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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS . VOL. 63—NO. 63 ELYTHEVUJLB, ARKANSAS (72816) SATURDAY, MAY 25, 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS French Riots Called Civil War Attempt By DAVID MASON Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) — Premier Georges Pompidou declared today the overnight explosion of violence in Paris and other areas of France was an attempt to start civil war and .called upon forces of law and order to crush further demonstrations immediately and relentlessly. The wild night, with violence reaching its highest peak since this crisis began three weeks ago, resulted in the deaths of two persons, injuries to many hundreds and the arrests of hundreds more—648 in Paris alone. It provided a resounding but negative echo to an appeal by President Charles de Gaulle to a turmoil-tormented nation to give him a massive affirmative response to bis proposed June referendum on university and economic reforms. The Municipal Hospital Service reported 456 persons treated in Paris for injuries, of. whom 178 were hospitalized. A 26-year-old man died here of knife wounds. In Lyon a police commissioner was crushed to death by a rock-laden truck that rampaging students pushed into police lines. Streets in Paris' Latin Quarter and in Strasbourg were like battlefields, a litter of felled trees, vehicles and paving stones thrown together • for makeshift barricades by students battling police into the small morning hours. Pompidou said it is necessary "without delay to end subversive agitation." He appealed to the people to exercise the greatest prudence and not to join in assemblages or parades. "Faced with an obvious attempt to unleash a start of civil war, as is shown by what happened in the big cities as for example Lyon, the forces of law and order were given the mission of destroying the barricades, dispersing the demonstrators and occupying the prin- cipar arteries held by the rioters," Pompidou told reporters. "This agitation is all the more deplorable," he added, because it took place at a moment when unions and government were about to negotiate on. workers' demands. The premier said order had been practically re-established at 3 a.m., but that Paris "presented the face of devastation." The death of the.police commissioner, Rene Lacroix, in Lyon could further agitate relations. A heavy rain drenched Paris in the morning. The overnight disorders began only minutes after the 77-year- old president' broke a long silence to propose to the nation in a radio-television address a referendum on university and economic reforms. The vote is expected June 16. It was the worst violence Paris had experienced in the three weeks since the crisis began. De Gaulle laid his presidency on the line in a brief speech demanding a massive "yes" vote for his referendum proposal. A "no" vote, he said, would mean he would quit the. presidency he has held for 10 years. Major union leaders reacted with hostility to. the proposals, saying that the need was not for a vote but for higher wages. Un- lion to 10 million workers are on Georges Pompidou today to discuss their demands. Eight million to 10 mill on workers are on strike.across France. Paris police said 131 of their men were injured, four of them in serious condition. Students, turning the Sorbonne into a siege castle, refused to give out any figures on their casualties but reported that what once was a press room there had been turned into a hospital. In Lyon, , authorities said about 230 persons on both sides were injured. In Nantes, the toll was about 30 from battles between police and farmers, students and workers. In Bordeaux, three policemen and an unknown number of demonstrators were hurt. In Strasbourg, where streets were littered with broken glass and barricades, about 15 demonstrators and several police were reported injured. , The Boulevard St. Michel in Paris was a major flashpoint. Dozens of trees were toppled to form barricades. In some places, water rushed in a curbside torrent from opened mains, cars and trucks were overturned to form barricades. Near the Paris City Hall, students stormed and for a short time occupied a police post, destroying its furniture and burning its archives before reinforcements routed them. At Lyon Friday night a police commissioner, Rene Lacroix, was killed when caught in the path of a truck loaded with paving stones that students pushed toward police. Throughout France hundreds were injured and rioters were carted off to jail by the score. Less than two hour's after De Gaulle's speech, rampaging youths shook open the high iron gates before the Paris stock exchange—the Bourse—swarmed onto the trading floor and set fire to booths and quotation boards. Before firemen could extinguish the blaze, the area was badly burned. Elsewhere in Paris, two Associated Press newsmen were roughed up by police. On the He . de la Cite, the famous island on the Seine, Stephens Broening was clubbed as he walked by a cluster of policemen, and Bernard Lavalee was struck as he was caught in a police charge on .the Boulevard; St. Michel. Neither was badly hurt. Farmers joined the protest Friday. They blocked national highways with barricades and clashed with police in Agen, Perigueux, Lyon, Nantes and Rennes. De Gaulle's farm policy, they said, was ruining them. "We don't give a damn for the general," 'chanted thousands of See FRENCH oil Page 2 New Offensive Suspected Saigon Fighting Flares By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Viet Cong guerrillas seized homes around a key bridge on the northeastern fringe of Saigon today and allied forces began a massive counterattack with machine guns, tanks and rocket-firing helicopters. Hundreds of civilian refugees streamed into the heart of Sai• gon to escape the fighting. Columns of black smoke rose over the area. Allied officials said the Viet Gold water Libel Award 75,000 By VICTOR TIMONER Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Barry Goldwater won a $75,000 award today in his libel action over a 1964 article in Fact magazine that said he was psychologically unfit to be president. A federal jury of nine men and three women deliberated 12 hours .before returning the verdict against the now-defunct magazine, publisher Ralph Ginzburg and former managing editor Warren .Boroson. . ! Judge Harold R. Tyler Jr. said.in his charge Friday that the. facts must show "actual malice" in order to return a verdict in favor of Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee. The jury awarded $50,000 in punitive damages against the magazine, $25,000 against Ginzburg but no punitive damages against Boroson. All three defendants were assessed $1 in compensatory damages. 1 Goldwater, • whose suit originally asked $2 million in dam- •gen, told cewuntB tater, "I feel vindicated and I thank the jury for the action." Ginzburg, 39, said he was "disappointed.. .Some very important First Amendment rights are involved here. The price that I'm being forced to pay is $75,000, but the price the American people will have to pay is incalculable." Harris Steinberg, attorney for Ginzburg, said the verdict would be appealed. Goldwater, 59, a former senator from Arizona, said in his suit that Fact and Ginzburg had maliciously libeled him in an issue entitled, "1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President." The issue was published just prior to the 1964 election, which Goldwater lost to President Johnson. The suit atliacted wide attention because many legal authorities felt it could lead to establishing new guidelines in libel cases Involving public figures. Tyler told the jury in hit charge that failure to exercise CM GOLDWATER M Fan, * Cong were trying to get into Saigon after having been blocked by allied troops in the area since the May 5 enemy offensive. Some military officials expressed doubt, however, the enemy was preparing a new offensive on the capital to coincide with the resumption Monday of preliminary peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam in Paris. The Viet Cong were holed up in huts on both sides of Binh Loi Bridge, 2% miles from Saigon's center. Estimates of their number varied from 100 to 400. South Vietnamese tanks formed a roadblock at a key road junction between the bridge and the center of Saigon. Some of the refugees coming into the heart of the city were wounded. South Vietnamese "military trucks carried many, while others walked, with Boy Scouts helping the aged carry belongings. : Still other refugees remained behind in hopes the concrete walls of the houses would protect them from rockets and machine-gun bullets. AP correspondent John T. Wheeler reported from the fighting area that one enemy rocket hit a house where a group of civilians had gathered. All of them were badly wounded and were taken into the city by ambulance. South Vietnam's national police reported earlier that elements of two Viet Cong regiments had infiltrated into the northern suburbs with 'heavy mortars, rockets and antiaircraft guns. There also were re, ports that • Viet Cong unit had moved into tht area around Tan Son Nhut air base, on the capital's northwestern fringe. in the entire northern area of the city. The new outbreak of fighting in the northeastern suburb coincided with enlivened enemy action elsewhere in the country. The U.S. Command reported enemy guns brought down two American fighter-bombers and two helicopters in South Vietnam. Three crewmen were killed and four were wounded. One -was rescued unhurt. The losses brought to 266 the number of planes and to 705 the number of helicopters announced as lost in combat in the South. U.S. Army helicopters were in action against the Viet Cong around Binh Loi Bridge. They came in after a South Vietnamese marine battalion reported 15 men wounded in the first 10 minutes of contact. Earlier today, the Viet Cong attacked a. u;S. 9th Infantry Division patrol at the Y bridge on Saigon's southern edge, scene of major fighting after the enemy's May 5 drive. One American soldier was reported killed and five were wounded in the battle that followed. As the enemy soldiers retreated, Vietnamese police fired on them from concealed positions. Fourteen of the guerrillas were reported killed. About 25 miles north of Saigon, enemy gunners fired more than 300 mortar rounds on Ben Cat, a district capital, and nearby South Vietnamese infantry positions. Initial reports said casualties wen light. The enemy lightly shelled three alrfields-at Can Tho in the Mekong Delta below Saigon, at Bah M« Thuot In the central highlands and at Pan Tiet on the South China Sea 100 miles , ftM VIETNAM « P«Wl City Seeking Mayor's Aide Plans were revealed yesterday that the city is seeking an administrator who will serve as an assistant to the mayor's office and who will assume many of the duties of that office, according to Mayor Tom Little. "There is- no one man .who can devote the 18 hours a day that is required to run this office the'way it should be operated," Little said. , "The long hours are necessary because of the multitude of aggressive programs now being carried out by the City of Blytheville, but I do not intend to have another heart attack while I remain as the mayor," Little added. "The man we are looking for as my administrative assistant should have a background either in engineering or construction, have a knowledge of business, and be capable of conducting meetings and planning improvement districts and budgets. "This individual will be appointed by me," Little continued, "with the appointment subject to approval by the city council. "A minimum salary of $600 a month, which is negotiable, will be paid to my assistant from money budgeted for this purpose and set aside in the city's general fund last January," Little said. ' "The only reason I have riot acted sooner in this matter is because until recently no qualified person could be found to fill this position. Action. Line Concrete Answers By Webb Laseter in Staff Writer . -A Blytheville housewife, : after observing houses and streets under construction near her residence, has written Action Line seeking answers regarding building such. structures and thoroughfares during adverse weather. "When building concrete streets, does the law require that some sort of support, foundation, such as metal rods or stone, .be put down first before the concrete is poured?" - Mrs. B. M. L., City. , In researching the answer to the question, this column went to the city clerk's office and read Ordinance 574, w h i e h spells out the specifications required when paving a street with concrete in Blytheville. all sub-grade soil which is soft and unyielding that will not compact readily when rolled or tamped, shall be removed as directed and replaced with suitable material which can be compacted. The ordinance further states that the engineer for the proj- See ACTION on Pag 2 Cloudy, Worm Cloudy north to partly cloudy south and warm tonight with scattered showers and thunderstorms north portions but mainly isolated thundershowers south portion. Sunday partly cloudy and continued warm with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Low tonight in the 60s to low 70s. High Sunday 80 * low S TORNADO VICTIMS In the Jonesboro area were to be the recipients of a truckload of furniture today. The truck was filled With home-, making items by Mississippi County Union Mission and departed Blytheville early this moin-, ing. (Courier News Photo) "I have been conferring with one man in particular, who is a former resident of Blytheville and who meets the qualifications I. have spelled out. If .we can get together oh the final salary, I hope to,hire him in the next two weeks," Little predicted. "Until I receive a decision from this individual, Detective .Sergeant Robfjie Cox, now on a .temporary leave of absence from the Blytheville Police Department, will be serving as my assistant," Little added. "Speaking quite frankly, when I took office, I hadn't realized how time consuming this job could be, and I feel that in order to do justice to the people of Blytheville, someone should be here to administer the city government full time, because this is, in reality, a full-time job. "In fact, because I do feel so strongly about this matter, I plan to give the people a clear- cut choice between our present mayor-city council form of government and the city manager system, before I leave office," Little said. "This was a promise that I made when I was running for the office of mayor and I still intend to carry it out. "Originally I hoped to include this matter on the ballot during this year's general election, but my illness in February has delayed my plans and now I anticipate calling for a vote on the measure sometime next year, possibly in the spring," Little explained. 25 FUNERAL SERVICES for Army Spec. 5 Bplen P., McGee oE Oscepla, who was killed in combat in Vietnam April 25, will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Swift Funeral Home, with, burial in Mississippi County' Memorial Gardens. In addition to his mother, he leaves two sisters, Phyliss McGee of Rockford, 111. and Betty Ann McGee of Osceola; - : Three brothers, Terry D. McGee, wilh the Army Jn Germany, Michael McGee and Randy McGee, both of Osceola; • • , Two half-brothers, Ted Tittle and Bobby R. Tittle, both,of Osceoia; And his grandmother, Mrs. Betty Ann Tittle of Osceola. According to the Defense Department, McGee was killed by hostile'fire-while serving as a crew chief aboard a helicopter engaged in combat operations against the enemy. STORM DAMAGE LOSSES suffered recently in Arkansas should be recorded for income tax purposes as soon as possible, according to Fred W. Johnon, district director for the Internal Revenue Service in Littla Rock. Losses of a personal nature, such as clothing and household furnishings, will be more complete if prepared early, Johnson said, and photographs of damaged items before they are repaired or replaced will aid in determining the amount of such a loss. Further information regarding how to report a property loss when preparing an income tax return, may^.ba obtained by writing to the district director in Little Rock at 700 West Capitol Street, 72203, Johnson said. ABOUT 600 YOUNG PEOPLE may be provided temporary employment this summer through a program co-sponsored by YMCA and Employment Security Division. Called "Youth Employment Service" (YES), the program will be established at the Y wilh BSD providing technical support. , ;.-;:{ An employer needing extra summer workers may phone either PO 3-4739 or PO 2-2035. ;'..'.' BLYTHEVILLE'S NEWEST INDUSTRY, Columbia Ribbon and Carbon Manufacturing Company, has scligfl: uled a open house .at its plant located at the industrial park on May 28, company officals announced todayH" The company manufactures and distributes .office supplies for both business and commercial use and has factories, not only in the United States, but ab.o in Engr land, Australia, Argentina and Canada, authorities said: All of the Blytheville plant's facilities will be open for the inspection of the public the entire day, officials added. -f:-. FIRE THIS MORNING heavily damaged. a ISM Oldsmobile owned by Alfonso McKinney of 1109 Denny; the Blytheville Fire Department reported today . Firemen answered the call at approximately 9 a.m. after wiring in the vehicle shorted out and ignited'oil leaking from the engine, according to a member of tjje family. • -. . ™ The interior of the automobile was completely destroyed, authorities said. _ - A ONE-CAR ACCIDENT yesterday afternoon on Highway NN, one-half mile north of Gobler, Mo., resulted in injuries to Kathleen Rhodes, 45, of Gosnell, according to Missouri State Police. ; ; ,, The accident occured at 2:50 p.m. when tylrs. Rhodes apparently lost control of the 1966 Oldsmobile she was driving, causing her to leave the road and overturn, authorities said. She was taken to Chickasawba Hospital where'iOM is being treated for chest injuries, police said. Hospital officials would not release information regarding Mrs. Rhode's condition today. GOV. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER Will speak m Channel SMlfi.m. tomorrow, „, ;

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