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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, October 11, 1966
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uciear I reaty Need Agreed By LBJ, Gromyko By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko says after meeting with President Johnson "it looks like both countries are striving to reach agreement" on a treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. The State Department promptly agreed with Gromyko's appraisal. Soviet-American talks on the nonproliferation question reportedly will resume in New York within a few days with William C. Foster as the likely U- S. negotiator. He is head of tiie Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. After Gromyko met at the White House with Johnson for an hour and 45 minutes and had a 2% hour dinner meeting with Secretary of State Dean Rusk at the State Department, Eourcs said mnt both sids are In agree- that a nonproliferation agreement is desirable. In general, under such a non- discussed Viet Nam with Johnson at the White House meeting, Gromyko said in reference to h i his nonproliferation comment proliferation treaty, me nuclar countries would agree not to sell or give away nuclear weapons. And under the international pact, non - nuclear countries would agree not to acquire such weapons. Gromyko'i meetings with Johnson and Rusk provided fresh evidence that a new era of friendly relations is opening up the Soviet Union. They could lead, in addition to the nuclear nonproliferation pact, to parallel reductions of American and Soviet forces in Europe, to increase U.S.-Soviet trade and travel and perhaps, as officials here hopefully believe, to eventual Soviet peacemaking efforts in the war in Viet Nam. Asked Monday night if he had War Issue Could Tangle Up Voting By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) - In sum, the latest presecription offered by Republican policymakers to deal with the war in Viet Nam adds up to two words: fight harder. It was offered with congressional elections a month away, and with GOP pollsters reporting that the war is the No. 1 concern of American voters. Republicans clearly have concluded that concern can be translated into votes on Nov. 8. Their polls indicate a substantial block of undecided voters and their strategy indicates they believe that pronouncements calling for victory in a frustrating Asian war could help GOP candidates attract some of those voters. Some GOP strategists believe that voter frustration over the complex war situation will work against incumbents in the coming election, regardless of their party. If that is the outcome, comeback-seeking Republicans will benefit, simply because they have fewer incumbents than the Democrats. One major unknown factor: The impact of President Johnson's 2'A-week Asian tour which will end only six days before the election. * * * It will include the two-day Manila summit conference where Johnson will meet the leaders of six nations helping to fight Communist forces in Viet Nam. The Republican coordinating committee tempered its hawk-like pronouncement on the war by endorsing that conference as a potential avenue toward peace. But Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen served notice that the GOP expects an accounting of that mission — 'and we expect results." Dirksen said he thinks the voters will expect results, too. Having endorsed the Manila conference — and noted that Republican weeks ago urged an all-Asian conference on Viet Nam — the coordinating committee declared: "We insist that every practicable step toward wining the war be taken in support of the thousands now engaged in deadly combat." The committee's last major pronouncement on Viet Nam — issued on Dec. 13, 1965 — included some specific advice to Johnson. It called for imposition of a naval quarantine, like that once imposed against Cuba, to bar supplies from North Viet Nam. And it urged greater use of air and sea power against military targets in the Communist North, to lessen the need for more U.S. ground forces in the South. This time, the Republicans offered only general counsel, not specific steps. Former New York Gov. Thomas E Dewey, discussing the paper turned out under his guidance, said it is up to Johnson and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to decide exactly what must be done. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower has underscored the party position in a series of statements, promising to support whatever steps Johnson finds necessary in Viet Nam — and saying: "We must do whatever is necessary to win as quickly as possible." In general, the Republican position all along has been one of support for Johnson's war program — with peripheral criticism considered in bounds. 'what I said was positive on what we discussed." Asked if the question of troops in Europe was brought up, he said "I did not mention troops in Europe." An announcement issued by the White House press office after the conference broke up said only: "The President and Foreign Minister Gromyko had frank and wide-ranging discussion in a businesslike atmosphere. They discused a number of subjects of mutual concern." * * * Contrary to frequent practice the subjects were not disclosed. Also contrary to frequent practice when the President confers with high foreign officials, Gromyko entered and left the White House by a door remote from waiting. Gromyko made no effort to avoid newsmen as he left the State Department after his 2%hour dinner meeting with Rusk, Johnson had set the stage for his meeting with Gromyko in a speech in New York three days earlier when he called for reduction of forces in Central Europe, announced a reduction in export controls on East-West trade and statements overtures for better relations, that h would press for early congresional action on a pending U. S.-Soviet consular agreement. The President thus went into the meeting Monday in position Sentence Held Up On Powell Case said, among other clearly intended as BIytheville (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, October 11, fS8 - Pag* Five Congress to Pass Up Some Legislation DOMINICAN SOUVENIR - Mary Lee Messick shows mock fear of the machete her father, Fred Messick, is displaying. Mary Lee and her father and mother recently returned from the West Indes where they were Watch- tower missionaries for 18 years. The big knife is used for everything from cultivating crops to cutting the grass, Fred Messicfc said. (Courier News Photo) Ex-Dominican Missionaries Recall Horrors of Trujillo By Herb Wight Staff Writer "It was just like in a grade B movie. "The spies wore dark glasses, coat collars turned up, hats pulled down over their eyes and guns sticking out from under their coats. It would have been funny if it hadn't been so ser- nant women and women with tator's hatred, babies as well as men were put in jail. Some of those arrested were beaten to death," she said. "They didn't touch us because we were Americans. However, they made it very difficult for us. The spies were there constantly; they followed us wherever we went. We couldn't even say to emphaize concern with an active improving U.S. relations and to urge that the Soviet government take responsive steps. The Soviet Union has rebuffed numerous approaches made by other countries, among them Britain and France, to play an active role in peacemaking and it is supply arms and military equipment to North Viet Nam. Nevertheless, American officials say privately they are convinced that the Soviets would like to find some way to bring the war to an end when think the time is suitable. tiiey By JOHN VINOCUR NEW YORK (AP) - A trial judge has withheld pronouncing sentence in U. S. Rep. Adam Clayton Powell's criminal contempt conviction until he hears Powell's arguments that the case was out of the court's jurisdiction. State Supreme Court Justice Matthew M. Levy said he would put off sentencing until he decides on the validity of the trial, boycotted by Powell and his attorneys. The Negro congressman, found guilty by an all-white jury torneys that their presence dur- Monday of willfully disobeying five court orders in connection with * »1M,OM Hbel judgment against him, faces a maximum jail sentence of 150 days and a fine of $1,250. 'Justice Levy asked Powell's four-man legal staff to resent Plucky Inez Comes to End By BEN FUNK MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-As Hurricane Inez whirled toward her death over Mexico today, U.S. weathermen waved a thankful goodby to the most unpredictable storm ever to come screeching at them out of the tropics. Inez wasn't the most wicked, and she wasn't in the hair of the forecasters as long as some — although it seemed like it. But it took every trick of the inexact science of hurricane forecasting — and maybe just a little bit of luck - to call the shots on her. It was 18 long, uneasy days from the time a U.S. weather satellite snaped the first picture of Inez off the west coast of Africa Sept. 23 until she smashed ashore in Mexico. * * * Inez did what the forecasters said she would do until she hit its arguments-for dismissal in | Cuba. After that, her moves Mary Lee Mesick, 45, could laugh now. But 18 years ago as she and her father and mother sat in their missionary headquarters in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and watched those all-too-real spies, the situation was anything but laughable. Their first inkling of trouble came one sunny morning in mid June, 1950. The first rays of the sun nudged the sleepy little town as it shimmered off the red painted tin roofs of the houses. The equivalent of the American traffic cop mounted his jedestal at a city intersection and began his day long vigil that would yield his giving direction to a scant dozen ve- licles. Women leading little burros sagging with foodstuffs were starting their peddler's routes along the city streets. Everything seemed normal... except for the Messicks. * * The day previous they had received a telegram from the minister in charge of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's office in Santo Domingo. H e told them of trouble brewing. They were to do nothing until be sent them instructions. When Fred Messick, M a r y j Lee's father, who is now ,70- years-old rushed into their home with a copy of the government newspaper his face was flushed with excitement. In huge letters the headlines screamed, "Communists Overrunning Island." 'In little letters it said Jehovah's Witnesses had been placed under ban," Mary Lee said. "They were painting us as Communists and using that as an excuse to close our branch office." The iron fist of Dictator Rat- addition to a re-trial motion made before the four walked out o! court last Wednesday. * ¥ * Levy had indicated to the attorneys that their presence during the trial could be considered an acceptance of its legality. They maintain the court has no jurisdiction in a criminal proceeding. The six-year-old case involves $164,000 in libel damages owed by the New York Democrat to Esther James,. 68, a Harlem widow whom he called during a television show a "bag woman" or a go-between used by corrupt police to collect payoffs. Powell,' stripped last month by fellow congressmen of some of his powers as' chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, was in Washington and not avillabl* for comment. were contrary to almost every expectation. Never before had » hnricane whipped into a hairpin turn so close to Florida that gale winds were already beating at the coast. Others had looped well out in the Atlantic, giving ample time for warnings to newly threatened areas. No hurricane ever raveled straight down the chain of Florida Keys, bringing every little island into the weird calmness of her eye. And none ever came from Florida to travel west-southwest to Mexico's Yucatan Penninsula. Considering all these capers, the Weather Bureau emerged with a good record. Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and Mexico — every target area but Florida — had 36 hours warning. ael Trujillo hurt. had hit....and it "They immediately threw native Witnesses into prison. Preg- 'Hello,' to anyone. If we did the spies would arrest the ones we had spoken to and put them in jail. In that way they tried to stop our work," Miss Messick said. 'But the work didn't stop," Fred Messick said. "In .1946 when we arrived in the Dominican Republic there were only three or four Witnesses; by 1950 (when Trujillo imposed his ban) the number had greatly increased and today there are more than 1,700 Witnesses active in the country." * * * Trujillo's rule wrought many changes, the Messicks said. Cities took on a new appearance, bright and gaudy in ah attempt to hide the poverty and unrest boiling beneath the • surface of fettered peoples. Store and residence fronts were painted in bright yellows, pinks and greens but the rest of the building was left to deteriorate. "As soon as you walked behind the building you would find piles of rubbish and junk and maybe the building—in the back —would be supported on stilts. But the fronts were always kept up," Mr. Messick said. It became against the law for a man to wear a coat in public. "Anyone with a coat could conceal weapons, so' everyone down there—except for the spies wore short-sleeved shirts. That way it was easy to tell who the spies were," Mary Lee laughed. Parks on the island, while well cared for, would tell gory tales if they could talk. It seems many of the parks ended on the edge of a cliff which dropped away to the water's edge, sometimes as much as 200 feet straight down. On more than one occasion Trujillo's army men were seen luging large, blood-soaked bags to the cliff's edge and shoving them over the prespice, Fred Messick said. Someone had reaped the die- So, after 18 years in the West Indes, the Messicks have returned to Arkansas. They are serving with the BIytheville congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the 1940s they lived in Eureka Springs and a few years after that their witnessing assignment carried them to Paragould. After many years away from English - speaking people it's no wonder Mary Lee will still make a slip of the tongue and say, "Si Senor," instead of Yes." And it still amazes their friends when the Messicks speak of enjoying "the cooler weather here" while the mercury is trying to lift itself pas' the 90-degree mark. They have some candid observations to make about their former home state, the milder of which is that the pace o living is much faster here. . The other? "People here are haphazan about taking advantage of Bible study. In the Dominican Repub lie people really cherished wha they could learn from the Bible People there always had time tc stop and talk about God's Word By JACK BELL WASHINTGON (AP)-Flushed with adjournment fever, Con- ress is getting ready to lock ae cold storage vault on a doz- n major administration legis- r.tive proposals on its way out f town. After a huddle with Senate democratic Leader Mike Mans- ield and Republican Leader Iverett M. Dirksen Monday, House Speaker John W. McCormack announced a quitting goal 3f Oct. 22. He said the final cur- ain might be pulled even before hen. Later, McCormack and Mans- ield met at the White House vith President Johnson and 'ice President Hubert H. Hum- ihrey. Before going to the White House, McCormack had conceded there is rough going ahead to ry to get agreement by both louses on the form of such leg- slation as the demonstration cities bill, unemployment compensation, truth in packaging and the funding of Teacher Corps salaries. Even if the Democratic leaders succeed in getting these whipped into shape, the election year Congress will leave behind a sizable number of administra- ;ion measures. The Senate gave Johnson some trouble with his spending budget when it passed Monday a ?4.4-billion higher education )ill ballooned $1.1 billion beyond iis requests. The actual ap- propriations, however, remain to be determined in a later catch-all money bill. In acting on the measure the Senate scuttled Johnson's request for District of Columbia homed rule, refusing to limit filibuster threatened but never started by Southerners against an elective government in a city i per cent Negro in population. This and some other issues were left behind, which Johnson, may try to ignite in 1967. * * * These include the civil rights bill and the measure to eliminate state bans on the union shop — both killed by the Senate. A gun control bill, truth- in lending and at least three.or four health programs the President recommended are the deep freeze, along with 1 "a Senate-passed wild rivers measure. Johnson's proposed election law reforms, electoral college changes and four-year terms for House members got nowhere. Congressional redistricting was left for 1967. ' : ' The President talked about easing East-West trade restrictions and the House responded by voting to prohibit bargain- price sales of U.S. farm commodities to nations that trads with North Viet Nam or Cuba. This has hung up food for peace legislature, although it probably will be rescued before adjournment. -' : - ; Russ Could Beat U.S. to Moon Still NEW YORK (AP) — The Soviet Union has 'a better chance now than two years ago" to land Here in the United States practically everyone seems to be too busy." That comment might be traced to their having labored under a dictatorship where even reading the Bible cost many their freedom and some their lives. Or it may be only what one would expect from a family that didn't deny the pioneer spirit and accepted world. a challenge from the men on the moon ahead of. "the United States says James .E,. Webb, National Aeronautics and Space Administration director.; The head of the. American space program gave that estimate Monday as he predicted that the long period of Soviet inactivity in manned space flights would-end 'very soon." . Webb would not elaborate-on his prediction but noted the Soviets were developing a booster rocket even larger than America's Saturn 5, which has a payload capability of 280,000 pounds. LEYEE TAXES NOW DUE I will not be in Manila or Leachville this year, but I will be in BIytheville, now thru October 28th at the Courthouse BIytheville, October 31st thru November 5th at 801 Robindale Osceola, November 7th thru November 18th at the Courthouse and BIytheville, November 19th thru November 30th at 801 Robindale Pay by mail and save time. You may mail your check (with exchange) or Money Order (without exchange) together with levee tax statement to me and sav* a trip. Charles Hindman, Collector Box241,Blyfh«vilU, Ark. TAKE CHARGE Now there are 5 wars to move up to a fnD-$iz» Chyihb Just tell us how far up you want to go. 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