The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 22, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 22, 1968
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BLYTHEVUXE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. S3 BLYTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72315) MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Demonstration Punctuates Wallace's LR Visit By ED SHEARER LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Pickets, petitions and tight security marked the whirlwind visit to Little Rock Saturday of former Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama in bis drive to get on the Arkansas ballot in November as 8 third party presidential candidate. An enthusiastic' crowd estimated at between 2,500 and 3,000 persons voiced their hearty approval when Jim Johnson told the Wallace for President rally that he had surpassed the 86,000 mark in the petition drive. About 35 Negroes staged a peaceful demonstration at the main gate to the Livestock Show Grounds, carrying sighs critical of Wallace and Johnson, the Democrats' .unsuccessful gubernatorial nominee in 1966. Some of the signs said, "If Wallace is the ideal white man, thank God I'm black," "George Wallace is an outside agitator," ' "Jim Johnson stinks, how does Wallace smell?" "Two of a kind, George Racist and Justice (Bigot) Jim," "Wallace for janitor" and "Down With Wallace, up with America." There were no incidents at the main gate as Police Chief R. E. Brians and several of his plainclothes officers kept a close eye on the demonstrators. • An even tighter ring of security was placed around Wallace. He spoke from a shoulder,high podium that protected his body on three sides and made his appearance on the speaker's platform after being introduced by Johnson. As soon as Wallace completed his 40-minute speech, he was quickly whisked off the platfr'om, surrounded by his bodyguards and hustled to his car waiting inside the coliseum immediately behind the platform. At least 26 security officers, including some local officers, crowded into five or .six cars. He left the fair grounds through a secondary gate. Wallace's brief stay in the state was a busy one. Shortly after his flight arrived from Montgomery, he held a news "If Wallace is the ideal white man/ thank God I'm black." conference at a downtown hotel, taped three television shows and, appeared briefly at an American Party of Arkansas convention at the fair grounds before returning for the rally. Wallace made appearances in several Texas cities Sunday in his push to get on that state's' ballot. Most of his remarks at the news conference and the rally were virtually identical. If elected, he said, he would enforce law and order in the nation, remove the "bureaucratic" officials of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare from Arkansas and other states, bring an end to foreign aid and refuse to meet any French demands for gold. Wallace said he would put the $5 billion debt France owes the United States on a board and when President De Gaulle demanded $100 million in gold he would subtract it and tell him he now owed only $4.9 billion. "I'm going to get every Communist out of every defense plant in the United States," he said, adding that he would ask the attorney general to indict every "pseudo-intellectual college professor" who advocated victory for the Viet Cong in Vietnam or the sending of blood, money and clothing to the Viet Cong. Wallace charged that. members of botli the Democratic and Republican parties were saying there was "a cause or a reason to burn a city" with their remarks that poverty was the reason. Wallace said that criminality, pseudo-intellectuals, Communists, militants and anarchists were the reason for the recent rioting and looting in U.S. cities. . He was critical of those who ; placed themselves in front of President Johnson's car recently in California and added that- if he were elected president and "some of them lie in front of my automobile, it'll be the last one they ever lie in front of." "One reason racial tension is up is because of the hypocrisy of liberals who talk one way and vote another," Wallace said. S. VIETS ON ALERT FOR SAIGON By EDWIN Q. WHITE Associated Press Writer •SAIGON (AP) — South Vietnam's army in Saigon and 11 surrounding provinces were placed on full alert today because intelligence reports indicate a big attack on the capital is near, Vietnamese sources reported. A U.S. mission spokesman said, however, that "no alert or any warning has been issued to '. American personnel 1 " in connection with the Vietnamese intelli- gence reports. ''" A U. S. military, spokesman said American troops were on the same alert ..they've been; since the big enemy lunar new year offensive'in. February that ravaged Saigon'and other major South Vietnamese. ...cities. He "added: "We're just normal." Another sou^vjpeportijil' U.S. military policfefW Saigon had been told to be'more cautious in the next few days and that Ma- -rine- guards at the American Embassy were briefed on the Vietnamese reports. The enibas- Death Ruled Accidental A boating accident .Saturday night claimed the life of Robert Burnise Sims, 54, an employe of the Wesson Farms in Victoria, according to Sheriff William Berryman. Sims and an unidentified companion were fishing in a chute of the Mississippi River, about one mile south of Luxora, when the boat in which they were riding capsized at 7:15 p.m., the sheriff's office said. Sim's companion swam to safety and went for help but Sims, who could not swim, drowned before aid arrived, authorities said. Sim's body was recovered at 9. a.m. Sunday .and removed to the Cobb Funeral Home in BIy- theville where coroner Jim Sto- . vail ruled death resulted from accidental drowning. Born in Darling, Miss., and had lived in the Victoria area 11 years. He was a member of the Luxora Baptist Church. He also was a Mason, He leaves his wife, Mrs. Annie Sims of Victoria; . His mother, Mrs. Dora Sims, also of Victoria; Four daughters, Mrs. Charles Collom of Sikestpn, Mo., Mrs'.. John Robinson of Osceola, Mrs. Jimmy Bevill of BIytheville arid Miss Dale Sims of the' home; Two brothers, Gentry . Sims and Douglas Sims, both of Denton, Tex.; And five grandchildren. Services will'be 2 p.m. Tues- 'day in the Luxora Baptist Church where he was a"member.- Rev. Jimmy Stevens *f- ficiating. Burial will be in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens, with' Citizens F u n e r a 1 Home of West M e in p h i s in charge. . •'.'• , Pallbearers will be Elink Rapert, Exer Garner, Robert Stovail, Johnny Pay, Fred Taylor arid Junior Brooks. The body, will lie in state, at Cobb Funeral Home chapel until Tuesday. sy was attacked at the start of the Tet offensive. The informant said the briefings were normal procedure that did not indicate U.S. officials were particularly worried. Vietnamese officials at Cho Ray Hospital in Cholon, the Chinese section of Saigon hard hit in the previous offensive, told U.S. nurses there, to go home. One nurse said the officials told them an enemy attack.was expected late Monday or early Tuesday.- .'• : - . Vietnamese troops had been on a 50 per cent alert since the February offensive, with half of them allowed overnight passes. Now all troops are restricted to their bases. The intelligence. reports said the: Communist attacks would be on the scale of those during the; February offensive, when thousands of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops infiltrated into Saigon and attacked all'over the city. Officials reported Sunday that a North Vietnamese colonel had surrendered and turned over plans for another assault on Saigon by 10,000 enemy tro'ops. The colonel, the highest ranking defector to fall into allied ., hands, said the assault had been planned for today but some unknown circumstance had resulted in a delay. Allied forces reported .killing at least 135 enemy soldiers Sunday in six clashes within 40 miles of Saigon. Most were in areas where allied forces have been carrying on the biggest offensive of the war, Operation Complete Victory,. to root out enemy forces in the 3rd Corps . Area: •.-• - ' ' . . In the air war against North Vietnam, American fighter bombers returned in force to=the skies over the southern panhandle Sunday, flying 151 missions. The deepest penetration was by Navy fliers from the carrier Bon Homme Richard. They hit four trucks along a highway 2S miles north northwest of coastal Vinh. The target was 168 miles north of the demilitarized zone and two miles south of the 19th parallel, the northern limit fof the bombing set by President Johnson. The resurgence of U.S. air power was facilitated by a : break in the monsoon weather, which on Saturday limited the number of air missions^ tq_94. But the monsoon has "begun to break and Sunday there were , "light to broken clouds" the U.S. Command said; The 151 missions was the second highest total of the year, approaching the 160 flown on Friday, before the clouds settled in again. .Navy, Air Force and Marine pilots reported hits on communications fines,- artillery sites and a radar installation. They also reported .igniting three fuel dump fires and setting off numerous secondary explosions. In South Vietnam, U.S. Marines on a sweep a mile south of > the Khe Sanh combat base Sunday made contact with an estimated company of North Vietnamese holed up in bunkers. The Marines attacked the fortified position and called in artillery support from Khe. Sanh. The 'Leathernecks said the North Vietnamese pulled out, leaving 21 bodies in the bunkers. One Marine was killed and 20 wounded. Air Force B52s flew eight ' more missions Sunday and Monday near the A Shau Valley. • Their targets were supply and See VIETNAM on Page 7 CONSTRUCTION AT GOSNELL—A four-room addition to Gosnell School which will also house additional office space is under construction. Completion of the $60,000 project is expected by September and is being built by Ben White and Sons, according to J. W.iRea, school superintendent. The new structure is being added to an older building known as the "huddle school," Rea said..(Courier. News Photo) Freeman's Schedule Set Weather Forecast . Considerable cloudiness and mild with widely scattered showers and a 'chance of. thunder-. storms through Tuesday. Low tonight 56-66. Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman will arrive at BIytheville Air Force Base on the afternoon of April'.30, preparatory to addressing a Democratic Party rally here that evening. A press conference has been' scheduled for Freeman in the base officers club prior to what doubtless will be the largest political meeting of its kind in the county's history. "We also have made arrangements for some of the county's agriculture leaders to meet with Mr. Freeman," County Democratic Central Committee chairman W. J. Wunderlich said today. It will be a day (and night) US Troop Cut Dimly Seen BRITT HERE - (Footsie) Britt, Arkansas' lieutenant governor, will be guest speaker at a meeting of the Mississippi County Young Republicans, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the City Hall courtroom, according to Jerry Hodge, YR chairman. Young people Inter- estMih th» YR organization •re'welcomt, Hcrige Mid, . , NEW YORK (AP)-Secretary of Defense Clark M. Clifford said today South Vietnam's increased fighting effectiveness will permit a leveling off of U.S. efforts in the war and "in due time" permit gradual troop reduction. Clifford made that assessment in a speech prepared for the annual membership meeting of the Associated Press. It was his first public address since he became defense chief seven weeks ago. Clifford said his assessment was based on results of * comprehensive review of American policies and programs In Vietnam, ordered by the President after the setbacks of tba Communists' Tet offensive. „ ' • < "Ih» result! were clear and the results were encouraging," Clifford declared, "they disclosed that Hanoi could not bend South Vietnam to its will by military force. "We concluded that Americans will not need'always to do more and more, but'rather that the increased effectiveness of the South Vietnamese government and its fighting forces will now permit us to level off our effort—and in due time to begin the gradual process of reduction." ; ,,"; Clifford offered no timetable en possible American troops withdrawals but to? military officials including Gen. WlHlam C. Westmoreland, U.S. commander In Vietnam, and Gen. Harold K. Johnson, Army 1 chief of staff, < have ratal ttu possibility toil could begin in 1969. Reports from Saigon indicate plans already are underway to place more South Vietnamese Cliffprd^noted: that South .Viet- troop along the demilitarized, zone, currently defended primarily by U. S.> Marines and • Army units. Clifford noted that South Vietnam is calling up another 135,000 men to beef up its army. Clifford's speech echoed the theme he raised at his first Pentagon news conference April 11—that the administration goal is gradually to turn over the bulk of the fighting to the South Vietnamese. Clifford said that as U.S. manpower contributions level off, military aid-including thousands of light weight, rapid-firing Mlft rifltt - to South Vitt- nam is rising. Even so, Clifford said the United States still hopes for a peaceful settlement, : although Hanoi has given what he called a minimal response to;President Johnson's recent bombing limitation and requests for preliminary talks. ••'"•: •':' "But if Hanoi would rather yond Hanoi's reach," Clifford fight than talk,.or elects both to • talk and fightj the record of the success • we have already achieved shows that military victory in South Vietnam is beyond Hanoi's reach,'? Clifford asserted. On other matters, Clifford;. -Praised the "selfless .and personany noble dejcision «f President Johnson voluntarily; t» remeve himself as a candidate .,. See U. S. oo Page 1 for Democratic politicians. "We'll have a reception out at Holiday Inn where all the Democratic candidates can come and meet the people," Wunderlich said. "So far, we've had accept- See FREEMAN on Page 7 Whittle Rites Set For 2 Tuesday Lagrone Whittle, 54, of 109 South Crescent Drive, died last night in Chickasawba Hospital. He was owner-operator of . Wiitt's Liquor Store and Recreation Hall. Born in Varda- irian, Miss., he moved here in 1923. He was. .one of the founders f the BIytheville Junior Cham her of Coirimerce and a member of the BIytheville Kiwanis Club. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Elmyra Whittle of BIytheville; His'mother, Mrs. Fay Whittle of BIytheville; A son, Eddie Joe Whittle of Tulsa, Okla. . Funeral services will be; J p.m. Tuesday in Cobb Funeral Home chapel, Rev. Ray Tweed officiating, assisted by Rev. Alvis Carpenter.' Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. . " ; , Pallbearers will be Carl Ganske, Willis French, Fred Stevenson, Frank Whltworth, Leon Hosktas, Bill Stelnsiek, Eddie Sallba and J. C. Ellis • April 22 BLYTHEVILLE CITY COUNCIL meets tomorrow night at 7:30 at City Hall to vote on annexation of the east area located on north Highway 18, according to the city clerk's office. . This is the only item scheduled, the clerk's office said. BURGLARS STOLE AN UNDETERMINED amount of money from vending machines at McCarty School, located on Route One outside of Caruthersville, Mo., the Pemiscot County Sheriff's office said today. The thieves broke into the school during the weekend, entering through a front window, authorities said. Deputy Wesley Mayo is conducting the investigation, officials said. REV. H. LYNN WADE, former pastor of First Methodist Church here, died Sunday in Jonesboro at the age of 84. He was retired, and alsi served churches in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Wilson and Augusta. He leaves his wife, a son and two. daughters. :v . BOY SCOUT TROOP 31 of BIytheville and 33 of Wilson took blue ribbons in the wekeend camporee of the Mississippi County Scout District at Walcott State Park over the weekend. Troops 133, BIytheville, 31 of BIytheville, 255 of Dell and 97 of BIytheville Air Force Base won first places in field events. More than 200 Scouts and leaders attended. :;•.;, • IN DALLAS; TEX., final steps were being ta today for America's biggest church merger amid sioris underscored by a walkout of some Negro isters from a vast, solemn service of Holy Communion. They staged the action to dramatize their charge that racism remains in plans for the new denomination -the United Methodist Church. ; -f To be formally inaugurated Tuesday, it will joia the 10.3-aiillion-member Methodist Church and the 746;099-member Evangelical United Brethren Church into a single body. . .«£ 9 . : ,;::^ • GOV. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER Is Jn polittcM trouble, but there is not a clear-cut favorite with voteSjs .among potential Democratic candidates. f>~ These were the major conclusions in a poll financed by 12 prominent Democrats and leaked to newsmen by one of the 12, who asked that he not be identified, jr* The source said that Frank Whitbeck, the only ocret who has filed for governor, and Rep. * Crank, who has announced but has not filed, are neck and neck with former Atty. Gen. Bruce to the preference tests. , ',',

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