The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 20, 1968 · Page 2
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 20, 1968
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Two - Wythtvffit (Art.) ttwrltr Hews — Stetoftsy, April », 1 Death Toll |3 in Wake S3 . ' •".••'•, K • ' " '.' K ^ ' I Of Twister i By ROBERT SHA'« a Associated Press Writer GREENWOOD, Ark. (AP) - ABornado that devastated this western Arkansas town Friday kfyf at least 13 persons, police sajl today,'as the search for ad- diljonal victims resumed. „ 3flore than 2tt persons were traat^d for injuries, -either at hjjjpitals in nearby Fort Smith oB in. an emergency medical c||ter., established in the library here, state police said.:'. |rhe tornado swooped out of a srging thunderstorm at 3:23 pffii. Friday and slammed into tlte business district,' leveling afoul half of the buildings on JjCtontinued from P.-r One) c»rds listed his mother as Mrs. iScille Ryan of St. Louis. •the FBI said Eric Starvo Gait vgis ne of a:'string:of aliases fa- •v|}ed by Ray in frequent brushes 1 with the law beginning when ha was 21-several years after h| dropped out of high school in tSi 10th grade.'---. .. Sin addition to-.the aliases John WUard and Harvey Lowmyer listed on the" FBI fugitive war- r§it, the bureau said Ray has aS8*called himself"J a mes' Mc„„„, James Wajton, W. .C. iffirron and James'O'cbnnr. =Jnn Willard was the used by the man wh checked inilo a shoddy Memphis rooming hSiise overlooking the Lorraine Jjfctel. where King was fatally sEot as he stood on a balcony and talked with friends. £ The FBI has said Eric Starv GJfiH, purchased a 30.06 rifle in Birmingham five days befort tffe assassination.- That rifle with a 'telescopicsight intact \£as recovered outside the room ing house .just after the assassi nation. Srhe FBI did not make clear where it got the' fingerprints ^hich it matched against its fflks to show Gait is actually Bay. 33ut speculation was the prints Way have been left in the room- irjg house, on the rifle or on a 1966 white Mustang—since impounded in Atlanta—that witnesses reported seeingleaving tfi'e vicinity of the shooting. Awhile some details remained fuzzy, the portrait sketched by . tfie FBI showed Ray as a rather "to ^, o ^ lnne(sns average-looking ne'er-do-well of * "" """'" he town square and 'heavily iamaging most of the others. It also slashed through residential neighborhoods on either ide of the square as it cut a rail of destruction half a mile ong and 200 feet wide. "It's the roughest thing we ever had," said Mayor Ed Hall, vho estimated that two-thirds of of 2,000 was destroyed A shuttle of ambulances car ried the more seriously injured o Fort Smith,: 18 miles to the north. • State Police .Capt. Damon .Wii son said the first search was not :horough and that he was fear- 'ul more bodies would be found today. The heaviest damage was on the square, a cluster of two-story, brick buildings, most of them more than half a century old. The bell tower and third story of the ancient, court house toppled into the street. Wallace Gattis .of nearby Barling, who was at an ice cream parlor when the storm struck said,. "The court .house just ex- :loded. It just popped out, like iynamite exploding." Harold Davis of Greenwood said he drove into town minutes after the storm struck and saw jeople walking -dazedly- around ;he square. "One woman' was stumbling over fallen electrical wires." he said.' "I yelled for Her to be careful, but she just kept say ing 'oh, my God. Oh, my God, and went on." A company of Marine reservists were called from weekenc training at nearby Fort Chaffee to guard igainst looting during the night. Every building in the mai building area, which is built on a square, was damaged. Ambulances -from several cit ies in the area converged 01 Greenwood to carry the injura to hospitals in Fort Smith, 18 miles north. Bill Kennedy, a Fort Smith Times Record newsman, who flew over Greenwood two hour after the storm struck, said tlv path of destruction was abou 200 feet wide and half a mile long. The storm brushed through a residential area in southwes Greenwood before it slammei conflicting personality traits. t'-He was described as 5-foot-10, and 163 to 174 pounds, with firown hair, blue eyes and small Scars on his forehead and right jj$!m. He's said to have a habit til tugging on an ear when nervous. His left ear protrudes slightly further than his right «§>•• fjRay was said by authorities to Save worked at various times as aH laborer, baker and color- matcher. In addition, persons *ho came in contact with him while he was outside prison said l3 spoke of having worked as a Merchant seaman and riverboat cook. '£The FBI said the fugitive's acquaintances called him a loner who likes beer and vodka, favors country and western music and speaks with a rural twang. T}ie loner lag seemed lo conflict with the FBI description of him as an "avid dancer." Win more obvious conflict was th'e FBI's Wednesday statement saying Gait "took dancing les- apns" in New Orleans in 1964 and 1965—a time when Ray was *iill imprisoned in Missouri. SA bureau spokesman said the ffcdier Gait description should fiifv"e said he "reportedly" took (Be dancing lessons, rather than gating flatly that he had. =The FBI said Ray was first JBrested in 1949 to Los Angeles, where he drew an eight-month Jail term for burglary. 2 All told, the records show Ray h'as spent 13 years and 5 months (jfchind bars — not counting detention on charges of which he wasn't convicted. HAlso not included In that total Is the three-month stretch at Hard labor he received for being |j-.unk and "breaking arrest" wKle In the Army from February UM to December 1948. §The Army washed Ray out on gBeneral discharge, saying he mR Inept and couldn't adapt to military lilt. hen moved on to the northeast Host of the dead were found i the first area hit. . Communications w e r oiocked out and traffic jams de veloped on highways leading ou of Greenwood, hampering res cue efforts. The rampaging twister wa spawned by a squall line tha dumped rain on eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas lat Friday. The U.S. Weather Bureau sal tornadoes also struck nea Waveland, Booneville, Darda nelle and Clarksville, all town north and east of Greenwood but the only deaths and injurie reported were at Greenwood. No estimate of the properl damage was available but th Weather Bureau said the twiste was the most destructive Arkai sas has seen since 1952 when March storm leveled Judson in central Arkansas, killing 11 Sebastian County Coroner Ra Vines said James A. King, on of the first identified as a storm victim, had died of before the natura tornac struck. His body was recovere from debris. Identified victims with ages where available were Walte Oliver, 79; Earlene Harriso and her daughter, Donna, 1 Joseph Duncan, 6, Ace Carte Robert J. McGowen, 66, Eliza beth Lasiter, Angela Duncan, Connie Joe Saniford, 4 month Donna Bell, about 75, and woman about 60. Quake Survivors Few SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Survivors of the San Franclsc earthquake and fire are dwin dling. Only a score showed u for reminiscences at an annua meeting Thursday. They t«lk« about how houses tipped an tilted and porches fell off durin the 1906 disaster that laid wnst to much of the city. DRAGON UNDER GLASS at a Frankfurt, Germany, museum dates back 74 million years to the North American Jurassic period. The Beak Dragon skeleton is displayed in a huge glass case. Insurance Rates Upped in State LITTLE ROCK .(API-Insurance Commissioner Allan Home said Friday that lie had ap- >roved an application for an automobile liability insurance rate increase averaging 17.3 per nt .'•;,"'.'. The average increase in Pu- aski County, Home said, was 26 per cent. A one-day hearing on the in- VIETNAM (Continued from Page One) swept through and found 12 enemy bodies, spokesmen said. •>. Infantrymen of the U.S. 1st Divison reported killing 38 enemy soldiers in a six-hour battle 35 miles northwest'of Saigon. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and eight wounded. About 50 miles south of the capital, in the Mekong Delta South Vietnamese troops reported killing 52 Viet Cong soldiers in a two-day operation.. Spokesman said 12 government soldiers were killed and 25 wounded. Air Force B52s kept up their bombardment of the A Shau Valley on the Laotian border, about 30 miles west of Hue, The eight-engine Stratofortresses flew four raids late Friday and early today and now have carried out nearly 30 missions in the last four days against enemy positions in the valley. The valley has been a marshaling point for enemy troops believed preparing to move across South Vietnam to attack Hue and other coastal cities. crease was held in February. Steele Hays, a Little Rock 'attorney who 'acted as a special hearing, officer for the commission,'recommended approval of the increase. The rates were effective. immediately and are applicable to any new policies or renewals written after : Friday. Home also approved increases in. collision insurance rates. The average increase was 2.7 per cent for $50 deductible policies and 4.9 per cent for $100 deductible policies. .. The increases apply to policies issued by companies repre- sented by the Insurance Rating Board. "It gives me no pleasure to approve the rate increases, but I hope that the past accomplishments: will-not be forgotten and the confidence in the Arkansas Insurance Commission .diminished in the light of an unpopu lar but necessary decision," Home said. Home said the rising cost ol insurance, .concerned, him, and he was becoming doubtful' about the ability of the present -automobile insurance system to provide .good coverage -at.a price that people can afford to pay. Expedition Makes North Pole Via Land CHICAGO (AP) — A weary .earn of amateur explorers was on top of the world today., the first men to reach the North Pole by surface travel since 1909 ; • "We're aft very tired and very jappy," said the leader of the six-man expedition, Ralph Plaisted, via radio connection with The Associated Press. The team; undaunted after Daily Record World Deaths MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Archbishop Enrique Perez Serantes, 84, Roman Catholic prelate of Santiago, Cuba, died there Thursday night, exile sources in Miami reported. The archbishop interceded on behalf of Fidel Castro when Castro was sentenced to prison for 20 years in the early 1950s. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charley Tooth, 74, instrumental in forming the U. S. Blind Golf Association and founder of the International Blind Golfers Association, died Friday of a heart attack. He was a former blind golf champion in Canada. HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - Dr. Grover Francis Powers, 79, a former president of the Ameri can Pediatric Society, died Thursday. COUNTY (Continued from Page One) said. The function of these personnel workers will be to contact the poor people throughout the county to Inform them of the food and medical program's existence, Jumper said. These positions will be filled through the Poinsett .County Welfare Department and screened through that county's employment security division, as required by the regional OEO, Jumper concluded. Lawford Sues LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $10,000 breach of contract suit filed by actor Peter Lawford says Paramount Pictures and Embassy Pictures Corp. kept him waiting two years to make a film—and then never made it. Lawford's attorney, Edward M. Medvene, filed the suit Friday. It says the actor made an oral contract with the studios in March 1966 to star in a film, "Something Beginning With M". but the movie never was started. All Get Degrees LINCOLN, Neb. (API-Graduation will be a family affair at the Randall.Sims' household. On June 1, shortly before his 50th birthday, Sims will receive a doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. The same day his daughter, Mrs. Robert Hedgecock, will receive a bachelor o! science degree in dental hygiene. His oldest son, Stuart, will graduate from Lincoln Southeast High School, and the family's 1 youngest, Annette, will complete ninth grade in junior high. So that Mrs. Sims would not be left out, the planning to confer on her a special "master of homemaking" degree. . their unsuccessful, attempt last year, reached the pole Friday at 4; EST—after a.44-day, 474- mile trek across the.polar ice cap. Plaisted, a St. Paul, Minn, insurance man, said the Nortt Pole looked no different from the massive ice cap the team traveled over by gasoline-pow ered vehicles to get there. "It's strictly a geographic location," he said, "and it's col< too. The temperature is 23 de grees below. We're camped on a large block of ice." The party planned to spend a least a day at the pole to allow a U.S. Air Force weather recon naissance plane to confirm their position and take pictures. * * * A spokesman for the Selz or ganization, a Chicago public re lation's firm which acted as con tact for the expedition, said foui members of the six-man party covered the final 10 miles to the pole. . 'It's a little overwhelming,' Plaisted remarked. "As soon as we got here we bowed ou heads. We'd made it. The Nortl Pole. We shook each other's hands and laughed." Two other members of the ex pedition, were prevented from from rejoining the surface par ty when the support-plane wai grounded by bad weather. The expedition was traveljnj by four gasoline-powered vehi cles towing supply-laden.sleds they were resupplied with" food and'gasoline by a support air craft: Castro Will Turn Over King's Killer MIAMI, Fia. (AP) - Fidel Castro said today the assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., would be turned over to American Negroes if the killer were to go to Cuba. The Cuban prim* minister made the statement during a speech, lasting nearly four hours and ending early today The speech was monitored in Miami. ACTION (Continued from page One) cause- all owners have given us written permission. •,-'."Also I might add that we demolish the structure at no cost ]tci the owner, provided we don't have to take cohdemna- lion steps. If the building is condemned, then the owner is charged a fee .when'we tear it down, but in either case, the owner is entitled to any lumber, fixtures, or what ever else is salvaged after we cbmplete demolition," Afflick said. Another question dealing with the duties of Afflick's office concerned alleged junk on a vacant lot on West Main mext to the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. "Why does the city, while spending millions of dollars on urban renewal projects to clean up and beautify the City, permit salvage yards to accummulate in other parts of the city?" (Specifically the area mentioned in the proceeding paragraph.) — Anonymous, City. "An ordinance was • passed by the city council about two months ago which is designed to eliminate this junk problem throughout the city," Afflick said. (This ordinance, number 779,'prohibits the keeping, storing,^ or maintaining of junked automobiles or other abandoned items on private property within the city limits and provides that-a person in-violation shall be fined at the rate of at least $25, and not more than $50 a day, for each day he is in violation. A, violation occurs when the owner of the property where the • junked - items are located, doesn't take action ,to remove the junk within 10 days of receiving a notice to that effect from Afflick's office.) "We know about that lot and we will get to it as soon as we possibly can,.but right now we are concentrating our clean-up efforts >n other sections of Ely- theville. "Since the ordinance 'was passed, we are making progress in clearing these junk areas; but It will take time to cover the entire city," Afflick said. ', "In the first two months that this ordinance has been in effect," Afllick said, "we have removed 101 junked automobiles from private property• wiith the owner's written permission. "This removal is done at no cost to'the owner or to the city, because all we do is contact one of the salvage yards here, and they do the work for nothing in order to get the salvage," Afflick added. "At the present time.this office is trying to clean up various sections of the city, one-at a time,.and the area over there by the ;church hasn't been worked yet," he said. Uprising Remembered • WARSAW (AP) - Diplomatic officers of the U.S. Embassy observed Friday the 25th anhiver- sary of the Warsaw Jewish ghetto uprising by laying a wreath at the. ghetto monument. General path of a hurricane is first to the northwest, then north, then east, following the general circulation of the atmosphere. Wtindtring about irivettmentt at a pdiiible next ttep in your family's financial planning? 150 to tegin . . . that IS monthly ttiru you oft a mutual fund ift-rettraent progrira through i United Periodic Investment Pisa to acquire iham of United Science Fund. For free.. Booklet-Proapectui giving detailed infonrmtion, write or call . . . HCPflEBSNTCD USUALLY IT DICK .JAWHITB PHONE t03-3592 -: •' to BOX a LIFE AFTER DEATH The Bible teaches that there after, death, and I believe it. It does not teach that death is an experience that, man survives and is alive and well after it is over with. We survive accidents and operations, hut we do not survive death. In Isaiah 38 we read of the serious illness of King Hezekiah. It was a sickness unto death. Isaiah the prophet went to him with a message from the Lord saying: "Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order, for thou shalt die and not live." Isa. 38:1. These words, the words of Jehovah, make it plaid that if King Hezekiah died, he would not live, and if he lived he would not die. Such statements seem almost childish, yet they must be made since so many do ,not believe them. In the Word of God, death and life are two great opposites. As Moses said to Israel, "I have set before you life and death, therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live." Deu. 30:19. Death and life are mutually exclusive. No one can be dead and alive. No one who is alive is dead. These Biblical facts cannot be set aside by calling in those passages where the word dead is used in a figurative sense, such as Matt. 8:22 and 1 Tim. 5:6. Both of these passages deal with living people. The .word dead is used in them as a figure of speech. They were dead to certain things, even as we are now dead to sins. Nevertheless, we are alive..But we cannot be alive and dead at the same time when we use these terms in their literal meanings. One can believe in life after death without trying to. believe the impossible idea that the dead'*« alive. Anyone who believes in the resurrection of the dead believes In life after death. The Bible affirms a future life upon the great truth of the resurrection, of the dead. Upon reading this some will be sure to say, "Then you believe that the soul sleeps between death and resurrection?" In answer I would say, "The Bible does not teach this and I do not believe it." Others will say, "Then you must believe that the dead are unconscious." And ; again I answer, "Neither does the Bible teach this and, therefore, I do not believe it." I believe that a living soul (a man) can be awake or asleep, or that he can be conscious or.unconscious, but if he is dead these terms cannot properly be used of. him, except figuratively. And if he is dead, only, resurrection will release him from this state. The proper and full answer to the question: "If a man die, shall he live again?" (Job H:H) is, "Yes, he will live again when he is raised from the dead." For if the dead rise not, then they also that have fallen asleep in Christ have perished (1 Cor. 15:18). Our next message will be THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. Otis Q. Sellers This is Message No. ttiirty-ons in our Newspaper Evangelism Project. All previous messages are available without charge on request. A package of literature will be sent to all who desire It. you will not be visited. THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY P.O. Box36093 los(Ingeles^Calif.90038 Unemployment Up CARSON CITY, Nev, (AP) Unemployment increased 150 per cent in Goldfield this month. Last-month two persons in the historic mining community applied for state unemployment benefits. This month five persons applied. Tired of Waiting LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) Bart Babero, the only Negro member of the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, has sent his resignation to the governor. "I am tired of sitting around and waiting for something to do," he said In the letter Thursday. Quni,Stol«n BELLFLOWER, Calif. (AP) t - A collection of stolen gun* being held as evidence in Loi Cerritos Municipal Court easel won't be introduced after all, it appears. They were stolen by burglars early Thursday. PRIVILEGES AUTHORIZED AB SECOND CLASS MAIL Biytheville Courier Newt BI.YTHEVILLE, ARK. ZIP - 72.115 Harry W. Halites, Publllhtr 3rd at Walnut St. Blythevllle. Ark. Published daltt txctpt SunUW Second claw postate Pal« »t BIT- tnevllle. Ark. In Blythefllle rnt towns In cat BIythcvillt trade territory. 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