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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOli. 6a-NO. 235 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815)1 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1966 TiN CENTS 14 PAGES Father Suggests Spy-Son Trade By ROBERT SHAW Asociated Press Writer NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) —The father of a young American who WPS sentenced to three years in a Soviot Union priscn Wednesday says he is confident the State Department could negotiate his son's release if its "hand aren't tied " Buel C. Wortham, a North Little Rock vending machine United States exchange his son, Buel Ray Wortham, 25, for Russian Igor A. Ivanonv, 34, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for espionage in country. Secretary of this State Dean Rusk rejected the idea yesterday. Wortham said Rusk's rejection didn't close the door to an exchange, but said "it threw a small rock in the path." "If they (the state department) can't handle a little job like this, what can we expect of them when something really gets big?" Wortham asked. His son was sentenced in a Leningrad court to two years on a charge of stealing a small statue of. a bear and three year on a charge of ilegally exchanging currency, with the sentences to run concurrently. The younger Wortham pleaded guilty. Wortham's companion, Craddock M. Gilmour Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah, was fined $1,111.11 on the currency charge. They were arrested Oct. 1 during a visit to the Soviet Union. "The State Department is big | before his discharge this year !who holds pilot's and paratrooper's wing. "To me, a pilot and paratrooper is worth more to a country than one spy who has been in jail three years," Wortham said. Wortham said any information Ivandnv might be able to give the Russians if he were released would be obsolete now. Ivanov was a chauffeur for the Soviet Trade Agency, Amtorg, in New York. "This is some birthday present," Wortham said Wednesday, his birthday. He said his son had written him from prison admitting the charges, but the elder Wortham was at a loss to explain the actions of his son. He said part of it might have been impulse or ignorance of the law. The father said his son was likeable and hard-working and had never been in trouble. He said his son made good grades in college, where he played football two years, and helped pay his way by working during the summer. He wondered why there was no prosecution of the Russians with whom his son testified that he exchanged currency. Wortham also questioned the severity of his son's punishment. "Those days he spent in oli- tary confinement is harsh pun- islunent itself," Wortham said. "I don't see why they couldn't have fined him or something." Wortham declined to speculate on how his son would be enough to bring him (Wortham) I treated in prison. He is hopeful he will be freed on appeal. Mrs. Wortham may visit her son in Russia and the manager of a local television station has offered to pay her fare and a radio station has begun a fund drive for her airplane ticket. "Bring him back, that's the Wortham said, could get the back if they get the authority to do it," the elder Wortham said. "I've tried everything I could and I'm going to have to have help from people across the country — if they'll write their senators and representatives asking to bring the boy home." Worlham said the United States had a large sum of money invested in the training of his son, an Army lieutenant Dateline MACAO (AP) - Macao's Portuguese governor reportedly bowed to a Red Chinese ultimatum today and sent two representatives to Canton with a promise that the colonial government will prohibit all Nationalist Chinese activities. Peking has long claimed that Nationalist Chinese have been using.Macao as a base for subversion and sabotage against the Communist mainland. FAREWELL ADDRESS . . . MAYBE-Featured speaker at the dedication of the Cotton Boll Vocational Technical School in Burdette yesterday afternoon, Governor Orval E. Faubus told the audience the ceremonies probably marked his final appearance in the county while still governor. However, during his address, he indicated he may possibly seek public office again. (Courier News Photo) Faubus Hints: He'll be Back By G. 3. Drott Staff Writer Displaying the bucolic show- bus quipped that its operation had been so successful that he had received no criticism re- manship which' has helped keep f r . din S ";" no f f ^ e " from the him chief state executive for 12 Ar jP nas Gazette-. years, Governor Orval Faubus . * e *»*»* 'ester'day entertained some 250 i technical schools_ wit hin the persons crowded into the student lounge at the Burdette Cot- state, Faubus said that the first, of the Cotton Boll plant. two schools (there are now 11) had been built without asistance from the federal government. He added that the need for such facilities continues to mount, and predicted expansion If Kennedy rockets out of Cuba, they can get a flier out of Russia." Russ Fears Trade Ban MOSCOW (AP) - The sentencing of a young American to three years in a Soviet labor camp is expected in Moscow to hurt chances for U.S.-Soviet trade increases, something the Soviets want. Buel Ray Wortham, 25, of North Little Rock, Ark., was sentenced Wednesday in Leningrad for stealing an antique statue of a bear from a Leningrad hotel and changing about 575 for black market rubles. He plans to appeal. W o r t h a m 's congressman, Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., filed an affidavit to the court testifying to Wortham's good character. Mills is chairman of (AP) - The Times — — — — of London published another letter today from Frank Mitchell, the fugitive "Mad Axman," appealing to the British people: "If I must be buried alive, give me some reason to hope." The letter was mailed Tuesday in Birmingham. Like another letter in Mitchell's handwriting received Tuesday by the Times and the Daily Mirror, it was marked by a thumbprint which Scotland Yard said was genuine. Mitchell had served eight years of a life sentence for rob bery with violence when he slipped away from a working party outside Dartmoor Prison 10 days ago. • ROME (AP) - An Egyptian, who said he was a German- trained physicist and had been kidnaped by Egyptian diplomats, was put on a plane for home by police Wednesday night. Galal Shafy, 27, told police he had lost his identification papers en route from Germany to Tripoli, Lebanon, and that two Egyptian diplomats tried to force him onto a plane for Cairo Dec. 12. He escaped at the airport here and ran to police. Committee and in a key position to affect the fate of the East- West trade bill in Congress. The American Embassy "harsh and out of all proportion to the relatively minor legal infractions with which he was charged." The Embassy expressed satisfaction, however, that the court freed Wortham's friend and codefendant, Craddock M. Gilmour Jr., 24, of Salt Lake City. Gilmour was fined $1,111 on the lesser charge of giving Wortham money to change illegally. Four visiting U.S. congressmen warned Soviet officials last week that a harsh verdict in the trial would hurt chances for the trade bill. They stressed Mills' role. The Soviets have long expressed interest in buying more from the United States. But American restrictions have left U.S.- Soviet trade at a small percentage of the potential. The trade bill is designed to remove some of these restrictions. School, and for an added treat hinted he may again seek public office. The intimation of future political activity was vague enough to permit liberal speculation. Faubus told those assembled that at the completion of his term he planned to seek seclusion for six or eight months, then added that he 'might be back." Principal speaker at the dedication and open house held at Ihe school yesterday afternoon, Faubus held most of his text to a brief history of the technical school movement in the state, the need for such a program and the comparative backwardness of the state during his own youth. The ceremonies brought out many of the leading county and municipal officials, including Senator J. Lee Bearden, Representative L. H. Autry, Judge A. A. (Snug) Banks, Sheriff William Beryman, and Ben Butler, mayor of Osceola. Invited, but not in attendance, were Mayor Jimmie Edwards and Mayor-Elect Tom A. Little of Blytheville. Banks, who presided over the dedication, confidently told the audience that he could foresee a junior college for the area. Bearden, who introduced Faubus, praised him as the outstanding governor in the state's history. * * » In his address, Faubus indicated that all of the state's ;rade schools had been con- ructed during his terms of bf"ice. He called the schools the greatest contribution toward raising the standard of living within the state in the last 100 years. Of the Cotton Boll school, Fau Library Closed The Blytheville Public Library closes this Saturday and will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 27, according to Laura Gray, librarian. Plea: 'Nolo Conrendere' Court records reveal that Richard Snider, who was sen- ;enced in circuit court here on Vov. 11, entered a plea of "nolo contenders" (offering no con- «st) to six counts of involuntary manslaughter. Snider is now serving a three- year term in the Arkansas state prison. Yesterday, it was reported he had entered a guilty }lea. He was involved in m accident which took six lives on Interstate 55 near here on July 4. EXIT LAUGHING — Governor Orval Faubus enjoys a zesty laugh as he greets visitors and officials prior to the dedication of the Burdette Cotton Boll school. Mississippi County Sheriff William Berryman is somewhat more subdued. (Courier News Photo) KENNEDY BOOK Publishers Want Book Settlement By GEORGE ESPER NEW YORK (AP) - The chief counsel for Harper & Row said today the book publishing firm "will be very glad" to settle the Kennedy book controversy with Mrs. John F. Kennedy along the lines of her out-of- court agreement with Look magazine. issued statement shortly after the agreement was announced. "I hope, said Cowles, "that the controversy between the Kennedy family and Harper & Row will be speedily resolved because Cass Canfield (chairman, of the executive comittee of Harper & Row) has been extremely helpful in the discus- Requested deletions and mod-'Sums concerning the serializa- ifications that pertain to the,'ion- personal life of Mrs. Kennedy ' "The public should not he de- and her children will allow Look prived of the oportunity to to publish a four-part serialization of the book, "The Death of a President," as scheduled. The first part of the 80,000-word series will be in the Look issue of Jan. 10. When informed of the agreement reached Wedneday night, 3dward S. Greenbaum, attorney for Harper & Row, said: 'Harper & Row will be very glad to make a similar arrangement with Mrs. Kennedy." Harper & Row oficials requested a conference today with Simon H. Rifkind, attorney for Wrs. Kennedy. Both Mrs. Kennedy and Gardner Cowles, chairman of the board of Cowles Comunica- out In book form next April with ;h'e 300,000-word story of the assassination of President Kennedy. The firm was not repre- tions, Inc., publishers of Look, read author William Man- chesters manuscript, Cowles added. Harper & Row plans to come sented at Wednedays meeting which led to the Look argee- ment. Mrs. Kennedy said in her statement that "Look magazine has agreed to remove or modify all those passages in the magazine Version of 'The Death of a President' relating to the personal life' of herself and her children. "These paragraphs, Mrs. Kennedys statement continued, "were the sole reasons for the initiation of her legal action. Since every passage of a personal nature under contention for several months was either deleted by Look, or changed to her satisfaction, Mrs. Kennedy Scce KENNEDY on Page 7 Faubus ascribed part of the need for such training facilities to the collapse of the share cropper farming system, which is causing many people to lose their livelihoods. People who formerly earned their livings through the use of simple hand tools, he added, must be retrained to operate and maintain the complex equipment of today. Basic human problems are unchanging, said the governor. What does change is the approach by which the problems are handled. * * * Of the state's first technical school, constructed in Pine Bluff in 1959, Faubus said that the school had had to be expanded twice in the ensuing seven years. The site of t h e school, he added was dictated by the need to help the greatest number of people. The second school, at Morrilton, is presently overrun, Faubus told the audience. The latest school, located at Camden, is to become the university of trade schools, said the governor. The Brown and Root Company donated to the state its manufacturing plant at Camden for conversion to a technical school, with special emphasis on electronics. The gifts consists of $2.5 million in property, building, streets and utilities, continued Faubus. Cost of converting to educational operation will be $1,050,000, the federal government to supply $750,000 and the state to finance the balance. In general, said Faubus, the government will indemnify 50 percent of the construction costs of a technical school, and somewhat less for maintenance and operation. • ' I It had been the objective of his administration, he continued to attempt to bring trade schools facilities within reach of all who wanted to attend. There is still need for schools in the western sections of the state, southeast, north, central and he said. Ideally, the governor suggested, technical institutions throughout the state should be within a 100-mile radius of each other, so that no one would have to travel more than 50 miles to attend classes. In a political vein, he spoke of his relationship with the voters of Mississippi County as a "love affair," and added that the dedication possibly marked his final appearance in this part of the state while still governor. After the dedication ceremonies, the Vocational Technical school was opened for public Missiles Get Green Light By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - The Johnson administration plans to move ahead with initial measures to offset Soviet deployment of a new missile defense system without waiting for the outcome of diplomatic efforts to freeze U.S. and Soviet nuclear missile armaments at their present lev- Officials said today that only this double-track plan of action — taking countermeasures and diplomatic steps at the same time — would prudently protect vital U.S. security interests. The administration program will be presented to Congress by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara early next year Indications are that details of the program have not been fully worked out but will be given final shape by decisions now in process. Secretary of State Dean Rusk warned at a news conference Wednesday that the world's two greatest powers are on the verge of a new and costly phase in the nuclear arms race. 'We would regret very much the lifting of the arms race to an entiely new plateau of major expenditures." Rusk said. "We would like to see some means developed by which both sides would not have to go into wholly new and unprecedented levels of military expenditures, with perhaps no perceptible result in the total strategic situation." In plain language, officials said, the Soviet Union and the United States are threatened with having to spend perhaps $30 billion apiece in nuclear weapons development without really changing the strategic balance in the world. The ad- ministration's idea is that they should find some way to freeze the present balance and save the money for other uses. Last month McNamara said a news conference at President Johnson's Texas ranch that tha Soviet Union had begun deploying a system of defensive missiles designed to destroy attacking missile. His initial countermeasure proposal is to improve U.S. striking power with tha production of a muHibillion dollar Poseidon missile as a successor to the present subma- rineborae Polaris. McNamara added that the Soviet deployment so far had not upset the balance between the two powers. But he also made clear that he thought the United States should go forward on new programs. Extensive research has been done on an American defensive missile system, the Nike-X, and there is considerable favor in the Defense Department for beginning work on production and deployment. In recent days U.S. officials disclosed that work was under way on a new approsch to the Soviets in the disarmament field to try to control this new stage of the missile race before it got out of hand. This in turn gave rise to general speculation that the administraiton would delay countermeasures until Soviet reaction was known. Actually there have been some informal contacts with the Soviets on this problem. Serious talks are not expected, however, until the new U.S. ambassador,' Lelewellyn E. Thompson, gets to Moscow in January or perhaps until disarmament discussions in the 17- nation group are resumed at Geneva Feb. 21. Missco Jobs Up 5 Percent Mississippi County now ranks ] The county ranked seventh seventh in employment among | among the 7S counties of tha the state's 75 counties after a : ive percent rise was registered 3y one of the nation's economic indicators, "County Business Patterns, 1965—Arkansas." Persons employed in the coun ,y in businesses covered by the report, which is issued by the U. S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Census, were 9,323 in '65 compared to 8,891 a year prior. First quarter payroll for 1965 was $7.8 million against $7.3 million the previous year. Manufacturing, the largest employer, reported a 1965 total of 3,702 employes and three- month payrolls of $3.3 mollion. Retail trade, the second :argest employer, had 2,400 workers and a first quarter pay roll of ?1.8 million. state as of March, 1965, in businesses covered by the report. On a statewide basis, employment also rose by five percent during the same pe r i o d, increasing from 318,802 In 1964 to 334,150 in 1965. Total payrolls for the January - through - March period of 1965 were $307.4 million against $291 million the previous year. Manufacturing led with 126,208 employes and a quarterly payroll of $124.4 million. "County Business Patterns," published annually, uses payroll information gathered by the Social Security Administration including employment in most kinds of business and industry, but excluding agricultural and government employes and the self-employed. inspection. Tass Reports On Hanoi Raid Claims By HENRY S. BRADSHER MOSCOW, (AP) — The North Vietnamese government said today U.S. air raids in the Hanoi j area struck 3.1 to 6.2 miles from the center of the capital, killing or wounding hundreds of persons, the Soviet news agency Tass reported. Raids Dec. 13 and 14 stirred an argument whether American plane had actually bombed Ha- loi or only the outskirts. The targets were an outlying truck park and a railroad yard. The U.S. Command in Saigon said all bombs were on target. Widespread Comrwnist and neutralist denunciations of the raids were made on the assumption that the city itself had been hit, but U.S. officials denied this. They suggested that defensive fire of shell and antiaircraft rocket might have fallen back into the city, causing the reported destruction and deaths. This possibility was denied in Hanoi. Tass said in a dispatch from Hanoi that the head of the North Vietnamee Foreign Ministry's press department held a news conference on the raids. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiinniniainiiiniiiiiiiunii Weather Forecast Cloudy and colder this afternoon and tonight with the chanca of a few snow flurries. Decreasing cloudiness and cold Friday. High this afternoon in the 40s. Lows tonight 26 to 30. Highs Friday in the 30s. The probability of a few snow flurries are 10 percent this afternoon, 20 per-, cent tonight and 10 percent Friday. Outlook for Saturday partly cloudy and cold. ;

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