The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 26, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 26, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 37 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1968 ' ' 14 PAGES 10 CENTS Second Red Offensive Building Near Saigon 52s TRY TO STOP VC TROOP MASSING By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - U. S. B52 bombers, flying some of the war's closest raids to Saigon, hit enemy targets within 26 miles of the capital today to break up Viet Cong forces believed massing for their second major offensive of 1968. The raids came after South Vietnamese police ordered all boats and vehicles entering Saigon be searched for arms and explosives. The police had earlier thwarted a Viet Cong attempt to smuggle guns into the capital on a river junk. Tons o£ explosives fell from the giant bombers oh three sor- ties over enemy bunkers, weapons positions and troop concentrations, six to eight miles west-southwest of Ben Cat, headquarters of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division. Raids in February had hit targets 10 miles north of Saigon. As fear of another attack on the capital mounted, American Orville Freeman Sees Retirement Secretary of Agriculture Or- " ville L. Freeman last night predicted that he'll probably retire from public life when a new administration takes over in Wash- ington next year. •Freeman will be the principal speaker at a Democratic party rally here Tuesday night. "Right now," Freeman said FBI Plays Down Ray, Gait Enigma By GAYLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI officials are quietly trying to play., down contradictory descriptions of the appearance and habits of James Earl Ray, alias "Eric Starve Gait, the elu- "sive .escaped convict charged with the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The discrepancies have fueled speculation that perhaps Ray and Gait actually are two persons, or that two or more persons used the name Gait. No official statement has been issued to rebut this theory. But as the massive search for King's killer entered its fourth week, FBI sources who had refused to discuss any aspect of the. investigation insisted, though not for attribution, that Ray and Gait are the same person. "We know there's only one person involved; here," said one official. ''We've got his fingerprints and we know who he is." , Although, the FBI now insists the man it seeks is Ray, it never has amended a conspiracy complaint against Gait—charging that Gait had conspired with "an individual he alleged to be his brother" to violate King's See FBI on Page 2 lats night, "I'm broke." He said he'll probably resume the practice of law next year. Freeman is former governor of Minnesota and was named secretary of'agriculture by President John Kennedy when the ' latter took office in 1961. Freeman will be here Tuesday when the Democratic rally opens at 6:30 p.m. The $25 per plate dinner is the county party's first public fund - raising campaign in recent history.' W.J. Wunderlieh, chairman of the county central committee, is in charge of arrangements. Candidates and office holders will begin arriving in the city around 2 p.m. and will meet tfie public at a reception from 2 to 6 at Holiday Inn. Freeman, prior to his address at t h e dinner, which w i 11 be held in the vacant building at Chickasawba and Railroad, will hold a press conference following which he'll meet with county agricultural leaders. Ticket sales for the event end tomorrow. Rupert Crafton (in Blylhe- ville), Henry Swift (in Osceola) and Jake Ballon (Wilson) are handling ticket sales. LEST WE FORGET—Tills monument, a me? mortal to the men from Mississippi County who Have died in Vietnam, had nine more names added to it recently and Is here being 1 put back in place. The names added are Pfc. Arthur Ray Keeling, Pfc: Freddy 'Friar, Lt. David E.JRJck) Taylor, Sgt. femiMl Lee Mod* sitt, Sgt. John H. Stout, Pic. Joel Crockett, Spec. 4 Willie B. Brawford, Pfc. John Edward ,Walteri and Spec. 4 Burnell Williams Jr. The monument was first erected In November, 1966, along with a momunent to the men from Mississippi County who died in the Korean war. JCooiar Hem Photo) infantrymen combing the provinces around Saigon fought a series of small battles Thursday. Meanwhile, U.S. B52 bombers pounded North Vietnamese positions in the A Shau Valley, in the northern part of the country, again and again. There were new reports from South Vietnam's national police that the'Viet Cong were bringing arms into the capital to prepare for another "terrorist'^' campaign against the city similar to the Tet offensive. Police said they found 10 So, viet AK47 automatic rifles aboard a junk at Saigon's.river- froijt dock. They did not say if any arrests were made. Premier Nguyen Van Loc suggested Thursday that the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese might be planning another at- ack on Saigon to improve their military position before peace negotiations. South Vietnamese army units in the provinces around Saigon have been on 100 per cent alert all week in anticipation of a new enemy attack. In the continuing small-scale fighting around the capital, 10 U.S.-soldiers were killed and 82 wounded in actions 12 to 38 miles from Saigon. • Only 26 enemy were reported dead in the battles, and 18 of them were killed ,U; S.-Air Force fighter-bombers that attacked a bunker complex. 25 miles northwest of the capital. The jets were called in to help units of the 25th Infantry Division. The infantry reported the air attacks destroyed 99 enemy bunkers and damaged another 25. While the South Vietnamese were fearful of a new attack on Saigon, U:S. intelligence officers exhibited ' greatest concern about the North Vietnamese concentrations in the A Shau Valley, which they said threatened the Hue area. These sources said, the enemy has 15 to 20 battalions in the area and could commit them to an all-out attack on Hue "in a matter of hours." The B52s hit weapons positions and storage areas in the valley three times Thursday night and with three more raids this morning. They also made two raids on troop concentrations 13 and 17 miles southwest of Hue, between the valley and the old imperial capital on the coast. Since the first of tha month, the eight-engine bombers have flown more than 500 missions in the A Shau area. WOOING THE FUTURE-Youthfu! supporters of the Republican Party crowded around Lt. Gov. Maurice (Foot- sie) Britt following his speech to a crowd-of approxi- ••mately 50 persons at a meeting of Mississippi County Young Republicans. Britt told the group that growth of the party in Arkansas is increasing at a slow but steady rate and that younger Republican candidates such as Guy Newcomb, who Is seeking the First Congressional seat"' r soon to be vacated by Rep. E. C. (Took) Gathings, will 1 -.' strengthen the Republican cause. Britt predicted that" Newcomb, a businessman and farmer from Osceola, will be victorious in his first bid for political office, defeating-!' the other candidates in the race, who are all Democrats!"': (Courier News Photo) ' "^ Britt Tells Republicans , , f GOP Is Out to Win • 'Staff Writer : Citing the accomplishments of the Rockefeller administration over the last year and a half, Lt. Gov. Maurice (Footsie) Britt told a gathering of Mississippi County Republicans last night that "Governor Rockefeller may not be the best politician, in the world, but he has made a fine governor." ' Acknowledging a political reality, Britt said "While we are a long way from being a strong second party in the state, progress has been made and we are gaining in strength primarily because of the large number of independents who vote with the Republican Party. "From all indications, many of these independent voters are former Democrats who, because of their long association with that party, have not been able to make a clean break and do not formally declare themselves as Republicans, even though they vote with us," Britt said. "The name of the game is to win and this is what the Republican Party intends to do. No longer are we seeking candidates who will merely fill a slot to give competition to Demo- cratic candidates, for now the Republican Party can offer the voters of Arkansas a real . choice at, the polls, .by running highly qualified individuals,"' Briit continued. . " '. " "The growth of a real- two- party system in the state is also helping the Democratic Party, .because they must produce a better platform and candidates in order to meet the competition. • "Competition, whether in business or in politics, always works for the betterment of the people within the stale," Britt added. * * * Predicting, "We will increase our strength in the legislature. by gaining from five to 10 seats and will hopefully pick up from two to three seats in the senate," Britt said the present legislature is to be commended for working closely with a Republican administration. "The legislature, though largely made up of Democrats, has passed most of the measures that had any merit," but Britt added, "this might be attributed to.fear, because they were afraid to oppose some of See BRITT on Page 2 April 26 Nuclear Blast Rocks Nevada Countryside ByMIKEDOAN Associated Press Writer LAS VEGAS, Ney. (AP) - An experimental hydrogen bomb, most powerful tested in the United States, exploded under a desert mesa today and; sent earth-like shock waves rolling for hundreds of miles/ { -'•' There were no reports of ;,damage or vented radiation 'from the underground blast, despite more than a week of protests from scientists, and others that the shot was potentially dangerous. - •.-';'•. ' '.' . ' The effects of the detonation ef the device 3,800 feet deep at the Nevada Test Site, 100 miles northwest of here, appeared to be just about what the Atomic Energy Commission anticipated —a rolling ground motion felt as far M 250 miles away, with no 'harhv expected. •' ,i '; The ihot, delayed ah hour until 7 a.m. due to fears that if there were radiation leaks wind might carry contaminants off the U* »ite, wt» foU lightl*!! at all in major cities of the west. In Los Angeles, 300 miles away, some persons trying to detect it - didn't ... but others said they felt it, lightly. . To an AEG observer in a bunker 13 miles from the blast • point the shock was "a pretty good roll." ,..''. In Las Vegas tail buildings swayed, as in an earthquake. Chandeliers in a hotel swung. Motion was clocked for 90 seconds.. Police reported a storm of calls inquiring how serious the shock was. "We also," an officer said, "got calls after the blast asking when it was going to happen." '.-.••: Seismologists reckoned 'the shock had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter earthquake scale, which rates those at 7 or more as major. A 6.5 shock-is strong enough to caus! damage if it oc- • curs close t« populated areas. ; . The blast was rated as having the force of about a million tons of TNT, utiahtty lnvot fcan auf previous test here. Scientists, businessmen, labor unions and many citizens had urged the Atomic Energy Commission to delay the shot, expressing fear it might touch off earthquakes or leak radiation that would contaminate air and ground water. The ABC said It already had made such studies and determined the test was safe. :.. ,.-••• In Salt Lake City,' 330 miles northeast,:the blast was barely See BOMB on Page it iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Weather Forecast P a ( r t 1 y cloudy to cloudy through Saturday. Scattered showers .and thundershowers 'over most of the state tonight and Saturday. Warm through ion!<*t;,,b»!: not so warm most 1 sections Saturday. Low tonight mid'90s <;o low 60s. MgyfcgH^^ "EVERY STUDENT MUST CHOOSE the school he will attend for the 1968-69 school year," J. K. Williams said .this morning. Encouraging parents to complete a "Freedom of Choice" form by next Tuesday, Williams said the forms may be obtained "at any school or at the central administration office, 614 Chickasawba." Forms must be filed for all children entering first grade ... ."as well as the students now enrolled," he said. • BILL ALEXANDER, OSCEOLA ATTORNEY, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Northeast Arkansas Development District (NEADD). NEADD is a federal-government-sponsored agency operated by county officials and civic leaders. Four directors are chosen from each of the 12 counties in the district and headquarters of the agency are in Jonesboro. ' • CHARLES ALBERT FARIS, farmer and Pemiscot County Agriculture Stabilization "arid Conservation Service (ASCS) committee chairman, announced this ^yeek he resigned his post with the ASCS and will oppose Clyde Orton for sheriff of Pemiscot County. Fads filed April 19, the same day he resigned his ASCS position, and Orton filed several months ago tor re-election. ' '• • BURGLARS ENTERED Darnell's Cafe in Braggadocio, Mo., sometime last night, stealing $70 and a variety of items including food, cigarettes and soft drinks, the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office lepoited today. '• The theft was discovered this morning when the safe was opened for business, but the method used by the burglars remains undetermined at this time, the sheriff's office said. Deputy Sheriff Neely Mitchell is conducting the^ln- vestigation, authorities said. • ua A SPECIAL HOSPITAL ELECTION will be held In Pemiscot County April 30, to vote on a $250,000 bond issue for an additional floor on the Pemiscot Cou&ty Memorial Hospital at Hayti, according to HaroldHS Jones, .county clerk. ^ The hospital tax will increase five cents per $199 assessed valuation if the bond is approved, Jones said. "The board of directors of the hospital say by adding the .second floor at this time,. $300,000 to $400,000 can be saved. K£ • -1? LYNN A. DAVIS, who was ruled ineligible to sewe as State-Police Director because of a residency tfr qiiiremerit, said Thursday he thought he was eligible to run for a state position and that he was considering seeking an office. :", Davis said he had been encouraged to run for aer- eral different offices but declined .to wy what office ha would seek if he rcn. .,., Davis said he had been encouraged to oppose elUpr Sen. J. William Fulbright or Rep. Wilbur 0. Mills, but added (hat he wasn't sure he met the residency requirement for a,national office. < . ft-i

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