The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 23, 1967 · Page 1
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 23, 1967
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS \f OL. 68-NO. BLTEHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72815); THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28,1967) 14 PAGES TEN CENTS WAR'S BIGGEST OPERATION UNDERWAY Dateline Feb. 23 PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Moon-circling Lunar Orbiter snapped 211 pairs of photo graphs of possible astronau landing sites before mechanica: problems developed. Project officials in ending the week-long photo taking Wednesday night 11 hours earlier than scheduled said all of the primary Apollo landing sites hac been photographed as planned A preliminary analysis of the pictures taken since Feb. 15 indicated all objectives of Orbiter 3 were achieved, a spokesman said. • WASHINGTON (AP) - Critics of the Vietnam war plan a Senate slowdown today on President Johnson's request for a speedy authorization of $4.5 billion for military hardware, research and construction. A lengthy clash between doves and hawks appeared likely. • SAIGON (AP)-Sfe American civilians imprisoned by the South Vietnamese have been on a hunger strike for two weeks protesting the five-year sentences given them for black marketing, police sources said today. • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) —New Mexico Gov. David F. Cargo has thrown the hat of Michigan Gov. George Romney into the political ring as a Republican presidential candidate. Romney arrived in New Mexico Wednesday on a western states swing to speak at a Republican victory dinner in Albuquerque. • WEATHER (AP) — Stormy weather pounded the Dakotas and Minnesota today with snow and icy winds and heavy snow appeared in store for New England and all of eastern New York from the Hudson Valley to Canada and eastern Pennsylvania. Blizzard conditions were reported in North Dakota. Northerly winds up to 50 m.p.h. swept the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota, causing much drifting. Temperatures dropped below zero in the storm zone and also in parts of northern Wisconsin, Montant, mountain areas of Wyoming, northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. 0 MANSFIELD, Ohio. (AP) Under orders to put down rebellion, leaders of a striking Ohio union are attempting to lead their United Auto Workers back Sportsmen Score Again By G. J. Drott Staff Writer Gratifying news from a rank ing wildlife official came to the Big Lake Hunting and Fishing Club, now the Missisippi Coun ty Fish and Wildlife Association at its meeting last night in the Municipal Courtroom of the City Hall. The association is gradually achieving more of the objec tives it was organized to obtain and Dave Donaldson, chief of east Arkansas, made it clear that the state will do everything reasonable to comply with the wishes of the majority of area sportsmen. There were few empty seats in the municipal courtroom at City Hall where the club met. The gathering attracted hunters and fishermen from throughout the county, including Osceola, Leachville, to work immediately and end chain-reaction shutdowns that have idled more than half of General Motors' 240,000 auto workers. Manila, Gosnell, Burdette, Blytheville and Number Nine. Featured speakers were Dick Broach, district fisheries biologist for Northeast Arkansas and Donaldson. Broach spoke .briefly of the $17,500 stocking of the 300-acre Big Lake Reservoir according to -authorized Game and Fish procedures, essentials of which were recently published in the Courier News. * * * Most of the meeting time was allotted to a question-and-answer session during which Donaldson clarified queries from the floor. Donaldson told the group that in the future, Planting of row crops on Big Lake property would no longer be permitted, he inference being apparently to the planting and harvesting of soybeans by farmers, a former Game and Fish policy which has caused much criticism from sportsmen. Japanese and brown millet are to be planted for duck food and milo will be seeded for doves, said Donaldson. Where ime and funds permit, quail and rabbit food will also be planted, he added. He emphasized that all open Two from City At Meeting Blytheville will have two representatives at tomorrow's meeting of the Arkansas Advisory Council on Public elementary and Secondary Education. W. J. Wunderlich, a member of the Council, will be accompanied to Little Rock for the meeting by Schools Supt. J. K. Williams. The Council is preparing a report on Arkansas education and will submit it to the Legislator before adjournment. areas will be planted and the Game and Fish commission will furnish all seed, although officials may ask farmers for assistance with seeding, as the agency has only one tractor in the county. The area to be planted encloses several hundred acres, according to estimates of association officers. Much damage has been caused by persons opening or closing the lake flood gates to suit their own purposes, according to Donaldson. Tampering with the gates defeats the work the Fish and Game Commission is attempting to accomplish, he added. As a warning, he told his audience that anyone caught so tampering with state property is liable to a fine of $500. * * * Also, last night the Big Lake Hunting and Fishing Club was formally voted out of existence with but few dissenting votes from the approximately 201 members assembled . It was emphasized by proponents of the change that the main objective of the organization, now called the Mississippi County Fish and Wild Life Association, would remain- expansion and improvement of game facilities at Big Lake. However, said the advocates, re-naming the group would encourage county - wide participation and interest and would jive the association greater in iluence with state administra- ive agencies. Moreover, it was pointed out, he re-naming would clear the way for the group to sponsor other wildlife projects within he county should conditions warrant. The association endorsed a request from several persons in- erested in coon hunting that he water be drained from the rea north of the Highline Mtch (north .woods) as soon ss lossible after the close of duck eason. The board of directors ap- iroved a resolution that all cor- espondence from the associa- ion be in writing and signed by the president, first vice-president and secretary, and that the secretary retain a copy for his files. An immediate objective for the Big Lake, the association will ask the state for boat launches and the graveling of the dirt road which runs from Big Lake Bridge, around the lake to the northeast corner and out to Simons' Field. The association also is asking that the 36-inch relift pump now owned by the Game and Fish Comission be left at the lake as an insurance that the water can always be maintained at the desired level. WAR ZONE C, Vietnam (AP) U.S. forces have unleashed the greatest ground-air assault of the Vietnam war. They hurled some 45,000 men into a vast encirclement of the Viet Cong's national headquarters and main base near the Cambodian border. The drive, ranging 50 to ft miles northwest of Saigon, began Wednesday with the first American combat parachute jump of the war, a drop of about 750 paratroopers into blocking positions behind the enemy lines and barely three miles from Cambodia. | The lightning assaults of par- jatroops, helicopter-borne infantry and foot soldiers had most units in their assigned areas within a matter of hours. The clear skies over the wide combat zone were criss-crossed with helicopters, transports, jet fighters and observation planes, operating in what one officer called fantastic coordination. On the heels of the paratroops, helicopter-lifted soldiers fanned out in landing zones on the flanks, creating a bristling arc Donaldson agreed to the last See SPORTSMEN on Page 3 BIG LAKE TURNOUT—Some 200 area sportsmen gathered in the municipal courtroom of the City Hall last night to meet with game officials for informal discussion of the Big Lake expansion and improvement program. The organ- ization is gradually achieving most of its objectives. The group also voted to re-name their association. (Courier News Photo) Kennedy Assassination Death of Ferrie May Kink Probe 'of U.S. firepower on the northern part of War Zone C in Tay Ninh Province, northwest of Saigon. Powerful columns of tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry moved up from the south and around fee flanks to complete a loose encirclement of the area where U.S. forces hoped to trap the political leadership of the Viet Cong. Initial reports from the battlefield indicated Viet Cong resistance to the first assault was confined to sniper fire, booby traps and mines. The new drive, though aunched Wednesday, was not officially disclosed until laU today for security reasons. By BERNACD GAVZER NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — 3ist. Atty. Jim Garriosn hinted oday that free-lance pilot Davis ff. Feme carried to his grave lome secrets about President (Additional Story on page 14) New Orleans. No "credible evidence" of a conspiracy was found by the Warren Commission, which said Kennedy was killed by Lee Har- John F. Kennedy's assassina- ion. Ferrie, 48, who described i vey Oswald—a former New Or- Anti-Maoists Strong In China's Breadbasket By JOHN RODERICK submit to self criticism. A lead- TOKYO (AP) — Wall posters in Peking said today that Chinese army units have turned on Mao Tse-tung's supporters in Honan, the rich agricultural province known as the breadbasket of China. Japanese correspondents said the wall posters reported the army was openly defying Mao ing party publicaton suggested that they might be permitted to hold on to their jobs although it did not name them specifically. The Peking posters said supporters of Liu in Honan were making a "cats paw" of security forces there and practicing "white terror" — assassination and torture — on Maoists. The Liu men and the army OMIIJ «"- -r™"» ---. - " , j me L.UI men ana me army in Honan and had arrested naye ignored a directive issued nearly 1,000 of his followers in Chengchow City. Similar reports have come ca n e( j on the arm y to'separate by Premier Chou En-Iai Feb. 17, the posters said. Chou had from Inner Mongolia, Slnkiang and Tibet. There was also a strong hint from Peking that Mao is willing to call off his battle against President Liu Shao-chi and Communist party general secretary Teng Hsia«-ping if they the belligerent greups, ordered the Honan Daily placed under army control and told representatives of both sides to go to Peking for talks. The day after Chou's edict appeared, 14 Maoist headquarters wer* raided in Htnan and their officials detained, and violence has gripp d the province ever since, the posters said. Honan leads all the mainland provinces in wheat production and is 90 per cent rural. The army's defiance there may reflect peasant opposition to Mao's efforts to overthrow the established political and admin- itrative order. ' There has been no recent evidence that Mao is making any real hadway in the hinterland regions. ' A Japanese report from Peking today said Gen. Chang Kuohua, army commander and first political secretary of Tibet, is carrying out "white terror," that 14 Maoists in Lhasa have been attacked and that the anti- Maoists are seizing weapons from the civilian militia. limself as a psychologist and irivate detective as well as a Iyer, was found dead hi his bed Wednesday. Garrison, the 6-foot-6 gun-tot- ng prosecutor, called the death 'apparent suicide." The coroner, Dr. Nicholas Jhetta, said tests were not com- ilete but death seemed due to a massive brain hemorrhage, vith no sign of suicide except a urious, unsigned, undated note aying death was a "sweet pros- Met." Ferrie was on the brink of reducing information that ould have been important, said arrison, whose assassination probe — started long after the Warren Commission finished its work — has created an international sensation. "We felt that he was really now ready to talk candidly, to contribute to this important investigation," said Garrison, "now he's gone and it will be much harder to make the connections between certain people. But I'm sure we'll make them anyway. "I'm just as optimistic today as I was two days ago." Two days ago, Garrison was insisting that his effort to prove a conspiracy in the assassination of President Kennedy will result in arrests and convictions. The President was shot in Dallas, Tex., Nov. 22, 1963. Garrison insists that a conspiracy to murder him was conceived in Little to Speak Mayor Tom A. Little Jr. will be the principal speaker at tomorrow night's installation services of the Negro Ministerial Alliance. The speech will be the highlight or services that began yesterday and that will conclude Sunday, according to Rev. P. J. James, nresldent. leans resident—acting alone. Garrison said his office had planned to take Ferrie into cus- today early next week. Because Ferrie had expressed fears for his life, Garrison said he provided him a temporary hideout at a motor hotel here. "Evidence developed by our office had long since confirmed that he was involved in events culminating i-n the assassination or President Kennedy," Garrison said. The nude body of Ferrie, who operated a flying service here, v/as found in the calm posture of sleep, covered to the chest by a bedsheet. His second floor apartment was in disarray and disorder. An American flag was in the living room. Although 15 bottles of various pills were on a table, the coroner said no drugs were found other than those used for vascular disease. He said Ferrie was born with a weak blood vessel at the base of his brain. It ruptured, producing a massive cerebral hemorrhage, Chetta said. Ferrie also suffered from high blood pressure and recently told a friend he had encephalitis (sleeping sickness). An unsigned, undated note was found on the dining room table. The first paragraph said: "To leave this life is, for me, a sweet prospect. I find nothing in it that is desirable, and on the other hand everything that is loathsome." Dr. Chetta said the time of Feme's death had to be before 4 a.m.'Wednesday because of the rigor mortis condition. However, a newsman for the Washington Post, George Lardner, said he had visited with Ferrie in his apartment until that hour. Survey Reveals 40 Percent Not in Church Nearly 40 percent of Blytheville's white population seldom if ever attend church, according to the results of the religious survey conducted last weekend by the Blytheville Ministerial Alliance. Twenty percent of the 10,552 persons interviewed — including children — reported they seldom attend church and 18 percent say they never attend. Fifty-five persons refused to participate in the survey. On the positive side, 51.5 percent suid they attend church every week while 9.8 percent say they are in church at least once a month. When the percentages are translated into numbers it means that of th« 10,552 per- sons interviewed 5,502 persons — at least once a month — can be found in the churches pews. It also means that 2,101 who formerly counted themselves as members of one of the 18 or more church groups surveyed, have stopped attending church altogether. What do ministers plan to do with the survey results? "There are no set plans for use by the Ministerial Alliance. It will be up to each church to use the information as they see fit," according to Rev. E. H. Hall, president. "We will try to use the information as a basis for getting prospective members for Sunday school and the church," ac- See SURVEY on Page 3 Garrison sad the conflcting statements constituted "one o the mysteries we don't understand." In a copyrighted story ap pearing in today's Washington Post, Lardner said Ferrie "seemed in good spirits, not like a man about to kill himself" at the time they talked. "Ferrie said he never knew Oswald and had no recollection of. ever having met him," Lardner reported. He said Ferrie told him that Garrison's inquiry would turn out to be a "witch hunt." Ferrie was ''brought into the scope of the assassination probe within 72 hours after Kennedy was slain Nov. 22, 1963. Garrison said he pulled Ferre in for questioning at that time and subsequently turned him over to the FBI, which took a statement and released him. A New Orleans florist, Edward Voebel, had seen Lee Harvey Oswald's picture on television and reported that he and Oswald had served in a Civil Air Patrol squadron under Ferrie. When authorities sought to question Ferrie, they found he had gone to Texas. Ferrie told a newsman recently that he and two friends took a short vacation trip to Texas the day of the assassination "on the spur of th emoment." He said :hey visited Houston, Galveston and Alexandria, La., before re- urning home. They did not go ;o Dallas, he said. And Ferrie said he and Boe>el were in separate CAP squadrons. Ferrie said he never mew Oswald. A native of New Orleans, Oswald lived in New Orleans the sumcr of 1963. Garrison said Ferrie's name figures in 40 pages of Warren Commission material — 36 of which he said are classified secret and unavailable. In Washington, it was reported that 19 of the pages were available for public examination Marguerite Oswald, mother of Lee Harvey Oswald, said she was amazed that Ferrie had not been interviewed by the Warren Commission "I'm shocked and dismayed that another life may have been See KENNEDY on Page 3 Lumber Firm Is Destroyed Damages in excess of $175,OOG resulted from the Leachville Lumber Company fire Tuesday, according to an estimate by L:s Blackwell, chief of the community's volunteer fire department. Three trucks and approximately 32 volunteer firemen from Leachville, Manila and Monette fought the blaze for about eight hours, assisted by citizens from the Leachville area, before bringing it under control. According to Blackwell, the lumber company was completely destroyed and there was damage of undetermined extent to surrounding buildings. There were still some small fires remaining at the site this morning, said Blackwell. The fire started about 11:55 p.m. and the cause is still unknown. FIRES LEAVE 41 HOMELESS Five fires — which left a total of 41 children homeless — have depleted Mississippi County Unon Mission's store of many lousehold items. We have had five home fires n the area in the past four days. All these families were eft with practically nothing," Mission Supt. Paul Kirkindall said this morning. The Mission needs mattresses, couches and gas stoves. A ihone call (PO 3-8380) will iring the Mission truck to pick up donations. "People have been most gen- rous in the past in helping us lelp these families and we certainly appreciate it," Kirkindall said. Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll' Weather Forecast Partly cloudy, windy and cool his afternoon with a few snow 'lurries. Fair and colder tonight and Friday. Highs this afternoon in the 30s. Lows tonight in the teens. Highs Friday 30 to 36. Probability of measurable precipitation 10 percent this afternoon. Outlook Saturday sunny and continued cold. niiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiHe

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