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January 28, 1967

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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 265 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315) SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1967 TEN CENTS 10 PAGES Moon Program Stalls as Astronauts Die in Fire By RONALD THOMPSON AP Aerospace Writer MANNED SPACE CENTER, Houston, Tex. (AP) — America's moon program has suffered heavily, not only by the person- ai tragedy of losing three astronauts, but also by stalling perhaps for months the effort to land men on the moon by 1970. However, officials say it is too early to tell whether the national goal of trying a moon trip by the end of the decade is in jeopardy after Friday's grim ca- tastrophe on a Cape Kennedy, Fla., launch pad. "If they are able to quickly determine what happened, the program will go on," said Rep. Olin Teague, D-Tex., a high ranking member of the House Aeronautics Committee. "If not, it will nave to wait until we find out." Air Force Lt. Col Virgil I. Grissom Jr., Lt. Col Edward H. White II and Navy Lt. Comdr. Roger B. Chaffee died during a simulated flight of their Apollo spaceship when a flash fire engulfed the vehicle. Several major factors are involved in determining how long the National Aeronautics and Space Administration now must wait before launching its first manned Apollo flight, the mission of up to two weeks Grissom, White and Chaffee were to begin Feb. 21. First, an investigating board must determine exactly what caused the flash fire, whether it was something only peculiar to this one spaceship, or whether it was a problem that might force a redesign of the Apollo vehicle's systems. Then, there is the matter of equipment — whether the spaceship involved in the fire must be completely discarded and a new one used in its place. Apparently the vehicle was charred inside and out. Paul Haney, voice of the astronauts, said it was "heavily damaged." NASA has other spaceships. The delays would result, though, from weeks of testing required before a vehicle is taken to a launch pad. New satronauts must be trained. However, the backup crewmen who now will take over the prime slots have had the benefit of months of training. They are Navy Capt. Walter M. Scbirra Jr., Air Force Maj. Donn F. Eisele and civilian Walter Cunningham. Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham originally were slated to fly the second Apollo mission, but a shakeup in scheduling caused by other problems forced their flight to be canceled. They then became backups to the first crew. NASA could possibly play "musical chairs," so to speak, by moving the spacecraft tabbed for the second mission to the first. However, it is of a different design, more nearly like the one that some day will fly men to the moon. This probably would bring on a reshuffling of the flight plan and additional training to acquaint the crew with the new design. The Schirra crew's original spaceship is on the shelf and possibly available. It was forced aside when a tank in the service module, or propulsion and equipment section, ruptured last fall. Whatever the case on which spaceship is used, the major decisions will be made by a team picked to investigate the fire. Should they order a redesign, it would require months to make the changes, then to put the modified craft through extensive tests. *Search For Cause Of Fire On By BEN FUNK CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. g)ap) — Investigators poked today through the charred hulk of the Apollo 1 moonship, seeking the cause of a searing flash fire thai turned it into a death trap for three of the nation's Spacemen. A team led by Maj. Gen. Samuel Phillips, Apollo program director, began a preliminary search for clues to the disaster that stalled perhaps for months the U.S. drive for a landing on the moon. A formal board of inquiry was to convene later, headed by Dr. Floyd Thompson, director of NASA's Langley Research Center. One and one-half miles from Pad 34, site of Friday night's first great spacecraft tragedy, -tue bodies of astronauts Virgil I. Grissom, Edward H. White II and Roger B. Chaffee lay in an infirmary. They were practicing for a two-week space mission, the first of the Apollo flights which will culminate in the lunar landing, when the hot blaze snuffed eut their lives in an instant. Grimly, space officials said they would push on with the program, but the holocaust which capped a long series of troubles with the Apollo spacecraft will call for a soul-searching look before other lives are risked. And Rep. Charles A. Mosher of Ohio, second-ranking Republican member of the House Science and Astronautics Committee, said it was "inevitable" that safety procedures will be review in Washington. Apollo, first scheduled to blast off before the end of last year, has been plagued by malfunctions. During the final checkout and testing of Apollo 1, many changes and modifications were made. . Not a word came from the astronauts when the fire flash ripped into the explosive pure oxygen atmosphere of the spacecraft. Death, said space officials, was instantaneous. Two victims of the holocaust on Pad 34 were space veterans, the other a rookie. The 40-year-old Grissom flew In Mercury and Gemini programs, helping blaze the first American trails in space, White, 86, was the first U.S. astronaut to leave his ship and become a human satellite. Chaffee, 31, was training for his launch. IN APPRECIATION — At 7:30 tonight about 75 members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and their guests will attend the JCs annual awards banquet at the JC building. Mayor Tom A Little Jr. will discuss prospects of a city junior college. Pfennig the banquet are (standing left) Jimmy Austin and Frank Sparks; and (seated left) Dickie Nokes and Ted Johnston, JC president. (Courier News Photo) Looters Roam Chicago Streets After Storm PemCo Men Are Arrested Two Cottonwood men were arrested by Pemiscot County authorities this morning for investigation of an attempted break - in. In custody are Marvin Moore, J4, and Johnny W. Howell, 27, both of Cottonwood. They were apprehended about 3 a.m. by Deputy Wesley Mayo some 53 minutes after authorities had received a call of a possible burglary of Duckworth's Store, located between Cottonwood Point and Highway «1. Authorities say there are indications to link the two to other burglaries in the Caruthcrsville •rea. Formal charges are to be fUid this TPwningi t By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Looters . roamed Chicago's streets today and all police [eaves were canceled as Illinois, tndiana and Michigan struggled iree of a suffocating blanket of snow. The record storm left at least 37 dead in Illinois — 28 in Chic- jo — as well as 10 in Michigan, i in Wisconsin and 3 in Inliana. The storm slipped across the broder into Canada, spraying rain and snow on Toronto and letting the Lauentans of Que- iec with what was expected to >e a foot of snow. But its main force had been spent. The Weather Bureau reckoned the blizzard "one of the >iggest snowstorms of the cen- ury." The 23 inches dumped on Chicago in 29 hours and 8 minutes surpassed the 19.2-inch record for a single storm set March 25-26, 1930. The worst single snowfall was in Kalamazoo, Mich.—28 inches. The snow blanket, averaging two feet in depth, stretched in a hundred-mile-wide' band from northeast Missouri to Lower Michigan. Chicago was hardest hit. Civic leaders estimated the storm would cost the city $35 million in lost business. Temperatures tumbled toward zero in Chicago as police chased looters from the streets. The bone-numbing cold made it harder to get the snow off the streets so residents could get back to'their cars, their jobs, their schools and their families. A 10-year-old girl was shot to death in a West Side storm during an exchange of gunfire between police and about 50 looters. A security guard was shot in the wrist and wounded during another looting episode in the same neighborhood, an area of West Roosevelt Road plagued last summer by three nights of Negro rioting and toting finally] quelled by National Guardsmen. Hundreds of cars were buried in snowdifts. Families, walked though four-lane arteries usually clogged with motor traffic, greeting neighbors with not a car in sight. One newspaperman skied to work in the pancake-flat city. It took him two hours. He said he spent three hours and 15 minutes riding a bus back home. Virtually every city and suburban school closed, as did courts, financial exchanges and most businesses. Officials said O'Hare International Airport, closed for an unprecedented 36 hours probably wouldn't reopen until 5 p.m. today. Trains ran as much as 16 Drainage Tax Hearing Set A hearing on a petition for a so - called additional tax filed by the comissioners of Drainage District No. 16 has been set for 10 a.m. Feb. 25 in the Blytheville Courthouse, according to Earl H. Wildy, chairman. He adds that the term "additional tax" as used in the required legal notice is only in compliance with Arkansas law regulating the maintenance of the drainage districts and that the petition, if approved, will cause no increase in taxes. According to Wildy, the total tax., the County Court is being asked to .levy in the petition is five percent of the original assessment of benefits of the district. The petition is an annual procedure and if approved will not increase drainage taxes at all, he said. Payments by landowners and taxpayers in the district will remain the same as they have been for the past 16 years, conclude* Wildy. hours behind schedule. Thousands of persons were stranded — in their cars, in service stations and in schools. Stores, short of supplies, rationed milk and bread to customers. More than 5,000 workers were snowed in at two steel mills in Gary and Burns Harbor, Ind. The New York Central Railroad dispatched an emergency train to plow its way fom Cleveland into Indiana, bearing food and snow removal equipment for the stranded workers. A Gary physician, Dr. Danny Thomas, spent two days listening to his radio and delivering babies. His two-way car radio sent him on eight missions of mercy in 2 hours, delivering babies in the homes of snowbound mothers. In South Bend, two children were apparently suffocated when a snow-covered awning fell on them as they played. In Michigan, 26 Greyhound bus passengers rode a snowplow to safety after being stranded in their bus overnight 10 miles west of Lansing. Gov. George Romney made it to work — with the help of an armored personnel carriers which the National Guard used to plow the way. Roofs collapsed in Lansing and St. Joseph. Hopkins International Airport, Cleveland, was jammed with more than 2,000 stranded travelers. It wasn't because of the weather in Cleveland — they were trying to get into snowbound O'Hare and other closed airports. Sinkiang Border Troops Pro-Liu Maoists Vow To Oust Rebels By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) - Peking radio reported today that Mao Tse- ;ung's followers in rebellious Sinkiang Province, where 100 jersons were reported killed in •ecent clashes, have vowed to seize the government from ap- xnntees of President Liu Shaochi. The Mao-controlled radio also said Red Chinese army troops n full battle dress paraded :hrough the streets of six cities Mday to demonstrate their loyalty to Mao. The displays of military might were staged in Taiyuan, capital if Shansi Province, recently captured by Maoists, as well as Shanghai, Peking, Fukien, Paot- ing and Lanshow in the northwest. Peking wall posters Japanese correspondents reported, said seven of the eight Sinkiang irmy divisions — about 140,000 if the 160,000 men — were loyal o Gen. Wang En-mao, the pro- lets on Foochow. Despite these signs of solidarity, the Peking People's Daily complained today that Maoist organizations are not all thinking alike. It listed these errors: "Sectionalism, individualsm, exaggeration, democratation, disorganzed viewpoints, habit- ualsm." The statement hinted at a crackdown on Red Guard leaders and groups which had dared to voice criticism of Mao's principal lieutenants who run the "cultural revolution" group. The New China News Agency reported that thousands of Chinese students staged a rally in Peking at the Soviet Embas- said nine others were so badly hurt they could not leave the Soviet capital. The statement said that as th« students read a quotation from Mao in front of Lenin's tomb and then sang "The Interna- sy Friday to protest alleged at-1 tionale," "a great number of tacks on Chinese students in • troops, police and plain-clothes- Moscow Wednesday. men mobilized earlier by tha In a dispatch from Moscow, \ Soviet authorities started to at- NCNA carried a statement by jtack us and beat us up, creating the departing students whicn i a shocking bloody incident." B-52s Fire Drop Bombs on Zone C By ROBERT TUCKMAN SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) — . Giant U.S. B52 bombers ,iu commander of the Sinkiang i rained fire ^^^ on War Zone Military District. | c today jn an at tempt to burn The situation in the province, scene of 1960 broder incidents out the longtime jungle sanctuary of the Viet Cong near the with the Soviet Union and site of j Cambodian frontier. China's five atomic explosions, n was the second incend ia ry this month by the high- was said to be tense. Peking radio said Sinkiang Hmmm! MIAMI, Pla. (AP) - It probably Isn't significant, but the Vliami Springs high school is on Dove Avenue. Its football play- in an called ttw Hawki. iro-Mao "rebel" headquarters and members of the government and administration de- raid flying Stratoforts. A U.S. military spokesman, who announced the raid, said The two-man crew nursed the . crippled craft out to sea in the Gulf of Tonkin, bailed out and were rescued by a U.S. Marine helicopter within about 15 minutes of landing in the water. A U.S. spokesman said one of the fliers turned on his radio while in his rubber dinghy and listened to the arrangements for his rescue. dared toy would begin an all- «* results were not yet known, out struggle to seize the leader- T " * e Mekong Delta, U.S. ship of the vast but thinly populated northwest region. Sinkiang's population of 5.6 million is 75 per cent Uigur, racially close to the Turks, and only 10 per cent Chinese. The troops in Peking marched to factories; the suburbs and rural areas to show the Mao flag. In Fukien Province air force Army gunship helicopters used searchlights to track down Viet Cong guerrillas drifting about in sampans during the night. Helicopter pilots reported destroying 33 sampans and killing 44 Viet Cong Friday night and this morning while flying "firefly missions" 28 miles southwest of Saigon. On these missions, one heli- helicopters dropped 100,000 leaf- ™P ter beams its searchlights on the enemy while two flanking gunship helicopters open up with automatic Weapons. In air action over North Vietnam Friday U.S. pilots flew 85 bombing missions. They concentrated all their strikes in the lower part of the country as poor weather covered the north- Mrs. Simon's Rites Sunday Mrs. Farris Simon of 120 West Davis died yesterday in Chickasawba Hospital. She was 77. Born in Betegren, Lebanon, she had lived here 50 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She leaves her husband, Farris Simon; Three sons, Moses F. Simon, Mike F. Simon and Thomas F. Simon, all of Blytheville; Two daughters, Miss Mabel F. Simon and Mrs. Verner Williams, both of Blytheville; A sister, Mrs. Richard Akle of Joiner; Five grandchildren and six great - grandchildren. Services will be Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Cobb Funeral chapel with Rev. Martin Wilkinson officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery with Cobb Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers will be Alvin (Bo) Huffman Jr., Eddie Saliba, George Dillahunty, Todd Harrison, Pete Thompson, Russell Marr and Bill Bracey. .__ ern portions. During the raids, Force F4C Phantom an Air jet was shot down by Communist ground fire, U.S. headquarters said. Dope Raid Nabs ASC Student JONESBORO, Ark. (AP)' Pros. Atty. Gerald Pearson has filed a second charge against Joe R. Hamil, 21, who was arrested Wednesday night when police raided his apartment. Sheriff Floyd Johnson said several containers of what he described as marijuana were found in the raid. Hamil was charged with possession of marijuana after the raid, and Friday Pearson filed charges of selling marijuana. Hamil attended Arkansas SUtt College. Raines R. W. Raines To Resign OEO Post Roland Willjames Raines, field representative of the Mississippi County Office of Economic opportunity, has been named to the pastorate of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Little Rock. As field reresentative, Raines draws up plans at the county level for such programs as project Head Start and planned parenthood and submits them to the regional office of O.E.O. Raines, who has been with the OEO since Jan. 15, 1966, was pastor of Carter's Temple C.M.E. Church in Blytheville from 1963 to 1964. He also taught See RAINES pa Pago 5 The plane was the 467th announced U.S. loss in ttie two years of aerial bombings of tha north. In South Vientam, two U.S. helicopters and a light observation plane were shot down by ground fire Friday during widely scattered ground fighting. In the northern part of the country, U.S. Marines reported killing 45 Communists in three actions with the help of artillery barrages and air strikes. In the central coastal region, units of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Airmobile Division and Vietnamese marines killed 21 of the enemy. Infantrymen of the U.S. 25th Division reported killing 9 more. U.S. headquarters said thera were no casualties in the crashes of the two helicopters, one an Army craft and the other a Marine craft. The pilot of the spotter plane was listed as missing. Headquarters announced the termination of Operation Colby, a search and destroy operation north and east of Saigon by units of the 9th Infantry D vision. Headquarters said 14 enemy soldiers were killed in the operation, begun Jan. 20. The B52s struck 29 miles northeast of Tay Ninh City in a heavy jungle. In raids over North Vietnam, U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force pilots concentrated on highways, bridges and coastal supply vessels. Hanoi's official Vietnam News Agency reported a statement by North Vietnam's foreign minister, Nguyen Duy Trinh, that the United States "must first halt unconditionally the bombing raids and all other acts of War'" before peace talks can begin. Trinh accused the United States of continuing to escalate the Weather Forecast Arkansas—Clear and cold tonight. Sunday mostly sunny and pleasant. Low tonight 24-28. ( Highs Sunday 56-62. IJIIIIIIilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllillllllllliliiiiiiMHIIlli

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