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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 259 BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Washington Apprehensive; Peace Offer Phony? N. VIETS MASSING TROOPS s DESPAIR—Deep emotion distorts the face of a 'South Vietnamese woman, one of the many civilian victims of the Asian Conflict. Dateline J aiiuary I STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A doctor said Mike Kasperak's transplanted heart pulsed on in an "excellent manner" today after withstanding the effect of another major operation for intestinal bleed- ling.. After the three-hour surgery Thursday night, 'Dr. Harry Oberhelman Jr. said the stress on the 54-yea-old retired steelworker's ailing.liver probably was greater than on his borrowed heart. Oberhelman performed the operation. Kasperak remained on the critical list. * : LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Jim Johnson, the Democrats' 1966 gubernatorial nominee, said Thursday he could not step aside as a state party leader because "I can't step down from something I never had." Johnson, who is heading an effort to get George : Wallace of Alabama placed on the presidential ballot in Arkansas, said that as nominee of the party in 1966 he was given the title as titular head of the party. ; . This, Johnson said, was a title only, adding that 1 he had never been given a position of leadership in the party and that he had never tried to push himself into such a position. '• • * PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — A violent rain and wind storm lashed western Sicily's earthquake dis- ' aster zone today, flooding out the huge tent cities of refugees, stopping helicopter delivery of emer- ; gency aid and miring down food trucks. : The weather turned colder during the storm, and '. pneumonia and scarlet fever spread. Ankle-deep water and mud drove the chilled, tragedy-numbed refugees from the seven huge tents into the hills around. There they joined other thousands of homeless who had huddled through their fifth night in scattered groups under sodden blankets around little bonfires. .' ' * • • : SAIGON (AP) - Heavy new fighting below the demilitarized zone and intense air blows at North : Vietnam that cost three American planes and a Communist MIG interceptor were reported today by the U.S. Command. Coinciding with the battle reports were a series of Viet Cong terrorist attacks. In one, a claymore mine on the doorstep of a South Vietnamese army headquarters in the Mekong Delta spewer hundreds of deadly steel pellets into a nearby market,place,killing 18 Vietnamese and wounding 38. ' * WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials say President Johnson soon will propose a greatly intensified cooperative effort by all nations to tap the staggering food and mineral wealth of the oceans. By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - uTs. Officials say a massive buildup of Communist forces along South Vietnam's northern frontier may be evidence North Vietnam has no intention of scaling down the war in the near future. U.S. military authorities in Saigon report an estimated 35,000 Communist regulars are massed in the buffer zone separating the two Vietnams. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, U.S. commander in Vietnam, has predicted "a resurgence of enemy Initiatives" around the end of the, month. U.S. policy-makers said Thursday that North Vietnam's military .actions are considered by President Johnson and his advisers an important indication of North Vietnam's real intentions in its present peace offensive. North Vietnam's stated price for peace talks is an unconditional end • to ; U.S. bombing. Johnson's principal price for •ending the bombing, officials said, is a firm indication from Hanoi, either by action in the war or by assurance through diplomatic channels, that a bombing halt would bring immediate Communist de-escalation. . • , .Johnson has long since ruled out what officials describe as a "one-sided 'talk - and fight" procedure—a situation in which the U.S. would stop the bombing and join in peace talks while the war otherwise continued unabated. The diplomatic front now finds Washington and Hanoi apparently engaged in long-distance exploratory negotiations through intermediaries, each evidently trying to find out if there is any concession to be won in the other's position. The United States has report- edly received word through these channels that North Vietnam would be prepared to start talks in a few days after the bombing was halted. One of President Johnson's conditions for, stopping the bombing in order to get discussions going is that the talks should begin promptly. Another condition, as Johnson put it in his State of the Union message Wednesday night, is that the talks should give reasonable hopes of being productive. To satisfy themselves on .this point, U.S. officials are asking Hanoi what issues would be on the agenda. . * * * But the crucial point from the American point of view is mili- tary de-escalation by the Communists iu response to ending the bombing. And on this point Johnson and his advisors evidently want answers to two questions: Would North Vietnam be prepared to stop sending reinforcements to Communist forces in the South? Would all attacks from North Vietnamese forces m the buffer zone be stopped? This issue, judged by the public positions of the two sides, is • deadlocked at present because- Hanoi spokesmen have said publicly the United States is responsible for aggression against North Vietnam and has no right to deny military response on- their part to ending that aggression. War Voters Concerned Poll Says Riots, Crime Issues By JIM ADAMS Associated Press Writer . WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress members say Vietnam ranks as the No. 1 issue with voters they've talked to back home—but add the war was nearly overshadowed by rising anger over riots and crime. "People want crime in the streets, stopped and they don't mean maybe" said Rep. Bob Sikes, D-Fla. He and numerous other representatives and senators were responding to an Associated Pres survey on what voter attitudes they found at home during their recent month-long recess. Rep. Tom Railsback, R-I11., reported when he mentioned crime in a speech at Galesburg, 111., a waitress took the floor away from him and angrily described how she'd been struck and robbed in what she thought was her safe neighborhood. The anger over crime was listed by nearly all congressmen surveyed. And it was reflected when President Johnson's State of the Union appeal Wednesday night for stiffer anticrime measures brought more cheers from congressmen than any othe poposal. Rep. Gaham Purcell, D-Tex., said he returned from home convinced the people want enactment of such legislation to be high on Congress' priority list. "Vietnam is a depressing pall that hangs over everything," said Sen. Fred Harris, D-Okla. "But crime and the riots are really more an issue than Vietnam." As for the war, most congressmen said tSiey found frustration and disillusionment at home—but a determination not to end the conflict without' an honorable settlement. "I ran into fewer 'invade North Vietnam and bomb them back into the stone age' people than those for negotiation," said Rep. Andrew Jacobs'Jr., D-Ind. But the largest number are unhappy the war exists, would like to get it over with, but have few suggestions on how to do it." Rep. W- R. Poage, D-Tex., disagreed. "The majority, ot.our people would like to move faster and get it over with," Poage said. "The doves are in the minority." The congressmen also found strong .feelings against Johnson's proposed tax increase, government spending and the activities of militant Negro leader Stokely Carmichael and French President Charles de Gaulle. Said Rep. Jack Edwards, R- Ala.: "People can't understand why we continue to give De Gaulle gold for dollars and don't insist that France start paying its $6 billion World War I debt." Strong opposition to the tax: increase was reported throughout the country—but many Democrats and a few Republi-, cans said they believed people would go along with an increase that had strings attached. "They want the war over with . and they'd be willing to pay for it," said Rep. Kenneth J, Gray, D-I11. "Butt here would have to be guarantees that when the war's over, the tax comes off." "I generally found what I call the Great Society blues,' said Rep. James C.' Cleveland, R-,. N.H. "This was seen in the uri-. happiness over the prospect of higher taxes and travel restrictions." Rep. Morris Udall, D-Ariz., said the spending sentiment tie found was contradictory: Don't raise taxes but Increase federal services. Power Fails Briefly Crash Snaps Line A one car accident yesterday at 3:25 p.m. four miles east of Manila knocked down two utility poles ^supporting a 161,000 volt line, temporarily halting electric service to Dell, Manila, Leachville and Monette. A spokesman for Arkansas- Missouri Power Co. said this was the largest line of its type used by the company but, that the communities involved in the power failure were without electricity for only six-and-one-half minutes before a switch to an alternate line could be made. He went on to say that Blytheville wasn't affected because three of these -large voltage Planning New City Directory Work on canvassing the city for a new city directory gets started on -a small scale Friday and begins in earnest on Monday. Representatives from Moorhead's Directory are in the city today, working with enumerators. They will begin calling on homes in force on Monday and expect to 'complete their work in four to six weeks. The new directory will be pub lished in the spring. lines channel power to the city and all three must be knocked out of commission before blacking out the local community. The driver of the car, Charles B. Bassett, 59, of Manila was traveling on Highway 18 near Big Lake when the accident occured. The automobile was moving with sufficient speed to break one of the poles, according to state police, and the line's additional weight shifted to the second pole, causing it to snap. Ark-Mo work crews are working to install new poles today, a company spokesman said. Bassett was taken to Chickasawba Hospital where authorities today said he is in fair condition. He is undergoing observation for possible internal injuries. Widow a Stickler TICKFAW, La. (AP) - Four strands of barbed wire stretched across a dusty rural .road in southeast Louisiana by a 65- year-old widow have infuriated neighbors, stymied sheriff's deputies and detoured the mailman. Mrs. Maude Brock says the road belongs to her, has for 25 years, and that's the way it's going to stay. She adds, "I'm a damn good shot." Two of her neighbors have taken exception. Gayle Rogers and J. W. Jenkins .have filed charges of shooting with intent to kill and obstruction of a public road against the widow. While they are mum on the shooting accusation, they say the fence, erected earlier this month, is plain enough. Rogers, owner of a gravel pit, says the fence makes his trucks detour to a route that is two miles longer and has turns that make life miserable for his drivers. Mrs. Brock's barbed wire cuts off one route to several other houses. Mrs. Brock contends her husband built the road and intended it to remain private. The Parish Police Jury, county governing body, has maintained the road, however, and under Louisiana law it now belongs to the public. The widow says parish em- ployes worked on the road behind her back and against her See WIDOW on Page Z PEANUTS - Watch for Lucy, Snoopy and all the "Peanuts" gang, starting Monday on the Courier's editorial page. Bell Names New Manager Riley Ogden has been named local manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. He succeeds Bob Jennings who is being promoted to manager of Bell's Little Rock office. Ogderi comes here from Me Gehee where he has been manager of Bell's southeast Arkansas territory. He's a graduate of Southern State College and is married. Y Tickets on Sale Tickets to Wednesday night's annual YMCA banquet went on sale today at the following places: Rothrock, Hiway, Mall and Plaza drug stores, Westbrook's Family Shoes, White's Shoes, Ole Hickory, Dixie Pig, and Fa r m e r s and First National banks. David Dickey, University of Arkansas football player, will speak at the 7 p.m. dinner in the junior high cafeteria. By JOSEPH R. COYNE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The. Johnson administration appears to be shooting for an April 1 effective date for its proposed 10 per cent income lax surcharge on individuals but a retroactive Jan. 1 date for corporations. This possible schedule emerged Thursday in the wake • of the new budget figures- spending of $186 billion and an $8 billion deficit —contingent on the tax boost—for the next fiscal year. The figures were revealed, by President Johnson in his State of the Union message. Administration officials declined to say what effective • dates they would seek in appealing anew for adoption of the surcharge but the April-January combination reportedly is the most likely possibility. The dates are expected to be disclosed officially Monday when the House Ways and 1 Means Committee reopens public hearings on the surcharge bill. But in any case, the committee chairman, Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., says he wants a close look at the budget before he decides whether to support a tax increase. Government witnesses will base their appeal for higher tax- Eartha Kitt Confronts Mrs. Johnson By FRANCES LEWINE Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Singer Eartha Kitt, in an emotional White House confrontation with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, said U.S. youth are rebelling because of the Vietnam war. Young men don't want to be tent off' to get ihot" in a war they don't understand, Miss Kitt told the First Lady at a Thursday luncheon. "So they rebel in the streets and take pot," she added, explaining to Mrs. Johnson: "In case you don't know the expression, thal'i marijua. - Miss Kitt earlier confronted President Johnson, who dropped into greet the 50 women Mrs. Johnson had gathered for a discussion of crime in the streets.? Johnson told the women lie hoped they would go home "excited enough to provide torn* leadership for programs we're trying so hard to develop." At times Miss Kitt faced Mrs. Johnson directly across the dining table and the scene was electric. Mrs. Johnson sat through It all, appearing disturbed but maintaining outward control. f ioilly tin m* to Nfiia otov> mand. of her emotionally shattered luncheon. She told the Negro singer: 'I have not lived the background you have. I cannot speak as passionately or as well, but we must keep our eyes, our hearts and our energies fixed on constructive aims to do something that will make this a happier, healthier, better educated land." The President said it might cut down juvenile delinquency if all parent: asked themselves at midnight where their children were. - As tte fwidut routd to depart, Miss Kitt stepped in his path and asked, "What do we do about delinquent parents who have to go to work' and can't spend time with their children? What do you do with toe children?" Pausing, Johnson told her quietly the 1967 Social Security Act provided millions of dollars for day-care centers. He said he recognizes the problem and left the women with the suggestion that they 'tell me what you think." Miss Kitt was not among three scheduled speakers at the luncheon. But when tbt First Lady called for discussion the singer rose and made an impassioned plea on behalf of American youth and their parents, who, she said, couldn't come to talk to the President and his wife. "One of the speakers talked about walking through the gutters-I lived in the gutters," sha said. She said she didn't intend to offend Mrs, Johnson or the other women, but: ' I am here to say what is in my heart." Youngsters are angry, said Miss Kill, "because their par- toll are angry, and their par. ents are angry because they're so highly taxed and because there is a war going on and we do not understand why." She said she was a mother and knew "the feeling of a baby comin out of my guts." "No mother wants to work to educate her child only to have him snatched away and sent off to Vietnam," she said. Miss Kitt said youth have the feeling they must enjoy life now because they may not be here tomorrow and believe it doesn't pay to be a "good guy." "A had guy gets thrown inti> , fee JOHNSON on Page > es on defense ef the dollar abroad and dampening inflation at home. One key source said foreign countries consider the tax bill 'the psychological symbol of fiscal responsibility." In planning the new budget, the administration is figuring on $3 billion in revenues from the taxpackage during the current fiscal year which ends June 30 and $12.9 billion during the next fiscai year. This refinement of the figures the President outlined includes not only revenues from the surcharge but also from a speedup of corporate tax collections and the postponement of excise-tax cuts scheduled to go into effect April 1. When the administration proposed, a 6 per cent surcharge last January it carried an effective date of last July 1. But it wasn't until Aug. 3 that the President upped the request to 10 per cent and submitted it to Congress with an Oct. 1 effec ? -• live date for individuals an'3' 1 a retroactive July 1 date for corporations. "•The final word on any. new effective date must come from Congress where there is still key opposition to a tax hike. Much of the opposition is in'the House and Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said prospects of Senate passage are good if it clears the House. Two excise taxes are scheduled to decline on April 1—the 7 per cent manufacturers excise tax on automobiles to 2 per cent and the 10 per cent excise tax on telephone service to 1 per cent. The auto tax would drop to 1 per cent next Jan. 1 while the telephone tax would be eliminated. uuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiMniiiwiiiiii WMffitr Foneatt Partly cloudy to cloudy tonight and , Saturday with 1 " a chance of • few showers mainly west and south. Little temperature change through Saturday. Low tonight upper m northeast to lower 40s south and west/

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