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Tuesday, December 20, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 238 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1966 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES New Peace Effort Is Same Song Second Verse By JAMES MARLOW Associated Press News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - At this moment in history one of the most futile endeavors seems to be any attempt to start peace negotiations in Vietnam. What Arthur i. Goldberg, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, did Monday is just more of the same. He did it all before, and he did it this year. The whole thing is beginning to sound like a record played over. Monday the United States through Goldberg asked U.N. Secretary-General U Thant to do whatever he thought necessary to bring about talks aimed at getting a cease-fire in Vietnam. It pledged full cooperation. But only last Friday Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam, after reporting to President Johnson at (tie Wnite House, told newsmen he sees no sign of interest in peace by North Vietnam. Late in 1965 Johnson sent a number of emissaries to foreign capitals as part of an American campaign to sound out the possibilities for a negotiated settlement of the war. But the North Vietnamese Communists called all this a camouflage to expand the war. The United States and the Viet Cong agreed to a Christmas truce — which Pope Paul VI had urged — and this country stopped the bombing of North Vietnam from Dec. 24, 1965 until Jan. 31, 1966. Goldberg reported, when he returned Jan. 2, that some people and governments in Europe said the bombings stood in the way of a settlement. But, although' they were stopped for 37 days, there was no settlement. On Jan. 5 Goldberg at the United Nations circulated a letter appealing to U Thant and U.N. members to employ "any appropriate measure" to "advance the cause of a peaceful settlement." He said the United States was prepared for discussions or negotiations without prior condir tions. But the months passed, the war went on, and there were neither negotiations nor a settlement nor a sign of either. Now the Pope has appealed for peace again. This year the agreed to 48-hour truces for Christmas and New Year's. The Pope wants these truces extended. But U.S. spokesmen, remembering the allies got no benefit from the 37-day bombing pause last year, have said they can't pause that long again. They said the last pause helped the enemy. One of the dangers in writing about the Vietnamese war — at least, in being as negative as this story is about the prospects for peace negotiations — is that what is going on in North Vietnam is not fully known. It can only be guessed at and a reasonable conclusion drawn from past and present perform- ances. But the available evidence gives no indication of any weakening of will among the Communi 1 "'-, any change in spirit from last year or the year before, or any .year in the past 20 years. It was just 20 years ago that they turned in full fury on the French who had decided to retain Vietnam as a colony. Never since then have the Communists shown anything but full determination to dominate the whole country. WR Won't Show OEF Here Tomorrow The dedication of the Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. tomorrow, with Governor Orval E. Faubus principal speaker. Governor - elect Winthrop Rockefeller will not be able to Faubus (Courier News Photo) Dateline LONDON (AP) — Parliamentary passage of a bill legalizing private homosexual acts between consenting male adults appeared assured today after the House of Commons ap- | proved liie bill in principle oni its second reading. The bill will be debated in the House of Lords before becoming law. The Lords have indicated they will approve it. Campaigners for the legislation have long contended that the present law opens homosexuals to blackmail. • UCHINOURA, Japan (AP) Japanese scientists today failed for the second time to orbit an artificial satellite, a feat only three nations have accomplished. A four-stage made-in-Japan rocket streaked into the sky over the Pacific from the Tokyo space-center, but. about half an hour later Tokyo University scientists announced a malfunction at the final stage. The first attempt wah made on Sept, 26. Only the United States, the Soviet Union and France have orbited satellites. attend, according to Ray Cooper a WR aide at GOP headquarters in Little Rock. "WR has a 2 p.m. meeting with Bill Fleming and the legislative committee of the Arkansas Municipal League tomorrow and won't be able to attend," Cooper said. County Judge A.A. (Shug) Banks will preside at the dedication. Ceremonies will open with an invocation by Rev. Martin R. Wilkinson of the First Presbyterian Church, after which Charles 0. Ross, director of the school, will welcome the guests. Ben F. Bulter, mayor of Osceola, will introduce the guests. A. W. Ford, commissioner of education, will be the first speak er. After the opening remarks, Faubus will' then address the assembly. The dedication will close wifc a benediction by Rev. P. J. Yancy of the West End Baptist Church. After the prayer, the school will be opened for ] inspection by the public. The school is one of 10 such in operation or under construction in varius parts of ttie state. It is located on Interstate 55 seven miles south of Blytheville at the Burdette overpass. The building, valued at over $240,000, is situated on a 45.8 acre site estimated at $38,000. The State Department of High ways provided $18,000 for construction of the access road and the paved areas around the building. Furniture and equipment in the building are valued at more than $300,000, and the, school has its own water and ;ewer system, which cost $47,300. The estimated total investment in the school is $650,000, according to Ross. SANTA'S WORKSHOP — Members of the Blytheville Jaycees mend damaged toys for distribution to needy children. The Jaycees hope to give each child one new toy and one used one. The gifts will be presented at a party for the children beginning 10 a.m. Saturday. Hot dogs and chocolate will be served. (Courier News Photo) School Budgets Okayed Broyles Loses $1,000 to ALC By ROBERT SHAW Associated Press Writer Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Brink's armored car guards and city workmen went on a $1,000 treasure hunt in a street catchbasin Monday. A Brink's guard was walking from his armored car to a bank when a bag containing 4,000 quarters ripped and the coins went down the drain. The guards and. workmen used long shovels to retrieve the quarters from the muck. "We got back most of them," said Peter Amati of the highway department. "It took us about two hours." iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiioiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiii LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The Legislative Council reduced the recommended salary of University of Arkansas football Coach Frank Broyles Monday, but left Kie rest of the proposed budgets for the university and state- supported colleges unscathed. The legislators, with the exception of Broyles' salary, accepted the budget recommendations of the Commission on Coordination of Higher Education- ffl Finance. The commission prposed budgets of $37,004,011 in 1967-68 and $41,971,233 the next year. Acceptance of the recommendations without change set up a howl among some legislators, who believe the council ignored its budgetary duties and passed the job of making necessary reductions to the General Assembly. They succeeded, however, in No Drivers' Tests Given Tomorrow Drivers' licensing tests will not be given in Blytheville tomorrow. Testing will resume Friday at regular hours, the Stale Highway Patrol announced. knocking $1,000 off Broyles' rec ommended salary of $28,000 so he wouldn't make more Sian Dr. David W. Mullins, the university president, who would receive $27,500 under the CCHEF recommendation. Mullins presently makes $24,000 and Broyles $23,000. The budgets of the schools wound up the legislators' work except for some minor matters that they hope t ocomplete to- through several budgets, the last on the agenda. One of them was for the state Highway Department. The Theft Nets Burglars$150 CARUTHERSVILLE - Burglars took about $150 in cash from a Pemiscot County school sometime last night. Theives entered ttie McCarty School, located between Caruthersville and Cottonwood by breaking the glass on a rear door and thereby gaining access to the restrobm. By tearing through the restroom wall, they were able to enter ttie vault on the opposite side of the wall. Pemiscot authorities are still investigating. 'council decided, as in the case of the CCHEF, to accept the full recommendations of the department, which seeks $140 million in 1967-68 and $142 million in 1968-69, including federal aid. It isn't known how much the council has recommended for general revenues, but it is expected to be considerably more than the $185 million anticipated in 1967-68 and the ?200 million expected the next year. This was a sore spot to Rep. Ray S. Smith of Garland County, ty. "I wnt to know where the money will come from," Smith said. "We might as well not have been here all this time. We haven't budgeted anything." Sen. Clifton Wade of Fayetteville had urged that the council accept the CCHEF recommendations, which are about 13 per cent higher Mian those of Governor-elect Winthrop Rockefeller. The legislatures adopted Wade's motion after argument, but clashed again when they took up line-by-line salaries and, ignoring commission recommendations, began assigning uniform raises of $2,000 a year to the top three positions of each of the instituteion. Sen. Morrell Gathright of See BROYLES on Page 7 Nike X To Offset Red Missiles? WASHINGTON (AP) - Indications mount that the United States will answer Soviet deployment of an antiballistic missile system by erecting a "thin" Nike X defense carrying an over-all price tag of $3 billion to $6 billion. At first such an antimisile setup would consist of a dozen Nike Zeus interceptor batteries perhaps spaced along the nation' northern border. This light, or area, defense might involve a first-year installment of several hundred million dollars. The decision on whether to move ahead in this new phase of strategic weaponry is being hammered out in budget discussions now under way in the Defense Department. High-ranking officials in other areas reported that the decision will come in January or February — and may hinge on wheth- er'the United States can persuade the Soviet Union to slow down the extension of the arms race into the antiballistic missile field. Antimissiles, these officials said, will not alter the present balance of power but will put [extraordinary financial burdens I on both the United States and the Soviet Union. In addition to the possible deployment of such misiles in" the United States, the administration also, is studying the feasibility of having a similar defense system for Western Europe. This issue, it is understood, will be on the agenda of planning committee. Pentagon sources pointed to- See U.S. on Page 7 7-Year-Old Girl Killed A 7 - year old Manila girl was killed early this morning when struck by a vehicle on Highway 77 immediately south of her home according to Gilbert Mann, Arkansas State Trooper. Dead is Marcella Keller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Keller, who reside near Floodway Gin, located at the scene of the accident. Driver of the vehicle, a 1964 Ford, was Sandra Smith, 17, Monette, who was going, south on the highway when the fatality occurred, according to Mann. He said the girl was struck at 7:15 a.m. as she was crossing the highway to catch Hie Reiser school bus, which had pulled off the road at te gin. The Smith woman was reported en route to her job at the greeting card factory in Osceola at the time. The woman has been charged with operating a vehicle without a driver's license. Additional charges may be filed depending upon the outcome of the investigation, according to Mann. The child's body was taken to Leachville. Arrangements are in complete. GOODFELLQWS ALL — Members of the American Legion and Boy Scouts of America met for an informal supper last night at the Legion Hut, partly to have a good time, but mainly to make final plans for Christmas food distribution. Workers will meet in the American Legion arena Thursday night to prepare food parcels for delivery to needy families. (Courier News Photo) Russ Prosecuter Asks 5 Years for State Man By HENRY S. BRADSHER LININGRAD, U.S.S.R. (AP) —A Soviet prosecutor asked today for five-year sentence in a labor camp for Buel Bay Worth-, am Jr. who pleaded guilty to theft and currency violations and asked that Craddock M. Gilmour Jr. of Salt 'Lake City be fined $1,111 for a currency violation and set free. But the defense lawyer asked for a prison term of only three months for Wortham, of North Little Rock, Ark. The lawyer, Fyodr Rozhdest- vcsnky, asked the court t* take into consideration the impulsiveness and, repentance of Wortham. 25. Wortham, his face tmpassive and serious, looked up from the floor to study the three judges' faces as the prosecutor aked them to sentence him to the full three years provided by Soviet law for simple theft. The prosecutor asked for a five-year concurrent sentence for changing dollars illegally, The maximum sentence on that charge is eight years. Wortham gulped. Both Wortham, 25, ind Gil mour, 24, pleaded guilty at the start of the trial Monday. Both testified that Wortham did the actual black market changing of about $75 in dollars and Finnish marks for rubies, that Gilmour gave part of the money to Wortham. Three Soviet art experts testified today that the 18-inch statue which Wortham admitted taking from his Leningrad hotel room as a souvenir was a value bout 300 rubbles ($333 at the official exchange rate, and should not be exported because of its importance as an art object. Tn« prosceutor, Alexander Borodankov, asked the court to seize Wortham's property, which includes the car in which he and Gilmour were trying to drive out of the Soviet Union when arrested Oct. 1. The prosecutor said he did not ask for Wortham's exile to Siberia after his labor camp sentence, as was possible under law. The proecutor noted that the law on illegal currency changing has a minimum sentence on conviction of three years but he asked that Gilmour's case be considered under another section of law with a lower sentence permitted. "My point of view is based on the repentance of Gilmour, also on the basis that he took part in only one money transaction, in an amount lower than Wortham," the prosecutor said. "He committed only one crime in the Soviet Onion Therefore the extent of his offense is lower." Gilmour put his fingers to Ms lips as the presecutor asked that he not be imprisoned. Gilmour then rubbed the side of his face as he heard the fine requested. Testimony showed that Gilmour gave Wortham $20 to change into rules. Wortham himself admitted he changed] money illegally three times. I Borodankov said the theft of the bear statue by Wortham was proven. Gilmour had testified that he advised Wortham not to take it and the prosecutor said he took this into account. Borodankov, who was wounded twice in World War II fighting against the Nazis, began his final speech by reminding the court that the Soviet Union and the United States were allies during that conflict. After requesting the sentence of Wortham, Borodankov said this penalty "should not be c«n sidered as an Indication of a hostile attitude of the Soviet people toward the American people but should be recognized as an adequate reaction of the Soviet people" to the offenses committed. The art experts testified that the statue, cast in 1900 w,as part of a series of hunting cenes b y Nikolai Lieberich based on the exploits of Czar Alexander H. Worthum's lawyer told t he court a bear statue by Lieberich Is now on sale in a Leningrad antique shop for 150 rubles ($167-. Presiding Judge Anna I. Isko- va questioned Gilmour closely about a diary he kept during his week-long visit to the Soviet Union. The two men were trying See RUSSIA on Page 7 Weather Forecast Clear to partly cloudy. Not much change in temperatures today through Wednesday. High this afternoon and Wednesday in the 60s. Lows tonight 28 to 36. Outlook for Thursday littl* change. ''-"•

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