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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 254 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815? MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 1967 TIN CENTS 12 PAGES Dateiine Jan. 16 PUSAN, South Korea (AP) — Rescue workers gave up hope today of finding more survivors from the coastal ferry Hanil-Ho, whose collision with a Korean navy destroyer-escort left at least 75 persons dead or missing. Police reported that 12 of the ferry's 87 listed passengers and crew were rescued and 15 bodies were recovered. But they said it was possible 10 to 20 persons were board without being on the passenger list. • ' LONDON (AP) — Five British territories in the West Indies will become self-governing states associated with Britain in the next seven weeks and will have the right to become independent if they want to without further action by the British Parliament. Antigua and St. Kitts-Nevis- Anguilla will have 'statehood Lucia on March 1 and Grenada on March 3. The islands will be known as the West Indies Associated States. Britain's will retain control of the islands' defense and foreign affairs. • ROME (AP) — Roman Catholics and Protestants are near agreement on the text of a common Bible despite opposition to the book remaining in both churches, the Vatican's chief negotiator on common Bible problems said Sunday night. The Rev. Walter M. Abbott of New York told a group of priests at the Pontifical Bible Institute that the churches were working toward compromise on two crucial points and "we churches met in Rome this month to begin studying translation needs for a common Bible. Pope Paul VI recently authorized Catholic participation on the basis of a suggestion by the Vatican Ecumenical Council. • KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader, has arrived in Montego Bay fo a vacation at Ochos Rios on Jamaic's noth cost. HONEST END FAST - These are the two main virtues ascribed the voting mcahine being demonstrated by Ed Allison, projects chairman of the Mississippi County Young Republicans. The device will be on display at a "Town Meeting" 7:30 Thursday In the Jaycee building. The YRs are attempting to get public support for the use of the machines in the county. Rex Maddox, also of the Young Republicans, looks on. (Courier News Photo) C'ville Area Is 'For the Birds' By Max Sturm CARUTHERSVILLE - An estimated three million starlings are fomenting a nuisance of serious proportions for Caruthersville. Although United States health officials are not greatly concerned with any possible infection from the birds, Perm's- cot County authorities are uneasy over the way the birds continue to multiply. The large colony of starlings that established a roost in an area along the Mississippi River south of the Powell's Ferry landing at the edge of Caruthersville over two years ago has, according to a number of citizens, grown to the proportion where it is now a serious problem. Information is that there is another large colony forming in the Poplar Bluff area. Early this year the United States Pub- ilic Health Service, with the cooperation of the Pemiscot County Health Center, tested Caru- No Lines For Licenses Although sales of 1967 auto tags are running well ahead of last year, the sale was nearly at a standstill this morning. "There's not a soul in the office" Revenue Inspector Otis Austin reported at 8:45 this morning. It is, Austin said, an ideal time to purchase licenses. "We haven't had any lines of people waiting for several days now." The personnel who have been selling the tags in Leachville move to Manila's city hall in the morning, Austin said. thersville school children for histoplasmosis according to John S. Duncan, Pemiscot health administrator. Histoplasmosis is an airborne infection of the lungs which is found in the dropping of the starlings. Most cases of histo- plamosis are very mild and the person infected will not even know he has the disease:. After once being infected, a person is immune thereafter, Duncan said. However, in very rare instances, histoplasmosis can be fatal to anyone acutely sensitive to the disease. It is this threat which concern the citizens of Pemiscot County. To date, no known serious cases of histoplasmosis have occurred in the county. In the tests of the Caruthersville school children there were See BIRD on Page 3 'Sadistic and Barbaric Prison Expose' To Be Released By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A report on conditions in the state prison system that resulted in a shakeup last fall will be released late today, Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said Sunday night. Rockefeller made the announcement on the heels of an exclusive first-person article in the Pine Bluff Commercial Sunday in which Eugene Hale Jr. told of a proposed massive prison escape from the Tucker Prison Farm and of torture of inmates. Hale was an aide on prison affairs to former Gov. Orval Faubus before becoming an assistant attorney general last week when Faubus left office. Hale, who said he made his investigation last year, wrote that Tucker "had become a sight of torture, brutality, extortion and gross wrong doing as related personally to me by prisoners." He said the prisoners had devised a plan for a mass escape of about 300 inmates, including 12 on death row. Hale said the prisoners had managed to obtain keys to the cells, barracks and amunition MISSCO MAKES TOP 100 Mississippi County is represented by three names in game. For an extra $5 fee, the Arkansas Revenue Department reserves special number for tags. Governor Winthrop Rockefeller gets Number 1. Jimmie Edwards, former Blytheville mayor who began reserving a low plate number while a member of the Legislature, has No. 11. M. S. Yates of Blytheville has No. 60 and Mrs. John Edrington of Osceola has No. 100. room. Hale said he wrote the article for two reasons—primarily because he promised a former Pine Bluff Commercial reporter who helped in the investigation that he would get an exclusive account for withholding part of an earlier article and because he wanted to minimize whatever political gain he thought Rockefeller might seek when the official report is released. Hale, who wrote a portion of the CID report, said it would be more detailed than his article but that both contain the same basic facts in general. The tortures, Hale said, were so "sadistic and barbaric that I would never have believed him (a prisoner) or the others if I had not seen the various tools made for such purposes and not seen the results of such utilization, and had I not listened to the tape recordings which some of the prioners had secretely secure." Hal described as "a pathetic sight" one prisoner who pointed to his nose which was disarranged. "Especially when he opened his mouth and exposed his missing teeth except for the broken parts remaining," he said. Hale said this was caused by the use of brass knuckles inside the prison. He also said another prioner explained how needles had been placed under his fingernails and pushed deep into the flesh and of another who showed the scars and scabs on his back and buttocks caused by severe lashing with the controversial leather strap. There were also "stories of illicit, sordid and perverted sex acts within the prison arranged by those who supervised the prisoners," Hale said. Hale told one torture that if a person could impose, condone or even match unmoved "must have Hades as his destiny." 'An outdated crank-type telephone which could generate jlectricity was used by attaching one wire of the old phone to the prisoner's foot and the other wire was attached to a very sensitive part of his body, and voltage ranging from 20 to 50 volts could be fired into a human being," Hale wrote. The investigation last fall led to the firing of three wardens at Tucker and the transfer of some trusty guards to Cummins Prison Farm, Hale said no one person could be blamed for the situation See PROBE on Page 3 SBC Enrollment Is Underway A week from today college courses sponsored by Southern Baptist College will begin for military personnel and civilians The classes will be conducted at Blytheville Air Force Base, according to Bob Wilson, education officer. Pre-registration will be at Building 604 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today through Wednesday. Formal registration will be Thursday evening, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. at the same location, Wilson said. Subjects to be offered are: English composition, health and safety, Western civilization, U.S. history, principles of economics, fundamentals of college math and educational psychology; (These courses will be offered each Monday). Principles of accounting, general psychology, psychology of personal adjustment, American government and analytics and calculus; (These courses to he offered each Tuesday). General biology, introduction to education, music appreciation, general physical science and real estate principles; (To be taught every Wednesday). Analytics and calculus, masterworks of world literature, western civilization, Bible's history and interpretation and modern mathematics for teachers. (To be taught on Thursday). * * + Cost per credit hour.is $19. their dependents will pay $15 per credit hour, according to Wilson. Since the school operates under a contract signed with the Air Force, military personnel will be given preference in enrollment. Civilians will be assigned to classes where the.en- rollment is not filed by military personnel, Wilson said. Gus Walton Dies in L.R. Gus B. Walton, vice president and director • of Arkansas-Missouri Power Company, died Saturday in Little Rock. Mr. Walton was a resident of Little Rock and was a large stockholder in Ark-Mo. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Christ Episcopal Church. Charles Czesdhin, Ark-Mo president, and Charles Newcomb, Ark-Mo vice president and secretary, will be among the honorary pallbearers. CHINA Revolution or Civil War? EDITOR'S NOTE: Ian Brodie, 31, Far Eastern correspondent for the London Daily Express, has just spent four days in Canton and southeast China. Here is his eyewitness report on the upheaval shaking the Communist giant. Before going to the Far East last year, Brodie was Moscow correspondent for the Express. By IAN BRODIE London Daily Express CANTON, China (AP) Though one million Red Guards throng Canton's streets and are in effective control there are no civil disorders. The opposition to the guards is cover, furtive and virtually underground. Police are still on duty, most of them wearing armbands to show they are in the Red Guards anyway. But traffic in the streets of southeast China's biggest city is limited to a handful of trucks, packed buses and trolley-buses. On my way to Canton I won- The "great proletarian cultural revolution" that has convulsed China for the past year could be developing into something more serious-civil war. Clashes between youthful Red Guards, mobilized by Mao Tse-tung to "purify" China and bolster his own leadership, and workers have been reported from several major cities. Basis of the turmoil appears to be a power struggle within the Communist hierarchy. Key figures in one camp are Mao; Lin Piao, armed forces chief and Mao's heir apparent, and Chiang Ching, Mao's wife. The opposition is believed led by President Liu Shao-chi: Teng Hsiao-ping, Communist party general secretary, and Tao Chu, chief party propagandist. Premier Chou En-lai, who had remained aloof from the struggle, is now reported throwing Ms support to Mao. Mission Has 11th Birthday Mississippi County Union Mission celebrates its llth birthday tomorrow night with special services at the Mission. Rev. Walter K. Ayers will be the speaker at the 7:30 service. Paul Kirkindall, Mission superintendent will report on the growth of the Mission's work during the past 11 years. Also on hand will be Margaret and Neal Suddard, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Lollar, Joe Gallaher, Mrs. Alvin Jackson and a quartet from the Baptist Church in Steele. (See Photo on Pag« 3.) dered if I would meet any Red Guards. By now I have seen thousands upon thousands, shaken hands with hundreds who wanted to be friendly and even had one try to press his red armband on me as a mark of honorary membership. Their fervor is pathetic but self-sustaining. Primed with the thoughts of Mao Tse-tung to solve all problems, they see the golden classless future as their to inherit. Their movement is a :ilgrimage but the only diety is Mao. Out in the countryside I saw many more columns of youths marching to join their comrades. One group of 50, with bedrolls on their backs and mostly barefoot, had been walking behind their red flag along dusty roads for four days. They said it may be a year before they see their village again. Apart from their teacher not one of them was over 13. I was told the influx into Canton has built up suddenly during the last two troubled weeks — since Mao and Defense Minister Lin Piao said the cultural revolution must spread to every work bench and rice paddy in the land. Apparently, all major cities now have a similar flood of marchers. The disruption of traffic, normal working and food supplies is unimaginable. Older men who must keep working to feed their families are growing increasingly resentful, I was told. So are some young workers who are not students and who want to get on with learning a trade. The Red Guards are everywhere in Canton, jammed on the pavement outside my hotel, milling in continuous procession along the main streets, accosting everyone daring them to defy Mao's thoughts They tolerate no opposition. And yet it was possible to detect that opposition still exists in Canton. It is underground. It is small. But it appears to be determined. The Chinese official assigned to me by the authorities — a wary Mr. Wu — admitted that there had been labor troubles' and strikes in Canton. From his account they were not coordinated or organized. Yet oppo: nents of Mao had been able to trigger workers' unrest sufficiently to set up a number of wildcat walkouts. In recent weeks the tempo of ramming home Mao's message las been stepped up. One aim of cultural revolution is to make his words and image to:ally ubiquitous. At every mealtime — delicate Cantonese cooking eaten with chopsticks — I sat under a red banner that said: "Chairman Mao is the most outstanding leader of the proletariat in the present era, and the greatest genius in the present era — Lin Piao." That sets the tone for Mao- think. The fanatical campaign is defacing China. Every building in Canton is being daubed with quotations from Mao's thoughts painted in scarlet characters on orders from the town council. This blanket coverage has aroused critics. One wall poster lamented the waste of paint and See CHINESE on Page 3 Red Cross Meets Chickasawba District Chapter of American Red Cross has its first board meeting of 1967 tonight at 7:30. The meeting will be in the chapter offices at 224 N. Second. McMath Appointed One Mississippi County resident was among the 93 appointments former Gov. Orval Faubus sent to the Senate prior to stepping' down as the state's chief executive. He is W. E. McMath of Osceola who was named to a two- year term on the Burial Association Board. West Side Center Seeking Piano West Side Neighborhood Service Center is attempting to locate a second-hand piano. "The piano will be used at the center during meetings and also will be made available to children who would like to study piano but who have no piano at home to practice on. Information is available from Mrs. Zouline Procknaw (PO 30483). iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiin Weather forecast Increasing cloudiness and warmer this afternoon. Cloudy and not quite so cold tonight with the chance of occasional rain changing to snow flurries before ending early Tuesday. Decreasing cloudiness and much colder Tuesday. High this afternoon 44 to 54. Lows tonight 24 to 34. High Tuesday upper 20s and lower 30s. Probability b! measurable precipitation 20 percent tonight and 20 percent Tuesday. Outlook for Wednesday generally fair and cold. . :i .

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