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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOli. 68—NO. 878 BLYTOEVILLE, ABKANSAS (72816) MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13,196T 14 PAGES TEN CENTS By JOHN M. HIGHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP)-Prompt resumption of the U.S. air war against North Vietnam was foreseen by officials here today unless the North Vietnamese start reducing military operations or otherwise move toward peace. President Johnson has devel- was Indicated, If there were n» move toward peace talks. U.S. officials said an unexpected weekend extension of the lunar new year pause in bombing of the North does not indicate any change in basic U.S. policy. They ruled out a long suspension unless Hanoi takes reciprocal action. Johnson himself made the presumably including telephone calls - with Wilson. Wilson and Kosygin concluded their scheduled conferences Sunday. But they met early today for an additional 65 minutes at Kosygin's hotel hours before his scheduled return to Moscow. Newsweek magaine said the State Department is studying an unidentified Eastern European N.Y., issue a denial that the senator had received a peace feeler while on a visit to Paris. .MC hrde etruecgafvphceiheee It was Newsweek, in its last issue, that said Kennedy had received the peace feeler through a French diplomat. This is the third pause in the air war against North Vietnam that started in February 1965. some government in touch with the Communist regime in Hanoi predicted peace talks might be started if the aerial bombing ended. In recent months North Vietnam as been saying that peace talks "could" result if the United States ended the bombing unconditionally. This Johnson has declared he will not do in Sunday by Rusk in an interview broadcast in West Germany. Rusk said it was better to stop the flow of military supplies in North Vietnam than to let armaments flow into the South without opposition and be used there against American and allied troops. Newsweek — in its article on Sen. Kennedy's trip to Paris — troubled Mr. Johnson — as he angrily told Kennedy to his face — was that the story got out at all. 'It was rough,' said White House staffer Walt Rostow, shaking his head as he departed the Johnson-Kennedy facedown. 'It was very rough'." In other developments during the day: Red China's Foreign Minister put out the flames of revolution of the Vietnamese people and sacrifice their fundamental interests. In Rome, Pope Paul VI admitted his failure to bring about an extension of the lunar new year truce, but said he still frai not abandoned hope for a Vietnam settlement. A Harvard University au- HANOI STALL MAY TRIP BOMB LEVER opments in the situation under almost constant review, informants added — presumably including a surprise meeting early today between British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in London. An order te return to the attack could go out at any time, it decision for the extended bombing pause following the four-day holiday truce throughout Vietnam. The President reportedly acted at the last minute on Saturday when the 96-hour cease- fire was coming to an end. According to authoritative information, Johnson acted after an exchange of messages — diplomat's report that Red China's Mao Tse-tung has given North Vietnam approval to negotiate with the United States on condition that the talks Be direct, and not through the offices of the. Soviet Union. In a related story, the magazine said Johnson insisted that Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D- The first bombing suspension was undertaken in May 1965 ran for five days. Johnson ordered the second at the end of a Christmas-New Year's truce in December 1965. That pause lasted 37 days. Secretary of State Dean Rusk has said since then that each pause was initiated because the absence of a matching military reduction by the Communists. Johnson summed up his position in a letter last week to Pop Paul VI: "I know you would not expect us to reduce military action unless the other side is willing to do likewise." This view was reaffirmed said Johnson "roundly denounced" Kennedy for interfering in "delicate negotiations" on Vietnam. Then the President demanded that Kennedy publicly deny having received the peace feeler, the magazine added. Newsweek said of the Johnson - Kennedy meeting: "What Chen Yi accused the United | dience repeatedly hissed and States of trying to cover up intensified war efforts in Vietnam with 'a smokescreen of peace talks." In a speech reported by the New China News Agency, Chen also accused the Soviet Union of "working in close collaboration" with the United States "to laughed at U.S. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg as he defended the administration's Vietnam policy. The chief U.S. envoy to the United Nations at one point replied to a questioner: "I haven^t told you what to say, so don't you try to tell me what to say." For PSC Appointment Demo Critic Raps Senate By ED SHEARER Associated Press Writer ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP)— Jerry K. Thomasson, an outspoken critic of some Democrats during last year's election campaigning, said it softly Sunday night but there was little doubt about how he felt. "Had it been a Democratic governor, I don't believe they would have done it," he said. Thus, he assessed his view of the Arkansas Senate's action Friday in adopting a resolution naming former state Rep. Glenn F. Walther of Little Rock Dateline Feb. 13 WASHINGTON (AP)-President Johnson and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey have called anew for Americans to bury racial prejudice. Johnson called it "man's ancient curse and present shame." The chief executive addressed several hundred chilled listeners Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial on the 158th anniversary of 'Abraham Lincoln's birth. LONDON (AP) - Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin and British Prime Minister Harold Wilson confirmed today that they had failed to set up a joint peacemaking program for Vietnam but pledged to go on working for an end to the war. A communique issued at the end of Kosygin's week-long visit to Britain reaffirmed their adherence to the principles of the Geneva agreements which ended the French war in Indochina. WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Dean Rusk flies to Buenos Aires today for the Western Hemisphere Foreign Ministers Conference opening Tuesday. Rusk tentatively plans to return Feb. 22 if the conference has finished most of its work by then. Aides said he does not intend at this point to visit any other countries along the way. The purpose of the parley is to update and streamline the inter-American system, including making fundamental changes in the structure of the Organization of American States. WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican strategists say their party has a good chance to elect a governor in Kentucky this year and forge ahead of the Democrats in total governorships held for the first time lince 1954. Before the 1954 election, there were 29 Republican and 19 Democratic governors in the then-48 states. .Democrat gains that year shifted the division to Democrats 28, Republicans 20. to the state Public Service Commission. The matter, however, was not scheduled to be resolved until today when the Senate met to take action on Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller's appointment to the post — Jerry K. Thomasson. Thomasson said he was aware the governor would appoint him to the commission, one on which he was anxious to serve. "I have always been of the opinion that the utility rates in this state were too high and if you're familiar with my campaign last summer, I stated that if elected I would investigate our utility rates," Thorn- assons aid. Thomasson's rift with the Democrat began well before last year's campaigning, but it was the campaign that ignited the fire, causing many Democrats to refer to him as "Rockefeller's hatchetman." Thomasson, a handsome 35- year-old lawyer, was unsucces- ful in his bid for attorney general on the GOP ticket. During the campaign he lashed out at what he called political roads and bridges, some of Jim Johnson's cam- 3aign workers, the administration of former Gov. Orval Faubus, plus Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co., a utility regulated by the PSC. Thomasson was twice elected o the Arkansas House as a Democrat (1962 and 1964), but changed parties early last spring because he felt that "the so-called Democratic Party was controlled by a bunch of 18th century royalists who have held the state back economically." His sparring with Democrats has continued since then and it was believed that a 100 per cent Democratic Senate would be re- lustant to approve his appointment to the commission. Thomasson, born, reared and educated here, says he has no political plan at this time. "I will continue to work in the GOP and am looking forward to electing a president two years from now," he said. Thomasson, who returned ts his law practice following his general election defeat, attended Henderson State College for three • years and received his law degree from the Univesity of Arkansas in 1959. He spent two years as a referee for the Workmen's Corn- entering law practice and eventually politics. He and his wife, the former Juanita Yates of Arkadelphia, have one son, 4-year-old Bryan, a talkative lad who proudly told a caller his grandmother was visiting. , Thomasson calmly declined to comment on Walther's remarks Saturday in calling him a "hatchetman" and • "turncoat." "I have a terrible temper," he confessed, "so I'd rather just say no comment." Thomasson was ready to take a look at utility rate had he received the appointment. "I wanted to look into the situation and see If I was right," he said. CLOSEUP-A first-hand look at one of his charges is taken by Thomas Hirsch, 10, shown here eying a male swallowtail butterfly that has just hatched from its cocoon. Thomas of Schenectady, N.Y., watches the metamorphosis from catipillar to butterfly as a hobby. Schools Have Fowl in Future A 33-percent increase in the federal allotment of frozen chicken given to the Mississippi County schools is anticipated, I based upon a release from the Consumer and Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The increase will allow state schools 720,000 pounds of chicken, part of the 54,030,000 pounds the Consumer -and Marketing Service has purchased for the national school lunch program. According to John Roden, supervisor of county schools, Mississippi County participates in the lunch program, and he therefore hopes for an increase in this year's allotment of chicken. He said last month the county received 24,324 pounds of chicken, a total of 737 cases, of which 135 were alloted to Blytheville. He added the county schools received monthly consignments of commodities from the Department of Agriculture in Little Rock and that he usually did not know until the day before what shipment his office was to receive. HISTORIC POLICY CHANGE Kosygin In New Move Fiery Object Is Unidentified by AF Reports of a flaming ;0bject said to have fallen to earth south of the city early Sunday morning were checked with authorities at Blytheville Air Force Base, who say they have no knowledge of the incident. The "thing" was supposed to have been on fire as it came from the sky, and still in flames when it struck. Witnesses report the incident occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday, and (he object is said to have fallen about five miles to the right of Highway 61, just past its junction with Interstate 55. Youths Quit WASHINGTON (AP) - A survey shows that one-third of all youngsters who quit the Job Corps before completing training did so because they were afraid of getting into fights. By ARTHUR L. GAVSHON LONDON (AP) — Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin in his talks with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson emphasized three themes which, taken together, point to historic change in the Kremlin's approach to the outside world. Britis and Soviet officials said the Soviet Russian leader repeatedly stressed: 1. The Soviet Union want a Vietnam settlement desperately — but not at any price. 2. Moscow fears the power struggle between Mao Tse-tung and his antagonists could deteriorate into civil war. Or it could turn China into an intensely nationalist, expansionist state fired with the ambition to settle old scores againt the 'outer barbarian" — including :he Soviet — with whom it has territorial disputes. 3. The Soviet Union is pi- marily a European power with a right to share in maintaining order not only in the Communist jart of the continent but also in he capitalist part. By stabiliz- ng Europe on an antifascist 3ase, Kosygin and his successors would have their hand meet any challenge that may arise on their border with 2hina. On Vietnam, Wilson was told ime and again in so many words: "We Russians are real- sts. We know President Johnson may reject Hanoi's sugges- tion that a military standaof against North Vietnam coulc lead to peacemaking. If he does the war will grind on until the Vietnamese win. We are here to show we won't allow such a long war to isolate us. It's up to thi Americans, therefore, to ge; themselve off the hook they made for themselves." Kosygin freely discussed the implication of China's upheaval with Wilson. Never before had a Soviet leader, visiting a capitalist state, talked about the internal affairs of a Communisl neighbor even to the point ol siding with Mao's opponents. Other subtleties were also noted. Kosygin repeatedly stresset with relation to West Germany that "postwar boundaries are inviolable. Substitute China for West Germany, and Kosygin appeared to be bidding for Western backing in the Sovie Union's quarrel over the thousands of square miles of border territory Peking is claiming. While the Kosygin-Wilson dia. logue was under way, a clash o; national interests was dividing the Soviet Union's Europear Communist allies. Poland anc East Germany fear Romanian, Hungarian, Czechoslovak anc Bulgarian moves toward the West German government. Moscow suspect that if Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger's government abandons German territorial demands, Europe's whole postwar political setup could begin to break down. Kennedy Difference Root of Book Dispute? By RELMAN MORIN AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - William Manchester says differences of opinion between Mrs. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy may account in part for the dispute over his book, "The Death of a President." "I think she was apparently blazing like a bonfire at Bob," the writer said, referring to an incident before the controversy erupted into public. Manchester added Sunday ttiat Kennedy "has a strong and admirable sense of family loyalty. When he learned that Mrs. Kennedy was distressed, then he tried to find another solution." The author discussed his book on the NBC radio and television program, "Meet the Press." Afterward he told a reporter he is considering doing a book about his problems in writing the story of the assassination of Preident John F. Kennedy, But he said he has been incapable of writing anything since July when he first heard reports of 'discontent" among the Kennedys about his manuscript. A spokesman for Sen. Kennedy said "no comment" when pressed for Kennedy'* reactien to Manchester's statements. The panel discussion also covered thee points: References to President Johnson: Manchester said his book is not critical of the President. "I was and still am very sympathetic to President Johnson who, I think, behaved admirably," he said. "If anything he ought to have taken over more rapidly than he did." An apparent contradiction of fact: In his book, Manchester pictured Kenneth O'Donnell^ appointments secretary to Kennedy, as pacing the corridor with his hands covering his ears during the swearing-in ceremony aboard the presidential airplane, Air Force One. O'Donnell testified before Hie Warren Commission, however, that he was present at the rite. Last Friday, the Boston Globe published a photograph showing O'Donnel! standing beside Mrs. Kennedy as Johnson took the oath. Questioned as to this, Manchester replied, "My account of what took place was based on interviews with 33 people and when a clear majority said that something happened then I See KENNEDY on Page 2 SOME TIE—All wrapped up in his work is Earl Satterfield, member of the staff at the science center at St. Petersburg, Fla. One of Earl's favorite snake boarders at the Center is this South American boa constrictor, shown here giving him a slithering caress. Moon Mission Will Impose Special Limits WASHINGTON (AP) - The President's Space Advisory Committee has recommended that the first American astronauts on the moon be permitted to move around on its surface as little as possible. In a related claim of caution, a top space agency official denies the moon program is being pushed too fast in order to beat the Soviets. The advisory panel said excessive enthusiasm and self- confidence by the men on the history-making moon visit must te guarded against because of the major uncertainties of the mission. "It is recommended that firm restraint be applied in formulat- ng plans for crew activity on .he lunar surface during the First attempt," the group said in a weekend report. It also warned against being too early n attempts to establish a permanent base on the moon. Cbchairmen of the committee were Dr. Franklin A. Long of Cornell University and Dr. Lews M. Branscomb of the Joint institute for Laboratory Astro- ihysics in Boulder, Colo. In a preface to the 99-page eport, President Johnson commented that the most careful consideration was needed "because the opportunities in space are great but the costs are ligh." The report was finished Jan. 0, more than two weeks before he fire at Cape Kennedy that lilled three astronauts in an ipollo spacecraft. Testimony about the fire giv- n last Tuesday by officials of te National Aeronautics and pace Administration at a losed session of the Senate space committee was released over the weekend. NASA Deputy Director Robert C. Seamans Jr., testified that any suggestion that the space program was being pushed too fast in order to beat the Soviets See SPACE on Page 2 Peking Seeks War Extension TOKYO (AP) — Moscow Radio said Sunday Red China is apparently trying to wreck relations with the Soviet Union in effort to prevent peace in Vietnam. But Foreign Minister Chen Yi reportedly asserted that China would not take the initiative in breaking diplomatic ties with its Communist neighbor. Moscow and Peking traded accusations as a series of military moves related to Chairman Mao Tse-tung's purge was reported in China over the weekend. Troops facing the Soviet Union and the Nationalist Chinese on Formosa were put on the alert, the army took control of Peking and two of Mao's foes were ousted from the Communist party's military commission. Anti-Soviet rallies drew 100,000 persons in Peking Saturday of other cities, the New China News Agency reported. It said effigies of. Soviet Premier Alexi N. Kosygin and party leader Leonid I. Brezhnv were burned at,one rally in Taiyuan. Moscow Radio repeated a Soviet charge that the daily demonstrations outside the Soviet Embassy in Peking were slowing Soviet military and economic aid to North Vietnam because employes could not leave the embassy to expedite the ship- ments passing through China. , "The main purpose of the demonstrations apparently is to break off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union," ths 1 broadcast said. It said China wanted to cut the Soviet aid because "the Peking.leaders consider the establishment of peace in Vietnam is dangerous and against Mao Tse-tung's plan. If all assistance reached Vietnam smoothly, the U.S. aggressors would undoubt^ edly be repulsed more smoothly." Similar views were expressed during a panel discussion by Soviet news commentators broadcast from Moscow. "Any proposals for an unconditional stop to the bombing of North Vietnam caused irritation, to put it mildly, in Peking," one commentator said. Japanese correspondents in Peking said Foreign Minister Chen Yi told a Japanese trade group China would not act first to cut its ties with the Soviet Union but was "ready to strike back against any Soviet attack." Japanese dispatches said handbills in Peking reported that Soviet military activities were "brisk" along the Sinkiang border and that the Chinese army was alerted. Drugs Effective In Cancer Battle By ALTON BLAKESLEE AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) - The goal of curing cancer with drugs is being achieved in skin cancers, a researcher reported today. Various drugs are curing 60 to 98 per cent of some types of skin cancer, said D. Edmund Klein, dermatologist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, N.Y. "Healing occurs with slight or no recognizable scarring," as may occur from surgical or Xray treatment, he added. In cancer terms, "cure means no return of the cancer for at least five years. This is tjeing. achieved, Klein told the New York State Medical Society in describing research with more than 300 patients begun more than five years ago. The techniques are being used and studied at 22 other medical institutions with similar results, Klein said. The drugs — half a dozen of them used far less effectively in treating other kinds of cancer — are applied directly to the skin in ointment or other forms. The significance of the research extends beyond the abo- ition of skin cancer in many cases, Klein said. It adds to the hopes that effective drugs may be found to overcome other, internal forms of cancer. A true chemical cure of cancer so far has generally been credited only in a very rare type of cancer of the uterus or womb — choriocacinoma — with the drug methotrexate. Futher, one drug, nicknamed TEIB, appaently helps to mo bilize body defenses to overcome skin cancers by inducing a hypersensitivity or allergic type of reaction. Perhaps similar or yet-unknown defense mechanisms might be induced to combat other types of cancer, Klein suggested. Some of the drugs even help to detect early primary skin cancers. When drugs are applied to the skin, the unseen cancer spots becomes red and visible, and react to the drugs. Klein reported best results, a cure rate of 95 to 98 per cent, in superficial basal and squamous- cel cancers, and in solar kera- toses — dark, precancerous spots on the skin caused by exposure to sunlight. Basal-cell cancers arise from an underlay- er of the skin, and squamous from the top layer. Skin cances are the most curable form of cancer, with 98 per cent cure rates though sur- gey of radiation or both, if they are detected early. Some 5 million Americans are estimated to have solar kera- toses that could become cancers, and many of these result !rom "the opinion that a good suntan is a status symbol". iiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiniiiiuuiiiuiiii Weather Forecast Fair and a little warmer through Tuesday. Highs this afternoon 56 to 64. Lows tonight 36 to 44. Highs Tuesday in Uw 60s. Outlook for Wednesday partly cloudy with little temperature change, : - iiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiiNiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiim

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