The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 2, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, September 2, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 148 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1966 TIN CINTS 14 PAGES Killing Starts Riot in Dayton, Ohio; Guard Called By HAROLD HARRISON DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Quiet prevailed today under the watchful eyes of Ohio National Guardsmen and police in Dayton's racially troubled West Side where one mn was killed and more than a score injured Thursday. The going-to-work period passed without any major incident. Thousands of workers in some of Dayton's major industrial plants must travel through the West Side en route to their jobs. Traffic, was moving smoothly, although some private cars were being checked. Police Col. C. W. Martz reported "Everything is normal. It's just like last Sunday morning so far as we're concerned." Street cleaning crews were on the job early to clear up debris from Thursday's disturbancs. One hundred and thirty four persons had been arrested dur- 'ing file course of sporadic rioting. Most of them were charged with disorderly conduct, carrying concealed weapons, drunk- eness or inciting to riot. The violence started after a Negro man was shot from a ear , olice said was driven by whites. The man died later in a hospital. Gangs then roamed to the West Side and even to the edge of the downtown district, smashing windows and looting stores. There were no fires of any consequence. The violence caused early closing of many stors, restaurants and cafes in the downtown district. Department stores ordinarily are open until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Dayton's state liquor stores, ordered closed Thursday, were ordered. reopened by Donald Cook, state liquor director. He said he took the action after Dayton Police Chief Lawrence Caylor made the request to him in a telephone call. It was the first outbreak of racial violence in this city of 270,000 which President Johnson plans to include as a stopover Monday on his Labor Day weekend tour of the Midwest. The White House said it was aware of the situation. Mayor Dave Hall told reporters he could see "no danger whatsoever for the President." The disorders broke out "minutes after Lester Mitchell, 40, was felled Thursday morning by a shotgun blast as he swept the walk in front of his home. He succumbed to head wounds 18 hours later. Witnesses said the shots were fired by three white men in a passing auto. Police have taken two whites into custody for questioning. City jails were full and a county jail was pressed into service to handle the overflow. Among the suspects held were three Dayton civil rights leaders charged with inciting to riot. A series of incidents in the morning led Hall to ask Gov. James A. Rhodes to call in the National Guard. The loldiers were on the streets by early afternoon but calm was not fully restored until late Thursday night. The police made no estimate of the amount of damage caused by the roving bands. Dayton has a Negro population of about 70,000. About 15,000 live in the West Side area where the disorder was centered. It is a largly rundown section through which thousands of See RIOT on Page 3 Illegal Activities Cited Prison Officials Fired at Tucker LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A State Police investigation a one of Arkansas' two prisons has led to the firing of all three remaining full-time em- ployes. Gov. Orval Faubus said Thursday that the investigation had uncovered extortions, beatings and some instances of liquor getting into the hands ol convicts at Tucker Prison Farm. Tucker has about 300 of the state's 1,905 prisoners, and is used mainly for first-time offenders. Cummins Prison Farm, where the rest of the convicts are held, was not involved, Fau bus said. The governor also announced that the would ban a controversial leather strap to punish prisoners. State and federal courts have .'efused to do this ; although a federal judge ordered an explicit set of rules adopted for use of the strap Faubus fired the three wardens-Jess Wilson, E. G. Mays and E. T. Fletcher—and also announced that Jim Bruton, assistant prison superintendent in charge of Tucker, had resigned before the investigation. The wardens and Bruton couldn't be reached for comment. He also demoted about 15 of Tucker's 23 trusty prisoners, and ordered them sent to Cummins. Under the Arkansas prison system, armed trusties guard other prisoners, requiring fewer prison employes. Cummins officials and trusties were sent to fucker to take over operation of the facility. Both prisons are in southeast Arkansas, near Pine Bluff. Donna Wins River Crown CARUTHERSVILLE — Blue eyes, blond hair, a winning smile and some vital, vital statistics combined to help 18-year- old Donna Long of Holland be crowned Miss Mississippi River, 1966. She is the daughter of Mr. an<j. Mrs. Donald Long and in 1965 she reigned as American Legion Fair Queen. First alternate was Linda Gurley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Gurley of Hayti. Second Alternate was Gayle Perkins, daughter of Mrs. Gertrude Perkins of Portageville. Miss Long was crowned by retiring queen Linda Sue Workman of Portageville. Others Close For Holiday Add the Post Office and the Arkansas State Revenue Department to your list of establishments to be closed for Monday's Labor Day holiday. Postmaster Hugh Hudson said there will be no mail delivery or window service. "Only special delivery or perishable items will be delivered." Otis Austin, Revenue Department head, said his office on the second floor at City Hall will close today at 4:30 and will reopen Tuesday morning at 8:30. Faubus said 0. E. Bishop, prison superintendent, had launched the investigation by contacting the governor's-office and the State Police Criminal Investigation Division after receiving reports of improper activities at Tucker. A plainsclothes officer of the State Police discovered, Faubus said, that money was being extorted from convicts, prisoners were being whipped with the strap and punished in other ways which violated prison reg- ulatons and securty measures were not properly mantained. The governor's legal representative in the investigation, Eugene Hale, said the probe indicated that some persons outside the prison system may be involved. Hale wouldn'tScomment on details of the investigation, but said it would probably be com- pleted next week, and "then, assume, it'll be turned over t< the proper authorities for an; legal action needed." Large state-owned trucks were seen leaving Tucker yes terday with furnishings from the dismissed wardens' homes One of four trusties checking the trucks as they left told he others: "Don't let nothing that belongs to the state leave here.' Hale said that trusties from Cummins had been a major factor in the investigation, by winning-the confidence of Tuck er prisoners and obtaining in formation about conditions ai the farm. "Those trusties came to the rescue. They assured them (Tucker prisoners) that wha happened in the.pasfo-wouida!t happen in "the'"future," Hal said. $1 Million Wing Due for Hospital HAYTI — Plans for spending nearly $1 million expanding Pemiscott Memorial Hospital's facilities will be presented state officials in Jefferson City Sept. 14, according to Bernard Brockett, board chairman. Brocket! said a $490,000 federal grant plus funds from a county bond issue passed last year will finance the project. The expansion will increase the hospital's bed capacity and will enlarge surgery, laboratory, x-ray, pharmacy, emergency and storage facilities, he said. While construction is still in the future, Brockett said the board hopes to begin letting contracts February, 1967. Jack W. Tipton, formerly with H. S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville, has been hired by the hospital as assistant administrator. He begins work Monday, Brockett said. Visitors to Gel New Brochure A handsome full-color brochure with center page fold-out on Blytheville's Agrico Chemical Company (Conoco) plant has been published by the company. They will be given to visitors o the plant's open house on Wednesday. David H. Bradford, Jr., Agrico president, called the plant 'the world's largest single reactor ammonia plant, having a rated production capacity of 1,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia (82 per cent nitrogen) per day." Charts and descriptive material demonstrate the advantages of Blytheville as a site for such a plant. Bradford cited the importance of Blytheville's purchase of 1,100 acres at Barfield Landing and subsequent issuing of bonds for construction of the plant u fac- ors in locating the plant here. Applications for an administrator are being processed Brockett said, "and I intend to call a special meeting of the board th« early part of nexl week to consider more applications. Possibly an administrator will be named then." The $10,000-a-year vacancy was created by the resignation of Gerald R. Freeman. Freeman said he resigned, "due to conflicts with the medical staff over matters in the administrative field." Crop Insect Fears Decline "Our fear two weeks ago of a possible major bollworm outbreak is somewhat relieved today," Jim Wallace, assistant county agent, said. According to Wallace, the Extension Office's three "insect scouts" (students working during the summer to detect signs of crops pests in the county) found only one infected field Tuesday out of 156 scouted last week. This means, Wallace said, that Mississippi County will likely get by another year without mass poisoning of its cotton and soybean felds. But: "This year isn't normal. In a normal year we could just about forget about bollworm population by this time. We are going to have to keep scouting." Wallace explained that some bollworm eggs found recently indicate that moths are still laying them, "possibly indicating future problems," he said. The Extension office has evidence of a significant amount of soybean foliage feeding by green clover worms, Wallace said. "The University of Arkansas has research to slaw that up to 40 per cent of the soybean plants' foliage can be destroyed without affecting yield 8," he added. "That's a lot of leaves, but it's those bollworms eating on pods that we can't stand." SNAKE TROOPER—State Trooper Marvin Weeks holds the boa constrictor which he helped extricate from an automobile yesterday. Weeks is holding snake by a coat hanger, which was wrapped tightly about the reptile. (Courier News Photo) Eight-Pound Boa Hitches Ride in Car Larry Bossingham was driv- ng his car down Chickasawba esterday when he felt some- ling brush his leg. Initially, e paid little attention. Then "it" began wrapping it- elf around his leg. He took nother look. It was a snake. He topped the car, kicked at the nake (which went back up un- er the steering column) and ot out of the car. Bossingham flagged down tate Trooper Marvin Weeks nd the two of them, helped by bystander, spent the next half our getting the snake from be- ind the panelling of the car. "We used a bent cOat-hanger nd finally hooked it around im and dragged him out," Weeks reported. Bossingham, Weeks said, was cool about the whole hing." The snake is about four feet ong and weighs eight pounds. has been turned over to the iology department at Blythe- ville High School. Weeks and City Police looked over Ihe writhing snake and set about trying to identify it. "Lt. Col. T. W. Sleamaker of Blytheville Air Force Base went to his home and got a reference book. The photograph in the book of a boa constrictor was identical to the snake," Police Chief George Ford said. Ford called the Memphis Zoo and described the snake to officials there. Their verdcit: boa constrictor. They said they See BOA on Page 3 Strange Accident AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A car and a helicopter were involved in a collision Thursday. The incident occurred in a field where the helicopter had been parked for the night. Johnny A. Williams, driver of the car, said he swerved to avoid striking a dog and lost control of the car. Thant's Exit Threatens U. N. Future By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent UNITED NATIONS, N.Y (AP) - The United State headed a drive today to per suade U Thant to remain a United Nations secretary-gener al. But the Burmese diplomat' statement declining a new term brought the organization one again face, to face with the ai! ments which threaten its sur vival. Small nations, along with thi big ones, went into huddles on the prospects for a draft' o Thant. The atmosphere sug gested that one man's decisioi had confronted the organizatioi with a new crisis. Thant made clear his posi tion: No one man should be con sidered indispensable and m secretary-general should servi more than a single five-yea: term. Possibly he stressed these points to underscore one of the variety of basic weaknesses in the U.N. structure. In his statement Thursday declining another term, the statesman indicated his frustra ions and deep disillusion after five years of struggling witl inormous problems of the colt war. He had at bis disposal an organization which often coulc do little more than look on help essly at the confrontation of the world's giants. Thant, 57, had the problems without the machinery to tackle them. He heads an organization saddled with debt, some of vhose members are unwilling to meet their obligations towarc leacekeeping operations. It is an organization often used as a orum for propaganda by na- ions with their own particular axes to grind. Often, the United Nations is turned into an arena or both major and petty clash- s. Thus there is much anxiety ver Thant's expressed unwill- ngness to serve again. Many ppear to believe that it is of xtreme importance to find a man of Thant's proven ability nd competence, one who can ummon the respect and confi- ence Thant commanded, to ake up the job where he intends o leave off. Should the United Nations fail o do so, the organization could jell be in danger as an instrument for preserving the peace. it should then deteriorate for ack of such a man, it could apse into the sort of lingering Iness which led to the death of s predecessor, the League of Fations. One thing is certain: When a ew secretary-general is cho- en, he will be a citizen of one of smaller nations and not of ne of the big powers. This has een the case since the U.N. >as organized. He also probably ivill be from one of the Asian or frican nations, since they are ow the majority of the United [aliens. Should Thant persist in his efusal to serve any longer than lov. 3, will this decision cause a ew crisis? It is likely that the United States is extremely reluctant at this time to have the United Nations turned into another arena of an already dangerous global political war. The Russians also may be just as reluctant to make the organization a new scene for confrontation. Worry has been expressed in U.N. corridors over a possible revival of the Soviet "troika" demand to divide direction of the secretariat among three directors: Communist, West and neutral, probably hamstringing its effectiveness, even more. However, that was .a Khrushchev idea. The current Soviet leadership seems more careful, more rational. Th Russians already have profited to some extent by being cst in the role of potential peacemaker in Viet Nam. To drag in an issue like the "troika" could sacrifice whatever dvantages accrue from the new Soviet imge. Two major situations now contribute liberally to the frus- trations of the secretary-genepr al's office: Viet Nam and'-Hi* continued exclusion of Red China from membership. Thant said in his statement that Viet Nam is "a reproach to the conscience of humanity" and threatens a new global war and he said that the lack;of university of U. N. membership is cause of many of its current troubles. •-••••• The United Nations was bypassed as long ago as 1954 when the Geneva conference divided Viet Nam. It is even more helpless in the face of that situation today with the scornful Red Chinese rejection of any U.N. role whatever in a solution. As for the China membership issue, little has changed in that respect with regard to U.S. objections. The United States will support Red China for membership only when it is convinced that Peking will abide 'by the principles of the charter and leave its neighbors in peace. It likely will be a long time before Washington is convinced of that. Big Gasbag Poses Threat to Planes The Federal Aviation Agency las identified that silver-hued, saucer - shaped "thing" spotted over Blytheville Wednesday. While not a flying saucer, the 'thing" at which you may have craned your neck has turned out to pose a potential threat to et aircraft. It turns out the "thing" is a huge helium - filled gasbag the ;ize of a football field. The balloon was launched Aug. 24 by the National Aero- lautics and Space Administra- ion as an experiment to col- ect dust p a r t i c 1 es from the tratosphere. After completing its task the ;iant began a meandering trip icross the nation that has taken t from its lunching site ner Minneapolis, Minn., to — ac- ording to last reports — Ala- ama. As long as the balloon stays round 60,000 feet it is above ommercial jetliner traffic, and oses no threat. But the 10-mil- on-cubic-foot gasbag has been escending to as low as 30,000 eet at night — due to cooler ir — and a definite th r e a t xists, according to the FAA. Right now the experts are eeping their fingers crossed Accident Victim Undergoes Surgery Russell Chapman, 19-year-old Blytheville youth who .was critically injured in a motorcycle accident here two weeks ago las undergone surgery twice at Baptist Hospital in Memphis and is now under intensive care. Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Chapman of Wheeler L.ane, suffered a skull fracture when his bike jumped a Main Street curb. France, Cambodia oik Troop Removal PHNOM PENH, Cambodia AP) — France and Cambodia oday called (or evacution of all foreign troops from Vietnamese territory. The call came in a joint declaration ending President Charles de Gaulle's official visit to this Southeast Asian kingdom. | hoping the balloon will drift over the ocean and "die" there. The FAA has asked the Air Force to down it, presumably with machine gun or cannon .fire. Legion Kiekoff Blytheville American Legion will hold its annual membership drive kickoff dnner Sept. 5 in the Legion Hut at 7 p.m. About 100 are expected at the fish dinner. All Legionnaires are nvited but a special invitation s extended to all members of ;he membership committee, an official said. inuiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit Weather forecast Clear to partly cloudy through Saturday with chance of afternoon thundershowers. Little change in temperatures. High today and Saturday 88 to 92. Lows tonight 66 to 72. Probability of rain 20 percent this afternoon; 10 percent tonight and 20 percent Saturday. Outlook Sunday partly cloudy and mild with chance of showers. , aiiiiiiiiniiuiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiBiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'iiiffira

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