The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 21, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, January 21, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 259 BLTTHEVILLB, ARKANSAS (72815)' SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1967 TEN CENTS 10 PAGES ROOM AT tHE TOP - Mrs. Ira Gray, Blytheville Public Library librarian, stretches to examine volumes stacked on a top shelf of the city's tiny, crowded library. It Beats Me column (Page 3) today offers some opening comments on the library situation in Blytheville. That's Aeilaine Gracey, library employe, standing by Mrs. Gray. (Courier News Photo) Piao Says China In State of Civil War Army Chief on Vietnam MAJOR TROOP REMOVAL IN ONE OR TWO YEARS By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) A Japanese dispatch from Peking quoted Defense Minister Lin Piao today as saying all of Red China "now is in a state of civil war.' At the same time High-ranking navy and air force officials were reported as being denounced as reactionaries and plotters. Lin is believed to be No. 2 man in the Chinese Communist party hierarchy under Chairman Mao Tse-Tung. Dateline JAN 21 WASHINGTON (AP) - Living costs will keep going up in 1967 but not as sharply as last year's nine-year record rise of 3.3 per cent, a government official predicts. Commissioner Arthur M. Ross of the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the expected 1967 rise of 2.5 per cent "would not be too high a price to pay" to avoid the alternative of a recession. WASHINGTON (AP) - Freshman Republican Sen. Mark 0. Hatfield says the United States should-, .'be willing to sit down with anyone to discuss peace in Vietnam. His view contrasts with that of Senate GOP leader Everett M. Dirksen, who has posted a challenge to any peace conference that includes negotiators t h e Communist The correspondent of the Tokyo newspaper Yomiuri said Lin's statement on civil war appeared without confirmation on one of the thousands of wall bulletins which have turned the Chinese capital into a paper and ink city. Lin, 59, is in the forefront of the battle to out President Liu Shao-chi and restore to Mao the position of state power he once held. Japanese dispatches also reported these developments: —Wall posters also told of a demand for the ovethrow of SU Chen-hua, political commisar at navy headquarters and a member of the Defense Council. Su was accused of being a follower of the anti-Mao line and the "chief plotter of a coup d'etat attempted by Deputy Premier Ho Lung." Another wall Mao's wife, Chiang Clung as aying there were "reactionary lements" in the air force. This account came from the correspondent of the Japan Broad- asting Corp., who said there was no way of determining the iccuracy of the wall posters. -Kang Sheng, one of the top men in Mao's purge committee, las come under questioning by iro-Mao Red Guards and faces .he posibility of being accused poster quoted representing guerrillas. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Albert DeSalvo, the self-proclaimed Boston strangler, has filed an appeal for a new trial following conviction on charges not related to the strangle slayings. WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara has given a long-delayed go-ahead for $546 million worth of military housing, barracks and other projects on 285 bases in 42 states and overseas. Funds for ttie construction were authorized by Congress nearly two years ago but never spent. McNamara ruled Dec. 21, 1965, that the projects were nonessential to the military establishment, then struggling with the vast buildup for Vietnam. WASHINGTON (AP) - Bobby Baker, after fervently denying he pocketed $80,000 of senatorial campaign funds, plans to offer further testimony next week in his U.S. District Court His appearance on the witness stand Friday was marked by reference to his "best friends'' on Capitol Hill - Lyndon B. Johnson and the late Gen. Robert S. Kerr, D-Okla. Little Named By Scouts Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. this week was installed as a vice- president of the Eastern Arkansas Council of the Boy Scouts of America, while P.O. Johnson of Osceola was initiated as Scout commissioner. The installations took place at the 31st Annual Scouters' Appreciation Banquet held Thursday at Arkansas State University. ___ Other officers of the council were installed at the banquet and awards were presented to outstanding Boy Scouts. Scout leaders anticipate that by Feb. 28 the necessary $350,000 will have been raised to develop a new Scout camp for Eastern Arkansas. MissJorboc Dies Here Services for Miss Florine Jarboe, 70, who died early this morning in Doctors' Hospital, will be held 2 p.m. Monday from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rev. Joseph N. Doyle officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Cobb Funeral Home in charge. She made her home at 506 Walnut. She had been born in Leopold Ind. and moved to Blytheville in 1902. A rosary in her memory will be said 8 p.m. Sunday in Cobb Chapel. She leaves one sister, M::. Carl Green, of Blythevilli. of being a "bourgeois reactionary." This account came from the correspondent of the newspaper Asahi Dr. Lin Yutang, noted Chinese author and scholar, predicted in Manila that the current upheaval in Communist China will leave Mao's regime a "wreck." Arriving from Taipei, Formosa, for a goodwill visit, Lin told a news conference: "The worst is yet to come by the tie the purging of Communist leaders is completed Mao's machinery will be a wreck and shaken to he bottom " ,<-.:... ....,•......:•-•, Whether there is civil war in he classic sense or not, there could be no doubt that fee vast Chinese mainland and its 720 million people were in the grip of civil confusion. Mao-Lin supporters since the start of the year have assaulted he city proletariat, the provincial Communist party committees and the organs of propaganda — all strongholds of Liu power. They have made some gains, but by their own admission have yet to consolidate their victories. Lin, speaking at a recent meeting of the party Central Committee's' Military Commission, was quoted as saying: "There are some who must be resolutely knocked down. But there are some others who must not be knocked down. The revolution is necessary, but confusion must be avoided." The wall posters — pasted by opposing groups of Red Guards, worker or military factions —have exposed the citizens to one sensational statement after another. The veracity of many of the claims is unknown but some of the items have later been confirmed by Peking radio, the New China News Agency or the Peking PEOPLE'S Daily. Some wall posters claimed ttiat Mao's backers have seized the Ministry of Culture and the nation's radio facilities, while others said Liu, Mao's chief opponent, has launched a mass exodus of peasants to the cities with the aim of paralyzing the urban centers and slashing farm production. Peking radio reported today that about 100,000 financial, trade and commerce workers held a rally in Peking Wednesday in support of Mao and appealed to their compatriots to 'take over every power in the field of finance and commerce rom anti-Mao elements. It was FT. BENNING, Ga. (AP) The Army chief of staff says withdrawal of major U.S. military units from Vietnam may be possible within l%-to-2% years because enemy strength is being broken down into small units that could be contained by smaller American units. Gen. Harold K. Johnson said, however, that he is not optimistic the fighting will end in that time span. He said the war with Viet Cong terrorists "may last up to eight years." Johnson spoke Thursday to more than 1,000 infantry officers, many of them Vietnam veterans undergoing staff training here. At that time his speech was classified by the Army. It was released for publication by Ft. Benning Friday. The Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer obtained a recording of the speech and made its abstract available to The Associated Press. On the air war, one captain in the training group asked Johnson why the United States did not step up its bombing of North Vietnam to win the war. "Win?" Johnson replied. "Leveling cities? What did we win in World War II? We won an opportunity to turn around and pay for helping reconstruct something we spent three years destroying. This is what this so- called unconditional victory means, a chance to help pay for what you destroy." Johnson said the mass operations of U.S. troops in South Vietnam had forced the Viet Cong to break their units down into smaller forces and smaller American forces "are breaking enev with them." But he said even smaller enemy terrorist groups "are assassinating 30 people a week. They're getting ahead of us." The four-star general said there will be few operations in the war as big as Operation Cedar Falls, the largest U.S. sweep of the war which he said involved 26 battalions. Johnson said the operation was so big that Defense Department reports of 144 Americans killed in action last week meant an average of only one man lost per battalion per day. Johnson said also that the United States is in good shape for military manpower and that he sees no need for a reserve callup. Elaborating on the air war, Johnson said England did not quit in World War II because it was bombed by Germany and that Germany and Japan did not quit fighting because they were bombed. "And what are you going to bomb if you start bombing industry?" Johnson asked. "One steel plant and one fertilizer plant. That's the industry they have in Vietnam." Johnson said the U.S. goals in Vietnam remain the same as always: "Simply to restore peace and security within the borders of South Vietnam where a normal police force can maintain law and order." Johnson also reviewed the military situation in Thailand, where guerrilla action is reported intensified in northeast provinces. He said the 'bare-bones structure" of Special Forces and Air Force activities has been established there, but added that Thai military officials feel they can cope with the guerrilla activity. ^ Courier News Canvass DST, CST? How do you feel baout daylight savings time? This week, the Arkansas House of Representatives voted (78- g^i . ^ federal le gj slat ion, most of the United States is expected to go on daylight savings time this summer. This simply means that clocks will be moved ahead one hour to afford an additional hour of daylight. For Arkansas, the issue now rests with the Arkansas Senate, which is expected to hold hearings on the matter next week. Results of this informal poll will be forwarded to all Mississippi County Legislators. Cost Your Ballot! ..... I f avor daylight savings time for Arkansas. ..... I am against daylight savings time for Arkansas. (Place a check in the aplicable blank and mail to: Blytheville Courier News, Box 1108, Blytheville, Ark.) WR: Get Politics Out of State Police Parents Warned Children Flirt With Danger he first reported rally of pro- tfao groups in those fields. Other developments reported during the past 24 hours: Lin has turned on his old comrades, Marshal Ho Lung, the commissioner of sports, ant Gen. Liu Chih-chien until recently chairman of the old purge committee of the Liberation Army. -Chen Po-ta, chairman of th party'purge group, and Chiang Ching, his deputy — who also i Mao's wife - have attacked Gen. Hsiao Hua, chief of th Set CHINESE on P»g« I Children playing in open ex- avations for drainage catch asins in north Blytheville are ot only endangering their lives, ley're also making construction ostly for ihe taxpayer. "It looks as if at least one of .he basin floors in going to have o be done over," Homer Be- harse, city construction supervisor, said this morning. Children have nearly wrecked he freshly - poured concrete n some instances. However, the danger these excavations present to small children are a source of more vital worry to Besharse. Mission Has Birthday Party Missisippi County Union Mission will celebrate its llth anniversary tomorrow afternoon at 2:15. The celebration ongmaly was scheduled for Tuesday night but snow «nd ice led to a cancellation. Walter K. Ayeri will t* the ipeaker tomorrow. Special music is scheduled for the program. "We had to dig out seven-foot eep holes for these basins. We've run into a lot of real sandy soil and this stuff can ave in awful easy and awful uick. "It could bury some of the kids playing around there. "Tell their parents to keep hem away from this construc- ion," Besharse pleaded. He pointed out that drainage work in the north Blytheville area between Tenth and Sixth and ranging north and south rom Moultrie to Highland will >e going on for some months now and urged parents to be alert to the dangers involved :or children. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller said Friday he yrants the State Police eomrtiisslSH taken out of poli- ,cs. The State Police "traditionally has been one of the most political areas you can run into," Rockefeller said. The governor and commissioners met Friday for about 25 minutes in a closed session. Rockefeller said later in the presence of newsmen that he ;old the commission he expects wofessionalism in the department. He said he expects the commission to be involved in pure- y policy matters and that the day-to-day operation of ttie department, including promotions, should be left to the persons lired to run the agency. This applies to all state wards and commissions, he added. "And we want Co. (Herman) Lindsey to know that we'll be taking another look at this department in 120 days" Rocke- leller said. "If he's not doing lie job we want done, we'll hold aim responsible." Rockefeller said it had been additional for governors to use the State Police for political purposes. "I've seen State Poke cars parked in the strangest places," he said. About whether the State Police had been used in the 1966 general election, Rockefeller said, "Let me repeat, I have seen some State Police cars parked in extraordinary places, and none was parked in front of the Tower Building" The Tower Building was the Rockefeller campaign headquarters. He then said he would fire any trooper he catches deliver- ng campaign literature, whether for him or someone else in 1968. The governor prefaced his remarks about politics by stating [hat he felt Arkansas had one of the finest State Police Departments in the country. Rockefeller said he offered to the commissioners for consideration a proposal for a $5 bi enniel driver's license. This would raise tfie license fee by 50 cents a year. "This sounds like a tax, but i don't think it-is," Rockefeller aid. "It's a convenience.. Most people are now driving 10 miles a year to get licenses." Rockefeller said ways to find more money for the State Police were discussed, also Commission Chairman Carl Burger of Springdale estimated that the department needs an additional $1 million annual for an -optimum operation. The executive session, the governor said, was his idea, because he wanted a free discussion witSi the commissioners. ABM Ban In The Works? Jaycees Plan Awards Night The Blytheville Jaycees have scheduled a meeting and buffet dinner for 7:30 p.m. Monday in their clubroom to select the five "key men" and make final arrangements for the awards banquet Saturday night. Mayor Tom A. Litle, Jr., will be featured speaker and cost of the dinner will bt $1.50 per per- Teens' MOD Events Set A mod dance, to be climaxed with the crowning of Mr. and Miss Ugly, is being sponsored tonight by the Teen-age March of Dimes. Admission will be $1 per couple and 75 cents for singles. The dance will be held in the Women's Exhibit Building at Walker Park from 9 to 12 p.m. Music will be by, the Mystics. Receipts from the dance and the contest will go to the March of Dimes. Twelve students from Blythe- .ille High School have been competing this week for the Mr and Miss Ugly title. Selection will be on the basis of the most votes received. Students were charged on cent for each vote for the cou pie of their choice. WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department indicates the oviet Union may be interested in avoiding a race toward a new ntiballistic missile — ABM — ystem that could cost billions E dollars. "The department has no rea- on to believe that the Soviets re not seriously considering ie President's expressed inter- st in halting an antiballistic missiles arms race," a spokesman said Friday. In his State of the Union Mes- age, President Johnson report- d that the Soviet Union 'has egun to place near Moscow a mited antimissile defense" and dded that "we have the duty to low down the arms race be- ween us." Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D- SVash., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ,aid Friday'the United States hould begin work on a ,$5 bil- ion, limited ABM system if an effective ABM ban cannot be worked out. Jackson, who said the neces- iary appropriation could be tak- jn up by the committee when it icgins its annual military hearings Monday, told a news con- 'erence he doubted whether Johnson could negotiate an ABM ban with the Soviets. He said Moscow historically is defense-minded and, in addition, now is worried about possible Red Chinese atomic attacks. But State Department press officer Robert J. McCloskey said the new U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Uewelyn E. Thompson, has taken a Johnson message to Soviet leaders. The message is believed to include a plea to curb the prospective ABM rivalry. Secretary of Defence Robert S. McNamara has resisted deployment of an ABM system which Pentagon experts estimate could cost $30 bollion or more. McNamara believes no antimissile system yet devised is sufficiently effective. He has srtessed maintaining a strong offensive capability. Crime Cuts Cops Lunch NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — Police Supt. Joseph Giarrusso has chopped 10 minutes off his men's lunch break, leaving New Orleans policemen only 20 minutes to eat. "It's, hard enough to gulp down your lunch in 30 minutes, one veteran officer said Friday after the order went, out over the police network. "Now, we'll lardly have time to eat a ham- jurger." Giarrusso said the lunch period was cut because "quick action is a key to any successful police service. Police service conies first." New Orleans is experiencing a sharp upward trend in crime. Weather Forecast Cloudy to partly cloudy and warmer through Sunday. Occasional periods of very light rain or drizzle tonight and early Sunday mainly southeast portions. Lows tonight 50-54. High Sunday 60-66.

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