The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 27, 1966 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, December 27, 1966
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 63—NO. 238 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)! TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27.1966 TIN CINTS r 14 p AGES Dateline Dec. 27 The second major snowstorm in a week snarled traffic today in the Southwest and began a sweep into the Plains. The Weather Bureau reported that up to two feet of snow fell in the southern Rockies. Gallup, in western New Mexico near the Arizona border, reported 1: inches at the airport, whipped into clouds and drifts by winds up to 35 miles an hour. MIAMI, Fla. (AP) - Recently created shock troops described by exiles as similar to China's Red Guards are reported on the move in Cuba. The units, officially called Youth Technical Brigades, reportedly have the dual role of serving as technicians in industries and on farms and making certain the workers are good producers and good Communists. NEW YORK (AP) - The dispute over "The Death of a President" goes into a judge's chambers today with Mrs. John F. Kennedy's attorney favoring a postponement of hearings on her move to block publication of the book. Author William Manchester, hospitalized with pneumonia, and Harper & Row, publishers of his 300,000-word manuscript on the assassination of the pres- Ident, have show cause been ordered to in state Supreme Court why they should not be barred from bringing out the account • MIDDLETON, Conn. (AP) — Author William Manchester was reported "much improvec and doing very well" today after his attack of pneumonia. He had received get-well telegrams from Mrc. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. • TOKYO (AP) — A rally of 100,000 Red Guards in Peking denounced President Liu Shaochi and party General Secretary Teng Hsiao-ping today as leaders of the 'bourgeois reactionary line'" Japanese correspondents reported from the Chinese capital. The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug reported from Peking Monday that Liu and Teng would bs arrested soon. The two are the highest targets of the purge led by Mao and his heir apparent, Defense Minister Lin Piao. MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union's second unmanned spaceship to make, a soft landing on the moon "has tested the firmness and denity of lunar ground," Tass says. Beides transmitting fresh picture back to earth, Luna 13 has forced a test rod into the lunar soil by means of mechanical manipulators, the Soviet news agency reported Monday. It said the rod will indicate surface and subsoil firmness. Tass said which landed contained meter to about the firmness of the layer of the moon's crust. BUILDING BRIDGES-The State Highway Department has begun construction on the first of two detour bridges east of Blytheville on Highway 18. This first bridge is located near the junction of Highway 18 and the municipal airport road. The bridges will handle traffic temporarily until larger and more permanent structures can be put up in place of the old bridges. (Courier News Photo) Report Shows U.S. Raids Kill Civilians NEW YORK (AP) - U. S. have been "almost obliterated" mas Day and found block after GIs Beat Back Hanoi Regulars By ROBERT D. OHMAN AN KHE, South Vietnam (AP)-About 170 U.S. cavalrymen, outnumbered more than three to one, fought off repeated attacks by North Vietnamese army regulars before dawn today in (he notorious Crow's Fool area near the central coast of South Vietnam. Cavalry howitzer gunners used direct fire at point-blank range to stem the attack. But troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry, Airmobile, Division suffered leavy casualties and were driven into a tiny perimeter only 30 •ards wide before breaking the enemy attacks. The cavalrymen began a sweep of the battlefield at first ight, and found 52 bodies and 44 fresh graves in the immediate vicinity. At the height of the battle, the regulars of the 22nd North Vietnamese Regiment charged into positions of six of the 10 howit- the spaceship Saturday, also a radiation density provide information top jombing raids along rail ant highway supply routes near Hanoi have killed civilians anc severely damaged residential areas, Harrison E. Salisbury, assistant managing editor of the New York Time, has reported from Hanoi. Some villages and hamlets by the American attacks "but the effect on transportation has been minimal," Salisbury said in a dispatch in the Times today. In another dispatch, Salisbury said he visited Nam Dinh, i miles southeast of the North Vietnamee capital, on ChristHammerschmidt: A Balancing Act By TOMMY YATES Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) - John Paul Hammerschmidt, the lean Businessman from Harrison vith a pocketful of positive thinking, next month will become Arkansas' first Republi- :an congressman since Reconstruction. The moment he raises his land to take the oath of office, hough, he will begin walking he tightrope of trying to build is party while keeping the pre- ominately Democratic regis- ration of voters in his distric appy. It won't be an easy walk for le 44-year-old former state hairman of the Republican 'arty. Helping build the GOP nto a meaningful statewide orce, however, may have pre- ared him for the challenges head. One of the things that wor- es him at present, he said, is lat the GOP sometimes has le image of having a negative ttitude. "I think we have a construc- ve attitude," he said, "and I link it's going to show up in le 90th Congress." n . . . . ingful to our district." Which ever committee it Is, he said, "I plan to correlate it with the entire Arkansas delegation for the benefit of our slate." In political circles, it was said that the question of damming the Buffalo River was one of the major factors leading to the election defeat of Trimble. Hammerschmidt, however, said he never considered it a major campaign issue and "never treated it as such." He said in canvassing his dis- rict that he found more people concerned about the Buffalo being retained as a natural river than he did who wanted it to be dammed. Another ticklish issue which he may have to face is a tax increase bill. "I'm inclined to think that a tax increase would not best serve the interest of the country," Hammerschmidt said. However, he added, "It may be that excessive spending has come to the point where this is the only answer to get our economy back in balance, but I certainly hope not.!' But he said if it takes a tax increase to support the war ef- SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Suh Min-ho, the presidential candidate of South Korea's Democratic Socialist party, was sentenced today to two years in prison for saying he would be willing to meet with North Korea's Premier Kim Il-sung to discuss Korean reunification. • TOKYO (AP) - Communist China has warned that Portuguese authorities in Macao will be destroyed unless they satisfy Communist demand, including the ouster of American and Nationalist Chinese "special agents." The New China News Agency said today the warning sent to Premier Antonio Salazar was in a telegram from a rally of 15,000 Chinese near the Portuguese coastal enclave. The telegram charged that American and Nationalist agents were persecuting "patriotic Chinese" in Macao and carrying out intrigues against. Communist China. , During his campaign against Rep. J. W. Trimble, who was the 3rd District congressman for 22 years before losing last November, Hammerschmidt expressed concern for the need to restore balance between the Republican and Democratic parties. "I think it's unfortunate for our party that we have been portrayed as a party against, something," he said, "because I think we have many constructive approaches to human needs." He said he thought this would show up in the next Congress 'I think it would have shown up In the 89th Congress if the party. hadn't been so overwhelmed with a majority to where we didn't get our views on Hie floor In adequate debate," he said. Hammerschmidt isn't sure which committee he will be appointed to. He said he didn't want to discuss what his committee preference might be, but be said it would be one "mean- block of "utter desoJf'ion." He said 89 people have been killed and 405 wounded by raids there. He also reported that raids Oct. 1, 2 and 9 killed or wounded 40 persons and destroyed every house and building in Phu Ly. a town of 10,000 about 35 miles south of Hanoi. Nearly all the population had been evacuated. He reported earlier that his personal inspection indicates U. S. bombing has been causing "considerable civilian casual tie in Hanoi and its environs for some time past." The Defense Department in Washington, asked for comment on Salisbury's reports, acknowledged that civilian areas have been damaged by the U. S. j bombing of North Vietnam but said "all possible care is taken to avoid civilian casualties," Reiterating that U. S. policy to strike at "North Vietnamese military targets only," a Pentagon statement said: "It is impossible to avoid all damage to civilian area." Officials said both Nam Dinh and Phu Ly were "loaded" with antiaircraft latteries and missile-firing posi- .ons. Salisbury said his Christmas 5ay tour of Nam Dinh was interrupted by a 21-minute air raid alert, and that Tran Thi Dean, the city's 40 year - ola woman mayor, told him there lad been 51 raids on her city up to Dec. 23. He reported the old French lighway 1 between Saigon and lanoi runs almost parallel to he main railroad over flat land and would appear to be a bom- tardier's dream target but is not. The railroad and highway lave been bombed again and again and again, but it is doubt- ul that rail traffic has ever een held up more than a few fort, "I suppose the people | nour ^ and^ the highway seems would go along with it." *"'" "' "~" "' ' He called President Johnson's poverty programs unrealistic at :his time, and felt there would be cutbacks on these programs. "I'm in sympathy with the ends of tho programs as to what we want to accomplish, jut I'm not sure if we're on he right route to accomplish them," he said. When Hammerschmidt and lis wife, Virginia, move to Washington, they will live In a 'urriished apartment in the Georgetown area. Their only child, John Arthur, s enrolled in a prep school at Orange, Va. The Hammerschmidts plan to retain their home at Harrison. He said he Imagined Virginia would come. back quite often because "her heart is here in Arkansas." He said they would tour Washington with Rep. and Mrs. David Pryor, we new Democratic congressman from the 4th District. soldiers poured into the position and, while U.S. troops dived into their foxholes, the artillerymen lowered the muzzles of their howitzers and fired at pointblank range into the charging enemy. Lt. Michael C. Livergood of Billings, Mont., who became battery when the executive was wounded, said he "felt like Custer." "The mortars started to hit and I looked out of my tent and saw a platoon of men coming toward me," he said. "I grabbed my grenade launcher and fired a couple of rounds. executive officer of one artillery | Then I and four others started Red Prisoner Needs Stamina (Editor's Note: The following many and in Scotland article was written by the only A lean hard ma Wortham 5 e S? ^ pushups and other exercises of Newcomb Mott and the trial of Buel Ray Wortham and every morning o nthe Europe- that /v M t, M n-i T Craddock M. Gilmour Jr., witn Craddock M. Gilmour Jr., Americans convicted of Soviet wn en Soviet border police ar- cnmes in the last 13 months.) res ted him. Gilmour was fined 1,000 rubels i for one cur- capable of operating almost continuously regardles of how Salisbury wrote. He said the railroad can be repaired quickly because it uses small, light equipment and enough repair materials "probably sufficient to construct two or three additional railroads are kept on hand, seldom more than a few hundred yards from any possible break." He said the highway was even more easily repairable. Fire Takes Tell Over Weekend By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS At least 36 children and 21 adults died and many other persons were left homeless in fires during the Christmas holiday weekend. The heaviest toll in one fire may have occurred in Northern California where seven are believed to have died. Blasts in Alaska and Maryland claimed six lives. each zers 01 me cavairy unit, rney damaged two 105mm howitzers with satchel charges. They dropped a grenade down the tube of a 155mm piece, but it failed to explode. A third 105mm howitzer was : heavily damaged by enemy •! mortar fire. It was the only A piece that was not quickly re• paired. 5 The North Vietnamese began ' their attack shortly after 1 a.m ' —about 18 hours after the end of ] the Christmas truce— by firing ' 100 mortar rounds into the 1 American positions at "Landing • Zone Bird." . .-._ This is a clearing in a valley s of the Crow's Foot area, where • the cavalry troopers have re- 5 peatedly fought North Viet nam- ; ese units. It is about 280 miles s northeast of Saigon, and 11 miles southwest of Bong Son. Defending the zone were 1 about 60 infantrymen of C Company, 1st Battalion of the 12th - Cavalry, and 110 artillerymen from two batteries. A cavalry spokesman said the initial Communist attack, by an estimated 600 men, penetrate! the egg-shaped perimeter at tw points. About 250 Communis State Wrecks Claim 9 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Nine persons died in Christmas holiday weekend traffic accidents in Arkansas, an Associated Press count showed today. The AP toll of traffic death began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. The latest victims were Luther Abbott, 52, and his wife. Clora, 50, of North 'Little Rock. They were killed Sunday night in a two-car collision near England. The other seven victims were Saturday accidents. R. E. Parker, 72, of Lewisville, his 68-year-old wife and Mrs. Noda Lewis. 68, of Waldo, were killed as a result of injuries received in a three-car collision on U, S. 82 about three miles west of Lewisville Friday night. Richard Walter Duncan, 31, of Texarkana, Tex., was killed Friday night In a car-truck collision on US 82 about 12 miles east of Texarkana. Harvey Percer, 37, of Leola was killed Saturday in a one car accident 10 miles southwest of Sheridan at the junction of Arkansas 46 and 291. John Glover, about 60, of Guy was killed Saturday in a two- car collision two miles east Guy on Arkansas 25. Mrs. Vivian McBride, 66, of Van Buren jumped from her car as it left U, S. 71 four miles south of FtyeUevllle Saturday, State Police said. She was killed instantly, _ By HENRY S. BRADSHER Associated Press Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Buel Ray Wortham is physically tough And he seems to be emotionally hardened. These are the two qualities most needed to get through a three-year sentence in a Soviet labor camp. The last American to be senl to a Soviet labor camp, Newcomb Mott, died mysteriously en route on a prison train. He and Wortham are entirely different types of people. Wortham, a 25-year-old former U.S. Army officer from North Little Rock, Ark., is now sitting in a tiny, solitary cell in Leningrad prison awaiting action on an appeal. He was sentenced Wednesday to three years for changing money illegally ttiree times with Soviet black marketeers and stealing a 300-ruble ($333) statue of a bear from a Leningrad hotel. Appeals of other foreigners convicted here in recent years have been rejected, creating little hope of success for Wortham's appeal. He will be eligible for parole after serving half the sentence, on April 1, 1968. There is a possibility a gen- eran amnesty will be granted on the 50th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, such as the one in 1957 on the 40th anniversary. If this comes, it would mean Wortham's release next November after 13 months. Wortham has been a hunter and fisherman since his childhood days in Arkansas. He played football and he helped pay his way through college doing construction work. In the Army his primary job was flying a small observation jlane. He also volunteered for jaratroop training and made a number of jumps in West Ger- l,vuu AUUGJO \<p±,nl/ IU1 UIIC UUl rency violation and allowed t leave the Soviet Union. Physical toughness is one irr portant qualification for th rugged life of a Soviet prison er. Emotional stability can b just as important. Worthan seemed to close observers c him last week during his tria to have it. He learned his ser tence stoically and afterward was in good spirits. "He's the kind of person, Gilmour says, "who will adjus to what has to be done. If the put him to work running lathe, he'll run it well — tak some pride in getting his jo done right." Wortham might have som trouble .with the Russian lac guage. He knew nothing of : when imprisoned Oct. 1 and h does not have a flair for pick ing up languages. Mott had a fair different back ground. A big, strappling man, he wa an intellectual. He worked a a publisher's representative discussing ideas for books wit] college professors. His upbringing was more urban than Wortham's, his hobbies icaa ruggeaiy outuoor in type When he illegally crossed the Soviet border from Norway ir September 1965, he was three after walking a few miles. During his trial in Murmansk Mott displayed an apparently light-hearted, satirical attitude that was possibly a nervous reaction to his situation. But when he was sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp, he assured his parents from Sheffield, Mass. that he would be all right. He died two months later. The Russians called it suicide tat never offered proof that the U.S. Embassy here found convincing. Some suggested Mott nay have been murdered by lardened professional criminals among fellow prisoners. Three Die In SeMo Three persons were killed and three were injured in highway accidents in the Bootheel area over the holiday weekend. The first two fatalities occurred at 10:35 a.m. Saturday on Highway EE in Marston when an eastbound 1962 Dodge edan driven by Leslie T. Holoman, 26, Marston, stalled on •ailroad tracks and was struck by a Frisco Lines train. Engineer of the train was J. F. Slayten of Chaffee, Ma. Killed were Hnlloman and Clettie Dunn, 18-year old woman, of Elkhart, Ind., a pas- enger in the car. There were no other Injuries. The bodies were removed to Richards' Funeral Home in Vew Madrid. The second serious accident occurred at 4:35 p.m. Monday n Highway S3 In Gibson, Mo. Killed in this collision was Joseph E. Deal, 29, stationed at the U.S. Air Force base in Maiden, Mo. He was driving an eastbound 1965 Volkswagen. Injured were James Dunscombe, 50, of Clarkton, Mo., driver of a northbound 1965 Chevrolet. He suffered injuries af the head; Wanda Dunscombe of Clark:on, his passenger, who suffered bruises of the legs; Willie Hamlett, 75, Campbell, do., another passenger in the )unscombe vehicle who sus- ained lacerations and bruises. According to Missouri State Police, the collision occurred when Deal pulled from the side >f the road onto Highway 53 in- o the path of the Dunscombe :ar. Deal's body was taken to Landess Funeral Home in Campbell. of moving back toward where Capt. Leonard L. Shlenker of Monroe, La., the battery commander, was directing fire. "We moved back until we had only howitzers firing. We really were out of small-arms ammo." Helicopter gunships arrived and started raking the enemy flanks with rockets and -machine-gun fire. At file peak'of the battle, several dozen Americans were holding a small bare hilltop against more than 100 attackers. When the North Vietnamese attack failed, the Communist soldiers fled out of the perimeter and apparently into their own trap. A spokesman said several hundred North Vietnamese had been stationed south of the perimeter while the attack came from the northeast. It appeared they exected the Americans to flee to the south, where they could be picked off by the seer ond force. Instead, when the Americans held, the North Vietnamese ran and were fired on by .their own troops. The main fight was all over at 2:15 a.m. The artillery had fired 200 rounds. Forty-five enemy bodies were found near the howitzer positions. Kosygin Ends Turkish Visit ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Soviet Premier Alexei N. Koay> gin flew home today after a precedent-breaking official visit and an agreement to continue to improve Turkish- Soviet relations. Kosygin was the first Soviet premier to visit Turkey. The tightest security guard 'seen here in recent years protected him. Talks during the visit centered mainly around economic and cultural projects. At a state banquet Monday night, both the Soviet leader and Turkish Premier Suleyman Demirel pressed satisfaction with exchanges. It was Kosygin'g fourth trip outside the Eastern Communist bloc this year. Unlike his trips ;o Egypt, Finland and France, ;he American presence in Turkey was obvious throughout his stay. The Turkish air force transport that carried him around Turkey was American-made, and the nattily uniformed honor guards which greeted him wherever he went were American- rained. American officials said they ivere not perturbed by the thaw n Sovitt-Turkish relations, which began in 1964. They pointed out that Turkey was merely emulating the detente which is aking place between Western ind Eastern Europe. ex- the Photographers Barely Escape ESTES PARK, Colo. (AP) Three stranded Boulder, Colo., ihotographers were rescued "rom 14,255-foot Longs peak. »uth of here. Monday just be- ore a blizzard pounded the mountain. The three — Gerald Brown, .7, John Squires, 19, and Bill 'rather, 19 — spent a day and night on the mountain in subzero cold. They had traveled to the area 'unday in hopes of photographing two other men who were scheduled sheer 1.000-foot Longs Peak. to climb the east face of iiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiinnniniiiiiiiti Weather forecast occasional rain thundershoweri Cloudy with and scattered through early Wednesday with slowly rising temperatures. Cloudy and turning colder Wednesday. Low tonight In the upper 30s. High Wednesday In the mid to upper 30s. wiiiiiiiiiiiiNiiiiniHiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiniMitigi

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