The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 13, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 13, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 280 BLYTHEVILLE. ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS S. VIETS THROWN BACK AT HUE Secret Pentagon Report Viet Bombing Not Paying By DICK KLEINER " ~ NBA West Coast Correspondent SANTA MONICA, Calif. - (NBA) - The Pentagon has had in its possession, for slightly more than a year, a report stating that continued bombing of North Vietnam is of doubtful value from an economic and military standpoint. This report has just been declassified and its contents are being revealed here for the first time. It was made by Dr. Oleg Hpeffding of the economic department of the Rand Corporation. ljji| |e- search into the economic and political effects of the bombing, sponsored by the Department of Defense, also suggests that there has not been a decisive- re duction in the level of infiltration of men and supplies from north to south. "Although the bombing in North Vietnam," he writes, "raised the cost of infiltartion, the level of infiltration has not been reduced sufficiently to prevent North Vietnam from helping to maintain a combat force in the south strong enough to deny the prospect of a decisive military victory to the United States and its allies in the foreseeable future." The report, dated December 1966, is titled, "Bombing North Vietnam — An Appraisal of Economic and Political Effects". It is a 35-page document which delves deeply into the subject, from every conceivable angle. Hoeffding is a specialist on the Soviet economy and an expert in propaganda analysis. In his conclusion, Hoeffding writes: "It becomes increasingly doubtful that the advantages of continuation or intensification of the (bombing) attacks outweigh the potential net gains from cessation or, at least, drastic and demonstrative de-escalation." (Hoeffding's position today, more than a year later, remains unchanged. He states now: "My own feeling is that my report has stood up fairly well. Escalation of the bombing has occurred and the effects — or lack of effects — has been what I pre- For Continuation of Story and pictures see VIET BOMBING on Page 3 By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — U.S. and South Vietnamese 'Marines launched a ground assault against strong enemy forces inside the walled Citadel at Hue today, but heavy small-arms, machine-gun and rocket fire drove them back. The North Vietnamese troops fought from gunpits burrowed deep inside the grimy black stone walls of the inner Citadel 400 miles northeast of Saigon. AP photographer Al Chang reported from Hue that the sky had cleared after two weeks of monsoon rains, but no air support was flown for the Marines today. Air strikes had been flown against enemy positions in the Citadel Monday, and there was no immediate explanation why no planes were in the air today. "Where the hell is our air support?" one Marine asked Chang bitterly after the costly, unsuccessful assault on the Citadel's inner walls. "We are being chopped up." -•••• More than 1,000 U.S. Marines were tightening the vise beside the north bank of the Perfume River. On the south bank, in Hue's modern quarter the Americans had regained control, and the population crept out of refugee camps and shell- marked homes to bury the dead in hastily dug graves. "The situation in Hue the last three days is generally the same," a U.S. spokesman said in Saigon. "They are holding out along the south wall of the Citadel with their extremely strong point at the southwest corner." Allied spokesmen said that the 14 days of fighting in Hue have cost the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong 2,393 dead, about half of them inside the Citadel. South Vietnamese casualties were reported moderate, meaning the government force was hard hit. There was no announcement of U:S. casualties. Hue, 400 miles northeast of Saigon, is the last of 35 South Vietnamese . cities and towns where Communist forces are still fighting as organized units two weeks after the start of their biggest offensive of the war. It has cost them, by government count, 32,245 men killed, or more than half of the 60,000 troops U.S. officers believe they committed to the offensive. Military spokesmen said the " Communists on Monday shot down a South Vietnamese Air Force Al Skyraider bombing and strafing the Citadel, the two-mile-square fortress which was the seat of Vietnam's 19th century emperors. The pilot parachuted unhurt and the plane crashed outside the city. Communist gunners also shelled and attacked the staging area of a government engineering battalion and the headquarters of an infantry division in Hue. The attacks were repulsed and the enemy left behind three See VIETNAM on Page 2 COUNTY'S OLDEST HOME? — J. R. Gathings, a retired Luxora ginner and . planter, submitted his home as candidate for the county's oldest. Recently, the. Courier's Action Line column asked for nominees. Gathings — backed affidavits and property abstracts — says his home was built in 1852 by Elisha. Williams. In 1918, three rooms were added to the house by J. C. Spann, a Luxora . banker. Gathings bought the house in 1944.. (See related picture on Page Two.) (Courier News Photo) Just Ask Any Kid Osceola Alderman: All Heart By Herb Wight Managing Editor A little boy and his dog brought the embattled Osceola City Council to its knees last night, proving they are men of heart. Even the "Fearless Four," spearheaded an effort to purchase electric power from Arkansas Power & Light, capitulated. Actually, it wasn't just one little boy or one dog but him- Attention Candidates: Chairman Puts Out World dreds of them that touched the hearts of the councilmen. About half way through their two - hour - and - forty - five minute meeting Police Chief Ray Rigsby read the rugged individualists a letter from a firm that buys stray dogs from cities and sells them to laboratories for research purposes. C.L. Smith February 13 Dies . Rites Tomorrow Attention out there Democratic candidates: You have until noon on May the first to file for this summer's party primaries. But, you'd better not wait that long. For some, the filing will take some doing. These pointers on filing came from County Democratic Central Committee Chairman W. J. Wunderlich. Wunderlich is'the man who was caught, in the middle on the .special election of 1 a s t month which resulted in the election of Mrs. L. H. Autry to succeed her late husband's un- expired term, Chairman Bill, on the verbal advice of someone in the attorney general's office, advised prospective candidates of when they needed to file. Subsequently, the AG's office called the Chairman snd told him the deal was off. There was a new filing timi and It was that day. This put Chairman Bill in the toiitioa «f attempting to get ia touch with all prospective candidates in time for them to get to Little Rock and file. Only Mrs. Autry, whom Wunderlich managed to get by telephone in mid-afternoon, and Ed Allison, who was in Little Rock and who had filed earlier in the day, got filed. Charles Moore, an announced candidate, didn't discover that he was expected in Little Rock until around 6 p.m. and he didn't get much encouragement to come down and file (some officers told him simply that they would not be in their offices that evening). Anyway, this is the sort of thing Wunderlich wants to avoid. "We're putting out the word. We've gone over that new filing law that the Legislature passed last year," Wunderlich reported. A candidate for any office in the county in the Democratic primary should, Wunderlich explained: 1. Go to the secretary of the County. Central Committee, Henry Swift, in Osceola and pay the filing fee and sign the party loyalty pledge. 2. Proceed to the county clerk and show the clerk the receipt from the Democratic party. Then it will be possible to sign the corrupt practices pledges (this is not a pledge to be corrupt ... it is a pledge not to deal in corrupt practices, hence the euphemism, "corrupt practices pledge"). Now for those seeking a district office, the procedure is different. These candidates must file with every county secretary in his district, taking the receipts to the secretary of state in Little Rock where the corrupt practices pledge will be The Democratic presidential primary, Wunderlich said, is July 30. The runoff follows on Aug. 13. Candidates for municipal offices will not run In party primaries but will be on the ballot of the November general election. SOME 6,000 GAS baseboard heaters are being recalled by Sears, Roebuck and Co. because the firm considers them "potentially unsafe." The heaters are Homart model numbers 133,72581 or 133.725611; 133.72562 or 133.725621; 133.72565 or 133.725651; and 133.72566 or 133.725661. The plate showing number is located on top of the burner box. Most of the heaters were sold between Stptem- ber, 1962, and December, 1966, a Sears spokesman said. • DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION will hear about downtown urban renewal in a meeting Thursday at 10 a.m. in First National Bank. Mayor Tom Little also will meet with the group. Perry Rothrock Jr., chairman of the association, reported. • DR. RODNEY F. CAltLTON, the pathologist, who examined three skeletons found in unmarked graves at Cummins Prison Farm, said Monday he doubts that they are those of murder victims. He said two of the skeletons "do not show any evidence of trauma or a violent death". He added that none of the skeletons showed any evidence of decapitation, amputation or mutilation. * PRESIDENT JOHNSON says despite the massive Communist offensive in South Vietnam he will halt bombing of the North, start peace talks tomorrow and let the enemy "write the agenda" — If Hanoi doesn't try a double-cross. Services for Christopher Leo Smith, 97, retired Leachville merchant and farmer, will be conducted at 10 a.m. tomorrow in First Lutheran Church by Rev. Sidney Ponseti. Burial will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis. Mr. Smith died at Live Oaks Nursing home in Jonesboro yesterday. A native of Kingston, Jamaica; Mr. Smith came to this country when he was 10. In 1920 he formed a logging company which brought him to the Leachville area in 1922. Quite active until recently, Mr. Smith pursued his hobby of sailing the Atlantic coast until about 10 years ago. He leaves a daughter, Miss Francis Smith of Blytheville, who moved here with her father several years ago. Pallbearers will be Robert Pierce, Atherton Hiett,. Earl Wildy, Leroy Park, Herman Hoffman and Harold Knop. Howard Funeral Service is in charge and the body will lie in state at their chapel here until ( a.m. tomorrow. "They're offering a pretty good price for dogs over 35 pounds," Rigsby said almost apologetically. "They'll pay $6." The aldermen squirmed a bit in their chairs. "I contacted (Police) Chief (George) Ford in Blytheville and he said they sold $450 worth last month," the chief said in an auctioneer's "going - going- gone" tone. The chief really wasn't trying to sell the councilmen on the idea and it's doubtful that even "Supersalesman" himself could have done the job. Shaking his head, one man offered: "I'd sure hate to take some little boy's dog from him" Duty - bound, Mayor Charlie \Viygul grinned and said, "Well it's going to be March pretty soon and I've counted 27 or 28 dogs at a time around the Junior High School in the spring." "Yes," an alderman countered, "but that dog followed some little kids to school." Someone said that the city has an ordinance similar to Blytheville's prohibiting dogs' running at large. Rigsby said the city's dogcatcher picked up 76 dogs during January but, "We only pick up an animal if he doesn't have on a collar or tag." D. N. (Peewee) Morris suggested that perhaps the council should change the ordinance that technically requires catching any dogs that are running at large. Alderman Ed Teaford said maybe it would be best if the dogcatcher Just concentrated on catching dogs without collars or tags. Finally - grinning liks school boys — the guardians of the city's welfare decided to each get a copy of the dog ordinance, study it and "discuss it at the next meeting." And, not too surprisingly, the councilmen — good guys that they are — voted not to sell the city's strays, for laboratory research. * * * .i_ The meeting last night was one of the most even - tempered to date. The council hasn't resolved its differences over the city's electric power problems ... jjyt their disagreements last nipt were displayed in a stricly parliamentarian style. -..:,:' For example: ,;S Wiygul vetoed a resolutioli (Number 76). passed by ;the council Jan. 22. ' •"; (Resolution 76 calls for.ef- See OSCEOLA on Page 3R. E. H. Mann 'J Dies at Age 81 € E. H. Mann, 81, well-know,h Osceola resident, died this morning at Osceola Memorial Hospital. -•; He leaves his wife, Mrs. E; H.. Mann, and one brother, .'V. G. Mann, also of Osceola. s.. Services will be at First Baptist Church in Osceola at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be /in West Lawn Cemetery, Jonesboro. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until lime for services in the church. : The family has requested that any memorials go to the organ fund ot Osceola's First Baptist Church. ;•; IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHMill' ^w Weather Forecast];]! Decreasing cloudiness colder tonight most sections. Wednesday partly cloudy and cold. Low tonight teens north to mid 20s south. ;:!,

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