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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 63—NO. is BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, APRIL 1, 1988 14 PAGES 10 CENTS HEAD 'EM UP MOVE 'EM OUT—Members of the Chickasaw Saddle Club returned to the ways of the "old West" for a few hours Saturday. Thirteen of the members volunteered their services .to assist Ira Koonce m driving 80 head of cattle owned by Koonce from their winter pasture on Shady Lane Road to their summer feeding grounds located 10 miles away, The 'cattle drive began, at 9:30 a.m. and was completed Saturday afternoon at which time the "trail riders" held a picnic. There are approximately 30 members who are active in the saddle club which was formed by area horse lovers in January, 1967, according to Mrs. Leon Franks, wife of the president of the organization. (Courier News Photo) Nation Astonished Over LBJ's No-Run. Announcement RFK SAYS DEMOS IN BETTER SHAPE "What we won When all of our people united, just must not now be lost in suspicion, distrust, selfishness and politics among any of our people. ". .,. "Accordingly, I shall not seek, drid I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." - President Johnson. April 1 PROGRESS ON THE CONSOLIDATION of four area schools will be discussed tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Caraway School when representatives from the Manila, Leachville, Monette arid Caraway school districts" gather to hear a report by the location committee, according to Aubry Wood, chairman of the group. Members of that committee, presidents of the four school boards, are Vernon Dowless, Wayne Taylor, Dukey Speak and Robert Flannagan. NORTHEAST ARKANSAS District 'air Board meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Dixie Pig. ' • • JOHN W. McCAUGHEY, father of William F. McCaughey of Blytheville, died at his home in The Dallas, Ore., Friday. He was 91. In addition to his son here, who flew to Oregon yesterday, he leaves his wife, another son, three daughters and 13 grandchildren. THE COMMITTEE PLANNING for the April 30th visit of Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Country Club. General Chairman W. J. Wunderlich said committee heads will report on ticket sales, readying the old Safeway building, food planning and the like. Wunderlich said his list of those invited has grown to include all Democratic candidates for governor, all Democratic office holders in Little Rock, First Congressional District candidates, Poinsett, Craighead and Crittenden County Democratic committeemen and "about 200 postmasters in the First Congressional District." BLYTHEVILLE AREA PLUMBERS met Friday and organized the Blytlieville Area Plumbers Association. Elected officers were: Frank McGruder, president; J. D. Eatmon, vice-president; and Steven Eatmon, secretary-treasurer. On the board of directors are master plumbers Bennie Nichols, Jeff Hester and Bill Myers. Journeyman plumbers elected were James Carter and R. H. Stewart. M. S. Edwards was elected, house chairman. , Tne last Monday in each month at 7:30 p.m. was selected as the group's regular meeting time. Until a permanent meeting location Is obtained, members will be notified by mail of the location of each meeting. THIEVES BROKE INTO the Idle Hour Lounge in Hayti Saturday night and took approximately $200 In change, cigarettes, and a quantity of whiskey, according to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office. Ifo buralary was discovered and reported to polka IM 10WBDIW M 'tip*.. ";..»,: NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., his presidential prospects enhanced by President Johnson's withdrawal, said today, "I think the Democratic party is in a better position to capture the presidency than yesterday." "I will continue my campaign for the presidency of the United States," Kennedy told a news conference in his first official comment ..on Johnson's... surprise announcement of Sunday night. ' Kennedy said that Suifday night he had dispatched a telegram to Johnson which read in part- "Your decision regarding the presidency subordinates self to country and is truly magnanimous. ' ,. "I respectfully and earnestly request an opportunity to visit with you as possible to discuss how we might work together in the interest of national unity during the coming months." Kennedy was asked how he thought Johnson's withdrawal might affect Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, now regard- By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson says his bombshell announcement that "I shall not seek and I will not accept" nomination for another term is "completely irrevocable." Johnson voiced his emotion- packed pronouncement in a television-radio address to the nation Sunday night. Then he met with newsmen in the White House, living quarters and sought to dispel any suspicion that he might change his mind or succumb to a draft. To do this, he used the phrase "completely irrevocable." Left unanswered " was the question of whether Johnson might try to influence the choice of his successor as Democratic standard-bearer. But his words, taken at. face value, suggested a hands-off attitude. Also up in the air were -the plans of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who might join Sens. Robert F. Kennedy of ed as a possible candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Kennedy.replied: "He's had a very-distinguished record and I just don't know what his plans might be. Certainly the answer to that must come from him." The 42-year-old senator from New York declared: "I'm going to the American people as I have and. present my views and ideas of what we need .to do in ' oiircouhtry." ."Wherever Iweht," he said, '?! found Americans of all ages, of all colors and political beliefs, deeply desirous of peace ia .Vietnam and desirous of reconciliation at home." Kennedy continued: "Despite all the discord and dispirit. . . there remains in the country an enormous reservoir of good spirit and hope. I want to make the country more liveable for all Americans. I want peace in Vietnam, not by surrender but by negotiated settlement that takes into account all the needs of all Vietnamese to determine the future of their country." New York and Eugene J. Mc- .Carthy of Minnesota in the 1968 Democratic sweepstakes. A man of many surprises, Johnson's announcement was his most stunning move in a 37- year career in politics. No president eligible to succeed himself has spurned a fight for the office since Harry S. Truman bowed out during the controversial Korean War 20 years ago, Johnson attributed his decision—which aides said was a year in the making—to controversies rending the nation at this tune, including the Vietnam war. "There is division in the American house now," he said in solemn tones. "There is divisiveness among us all tonight." Then, after appealing to all Americans "to guard against divisiveness and all its ugly consequences," he came to the key passages: "... I have concluded that I should not permit the presidency ;to become involved in the partisan divisions that are de- veloping in this political year. "With America's sons in the fields far away, with America's future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world's hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office— . the Presidency of your country. •"Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomi- naiton of my party for another term as your President." Johnson tacked the-disclosure of his very personal decision onto a major Vietnam policy speech in which he announced his broadest-yet .peace move: An immediate and indefinite halt in most air and sea bombardment of North Vietnam as "the first step to de-escalate the conflict." This military decision, momentous as it was, quickly was overshadowed by the postscript to his speech, which was not included in the prepared text distributed to newsmen in advance. Candidates, politicians of all stripes and ordinary citizens appeared alike in reacting to Johnson's announcement with astonishment. "I was surprised," said Richard M. Nixon. McCarthy echoed that sentiment but added that Johnson had made a "generous judgment" clearing the way for national reconciliation. Kennedy withheld immediate comment. Humphrey, in Mexico City for a treaty-signing ceremony, said he was saddened. "I can't believe it," said a GI on the street in Saigon. Within half an hour after niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast Partly cloudy to cloudy and cool through Tuesday. Chance of a few showers west and southern portions tonight and over the state Tuesday. Low tonight mainly in the 40s. Johnson finished speaking, small knots of young people turned out to cheer in a light drizzle in front of the White House. One group from George Washington University carried a bedsheet on which they hid hastily lettered the legend, "Thanks L.B.J." When the President met with newsmen just before midnight, the questions came quickly: Was Kennedy's entry into the Democratic primary campaign a factor? —"It added to the general situation I talked about that existed in the country." Did he have a personal choice for the Democratic presidential nomination? —"I made that clear in the speech,"—an apparent allusion to his statement that he had no time for partisan causes. Would he support any Democratic ticket nominated at the party's August convention? , —"When the time comes I'll make my announcements." ,... Would his decision strengthen his hand in efforts to end the See JOHNSON on Page 2 City Cheers, Tears Follow Announcement Blytheville reaction to President Johnson's announcement that he will not accept his party's nomination for re-election ranged from cheers to somber accolades of LBJ's patriotic greatness. The city's reaction included the following: "Johnson's leaving the race will leave the nomination to Kennedy, but Nixon will w i n. It came ac a surprise. If Johnson had stayed in the race he would have won." —Mrs. Howard Peterson, 1520 North 6th. "He should have stayed in the race."' — Mrs. J. E. Lawrence, 409 East Moultrie. "I don't like it, he should have stayed in." --Mrs. Robert Russell, 2316 Kenwood Drive "I'm glad he did." —O.S.Rol- lison, 405 North Broadway "I'm glad he did. Kennedy has a good chance of getting the nomination...although I wouldn't vote for him." —Mrs. Thomas Dorris, Gosnell "It will pave the way for Kennedy or Humphrey. I think it is a great letdown since Johnson went all out for the war in Vietnam and then got out. It was a smart move since he has had so much abuse during his term." —Arthur Hubbard, Rt. Two, Box 337 "I hate to see Mr. Johnson withdraw since I think he is the best man the Democratic party has to offer. It doesn't leave the Democrats much choice now. I think that he is tired and wants to spend more time with his family." —Bill Williams, 1709 Eastgale Lane "It is a good thing. The nomination is up for grabs now. It would be hard to say who will get it." —Earl Johnson, Johnson Esso Station "I am not surprised that he withdrew. I have always said Kennedy would be the next Democratic nominee." —Malcolm Greenway, 1114 Terry Lane "At his age I don't blame him for withdrawing. It could be See CITY on Page 2 Military View By FRED S. HOFFMAN AP Military Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson's order halting most bombing and naval shelling of North Vietnam clashes with the expressed convictions of key military leaders that it is vital to hit harder. Johnson ordered Sunday night U.S. planes and warships "to ;nake no attacks on North Vietnam, except in the area north of the Demilitarized Zone." Presumably, the order was effective at once. He permitted strikes only in a sector "where' the continuing enemy build-up directly threatens allied forward positions and where the movements of their troops and supplies are clearly related to that threat." The President's action exempts almost 90 per cent of North Vietnam's 17 million people and most of its territory—including Hanoi, the port of Hai- phong and the rice-producing regions of food-short North Vietnam. Military sources said they believe the bombing and shelling will be compressed into a section south of Dong Hoi, a major point on the supply lines, about 35 miles above the DMZ. •This section, they said, includes the Mu Gia pass, through which many of North Vietnam's trucks drive with their loads of war supplies and munitions for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers in South Vietnam. One member of the Joint See HALT on Page 2 Pause Welcomed by Europeans By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON Associated Press Writer LONDON (AP) - president Johnson's'.• new overture for peace in Vietnam was welcomed across Europe and by "some of America's'Asian allies today. But i diploma tic authorities in London expect Hanoi to reject it because of the President's!• companion /announce- m&t that 1 he is not a candidate for re-election. These informants said Johnson's decision not to run again may tempt .the Vietnamese Bad . t> encouragement—to battle on in hopes of the election of a "peace candidate" who might give them better terms. But the emergence of a "win the war" candidate with a strong chance of being elected probably would convince Hanoi it should negotiate now, these sources said. There was no immediate comment on the President's speech from the foreign quarters whose reaction mattered most—North Vietnam, the Viet Cong and the Soviet Union. Moscow Radio briefly report- td Johnson's decision to curtail « No* ham but made no mention of his decision not to seek re-election. The British government welcomed the bombing cutback, which it said "should offer a further opportunity of achieving a just and honorable peace." The government said it was "examining urgently how best (it) can respond to President Johnson's invitation to exert (its) influence to end the conflict." Presumably the British will renew their pressure tor another ticneva conference on Vietnam. .Britain and the Soviet Un- conference which ended the French war in Vietnam, but so far the Russians have refused to join in calling another such parley. • • ' A spokesman for Prime Minister Harold Wilson refused to comment on the President's decision to withdraw from the electoral campaign. But some British officials expressed the fear that the U.S. government •would'become a lame'duck administration ;that might bring Inter-allied decision-making to a halt until January. In Paris, two interpretations JWN put on *• Pmktet'i p* litical move: that he was bowing to mounting pressure in the United States against his policies, and that he hoped to present the Democratic convention with a peace agreement which would result in the "grateful" convention drafting him for another term. Japanese officials, whose government reluctantly supported the U.S. bombing of North Viet. nam, welcomes the de-escalation move. The officials speculated thai Johnson made his announcement after receiving some positive word that it would gtt tevotabla reaction from Ha- noi. Among America's Asian aV lies, officials in Thailand wer« shaken and perturbed by Johnson's political exit. Premier, Thanom Kittikachorn said ht felt that if Sen. Robert F. Kjin- ncdy was elected, the Un States would abandon Asia. Another supporter pf , can policy in Vietnam,' Minister 'Tunku Abdul R,-^-. of Malaysia, said h« hoped *at the decision to cut tttck DM bombing did not, JBMM . the Americans were giving up "tha fight to. preserve,., d against communlm.*

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