The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 1, 1968 · Page 1
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 1

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 1, 1968
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BLYTHEVDLLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 270 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Pueblo: Soviets Twist US Tail By LEON DENNEN NBA Foreign News Analyst UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (NBA) When the 18 Communist parties meet next month in Hungary to launch an ideological campaign against Red China, the Soviet leaders will be able to point to the Pueblo incident as a major victory for their -revolutionary strategy. This is also how Mao Tse-tung sees the seizure of the American vessel and its crew. It explains why, Peking's press and radio have been so lukewarm in their reaction to North Korea's action. The Chinese waited six days before they issued an official statement condemning the United States' "intrusion into territorial waters for espionage activities."- But even then they pointedly refrained from offering or promising any military aid to North " Korea. • 1 This was emphasized by Communist Czechoslovakia which backs the Russians in their conflict with China.;When the Chinese finally mentioned the Piifcb'lo, "their reaction was interesting because it was extremely reserved," said Radio Prague; The Russians, it is clear, stand most to gain from the Pueblo incident. They have met with considerable opposition from-Yugoslavia, Romania and western Communist parties in their efforts to convoke a conference to excommunicate Red China and reassert their supremacy in the world Communist movement. 'But in the view of some diplomats, North Korea's action tipped the scales in Moscow's favor. "It was a serious blow to American prestige," one East European diplomat said. "The Kremlin leaders have shown that under their nuclear protection even a little Communist nation can twist America's tail with impunity." President Johnson, in his efforts to liberate the Pueblo and its crew, had to employ all diplomatic channels. He also appealed to Russia, but let there be no illusions about Moscow's role in the tragic episode. . To have asked Russia to act as a mediator in the dispute between the United States and North Korea was like asking the Mafia to serve as a friend of the court. There is no doubt that North Kore'a is one Asian Communist country that is completely subservient to Russia. Premier Kim II Sung was trained in Moscow and was an officer in the Red Army. He is in fact, a Soviet citizen. To be sure, in recent years, Kim has had to maneuver cautiously between Peking and Moscow. But his allegiance was always 'to Moscow. North Korea would not have dared to seize the Pueblo without Russia's knowledge and backing. Will the fate of the American vessel finally awaken American policy makers to the realization that the Kremlin still stands for world revolution? The main result of'the dispute between Russia and China is that it exposes the real motivating forces behind Soviet policy. It reveals the fallacy of an oversimplified picture of a wholly "peace-loving" Russia as opposed to an "aggressive" and militant Red China. The real bone of contention between the two Red rivals is not whether to fight for world revolution, but which is the right moment to "raise the banner of insurrection." Mao is banking on a spontaneous uprising of the peasant masses. The Soviet leaders rely on scientifically worked-out strategy and the experience of professional revolutionists to dircet the "world revolutionary process." February 1 HOMECOMING AT DELL schools will be Friday night with ceremonies beginning at 5:45. The junior queen will be crowned at 6:15 and the senior queen will receive her crown between the junior and senior games. . Southland School of Pemiscot County is the opponent. . OVERSEAS SERVICEMEN'S names and addresses are being sought by Dud Cason Post of the American Legion here. • "We want to establish contact with these men,'.' a spokesman for the post said. ' • "We'll send them letters and magazines from time to time." Names and addresses may be sent to PO Box 474, Blytheville. VAY RAYBURN OF OSCEOLA, Federal Compress manager, has been elected to the presidency of that city's Rotary club. ' A second run-off election will be held next week to pick other club officers. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT Richard M. Nixon, whose name was entered Wednesday in the March 12 New Hampshire presidential primary, announced today his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. ' •••-,'- :•- •*:-. ••, '., : GEN. WILLIAM C. WESTMORELAND predicted today that the Communists will willow up their current campaign .agaW .My, South Vietnam with their biggest offensive of the war, a drive in the northern end. of the country,.,... . _, - ,_, . It will be the enemy's "main effort," laid the commander of U. S, forces in South Vietnam, and "it could com* at any Umt." City, OEO Raze 83 DOWN—Yesterday, Operation Mainstream workers — under city direction—leveled the 83rd dilapidated house torn down under Blytheville's "Red Placard" project. All houses were vacant and were dismantled with the owners' permission, according to Mayor Tom Litlte. (Courier News Photo) An ambitious city project and an .Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) task force's are being successfully combined to rid the city of blighted houses. ' •...'• y'' . . Yesterday the city leveled its 83rd abandoned, dilapidated house . . . this one on South Franklin. The labor was provided by OEO's Operation Mainstream. The house demolished came under the city's Red Placard project according to Mayor Tom. Little. "This fast apearing red placard is being used by the (city) Office of Inspection and Code Enforcement to designate certain structures throughout the city that do not meet the standards of he city's housing code," Little said. He said buildings affected fall into two classes: 1) "A structure, because of neglect, which has deteriorated to such an extent that it should hot be occupied but can be profitably upgraded; 2) "Or a structure which has deteriorated to such an«extent so as to be unfit for human occupany, a health or fire hazard must be demolished," Little said. Owners of buildings which'fall into either .of these categories are notified by registered mail what action must be taken, he .said. "In all 83 cases since this program began Jan. 1, 1967, we have had full approval of the See CITY on Page 2 VC CONTINUE BIG OFFENSIVE By ROBERT TUCKMAN Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U.S. infantry and armored units battled diehard Communist forces in Saigon again today as the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese pushed their biggest offensive of the Vietnam war up and down .South Vietnam for the third day. As fighting continued to rage in South Vietnam's capital, the Communists rampaged .through other key government cities and, took control of important'areas in some of them. The situation appeared' critical at many points. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, predicted the Communists would follow the current drive with a still bigger campaign against South Vietnam's two northernmost provinces, Quang Tri. and Thua Thien, where the U.S. Marines are on guard below the demilitarized zone. The Communists were paying a heavy price in their current offensive. Westmoreland said 5,800 enemy troops had been killed across the country, •than the toll usualls reported for two or three weeks of fighting. Allied casualties also were high: 555 killed, including 232 Americans, and 1,698 wounded, 929 of thfiiri Americans, according to the U.SS. Command. Civilian casualties mounted into the thousands across the country, with estimates of up to 2,000 killed or wounded in Saigon alone. American armored, and Man- . try, troops were .rushed from • otfe critical areas into some of the threatened cities, including Saigon. As U.S. tanks> armored personnel carriers and infantrymen from three divisions pushed through the streets of the capital to root out enemy resistance, Viet Cong soldiers and political cadre began to surface openly in some thickly populated parts of the capital. In at least two parts of Saigon, men were knocking on doors and announcing: "We are from the, National Liberation Front/ W*~have come tp liberate Saigon." •.: .•;'••. '-." :'• . '••-',. •There were reports the National Liberation Front— the Viet Cong's .political arm—had announced, the .formation of a revolutionary council to, run Saigon. South. .Vietnamese .military headquarters - .reported . street fighting in .nine different places in the capital city of nearly 3 million, people.. -A. wall of tanks and armored personnel carriers surrounded.-the -U.S. embassy, whose grounds'the-Viet Cong occupied for-six-hours Wednesday, and Ambassador. Ellsworth Bunker-'s--residence five.-blocks away. : - •••••• : The -main--gate of the big U.S.-South Vietnamese air basa at Bien Hoa, 15 miles north af Saigon, was reported under heavy attack late this afternoon. Sketchy renorts from the area said large fires could be seen burning inside the base, but there we're no details on the fighting. Aircraft still were landing and taking off at the field. The Bren Hoa Air Base is one of the major allied lair bases; in South Vietnam. , Fighting,was reported "ex- See VIETNAM oi Page t WR Orders All CUMMINS PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller has announced that ho wants all bodies exhumed from the grassy field where three skeletons were dug up Monday. And he says he wants to restrict investigations to the one being conducted by state police. Meanwhile in Houston, Tex:, and Fresno, "Calif.,: former Arkansas penitentiary inmates told newsmen they watched prison guards slay 10 convicts who may be buried beneath some of the numerous depressions in the field. The Arkansas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has asked U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark to have the Justice Department investigate. The Arkansas Legislative Council and the Lincoln County grand jury also are considering inves-- tigations. Rockefeller said Wednesday "I think it is better not to bring more people into an already, confusing situation." He added, "We believe the investigation should be pushed fearlessly but in an. orderly manner, and let the chips fall where they may." The bones already exhumed were sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington for analysis, while Arkansas State Police continued to base their investigation on the asumption that the field is a paupers' .graveyard. Maj. William Struebing, head of the criminal investigation division of the state police, took charge of the investigation Tuesday, the day after Burly inmate Reuben Johnson, 59, a prisoner here since 1937, led diggers to the field where he said he helped to bury 10 or 12 con- victs "shot or beaten to death" by "guards and wardens." The NAACP action was in response to Johnson's claims that most of the men were Negroes. Rockefeller announced Wednesday that he had recommended that the State Penitentiary Board consider having all bodies removed from the unmarked graves and placed in a "proper and decent" burial ground. He said this could be done in conjunction with the state police investigation. Struebing had announced there would be no more digging until pathology reports came in sometime within the next three weeks. The governor promised a thorough probe. He said that the graves might be those of inmates who died destitute and whose bodies went unclaimed. But he said too: "We could be on the brink of uncovering a scandal of untold proportions." The story of Edward Red-• mond; 47, who operates a television repair shop in Houston, Tex., emphasized the latter possibility. . ;, ' •'• : Redmond, who said he was an inmate at Cummins 28 years ago, told the Houston Post He saw a prisoner choked to death with barbed wire, then buried under a. guard tower along with two other slain convicts. Redmond said barbed wir« was wrapped around the prisoner's throat, and that a mounted guard dragged the man until he was dead. He said he saw at least four other inmates, all Negroes, killed by shotgun blasts. An elderly Negro inmate, almost blind, failed to spot a weed See PRISON on Page 2 CASH Dyess Folks Will Hear Johnny Delegates Fly To Aid Farm Bill ELEVENTH HOUR-A cnfyd of last-minute buyers filled city hall corridors yesterday afternoon as they .waited hi line to purchase their 1968 auto license tags before last night's midnight deadline. Any tags purchased now art considered delinquent and car owners will be penalized at the rate of $3 for each 10 days they are delinquent, not to exceed double the cost of, new tags, (Courier News Photo) A delegation of west-of-the- lake farmers and businessmen were scheduled 'to leave Memphis Municipal Airport at 5 this afternoon for Washington Where they will confer with Arkansas Lawmakers regarding new farm credit legislation. The 'delegation has an 8:30 a. m. meeting with Sen. J. W. Fulbright.* . Fulbright ,1s co-sponsor of a bill which, liberalizes farm credit through the Farmers Home Administration. Hearings on Fulbright's bill will continue tomorrow before a Senate committee. "We don't know if any testimony will be required from anyone in our group," R. J. McKinnon, a spokesman for the delegation, commented this morning. "However, 1 we want to be present to give Senator Fulbright the benefit of any firsthand information on conditions in the •ountjr." Fulbright is jointly sponsoring Senate Bill 2714 with a group of other southern senators. The bill provides for three year credit under FHA for farmers who live in designated disaster areas; and stipulates that proceeds from these loans may be used to pay existing debts. "We will be returning late tomorrow night, " McKinnon said. Making the trip are C. M. Hutton, Paul Deaton, Coy Boyd, A. A. Tipton and McKinnon, all of Manila ; Warl Wildy and Jim Pulliam of Leachville ; Gary Jumper, county director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, who, McKinnon said, is serving as County Judge A. A. Banks' " personal represent • ; ative"; And Bill Sheppard of Schobe, Inc., in Memphis, Nationally - known country and western singer, Johnny Cash, who was born and reared on a cotton farm near Dyess, Ark., will bring his troupe to his home state for a one show performance to be held 'at . the Dyess High School t h i:s Sunday, scheduled to begin at 3- p.m. ..•••'•. ..; Cash, whose popularity Ms world - wide, has fans whic"ii number in the millions and His style is considered by many critics to be a unique blend of- folk music and blues characterized by a "foot stomping "" delivery as n e ..accompanies' himself with his guitar. : Other members included in the Cash show are June Carter, The ' Statler Brothers Quartet,' Gene Williams, Carl. Perkins ","' The Tennesse Three and Mother Maybelle and The Carter Fam-; • «iy. ,., • ' . ' . . ,-• Admission for adults is $2 and $1 for children under 13. Weather Forecast Cloudy and turning colder tonight -with rain east ending early tonight. Friday cloudy to partly cloudy and cooler. Low tonight low 30s northwest to tow, 40s southeast. • 1 If '&

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