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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 68—NO. 44 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, MAY 4. 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS GIs Kill 189 Of Trapped VC By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) -US, Army troops trapped a large Viet Cong force in a jangle opening 14 miles north of Saigon today and in 10 blistering hours «f fighting .killed 189 of .them, a U.S. spokesman reported.... With troops of the "Dogface Battalion", of the U.S. 1st Infantry ..Division encircling them, the enemy troops then.came under attack of artillery, helicopter l.gunships and jet fighter- bombers. ...--...' "As of 6 p.m. we'd Hlled 189 and there are a lot .nore in there/' the spokesman said. FIRST ENTRY into the Miss Blythevilie beauty pageant is Miss Barbara Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs El<more Thomas of Blythevilie. Miss Thomas is 18 years old, and has black-hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 3 and enjoys horseback riding, as one of her hobbies. . Cooler Tonight Clear to partly cloudy north and over the state tonight and Sunday. Cooler tonight and continued cool Sunday. Low tonight in the 40s north to the 50s south. THE AIRPLANE at Walker Park may never see ser- • vice in Viet Nam but the : kiddies who frequent the park. are 'giving the jet : their own peculiar brand of anti-aircraft pounding. By using the jet's wings as a teeter-totter they have succeeded in cracking the '• plane's fuselage (as shown here). This week, the Courier's roving reporter in charge i of Your Two. Cents' Worth asked city residents what they think should be done.. Their answers art found on Page Four. (Com* far Newi Pinto) "We believe we've got them bottled up." noi broadcast, monitored in The fight began, at 8 a.m. when a company of the "Dog. face Battalion" .ran into what it believed at first to bd a force of 200 Viet Cong. But : the spokesman said "that estimate; was quite conservative." . The fight continued .into, the night but .with far less intensity. U.S. ..casualties were seven men killed and 16 wounded. The Dogfaces caught the Viet Cong in flat country that had been cleared previously by American: Army bulldozers in a move to deny the guerrillas-concealment near the capital. In another action, U.S. 25th Infantry Division troopers continued to press a 400-man North Vietnamese force on the edge of a swampland about 23 miles northwest of Saigon. A captured enemy soldier said his unit had been moving south toward Saigon when it was stopped by the Americans. • . , Fighting in the northwest frontier sector of South Vietnam went into its. fifth day. American forces pushed through marshland in their effort to drive back more than ,2,000 North Vietnamese threatening allied bases and supply lines. Enemy troops in bunkers shot: down a Marine FB .Crusader dive-bombing their position 5& miles northeast of Dong Ha. The pilot was reported killed. It was the 252nd U.S. warplane lost in . combat over South Vietnam. After repulsing one enemy counterattack near Dong Ha Thursday, the Americans beat back another one Friday and re- N. Viets Boast Of Willingness By JOHN RODERICK Associated Press Writer TOKYO APj - North Vietnam said today its decision to meet the United States in Paris May 10 shows its willingness "to bring an end to the war in Vietnam on the basis of the guarantee for the basic national rights of the Vietnamese people." Hanoi has used this phrase previously to cover its demand that the United States withdraw all its forces and military equipment from South Vietnam; The ..statement broadcast by Hanoi Radio was coupled with a renewed demand that the United States "stop definitively and without condition" the bombing and other acts of war against North. Vietnam. , The comments were quoted from an article signed "commentator"^-meaning: a high official—in the Communist party newspaper Nhan Dan. The Ha- The broadcast said the For- Tokyo, came 17 hours after Hanoi officially had accepted the French capital as the site of preliminary talks. The broadcast said the Foreign Ministry statement "directly proposes formal talks between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the United States and clearly determines the level, place and time for such talks." It added: "Set against the obduracy and evasive moves of the U.S. government, the attitude of the DRVN government shines with good will, and its stand shines with justice." .This, referred to the earlier disagreements between Hanoi .and Washington over a site for talks. The Communist conditions demand, besides withdrawal of U.S. and allied troops, recognition of the NLF—political arm of the Viet Cong—as the sole representative of the South Vietnamese, removal of foreign bases and leaving settlement of the political problem to the Vietnamese. ported killing. 67 North Viet, namese. In six days of fighting around the Marine base, Gen. William C. Westmoreland'* headquarters said allied force! See VIETNAM on Page 2 Haines Rites Sunday Harry W. Haines, 73, publish er of the Courier News, die! last night at his home here. Mr. Haines came. to Blytha- ville as publisher of this new* paper in 1928. . . • He was born in Drexel, Mo., and was .raised in Kansas. He began a newspaper career which was to span more than half a century when he joined (the circulation department o! the Hastings, Nebr., Tribune as a teenager. He subsequently became circulation manager, bookkeeper and advertising manager of that newspaper in a period of a few years. Prior to coming to Blythe- vilie, he was advertising man« ;ager of the Wisconsin Rapids; Wise., Tribune. Mr. Haines was a past president of Blytheville's Chamber of Commerce and was a veteran, of World:. ; War I. He leaves his •. wife, Florence G. Haines, and a son, Harry A. Haines, both of Blythevilie; A sister, Mrs. L'ouis Stein, Grand Island, Nebr.; a brother, Paul Haines, Phoenix, Ariz., and three grandchildren. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, of which he was a member. Rev. Murray Lancaster will officiate. Burial, Cobb Funeral Home in charge, will be in Elmwood Cemetery. The family has requested that any memorials go to St. Stephen's Church or Mississippi County Union Mission. PRACTIC1N8 HEB SPEC. IALTY, which is free exer- cisey Shirley Jayroe prepare! for the Physical Education Revue scheduled for May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blythevilie High School gymnasium. Participants in the program are •., made up of girls enrolled in the high school physical education classes which .are taught by Mrs. Russ Mosely and Mrs. Helen Rodante. Tick-' ets for the event may be purchased from any physical education student or at the door. Admission is $1 for adults, 50 cents for junior and senior high school students, and 25 cents for elementary pupils. (Courier News Photo) 10th Transplant Is 'Satisfactory' By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Laymen and surgeons alike today watched closely the progress of three men—two in the United States and one in London —who received heart transplants within about 24 hours. The London operation, completed Friday night, was the world's 10th heart transplant. At London's National Heart Hospital the 45-year-old patient, as yet unidentified, was reported to be in "entirely satisfactory" condition. In Houston, Tex., where 47- year-old Everett Claire Thomas Friday morning received the heart of a 15-year-old bride, outcome of the transplant, but pleasure was expressed at the was accompanied by a note of caution. At Stanford, Calif., where late Thursday 40-year-old Joseph Rizor received the heart of an older but' athletic man, the patient's condition was announced as fair—with a wait-and-see attitude. The London heart donor was -named by London newspapers as Patrick Ryan, 26, who died of brain damage suffered in a fall from a scaffold. The London team worked for an estimated seven hours to See HEART on Page 2 May 4 Actionline PO 3-4461 OEO, Welfare Quash Rumors By Webb Laseter III Staff Writer In the past it has been the policy of Auction Line, because of the tremendous response by readers of the column, to answer the oldest questions prior to those most recent. . Deviating slightly from the established-format, to day Action Line is answering several questions contained in two-let- ers and received .during t h e last seven days concerning the Mississippi County Department of Public Welfare and its director, Leroy Richardson. The two letters, apparently written by the same anonymous individual, arrived a few days apart asking about a meeting which the writer said had been held in the county courthouse in Blythevilie on April 19, and during which three-women leveled, serious charges against Richardson and criticized the way he was running the welfare office. .To wit:, . , .-.. ; . • , .,• .."Were charges made against the ,county welfare director at the April 19 meeting in the courthou* by three of the worn- tt vfae W«M it to* OMUacr —Anonymous, City. One of the three women mentioned, who was alleged to have criticized Richardson at the meeting (held at the Mississippi County Courthouse in Ely the- ville on April 17, not April 19 as stated in the letter) was Mrs. V. B. Keith, secretary-treasurer • of the Blythevilie Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Action Line contacted Mrs. Keith, asked her what the meeting was about and what charges, it any, she had leveled at Richardson. . . "The meeting was called by Judge Banks, and we were- there to discuss the food stamp program," Mrs. Keith replied. "While I was there," she continued, "I took the opportunity to talk to Mr. Richardson about, reports that there had been some instances of welfare recipients being treated with discourtesy by workers in his office. ; "I did not make any charges, we merely had a discussion and I asked him if something could be done to correct this. "Mr. Richardson said he was flee ACTION M P«W a "V- •• - '" MRS. CARRIE B. FERGUSON, wife of E. D. Ferguson, died yesterday in Richmond, Va. A native of Missouri, she moved here in 1913. Sh» was a member of First Methodist Church where she was active in Sunday school work and in the Woman'i Missionary Society. Her husband was manager of Robinson Lumber Company here for nearly 50 years prior to his death in 1964. She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Robert F. Smart of Richmond; A sister, Mrs. W. N. Stanton of Kansas City; T>o grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Methodist Church, Rev. Virgil Keeley officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in charge. • . ; DR. E. A. SHANEYFELT has filed as a Republican candidate for county coroner, it was announced today. The position is held by : Democrat Jim Stovall of Blythevilie. TEENAGE ROAD-E-0 ENTRANTS who have not yet turned in their entry forms for the Jaycee-sponsored contest, should bring the completed forms to the parking lot at Ihe corner of Second and Chickasawba tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. prior to the beginning of the contest, according to Jimmy Austin, co-chairman for the event. THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS has been awarded to Army Lt. Rudolph L. Whitehead, son of Maj. and Msr. Lewis J. Whitehead of Blythevilie Air Force Base, according to Army officials. Whitehead received the nation's second highest decoration for heroism as a result of his actions while serving with the Army's 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam, officials said. • . '. • ;l In addition to being decorated, Whitehead was promoted to'the rank of captain .and is now at Brooke Medical Center.in an! Antonio, Tex. recuperating from .wounds received while performing the act which won him the medal, medical authorities said. '••" The citation accompanying the medal said, in part, that Whitehead exposed himself to enemy fire to carry a wounded comrade to safety, then climbed on top. of a personnel carrier to direct return fire against the enemy. IN A ROOM at the Shenango Chinaware Co. workers are putting the final, delicate touches on some of the most carefully'handled china in the country. They're making a new set of dishes fur the state dining room of the White House. The project has spanned 2ft years and the l#l pieces are to be delivered this month, . The cost is about $80,000. But don't fret, taxpayer!. The White House Historical Society is paying. There are 210 settings of 10 pieces each sad **ck setting ii ccating about S32t. Also, then art I* Mr** ' '