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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 145 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815) TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6,1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES 11 On States Highways By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Four persons died Monday in Arkansas traffic accidents as the state recorded 11 highway deaths during the four-day Labor Day weekend. Last year six persons were killed during the Labor Day count period. The tally began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. Vern Clark Mocklar, 42, of Augusta, Ga., was killed Monday when her car left U.S. 63 and overturned about 12 miles south of Hardy in Sharp County. D. C. Cummins, 48, of Proctor died Monday night when he was struck by a car driven by James Powell Jones, 35, of Marianna, State Trooper Richard Busby said. * * * Busby said Cummins walked into the path of the car. The accident happened on U.S. 79 about 3.8 miles south of the Lehi communit near West Memphis. Two other persons were killed Monday when a car and pickup truck collided head-on near the Malvern on U.S. 67. Deputy Sheriff James Robin son of Hot Spring County identified the dead as G. W. Gibson, 16, of Malvern and C. B. Metcalf, 41, of the Manning community south of Arkadelphia. Vera Craft, 33, of West Memphis was killed Sunday when her car was knocked into the path of a car driven by Frederick Marsh, 19, of Millington, Tenn. State Police said the Craft car was struck from behind by a car driven by Gary David Hogan, 17, of Harisbug. The crash occurred on U.S. 63 about three miles north of Turrell. Vyron V. Fuqua and John L. Adams, both 18-year-olds from Jacksonville, were killed Sunday when their car collided with one driven by Thomas Burton of Atkins. The accident happened on Arkansas 105 about one mile south of Hector. Floyd L. Webb, 30, of Fort Smith, was killed Saturday night when his car went out of control and struck a culvert in Fort Smith. * * * David Tucker, 5, of Lepanto was killed Sunday as he attempted to cross Arkansas 135 in Lepanto and Anthony Anderson, 8, of Camden was killed Saturday as he tried to cross .'Arkansas 79 about four miles south of Camden. Another pedestrian, S.Sgt John Spence. 47, of Little Rock, an airman at Little Rock Ail- Force Base, was killed by a hit-and-run driver Sunday, State Police said. Officers said he was struck on Arkansas 161 about two miles north of North Little Rock. San Francisco Low on Fatalities SAN FRANCISCO (AP )- A cable car struck and fatally injured Mrs. Juck Jung Dear, 65, Monday at Powell and Washington streets. It was the only fatal accident in San Francisco during the Labor Day holiday. WORLD'S LARGEST — Not many cities can say they have the world's largest anything. However tomorrow area residents will have the opportunity to tour the world's largest single reactor ammonia plant, Agrico Chemical Company's Barfield facility. Dedication ceremonies begin at 10:30 a.m. and plant tours follow one-half hour later. A Giant in Agriculture Will be Host Tomorrow Area residents are invited to visit a giant tomorrow. The giant is Agrico Chemical Company's anhydrous amon- ia plant at Barfield Landing. Agrico, a division of Contine- tal Oil Company, is proud of its plant and rightly so. Accreding to President David H. Dradford Jr., when the complex began production in t h e early spring of this year it was "the world's largest single reactor amonia plant." Commenting on the agricultural goal of the plant, Brad- ASC Question Again Raised Mississippi County Farm Bureau will re-survey it membership in regard .1 their feelings about the consolidation of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office, FB President Glen A. Cook said today. "Some mebers said they didn't see the poll in our news letter the first time, so we are going to do it again," Cook aid The news letter will be mailed Monday, Cook said. "It will contain a questionnaire relating to the ASC office consolidation (the county now has but one office, that in Oscela). "Those interested should let their desires be known and return the quetionnaire to the Farm Bureau o f f i c e," Cook said. ford said, "This giant chemical I volved in the 'process, but to- plantr has joined the nation's arsenal of peaceful weapons devoted to winning the world-wide war o hunger." To the layman the production of anhydrous ammnia is as com plicated and formidable as the company's goal is admirable. There are 10 basic steps in- Bub LaShot Dies Here H. E. (Bub) LaShot of 318 Dougan St. died yesterday in Doctors' Hospital here. He was 74. Mr. LaShot was born in Frankfurt, 111., and had been a resident here since 1913. He was a member of the Lake St. Methodist Church, where he served on the cure board. He was a former city employee. He leaves is wife, Mrs. Clarene LaShot, of Blytheville; A daughter, Mrs. Helen Dailey, of Oroville, Cal.; Three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Thomas, Mrs. Lexie Gay, and Mr. Loudeen Shelton, all of Blytheville; A brother, William C. LaShot of Springfield, Ore.; And four grandchildren. Serivce will be held at 2 p.m. t o m o'r r o w at Cobb Funeral Home chapel with Rev. E. H. Hall officiating.. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack King, Don Estes, Jimy Weidman, Steve Weidman, Gene Strickland and Edwin Weedman. morrow's tour of the plant will explain the process t laymen. The open house, begins with dedication ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. At 11 a.m. tours will begin and continue throughout the afternoon. Dedication ceremonies will be under the direction of L. M. Gambrell, plant manager. The keynote address will be delivered by Bradford. Others on the speaker's .platform will include Conoco coordinator J. H. Olehy Sr. of Memphis, Mayor Jimmie Edwards, Chamber of Commerce President Dan Burge and County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks. A buffet-style luncheon for BANKS ARE HIT, BUT IT'S LEGAL CARUTHERSVILLE - Truitt Hour.ihan, Portageville, Route Two, walked off with $200 from the First National Bank and the First State Bank during the holiday weekend. But it was all legal. In fact the two banks gave Hounihan the cash as a prize for having the first bales of cotton ginned in Pemiscot County. Saturday Hounihan received $100 from the National Bank for delivering the first cotton bale and Monday repeated the performance with another bale at First State. The cotton was Stoneville 213 variety and was planted May 8. honored guests and officials will be s e r v e d at the Blytheville Country Club and refreshments will be served at the plant site after each tour. A company spokesman said persons coming as late as 4 p.m. could tour the facility. Aircraft Missing Over Formosa TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) — The U.S. Air Force .reported today that an Air Force C130 transport with eight persons aboard was missing on a flight from Saigon to the Ching Chuan air base in central Formosa. The announcement said a Chinese forest ranger reported sighting a fire in a mountainous area 15 miles south of Chiayi, in central Formosa. A Chinese-American search party was sent out. but officials said because of the rough terrain it might not be able to reach the site until Wednesday. Shooting in Laos VIETANE, Laos (AP)-Former national police chief Gen. Siho Lamphoutakoul was shot and killed Sunday night "while trying to escape," army sources said. Siho fled to Thailand after an abortive coup in February 1965. He returned unexpectedly last June, saying he feared assassination by followers of Gen. Phoumi Nosavan, leader of the coup attempt who is still in i Thailand. Cummins Prison. Farm. Gas, Guns, Strap End Strike CUMMINS PRISON FARM, Ark. (AP)-Tear gas, gun shots and the use of a controversial leather strap for punishment have apparently ended a three- day sit-down strike by convicts at this Arkansas prison farm. An aide to Gov. Orval Fan- bus said Monday night that "everything was quiet" at the prison and that all but one of the 144 strikers had returned to the farm fields. Clarence Thornbrough, executive assistant to the governor, said State Police had used tear gas, and toil sliots into the air earlier in the day to break up a melee among trusties and Ihe striking convicts. He said the men went back to the fields after 10 were punished with the whip-like leather strap. He said the other man was also punished with the strap, put on a diet of bread and water and placed in an isolated cell. Thornbrough quoted Faubus as saying, '1 hope that they have got it settled down there now." The aide said his reports came from Prison Supt. 0. E. Bishop, who could not be reached by newsmen. Thornbrough said the melee started Monday morning when trusties were sent in to encourage the convicts to return to work. He said State Police then lobbed tear gas shells into the group and fired shots into the air, ending the fighting. Injuries were limited to a few skinned knuckles, he said. Ten Negro convicts were punished with the five-foot long leather strap fastened to a wooden handle. The strike began Thursday when Faubus came here to discuss with Bishop the firing of all hired personnel at the nearby Tucker Prison Farm. They were fired after Slate Police investigators reported finding extortion and beatings of convicts. The governor said the strike began because convicts were under the "mistaken impression" that the strap had been banned. Faubus told a news conference last Wednesday that use of the strap would be banned when a special isolation ward .was constructed. However, he later said that the prisoners were mistaken if they thought the strap had been banned, that such a move was only under consideration. The striking convicts weren't required to go to the fields on Sunday. The prisoners work in the fields to tend crops that make the state prison self supporting. State and federal courts have been asked by convicts to ban the strap, but have refused to do so. The state Prison Board was instructed by U.S. District Court to establish rules gov- ernoring the use of the strap. South Africa's Prime Minister Is Assasinated By ROBERT N. LINDSAY CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) —, An assailant killed Prime Minister Hendrik F. Ver- woerd today by plunging a knife into his neck as he sat on his aench in Parliament. The death was reported by the South African Press Association, quoting a Cabinet minister. The news agency said it understood the assassin was a white man of Greek descent. Before the members sitting near the prime minister realized what was happening, the man plunged his knife into Ver- woerd several times. Blood spurting from his neck made a large pool on the green carpet alongside his seat. The man was dressed in ttie black and green uniform of a Parliament messenger, and members took it for granted he was on official duty. Members of Parliament grappled with him and pinned him to the floor. He was removed from the chamber. The attack, the second on Verwoerd since he became prime minister in 1958, came just two days before his 65th birthday. Several doctors who are members of Parliament rushed to. the side of the man who became the symbol of South Africa's racial segregation. The attack took place while the bells were ringing summoning the House of Assembly for the start of the session. Soon after Verwoerd had taken his seat on the front bench the assassin walked towarc him. Verwoerd looked up as if he expected the messenger was going to speak to him. Th assassin then plunged the knife into Verwoerd's neck. Verwoerd was stabbed al least three times. His assailanl was armed with three knives one of which looked like a dagger. Verwoerd slumped at his desk, his head down, his face white. One doctor tried to revive him by giving him the mouth to mouth "kiss of life" resuscitation. About 15 minutes after the attack, Verwoerd was carried out on a stretcher. The chamber was hushed and shocked. Verwoerd was taken to Groot Schurr Hospital. Cabinet Minister Ben Schoeman, leader of the House of Parliament, told the South African Press Association that Verwoerd was certified dead on arrival.. On April 9, 1960, in full view of 30,000 persons at a fair in Johannesburg, a wealthy white farmer fired two bullets into Verwoerd's face. The bullets were removed and the prime minister was released from a Pretoria hospital within a month. The assailant, David pratt, was sent to a mental hospital. Until a new prime minister is elected, Verwoerd's duties devolve on the senior Cabinet minister, Finance Minister Dr. Tiieophilus Dongs. The parliamentary caucus of the ruling Nationalist party decides who the next party national leader will be. This lead- er automaticlly becomes prime minister. For years Verwoerd has been the leading exponent of apartheid, the policy of racial dis- criminationn. The silver-haired prime minister held Kiat South Africa's 10 million blacks and three million whites could live apart. To attain this goal, he adopted harsh measures to strengthen segregation after he took over at the death of Prime Minister Joha:mes Strijdom. Among his measures was requiring passbooks for Africans in order to work or to travel about the country. This resulted in rioting in March 1960 in which scores of Africans brought were killed, protests from That other countries, but Verwoered shrugged off this criticism as "the ducktails" — juvenile delinquents — of the "political world." He asserted that South Africa's problem was one of insuring the survival of the whits race and at the same time doing justice to the nonwhites. When the United Nations Security Council urged South Afri- jca to abandon apartheid, Ver- woerd denounced fiie resolution as interference in South Africa's internal affairs ant a violation of the charter of the United Nations. In eight years as minister of native affairs, before becoming prime minister, Verwoerd fashioned South Africa's segregation policies. He also devised new schemes for improving the lot of the Africans — but always within their own reserves. He moved many out of shantytowns near white residential areas to quarters just outside the towns. "' He also began introducing racial laws in keeping with his creed that separation was .the only solution for the two races of South Africa. Using such criteria as .'{he shape of noses and kinkiness of hair, he classified blacks, mixed-blood coloreds and Asians by race, then allocated to each a rigid place in society in which residence, travel and employment were determined. by the government. Verwoerd was born Sept. 8, 1901, in the Netherlands. He came to South Africa at the age of 2, the son of a Dutch Reformed Church missionary. ' ' Mayor's Plane A Target COLIVLLE, Wash. (AP) The mayor's airplane was cracked up over the Labor Day weekend — and it never got off .he ground. Saturday night a car left the road bordering the airport, went .hrough a fence and plowed into Mayor Eugene Scamahorn's plane. Damage: about $5,000. The following night, somebody slipped the plane from its mooring, pushed it 200 feet to the side of the runway and over a 3 foot embankment, police said. Three Die Wreck n STEELE — Three persons are dead and five others have been hospitalized as the result of a two-car collision on Highway 61, five miles north of here 5:30 Saturday afternoon. Dead are Sharon Bibb, 21, of Lilbourn, Mo., driver of a 1960 Chevrolet, Louis McQuillan, 32, of Metairie, La., passenger in the other death car, and her seven-month-old son, Michael. In critical condition at Pemiscot Memorial Hospital in Hayti with severe head and internal injuries is Keith McQuillan, 32, also of Metairie. He was the driver of the other auto involved, a 1966 Ford. In serious condition at the Hayti hospital are McQuillan's four other children, Holly, 3, Danny, 7, Maria, 5, and Kenneth, 8. All have internal injuries. The accident occurred, according to the Patrol, when the Bibb auto skidded on wet pavement, crossed the center line and slammed broadside into the McQuillan vehicle. All eight persons were thrown out of their cars, the Patrol said. The accident was one of 57 the Patrol reported during the Labor Day weekend. A total of 41 injuries and four fatalities resulted. 'When You Refuse Children, It Hurts' "When you have to turn down children, it hurts. "These people want to get their children in school. They're .rying and we're trying to help ,hem, but we've just run out of children's clothes." Giving this report was Mrs. Maggie Hardy, secretary of the Mississippi County Union Mission. This morning, the Mission out- itted 56 children before 9:30. "They must have shoes and some sort of decent clothes to legin school," Mission Supt. 'aul Kirkindall said. "We want to help, but we've got to ask every citizen of Bly- heville to search his attic for children's clothing and shoes. Vance Dixon Is Burdette Candidate "We especially need boys' clothing. We'll take any size. Of course, we need the sizes which will fit school-age children the most, but we have some preschoolers who come along with some of these families and they need to be clothed, too." Among the families handled at the Mission this morning was one from the Keiser area. Both parents and four of the five children are under treatment |for tuberculosis, Mrs. Hard.y 1 said. .-. J "Tin's just gives you an idea of how people are coming • in from all over the county .and what some of their problems are," Mrs. Hardy pointed out.. The Mission will send its truck to pick up clothing. The Mission telephone nun> bers are PQ 3-8380 and PO 30662. •': Vance Dixon has filed for reelection as a member of Bur- j dette's School District. School elections will be Sept. 27. Burdette voters will vote at Burdette Planting Co., store. Polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 6:30. There is no change in the tax rate, Supt, L. 11. Autry stated. Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy and mild this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. High today and Wednesday 78 to 88. Lows:tonight in the 50s. Outlook Thurs; day little change. "'i

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