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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. 62—NO. 2TC BLYTHEVILLE, ABKANSAS (72315)' TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CENTS PLAN SCOUT FUND DRIVE — Three of the leaders in the campaign to raise funds for a Boy Scout camp at Viola to serve the 16 counties for Northeast Arkansas met this morning. From left are Toler Buchanan, Blytheville fund chairman; Charles Czeschin, county development fund campaign chairman; and Floyd White, district scout executive. The Blytheville kickoff meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. tonight in Mississippi County Electric Co-operative building. Goal of the drive Is $350,000. (Courier News Photo) $/ Million Problem Southside Project Faces Cut: Little The size of Blytheville's Southside A Urban Renewal project may have to be cut, Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. said today. Cost of the project originally estimated at $4 million has now jumped to $5 million, according Dateline MOSCOW (AP) - The Leningrad City Court forwarded Saturday the appeal of Buel Ray Wortham to a three-year Soviet sentence, meaning the appeal will be heard by the Russian Federation Supreme Court within three weeks. The U. S. Embassy, where Wortham has been living .on bail since Jan. 15, said today that the North Little Rock, Ark., youth's lawyer had reported the forwarding. Under Soviet law, the supreme Court must hear the appeal within 20 days of receiving the appeal. It probably arrived in Moscow Monday or today, the embassy said. SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) —Apparent, flaws in the pacification program in South Vietnam brought about a reorganization of U.S. civilian operations two months ago, and officials of the program say they feel "a great deal of progress' is being made. The Office of Civil Operations was formed Dec. 1 to coordinate the program after some experts complained the effort to win' the minds and" hearts of the Vietnamese peasantry had not kept pace with the improving military situation. WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republcian Leader Gerald R. Ford, in what seems likely to become the GOP response to most new federal aid proposals, says the best way to finance a nationwide war on crime is by federal tax sharing. President Johnson asked Congress Monday for federal spending of $50 million next year and perhaps $300 million in 1969 to help states aiid ities fight WASHINGTON (AP) - Negotiations between the United States and Panamf over a new Panama Canal treaty are nearing the end of their third year with no sign an agreement may be reached soon. to Urban Renewal Director W. J. Cupples. "The federal government has allowed $3 million for their share of the project "and using their 3 for 1 formula that means they are about $1 million shy," Cupples said. Little said he, Cupples and planning consultant Donald S. Manes of Little Rock will leave tomorrow morning for Fort Worth, Tex., where they hope to "try to get more federal money for the project." * * * Southside A is a 212-acre area Pressure May Cause Errors In Space Tries CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) — Two engineers involved with the Apollo man-to-the-moon program said the pressure of meeting schedules tempts engineers to take short cuts and choose superficial answers to Their remarks, contained in technical papers released at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference underway today at Cocoa Beach were written before the Apollo tragedy and in no way referred to the accident that killed three astronauts. But the opinions, expressed by two engineers with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Marshall Space Flight Center at Huntsville, Ala., echoed one of the most frequently heard criticisms of the man-to-the-moon program: The pressure to meet schedules — launch schedules, deliv ery schedules and test schedules — should not be a factor when a mistake can cause injury or death, one said. "Because meeting schedule is of prime importance, there is a natural tendency for test engi neers and others who influence See SPACE on Page 2 bounded on the east by South Ruddle Road, on the south by Sawyer, on the north and west by the Frisco Railroad. All planning has been completed, Cupples said, and if ihe additional federal money can be obtained concrete streets will be constructed as will side walks and storm sewers. Substandard dwellings will be purchased or modernized. * * * Little was not specific about the reduction of the project size but he was plainly pessimistic about the prospect of additional funds. "There seems to be a shortage of federal money. We have had an application for a $182,000 planning grant for a downtown UR project submitted for seven months. "I had Congressman Took Gainings check into it and he they ran out of funds and it will be after July 1, 1967, until we can hope, to get more money for the downtown project," Little said. Little said the trip would be used, "to meet as many people as possible and to discus no only Southside A but Urban Renewal in general and future programs. "Federal programs are definitely running into a shortage of money and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets worse." Malaria on the Go SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A strain of malaria immune to available drugs is sweeping through Vietnam and has struck more than 10,000 Americans there in less than two years, according to a report by a Navy research team. Slow-flying planes have been spraying over friendly Vietnamese territory in an effort to kill the larvae of the mosquitoes that carry the parasitic disease, the report said Monday. Turnpike Authority Bill Signed by WR LITTLE ROCK (AP)-A bill creating an Arkansas Turnpike Authority with the power to issue bonds to build toll highways was signed into law Monday by Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller. Act 43 thus establishes a nine- member commission to supervise construction of turnpikes in Arkansas. Interests in western Arkansas who want a turnpike through that section extending from the Missouri to the Louisiana borders had pushed the measure in the General Assembly. Rockefeller also vetoed Monday another bill designed to distribute a $2.7 million public school fund surplus as a bonus to teachers and other school officials. He vetoed the House version of a similar measure last week. Rockefeller Says BOOHER'S RELEASE DUE TO BAD MANAGEMENT By GEORGE F. BARTSCH Associated Press Writer LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The State Penitentary's assistant superintendent in charge of Tucker Prison Farm was dismissed because his "reputation ... and the manner in which he operated the prison had many of the prisoners living in fear of their ilevs," GOV. Winthrop Rockefeller said Monday. The governor's remarks were in a two-page, typed memorandum delivered to the Arkansas Legislature's Joint Penitentiary Investigating Committee by Bob Scott, Rockefeller's aide on prison and parole affairs. The memorandum explained the governor's firing of Asst. Supt. Pink Booher and three of bis wardens—J. L. Mashburn, Robert Henslee and H. H. Chadick. Rockefeller said he had obtained his information on Booher from State Poke Director Herman Lindsey, who also had expressed concern for the safety of Booher and "others." The governor's memorandum said Lindsey and two members of the investigating committee also had told him that the situation at the prison was critical, and that personnel changes were required immediately. The committee members, who were not identified, also told him that "goon squads" composed of prison trustys were "beating up" inmates who had talker! to investigators, Rockefeller said. "With all the information brought to me by Lindsey and said, "I determined it was my duty and obligation to act ,is I did. Prudence would permit no other course." Rockefeller's memorandum to the five-member committee which is headed by Sen. Knox Nelson of Pine Bluff, also denied that he had in any way approved the hiring of Booher last December. "I did not know him, or anything about his quahficatona and background," Rockefeller sad. "The decision to appoint Escapees Caught BRINKLEY, Ark. (AP) Three escapees from Tucker Prison Farm were caught near here Monday night following a high speed chase and a scare for a Keo couple. State Police said the three, who escaped Sunday, ran through a roadblock at DeValls Bluff where Trooper Dennis Atwood trailed the car at speeds up to 115 m.p.h. Officers said the trio entered the combination grocery store- home of Mr. and Mrs. Elree D. Wilson in Keo, tied up the couple, got something to eat and then stole Wilson's car. Police also said they stole a butcher knife from the store. They made their way to U.S. 70 where they turned right and Wilson, meanwhile, freed him- self and notified authorities of the incident. Road blocks were I immediately set up throughout I the area. They ran through Atwood's road block at the White River Bridge at DeValls Bluff. He pursued them and called ahead for help. Two members of the Brinkley Police Department cut the convicts off west of Brinkley, forced them into a ditch and they were apprehended. Officers said no one was injured and the car was only damaged. Police identified the men as Ernest Clinton Tunsttll, 22, of Bay; Billy Ray Marvel, 20, of Pine Bluff and James Russell Smith, 25, of Blytheville. They left Tucker Prison Farm on horseback at 10 a.m. Sunday, prison authorities reported. him was that of the Faubus A4 ministration." The governor said Nelson and Sen. Morrell Gathrigiit, also of Pine Bluff, had talked to him in December about their "desire to have Mr. Booher appointed," but that he had expressed "misgivings" and "reservations" to Faubus and to "others." Rockefeller said Faubus had intimated in a story in the Jonesboro Evening Sun that he (Rockefeller) had helped make the decision to hire Booher. "This is not true," Rockefeller said. The investigating committee, which had operated in secret until Monday, opened its meeting to the press during the time that Scott read the governor's memorandum and answered questions from committee members about two visits to the prison. It closed the meeting again, however, before hearing a report from Rep. Ivan Rose of Rogers, who also had visited the prison. Rose and Rep. Van B. Taylor of Searcy are believed to be the committee members mentioned in the Rockefeller memo- radum. Scott said that during a visit last Wednesday, he had found the prisoners "up tight," which he defined as prison terminology for tension, concern and un- See PRISON on Page 2 Viet Airstrips, Ammunition Dumps Vulnerable Russell Lashes at Poor Security By JACK BELL WASHINGTON (AP) -Chairman Richard B. Russell of the Senate Armed Services Committee said today the military is guilty of "great derelictions in security" in guarding U.S. air- fields and ammunition dumps in Vietnam. Russell said the Pentagon's announcement Monday nearly doubling the publicly acknowledged toll of U. S. aircraft in Southeast Asia indicated a secu- Osceola Council Lists Agenda By Ann Valentino Staff Writer OSCEOLA - Within the near 'uture, the city administration of Osceola will be grappling complex and possibly expensively ambitious projects, among them sewerage, parking meters, and traffic lights. The city presently has hopes of a $1.5 million sewer improvement program, with plans to be 'inalized sometime in March, according to Mayor Charles Wiygul. The Federal government will defray part of the costs. Next Monday, according to Wiygul, the council will discuss the advisability of installing traffic lights at a school inter- secton, Ermen Lane and West Ford. He said the state highway department is conducting studied at three other intersections, Ford and Walnut; Washington and Walnut; and South Highway 61 and West Highway 140. Also on Monday's agenda is a request by the city YMCA for financial help, Wiygul said. The .Y hopes to rent the former Coral Lanes bowling alley for their headquarters. Their projected 1967 budget stands at $23,000.. GO GO BUGGY — This amphibious vehicle built by Canadian John Gower, has a fiberglass hull-body, moves on six low pressure rubber wheels and is powered by two six h.p. engines. rity gap. "Our operating conditions at our airfields are not good," Russell said. "We have not installed the bunker system we used in World War II to separate parked planes from each other and thus diminish damage from attack. "There has been great dereliction in security at our airfields and ammunition dumps which has permitted the Viet Cong to make damaging, sneak attacks on them. This must be corrected." The Georgia Democrat said that while South Vietnamese have been used to guard airfields, ammunition depots which have been attacked are guarded by U. S. troops. Many of the newly listed aircraft were planes or helicopters destroyed or irreparably damaged by Viet Cong attack on airstrips. The Pentagon said Monday that in addition to the previously announced losses of 622 attack planes knocked down by Communist anti-aircraft or missiles, 550 planes have been lost on air strips, in operations outside Vietnam or for operational causes. The 550 planes, worth an esti- ,mated $500 million, were said to range from single-engine Army observation planes to jet bombers. The losses outside Vietnam included Air Force fighter-bombers which crashed in Laos while bombing Communist infiltration routes and planes downed in Thailand en route to missions in North Vietnam. The announced toll of 255 helicopters will soon be more than doubled by adding in the non- attack categories of loss, officials also indicated. Russell said he believes the losses of 1,172 fixed-wing plane exceeds the attrition rate for smilar losses in the Korean War. Russell said he and his committee knew the losses were clearly double those of the previously posted 622. He indicated NAACP to Meet The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will meet in the Municipal courtroom at City Hall tomorrow night at 8 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public. C'ville Clamps Down On Teen Night Owls CARUTHERSVILLE - The Caruthrsville city council has taken steps to tighten its curfew laws. According to B. F. (Hot) Rogers, the council last night voted to amend an existing ordinance to read that all persons under 19 years of age are not to be out of doors past 10 p.m. unless accompanied by an adult me- ber of the family. The amendment was dopted curb what Circuit Judge William L. Ragland has called the city's growing delinequency problem. Before the amendment, the curfew applied to juveniles under 16 years old. The exception to the law will be Saturdays, when the juveniles will be permitted to stay out to 11:30 p.m. Rogers added the council has ordered the curfew enforced. Juveniles who violate the time limit wilt be taken in custody and placed in the city or county jail and their parents will have to call for them, he said. Violations will be handled by the juvenile court, according to Rogers, he saw no need for any new investigation of the matter except for a possible inquiry into tightening security. But Sen. Bourke B. Hickenlooper, R-Iowa, called the Pentagon's announcement "shocking" and "fantastic." As a supporter of President Johnson's war course, he said it was the kind of "half-truth" that failed to sustain the administration's position that it has been disclosing the full extent of war losses. "It raises the question of the credibility of the announcement of the number of casualties in Vietnam," he said. "It seems to me that we could well ask what the true figure is on casualties." Pentagon spokesmen said military intelligence opposed revealing aircraft losses to the enemy but that about three-fourths of the losses in cumulative form Monday had been mentioned individually in past com- muniques anyway. A Defense Department statement said "inquiries from newsmen have focused" on the losses of attack planes downed by antiaircraft or missiles. Reporters at the Pentagon had been inquiring for days about the other loss categories, however. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, who has opposed any escalation of the war, said he thinks it would have been far better for the Pentagon to have announced the losses as they occurred. Mansfield said he does not regard this as a credibility gap. But he called in the future for "greater coordination and synthesis" in presenting over-all figures. Weather Forecast Fair and cold this afternoon and tonight. Partly cloudy and not so cold Wednesday. High this afternoon 28 to 34. Lows tonight 16 to 20. High Wednesday 32 to 28. Outlook for Thursday partly cloudy and not so cold.