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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS yoi; W-NO. mo BLYTHBVILLB, ARKANSAS (72816): FRIDAY, FEBRUAEY 8, 1967 TEN CENTS 14 PAGES Hitch Holds Up Lunar Orbiter 3 By RONALD THOMPSON MANNED SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) - Space agency officials and top engineers of the nation'.! moon program receive a private briefing Dateline Feb. 3 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Construction of the $1.4 million Port of Little Rock is expected to be completed in September 1968, according to Fred I. Brown Jr., chairman o£ the Little Rock Port Authority. The authority asked the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday for authority to proceed with the project. Brown said the completion date will coincide with when the river is supposed to be navigable to Little Rock. The port is to be built on a 151-acre site about five miles downstream from Little Rock on the Arkansas River. • NEW YORK (AP) - Look magazine is suing the New York World Journal Tribune, alleging that the newspaper violated an embargo on material from Look's serialization of the book, '"The Death of a President." The $700,000 suit, filed Thursday in federal district court here, was the third brought by Look against publications since the magazine began its serialization of author William Manchester's book last Jan. 10. • SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) •—Capt. William C. Carpenter, West Point's "lonesome end" football star, did it again this week. The paratrooper from Monroe, N.Y., carried an injured Army officer from a damaged transport plane after it made an emergency landing at Saigon's Tan Son Nhut Air Base, the U.S. Air Force reported today. Carpenter last June won his second Silver Star and a Medal of Honor nomination when he called air strikes down on his company to prevent it from being overrun by a largen enemy force. • ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) - Gov. Lester G. Maddox, back home from his first meeting with President Johnson, says national Democrats have to recognize party conservatives and other state factions. "The national party needs Georgia and Georgia needs the national party," Thursday night. Maddox said "The national party is going to have to make some special reversals in trends of recent years." The governor said that he has not followed the tradition of his office. "I have named representatives of all factions to responsible and executive positions," he said. "This has never occurred before in Georgia." • MARLBORO, Mass. (AP) "Valentine's Day is like a lizard. It crawls into your stomach and wraps around your gizzard." This may not sound like much of a message of love, but it should brighten the day of an American fighting man in Vietnam on St. Valentine's Day. The poem was written by one of more than 4,000 children and adults who joined in a "Valentine for Vietnam" campaign by radio station WSRO in Marlboro, about 24 miles west of Boston. • WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford responded today to President Johnson's call for an "area of agreement" by reiterating GOP determination to oppose what he termed the President's "mistaken" domestic policies. "On domestic issues," Ford today on the Apollo spaceship tragedy. Shortly before the scheduled briefing a power supply problem forced a 24-hour postponement — until Saturday night — of the attempt to launch the Lunar Orbiter 3 into orbit about the moon from Cape Kennedy, Fla. The complex camera package is intended to help pick defini lunar landing sites for Amer can astronauts. The Nation Aeronautics and Space Admini tration reported Bie trouble a; peared to be in the electric, power system running betwee the ground and the payload. * * * The launching of the Atla Agena rocket on the 92-hour quarler-million-mile trip wa reset for 8:15 p.m. (EST) Satui day. It emphasizes the dete: mination of NASA to push o toward the moon despite th Apollo 1 disaster in which thre astronauts died a week ago. NASA would say only that th select group meeting in Housto today, which includes executive- level engineers, would "discus the accident and the Apollo pro gram in light of the accident." A spokesman said about 5 engineers from NASA alon with representatives of "30 o so" Apollo contractors and subcontractors had been asked t the meeting, set for 2 p.m. a the Manned Spacecraft Center Dr. Robert Gilruth, cente director, and Joseph Shea, Apoi 16 program manager, were ex pected to conduct the briefing. * * * The spokesman would not say whether it would include an in terim report from the board o inquiry probing the fire tha killed Air Force Lt. Cols. Virgi I. Grissom and Edward H White II and Navy Lt. Cmdr Roger B. Chaffee. However, he said Maj. Gen. Samuel Phillips who headed up tile preliminary investigating team and who is the Apollo program director, might attend. NASA has adopted a closemouthed policy on the tragedy and the future of ttie American man to the moon project. Investigators reportedly are far from drawing a conclusion on whal sparked the fire. It was learned that telegrams iad gone out to companies involved, asking their personnel o refrain from public discussions of the accident and its effect on the drive to fjie moon. * * : The disaster, the first to claim an American astronaut's life on the job, set the program back at least six months. A major redesign of equipment, such as a switch from a pure-oxygen spacecraft environment to a less flammable, two-gas system, could possibly stall it for up to two or more years. Kiwanions To Hear Report Globe trotting and religion will mark Blytheville Kiwanis Club programs for February. On Feb. 8, Rev. Vigil Keeley will report to the club on his tour of the Holy Land. On Feb. 15, Dr. John Hard will speak on the Blytheville religious census. Feb. 22, Kendall Berry will speak and show pictures of his visit to Africa. March 2 is Kiwanis Ladies Night. The program will be at Blytheville Country Club and P. D. Gathright, former Arkansas Jaycee president and humorist, will be the speaker. HOME SWEET HOME — The Blytheville city dump still accumulates wet garbage after more than a year's functioning of the city incinerator. The dump is a rat haven serving to populate the south section of the city. There are no city plans to exterminate the creatures. (Courier News Photo) Tons of Waste Pose New Threat to City By Herb Wight Managing Editor On a clear day you can't se forever, but if you are driving south on Ruddle Road you ca see smoke billowing from botr the city incinerator and the city dump. Theoretically you shouldn't bi seeing smoke from the dump About two years ago, when the )lan for a city incinerator wa conceived, the idea was t abandon putting wet garbage in he dump, plow under the de >ris and fill the entire area. More than a year after thp ncinerator began attempting t« :onsume city trash, the dump till runneth over and continues as a nesting place for thou- ands of rats. Although it has an admittec moral obligation to do so. the ity has not and is not doing mything to control the rat pep- ilation. It was feared that when the limp was abandoned for the ncinerator the rodents would nigrate to surrounding farms nd into the city in search of ood. As events have happened, owever, the dump has not been bandoned, food is still being umped there and the site con- nues as a haven for the crea, ires. Whenever the city incinerator reaks down — which is every •aid, "Republicans often find it Impossible to support the President because we believe he is jrrong." Dog Clinic at Burdette Dog and pet vaccination clinics will be held Tuesday and Thursday in the Burdette area. Both clinics will be sponsored by the Burdette School. Special vaccination rates of $1.50 will be charged during the clinic periods. On Tuesday, the clinic will be at Burdette school from 1 to 3 p.m. On Thursday, a veterinarian will be on duty at Horn* I Gin from 1 p.. until 4 p.m. wo or three weeks, according officials — city garbage is auled to the dump. Every night the dough left Ker at Meyers Brown 'n Serve akery is hauled to the dump ecause it can't be handled by e incinerator. (The dough icks to the conveyor that car r s the debris into the combus- on chamber of the incinera- r). Refuse produces from Blythe lie Canning Company also find their way to the dump and consequently to the rat population there. Bush pays the city $96 per year and Meyers $480 per year for use of the dump, according to Bill Malin, city clerk. * * * Has the city made any attempt to control the rats? According to Claude Brewer, in charge of the city sanitation department under the city administration of former Mayor Jimmie Edwards, "yes." "We sprayed the dump for flies, mosquitoes and rats. In fact we sprayed every week throughout the summer, from April until September. We kept up the spraying until January. In the winter we sprayed every two or three weeks," Brewer said. The "we" mentioned by Brewer was, he said, about eight men using three gailm spray cans. "We used Malathion to kill the flies and mosquitoes and we sprayed with Baytex for the rats," he said. city clerk's office some $1,243.61 was spent by the city during June, July and August of 1966 to purchase four, 5-gallon units of Baytex. The poison was purchased from the P.O. Foster company here. Foster is a mem her of City Council. Will Baytex kill rats, a com pany spokesman was asked? "Not unless he accidently stumbled onto a can of concentrate and drank it," he laughed. "It's not meant to kill rodents. It's for flies and mosquitoes." Brewer said the city never put out grain-type poison at the dump, "because it might have killed some dogs." The city still has on hand nine gallons of Baytex concen trate, Jerry McAdams, directo of the city public works depart ment, said recently. During 1966 Blytheville spen $8,159.50 for spraying operation according to Malin. None of was used to kill rats at th (See TRASH on Page Five). Mao Win May Portend Split With Russia Wage Law To Affect City According tt records in the wage law. The one positive effect of the "aw has been to cause much uncertainty as to what the fina! result will be. Local employers seem in agreement that they will have o reduce their work force some way or other or boost prices, or both. Mrs. John Bright, former ad- minisrtator of the Parkview Nursing Home, who had been working there until recently on part-time basis, is convinced he cost to the patient will iave to increase. Prior to Feb. 1, nursing omes and hospitals had been x e m p t from the minimum wage laws. But now they are equired to pay their help at east one dollar per hour. Next ear the wage will increase to 1.15 and by 1971 will be $160. Kenneth Flowes, assistant manager of the Big D Supermarket, says that only the store's part - time help has been affected by the new wage schedule. He anticipates having to reduce some of the working hours of part - time help and increasing the efficiency of the help that is used. No rise in prices is planned, he adds, but if the new law should create a financial hardship for -the store, the money will have to come from somewhere. Another retail grocer said most of the chain stores, which have union contracts, are paying over the minimum wage now in most cases. Starting pay for a grocery clerk is w e 11 above the minimum wage already, he continued. Some stores, he added, have been paying the minimum wage to most employes, and for these workers the law will mean an increase of 15 cents an hour. Joe Whisenhunt, owner of the Burger Broil Drive-in, speaking on behalf of other restaurant owners, says his business, to the best of his knowledge, is not presently covered by the He explained this year the increase applies to restaurants who do a half-million dollars or more in yearly business. Next year, he added, the standard will decrease to $250,000 yearly, and the law presently does not extend beyond that time. He feels none of the restaurants in Blytheville are now doing a half - million dollars in trade yearly and therefore none will be affected. There is much concern, he continued, among the smaller businesses which are not readily able to absorb the higher cost. Whisenhunt said he had nol been notified that he had to go to the minimum wage. He added he hoped Congress would modify the law so as not to penalize the smaller restaurants By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent A break in Moscow-Pekin diplomatic relations is a distini possibility if Mao Tse-tung an Defense Minister Lin Piao wi the power struggle in China. It may take time for th smoke to clear. The Russian seem to be waiting an watching, their sympathies wit the anti-Mao forces, but appar ently without much confidenc that they can win out. There is another side to this aowever. The Soviet press ha ailed to show any superabun dance of enthusiasm for an Ihinese leaders on either side Perhaps the Russians alread; have lost interest in mendin relations with their Communis jrethren in China. Yugoslav Communists basei n Moscow now consider th Kremlin's relations with Peking close to the snapping point. Om Belgrade radio corresponden •eports that "discreet hints are >eing made in Moscow politica circles on the possibility tha changes may occur in Soviet Chinese relations." He suggest the likelihood of a break in rela tion "or something similar." Soviet patience has been strained. For a week there have been riotous anti-Moscow dem onstrations near the Soviet Em bassy in Peking, denounced the Soviet press as "outrages. 1 " Peking reported this week that more than a million Chinese in all participated in the demonstrations, among whose milder slogans was "Bash the dogs' heads of Kosygin and Bre- zhnev." Alexei N. Koygin is the Soviet premier. Leonid I. Bre- ihnev is Soviet party chief. iiiiiliillliiliiiilliliiiliiiiilliiillllilHliiiiiliiiiiiiiiiililliililiiiiiiinig CITY GETS NEW LIBRARY | | Blytheville will get a new 1 library, the United States 1 government announced to-1 I day. | | However, this library will f - be located at Blytheville | _ Air Force Base and will m \ be included in $184,000 in | 1 new construction at the I _ base. | I Congressman E.C. (Took) 1 ~ Gathings announced that I | the Air Force will con- | I struct a library and an I addition to the adminis-1 trative maintenance con- 1 trol wing at the base. | _ Army Corps of Engineers 1 | will award the contract, | ! Gathings said. j The provocation for the Peking demonstrations was an incident in Moscow Jan. 25, and that had the look of something deliberately staged by the Chinese. The Soviet news agency Tass said it was "nothing but an undisguised provocation planned in advance." Matters between Peking and Moscow grow worse by the hour. The Chinese are accusing Moscow of organizing a plot with the Americans and Japa- nese to move into Manchuria. It is doubtful that matters can be put right again between the two, no matter who wins out in Peking. A break in relations would begin a new stage in the feud which could result eventually in heavy concentrations of troops of both countries along the frontiers and a period of deep suspicion and hostility which would have a strong impact on the political future of Asia. Mao's Victories May be Shaky By JOHN RODERICK TOKYO (AP) - Wall posters :n Peking today reported that 250 persons were injured tSiis week in fighting among support- :rs of Mao Tse-tung in a suburb of the Chinese capital. Official Maoist mouthpieces also disclosed continuing resistance in Shansi and Kweichow provinces. Coupled with the re sorted clash in Peking, they indicated Mao's hold on at leas some of the areas his forces claim to have seized from sup porters of President Liu Shaochi is by no means secure. In Moscow, the Soviet Foreign Ministry announced it would icgin evacuating wives and ihildren of Soviet Embassy per- onneJ from Peking Saturday, ollowing a week of riotous dem- instralioiis outside the Peking Jmbassy protesting the treatment of Chinese students pass- ng through Moscow on their r ay home. So far there was no eport that any of the approximately 300 Soviet officials in D eking were being recalled. Wall posters reported by the 'eking correspondent of the apanese newspaper Asahi had turned out to be as bad as those they replaced. The reports said on Monday, when loyal Maoists sought to reason with them in suburban Shihchingshan, fighting broke out, 1,000 police were thrown into the fray, 250 persons were hurt — 50 of them seriously .^and 400 Red Guards were arrested. Premier Chou En'lai had-to intervene and troops of the Peking command took over the police headquarters temporarily, the posters said. Hsieh Fu-chih, public security minister, apologized for the ralice action, calling it "a compete mistake," the report add- d. OKier wall posters said Pre- lier Chou had attacked Pek- ng's military commander, Yang Yun, on Jan. 31 for criticizing the army's chief commi- ar, Gen. Hsiao Hua,. and said his threatened army unity. These posters also said Chou accused Liu Chih-chien, deputy hief of the army's general po- itical department, of prevent- ng the army from participating n the cultural purge in October ftimbun said the Maoist "re-1 after the party central commit- els" who stormed into the cap- el's police headquarters Jan. tee's military commission had ordered it to do so. Chou said 7 to take it over in Mao's name i Liu amended the original order. Weed Killer Exposes VC WASHINGTON (AP) — Weed tiller has rained down on more lan 1 million acres of jungle in outh Vietnam, say Air Force STRIKE UP THE BAND — Some 200 high school students, representing about 35 schools from Eastern Arkansas, converged on Blytheville High School yesterday for the Region II Senior Band Clinic registration. The students, along with members of the BHS band, will be divided Into two competing groups and will practice Friday morning and afternoon and Saturday morning. Both bands will play a concert 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium. There will be no admission charge. (Courier News Photo) leaders. The purpose: To remove leaves from trees and vegetation which had masked Communist supply lines. "Spraying herbicides from UC123 aircraft is a unique and highly successful special air warfare operation in Southeast Asia," Gen. John P. O'Connell, Air Force chief of staff, told senators Thursday at a closed hearing. "The chemicals used in this program are commercial weed killers which are harmless to both humans and animals," the general testified. "They do remove foliage from vegetation, thereby greatly improving visibility for both ground and air operations." By last Dec. 31, "more than a million acres had been defoliated," he said, "including very sizeable acreage along the so-' See VIET CONG on Page 5 Weather Forecast Mostly cloudy and continued cold this afternoon. Decreasing cloudiness late tonight and Saturday. Cold again tonight, warmer Saturday. High this afternoon in the 30s. Lows tonight 26 to 32. Highs Saturday in the 50s. Outlook for Sunday partly cloudy with little change in temperatures. IIIWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIilllllllllllllillllllllNIIUIHIt

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