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Bomb had been lost since last January following the crash of two U.S. Air Force planes. (AP Wirephoto via cable from London) Rule state poll tax is unconstituti Three-judge federal panel enjoins Mississippi from enforcing law JACKSON Miss. (AP) A I state or national election in Mis-1 Court of Appeals and U. S. Dist, tax must be paid for two years three-judge federal panel today sissippi. Judges Harold Cox and Claude and receipts presented at the ruled Mississippi's 76-year-old "The defendants shall comply I fja,.on dos poll tax unconstitutional and en- with this order under penalty of . , ' '' ... , . , joined the state from further law," the court said. Mississippi has required a $2 Earlier, similar federal courts enforcing the tax as a voting re-' The judges were Walter P. a year poll tax to vote since had struck down the poll tax in quirement. jdewin of the 5th U.S. Circuit 1 1890, and the law stipulated the Alabama and Texas. The decision was handed down j State prohibition law ruled void by judge Rescue 470 One dies, 10 lost in ship fire MIAMI. Fla. (AP-A vicious fire raged uncontrolled through the cruise ship Viking Princess today driving the approximately 485 passengers and crew members from the Miami-based vessel. The Coast Guard reported 470 were rescued, 1 dead and 10 missing. The survivors including the ship's veteran Norwegian captain, chief officer and navigator were plucked from the gently rolling Atlantic Ocean by three merchant vessels. The $16-million Viking Prin-eess was reported blazing fiercely, a towering column of smoke marking its death throes in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti. "All (survivors) are in good shape," a Coast Guard spokesman said. The German freighter Cap Nort picked up 376 survivors E. B. Davis dies at 85; rites Saturday Edward Baseomb Davis, 85, former resident of 407 Broad St., died at the Hattiesburg Convalescent Home at 11:25 p. m. Thursday after a long illness. He was a native of Clarke County but had lived in Hattiesburg for 80 y e a r s. He was a charter member of Broad Street Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows and the Cenpenters Union. Services will be held at 2:30 p. m. Saturday at Quigley-Moore Chapel with Rev. James S. Conner officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Survivors are two sons, Edward P. D a v i s of Hattiesburg and Jeff T. Davis of Houston, Tex.: six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Petitions seek vote on school Petitions for election of county board of education members by county-wide vote were introduced Thursday evening at a meeting of school patrons called by John Gamble, president of the Petal local board of trustees. Gamble said a large and enthusiastic crowd turned out for the meeting in the school auditorium. Those present were given a resume of events leading up to a petition for a Petal separate consolidated school district, pending before the Mississippi Education Finance Commission, and a local bill to set up the district introduced this week in the House of Representatives. Francis Zachary, attorney for the petitioners, explained the legal aspects of the action and Forrest County Supt. of Educa-1 and one body, the Liberian The Coast Guard. Navy, U.S. , for the U.S. Navy Base at Guan-freighter Navigator rescued 81 Customs and the ship's booking tanamo Bay, Cuba. and the Chunking Victory, a Na- agency agreed the Viking Prin-tionalist Chinese merchant ship, cess carried 235 passengers, but I - . ... adveu i. more, .figures on tne crew varied trom a veteran of 30 years at sea Lt. David Carev a Coast 248 to 260. j r- c Hi , ' Carey said two ships were the Wilkenson and Owens, were searching for other possible sur- j reported on the scene by Atlan-vivors in a 20-mile radius and tic Fleet Headquarters at Nor- tne area was being crisscrossed by rescue planes. The three ships carrying survivors were reported steaming in a case brought by the Justice Department under provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The order said; "All of the provisions of . . . the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 ... and the Mississippi Code of 1942 . . . requiring a citizen registered to vole to pay poll tax as a condition precedent to his right to vote is void as being in conflict with the constitution of the United States. . ." The court said its ruling followed the Supreme Court poll tax decision against Virginia on March 24. "The defendants, all of their servants, agents, representa- The cruise ship was com- ,ives and Rll('r(,ssors ,n .0,ll('p mandeH hv rant nn Th are enjoined from requiring or v- (f . .., wliu K 1IVI VOVll . Guard public information officer, said: "A boarding party from the cutter Cook Inlet searched the after end of the ship and we do not belive any survivors are left aboard." Americans beaten by mob in Saigon SAIGON (API - Buddhist monks led 2.000 demonstrators into the heart of Saigon tonight in the wors; day of anti-American violence in seven days or rioting. A dozen Americans were beaten, manhandled or chased by the mob. Five U.S. servicemen and two Vietnamese women were injured slightly by a grenade lobbed into a soft drink stand at Starcom, a U.S. communica-: tions center in west Saigon. U. S. military police drew pistols tonight on American photog raphers and newsmen to keep them away from violent demonstrations that rocked Saigon. The MPs to'd the newsmen I they were acting on U.S. Em-i bassy orders to keep all Ameri-J can citizens away from t h e : scenes of Vietnamese political violence. The order did not ap ply to non-Americans, thev added. A high official at the U. S. umDassy saia Vietnamese authorities had made a formal re- As the column of jeering, banner-waving youths surged down town trom the Buddhist Insti folk, Va. Three other ships were en route. Fire struck the 536-foot motor ship as it was sailing north through the Windward Passage, about midway between Cuba and Haiti. The Viking Princess boasted 100 per cent air conditioning, two outdoor tiled swimming pools, a 275-seat theater, and plush dining facilities. It has a total of 228 cabins of five decks providing accommodations for a possible 627 Das- enforcing the payment of any poll tax by any registered voter as a condition precedent to his enjoyment of the right to vote," the decision said. The court said its order applied to any municipal, county, Tupelo two-car wreck claims fifth victim TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - Mrs. Carol Richey. Tupelo. Miss., died today in a Memphis hospital, fifth victim of a highway tute in the southwestern part of sengers' Eacn caD'fi has a pri- accident that also claimed two the capital, fully armed government paratroopers backed away. But riot police eventually waded into the mob. lobbing tear gas grenades and scattering the demonstrators in side streets. There, the angry youths formed knots again, and there was every indication of another night-long rampage to force the overthrow of military govern-(Continued on Page 1) vate bath The 16-year-old ship has a displacement of 17,600 tons, a i length of 536 feet and a 64-foot beam. Its twin screws are driven by diesel engines. It was less than five months ago-on Nov. 13, 1965 that the : 38-year-old cruise ship Yar-! mouth Castle burned and sank between Miami and Nassau with a loss of 90 lives, mostly 'passengers. Red platoon near Cambodia erased By THOMAS A. REEDY SAIGON. South Viet Nam (AP) - The U.S. 1st Cavalry. Airmobile, Division raised its toll of Communist dead to 438 of her children. Two other persons survived the crash, but one of them. Mrs. Thomas Coley, remained in critical condition at a Tupelo hospital. Killed Thursday in the two-car crash inside the Tupelo City limits were Robin Richey, 3, Mary Parish Richey, 2, Thomas Coley, 60 and Wayne Kelly 18. Coley of Tupelo, and Kelly of Centreville, were driving the cars. Officers said Kelly was accompanied by another student, Calvin Cochran of Belden. whose condition was described as fair. The weather Official weather report: 7 a. m. temperature 61 degrees. tary supply depot at Quang Xa. Highest 82 and lowest 54 during The Strategic Air Command's the preceding 24 hours. No rain. sent up a fireball and smoke 1.-50H feet in an attack on a mili- RS?S flpu; in frnm Cuam in cat. quest for American military today in Operation Lincoln on urate a yjet Cong area 65 miles uuiilc iu Keep Americans oui OI 1 amuuuian ironuci arier I "cordoned area." He said this :was done because the Vietnamese wanted to keep people away ffrom demonstrations and riots. county-wide board members tion Milton Evans was present to answer questions on budget and tax structure. The petitions, addressed to the Forrest County board of supervisors, ask the board to call an election and submit to question whether members of the board shall be elected by the countv at large, excluding any municipal school district or day. virtually wiping out a reinforced Viet Cong platoon. The cavalrymen, sweeping around the Chu Phong Mountains 220 miles north of Saigon lor two week. caught 30 to 40 Reds by surprise Thursday and killed 29 in a brisk fight. Other American troops accounted for at least 15 Viet Cong killed near Tuy Hoa as the war continued on the ground and in the air despite continued street demonstrations in Saigon and antigovernment unrest in the northern provinces. Navy fighter-bombers from the 7th Fleet carriers Enterprise and Hancock caught 34 North Vietnamese cargo junks in opn coastal waters Thurs- southeast of Da Nang, where Extended forecast, April 9-14: South Mississippi Temperatures near normal. Cooler about intelligence reports placed a the first of week. Normal highs supply camp, weapons factory 74-78. Normal lows 51-59. Pre-and troop concentration. cipitation generally moderate in One plane was reported lost in showers, mainly about the the past 24 hours by U.S. .weekend and again around mid-spokesmen, 'week. Medicare for young, more S.S. benefits is LBJ plan JACKSON, Miss. (APi-Coun-ty Judge Charles T. Barber ruled today Mississippi has voided its 57-year-old prohibition law through discriminatory enforcement and liquor taxes. Barber handed down his rul ing in the celebrated Jackson Country Club case and it cleared assistant club manager . Charles Wood of a liquor pos-j session charge following the $10,000 raid Feb. 4. Barber, in a 35-page opinion, sa:d the positions taken by the state were irreconcilable to the average and even uneducated eye. "The state of Mississippi," he said, "desires to permit the operation of the liquor industry in the state and to derive the revenue from it and, at the same time, to have prohibition." The evidence in the Country Club case, he said, was uncontradicted. "It shows the state of Mississippi is actively and forcefully Draw plans for new crossing of Southern Mayor Grady said today city engineer Jimmy Estes is laying out plans lor a grade crossing on the Southern Railway tracks between Ashford St. and Timothy Lane. This will link the two streets and it is hoped will minimize traffic congestion at the old bottleneck at Scooba St. and East-side Ave., in front of Steelman's Grocery. At present there is no direct tie-in with Broadway Dr. or West Pine St. west of Sixth Ave., and the crossing, with approaches which connect Ashford St. and Timothy Lane will pro vide the tie-in. Plans also are underway to install traffic lights at the railroad crossings on Market, Main 'and Ronie Sts. and possibly Sixth Ave. These lights would be I (Continued on Page 7) fostering, promoting and encouraging liquor traffic within the state. "II takes an active part in the conduct of such business. The i stale of Mississippi assists liquor dealers in their bookkeeping j records by offering the use of and actually using IBM equip- : ment to keep the records for the benefit of wholesalers of intox icating liquor. . ." Liquor selling, he said, had been "elevated to the same plane of respectability as any other business enterprise," and he intended to apply the truth, "unshackled by any artifices or subtleties of any legal fictions." Mississippi collects a black maiket tax on liquor, Barber wrote, and licensed liquor dealers. "The state of Mississippi indulges itself in fanciful and pi-(Continued on Page 7) LSU athletic head mysteriously shot RATON ROUGE (AP) - Ath-j letic Director James J. Corbett, ,46, of Louisiana State University mumbled incoherently today as he was treated for a bullet wound of the chest. "That's what you get for try-1 ing to help someone," he said. Two city policemen said they heard this from the lips of Corbett in the recovery room of Baton Rouge General Hospital. They were James Blanchard and Sam Jacobs. Corbett was found in his wrecked car Thursday night with the bullet wound. He was rushed to the hospital, where of-I ficers said they heard the clue indicating an assailant. 1 His condition was listed as "fairly good," after surgery and 1 four blood transfusions. The bullet was removed from the middle portion of his back to j the left of the spine. It had entered his left shoulder. Detective Capt. George Stirrat said no weapon was found, but he knew the caliber of the bullet taken from Corbett. This, along with Corbett's au-, tomobile, were being examined at the state police crime laboratory here. Stirrat said he did not know whether a ritle or a pistol was : used. j "It is possible, you know, for a man to be shot and not even .know it, when he is shot bv a pistol of that type," he said. The officer said Corbett had heen to two local restaurants attending local sports functions but there was about 25 minutes of his time which police could not account for after the last meeting. Youth dies of injuries Mark Steven King, 14-yeab old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. King of Rt. 5, died early to- day at Baptist Hospital in Jackson of head injuries suffered in Petal Monday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding collided head-on with a truck. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of which Mark was a member. Monsignor John T. Martin will officiate. Burial will be in Chappell ! Cemetery. Rosary will be said at 7:30 tonight at the Quigley-Moore Chapel. Mark was a student at Sacred Heart School. Survivors are his parents, a sister, Karen, four brothers, Robert, Jr., Bruce, Mickey and i Richard, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. C. E. King, all of Rt. 5. nancing dental service for young children." Asserting that "medicare need not be just for people over 65." the President said the dental aid would be for children under the age ol 6. White House sources said no decision had been made on dental program all children or just those from low-income families Johnson, home in Texas for Easter and bustling with energy, flew the 60 miles from his ranch to San Antonio to sign Johnson dis-' the medicare bill and attend the 17th Parallel frontier with closed that Secretary of Wei- flood Fririav servirps at an lfith who have the same feeling and South Viet Nam. pilots reported, fare John W. Gardner has been century cathedral, we, in Petal, are only leading , Six miles farther north, they set ordered "to create plans for a , Both civic and church officials (Continued on Page 7) 'off secondary explosions that j new program to assist in fi-1 (Continued on Page 7) special separate school district. Gamble explained that each beat would still be represented by a member, but that each member would he accountable to the entire qualified electorate rather than to voters in his own beat alone. "We feel," Gamble said, "that this would supply a stabilizing factor. There are manv in other beats Flying through partial cloud cover that has p'acued raid1; on the north for days, the pilots sank 12 of the junks and damaged the others, the Air Force spokesman said. Air Force jets destroyed three buildings and damaged three more in seven missions against supply areas 12 miles north of SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (API-President Johnson said today he will ask Congress next year to increase all Social Security benefits and to consider extending some medicare-type benefits to the very young. Johnson, who flew here from his ranch home to sign a bill extending the signup period for whether the the voluntary part of medicare would benefit for the elderly, made his announcement in a speech at the outdoor ceremony. Besides pledgmg to seek across-the-board boosts in Social Security payments to 21 million Americans FILLING IN FOR THE EASTER BUNNY Members of the Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary gathered Thursday at the YWCA to dye the 5,000 Easter eggs which will be hidden for the annual Lions Club Easter egg hunt at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Kampcr Park ball field. From left are Mrs. Frank Purnell, Mrs. William Hohenstein, Mrs. Clyde Thagard, Mrs. Van Phillips, Mrs. Horace Dudley and Mrs. Neil Morton, chairman of tht committee. (Staff photo by Robert Milleri

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