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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS 62—NO. 802 BLYTHEVILLE, ARKANSAS (72315)' MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1967 12 PAGES TEN CENTS NOW, WHAT IS THIS PICTURE? — Inside the Blytheville speechmobile, Mrs. Sue Sidles, currently the only speech therapist in the city school district, holds class for the children of Central School. Since so many children with speech problems also have read- ing difficulties, the therapist relys heavily on drawings of familiar things, the names of which contain the sound or sounds with which the child is having trouble. For story see page seven, (Courier News Photo) By BERNIE GOULD NEW YORK (AP) - James H. Meredith, a civil rights maverick who drew the wrath of many Negro leaders for oppos- ng Adam Clayton Powell, suddenly pulled out of the special congressional race today. He apparently gave into growing pressures. In a surprise post-midnight announcement, just as stunning as his entry into the race last Tuesday as the choice of Repub- ican leaders, Meredith offered no explanation for his withdrawal. He declined to elaborate on a one-sentence statement: "I N. Viet Power Center Blasted By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON (AP) - U.S. warplanes made their heaviest strikes against North Vietnam in four months Sunday, concentrating their strongest attacks en an electric power center 32 miles northwest of Hanoi. Seizing upon breaks in the weather, the American fighter- bombers from Thailand unloaded tons of bombs on the Viet Tri power complex, sending black Dateline and brown smoke billowing 3,000 feet in the air and visible in Hanoi. Although Hanoi radio claimed U.S. jets hit the capital itself, a U.S. spokesman said the Viet Tri strike was the only one in the Hanoi area. Apart from hitting the power complex, American fliers struck only at antiaircraft gun positions in the .immediate area, he said. The spokesman said missions were flown against the North Sunday, meaning that possibly 400 planes took part. It was the busiest day in the air war since Nov. 8. arch 13 sighted by the American pilots but it made no firing passes. U.S. spokesmen also reported sharp ground battles Sunday in the vital central highlands and an unusually high number of guerrilla attacks against isolated outposts. The ground action reflected apparent Communist determination to concen trate on hit-and-run assaults to increase allied casualties. The Air Force spokesma: said that heavy weather closed in on the Hanoi area just after the big American strikes. Mos of the other Air Force, Navy and Marine strikes during the ar since Nov. 8. ana Marine smites uunug me One American jet was lost ^Y fell on supply lines down ._.:___ i,__ j__. i n_ i...: « ! flip southern coast. BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss Justice Minister Ludwig Von Moos said today that Joseph Stalin's daughter Svetlana wishes to make no public declaration and has asked Swiss authorities to protect her privacy. Von Moos told a news conference that Miss Stalina, 42, was given a three-month tourist visa for Switzerland after the trip she planned to the United States "became impossible." • WASHINGTON (AP) - Atty. Gen. Ramsey Clark, who controls authorizations for wiretapping by federal authorities, says 38 taps are in operation today. The new attorney general said Sunday that he considers wiretapping justified only in cases of "national security where there is a direct threat to the security of this nation." SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - A national "Nixon for President Committee" will be organized and headed by Dr. Gaylord Parkinson, who helped lead the as state chairman, it was re- California GOP back to power ported today. The San Diego Union, in a copywrite story by Peter Kaye, said Parkinson, as national chairman of the group, will travel around the country seeking support for the presidential candidacy of former Vice President Richard M. Nixon. • NEW DELHI, India (AP) Indira Gandhi was sworn in as prime minister of India again today and announced a new cabinet she hopes will lead the crisis-ridden country "on the path to progress." NEW YORK (AP) - The "most pressing" problem confronting Roman Catholics in this country is birth control, says Newsweek magazine. In announcing the results of a survey Sunday night, the magazine said the interviews disclosed that seven out of 10 Catholics want the church to lift Its ban on artificial contraception during the day and its two-man crew was reported missing. It was an RF4C Phantom photore- connaissance plane which evidently went in after the raids. One Soviet-designed MIG was Car-Scooter Crash Hurts Manila Boy MANILA — "I don't now iiow he got out of that without being hurt real bad," Manila Chief of Police Luther Taylor marveled. He had reference to a motor scooter - auto collision which resulted in. injuries — though not serious ones — to Billy Ray Porter. "We found his machine up in under the car," Taylor reported. Porter collided with a car driven by- Mrs. Mildred McWhiter at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Taylor said Porter had a badly cut leg and many bruises. He was taken to Rodman Hospital. The accident occurred near the Methodist Church. He was in satisfactory condi tion this morning. No Explanation Offered MEREDITH PULLS OUT the southern coast. One flight of planes coming off the Viet Tri power plant raid, with their bombs all gone, lucked on a convoy of 50 trucks. The flight flashed down with 20mm cannon blazing and left many trucks aflame, a spokesman said. With the weather ovu North Vietnam beginning to clear, near perfect flying weather is expected most days within the next month. The heavy raids Sunday seemed a clear signal to the Hanoi regime that as the weather clears, the bombing will increase. It is also expected that the B52s, which now fly 5,000 miles round trip from Guam for raids in South Vietnam, will soon be using the closer fields in Thailand. The bombers, each carrying some 60,000 pounds of explo- See VIET NAM on Page 7 lave decided not to run in the 18th Congressional District." Some Harlem sources said hat Meredith, an independent Democrat, bowed to pressures from civil rights leaders. There also were reports that Powell, through intermediaries, had been appealing to Meredith to drop out. The appeals were said to have been made on grounds of a need for Negro unity. Meredith reportedly was told that by accepting the Republican nomination to run against Powell, a Democrat, he would be the white man's candidate. Sources said Meredith was told that he could make an even more dramatic gestures by giving up the support of the white people. This, it was said, would make him an even bigger hero in the Negro community. One factor that reportedly indirectly influenced his deei- sira to quit, it was understood, was a statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King said in Hartford, Conn., Sunday night that Meredith's campaign against Powell in Harlem is ill-timed. King said that it would be much better for the House to seat Powell again because of what he termed "unique factors" which would cause Harlem Negroes to vote for him en masse. Meredith, 33, admitted when he accepted the Republican offer to oppose Powell that he was laying himself open to "the fear and the scorn from fellow Negroes." Not a single Negro political leader of either major party, or any Harlem community or national civil rights leader supported him. They said he was being used and didn't stand a chance of winning. Vincent F. Albano Jr., New York County Republican chairman, said: "The Republican party o: New York County offered this nomination to Mr. Meredith in complete good faith. It was willingly, even eagerly accepted." Albano said that despite Mer edith's withdrawal, the GOP would put up an opponent against Powell. Meredith's nomination was to have been endorsed by the New York County Republican Com- rittee at a meeting scheduled or tonight. Meredith, at his apartment, ;as wearing dark slacks and a *ite shirt. His knotted tie was lulled down slightly from the pened collar. Meredith's wife ppeared briefly in the doorway o the living room and then re- ired to a rear room. Meredith declined to comment when asked whether he had no- ified Albano prior to making lie announcement of his with- rawal. G. Robert Belt, a Columbia University student Who de- cribed himself as Meredith's )ersonal secretary, said Mere- lith would return to Columbia /aw School this semester and not take advantage of the leave >f absence given him by the university to enter the campaign. Powell also had no immediate comment, but called a news inference for 1 p.m., EST, to- lay, even before he learned of Meredith pulling out. He was to meet with newsmen at his Bimini island retreat in the Bahamas, where he has been living of ate. Only Sunday, Floyd B. McKissick, national director of the Congress of Racial Equality renewed his call for Meredith to drop out of the impending April 11 special election for Powell's »at. Saturday, Charles Evers, a Mausoleum Is Planned CARUTHERSVILLE - In order to meet the increasing needs of above-ground entombment, construction will begin here next fall on a combined $100,000 mausoleum and chapel project, one of the first such in Southeast Missouri and the first in this section of the state in many year. According to . E. Ditto of Kennett, president of Pemiscq Memorial Gardens, Inc., desig! plans have been completed ant approved and arrangements have been made to begin con struction at the company's pres ent location. Ditto added that a perpetua care fund will be provided tc maintain high standardso cleanliness. in Mississippi, branded Meredith a "victim of the system" in which poltical parties pit one Negro against another. Questioned about Meredith in Computer Goofs? SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Inez Turley, 78, who took a physical last month for possible recall to active duty in the Army nurse corps, says, "I am ready." Mrs. Turley admitted Sunday that the computer ordering her recall might have goofed, but added: "I can at least serve in some hospital in the states to relieve a regular nurse for Vietnam." eading civil rights spokesman Providence, R.I.,. Evers had remarked, "Meredith is weak enough to fall for it. He just doesn't know any better." McKissick, speaking on the WCBS-TV "Newsmakers" pro- gram, commented, "The feeling oi the community is that Mr. Meredith has been used to divide the community. And I see no need for Mr. Meredith in the race." De Gaulle's Setback: An Annoying Incident By HARVEY HUDSON PARIS (AP) - From the summit of the French political pyramid, where President Charles de Gaulle sits, the Gaul- list reversals in Sunday's elections for a new National Assembly are likely to be viewed only as an annoying incident. De Gaulle himself is not responsible to the assembly. And although the deputies can overthrow any Cabinet, De Gaulle does not really consider the Cabinet responsible to the assembly. He appoints the premier and all the ministers and expects them to carry out his policies without even a sidelong glance toward the Parliament. Will the defeat of Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville and the loss of almost 40 deputies from the Gaullist majority in the outgoing assembly give De Gaulle second thoughts about his foreign policy? This is hardly likely. The 76-year-old president, now in the second year ot a seven- year second term in office, regards himself as the fount of political action in France. He believes this was what the voters intended when they voted him into office in 1965, in France's first popular election for the presidency in a century. The policy of withdrawing from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's integrated commands and asking all foreign roops and allied bases to leave 'rench territory belongs to De laulle himself. The same holds rue for his dislike of anything hat would seem to be agreement for American policies. In the legislative campaign it ap- jeared that his foreign policy lad the support of most elements. De Gaulle's 1963 veto of British entry into the Common Marset was his own policy and noth- ng that the deputies do or say is likely to change his views. Although the makeup of the new assembly — whether or not ;he Gaullists have a majority, even of one, is still in question — is a sharp comedown for the followers of De Gaulle, it is not likely to cause insurmountable difficulties. Jean Lecanuet, head of the pro-European Unity Center Democrats, has said his group will not be in systematic opposi- tisn. The main point for which he is pressing is an iniensifed socal program, to give the poorer :ogment of the population a bigger share of the national 'income. Gaullist leaders have already said this will be their main line of action during the five-year term of the new assembly. In case of a vote of censure on Democrats probably would not joint the opposition. If the government should be overthrown, De Gaulle can dissolve the assemby and call for new elections. In the event of another anti-Gaullist legislature, De Gaulle might resign and call for new legislative and presidential elections at the same time, with an invitation to the voters to decide between him and the assembly. The present situation does not appear to be at this crisis stage, however. 34-Year-Old Missco Man Is Killed in Vietnam Sgt. Charles Kennedy, son of Mrs. William Cash of Blytheville and Hubert E. Kennedy of Wynn, was killed Tuesday in South Vietnam. The 34-year-old sergeant was killed by small arms fire. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Born in Walnut, Miss., he had lived here most of his life. Thirteen years ago he entered military service and was a veteran of both the Korean and the Vietnamese Wars. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Cobb Funeral Home. Sergeant Kennedy's body is being returned to the United States. In addition to his parents he leaves four brothers, Perry Kennedy of Chicago, J. T. Butler of St. Louis, Jim Ed Butler of Melrose Park, 111., and Elmer Cash of Blytheville; Four sisters, Mrs. Sue Taylor of Melrose Park, Mrs. Evie Green of Blytheville, Mrs. Shirley Root of Hamilton Air Force Sans Souci May Become Park Base, California, and Mrs. Patsy Gentry of Maywood, HI. Mrs. Rodgers Dies Here Mrs. Norene M. Rodgers, 65, died early this morning at her home here. A native of Paragould, she had lived here 15 years and was a member of Lake Street Methodist Church. She leaves her husband, 0. Rodgers; A brother, T. A. Reagan. Lancaster, Calif.; Two daughters. Mrs. Maurice Sanders, Blytheville, and Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Chicago Heights, 111.; and seven grandchildren. Services will be in Howard Funeral Service chapel at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. E. H. Hall officiating. She had been active in the Flat Lake Home Extension Club and in the Women's Department of the Northeast Aransas District Fair. Sans Souci, from the French phrase meaning "without care," one of the most important cotton landings on the Mississippi in the heyday of the steamboat, may be converted into a state park. That little which remains of the grandeur ca-n be seen just south of Osceola on the riverbank, north of Island 34 and extending to Craighead Point. Once an impressive plantation in its golden age and a community of about 100 persons, the area now has only four residents, living in a section of the tract some distance removed from the part of the riverbank being considered for conversion. One of the four remaining residents, William Alexander, an attorney who works in Osceola, credits the original park idea to State Representative Bill Nicholson and Osceola Mayor Charles Wiygul. The two, according to Alexander, thought the old plantation was ideal for adaptation to a recreation area which would benefit the central portion of the county as well as the state. Alexander said there are no structures remaining along the riverbank at the site of the proposed park. No residences will be affected since -they are several miles from the area being considered. In its prime, Sans Souci would receive exotic goods from abroad and the more prosaic implements and garments from the North, headed South. Outbound from the landing were logs of white and red oak, and, in later years when cotton came into its ascendency, it too was loaded on the big steam- Suharto Braces for Violence ' By T. JEFF WILLIAMS JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) Former President Sukarno, officially stripped of his powers and titles, remained in seclusion today while the new acting president, Gen. Suharto, prepared for possible violence. Potential trouble spots jn central and east Java — Sukarno's former stronghold — remained quiet, but word of his dethronement may not have reached there yet due to *s chaotic state of the island's communications. Th« Indonesian Congrest swore in Suharto as acting president Sunday to replace Sukar- no, the only president the Indonesians have known since he proclaimed their independence in 1945. Thre were fears ttiat Sukar- no supporters among the military and the people may start an insurrection to keep him in power. Sukarno declined to return to Jakarta Sunday,from his weekend mountain palace, but a spokesman said he may return Tuesday. Some reports said he may be forced to live in retirement at his palace at Bogor, 40 miles east of Jakarta. Source* from Jogjakarta, the capital of central Java, said troops were patrolling the city but it appeared quiet. Thore have been numerous small-scale clashs and terrorist killings in the area in recent months between pro- and anti-Sukarno forces. It is considered one of the most troublesome areas for the Suharto government. At a news conference Sunday night, Congress Chairman Gen. Abdul Haris Nasution repeatedly refused to say pointblank whether Sukarno was still president in name or not. "You must understand the Indonesian way of thinking," he said. Other members of Congress Mid Sukarno wai out completely, but that top leaders would not say so in exact words be- cause they were trying to maintain stability. More than 8,000 students massed at the university in Jakarta for a victory celebration. Some were still not satisfied, however, declaring Sukarno must be made to answer for the economic failures Indonesia has suffered. Sukarno, 66, was stripped by Congress of all executive powers and barred from political activity until the next general elections. Congress also gave Suharto authority to set up a legal body to try Sukarno in connection with the attempted Communist coup in October 1965. City Delegates In Washington Blytheville is being represented in Washington at the Third Annual Legislative Conference of the National League of Cities jy Mayor and Mrs. Tom A. Little Jr. and Councilman and Mrs. Bob McHaney. Purpose of the conference which began Sunday, is to enable municipal administra- ors to meet with key federal personnel in an effort to solve nter - governmental problems and to meet personally with members of federal agencies laving major programs of interest to cities. While in Washington, Little hopes to confer with U. S. Senators from Arkansas McClellan and Fulbright and Rep. E. E. (Took) Gathings of Arkansas. He hopes to acquaint these legislators, and other lawmakers and officials in Washington, of proposed work on Drainage District 17, which encloses the city of Blytheville, and of plans for the Big Lake project near Manila. The Drainage District plans are expected to be in the Washington dffice o£ the Army Corps of Engineers shortly and according to Little the Big Lake jlans have already arrived in he Capital and are awaiting approval so that work can be- in. Little also hopes to investigate possible federal aid to local law enforcement agencies and examine government assis- :ance for municipal transit sys- ;ms. The mayor adds that me may serve as spokesman for the See CITY on Page 7 Weather Forecast Partly cloudy with no important temperature changes through Tuesday. Chance of showers and thundershowers mainly tonight and early Tuesday. Highs this afternoon 86 to 92, Lows tonight 50s in the north to 60 in the south. High Tuesday in the 80s. Probability of rain 20 percent this afternoon 30 percent tonight and 30 percent Tuesday. Outlook for Wednesday partly cloudy and warm.