The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 23, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, December 23, 1966
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COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 236 BLYIHEV1LLE, AUKANSAa (72315)' FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1966 TIN CENTS 14 PAGES Dateline Dec. 23 SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — Two prison parolees captured at a roadblock early Thursday, have been chargec with three separate counts ol first-degree murder — including the stabbing death of an 18 year-old service station attendant whose nude body was found in Tooele County Sunday. The parolees, Myron D. Lance, 25, and Walter Bernarc Kelback, 28, both of Salt Lake City, were captured east of the city after a cab driver was slain, and one man was shot to death and three others critically wounded during a tavern robbery Wednesday night. One of the wounded men, Fred Lillie, 20, died Thursday. AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — Texas Atty. Gen. Waggoner Carr wants state police to arrange the lie detector test requested by Jack Ruby. Ruby, 55, has been in a Dallas hospital since Dec. 9 as a cancer patient. He was convicted of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, but the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial. Oswald was identified by the Warren Commission as President John F. Kennedy's assassin. MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Foreign Ministry said today the ouster of three Soviet newsmen from Peking is unprecedented between Communist nations and implied that an equal number of Red Chinese newsmen may be expelled from Moscow. The Soviet news agency Tass said the ministry, in a. protest delivered to the Chinese Embassy, reserved the right to take "appropriate measures" because the Chinese correspondents were slandering Soviet policies and people. WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower will spend Christmas in the hospital, spokesmen say. The general hoped to be out of Walter Reed Army Hospital and back to his Gettysburg, Pa., farm by Christmas following his Dec. 12 gall bladder operation. But instead he'll be kept for what !he hospital called a "few more days" of "further adjustment of medications and observation." • VATICAN CITY (AP)-Pope Paul VI announced today that the new synod of bishops from around the world to help him govern the Roman Catholic Church will open its first session Sept. 29 in Rome. NEITHER SNOW - In spite of the cold wind and snow, the Goodfellows of the American Legion prepare to make their scheduled deliveries of foodstuffs to less-fortunate families. Deliveries will be made today to the rural people, and tomorrow to those in the city. The Goodfellows will deliver almost 400 bundles of supplies, (Courier News Photo) Mansfield Says Thailand War Seeds Sown Wortham Release Being Pursued uj AIIU nuuvs .1 iJi-F t rvfjoij The U. S. embassy in Moscow said Thursday a young American seemed to be taking his sentence to three years in a Soviet labor camp well while authorities continued to press for his release. Rep. Wilbur D. Mills, D-Ark., said from his home at Kensett that officials were "making every effort" to secure the release of Buel Ray Wortham, 25, of North Little Rock. "We have some avenues that are open to us that we hope will result in his release," Mills saia. Wortham was setenced In a Leningrad court Wednesday after pleading guilty to stealing a small statue of a bear and to illegally exchanging currency. Craddock M. Gilmour Sr., father of another defendant in the (rial, and U. S. embassy consular officer Harlan C. Moen were allowed to see him in a ijeimigraa prison inursaay. They said he was taking the sentence pretty well and that he was in good health. The Soviet Foreign Ministry has taken under consideration a request by the embassy to free Wortham on bail pending his appeal. The embassy said Wortham's Soviet lawyer, Fyodor S. Rozh- destvensky, had taken the first steps toward an appeal. Until the Supreme Court reaches a decision on the appeal, Wortham will remain in prison in Leningrad unless bail is granted. There is no fixed time limit in which the court must rule. The court had refused Wortham bail before his case went to trial. Mills said he didn't want to say that Wortham's chances of release are good, "but we are pursuing every avenue, making every effort." He also declined to enter speculation that the severity of wortnam s sentence wold harm the chances of Congress passing a bill that the Soviet Union wants that would expand East- West trade. "When we evaluate what we do, we take everything into consideration," Mills said. Four visiting congressmen had warned Soviet officials that a harsh sentence would endanger the chances of such a bill and pointed out that Mills, as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, would play a key role in its consideration. The ottier defendant in the trial, Craddock M. Gilmour Jr., 24, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was fined $1,111 for having Wortham change some money for him on the black market. The U. S. embassy said Gilmour and his father plan to leave Moscow for London today. The younger Gilmour was not allowed to see Worttiam Thursday. JERUSALEM (AP) — The road to Bethlehem was opened for Christmas pilgrims at 6 a.m. today as Israeli and Jordanian officials signaled the start of the traditional crossing of the armistice lines between Israel and Jordan. Despite recent border tensions, all was peaceful and orderly at Mandelbaum Gate, where pilgrims cross into Jordan for a three-day stay. DACCA, East Pakistan (AP) —A cholera epidemic has killed 300 persons in the last few weeks in nine districts of East Pakistan, the Pakistani Press Agency reported today. LONG YEAR CITY, Spitsbergen, Norway (AP) — The weather lifted over Arctic Spitsbergen Thursday and the delayed Christmas plane brought gifls for 117 fearful Norwegian children, and delivered wives and fiancees for 32 lonesome men. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says it expects to reach a further conclusion soon on competitive aspects of the American Broadcasting C'o.'s merger into International Telephone & Telegraph Corp. Engineers Will OK Bridge Application CARUTHERSVILLE — An application for a permit to begin construction on the proposec $20 million bridge across the Mississippi River will be approved if re-submitted according to US Engineers' recommendations, Col. James A. Viv ian, chief of the Memphis district of the Corps of Engineers said today. Rx FOR DOCTOR: SPECIAL GIFT For Dr. 1. R. Johnson it will be a Christmas present of sorts. But it will be more than that, too. This afternoon at '4 o'clock, friends of the veteran Blytheville physician will escort him into a small room in the new (and as yet unopened) wing of Chickasawba Hospital. It henceforth will be known as the Johnson Room. Dr. Johnson's friends and patients from more than a half century of practice here have hung drapes in the small waiting room, have put carpets on the floor and have furnished the room. An oil portrait of Dr. Johnson was done by Mrs. A. H. McManus and will hang in the room. "He's been so sweet and kind to so many of us for all these years that we wanted to do something to show him our appreciation," one of the sponsors of the effort stated this morning. The engineers announced yesterday they had denied approval of the application because horizontal c 1 e a r a n c e of the bridge spans were only 800 feet according to Colonel Vivian. "I was notified today that if the application were re-submitted listing bridge spans at 900 feet, the application would go through without an difficulty whatsoever," he said. Colonel Vivian explained the horizontal clearance in question as the distance between the piers that will support the structure. "Since it will have two navigational spans that would mean it would have to be 900 feet from the center of o n e pier to the other and from the second pier to the third," he said, He said the Missouri and Tennessee highway departments would have to work together to re-draft another application. An official of the Missouri department said he had not received any official notification and, "we're not ready to say what our reaction to that announcement will be." To Interview Ho LOS ANGELES (AP) - Television commentator Louis Lomax says he has permission from the United States and North Vietnam to Interview Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi. Lomax, 44, who is active In the civil rights movement, said he worked for six months to arrange the trip. Horace Dunagan Jr., president of the Caruthersville First State Bank and one of the men instrumental in acquiring bridge location approval, said, "We think this is just another in a series of things that must be done before we can drive across to Tennessee in 1972." Colonel Vivian said vertical bridge clearance and other bridge specifications are "adequate." New Burdens For Mission Mississippi County Union Mission found two new burdens this morning. It shouldered them both with grace. "Such weather (snow) always makes things more difficult for the poor," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall stated. Further, many rural families do not share in the community Christmas projects, Kirkindall said. In the smaller towns around us, the various civic Christmas and usually they must limit their aid to those living in the city limits. That means many people living out in the rural ireas will be missed." The Mission is caring for them. 'We'll give about 600 baskets. The first part going out this morning," Kirkindall said. The Mission toy party for children is at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The children must be present personally to receive toys. By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP -Sen ate Democratic leader Mik Mansfield sees in troubled Tha land the seeds of another Vie nam-style war. The early ingredients of th Vietnam war are there, he sak American troops are being sen to help cope with rebel forces he added, and, as was once th case in Vietnam, they are cai as advisers, not combatants. "We could very well have 1 prospect another Vietnam, Mansfield said in an intervie Thursday "Our policy in Tha: land seems to be treadingj/th same path. " i'/ And in Vietnam itself: "I look for a long, drawn-out struggle. Mansfield said U.S. efforts a peace have produced "no prog ress toward a just settlement' and the danger of expande> conflict has increased in the past year. He saw a flicker of hope and step in the right direction in the U.S. request that U.N. Secre tary-General U Thant seek a Vietnam cease-fire. "In a sense, it is a controlled limited war," said the pensive pipesmoking Senate leader "But it's a war which could ge out of hand through miscalcula tion or accident. . . "The war has escalated grad ually, the dangers have in creased." Mansfield said in yearend assessment of the sit uation he analyzed 12 months ago as head of a Senate fact finding team. In a report published last Jan 8. the Mansfield team warnec that the war. could engulf adja cent Laos, move into Cambodia and erupt, too, in Thailand. Now, Mansfield said, the Unit ed States has 35,000 to 37,000 men in Thailand, "a very decided increase over the situa tion a year ago." He said Americans are ferrying troops by air to northeast Thailand to cope with insurgents there. Mansfield said the Johnson administration has dealt carefully with Cambodia "and seems to be aware of the fact tht Prince Norodom Sihnouk's policy is, if at all possible, to keep Cambodia for the Cambodians and apart from the struggle." In Laos, Mansfield said, a year has brought little change. The country is still divided, he said, despite the theoretical, three-way coalition government. Pondering steps to keep the Vietnam war in bounds, Mansfield said it might be possible to seal off the demilitarized zone between the South and the Com- munist North,, and carry this line across Laos to Thailand, to choke off Communist infiltration. Mansfield acknowledged there was little hope that the holiday truces in Vietnam would be extended through mid-February, as he has proposed. But another influential Senate Democrat. Richard B. Russell Georgia, said the cease-fires during Christmas and New who is noenmy,liet heofeg'w'lv "They will give the enemy, who is not disorganized and beaten, a chance to regroup and replenish his equipment and ammunition," Russell said Thursday in an interview in Winder, Ga. He added that he believes the Viet Cong would not have suggested the truces "if they did not exect to benefit from them militarily." Mansfield said he does not share the view of those who hold that attrition of Communist forces eventually will end the war. "It is my belief that it will have to end at the conference Jordan Gets U.S. Arms By JOHN D. MCCLAIN WASHINGTON (AP) - The Jnited States is rushing mili- :ary equipment to Jordan hi an apparent attempt to maintain a jalance of power in the crisis- ;orn Middle East. The State Department announced Thursday night the equipment included an undisclosed number of F104 jet fighter-bombers Jordan previously agreed to purchase, but it did not spel lout the other kinds or amount of assistance the United States is providing "to strengthen the defenive capability of ;he Jordanian armed forces.' The announcement shortly after the Jordanian gov ernment radio in Amman an nounced the resignation of the [overnment of Premier Wasf Tell. The department said the iming of the announcement o arms aid and the resignation of 'ell's government was nothing more than a coincidence. Tell's 22-month-old government has been under fire both Jordan and in other Arab ountries since a Nov. 13 Israeli ttack on the Jordanian village f El Samu. Its opponents de- nanded strong retaliatory ae- on against the Israelis. Shortly before the U.S. an- ouncement, Israeli Premier evi Eshkol said in Tel Aviv his ountry had "new, most impor- ant sources for weapons." The ources were not identified. Although Ehkol reiterated in rinciple Israel's desire to re- iect existing frontiers, he said is nation was reserving it ght of freedom of action in the •isis. This was a n apparent ref- erence to the recent decision of the Arab Defense Council to move non-Jordanian troops to Jordan's border with Israel. The Washington announcement produced an Israeli threat today to buy still more arms. A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry said tfiat his government was "thoroughly examining the significance" of the U.S.-Jordan deal and "if it should become evident that the supplies of weapons to Jordan 1 up set ab halncn uehshitlwi area, the Israeli governm ent will upset Hie balance in the area, the Israeli government will take immediate action to restore it." The U.N. Security Council censured Israel for the Nov. 13 attack. Israel said it acted in reprisal for border raids by Arab terrorists. Sources indicated the U.S. aid to Jordan includes armored personnel carriers to replace vehicles obtained after World War II from Britain. "At the request of the Hashe- mito kingdom of Jordan the United States government has agreed to provide under its existing military assistance program certain items of military equipment to strengthen the defensive capability of the Jordanian armed forces," the an- T . he . . snow nouncement said. diminish to "A substantial portion of this equipment will be airlfted to 'ordan over the next 30 to 6( days. In addition to these deliv- ries, some of the F104 intercep- or aircraft, previously pur- hased by Jordan, will be ex- pediated," he State Depart See U. S. on Page 3 table In a political settlement," Mansfield said. He said that is true despite U.S. military successes, and despite the fact that "the other side cannot win . . . "We have proven conclusively -our military superiority, and a cease-fire and stand-fast would find us in a strong position militarily," Mansfield said. He said the conflict is becoming "more and more of an American war, and les and less a Vietnamese war." Even now, he said, there is talk of U.S. troop commitments in the Mekong Delta, a Communist stronghold. Mansfield said that would require "a decided increase in U.S. troops ..." Mansfield said the continuing warfare will put new strain, on U.S. relations with countries around the world. He said much of the world is sympathetic concerning the difficult position faced by the United States "but the world at large is not on our side in this struggle ... I would say the world at large is aloof and disturbed." Winter Slugs State By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Old Man Winter arrived in Arkansas with a heavy foot. Snow began falling in sections of north Arkansas late Thursday, the first official day and tiie accumula- today was eleven of winter, tion early inches at Harrison and four to six inches in the surrounding area. Driving conditions hi the northern one-third of the state were termed "extremely hazardous" by State Police. The U.S. forecast the lirough today in north Arkansas and rain changing to snow n the east and south portions. The snow Weather Bureau snow to continue was expected to snow flurries and end from the west late today and early tonight. Early accumulation reports, other than Harrison, Included six inches of snow at Huntsville, three inches at Walnut Ridge and two inches at Blytheville. Snow also fell at Fay- See WEATHER on Page Doll Theft Leads to Prison The theft of 100 costumed dolls from a Christmas float in Caruthersville has led to the sentencing of five persons convicted of the crime. Willie Clay Timothy, 19, and lobert Kir by, 18, were sen- enced to two years for the actual theft. Jimmy Lee Williams, 19, his >rother Charles, 23, and Savana Sayford, 38, were sentenced to two years for receiving stolen goods. As Williams was free on parole at the time of the theft, his larole was revoked and he was jiven an additional two year sentence. ... TINY TEARS - This little miss, unaware that she was a guest of honor yesterday morning at the Mississippi County Union Mission, was upset by all the fuss and required some consoling before she would cat her turkey din- ner and dessert.' The dinner was given for about 220 children of the county and a ticket was required for admission. Those without tickets were admitted anyway. (Courier Newi Photo) iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Weather Forecast Hazardous driving warnings his afternoon and tonight with new snow accumulations near .wo inches. Snow, windy and cold this afternoon and early tonight. Decreasing cloudiness and much colder tonight. Partly cloudy and cold Saturday. High his afternoon in the upper 20s. Lows tonight 10 to 20. High* Saturday In the upper 20s.

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