The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1968 · Page 1
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Tuesday, April 2, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS yOL.68--NO., 18 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Thieu Foresees U.S. Viet Troop Removal Nguyen Van Thie» SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu said today his government could agree to a gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops beginning by the end of this year, but he made clear he would hate to see them go. In his first comments on President Johnson's de-escalation speech Sunday night, Thieu told a news conference that only more troops can hasten the end of the war. He also said if the United States withdraws from Vietnam, "they will be avoiding their responsibility and deserting the free world." But when asked by what date he thought the United States could begin to withdraw, Thieu U.S. Jets Step Up Panhandle Bombing By GEORGE ESPEE Associated Press Writer ' SAIGON (AP) - U.S. warplanes are stepping up their attacks on the southern part of North Vietnam during President Johnson's ban on bombing of the Hanoi-Haiphong industrial heartland, it was learned today. U.S. bombers flew more than 100 missions against the North Monday, nearly double the average number of raids on the southern part of North Vietnam before Johnson's curtailment of the bombing; ' Prior to Johnson's order, the number of air missions over the southern part of North Vietnam had been averaging about 60 a day, with an average of 40 to 50 missions flown daily against targets around Hanoi, Haiphong and north to the Chinese border. One raid Monday made clear that the area of North Vietnam which Johnson left open to attack extends to within 80 miles of Hanoi and some 210 miles northwest of the demilitarized zone. That was the location of the northernmost attack, on a supply target a mile south of the coastal city of Thanh Hao, and a U.S. military spokesman said it was outside the area covered by the bombing ban. Johnson in his speech Sunday HH LBJ Plot Today Hubert Humphrey WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who has not said' whether he will seek the presidency, met with President Johnson today for the first tune since Johnson announced he does not want a second term. Humphrey, who arrived here late Monday from a diplomatic mission to/ Mexico City, told a crowd of supporters meeting his plane he will say "later on" whether he will be a candidate. But in Philadelphia, Mayor James H. J. Tate told newsmen Monday a Humphrey aide indicated to him the vice president will run for president. Humphrey joined Johnson at a White House breakfast attended by the Democratic congressional leadership. Johnson also has on tap a meeting with Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who: already is contending for the Democratic nomination, with no date announced. Kennedy requested the Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy through Wednesday. Occasional rain and a chance of thunder-showers tonight diminishing from the west during the day on Wednesday. Mild tonight. Turning cooler from the west Wednesday. Low tonight mostly 'SOi. meeting to discuss national unity following Johnson's startling announcement Sunday night that he won't seek or accept re- nomination. Johnson told newsmen Monday he would grant Kennedy's request. Johnson's announced exit prompted Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, another Democratic contender, to make last-minute efforts to counter a potential sympathy vote for the President in today's Wisconsin primary. Only the President and McCarthy are listed on the Democratic ballot there and private polls taken before Johnson's announcement showed McCarthy way ahead. In a nationally broadcast speech on primary eve McCarthy said Johnson's decision not to run again "deserves, I think, the approval, the honor and the respect of every citizen of the United States." Humphrey, who was on a diplomatic mission in Mexico when Johnson made his decision public, stepped from a plane into the chilly Washington air late Monday night .and got a warm welcome from about 500 persons, many of them bearing placards urging him to run. "I will meet with President Johnson tomorrow and I shall be talking to you later on," Humphrey told them. Standing behind him as he read his statement was Secretary of Agriculture Orvilie L. Freeman, a former three-term governor of Minnesota who was Humphrey's' protege early in their careers. Freeman made no comment about whether he would back a Humphrey bid but Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr., D-N.J., who also was in the crowd, said ha would support such a bid. A Humphrey bid apparently would also attract support among Democratic leaders and labor chiefs. An Associated Press poll snowed that some Democratic national committeemen and governors would look toward Humphrey although a large percentage of them expressed hops See LBJ on Page X night announcing curtailment of the bombing said U.S. planes would continue to attack the area just north of the DMZ because of the threat from there to forward allied positions below the .DMZ. He said his ban applied to "most" of North Viet-, nam and to an area in which 90 per cent of the North Vietnamese live. U.S. planes flew a total of 105 missions against North Vietnam Monday, with the major effort against targets in the area of the Mu Gia Pass, a supply funnel into the Ho Chi Minh trail through eastern Laos. Air Force pilots reported destroying or damaging seven trucks, one railroad tunnel, nine military storage structures and one bridge. . The targets also included . three, coastal radar, sites 36 miles north of Vinh, which is 130 miles north of the DMZ. Pilots . reported knocking at least one of them out. Johnson's order restricting the bombardment of North Vietnam also applied to shelling from U.S. Navy ships offshore, and this continued in a limited area Monday. The U.S. Command said a 7th Fleet destroyer blasted the Hoi Cua highway bridge about 37 miles southeast of Vinh. Johnson gave no hint of how long the cutback would continue. But South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu told a news conference Hanoi must give a satisfactory response in "a matter of weeks, not a matter of months." He said his government had agreed to the curtailment. Thieu under questioning by newsmen said If.'the United States wants to take its troops out of Vietnam, his government could begin to replace them by the end of this year. But he made clear he would hate to see the Americans go. In South Vietnam, Viet Cong gunners : sent seven rockets whistling into Saigon's big Tan Son Nhut airbase today and shelled three other places from Hue along the northern seacoast to the Mekong Delta. Damage from the shellings was described as light and in all nine persons were wounded. One shell set fire to a tank at South Vietnam's biggest oil depot, at Nha Be, six miles south of Saigon. It had. been hit with mortars Monday. replied: "If the United States requests a withdrawal of its troops, we can agree to a gradual withdrawal beginning by the end OM968. Of course, we will never ask the United States to go home, but if the U.S. government wants it, we can begin to relieve some American troops with our new effort to mobilization." Thieu recently announced the South Vietnamese armed forces would be increased 135,000 men by the middle of the year and said general mobilization would be necessary after that. Although an aide said earlier that Thieu had accepted President Johnson's invitation to visit the United States, Thieu said the invitation was still under consideration. He said the formal invitation had been received "only this morning," some hours after Johnson revealed it in a speech in Chicago. A spokesman for the South Vietamese government said earlier that the date of the visit would depend on Thieu's.sched- ule and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky would not accompany . : ELECTED — Bob N. White was elected president of the Blytheville Jaycees last night. He succeeds Ted Johnston. First vice-president is Jimmy Austin; second vice-president is Cleo Pope; treasurer is E. L. Dunn; and secretary is Henry Biggs. New board members are James Lantrip, Webb Lasater HI, Don Christian and Buddy Hughes. (Courier News Photo) Schools Launch Census A campaign calculated to save Blytheville school officials shoe leather and tired feet and result in a more accurate tabulation of school - age children in the district was launched yesterday, according to Supt. J.K. Williams. The census - which involves counting children between ages See SCHOOL on Page 2 him. Thieu told the news conference the South Vietnamese government had agreed to the curtailment in U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, but "This is the last time we want to show our good will." He said if there is no satisfactory response from Hanoi his government will not delay its general mobilization order "We will do it now." Like President Johnson in Ms announcement of the bombing curtailment, Thieu set no deadline for Hanoi's response. But the South Vietnamese leader said: "It is a matter of weeks, not a matter of months." —His government Will never agree to a coalition government with the Viet Cong. The Viet Cong can participate in peace negotiations, but only as part of the North Vietnamese delegation. Thieu and Ky have insisted on both points repeatedly. —He does not think President Johnson's speech Sunday was the first step in a face-saving American withdrawal from Vietnam. "I have no suspicion of that because of the decisive stand of the United States ... concerning peace in all of Southeast Asia," Thieu said. —U.S. pressure could never force a coalition government including the Viet Cong on South Vietnam. "This is a Vietnamese war," Thieu said. "The American government and policies can change but the ideals and policies of the government of Vietnam will never change ... We will not accept any policy that runs against the Vietnamese people." —Differences between Thieu and Vice President Ky are overemphasized. "We may differ on individual points, but we are working together for the highest i-.teresis of Vietnam," Thieu said. He appealed to the newsmen not to look "with a microscope for small differences which are sometimes imaginary between the vice president and myself." Thieu added that he had asked Ky to take on the supervision of a project to organize civilians into armed self-defense units. ONE OF THE MANY-"Remnants of an American bomber in Hanoi," is the caption accompanying this picture received from an official Communist source in North Vietnam. The guns around Hanoi " won't have a chance at American planes for a while ~ as that area has been declared off limits by President Johnson. It is hoped this gesture will influence North Vietnam to deescalate their war effort. No Response to Bombing Pause Foolish: Fulbright LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Sen. J. William-Fulbright, D-Ark., said Monday that the North Vietnamese would be "extremely foolish" if they did not respond soon to moves announced Sunday by President Johnson. "I think this is a very useful move by the President," Fulbright said. "I think the president's statement shows he is really determined to bring about peace, a liquidation of the war. "I'm sure they (the ' North Vietnamese) were taken by surprise, as practically all of us were, and it will take a bit of time for them to sort out their thoughts," Fulbright said. "But I would say that within a few days they should make some move." Johnson called for restricting the bombing area in North Vietnam. Sen. John L. McClellan, D- Ark., said he .couldn't understand Johnson's statements on the bombing. "If he means a step to pull out of the war, gradually deescalate until we. get.the troops out and negotiate at any cost on any terms to try to end the war — if that is what he means, then we will have expended great treasure, the lives of many troops will have been spent in vain," McClellan said. "In other words, getting into it in the first place was a stupendous blunder and now he proposes to retreat and maybe surrender," McClellan said. Hep. David Pryor, D-Ark., said he would support the bombing halt. Pryor said, however, that if Hanoi "does not react within a certain period — I don't know what period—I think the bomb- See FULBRIGHT on Page 2 2 N. Viet Paper B/ows /// Wind MOSCOW (AP) — The North Vietnamese army newspaper said today President Johnson is trying to mislead public opinion with his order limiting bombing of North Vietnam, Tass news agency said in a dispatch from Hanoi. It was the first North Vietnamese reaction to Johnson's proposal Sunday niglit to begin peace talks in exchange for the bombing limitation and foreshadowed possible rejection of the President's offer. The newspaper said Johnson still has not agreed to halt bombings and other military actions unconditionally. President Ho Chi Minh's regime has declared repeatedly there must be an unconditional halt to the bombing of North Vietnam before peace talks can begin. "Our people want peace," Tass quoted the newspaper Quan Doi Nhan Dan as saying, "but real peace must go with genuine independence and freedom. As long as our beloved homeland is overshadowed by American aggression, our country will not have genuine freedom and independence." A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY was entered in Circuit Court yesterday by Sgt. James Terry Acuff Jr. of Blytheville Air Force Base who is awaiting trial on charges of dispensing marijuana and possession of marijuana, according to Police Chief George Ford. Acuff is free on $3,000 bond and his case will probably be heard later this week, Ford said. • GOSNELL SCHOOL was host to 60 teachers and administrators who represented 12 schools in northeast Arkansas during a reading clinic last Saturday, according to Jim Hill, principal of the school. The purpose of the clinic, which was sponsored by the Arkansas School Service, was to provide information and ideas to enrich the reading programs at the various chbols, Hill said. . • . . • ' 9 ROY COOPER JR. of Hayti is one of four new members appointed to the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, it was announced recently William L. Taylor, staff director of the commission. Cooper, an official with the Farmers Home Administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a former member of the Pemiscot County Human Relations Committee. : • THE MISSISSIPPI COUNTY Easter Seal drive gets underway this week, according to Co-chairman Ed Allison. Almost 11,000 North Mississippi County residents will be contacted by mail and asked for financial support. The 1968 goal is $2,000, Allison said. Officials Fear Big Supply Run by Reds By BOB HORTON AP Military Writer .. WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force officials say the North Vietnamese are likely to take advantage of the U.S. bombing limitation by preparing a massive supply run southward. The allied forces face the Job of trying to intercept the new flow of goods ticketed for enemy troops in South Vietnam, the Air Force sources added, They said a month-long bomb- Ing halt would permit the Communists to. rush 100,000 tons of supplies South, In other Pentagon «action to President Johnson's Sunday night speech on Vietnam, de- fense officials said the administration plans to mobilize up to 60,000 .reservists. But they stressed the figure could vary up or down depending on Pentagon studies under way. The Pentagon is expected Wednesday to issue an initial mobilization order affecting 15,000 men. V The President has ordered limited air attacks to the area above the Demilitarized Zone, automatically freeing Communist truck and rail movement in the upper bulge »f North Vietnam. Johnson expressed hope the de-escalation move would produce peace talks with Hanoi. One of the President's major war-policy critics, Chairman J. W. Fulbright, D-Ark., of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said if the North Vietnamese "have not lost all sense of perspective" they will respond quickly to Johnson's bid. "the North Vietnamese will be extremely foolish if they do not respond favorably, and will themselves be in the arbitrary position ... I would say that within a few days they should make some move." The key communications line in North Vietnam's upper bulge freed from bombing by the President's order is a rail line extending south-westward out of Red China Into Hanoi. The line carries I substantial amount of small arms from China. This rail line has to be hit regularly to disrupt its use. In addition, the military would have liked to continue striking industrial plants and military complexes located in the same northeast quadrant. How much the enemy benefits from the cessation—assuming Hanoi doesn't move immediately toward negotiations—will obviously depend on how long the bombing halt lasts, officers said. Defense officials declined to to be identified told, newsmen there is no tune limit on the •bombing cessation. But the*j officials also pointed cut the United States is lw« months away from the best flying weather over North Vietnam—throwing open the possibility American planes might ^ resume full operations this sum- * mer if Hanoi takes no reciprocal act of de-escalation. . Defense officials declined So state exactly what area may be bombed under the President's guidelines. Johnson said the area now im- • mune to attack "Includes aU. most 90 per cent of North Viet- ( nam's population and most of its territory"-the ' Hanoi and ' Haiphong centers obviously included. Somewhere down the MUttalfm kg of North Vietnam, air attacks are .permissible, 0 ,

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