checks in excess of $125 which were passed here during the Christmas holidays. Both men have signed waivers, Ford said, and will be returned to Blytheville possibly this week, weather permitting. All of these cases, Ford added, have been investigated joint- lly with the Mississippi County Another man, James Austin | Sheriff's Office. By THE ASSOCIATED RESS Vice President • Hubert H. Humphrey's hope for party unity was quickly dashed by dissident California Democrats who lined up behind Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy's opposition to U.S. policy in Vietnam. Humphrey, warning intrapar- !ty warfare over Vietnam could cost Democrats the White House in November's elections, won repeated applause from a conference of California Democrats in a speech backing Presi dent Johnson's war policies. But about 50 of tile conference delegates joined McCarthy calling for immediate negotiations to end the war, and lee cheers for the senator Sunday when he charged Johnson "is following a Republican foreign policy" in Vietnam. McCarthy, the Minnesotan whose campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is based on his differences with U.S. war policy, spoke one day after fellow-Minnesotan Humphrey addressed the conference. "Don't put poison in Kie well from whence you're going to have to drink," Humphrey told about 1,000 delegates. Despite the dissenting notes from the antiwar delegates, State Chairman Charles Warren said "the overriding majority of Democratic participants in the meeting support the President of the United States." As Democrats waged their foreign policy fight in the West, Republican Gov. George Romney of Michigan paused in his bid to capture the March 1 New Hampshire primary. Romney foresook the campaign trail Sunday. He worshiped at a Portsmouth, N.H., branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, telling his fellow Mormons during the service the nation's "most I burning domestic problem is so- cial injustice to people because of face and color." Romney has faced criticism from some ground that Negroes on the Mormons exlude Negroes from the church priesthood. Earlier in the weekead, Rorn- ney managers reported many New Hampshire Republicans appear to be withholding support from the Michigan governor in the belief New York Goy. Nelson A. Rockefeller will enter the GOP primary. "There's no indication that I School Tomorrow | Regardless of the weath- § ~ er, Blytheville public _ schools will be in session i tomorrow, according to J. 1 § K. Williams, superintend- J 1 en '- t | Today's forecast calls for 1 j rising temperatures and no § | measurable snowfall. g Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiinifliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiil Meeting Off Tonight's scheduled meeting of the board of the Chickasawba District Red Cross chapter las been postponed. Gov. Rockefeller is going to do other than support me," Romney told one audience. "I hope the Rockefeller people will do what he is urging them to do." Area's Oldest Citizen Dies; Rites Today S. P. Reynolds, at 106 years old believed to have been the oldest resident of the northeast Arkansas - southeast. Missouri area, died Saturday in Caruthersville. He moved to Caruthersville in 1897. He was past president of the Little River Drainage District and served as chief engineer of the St. Francis Levee District from 1900 until his 100th birthday in 1962. Reynold's Park in Caruthersville was dedicated in his honor. . He leaves one son, S. Crews Reynolds of Caruthersviile, Mo. Two daughters, Mrs. C. E. Berkshire of Columbia, Mo. See CITIZEN on Page 2 The Gallup Poll reported meanwhile that its nationwide sampling indicated President Johnson is considered more hawklike in his Vietnam policy than any potential Republican presidential candidate. The poll defined a hawk as one who wants to escalate-the military effort in Vietnam and a dove as a person who wants to reduce it. On that basis, the poll found 66 per cent of those sampled felt Johnson was a hawk, and 18 per cent thought he was. a dove, while 16 per cent offered no opinion. Former Vice President Richard M. Nixon was-considered a hawk by 46 per cent, a dove by 26 per cent; McCarthy, a dove by 52 to 11 per cent; Romney a dove 39 to 21 per cent; Rockefeller a dove by 30 to 28 per cent; Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D- N.Y., a dove 54 to 25 per cent; former Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a possible third-party candidate, a hawk 37 to 20 per cent; and California's GOP Gov. Ronald Reagan, hawk by 39 to 27 per cent. The State Poll copyrighted by the Los Angeles Times said its survey showed 31 per cent of Californians polled believe Nixon is the leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination. That was a three-point jump for Nixon over.his percentage the previous month, but Rockefeller now stands at 23 per cent —an increase from 13 per cent last September.- : In other weekend political developments: —James A. Farley,. making his first political speech in nearly a year, told a conference of Democrats in Salt Lake City, Utah, that Johnson will win a See DEMOCRATS on Page 1 Gall Bladder Removed Kasperak Still Critical 3 Arrested in C'ville Three men were apprehended Saturday night after, an at- empted arrest inside the Braggadocio, Mo., High School, ac- lording to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department. The break-in was discovered, mthorities said, at midnight, ut the suspects escaped and rere not all captured until bout 4:30 a.m. The arrests were made by and Tommy German of the sheriff's department and two unidentified state patrolmen. The three men, William Lakey, 25, Walter Craig, 18, and Larry Junior Utley, 19, all of Caruthersville, Mo., have been charged with burglary and are being held in the county jail in Caruthersville, the sheriff's office said. STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Mike Kasperak, his transplant ed heart still functioning well remained- in critical condition today after removal of his gali bladder Sunday in an emergency operation at Stanford University Medical Center. The one-hour operation was performed by a team headed by Dr. Norman E. Shumway. The surgeon led the group which removed the greatly enlarged heart of the 54-year-old steelworker Jan. 6 and replaced it with one from a 43-year-old Santa Clara housewife who had just died of a massive brain hemorrhage. Doctors said Kasperak's bile duct was blocked and his gall bladder enlarged. They removed the gall bladder and cleared the common duct lead- ng from the liver to the small intestine. "His transplanted heart con- inues to beat normally," doc- tors said. Meanwhile doubts were hean in Johannesburg, South Africa and in Washington, D.C., as to whether the heart transplant is yet actually a success. In South Africa, Dr. Chris- tiaan.N., Barnard, the surgeon who performed the first human heart transplant, said, "I don'l think, we've. . succeeded in transplantation of a human heart yet. "To succeed one must be able to discharge your patient so that he can go home and live a fairly normal life. We haven't shown :hat we can do this yet." Barnard said he was taking jitensive precautions against in- Action in his second transplant case, Dr. Philip Blaiberg, when goes home perhaps two weeks hence. Blaiberg received a trans- lanted heart Jan. 2. The first :ase, Louis Washkansky, died of pneumonia 18 days after the op- eration. In Washington, Dr. Charles A. Hufnagel of Georgetown University's surgical research laboratory said he felt that not enough is known about patient reaction to justify heart transplant operations at this time. In a copyright interview with U.S. News & World Report Hufnagel said, "We feel that the evidence for long-term acceptance of a transplanted human heart is not good enough yet to justify the operation." Kasperak, the fourth human See HEART on Page 2 niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! Weather Forecast partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday. A little warm er Tuesday, but a little colder most selections tonight. Low tonight 16 north to 26 south. illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Gulp Resigns Over Prison Guessing Game By PETE YOUNG Associated Press Writer CUMMINS PRISON FARM. Ark. (AP)—Prison Supt. Thomas 0. Murton posted rales for a "contest" among inmates on bulletin boards here recently and the following day the prison record department head re signed. Robert "Bobby" Gulp, 40, said Sunday he resigned because Murton started a game called "How many Inmates an at which WM tub- titled, "How many, inmates are there supposed to be at Cummins." Murton posted the contest memorandum Friday and Culp said he resigned Saturday. Culp said .Murton had asked him for a head count of prisoners and that h* gave the super- Intendent a figure, which "apparently didn't please him." "I double checked my figure by working two days and two nights," Culp said. He said the sootesl was potted after in gave Murton his final total. Contest questions included': "I believe there are (enlef number) of Negro prisoners actually on the farm at Cummins." "I believe there are (enter the number) of white prisoners actually on the farm at Cummins." "The total number of inmates actually 'on the farm at this time is (enter number)." The memorandum offered speculative fJgurai and Mid ad- ditional clues as to the number would be given as "they coma in from the record office." A week's furlough or week's vacation was offered anyone, warden or inmate, 'who could come up with the correct count. Culp, who came here last March after 20 years in the Navy, said he still feels his "head count" was accurate, "but I am unable to satisfy our present administration." The contest was among some 10 memtographtd memoi Mut- ton has posted in his IS days as acting prison superintendent. The memos have been the chief means of communications between Murton and the inmates. Most of the notes carry a Murton characteristic—bluntness. Memos indicate that changes are apparently occurring at Cummins. According to the prison bulletin boards, a new farm manager was appointed Friday. He was identified as Claud* Over- ton. Overton replaces Clay King Smith, who resigned last week. Murton also announced by memo: "The practice of feeding extra food to wardens, trustys, wheels and others who can afford it is to. be stopped immediately." Murton added that the same ration was to be given aO Who eat in the dining hall. Murton also informed the inmates and various wardens that dogs belonging to wardens would no Jonger b* fed a "cow a week" and housed, on prison property. "It seems strange to me that In an institution of 1,350 men there are not enough scraps from the kitchen to feed the 23 prison-owned dogs at the kennel," Murton said in another memo. Murton also said that «ii head of beef had been slaughtered each week, He said one went In the wardens, one to the dogs and the remaining four to tha "general population,"

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