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Monday, February 5, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 273 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5,1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS U.S. CLAIMS PUEBLO APOLOGY NOT II. S. BENDING?—South Korean sources are U. S. statements. The South Koreans released claiming the United States soon will admit the their claim in a report on the third meeting at U.S.S. Pueblo violated North Koretn waters Panmunjom between the U.S. and North Korean when it was captured. Inset in above map shows diplomats, the position of the Pueblo according to earlier ' By K. C. HWANG Aossicated Press Writer SEOUL (AP) — The newspaper Chosun Dbo said the United States agreed today to apologize to North Korea and the North Koreans agreed to return the 83 crewmen of the seized intelligence ship Pueblo. This was denied in Washington. "We have no confirmation on that," William P. Bundy, Assistant Secretary of State said, said. "As of this moment we cannot report any progress." Bundy added that meetings between the United States and the North Koreans are continuing. . Quoting an unidentified South Korean government source, Chosun Ilbo said the agreement was reached at the third secret meeting of U.S. and North Korean representatives held at Panmunjom, where the Military Armistice Commission meets in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. The report said the United - States agreed to a Communist demand (Jiat it sign a note of apology admitting that the Pueblo violated North Korean waters. U.S. officials in Seoul said they could neither confirm nor deny the report. Earlier South Korean sources had reported the meeting at Panmunjom today and said the North Koreans offered to release the body of one dead American and "several" injured if the United States would admit the Pueblo was trespassing. Seoul radio station said three helicopters were, waiting at Hie conference building at Panmunjom in expectation of the release. A source at the 121st U.S. Army Evacuation Hospital 15 miles west of Seoul said one wing had been on the alert since Sunday to receive the Pueblo's casualties. The sources said the negotiations at Panmunjom are being carried on by Rear Adm. John V. Smith for the' United States and Maj. Gen. Pak Chung Kook for North Korea. They were reported meeting with only interpreters present, as they did first on Friday and again Sunday. U.S. Embassy and military spokesmen in Seoul refused to comment on the reports of the meeting today. Reports of the.North Korean offer to return the casualties circulated after the meeting Sunday, but U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk said he had no word of any such'offer. Some Seoul officials expressed suspicion that the United States was getting ready to issue an apology to North Korea over the incident in order to get the Pueblo crewmen back. A spokesman 'for President Chung Hee Park's ruling Democratic Republican party said party leaders agreed the secret American-North Korean talks at Pan- munjom would "only encourage further Communist provocations" in Korea. North Korea's official press agency claimed a fourth officer of the Pueblo—its navigator- had admitted that the intelligence-gathering vessel had violated territorial waters of the Communist nation. The agency quoted Lt. Edward Renz Murphy Jr., 31, of Berkeley, Calif., as saying the ship had entered North Korean waters more than five times be- fore it was captured Jan. 23 The statement attributed to Murphy, like the other three before it, included an apology, a promise not to engage in future "hostile acts" against North Ko- See KOREA on Page 12 Man Shot To Death Saturday A 70-year-old Blytheville Negro man was shot to death Saturday afternoon at the Stag Pool Room on West Ash. George/Cbhley was shot five times about J:20 p.m. Saturday and Was dead on arrival at Chickasawba Hospital, according to city police. Immediately after the shooting a 43-year-old Negro man was arrested at the pool hall by Sgt. E. M. Finley, and Offi- See MAN on Page 12 Killer in '67 Reds Hit Khe Sanh February 5 BURGLARS BROKE INTO the Wardell school sometime over the weekend, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department said today. The thieves chisled their way into the school's concrete vault and took a cash box containing an undetermined amount of money, investgiating officials : said. The robbery wasn't discovered until this morning and there are no leads at this time, the sheriff's office said. MRS. VERNA CRAIG, the sister of Loy Welch, died this morning in Hazelhurst, Miss. She was 81. Services are incomplete, but will be held in Hazelhurst. : ' • * HEART-DAYS-FOR-BUSINESS, a solicitation of local businesses, begins today and will be conducted for six days, according to Chairman Leon Jones. Fifteen businessmen are expected to volunteer to work as solicitors, Jones said. The '68 Heart Fund campaign ends Feb. 22 when about 200 volunteers will canvass the city, collecting •donations and distributing literature, according to Jones. * MISSCO GUN CLUB meets tomorrow night at Arkansas-Missouri Power Company. National Rifle Association Awards will be presented the club's top shooters and new officers will be introduced. ' : Officers are: Hayes T. Sullivan, president; Jim Lunsford, vice- president; Mrs. SueGreer, secretary-treasurer; Roy Bray, executive and chief instructor. .':.: : ' . *>; •. • •• EDWARD REDMOND, 47, a Houston repairman who revealed recently that he had seen inmates killed at Cummins Prison 'Farm, said Sunday he fears reprisal from former prison officials or inmates. , Redmond also said he was warned over the telephone not to talk about what he had seen at Cummins. He said the caller identified himself as a Houston businessman and a former Cummins official.; Redmond said the man would not give his name. GOV. GEORGE ROMNEY credits Barry Gold- .water, the Republican whose presidential ticket he would not endorse, with prodding President Johnson "to finally take some action against the growing ''lawlessness in the land." As Romney renewed his own GOP presidential campaign today, he said that was one of the products of the conservative GoldwateV's 1M4 race for At 1 Heart disease killed more people in Mississippi County in 1967 than any other cause, according to the Mississippi County Health Department. In its annual report — released yesterday — the department said 194 persons died in the county from heart disease, making it the top county killer. Five other leading causes of death and the number killed in '67 were: 1) Strokes (cerebral vascular accidents), 81; 2) Cancer, 63; 3) Accidents (auto, 11 — other, 17), 28; • " 4) Stillbirths, 27; 5) Pneumonia, 20. * * * Births far surpassed deaths county-wide, however, with registered births numbering 1,603 compared with 552 deaths. Tiie county's favorable infant mortality rate may — in part — be attributed to the'health department's 13,715 immunizations given to children. Also hot to be discounted is the fact that 1,213 persons attended special clinics . . in fact 153 clinics. The number of immunizations given were listed as diptheria and tetanus, 3,265; Diptheria - whooping cough- tetanuSj 1,407; Polio; 4,197; Measles, 3,043; Typhoid, 170; Smallpox, 1,633; And 86 doses of rabies vaccine issued to physicians. Special clinics dealt with prenatal care, family planning, baby care, crippled children and tuberculosis: check-ups. They were attended by more than 1,200 people within the county. :' **'•*• In the area of communicable disease control, eight new cases 'of tuberculosis were discovered, 5,259 IB skin tests were performed, and 1,230 x-rays were made by the department. There were two;cases of venereal disease reported and health officials investigated 10 suspected cases. • , • Other communicable diseases reported were six of meningitis one of encephalitis, two of malaria, four of hepatitis, four of ahigellosis, six of salmonellosis, one of tetanus, and one of a typhoid carrier. Heal* department nurses made 576 home visits giving as- •istance to patients and 343 ser- l«MlttCO«Pa««ll '•' y, • ^ By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON, (AP) - U.S. Marines beat off 200 to 300 North Vietnamese troops attacking a hill overlooking the northwest fortress at Khe Sanh today. The Viet Cong opened a fresh heavy attack in Saigon while fighting continued in Hue and other targets of the Communist offensive against South Vietnamese cities. Police reported about 400 Viet Cong overran a police substation in Saigon after nightfall and launched a heavy assault on a main police precinct in the city. The attacks came after allied officials reported the Communists would open a second big attack on the capital. It was too early to know whether the 3%-hour ground assault on Hill 861A, accompanied by a heavy artillery attack on other positions at Khe Sanh, was the start of the expected North Vietnamese offensive along the northern frontier. But the U.S. Command disclosed it had moved 3,500 paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to the northern sector "to be JET GUN-This new rocket research, maneuvering unit has been • redesigned for for U.S. spacemen to use when leaving their spacecraft. Fuel is attached to the handle and will last six times as long ai firorioui mbdDt. prepared for any contingency." Since the first of the year, the U.S. Command has shifted about 15,000 Army troops to the northern sector to back up 40,000 Marines already there. Intelligence officers estimate at least 35,000 North Vietnamese troops are massed in the frontier region. The North Vietnamese attacked a Marine company holding Hill 861A with Bangalore torpedoes, explosive charges and bazooka-type rockets. The hill is a bald patch of scarred earth that dominates the northwestern approach to the Khe Sanh Marine base three miles away. AP correspondent John T. Wheeler, with the Marines at Khe Sanh, reported that the Leathernecks crushed the attack with the help of artillery and jet air strikes that sent the Communist assault waves reeling back. Six North Vietnamese bodies were found inside the company's perimeter and about 150 more were just outside. The Marines also reported capturing two prisoners and 64 weapons. The company.defending the hill reported seven Marines killed and 24 wounded. Wheeler said that during the battle Communist gunners fired more than 300 rounds of rockets and artillery on the main Khe Si.nh base 16 miles below the demilitarized zone, the airstrip and other hill positions three to six miles from the strip. Only a handful of men were reported wounded in these attacks. .A U. S. spokesman in Saigon said the assault "looks like a probing attack to test our defenses." U.S. B52 bombers flew six raids Sunday and today in support of the 5,000 Marines at Khe Sanh, who face an estimated 20,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. U.S. commanders feel that if the Communists can push through Khe Sanh, they could move on through the Quang Tri and Cam Lo Valleys 30 miles into Quang Tri, capital of South Vietnam's northernmost province. The U.S. Command said the Communists have tost 16,976 men'killed since launching the cities campaign last Tuesday. It said,1,477 allied soldiers hav« been killed, 471 of them Americans. • k HIM, fcufe VlttauuM .planes bombed the walls of the ancient citadel Sunday in an unsuccessful attempt to open a breach for assaulting infantrymen. A low mist kept the planes away this morning but U.S. 7th Fleet cruisers off shore joined the battle for the first time; firing at enemy positions with their eight-inch guns. Associated Press correspondent John Lehgel reported from Hue that South Vietnamese troops controlled the northern portion of the walled citadel but perhaps 1,200 Communists held the rest, including the inner courtyard, and apparently were determined to fight to the end if necessary. Elsewhere in the former imperial capital 400 miles northeast of Saigon, U.S. Marines advanced another 500 yards in house-to-house fighting, Leng reported. He said the Leathernecks held an area of about one square mile. Allied forces claim they have killed nearly 1,200 enemy soldiers in the Hue fighting. U.S. Marine casualties there are estimated at 35 killed and 230 wounded so far, and a dozen U.S. cvilians still are not accounted for. : Field reports said one South Vietnamese military hospital in Hue had 1,000 casualties including both government soldiers and civilians. Lengel said U.S. Marnes broke through to a house where 39 U. S. Army and Air Force men had been trapped for five days and none of the 39 was hurt. Saigon appeared almost nor- mal for a while Sunday, with Vietnamese women out strolling and food vendors resuming business, but Viet Cong troops were attacking government forces'in See VIETNAM on Page12 Special Legislative Session Is Today LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's first of two proposed special sessions gets under way at noon today with several major proposals, including a proposed minimum wage bill, among the 72 items to be presented to the legislators. A possible constitutional convention, an attempt to make Lynn A. Davis eligible to serve as State Police director and revision of Act 113 of 1967 which exempts some industrial machinery and equipment from the 3 per cent sales and use tax are among the other major proposals in the governor's call. Prison reform legislation is expected to be added to the bulky list before noon. Rockefeller has said he would ask that a Department of Corrections be established by the legislature. Rockefeller will speak to a joint session 30 minutes after the General Assembly convenes. • Most of the proposals were reviewed recently by the Arkansas Legislative Council but" the group took no action on the minimum wage proposal which calls for a $1 an hour minimum initially, increasing to $1.20 in two years. , The legislators are expected to favor a constitutional convention but may split over whether the General Assembly should call the .convention or allowjthe electorate to decide. The mechanics of the convehtion.yn- eluding how delegates should'be selected and a timetable for the convention, are expected the center of some debate. '"^ The call most assuredly will be one of the most lengthy and speculation on how long the session will last ranges from a few days to two or three weeks. Township Planning Appointees Named Mississippi County did not get county planning, but it got the first step; toward it today when County Judge A. A; Banks named five members of a township planning board. This township (Chickasawba) board will work with the City Planning Commission as a joint city • township board. It has rather limited powers, but could serve a useful purpose in guiding those agencies which do have some specific powers: city and county govern- N a m e d to the committee this morning by Banks were George Dillahunty, Harry Mantz Bill Bracey, Charles Brogdon and John Gann. Asked why he had not appointed a county-wide commission, Banks replied that he didn't deem the need to be that wide. "If Osceola or Manila or some other such community wants township planning, then I will be glad to consider their request and if a need is clear, I will appoint a, iimilK wnunl* sion," Banks said. Banks said that the duties and authority of the commission will be explained by Graham Sudbury, the county's attorney, in a special meeting later in the month. . WtotAtr Partly cloudy to cloudy and not muoh.chMffj temperatures through Tta Low tonight la the m,' 7

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