The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on May 21, 1968 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, May 21, 1968
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. ««—NO. 59 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1368 12 PAGES 10 CENTS Students Not to Be Punished for Violence French Pass Amnesty Bill De Gaulle: silent in face of his most serious threat. MAY 21 A FAYE GOODMAN DISASTER FUND was organized at Fairview 'School last night. Mrs. Goodman, a former resident now living in Jonesboro, was critically injured by last Wednesday's tornado. Two of her sons were killed and three others hospitalized. Her husband is deceased." ' Monetary gifts may be mailed to "The Faye.Good- man Disaster Fund, P. 0. Box 681, Blytheville." Items may be delivered to Gowen Upholstery Shop, 700 South Lake. For pickup service call PO 3-3238-during business hours. At any other time phone PO 3-1192: MRS. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER has accepted an invitation to address a group of persons interested in helping physically handicapped and mentally retarded children. ' The meeting will be held: at Blytheville Air Force Base on June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the base chapel annex, according to Lt. Gary A. Morris, project officer for the meeting. Invitations have been extended to members-of the Mississippi County Chapter of the National Association for Retarded Children and approximately 50 persons are expected to attend, Morris said. A TOTAL OF" $30 MILLION additional funds for emergency loans from Farmers Home Administration have been approved by the U. S. Senate, Sen. J. William Fulbright said in a telegram today. "These funds should help farmers (whose rproperty was damaged by floods and tornadoes," Senator Fulbright said. ... : BIDS ARE BEING SOUGHT by the Blytheville Post Office Department on 15 automobiles to be used on city delivery routes presently being walked'by mailmen, according to Postmaster Hugh Hudson. Deadline for submitting the bids is May 27, Hudson See ROUNDUP on Page 2 . By STEPHENS BROENING Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) - The French Cabinet; faced By an ever-expanding economic paralysis and the threat of parliamentary censure, decided today there should be no punishment for students charged with violence in the •street fighting that led into the nation's strikecrisis. Summoned by President Charlts de Gaulle, the ministers approved an amnesty bill at a 25-minute meeting. Information Minister Georges Gorse announced the bill, forgiving all charges against students except theft in the period between Feb. 1 and May 15, will be submitted to Parliament Wednesday for ratification. Premier Georges Pompidou faced the National Assembly for debate on a censure motion ex- pected to .come to a vote Wednesday night. The governing Gaullist coalition expressed confidence it would survive the vote, but gave no indication what it would do about the workers' revolt for higher pay, shorter hours and job security. Far from abating, the strike wave which has idled more than six million workers was still spreading. A Paris newspaper estimated about half of France's 16 million workers would be away from their jobs by nightfall. Though its own staff showed up, the Paris stock market closed. It was announced the market could not function be-. cause of communications difficulties and a lack of orders. Indirect effects also hit Simca, a French automobile company controlled by the Chrysler Corp., of the United States. Simca closed its plants at Poissy and La Rochelle, employing about 30,000 workers. Management said the decision was due to a shortage of parts from subcontracting firms affected by strikes; The strikes stopped trains, subways, buses, taxis and garbage collection in Paris and closed coal mines, airports and seaports. Some tourists were stranded. Lines formed at food arid tobacco shops, banks and gasoline stations. Amid a monstrous traffic jam in Paris, made worse by cars that were abandoned after running out of gasoline, few policemen were in sight. Although not on strike, many apparently stayed home. Facing the gravest threat yet posed to his 10-year-old Fifth Republic, De Gaulle has made no public statement since breaking off a visit to Romania Saturday and returning to the Elysee Palace. He is to address the nation on television Friday night, and there was no indication of what he planned for a situation strongly reminiscent of the turmoil that brought him back to power in 1958. Opposition political leaders conferred with trade union leaders Monday in preparation for their attempt in the National Assembly to oust Premier Georges Pompidou and his Cabinet. The French Communist party called for an end to the De Gaulle regime and the formation of "a true republican regime opening the way to socialism." A successful censure motion in Parliament would not dust Da Gaulle, whose term runs until 1972, but would be a major setback to his policies. George Seguy, secretary-general of the big Communist- backed General Confederation of Labor, said in a speech that the striking workers will present their same demands to whatever government is in office until they obtain satisfaction. The French crisis began with a revolt early this month of university students demanding educational reforms. Despite a promise from Pompidou to meet these demands, the students launched round-the-clock sit-ins at most of France's universities, and last Tuesday night workers spontaneously took up the tactic to push their long-standing demands, beginning with an aircraft, factory in Nantes. Universities remain closed, and high schools in the Paris r£ gion joined the strikes Monday, with some teachers remaining on duty only to look after any pupils that showed up. Eastern France, Alsace and Lorraine were least affected by the strikes so far, but the 25,000 men of the Peugeot auto factory at Sochaux, near the Swiss border, walked out. The ports of Dunkerque, Le Havre, Bordeaux and Marseille were tied up. Several foreign freighters bound for Marseille with perishable cargo were sent to Genoa, Italy, to unload. Orly, the international airport near Paris, was closed. Airlin- .ers were rerouted to Brussels or other capitals, and chartered buses took airline passengers to and from Brussels. Some planes got into Le Bourget, the French capital's No. i airfield. Largest Coordinated Shelling of War U.S. Hue Headquarters Shelled By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese forces slammed 500 rounds of mortar arid 100-pound rockets into four vital U.S. headquarters in the Hue area today in one of the heaviest coordinated shellings of the " war. , - . Enemy infantrymen also attacked one of the headquarters but were repulsed, the U.S. Command said. The shellings followed a destructive rocket attack on a U.S. air cavalry division headquarters in the northern war zone Sunday. It too was attacked again today, but damage was far lighter. At least eight U.S. soldiers and 21 enemy were reported killed in the attacks near Hue. Another 51 Americans were wounded. In all four cases, headquarters said, material damage was either negligible or light. At the same time, Viet Cong troops shelled three provincial capitals and two allied airfields —all but one in the Mekong Delta—inflicting at least 65 allied casualties. Gen. William C. Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, said, "The intensity of the war seems to be increasing." .. . Asked if he thought this was deliberately timed with the Paris peace talks as part of a Communist command "talk and fight" strategy, Westmoreland said "circumstantial evidence" would'indicate this. Westmoreland's headquarters announced that thousands of American helicopter-borne infantrymen and paratroopers were on the move against North Vietnamese forces menacing Hue and Quang Tri City to the north in two newly announced operations to "seek out and de' sfroy or capture enemy personnel, material and installations." Both drives were launched : last Friday, but the announcement was delayed for security. Results so far generally have been unspectacular, indicating once again that the enemy is picking the time and place to fight and resorting more and more to shellings; These are far less costly to the enemy in casualties, but often inflict serious damage to U.S. installations and aircraft. The heaviest shelling today was on Camp Eagle, headquarters of the U.S.- 101st Airborne Division's "Screaming Eagles," six miles southeast of Hue. From midnight until dawn, enemy gunners poured in 300 rounds of mixed 82mm mortars, and Russian-made rockets that weigh 100 pounds and have a range of seven miles. An enemy force of unknown size attacked the camp's perimeter for three'hours. Headquarters said 21 North Vietnamese troops were killed. Eight paratroopers were reported killed and 51 wounded as a result of both the shelling and the ground attack. For the second time in three days, enemy gunners pounded Camp Evans, headquarters of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division, 16 miles northwest of Hue and 20 miles from Phu Bai. Several 122mm rockets tore into the base just before dawn, but headquarters said material damage was negligible and casualties were very light, with no fatalities. A delayed official report on Sunday's shelling of Camp Evans described damage to hel : icopters there as moderate. '.For security reasons, the U.S. . Command did not specify tha number'of helicopters destroyed »r damaged, but American sources said it would be reasonable to assume many were hit. In defining "moderate," an American spokesman said any damage beyond moderate requires a unit to curtail its mission.-• Earlier, U.S. headquarters had announced the attack did heavy damage to the camp's ammunition stores, a description meaning the division could not operate until it received new ammunition. Presumably that was hurriedly flown in. The U.S. Command also re- ported today that American casualties in the attack were light. Also in the critical northern war zone, U.S., Marine headquarters at Da Nang announced that Marine units have killed more than 450 North Vietnamese troops in Operation Allen Brook, a drive launched May 4 to rid the populous coastal lowlands below Da Nang of enemy troops threatening such population centers as Da Nang, Hoi An and An Hoi. South Vietnamese infantrymen operating southwest of the old imperial capital of Hue uncovered a North Vietnamese sand table of Hue's Citadel area, the scene of month-long fighting during the enemy's lunar new year offensive last February. The planning table possibly means the North Vietnamese are thinking of another all-out attack on Hue. Gen. Westmoreland made a farewell visit today to headquarters of .a division of South Korea's . 48,000-man force at Ninh Hoa on the central coast. Westmoreland leaves in June to become U.S. Army chief of staff, and this was the first of a series of farewell calls on allied units. In South Vietnamese politics, premier-designate Tran Van Huong went to visit Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, his leading opponent, apparently in.,an attempt to enlist Ky's support in forming a Cabinet comprising all of South Vietnam's anti-Communist factions. Ky and some politically powerful military leaders, opponents of a negotiated peace, tried to block Huong's appointment by President Nguyen Van Thieu, whose position has been more flexible. The outgoing premier, Nguyen Van Loc, was a Ky man. No Solution in ^Bad-Mouthing Country' LBJ Raps Campaign Lingo By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Johnson—against a background of emphasis in the presidential campaigns on America's problems—says they can't be solved by "bad-mouthing our country." The problems, Johnson told a philanthropic banquet in New York Monday night, "will not be solved if we give way to crippling despair or to bad-mouthing our country all day long or all week long." The President did not refer to candidates or relate his remarks directly to the presidential campaigns. But the context of his speech at an Arthritis Foundation banquet made clear he disapproves of much of the campaign oratory. He returned repeatedly to the theme that some people, unnamed, are tearing the country down rather than building it up. California Gov. Ronald Reagan, meanwhile, said he sees "no useful purpose" in announcing as a Republican presidential candidate and said it will be up to the GOP national convention "to decide which way to go." Reagan, who has said he would accept the nomination but not solicit it, made the remarks when a man shouted from a crowd in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to ask if he would announce as a candidate. "No, I don't think any useful purpose would be served by saying so," Reagan replied. "But when the convention opens in Miami Beach next August I will be nominated as a favorite son and very briefly will be a candidate. "Then," he said, "it will be up to the convention which way they will go." . , Reagan, accompanied by an entourage of newsmen, is making appearances through the South to raise funds for Republican congressional campaigns. New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller, announced GOP candidate, also was in Florida Monday. He said he asked Gov. Claude Kirk to "present the fact that I was available" to Florida's delegation to the nominating convention. Rockefeller made clear he considers himself an underdog candidate in the South. But he got an enthusiastic reception at the University of Florida at Gainesville where he proposed lowering the voting age to 18 and creating a military draft lottery. In the Democratic race, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy got in Los Angeles one of his wildest receptions in nine weeks of campaigning with people tearing off his shoes, ripping at his clothes and clawing through crowds to get near him. Kennedy called for a U.S.-Soviet agreement, possibly by treaty, to "defuse the Middle East" by stopping arms shipments to rival nations in the area. Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, who has been pressing for a debate with Kennedy, shared.the platform at a San Francisco la- See LBJ on Page 2 Verbal Poke at Critic WR Gets Cool Shoulder By TOMMY YATES Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller took a '... I'll close every one of those clubs and I will arrest Sen. Guy 'MuM' Jones' bootlegger../—WR verbal poke at one of his strongest critics Monday, and also taid he would close down all clubs serving mixed drinks if the legislature does not pass mixed .drink legislation or until the court* decide the issue. The governor, talking with > newsmen after hi* address to a joint session of the General As- : sembly Monday, acknowledged that his/mixed drink proposal got a; cool reception from the legislature. "It's:: all right by me {if the legislature, doesn't pass mixed drink legislation), but 1 .'-. ; I'll guarantee you one; thing and that is I'll close -every one of those clubs and I will arrest (Sen. Guy) 'Mutt' Jones' boot- •legger, and if he does hot think I know who he is, he's wrong." •-., Jones,;, one at- the governor's' most outspoken critics, challenged the governor to name his alleged bootlegger,. • •Jones said he took s .pledge Jan. 1,'1967, hot to take a drink •s long as there wu a Republi- can governor of Arkansas. He said he did this because, "I never know what I may be called on to say and. I have to have : a. clear'head. I wish our chief executive could say the same thing," Rockefeller said his statement that he would close all the clubs was not "in terms of a threat." "I think this ought to be dealt with by mature men, which 1 assume the people elected, and they can deal with it anyway .they s;ee fit,".he said. "I've taken my stand. I stuck my neck way out." The governor, said he took tha same position es hi has all •long.!' .' '.'•' ,'..'• '•. /. .; "I have not asked anybody to commit themselves one way or the other," he said. The governor said he thought the legislators would hear from their constituents on how to 'I never know what I may be called on to say and I have to have a clear head. I wish our chief executive could say the same thing/ — Sen. " Jones " ••;*•-. •';. vote on his mined drink legislation. He said they should vote one way or the other and not lM ROCKELEFFER on Page I LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Democratic members of the Arkansas legislature turned a cool shoulder on Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's address to a joint session Monday, with several of them criticizing the governor's personal appearance. "It appeared to me that he had had two or three 'shots' too many," said Sen. Clarence Bell of Parkin. Several other legislators talked about Rockefeller muffing several words in his speech but only Bell would make any remarks about inebriation for the record, An aide to Rockefeller said the governor had not had "two shots" before the speech, but be kft the impression that Rockefeller had had a small drink'. Two Republicans, Reps. George Nowotny of Fort Smith and James Sheets of Siloam Springs, said they thought the governor made one of his better speeches. . The Democrats expressed the opposite view. "He was confused, apparently groping to find the most politically feasible action to take," said Sen. Robert Harvey of Swifton. "I only wish all of the citizens of the state could have seen the display," said Sen. Richard Earl Griffin of Cros- sctt, who said the governor's speeches always left him flat. "I can't tell you what I think," said Sen. Olen Hendrii of Prescott. •; "I was weak," gajd" Rep. Joe Hamilton of Harrlsqi, Nowotny said he hoped/.jia See LEGISLATURE on Page-1 Cloudy, Showers Cloudy to partly cloudy through Wednesday. Widely scattered showers or thundershowers tonight mainly in the west half, Showers increasing and spreading over much of state Wednesday. Chance of a few showers late this afternoon mainly (northwest portion. Low tonight upper 40s to tow Me. Little change in temperature tonight but a little warmer Wednesday.

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