The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 15, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 15, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 27 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, APRIL 15, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS LBJ Heads For Hawaii- Talks Set With Park Bj FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer AUSTIN Tex. (AP) — President Johnson ended a relaxed Easter tweekend at' his ranch and headed today for Honolulu for talks with' South Korea's president and with U:S. military chiefs in the Pacific area. The plane bearing the presidential party left Bergstrom Air Force Base at 9:22 a.m. (CST) for the flight of about eight hours to Hawaii. A last-minute'addition to the party was Cyrus R. Vance a former deputy secretary of de- fertee on whom Johnson frequently calls for special assignments. , 1 It was Vance whom Johnson dispatched to South Korea following the Jan. 23 seizure by North Korea of the U.S. intelligence-gathering ship Pueblo. President Chung Hee Park and • other officials in Seoul protested that they were excluded from U.S. -North Vietnam talks at Panmunjpm over return of the vessel and Vance sought to' reassure them. Park has been reported fearful the United States might not remain steadfast in its longstanding resolve to help protect his country against any incursions from Communist North Korea. Besides offering reassurances of this score, Johnson will be urging Park to go ahead with plans to commit another South Korean division to the war in Vietnam where about 50,000 Korean troops are fighting. The United States regards the extra division as vitally needed. Should Park cancel the plan to dispatch the additional men the gap might have to be filled with still more American manpower. Johnson planned to speak on his arrival at Honolulu International Airport. Then he was to go by motorcade to the Iblani Palace where Democratic Gov. John Burns has his office. Press secretary George Christian said today's schedule in Hawaii would be largely ceremonial. The meeting with Sharp and McCain comes Tuesday and Johnson is due to meet with Park on Wednesday. The chief, executive also has been invited to address the 8th annual Interparliamentary Congress of the United States and Mexico Tuesday morning. About 50 Congress members from each country are exchanging views. *Negro Blackmail' JJ Blasts LBJ, WR for Giving In LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Jim Johnson said today it appeared that President Johnson, Congress and Gov. Wintrop Rockefeller "are succumbing to the blackmail demands" being made by Negroes in the wake of the assassination of Dr.- Martin Luther King Jr. Johnson, in a letter to Mayors in Arkansas, said, "If a city, ever entertains the idea for paying blackmail for good behavior, it might as well prepare itself tor the truism—that the first payment of blackmail is always the cheapest." "If 85 or 90 per cent of the people in this country can live under existing laws, we have only one choice to make-either we can demand that the anarchists and revolutionaries in our society obey the law or we shall be compelled to accept an. archy as the status quo," Johnson wrote. Johnson, who is heading a campaign to get former Alabama Gov. George Wallace on the ballot in Arkansas as a third party presidential candidate, said mayors had to stretch every tax dollar to balance current budgets. "In the wake of the havoc wrought by the agitators and out-right rabble rousing of most of the news media the past few days, it appears that additional demands wil be made on your already extended ability to perform," he said. Johnson said such demands on the President and the governor already appear to have produ- ed "amazing" results. "With the near hysterical help of almost all of the news media, the spokesmen seem to have succeeded in indicting 170 million Amercians for the loss of one of their leaders," Johnson said. McClellan Sees Crime Bill Battle By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., a longtime advocate of anticrime ; legislation, expects several provisions to be bitterly fought late ,-this month when a comprehensive crime measure reaches the U.S. Senate floor. The major battles, McClellan says, will come over a proposal for btock grants of federal funds and proposals to slightly reduce the impact of the Mai- lory rule and the Miranda case on confessions. McClellan says a provision to make the use of wiretapping and electronics meet certain re' quirements also could generate some heated debate. Another area that would doubtless prove to be controversial is a gun control proposal which has not yet been attached to the bill. The House has already passed its version of the bill which McClellan says is similar to President Johnson's original Safe Streets and Crime bill. McClellan added, however, that the House measure did not contain three of the possible {our titles in the Senate measure. Titlt I of the bill provides for block grand to states to plan method! of Improving law «n> through a governor a plin for , mathodt of combat- ting organized crime, programs to improve probation and parole sytems and to improve community-police relations. The block grant proviso will be strongly opposed by the administration McCleJlan said. , The bill allows cities of 50,000 population or more to submit through a governor a plan for improving law enforcement. The governor has no authority to veto a plan however. McClellan says an amendment will be introduced to allow the cities to submit plans directly to Washington. Title II deals with court rules and decisions. It would provide that failure: to take an accused immediately before a magistrate would not in itself invalidate a confession obtained during the interim period. The Miranda decision requires that for a confession to be valid it must be made voluntarily after the accused has been warned that he does notftave to make a .statement and that anything h« says might be used against him. He also must be told be is entitled to a lawyer and if he can't afford one, the'government will provide one, . ',. The bill would provide that any detention would not within itself invalidate a confession but would leave any confession to the discretion of«trial judge- If* trial judse decided the confession to be legal evidence it would be presented to the jury which would also rule on its validity. McClellan said Title HI would be written to meet certain court requirements of conditions under which wiretapping could be used. • The possible Title IV would . be for gun control but McClellan says it may or may not be attached to the bill. Won't Testify ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) — Steven Villaneuva can't pronounce the word but he got a subpoena from Arlington Corporation Court. Steven is 2 years old. Court officials explained .Steven's name was put on the subpoena list since he was one of the passengers in a car involved in an auto accident. But they decided Steven, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Villanueva, would not have to testify. Drug Arrestt LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Easter Sunday love-ins in the Los Angeles area laid an egg with police. Officers arrested more than M persons at Elysian Park and Malibu Beach—most of them on suspicionof possessing marljua- HOPE FOR HOLY LAND?—An Israeli soldier looks over the Jordan Valley during a break of conflict between Jordan and Israel. The blasted Allenby Bridge and its replacement can be seen in the background. Hopes are running high that a peace, plan suggested by Gunnar Jarring will result in a stable truce between the Israelis and the Arab nations. Mrs. Wylie Dies; Rites Are Today Services for Mrs. Heard L. Wylie, who died yesterday at her home here, will be conducted at First Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. today by Rev. Virgil Keeley. Burial, Cobb Funeral Home in charge, will be in Elmwood Cemetery. • A native; of ;Grenada, Miss., . she _ attended. Grenada College and. MiUsap.s Qpllege; :gradu-; a'fing' at"19. to become "a high school Latin instructor. Later, she attended Columbia University and George Peabody College where she received.a master's degree. She taught in several Mississippi towns before her marriage in 1933. Mrs. Wylie was the first woman elected to the Blytheville school board (in 1943) and was Blytheville Woman of the Year in 1948. She was very active in First Methodist Church and a variety of civic organizations, includ- See WYLIE on Page 2 April 15 I Dogpatch U.S.A. j | Opens May 18 | | HARRISON; Ark. • CAP) | I — Dogpatch, U.S.A., a $1.3 j J million rendition of Al § 1 Capps' cartoon village, is 1. |j scheduled to open its firsts 1 season May 18. 1 | The entertainment park | 1 is located' on Arkansas 7, | S just inside the Newton g I County line outh of Har-'| grison. • . § 1 Capp, who has given the = I park his blessings, j 1 is scheduled to attend the | m grand opening. j THE ANNUAL MISS LEACHVILLE pageant will be May 2 in the Melody Theater in Leachville, according to Wayne Taylor, school board president. This contest is held annually by the Chamber of Commerce and is open to single girls, aged 16 to 19. The winner will receive a $100 wardrobe and a watch presented by Moore Jewelry. Local merchants will sponsor each girl and about 12 girls are expected to enter. OSCEOLA JUNIOR AUXILIARY will conduct an eye-disease search among preschool-age children in April, according to Mrs. Charles Vailes, chairman. Target of the program is amblyopia, which can lead to blindness if not treated in early childhood. Therefore Auxiliary members will test children from 4 to 6 years of age, Mrs. Vailes said. The program will be conducted 3n the Mississippi County Health Unit, 404 N. School Street in Osceola on. two consecutive Thursdays, April 18 and 25. MIDNIGHT TONIGHT is the deadline for filing 1967 : income tax returns and the government estimates 18 million Americans waited until the past weekend to do it. To meet the legal deadline, returns must be postmarked by midnight but the rules have been stretched for persons affected by last week's racial violence, in- 'cluding police, firemen and National Guardsmen called to duty. Persons whose records were lost or destroyed in the violence or were prevented from obtaining help in y paring their returns because of curfews or related conditions may file late returns. Auto Wrecks Take 8 Lives WILLIAM H. WYATT of Blytheville was recently re-elected president of the Arkansas Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association at their 60th annual meeting at Hot Springs. ~'\ •:•:•'•.' •" • •' .' AMONG THE WINNERS at the. Arkansas Academy of Science Fair held at .Ouachita University and Henderson State ,Colege in> Ark-adelphia recently (Senior Division): Physics—Joe Pride of Blytheville; Chemistry—Wayde Robertson and'Arthur Peyton of Manila;' Earth Sciences—Gary Eye of Manila; ... Junior Division: Zoology—Rickey Ramsey of Manila; and Medical Science—Paula Shaneyfelt, Manila. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eight persons died in traffic accidents on the Arkansas highways during the 54-hour weekend period which ended at midnight Sunday. State Police identified the victims as John Leudermill, 27, of Hot Springs; Lewis Boswell, 5, of Forrest City; William H. Herschell, 19, of Kansas City, Mo.; Ernest Selby, 43, of Springdale; Coy Pitts, 54, of London (Pope County); James Franklin Courtney, 22, of Fisher (Poinsett County); Wayne Killion, 28, of Sulphur Springs, and Homer Foster, 54, of Carmi (Craighead- Mississippi Counties). Officers said Leudermill was struck and killed Sunday night while changing a flat tire on Interstate 30 about one mile north of Arkadelphia. Authorities said Leudermill was struck by a tractor-trailer driven by Martin W. Taylor, 43, of Wilson, N.C. The Boswell youth was struck and killed Sunday while crossing a city street at Forrest City, ing a ity street a Forrest City. Officers said the youth was struck by a vehicle driven by Nalup Chu, 26, of Round Pond (St. Francis County). • .-" Authorities said Herschell was the driver of a vehicle which apparently went out of control at the junction of 'Arkansas 16 and 110 Saturday and the"ye ; hide overturned several times; Selby was struck and killed a vehicle driven by Lester^H.' De Waters, 28, of Mountainbufgi Saturday night at Springdale' by Officers said Selby was crossing a city street when he was .hit. Pitts was killed Saturday night when the pickup truck a he was driving left Interstate-40 and struck a concrete pillar about two miles north of Rus- sellviUe. "-'•" Courtney apparently lost control-of his vehicle Saturday^ on Arkansas 14 two miles west of Waldenburg. Officers said the vehicle overturned three times and hurled Courtney into a waterfilled ditch. Killion was killed Saturday when the vehicle he was driv- . ing collided with a vehicle driv- '.en by Joe Caveness of Bentonville. The accident occurred at the intersection of Arkansas 102 and a Bentonville city street. Foster died Sunday night of injuries suffered Saturday when his car was struck by a car driven by Gary Craig, 15, of Leachville, on Arkansas 139, about 3% miles south of Leachville. • Authorities said Foster was attempting to pull a truck out of ditch when the accident-occurred. Craig and a passenger in his car received only minor injuries. LITTLE ROCK'(AP) - Gov. Winthrop' ] Rockefeller, who made an . unexpected appearance at Sunday's "pilgrimage of prayer" defendeid the Arkansas congresional. delegation for voting against national civil rights legislation. .. About 200 people began the 16-block march to the state Capitol. About 50 persons joined along the way and another 50 were waiting at the Capitol. Rockefeller suggested that the crowd "try to understand" why Arkansas legislators voted as they did. "You don't know what goes on in the back of their heads," said Rockefeller. He said the lawmakers Avere just representing the sentiments of the voters in their districts, Rockefeller, who met with Negro leaders lest week, said the meetings had been valuable but that some of the grievances lodged were not true. "I have misconceptions," he said. "You have misconceptions. There isn't a person here . . . who doesn't. But by meeting together we can get all our cards on the table and rebut each other as in a debate." Rockefeller also said he didn't want "pushed" into ac- tion ... on. racial matters which brought. some response from Other speakers on the stand. Rev; C. B. Knox, one of the organizers of the march, told the governor, "We'll stay behind you, and we'll keep pushing you forward." "I don't like the word push," Rockefeller replied. "Let's lead together. When people st«rt to push me, I get a little stubborn." "Well, governor, then I'll just say we'll stick so close to you that we're liable to stumble over each other," Knox said. Rev. Cecil Cone followed Knox to the microphone. "I'm glad the governor knows what : it's like to be pushed," Cone said. "Beause that's why our people have been participating in riots. They've been pushed into bad jobs and they've been pushed into ghettos and they don't want to be pushed any more. "You cannot rock us to sleep again." Cone said. "We have become tired of waiting; 'Blir hearts have been made to blee'd in waiting. We are willing to wait some more only if we know something will be done." .,,... There were no incidents during the orderly march. ;• Prisoner Exchange Not a Trend Editors Note: William C. Baggs,-. editor of The Miami News, has made a second trip to North Vietnam. His first visit was in January 1967. On both trips he was accompanied by Harry Ashmore, former editor of the Arkansas Gazette and now executive vice president of the Center-for the Study of Democratic Instititions. This is the fifth of Mr. Baggs 1 'reports on his findings. By BILL BAGGS Editor of The Miami News : Copyright 1968, The Miami News HANOI, North Vietnam (AP) — Delayed — The three young North Vietnamese were a kind of wee footnote in the history of the war out here. They bad been "exchanged" by the Americans to North Viet-, nam in return for three American pllott released by North Vietnam a month earlier. And this was the first prisoner exchange between the two warring parties since the hostilities began. . They giggled among themselves, obviously not concerned by any pioneer role they had 'assumed in the evolving war, and behind them sat their grim shepherd, a North Vietnamese official sent from Hanoi to Laos, where the "exchange" took place. (The "exchange) was negotiated in Vientiane, Laos, in a rare face-to-face meeting between a U.S. and a North Vietnamese diplomat). These three young men had been swooped off the sea by the United States Navy in the summer of 1966. The North Viets claimed.they were victims of American "piracy", that they were really fishermen; responding claim of the U.S. was that they were sailors of North Vietnam in international waters and probably with mischief on their minds. In any event, now they were flying uncertainly home on the antique plane which manages to carry passengers and cargo once a week from Cambodia to Laos to North Vietnam. Some diplomats were hopeful this modest beginning might lead to a larger exchange of prisoners. However, /such hopes are dashed promptly when a visiting reporter talks to a minister of the government here. No one knows why the North- viets released the three American pilots in February of this year. All along, the leaders in Hanoi have declined even to regard the captured American pilots as "prisoners of war" under the rules of the Geneva Convention. Instead the North Viets refer to them, mechanically, at \ "war criminals." Little is known about the living conditions of the captured Americans. One minister here, pressed for information, would only say: "We can understand the concern in your country for the American pilots. Please be assured they are being treated as best as we can manage in the conditions of war." Is there any prospect that more American pilots could be See VIETNAM on Page 2 Weafhar Forecast Fair through tonight and cool. Tuesday increasing cloudiness from the west and warmer with «. chance of showers west late Tuesday. Low tonight 4M east to 50s west

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