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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63-NO. 184 BLYTSEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815)] SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1966 TIN CENTS 10 PAGES Dateline Oct. 22 CANBERRA, Australia (API —President Johnson's schedule with local times and corresponding Eastern Daylighl Times in parentheses: TODAY 3:35 p.m. 1:35 a.m. — Returns to Canberra from Sydney. 4:00 p.m. 2 a.m. — Attends barbecue at Layton ranch near Canberra. 7:00 p.m. 5 a.m. — Ltiaves for Brisbane. 8:30 p.m. 6:30 a.m. — Arrives in Brisbane and is greeted by Governor General Lord Casey. SUNDAY 8:10 a.m 6:10 p.m. Saturday — Leaves Brisbane for Townsville, Australia. 10:50 a.m. 8:50 p.m. — Leaves Townsville after refueling stop for Manila. 3:00 p.m. 3 a.m. Sunday — arrives in Manila. CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) An expanded police force fanned out over the city today in an attempt to track down a rapist-strangler who has blanketed the city with fear. Investigators said they had only meager clues. LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sen. Robert F. Kennedy campaigned through the poplous Los Angeles area for Democratic Gov. Edmund G. Brown today, warning against more of the racial violence which has hit two California cities in recent weeks. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland teachers are demanding police protection for teachers and pupils and prosecution of anyone who encourages a school boycott. The 2,200-member Oakland the resolution Friday as a jittery calm replaced the sporadic Teachers Association adopted RUSSIAN BIRDS — Entering the helicopter business in a big way, the Soviet Union showed off its latest commercial models to visiting foreign businessmen near Moscow. With a huge passenger copter in the background, a smaller K-26 takes off on a demon, stration flight. A31 AH CONFERENCE GOALS Promote Peace, Tighten Allies racial violence Tuesday. which began SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Lady Bird Johnson was saluted today by Australia's prune minister. the press and a crowd that roared "hip, hip, hooray" for the American first lady. Anti-Viet Nam demonstrators, for the most part, left her out of their protests. An egg splattered against the back of her car but apparently she didn't know it. • CANTERBURY, England (AP) — Dr. Hewlett Johnson, the former "Red Dean" of Canterbury, died today. He was 92. The retired Church of England clergyman had been in grave condition since he fell in his home last week. • HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) Some leading businessmen say they would favor hikes in income and corporate rate taxes if it is impossible to curb inflation through cuts in government spending. • WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate deadlock over a tax bill loaded with controversial amendments gave the adjournment-minded 89th Congress a new — and unwelcome — lease on life today. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield said he didn't know when the impasse would be broken — but he added that Congress still may be in session next week. • ROME (AP) — Premier Aldo Moro's center-left government By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER MANILA (AP) - Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Asian al- ies began shaping today a sev- n-nation Manila conference agreement aimed at promoting teace for Viet Nam while ightening allied unity in carry- ng on the war. Rusk met with Philippine 'oreign Secretary Narciso Ra mos In the first of a series o talks expected to prepare the way for quick accord on ke; war-and-peace declarations in the summit sessions Monda; and Tuesday. Reports persisted among Asi an diplomats of a hawks-and doves split, with governments like South Korea and South Vie Nam fearful that Presiden Johnson's emphasis on peace seeking may mean some weak ening of his war aims or lower ing of the price for settlement in South Viet Nam. U.S. authorities dismissec such apprehensions as unfound ed. They said Johnson would no order a pause in the bombing o North Viet Nam, timed with the Manila meeting. Some critics of the war have said this would increase the conference's aura of peace. The Johnson administration's view at this time is said to be that the bombing of North Viet Nan could be a lever for movng the North Vietnamese towarc negotiations or at least towarc de-escalating the fighting. The administration was ported resolved not to order a bombing pause as a one-sided peace gesture that would likely produce little progress towarc peace. Some diplomats here viewing the Manila conference as primarily a stage-setting operation in which the alles can define their war aims and declare their peace hopes, as well as set up procedures for consultation — regardless of the reactions of North Viet Nam and Red China. Johnson and other government chiefs are due here Sunday. Rusk Friday said on reaching here night that the United St. Jude Fund Reaches $700 More than $700 was collected won a vote of confidence in Par- ] as t Saturday and Sunday by liament today, beating back a 1 86 teenagers participating in the leftist challenge to its proposed five-year economic plan. The government won the vote unanimously, 323-0. Opposition deputies stayed away from Parliament. The required majority was 162. • MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet communications satellite launched Thursday is sending back television pictures of the earth in addition to relaying radio signals, a report In the Defense Ministry newspaper Red SUr said. The satellite carries a television camera pointed toward the •arth, the report said. Teenager's March for St. Jude, according to Mrs. Irene Tyrone, chairman. "This has been our best drive and I am sure the hospital (St. Jude Hospital in Memphis) appreciates all our efforts," she said. Mrs. Tyrone, who also is secretary of the city's Business & Professional Women's Club, said the march — which they sponsored — helped make their National B & PW Week celebration a success. The funds will be sent to St. States has been trying to find out for a long time what the Communists would do if the bombing of North Viet Nam was halted. It still does not have an answer, he said. Rusk met with Ramos at the Philippines Foreign Office. He arranged luncheon today for South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran Van Do and other officials of the United States and South Viet Nam. Among these were U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Bundy. Afterwards Rusk was to meet with Korean Foreign Minister Lee Tong Won and the foreign minister of Thailand, Thanat Khoman. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos planned a dinner tonight for all the delegations. U. S. officials said these talks and the dinner were working sessions intended to prepare for quick agreement in the summit sessions. Grocery Price War Snowballing DENVER, Colo. (AP) Housewives across the nation — and into Canada — threatenec more action against grocery chains Friday as the boycot movement against high foot prices continued to snowball. Housewives in Albuquerque N.M., and Windsor, Ont. banded into groups modeled on the group of irate Denver women who began their boycott against five supermarket chains Monday. In Albuquerque. Foodway Supermarkets purchased a full- sage advertisement in the Albuquerque Tribune congratulating :he women organized to fighl food prices. Members of Housewives Encouraging Lower Food Prices announced Friday that Food- way's 11 stores in Albuquerque will be boycotted starting Mon* Robert W. Jude where Hospital research day. * * District Judge Iteele in Denver issued a tem- jorary restraining order against ting Soopers grocery chain Friday, prohibiting the sale of milk at below cost. The order was ssued pending a hearing on a suit by a Denver dairy charging Cing's with violation of Colorado's Unfair Practices Act. The act prohibits the sale of merchandise below wholesale cost plus the cost of doing business. King's advertised milk at 9 cents a half gallon. The dairy estimated the price should be 44 cents a half gallon. Robert L. Gibson, Jr., president of Libby, MsNeil and Lib- iy, said in a Chicago speech, 'I find it difficult to reason that he prices in processed food will not continue to rise." Vice President Hubert H. lumphrey, in Denver stumping or Colorado Democrats, said he women are "exercising the onsumer's four basic rights." He said these are the right to afety, the right to choose, the ight to be informed and the ight to be heard. * * * In some areas the women and le stores showed signs of com- ng to an armed truce. The Dener Housewives for Lower Food Prices took the local Safeway nd Miller's stores off their in Memphis blacklist but kept up then- cam- of Incurable paien against three other large "We'll be back often to make certain the prices stay down," warned one of the group's leaders. In Carlsbad, N.M., women removed pickets from three markets after meetings with supermarket officials. The housewives are to hold a mass meeting today to decide whether to continue their campaign. The leader of the Pontiac, Mich., campaign, Judy Nantais, 22, was asked about a supermarket executive's statement that today's housewife isn't as good a homemaker as grandmother used to be. "Malarkey," she said. "We budget, we shop carefully, and still we have a tough time of it." Russ Launch 12th Luner Satellite MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union launched its 12th lunar spacecraft today to explore the moon and its environment. The launching came after rumors had circulated in the Moscow diplomatic community that ;he Soviet Union was soon going to try to send a craft to the moon and bring it back to earth —something never done before. There was no indication, lowever, in the first brief official announcement of today's launched that this was intended. New Slide Threat Halted 130 Dead In Welsh Village By GRANVILLE J. WATTS ABERFAN, Wales (AP) — Rescue workers today succeeded in halting a moving mountain of coal mine refuse which had engulfed a school and at least 14 homes in fiiis tiny Welsh village, eaving 200 feared dead. Engineers and miners worked nonstop through the night dig- ?ing deep channels through the slack sludge to divert water :rom building up inside the heap and causing possible further slides. Half the 800-foot slay heap crashed down a green hillside Friday, crushing a junior school and a row of miners' cottages. Rescue officials said that ISO mdies — nearly all children — have been dug out of the debris Officials said that no survivors had been found since Friday. One minister said no special services would be held in the village's churches Sunday. 'Hearts are breaking," he said 'The sorrow is too great for the usual sermons. We can only pray." The Rev. Kenneth Hayes, pas- ar of the English Baptist Oha- iel, which has the largest mem- )ership in Aberfan, said he plans to conduct services. His a ritual in mine disasters In this Welsh countryside — to get an exact count of the toll. The slag heap — waste from a century of digging at the nearby Merthyr Vale mine — slipped after being loosened by days of heavy rains. Few saw the ava- struck, buckling the walls. 9-yera-old missing. District son is among the education director John Beale said 36 children who were rescued had been hospitalized and another 88 escaped when the disaster struck. The bodies of David Benton, [eguty head teacher at the school, and five children were ound late Friday night. "David was clutching the five ittle children in his arms as if o protect them," said the miner nho found them. "He and the ive children died clutching ach other." The miner then apsed into shock. Rescue workers, some up to heir knees in sludge, carefully licked through the debris of the uried schoolrooms. The slag vas emptied onto the streets vhere giant yellow earth-mov- ng machines loaded it onto ump trucks. Bodies of the children, cov- red by red blankets, were car- ied out on stretchers and laid ut for identification in a nearby hapel. Police allowed parents irough one or two at a time. Prime minister Harold Wilson nd Lord Snowdon, husband of 3 rincess Margaret, were among le first officials to arrive. Wilson said after touring the isaster area: "I don't think any of us can find words to describe the tragedy. I am concerned to ensure that If steps can be taken even now to save just one life, that will be done." Through the night giant arc lights lit up the scene of the disaster — one of the worst of its kind in Britain. Rescue workers, most of them miners, were dragged from the scene as they swayed from fatigue. Little hope was held for finding any more alive. The next thing was to take the roll call — anche approach because of fog which reduced visibility to 10 yards. It crushed Pantglas Junior School at 9:30 a.m. as the children went to Sieir classrooms after a prayer at a general as sembly, and surged on to demolish a row of miners' cot tages. There were an estimated 254 children and teachers in the school when the avalanche Before reaching the school, the slide swept over a farmhouse, killing two children ant their grandmother. Anguished mothers had to be forcibly held back as rescue LBJ Weary On Last Leg of Trip By FRANK CORMIER BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — President Johnson began the last leg of his Australian tour tonight, appearing weary and strained after his wild reception in Sydney, was marred by new anti-Viet Nam demonstrations. The President and Mrs. Johnson arrived in Brisbane, capital of the northern state of Queensland, to spend the night. They were met by an airport crowd of about 6,000. More than a million excited Australians turned out in Sydney to greet the Americans. The crowds 'showered the Johnsons with confetti as anti-Viet Nam demonstrators hurled eggs and toilet paper in a tumultuous mixed welcome. Johnson returned to Canberra, the Australian capital, for a barbecue before flying on to Brisbane. Johnson wore Western clothes and a Texas hat at the barbecue but changed to a business suit for the Canberra farewell, held in bitingly cold weather. The President looked tired as he inspected an honor guard whil a 21-gun salute boomed out. Johnson drove directly to Fairbairn Airport outside Canberra after attending the barbecue at Lanyon Station 17 miles away. The cookout was given by an old friend, Edward Clark, the U.S. ambassador to Austra- Service bodyguards also persuaded him to detour around a couple of potential trouble spots — one the campus of the University of New South Wales. As a result of the hostile displays, Johnson's car was driven at rapid clip past many thousands. The official crowd estimate was 1,250,000 — perhaps the largest outpouring Johnson has ever seen and, according to authorities, the biggest crowd in Australian history. Thousands of American flags were waved at the motorcade and tons of confetti and streamers were tossed in salute. There wre many hundreds of home- lettered signs of welcome. Early In the day, Johnson stopped and got out of his car several times to greet well- wishers. That was before the trouble started. * * * The first evidence of official concern for Johnson's safety came when he bypassed the uni- At * * * the 10,000-acre ranch, Johnson met an Australian soldier recently returned from service in Viet Nam. The soldier presented the President with an Australian digger's slouch hat. There were no demonstrators :n sight as Johnson departed Canberra after an official farewell from Gov.-Gen. Lord Casey. , Although Johnson's friends in he vast throng far outnum- >ered his foes, the Viet Nam dissenters succeeded in disrupt- ng his motorcade as some hrew themselves down in the street and pelted the poreession with eggs and other missiles. The President kept smiling ;hroughout — but he had to curb lis zest for jumping into the crowds for handshakes. Secret versity campus. Press secretary Bill D. Moyers tried to convince newsmen Johnson simply was behind schedule and trying to make up ime. However, the President las never been known to duck a 'riendly crowd. Then came a sudden change of cars. The President got out of liis armored bubbletop limousine and into an ordinary black sedan. The White House said the limousine's air conditioning ducts had become clogged with confetti and paper — making the interior almost unbearably hot. It was a warm, bright day in Sydney. workers probed fte debris. Lord Snowdon stopped to chat with some of the miners. Ha asked whether they had relatives in the school, and then walked away saying: "This is terrible. This is disastrous." Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to Welsh officials saying he was "shocked and distressed to learn of the terrible disaster." Pope Paul VI sent telegrams o£ condolences to Queen Elizabeth, the British government and Roman Catholic churchmen in the Aberfan district. Prince Charles, 17-year-old heir to the throne, sent a tel&> m expressing "my deepest heartfelt sympathy." As eldest son of the queen, he holds the title of Prince of Wales. Dilys Pope, 10, who escaped before the school was engulfed, said: "We heard a noise and then the room seemed to be flying around. The desks were falling over and the children were shouting and screaming. We couldn't see anything. My leg was caught in a desk and I couldn't move it and my arm was hurting. Children were lying all over the place." Stephen Andrew, 40, school janitor: "I heard a noise from the mountain. It sounded like the rush of giant waves on the seashore. I rushed out and file mountain was moving down towards the school. "Teachers were breaking windows and screaming for help. I rushed inside to get 20 children out. The black mud just kept moving. Things were breaking and the children were screaming. "It was hopeless trying to reach the others. But I must go on digging. My two sons, Kelvin (10 and Malcom (8) are in here." "Coal tips," as the Welsh term the sludge heaps, have recently been a subject of controversy. A campaign to get rid of them has been mounted but ittle has been achieved. The Aberfan coal tip had loomed over the village of 5,000 lersons, growing day by day for 17 years. Its estimated two mil- ion tons of rock spoil, earth and slag collapsed in seconds. The National Coal Board at- ributed the slide to heavy rain- all this week. Water soaked down through the man-made mountain and as the pressure milt up it burst out at the bot- om, the board said. Shortly after cars, Johnsons' the change of motorcade ran into real trouble, on Liverpool Street. For about three blocks the curbs on both sides were jammed with antiwar demonstrators tossing black streamers and black balloons. They waved hundreds of hostile placards — "Murderer", "U. S. Kills Kids," "Go Home Yanks" — and jeered loudly. As the President's car approached, about half a dozen young men and women ran into the street and threw themselves to the pavement. Police hauled them away. Junior College Issue Pushed By Herb Wight Staff Writer "The Missouri Bootheel Junior College proposal will be on the ballot of next April's school election," according to an op- .imistic Melvin Manning, Pemiscot County superintendent of schools. There are two "1ft" bridling lis high hopes, however. IF the state board of education approves the proposal and IF the JuCo steering committee can round up about 4,409 people willing to sign a petition calling or the college, it's in the bag. "The state board of education has practically assured us they will approve the proposal if we children's disease* ii pioneered, chains, including King Sooperi, get tlw signature," Mid Man- ning, who also is assistant petition chairman. What about the 4,400 signatures? "We've actually got more than 5,000." But don't get excited BooHieel residents, you still need more people to sign. According to Missouri state law, petitions calling for a junior college must contain at least five percent of the number of votes cast for the highest vote getter in the last school election. Why so? Because the funds to build a college will come from a tax levied on the junior college district. The JuCo district takes in all of Dunklin and Pemiscot Counties (each has eight school districts) and three school districts in New Madrid County (Portageville, Risco and Gideon). And it so happens, Manning says, that the 5,000 signatures have come from 14 of the 19 school districts. "We lack our quota in Campbell and Maiden (in Dunklin County,) Cooler and Steele (hi Pemiscot County) and Portageville (in New Madrid County). "We lack our goal there simply because we haven't met file officials in those communities," Manning said. What happens if some of the 19 of the school districts don't produce the required signatures? "In that case we would have to drop that school district, reorganize and start Ihi who!* f; G. R. Led better lites Monday Green R. Ledbetter, a rest ent of the Gosnell community, 'led ysterday in Memphis. He ras 78. Born in Riply, Tenn., he had been a resident here for most of his life. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of. the American Legion. He was a member of the Gosnell School Board, serving in that capacity for 42 years. He was well known for his efforts in assisting boys from needy families to remain in school. Mr. Ledbetter was also active in promoting sports programs. Services will be at 2 p.m. process over again," Manning Monday in Gosnell High School . . ° fitrmnacMiirrt Vnhnnl mill V\n rttn said. As if this were not a high enough barrier to hurdle, the steering committee thoughtfully chunked on a few obstacles of their own making. "Instead of settling for just the required five percent signatures, we decided that we would shoot for 25 percent. Our reasoning was that if we didn't get 25 percent we couldn't be sure we would get the required vote in the April election," Manning said. He said M percent of those contacted had signed the petitions and he expected the same See SEMO on Pagt 3 Gymnasium. School will be dismissed for the occasion. Floyd Ward will officiate. Burial will be n Dogwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jolly Leggett, Lee Reagan, Eugen Ross, Charlie Moody, Andy Bevil a.Sd J. W. Rea. 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