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Monday, May 6, 1968
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BLYTHE VILLE COURIER NEWS TOL. 63—NO. 46 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' MONDAY, MAT 6, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Rocket Blasts City Saigon Attack In Full Swing SMOKE AND FLAMES were well tinder" control at Blytheville Air Force Base over the weekend as 150 Explorer Scouts watched base firemen (see arrow) give a demonstration of their skills. Show was a part of weekend camp at the base for Exp(prers from over Eastern Arkansas. Orientation flight yesterday and Saturday: night dance were among highlights. (USAF Photo) By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) -The enemy attack on Saigon swept on in full fury tonight, with North Vietnamese reported fighting for the first time in the capital and a heavy explosion—believed a rocket—blasting the heart of the city. The North Vietnamese were battling South Vietnamese troops from gravestone to gravestone in a cemetery near Saigon's Tan Son Nhut airport. The missile, believed by military authorities to be a rocket or a mortar, exploded near the downtown Saigon U.S.O. and International House, frequented by Americans. First reports said no buildings were damaged and apparently there were no causalties. The V.S.O. and International House were closed by curfew. Other accounts said the blast may have been caused by an explosive charge placed in a car that was destroyed. U.S. military spokesman indicated the new enemy offensive, launched Sunday, was subsiding elsewhere across South Vietnam after only one day, U.S. military spokesman indicated the new enemy offensive, launched Sunday, was subsiding elsewhere across South Vietnam after only one day. They saw tha attacks as more evidence that the enemy plans to keep fighting while peace talks go on. They also thought it likely the drive was to strengthen North Vietnam's bargaining positions at preliminary talks with the United States, expected to open this week in Paris. While Hanoi radio claimed "brilliant victories," Gen. William C. Westmoreland's headquarters said in a communique: "Scattered fighting has taken place throughout yesterday and this morning; however, the over-all activities remain considerably lower than during the Tet (lunar new year) offensive." Headquarters reported 122 locations were hit Sunday by mortar and artillery fire but new shelling today was insignificant. There also was ground fighting in the north but this appeared to be a continuation of last week's battles. A U.S. spokesman said allied forces so far had killed 714 enemy troops in and around Saigon, including 177 inside the city itself. Some of the fights were spoiling actions, cutting off enemy units reported headed to attack Saigon. U. S. officials said an estimated battalion of enemy troops, perhaps 400 to 500 men, fighting allied forces around Tan Son Nhut air 'base are predominantly North Vietnamese soldiers. This is the closest to Saigon that North Vietnamese have fought in these numbers. U.S. officials estimated that as of early Monday there were about 300 Viet Cong troops fighting inside Saigon. Preliminary estimates also indicated there might be as many as 300 more female Viet Cong agents who in some cases have done some of the fighting but are being used mostly for political agitation. The officials noted a definite increase in fighting during the day inside Saigon, around Tan Son Nhut and on the fringes of the capital. American officials were reported deeply concerned aboiit fitting o.i the northeastern edge of the city. Enemy troops were said to be advancing slowly rather than being driven back. They reportedly were nearing a bridge lead- •ing into the city. The fact that they were able to move forward during daylight caused concern because it was feared that under, the cover of darkness they may be able to move in even closer and set up mortars. ,. ' U.S. infantrymen moved in closer toward the city to ba ; ck up' South Vietnamese rangers, paratroopers and marines battling the enemy in three places inside Saigon and trying to'cut off infiltration attempts ori-tha east and west sides. "•;'" "We have everything ve'ry much in hand," said a senior V'.S. officer. : : : He suggested four possible aims of the Viet Cong: To See VIETNAM on Page Z McCarthy: '/ Think Well Win in Indiana May 6 SELMA (SALLIE) SALIBA, 64, died yesterday m Ghickasawba Hospital. A native of Moultrie, Ga., she had lived here most of her life. She was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. For the past several years she had made her home with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Fred S. Saliba. She leaves a brother, Jim Saliba, of Florence, Ala. Miss Saliba was a sales lady in Whitsitt's. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in St. Stephen's Church with Rev. Murray Lancaster officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in charge. The family has requested that any memorials go to St. Stephen's. TONIGHT'S' SCHEDULED MEETING involving the proposal to consolidate the Manila, Caraway, and Leachville schools has been postponed, a spokesman at Manila said this morning. School officials said the group will meet m the Manila School cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday. FROM 11 A.M. TO 3 P.M. May 20 civilians will be allowed to tour Blytheville Air Force Base, according to Col. Eugene D. Minietta, 97th Bomb Wing Commander. Activities will include a display of base aircraft, an ROTC drill team from Jonesboro and a judo demonstration. Civilians will be permitted "to drive any where 1 on base except in the alert and flight line,areas," the colonel said, "and base personnel will be standing by to answer questions." Another open house—featuring the Air Force's aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds—will be held Aug. 9, according to Colonel Minietta. • A BOY-PARENT ORGANIZATIONAL meeting to form a Boy Scout troop will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Chickasaw Courts recreation hall. The troop Is; being organized by the Blytheville Optimists Club. Membership is open for boys from 11 to 13 years of age. .. : Terry Maney will be Scoutmaster. Harvey Stegall Is assistant. MISSISSIPPI- COUNTY ASSOCIATION for Retarded Children meets tonight at 7:30 at Mississippi County Electric Cooperative building. . PARENTS OF CHILDREN who are rgeistered for Head Start classes this summer will meet in Lange School Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss plans for this summer's program. Parents will be invited to'apply for paid positions, volunteer positions and to act as ob- l«rv«r» during tin cliwei. , , By WALTER R. MEARS Associated Press Writer INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. AP) Indiana's presidential primary campaign churned, toward a climax Tuesday—and White House contender Hubert H. Humphrey suddenly became a campaign target. The Indiana contestants, rival Sens. Robert F. Kennedy and Eugene J. McCarthy, and favorite son candidate Gov. Roger D. Branigin, were .winding up the most hectic primary campaign the state has seen. •,._. Kennedy and McCarthy used .last-minute tours, a television barrage and armies of volunteer collegiate campaigners to hunt votes in their first primary con- frontation. The New York senator, brother of the late President John F. Kennedy, .drew the biggest crowds and the favorite's role in opinion polls. While McCarthy. said there were signs he was going to win, he said he had already discounted Indiana as a decisive state, saying the real tests between him", and Kennedy would come later, in Oregon May 28 and California June 4. "I think we'll win in Indiana," he told 300 persons in a Lafayette park Sunday. "At least we'll call it a victory." The Minnesota .senator planned a campaign trip to Richmond today, then handshaking tours in Indianapolis. Branigin men were counting on a hefty transfusion o' Republican voters into the Democratic primary. Richard M..Nixon,,who is uncontested on the Republican primary ballot and will receive the 26 convention votes, was striving to curb the crossover vote. A Republican may cross over by requesting a Democratic ballot. He may be challenged, but only by a Democratic precinct official. To cast his ballot, the voter need only sign an affida- . vit that he will support a majority of the party's candidates in the general election. State election laws prohibit writing in candidates. The Nixon organization published a full-page newspaper advertisement headed. "Are you willing to lie for Hubert Humphrey?" The advertisement said that is what Republicans would be doing if they take Democratic ballots Tuesday. "And let's 1 face it," the advertisement said, "a vote for Branigin is a vote for Humphrey." Branigin, who has campaigned heavily in smaller cities and rural areas, said voters should pick their own governor as the man who can best represent them at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Sixty-three Democratic convention votes are at stake, but the manner in which they will be apportioned will not be decid- ed until after the primary. They could go to the statewide primary victor, or could be distributed among congressional districts. ' In Indianapolis, Pierre Salinger, chief public relations adviser to Kennedy, assailed the city's morning and evening newspapers for their coverage of the campaign. He said, "It is with dismay and sorrow that we have witnessed the outrageous and callous disregard for fairness exhibited by these two newspapers. Any fair-minded observer of what has been transpiring in the past weeks in Indianapolis can bear testimohy to the one- sided and inflammatory coverage of the Star and News." Salinger issued his statement : after the Sunday Star published an editorial urging Republicans to back Branigin to "help make sure Indiana is not marked 'for sale.' "•..'• Salinger asked the American Society of Newspaper Editors Freedom of Information Committee to investigate. Vincent S. Jone, ASNE president, said in Rochester, N.Y., "We don't have any authority like that. We don't police our members, and we don't investigate our members." Eugene C. Pulliam, publisher of the Star and News, said in Phoenix, Ariz., that Kennedy "is like all spoiled children. When he doesn't get what hi wants, he bellyaches about it." Rizor, 8th Heart Transplant Dies STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Joseph Rizor, the world's eighth human heart transplant patient, died Sunday night when, doctors' said, his damaged lungs failed to supply enough .oxygen to keep his new heart beating. Doctors at. Stanford University Medical Center said Rizor, a . 40-year-old carpenter from Salinas, Calif., died because his bloodstream had only 10 per cent of its normal supply of oxygen. The transplanted heart had quit suddenly 6Va hours earlier, but doctors restored its beat • within a few minutes. They explained that his lungs had adjusted through the years to his own enlarged heart, which pumped blood at high pressure but very slowly, requiring two minutes for complete circulation. When he received the heart last Thursday of an athletic man who had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, the new heart circulated his blood in 20 seconds, too fast for his damaged lungs to add the normal supply of life-giving oxygen, ac- cording to Dr. Norman E. Shumway, the surgeon who led the transplant team. Only 24 hours after the operation, Shumway said: "For the next few days we can say that his condition will be critical until we can see some change in the level of oxygen tension in his arterial blood." Until Sunday afternoon, Rizor's condition has been listed as fair, although each medical bulletin had made it clear his lung condition continued to be a matter of major concern. On Sunday morning, Rizor had been visited by his wife, Eileen. They have four children, aged 3 to 15. Rizor even had joked with his doctors. They said they had been able to reduce his respirator oxygen level from 100 per cent to 80 per cent, arid took him briefly out of the respirator. His diet, which had been intravenous, was stepped up to fruit juices and soups taken orally. Rizor received his new heart Thursday morning shortly after the death of Rudolph F. Anderson, 43, of San Carlos, Calif. The operation lasted 4'A hours. Columbia Opens Doors Amid Chaos NEW YORK (AP) — Besieged Columbia University reopened its doors today amid chaos, and controversy and a two-century- old tradition of formal classroom teaching apparently ended for the rest of the semester. Columbia College, the 25,000- oldest and largest unit, decided Sunday to end formal classes almost four, weeks before the official end of the term May 29, Some other units of the university were expected to follow Columbia College's lead but it was not known immediately what they would do. The confusion was heightened by rebel students who renewed their two-week-old protest by calling for a boycott of classes. Minor scuffling broke out at several spots this morning us staff members and unsympathetic students walked 'through picket HUN Mt up to Mitro* U» boycott. Fewer than 200 students manned picket lines before a dozen buildings. Henry Coleman, the acting dean of Columbia College who was held inside his office for almost 24 hours when the-student protest began April 23, predicted the university "will not be back to normal this semester." The classroom doors swung open today for the first time in 10 days. The student protest be. gan over construction of a gymnasium in a park buffering Negro Harlem arid the: university and over, a government-oriented defense project partly sponsored by Columbia. The gymnasium project has since been suspended but that apparent victory for the rebel students has obviously not ended their protest.; , , The rebels now claim to have tte iupDorVol 6,000 ttudenta for their boycott. They issued a bulletin today listing more than 50 "liberation"'classes in such subjects as "avant-garde litera- ture," "imperialism," "corporate liberalism" and "Columbia and the warfare state." The university's School of Li- brary Service and the Graduate School of Business planned normal sessions today. But other units said they would decide aft- Phone Walkout Over WASHINGTON : AP) - Striking telephone workers have put "the voice with a smile" back in style with a nationwide contract ratification vote that officially ended an 18-day walkout against the Bell Telephone System. 'But scattered locals announced they wouldn't heed the back-to-work order issued by the Communications Workers of America after its Washington headquarters announced Sunday the 54,68IWO,721 vote to ratify the three-year contract. Th« union hai old tt» con- tract offered a boost of nearly 20 per cent in wages and fringe benefits over its three-year life! President Ben .S. Gilmer, president of American Telephone and Telegraph Co., parent company to Bell, said costs of the contract—estimated at about $2 billion by the union— "will inevitably have some effect on the rates our customera will have to pay. The vast majority of the 200,000 worker* involved In the strike were, expected to begin returning to work today under what CWA official! called th« best contract ever achieved in the industry. And CWA spokesmen said any refusal to end picketing as of midnight would be in defiance of the union executive board, which it said alone "has the right to call a strike and tho right to end a strike." Included among the workers expected back on the job immediately are long-distance operators—subjects of the "voice with a smile" Bell slogan —many of whose jobs wen .filled by male executives during See STRIKE «a Pafe I , er discussions with faculty members and students whether . to hold formal classes or follow the Columbia College formula. Dr. Grayson Kirk, president of Columbia, said Sunday,.he will not resign under fire—^.dissident student demand—and defended his summoning of police on campus to break up sit-ins In our college halls and his office in Low Memorial Library. The 64-year-old president appeared on CBS-TV's "Face the Nation." Warmer Tonight Partly cloudy and warmer tonight and Tuesday with widely scattered showers and Jhunder- showers beginning west por^on tonight, sprtiding ea*t portta Tuesday afternoon or eveninj. Low tonight upper 40§ to upptr

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