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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS «8-NO. 70 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1968 10 PAGES 10 CENTS viws'aw' ,", >> " i • ||fj|||^, Saigon. Embattled TRACTORS WORKED to build earthen dikes yesterday as Bob Jackson sought to save some 1,400 acres of cotton, and soybean's from the • encroaching rising waters of the Mississippi River. Jackson farms inside-the-levee land, which is endangered by the river, which has risen over 10 feet in four days .and which won't crest until 'June 6, when, the Weather Bureau predicts, it will read 31;7 feet at Caruthersville. (Courier News Photo) Action. Line JUNE 1 Road Block By Trains Penetrable MRS. ELMA MITCHELL ARMSTRONG, 90, widow of'Judge W. C, Armstrong, a former Blytheville mayor, died yesterday here. ' She was born in Walnut, Miss., and moved to Blytheville in 1901. She attended Peabody College, Memphis State, Colorado State, 'and Columbia University, and taught in the Blytheville public schools for 27 years as teacher and principal at Central School. She was a member of First Methodist Church and was once named Blytheville's Mother of the Year. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Lucille Quellmalz of Blytheville. Services will be conducted Sunday at 3:00 p.m. m First Methodist Church by Rev. Virgil D. Keeley, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in charge. MRS. WINTHROP ROCKEFELLER will -Speak Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Air Force Base Chapel annex at Blytheville AFB when Mississippi County Association for Retarded Children has a meeting, which will be open to the public. Mrs. Rockefeller is nationally recognized for her work in the mental and health field. A NEW CHURCH will be organized Monday when Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church has its first services at 7:30 p.m. at 121 E. Cleveland. Rev. R. W. Rains is the pastor. The services are open to the public. DOGS AND PETS will be vaccinated at a special $2 rate at three clinics, next week, Jaycee Vice President Cleo Pope of the sponsoring agency announced. The 2 to 5 p.m. clinics will be at West End Fire Station on Tuesday, at Lake and Oak Streets on Wednesday and at the Jaycee building on Thursday. MISSISSIPPI COUNTY Union Mission will See ROUNDUP on Page 2 make By Webb Laseter m Staff'Writer A question which, according to a spokesman for the Frisco railroad, was asked this column several years ago, has again cropped' up in connection with .how an ambulance emergency would be handled if a train were blocking the tracks. The seriousness of such an occurrence can readily be imagined, because the city of Blytheville has expanded in such a manner, that today the rail lines divide the city almost exactly in half. "Since trains sometimes block the tracks for periods of as long as 20 minutes, what would happen if a crossing were blocked and an ambulance on the east side of town was trying to reach the hospital with an emergency patient?" — Anonymous, City. Assistant trainmaster for the .Frisco Line, Jim O'Hearn, said t h a t this has always been a problem, "but I have talked to all of the train crews about it and we have tried to cooperate in situations of this sort. •"A Irain never 'intentionally blocks a crossing over the limits set, but sometimes it is difficult to keep within these limits," O'Hearn added. "Most of the engines are equipped with radios and can be notified of an emergency, so that the crossing can be cut, allowing an ambulance to pass. "On those ' without radios, crewmen have a series of hand signals to.use and notify the engineer of an emergency." When Action Line dug through the city's Ordinances to find'out the limitations Blytheville has imposed upon the railroads regarding blocking crossings, it was discovered that no train, car, or handcar is permitted to block any street, alley, or public crossing within the city limits for longer than five minutes at one time, UNLESS unavoidably prevented from moving within, that time. Police Chief George Ford was asked if the police department had ever been called upon to arrest an engineer for blocking a crosssing for longer than the alloted time set forth in the ordinance. He said that he couldn't recall any, and if an arrest ever was made in regard to this situation, "it would be up to a court of law to decide what constituted a violation of the law because only a court could rule whether the train was unavoidably prevented from moving." Finally Action Line contacted two of the funeral homes in town to find out if they had ever experienced a blocked crossing during an emergency run, and if 'so, what steps they took to 1 See ACTION on Page 2 S. Viets Drive Back VC Attack By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — South Vietnamese troops supported by planes drove back Viet Cong attackers on Saigon's northeastern fringes today, but across town some guerrillas held out despite U.S. big guns blasting their hideouts to rubble. South Vietnamese , planes bombed and strafed residential areas 2 ! /4 miles northeast of Saigon's center. Civilians already had left the area. Associated Press photographers Al Chang and Henri Huet said the Viet Cong retreated, but Vietnamese marines had to battle two hours to wipe out an enemy rearguard fighting a delaying action in mangrove swamps. Three marines were killed. As darkness approached, sporadic fire continued, indicating guerrillas still were in the area. Their number was believed to be perhaps 100 men. Earlier, the government marines assaulted the bottom floor of a villa which had been held Jjy about 40 guerrillas despite government troops occupying .the upper two floors. But the guerrillas had slipped out in the night and fought for a time from a treeline 100 yards away. , Government troops reported killing 133 enemy soldiers in the last 24 hours in the Saigon fighting. Government losses were reported as 18 killed and 57 wounded. In the northern war zone, South Vietnamese troops freed two American Marines from enemy captivity 12 miles east of Hue, but details of the rescue were not immediately disclosed. Military spokesmen said the two—Sgt. Albert J. Totter and Cpl. Frank C. lodice—were in enemy hands for about two months. The spokesmen could not immediately give the men's units or home towns. Both were reported in good physical condition. American troops reported killing 69 enemy soldiers in four- battles within a 30-mile radius of the capital. Initial reports listed seven Americans killed and 41 wounded. In southwestern Saigon, in the Cholon Chinese district, guerrillas attacked at 4 a.m. as the U.S. and South Vietnamese police shifts changed. Some guerrillas slipped out when the government declared a 20-minute truce to allow several hundred refugees to flee the embattled five-block-square area. But 30 or 40 Viet Cong held out despite a U.S. 57mm recoilless rifle team firing nearly 100 rounds into their firing positions. The main battle area was about three miles west of the Presidential Palace and military reports said snipers had moved to within a mile of the palace. The enemy troops had made the deepest penetration into the city of their third wave of attacks on Saigon, which began last Saturday. In the northern war zone, South Vietnamese infantrymen freed 'two American Marines from enemy captivity 12 miles east of Hue. Both men were reported in good physical condition after two months in enemy hands. Details of how they were rescued were not immediately disclosed. Spokesmen said the two were Sgt. Albert J. Totter and Cpl. Frank C. lodice but could not immediately give their units or home towns. Fighting all along the northern frontier left more than 200 enemy troops killed, the allies reported. U.S. losses were put at 25 killed and 112 wounded and South Vietnamese .casualties were reported light. Government infantrymen claimed killing 50 enemy soldiers and capturing 22 prisoners eight miles from Hue. For the second time this week, North Vietnamese troops attacked U.S. Marine positions near Khe Sanh, the northwest frontier outpost that was under siege [or 77 days earlier this year. Striking in daylight, an unusual tactic, the North Vietnamese began with a heavy moivar attack, then advanced with small arms and grenades. The Marines called In reinforcements, tanks, artillery and jet fighter-bombers and reported killing 94 North Vietnamese. Fifteen Americans were killed and 96 wounded. ' . The Leathernecks reported killing 230 North Vietnamese troops in the same area southeast of Khe Sanh four days ago. In the central highlands, a U.S. 4th Infantry Division artillery base 19 miles west of Kon- tum City called in artillery and helicopter gunships to help repulse an enemy ground attack. Headquarters said one enemy soldier and three Americans were .killed and one American was wounded. Eight waves of Air Force B5I bombers pounded North Vietnamese troop concentrations, bunkers, tunnels and weapons positions, in the highlands, near the Cambodian and Laotian borders. The newly arrived aircraft carrier America went into its first combat action since she was launched in 1964 as she sent A7 Corsairs over North Vietnam. Pilots reported destroying or damaging three storage structures and two supply barges in raids near Dong Hoi, 45 miles north of the demilitarized zone. Other Navy fliers reported a large secondary expl* sion from their attack on an ammunition 'dump 46 miles southeast of Vinh. Election Majority Sought By French Government By STEPHENS BROENING Associated Press Writer PARIS (AP) — The French government called today for a clear and solid majority in elections to help the troubled nation back on its feet. The elections, to replace the dissolved National Assembly, are set for June 23 and 30. The Cabinet spokesman, Information Minister YVES Guena, told newsmen the strike wave, now in its 16th day, had eased in "numerous branches" of industry. Reports from throughout the country tended to confirm that strikers had decided to return to their jobs in a number of smaller factories and in some administrative offices. However, strik- Talks Ease Ho's Home Task By RAY CROMLEY NBA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NBA) From detailed information this reporter gathered in his recent trip to Southeast Asia, there is no doubt that Ho Chi Minn is in deep trouble. \ •• He is facing dissatisfaction—and a jittery population—at home. He is plagued with manpower shortages. Great dissatisfaction exists among North Vietnam's mistreated minorities. His officials daily bring him longer lists of work slowdowns and growing nonco-operation with the.government by farmers and factory workers'alike. Animosity is growing between the guerrillas of South Vietnam and the North Vietnamese invasion troops. Sometimes this dislike verges on hatred. • Reports circulate of quarrels within Ho's. own inner circle. Considerable grumbling occurs within the middle heirarchy of the North Vietnamese Communist party. Food ii short. Comforts are scarce. .. . . Ho's army is plagued by a growing shortage of experienced officers and men. In his political underground, Ho has not been able to replace adequately the topflight men he has lost through death, desertion, old age and discouragement. A growing tire- ness pervades hl« junior-executive political and economic organizers. '' "' ' .••'••••••• • ;• , ^ Meanwhile, Ho is running up a'heavy debt to Red China and Soviet Russia for arms, Chinese labor and supplies that he «an't afford. Cub*, Ss* MidkiU Africa, the- Soviet Union is likewise feeling the pinch. So Ho needs some sort of a respite to enable him to continue his war against South Vietnam. Thus the Paris talks. . • • ' Just by agreeing to talks, Ho has persuaded, the United States to continue a bombing cutback that has relieved Hanoi, Haiphong and most of North Vietnam's other populated areas from the harassment of daily bombing. This reduces his domestic strains. It has made it impossible for Ho to step up the infiltration of troops and material into outh Vietnam. It has sparked suspicion, infighting and division within the South Vietnamese government. Ho's first objectives would be achieved by continuing these talks as long as possible so that the United tales would continue its bombing holdbcak. ; , Communist doctrine would call for making uncostly but psychologically significant concessions—such as freeing U.S. flyers —when necessary to keep the United States from resuming heavy bombing of the Hanoi-Haiphong area and other key regions of North Vietnam. ; • . i Meanwhile, under cover of sensational raids, Ho's men in South Vietnam will attempt to rebuild and strengthen their underground political structure in the hamlets and increase their organizational network in the cities. For this is what the war is all •bout. ;• . . ' •• •.••.••••.• •• :: i 'This means the United States, while talking in Paris, had better make certain that its civilian pacification work, Its build< ing of South Vietnam's democratic political understructure and , its training of the South Vietnamese army moves ahead now at ers in major industries seemed determined to continue their walkout. The situation was unclear due to the Pentecost weekend, which extends through Monday, when activity would normally be at a slow pace. Guena confirmed that the government will .respect agreements made May 27 in a long bargaining session with union and management leaders. The agreements, which have yet to receive backing of all .the workers, call for a 10 per cent hike in the minimum wage, strike pay and other benefits. For repair efforts, President Charles de Gaulle's new government had Maurice Couve de Murville, described as De Gaulle's most trusted minister, in charge of finance. Several ministers accused of mishandling the crisis were gone. To guard against violence, De Gaulle has quietly strengthened military and national police units in and near Paris. The Defense Ministry said Friday it soon would publish a decree authorizing the call-up of army, navy, air force and national, police reserves. It said the order could involve "a limited number of specialists .and, technicians needed for the functioning of installations essential to economic life." The tension seemed to dissipate after De Gaulle's dramatic radio address Thursday, when he ordered general elections but threatened to use force if government authority was challenged. ', • , Trade union leaders who had been demanding a change of regime in return for an end to the strike retreated to their original economic demands for higher salaries and shorter work weeks. The Communist party and its trade union ami, the General Confederation of labor—CGT— announced they would participate in the elections June 23 and M for • new Nsttonal Atsembif. Georges Seguy, CGT secretary general, also offered to return to the bargaining table with representatives of govern- met and private management in renewed efforts to settle the strike. Despite some signs of a return to work, most of the strikers—about 10 million of France's 16 million workers—remained off the job. One factor reducing uneasi- ness in Paris was the first new supply of gasoline in 10 days, providing an opportunity for Parisians to spend the long Whitsuntide weekend in the country or at least move around more despite the absence of public transport. De Gaulle, beginning his llth year in office today, was expected to pass the holiday weekend hard at work in his Elysee Pal- See ELECTION on Pagt 2 New Tack For Talks? By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent PARIS (AP) - North Vietnam may be preparing to outflank its own barrier to progress in the Paris talks and move the discussion to broad peacemaking issues without insisting on an immediate end of bombing in 'the North. This possibility is being studied by U.S. officials. It arises from wording used hi the North Vietnamese Communist party paper Nhan Dan today. Nhan Dan said that before other problems in the peacemaking process can be discussed, the United States "must first of all clearly acknowledge its responsibility to put a definitive and unconditional end to .bombing and all other acts of war on the whole Democratic Republic of Vietnam territory," This new formulation of an old North Vietnamese demand coincided with the assignment of a new North Vietnamese adviser to the delegation hen headed by Ambassador Xuan Thuy. On his way to Paris, accord- fc| to thu North Vietnamese an- nouncement, is Le Due Tho, 57, a member of the Politburo of the North Vietnamese Communist party's Central Committee. Disclosure Friday that Tho has been assigned to the Paris talks aroused speculation that North Vietnam might be planning a tactical shift of position with Tho bringing Fresh instructions to Xuan Thuy. This made the Nhan Das statement on the:bombing issue a matter of unusual interest and importance in assessing the future possibilities of the Paris negotiations. The talks between U.S. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman and Xuan Thuy of North Vietnam are in recess until Wednesday. Tho, who is probably traveling by way of Moscow as other members of the Hanoi delegation have done, presumably will be In Paris by that time. . Meanwhile Cyrus tt. Vance, deputy to Harriman, ii expected back hen Sunday from Washington, when he reported to President Johnson on the talks. He left after the fifth meeting , See TALKS w Psf* I

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