The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 9, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 9, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS ' VOL. 61-NO. 224 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815)] FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1966 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Dateline Dec. 9 BERLIN (AP) —An East German family of five slipped on foot through Communist border barriers before dawn today and escaped into the American sector of West Berlin, police reported. The Potsdam butcher and his wife, both 37, heaved their two daughters, 10 and 7, over the a barbed wire they climbed with their 18-year-old last obstacle, fence. Then through son. WAVES OF B-52S HIT VC POSITIONS By ROBERT TUCKMAN were attacked by Communist j from jungle bases from which Police said the family set off SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - Waves of B52 bombers struck Communist positions in South Viet Nam today in three raids that ranged from near Saigon to the northern edge of the country. As the bombers flew in from MlG interceptors only six miles they mount terror attacks on northeast of the center of Hanoi, the capital. .The MIGs fired heat-seeking! The B52s in their first raid .air-to-air missiles but failed to [score hits, a U.S. spokesman I said. He reported, however, that 'heir Guam base, U.. Seer, struck before dawn in Viet Cong-infested Tay Ninh Province, hitting enemy trenches, bunkers, foxholes and suspected North Viet Nam and two more der guards fired shots, but none of the family was hit. The father told a West Berlin customs official: "We had no plan for the escape. We just marched off and hoped that it would somehow succeed. And it did succeed." JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP)Three Portuguese soldiers were captured and others may have been killed in a clash between Indonsian and Portuguese troops on the mountainous Island of Timor this month, the newspaper Sinar Harapan reported today. Timor, 300 miles long with about 800,000 inhabitants, lies in the long string of islands stretching east from Java toward West Irian. Its eastern half is Portuguese Timor, the only colonial foothold remaining on an Indonesian island. ABERFAN, Wales (API- Sympathizers have sent millions of dollars to help Aberfan since an avalanche of slag killed 116 chidren and 28 adults Oct. 21, but the money has brought bitterness and quarrels to the town of 5,000. "People are frightened by the job of administering this fantastic fund," a minister said. "It is too big." The Aberfan disaster fund totals $3.43 million and may finally approach $6 million. The fund committee has paid out $336,000, including $5,600 to persons whose homes were destroyed and 5560 to parents who had a child in the school crushed by the slag. Parents are demanding temporary school for the 90 surviving children until a permanent one is built in two years. But some persons want to leave the town. BOSTON (AP) - The state unit of the American Automobile Association wants Massachusetts to install emergency telephones or radio transmitters at every mile along limited-access and divided highways. Rep. Raymond F. Rourke, a Democrat filed the proposal for the 1967 Legislature, saying: "Anyone who has been stranded on a lonely, unfamiliar stretch of highway, especially at night, knows it can be a frightening experience." tary of State Dean Rusk arrived lwere shot down in Soutn viet in Saigon and discounted j chances of a prolonged pause in: Groun d action in South Viet American bombing raids over- Nam cont i nue d light with both North Viet Nam. j (he us and Vietnamese mili- "We can't just stop half the!tary commands reporting only war," Rusk told newsmen, I minor engagements. Two of the contacts- were Close to Saigon where alliec forces are embarked on a new campaign to clear the Viet Cong "They've got to stop their half of it." In one raid on the North Thursday, U.S. fighter-bombers Ship Sinking Toll Now 235 MOSCOW (AP) — Two young Americans charged with violating Soviet currency regulations will go on trial Dec. 19 or a day or two later, authoritative sources said today. One of the pair, Ray Buel Wortham Jr. of North Little Rock, Ark., also is charged with stealing a small antique statue of a bear. It was not clear whether he will be tried on this charge at the same time. BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) —The government told Parliament today the secret police once bugged the office and apartment of President Tito. This was part of a voluminous report on abuses of the secret police, controlled by ousted Vice President Alexander Rankovic, which the government submitted to Parliament. ATHENS, Greece. (AP) Slipping officials revised the toll in the sinking of the ferry Heraklion to 235 dead or missing today and expressed fear that a number of unlisted, last- minute passengers may have been aboard. Hope was fading that there would be more survivors than the 46 brought in by darkness Thursday. Thursday night 49 survivors were reported, but the ministry of merchant marine said three of those Were later found to be bodies. Rescue ships kept up their search through the night and today and found 23 more bodies, bringing the total recovered to more than 40. Officials directing 2nd graf 147 Officials directing recovery operations at Piraeus, the port of Athens, said many persons may have boarded at the last minute and paid their fare after the ferry got under way from Crete. They said naval students from Canea, on the island of Crete often ride without being recorded on passenger lists. The 8,900-ton Herkalion sank swiftly in a raging storm at 2 a.m. Thursday, midway on an overnight crossing from Crete to Piraeus with 206 passengers officially listed and 75 in the crew. By Thursday night, rescue ships picked up 49 survivors and 17 bodies. Twelve more bodies were re- one U.S. plane was shot down I troop areas 30 miles northwest by Communist ground fire over j of Saigon. A second wave, each plane carrying up to 27 tons of explosives, hammered at Communist infiltration route 5 miles northeast of the South Vietnamese capital. In the third raid, other B52s pounded a suspected Communist headquarters and supply area 20 miles west of Hue, in the northern part of the country., The triple blow was part of a stepped-up B52 campaign. The Pentagon disclosed last week that 20 more of the bombers have been added to the 30 based on Guam, 2,000 miles from South Viet Nam. U.S. military headquarters announced the termination of two ground operations. Elements of the 1st Infantry Division, operating 20 to 25 miles north of Saigon, ended Operation Bismarck and reported killing 84 Viet Cong and capturing 19 since the sweep began Nov. 25. Units of the U.S. llth Amored Cavalry Regiment called a halt to Operation Atlanta 50 miles east-northeast of Saigon. Since the operation started Oct. 20, the regiment reported killing covered today. Crewmen told rescuers trucks and cars, torn from their lashings as the 17-year-old ship tossed in the storm, smashed loading doors that had beer weakened by waves. They saic a 16-ton refrigerator trailer battered open a bow door and the Aegean Sea, whipped up by 75- to 100-mile winds, poured in. Antonis Kambouris, 21, reported: "The blow that finally broke open the loading door was from a refrigerator trailer up front. I was asleep when the alarm sounded. I awoke and took a lifebelt and jumped into the sea. In 15 minutes the ship was gone." The Heraklion's captain, Emmanuel Vernikos was last seen rushing about the decks to direct the abandon ship. "God knows what happened to the captain," one officer said. After the Heraklion radioed its final message, "We are sinking. Help us," the Greek government mobilized rescue forces and ordered an investigation. The Greek radio switched to somber music. National mourning for three days was proclaimed. Ships from the U.S. 6th Fleet, British warships and Greek destroyers cruised the area of the sinking off the island of Milos Thursday night, turning searchlights on the dark water and lighting flares as they looked for survivors and bodies. Rusk Repeats: 'No Bombing Lull By EDWIN Q. WHITE SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) — Secretary of State Dean Rusk began a round of conferences on the Viet Nam war today after again ruling out a prolonged suspension of the bombing of North Viet Nam unless Hanoi indicates it will reciprocate. "We have told them many ;imes that if they tell us what troit couple was awarded $5,00; by a judge Thursday because a hall canceled reservations for their wedding reception two days before the marriage. Common Pleas Judge George D. Kent awarded the judgment to Mr. and Mn. Alphonie B. Resmer of nearby Royal Oak. they've stopped doing, we can consider stopping the bombing," Rusk told newsmen on his arrival from Formosa for a three- day stay. "We can't stop just half the way. They've got to stop their half of it." The secretary predicted the Comunists will have to talk peace because "they will not be able to succeed" on the battlefield. He said he was "greatly encouraged" by improvements in the situation in Viet Nam. But he added: "I have no indication from the other side that they're interested in moving this problem to the conference table." Rusk landed at Tan Son Nhut airport amid unusually stiff security precautions after a Viet Cong attack on the airport last weekend. He then drove to the residence of Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge and plunged into a series of briefings. Rusk will be here until Sun- where he was apprehended in {day, then will fly to Bangkok, Freedom Ends After 5 Hours An inmate of Hie Mississippi County penal farm at Luxora enjoyed only five hours freedom after he escaped from a work crew yesterday afternoon. Gerald Carnes, 33, jumped off DETROIT (AP)—A young De-' the crew truck about 4 p.m. as the men were being returned from working on a bridge northwest of Leachville. He crossed into Missouri Senath at 9 p.m. He is being held in the Kennett Jail. Carnes had been serving time for passing bad checki. He is en route to the meeting in Paris of the North Atlantic Treaty Oraiutlon'f ministerial council next week. Boy'Rights'To 'Write' Place By JOSEPH R. COYNE WASHINGTON (AP) - A small businessman from Rhode Island, aged 12, went right to the top with his perplexing busi ness problem. He got some guidance today from Secretary of Commerce John T. Connor. The problem, as Jimmy Halpin of Johnston, R.I., related in a letter to the secretary, is twofold: 1. Some neighborhood kids are bothering him and his partner in this business venture. 2. The partners rent a garage as their headquarters from the grandmother of the kids bothering them. Connor said national cases involving restraint of trade usually are handled by the Justice Department but in this case local action is indicated. The secretary said he hesitated to recommend anything specific without more facts but suggested the kids' grandmother might be able to apply sufficient restraint, perhaps "paddles'ap- lied to the seat of the pants." "My name is Jimmy Halin, I am twelve years old," the lad began his letter in his own handwriting and pretty much m's variety of spelling. "I am president of two small co: 1, Sherry Hill Paper Waste Co. 2, Jherry Hill Gardeners Co. The 'irst co is a co in which my Tiend Roland Audet and I col- ect old newspapers, magizenes and books. This co is in an old garage. We pay one dollar rent a month, and we have insurance for 30 cents a month. "The second co is a co Roland and I dreamed up. We take care of gardens and lawns. These companies give us about $10 a month. So far in the paper co. we made $36.75 in three months. We have booklets keeping track of the'amount made, (papers, or money) also of the happenings. We have been robbed three times and the town police fixed that. "My problem is how do I keep the kids around the neighbor- lood from bothering us, when it (the land and garage) belongs to their grandmother? "Dear sir, "I don't know if I am righting ;o the right department or not. If I an not writing to the correct one. Please mail to the write one." Ill 11! III Illlf I llflll IHn I Illllffl IHIffllll imilll Illlnlll Wlfl'IINHIflnlflllll 131 Communists and capturing 51. U.S. casualties in both operations were light, a spokesman said. U.S. pilots flew 75 bombing missions against North Viet Nam Thursday and hit at radar sites, roads, storage areas and military barracks around Hanio, Hiphong and Dien Bien Phu and in the southern part of the country. The clash wife the MIG interceptors developed while a flight of four Air Force F105 Thunder- chiefs were attacking an antiaircraft radar site close to the North Vietnamese capita'l. A U.S. spokesman said 10 MIG21s and MIG17s swept down on the Thunderchiefs and fired air-to- air missiles without causing damage to the American planes. He said the Thunderchiefs did not fire back. The two planes lost over South Viet Nam Thursday raised the combat losses over the South to at least 136 planes. POST HASTE—Postal Clerk Emery Francis is almost buried in parcel post items flooding Blytheville Post Office. Postmaster Hugh Hudson said the PC will be open this Saturday until 3:30 p.m. and asks that all packages be wrapped securely, mailed early and marked with a Zip Code. (Courier News Photo) County Judge Seeking Report on Girls Schoo Explaining that he is "greatly concerned" about the situation, County Judge A. A. (Shug) Banks today requested a complete report from Gov. Orval Faubus relative to conditions at the Arkansas Girls Training School at Alexander. The school has been the subject of criticism by members of the Arkansas Legislature, several of whom paid a surprise visit to the correctional institution recently. "We (the county judges) are the ones who must sign the papers to commit children to the YULE STORE HOURS SET Beginning Dec. 15, retail merchants in Blytheville will keep their stores open until p.m. to accommodate the public with its holiday shopping, according to James Vannoy, executive vice - president of the Chamber of Commerce. On Christmas eve, stores will close at 6 p.m., he said. Confidence and Padlock Do Trick DETROIT (AP) — Only a padlock protected a half-million dollars in Picasso art, but Howard Capponi drove the precious cargo from New York to Detroit without a guard. The drawings and graphics, ranging from $25 to $35,000 in value, will be displayed at an exhibition here. Capponi rented a small trailer tor the trip, which took about 16 lours, with a dozen restaurant stops along the way. home," Banks said, "and 11 "We need to know just what want to know what conditions prevail there as of now." The decision to take a child from her home and send her to a correctional institution is a grave one which is not lightly made, Banks said in coment- ing on his request to the Governor. we're sending these children into," Banks stated. Banks is president of the Arkansas County Judge Association. He was acting in this pc- quest, by telegram, to Governor Faubus. Five * * * Legislators, most of A Peek Inside Inside today's Courier News you'll find: Herb Wight's "It Beats Me" column dealing with reports of local gambling on Page 3. Staff Writer J. G. Drott's review of Blytheville Very Little Theatre's first production on Page 8. A new Courier News reader service program listings with a brief preview of program content on Memphis' educational television station on Page 8. Ike's Golf Talk Not Slowed by Operation WASHINGTON (AP) - His pending gall bladder operation doesn't keep hospitalized former President Dwight D. Eisenhower from thinking about golf. Eisenhower joked with newsmen as he entered Walter Reed Army Hospital Thursday that doctors think one of his gallstones "is shaped like a golf ball — athough one without dimples." And he said he hopes to be playing golf by the end of Feb- ruary — and "I'd like to be chipping (even) before than." He plans to go to Palm Desert, Calif., about Jan. 4. The 76-year-old five-star general is undergoing presurgery tests today, but Army doctors have indicated they won't schedule the surgery until the completion of the tests. They have said tests might take three or four days. Eisenhower is planning on a hospital stay of 10 to 12 days. Kosygin, De Gaulle Harp on Viet Nam By STEPHENS BROENING PARIS (AP)-France and the Soviet Union declared today the war in Viet Nam endangers that country's neighbors and is "the principal obstacle to the relaxation of international tensions" and "lasting peaceful relations among numerous countries." In a joint communique released six hours after Soviet Premier Alexet N. Korygln flew home after a nine-day state vis- it, the two governments said] "Once again," the commu- they deplored the Viet Nam war as "a situation whose gravity is the result of external intervention." Although the source of the intervention was not identified, previous statements left no doubt the United States was meant. Kosygin said repeatedly during his visit that America is guilty of aggression In Viet Nam. nique said, "the two governments note that the operations of war in Viet Nam continue to intensify without letup and'that the human and material losses continue to grow." The war occupied a large part of the conversations between Kosygin and French President Charles de Gaulle, and the joint declaration noted the two gov- See VIET NAM on Page 8 them from Pulaski County, last month dropped in on the Alexander institution. They reported that a mentally retarded child there had been whipped until her legs bled. They have asked dismissal of the matron who administered the Whipping. Monday, these legislators will meet with the State Girls Training School Board to further air the matter. Banks' telegram to the Governor says, in part: "I think it important that the county judges know what type care these young people will be getting ... Therefore, I sugest that you and your staff draft a full report on the school at Alex ander and forward it to me. As president of the Arkansas County Judges Association, I will see that each judge receives a copy of this report. "You can be assured that the Arkansas County Judges Association will be most cooperative In any effort to correct conditions which may not be in the best interests of the children." Banks was scheduled, to send the telegram this morning. . Suspect 1 Returned From Indiana A Postage, Ind., Negro, wanted by the Mississippi County sheriff's office on charges of *rand larceny, waived extradition and was transported back to Blytheville yesterday. George Washington Cooper, 28, was in custody of Gary, fnd., authorities at the time of the waiver. He is wanted here for investigation of a ?200 theft from a local service station where he worked two months ago. Weather Forecast Cloudy and colder this afternoon through Saturday. Occasional light rain or drizzle this afternoon through Saturday morning changing to occasional light snow in the northwest section tonight and Saturday. Afternoon temperatures in mid to upper 30s except low 40s extreme southeast today. Lows tonight in the 30s. High Saturday mid to upper 30s. Probability of measurable precipitation 50 percent probability this afternoon and tonight decreasing to 30 percent Saturday. Outlook for Sunday decreasing cloudiness and continued cold.

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