The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 5, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, January 5, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 245 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' THURSDAY, JANUARY 5,1967 TEN CENTS 12 PAGES Navy Pilots Get 188 Red Barges, Junks By ROBERT TUCKMAN |ese coast Wednesday to add to .and 13 more were captured. The 111 reported destroyed or dam-'South Vietnamese command aged on the previous day. reported 33 of tue enemy killed SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Navy pilots claimed a two-day score today of 188 North Vietnamese supply barg-' e red Hanoi wiKi 2.2^million psy- U.S. headquarters reported es and junks destroyed or dam- chological warfare leaflets American troop strength in aged and reported losing two | Wednesday and scattered 2.6 Sout ' :i Vietnam rose to 39,000 as " Other American planes show- in five small encounters. carrier, planes "in their latest million more on other areas raids. The Navy pilots reported hitting 77 more water craft during forays along the North Vietnam' Dateline Jan. 5 BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-A leading Yemeni royalist today charged Egyptian planes bombed royalist positions with poison gas, causing scores of casualties. The charge was made by the royalist deputy foreign minister, Mohammed Abdul Kaddous al Wazlr, in a cable to the'presi- dent of the Foreign Correspondents' Association in Beirut. , He said the bombing occurred Dec. 27 in the Jebel Ayal area, ROME (AP)-Italian Vice Premier Pietro Nenni says if French President Charles de Gaulle's forces weather the March elections in France, the European Common Market should override his attempts to keep Britain out of the European economic community. Nenni, chief of Italy's Socialist party, told a meeting of En rope's top Socialists that if tJie Gaullists remain in power in March, then the market group should stand ready to override any French veto of Britain's new bid for membership. MELBOURNE, Australia '(AP)—Two freight trains driven by two brothers collided head on at a combined speed of more than 90 miles an hour today, but neither brother was killed. Stan Dixon, 30, was driving a diesel locomotive pulling 40 freight cars loaded with steel and rerigerators toward Melbourne at 50 miles an hour. Brother Brian, 28, was going north in another diesel at about the same speed with a chain of 30 empty freight cars behind him. Stan was trapped in his cabin for three hours and was taken to a hospital with multiple fractures. Brian saw ttie collision coming, dived into the passageway behind him, and emerged with only cuts and possibly rib injuries. • ABERDEEN, Scotland (API- Mary Garden, one of the last survivors of the golden age of opera, will be cremated Saturday in Aberdeen. A public funeral will be held at the crematorium and her ashes will be scattered in its Garden of Remembrance. The world-famed soprano, one of the first opera stars to act as well as sing, died Tuesday at the age of 92 after five years in a hospital here in her native city. • MOSCOW (AP) - A powerful earthquake rocked central Mongolia today, but the Mongolian new agency Montsame said there were no deaths. The quake hit hardest in a sparsely populated area of cattle and wheat farms. LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) Attorneys for Sweet Briar College pondered new moves today after the latest federal court rebuff in the school's batlte to desegregate. A 2-1 decision from a three- judge U. S. tribunal denied the college a new trial in its efforts to remove racial restrictions imposed by the will of its founder, Indiana Fletcher Williams. North Vietnam. The leaflets dropped on the North Vietnamese capital i warned that if the Communists' continue the war in the South, year ended last Saturday. This represented an increase of 13,000 last week. Much of the troop increase as due to the | GRIEF HOUNDS j | D.W. DAVIS | ! Daniel W. Davis, in the I 1 news recently for having | j| received a king-sized share | | of grief, is a former BBly- | § theville resident. jj | Davis' wife, mother and 1 | only child have died in the | I past week. g I His wife, {Catherine, 57, 1 | died last Friday after a | g short illness. g | A few hours later a Ma- I m rine Corps officer arrived 1 | at the family home, with 1 i word that the couple's son, | | Pfc. Edward Davis, 19, had % 1 been killed Dec. 8 by an | 1 enemy explosive device in 1 | Vietnam. 1 | Davis was in Decatur, numbers of the U.S. 9th Infan- I nl " for burial of his wife Money Matters Concern r i Terrorism continued in Sai- = destruction will follow in the North, a U.S. spokesman said., ... „ , „ The other leaflets cautioned the 8? n ? as ll has a11 week - Two Vietnamese on a motorbike .. try Division, a spokesman said. ! I Tuesd f y when word was received that his mother, Ludie Sanders, 86, died of 1 North Vietnamese people that their money would become worthless and less as the war went on. The ground war in South Vietnam continued in a lull as it has all this week. Both the U.S. and South Vietnamese military commands reported only minor skirmishes. U. S. military headquarters reported an increase in American casualties last week — although it included 4 hours of Christmas and New Year truce — while South Vietnamese spokesmen listed a decrease in their casualties. U.S. .officials reported 12 Americans were killed and 634 were wounded, compared with 109 killed and 547 wounded in the previous week. The increase apparently was due to several threw a grenade into a U. S. Army jeep near Tan Son Niiut Airbase. Two U.S. soldiers in the jeep jumped out, and the empty jeep rolled on some distance before the grenade exploded. The soldiers escaped injury from the grenade but were hurt in the jump from the moving jeep, the spokesman said. _ § pneumonia in Bell, Cafif., I | Sunday. ~ 1 Davis, who resides at 2637 g | Kentucky Northeast, Albu- m I querque, N.M., last visited \ g Blytheville about five years ! | ago. He and his family _ jj stayed in the home of Mrs. I f Grace Anthony. ~ | At the time of his last 1 jj visit, his father died. iiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiif Vote Machine Tour Planned The Mississippi County Young .- . , j. Republicans are planning a full- sharp engagements, including scale campaign to sell citizens nna hlrt ontinn in rtln nn«t»nl ' J -(•••. ~ll....*.ll.J and officials on the adoption of voting machines for use in one big action in the central highlands. Vietnamese headquarters said 146 of their troops were killed last week and 14 were missing. The figures'the week, before were 203 killed and 37 missing. Enemy casualties also were less U.S. headquarters said ! Communists were killed and 133 captured last week, compared with 1,004 killed and 175 captured the week before. The two Navy planes lost Wednesday were an A4 Sky- iawk and an F4 Phantom, a U.S. spokesman said. He reported enemy ground fire brought hem down just off the North Vietnamese coast 50 and 40 miles south of the port of Hai- ihong. He said the pilot of fee Sky- lawk and the two crewmen of he Phantom all were rescued jy the same helicopter from the carrier Bennington. This raised to 453 fee total of American planes reported lost n the air war against North Vietnam. Hanoi claimed three U. S. planes were shot down Wednesday, but U.S. officials said this was not true. U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine planes flew 116 strike missions over North Vietnam Wednesday — one of the highest totals in the last few weeks of bad weather. Of these, Navy pilots from the carriers Coral Sea,. Ticonderoga a;;d Enterprise flew 68 missions. In air action over South Vietnam U.S. pilots flew 301 sorties elections. The YRs have obtained working model of the device from the manufacturer, the Automatic Voting Machine Corp., and plan to display it throughout the county for the next two years. The present schedule calls for the device to be on display in Blytheville Jan. 19 and in Osceola Jan. 25. The YRs also decided at their meeting last night to urge the city administration to follow Wednesday while South Vietnamese pilots added an additional 65 strike sorties. Also over South Vietnam, B52 bombers struck early today at a suspected Communist troop concentration 60 miles south of Da Nang. On the ground, U.S. headquarters reported 15 Communist soldiers were lulled in three scattered actions Wednesday First Baptist Lets Contract $160,775 general contract for constructing an addition to the First Baptist Church was recently awarded to Spencer Anderson and Son of Osceola. Uzzell S. Branson is architect. The three - floor addition, now under construction, will adjoin the existing -education building at 7th and Walnut and will add six departments. Completion of the project is expected this year, according to Charles R. Neweomb, building committee chairman. Plans call for construction of a second building to begin upon completion of the present project. through with its announced intention to study the feasibility of a city - manager government for Blytheville. They also voted to write Governor Winthrop Rockefeller asking that he support immediate university status for. Arkansas State .College. Regarding the voting machines, Ed Allison, YR projects chairman, described them as being mechanically operatec and requiring little if any maintenance. State law restricts the use of machines to precincts having al least 300 voters, which means that the machines, it approved, would be used mostly in Blytheville and Osceola. Cost per machine is $1,700, said Allison, and they may be financed in 10 equal yearly installments. The YRs anticipate that 15 machines will be needed for the county, involving a total cash outlay of $25,000. Mansfield Wants Viet Border Guard WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield says a military wall along the northern and western )orders of South Vietnam would reduce Communist infiltration more than continued bombing of North Vietnam. Mansfield said in an intre- view that despite bombing of the forth, he has been fold that 7,500 North Vietnamese are now moving South each month com- I pared to 1,500 a year ago. 700 Attend Dell Auction HERE'S HOW IT IS—In a serious tone, Mayor Tom A. Litle Jr. outlines the city's impending financial difficulties at a noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club yesterday. At extreme right is Brenda Williams, secretary to the mayor. The address was Little's first important public appearance as mayor. (Courier News Photo) In Draft Cases FBI Convictions Reach 450 in ' WASHINGTON (AP) — The I An official said the big in-1 Hoover said the FBI, In inves- FBI reported today its inves-1 crease in 1966 was due partly to igations led to conviction last year of 450 persons accused of violating military draft laws — almost double the 262 convicted n 1965. The greatest number of convictions in any previous year for vhich records were immediate- available was in 1954 when •34 were found guilty. But this igure is for a fiscal year — July through the following June — and the 450 figure is for calendar 1966 — January through December. In the FBI's annual yearend eport to the attorney general, Director J. Edgar Hoover raced the increase in the num- jer of draft law violations to the lation's larger military com- nitment. Other figures from the Justice Department showed that the umber of draft law violations ad remained relatively steady ince 1962. In that year there 'ere 234 convictions. In 1363 lere were 251 and in 1964 there 'ere 227. larger draft calls and partly to strengthening of draft laws. This included a 1965 law that made destruction or mutiliation of a registration card a crime. The FBI did not have figures showing the number of investigations it had made into alleged draft law violations. A spokesman said hundreds of investigations were handled locally by the FBI's 57 field offices and much of the material never reached the bureau's Washington headquarters. tigating Selective Service Act violations had "encountered virtually every type of draft dodging." Hoover devoted 6 of his statement's 19 pages to the Communist party in this country. He dealt with last year's antiwar demonstrations in a section of the report titled "Communist Party, USA — Front Activities." But he did not call the demonstrations Communist-inspired. Hoover said "the moving See DRAFT on Page 5 4,000 Arkansans Get Members of Dell's Kiwanis Club this morning were checking and re-checking the receipts of yesterday's farm auction which they conducted at Farmers Gin. About 700 attended the all - day affair. "We sold about $25,000 worth of equipment," Russell Simpson, general chairman of the project reported, "but we haven't figured our commission and expenses yet so we don't know quite what we made." Whatever they made, it will Court Awards $77.25 Damages amounting to $77.25 were awarded to Charles R. go to the club's one - year - old Hester Sr., el al, defendants in Student Education Fund. During the past year, the club made one loan from its fund and thereby helped a student get into college this fall. (See Page Five for picture). a contract suit tried in curcuit court yesterday. Plaintiff in the suit Was Cummings and Company, Inc. The damages were awarded by the jury deciding the case. Approximately 4,000 Arkansas taxpayers, chosen as a representative sampling of 60,000 individual filers throughout the Southwest, will be asked to help test a new type of income tax return. Those chosen will receive a letter, mailed Dec. 31 from the office of Sheldon S. Cohen, U.S. commissioner of internal revenue, requesting that they use Recipients of the new forms are not obligated to use them, but the government is urging their cooperation. Results of the test are not expected to be com- piied until late 1967. j By G. J. Drott Staff Writer In his first major public appearance since assuming the duties of mayor, Tom A. Little Jr., speaking at a Wednesday noon meeting of the Blytheville Kiwanis Club, indicated by his tone and themes that the carefree prelude had ended and the sober business of managing the city had begun. At the outset, Little referred to his address as a "state of the union message," and went on to describe in some detail three of the more serious problems confronting the city in the immediate future: Little also announced the appointment of Jerry McAdams to head the city's engineering department and Brenda Williams as secretary to the mayor. Little again indicated his intention to re-classify the engineering department into a department of public works. The urgent difficulties Little spoke of are financial obligations which threaten to far outstrip the city's income, lowering of the city's insurance rating if the fire department is not expanded, and more maintenance facilities for city - owned equipment. The city's impending financial squeeze is going to impede it's improvements fcr next year at least, warned Little. Going into the new year, payments to Urban Renewal and street districts as well as salaries for municipal employes, the latter estimated at $450,000, based upon figures of previous years, will account for almost 80 percent of the anticipated income for the year. By Sept. I, said Little, the city must pay, in cash, $97,000 to Urban Renewal as its half of the work done on the boundary streets. The city must also See MAYOR on Page 5 S * • I ito 1C lie la STEELE — Steele has been selected as one of five cotton school, locations to be held in the Bootheel during January and February. Purpose of the school is to provide Delta cotton producers with the latest information geared to help them increase cotton ncome. Classes at Steele will be held at the New Vocational Agricul- ;ure Building at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays (Jan. 12, 19 and 26 and Feb. 2). The four sessions will be conducted by the University of Missouri Extension Division. Other centers are Dexter, Kennett, Sikeston and Portageville. The experimental questionairejp arrt . ep . Rflflk S ;„ tl,« lotoof nP ™om, oHomnto ! • U IISlC T5» 1241 EI6V S Project experimental Form 1040Q in lieu j easier to use. is the latest of many attempts to ease tax filing. Although the form is seven pages longer than the standard Form 1040 or 1040A, it is hoped that it will be of their regular returns when they file their taxes. In designing the new form, the government has attempted to simplify instructions, include more detailed directions, and provide more space for entries. The states from the Southwest selected for the test are Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Taxpayers chosen were selected at random. Hanoi 'Not in a Rush' for Peace Talks By JAMES MARLOW AP News Analyst WASHINGTON (AP) - For months there have been hints — or they could be so interpreted — that the North Vietnamese Communists might be softening conditions under which they might talk peace with the United Steles. There is a vast distinction between agreeing to peace talks and a final agreement on peace. There has been no visible change at all on the conditions for peace laid down by the North Vietnamese Ung ago. They put forth four points and have not departed from them. So any hints of a willingness to start talking peace — even if such talks began — is a long way from a final settlement. But the Johnson administration has been anxious to get the talks started, at least, since they would have to be a necessary preliminary to any settlement anyway. Last fall, for instance, the administration proposed peace negotiations, only to see the gesture spurned by the Reds. Nevertheless, it was In the very process of spurning that seme ob- servers felt they saw less rigidity by Hanoi. Now, according to the New York Time, Premier Phan Van Dong of North Vietnam says his government's four-point demands are not necessarily conditions for peace talks but rather a "basis for settlement of the Vietnam problem." The Times' correspondent, Harrison E. Salisbury, interviewed the premier and quoted him as saying, "The big question is to reach a' settlement which can be enforced." In this interview the North Vietnamese leader expressed great willingness to wait for peace talks or a peace settlement, saying, "We cannot press history forward." This "we're.not in a rush" attitude is, and has been, exasperating to the American mind wHi,-n wants peace and wonders how such a small nation as North Vietnam has the gall to keep on fighting a giant like the United States. But the North Vietnamese mind is Asian, not American, and can be very ambiguous. Its ambiguities in this war go away back. For instance: Even more than a year ago it was not clear from North Vietnam's statements whether it was saying the United States must withdraw all its forces before peace talks can begin or simply saying they must be withdrawn before there can be peace. The first of North Vietnam's four conditions for a peaceful solution demanded that all U.S. troops and weapons must be withdrawn and there must be an end to acts of war against the North before there can be a settlement. These were, and arc, North See VIET NAM on Page 5j A $60,000 expansion of its facilities at Walnut and Broadway has been begun by the Farmers Bank and Turst Company. Plans call for the installation of two drive - in windows and one walk - in window and a parking lot with accommodations for 32 vehicles, according to Bob Porter, president. A contract for the work was let in December and calls of a completion within 120 days. He added that the company is anticipating additional expansion, but would not comment on the details. Weather Forecast . Fair this afternoon and tonight becoming partly cloudy Friday. Warmer this afternoon and Friday and cold again tonight. Highs this afternoon 48 to 54. Lows tonight 25 to 30. Highs Friday in the 60s. Mostly cloudy with chance of showers late Friday night turning colder with showers ending Saturday morning becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon, .

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