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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, May 31, 1968
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BLYTHEVnXE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 68 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 31, 1968 14 PAGES 10 CENTS On. Oratory Trail >4l Rally-Fete By Webb Laseler III Staff Writer Peaceful and calm. These two words describe what took place yesterday in Osceola as Bill Alexander officially opened his campaign headquarters and' continued his fight for the First Congressional District's seat soon to be vacated fay retiring Rep. E. C. .(Took) Gathings. Many of the Democratic hopefuls running for political offices at both the state and county levels were there, not only to address the crowd and distribute campaign material, but also to pay tribute to Alexander at the rally which had been proclaimed by Osceola's Mayor Charlie Wiygul as,"Bill Alexander Day." The music was foot-tapping, the barbeque tasty, the soft, drinks were 'cold, and the applause came at the correct times, but the speeches, save for one or two, were sterile both in content and in delivery. Perhaps this could be expected because of the time limitations placed upon the speakers (gubernatorial candidates had five minutes to speak and the county :politicos had but three) but greater things have been said in shorter lengths of time. Jimmy (Red) Jones, who is running unopposed for state auditor in the Democratic primary, but who will face Republican opposition in the general election, told the crowd of about 400 how he got his nickname. Roy Ashabranner and Walter Day, who both hail from Mississippi County and are opponents in the race for a house seat in the Arkansas legislature, asked those present to remember them at election time. One of the • candidates for county sheriff, Charlie Short, stood, cited his past experience in law enforcement as his qualifications, and enlisted the support of the electorate. His opponent, William Berryman, the incumbent who has held the position of sheriff for the last 21 years, did not deem it necessary to sit on the podium with the other candidates, much less use the opportunity to speak at the rally, although he was present in the crowd of listeners. Joe Purcell, /running unopposed for the state office of attorney general, canceled out at the last minute and failed to appear because of another com- mittment, according to an un- derling sent to remind tni crowd to vote for Purcell. Two bright spots, Jim Thomp. kins and John Bearden, did flicker briefly at the beginning of the talks. * * * Both are opponents in t h e race for the state senate seat from Mississippi County and are novices to the realm of politics. Although their remarks were given quickly, both men pledged their youth and energy to conduct a vigorous campaign and seemed sincere in their efforts to want to serve the county^to See DEMO on page 3 THREE DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS, (left to right), Marion Crank, Bill Herndon, and Julian James, traded comments about their party's chances against the Republicans in the general election in November. The three men conferred prior to the speech-making yesterday in Osce- ' ola at a Democratic. political rally held ' "by Bill Alexander as he opened .his'cam- ; paign headquarters. Crank is seeking the nomination for governor, and, both Hern-, don 'and James are vying for the runner- up- spot as lieutenant-governor. Three of the six gubernatorial candidates attend-' ed the rally, as did three of. the five lieutenant-governor aspirants. (Courier News Photo) De Gaulle's Stand Stirs Bac/c-io-Wor/< Move Strike Tension By STEPHENS BROENING Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) - The great French strike wave, which has throttled the economy for two weeks and threatened to topple the government, seemed to be waning today. A tough counterattack by President Charles de Gaulle Thursday apparently turned the tide. Reports of a back-to-work movement flowed 'in 'from all parts of the country iexcept'the Riviera.. These covered mostly small plants or partial resumption of activity. None of the big, key industries showed any signs of .a break yet, but the solidarity of the strikers had been broken and the movement was toward normalcy... Union ..leaders said they were ready to reopen'talks •on wage hikes for still idle millions. Two gasoline companies am.; "Bounced they we're starting to deliver gasoline to Paris service stations. Activity'.in the Alsace region of eastern France was reported almost back to normal, except, for the railways. Mail was delivered in Angoulemej in •. 'south-central 'France, for tHe first time in two weeks. Some workers were asking for police protection to thwart efforts of militant .strikers to keep them off the job. De Gaulle's appeal for support, coupled with his dissolution of the National Assembly and institution of temporary' monetary controls to protect the value of the franc, sent hun- dreds of thousands of Frenchmen marching through Paris Thursday night in a massive demonstration in his behalf. It was too early to tell the ultimate outcome, but lints were 'drawn after two weeks of chaos and tensions appeared eased. The 77-year-old chief of state, rejecting leftist calls for his resignation, had said Thursday he would remain in office to combat an attempt by "totalitarian communism" to take over the strikebound nation. Georges Pompidou, his executive officer as head of the government, stayed on in the premiership. Georges Seguy, secretary-general of the Communist-led General Confederation of Labor, told a news conference'he' was .not opposed to restarting negotiations if government and industrial leaders showed signs of making -satisfactory . concessions. No mention was made of "any "political 'conditions. Scguy and other labor leaders worked out an agreement with Pompidou and industry chiefs early Monday that' called for a 10 per cent wage increase during the year and other benefits. But the workers, who had started the, massive strikes without any call from the top, refused to accept the settlement. They wanted more money and other concessions. The Socialist Workers Force published a communique saying it hoped "the talks will go ahead actively in the sectors where they are started, and that they should be started again where they have been . interrupted." The union said it was against all street demonstations which, "in the present conditions, could only aggravate the situation." Yves Guena, minister of posts and telecommunications;, asked postal workers to get back to their jobs and some were reported heeding the appeal. In Angouleme, mail was delivered for the first time in two weeks. Reports of a baek-to-work movement came from a number of small plants across the country. But in, the big plants there was no change. Strikers at the Boulogne-Billancourt factory of the nationalized Renault, automobile works, for instance, de- stay out and blasted De Gaulle's tough-line speech. The government and industrialists have shown no inclination to try another bargaining session .with .the unions. Government talks with civil servants and state-run services such as gas-electricity and the Paris transportation ' system have been broken off. In dissolving the National Assembly De Gaulle said new elections would be held if there is no attempt at interference. Seguy said the General Confederation of Labor, France's biggest union organization, would not in any way hamper the elections. Seguy is a member of the Communist party political bureau as well as head of the federation. The Communists are hoping to pick up strength in the voting, and to lake part in the government in case of a leftist victory. Troops movements were sighted in the Paris area Thursday night. The Defense Ministry said they were merely units returning to their bases after maneuvers, which are normal at this time of year. Other informants said that military units had been placed on an alert basis, a normal precaution in the present troubled situation. The Thursday night march, surging down the .Champs Elys- ees, was a dramatic backlash by the French middle class against the student rioters, striking workers and Communist agitators that threaten the Fifth Republic. The outpouring was prompted by De Gaulle's broadcast warning that France faced the threat of Communist dictatorship. He served notice that he intended to resolve the crisis and use whatever force necessary. . to curb elements that have brought France to its worst postwar crisis. De Gaulle dissolved the National Assembly, slapped tight temporary controls on the movement of the franc and hint-' ed that he might use the army to break the general. strike by some 10 million of France's 16 million workers. To those who had hoped he would quit under the combined pressure of the strikers and rioting students, De Gaulle declared: "I will not withdraw ... the Republic will not abdicate." De Gaulle also said he was keeping Georges Pompidou .as- premier and that he had authorized 'him to replace Cabinet ministers as he saw fit. • : The president ordered new as-- sembly elections and announced that he was postponing the referendum he had set for June 18 to endorse economic'and university reforms. : -~ "I take note that the present situation physically prevents' this'from being carried out," ha; said. The outpouring for De Gaulle was a setback to the Communists who finally climbed on tha bandwagon of .the rebellious workers. It was all the mpra. impressive because it included many young people, some stii;. dents shouting enthusiastic support for the old leader. Many Frenchmen had thought. De Gaulle's following was limit* ed to the middle aged and elderly. -;;-. Banners' 'carried by the marchers conveyed the spirit, of the crowd. "Cohn-Bendit go home," said one, referring to Daniel Cohn- Bendit, the • German student leader. It was a memorable moment for De Gaulle and he obviously savored it. The president leaned out of a window of the Elysea Palace listening as the demonstrators chanted his name. The exchange controls, first public action by the government after De Gaulle's declaration, See STRIKE on page 3 MAY 31 Legislative Session Navy Locates Political One 7 Metal Object A MANILA YOUTH, who could:not swim, drowned yesterday, in Big, Lake as he .sought .to demonstrate to two companions, how well he could'float; acc'ord- . ing to.investigating-.officers:-' The dead-boy was identified'as Robert Smith, 15, son of Mrs. Nola Smith, of Manila, authorities said.. (See funeral services on .Page Three.) : • - SPORTSMAN HALL'was the scene.of a fatal stabbing in Caruthersy'ille,.,Mo., last night, according to ..the Caruthersviile Police Department. • .' • Jesse Jackson, 45, of PorfagevilleV.'Mo., died 1 in a Memphis hospital at approximately 5:30 a.m. today, following the. altercation'which-took place at 9 p.n\, Police Chief H. Edwards:said.^' .' . A 43-year-old Caruthersville man..was arrested 'in; connection with the'fatal-stabbing-and will-be transferred today to the Pemiscot, County jail from the city jail, where he is now'being he'd, authorities said. Charges will probably-be filed against the suspect, later today, Edwards added. 1 ' , 11 , ; AN ACCffiENT YESTERDAY 1 involving a bicycle riden by-Valerie pender, 11-year-old; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joe 'Fender of Biy'theville,, and'a. 1967 Chevrolet driven'by JCermitt Lee Dods6n ; 42, also of Ely- thevilie, resulted in minor injuries to-the little-girl, th* police department;saiditoday, s • ' ' * The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Kentucky and Dehiiar, when the child .turned her vehicle into the side of the <autompbi!e, as Dcdson attempted to -pass her,authorities saidi No charges were filed against Dotfson, and following treatment at Chickasawba Hospital for scraps?! and bruises, the child was released, officers said. ,; V" ' •.-' ,'.:.':•,-•' •'•.- -.'"'-.. • '< V':•.•:;..--.. ./. |' : :.,-, : REV. BENNIE G. RUTH has been named pastor of Lake Street Methodist Church, succeeding R«v. E. H. Hall, who is retiring. Joe Wilkerson was named pastor of Dell. Methodist, succeeding Jesse Bruner, who goes to Elaine. Pastors were reassigned at the North Arkansas Conference in Fayetteville. Rufus Sorrellj is the new fjutot Mi • By ED SHEARER : Associated Press: Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) .- The third round in the :battle 'between a Republican governor and a Democratic-minded -legislature has ended with both sides generally agreeing on. only one point— that the 9-day session concluded Thursday was .a political one. Republicans were contending that it was a "do-nothing" legislature that compounded rather than resolved a financial dilemma facing; the state in the areas of prisons, public schools, colleges and universities and welfare! . '. Democrats were claiming that a stop-gap' method of financing had been produced and ,that •• any wrinkles .could be ironed out in January when the 1969 General Assembly, convenes . in .regular •-, session. " The thing that had been obvious from the,, start .proved true — • that the ''legislature ^wouldn't enact any ,- tax- jneas- ures. In fact, the legislators clobbered all the- tax proposals placed in the call by Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. , ;i . the House trounced three tobacco tax bills- and another to levy a tax on the transfer of real property. The Senate had only one opportunity to vote on t tax bill and defeated that measure by six votes. 'It came on the final day on a tobacco drjBid . 'I think we ac- com p I i s he d something' 'I think it com- Dounded a fiscal :risis' .'. . .1 wouldn't be surprised if we are called back again/ legislature.' "' The question as to which party gained the upper hand during the. session remained perplexing. Most observers had agreed that the legislature had held the advantage until the last day of the session when confusion existed over bills to transfer funds and provide for the expenditure of unencumbered balances. ; The House,also passed and sent to the governor a Senate bill to give the Welfare Department $500,000 earmarked for nursing home aid. Some observers said this tended tj> jt|p the scales back toward the 'governor, and tell the question as to which bene- *i*l ti* mptt MB ia to« *i& Two House members, one a Republican and one a Democrat, had divergent views about the session. "I think it compounded a fiscal crisis," said Republican Rep. George Npwotny of Fort Smith. "We didn't come up with any new source of revenue but we went ahead and spent several million dollars more. I wouldn't be surprised if we are called back again." "I think we accomplished something," said Rep. John Miller of Melbourne. "We redistributed the money that, was available according to needs," Miller said. "We didn't pass any new taxes." Miller said that Arkansans weren't ready to give the administration any additional funds because they believed surpluses had been spent unwisely. The administration will refer to- it- as a "do-nothing, fiscal irresponsible" session of the legislature. .The lawmakers will contend 'that it did what it came to do — to alleviate any financial crisis until it convenes in regular session next year at .which, time hew. sources bt revenues can be explored. The fact that this session was held after the filing deadline for public office and before the primary election at which • a number of the lawmakers have opposition only assured th« political squabbling that evolv- NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Navy reported today locating what it described as a metallic shaped object the size of a submarine off Virginia, but a top admiral said chances were "almost nil" that it may be the USS Scorpion. Vice Admiral Arnold F. Schade, commander of the over-all search for the missing nuclear sub Scorpion. and its crew of 99, said the vast sea hunt which has now been going on four full days has turned up nothing significant. The metallic object was detected about 70 miles from Cape Henry, Va., and Navy divers are trying to find it. "It is not one of the registered and known hulls," Schade said. Asked what he thought the chances were this could be the Scorpion, Schade said: "I think it is almost ni! because if it was the Scorpion, at that depth I'm sure we would have heard something. He would have been able to Indicate his presence," ."•'•,. The object was described as about 250 feet long and 45 feet high, in 180 feet of water. The Scorpion is 252 feet long. At the same time the admiral disclosed that the code name of the Scorpion i was "Brandywine," and he said a check of the Atlantic area showed there were at least eight/pleasure boats or fishing craft using that tame name operating there. V Jilt, ta (DdJanUd, tuggaifed the Navy thinks the mysterious voice broadcast Wednesday night, using the name Brandywine, may have come from one of those non-niiljtary vessels. Schade said the coast guard is trying to locate those vessels to determine if they have sent a message. While a sub on the bottom in the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf might survive, its hull is not designed to Withstand the pressures encountered at greater depths. While doggedly keeping up the hunt for the lost ship, officers at Atlantic Fleet headquarters reported crank calls were plaguing families of the Scorpion's crew. The callers pose as Navy officers and give the families false information on the conditions of their loved ones, they said. ' .Some 60 of the Scorpion's men had families in the Norfolk area. The ships diverted Thursday "will sweep eastward from ; a point 400 miles out of Norfolk to the last known position of the Scorpion, the* Navy said. The Scorpion, a submarine of the Skipjack class with a crew of 99, was scheduled to arrive in Norfolk at about 1 p.m. EOT Monday after a training mission in the Mediterranean. Its last reported position was given (in May 21 as about 200 miles south of the Azores. The Navy said it was abandoning a special search organ- ted when » Navy, patrol ({lain and six ships heard a volca transmission at 8:28 Wednesday. • ;" The transmission said, "Any station this network: this is the (and then the code word for tha Scorpion)." "'' The nuclear-powered submarine USS Lapon was the only craft to obtain a bearing on .'the signal, which was heard by''the patrol plane when it was about 110 miles east of Norfolk. The: Lapon heard the transmission while 300 nautical miles east of Norfolk. The possibility was raised Thursday that the transmission might have been a hoax or might have originated aboard one of the Navy's own ships in the seaich area. The Navy said both possibilities are being investigated, i The transmission was Warned on what the Navy said was the "submarine search and rescue primary frequency," but an Atlantic Fleet spokesman said'th* frequency was within access at ham radio operators on sbon and ships at sea. vu Cloudy, Showers , liV Partly cloudy to clouiiy through Saturday with icatttni showers and thundetiMUjf most numerous war tonight and over ib* urday. Little chlnj»ta,j tturtt, Lo

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