The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 25, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 25, 1968
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BLYTHEVH-LE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 264 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS <72.<515) THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Faubus Stirs Clubbers A.M. Roundup With Wallace Remark January 25 Faubus A lack of a sense of belonging, former governor Orval E. Faubus told about 200 businessmen yesterday, is what leads to a disregard for law and order in the cities! Faubus was here to speak as part of a tour of eastern Arkansas (he spoke in West Memphis last night and speculated on the chances that he might offer for governor again . . . speculation which he avoided during his noontime speech yesterday). But although Faubus gave the businessmen a quick run through American (and English) history, he made the civic clubbers' blood run fast when he mentioned another politician: "If we preserve the basic ideals," Faubus was saying near the end of his talk, "we won't have to worry about who's elected even if Walace is elected . . . and he damned well might win." This brought some foot shuffling and chair scraping and snorts of approval ("By God, I'll vote for him!") from the assembled businessmen. But Faubus obviously didn't come to discuss George Wallace. He came to discuss national issues. Significantly, he did not mention Vietnam, indicating that Sen. J. W. Fulbright can look to other quarters for opposition (if any) in 1968. Earlier in the political season., Faubus spoke at length on Vietnam (on which he takes an anti-Fulbright position. Yesterday, it simply was the national issues. "Rootless," that's what the city mobs are, Faubus said. "They don't belong. There's no feeling of kinship; with community, family and church. "We are getting too many rootless people in our ctiies and tiiey are becoming lost and they are likely to become part of a mob. "This must be changed," he said. Here, Faubus was not too explicit, but he said that "national policies" must change in order to encourage people to remain in small, rural communities "where people can and do belong" to institutions and organizations. He didn't mention any specif- ic national policies which might do this. Again speaking about public attitudes concerning law, Faubus said he is "concerned by the lack of decision and action by local and national governments." In the long run, however, he said, "the individual must be held responsible for his actions if we are to have a decent society." Some social workers in New York and Washington have found that 30 to 40 percent of some high school girls are pregnant, Faubus told the group, apropos "individual" behavior. In connection with this, he claimed the Arkansas Gazette had wondered editorially why See FAUBUS on Page 2 PEACEFUL WAY SOUGHT; WARNING GIVEN U.S. STILL TRYING FOR PUEBLO WASHINGTON (AP) — Ad- force remain the immediate ministration sources say that U.S. policy in trying to win re- despite two diplomatic setbacks, turn of the captured ship Pueblo peaceful means rather than from North Korea. Political Pace Is Picking Up There was action on the county political front today. Blytheville's Labor'Council at a meeting last night endorsed Republican Ed Allison, who is joined in a contest with Mrs. L. H. Autry for the legislative position formerly held by t h e late L. H. Autry. Allison leveled charges at the county Office of Economic Op- portunity (and reported it has taken proper action) and at some Democratic functionaries for "vile personal attacks on myself and my family." Allison said he had received reports from the Leachville area that OEO personnel were going to be involved in election day activities in the Tues- See POLITICAL on Page 2 Ertel Tops Y List Ed Ertel was presented the BIytheville YMCA's distinguished service award at the Y's annual banquet meeting last night. Football stars David Dickey of the University of Arkansas and Dick Ritchey of Arkansas State University, were highlights of last night's program at BIytheville Junior High School cafeteria. Special recognition was giv- en Paul Johnson and Gene Trotter and plaques-were-presented to two charter members of the Y's new Century Club — J. W. Adams and B. R. Hays. Mike Terry, Jerry Halsell, Joe Gude, Alvin Huffman III, Ertel, Walter Jenkins, Dr. M. L. Godley and Rev. Virgil Keeley were introduced as few board members. Y President Halsell recog- See ERTEL on Page 2 A second urgent effort to enlist Soviet help in freeing the U.S. Navy intelligence ship and 83 Americans aboard from their captors may be made soon de- srAis an initial cold shoulder from Moscow, White House informants said. President Johnson and his top strategists held crisis discussions late into the night Wednesday, weighing diplomatic alter?, natives while the nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier Enterprise hovered within striking distance of North Korea. In addition, the Air Force reportedly moved two jet fighter squadrons from Okinawa to South Korea as a precautionary measure to bolster the small force of 18 fighter bombers already at Osan and Kusan. About 36 jets were involved in the move. From Capitol Hill came statements from two senators that any U.S.-North Korean war resulting from the ship's seizure could lead to U.S. use of nuclear weapons. Other Congress members cautioned against precipitate U.S. use of forces. Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, who has opposed U.S. policy in Vietnam, called the capture "an act of war" and added: "The ship 'must be returned at once, with all Amricans aboard. Our national honor is at stake here." At the Pentagon a spokesman traded long-distance verbal rounds with North Korea over an alleged spy confession by the Pueblo's captain and Defense Department officials sought to absolve Washington headquarters of any responsibility for not speeding air help to the Pueblo bfore her capture Monday night. || Defense officials said that when North Korean gunboats apprehended the small, lightly- armed intelligence ship around midnight Monday EST, U.S. Navy Commanders in the Pacific area decided against sending warplanes. Washington was not consulted in the decision, officials said. Pentagon sources also said the Pueblo's skipper, Cmdr. Lloyd M. Bucher ordered his vessel's sophisticated electronic gear and secret codes destroyed when the Reds boarded. Still unanswered publicly are such questions as why the Pueblo did not get help from U.S. forces in the area, or wasn't scuttled, or didn't fight. Phil G. Goulding, assistant scretary of defense, denounced as "a travesty on the facts" the Communist claim that Bucher confessed to a deep intrusion of North Korean waters. He said both the Pueblo's reports and the North Korean's own radar—tracked by U.S. monitors—"show conclusively that th Pueblo was in iiitefna- tional water's." Other 'Administration sources maintained th'e"ship was always several miles outside the Reds' claimed 12-mile limit. 'Goulding said'of the alleged Bucher confession: "The style and wording' of the document provide unmistakable evidence in themselves that this was not written or. prepared by an Radio Pyongyang in the North Korean capital broadcast Bucher's purported 700-word statement, in which he allegedly admitted carrying out spy assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency. "I and my crew have perpetrated such a grave criminal act, but our parents and wives and children at home are anxiously waiting for us to return home in safety," said Bucher's alleged con- fession, concluding; "Therefore, we only hope, and it is the greatest desire of myself and all my crew, that we will be forgiven leniently by the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea." Administration sources reported that at a meeting See KOREA on Page 2 HYMAN WEINBERG, formerly of Osceola, died Jan. 23 in Vallejo, Calif. He was the brother of Mrs. Walter Rosenthall. Funeral services and burial was today in San. Francisco. In addition to his sister, he leaves his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Weinberg; A son, Dr. Richard Weinberg of Vallejo: And four grandchildren. if ' FIVE FELONY CHARGES have been filed in New Madrid County against 45-year-old Donald Ray Robinson, an unsuccessful candidate for chief of police at Poplar Bluff, Mo., last year. The charges filed by Pros. Atty. Hal Hunter are operating a bawdy house, criminal assault, secretly confining one against one's will, enticing females under 18 to work in a bawdy house, and accepting the earnings of a prostitute. In addition to the five felonies charged, a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor also was filed. Police officers investigated when the mother of one and the guardian of another of the three girlSj . ages 16, 18, and 19, contacted officers last week. The girls, alleged to have been enticed to work, at Club 62, located east of Maiden, Mo., and operated by the would-be law officer, were said by the mother to have been forced to stay, do strip shows, have relations with men, and to wait on customers. The prosecuting attorney has requested Missouri liquor control authorities to invalidate Club 62's beer permit and close the business. « ~ HOUSE SPEAKER Sterling R. Cockrill Jr of Little Rock says he is "wrestling" with the idea Of ^ seeking the governorship, realizing that he would be-i opposed by the "old-line, Old Guard, moss-backe^ members" of the state Democratic Party. — i FORMER GOV. ORVAL FAUBUS said today he did not know of any Old Guard member of the states- Democratic party who has "got it in" for House-* Speaker Sterling R. Cockrill Jr. of Little Rock. Cockrill said Wednesday that if he ran for gov; ernor he believed he would be opposed by the "old^line, Old Guard, moss-backed" members of the party.S "That sounds like a WR statement," Faubus said, referring to Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. . .*: ..:.-.= • • • GOV. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER said Wednesday that Arkansas "badly needs" the revenue that a proposed mixed drink bill would generate. Rockefeller, meeting with 13 legislators in Southwest Arkansas, said such a bill would tighten liquor control laws, create needed revenues and-make money available "for education'and welfare, plus a few other projects." . But the governor warned that ;the mixed drink bill "may or may not be" on the call, explaining that "my mail is running 10 to one against the bill at this, time." Jets Hammer Red Guns By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — An armada of American bombers pounded North Vietnamese gun and troop concentations threatening U. S. Marines in the Khe Sanh valley for the sixth straight day today in one of the biggest air campaigns of the Vietnam war. Despite nearly 6,000 tons of bombs and record air attacks for Hie third day in a row against the dug-in North Vietnamese, enemy guns continued to hit at the Khe Sanh base and the three strategic hills the Ma-. rines control just to the northwest. By noon today, the North Vietnamese had dropped another 20 mortar and rocket rounds on the Marine positions protecting ttie northwestern approaches to South Vietnam 16 miles below the demilitarized zone. The day's barrage followed on the heels of perhaps 300 rounds of heavy artillery, rockets and mortars that Communist gun- ners slammed into the combat base and the adjacent peaks Wednesday night, killing seven Leathernecks and wounding another 77. Of the 77 wounded, 37 had to be evacuated. The North Vietnamese fired their 152mm guns, their biggest artillery, at Khe Sanh for the first 'time. U.S. officers continued to expect a big enemy offensive against Khe Sanh. But the heaviest ground fighting reported was on the central coast some 230 miles to the southeast, where troops of the U.S. 1st Air Cavanrly Division and the South Korean Capitol Division reported 179 NortSi ietnamese killed in fighting Tuesday and Wednesday near Phu Cat. AP correspondent Peter Arnett reported from Marine headquarters at Da Nang that the Leathernecks apparently feel they can hold the Khe Sanh combat base but other positions in the neighboring hills are See VIETNAM on Page 2 Canning Co. Election Starts It Industrial X 68 Is on Move John Watson, new chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Committee, took a lock at 1968 and offered the cautious estimate that "it probably will be a good year for us ... over the long run." When Watson speaks of the outlook for the year, he's talking about the industrial outlook. This year should get started in great fashion, he said. "We have this $300,000 bond issue to expand BIytheville Can- miiimiiiimiRiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimimiimiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Foment Variable cloudiness and wann- er tonight and Friday. Low tonight mostly in the 30s. MIIIHMIIIIV^ ning Co. This is great news for us. There is no tax involved and we don't have to pledge any taxes in the future. That's Hie sort of business you ilke. (Voting on the issue is Tuesday) "But in addition, expanding an existing industry always is good from our standpoint because it is much less expensive. For example, BIytheville . Canning owns the necessary property and we don't have to supply roads or facilities such as sewers. "So it is really good news." Watson pointed out that the canning company expansion will add some new jobs immediately, but that its long • range effects will be the biggest prize. "It will stabilize employment out there and- eventually lead to more work for the peopl* now employed. It also shows know." that the company has great faitti in BIytheville. .They are the ones who'll have to pay off that $300,000 in bonds, you pllllllllllllllllillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllttlllllHIIIIIIIIIIj Absentee Ballots Are Available Absentee ballots have been delivered to both _ BIytheville and Osceola | court houses, Election Com- ] mission Chairman W. J. | Wunderlich reported today. I ilie ballots were deliver-1 ed yesterday. I Persons who plan to be m out of town during Tues- = day's special election may begin voting today, Wunderlich said. * * * Watson is concerned about getting the industrial park (site of two new industries which just now are approaching full production) organized to take care of additional industries. "We have a good prospect list (of interested manufacturers)," he said, "I think by the middle of the summer, some of them are going to be ready to move ... I hope they'll move here, of course." However, at a meeting of the Industrial Committee, Watson pointed out that development of the industrial park is going to require close attention to detail. As a result of this suggestion, Chamber President Alex Hill offered the idea that a special committee is needed to See INDUSTRY on Page t NEED MORE ROOM—Allen Bush, a BIytheville Canning Company official, and some company -workers examine part of the firm's operation. Tuesday, citizens will vote on a $300,000 Industrial bond to finance expansion at the plant. The bond will not Involve Increased taxes since .the bonds are guaranteed by the company. (Courier News. Photo)

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