BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 71 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315V MONDAY, JUNE ?, 1968 12 PAGES 10 CENTS ",&' Repercussion Feared In Rocket...Acci By GEORGE ESPEE Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - The U.S. Command launched a full-scale investigation today into the misfiring of a rocket by ah American helicopter gunship that killed six key South Vietnamese officials Sunday and seemed likely to place new strains on U.S.-Vietnamese relations. American officials were visibly shaken and appeared concerned about repercussions from the incident. Ah editorial, anti-American in tone, appeared in the Saigon Daily News, under the heading, "An Accident Too Many." , As the latest wave of fighting in the capital area went into its 10th day, South Vietnamese military headquarters reported that 600 to 800 fresh Viet Cong troops had slipped into the northern suburb of Gia Dinh, VA miles from the center of Saigon. . • ' This coincided with an allied communique stating that 1,019 Viet Cong .and North Vietnamese were killed in and around the capital during the week ending last Saturday. South Vietnamese troops, who were said .to'have done most of the fighting, reported their own casualties as light. U.S. forces listed six Americans killed and 32 wounded for the period. The rocket decimated the top echelon of the Saigon city ad- .ministration. : Those killed were Col. Pho Quoc Chu, the director of the port of Saigon and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky's brother- in-law; Col. Nguyen Van Luan, the Saigon police chief; Col. Le Ngoe Tru, commander of Saigon's 5th Police Precinct; Maj. Nguyen Ngoc Xinh, chief of staff of joint operations for the national police; Maj. Nguyen Bao Thuy, chief of the Saigon mayor's cabinet and brother of the former minister of revolutionary development, and Lt. Col. Dao Ba Phuoc, commander of the 5th Ranger Group. The wounded were Saigon's mayor, Col. Van Van Cua; Col. Tran Van Phan, chief of staff of the national police director; Col. Nguyen Van Giaih, deputy chief of the capital military, district, and Maj. Le Ngoc To, commander of the 5th Combat Police Battalion. U.S. Ambassador Samuel D. Berger sent his. "deepest regrets and condolences" to the South Vietnamese government and to the families of the officials. . , One officer said Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, ordered that no further American air strikes, may be called in Saigon or its suburbs without his approval, but a U.S. military spokesman declined to comment on this. The U.S. Mission said one rocket from.an American heli- cop.ter malfunctioned and "there is a strong probability that the ... rocket which fell short of its target landed in the vicinity of the officials." "Since there was firefighting involving enemy rockets in the general area of the explosion," the statement added, "it cannot absolutely be determined what happened:" Later a U.S. spokesman said Red Official Speaks of 2nd Phase Talk Conditions By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent . PARIS (AP) -A high-ranking member of North Vietnam's Communist leadership arrived to join the peace talks : in Paris today and said the second phase of the conferences "can begin without delay" if the United States will drop what he called its "obstinate.attitude" and halt, the rest of the bombing of his country. Le Due Tho arrived here from Hanoi by way of Moscow where he conferred with Soviet leaders Sunday. The talks here are scheduled to resume Wednesday. U.S. officials are studying the possibility of a compromise with North Vietnam over broadening the scope of the Paris, talks' in spite of the deadlock on de-escalating the war. The clue lies in a statement published two days ago .in the newspaper' Nhan Dan, mouthpiece of the North Vietnamese Communist party. Instead of Holiday Death Count Is 12 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Twelve persons died violent deaths in Arkansas during .the Memorial Day holiday weekend—nine in traffic accidents and three drownings. The Associated Press toll of holiday deaths began at 6 p.m. Wednesday and ended at midnight Sunday. John E. Stone,' 47; of Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County, was killed Sunday night when his car plunged over an embankment just off Arkansas 5 in the El Paso community in White county. El Paso is located about 20 miles east of Conway. , • Thomas Edgar Phillips, 46, of West Memphis, was apparently the victim of a hit-and-run ac- cident Sunday. State Police said the man's body was found just off U. S- '0 about 2.6 miles west of West Memphis. Eugene Acey, 5, of Hamburg was killed Saturday night when the car in which he was riding overturned in Hamburg. City Police in Hamburg said the car, driven by Shirley Graham, 26 of Hamburg, was going at a high rate of speed when it went out of control and overturned. Franklin D. FoXi 20, of El Dorado, was killed Saturday when his car was struck by a passenger train at a crossing on U.S. 67 two miles north of Fulton in Hempstead County. John Edward Shankle of See DEATH on Page 2 saying the United States must agree to halt immediately all attacks on North Vietnamese .territory, it says the the United States "must first of all clearly acknowledge its responsibility to put a definitive and unconditional end" to the attacks. Members of the American delegation in the Paris conference are frankly not.quite sure what this means but are slightly optimistic. They hope for clarification in the next session or two with the North Vietnam delegation. Ambassadors W. Averell Harriman and Xuan Thuy and their advisers will meet again Wednesday. Thuy, meanwhile is expected to get the latest thoughts of the ruling group in Hanoi from one of its top members, Le Due Tho, who was dispatched to Paris. Tho, a Communist theoretician, will serve here as a "special counselor" to Thuy. While he was stopping over in Moscow Sunday, the Soviet Communist party newspaper Pravda endorsed the peace talks anew and restated its support for North Vietnam's position. Pravda made this statement: "It seems clear there are many concrete problems which must be discussed but. there is only one question (ending the U;S. attacks on the North) which must be regulated at first in the present talks." The word "regulated" caught the attention of experts here. It seemed much softer than others which might have been ust)l, such as '"decided'' or "settled". U.S. authorities were faced once more With a question of interpretation which becomes significant because of the failure of a full investigation of the incident is being made. He indicated that disciplinary action might be taken against the helicopter pilot. Newsmen visiting the scene inspected fragments of a rocket which officers identified as the type used by American helicopters. U.S. air strikes normally are called in by local Vietnamese commanders who certify the target area is under enemy control. American helicopters were back in Cholon today, fighting with tear gas rather than'rock- ets. One reason for the tear gas was to spare a Roman Catholic church in the area, apparently used by the Viet Cong as a command post, from the bombing and rocketing which have leveled several buildings and damaged a score more. The late President Ngo Dinh Diem took refuge in the same church in 1963 after his government was overthrown. South Vietnamese troops dragged him from the church and assassinated him inside an armored per- sonnel carrier nearby. Fighting in the area about three miles west of the presidential palace has been going on since Friday. South Vietnamese rangers and tanks blasted the concrete hiding places of Viet Cong snipers with their 90mm cannon, and squeezed about 30 guerrillas into a four-block area. Little firing by the guerrillas was reported this morning. A ' U.S. adviser to the government troops said the Viet Cong apparently were saving ammunition for a final fight. To meet the new threat in Gia Dinh, South Vietnamese bombers attacked enemy positions and approach routes to the city. Little ground fighting was reported, however. The enemy units were believed to be reinforcements for Viet Cong forces which, by government count, have had 222 men killed in the last three days on Saigon's northeastern fringes. Government casualties for the same period were listed . as 17 marines killed and 72 See VIETNAM on Page 2 the discussions here over several weeks -to shed any new light on any of the problems and'is- sues involved in Vietnam peace making. • . •. "The Communists don't use words lightly in a situation like this," one diplomat said. "And obviously Le Due Tho isnt com- ing'all this distance just for the ride." His arrival here follows the return from Washington of Ambassador Cyrus R. Vance, Har- rimans deputy, Who reported to President Johnson last week on the state o£ the discussions. Vance said he told Johnson the road ahead looked long and difficult but that he was not discouraged. He said he brought no new instructions to the delegation here, and he said the President was not discouraged by the difficulties ahead. The talks are going into their fourth week and six meetings have been held. The sessions have averaged about four hours each and the only progress so far noted by the Americans is that the atmosphere is a little more cordial. A Technicality PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Pfc. Peter Pittock won't get to race his- tank in the Portland Rose Festival sports ear races this weekend. T!ie Portland soldier mailed a properly filled-out form from Vietnam, entering his favorite tank in the annual event on behalf of his Army unit. Officials said they disqualified Pittock because he failed to submit his entry fee. MRS. TED WAHL, assisted by daughters Linda (left) and Sandy, unveils the monument to her late husband which was dedicated yesterday at the Little League Field. The Georgia granite memorial honors the man who for 15 years worked with youngsters in the Little-. League as well as in church and YMCA activities. Wahl died Jan. 19 and the idea- to erect a memorial originated with Jo8.;; : Gude and other Blytheville citizens. (Courier News Photo) Abby Intensified; 3 Florida in Path .BULLETIN A $315,542 GRANT from the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been approved, it was announced today by Sen. J. W. Fulbright. The funds will be used in connection with the city's David-Acres Code Enforcement project. SITE LOCATION PLANS will be discussed tomorrow night when officials from the Manila, Caraway and Leachville School Districts gather at 8 p.m. in the Leachville school 'cafetorium to continue work on the proposed consolidation of the three .school districts, a spokesman for the group said today. AN INITIAL REQUEST for $400,000 in federal funds Will be submitted sometime this month to officials in Washington, D. C., for the purchase of equipment and supplies for the proposed Blytheville health sub-center, according to Dr. John Hard who assisted in planning the program. "This, money will be our portion of the first years budget," Hard said and our projected budget for each year thereafter will amount to approximately $125,000. "After sending the request to Washington, we should know something by the end of this year as to whether it will be approved," Hard added. FIRST-DEGREE MURDER charges has been filed against Rudolph Cunningham, 27, of Blytheville following the death Sautrday of another Blytheville man, Robert Odell Farmer, 31, Police Chief George Ford said today. The shooting took place in Alsup's Cafe on Rose Street at 11:50 a.m. Farmer who was shot three limes in the body was taken to Chickasawba Hospital where he died at approximately 2 p.m., Ford said. Cunningham is being held without bond in the city jail, authorities said. DOG OWNERS HAVE from now until June 15 to get their pets vaccinated so that they may be licensed. Before a license—which costs $2—may be purchased, the dog must be vaccinated, according to City Collector Ray Elder. The animals may be vaccinated at any one of See ROUNDUP on Page 2 MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Early- blooming tropical storm, Abby dumped .torrential rains on Western Cuba, forcing more than 2,000 Cubans from their homes' Sunday, before heading toward Florida today, gaming strength over the open seas. The National Hurricane Center warned of indications the storm would build its 50-mile- an-hour winds to full hurricane force—more than 74 m.p.h—as it intensified over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Radio Havana reported the evacuation of 2,367 persons from homes in low-lying sections of Pinar del Rio Province in extreme western Cuba. The broadcast, monitored in Miami, said doctors and nurses were rushed into the area, but did not indicate how many injuries had been reported. There were reports of up to a foot of rain from the torrential downpours. The Cuban Institute of Meteorology said 36 hours of rainfall in some areas equalled tile normal precipitation expected during a month. Reports, from the government-controlled 'radio stations said the rain began to diminish at dawn in some areas of the Communist island. The U.S. Weather Bureau urged Floridians to stay "ready for quick action" in case Abby intensified to hurricane strength by late today or tonight. Forecaster Gil Clark said the storm was on a course that would carry it north-northeast through the 65-mile wide slot between Key West and the Dry Torlugas, tiny islands west of Key West, this afternoon. At 5 a.m., EOT, the hurricane center said Abby was near Latitude 23.4 North and Longitude 83.7 West, a point about 275 miles southwest of Miami and 150 miles southwest of Key West. HH Makes Youth Bid Official, Blames Resignation on Prison By PETE YOUNG Associated Press Writer TUCKER PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP)—The assistant prison superintendent in charge of Tucker Prison Farm said Sunday that he resigned because ef pressure and the "hopeless" situation the. state prison system faces. The resignation of Robert A. Van .Winkle brought an end to the flamboyant style of reform espoused by former Prison Supt. Thomas 0. Murton, who was fired by the state Board of Correction in February. wi members of Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's administration have insisted that prison reform in Arkansas didn't leave with Murton, the outspoken penologist who came under almost constant criticism from many legislators and other state officials. '..... The resignation of Van Winkle was announced Saturday by Prison Supt. Victor '0. Urban, —another,.Murton recruit, Van Winkle was, recognised as a Murton man but he wasn't the constant newsmaker that Murton was. his remarks in an ' interview Sunday, he said, because "it's not a good lime to say anything." ' • '•••••. "I have no desire to be asked to get off the premises in 15 minutes," he said, in reference to how! rapidly the Board of Correction asked Murton to va-. cate when he was fired. But what apparently griped , Van Winkle and brought him to the final decision to quit was the frustration of not being able to say, anything about prison conditions, "It's getting back to the SUM old situation and getting 'worse every week," Van Win- • kle said, referring to the conditions, of ; near starvation and cruelty alleged in a State Police report 17 months ago. ; • "There is so. little to work with," he said, "You can't provide a proper diet—you keep running out of sugar to- make bread, canned milk, cheese, balonsy—everything." Van Winkle was asked if he was forced to resign. "This was a mutual thing between me and the board," ha said, "You can't function without a strong commissioner. The board thought I WM ft Murtoo man and probably never felt they could trust me." "I'm disappointed I'm not going to see the crops coma in," he said. "It's going to be a good crop—but only because the inmates felt they were part of the program, "I'm not glad to be leaving but I'm frustrated with the situation. My resignation won't help the situation but it's not the end of the world for me or the prison." He said it was a frustrating situation for his wife. also. "There were rebuffs outsida , SM PRISON N FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, wrestling with Sens. Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy for the Democratic presidential nomination, associated himself with youth at the 94th University of Arkansas commencement Saturday. Humphrey, apparently seeking the college and university student appeal enjoyed by McCarthy and Kennedy, spoke of a youth's bill of rights, which he said meant to him: '—The right to vote at age 18; a larger participation in various institutions, including universities; doing whatever is required to assure every young .American the right to a college , education and providing larger, opportunities to serve the community. The vice president, who has. been accused by Kennedy as being the voice of the past, told the 950 graduates, "Others may speak of the generation gap." "I don't," he said. "As'far as I am concerned youth is not '. a period of life but an attitude of mind. All of us-young and old and in between—are as old as our despairs and M young a* our hopes." Although supporting rhis youth's bill of rights, Humphrey lashed at those who would ;use violence, obscenity and storm trooper tactics to obscure ; pd disrupt the purposes of university education. "The law of the jungle and the school of law cannot "coexist," Humphrey said ' Fascist, Communist racist, cross- burners, flag burners—al}, af them share a basic intoleraiica for the views of other indlvid- uals -" , ' ' £> Lacking in Humphrey's speech was reference toTHS Vietnam war, which is asso* dated with the Johnson administration. " " However, when he arrived at the Fayetteville airport prior t» his address, most of the s'igni See HUMPHREY on page 1 Fair Fair north, Partly cloudy with widely scattered to Isolated afternoon and evening thundershowers south portion through Tuesday. Continued warm. Low tonight to tt» Mi.
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