The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 8, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 8, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 21 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, APRIL 8 ,1968 14 PAGES JO CENTS CHINA L 1 OPTION PLAY — President Johnson said today that he has put another 5,500 miles of North Vietnam off limits to American bombers. The new line is reckoned at the 19th parallel, which is in the vicinity of Vinh on the east coast. The President did not publicize the move, making it unofficial, so that he could maintain the option of bombing up to the 20th parallel ' if needed, U. S. sources said. April 8 A NEW STREET improvement district may take the first step in organization at a 7:30 meeting Wednesday night. City Councilman Joe Warren and Vice- Mayor Denny Wilson have called the meeting for City Hall to discuss a paving project with residents of the district, which would include Cherry from Lake to Ruddle and Rose from Lilly to Ruddle, plus short segments of Lilly, Holland, Walker and Antonia. JOE PARKINSON, TEACHER and basketball coach at Caruthersville High School has been chosen to succeed James Bruton as principal of the school next year. Parkinson has been in the school system for 16 years. WALTER DAY, Blytheville Legislator, has filed for reelection to the Arkansas House. Day is due to become chairman of the Legislative Audit Committee in January. He's also a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council and will be seeking his fifth term. He faces opposition from Roy Ashabranner of Manila. SPECIAL SUNRISE SERVICES will be conducted next Sunday at the Little League ball field at Blytheville Air Force Base, beginning at 6 a.m., it was announced today by Lt. Col. Lee W. Backman, base chap- lin. Rev. Martin Wilkinson, pastor of the .First Presbyterian Church, will deliver (he Easter message; and music will be furnished by the Gosnell High School choir, Backman said. Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Murray Smart, who will also serve as organist, Backman said. The interdenominational service is sponsored by the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance, and the public is invited to attend, Backman added. THIEVES BROKE INTO a service station outside Caruthersville last night and took a quantity of gasoline and an undetermined amount of change from vending" machines inside Hie building, according to the Demi- scot County Sheriff's Office. The forced entry was discovered: at 6:30 a.m. today and reported to police, authorities said. There are no leads at this time, and the investigation is continuing, the sheriff's office said. BOMBING ZONE SHRUNK 5,500 MILES BY LBJ NORTH VIETNAM % SOUTH^TVIETNAM By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - President Johnson has put almost 5,500 more square miles of North Vietnam off limits to American bombers, U.S. sources said today. Below the demilitarized zone, allied ground forces reported killing more than 700 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in weekend fighting. Informed sources in Saigon said the American air forces have been told to keep their raids below the 19th Parallel, which is about 170 miles above the demilitarized zone, n the last four days U.S. bombers have struck no farther north than 160 miles above the DMZ. Publicly, Johnson's order of March 31 setting the.20th Parallel as the northern boundary for air attacks still stands, and the sources said the President did not publicize the new curtailment because he wanted to leave open the option of bombing up to the 20th Parallel, or some 225 miles above the DMZ. The U.S. Command in Saigon declined comment on the reported new bombing limits. ; In Washington, assistant White House press secretary Tom Johnson said there is no change from the March 31 order. Although the area open to at- tack has been reduced, U. S. warplaries have more than doubled the pre-curtailment number of strike missions against North Vietnam's southern panhandle, mostly against enemy supply lines and convoys. U.S. pilots flew a total of 134 missions over the North Vietnamese panhandle Sunday, the highest number in three months, since 144 were flown on Jan. 6. Military spokesmen said clearer weather, as the northeast monsoons move away, made the increase possible. The fliers attacked North; Vietnamese supply lines and gun positions, with the northernmost target an antiaircraft posi- MOP UP — U. S. troops that lifted the seige retreated from, the surrounding hills. There of Khe Sanh were reported today to be mop- were 118 North Vietnamese reported killed, ping up remnants of the N. Vietnamese who tion 160 miles north of the demilitarized zone, the U.S. Command said. In the ground war, the U.S. troops that lifted the siege of Khe Sanh reported killing 118 North Vietnamese soldiers in a series of clashes over the weekend as they combed the jungled hills, around the base on the northwest frontier. The searching troops also reported finding the bodies of 198 enemy soldiers who apparently were killed by U.S. artillery and air strikes. Seven miles to the southwest, U.S. artillery and rocket-firing helicopters smashed four enemy trucks and a tracked vehicle, presumably a tank, U.S. headquarters said. . At one time, an estimated 20,000 North Vietnamese surrounded Khe Sanh but the late estimate is 7,000 enemy troops. Some enemy units were believed fading back toward the hills of neighboring Laos. But North Vietnamese gunners fired 300 mortar and artillery rounds into allied positions late Saturday and Sunday, killing one American and wounding 47. Inside the Khe Sanh base,'the 5,000 U.S. Marines who underwent the 11-week siege prepared to move out to fight elsewhere began moving in. The change was expected to take several days. The Marine commander 1 at Khe Sanh, Col. David Lownds, •47, of Plantation, Fla., said he probably would keep his command post and several .Marine artillery batteries • at the b'asa for several more days. But two Leathernecks posted a sign paying: "Khe Sanh—under hew See VIETNAM on Page 2 Strike Settlement Fails Before March By BOB GILBERT Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Thousands assembled today for a silent march which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. intended to 'lead, as negotiators 'failed"in""i marathon effort to end the city garbage strike before the demonstration began. King, assassinated here Thursday, had corns to Memphis to aid the strikers. Representatives of the city and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes huddled for 18 hours with Undersecretary of Labor James Reynolds, sent here Saturday by President Johnson ia mediate the dispute. The session began at 10 a.m. Sunday and continued early today, with only a short lufi'ch, "break." Mayor 1 "Henry Loeb joined the talks about 2 a.m. However, the negotiators— with representatives of both sides shaking their heads silently—filed out of the hotel where the mediation was in progress at 6 a.m. N.o time for resumption of the talks was set. Nationally known persons in manyfields gathered for the si- Court Reverses Lindbergh Law WASHINGTON (AP) - The death penalty provision of the Lindbergh kidnaping law was ruled unconstitutional today by the Supreme Court. In a 6-2 decision, the court said the provision, enacted by Congress in 1934, discourages the exercise of basic constitutional rights. The provision says the death penalty may be imposed only on the recommendation of a jury. The high court reasoned that this discourages' trial by jury and encourages guilty pleas since the case is thereby taken out of a jury's hands. "The defendant ingenuous enough to seek a jury acquittal Glands forewarned that,. if the jury finds him guilty and does not wish to spare his life, he will die," said Justice Potter Stewart. Stewart went on to say the goal, of limiting the death penalty to cases in which the jury recommends it, is an entirely legitimate one. "But that goal can be achieved without penalizing those defendants who plead not guilty and demand jury trial," he said. Justices Byron R. White and Hugo L. Black dissented. Justice Thurgood Marshall did riot participate in the case. The Lindbergh law was passed in the aftermath of the infamous kidnaping and murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., infant son of the aviation hero, Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, in 1932. It was exactly 32 years ago today that Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted after being convicted of kidnaping the child. lent walk in honor of the slain civil rights leader who received the Nobel-Peace Prize for his program of nonviolence. Federal and state investigators continued their hunt for the "persprLwho shot King to death Thursday as he stood on the balcony of a Memphis motel. U.S. Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark said Sunday in Washington that investigators have "one man on the run." He added, "We hope to have an early conclusion to the investigation, followed by indictment, trial and conviction." "We have a name we're working on," he said. "We know quite a bit more than we did two days ago." Organizers of the memorial march said Mrs. King would be at the head of the parade. However, Mrs. King said in Atlanta, "My plans are not all definite." . March organizers, working throughout the night, said that depending on Mrs. King's wishes, they may represent King's place in the front rank either by a vacant position, or by a young girl dressed in white and bearing a wreath. The march has a second purpose, said the Rev. James Orange, one of King's staff members. It is to push for a settlement of the garbage workers strike that brought the Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader to Memphis in the first place. "If the people in Memphis want to honor Dr. King, it will be because they continue to fight for what Dr. King was fighting for when he was shot down," said Bayard Rustin, organizer of the 1963 march on Washington who is helping to coordinate things here. Rustin said he had no word on whether President Jonson planned to send a representative. The 5,000 Tennessee National Guard troops sent here after King's death will be deployed throughout the city — many of them along the line of march. Rustin has helped train 500 parade marshals, and marchers are getting full-page memos reading: "Dr. King died in Memphis trying to help us. Today we honor Dr. King for the great work he did for all people and particularly for his great love and sacrifice for us ... This can be done if we do not lose our heads. This can be done if we let no man, black or white, trick us into violence for his own ugly purpose." "This will be an orderly, dignified march," Rustin told newsmen at a briefing. "We have called upon all people who believe this strike should be set- tied amicably and nonviolently to come in. We will accept anyone who will follow that." King came here to help 1,300 striking city santitatidn workers — most of them Negroes. The strike moved into its ninth week today as federal mediator James Reynolds, here at President Johnson's direction, contin- Play Canceled LONDON (AP) - A play depicting Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale as lesbians was canceled Sunday night after the police threatened prosecution. Edward Bond's "Early Morning" was to have been given by the English Stage Society at a members-only performance at the Royal Court Theater. ued his efforts to settle the dispute. The cehtral'is's'uehas been the refusal of Mayor Henry Loeb to grant the sanitation workers' union a dues checkoff. ' Boothee Holds Vote Rain didn't • stop the voters last Tuesday in Steele. In the city election almost 600 votes were cast, and in the school election about 800. Tommy German was re-elected mayor in Steele with an 85- vote lead over Robert Garrett. Other city officials elected were Mabel Potts, city collector; W. L. Ledford, police judge Phillip Koury, alderman; Clarence McCollum, alderman; Bill Stanfield, chief of police. In the South Pemiscot school election John Alford and Kenneth Berry were elected school board members. Also in the school election, the tax levy was reduced one cent. There were 144 votes cast against the proposition. * * * In Cooler the following persons were elected; Kenneth Lawler and Waymon Harris, school board members; Paul Cooper, mayor; Tom Hopper, clerk; Paulice Alexander, Arnold Jones and Lawrence Little, aldermen. * * -A In Holland, Rodney Lahue was elected mayor; Clell Wat- drop was re-elected city mar- shall; Anderson Hicks, polica judge; Clifford Jackson, alderman; Olan Pierce, alderman. * * * Hayti approved a 43-cent tax increase and a $140,000 bond which will be used by the school for new facilities for science and home economics departments. * * * In Caruthersville, Cyril Hendricks was elected city attorney; H. G. Sprague, p o 1 i c a judge; Leslie Knott and Dee Barnes, aldermen. Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy through Tuesday with scattered showers and a chance of thunderstorms mainly south portion Tuesday. Occasional rain likely over most of the state Tuesday. Cooler tonight. Not much change Tuesday. Low tonight 40s northwest and 50s elsewhere. iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiv Israel Blasts Arab Commandos By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli troops in helicopters chased a band of Arab commEii- dos out of the Negev Desert and pursued them six miles inside Jordan south of the Dead Sea today, the Israeli army reported. The Israelis withdrew after inflicting a number of casualties and blowing up part of an Arab guerrilla complex, the army added. A military spokesman in Tel Aviv said the action was a limited one that lasted 105 minutes. He denied a Jordanian claim that Israeli armored columns and helicopter troops covered by jet fighters had Invaded Jordan. Jordanian military headquar- of the Dead Sea near the Alien- by Bridge, a major crossing point between Jordan and the Israeli-occupied sector of Jordan. The sound of gunfire could be heard in Amman, 25 miles east of the cease-fire line. The Tel Aviv communique said the Israeli force entered Jordan 35 miles south of the . Dead Sea near Dahal, part of the alleged Arab commando complex hit by Israeli troops in their lightning strikes inside Jordan os March 21. The Israelis gave this version: ;.,.-.. A helicopter patrol spotted thi commandos In the Negev near the Ein Yahav Kibbutz, a community farm, Other helicopters with ihaflMhooten aboard wnt called in. The helicopters swarmed down on the commandos as they headed across the desert toward Jordan. Sharpshooters picked off several of them in the 12- mile chase.. Once across the' border, the Israeli helicopters set down outside the commando complex near Dahal. The Israeli soldiers launched a ground assault against the complex and inflicted more casualties. One house in the complex was blown up. The Israelis then withdrew. In Amman, a military com- munique said ah Israeli invasion force of armor and helicopter- borne troops "covered by a thick umbrella of Israeli jets" (low* fata iMtiiftl *»«** southeast of the Dead Sea. It said Jordanian troops engaged the invading force and that heavy fighting ensued. At the same time, it added, 45-minute and 10-minute artillery duels raged across the cease-fire line north of the Dead Sea in the Karameh area which was another target of the Israeli strike March 21. The Israeli army listed 16 sabotage incidents in the Arvava area between the Dead Sea and the port of Elath so far this year. Three Israelis have been killed and 37 wounded in the attacks, the army said. This included the mining of a Tel Aviv school bus near Be'er M.(-;>* '<>, ' \->,3*,'*' IJEANING into • highspeed tan, ft» «M«a hydwfbfl mfeoat TMracart Mrfarmr during final tettt by Itt de«lgner and builder, Tto Boeing Co. 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