The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 24, 1968 · Page 1
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» llythtvlll* (Art.) Courtor Ntwi - teturdiy. Ftbnury >4,1M» LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT (Scosonolly Adjusted to Nov. '67) Nonagricultura! Employment' ACTION (Continued from Page One) police car number. "To all you good guys who run Action Line: Can you please tell me how Mississippi County representatives voted on : the Lynn Davis bill? Thanks loads." -A Taxpayer, City They all voted for it, according to the Little Rock bureau of the Associated Press, contacted Friday morning. Voting for the bill means the Missco legislators voted to keep Davis out of the state police post until July...and Davis said he wouldn't wait that long. Action Line talked to Rep. Walter Day of Blytheville. Here is. the way he says It shaped nil in the House (his words here are paraphrased): Dur county's delegation in the House favored the bill with no restrictions on residency. An amendment was offered which made it mandatory that the director of stale police be qualified voter. We were told during the arguments on the amendment that Lynn Davis was a qualified voter in Texarkana. Actually, 1 think he was registered, hut COUNCIL (Continued from Page One) They are not. One caller asked how Mayor Tom Little (who's recovering from a heart attack) is getting along (this after several questions on sewer construction). The Councilmen were gratified by the sincerity and courtesy of the callers. Practically all the callers had an honest desire to obtain more information about the $1.5 million proposed improvement of the city's sewer system. Most agreed that the callers they talked with expressed an interest in seeing the city's sewage system improved after they became satisfied that the points they brought to the councilman's attention were being taken care of. ELECTION (Continued from Page One) :oria Humphreys, Mrs. E. J. Browne, Rev. 0. W. Weaver and Rev. P. J. James. WARD 4 A AND C Shamrock Lanes — Hugh Cal- fey, Mrs. W. A. Afflick, Mrs. there is'considerable" doubt that) Ed Wccdman, Mrs. Helen Cot- he will be qualified unlilJuly. fner and Mrs. Billic Bowcn. Something sounded phony t o WARD 4 B Missco Implement — Charles Brogdon, Cecil Graves, Floy Ann Vales, A. J. Brown, Jr., 'and Mrs. Archie Buchanan. WARD 5 A Mississippi County Lumber Company — W. F. King. Ethc- lyn Dunlap, Ernest Hayncs, Eloise Horncr and Mrs. Ralph Todd. WARD 5 B AND C Doyle's Service Station—Leon Denning, R. C. Knipple, .Rev. E. H. Jones, Willie James and Zouline Powell. me. We didn't vole for the amendment and even worked against it. But t h e amendment passed the House. Then, the Republican leaders in the House told us that they had rather have this bill than none at all. We could either vote on the bill as it was amended or vole to kill il. which might mean another bill wouldn't have lime to make it through both houses. Faced with this choice, w e voted for the amended bill. It was a case of a half a loaf being better than none. "What happened to the TV cable system (Harold) Sudbury was supposed to put in? " —Anonymous. City He's doing it now. Pending good weather. Sud bury says his crew should have television pictures available at the distribution point by next Friday or Saturday. H will be about 45 days - if the weather is fair - before a section of the city can be served. he said. He said he probably will decide to wire one section of the city al a time and he's got his crews working on the east side now. When turned on, the cable TV will provide nine channels: In Memphis, channels 3, 5, 10 and 13; Paducah. Kv., channel 6; Cape Girardeau, Mo., channel 12 . Rev. Bill Cook of St. Charles Jackson. Tenn.. channel 7. I M °'> wil1 be the speaker tomor- Channel 2 will be a 24 - houri row af temoon .at 2:15 and at Rev. Cook Rev. Bill Cook At Mission weather scanner, measur ing even the amount of precipitation. Sudbury said. The cable system also will provide FM radio reception, he said. The 500 - foot reception tower will eventually bring in three more channels, according to Sudbury, but he did no? specify what the other three will be. '•We think that when we get th$ system completed it will be the largest cable TV system in the South," he said. 9:45 a. in, Monday through Thursday at Mississippi County Union Mission. Neal and Margaret Suddard will present musical programs, joining Jim Fitz, choir director o f Highland View Baptist Church ol St. Charles. All meetings are open to the public. CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - C. Al- leil Van Fossen, 59, managing editor of the Camden Courier- Post since 1963, died Friday after a heart attack. He started wllh the newspaper 34 years ago a« t copy boy. ; *« ZIP - «J1S Birrr W. llatnri, PutillihW 3rd ll Walnut SI. BIjlfcMlIlt, Ark. Publlihtd d»|ly ficri « l*cond cliu poiU Ark. puld >t Bly- irvillc, AIH. In Bmhefllfe »»i1 tovni la thi Blythevfllt trtd. tmltgry. HOMI, DEUVIHV RATE! REFUGEES (Continued from Page One) vent temporary camps from becoming permanent." The Americans reflect worry that another offensive with the force of the Viet Cong's Jan. 31 assault in the Cholon area of Saigon could generate a chaotic refugee situation. Until Friday, 30 families were housed at the An Quang pagoda in Cholon, in the heart of an area which saw the heaviest fighting in Saigon of the Tet offensive. Then Saigon's politics entered the picture. The current government crackdown on its opposition required the sudden removal of tile refugees to another point. Plain clothsmen cordoned off the pagoda, which was headquarters for the militant Buddhist leader, Venerable Tri Quang. Tri Quang is under arrest. The pagoda itself weathered much of the storm, but the surrounding area is a scene of desolation. There is block after block of rubble, scarred buildings, burned out vehicles. Streets are .lined with the remains of what had been the possessions of the people who lived in the area. The people in I lie camp still seem stunned. Only the children smile as they prance and play. They have enough to eat, provided by the government, and enough water. Some still have money and can shop for themselves. The refugees have been given injections to immunize them against plague and cholera. Sanitation has become a major problem. ''This is one of the best camps," a U.S. official said, referring to a center set up at the Chu Van An school in Cholon, where 846 families are packed into virtually every available crnnny of the three-story building and the courtyard. The courtyard is crammed with military tents and hastily erected lean-to sheds where the refugees share [heir cramped quarters with their ducks and chickens, surrounded by what few belongings they were able to save from the fighting. A stale, overpowering aroma pervades the compound. Naked children play scarcely noticed by their elders. Families cook outdoors on the ground with makeshift fireplaces. They are likely to be in such camps for months, while the government struggles to launch a refugee relief program of housing. They have just begun clearing an area for the project. The government provides the Chu Van An camp with 1,100 Throne Saved In Hue Palace By GEORGE MCAIVTHUR Associated Press Writer THE CITADEL, Hue (AP) The red lacquer and gilt throne on which Vietnam's rulers once received their subjects was recovered virtually undamaged by government troops today after 25 days of Communist occupation. It was surrounded by rubble and the red dust churned up by shellfire. The imperial palace area, a quarter of a square mile inside the much larger walled Citadel, would badly need repairs after the battle of Hue, but the damage was less than had been feared. Elsewhere in the Citadel, which measures a mile and a half on each side, the devastation was almost total. Much of it was in residential areas jammed with small stucco, tile and thatched-roof houses. It was a scene of crumbled walls, damp, decaying bodies, burned vehicles and trees shattered by shells. The thick walls surrounding the Citadel, built by French engineers in the 19th century, escaped major damage in most areas, though they were pitted foot-by-foot with machine gun bullets and the artillery left some scars. The inner wall surrounding the imperial palace was more fragile and was damaged severely. The ornate gates, decorated with Chinese dragons and oriental sculpture, were badly shot up. Gaping holes were blown for the advance by South Vietnamese infantry. The final assault on the palace grounds was led by the 2nd Battalion, 3rd South Vietnamese Regiment of Maj. Pham Van Dinh and a flanking company of Black Panther Rangers, all volunteers, led by Capt. Tran Ngoc Hue, himself a native of Hue. They seized a mixed bag of Communist weapons and ammunition, some discarded GUEST MINISTER - Rev. Dr. E. C. Brown, former pastor of Ihe Blytheville First Baptist Church, will conduct a week-long revival at the Manila First Baptist Church, Feb. 26 - March 3. Services will be twice daily, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dr. Brown Is a member of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. •| pounds of rice a day. There is j little else in the way of food, ex cept what the homeless can rustle up for themselves. "Oh, yes," said the Vietnam ese camp director. "We have a little meat." He pointed out the cardboard box standing in a corner. He reached into it and displayed one of the tiny cans. It was liver pate. SO 1 ' Me iwr BV MAIL PATARtE IN ADVANCE Wllhla Hi mllei ot Bl;thmll> li.M per jr»r Mort than M mllci from BIslhtvUH fll.M per y«w REVIVAL SPEAKER REV. HENRY WOOTEN 7:30 Each Evening Feb. 18-25 CLEAR LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH American rifles and a quantity of North Vietnamese military oddments. They also freed two shaken and weak South Vietnamese soldiers who had hidden inside the palace for 25 days. Their forces took the imperial throne room from two sides and swept by in a matter of minutes. VIETNAM (Continued from Page Or.e) U.S. Marines and 500 Vietnamese rangers. The shelling of Tan Son Nhut airport was the second concentrated barrage there in less than a week. One of the 18 Russian-designed 122mm rockets tbat hit the base tore through a wooden barracks, killing four U.S. Air Force sergeants who had taken cover under their beds. Two other men in the barracks and 29 men elsewhere on the base, including a civilian, were wounded. Six rockets landed in a crowded section of Vietnamese homes and shops just outside the base's main gate. A government spokesman said 11 civilians were killed and five or six wounded. The fcase commander said slight damage to one of the airport's two runways was repaired and both runways remained operational. For the flag-raising in Hue, the. province chief, Lt. Col. Pham Van Khoa, mustered several thousand people to watch from across the river, 500 yards away. The first attempt failed. The red and yellow banner of the Saigon government rose halfway up the pole but then fluttered to the ground when the rope either broke or was cut by the fusillade of gunfire that broke out when the ceremony began. Even so, a weak cheer •went up from the spectators. When the flag finally was raised 45 minutes later, almost no one was watching. Gunfire had broken out at several points on the Citadel side of the river. In general, the people live in fear of a Viet Cong return, random firing from the battle scene, snipers still holding out in the city and harassing Communist mortars and rockets. American sources estimate the southern half of the city— the modern sector—has been 60 per cent destroyed. The devastation is equally great in the northern part, which includes the Citadel, McArthur reported. The city's population of some 145,000 is half refugee. There is no reasonable estimate of the money it will take to rebuild the city, McArthur said. If the imperial throne and other treasures in the palace grounds of. the Citadel are destroyed, they cannot be replaced. In the air war, U.S. pilots attacked the Vinh airfield, a railroad bridge 24 miles northwest of Vinh and a railroad bypass bridge 13 miles northwest of the city. Other raiders hit artillery sites, storage areas, highways, antiaircraft and rocket positions and bunkers just above the demilitarized zone. North Vietnamese Defense Minister Giap spoke Friday night at a Soviet Army Day reception in Hanoi. Hanoi's Vietnam News Agency quoted him as pledging "every sacrifice" until "final victory." Giap made no reference to the possibility of peace talks. In Saigon, South Vietnamese LION LEADERS—Manila's cheerleading corps didn't miss any opportunities to spring into action last night, as they cheered their Lions to a District 2A championship at -Cosnell. Details on Sports Page. '.(Courier News Photo by King) U.S. (Continued trom Page One) prominent Swedish pacifist Gunnar Myrdal, and the militant, left-wing National Liberation Front, (FNL). The U.S. servicemen who have found refuge in Sweden have split into two camps but most of them, according to Bailey, are solidly behind the planned defectors' organization. We believe we will have 2,000 by the end of the year," Bailey said. "That means 2,000 less bodies in the U.S. Army and fewer deaths in Vietnam. It also means a stronger voice for us to send the people back home." Reports ' of new defections mounted. Gosta Johansson of the Swedish Aliens Commission reported the arrival in the last few days of four infantrymen and a sailor, not identified. Another soldier flew.to Stockholm from the United States, conferred with Swedish authorities about possible citizenship and 24 hours later took a plane home. Johansson told of another case of a U.S. Army man, also unidentified, coming to Sweden on a leave and then quickly going back tc his unit in West Germany. The soldier complained that it was too cold here, the aliens commission official said. Weather Yesterday's high — 41 Overnight low — 23 Precipitation previous 24 hours (to 7 a.m. today) — none Precipitation Jan. l to date — 4.08 SunSGt today — 5:51 Sunrise tomorrow — 6:36 This Date a Year Ago Yesterday's high — 50 Overnight low — 16 Precipitation Jan. 1 to date — 3.05 plainclothes policemen threw a ring around the An Quang pagoda, home of Saigon's politically ambitious militant Buddhists. The police said they were under orders to arrest any Buddhist leaders who showed up. In a crackdown on dissident elements, the government has arrested more than 20 political figures so far. A militant Buddhist spokesman said at least six of the sect's important monks have been arrested, including the leader, Thich (Venerable) Tri Quang. The government has announced only four of the arrests of political figures and says the four are under "protective custody" in a safe area—national police headquarters. LAST CHANCE! Shop Til 9 p.m. Tonight Ripley Coot Manufacturing Co. and COAT SPECTACULAR Select a $39 fine wool coat for yourself and get a quality all-weather coat for yourself •r your husband at no extra charge. Mrs. Wickham Funeral services for Mrs. Byrd Hall Wickham, who died yesterday, will be held tomor-' row at 2 p.m..in Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Martin Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be, in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers are .Elbert Huffman, Todd Harrison, Harman Taylor, Mason Day, Ernest McKenzie, and Percy Wright. iiiniiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiii Services By COBB FUNERAL NOME INTEGRITY x iiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliin'' THE LAST DAYS After. fortjysjght years of assiduous Bible study it is now my convic- ti6rt-ihafcWt$ living in the concluding days of God's dispensation Of grace/jh'is ; la|poes not need to disturb or distress anyone, for nothing. bettefVcpiilJ;||j)pen to the world, the nations, mankind, and the. be.-. liever tnan ; |g God should end His long display of grace and.impose His rigtiteoiKjovernment upon the earth. As a grandfather who deeply loves' Jiis/Jfagdcliildren, I could ask nothing better for .my live young, granflSoS|:i|S||that they should grow up and live in a. world. that, js; ' ' •''•" " : • . . . The conviction that we. are living in the last days of this dispensa : tioii is based almost entirely upon a revelation of God set forth in 2 Timothy, chapter 3. In this the Spirit of God is quite explicit as to the conditions that will prevail in the days when God's long display of grace draws to a close. Twenty-one social conditions are set forth which will be so prominent and conspicuous that they make it possible for those who are watchful to know the time. In fact, 8 syndrome of the last days is presented; twenty-one concurrent things are set forth as signs ot indications. However, this revelation has been poorly translated, badly misinterpreted, and often misapplied. I have studied every word of it in the Greek ior many years and believe that this is what it tells us. in the concluding days of God's dispensation of grace one period of peril will follow another.' Men will be utterly self-centered, and they will be lovers of money. They will be empty-pretenders, arrogant, given to blasphemy, and in obstinate opposition to their parents. They will be utterly lacking in gratitude, disposed to do harm, and without natural affection. They will be coarsely abusive in their speech, uncontrollable and violent. They will be despisers of all that is good, betrayers; they will be rash and conceited. They will be lovers. of pleasure more than lovers of God, and they will maintain the forms of godliness while they deny its power. They will slip into. homes and find easy prey in the silly women who are motivated by various lusts and the desire for gratification. If one reads the newspapers and newsmagazines, if he listens to those who are in a position to know, he Will have to admit that, unless all these reporters and observers are badly misinformed, these twenty- one signs are manifest today. These men in their writings are documenting the reality of what the Spirit of God said would be the syndrome of the last days. These things are appearing concurrently. Some of. the terms used by Paul are startling in their accuracy and aptness of description when applied to present conditions. We are now in the last days. Otis Q. Sellers This Is a message in our Newspaper Evangelism Project. We s«k to serv» those viho desire » better understanding of God's Word. .A package of literature will be sent free to all who request It. You will not be visited. THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY P.O. Box 36093 Los Angeles, Calif. 90036 WIN A TRIO ' MUSSE LMAN* "World's MtOft pOpVMf MARTIN HOUtt U.S. Potent K2587S PURPLE MARTIN" TIME IS COMING! Stop in. today and registw for the drawing on a TRIO- MUSSELMAN Aluminum Martin House that »t- ; tracts martins and repejs starlings. Nothing to . Juy? Ask for your free Booklet, What You Should Know Abtut The Purple Martin, excerpted from th« famous book by J. L. Wade, th« Nation'* focMtoit PurpU Martin authority. •••*•••••»•••••••«•«••« Be Ready for The Martins! 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