The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 11, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, May 11, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 51 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, MAY 11, 1968 10 PACKS 10 CENTS Agreement Reached on Talk Format for Monday Mai Van Bo Xuan Thuy • PARIS (AP) — American and North .Vietnamese negotiators reached agreement today on procedural matters for Monday's opening of talks which could lead to an end of the war in Vietnam. The atmosphere of today's meeting was described as "very good" by an American official. Cyrus R. Vance, deputy leader of the American delegation, told newsmen after today's session: "We have concluded all procedural arrangements. We will go into substance on Monday." Vance was emphatic on one point: "The atmosphere has been very good." He said it had been agreed with his opposite number, Col. Ha Van Lau, that the confer• ence will be conducted in two official languages—English and Vietnamese—with French as the working language. This means that each side will use its own language in conducting the day- to-day business 'of the conference. But French will be used for any conference documents and statements, which can ba readily translated and understood by both sides. After today's second and final 2-hour and 22-minute procedural meeting, Laa was smiling broadly, as he usually does, and told newsmen he was "very satisfied." Asked if there would be a further meeting tomorrow, he said: "Tomorrow is Sunday." Pressed as to whether a Vietnam cease-fire would be the first order of business Monday, he replied: "No 'comment. We must leave that to the heads of the delegations-." Vance said an agenda for the talks Monday was not discussed. Vance and Lau were reported to have shaken hands at the start of the meeting, as they did the first time they met. Their opening round Friday also had been described as polite. Vatice and Lau reportedly agreed that they should give out as little information as possible on their discussions. The North Vietnamese spokesman said: "The Americans suggested that nothing further be said" and the North Vietnamese agreed. Other sources confirmed that this was an American suggestion. It was widely reported, nevertheless, that Vance and Lau had agreed at least tentatively that their official languages See PEACE on Page 2 Cyrus Vance W. Averell Harriman Search Continues for Missing 10 15 Miners Are Freed By HOLGER JENSEN Associated Press Writer HOMINY FALLS, W.Va. AP) —Fifteen stilt and-drilled coal miners rode a conveyor belt to freedom before dawn today after spending five terrifying days huddled in a flooded mine. Left behind, deep in the mountain, were 10 of their fellows for whom all hope was lost long ago.. _/ ' It was beiieved "the 'id-'were swept to their death Monday noon when a break in the wall to an adjoining abandoned mine shot millions of gallons of water through the mine's wavy passageway. The first miner came out of the mine entrance,' into the glare of floodlights and the waiting arms of his wife and family at 5:20 a.m. He had spent a total of 118 hours and 20 minutes in the mine since he reported for work at 7 a.m. Monday. • • . The others followed in quick succession. As each man stepped, off .the. belt—unaided—a blanket was thrown around his shoulder and he was led to a padded bench. They were black from Hard- hat to hoot and wet from' the water they had to wade through on part of their journey. The lamps on their hats flickered through the gloom.... At first the 200 friends and relatives who had waited most of the night around the mine entrance were silent. Then there was a great wave of laughing and hugging. It was difficult to make out any of the conversations as the scene turned to bedlam. Photographers' bulbs went off like harsh fireflies. • There also was : sadness among relatives of the 10 missing men crowded to the entrance in faint hope. Mine officials had not released a list of those known to be.. alive and those- presumed dead publicly, but it was likely that families had been notified. But they still crowded in hope. Once the men were safely out, however, an official .of the Maust Coal and Coke Co., the owners, handed newsmen the lists. The ages o£ the missing miners range from 28 to 46—all men who have spent most of their lives in the incredible darkness of the coal mines. The pumps which had finally cleared much of the passageway of water were stilled while the men' came out. Then they 'groaned to life again. "We will continue to drain the mine until we make contact with the. remaining 10 men," said.C.E. Richardson, president of the company. The 10 had been at a lower level than the 'others.- ' • Eiwood O'Dell was the first man out. ... The. men appeared dazed by the harsh floodlights and the questions being thrown at them by mine officials and relatives. Only five minutes elapsed be-, tween the emergence of the first 'I haven't decided yet whether I'll go back down that mine. A guy has got to pay the rent.' (See Additional Story on Page Two) man and the last. After a few minutes sitting down on foam covered benches outside the mine entrance, the men were led to ambulances. But all did not go. One man who came out of the mind did not get into an ambulance, however. A woman had Action Line her arm around his waist and yelled, "Here he is!" The miner had gone from the mine entrance up the opposite slope, over barricade ropes and was greeted by the woman in front of the mine office. Dr. Lee B. Todd of Quinwood, the mine physician, quickly looked over each man before he was led to the ambulance. Earlier, officials had said that the men had agreed over the radio telephone to undergo observation in hospitals at Summersville and Richwood. But there was a change in plans that attested to the men's good physical'condition despite the long, cramped confinement. They were allowed to go home. "They're all in good shape," said Dr. Todd. "None of them wanted to go to the hospital. They are being taken home by ambulances. Their relatives will See MINERS on Page 2 . • ~ ~' . ••> - - PEACE TALK'S .between 1 the United States and..Hanoi .are ;taking place in Paris' at 'tha International: Conference. Cen ter,. ; above, the - former. Hotel Majestic. During World War II, the building .was used as a Gestapo headquarter*. Deputies Draw Comment; David Acres Plan Pending 11 A previous question to Action Line which was answered by Sheriff William Berryman explaining why there are no Negro deputies in Mississippi County, has prompted another reader to ask what is .'required to qualify as a deputy in the Sheriff's department. "What are the qualifications that are required for deputy's jobs now?" —Anonymous, City. "The main thing I look for when I interview a person for the job of deputy sheriff is common sense," Berryman said. . "There is really no set requirement as to education, because I have some men now who didn't finish high school, but more education would be a factor in some cases. "Good judgement in making decisions and the ability to treat the people you must deal with fairly is important also," Berryman explained. "A person who wants to become a deputy must be intelligent, in order for us to be . able to train him in law enforcement work, and he should have the right attitude toward people and the job itself. "Finally," Berryman said, "any prior experience in this line of work is always perfer- able, but it is very seldom that we get an applicant with experience, so we rely mainly on the other factors I have mentioned." • "What happened to the Code Nine enforcement program for the Uavid Acres sections?" — Anonymous, City. Action Line was informed by W. J. Cupples, executive direct- or of the Blythevilie Urban Renewal Agency, that, "The proposal has been reviewed and approved by the regional Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office in Fort Worth and has been forwarded to Washington, D. C., for their approval. "We are still awaiting final word from the Washington office regarding the proposal," Cupples added. • "Are the reports true that someone has been stealing shrubbery from the Dogwood and Elmwood cemeteries?" — Anonymous, City. Police Chief George Ford told this column that no reports of the theft of shrubbery from Dogwood Cemetery have been received, "but we have gotten three calls recently complaining that shrubbery was being stolen at Elmwood. "We -are investigating these complaints now and are asking for anyone who has information about such thefts to contact the police department," Ford said. "If a person is apprehended and we have proof that he is guilty of such an act, he will be charged with malicious injury to a grave or monument. This is a felony charge which if proven, can result in the guilty party being sentenced to from two to five years in the state penitentiary," Ford 1 said. "If we cannot prove that charge, then perhaps we can convict on a lesser one such as petty larceny, which would still provide for a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $300 See ACTION ou Page 2 Negro Candidate Speaks Of Concern for the Poor AUu., ."Know whit ft mew*' By Webb Laseter HI The only Negro in the race for the representative seat up for grabs in the U. S. First Con-, gressional District, Democratic candidate Henry D. Akins, characterized himself as "possibly not the best qualified person in the race, but certainly as qualified as the other candidates." Speaking at a meeting of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) here last night, Akins said lie identified himself with the plight of those, both black and white, who are among the low-income groups, "I am not going to tell you as some of the candidates have, tiiat I am a farm boy who knows your problems," Akins continued, "because I have lived the problems. "I know what it means to be hungry, and have no shoes or clothes, because I have been there myself. "I want to stress here tonight that my campaign is not being, conducted with racial overtones. I do not seek your vote just because I am black, because that is no way to choose a representative. ' ; "I want to be elected because 1 have a feeling for the people that I would represent and al- though I know that a freshman legislator in Congress, is walking on new ground and for a time will be relatively ineffective, if I get a chance to serve you, I can guarantee that I will act as a conscience to the legislature," Akins added. "Poverty in this country must be suffocated and something must be done to cut through the red tape that prevents those who need help from getting It "Programs such as welfare and the OEO are good, but they do not enable people on the poverty level to become itlf-suf- flcient. It is always easier to do something for someoni, rath- er than to teach them to help themselves. "Welfare, money, and government aid are not the answers; they are only methods to relieve the pain of poverty for a time. A way must be found to See CANDIDATE on Page 2 Cloudy, Showers Cloudy with showers and scattered thunderstorms and not much change in temperatures through Sunday. High today upper 50s northwest to low 70s southeast. Low tonight 50s north to 60s south, MAY 13 -17, COUNTY cotton farmers will participate in a referendum to decide whether they want to be able to sell or lease their cotton'allotments outside the county. The announcement was made today by Hildred Bunch, chairman of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation County Committee (ASCS). The vote will be conducted by mail and replies must be postmarked no later than May 17, Bunch said. An affirmative two-thirds vote will allow farmers to transfer 1968 upland cotton allotments to farms located in other counties, he said. . Transfers of allotments by an owner to a farm h» owns or controls may be made across-county lines without regard to the outcome of the vote, Bunch said, "but In no case may transfers be made outside the state." THREE MISSISSIPPI COUNTY MEN were' among 94 individuals paroled from the Arkansas State. Prison Thursday, according to prison officials. The men are Bill Linehan, sentenced to five years for check violation in I960. James Russell Smith was paroled for the rest of a three year sentence for conviction of forgery and uttering in 1966. . James Williams was also paroled. He was sentenced in 1965 to eight years for grand larceny. BURGLARS STOLE approximately 20 gallons of chemical fertilizer from the Andrews Fertilizer Company located on Highway 84, east of Hayti last night,_the Pemiscot County Sheriff's office reported this morning. The thieves entered the building by breaking into the front door, authorities said. The burglary was discovered when the business opened this morning, and the investigation is being conducted by Deputy Neeley Mitchell, the sheriff's office said. RIGHT-OF-WAY ACQUISITION for the bridge across the Mississippi River has been financed for 1969 by tha Missouri State Highway Department, according to Missouri Sen. J. F. (Pat) Patterson. Marvin Snider, chief engineer of the Missouri Highway Department, told Patterson as soon as test borings are completed and evaluated designs for the piers and bridge will be completed. Snider also said pier construction contracts will be ready for bidding next year. Target date for completion of the bridge is 1"72, Snider said. : AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT at 10:45 p.m. (ast night claimed the life of an Arkansas man In Portageville, Mo., according to the Missouri State Police today. Killed was Clarence Creason, 47, of Jonesboro, wh* was a passenger In a \m Dodge driven by Coy Swill, Sea ROUNDUP oa Puge I ':

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